Seven Basic Commands Every Dog Should Know

So you’ve brought home your new best fur-friend, but their manners are not the best. How do you get your new puppy, rescue or new adult friend to listen? There are seven basic commands you should to teach to your pup to help them become an obedient companion: Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Heel, Off and No.

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Ages & Stages of Dog Development

Puppies can be a lot to handle, especially if you’ve never had a dog before. Knowing more about their development cycle is instrumental to raising a well-behaved, furry friend.

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While the exact amount of time in each stage might differ, the consensus is that dogs, as puppies, generally move through five different stages of development before reaching full maturity and adulthood. These stages are: (more…)

How to Train You Dog to Walk on a Leash

Does your dog make leash walks difficult? Do they stop frequently, tug in every direction, or recoil when you attempt to put them in their harness? Leash walks are not second nature for all dogs, but often the only safe and legal option for talking your dog outside. Here are some tips for making leash walks seamless!

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What Does it Take to Foster a Dog

What Is Dog Fostering?

Fostering a dog can be a very different experience between people. However, whether seeking a trial run for future adoption or simply giving back with short term care for shelter animals, fostering is not something to enter into lightly.

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With a little research, it is possible to determine whether fostering a dog is a good choice for you. Here are some thoughts and guidelines that will bring you closer to an answer and help you get started if fostering still seems like a good fit. (more…)

Is Your Dog Chewing Everything?

Does your dog have a chewing problem? Do you come home to tattered furniture and mangled socks? You are not alone, because destructive chewing is actually one of the most common problems between young dogs and their new owners.

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Lucky for you, the scale of the problem means that effective solutions have been developed and tested over time. So, try these following steps, and stop your dog from destroying the house!
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