How to Prepare & Dress Your Dog for Winter

Dog with scarf and winter background.You either understand it or you don’t: the relationship between a dog and its owner. Dogs alert us, guard us, track for us, hunt for us, and serve as companions to us. Dogs descended from wolves, but we domesticated them. Therefore, they no longer know how to care for themselves as they did in the wild. We shower dogs with love. We feed them choice dog food. We make sure they receive the finest medical care. Often, we pile them up in our own beds. Many even view their pets as family members. Regardless of whether we see our dogs as part of our families or as our precious companions, it is our responsibility to care for them and to keep them safe and happy. In the wintertime, this can be especially problematic as cold temperatures set in; however, there are some helpful tips for making sure your dog is prepared for the change in weather.

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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.

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Dogs and Their Human Owners Need to Play With Dog Toys!

play-with-dog-is-good-exerciseDog vitamins and supplements are usually great for your dog or puppy. But sometimes a simple toy or play thing will do wonders for a dog or puppies well-being. Most good dog toys encourage your dog to run and be active. However, other toys encourage your dogs thinking and reasoning skills – which becomes more important as your dog ages.

The Importance of Dog Play and Dog Toys

Just like all work and no play makes a dog owner an unhappy person to be around, the same applies to a dog. Dogs that simply sleep and eat all day and don’t have the chance to get outside and play, can sometimes exhibit signs of depression and/or lethargy. And even though walks with your dog are great, playtime with your dog is even better. Read more Dogs and Their Human Owners Need to Play With Dog Toys!

Don’t Eat That! 60+ Toxic Foods and Non-Food Items That Pets Shouldn’t Ingest

Healthy PetsMost people tend to think of their pets as part of their family. Pets provide company, friendship and will listen to our problems without complaint. In return, we reciprocate with companionship and provide them with a comfortable place to sleep, medical care and food. We also have a responsibility to keep them safe.

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Be Prepared! Helpful Disaster Safety Tips for Pet Owners

Pets Hiding During DisasterMany areas are subject to one or more forms of natural disasters. Depending on geographical location, these may include hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, blizzards or floods. Most disasters offer limited time to prepare. That is why it is best to plan ahead of time, not only for you and your family, but for your pets as well. Read more Be Prepared! Helpful Disaster Safety Tips for Pet Owners

Dog Hip Dysplasia, Signs & Treatment

dog=dysplasia-hip-joint-painHip dysplasia in a dog was once believed to be hereditary and then only in large strains. But now, it can, in fact, affect any dog.

This dog health issue can stem from over exertion at an early age in a dog’s life as the hip joint is still developing.

However, Injury at a young age could be another cause of dog hip dysplasia. Even repetitive movement in puppies could be a cause of hip dysplasia. Read more Dog Hip Dysplasia, Signs & Treatment