Pet Lifestyle

Adolescent Dogs: What a Pain in the Tail!

Adolescent Dogs, The Academy of Pet Careers

You got your puppy when she was 8 weeks old. You took her to a ton of places and paired new sights and sounds with tasty treats so she’d learn that the world is a safe and fun place to explore. She went to puppy class and learned her basic manners such as Sit, Down,…

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Puppy Biting & What To Do About It

Puppy Biting, The Academy of Pet Careers

One of the first things we need to teach our new puppies is how to control the force of their bite. This is known as “bite inhibition”. What’s important to understand is that we actually don’t want to teach our puppy to never put her teeth on us; rather we want to teach her how…

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Snow Day Activities For Your Dog

Snow Day Activities For Dogs, The Academy of Pet Careers

Sometimes it’s just too cold outside to go for a long walk or play fetch in the yard. But our dogs still need their exercise. What can we do to help our furry family burn through that cabin fever?   Did you know that a dog will burn more energy engaging in mental exercise than…

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Do Dogs Like Hugs? Getting Consent to Pet

Do Dogs Like Hugs, The Academy of Pet Careers

If you’re a dog lover, you probably love to pet and cuddle your dog. And maybe every dog you meet. But does the dog want pets and cuddles? Often the answer will be “yes.” But sometimes, the answer will be “not right now.” And for some dogs the, answer may be a resounding “no thank…

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The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare

In the 1960s there was a push in the UK to improve livestock husbandry standards. The UK Farm Animal Welfare Council formalized a position statement called The Five Freedoms in 1979. Since that time this same standard for basic animal welfare has been embraced by professional groups around the world from veterinarians to national sheltering…

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Fitness With Fido Classes

Fitness With Fido Dog Yoga, Puplates

Dog activity is so important, especially if you have an active breed. Sometimes letting them out in the backyard or going on a walk isn’t enough. As good pet parents, we are always trying to come up with ways to improve our pets’ lives. That is where Fitness With Fido comes in. With over 5…

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Benefits of a Raw Food Diet For Dogs

Raw food diet for dogs

People are increasingly concerned about where their food comes from. More people are looking into ingredients and sourcing food locally or organically. It follows that as we become more concerned with where our food comes from and what we are eating, we would also become concerned with the source of our pet’s food. Even pricey,…

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Managing a Maturing Dog and How to Improve Their Lifestyle

Elderly dog

Pretty much the only downside to loving a dog is that they age so much faster than we do. While we can hope for a decade or so of active prime time with our dogs, after that they will begin to slow down. Adjusting to your dog’s changing preferences and abilities can be challenging for…

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How To Stop A Dog From Chewing The Fun Way

How to stop a dog from chewing

Much like how human babies explore the world through taste and touch, puppies are always putting things in their mouths. Since puppies only have their mouth for exploration, everything they want to explore goes in those mouths. While typically a few licks are enough to satisfy curiosity, sometimes puppies find a texture they think will…

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Recognizing a High Drive Dog and Giving Them an Outlet

High drive dog

Every handler of a working dog recognizes drive. It is a focused intensity, a desire to work, that makes dogs overcome all obstacles in pursuit of the goal. Drive is what gives a Malinois trained in police work the bravery to tackle a man three times his size. It is what makes a hunting dog…

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