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Justin Young

Justin Young

Justin is a Marketing Specialist for the PetSafe® team in Knoxville, TN. Justin provides up-to-date product information for PetSafe partners, interacts with PetSafe’s social media fans, and produces content for the Paw Print Blog.

Justin’s personal assistants are a Saint Bernard-Great Pyrenees mix named Charlie and a pit bull named Audrey.

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Help your pet beat the heat.
Help your pet beat the heat.

Why won't my pet drink from his water bowl?
Why won’t my pet drink from his water bowl?

Your cat needs one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. This amount may increase based on the activity level of your pet or existing health conditions. You can help keep your cat properly hydrated by providing a source of clean water. But, what if your cat doesn’t seem to like her bowl?

How Do I Know My Pet Is Overheating?
How Do I Know My Pet Is Overheating?

During the summer months, rising temperatures prove dangerous or even deadly to furry family members. Staying hydrated helps protect pets from overheating, but it's still important to recognize the signs of distress. Keep your critters, and yourself, from becoming hot under the collar by preventing potential problems.

Is your pet trying to tell you something?
Is your pet trying to tell you something?

Are you only getting a mean mug from your pug? Is your Calico a no-show emotionally? Maybe your pet is trying to tell you something.

Surviving the Fourth of July Fireworks with Your Pet
Surviving the Fourth of July Fireworks with Your Pet

Independence Day is nearly here. Americans will celebrate the day in many ways. Some will spend the day at the lake or on the beach. Others will invite their friends and family over for a summer feast cooked on the grill. After the sun goes down, many people will gather outside to admire the fireworks that light up the night sky. While humans will enjoy the sights, our canine friends may become stressed out and fearful. Here are some ways you can prepare for the Independence Day fireworks with your pet.

What Items in Your House or Yard Can Harm Your Pet?
Take Your Dog to Work Day

Nearly 55 million American households now include canine members. From our home life to how we spend our free time, dogs are becoming more and more ingrained in our everyday lives. Today, we celebrate National Take Your Dog to Work Day.

Gifts to Help the Dog Dad in Your Life Relax this Fathers Day
8 Gifts to Help the Dog Dad in Your Life Relax this Fathers Day

Dog dads are a special breed. In addition to the unconditional love he gives his canine companion, he also spends a lot of time taking walks and playing with his dog, giving baths and even cleaning up after his best friend. This Fathers Day, celebrate the unique bond between dad and dog pet with some gifts to help dad relax.

What can a dog park do for your community?
What Can a Dog Park Do for Your Community?

Want to give your dog a yard he’ll drool over? Enter the PetSafe® Doggie Dream Yard Giveaway!

Win the Backyard of Your Dog’s Dreams!
Win the Backyard of Your Dog’s Dreams!

Want to give your dog a yard he’ll drool over? Enter the PetSafe® Doggie Dream Yard Giveaway!

PetSafe® Brand Celebrates National Dog Park Day
PetSafe® Brand Celebrates National Dog Park Day

Despite some cold, wet weather, PetSafe® Brand celebrated its first annual PetSafe National Dog Park Day on Saturday, May 6th with five other communities across the country- including Tehachapi, CA, Epworth, IA and Fort Gratiot, MI!

Teach Your Dog to Stay Calm and Stop Barking
Teach Your Dog to Stay Calm and Stop Barking

Is your dog’s excessive barking keeping you from having a peaceful home? If so, now is the perfect time to get started on training him when it’s ok to bark.

5 Ways to Splurge on Your Pet with Your Tax Refund
5 Ways to Splurge on Your Pet with Your Tax Refund

It’s that time of year again. Millions of Americans have filed their taxes, found out they’ll receive a tax refund and are figuring out exactly how they’ll spend that money. Some people will save the money for a rainy day. Others may splurge on something shiny and new. Then, there are pet parents who might be wondering what to buy for their dog or cat.

Stop Problem Barking with some Spring Training
Stop Problem Barking with some Spring Training

Is your dog's excessive barking becoming a problem for you, your household or your neighbors? With these tips, and a little Spring Training, you can have a more peaceful home.

Getting Started with Spring Training
Getting Started with Spring Training

Spring Training isn’t just for baseball! With the weather warming up, it’s a great time to get outside and train your dog. Whether you want to teach your dog some new tricks, or just improve his behavior, PetSafe® Brand can help you get started.

Welcome to the Bark for Your Park family Watkinsville!

The PetSafe® Brand Marketing Team had the privilege of cutting the ribbon on a new PetSafe® dog park in Watkinsville, GA on Sunday, March, 26th.

Global Pet Expo
Global Pet Expo

It’s been a big week for PetSafe® Brand and the pet industry! Manufacturers, retail partners and media gathered in Orlando for the 2017 Global Pet Expo to show off the latest and greatest products to enhance the lives of all kinds of pets.

Love Your Pet Day
Love Your Pet Day

This February 20th, PetSafe® Brand will join dog and cat lovers everywhere to celebrate National Love Your Pet Day!

Dog Pulling on Leash
Training Questions

Whether you’ve just added a new dog to your family, or you want to teach your old dog some new tricks, January is the perfect time to start training. In recognition of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers’ National Train Your Dog Month, PetSafe® Brand asked you to submit your questions to our team of certified trainers on Facebook. Below are answers to your most common training questions.

Smart Dog
Communicate with Your Dog on Your Phone

I had never thought I would see the day when we could communicate with our pets on our phones. But the PetSafe® SMART DOG® Remote Trainer makes that very thing possible. It allows you to use your iPhone® or Android® as a remote to control tone, vibration, or static stimulations on a sleek, navy blue collar that your dog wears.

