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Do Dogs Like Hugs?

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Dogs are loyal and loving members of the family, so it’s natural to want to show them the same kind of affection that you show humans. It may seem instinctual of you to give your dog a hug either because you need one, or because you simply love them so much – but be cautious! Dogs do not view hugs the same way that humans do, which can have potentially dangerous consequences.

It is true that some dogs (especially therapy dogs) will tolerate or even like being hugged, but many dogs do not enjoy the gesture; especially if they have never been hugged before. Canines heavily rely on body language for communication, and placing one or both arms over your dog can be viewed as a sign of dominance. [click to continue…]

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Why Reptiles Are Great For Children

reptilechildMost of the time when a family is looking into acquiring their first pet, it is almost a unanimous decision to get something cute, fluffy, and cuddly. While adopting a dog or cat from your local shelter is an admirable decision, it may not end well if you find that you are in for more than you bargained for. In an effort to teach your children a lesson in responsibility, you may find that you yourself do not have the time and energy to help them care for the pet – because let’s be real, you’ll probably be doing most of the work. To avoid the heartache, chaos, and guilty conscience of adopting (or even worse, buying a puppy) and then having to return the pet, maybe you should look into starting small. Reptiles are a very feasible option for first-time pet owners, which are slightly more cuddly than fish, and here’s why: [click to continue…]

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What Not to Do on a Dog Walk

dog on a leash walk blogDog walks are a great opportunity to give your dog some much needed exercise, work on training, and spend some quality time together. Many dogs require a daily walk (or sometimes more) to properly tire them out! Otherwise, you will have a hyper hound on your hands! When going on a walk, make sure you keep the experience a positive one by sticking to the following guidelines: [click to continue…]

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Why Fish Make Awesome Pets

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While most of us can agree that fish are not the most exciting pet out there, that doesn’t mean they aren’t amazing in other ways! You may think that they are “boring” and “pointless” because “you can’t do anything with them,” but does that make them any less of a companion animal? We don’t think so, and here’s why you should rethink your negative/indifferent opinion of fish:  [click to continue…]

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7 Signs That You’re Not Ready for a Dog

not ready for dog blogMaybe you know someone who’s considering adopting a dog, or you’re a proud fish owner looking to make the leap to a canine companion (which is a very big leap). Since dogs require care for the entirety of their lives (upward of 15+ years), potential pet parents shouldn’t take the decision to bring home a dog lightly. Making a responsible, carefully considered decision before bringing home a new pet is a much better option than making an impulsive-but-well-intended adoption, which may result in the animal ending up in a shelter later in life. If you are exhibiting one or more of these signs, then you need to seriously consider if you are able to adopt a dog and give it the attention it requires: [click to continue…]

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Why Pets Should Be Allowed Everywhere

Ben a 2 1/2 year old West Highland White Terrier, owned by Lauren Johnston, a nydailynews.co Web Editor, visits the News Photography, Department and meets Photo Editor, Blanca Torres. Friday June 26th is Take Your Dog To Work Day.

“Every day should be take your dog to work day!”

As more and more studies are proving that pets have a remarkable healing effect on humans, the number of public places that allow pets is growing every day! Not only are pets allowed in more stores and restaurants than ever before, but animals are being encouraged on college campuses and in office jobs all over the world. In many cases, stress levels are not only reduced, but productivity improves as well, so why doesn’t everywhere allow pets? Well, after this list, hopefully more people will be enlightened to the benefits of having pets surrounding us at all times (besides the fact that they are cute and hilarious): [click to continue…]

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Can Your Dog Be Vegetarian Or Vegan?

 

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Many animal-loving vegetarians and vegans find themselves in a conflict of interest when feeding their pets. It is no surprise that many “hardcore” pet-lovers are also advocates for animals in the wild and on farms as well. So, depending on how “extreme” they are, some pet owners want to cut meat out of their and their pets’ diets as well, to avoid participating in the factory farm industry.  While personal ethics are for you to decide, the main concern is whether or not a vegetarian diet is appropriate for dogs; and the answer is yes, your dog can be healthy while not eating meat. This is great news if you want to relieve your conscience of guilt associated with buying any meat products regardless of who eats them. Vegetarian diets can also be a good option for dogs that have allergies or food intolerances associated with eating meat, and for wary owners who question the quality of the meats included in your average dog food. [click to continue…]

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How Technology Is Changing Pets’ Lives

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In a society that is becoming more overrun by technology with each passing second, life-changing innovations are occuring on a daily basis. Some of these breakthroughs are amazing, while others have questionable effects on our lives. Recently, however, there have been quite a few inventions that not only improve our lives, but our pets’ lives as well. Here are a few ways that our pets are becoming futuristic: [click to continue…]

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New Years Resolutions…For Pets!

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“I can’t be cute all the time, I can get moody too!”

As 2015 is coming to a close, it’s that time again to make some New Year’s resolutions (that you may or may not follow)! If you are trying to improve yourself, then why wouldn’t your pet want to as well? I’m sure there are areas that your pet can work on! Many times, pet owners can get used to their pets’ negative behaviors, which only encourages them to keep doing them. Make this the year that you finally break your lovely companion of its not-so-lovely habits! Here are some ideas: [click to continue…]

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6 Reasons Why Senior Dogs Rock!

adopt a mature dog blogMost of the time when people are thinking about adding a new dog to their family, they want to get a puppy. Sadly, there are many older dogs in shelters who do not find homes because people are not aware of the advantages of adopting a mature dog. For some reason, these dogs are considered “too old” even if they are only five years old! Having experienced the joys of adopting several senior dogs first-hand, and talking with others about their rescues, I can safely tell you a few reasons why seniors rock: [click to continue…]

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