Understanding Why Dogs Lick You?

Why Do Dogs Lick You

Ever wondered why your furry companion showers you with slobbery kisses? Discover the heartwarming reasons behind your dog’s endearing licks and deepen your understanding of your canine’s needs. Reasons Why Your Dog May Lick You 1. The Natural Instinct of Licking Dogs, as descendants of wolves, have retained the instinct of licking. This primal behavior…

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Managing Dogs and Fireworks: Expert Tips & Calming Strategies

Dogs and Fireworks

Are fireworks causing distress to your furry friend? Learn how to manage anxieties associated with dogs and fireworks. Discover effective strategies and expert tips to alleviate your dog’s anxiety during fireworks displays. Keep your canine companion calm and safe this festive season. Learn how to create a comforting environment and utilize calming products for a…

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Dog Massage: A Holistic Approach to Your Canine’s Health

Dog Massage

Unearth the wonders of dog massage—a holistic tool to boost your furry friend’s overall health and wellness.   Content Understanding the Benefits Dog Massage Techniques How to Massage Your Dog When to Seek Out a Professional Canine Massage Certification Frequently Asked Questions Understanding the Benefits of Dog Massage    Every pet parent’s primary aim is…

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Puppy Socialization 101: A Roadmap to Lifelong Happiness

Puppy Socialization 101

Have you ever wondered how to ensure your furry friend grows up to be a well-adjusted and friendly dog? The answer lies in the magical process called puppy socialization. By exposing your puppy to positive experiences during their critical socialization period, you can set them up for a lifetime of happiness and confidence. In this…

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How Old Should You Start Grooming a Puppy?

How Old Should You Start Grooming A Puppy

The ideal age for a puppy to start grooming is between 12 and 16 weeks, assuming they are up to date on their vaccinations.    Preparing for Your Puppy’s First Groom Once your puppy has become accustomed to its new home and family, you can begin to prepare it for it’s first grooming appointment.  The…

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What is Kennel Cough?

What is Kennel Cough

Are you boarding this holiday season? Are you having your pets groomed? Do you know where your neighbor’s dogs have been recently? All of these situations can cause concern for susceptibility to the disease commonly known as “kennel cough.” Here are a few tidbits you may wish to know prior to speaking to your veterinarian.…

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Preventing Separation Anxiety as We Return to Work

For many of our dogs, the past few months have been a blessing. They’ve had their people home all day. Every day. It is their dream come true. A dog’s heaven. And now we’re beginning to head back to work. A lot of dogs will feel this shift very strongly. After months of total togetherness,…

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Halloween Can Be Scary For Dogs

Halloween Can Be Scary For Dogs Image, The Academy of Pet Careers

Some dogs are comfortable with all sorts of people and are not put out by people in weird getups or strange makeup. But those dogs are the exception. Most dogs, even very people-sociable dogs, can become worried about seeing people in costumes. From strange makeup to full-face masks, and costumes that change our shape from…

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Playing Tug of War: Good Exercise, Great Bond-Building

Tug Of War Image, The Academy of Pet Careers

There is a school of thought that suggests we shouldn’t play Tug of War with our pups because it can create aggression. That same school of thought will say that if you do play Tug, make sure you always win so that the dog knows you’re the boss.   I could not disagree with that…

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The Benefits of Using a Dog Muzzle

Dog Muzzle, The Academy of Pet Careers

At The Academy of Pet Careers, all students (both grooming and training) learn to acclimate dogs to wearing a muzzle because it’s such an important skill to have. And as a professional trainer and behavior consultant, I believe that every dog should learn to be comfortable wearing a muzzle.   Many people cringe at the…

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