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We love spoiling our pups and throwing them a small treat here and there but some foods should never be shared with your pup. The reason being is that dogs and humans metabolize foods differently which is why some foods are safe for humans to eat but may be toxic and potentially deadly for dogs. Figuring out which foods are safe versus unsafe can be confusing. Below is a list of five very common foods that are safe for your dog and five very common foods that are not safe for your dog. Foods Dogs Can Safely Eat Carrots: Both …

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When we think of a working dog, we may envision a dog in the 1800s pulling a cart or herding sheep. Images of a Dalmatian sitting in the back of a firetruck may also cross our minds. Below are some of the more common yet impressive jobs our pups do to keep us safe. Most Common Types of Jobs Police Dogs / K9 Units: For generations, man’s best friend was sworn to protect and serve. Police dogs, also known as K9 units, do just that. A typical day in the shoes of a police dog consists of detecting the scents …

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Our pups’ desire for mental stimulation is just as strong as it is for physical stimulation. For many dog owners, our 9:00 — 5:00 job prevents us from spending forty-plus hours a week with our pup. Over the course of one year, that’s over 2,000 hours. Imagine being home alone with no one to talk to or interact with for that long? That is not even taking into consideration the hundreds of other hours we are away from home for other responsibilities. A solution that millions of American dog owners found to help keep their fur-legged friends happy is doggy …

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Dogs with an allergy have an immune system that overreacts and produces antibodies to substances that it would normally tolerate. This over-response is known as an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Allergies can develop to any substance that a dog is frequently exposed to, such as food, fleas and seasonal environmental allergens such as grass or pollen. What Are the Symptoms of Dog Allergies? Although there are many symptoms, the most common symptom associated with dog allergies is itching of the skin and ears. In certain cases, the symptoms also involve the respiratory system which causes coughing, sneezing, and or wheezing. …

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Fireworks like the 4th of July! The 4th of July can be a pretty busy holiday and if you would be hosting, then you would need to prepare ahead for your pets. Here are some tips that would help your preparation along:  Prepare them for People   This goes both ways. First, you need to ensure that your pet is well socialized and would not get skittish and aggressive when around people. In essence, this is something you need to have determined previously. Also, be sure to notify your guests about your pet in the event of any of them having …

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Summer nights are warm and beautiful and are a perfect time for some outdoor activity. Rather than spending some alone time, how about some excellent bonding time with your pet? There are a bunch of activities that are pet-friendly and you would absolutely enjoy. If you’re looking for ideas, here goes:  Bonfires  Lighting up a bonfire in the backyard with the twigs crackling and flames leaping sounds just about magical. You could sit around the fire with your pet and just enjoy this enthralling image. Alternatively, you could grab some snacks and just laze around. It goes without saying that …

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The K-9 unit in the police department is one of the most essential units thanks mainly to their enhanced sense of sight, smell, and sound.  For instance, dogs have about 45 times more scent receptors in their noses compared to humans. This keen sense of smell has been known to come in handy in a vast range of cases where so much is at stake. This unit has been known for leading to breakthroughs in major cases, saving lives, helping to catch criminals, as well as serving as a loyal companion to their handlers. The K-9 unit also serves a …

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You’re going on vacation and bringing your pup along? Amazing! Going to vacation destinations with your pet is no doubt one of the most incredible experiences that you could ever have together. If you are still at a loss of activities to do, here are couple of ideas that you could explore:  Sightseeing  This should be at the top of your list, especially if it’s a vacation location with a lot of incredible sights. You can be sure that Liz would enjoy the sights just as much as you would. Be sure to go slow enough so that she can …

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Designer breeds have been around for quite some time now and have fast become favorites among dog lovers. In addition to the fact that a good number of them are hypoallergenic, they also possess exclusive excellent features from their parents. Here are the top 5 designer breeds ranked by Petland: Cockapoo The cockapoo has a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle parents and their original breeding can be traced to the 1960s. They are a very loving breed and an incredible family dog. They respond well to training, and can be easily socialized.  Labradoodle This breed is a mix of a …

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Dog beds come in various shapes and sizes and more importantly, types. They also come in different price ranges ranging from less than a hundred dollars to a couple hundred and are best placed in various positions within the house. So, first off, what is the best kind of bed for your dog:  Pillow Bed  The pillow bed has a very basic design, however, it is super comfortable. It is made with materials that can resist food, water, and stains. The best place to position this bed is in a corner within the house or at a somewhat elevated level …

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