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If you own a pet, eventually you will have to bathe him. Dogs can be challenging to bathe, but cats can be near impossible. But all of them like to roll in stinky substances, hide in dirty places, or occasionally get a condition (fleas, maybe?) that requires putting them in water and soaping them thoroughly before rinsing them clean and toweling them dry. But the question remains, “How do I do that?” Well, the answer is the same, whether you’re bathing a dog or a cat. I’ll give you some tips that will help you make bath time as pleasant …


Did you know that the American Pet Products Association found that 60% of households in the United States have a pet? With more than 90 million dogs in households across the United States, and with more than 116 million babies expected to be born this year, there’s a chance that your household has a dog […]


Summertime is the perfect time to throw a bash (and a frisbee or tennis ball) for Barkley. It can be the highlight of the warmer season if you follow some common-sense rules and dip into your imagination. (If you’re not that imaginative, check out Pinterest or Instagram for ideas.) Basically, if you’ve ever thrown a birthday party for kids, you already know how to make things fun. Your dog’s birthday is an ideal occasion, but if you don’t know when he was born, the date you first met is a great alternative. (Besides, isn’t it anytime a good time for …


So you’ve got a baby on the way, congratulations! This is such an exciting time period for moms, dads, and furry siblings. They can sense your joy and see that changes are being made to the home, but they’re not exactly sure of what’s to come next. Instead of abruptly interrupting your pup’s established routine, keep the harmony by working to ease into the transition a few months prior to the arrival of your infant. This way, it’s not such a shock to the system when their schedule is altered and new boundaries are set in place. What’s Yours Is …


It can feel like every time your dog comes inside, they’re bringing something new from outside. Whether it’s Campylobacter germs or parasites, it’s a never-ending journey to keep your dog happy and clean. But sometimes, all the cleaning in the world won’t get rid of a pest. And after a certain point, the constant menace […]


Get ready, folks, because we’re almost to July, and you know what that means—National Picnic Month! (As if we needed an excuse to enjoy the outdoors, right?) Gardens are lush with fruits and veggies, begging to be eaten on a checkered cloth under the shade of a giant oak tree. Picnicking is an American pastime […]


Celebratory seasons and fireworks sure go hand in hand, don’t they? During the months of July and December, Americans are celebrating Independence Day and ringing in the New Year. The awe-inspiring light shows may be entertaining for us, but they’re terrifying for Fido. Here are a few tips on keeping your pup safe and relaxed through the festivities! Secure the Room It’s completely understandable that you’d want to let your dog roam the house as he normally does. However, it’s not a risk worth taking under these special circumstances. Instead, set up a cozy “panic room” for them to take …


Taking a walk is always fun, but here are some fun games to keep your dog physically enthusiastic as well as sharpening up their grey matter… “Treasure hunt.” Take along his favorite treats and as soon as he gets distracted from you, toss one and tell him to “find the treat.” You might have to guide him the first few times, but this game is learned easily and teaches him to stay focused on you.  “Pathfinder.” If you’ve gotten in a rut taking the same walk every day, chances are Fido’s as bored as you are. Vary your route and …


Walking your dog offers countless physical health benefits, but did you know that it can be mentally stimulating, too? Your pooch enjoys sniffing and exploring as you walk, but how about teaching them some dog tricks along the way? Read on to learn about some fun dog games to play as you walk. These games […]


In 1999, when Pet Sitters International (PSI) suggested National Take Your Dog to the Office Day, it might have been a bit of a hard sell. After all, our fur babies do demand attention, particularly if they are young or not well socialized. But people around the nation agreed that our canine companions should have a special day and the first Friday after Father’s Day was set. Even though having your pal beside your feet might hinder your tasks a bit, there are three solid reasons for following this nationally recognized day. Perhaps pointing these out to your boss will …


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