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

By Justin Young

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.

Founder of Radio Systems Corporation and Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, Randy Boyd, did the official "leash cutting" to open the park. Boyd told the crowd that he loves how dog parks unite us.

"It's important to make our communities more pet friends. It's a great thing for dogs and animal welfare. I think it's just really important to communities, too. We're so divisive these days. There's so many things that pull us apart. Pets bring us together."

The new park includes a dedicated half-acre area for small dogs and...

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How Your Dog's Personality Affects Training

How Your Dog’s Personality Affects Training

By Rosalee Kaschel

Intuitively, we all know that our dogs are like no others. They react hilariously to the most benign and everyday of sounds, or they sleep on their backs trying to copy the humans they watch daily. But it's not uncommon to totally forget how unique our dogs are when it comes time to do some training. Get to know your dog's personality and you'll have the keys to effective training sessions.

Prevent Dog Attacks

How to Protect Yourself & Prevent Dog Attacks

By Amy Shojai

All dogs bite. In fact, canine jaws can easily tear flesh and break bones. Don't be fooled by size, either. They may be tiny, but even Chihuahua-size pooches expertly use their choppers. And when they're big dogs, the damage can be severe. Learn these tips to prevent dog attacks and bites. That protects both your human family members, and the dog--because the pet that bites usually loses his home and his life.

Dog Walking Safety Tips

Dog Walking Safety Tips

By Meredith Stepita

You are probably like many dog lovers and consider walking your dog part of your daily routine. Watch out for these potential hazards you may encounter while walking your dog to help keep you and your four-legged friend safe.

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10 Signs Your Dog Is Stressed

By Caryl Wolff

Do you know when your dog is happy or sad? How about when he's scared or nervous? We should pay close attention to signs of stress in our dogs because those can lead to unwanted, or aggressive, behaviors. Dogs generally give more subtle signs before aggression becomes full blown. Sometimes we may see all of these signs, but sometimes not - or they progress so quickly that we miss them. Look for these 10 signs to see if your dog is stressed or anxious.

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Dog Training 101 - Teach Your Dog to Roll Over

By Mike Shafer

One of the most fun and rewarding things to do with your dog is trick training. The good news is trick training is easy! And it only requires patience and treats. Today I want to focus on Roll Over. I have seen this trick turned into all types of fun cues. As you go through this you will see that your dog will start to offer new and funny behaviors. This is because he is learning that this pays off in a big way!

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Cats 101 - Understanding Basic Cat Behavior

By Tony Johnson

Are you thinking about adopting a cat or a kitten, but you've never had one before? Cats are great companions and will provide you with unconditional entertainment and affection. Here are a few basic cat behaviors that you should know about before bringing home your new pet.