The Importance of Exercise

Coco & Bella_dogPACER Treadmill_1It is a topic that we hear all the time as pet owners but so often our lives get in the way and taking the time to keep our four-legged friends fit and healthy can be forgotten. This post is just a friendly reminder of the importance of exercise!

Dogs need to use-up the energy running around their body!

Studies have shown that dogs that aren’t receiving regular exercise find other ways to use up their energy, and you might not like them! Regular exercise can help to reduce or eliminate common behavior problems, such as digging, excessive barking, chewing and hyperactivity.

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Saying “Goodbye” to your Pet

High Five to a Healthy 2013It’s a subject that most of us want to avoid wherever possible, but the unfortunate truth is, our canine companions can’t be with us forever. Whether through an accident or old age losing a pet brings on overwhelming grief that is a true testament to the joy and love pets bring to our lives. Here are a few suggestions for working through the loss of a pet.

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Picking a Pooch!

With over 500 breeds recognized by kennel clubs throughout the world, finding the right dog for your lifestyle isn’t always easy. The choices today are endless, purebred or mixed? Large, medium or small? Long hair or short? You get the gist. So how do you make the right choice? Choosing the right breed takes a mix of common sense, doing the research and getting an understanding of different breeds personalities.

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The most important thing is feeling comfortable around your dog so you need to choose one that will blend in with your lifestyle. Firstly you need to consider costs, if you aren’t willing to spend lots of money from a specific breeder try looking at Shelters or Rescue Groups. They offer a variety of breeds at an affordable cost.  When selecting your dog you need to consider the different traits in breeds, for example their energy requirements, size, training time, attention requirements and ability to be around people. There are several online Breed Selector Tools that you can use to see which breed would be best suited for your lifestyle. We recommend Animal Planet and Pedigree Breed Selector Tools.

 

Housebreaking Your Pup; The “do’s and dont’s”

Bringing home a new dog is an exciting time but it can also prove stressful, particularly when your finding unwanted surprises from your pet around the house. Here are some helpful tips for getting your pup housetrained and avoiding unwanted house-soiling incidents.

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Housetraining requires more than a few stacks of newspapers – you need to be vigilant, patient and most importantly consistent! Housetraining can take a few months and it is imperative you follow the procedures you’ve put in place right until the dog is fully trained; if you stop trying, why wouldn’t your pooch?

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Top 5 reasons why adoption will be worth it!

We have all heard the stories of amazing rescue dogs that find happiness with loving families but people are still wary when it comes to adoption. This post looks at the top reasons why adoption is worth it!

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1. Adoption Means Saving a Life.

Number one is perhaps the most rewarding reason for adopting a rescue dog. Dog euthanasia is a topic most people want to steer away from, and we understand why, but the simple fact is when     you adopt from a

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So You Have A Gassy Dog

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So your dog is a bit gassy. This is not an uncommon problem for dog owners. And I think we can all agree that dog farts can be quite unpleasant Someone recently asked us if there is anything you can do to ease the gas problem in dogs. There are a few short answers, but none as cut and dry as yes or no. Sorry to say it, but dogs and gas just kind of go hand-in-hand

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Dogs, Diabetes, and dogPACER

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Times have changed, people. In some ways, for the better, and in some ways, for the worse. When it comes to dogs,  you can look at it both ways. Things have gotten better and our understand of dogs has advanced greatly over time. But in some ways, there has been a step back in the last 20 years. From dogs with heart disease to dogs with diabetes, dog’s health problems have increased with our own. So what do we do now? Come on, you know we can help!

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The Sad Truth About Dalmatians

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You know we pride ourselves on not only teaching you guys about dog obesity, but teaching you about all things dog. So you can only imagine how surprising we find it when we learn something that even we didn’t know. The truth is, it happens all the time. I think that is the best part of a site like this. We are not only teaching, but also always learning ourselves. Like this fact about Dalmatians we bet you didn’t know…..

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Those Quirky Traits That Make Us Love Dogs

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Few can argue that a dog is not quirky. There is just something in their nature that leads them to be observant, curious, and fun-loving. And when you stack all of those traits together, you get quirky. We decided to break away from informing you for a moment for one of those “makes you smile” posts. This time, we are taking about those quirky traits that make us love dogs so much.
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