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Life Expectancy of Dogs: How Long Will My Dog Live?

Puppies drinking water

Larger animals tend to live longer than smaller ones…most of the time. Think about it. A human lives longer than a cat, which lives longer than a rat, which lives longer than a fly. But why isn’t this true when it comes to animals within their species? A person who weighs 150 pounds will most likely live longer than a person who weighs 300 pounds. This is because of increased health risks for the person who weighs 300 pounds. When it comes to dogs though, how can you compare a Great Dane to a Chihuahua? Their anatomic builds are completely different and their lifespans reflect this…

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4 Tips for Crate Training Dogs, Made Easy

Dog crate training tips

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, dog crates provide a special doggie den in your home while saving your best sofa from a hairy existence. The ability to spend a bit of time in a crate or behind a gate should be a skill every dog should have, just like Sit or Stay, so he can hang out stress-free at the groomer’s, veterinarian’s office, or while traveling. The old rusting metal variety you banished to the garage has gone way upscale with sleek wood and wicker models designed to fit into our living areas, right where the dog wants to be. Try these tips to get your dog to hop in without a fuss…

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PetHub Reviews: More Information on One Tag

PetHub on dog with phone

Does your dog have an allergy that you want to include on her ID tag to keep her safe in case she gets away? Sadly, there’s not enough room on her current tag. PetHub tags may be a good solution for you. These tags allow you to include more information than the generic pet ID tag by connecting it with a scannable code to a web page. That way, if your pet goes missing, the person who finds your pet can be made aware of any important information and be able to contact you immediately to reunite you with your furry friend. But first, let’s find our more about how these tags work…

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The Importance of an Annual Dog Check Up

Dog being held up by vet

If you have a dog, then they may be like one of your children: you spoil them rotten and care for them deeply. Since your pet is that important to you, then their health should be just as important! And we don’t mean just taking them out on walks, feeding them a balanced diet and pampering good dogs with toys and treats, although those are all important too! We’re talking about being proactive and taking them to the vet regularly for checkups. Read on to learn why checkups for dogs are important, how frequently you should schedule them, what you get out of a dog health check and how much you can expect to spend (spoiler alert: it’s less than you think!)…

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Holistic Dog Food: Dogs Need A Balanced Diet Too

Holistic Dog Food

As pet owners become more informed as to the nutritional contents of their dog’s food, more owners are turning to holistic dog food as the answer. With the information provided here, readers will find out what makes a dog food holistic, why holistic foods are better for some dogs and some popular brands of holistic dog food….

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Top Dog: Keeping Up With Chloe Kardoggian

Chloe Kardoggian

When Chloe was born too small to breed, she was given away. After bouncing around from home to home, she has found her way to her forever home. Shortly after going to live with her new human, they started an Instagram 
account to keep Chloe’s old family current on 
her new life in New York City. She was so photogenic 
and eager to pose that they started having some 
fun with the captions and photos and soon enough 
Chloe’s followers were climbing by the thousands. At 12 years old, Chloe and her human are doing great work to spread the word about senior dog adoptions and Chihuahua rescue. Read to learn more…

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Gentle Leader vs Easy Walk Harness: Which Should You Pick?

Two dogs with Gentle Leader and Easy Walk Harness

The Easy Walk harness and Gentle Leader Headcollar can help train against unwanted behavior. If your dog has issues with pulling on the leash, excessive barking, lunging, jumping or even anxiety and aggression, you may find these helpful. In writing this head-to-head comparison we decided to point out what each does because these are not identical products. This review should help you to choose the best fit for your dog You may even decide that your dog could benefit from both…

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Which Is the Best Retractable Dog Leash?

Dog on retractable leash with owner

Retractable leashes are perfect for letting your dog roam more freely. However, we bet you didn’t know there were various options with different features you need to take into consideration before purchasing a retractable dog leash. Depending on your dog’s size you may be better off with one over the other. Do you have two dogs? Perhaps a dual-retractable leash is your best bet. You will want to ponder all of this and more when choosing the next leash for your furry friend…

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Rover Dog Sitting Reviews: Other Options Besides a Kennel

Pet sitter with dog

Taking a last minute trip but need your dog cared for while you’re away? You call the kennel, but they’re already booked up for the weekend. What other options do you have? Pet sitting services like Rover offer pet sitters in your local area the opportunity to meet and make bookings to watch your dog while you’re away. Read our Rover pet sitting reviews to see why we think they’re the best pet sitting service…

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Top Dog Interview: Garth the Golden

Garth the Golden laying on stairs

Garth the Golden has quite the precious face and he has built quite the social media following in a short period of time. From his birth through where he aspires to be one day. Read on to learn more about the Golden Retriever named after one of Country Music’s legends, Garth Brooks in our latest Top Dog interview…

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Best GPS Dog Collar: Roam if You Want To!

Bella with tracking collar

Want to take your dog hiking with you off leash? Or do you have a Houdini hound at your home? A Global Positioning System (GPS) dog collar or tracking device could be just what you need. These devices allow you to keep track of your dog’s location and where he’s heading through a GPS microchip located in a special device on his collar. Depending on the GPS unit, you receive a cell signal to your smartphone or a handheld receiver. Check out our best GPS dog collar reviews to see which device meets your needs…

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Pet Insurance Tips and Trends

Dog at the veg

With the new year upon is, we’ve been thinking a lot about current trends in the pet insurance category and how they may affect our readers who are thinking of buying a new policy. You’ll want to read through our discussion below for some cost-savings tips and other things you will want to make sure you consider while making your choice on how to financially plan for your pet’s unexpected health needs…

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Raw Diet for Dogs: Can Your Dog’s Health Improve?

Bowl of raw meat

Raw dog food diets are controversial. While some think this is the way dogs were meant to eat before dogs became our pets, others think dry dog food is the correct diet for our four-legged fur balls. In this article, we’re going to lay out the facts about raw food diets for dogs so you draw your own conclusion about whether this diet is good or bad for dogs…

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Am I Ready For A Dog?

Girl and puppy

If you didn’t grow up with a dog, you might not know much about them — how much care they truly need. We encourage you to do your research, which it looks like you are since you came across this article. It’s important to educate yourself on pet ownership so you can make your life and your dog’s life better. So, are you ready for a dog? Find out what to consider before you jump in…

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What’s That Smell?! Best Pet Odor Neutralizer

Spritzing spray

Does your dog smell a little “ripe” in between baths? It’s not easy to bathe your dog every day, let alone once a week. Sometimes bath schedules get spread out more than we’d like but how can we eliminate some of that odor until we have time to bathe them? There are scented and unscented dog odor eliminators that work great…

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