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Putting the Fun into Fall Leaves

11/08/18 at 07:43 AM | by Sandy Robins

This time of year, many parts of the country are awash in an artist’s palette of brilliant autumn colors. From a canine perspective, falling leaves swirling to the ground are fun to chase and there’s no better time to enjoy going for a walk or a hike. Before you rush out, here’s a quick checklist to ensure you both and your pooch pal remain safe.

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Dog Bite Prevention

09/05/18 at 03:42 PM | by Sandy Robins

Dog bites are scary for pet owners. It’s worth drawing attention to this canine issue because more than 20 000 people get bitten every year. These numbers include children, adults as well as postal and package delivery workers who are in the front line opening garden gates and being greeted at the front door by the resident canine.

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Dogs and Weddings

08/22/18 at 08:35 AM | by Sandy Robins

Both children and dogs can be wild cards at weddings especially if they are part of the retinue. But a wedding with “flower dogs” or a canine ring-bearer can all go off without a hitch with a bit of strategic planning and, provided the pooch, or pooches, understand basic commands such assitand stayandcome.

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February Valentine

02/02/18 at 10:50 AM | by Sandy Robins

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday. But you can still plan a fun weekend getaway at any time this month to celebrate. Not sure where to go? Well, try this. Grab a pencil, close your eyes and see where it lands. 

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Keeping Pets Away From Holiday Decorations

02/02/18 at 10:35 AM | by Sandy Robins

We have all seen those hilarious videos with cats causing havoc in holiday trees, swinging precariously from spaghetti-thin branches to bat the decorations, climbing through the foliage to the very top only to bring the tree and all its finery crashing to the ground.

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New Years Resolutions

02/02/18 at 06:39 AM | by Sandy Robins

January: It’s that time of the year again to commit to some new year resolutions. Most of us fail miserably, often within weeks. There’s a lot to be said for a buddy system to spur you on and keep you on track. Your dog is your best buddy, right?  So why not try making a list of pledges that will benefit both of you and, hopefully, your pooch will inspire you to stick with your commitments.

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How to Keep Dogs From Digging Up Your Garden

05/30/17 at 11:12 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Your adorable pup loves to dig for so many reasons, but none of which are to purposefully destroy your beautiful garden. Dogs like to dig to find a cooler or warmer place to relax, to bury their valuables like food, bones, and toys, to hunt prey like moles, groundhogs, and gophers, but most often dogs like to dig because they think it’s fun.

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Signs of the Zodiac Dog Toys

05/01/17 at 02:48 AM | by Sandy Robins

What does your dog’s zodiac sign say about the way he plays and the kind of toys he enjoys? According to the astrology charts featured in The Old Farmer’s Almanac that spell out canine personality traits, we’ve hand picked a special toy for each of the 12 signs that we believe will have his tail wagging with delight.

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Exercise Alternatives for Cold Weather

01/19/17 at 03:07 AM | by Sandy Robins

Baby, its cold outside! However, irrespective if there’s a blizzard or rain coming down in buckets, the chances are your dog will still bring his leash and expect to go for a walk.

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Creating a Better Connection with Your Dog

08/31/16 at 02:00 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

Dogs are creatures of habit, and it’s no surprise that we continually hear stories about the intense bond that develops between humans and their dogs. Dogs may travel hundreds of miles to find their lost home, dogs can save humans from a burning building, or even sacrifice their own lives to save a human companion. These are not just traits of trained search and rescue dogs, but of common dogs with strong relationships with their humans.

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Pool Safety for your Pets

07/27/16 at 12:21 PM | by Cristen Underwood

It is so much fun to swim in the summertime with your pet! You know the rules of safety for you and your children, but there are some rules for your pets and wildlife, too. Ensure that everyone is safe this summer by knowing pet pool safety.

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Dogs and Swimming

07/19/16 at 02:00 PM | by Sandy Robins

When you’re traveling with pets, whether you’re taking a day trip, or heading out on a two-week vacation, it takes the same amount of advance planning and preparation. It’s no different to traveling with small children!

