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Pit Bulls: Friend or Foe?

Few dog breeds have drawn as much attention and contention as the loveable yet often feared Pit Bull. Despite the fact that throughout much of history, the Pit Bull was nicknamed “The Nanny Dog,” due to its rumored role as a caretaker of children in the 1800s, debate over the breed’s overall demeanor surges on. Here are five Pit Bull […]

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Choosing Your New Best Friend

With more than 150 dog breeds classified by the American Kennel Club—and 100s more outside the U.S. and some even unclassified—figuring out what kind of dog is right for you and your family can seem overwhelming. Here are some of the most important things to consider:

Activity Level

Your pup’s activity level should mirror your own. If you’re a runner and would […]

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Keys to Choosing Your Pet Sitter

While friends and neighbors can occasionally stand in to check in on your pet from time to time, there are certainly advantages to hiring a pet sitter. A good sitter (and we’ll teach you how to find the one for you) spends quality time with your pet and gets him out for exercise. Read on to find a new part-time […]

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Understanding Pica and Coprophagy

Defined by Merriam-Webster as “an abnormal desire to eat substances not normally eaten,” Pica affects both humans and animals. The eating disorder, rarely found in cats but often in dogs, isn’t necessarily harmful, but often cringe inducing, especially when the animal has coprophagy—stool eating.

While there are numerous theories, the causes of pica are widely unknown. One theory is that the […]

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Homemade Carrot, Date & Oatmeal Vegan Dog Treats

These healthy homemade treats are easy to make and dogs love ’em!
Vegan Carrot, Date & Oatmeal Treats
1 1/2 cups gluten-free all purpose flour

1/2 cup instant unsweetened oatmeal

2 tsp. baking powder

1 cup finely chopped or grated raw carrots

2 tbsp. pitted and finely chopped dates

1/2 cup natural unsalted peanut butter

1/2 cup filtered water

Preaheat oven to 325 F
In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, […]

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The Three Biggest Factors of Dog Life Expectancy

According to Bruce Fogle, author of Caring for Your Dog: The Complete Canine Home Reference, says the median life expectancy for dogs equates to 12.8 years across breeds, there are a number of factors contributing to any given dog’s lifespan. Three of the most affecting factors are size, sex, and purebred health issues.
Size
–         About 40 percent of small breeds will […]

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How Pets Learn: Reinforcement vs. Punishment

 Whether it’s barking, leaping on visitors, or chewing up shoes, there are two methods for altering an animal’s behavior—reinforcement and punishment. HealthyPetU.com defines reinforcement as “anything that increases the chances of a behavior being repeated,” and punishment as “anything that decreases the chance of a behavior being repeated.” Combine those two words with positive and negative, and you get the […]

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Growing Up Together: Pets & Children

 The thought process behind bringing a pet into a house full of kids is fairly consistent: Get little Johnny a kitten or a puppy and soon he will learn the wonders of responsibility. While that may be true, children take other, less tangible lessons away fr0m their family’s furry friend.

 The companionship of an animal allows children the opportunity to develop […]

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The DOs and DON’Ts of Crate Training

 As a lion’s den is his lair, a dog’s den is his crate, but in both cases, the animals’ safe haven. When it comes to crate training a dog, here are some ins and outs of the process that, if followed, will leave your pet feeling like he’s rented a private suite at the W Hotel.
DO . . .
 Provide a […]

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Demystifying Surgical Declawing

 Beat-up couches, ruined rugs, and ankle scratches are three symptoms the household and the person of a cat with claws may experience. And while it’s tempting to take care of those issues with one trip to the vet, cat owners should fully understand onychectomy, more commonly known as declawing your precious feline, before taking the plunge.
 Declawing involves the surgical amputation […]

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