Dog Behaviors

shelter dog waiting to be adopted

Save A Life: 7 Benefits of Adopting a Rescue Dog

Three million adoptable dogs enter shelters across the United States each year, making overpopulation a serious issue. Although there are over 3,500 animal shelters in the United States, only around 2,000 classify as no-kill. Unfortunately, this means many lost, abandoned, rescued, or stray pets who find their way to a shelter are in danger of euthanasia to combat the staggering overpopulation.

These pets are patiently waiting to meet their new families and receive a second chance at life! Opening your home to a rescue dog comes with several benefits, some you may have never even considered.

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Introducing A Second Dog To Your Home: How To Prepare And Do It Successfully

You’ve crunched the numbers, got the blessing of your current dog (or reached a tentative agreement with your cat), found the perfect candidate at your local shelter, or decided on a reputable breeder, and now it’s official. You’re ready to introduce a new four-legged family member into your home.

Bringing a new dog into your home is a big deal! But, before you get too excited imagining the prospect of your new pup becoming best friends with the dog you already have at home or cuddling up and sharing naps with your cat, you’ll have to consider the best way to introduce them to your home and family.

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dog in front of garden

Dig It!: The DogWatch® 2022 Gardening Checklist For Keeping Your Pup Safe

Spring is here… at last! We’re betting all the green-thumbed folks out there can’t wait to get back to work on their gardens! Of course, your dog is also excited to spend more time outdoors. However, gardening plus dogs isn’t always a winning combination.

So how do we prevent our beloved pets from stomping on, digging up, or otherwise destroying all that hard work? Try this 8-step checklist we’ve pulled together to help ensure that this year you and your dog will fully enjoy your beautiful backyard!

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Good Eating!: Easy Dog Biscuit Recipes You Can Make At Home (With Videos)

The first recorded dog biscuit was made, by accident, in England during the early 19th century. James Spratt, an American, visited London on business in 1860 and noticed the locals fed their pet dogs leftover biscuits. Soon after, he developed the first dog biscuits from a wheat meal, various meat products, and vegetables. 

James’ company, Spratts, was founded soon after and began developing dog biscuits on an industrial scale for worldwide distribution. Those first biscuits were endearingly named “Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes”. And, while the title was on the proverbial nose, dogs loved them, and they became a massive hit. 

Fast forward 150 years, and dog biscuits and treats come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. You can buy training treats, meal toppers, reward treats, and even puppy birthday cakes! Many pet owners will splurge for high-end goodies, knowing their dog deserves the best. However, dog biscuits are easy to make right at home and require few ingredients.

Here are some recipes that will allow you to make your pup a special treat, complete with a hefty serving of love!

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