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It’s Time to Bark for Your Park!

PetSafe® has donated more than $1.5 million to support more than 70 off-leash dog parks in the United States.

Why Do Dogs Eat Cat Poop? 10 Ways to Help Them Stop
Why Do Dogs Eat Cat Poop? 10 Ways to Help Them Stop

Dogs are known to eat poop (coprophagia) from most any animal because it tastes good to them and is packed with protein. It also has nutritional value because cats and other critters don’t...

Furever Home Family
Furever Home Family

  PetSafe® is partnering with the Furever Home Family on Animal Planet to help rescue pups find a home! This 6-part television series features an Australian family of pet lovers who...

Ultrasonic Bark Control Collar: What Did the Research Tell Us?

We all want our homes to be peaceful and we don’t want our dog’s behavior to reflect poorly on us as owners. As the leading producer of bark control solutions, we understand the many...

Why is Your Dog Barking?
Why is Your Dog Barking?

Barking is a way dogs tell us they are hungry or thirsty, need some love, or want to go outside and play. They can also alert us to potential security threats or intruders. If we can interpret a dog barking sound, it helps us to distinguish between nuisance barking and when our dog is trying to share important communication.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Cat From Escaping

Some cats aren’t fully satisfied with life inside and want to explore the outdoors. But it can be stressful trying to keep an escape artist kitty inside when they make a mad dash for the door...

PetSafe® helps you and your pets break through glass barriers with our Freedom® Patio Panel Pet Doors
PetSafe® helps you and your pets break through glass barriers with our Freedom® Patio Panel Pet Door

We make more than pet doors. We make gateways to freedom for you and your pets. PetSafe® dog doors – DIY installation projects you can approach with confidence and complete quickly – can...

The best way to corral your pal: PetSafe® containment systems
The best way to corral your pal: PetSafe® containment systems

What is the best pet fence option for you? You can give your dog freedom and independence and still be a master of his domain with PetSafe® wireless and underground pet fences. What fence...

PetSafe® Pet Doors Provide Paths to Freedom for Dogs, Cats and Owners
PetSafe® Pet Doors Provide Paths to Freedom for Dogs, Cats and Owners

Do you want to go about your business inside while your pet does his business outside? Do you feel bad keeping your pet cooped up inside all day? Do you want your cat or dog to have access to...

Why do dogs bark? It’s complicated and simple all at once.
Why do dogs bark? It’s complicated and simple all at once.

What do you say when you’re feeling afraid? Threatened? Lonely? Hungry? Playful? Humans have a range of options to verbalize their feelings. Aside from a whimper or a whine, dogs have just...

PetSafe® Training Products Can Get Your Dog on the Way to His Best Behavior
PetSafe® Training Products Can Get Your Dog on the Way to His Best Behavior

Barking, peeing and pulling Sometimes they bark up the wrong trees, pee in the worst possible places and try to pull your shoulders from their sockets. But deep in every dog is a heart...

Important Tips for First-Time Pet Owners
Important Tips for First-Time Pet Owners

Are you considering an addition to the family?  Bringing a pet into your home is a big step, and it’s important to do some thinking before making the leap. You need to be prepared so it’s a...

4 Common Questions About Crystal Cat Litter Boxes
4 Common Questions About Crystal Cat Litter Boxes

Cat parents unanimously agree that while cats are great companions and fun to be around, no one wants a stinky litter box in their home. Consequently, litter box odor control is key. The...

How to Fit a Gentle Leader® Headcollar
How to Fit a Gentle Leader® Headcollar

One of the most common issues we see with the PetSafe® Gentle Leader® is dogs don’t like to wear it. Taking time to get your dog comfortable with the headcollar is the first step in fitting it correctly.

The 6 Ways an Easy Walk Harness® Can Make Walks Easier
7 Tips to Keep Your Dogs Happy and Safe This Holiday Season

From cookie decorating to ugly sweater parties, the holidays are in full swing. With all the hustle and bustle that comes with this cheerful season, it is important to keep the safety of your...

The 6 Ways an Easy Walk Harness® Can Make Walks Easier
The 6 Ways an Easy Walk Harness® Can Make Walks Easier

Does your dog pull while walking? If so, you know the feeling all too of heading out the door for a nice walk only to be dragged around, making the walk feel more like a game of tug a war. If...

