Need Tips for Dog Park Etiquette? Five Faux Paws to Avoid

Dog park ettiquetteWhile there are often set guidelines at dog parks clearly posted for all visitors to see, it seems that some owners still have trouble following the rules at dog parks. Just by using a wee bit of common sense and following the basics of dog park etiquette, both two-legged and four-legged patrons can have a pawsitively great experience. Here are five faux pas commonly made at dog parks.

1. Not Scooping the Poop

Ever walk into a public bathroom stall and find a nice surprise waiting in the bottom of the toilet that was clearly left by a discourteous user? Just like flushing for the next human, it’s simply good manners to pick up after dogs relieve themselves. Beyond etiquette, it’s important to clean up solid waste because dog feces can carry contagions such as parvo and a number of types of worms – even if they are considered healthy. Read more Need Tips for Dog Park Etiquette? Five Faux Paws to Avoid

Fur Care 101: Understand Your Dog’s Grooming Needs By Hair Type

Dog groomingThere are quite a few benefits of regular dog grooming including the fact that they feel better, look better and less fur flying around means less for owners to sweep up. However, determining just how often your pups hair needs to be maintained at home or by a professional groomer can be tricky. Here are some dog grooming tips for the most popular coat types to keep pooches’ tails wagging.

How to Groom Dogs With Short Coats and Smooth Hair

Short haired dogs like greyhounds and doberman pinchers are popular with owners simply because they are adorable—and easy to maintain when it comes to bathing and grooming. Their smooth and short hair lies closely to their body and these pups don’t do much shedding. However, they do still love and appreciate being brushed with a bristle brush a few times each week along with a good weekly bath. Read more Fur Care 101: Understand Your Dog’s Grooming Needs By Hair Type

How to Choose the Best Leash and Collar for Dogs

Best dog leases and collarsEvery dog on the block wants to be the pack leader, but with the right leash and collar in hand owners can reclaim their role as the head of the bunch. After all, a good leash and collar are essential tools for proper dog training and controlling them while on walks, and in many states it’s against the law to NOT have pets properly collared and leashed. Fortunately, there are several types to choose from, but the options can seem overwhelming. Here are some tips for choosing the best dog collars and leashes for your pet.

Basic Leashes and Collars

Dog owners simply looking for the quickest, cheapest and easiest solution to be in compliance with state dog leash laws, may find the basic options appealing. Besides the traditional leash and collar, Read more How to Choose the Best Leash and Collar for Dogs

How to Turn Your Dog Into a Genius: Best Toys to Stimulate the Canine Brain

Increase dogs brain powerJust like humans, dogs need physical and mental stimulation to stay healthy. While walking your dog arouses their instinct to find out as much as possible about their environment (sniffing other dogs’ scent, remaining alert for signs of prey), dog toys and playtime activities challenge their cognitive abilities and deepen the bond they have with humans.

Did you know dogs enrich their intellectual lives first as a true canine and second as their particular breed? In fact, research has found that different dog breeds possess unique kinds of instinctive intelligence. For example, guard dogs like German Shepherds and Dobermans harbor the instinct to “watch over” their territory. Read more How to Turn Your Dog Into a Genius: Best Toys to Stimulate the Canine Brain

What Types of Dog Food Are There & What’s Best for Your Dog?

Dog food choices and bestDogs come in a range of sizes and breeds, and as a result, often have very different nutritional needs. To accommodate this need, there are many different types of dog food on the market. Gauging a dog’s nutritional needs can be a challenge for pet owners. Knowing the options and how they can affect your dog’s health can help you take care of your pet.

Dog Food Formulated for Dog Type

Many dog food companies will make dog foods that are formulated for different types of dogs. This helps guarantee that your dog will get the nutrition necessary for their body type. Read more What Types of Dog Food Are There & What’s Best for Your Dog?

How Dogs May Be the Best Way to Improve Your Health

Dog ownership and healthEvery year, individuals, couples and families adopt a dog. This furry new family member makes a bit of a mess and needs some training, but often provides a great deal of love to owners. However, research shows there are a number of specific benefits to owning a dog. What makes dog ownership great and how can it actually improve the health of owners?

When Americans today are dealing with significant levels of stress and living a sedentary lifestyle, dog ownership can improve both body and mind. Understand how dogs can improve your well-being today. Read more How Dogs May Be the Best Way to Improve Your Health