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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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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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Beat the Heat!

08/04/15 at 04:28 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

As summer approaches, weather can potentially become dangerous for humans and their four-legged pals. Here are a few basic – but essential – tips to keep your pets safe when the heat is on.

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Getting Ready for the Travel Season

06/30/15 at 07:28 AM | by Sandy Robins

The travel season is about to take off. Traveling with a cat or a dog is just like traveling with a toddler; you have to be prepared.

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Playful Pal: Jack Russell Terrier

06/24/15 at 11:47 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Jack Russells are highly intelligent dogs that are extremely trainable with well-seasoned dog trainers. This is why the breed is a well-known star in movie and television roles. But that intelligence can work against a novice dog owner. It is imperative to start training early and provide ample exercise and mental stimulation. A bored Jack Russell will easily come up with his own idea of fun, and it likely won’t be a pretty scene

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Introducing goDog Ripzzz™

06/19/15 at 11:39 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

To dogs, there’s a certain appeal in destruction, whether it’s finally severing the last thread of a shoelace or tearing through a room full of balloons! So when our Research and Development team sat down to brainstorm about new goDog™ toy concepts, we wondered how we could incorporate the feeling of destruction all wrapped safely inside of a well-constructed dog toy made with Chew Guard Technology. The answer was Hook and Loop Tape.

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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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