QPG Blog

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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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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What Does “Pet Friendly” Really Mean?

06/12/15 at 11:00 AM | by Amy Burkert

Every year more and more people are including their pets when they go on vacation, and to attract those tourists businesses are presenting themselves as “pet friendly.” But what does that really mean?

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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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So You’re Thinking About Adopting a Pug

06/01/15 at 02:04 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

With a happy-go-lucky attitude and a face that sparks smiles and laughs, the spirited, animated Pug shot to high profile status in the 19th century when Queen Victoria developed a passion for these canines that she passed on to other members of the Royal Family.

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Product Spotlight: Sherpa-Ultimate-On-Wheels

05/29/15 at 02:02 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

Will your pet be joining you on vacation this summer? Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, Quaker Pet Group has just the ticket for allowing your pet to join in all the vacation fun.

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Playing with Big Dogs

05/26/15 at 10:00 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Play is an important part of every puppy’s upbringing. Giant breed puppies, as with any dog breed, benefit from play with toys. goDog’s line of plush, durable toys are crafted with soft, yet sturdy material, ideal for chewers. Durable plush dog toys provide an excellent outlet for a puppy’s compulsion to chew, while gentle on sensitive gums and fragile teeth.

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Planning Your Pet Friendly Summer Getaway

05/22/15 at 10:00 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Whether you’re motoring across the country or flying to a posh beach destination to relax for a week, today’s travelers are privy to a slew of restaurants and resorts where dogs and cats are welcomed like family.

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QPG Players: Al Grainer

05/20/15 at 10:30 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

A brief Q&A with QPG's Director of Design, Al!

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Managing Dogs and Kids

05/19/15 at 09:12 AM | by Sandy Robins

A relationship between the family dog and young children can be very rewarding bond. In fact, very often the family pet is a toddler’s first friend. There are other pluses too; children that grow up around pets learn to understand them and not be afraid of them. It’s all about teaching to respect one another and this includes respecting and learning to differentiate between each other’s toys!

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Playful Pet: American Pit Bull Terrier

05/05/15 at 10:44 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Often combating a bad reputation, the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) can actually be a “pussy cat” with proper breeding, training, handling, socializing and management.

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Preventing Pesky Parasites

05/01/15 at 10:41 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

As spring and summer quickly approach, your pets become more vulnerable to fleas and ticks. Not only do these irritants cause dogs and cats discomfort, but they can also lead to serious illness in pets and even people.

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“Spring” Into The Season With Outdoor Games for Dogs

04/28/15 at 10:32 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Even more so than humans, your dog needs ample exercise to stay happy, healthy and away from destructive behavior. Regular exercise will tire your canine out (both physically and mentally) in a positive way. Outdoor games abound where you can share time with your pooch and help both of you stay on the path to healthy living. Here are a few tips so you and your four-legged buddy can take advantage of the great outdoors this spring and summer.

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