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What are Probiotics for Cats?

What are Probiotics for Cats?

Just like humans, most of a cat's immunity lives in its digestive tract, so keeping it balanced with a menagerie of good bacteria is a great way to make sure that your feline stays healthy. One way to do this is by supplementing its diet with probiotics. Probiotics...

How to Be a Good Dog Owner and Neighbor

How to Be a Good Dog Owner and Neighbor

Dogs are our faithful companions, but to some people, they can be a nuisance or even downright frightening. It’s up to you to help your dog behave properly around other people and animals when in public.  According to The Emily Post Institute, the leading authority on...

How do I Introduce My Dog to a New Dog?

How do I Introduce My Dog to a New Dog?

A few years ago we brought a second Golden Retriever home.  We were ecstatic to welcome a  new baby, we named Ivy,  into the family.  Gracie, our six-year-old Golden, was less enthusiastic about her new sister.  It reminded me of when I woke up in my college dorm one...

Training Intervention for Reactive Dogs

Training Intervention for Reactive Dogs

My family had Cocker Spaniels when I was growing up.  Most of the time, they are relaxed and docile dogs.  We had one, named Mack, who occasionally acted outside of the norm.  He was a playful and carefree pup on an average day.  Strangers did not bother him.  One...

What To Do About An Overweight Cat

What To Do About An Overweight Cat

The feline cliche is a fat cat, but cats who are overweight are no laughing matter. A cat who is obese can face all sorts of health issues, from joint problems to diabetes. Getting your cat to a healthy weight will help both of you to feel great. What You Can Do When...

How to Deal With Common Behavior Issues

How to Deal With Common Behavior Issues

Training can be looked at as having at least two major facets.  The first is teaching behaviors we want our pups to exhibit.  That’s the fun part.  Another facet, that is perhaps less enjoyable, is addressing problem behavior.  Good dogs occasionally do bad things. ...

How Do I Help My Dog with Loud Noises?

How Do I Help My Dog with Loud Noises?

Nobody likes to see their dogs scared.  Often though, many dogs have an aversion to loud noises their entire lives.  Watching our beloved fur babies shake during a Fourth of July firework show gives us pet parents a helpless feeling.  Thunderstorms can cause an...

The History of Dog Training

The History of Dog Training

It is often said that dogs are man’s best friend.  However, it may be more appropriate to say that dogs are man’s best helpers.  Dogs have been working alongside humans for thousands of years.  Humans began training wolves somewhere between 20,000 and 40,000 years...

What is the Best Dog For Cats?

What is the Best Dog For Cats?

Many people believe that cats and dogs cannot live together in harmony. Contrary to popular belief, thanks to Hollywood movies, these two animals can live together. Well, there are some conditions for your home to achieve peace if you are a parent of these two pets....

How to Ensure Your Cat Adores You

How to Ensure Your Cat Adores You

You love your cat and sometimes you may feel that your cat isn’t as head over paws for you as you are about them. There are ways to win the heart of most cats and the most important way to ensure your cat adores you is to understand it. Understanding a cat means...

What to Know About Housetraining

What to Know About Housetraining

Housetraining is usually the first skill owners attempt to train. Good housetraining goes a long way toward keeping the peace with a new dog. It also helps to keep those pet stains to a minimum. Puppies and older adopted dogs need housetraining instruction. This...

What Not to do During Dog Training

What Not to do During Dog Training

Training a dog is a complicated undertaking. That’s why people go to school to learn how to properly and safely train the pups. It’s always best to have a professional on your side. The wrong kind of training is often highly detrimental. It can teach a behavior you...

What to Look For in a Dog Trainer

What to Look For in a Dog Trainer

Our dogs mean the world to us. Just as we wouldn’t trust everyone with caring for our human family, it is important to be selective when hiring a pet sitter or trainer. Good training early on in life sets a dog up for success and happiness in the future. Improper...

Canine Body Language and Training

Canine Body Language and Training

How many nonverbal cues do we humans give on a daily basis? Well, let’s think- winking, waving, slouching, eye-rolling and the list goes on. We are lucky because when these nonverbal cues fail to communicate our message, we have a vocabulary to fall back on....