How to Introduce Pets Together: Don’t Let Your Pets Hate Each Other

How to Introduce Your New Pets TogetherHave you ever had things go disastrously wrong when adopting a new dog to add to an existing one in the household?

You can never know how your beloved dog or cat is going to react when introduced to another animal. No matter how well you know your pet’s personality, they may still have the capacity to surprise you. An introduction to a strange animal is the most likely occasion for upsets to happen.

Bringing a new dog or cat into the family is a joyful time for the human members of the household, but it can be extremely stressful for the animal members of the family. Understanding how to facilitate introductions of your pets can bring happiness to everyone. Not paying attention to animal etiquette can create a traumatic situation for pets and people alike.

Read more How to Introduce Pets Together: Don’t Let Your Pets Hate Each Other

Tackling Dog Anxiety: Common Causes and Potential Solutions

What to do About Dog AnxietyAccording to animal behaviorists, up to 40 percent of dogs suffer from separation anxiety. Other forms of anxiety can affect dogs as well, often leaving their owners at quite a loss on how to help them.

In fact, many dog owners are simply not prepared to handle the concerning behaviors that arise as their pets start to feel anxious. Their dog may howl, whine, and bark constantly or even start to tear up the house to cope with how they are feeling.

Knowing how to help is even more difficult, since there are so many different ways anxiety arises and presents in dogs. But an understanding of all the different forms of anxiety in dogs can help. With this information, you can pinpoint the cause of the anxiety and start working toward a solution. Use this guide to get started.

Read more Tackling Dog Anxiety: Common Causes and Potential Solutions

Dog Proofing for New Dog Owners: A Guide

Dogs are much like children: they’re funny, sweet, affectionate, and they can get into a lot of trouble in certain environments. Pet owners who want to protect their dogs can take steps to protect their pets from household hazards.

Human foods, poisonous houseplants, chemicals and even dog medicine are all a potential source of danger for a curious dog. If you’ve recently adopted or purchased a dog, here’s what you need to know about protecting your pet.  

Kitchen Dangers for Dogs

The kitchen is the biggest source of concern for many dog owners, because it’s full of foods that tempt dogs. Although dogs are attracted to (and will eat) human foods if given the chance, many human foods are not healthy for canines. In addition to human food, kitchens often contain cleaning products that are toxic for pets.

Read more Dog Proofing for New Dog Owners: A Guide

5 Tips for Choosing a Dog Breeder

choosing the right dog breederDogs make excellent companions, and certain breeds are prized for having certain abilities and demeanors. These are some of the most common reasons that individuals seeking a specific type or breed of dog will often seek out dog breeding services in efforts to avoid the pitfalls of puppy mills.

However, just picking dog breeders randomly out of the newspaper or online can lead to dissatisfaction all around.

Here are some tips for choosing a dog breeder with a solid reputation for a positive experience to adopt your next dog. Read more 5 Tips for Choosing a Dog Breeder

How to Pick the Best Dog Breed for Your Lifestyle

Best Dog Breed for Your LifestyleSomeone who spends their days wishing for a wagging tail to be greeting them at the door might be ready to take the next big step and adopt a dog. However, not every dog breed is right for every person. An aspiring pet owner should take the time to evaluate their current living situation. Then they should compare that with the needs and characteristics of the dog breed they are considering.

This guide will help explain the best ways to pick the right dog breed for any lifestyle.

Consider Availability

Adopting a dog is a major time commitment. So any new pet owner must be ready to spend time helping their pet adjust to life within their home. Read more How to Pick the Best Dog Breed for Your Lifestyle

6 Steps to Take Before Adopting a Dog From an Animal Shelter

How to adopt a dog from a shelter

Picking a reputable pet rescue or pet shelter when adopting a dog can be a stressful experience. After all, the shelter a person chooses when adopting a dog may have an impact on which pet is adopted. Knowing how to look for a shelter and what to look for is important. These six steps will help you adopt that special pet from a shelter or adoption agency:

  • Do the Research
  • Browse their Website
  • Know Shelter Requirements
  • Get References & Referrals
  • Talk to Your Vet
  • Get to Know Shelter Workers

Read more 6 Steps to Take Before Adopting a Dog From an Animal Shelter