Happy Father’s Day, Doggie Dads!
Happy Father’s Day, Doggie Dads!

This Father’s Day, celebrate being a pet parent. Take a lesson from your dog to live in the moment, love unconditionally, and enjoy the time you have with those you love.

How to Preserve Your Pet's Heart in a Diamond Forever
How to Preserve Your Pet’s Heart in a Diamond Forever

Pets are an irrefutable and irreplaceable part of our lives. Many times, pets are more like family to us, with their lives being akin to a human’s life. As we grow older and walk through our...

Exercise Gone to the Dogs
Exercise Gone to the Dogs

By Jodi Bryson for The Dog Daily Studies show that working out with a friend increases the odds that you'll stick with a fitness regimen. And who's one of your best buddies, one that could...

Ball Games & the Dog Park - Enjoying Outings with Your Dog
Ball Games & the Dog Park - Enjoying Outings with Your Dog

There’s no better way to enjoy the dog days of summer than taking your pooch with you to a baseball game and the Bark in the Park events are very popular at major baseball stadiums around the...

How to Prepare Your Home For The Arrival Of Your New Cat
How to Prepare Your Home For The Arrival Of Your New Cat

So that adorable little furball has purred his way into a permanent, cat-sized space in your heart. You want to bring him home immediately! But before you do that, take a good look around...

5 Safety Tips for New Pet Parents
5 Safety Tips for New Pet Parents

If you think being the parent of a newborn baby is difficult, think again. Pets are men, women, children, and aged - basically everyone's best friend. What would your life be without your pet...

Tips for Traveling with a Dog That is Sight or Hearing Impaired
Tips for Traveling with a Dog That is Sight or Hearing Impaired

When it comes to dogs, they say the nose knows! And they have incredible olfactory receptors that are always working and definitely play a part in allowing dogs with failing eyesight or...

4 Ways to Keep Your Pet from Getting Lost
4 Ways to Keep Your Pet from Getting Lost

Being a pet owner is a truly rewarding experience that some people miss out on. However, for those of us who are pet owners, we understand all the benefits of pet ownership, and we relish in...

6 Most Common Dog Health Problems
6 Most Common Dog Health Problems

As a responsible pet owner, you obviously want what's best for your pets. That's why you give your pup the best care possible. If you want to keep your best friend in tip-top shape, arm...

Training with a Remote Trainer
Training with a Remote Trainer

With the start of a new year, you may have resolved to learn something new. Maybe it’s time to teach your dog a few things, too. Remote trainers are a great tool for reinforcing behaviors you...

Incorporating Your Pets Into Your Holiday Plans
Incorporating Your Pets Into Your Holiday Plans

Pets love holidays, too! Help your furry family members enjoy the holiday season.

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5 Gifts That Make Pet Parenting Easier

Pets bring joy to our lives every day. Whether it’s the excitement your dog shows when you walk through the door after a long day, or the way your cat snuggles up to you while you relax on...

A Dog’s Take on Being Thankful
A Dog’s Take on Being Thankful

Every year around this time I hear my humans talk to each other about being thankful. I don’t understand why they wait until Thanksgiving to talk about this, because I am thankful all the...

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Teaching Future Animal Behaviorists

Michelle Mullins and Toni Mark of the PetSafe® Training and Behavior Education Team traveled to Ohio State University to participate in a 3-week companion animal behavior section of a course...

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Fetch ‘n Tech

Looking for the newest and best gadgets, technology and products that make it easier to be the best pet parent. Here’s the latest Fetch ‘n Tech product solutions for you and your dog or cat.

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Collar Safety Awareness Starts with You

Learn how to keep your dog safe from collar accidents with stories of dogs who suffered tragic or near-misss collar accidents.

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Collar Safety Awareness Week

Help spread awareness of collar incidents during Collar Safety Awareness Week October 19th-25th. Dogs and pet parents everywhere will thank you!

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Hydration Month

Do you know how much of your pet's body is made of water?

Missing Emma: Still Grieving a Year Later
Missing Emma: Still Grieving a Year Later

Saying, “Goodbye,” is never easy, especially to a pet that has been a part of your family. That’s why even a year after making the tough decision to euthanize my cat due to a deadly disease, the wound is still sore. Coupled with the death of another close family member, my cat’s death has left me emotionally spent.

