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Dogs are known for being pretty tolerant, easy-going creatures, but there are certain things that can bother even the most docile of pups. Your intentions may be good when giving a dog a hug or patting a pooch on the head, but some canines don’t appreciate these actions and they can result in fearful or aggressive behavior. Below are five things not to do that often make dogs uncomfortable:

1. Hug a strange dog: Dogs don’t express affection in the same ways that humans do. While some dogs will tolerate hugs from their own family, a hug from a stranger can be interpreted as threatening. [click to continue…]

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3 Common Misconceptions about Rats

rat blogWhen most people think of rats, a loving family pet doesn’t come to mind. But, domesticated rats actually make wonderful companions for a variety of reasons. Below are three debunked myths about rats that just might change your mind about these furry little animals:

1. Rats are dirty: False! Rats don’t like getting dirty and their grooming habits are proof. They’re constantly grooming themselves and they groom each other. They also tend to organize their food into piles, so their area stays pretty neat. [click to continue…]

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treat blogOffering your dog a treat may seem like a simple task, but doing it wrong can encourage undesirable behaviors and even put your fingers at risk. Below are a few common mistakes:

Mistake #1: Holding the treat too high

If your dog has to stand on his hind legs or jump to get a treat, you may be unknowingly reinforcing bad behavior. [click to continue…]

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The Post-Workout Cool Down for Your Dog

post workout blogDogs are excellent exercise buddies. Whether it be a walk, run, hike, or some playtime at the park, a canine companion is great motivation to get out and get moving. But, just like you need to cool down after a gym session or a jog, your dog needs a proper post-workout routine too. Below are three tips to keep in mind:

1. Think gradual: Slow your pace at the end of your run or hike to allow your dog’s heart rate to slow and his body temperature to return to normal. [click to continue…]

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3 Tips for Taking a Selfie with Your Pet!

selfie blogTaking a selfie with your pet is no easy task, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting to share our pets’ adorable-ness with the rest of the world! The next time you’re trying to capture that perfect selfie with Fluffy or Fido, keep these three tips in mind:

1. Don’t force it: Trying to pick up your wiggling dog and force him into a picture probably isn’t the best way to get a good shot. Instead, kneel down beside your pet if he’s already sitting for an easier, more natural-looking photo. [click to continue…]

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Why Do Dogs… Eat Poop?

guilty pugIt may not be a pleasant topic, but it’s not uncommon for pet owners to complain about their dog eating feces. The technical name for this behavior is Coprophagia, and it can refer to a dog eating its own feces or that of another animal (cat boxes are often prime targets). So, why on earth would a dog want to engage in such a gross habit? Below are three possible explanations:

1. Nutritional deficiency: This is the most common explanation for feces eating among canines. [click to continue…]

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dog begging barbeque blogWhen the sun’s out and the days are long, there’s nothing better than a backyard barbeque with family and friends. While sharing a bite or two of grilled chicken breast or watermelon with your dog is usually fine in moderation, there are some barbeque foods that can be downright dangerous. [click to continue…]

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5 Feline Superpowers

cat jumping super powers blogOkay, cats may not actually have superpowers, but they do have some pretty unique abilities. Below are five feline talents that help them play, hunt, and explore:

1. Psychic whiskers: A change in airflow can be enough for a cat’s whiskers to pick up on nearby movement. [click to continue…]

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dog eating carrot blogFrom health reasons to personal beliefs, people decide to adopt a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, people want to carry this personal decision over into their pet care choices, but is it safe to do so? [click to continue…]

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3 of the Most Playful Cat Breeds

japanese bobtail playing blogFelines may have a reputation for being a little on the lazy side, but not every cat falls into this stereotype. [click to continue…]

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