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How To Best Socialize Your Puppy

How To Best Socialize Your Puppy

 

Why is Socializing a Puppy Important?

The last thing you want is your pup to end up scared of his own shadow his whole life. The world can be a series of overwhelming and frightening experiences for a dog that hasn’t been socialized during his rearing. Socializing a puppy is much more than just introducing him to people and other dogs; it also involves getting your puppy comfortable with new sights, sounds, smells, other animals and new environments. If not properly socialized, dogs tend to face new people, other pets, loud noises and other sensory triggers with fear and even aggression. But if you’ve exposed your puppy to a wide variety of situations, he’s much more likely to grow into a secure, happy and relaxed family pet.

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Why Does Catnip Make A Cat Go Crazy?

Why Does Catnip Make A Cat Go Crazy?

You come home to find your cat crazy, rolling around on the floor, rubbing his face, and drooling everywhere. Right away you know—catnip’s to blame.

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Pet Insurance for Puppies and Dogs

Pet Insurance for Puppies and Dogs 

Is pet insurance a good idea for you and your dog? Many dog owners debate whether or not to purchase a pet insurance policy. The cost of dog ownership can be high, but is pet insurance worth it? What does it cover? How much will it cost? Here’s some information to help you make an informed decision.

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The Importance of Water Access For Dogs

The Importance of Water Access For Dogs

Dogs need access to water! Being a dog lover, you don’t mind your pooch’s panting and salivating when your dog has been running around-or excited to see you, right? As that saliva evaporates, it helps cool your dog’s body temperature down. But all the water dripping from his tongue has to be replaced. So how do you know how much water you should give your dog?

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How Old Is My Cat In Human Years

How Old Is My Cat In Human Years? 

When you adopt a cat from a shelter or take in a stray, it’s usually impossible to know how old your newest family member is. Sure, there’s a clear difference between a kitten and a senior cat-izen but to the untrained eye, the years in between might look a lot alike. You’ll likely bring her to a veterinarian, who will conduct a physical exam and maybe run some tests to help determine your kitty’s approximate age. But what exactly do doctors look at? And how precise are their estimates?

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How to Choose the Best Food for Your Puppy

How to Choose the Best Food for Your Puppy

Choosing the best puppy food and learning about feeding a puppy can be confusing. Besides knowing when to feed, hundreds of commercial puppy food choices are available, as well as home cooked puppy foods or even raw diets.

When choosing a commercial puppy food, it’s important to learn how to read pet food labels. If you decide to home-prepare food for your puppy—either cooked or raw—it’s vital to understand basic puppy nutrition.

There are some basics that apply whether you home-cook, feed raw, or provide a commercial formulation.

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Things to Consider When Getting a Dog

Things to Consider When Getting a Dog

There can be many things to consider when getting a dog. They like to sleep and watch TV with you, they’re great conversation starters when you’re out on a walk together, and they are just generally great roommates. Who doesn’t want a dog? But they are a lot of responsibility, so before you run down to the shelter to go adopt, there are some things to think about before getting a dog. Even though they aren’t actual humans will grow up and be useful in society, they can be just as time consuming and expensive as a small child, especially early on.

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How to Select Healthy Cat Treats

How to Select Healthy Cat Treats

You will find a lot of information on feline nutrition on this site, but one aspect I haven’t covered in detail is healthy treats. While treats should always be used judiciously, especially for cats that have a tendency to gain weight or are already overweight, realistically, most cat guardians want to occasionally spoil their feline charges with a special treat.  Treats also have their place when it comes to training (and yes, cats can be trained).  Since most of us will give our cats treats, it’s important to choose healthy options.

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How to Potty Train Your Puppy

The process of housebreaking often brings on feelings of nervousness and worry, but the process does not have to be stressful—for you or the puppy.
 
The truth is this is a situation in which you have Mother Nature working with you right from the start while puppy training. When the puppies are first born, they eat and they relieve themselves inside the den, but the mother always cleans them. There is never a scent of urine or feces where the puppies eat, sleep, and live. When they get old enough, they learn to use outside areas as they imitate their mother.

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How to Select a Cat Food

How to Select a Cat Food

Choosing a cat food is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when it comes to your cat.

The right food can help keep your cat healthy, full of energy and at a good weight throughout its life. It should also be a food that your cat looks forward to eating and that you feel good about feeding to him or her.

When you walk down the cat food aisle at the store, it can be very difficult to know which is the best food for your cat. There are so many brands, varieties, flavors and formulas that it can be overwhelming to know which one is best for your cat.

To simplify things, here are the five most important things to consider when choosing a food for your cat.

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