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Dog-Proofing Your Home

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Whether you are moving into a new place, just got a new dog, or decided to make some changes to ensure your dog’s safety, you are probably wondering where to even start. It seems like once you start thinking about all the dangers your dog could face that suddenly your entire home is filled with hazards. You want to be a responsible pet parent, and you are taking steps in the right direction.

Humans mostly rely on their eyes and hands to see...

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Owning A Dog In A Small Apartment

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It can be a daunting task owning a dog in a bustling, cramped city like New York, but it is certainly not impossible. Walking around the city can lead to many encounters with dogs of all shapes and sizes. Certainly not all of these dogs live in sprawling mansions with football fields to run around on! Many New Yorkers live in tiny apartments or other small spaces comfortably with their canine companions. While you may not have the luxury of...

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Translating Dog Barks

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   Just as humans need to vocally communicate with one another, dogs have their own system of communication. You probably know that dogs bark for a reason, but do you really know what each sound means? Not all dogs communicate the same way and it can vary from breed to breed, however the list below will provide some guidelines to help you decipher your dog’s message when he or she barks. It is also important to be aware of a dog’s body language, such...

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When Your Dog Doesn't Like To Go To The Vet

 

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   Somehow they always know. Even if you avoid the V-E-T word and pretend to be taking a trip to the dog park, somehow they always manage to figure out this trip is going to be awful. It may seem silly that your dog is afraid of going to the vet, but people certainly don’t rejoice in going to the doctor. Think of going to the doctor’s office as a child. You are in an unfamiliar place, where someone pokes and prods you, and...

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Walking A Dog At Night

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   As the days get shorter and night falls earlier, it has become almost impossible to avoid a walk in the dark. There are several things you can do to make walking your dog at night much safer for everyone involved. >Before heading out the door, make sure your dog has his ID tags on and you have his leash securely attached. For...

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How To Tell If Your Dog Is Cold

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   When we think of our dogs, one of the first things that comes to mind is their fur. Our warm, furry friends leave sprinkles of love behind that cover our clothing and floor, reminding us that our beloved pets are never far away. We credit that wonderful fur with keeping our dogs warm, but even fur does not make a dog immune to the cold. Yes, even our warm friends can feel the cold and it is our job to make...

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Human Foods That Are Good For Dogs

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   While some of the foods we eat are not safe for our dogs (such as chocolate, grapes, and onions), there are plenty of foods that can be used as healthy treats. The ones listed below are generally safe for dogs to consume. However, existing health problems, food allergies, and dietary problems can play a factor in whether or not a food is safe for your dog. If you have specific concerns, it is always best to consult your vet and to always monitor...

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Walking Your Dog In The Snow

 

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We all know just how important it is for our dogs to get their exercise. While the activity of walking keeps our pups healthy (and people too),...

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Introducing Your Newborn Baby to Your Dog

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Congratulations! You’re the proud parent of a bouncing little bundle of joy. Chances are you can’t wait to get your newborn home and settled into a life full of love and laughter as an important part of your family. What about your other little bundle though? You know, the fuzzy one. The idea of introducing your new baby to your current one can seem like a daunting task. Just like with any other sibling however, the process isn’t as harsh as you might...

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How To Know When Something Is Wrong With Your Dog

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As a member of your family, it’s important to treat your dog with the same respect and love as everyone else. But just like any family member, your dog also needs constant supervision and care to keep his health in check. Your communication with your dog is limited, as his lack of verbalization makes it difficult to understand when something is wrong. Knowing the warning signs of a dog in need are important to look out for and can catch any...

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