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How to Travel with a Dog Internationally

March 28, 2024

It’s decided. You’re packing your bags and heading overseas. Whether it’s for a few weeks, a few months or forever, there’s a lot you need to do to prepare for international travel. And that includes deciding on how your furry friend fits into your travel plans. If you’re a pet parent whose dog goes wherever …

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Rainy Day Activities for Dogs

March 21, 2024

It’s raining, it’s pouring, Max and Luna aren’t snoring — they wanna have some fun! While some dogs enjoy spending rainy days curled up on the couch with their favorite soft toy, there are plenty of other dogs who are bouncing off the walls (literally) ready to play on a rainy day. The good news …

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Fun Indoor Activities for Dogs

February 22, 2024

Frigid winter weather. Torrential spring rain. Blazing summer days. Severe fall storms. No matter the season, there are going to be times throughout the year when your outdoor-loving dog is stuck indoors. After longingly staring out the window for a while, your canine companion is probably going to get bored. And that’s not good because …

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How to Get Rid of Cat Pee Smell

February 8, 2024

It’s an eye-watering smell that’s instantly recognizable — cat pee. Litter typically does a great job at deodorizing cat pee, so when you smell it in your house, you know something’s not right. And so the hunt for the source of the stench begins. Behind the couch? The laundry basket? Under the bed — or …

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A List of Dog Commands and Hand Signals for Beginners

January 31, 2024

When you’re choosing how to train your dog, there are many things to consider, including which training method to use. Another decision to make is whether to teach your dog training hand signals. Dogs use body language to communicate with other dogs, so it makes sense that they can also use body language to communicate …

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Answering Your Cat’s Life Questions

January 11, 2024

National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day is coming up soon. Are you prepared for your cat asking questions that you may not have the answers for? Did you even know that cat questions were a thing? Well, now you do. Luckily, we’re prepared to help you celebrate National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day by peering …

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National Barks: How to Become a B.A.R.K. Ranger

October 19, 2023

National parks offer some of the most beautiful places in the United States for you and your dog to explore. It can also be a bit overstimulating for your dog in comparison to a trip to a local trail or park. This is why Healthy Parks Healthy People members created the B.A.R.K. Ranger program,  which …

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Prepare Your Cat for Moving

October 12, 2023

Moving is a stressful time for everyone, but imagine how stressful it is for your cat who has no idea what is going on. What are all these boxes? Why am I in a new house? Where do I poop?!?! Don’t let Mittens get all their fur in a fluff. We’ll walk you through how …

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Surprise Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Happy

September 14, 2023

Happy Cat Month, pet owners! Yes, you read that right. September marks the annual Happy Cat Month created by CATalyst Council. This celebratory month was established to spread education about the health, happiness and importance of companion cats. So, keeping this in mind, what ways can you surprise your cat and bring them some extra …

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National Barks: Badlands National Park

August 24, 2023

Leash up for the next National Bark you and your dog need to visit: Badlands National Park in western South Dakota. The varying terrain and sediments throughout the park will leave you feeling like you’ve been transported to a sci-fi planet one moment and the moon the next. You and your hiking hound can truly …

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