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Chocolate Lab puppy on carpet

The Three Rules of Housebreaking Your Puppy

There are lots of things to look forward to when adopting a puppy: cuddling, playtime, kisses, and the pitter-patter those tiny little feet. One thing that dog owners do not look forward to, however, is housebreaking their new puppy. A notoriously challenging task that can try your patience and lead to some embarrassing moments, housebreaking is a necessary part of puppyhood.

Based on our experience with our own puppies, and what we’ve learned from dog trainers around the country, we present these three universal rules of housebreaking your puppy:
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Margo and Nellie playing with dog toy

5 Outdoor Games to Play with Your Dog Before Summer Ends

Labor Day weekend is here, and while we all love a fun weekend adventure, this end-of-summer holiday is also a bittersweet. So before the days get even shorter and the leaves (and temperatures) fall, we encourage you to get outside with your dog for summer’s last hurrah!

If you’re looking for some ideas for games to play with your dog and the whole family, check out our list below. We’ve included videos, too, and they’re guaranteed to make you smile. Read post »

Asta and Balto

10 Cool Dog Names and the Stories Behind Them

The first task of any new pet parent? Pick a name! With so many options to choose from (and often so many people weighing in on the decision), it can be a challenge to find the perfect fit for your unique new friend. The DogWatch team has met a lot of dogs over the years, and we’ve compiled some of our favorite dogs names, along with the stories behind them. Maybe your dog’s new name is on this list, or it will inspire you to find your own unique name for your dog!
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Golden Retriever puppy in the snow

Winter Weather Must-Reads

Spring is around the corner, but unfortunately, nobody told winter. The bitterly cold and very snowy winter of 2015 shows no signs of lessening it’s icy grip in many parts of the country. As a result, we interrupt our regularly scheduled blogging to bring you a list of cold weather-themed blog posts to help you prepare for and make the best of the rest of winter. Stay warm out there, and don’t worry, spring is indeed coming…one of these days!
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