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Get Schooled With Fun Facts about Dogs

It’s time to make some flashcards and scrounge up a few No. 2 pencils for a quick pet lovers pop quiz. Whether you loved science, math, history or literature in school, you’ll find something of interest in this list of quirky facts: Similar to a person’s fingerprint, a dog’s nose print is unique and is…

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Working Your Pets Into Labor Day Plans

Every year on the first Monday in September, folks across the country enjoy celebrating Labor Day with parades, parties, cookouts and last minute vacations. While many of us are a little iffy on the origins and meaning of the holiday, we never want to miss a chance to make a few more summer memories before…

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Wet and Wild – How To Introduce Your Dog to Swimming

Looking for ways to beat the heat with your pets this summer? Many of your best options involve water – from sipping and splashing, to swimming and soaking. Since not all dogs are natural-born swimmers, make sure your pups are prepared before you paddle out. Unless you already know your dog loves the water, take…

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The I Do’s and Don’ts of Dogs in Weddings

With early summer comes the arrival of wedding season. And since weddings are joyful occasions meant to be shared with the ones you love, it’s not surprising that many couples want to include their beloved pets in the celebration. Thankfully, there are lots of fun and memorable ways to include your pets, whether they attend…

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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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