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Puppy Obedience 101

By Mike Shafer

Have you ever wished your dog would be more obedient? Or that he would just do some of the basics that other dogs can do? Well, with a little guidance and some consistency, you can have Fido honor-roll-ready! Today, I am going to discuss how to accomplish this.

In the past we have touched on puppy training and the importance of starting very young. And obedience training is no exception! There are many different ways to teach your dog the basics. Today I want to focus on how to teach a puppy. Don't worry if your dog is a little older. These tricks and methods will work for dogs of any age.

First, I want to share the basic model to follow: queue, behavior, reward. It's that simple! There will be some other things thrown in there too. But if you can remember that sequence, you will succeed.

Teach Your Puppy How to Sit

Set up the training area so that there are as few distractions as possible.Make sure you have plenty of very small treats available. It is also a good idea to make sure your... Continue Reading

What Kind of Cat Parent Are You?

By Jessie McDowell

Do you have long conversations with your cat? Try to do activities together like yoga? Check out this "crazy" cat mom. I bet you'll have a lot in common.

Black Tie & Tails Gala Raises $45,000 for Canine Cancer Research

By David Haworth

Knoxville put its “best paw forward” on Saturday, August 8, when PetSafe held its 4th annual Black Tie and Tails Gala benefiting Morris Animal Foundation’s fight against canine cancer.

How Well Do You Know Your Dog?

By Justin Young

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.

Water Is a Must for Every Dog

By Mike Shafer

At last, summer is in full swing! Lake days, vacations, and day trips with the kids are all now the norm. And the best part is that so many places are now dog friendly so you can bring Fido along. With all of this extra time, activity, and heat we must keep one thing in mind: hydration. This goes for both two and four legged family members.

Stop Your Cat from Being a Bully

By Suzanne Hetts

Conflicts among family cats, in my experience, are second only to litter box problems as the most common behavior problem in cats. Sometimes the two are related. Understand your cats' behavior and needs to help your kitties get along better.

Black Cat Syndrome: Fact or Myth?

By Stacy Hackett

Do black cats and dogs get passed over at animal shelters in favor of their more colorful counterparts? It's a theory based on anecdotal evidence, a phenomenon vouched for by veteran shelter staff, and the impetus for special "black cat" and "black dog" adoption events. But is it true?