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Apartment Living with Your Dog

Not all breeds are well-suited to living in small spaces.  Some dogs, such as Siberian Huskies or German Shorthaired Pointers, require room to roam and excessive exercise.  However, circumstances can change, leaving you with the options of rehoming your beloved dog or making a less-than-ideal situation work.  Listed below are tips for keeping the peace with your landlord and neighbors. Crate Training Especially if your dog is prone to destruction when bored, a crate can be your best bet for ensuring your dog is well-behaved while you are away.  A crated dog is also less likely to bark throughout the day, meaning no complaints from your neighbors when you return home. Extra Exercise A tired dog is a happy dog, so extra exercise for your pet is necessary if cohabiting with a high-energy breed in an apartment.  Go for an extra long walk in the morning and in the evening,...
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8 Foods to Never Feed your Dog

Despite all the physiological similarities dogs and humans have, there are a number of “human” foods that can be poisonous to our pets.  Every pet owner should be aware of the effects of the 8 foods below, especially pet parents of small breeds, which require a much lower dose of toxins before exhibiting symptoms of food toxicity. We suggest reading 5 people foods that are healthy for your dog after reading this article. Grapes/Raisins Grape and raisin toxicity among pets is a recent concern, first appearing to be a national problem in 2003, which has led some veterinarians and scientists to believe the issue is actually due to a pesticide that is used during the growing process of this fruit.  While the toxicity mechanism is largely unknown, veterinarians do know that grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs, as well as anuria (lack of urine production).   Garlic/Onion Garlic and...
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Tips for Keeping your Dog Safe on Halloween

Did you know that Halloween is one of the most dangerous days for pets?  Every year, countless dogs are lost due to the commotion of trick-or-treaters, accidental chocolate poisoning, or even because of malicious intent.  Listed below are 6 tips for keeping your pet safe this Halloween. Keep the candy out of reach.  Especially if your family does not keep candy in the house year round, it can be easy for pet owners to stock up on Halloween candy and forget to store it in a location that Fido can’t reach.  After the excitement of trick or treating, children may forget to store their candy in a safe place; or, may even be tempted to share their treats with furry best friends.  Educate your children on the importance of only feeding dogs appropriate food and treats, and be extra vigilant that your dog cannot access anything that may make him...
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Common Training Mistakes Dog Owners Make

Dog training can be the most rewarding – and frustrating – undertaking for a new pet owner, especially when a young dog is involved.  Watching your dog master a command for the first time is an incredible moment; while other instances may make you feel like you are spinning your wheels.  Before you blame your dog for being stubborn consider whether you are making any of the following common training mistakes. Poor Timing Timing is crucial when training a dog, both for reward and punishment.  When your dog does the correct behavior, such as sitting when you ask for the “sit” command, your dog should be rewarded immediately.  Any delay in giving your dog positive praise will teach your pet that there is no incentive to follow directions.  Similarly, punishing your dog long after a bad behavior has occurred, such as yelling at your pup when you find an accident...
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The Best Cheap Dog Food for Both Owners and Their Dogs

Life is all about finding a balance. The same holds true when it comes to finding the best cheap dog food on the market. While you’ll want to give the best to your dog, it may simply not fit into your budget. That’s okay! You do not have to feel guilty about letting your best friend down. You can find high quality dog food that won’t break the bank. We will also show you how you can supplement this food so that your dog’s diet is the best that it can possibly be. Your Dog Needs to Love His Food It won’t do you any good to buy the most expensive and healthy brand of dog food out there if your dog simply doesn’t like it. You certainly have food preferences and your dog does too. When you are first looking for a food that you can afford you also...
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When to Choose High Fiber Dog Food

We all know that getting enough fiber is important for humans but how necessary is it to find a quality high fiber dog food? Do dogs really need extra fiber and how do you know if you are providing too much of a good thing? These are important questions to answer before running out and buying a high fiber food for dogs. In some cases your dog may need more fiber but in other cases he may be getting just enough. Why is High Fiber Dog Food so Important for Dogs Fiber provides necessary bulk that will help to move the food he eats through his intestines. If your dog gets constipated he will start to get bloated and gain weight. As well, his anal glands can become impacted and smell bad. For this reason, fiber can be found in just about all dog foods. If your dog has been...
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How to Stop a Puppy from Biting

Puppies do many adorable things as they begin to grow and explore the world around them, from letting out their first bark to navigating stairs for the first time.  Young pups are able to get away with many bad habits when they small, mostly because they are not yet strong, big, or loud enough to cause any harm.  One common behavior of puppies is biting and nipping.  Although many owners may find this action cute in the beginning, if left unchecked there can be significant – and even dangerous – consequences.  Listed here is a guide intended to help you stop a puppy from biting. Why is my puppy biting? Many pet owners mistakenly believe that a puppy that is biting is destined to grow up to be an aggressive dog.  In reality, it is extremely rare for a puppy to be truly aggressive.  Instead, puppies use their mouths for...
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Pet Food Storage – Safely and Properly Store Your Pet Food to Retain Its Flavor

Pet Food Storage
Pet food storage containers  come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors to choose from. Whether you are looking for one with wheels, stackable bins or fancy decorative containers, you won’t have a hard time finding one. The question is, what type of container should you be using to store your dry or wet pet food? When it comes to safety and taste, there are some important issues to consider when storing any type of this food. Dog food, both wet and dry, may be subject to salmonella if not properly stored. This can lead to serious problems not only for the dog but for the owners as well. Salmonella is a food borne illness that can be transmitted to adults and children from dog food and treats. It’s important to know how to store the food properly for safety reasons. As well, some types of containers can change...
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Buying Dog Food Online

When it comes to buying dog food online, you need to make sure that you choose a reliable merchant which sells premium quality dog food at affordable prices. Not only that, there needs to be an expedited shipping option available in case it is an emergency and your dog needs to have their food supply replenished soon. With all of the e-commerce stores on the internet, it can be hard to decide which one to purchase dog food from. Below are the most popular websites on the internet for purchasing dog food. They all have their pros and cons to them but you will find they are far superior options than purchasing dog food at your local brick-and-mortar store at full retail prices. So what you have to do is compare the good qualities with the bad and then make your choice. Buying Dog Food Online With Amazon Most people...
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How To Potty Train A Puppy: The Complete Guide

how to potty train a puppy
One of the most dreaded tasks of puppy ownership is training.  Teaching a weeks-old puppy not to chew, how to play appropriately, how to sit nicely in a crate, and where the proper place to potty is enough to frustrate any new dog owner.  However, potty training does not have to result in unending frustration if approached properly.  Presented in the paragraphs below is an easy, straightforward, and effective guide on how to potty train a puppy. The length of the process, and the experiences gained or lacked by your puppy are both dependent on your consistency in following the potty training steps. If you follow a strict routine, provide plenty of positive praise, and are consistent, house training will not take more than two weeks in most instances.  However, if you become lackadaisical, potty training may take a month or more. Before beginning any training process, new owners should...
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