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Hiking With Dogs

Hiking With Dogs

By Caryl Wolff

Soon temperatures will be cooling down, and it will be perfect weather for hiking. We'll talk about best practices for taking novice dogs on short hikes, rather than long day treks or camping.

BEFORE

First, decide whether your dog has the temperament for a hike. Does he bark at everything that moves? Does he frighten easily? Is he good around other dogs and/or people? Sometimes as much as you want him as a hiking companion, he may not be a good candidate.

Research the area where you plan to hike.

  • Are dogs allowed?
  • What does the trail look like? Is the trail level, rocky, woodsy, etc.? When you're just starting out, it should be fairly flat.
  • Familiarize yourself what poison ivy and harmful plants look like so you can steer clear of them.

Have your dog checked by a vet so she can determine if he is physically ready:

  • Whether his bones and immune system are mature
  • If he has any...
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Travelling with Dogs

Traveling with Dogs

By Caryl Wolff

The holiday travel season is coming up. Many people will hit the road for one last vacation before summer ends. Plus, Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. What are some best practices for travelling with your dog?Just as you plan for your holiday, plan for bringing your dog along....

Fur Facts. Why am I allergic to cats but not dogs?

Fur Facts. Why am I allergic to cats but not dogs?

By Amy Shojai

Hot summer months as well as wintery weather can mean more time spent indoors avoiding the sun or cold for both people and pets. For allergy sufferers, that may mean an increase in symptoms. Even if you aren't directly allergic to your cat or dog, they act like furry dust mops that trap and hold...

Celebrating the Working Dog

Celebrating the Working Dog

By Audrey Pavia

Most dogs live a life of leisure, hanging around the house waiting for their humans to come home from work, playing in the backyard and accompanying the family on outings. But a select group of dogs does a lot more than just look cute to earn their keep. These dogs work for a living.Here are a few...

How to Help Animals in Your Community

How to Help Animals in Your Community

By Stacy Hackett

The images that have flashed across our televisions, laptops, and smart phones the past few months have been vivid and dramatic--dogs standing in spreading floodwaters at a Houston area animal shelter, pet owners carrying their dogs through flooded streets, rescuers in fishing boats filled with dog...

25 communities will receive funding for off-leash dog parks!

25 communities will receive funding for off-leash dog parks!

By Justin Young

PetSafe® is giving away over $250,000 to communities across the country to build, maintain and enhance off-leash dog parks through its annual Bark for Your Park™ campaign!

Solar Eclipse and Pets

Solar Eclipse and Pets

By Justin Young

Are you prepared for the solar eclipse? Millions of Americans will be watching on Monday, August 21, 2017 as the moon travels across the sun and blocks the light. How will your pets react?Some studies have shown that plant and animal life have a reaction to environmental changes during a solar...