Category Archives: Safety tips

A Tool for Tick Season

Beautiful fall weather is finally here and it’s a great time to take dogs for a walk. One problem in the fall is ticks — those creepy external parasites that latch on and feed on the blood of your dog. … Continue reading

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Trick or Treat: Make Halloween Safe for Your Dog

So many people love Halloween — it’s a time to let loose, dress up in fun costumes, and overdose on candy.  For our dogs, however, the holiday can be scary in more ways than one.  As October 31 draws near, … Continue reading

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Canine Couture: Halloween Costumes

Fancy dresses, designer outfits, boots, shoes, coats, and jewelry are just some of the many products that are becoming increasingly popular for dogs.  And at Halloween, there’s no limit to the creativity when it comes to dressing up dogs.  There’s … Continue reading

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Household Hazards: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Pet

Every home has items that when swallowed by your pet can be dangerous and sometimes even fatal.  To help protect your dog or cat, here are some common household hazards you should be aware of.  Among them: Food.  Always keep … Continue reading

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Gearing Up for the Fall

It’s been a dreadfully hot summer.  Some days, in the few seconds it takes me to walk outside to my car, I’ve already started sweating from the sauna-like humidity.  But this morning, after days of rainy weather, I felt the first … Continue reading

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What’s that Smell? Tips on Treating and Preventing Your Dog’s Bad Breath

One of the cutest dogs I ever met was Buffy, a scruffy little blonde terrier mix.  She was adorable and the moment I met her, I wanted to hug her.  That is, until she got close enough to breathe on … Continue reading

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The Trash Compacter Syndrome: How to Stop Your Dog from Swallowing Everything

Laddie was a mostly white Border Collie who changed my life and got me into dogs as a career.  He was an unsocialized mess when we got him from a farm.  The second day we had Laddie, not knowing that … Continue reading

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Making Travel With Your Dog Stress-Free

I can’t tell you how many vacations I’ve taken over the years where I’ve spent a lot of time fretting and wondering how my dog was doing back home at the boarding kennel.  It seems that there are a lot … Continue reading

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Tips for a Dog-Friendly Fourth of July

Barbecues and fireworks are Independence Day favorites, but not so for your four-legged members of the family.  The loud noises and chaos of the day can upset your dog.  When it comes to fireworks, I’ve been lucky with my own … Continue reading

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Doing the Dog Paddle: Tips on Teaching Your Dog to Swim

Swimming may seem natural for dogs, and most love it, but even natural-born swimmers need to be trained.  I teach my dogs to swim by starting them in a doggy life jacket.  The old method of throwing a dog in … Continue reading

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