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New Puppy Checklist (The Only One You Need)

Getting a new puppy is obviously exciting, but it can also be stressful. This is a picture of Pinecone The Bernedoodle (my daughter named him – 100% approval rating for the name so far). Pinecone is now around a year old, this was him as a six week old puppy: All the cute, right? (He’s […]

How long does it take to potty train a puppy?

How Long Does It Take to Potty Train a Puppy?

Typically, it takes anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks with careful supervision to potty train a puppy. A new puppy makes an exciting addition to any family. Puppies are much like human babies. They’re not capable of fully controlling their bodies, including their bowels, for the first few months of life. Aligning your expectations with […]

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The Best Dog Backpack Harnesses

From short walks around the neighborhood to longer hikes through the woods, dog backpack harnesses come in handy when you either need to bring something with you or your dog needs some extra exercise. Typically constructed to hold anywhere from a few small items, such as your keys, wallet, cell phone, or sunglasses, to slightly […]

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Dog Crate Size Chart: What Size Crate Does Your Dog Need?

A dog crate may seem like a nonessential pet-care item or a form of punishment, but dog crates can be an important part of your dog’s life. From soft to hard, plain to decorative, and practical to over-the-top, dog kennels and crates come in sizes appropriate for just about any pup. Whether you’re house training […]

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Dog Collar Size Chart: What Size Collar Does Your Dog Need?

Your favorite furry pooch needs a new collar. Or maybe you’re new to pet parenting and stocking up on the appropriate pet supplies for your soon-to-be furry family member. Either way, a dog collar is a must. And though you may have thought about the type, color, or design of the new collar, outfitting your […]

Cat in Backpack

The Best Cat Backpacks and Cat Carriers

Cats may be aloof, but many enjoy traveling in a cat backpack just as much as a dog likes a leash. Cat backpacks (aka “cat backpack carriers”) provide a safe, convenient way for your favorite feline to hit the trails, beach, or take a trip to the vet. Our vet advisor, Dr. Jamie Whittenburg, reviewed […]

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The Best Doggy Daycares in America

Americans love dogs. And dogs love to be social. But what do you do when you need to work all day or run some errands? Doggy daycare has catapulted to a $4.5 billion industry, and that doesn’t even include veterinarian offices that also offer the service. With the pet service industry expected to be a […]

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The Best Cat Doors

A cat door can make life easier for you and your feline friend. Not only do they allow your kitty to go in and out of the house on their own, but they also help conserve energy by preventing heat from escaping through open doors or windows. If you’re shopping around for a new pet […]

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The Best Dog Litter Boxes

Dog litter boxes are a great option for situations where it’s difficult to get your dog outside to go potty on time. Whether you need it because of bad weather, limited mobility (for you or your dog), a potty training puppy, or something else, a dog litter box gives your pup an appropriate place to […]

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How to Train a Dog to Pee Outside

Adopting a new puppy or even an adult dog is a very exciting time. Multiple studies have shown that owning a canine companion is beneficial for our health and well-being. While your new dog surely brings joy and companionship, tasks like training your dog to stay out of a room, keeping your dog out of […]

6 Ways to Train your Dog to stay out of a Room

6 Ways to Train Your Dog to Stay Out of a Room

Every dog owner knows that dogs can be curious, adventurous, and messy creatures – and that you have to train your dog to minimize the negatives. These characteristics often contribute to why we love our canine companions so much. However, they can also be reasons why boundaries are sometimes needed to keep a dog in […]

Ideas to Keep Your Dog Entertained for Hours

6 Ideas to Keep Your Dog Entertained for Hours

A tired dog is a good dog, just like a bored dog can be a destructive dog. Whether it’s cold outside or you’re away from home all day, keeping your dog entertained, and out of trouble, can be a surprisingly difficult task. While entertainment is not only important for their mental and physical wellness, it […]

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The Best Dog-Proof Trash Cans

For a lot of dog owners, finding quality dog-proof trash cans is a necessity. The interest of dogs in eating “human” or “table” food is a well-documented fact and any kind of food waste dropped in your trash can turns it into a beacon of temptation. While you may have a very well-behaved pup, making […]

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The Best Outdoor Dog Beds

Outdoor dog beds give your dog a place to rest and relax while enjoying the great outdoors. You can put them directly on the ground for a comfortable napping area or put them inside of a dog house, kennel, or other containment system for when your dog is outdoors. Our vet advisor, Dr. Suzanne Harrington, […]

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6 Strategies to Stop Dogs from Fighting

Whether your dog doesn’t get along with other dogs or rarely gets into fights, every dog owner should know how to stop dogs from fighting so you’re prepared should it ever occur. There are a variety of reasons that dogs may fight, from protectiveness to resource guarding to too much (or too little) stimulation. Here’s […]

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How To Introduce Dogs To Avoid A Problem

Have you been wondering how to introduce dogs to avoid a problem? It’s a common question dog owners ask, such as when they need to introduce a visiting dog to their dog or introduce a nervous dog to other dogs. As a veterinarian, I often get asked tips and tricks to safely introduce two dogs. […]

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8 Ways to Keep Your Dog Out of the Trash

Many dog owners find themselves searching for ways to keep their dog out of the trash after experiencing every dog owner’s worst nightmare. Few things are more frustrating – or more concerning – than coming home to find your garbage can knocked over and last night’s dinner along with all kinds of other trash strewn […]

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9 Fun Games to Play with Your Dog

Playtime is the perfect opportunity to bond with your dog. With these and other fun games to play with your dog, she gets to release energy, stay agile, and enjoy one-on-one time with her favorite human (you). Regularly engaging with your dog helps develop both physical and mental fitness and can even help your dog […]

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The Best Heavy Duty Dog Crates

Heavy duty dog crates protect, hold, and house breeds large and small at home or while traveling. These crates are made of materials that can take the heavy wear and tear of a serious chewer or a strong, 125-pound dog. Think thick, high-grade steel, wheels for easier movement, and multiple locks to keep the dog […]

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How To Get A Puppy To Sleep Through The Night

If you’ve just brought your new furry family member home, you might be wondering how to get a puppy to sleep through the night. Having a puppy can be very fun yet exhausting! If you are having trouble getting your puppy to sleep through the night, you are not alone. One of the most challenging […]

Puppy in crate

How to Crate Train a Puppy

As a veterinarian, many pet owners ask me why they should consider crate training and how to crate train a puppy. Crate training is an excellent way to keep your puppy from getting into trouble while you are out of the house. A crate trained puppy will not be able to chew up your couch, […]