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Get the latest training, healthcare, and and pet help information that will help you improve your relationship with your dog. We've recruited veterinarians, dog trainers, groomers, and pet experts to share their knowledge about taking care of your best friends.

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  • Human Foods that are Toxic to Dogs
    Dogs may be willing to eat anything, but some human foods can actually make them quite ill. Learn what foods you shouldn’t share with your canine companions.


  • *NEW* How Do I Choose a Crate for My Dog?
    Bringing home a new dog can be an exciting time. Like any good new dog owner, you probably want to make sure that you have all the essentials for making sure that your dog gets off to the best start possible. One important piece of that puzzle is a well-fitted, comfortable crate.

  • *NEW* Road Trip with your Dog? What to Know Before You Go
    Traveling with a dog can bring up romantic notions of the open road with your dog sitting serenely in the passenger seat, sticking his head out the window. But truly traveling with a dog can be a stressful and dangerous ordeal if not approached with a little forethought.

  • Helping Your Aging Dog
    You might notice that his muzzle has started to grey, or that she's slower to get up in the morning. Whatever the cue, it's suddenly hit you that your dog is getting, well, older.

  • Painkillers for Pets
    When our pets are in pain, it is difficult for us to watch them suffer. Most of us consider our pets to be a member of the family, so we’ll do just about anything to help relieve their pain—including giving them OTC pain medications made for humans.

  • Dog Tales: Fact or Myth?
    We often believe certain myths about our pets —even when they aren’t actually true. Be it because of old wives’ tales or misunderstanding, people are often wrong about doggie facts and myths.

  • Surprising Cat Myths & Facts
    Cats have a reputation of being rather peculiar animals. At the very least, cats can be described as particular. They certainly are not man’s best friend in the same way as dogs, though they do have their loving moments.

  • 4 Types of Dog Collars and How to Choose the Best One
    When it comes to buying a dog collar for your new pooch, you may think that it's as easy as finding the right size. But the fact is that purchasing the best collar for your dog is as individual a decision as picking your perfect pet.

  • 4 Steps To Healthy Teeth For Your Dog
    When your dog smiles at you, are his teeth clean and his gums healthy? Or, is he showing signs of dental disease, just like 85% of dogs over 3 years old? It's easy to care for your dog's teeth and prevent tartar accumulation, gingivitis and the loss of teeth.

  • Basic Emergency Dog Training Part 1
    Teaching our dogs to have good manners, basic good behavior and responding to certain commands is something we almost take for granted; we do it without having to question why it’s important or exactly how important it is. It just is.

  • Basic Emergency Dog Training Part 2
    Once you decide that having commands that convey a sense of urgency to your dog, above and beyond the normal “come, sit, down, heel,” that trigger a response that’s so ingrained it’s as automatic as anything involving a living, thinking creature can ever get, is imperative, so now, how do you instill that response?

  • Dog Days of Summer
    Don’t let your dog overheat! Watch out for these warning signs and prevent the problem before it starts.

  • Having Fun at Dog Parks: What to Know Before You Go
    If you're considering taking your dog to a dog park, you need to put effort and thought into you visits to make sure they're enjoyable for your dog. Here are some steps to take before, during, and after your dog park experience.

  • Stop Ear Infections Before They Star
    Veterinarians will agree that one of the most common reasons a dog visits their office is for ear infections. If you can care for your dog's ears properly, then you can reduce the chance of him developing a problem.

  • Tail Talk: What Does It Mean When A Dog Wags His Tail?
    Many people think a happy dog is a dog who wags his tail a lot, but his tail can mean so much more than that. This article on dogs and their tails will show you, all you need to know about tail position and types of movement.

    Dog Training Collars

  • 4 Types of Dog Training Collars and How They Work
    Training your dog requires diligence, patience, lots of praise, and strong boundaries. Sometimes though, dogs need a little extra reminder to stay focused on their owner and not on fixations that could potentially cause them harm. 

    Electric Dog Fences

  • How Electric Dog Fences Work
    Here's a basic overview of how a fence actually works. From here you can focus more on which containment system has features that best suit your needs.

  • Example Dog Fence Design Layouts
    All layouts follow the basic "looping" design as the systems require a complete loop to be effective. The signal is delivered from the terminal of the transmitter, through the fence wire, back to the other terminal on the transmitter.

  • Underground Fence Installation
    You would be amazed at how easy it is! 

  • Electric Dog Fence Training Tips
    Follow these simple time-tested guidelines and your dog will respond to your electric dog fence quickly and effectively.

  • Electric Dog Fence FAQ

How to

  • How To Crate Train Your Dog In A Week
    Crate training should not be a stressful, time consuming event. This article shows you all the steps to crate training your dog, AND how you can do it in as little as a week!

  • How To Bathe Your Dog
    There are many reasons you might want to wash your dog, including treating a skin problem or removing the smelly mud he rolled in on his morning walk. These reasons will influence how you bathe him and what you use to do so.

  • How To Choose A Dog Door
    Getting the perfect dog door may not be as easy as you think. Take these steps to make sure you are getting the right size pet door for your home. This includes selection of door height, materials, and type of door based on specific conditions or needs.

  • How To Choose A Dog Bed
    Choosing a dog bed is no easy task. What is your dog going to like? Is it big enough when he or she sleeps? How do I measure my dog or ensure that I get the right size so I don't have to send it back (especially if I have a large or small dog)? Follow this simple guide to help you make a smart decision.

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