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

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

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), popular 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

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. Even older senior dogs that may even need senior dog supplements.

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. But the dog needs to be healthy as well. Understand how dogs can improve your well-being today. Read more How Dogs May Be the Best Way to Improve Your Health

How To Keep Your Dog Healthy in Colder Weather

Healthy dogs in winter timeIn most parts of the country, colder weather is upon us. So when it gets to be colder weather, we need to ask ourselves, how do we keep our pets and dogs healthy when cold weather strikes? And don’t forget, when it gets cold, dogs can get aches and pains in their joints. But, just like us, they can be given joint supplements for dogs.  

And should you live in a part of the country that never gets cold, consider you and your dog lucky! However, even in areas where it is always warm, there are weather events; rain, hail,wind and even very dry or humid air can affect your dogs health.

But colder weather seems to have more of an effect on dogs than other types of weather. Colder weather usually keeps us and our best friends inside more than warmer days or months. Read more How To Keep Your Dog Healthy in Colder Weather

6 Ways to Know if You Have a Healthy Dog

healthy dogMost dog owners want their dog to be healthy and happy. But how can a dog owner know if you have a healthy dog without going to the vet? Here are 6 easy ways to check to see if your dog or puppy is healthy and happy.

1. Check Your Dog’s Hair, Coat and Skin

One of the most important things about your dog is their coat! A healthy coat of hair should be shiny, glossy and pliable to the touch – no dry and brittle hairs. The hair should also be free from any dandruff while the overall coat should be complete; no bald spots or places where the hair is thinning excessively. Read more 6 Ways to Know if You Have a Healthy Dog