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Breed Spotlight: Shetland Sheepdog

05/09/16 at 02:27 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

An alert, small, rough-coated, longhaired working dog, the Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) is an agile and sturdy medium-size dog breed with a life span of 12-14 years. Like the Collie, the Sheltie traces to the Border Collie of Scotland. These Collies were reduced to miniature proportions upon the breed being transported to the Shetland Islands and crossed with small, intelligent, longhaired breeds.

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How To Choose A Pet Sitter

05/02/16 at 02:24 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

There’s really no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to finding the right pet sitter to meet the specific needs of you and your pet(s). While some pet parents have the luxury of using/hiring a neighbor, family member or good friend they can trust with the responsibility, others have to look to professional resources or referrals from those they know and respect.

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Stress Awareness in Dogs and Cats

04/29/16 at 02:21 PM | by Sandy Robins

If you are looking for a good excuse to go out and splurge on some new toys for your dog or cat, you can assuage any guilt about your shopping spree by knowing that toys are a great stress-reliever for pets. New toys will in fact boost their levels of both mental and physical well being.

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Celebrating National Kids & Pets Day

04/25/16 at 02:16 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

As if you need more convincing that having pets around your home makes a positive impact on your children, National Kids & Pets Day will make April 26 a day of ultimate enlightenment.

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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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Breed Spotlight: Poodle

04/19/16 at 02:09 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

While often pigeonholed as a “beauty with no brains” dog breed, the Poodle is exceptionally intelligent, active and excels in obedience training. According to AKC® Registration statistics, it’s one of the most popular dog breeds possibly due to the fact that it also comes in three size varieties. The denominations standard, miniature and toy describe size only, as all are considered the same breed and governed by the same standard.

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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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Revving Up Your Resolutions

01/18/16 at 09:38 AM | by Sandy Robins

There’s no question when January comes around we are all trying to get back into routine after a round of holiday partying and over-indulging in treats and food – and that often relates to our pets too.

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Selecting A Dog Crate

12/21/15 at 02:16 PM | by Cristen Underwood

Your dog’s crate is more than simply a place to keep him while you’re away. It’s his sanctuary, as well as his home within your home. Since they can be so expensive, you’ll want to choose a dog crate that’s tough enough to last a lifetime with features to keep your dog comfortable and safe.

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Doggy Holiday Treats

12/14/15 at 01:57 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

Everyone loves the gift of holiday cookies. But it’s unlikely that anyone enjoys them more than our dogs! With ingredients like peanut butter, cranberries and even sardines, these dog Holiday treat recipes are sure to have tails wagging.

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Pet Travel Activities When the Weather Won’t Cooperate

12/07/15 at 02:03 PM | by Amy Burkert

There is no denying that the weather can have a huge impact on your plans when you’re traveling with your dogs. Blazing summer heat, torrential rain, or the bite of winter are more than an inconvenience – they can pose serious health concerns for you and furry travel companions.

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Six Steps For Cat-Proofing Your Christmas Tree

12/03/15 at 01:00 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

Is your cat so mesmerized by your Christmas tree that she climbs onto it and knocks off needles, decorations and tinsel? Or has she nearly knocked over the entire tree? Keeping your curious cat out of the Christmas tree helps to avoid injury to your cat, and the potential for further damage to people and items near the tree.

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Why a Carrier is a Must-have Pet Travel Accessory

11/25/15 at 06:12 AM | by Sandy Robins

The Thanksgiving weekend heralds the start of one of the busiest travel times of the year as people around the country try to connect in order to spend family time together. And very often such travel plans includes feline and canine family members too.

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Breed Spotlight: English Springer Spaniel

11/09/15 at 03:48 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

A popular sporting breed that blends beauty and utility, the English Springer Spaniel is a well-proportioned hunter that’s nicely balanced in every physical aspect. They have a proud carriage, strong and muscular legs, and compact body reflecting endurance, power and agility.

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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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Should I Take My Dog Trick-Or-Treating?

10/29/15 at 11:55 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

It’s that time of year when the holiday season rolls out from ghosts and goblins to New Year’s fireworks. If you plan on making your dog a part of the festivities, you’ll need to know what’s best for everyone involved.

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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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Breed Spotlight: Alaskan Malamute

10/20/15 at 01:41 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

A powerful, substantially built large breed dog with a deep chest and strong, well-muscled body, the Alaskan Malamute is the oldest and largest among Arctic sled dogs. While many a “Mal” lives with a human family, he’s built for hauling large loads across long distances. So this Arctic breed is a good fit for those into jogging, sledding, hiking and swimming.

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10 Best Dog Halloween Costumes

10/16/15 at 12:40 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

It’s that time of year when your dog tolerates you dressing it up in a Halloween costume that earns it ample attention from other humans and extra treats from everyone. If you decide to take your dog trick-or-treating, here are some of the most popular costumes you’ll find at pet stores, seasonal stores or that you can try to create on your own. And for even more Halloween fun, make it match with your costume or your children’s’ Halloween costumes!

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How Do You Prepare For A Road Trip With Your Pet?

10/13/15 at 09:55 AM | by Amy Burkert

Fall is here, and this is the best time of the year to travel with your pets – the crowds have died down, the temperatures are comfortable, and, if you time it right, the foliage is spectacular! Whether your furry companion is a first-time road tripper or a seasoned traveler, following some simple steps will ensure that everyone enjoys the ride.

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Introducing your dog to a new baby

10/09/15 at 01:44 PM | by Cristen Underwood

You’re expecting! And that’s an especially demanding time on so many levels. If your family already includes a pet, you'll need to help your first fur-"baby" adjust to the new one you'll soon be bringing home

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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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8 Ways to Become a More Confident Pack Leader

09/28/15 at 01:36 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

If you’ve recently adopted a young or adult dog—or if you’re considering adoption—keep in mind that you’ll be spending plenty of time teaching and training your new family member. It’s imperative to establish yourself as the pack leader in the process.

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