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finding toys for your dog's play style

Different dogs have different play styles. When buying toys for your dog, think about the kind of play he enjoys most, and look for something that will satisfy that drive. Dogs like to be busy, both physically and mentally. Otherwise, boredom, anxiety and even depression can result. Even though today’s dogs are mostly bred to …

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Canicross

Have you heard of Canicross? This popular new sport for dogs and their owners is huge in the United Kingdom, and is quickly gaining interest in the US. Canicross is the exciting sport of off-road running with your dog. You – the human – will direct your dog with voice commands, while your canine partner …

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walking your cat

January is National Walk your Pet Month. If you’ve been grappling with the idea of walking your cat, now’s the time to take the plunge! The first step is to find a quality collar, leash and harness to keep her safe. Indoor cats live longer than those that roam free, but that doesn’t mean your …

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dogs improve physical activity in kids with disabilities

According to a recent study conducted at Oregon State University, a family dog can help children with disabilities incorporate more physical activity into their lives. In addition to ground-breaking findings related to the health of children with disabilities, this study is one of the first to evaluate how a dog’s behavior and wellbeing are affected …

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interactive play

Regular play helps keep your cat fit, but because felines prefer toys that move, you need to make her playtime interactive. If you’re like most cat owners, your kitty has a sizable collection of toys that you’ve bought or made for her over the years. You’ve probably also noticed that she doesn’t play with most …

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lifespan

Increase your canine companion’s lifespan and improve his quality of life with these helpful tips! World Pet Memorial Day is a day to remember the cherished pets we’ve loved and lost. As a tribute to them, let’s take steps to offer the highest quality of care to our existing companions. Here’s five ways to help …

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In a recent study, two veterinarians in Taiwan discovered that small breed dogs living inactive lifestyles and suffering from chronic diarrhea can benefit greatly from regular exercise. While this may sound obvious, the study included dogs who had not previously benefited from dietary treatments or supplements – and the results were conclusively positive. The twenty-two …

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indoor cats

Indoor cats live safer, longer lives than their outdoor counterparts, but they can get bored and lazy if you’re not careful. These tips will ensure your kitty stays fit and happy, both physically and mentally. Keeping your cat indoors is a wise idea. It helps protect her from disease and injury, and it prevents her …

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diet for optimal health

Good health and quality of life ensure your dog’s golden years are the best they can be. In the second part of this article, we look at the crucial roles played by diet, supplements and exercise. Our dogs are living longer than they used to. What steps can we take to keep them happy and …

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dog walker

Before hiring a dog walker, check to make sure she possesses these 12 qualities and attributes. Most of us lead busy lives these days, which means we don’t always have time to walk our dogs as often as we should. Hiring a dog walker to give your pooch the regular exercise he needs to stay …

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interactive feeders

Puzzle toys and interactive feeders are a great way to mentally stimulate your dog and encourage her to work for her food. But are they okay to use with raw diets? Exercising your dog’s mind is very important. She needs daily doses of mentally challenging exercise to help keep her happy and well-adjusted. Stuffing food …

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pain management

Good health and quality of life will ensure your dog lives well into his golden years. A look at pain management, safety and immune system health. Our dogs are living longer than they used to. What steps can we take to keep them happy and healthy through their senior years? In this two-part article, we’ll …

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exercise classes for you and dog

Human-dog exercise classes are springing up all over. They’re a fun way for you and your dog to stay fit together, both physically and mentally. Getting and staying fit can be challenging. And if you have trouble getting enough exercise, your dog probably does too, and that’s not healthy for either of you. Dogs also …

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cats knocking things down

Anyone who has cats has seen them jump on a shelf, desk or table, only to start methodically knocking everything onto the floor. From cutlery to pens to books, down they go, with the nudge of a paw. Why do cats do this? Are they just being naughty, or there another reason for this behavior? …

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copper

After a year-and-a-half of marriage and two cross-country moves, my husband and I decided it was finally time to grow our family. We were getting a dog! We had both grown up with dogs, but this one would be 100% ours, so we were looking for a “beginner’s” dog — one that wouldn’t be too …

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dock diving

This exciting canine water sport is becoming a favorite for thousands of dogs and their people. Learn what dock diving is all about and how your own dog can take part! Dock diving is a canine water sport that’s taking the world by storm! Dogs compete in jumping for distance, leaping for height, or swimming …

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mentally stimulating and enrichment dog toys

