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Dog Proof Gate

Whether inside or out, dog proof gates are often a necessity for many dog owners. Outside gates ensure that an owner’s dog does not escape, while inside gates keep dogs away from mischief. Below are a few tips to help dog owners find, purchase, and install the perfect dog proof gate. To get you started, check out what Amazon has to offer here with the following tips in mind. Tip #1- Measure twice, read thrice, buy once. Every gate has different dimensions. Not only are some higher than others, but some are capable (or incapable) of expanding to be seamlessly installed into current gate setups or hallways. Be sure to read the gate’s description and measurements to ensure that the dog is not able to squeeze between the design and/or jump over the gate. Also make sure that the gate is scratch resistant if being installed inside the home, as...
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Giving your Dog Away Responsibly: How to Get Rid Of a Dog

Adopting a dog is a big responsibility and I suggest really thinking this over, you did take responsibility for this animal. But sometimes owners have unexpected life changes and find themselves stuck with a dog they are unable to care for from reasons varying from unexpected moves to sudden illness. Having a puppy that chews everything or whining is not a valid reason to give away your dog, or at least before you put the effort into some basic training. You will see a button on top marked ‘training” where you will find all our guides on how to fix specific issues (or just click here). You may also use the search button on the right hand side on the site. You If you or someone you know finds themselves in a life changing situation, there are several humane actions that can give your dog a new, loving home. It...
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Canine Pregnancy; Everything You Should Know!

You may have made the big decision to breed your dog, or perhaps you adopted one who may be pregnant. Facing pregnancy in any species can be an overwhelming scenario, but if you are prepared with the basic knowledge you need about your dog’s pregnancy you can help her and your family pass through this special time as stress free as possible! Gestation, how long are dogs pregnant? A lot of people ask the question, how long are dogs pregnant. Surprisingly, there is a lot of misinformation out there. After mating occurs, your female’s eggs will be fertilized by the male’s sperm. Then, gestation happens! This is when the puppies become puppies inside your female’s uterus. Gestation usually takes 63 days on average, but can be slightly shorter or longer. During the first half of the gestation your female can remain her normal daily schedule of exercise and her normal...
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Microchip For Dogs: Is It Worth It?

Nearly every rescue, shelter, and even ethical breeders microchip every dog before it leaves their care. What about dogs who are adopted through a classified ad or just aren’t microchipped? Is it worth it to you, to your pet, and your wallet to have a microchipped placed under his skin and then activated?  When stories emerge from the web about lost dogs being found states away from their home, it may seem like some kind of miracle. Such as the case of Corbin, who’s family lives in Texas. He dug a hole from under his family’s backyard fence. Four days later a dog in an Ohio shelter was scanned for a microchip after coming in. Lo and behold, it was Corbin! He was found 1, 100 miles away!  It is the microchip system that made a homecoming for the lost pooch possible. The Purpose of the Microchip Some pet lovers...
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Do Your Truly Want That Puppy? Be Prepared for What They Don’t Tell You!

It drives me crazy when people get dogs and are not prepared, and then get rid of that dog without thinking much about it. I bet you know someone that has done it. “the dog just didn’t work out”, or “it was to much work”, “he was crapping all over the place” etc. Where do you think those dogs go to? Given to someone else that does the same thing? Dropped off at a shelter? All because the first person expected that puppy to come home, be cute and be no trouble. That is not fair to the dog that they took the responsibility to care for. I’m not trying to scare you into not adopting a dog, I just want you to know what to expect. After reading this, I might also suggest reading my article The New Puppy Checklist! Are You Prepared? When you pick up your new...
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The New Puppy Checklist! Are You Prepared?

When you bring home a new baby from the hospital, you probably already have a nursery with brightly painted walls, a dresser full of clothes, a crib with cute bed linens and a mobile.  You also will probably already have a bin full of soft, safe plush toys for your little newborn to cuddle.  Bringing home a new dog, at any age, is not really much different.  Your dog will need toys to play with, a place to sleep, his own dishes and and more.  Are you truly, fully prepared to bring home your new furry baby?   It’s So Confusing! Being new dog owners, it can feel very complicated. Don’t become overwhelmed with the vastness of the pet supply market when trying to decide what you need or don’t need for your newest pooch.  If you already know the size and age of your newest family member, picking out...
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The Cost of Owning a Dog; Can You Afford It?

When I adopted my first dog, I was ecstatic to find that he was free to a good home.  He was being given away to anyone who could give him the exercise and training he needed as well as care for him on a daily basis.  No problem, I thought. Two meals a day, a bowl of water and a collar and leash and he would be just fine and dandy! How hard could it be to keep up with his care?  I learned the hard way. Like us on Facebook and let everyone know, I Heart Dogs! Even if your dog is free initially, there are costs that will very shortly follow your decision to adopt him.  Vet care needs to be provided within 3 days of bringing home a new puppy.  This includes a fecal exam to check for parasites, worming medication, vaccinations, flea and tick prevention, heartworm prevention...
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Don’t Be “That Owner” – What You Need To Know Before Getting a New Dog

Thinking about getting a dog? Have the opportunity to rescue a puppy, wanting to buy a toy breed to carry around with you everywhere you go or just decided the kids need one? Rescued or purchased, there are things you need to know to set yourself up for success. See, many people go out and run into a cute little puppy and fall in love at first site. It seems like fate. You think, how couldn’t this cute little thing be just what we need with us? The last thing on your mind is how life really works. I don’t want to bust any bubbles or stop anyone from rescuing any dog (its a great thing!) but some people just don’t think about what they are actually doing at the time. What, you mean puppies chew and will chew on anything they can? They crap in the house, need to...
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Pet Boarding, and What to Ask before Leaving Your Pet

As much as we love our pets, it is unavoidable to leave them at times. While some people do choose to leave their pet in their own home with a sitter, others find it is better to board them, where they will have round the clock care and attention, as well as plenty of room to play and other dogs to play with. Once you have chosen a boarding facility (some veterinarians provide boarding services, or you may have overnight doggy daycares in your area), there are a number of questions you should ask before leaving Fido there by himself. What kind of kennels or crates are the dogs kept in? Though you will probably be able to see how the dogs are housed at night, it will be beneficial to ensure that the accommodations are adequate and do not feel overcrowded or like a pound. Especially if you have...
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Dog Obedience Training at Home or Doggy School: Which is best?

Training a dog is one of the most important things you are going to do. In order for your dog to enjoy life with you, and vice versa, dog owners have to have control. If a dangerous situation arises, you want your dog to listen to you immediately so that no one gets hurt. The big question many dog owners have is “Should I take my dog to group classes or have private lessons?” There are advantages to each, but overall private lessons are probably the most effective in the long run. Here are some reasons why: Few to no distractions:  When you and your dog take private obedience training at home, you are able to control the environment to ensure your dog can focus. Unlike a group class where there will be 8-10 other dogs and their handlers, private home lessons are not too much of a variance from...
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