Kimberly Alt

Why Do Dogs Mark Territory?

Dog lifting leg up peeing

Within the first few hours of bringing our newly adopted dog home, he had marked in the same room three different times. We had never experienced this with other dogs, so this was new for my husband and I. How do we stop his marking so we can trust him in the house? Read more to see what solutions we came up with….

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How To Treat A UTI In Female And Male Dogs: Signs And Symptoms, Treatment, Causes, Prevention, And More

Dog peeing on a tree (Caption: how to treat a dog UTI)

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs are caused by bacteria that make their way into the bladder (and sometimes travel up to the kidneys). If your dog is prone to UTIs, you probably feel helpless at times. What can you give a dog for a urinary tract infection? Is there a dog UTI treatment over the counter? How can you help prevent your dog from getting UTIs? We’ll answer these questions and more.

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Why Do Dogs Like Squeaky Toys?

Dog chewing on squeaky toy

You may think your dog is just trying to annoy you with its constant chewing on the squeak toy, but that’s not it. There’s a reason your dog loves that “squeak, squeak” sound and it has to do with its instincts…

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Do Dogs Dream?

Maltese og sleeping on carpet dreaming (Caption: Do Dogs Dream?)

Our dogs are so cute when they are sleeping — twitching, whimpering, and chasing squirrels. But do dogs have dreams? If so, what do dogs dream about, and why do dogs dream? Do dogs dream about their owners? One can wish! Learn more about what might be going on inside a dog’s head when he sleeps and how to tell if your doggy is dreaming when he dozes off.

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Are Dogs’ Mouths Cleaner Than Humans?

Dogs panting

When you get home, does your dog greet you with kisses and licks? You’re not alone. My dog loves jumping up and down and is determined to kiss my face. She can jump pretty high and is more successful at this than I’d like her to be. But I’m not a fan of puppy kisses on my face, it kind of grosses me out. Is this something I need to be concerned about or am I just overreacting? It’s time to settle the question, “Is dog saliva cleaner than humans?” Find the answer below…

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Benefits Of Dog Massage Therapy

Dog having belly rubbed

You don’t need a dog massage certification to give your dog a massage. You can give your dog a daily massage from the comfort of your home. Find out why dog massages are beneficial and how you can give your dog the best massage of her life…

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How To Bond With Your Rescue Dog Or New Puppy

Dog bonding with mom (Caption: Dog and owner on patio with drink)

When we adopted our dog, Sally, from the shelter, we were so excited. We could tell she was a bit nervous/anxious on the car ride home. We kept her on a leash while we walked her through the house at first, then after a couple of minutes, we let her have free reign. She explored her new home, and shortly after, we found ourselves cuddled up on the couch with her. We could tell she was exhausted after an eventful day, so we decided to calm her and give her some affection that first evening at home with us. I think this was the best thing we could’ve done for her at that time. Let’s discuss how to bond with your rescue dog after you bring her home (learn more about the rescue process) and why bonding with your dog is so important.

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How Much Does Cruciate Ligament Dog Surgery Cost?

Dog in cast laying down

Unfortunately, we don’t know why dogs experience cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries so often, especially certain breeds. We do know that it happens when the knee joint breaks down (or tears) or in some cases, completely ruptures. This can occur with a sudden movement, like when a dog is playing fetch and does a quick turn to catch the ball, or it can be a slow degeneration of the ligament over time. Read our article below to find out if your dog is at risk for a CCL tear and how much it could set you back…

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Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers? Do They Need Them? Can You Cut Or Trim Them?

Closeup of dog's whiskers (caption: why do dogs have whiskers?)

Have you ever taken your dog to the groomer and then noticed that his whiskers are gone? Your dog probably feels a bit disoriented afterward. They’re more important than the hair that humans grow on their faces. What do dog whiskers do, and why should you never remove them? Read on to learn why dogs have whiskers and what happens if they’re gone.

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What To Do If Your Dog Gets Hit By A Car

Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. I find myself living by this rule through everything I do in life. I’m a naturally optimistic person, but I am also a prepared person. The thought of my dog getting hit by a car shakes me to the core, but I’m glad I’m writing about it because perhaps this article will save a dog’s life in the future…

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