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Puppy Adoption: A Taste of the Wild Guide

March 24, 2023

Puppy adoption can be the best time of your life and certainly the best time (so far!) of your puppy’s life. But the process isn’t without stress. Questions and uncertainty abound, especially if this is your first time adopting a puppy. What kind of puppy food should you get? Is puppy food actually that different …

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Tips for Your Puppy’s First Week at Home

March 22, 2023

It’s puppy time! Your new puppy is here and ready to explore their furever home. But are you ready for puppy’s first week at home? You’ve got food bowls, chew toys and a cozy bed, but what should you do now that they’re here? We have some tips to make your puppy’s transition to their …

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Things to Do After Your Pup Turns One

February 23, 2023

Did your puppy recently celebrate their first birthday? Woo hoo! How was your first year together? There were probably some highs — your first hike together, graduating from puppy school, all of those sweet cuddles. Annnnd some not-so-highs — cleaning up potty training accidents, failing puppy school the first time ‘round, your favorite shoes getting …

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Socialize Your Puppy Now for a Friendlier Tomorrow

January 12, 2023

Socializing your puppy between 7 and 16 weeks of age can have a lasting impact on their life, although the process never really ends. Acclimating your young puppy to various sights, sounds, smells and people allows them to grow into a relaxed, confident and well-mannered adult dog. It could even save their life one day, …

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How to Train Your Puppy to Walk on a Leash

September 22, 2022

You’ve brought your puppy home, which means it’s not too early to start going on walks. Which also means that leash training is essential! It’s an exciting adventure that you’re about to embark on with your new pup. Training your puppy to walk on a leash won’t be quite as easy as simply picking up …

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Why Do Puppies and Kittens Bite?

August 17, 2022

Your puppy or kitten is all snuggles, at least until they’re not. Why do the cuddles from young fur-babies so often lead to bites and nips? If you’re trying to determine why your new puppy or kitten is biting you, fret not. Fido and Mittens are probably not biting to be mean or malicious. In …

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How to Puppy-Proof Your Summer Vacation

July 13, 2022

Summer vacation with an adult dog is typically smooth sailing for experienced pet parents. But add a puppy to the mix, and all of a sudden you can be in rough waters. Traveling with a puppy can be quite a bit different than traveling with a fully grown, fully trained dog, so here are some …

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Summer Safety Tips for Your New Puppy

April 28, 2022

There are several benefits to getting a puppy in or just before summer. Kids are out of school, so they may have extra time to devote to training and bonding with a new summer puppy. Walks are rarely pre-empted by the weather. Driving in the car with the windows down is a doggy delight. But …

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Is It a Good Idea to Give a Puppy as a Gift?

December 16, 2020

For years, animal welfare organizations wagged a finger at the idea of giving a puppy as a gift. They warned that most of these puppies would be surrendered to shelters and left homeless because of impulsive gift-giving whims. But one ASPCA study shows otherwise. In a survey of people who received pet gifts, 86 percent …

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