Thing #1 That Dog Moms Must Understand About Their Puppies

Thing #1 That Dog Moms Must Understand About Their Puppies

Dog Behavior, Dog Parent Guide, Puppy Training
When dog moms reach out for help to understand "the thing" about their puppies, they speak from their hearts. They're clear about priorities. Harmony in the family and kindness to the dog. However, they need help closing the gap between achieving harmony and showing kindness. Because it isn't an either/or situation. Although the circumstances for every dog, dog mom, and family are unique, looking at the common threads is a good way to start closing the gap between harmony and kindness. So in order to speak to all of you dog moms, I singled out three common threads, three things, to understand about your puppies and dogs. Thing #1 about your puppy or your dog: Curiosity Dogs are born hardwired to explore.  Mere minutes after birth they're already sniffing out…
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4 Things Dog Parents Must Know to Avoid a Holiday Pet Emergency

4 Things Dog Parents Must Know to Avoid a Holiday Pet Emergency

Dog Parent Guide
A holiday pet emergency that sends you and your family pet to the animal ER clinic is nobody's idea of "comfort and joy"! And yet, during holiday seasons veterinary hospitals see a dramatic rise in emergency visits. Consequently, as dog parents, you must know about the 4 areas of risk to dogs that are unique to winter holiday celebrations. In order to avoid a holiday pet emergency and disruption of family celebrations, be aware of the potential hazards to your dog. Then take the necessary preventive measures. 4 Holiday Hazards Obviously, we view the potential hazards as risks to avoid. However, your dog sees them as curious novelties to investigate. According to one veterinary emergency hospital the 4 common holiday hazards that send pet dogs to the ER in the…
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Dog Moms: What Christmas Gift Does My Dog Really Want?

Dog Moms: What Christmas Gift Does My Dog Really Want?

Dog Parent Guide
When dog moms ask, "What Christmas gift does my dog really want?" the answer is a seemingly endless list of pet industry offerings. Toys of every imaginable description, treats with a list of gourmet ingredients, fancy collars, leashes, beds, and clothing. Do searches for humans have as many choices? Come to think of it, every one of those dog Christmas gift ideas is really designed to persuade dog moms that IT is the perfect answer to the question, "What Christmas gift does my dog really want?" You love your dogs and consider them family members (that's why you're a dog mom instead of just an owner). So, you don't need a Google search to know that what your dog really, really wants isn't just a super-cute Christmas toy. However, let's…
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How Amazing Dog Moms Make Lemonade When Their Dogs Give Them Lemons

How Amazing Dog Moms Make Lemonade When Their Dogs Give Them Lemons

Dog Behavior, Dog Parent Guide
Dog moms make lemonade when their dogs give them lemons. How do 3 dog moms make lemonade when their dogs give them lemons? You've heard that proverbial phrase, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade."  But what if your dog gives you "lemons"? By "lemons" I mean your dog doing stuff like: jumping on you and everybody else, including kids and strangers in public, barking too much at all the wrong times and in all the wrong places, resisting cooperation with normal care like grooming like nail trimming, running around and ignoring you when you call, and pulling on the leash like a freight train so that just going for a walk is a chore. So, how do you transform the "lemons" your dog gives you into juicy sweet "lemonade"? The transformation could look something…
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5 Essential Formulas for Every Dog Parent  That Help Ensure a Dog Safe Summer

5 Essential Formulas for Every Dog Parent That Help Ensure a Dog Safe Summer

Dog Parent Guide
A dog parent can help ensure that safe summer adventures outdoors with dogs begin and end with fun for everybody - dogs and humans included. With comfortable late summer weather to look forward to, it's the perfect time to take advantage of the cooler mornings and delightful evenings and include your dog in your outdoor plans. Whether it’s a hike on park trails or a swim in a pool or a nearby lake, you’ll need to consider common-sense safety precautions as you make your outdoor plans. You never want to say at the end of a bad day, “If only I had known…”. These are the topics we'll cover: Cooling dogs down in the heatSigns of heat stress dog parents must knowCritters that bug your dogRules for safe swimmingPlaying safely…
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