Categories
Dogs Training & Grooming Travel & Safety

How and Why to Use a Ramp for Your Dog

Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ramps can be invaluable tools to help make pets–old and young–safer and more comfortable.

Categories
Dogs Life at Home Travel & Safety

Winter Exercise for Small and Short Dogs

Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Our dogs need mental and physical stimulation all year round. With a little ingenuity, you can keep your small dog happy and active even in winter months!

Categories
Activities & Enrichment Dogs Travel & Safety

Are Power Walks Good for Your Dog?

Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes You see them everywhere, and you may think kinda cool, a dog walker with anywhere from four to a dozen and even more dogs all strolling together in what are sometimes marketed as “power walks” or “pack leader walks.” A more accurate term may be “precarious walks.” Dog walkers can be a valuable benefit, assuming […]

Categories
Dogs Travel & Safety

Xylitol: Keep Away From Dogs!

Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Florida resident Britani Atkinson was sitting on her porch, catching up with her brother and other family members who’d just arrived for a visit, when her teen son called her cell phone. His urgent message: “You need to come inside and see this.” Atkinson rushed in to find their 5-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever, Link, lying […]

Categories
Dogs Training & Grooming Travel & Safety

Why You Shouldn’t Use an In-Ground Fence System

Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes The idea of having an open lawn—a requirement in some communities for aesthetic reasons—and still being able to keep your dog from roaming is enticing. Electric, in-ground fence systems cost less to install than traditional fencing and they may meet the requirements of your homeowners association. But the cost to your dog can be much […]

Categories
Dogs Travel & Safety

Have Dog, Will Travel: Tips for Flights

Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Adopting my first small dog – a 9-pound Poodle named Peach – brought many pleasant surprises, including the chance to travel with a dog on an airplane. When I bought our first plane tickets to visit my parents, I made sure to buy a nonstop flight to keep our travel time as short as possible. […]

Categories
Equines Shelters & Fostering Travel & Safety

10 Reasons to Microchip Your Horse

Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes For over 20 years, rescue groups, breeders, and pet owners have been microchipping dogs and cats to help ensure lost pets make their way home. Now the horse industry is catching up. Although a horse is rarely “lost” in the sense that you’d find a runaway clip-clopping down your street, there are other important reasons […]

Categories
Cats Travel & Safety

Can Your Cat Safely Chase, Kill, or Eat Insects?

Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes Insects, from your cat’s point of view, are a great opportunity for a lively chase and hunt. Crawling insects can keep a cat entranced for hours, or minutes, if the cat decides to pounce and eat. If the bug has wings – even better. I’ve seen my cats gleefully leap, catch, and swallow countless flies. […]

Categories
Dogs Travel & Safety

Every Which Way but Loose: 7 Reasons to Keep Your Dog on Leash

Article

Reading Time: 2 minutes A worrisome trend that began during the pandemic is that more people are walking dogs off leash, even in crowded urban areas.  There are lots of concerns regarding this craze, but safety is number one. Here are seven reasons to keep dogs on a leash: Safety First: It’s true that dogs can learn to navigate […]

Categories
Activities & Enrichment Dogs Travel & Safety

5 Signs You Need to Leave the Dog Park

Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Bring up the subject of dog parks to a group of dog trainers and watch their heads explode. You’ll get a slew of opinions, most unfavorable. While I confess I have occasionally rolled my eyes at the topic, I don’t hate dog parks. They can be a good place for some dogs to run off […]