Dog Ownership

Should I Vaccinate My Dog? Vaccine Secrets and Safeguards

Should I vaccinate my dog? If so, how often? These are common questions dog owners ask. With all the recent controversy about vaccines for children, it is easy to understand why pet owners might question standard veterinary vaccination practices. Nevertheless, it’s still the best, safest choice to vaccinate. In fact—when it comes to rabies, it’s the only option.  But the question remains, are yearly vaccinations really necessary? Isn’t over-vaccination potentially dangerous? In this post, I will give you helpful vaccine secrets and …

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Why Dogs Make Great Companions: The Winsome Wonder-Pets

If you are a dog owner, it’s likely no secret to you why dogs make great companions. For millennia, dogs have been man’s best friend around the globe—as a matter of fact, in 2018 there were 470 million pet dogs worldwide, making them the number one pet in the world. On the other hand, the rest of you without dogs may be left scratching your heads and wondering what the big deal is. In other words, “Why is the world so crazy …

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Chuckit! Dog Toy: The Ultimate in Fetch

There are lots of ways to bond with your pet, but taking time to play with him every day is sure to earn you first place in his heart. Playing with Your Dog Have you ever sat and watched a group of dogs or puppies when they’re together? I have, and one of the earliest observable behaviors of puppies (aside from nursing and sleeping) is play. Puppies will play with their litter mates until they literally wear themselves out and …

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Do as I Say, Not as I Do: Dog Ownership

I’ve said it before and will say it again—I have made a LOT of mistakes with our dogs over the years. So, do as I say, not as I do is today’s topic. Let’s jump right in with the don’ts of dog ownership. #1 Don’t make an emotional decision Making an emotional decision about anything is usually not a great idea, but when it comes to bringing home a dog who could be living with you for the next 10-15 …

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What is the Best Dog Crate? Choosing the Right Crate to Fit Your Needs

Dog crates, like dogs, come in many shapes and sizes and have a variety of features. In this post, I hope to help you narrow things down so you can make a decision you’re happy with. I’ll try to keep things simple! There are many high quality dog crates for sale online, and you don’t have to pay a fortune for one unless you have a super-destructive pet. Luxury Crates (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) Luxury …

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How Do I Choose the Right Dog for My Family?

The joys of dog ownership are varied and plentiful. Not only are dogs the most widely-owned pet in the US, but they are also the number one pet worldwide, at an estimated 470 million pet dogs in 2018 (source: Statista.com). Also, the American Kennel Club recognizes 197 different dog breeds. That’s a LOT of dogs to choose from. So, how do you choose the right dog for you or your family? In this post, I will cover: Dog Temperament Dog …

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Preparing for a New Puppy or Dog

Puppies. They’re cute and cuddly, affectionate and silly. Many of us want one at some point in our lives, especially when we are young or want companions (or our kids are begging for one). I assume you are here because you either want a dog or are at least mulling over the idea. But have you considered how to prepare for a new puppy? It’s funny. Most of us naturally start planning ahead for the arrival of a child, but …

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