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How Nutrition Can Help Reduce Shedding

04/22/16 at 02:13 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

While some dog breeds are notorious shedders, others have shed-resistant fur. But even shed-resistant dogs will lose fur depending on the season, weather, grooming and his overall health. You can’t prevent this natural process. But you can help reduce the amount of loose hair. If you feel your dog is shedding more than a typical amount for his breed, consult your veterinarian to rule out any undiagnosed health issues.

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Potty Training Your New Puppy

02/05/16 at 10:07 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Potty training your new dog or puppy requires so much more than a few stacks of old newspapers. It also requires patience, commitment and consistency. Virtually every dog–especially puppies–will have an occasional accident in the house. That’s just part of the training process.

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Breed Spotlight: American Staffordshire Terrier

01/28/16 at 11:54 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Also referred to as Am Staffs, these people-oriented canines thrive when made part of the family and given a job to do. Highly trainable, good-natured and intelligent, they’re great with children and other pets.

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Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

01/22/16 at 11:51 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Your dog is now a cow, but it seems your dog has developed a habit of eating grass. Why? Grass eating dogs are actually quite common. The “condition”, referred to as Pica, is considered normal behavior by most veterinarians.

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How To Pet Proof Your House

11/04/15 at 03:43 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

When a dog or cat becomes a member of your household, safety is a first priority, just as with any family member. Not unlike a toddler, it’s in a pet’s nature to be curious. Pet proofing your home is an important process to protect both your dog or cat and the items you own. If you have small children, you’re probably already familiar with baby-proofing items that are relatively inexpensive and easy to install.

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10/22/15 at 11:43 AM | by Sandy Robins

Halloween – or Howl’oween as it’s referred to by many pet parents, is the most popular event on the pet calendar. This is probably because it’s an occasion that’s all about treating. And treats come in a variety of forms – from yummy edibles to a great new toy. Preferably both!

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Best Dog Breeds For Children

10/02/15 at 01:38 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

If your youngsters are begging you for a canine companion, it’s important to find the best dog breed for children. Here’s a alphabetical look at 10 of the top dog breeds for families with kids.

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What Does Fido See?

09/14/15 at 01:24 PM | by Cristen Underwood

It’s certain that few scents get past a canine’s nose. But when it comes to vision, it’s a totally different story. While dogs are not colorblind, it’s believed that they see only shades of blue, yellow and gray. This enables their brains to distinguish blue from yellow, but not red from green. That's because canine eyes have only two types of color-sensitive cone cells as compared to the three in the eyes of humans.

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Canine Separation Anxiety

08/13/15 at 12:48 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

Your dog follows you from room to room. He displays frantic greeting behaviors and acts depressed when you leave. He’s destructive when you’re gone. While experts don’t fully understand why some dogs suffer from separation anxiety and others don't, it’s vital that we recognize how the behavior associated with this condition is part of a panic response.

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Pampering Pets in High Style

08/10/15 at 12:39 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

Fortunately, businesses are becoming more pet friendly in leaps and bounds over the past few years, welcoming four-legged family members to join their owners in day-to-day activities. So naturally, pet parents are seeking fresh, stylish ways to pamper their precious traveling companions.

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Can you travel with dogs who aren't perfect?

08/05/15 at 12:33 PM | by Amy Burkert

Perhaps you’ve noticed people traveling with their small, well-behaved dogs who tuck into a pocketbook and never make a peep and thought, “If my dog were like that, I’d travel with him, too!” I’m here to tell you that your dog does not have to be perfect to bring more joy and happiness to your next vacation.

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How to Deal with Compulsive Canine Behavior

06/16/15 at 11:33 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

If your dog is exhibiting compulsive behaviors, consult your veterinarian for a thorough physical examination and blood panel to determine if behavior might be related to a physical condition or disease. For example, grooming to excess could result from an allergic reaction irritating the skin rather than obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Playtime Tips for Small Dogs

06/11/15 at 07:27 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

They may not stand much higher than an ankle, but small dogs often have the biggest hearts. There’s also a lot of energy packed into these small packages. Play is a very important part of raising a small dog. Not only does play help a small dog exert his pent up energy, it helps promote good behavior through by satisfying mental and physical stimulation needs.

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