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Care & Safety

 From grooming to teething, these articles deal with tips to help you deal with day-to-day issues of owning or living with a dog.

Surviving Puppyhood: Tips for Puppy Teething
You want to discourage the puppy from chewing or biting fingers, shoes and furniture, so this is the best time to substitute acceptable items. Here are a few tips to ease your puppy's teething problems.
5 Simple Ways to Add Years to Your Dog's Life
Most dogs can live 10 to 20 years or more when they are raised in the right environment. While factors like breed, size, diet, and genetic traits play a role in the longevity of your dog's life, your actions as a pet owner also contribute to this.
How to Control Dog Shedding: Part 1
With the summer coming up, your dog is probably starting to shed off his winter coat. This is the time of year that most dog owners dread because it means extra maintenance keeping up with the pet hair. Rather than letting your home get lost in the fur, there are some steps you can take to keep the house clean and fresh. Here is a guide explaining how to control dog shedding so you can take back your home this summer.
How to Control Dog Shedding: Part 2
So far in our shedding discussion, we have talked about ways to control dog hair through cleaning efforts and daily brushing routines. In Part 2 of the guide, we will take a closer look at your dog's health and how it impacts the amount of hair he sheds in the summer. By keeping your dog healthy and groomed, you can greatly reduce the amount of pet hair you have to clean up in your home.
How to Keep Your Senior Dog Healthy
Senior dogs are still as loving and loyal as younger dogs, but they require a little extra care because of their age. Whether you've adopted a new senior dog or you have had the same pup for 10+ years, there are some things you can do to ensure he is living a healthy, happy life. In the guide below, we will go over how to keep your senior dog healthy so you can enjoy years of bonding and fun with your pet.
Living with Dog Allergies
Some people avoid pets entirely because of their allergies, while others learn to push through the sneezing. If you are a dog lover with an unfortunate allergy to the pets you adore, you will need to adjust your behaviors if you want to keep a dog in the home. Here are some simple and effective tips for living with dog allergies that you can use to make the most of this special relationship.
How to Choose the Right Dog Bed
Your dog bed is your pet's sanctuary – the place he goes to unwind after an exhausting day of guard duty. Is a folded blanket really good enough for a beloved family member to sleep on? We think not. With so many dog beds on the market though, it may be hard to determine which one you want to buy. This guide explains how to choose the right dog bed so your pet can sleep in total comfort.
Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer
The summer isn't just a miserable time for you. Your dog suffers in the heat as well. In order to keep your pet happy and healthy in the summer, you need to make sure he stays cool in the heat. Listed below are the top 5 ways to keep your dog cool this summer so you both can have a great time.
How to Get Fleas off a Puppy
Getting rid of fleas is never easy, but it can be a particularly tough challenge if your pet is not old enough for flea medication. There are some things you can do to ward off the problem in the meantime, but the fleas will likely come back until you can completely eradicate with the medication. To keep your growing dog happy and healthy, you need to remove as many fleas as possible. Here is a guide for getting rid of fleas on a puppy until you can treat the issue with medication.
How to Keep Your Pet's Coat Shiny
There is a certain sense of pride that comes along with having a good looking pet. A shiny coat is a sign of great care on your part as a pet owner, and it's a sign that your dog has a healthy and happy life. Some animals naturally have softer coats than others, but there are a few things you can do to make your pet look his best every time. Check out this guide to learn how to keep your pet's coat shiny and soft.
How to Treat a Dog Bite
Getting bitten by a dog can be a scary event in someone's life, but it can happen to anyone. Even a calm, well-trained dog may react unexpectedly when he feels threatened or scared. If you're prepared for a worst case scenario, you can react calmly and avoid scarring yourself or your pet in the future. The tips below explain what to do after a dog bite to ensure that you recover in the best way possible.
Cold Weather Safety for Dogs: Part 1
As the weather starts to cool down, you may notice changes in your dog's behavior. Even dogs that enjoy cold weather often need extra warmth and shelter in the fall and winter months. In order to keep your dog safe throughout the year, follow these cold weather dog safety tips below. They will ensure your pet stays happy, warm, and healthy even when the temperatures drop.
Is Your Child Ready for a Puppy?
Just about every child in America eventually asks his or her parents for a puppy. As a parent, you have probably heard that question several times. Before you decide to heed to your child's wishes though, you need to make sure that he or she is in fact ready to have a dog in the house. Is your child ready for a puppy? Let's take a moment to figure that out.
Choosing the Perfect Dog Winter Outfits
Many pet owners love the winter because it gives them a chance to dress their dogs up in fun sweaters and outfits. Choosing the right dog winter outfits is about a lot more than the design on the clothes though. You need to make sure that your dog is properly covered in the coldest months of the year. The guide below will help you select the right winter outfits for dogs so you can keep your pet warm and happy.
Keeping Short Haired Dogs Warm in the Winter
Long haired dogs are blessed with thick, warm coats that keep them comfortable even in the bitter cold. Short haired dogs don't have that luxury though, which puts them at risk when the temperatures outside start to cool. There are a number of ways you can keep a short haired dog warm in the winter, even if his coat does not thicken up. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Protect Your Dog Bowl from Winter Freezing
Water freezes in the winter. This is a well-known fact that should come as no surprise to you. As a dog owner though, this simple fact can cause a major dilemma. How can you keep water outside for your dog if it is going to freeze shortly after you put it out there? Here are some tips to protect your dog bowl from winter freezing and ensure your dog has healthy drinking water even in the cold.
How to Prevent Pet Car Sickness
Most people do not realize that pets can get car sick until they have a pet that starts vomiting in the car. Just like humans, some animals do not handle the bumpy ride that comes along with being in the car. If you have a pet that gets car sick pretty easily, there are some steps you can take to keep your pet comfortable and avoid cleaning up an unpleasant mess in the future. Here is a guide explaining how to prevent pet car sickness.
Keeping Your Dog Active in the Winter
The bitter cold of the winter and early spring months may limit the running around your dog can do. Some dog breeds thrive in colder temperatures, but many find the blistering temperatures to be too much for their bodies to handle. Whatever the case may be, there are some simple ways you can keep your dog active in the winter even if he cannot spend much time outside. Listed below are different tricks you can try to let your dog burn off some energy in the cold months of the year.
Understanding the Stages of Puppy Growth
Puppies are everywhere around this time of year, which means there is a good chance you have a new member of the family to train and love. Much like parents preparing for their first child, it's important for you to understand the different development stages to come with your growing puppy so you can be ready for them. There are several different stages of puppy growth, and each stage comes with its own set of obstacles to overcome. Here is an overview of what you can expect with your new puppy.
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