Essential Tips for First-Time Pet Owners
Essential Tips for First-Time Pet Owners

There are few things as exciting as becoming a pet owner for the first time. It’s the beginning of a journey that involves love, companionship, and care. But you can’t just haphazardly adopt a new pet. In order to make sure both you and your pet are happy together, you need to know what’s right for you, whether you can provide all that the animal needs, and how to make them comfortable as soon as they walk through your front door.

All in the family: Canine Aggression to Family Members
All in the family: Canine Aggression to Family Members

There is no doubt that many people view their dogs as family members.  In fact many of my clients often use the term "four-legged children" when describing their pets.  A recent journal article in Science demonstrated that both people and their dogs experience an increase in the natural bonding hormone oxytocin after a period of interaction. Some researchers theorize the familiar canine characteristics of large eyes, playfulness, and retention of other juvenile traits promote a relationship similar to that of a parent and child.  Although the interaction is often very strong and relatively peaceful, just like any other relationship, there can be periods of conflict.

How to Prevent Dog Bites
How to Prevent Dog Bites

By Darcy Lockman for The Dog Daily New York City graduate student Lacey Brown was walking her roommate’s German Shepherd last fall when the dog lunged and bit an elderly neighbor on the...

Pet Door Training
Pet Door Training Made Fun and Simple

Open Up Their World A pet door can provide your pet with a great sense of freedom - and give your family a much-needed break from being your pet's doorman. All dogs, puppies and cats can...

Picking the perfect containment system for your pet
Compare and Contain: Picking the Right Fence for You and Your Pet

Picking the perfect containment system for your pet and your needs can be tricky. Accounting for your pet’s temperament, containment size, cost and more, you may find yourself asking: “What’s so deluxe about Deluxe?” Or “why go wired when wireless is so much easier to setup?” We've come up with this guide to simplfy your search.

Get Out & Play for PetSafe® National Dog Park Day!
Get Out & Play for PetSafe® National Dog Park Day!

The first Saturday in May is a party for the pups! Enjoy the spring air, stretch your legs and meet some fellow dog lovers in your community.

Bark for Your Park 2017
Give the dogs in your community a space of their own! Bark for Your Park™ 2017 opens May 1st!

Since 2011, PetSafe® Brand has invested more than a million dollars in creating safe, off-leash areas for pets and pet owners across the United States. In 2017, we’ll help even more communities build, enhance or update dog parks.

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Come When Called

How confident are you that your dog will come to you when called? It’s one of the basic obedience commands every pet parent should teach their dog. In addition to building a stronger bond with your pet, it could one day save his life.

Spring is the perfect time to get outside with your dog. One of the keys to keeping him safe is to make sure he knows basic commands such as come, sit, stay and heel. Check out the video below for some helpful tips on teaching your dog to come when called.

What Should You Look for in a Pet Sitter
What Should You Look for in a Pet Sitter

Vacation season is almost here! If you’re planning a trip and can’t take your pets along, a professional pet sitter may be an option for you.

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Top 6 New Year’s Resolutions for Dog Owners

While dogs aren’t capable of resolving anything, the end of December is a good time to take stock of ways to help your dog become healthier and happier. Dr. Trisha Joyce of New York City Veterinary Specialists offers suggestions for pet parent resolutions.

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Holiday DIY Homemade Pet Treats

This holiday season, experiment with some pet treat receipes instead of that 5-hour-long pie recipe! We found some delicious and healthy treats that your pets will love! These recipes include all the favorite fall ingredients like pumpkin, apples, turkey and more. 

5 Tips for Taking Great Photos of Your Pet
5 Tips for Taking Great Photos of Your Pet

By Jennie Huettel, Professional Photographer and PetSafe Photo Coordinator I’m sure you love your pet(s) as much as I do mine. Mine are my world. They go hiking with us. They go camping...

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Vet-Recommended Pet Food Brands

As pet parents, we're more concerned than ever about what we're feeding our pets. But it can be very difficult to choose the right pet food with so many choices and so many ingredients to research. I asked my vet for a list of dog food brands to try and ones to avoid, and here's the list of vet-recommended foods she gave me.

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How to Get the Smell of Pet Urine Out of Your Carpet

Cleaning up urine is one of the most frustrating aspects of being a pet owner, and it’s just something that happens even to the best pets. Not only is dog urine a pain to clean up, but it also causes stains to appear, damages your carpet, and leaves a horrible smell. Here are some of the best tips to remove the smell of pet urine out of your carpet.

