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5 Health Benefits of Dog Toys

We all need stimulation in our lives, and dogs are no different from humans.  In fact, for our canine pals, toys are every bit as much an essential supply as food, a bed or crate, and other basic necessities.  Here are a few of the most important physical and psychological benefits of toys for dogs!   Dog toys promote healthy teeth and gums.    Chew toys for dogs don’t just keep your pet busy; they have a very specific health benefit.  A dog needs to chew in order to keep her gums and teeth in top condition.  You can even..  - Read More

Hiking and Camping Checklist for Dogs

In a recent post, we talked about what you should know if you decide to go hiking with your dog this year.  Many parks throughout Canada allow dogs on trails, so long as you observe proper trail etiquette.  That means your dog needs to be under control and well-behaved.  Before you head out, here is a checklist of everything that you need for your dog to stay safe and happy:   Paperwork and tags. When you go on a trip with your dog, even just for a couple of days, bring along all of your paperwork: your ownership license, immunization..  - Read More

How Can You Prevent and Control Ticks?

While you are shopping for dog care supplies, it is important to make sure that all of your pet’s health needs are taken care of.  If you are a new pet owner, dog tick prevention and dog tick removal are very important topics for you to learn about.    As you probably know, ticks carry many diseases, including some various serious diseases like Lyme and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  While a dog is less likely to get Lyme disease than you are, your pet is still susceptible.  Here are some steps you can take to prevent your dog from getting..  - Read More

Types of Dog Leashes and Collars

Walking your dog is a wonderful way to bond with your pet, but as you may have noticed, it’s also a great way to get frustrated fast.  Dogs are always very in touch with their surroundings, and easily can get excited at everything they see—squirrels, vehicles, other people and their pets.  That’s one of the reasons they tend to run ahead and pull on the leash.    You can make walking with your dog safer, easier, and more fun for both of you by choosing the right leash and collar.  The best leash and collar depends on the breed of..  - Read More

Teach Your Dog How to Walk on a Leash

If your dog tends to pull on your leash and try to run off on his own (or drag you along behind), it helps to remember that he doesn’t instinctively know what he’s supposed to be doing.  Your dog is a natural explorer, and is born with the instinct to follow his nose, ears, and eyes where they lead him.  If you want your dog to follow your lead instead of his impulses, you will have to train him to walk on a leash.   Now, it’s important to have expectations that make sense.  You shouldn’t expect to be able..  - Read More

Restrictions on Hiking with a Dog

What Should You Know About Hiking With Your Dog?   We’re right in the middle of the summer season, and this is the perfect time to go on a hiking or camping trip, and bring your dog along with you!  Before you start out on the trails, though, there are a few things you should know about hiking with your dog.  First off, make sure you are allowed to bring your dog with you on the trail you are planning to hike.  Some parks in Canada allow dogs to share the trail, while others do not.  You do not want..  - Read More

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