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5 Tips for a Stress-Free 4th of July

Posted on by Monet Moore

5 Tips for a Stress-Free 4th of July

The 4th of July is right around the corner. It’s a day filled with fun, food, and fireworks for the whole family. However, one member of your family may not be as excited for the festivities -- your furry friend. If you’re looking to include your precious pup in your Independence Day plans, it’s important that you plan ahead with these 5 tips! Keep them cool No matter where in the country you reside, the chance for high temperatures, and in some cases high humidity, is as great as your chance of hearing fireworks. Heat exhaustion is a very real...

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Training Made Easy: Shake

Posted on by Monet Moore

Training Made Easy: Shake

By now your pup knows some basic commands: sit and lay down. Now we’re moving into fun trick territory. Getting your dog to shake can be a little tricky, but once you have it down, it’s easy to convert to high five if you so choose.  So let’s look at the two methods you can use to train your dog to shake.  The Waiting Game This method can potentially take the longest, as it involves just waiting for your dog to raise their paw naturally.  Kneel, put your hand out, palm up, in front of your dog. They should be...

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How to Give Your Senior Dog the Life They Deserve

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How to Give Your Senior Dog the Life They Deserve

Just like humans, dogs get older with every passing year. You may notice they’re getting a little slower, enjoying sleeping more, and don’t play quite as much as they used to. Maybe you’ve had your dog since puppyhood. Perhaps you’ve decided to take on the responsibility of adopting a senior dog. No matter how you got here, there are a few things you can do to give your senior dog the happy, healthy, and fulfilling life they deserve.  Modify Their Environment As your dog gets older, it may get tougher and tougher for them to move around the house. That’s...

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5 Ways Anxiety Affects Your Dog and How to Help

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5 Ways Anxiety Affects Your Dog and How to Help

Anxiety is a common behavior for dogs, with 20-40% of dogs dealing with some form or another. That being said, anxiety affects each dog differently. There are often different triggers, as well as different symptoms that accompany anxiety. Common Triggers Fear Triggers like loud noises, other dogs or animals, a visit to the vet, specific objects and more can all be a trigger for anxiety. Specific stimuli overstresses and scares your dog, sparking anxiety.  Separation Another common trigger is separation. Dogs become attached to their owners and a fear of being abandoned by their “pack” leads them to act out...

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Do Dogs Understand Us?

Posted on by Monet Moore

Do Dogs Understand Us?

My grandmother would always swear to me that her dog Cooper could understand every word she said. Cooper could tell when my grandmother was upset, happy, or frustrated and would “respond” appropriately when my grandmother talked to him. We’ve often wondered whether animals could understand us, but I feel like dogs have been a particular subject of wonder. Since we hold them in high regard as companions, it makes sense to have the desire for them to understand us the way a human companion would.  So, do dogs understand us? Yes, but not in the way you think.  There are...

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