Circling through these five themes of environmental enrichment can help keep your dog physically and mentally stimulated as well as happy, content and well-behaved. As loving dog caregivers, we provide shelter, food, water, toys, exercise and vet care for our animals. But did you know that environmental enrichment should also be integrated into our dogs’ …

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dog mobility ears

His posture, range of motion and the way he moves can have an influence on his mobility and overall well-being. When was the last time you really watched how your dog stands, walks or stretches? How he moves and holds himself may not seem all that important, but his mobility and posture can have a …

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winter fitness for dogs

Fitness in the winter can be challenging.  The weather outside is frightful – snow too deep, puddles too big, walkways too slippery – how do you ensure that you and your dog get enough exercise? While it’s important to get outside as much as you can during the winter, walks and romps can often be …

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canine supplements for weight loss

When combined with the right diet and exercise program, these weight loss supplements will safely bring down your dog or cat’s weight. Do you think your dog or cat may be overweight? If you do, you’re not alone. A survey done by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) last year found that over half …

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exploring the outdoors

From harnesses to strollers to enclosures, there are several hazard-free ways for your cat to enjoy the great outdoors. The mantra today is that cats should be kept indoors, although letting them wander through the garden is common practice in England and Europe. There’s something pleasant about watching a cat stroll through grass, sniffing the …

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canine stretches

Help keep your dog limber with these gentle stretches. Give yourself a stretch. Notice how good it feels, and how it helps you feel more relaxed and supple. Your dog can benefit from stretching too. In fact, gentle stretches are a wonderful way to improve his well-being, whether he’s an athlete, senior citizen, a giant …

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cross-training

Have you considered cross-training with your canine companion? It may sound rather intimidating, but it simply means engaging him in a variety of different exercises to ensure all his muscle groups get worked. It’s a great way to maximize his fitness while minimizing the risk of injury. Participating in just one type of exercise, such as …

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off-leash

Safety and reliable recall are the two most IMPORTANT factors when training your dog to be off-leash. You’re taking a walk in your local park when a dog suddenly appears out of nowhere, running full speed after a low-flying bird. Then you hear someone whistle. The dog immediately turns around and runs as fast as …

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acupressure depression

Acupressure is one way to bring renewed vitality to your dog. Jazz is a four-year-old Labrador/standard poodle mix with energy galore. Up until a month ago, she lived to play with any dog or human who came her way. To keep her from bouncing off the walls, her guardians had to take her out for …

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canine diabetes

Getting a handle on diabetes – it’s causes, treatment options and prevention. Your dog is diabetic.” It’s a diagnosis no one wants to hear, but it’s becoming increasingly common. While the equivalent of human juvenile diabetes is rare in dogs – most are born with a fully functional pancreas that produces adequate insulin – middle-aged …

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companion animals

Having a furry companion not only give us unconditional love and friendship – they also make us healthier. Karen is an actress who used to burn the candle at both ends. That is, until she rescued a beaten and abandoned dog named Valoche. As she cared for her new companion, she experienced a renewed sense of …

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Training is more than obedience – it’s teaching him the skills he’ll need to live successfully. Dog training has undergone something of a revolution in recent years. People used to think it was only about teaching dogs obedience commands, usually with the use of heavy handed punishment-based techniques. But these techniques have largely been overtaken …

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anxious dog

Helping your anxious dog starts with determining what’s upsetting her in the first place. Dogs get stressed just like we do. The difference is, we can usually pinpoint what it is that makes us tense and anxious, be it family problems, work deadlines, money or health worries. With our dogs however, it’s more difficult. They …

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ready for a walk

Whether you have a dog or just like to get outside for a stroll, a daily walk comes with a number of benefits. Walking you dog is a great excuse to go outside and get some extra exercise, and now with charitable apps like Wooftrax’s Walk for a Dog App, you can give back to …

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They’ve overcome ENORMOUS odds, but these incredible felines now have a happy home thanks to this special sanctuary. Popcorn is a pure white kitty who was found lying in the middle of a road. “The lady driving by her was shocked when she raised her head,” says Alana Miller, founder of Blind Cat Rescue and …

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Dog with amputation

How acupressure-massage can help can replenish the healthy cells needed to heal his wounds and strengthen his other limbs after amputation. As a young dog, Rosie the Chow-Chow mix could catch up with a rabbit, run with her pack, and was generally as fleet of foot as any dog you have ever seen. The only …

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