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Emergency Disaster Planning for Pets

It's hurricane season, so now's the time to prep your emergency plan for your family, including your pets. A disaster can happen anytime, so even if you don't live in a tornado or hurricane zone, it's good to be ready for anything.

DIY Pet Halloween Costumes
DIY Pet Halloween Costumes

A do-it-yourself costume will probably cost about half of what you would spend elsewhere, and it will be original and unique to your pet. Why buy a Halloween costume for your pet when you could make one cuter and cheaper? Check out these 15 easy DIY pet costumes.

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15 Signs Your Pet Has a Drinking Problem

Listen, your pet may have a problem with drinking. Is your pet acting angry but also sort of lethargic? Are they legit trying to find water anywhere they can? Could your pet have a drinking problem?

Celebrating 15 Years of Unconditional Love

We would like to remember our loving work companion and one of our first office dogs, Abby. Abby came to work with her dad, Bryan, every day for more than 12 years, even up to her last day. She will be greatly missed by everyone here at PetSafe® brand. Bryan has written this heartwarming article to memorialize his great companion.

Keep Your Deaf Dog Safe

To begin, I’d like to say emphatically that living with and training a deaf dog isn't harder than with a hearing dog, it's just different, primarily for us. For deaf dogs, especially for those born deaf, it's just life as usual.

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Jack and Lil: Bake Your Own Happy Howliday Cookies!

Celebrate the holidays with these peanut butter puppy treats!

Holiday Gift Guide
Holiday Gift Guide

While you and the kids are tearing open gifts on Christmas morning, your pets can be, too! If you’re in need of some last minute gift ideas, we’ve got you covered. To get your pet gifts in...

Jack and Lil: Lily is a S.T.A.R.

Most of my previous posts have focused on Jack, but let us not forget the little one! Lily is just starting her training journey. She recently graduated from AKC S.T.A.R. puppy class and...

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Crafty Tails: Make a Personalized Scarf with Your Pet on It!

With a little sewing DIY skills, you can to learn how to make your own personalized scarf with your pet on it.

Jack and Lil: The Nose Knows

I just completed scent discrimination classes at my local kennel club. What fun we had! I will put Jack in a room, then go around the house hiding treat filled Easter eggs. I then instruct him to “Find It” as he hunts around the house looking for goodies.

Adopt a Pet for National Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month

By: Katie Allison It’s October, a month when we enjoy changing leaves, cooler temperatures and the fun of dressing up for Halloween. But October is also the month when we celebrate all the...

What Are the Top Dog Breeds in Your City?

Who's top dog in the U.S.? Is your favorite breed also an American favorite too? The American Kennel Club reveals the winners!

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

Healthy eating and exercise is just as important for your pets as it is for you! October 8 is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day raising awareness on pet weight issues.

I’m happily married to my dogs… errr… my husband!

I might be a little (a lot) obsessed with my dogs. My husband doesn’t share these feelings.

Get Ready to Bark in 2015!

Get ready for the Bark For Your Park contest in 2015!

Jack and Lil: Ready to Rally!

Rally training for dogs is like rally racing for cars. Jack and I competed in UKC rally obedience trials.

Our Favorite Cat Videos

We bring you the best PetSafe videos featuring our favorite furry feline friends!

Deciding on Pet Doors

Fall and winter weather is not always fun for you to stand around in while waiting for your pet to potty, so here are my picks for great pet doors to consider this upcoming season.

Importance of Microchipping

What takes only 5 minutes and can mean the difference between bringing home your lost pet or losing him forever?

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Pet Arrangements During Your Travels

If you are looking for a place to keep your pets while you're out of town, here are some helpful hints.

Our Favorite Dog Videos

Video shoots are always fun, and they make us love our dogs even more.These are all great moments of being stage pet parents.

Fur Family Meets New Family

While family additions might be exciting for the people, our dogs might have a different view. If you’re introducing a new baby to the family, you’ll really want to do some prep work.

Potty Training for Apartment Pets

Getting your dog outside to potty is a hassle when you live in a high rise or don't have a yard. Indoor potty training products can help!

Introducing: Jack and Lil

By Heather Owens, Category Manager First, I would like to introduce myself and my two furry sidekicks. I am new to the blog as well as to the PetSafe® office! I have two Australian...

