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Bringing a dog into your family should be a thoughtful decision. Our experts bring you various how-to guides to make the transition from adoption seamless so you can welcome your new furry family member to your household.

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The Ultimate Dog Gift Guide

While it’s fun to treat your furry best friend year-round, the holidays are an especially good time to shower your pooch with presents. There are thousands of dog products on the market, but we’ve rounded up and reviewed our all-time (and some new) favorites that will be sure to spoil the special dogs in your life.

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Best Gifts For Dog Lovers: 13 Ideas To Woof About

Shopping for a holiday or birthday gift for someone who is a huge fan of dogs? Or perhaps you’re looking to get your pet sitter or vet a little something for the holidays but don’t know where to start. These gifts for dog lovers area sure to please both dogs and their dog owning parents alike. Read on to find the best fit for fido and their pup loving companion…

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Best Pet-Safe Lawn Fertilizer: GreenView vs Scotts vs Sunday vs Espoma

Most people want to have a lush lawn that knocks our neighbors away. But did you know that many lawn fertilizers are harmful and even deadly for your pets? If you have dogs who go outside often, you need to make sure you keep them safe from all the toxic chemicals in most lawn care products. Fortunately, you have some pet-friendly lawn fertilizers that can help you achieve your grass goals. Surprisingly, there aren’t many pet-safe lawn products on the market, so we’ve done our research to help you find your best options.

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Best Pet-Safe Weed Killer: Dog-Friendly, Homemade & Natural Options

Weeds are quite possibly the most annoying thing in your yard, especially in the warmer months. They make their way through cracks in the driveway, find their way into flower beds, grow proudly in the garden, and sprout just about everywhere imaginable. If you have kids or pets around, you probably don’t want to spray your yard with harmful chemicals. Your best “organic” line of defense against weeds is pulling them out manually or using mulch or ground cover to keep on top of them at the start of the spring season (this may vary or be all year round, depending on your location). But for those hard-to-reach spots or persistent weeds, we bring you the best natural weed killers, including pre-made products and organic weed control recipes.

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Is Roundup Safe For Dogs? Should You Use This Popular Weed Killer On Your Lawn?

It’s so challenging as a pet parent to know which household cleaning and lawn-care products are safe to use around our pups. When it comes to lawn and garden care, the health risks for your pets can be quite high and even lethal depending on the products you use. Millions of homeowners and commercial farms use Roundup and other products containing glyphosate. But is Roundup safe for pets? We’ll share the suspected and known health risks, what experts have to say, and much more.

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Dog Park Etiquette For Pups & Parents To Play Well With Others

Dog parks are a great way to get out and socialize your companion (and yourself). With the growing number of dog parks in U.S. cities and suburbs and the ever-changing rules and regulations of carrying dogs outside of the house, there has never been a better time to get out and roam off-leash. However, there are guidelines to follow and rules to keep in mind to help you make the most of your time together…

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How To Get Started In Dog Sports

Have you ever considered getting your dog involved in something greater than himself? Do you and your canine companion happen to have a competitive spirit? If so, dog sports are a great way to get involved and use that competitive drive…

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How To Find A Lost Dog & Tips To Avoid Losing Them

Ace got loose on a walk one hot summer day. Brandon, his owner, tried capturing him immediately, but Ace was too fast. He was lost, and Brandon was devastated. After 20 days of searching and alerting others, Brandon was reunited with Ace, who weighed nearly 20 pounds less and was covered in ticks. A vet looked Ace over, and thankfully, he had no serious health issues. Fortunately, Brandon knew the proper steps to take to find his dog and never gave up hope…

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Best Dog Houses: Extreme Weather, Igloo, Insulated, Luxury, Budget, Portable

Don’t find yourself in the dog house because you’re not giving your dog adequate shelter. If your pup spends a lot of time outside, he needs protection from rain, wind, snow, and sun. A sturdy, high-quality dog house can offer a place to stay safe from all the elements. See which ones we recommend for all kinds of situations.

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What’s The Best Home Security System For Pet Owners? Large Dogs, Small Dogs, & No Contracts

A home security system doesn’t just protect you. It can protect your pet too. For example, a smoke alarm can alert authorities to respond and get your pets out safely during a fire if you’re not home. You can also turn a security camera into a pet cam. Aim the camera at the crate or room where your pet stays while you’re gone so that you can keep an eye on them in real-time.

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2022 Pet Holidays: The Ultimate List Of Dog Celebrations

If you haven’t noticed, we love dog holidays here at Canine Journal! The only thing better than human holidays is an excuse to celebrate our beloved pets and spread awareness about our furry friends. We put together all our favorite dog holidays in one handy place to reference (so you and your pup can plan accordingly). Here is your ultimate go-to guide to all the holidays this year and beyond…

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How To Get Dog Pee Smell Out Of Carpet: Best Cleaner For Dried & Old Urine

As dog owners, we’ve all been there. You got delayed at the office or running errands, and your dog couldn’t hold it any longer. Of course, he picked the perfect place on the carpet to pee. Or even worse, your pet has chosen a regular spot to relieve himself in your home because you haven’t been able to completely eliminate the smell. Never fear! We’ll give you some expert tips on how to get dog pee smell out of carpet for good…

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