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A week or weekend at the beach can provide some much-needed downtime and the opportunity to enjoy some fun in the sun. The beach can also be a source of excitement and adventure for your dog. If you’re planning to take him with you on your ocean getaway, here’s a list of seven things you need to ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for both of you:

  1. ID tags — The beach represents a new and different environment for your dog. He can easily become disoriented and wander away. Even if you’ve had your dog microchipped, you can also bring along ID tags and attach them to his collar before heading to the beach for the day. If he happens to run off or get lost, the tags will make it easier for someone who finds your dog to contact you.
  2. Leashes — Certain situations may arise where you’ll want to keep your dog on a leash while he’s on the beach. Even if you’re not a big proponent of leashing, it’s a good idea to have one within easy reach so you can snap
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For many of us, summer is the time to enjoy the tasty fresh fruits that come from our home gardens, local farmer’s markets or roadside stands. Since we love these fruits so much, it’s easy to think that our dogs will love them too. And if eating fruit is good for us, it should also be okay for Fido, right?

The answer to this question is both “yes” and “no.” While several summer and year-round fruits are perfectly safe for your dog, others can cause significant health problems. Here’s a breakdown of the good and bad regarding fruit for your dog:

The Good

  • Watermelon — This perennial summertime people favorite is also a big hit with many dogs. While watermelon seeds are not known to be harmful to dogs, the prudent course of action is to remove them first.
  • Strawberries — Strawberries are okay to feed to dogs, as long as you remove the stem and leaves.
  • Blueberries — If your dog likes blueberries, limit his intake to no more than a small handful at a time.
  • Raspberries — As with blueberries, it’s best to
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Training your dog is an important rite of passage—for veterans and new pet owners alike. There’s no denying the benefits; effective training will better equip both owner and canine to interact with other dogs, will improve your dog’s ability to co-exist with human guests, and open up a wide variety of activities that you and your dog can enjoy together.

But perhaps most importantly, a well-trained dog will feel more like a valued, trusted, and deeply loved member of your household.

The challenge, of course, lies in identifying your dog’s particular needs when it comes to training techniques, and in knowing which methods get the best results.

Know The Factors That Influence Dog Training

Even before you jump-start your collection of training books and manuals, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with some of the other factors that may lie beyond your control.

For example: your dog’s ability to be trained effectively may depend on their gender or their age; female dogs mature more quickly than male dogs, and are easier to train as a result. And if you’re thinking about introducing a puppy into your … Read Entire Post

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While dogs seem to enjoy the summer weather almost as much as humans, those hot, humid “dog days” can take quite a toll on your canine companion. Ever notice how your dog seems to pant more when the heat is on? That’s just his way of trying to keep cool. Just like people, dogs are susceptible to the effects of extreme heat. Taking a few simple precautions will protect your dog and help him beat the heat all summer long. Choose from some of the best safety tips:

  • Don’t leave him unattended in a hot car. Some people think that leaving a dog inside a car with the windows cracked will allow him to stay cool. But the temperature inside an enclosed car can easily exceed 100 degrees on a hot day, which could lead to heatstroke and death. Either take your dog with you when you leave the car or let him stay at home in air-conditioned comfort!
  • Keep him cool and hydrated. If you keep your dog outside instead of in an air-conditioned home, make sure he has access to a cool, shaded
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