Best Dogs for Kids
A Guide to Child & Family Friendly Dog Breeds
So, you are ready for your first (or second, third or fourth) family dog. Great!
But what is the best dog breed for your kids? What kind of dog should you get? Does it matter?
Should you let your kid(s) pick out whatever dog they like?
Picking the dog breed with the best fit for your family is a big decision, and one that should not be taken lightly. This is especially true when your have children at home, and pets too.
There are many things to consider and this guide will be your best friend.
How to Find Indestructible Toys for Your Dog
Finding durable or almost indestructible toys for your dog can be a big problem, especially if your furry friend is an aggressive chewer. Some dogs can completely rip apart toys in mere hours or days. You're likely struggling with a similar situation. Read on for tips on how to find durable dog toys to keep your puppy/dog happy and healthy. The main trick is to look for very durable materials like nylon or a stiff rubber. Plush material is out of the question when it comes to aggressive chewers. The reason is that these toys are quickly and easily destroyed. Also, be very careful about what types of dog toys you choose and always put safety first. In this blog, we help you find indestructible toys for your dog(s) and teach you what you should know about them..
Puppy Scams and Buying Dogs Online
A dangerous new trend! …
Have you heard of online puppy scams? In recent years, the trend of online puppy buying, and selling has greatly increased; in fact, online and attempted online purchasing of dogs, puppies and other pets has skyrocketed and so have the scams associated with it. Online pet scamming is especially high with puppies!
Unfortunately, the number of online puppy scams is going way, way up as more and more people fall victim to them every year. Don’t be one of them. Buyer beware, purchasing a puppy online is a bad idea for you and the puppy – if there even is one!
What Does Your Dog’s Body Language Mean?
As humans we have our own intricate spoken language. That language differs from country to country — sometimes state to state. We also have our own form of body language. Sometimes, we can read each other easily and sometimes our body language is dubious. Making humans more complex is that body language differs from person to person.
Dogs and Nuts
What types of nuts are safe for dogs? Have you ever thought of giving nuts to your dog? - As humans, we seem to have an inherent desire to share the things that give us pleasure, especially foods, with our beloved furry friends. With a world of information available at our fingertips, it only makes sense to inquire as to what foods are safe for dogs to eat before we offer them to our pets.
Brush My Dog's Teeth
It’s a natural habit to brush our own teeth on a daily basis but somehow, we as pet owners often forget about the dental health of our pets. This common, daily habit of brushing your teeth should be extended to your dog as well, and as you learn how easy it is to introduce a brushing routine into your dog’s day, you’ll find their teeth are cleaner and have better health, and their breath will smell better too.
How to tell if your dog is sick.
How can you tell if your puppy is really sick or just worn out? It's important to be able to recognize a puppy's signs of illness so you can get the correct treatment and so he'll recover quickly.
Preparing Your Home for a Puppy (Checklist)
Is your home prepared for your new puppy? Here’s a checklist to help prepare your home for your new puppy. There are some major points to puppy proofing your home to keep your new dog safe and you keeping your sanity.
Single Coat Dog Breeds – A List of Dog Breeds That Don't Shed A Lot
Newsflash: all dogs shed! So, if you're looking for a dog that doesn't shed, you'll be looking for a very long time. There is no dog breed, purebred or mixed, that will not shed its hair. However, in this blog, we’ll present you with a number of breed options that don’t shed a lot.
Top Five Toxins Found in Your Home and Other Substances Dangerous to Pets
As parents, we don't leave items around the house that are unsafe for kids, right? Well that same rule of thumb should apply to your pets. Many common items that are sometimes overlooked in homes have proven to be a problem if ingested by your pet.
Help Save Homeless Pets at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control
BB Bear's Remarkable Story
By now you have probably heard the horrifying yet heart-warming story about the 2 month old white husky puppy named BB Bear, found next to a dumpster in Phoenix.....
13 Unbelievable Facts You Never Knew About Your Pooch
Your Dog's Sense of Smell Trumps Yours
The 'smell' center of your dog's brain is 40 times larger than yours, meaning dogs can smell thousands of times better than humans.
How Your Behavior Affects Your Dog's Behavior
What do you say to your dog when you are getting ready to leave the house? Do you make a fuss? Does it sound something like this, "I have to go now honey, but Mommy will be back soon, okay? I love you. Don't worry baby I'll be back soon, okay?" Blah, blah, blah
Protect Your Pets From Harmful Effects of Fireworks
Fear of noise or noise anxiety is the most common phobia among dogs. It's normal for dogs to be afraid of loud noises because they trigger their nervous system and running away from the noise is a survival instinct. That is why more pets run away on July 4 than any other day of the year.
The Heat Is On! Never Leave Your Pets in a Hot Car
Don't leave your dog or any other pet in a hot car this summer, not even for one minute. The Arizona sun and our high temperatures can have a major effect on your dog’s health. Canines easily overheat because the only way they release heat is by panting and through a limited number of sweat glands between their toes.
Party Foods You Can and Should Not Feed Your Pets
As the writer of this blog, I admit I feed my pets, dogs, cats and tortoises human food way too often. My dogs eat steak, my cats eat cheese and they both eat Rotisserie Chicken. My two Sonoran Desert Tortoises eat strawberries and Romaine lettuce.
Mystery Unraveled - A Dog Lover's Tale of How Pets and Pesticides/Herbicides Don't Mix!
I have had dogs and other pets my whole life. At the time of this writing I have three dogs, two Sonoran Desert Tortoises which live solely in my backyard and survive off the vegetation and three indoor/outdoor cats.
Dog Owners Likely Live Longer Lives
If your dog hasn't given you enough reasons to love him as unconditionally as he loves you, here is another one. Pet owners might actually live longer lives! A new report from the American Heart Association suggests having a canine companion may help lower the risk of heart disease; in fact, studies linking pet ownership to better physical and mental health have been popping up for decades.
How to Plan an Awesome Road Trip With Your Dog
It’s never easy to say goodbye to our pets when it’s time to travel. If you can’t bear to leave your four-legged friend behind on your next road trip, here are a handful of tips to help prepare you and your buddy for your upcoming adventure.
10 Best Puppy and Dog Training Tips from Experts
You just brought your new puppy or dog home. Congratulations! A puppy is for life, so you are going to be together for a very long time. That means you need to set rules and boundaries and the sooner the better to ensure you remain best friends forever.
9 Big Dog Myths
There are common legends or “old wives’ tales” that we hear over and over, but the truth is they are false. Read on to learn more about the myths, so next time it comes up in a conversation, you can set the record straight!