Dog Pulling on Leash
Bursting 3 Dog Training Myths

Most of us have heard the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” With some time and patience any dog, no matter the age, can learn. From positive reinforcement to training corrections, there are many ways to train your dog!

Enter the World of Catspiracies

Hey, Cats. Have you ever stopped to think about why humans love our poo so much? Millions of cats believe humans are harvesting their poo for profit using the PetSafe® ScoopFree® Litter Box. Watch the video and decide for yourself!

walking puppies
7 Ways to Make Training Part of Everyday Life with Your Dog

From the moment you bring home your new pet, training is one of the most important things you can do. Teaching your dog basic manners will give you more options for activities in which your dog can participate, build your relationship and enrich the lives of you and your dog. Learning should not be limited to a training class. Reinforcing your dog’s good behaviors throughout his everyday life will help keep your dog on his best behavior.

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Top 10 Pet Gift Ideas

Searching for the perfect present for your favorite pet or pet lover this holiday season? Here's our list of top pet gifts recommended for pets and their parents, including everything from solutions for keeping your cat’s litter box clean to teaching your dog how to be a better walking partner.

thanksgiving foods for pets
Why I’m thankful for my humans

As we prepare for the holiday season, many of us are thinking about what we’re most thankful for in life. The list could include family, friends, jobs or even the basics like having a food and shelter. If there’s a dog or cat in your life, you’re likely thankful for the love and joy they bring to your home.

pet gifts
5 Ways to Give Your Pet Joy this Holiday Season

With the holiday season quickly approaching, you’re probably already thinking about the perfect presents for your family and friends. Watching a loved one open your gift can be just as rewarding as receiving one yourself. While all the important people in your life a celebrating the joy of the season, don’t forget to spread some cheer to your furry friends.

in ground fence installation
How Do You Install an In-Ground Fence?

Have you been thinking about installing an In-Ground Fence™ system at your home? Wondering how difficult it would be? The fall may be your last chance to install your system before winter weather. Follow these 4 basic steps to install your new fence.

durham dog park
A New Member of PetSafe® Brand’s Bark for Your Park™ Family: Durham, NC

On the warm, summer night of Thursday, September 8th, PetSafe® Brand welcomed the City of Durham, NC into its family of dog parks, with a $25,000 grant to build a new play-place for people and their pets.

maryville dog park
Dogs in Maryville, Tennessee Finally Have a Dog Park of Their Own!

Pet parents in Maryville, Tennessee now have a new place to socialize and exercise their dogs! On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the City of Maryville, Parks and Recreation, and Radio Systems Corporation partnered for the grand opening of the PetSafe® Pistol Creek Dog Park. It's the 9th PetSafe Dog Park to open in the Knoxville area since 2006.

dog park contest
More Dog Parks, More Fun with New Bark For Your Park™ Grants

This year we're giving away over $250,000 in grant prizes to communities across the country. The new PetSafe Bark For Your Park Grant Program will give awards to 25 communities: five $25,000 prizes to help build new dog parks, ten $10,000 prizes to enhance existing dog parks, and ten $5,000 prizes to maintain existing dog parks. Watch the video to learn how you can get your community barking to apply for a grant for your very own dog park!

How Much Exercise Does My Dog Need?
How Much Exercise Does My Dog Need?

Is your dog getting the activity he needs? How much time should you spend walking and playing with your pup? Learn how to stay healthy and active with your pup!

in ground fence wire gauge
Which Wire Gauge Do I Need to Install an In-Ground Fence?

Get answers to your frequently asked questions about the right in-ground pet fence wire gauge for your yard.

dog-friendly outdoor ideas
5 Fun Outdoor Activities for You & Your Dog

With temperatures rising and daylight lasting longer, there are plenty of reasons to have some outdoor fun. What better way to ring in spring than with an adventure for you and your pet? Here are 5 outdoor activities to do with your dog.

tennis ball launcher for dogs
How to Have the Best Game of Fetch Ever

The new Automatic Ball Launcher makes it easy for your dog to play fetch anytime and anywhere. Let your dogs chase the ball to their heart's content at home, in the yard, or at the park.

PetSafe photo contest winner
We Have a Winner in the Love Your Pet Day Photo Sweepstakes

In honor of National Love Your Pet Day, PetSafe® brand asked fans to share a photo of their pet and tell us about your favorite memory with them. More than 250 people shared their story with us for a chance to win free PetSafe toys for a year. Who was our lucky winner?

5 Steps to a Healthy New Year

Did you start off the year making a resolution to live a healthier life? If so, you're not alone. As you take control of your health, make sure your pet is leading a healthy lifestyle, too. Make this a resolution you keep with this checklist for your pet's health.

Dogs in Politics

It’s been said that being the president of the United States is the world’s toughest job. With so much pressure, a president deserves a genuine friend who is always happy to see them and offers a listening ear, unconditional love, and a wagging tail at the end of the day.

How Well Do You Know Your Dog?

We often rely on our dog's body, ears, and tail to interpret how he's feeling. But a smile or wagging tail does not always mean your dog's happy. Knowing how your dog communicates will keep you and your family safe and lower your dog’s stress.

Lost Pets in July

Is your pet scared of fireworks or storms? Has your pet recently escaped? Get tips on pet safety and finding lost pets in preparation for the 4th of July.

Preparing for Your Dog’s First Trip to the Office

Thinking of taking your dog to the office this Friday for National Take Your Dog to Work Day? Make sure you’re not biting off more than you can chew.