4 Tips for Dog Proofing Your Home

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A new puppy or dog can bring a lot of new challenges into a pet owner’s life, especially if they’re not used to thinking the way an animal might. From cords to plants to valuables, even one accident can have serious consequences. To protect the dog and the pet owner’s home, keep the following tips in mind to get everything ready for your new pet’s arrival.

Pack Up the Decorations

From candles to potpourri to tinsel, some dogs will ingest practically anything they come in contact with. Read more 4 Tips for Dog Proofing Your Home

Dog Paw Maintenance For Beginners

dog paw cleaningDog paws need care just like the rest of their bodies. Dog owners who take care of their dog’s paws can help prevent injuries that could cause pain and suffering for their pet. Here’s what pet owners need to know about taking care of their dog’s paws.

Trim Nails Regularly

Dogs have claws that can cause injury to themselves and others if they aren’t trimmed regularly. Dog claws can also scratch floors and other surfaces, so proper trimming is important. Dog owners who have their own dog trimming tools can do this on their own.

Groomers also trim dog claws. Dogs who get nervous about claw trimming time often respond better to professional groomers who know how to keep dogs calm during the process. Dog owners who have a hard time soothing their nervous pet find groomers helpful.  Read more Dog Paw Maintenance For Beginners

3 Ways to Manage Dog Allergies

dog and puppy allergiesDogs are one of America’s favorite house pets, second in number only to cats. The benefits of pet ownership are great. People who own dogs report lower levels of stress and higher levels of life satisfaction. However, many people who suffer from dog allergies go through life feeling that pet ownership is not for them. The good news is that dog allergies can be managed with a bit of planning and attention.

Picking the Right Breed

The first step to living with both allergies and pets is to pick a breed of dog that is least likely to exacerbate allergy symptoms. It’s a common misperception that some dogs are fur and dander free. However, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. All dogs produce pet dander that can cause pet allergies. Read more 3 Ways to Manage Dog Allergies

Summer Dog Care for New Dog Owners

dog care in summerTo a new dog owner, dog care can seem fairly straight forward. Dogs need food, shelter, love, exercise and medical care. What many new dog owners don’t realize is that dog care changes as the seasons change. Although the basics of dog care remain the same, the details can change throughout the year.

As spring turns to summer, new dog owners have a responsibility to learn about the nuances of summer dog care. These tips can help. Read more Summer Dog Care for New Dog Owners

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. Read more 5 Tips for Choosing a Dog Breeder

Potty Training Puppies: 5 Steps to Successfully House Training a New Dog

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The joy of bringing a new puppy home can be quickly dampened—literally—by their tendency to do their ‘business’ in the house. While dog potty training can be an ongoing process, owners can get their pup on track generally within a couple of weeks with the right approach, consistency and lots of praise. In addition to training tips, a dogs poor potty habits may be attributed to poor intestinal bacteria. In those cases, good dog probiotics may help in house training. Assuming your dog has great intestinal bacteria and “goes” regularly, the below training tips may also help new owners avoid common dog house training mistakes and propel the house breaking process.

1. Go On 24/7 Puppy Patrol

Owners need to know where dogs are constantly during the potty training stages. Read more Potty Training Puppies: 5 Steps to Successfully House Training a New Dog