Creating a Routine for Your Pet

Have you ever had a dog who reminds you it’s dinner time even if you aren’t even near the kitchen? That’s a well-established routine that a dog counts on.

Potty Train Your Dog the Easy Way!

Once you get your potty training system, you’ll no longer have to worry about your puppy peeing on the carpet, your senior dog struggling down the back steps to the yard, or walking down your apartment stairs to the yard.

Bark for Your Park: What’s Next?

What's next for the Bark For Your Park contest in 2015?

Bark for Your Park Best Moments

Our favorite Bark For Your Park followers showed us they really care about their community dogs.

Pet Hydration Awareness Month, Why Now?

Each time you reach for your bottle of water to keep yourself healthy and hydrated, think of your pet. These furry guys depend on us for access to fresh water. This July, join PetSafe in our quest to bring more awareness to Pet Hydration.

Celebrate National Mutt Day!

Sometimes you won’t know a dog’s history when you adopt him, and there are plenty of products that can help make the transition go well.

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Last week to Bark For Your Park: 15 Ideas to Boost Your Barks

By Robin Rhea, Senior Brand Manager As we head into the last week of the finals of Bark For Your Park, the barking can get even more intense. It’s a critical time to step up your...

Bark for Your Park PSAs

By Sarah Folmar, Brand Communications Specialist We just wanted to make sure you all got to see the PAWsome PSAs that were submitted by Bark for Your Park finalist communities. Which one...

Behind the Scenes: PetSafe® Fountains

July is Pet Hydration Month presented by the the PetSafe® Brand. We wanted to make sure all pets are properly hydrated, since so many dogs and cats out there really aren't getting enough...

How to Keep Your Pet Hydrated!

How much water does your pet drink? Dehydration in our pets can be very dangerous. Learn how to keep your pet healthy in the summer heat.

Bark for Your Park Tips

By Sarah Folmar, Brand Communications Specialist There is just over a month of voting time left in the 2014 Bark for Your Park contest, and we are continuing to be amazed at the PAWsome...

Take Your Dog to Work!

Meet the office dogs who make it a joy to work at PetSafe. You might be inspired to bring your dog to work too.

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You Came for Bark For Your Park, Now Stay for Best Moments

By Robin Rhea, Senior Brand Manager In 2014, more communities than every stepped up to Bark for their Park – over 1400. This is so inspiring to all of us that work on the contest. It tells...

Before We Announce the Finalists….

By Sarah Folmar, Brand Communications Specialist We will be announcing the 2014 Bark for Your Park finalist communities this evening. Can you believe it is already time? We all still...

A New Place to Play

Enjoy travel with your pets with a wireless fence.

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Top Gifts for Dad

By Sarah Folmar, Brand Communications Specialist Having children is a great experience. An exhausting experience, but definitely a good one. Being a parent and a pet parent can be difficult...

Bark For What You Love

Just as our dogs have always helped us connect with each other, the pursuit of a dog park has the exact same effect on community members.

How a Remote Trainer Helped My Dog

A remote trainer helped my "running back" dog learn to come when called and stop running into the street.

Why Having a Dog Park Is Good for Your Community!

Less crime? More tourism? Higher property values? What else can a dog park give your community?

Why You Need a Dog Park

6 reasons your dog is begging you for a dog park.

BlogPaws 2014

The Blog Paws 2014 conference was a blast! You'll never guess what kind of animal we met wearing a harness.

Here’s to a Happy Mother’s Day!

Pet parents deserve a special day, too.

5 Quick Ways to Go Green with your Pets

 By Robin Rhea, Senior Brand Manager Happy Belated Earth Day from PetSafe! The more energy we save, the more energy we can spend protecting our Earth and everything on it including, of...

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Keeping Your Family Comfortable When You Travel

Traveling with your pets can be stressful for you and your pets. Follow these tips to keep them comfy and make travel a breeeze.

Pet Tested, Owner Approved: The Train ‘n Praise

How can you keep your pet well behaved when you're not at home? It's easy with the Train 'n Praise!

Cheers to Our Customers!

Who's behind the phone when you call to ask about installing a pet door or troubleshooting your in-ground fence? Meet some of our fabulous Customer Care associates.

Arf You Ready to BARK?

You could be one of the winners of Bark For Your Park and receive a dog park for your community. Get barking now!