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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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Howl'oween

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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Importance Of Puppy Socialization

09/23/15 at 01:33 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

There’s nothing quite as powerful as a first impression, and the same holds true with socialization. Early socialization is the best way to ingrain a sense of confidence during interactions with various environments. Socializing an adult dog is quite different than socializing a puppy. Dogs are the most sensitive between 3-20 weeks, when they are generally accepting of new places, people and other dogs.

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Breed Spotlight: Bernese Mountain Dog

09/18/15 at 01:30 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

A large breed dog originating in the Swiss Alps, the Bernese Mountain Dog features a silky, long tri-colored coat, black with white chest, and rust colored markings above the eyes, sides of mouth and front of legs. Those with a white horseshoe shape around the nose and a white “Swiss cross” on the chest are considered to have ideal markings.

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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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Moving With Your Pets

09/08/15 at 12:14 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

We all know that moving to a new home can be stressful – not only for ourselves but also for our pets. With planning, patience and affection, however, you can help your dogs and cats adjust more quickly to their new home.

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MAKING CHANGES AROUND THE HOME

09/04/15 at 12:37 PM | by Sandy Robins

With summer almost officially over heralded by the first signs of autumn-colored leaves and shorter days, it’s important to note that seasonal changes affect our pets too.

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Breed Spotlight: Welsh Corgi

08/18/15 at 04:54 PM | by Cristen Underwood

Until 1934, Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgis were classed by the Kennel Club as two varieties of one breed. Many fanciers contended that the two actually evolved separately, with the Cardigan from the Dachshund family and the Pembroke from the Spitz line. Once the club recognized the two separately, breeders stopped interbreeding – thus saving the individual integrity of both.

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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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