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May is National Pet Foster Care Month

May is National Pet Foster Care Month, which means that now is the perfect time to consider becoming a foster pet parent. By fostering a pet, you can provide a temporary but loving home for a dog or cat while opening up a space at the shelter for another animal to be cared for. In…

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A Collection of Dog and Cat Jokes

Most dogs like to have fun with a good meaty bone. But have you ever wondered whether dogs have a funny bone? Dogs can certainly be funny. They love to play, and they have a knack for helping us take life a little less seriously. But wondering if dogs have a sense of humor may…

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Spring Break Fun for Dogs

Spring Break is just around the corner, and whether you “sit” at home, “stay” close by or “fetch” a far-away adventure, dogs can take part in the fun! Often a time for fun in the sun or hitting the slopes, Spring Break can be enjoyed in any way your time and budget allow. After the…

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The idea of the five love languages was popularized by author Gary Chapman in 1995. His best-selling book talks about how people tend to express and experience love in one or two dominant ways, and how acknowledging and responding to those tendencies in your mate will bring the two of you closer. As it turns out, this can be true with our pets as well. In this season of hugs, hearts and happiness, it’s a good time to think through what your dog’s love language might be and how to best communicate your love in a way that he or she will understand best. This awareness will also be a benefit when it comes to finding out what motivates your dog in the training process. 1. Words of affirmation - Dogs who thrive on praise may be responding to your tone of voice as much as your actual words. Either way, praising your dog is quick, easy and free, so keep those “Good boy’s” coming! 2. Physical touch - A lot of dogs enjoy a belly rub or a good scratch. Even some time spent for a good brushing will be meaningful to some dogs. Bonus – you end up with both a calmer and cleaner dog! 3. Receiving gifts - Is your dog highly motivated by treats? Is a new toy the most exciting part of the week? Gift giving may be your dog’s preferred love language but watch out – if he thinks it’s yours too, you may receive some “loving” gifts on your back porch! 4. Quality time - The gift of your time and attention may mean the most of all to your dog. Whether you play fetch together, snuggle on the couch or spend time learning a new trick, your dog will feel cared for when you focus on your time together. 5. Acts of service - Actions speak louder than words for some of us, so feeding, grooming and going on long walks may be meaningful to dogs who are more action-oriented. This category tends to overlap with some of the others, but any effort to serve or involve your dog that’s motivated by love will be appreciated. Your dog may have more than one love language or his preferences may change over time, but trying to figure it out is part of the fun. This Valentine’s Day, your dog will be happy to receive your love no matter what language you speak!

Speaking Your Dog’s Love Language

The idea of the five love languages was popularized by author Gary Chapman in 1995. His best-selling book talks about how people tend to express and experience love in one or two dominant ways, and how acknowledging and responding to those tendencies in your mate will bring the two of you closer. As it turns…

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Throw a Winning Puppy Bowl Party

Every year, millions of Americans gather on Super Bowl Sunday for football, food, fun and epic commercials! Even if you’re not fired up about the NFL championship game itself, Super Bowl parties are a great excuse to gather with your favorite people, and in the case of Puppy Bowl celebrations, your favorite dogs too! On…

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Give the Gift of Dog Grooming

For the pet parent on your holiday shopping list who has (almost) everything, gadgets and goofy dog sweaters are fun, but maybe it’s time to think outside the gift box. Why not “chews” a dog grooming gift card instead? Dog grooming makes a great gift for many reasons, and the shopping couldn’t be easier. First…

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Giving Thanks for the Best Dog in the World

‘Tis the season to be thankful. Yet in the midst of the hustle and bustle to get the turkey on the table while keeping the dogs/kids/uncles off the table, even giving thanks can turn into a chore. Once everyone gathers ‘round and starts sharing what they’re thankful for, you may feel a bit too rushed…

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Falling for Great Pet Photos

Fall is a beautiful time to take priceless photos with your pets, when seasonal festivities provide a seemingly endless supply of colors, shapes, textures and activities. With a few tips and tricks in mind, you can elevate your images to a new level that really captures the essence of your pets. Whether you are shooting…

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Socialization in Dogs

Did you know that dogs can and should be socialized at any point in their life? From puppies to senior dogs, socialization is important to help dogs manage their stress levels around a variety of people, different environments, and other dogs. Adequate socialization can go a long way to preventing behavior problems and improving bonding…

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Take Your Dog Back to School

Back to School is a busy whirlwind of shopping for school supplies, packing lunches and getting into a homework routine for many households. This is also a good time for pet owners to establish or refresh some good behavior rules for your canine family members who may have slipped into sloppy habits over the summer.…

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