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Living with a Blind Dog

By Tony Johnson

When a dog's eyes fail them and blindness is the result, it can have a serious impact. But that doesn't always mean that they have no quality of life. There are a few important differences between blind dogs and blind humans, and I'd like to talk a bit about them and discus some easy tips for living with a blind dog or one with decreased vision.

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Balancing Dog Training & Enrichment with Kids

By Toni Mark

I was once a (childless) dog trainer that didn't completely understand how families found it difficult to squeeze in time and training for their pets. Now, as I chase a toddler and carry a newborn, I can understand how our pets can sometimes fall further down on the priority list, even if it isn't fair to them. The good news? There ARE ways to create an enriching environment, work on behavior problems AND provide the life your dog deserves--even with sticky peanut butter hands chasing you while you trip over trucks, dolls, and plastic figurines. 

7 Ways to Prevent Hairballs

7 Tips to Prevent Hairballs

By Stacy Hackett

Because of the backward pointing barbs on a cat's tongue, the grooming action causes a cat to swallow a lot of dead hair. If the hair collects in the cat's digestive system more rapidly than the cat can naturally pass it, the hair often comes back up in the form of the slimy hairballs. Obviously, long haired cats are more likely to experience hairballs than their short haired cousins. Luckily, you can take some steps to help prevent hairballs--or at least decrease their frequency.

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How to Take the Perfect Pet Pictures

By Audrey Pavia

Thanks to smart phones and social media, pets get their pictures taken more today than any other time in human history. While it's easy to take a casual snapshot of your cat or dog to post online, these tips can help you get a better shot that your friends will really notice!

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How to Make National Pet Day Special for Your Pets

By Amy Shojai

April 11th is National Pet Day, but at my house, it's "pet day" all the time. Here are my top 5 ways to celebrate your cats and dogs on National Pet Day or any day.

electronic fences

5 Electronic Fence Myths

By Tony Johnson

One conundrum that's frequently encountered when trying to place a shelter pet is having to make a call on whether or not an electronic fence makes for a safe pet containment system. Some otherwise great pet owners cannot have a traditional fence due to landscape, zoning, or other issues - and for shelters that don't consider this fencing adequate, this represents an opportunity lost when it comes to providing a loving home for a needy dog. Read on to discover myths about shelter pets and electronic fences.

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How to Get Your Pet Deposit Back

By Stacy Hackett

You and your pet are moving to a new home! Congratulations! As you prepare to settle into your new place, make note of the state of your current apartment. Take pictures of everything before you move in. When it's time to move out of your apartment and find a new place, follow these steps to make sure your landlord will return your pet deposit.