There’s so much to learn about our four-legged friends. From how to keep them safe (and out of trouble) to how to get them feeling their best. Here, you’ll find a list of popular topics that every pet parent can appreciate.
We know dogs as sweet, sometimes oaf-like and all-times loveable creatures born to teach us the value of slowing down, doing nothing and sleeping for as much as 14 hours per day. But it wasn’t always like this. That bloodhound? That beagle? Even that pomeranian? Hundreds and thousands of years ago, all were bred with a purpose. And that purpose wasn’t necessarily curling up at the balls of your feet, dozing off until it’s walk time.
For dog parents (especially new dog parents) trying to reward good behavior and discourage bad behavior, distinguishing between play and aggression can be one of the toughest tasks of all. And the abstract lines of questioning you may hear from well intended friends, relatives and even trainers doesn’t always help.
For as long as we’ve had dogs, we’ve had dog food. Relations weren’t always sunshine and gumdrops between us and our best friends. Trot your way back in history 20,000 to 30,000 years ago, and you’ll find yourself in a tooth-and-claw battle for food, for raiment and for territory between our great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents and their great-great-great-great-great-great grandwolves.
If you’re here reading this, seeking out information for first time puppy owners, you’re probably a good first time puppy owner. There’s an endless trove of puppy care out there — some of it worth heeding, some of it worth chucking. But in our book, anyone seeking out what’s best for their puppy is, in all likelihood, a great pet parent.
Alongside potty training, crate training is often a necessary order of business in order to accustom your puppy to periodic alone time. Whether it’s work or play, pet parents have their reasons for leaving the house, and our 8-step guide to crate training can help puppies develop a sense of independence for those times you simply can’t supervise.
They say curiosity killed the cat, but with the right houseplants, it shouldn’t harm yours. While plants can add natural beauty and joy to your space, there’s nothing less joyful than finding your cat tasting a toxic houseplant. Here are some feline-friendly houseplants that will help you spruce up your space without endangering your pet.
Filling your home with houseplants is a great way to purify the air, add natural beauty, and create a more zen living space. But there’s nothing less zen than finding your dog with a toxic plant leaf in his mouth. If you have a curious canine companion, here are some dog-safe houseplants that will beautify your home without endangering your pup.
The Humane Society of the United States estimates that some 6 to 8 million animals wind up in shelters and rescue centers each year on average, but less than half of them will be adopted. The exception to the rule was 2020, when pet adoptions rose by 15% during the coronavirus pandemic.
While they may come with fewer demands than their canine cousins, your cat’s very first time getting up close and personal with a newborn baby is a delicate moment. Cats are highly sensitive animals by nature — often far more so than dogs — and often require a prolonged adjustment period when the boat rocks.
So while you’re busy learning how to change a diaper, allow us to resolve at least one of those concerns for you as a belated baby shower gift: Introducing your dog to your baby.
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