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Training Your Dog to Go Off Leash

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 by Linda Rosado

Many pet parents would like their pets to experience the freedom of roaming around without the constraints of a leash. The idea of letting go of the fear of losing your pet, so it enjoys running at his own pace, is a thrilling one. However, trusting that your pet will not run away is a difficult—maybe impossible—thing to accomplish, as a dog's instincts can easily take over at any time. Your pet can forget all about you in a split second at the park during the hot pursuit of a squirrel. If going off leash is something you've been considering but have been too fearful in trying to train your pet, here are some things to keep in mind.

Should You Gift Your Family a Dog?

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 by Linda Rosado

Gift giving is on everyone's mind during this time of year, and picking out that perfect present for your loved ones can be a daunting task. So when you pass by a window with puppies with adorably glistening eyes, the temptation to add a furry friend to your family is unbearable. During the holiday season, the idea of a cute, new addition to your festivities is enticing, but you should carefully consider if your family is ready for one. Here are some things to keep in mind before you ask how much that doggie in the window is this holiday season. 

Love a Mutt on National Mutt Day

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 by Linda Rosado

If you're considering becoming a pet owner, you might have faced this dilemma already: pure breed or mixed breed? If you're leaning toward a purebred dog, the following might change your mind. Starting in 2005, the editor of Pet Home Magazine, Colleen Paige, unofficially named December 2 as National Mutt Day. This day of awareness celebrates the lives of mixed dog breeds while promoting the adoption of dogs in shelters throughout North America and the world. Many people have found their new best friends in shelters while others refrained from adopting a dog from questionable origins. Whatever your dog breed preference, here are some things you should know before making your decision.

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