It is camping, hunting, swimming, fishing, hiking, boating, fun in the sun, time of year! And for me, this means that I will be doing all of these summer activities with Cooper!

Some pet owners are afraid of taking their dogs on long trips, especially into the wilderness. They fear that the dog may be eaten by bear or trapped by a cougar hunter (is that a thing?) or, I have even heard, fear that the puppy will be sunburned! For me, though, Cooper is family, and family goes on vacation together. However, I do watch him closely; similarly as I would if we brought a young child on our family camping trips. If a bear were chasing Cooper (heaven forbid), he probably has a stronger chance of outrunning the bear than a small child, or even me!

The way I see it, dog is man’s best friend, and because of that, dogs have been participating in these activities for hundreds of years (well, maybe not the boating), and the wilderness is where my Cooper seems to feel most at home. He smells, licks and …

Now trending on Facebook is an adorable video of a kitten blatantly provoking a 100-pound Doberman. This got me thinking… what is the best way to introduce a new kitten into a dog’s home? In the video the Doberman is obviously very well-behaved, and that sure helps. Here are some tips to creating a peaceful relationship between nemesis species: the cat and the dog.

Step One: Confinement

Cats tend to be more comfortable in a confined space, given that they have their litter box, a scratching post and somewhere to sleep. By introducing your kitten into a confined area that is specifically hers, it will prevent an overly excited dog from scaring your cat.  Allow the new family member time to get used to the surroundings before first introducing dog and cat.

Step Two: Swap Scents

Both cats and dogs are smell-oriented animals. By swapping a blanket or towel that each of them lies on will allow them to become familiar with one another’s scent. For animals, this allows them to acquaint themselves without first meeting face-to-face. Once this has been done, it is a …

When Cooper first entered our home, he was the light of our lives. He was so tiny and fluffy, and because of this, he got away with everything! Soon there were tiny bite marks on everything in the house, including my keys, her keys, my shoes, her shoes, spatulas, cords… really anything the little bear could get into. At the time, I assumed it was because he was teething, and it would soon cease; and to be honest, when I was away for the day and I saw those tiny bite marks, it made me excited to go see Cooper bear when I got home. Over time, these little bite marks have become giant holes in shirts, socks, underwear and especially the heels of shoes. It became no longer cute.

 Why does he chew?

Dogs tend to chew because of a few variables:

  • Anxiety
  • Boredom/ not enough attention
  • Teething
  • Poor training

Determining why your pup chews will better allow you to solve the problem at hand. If your shoes are eaten when you’re away at work, separation anxiety is often the issue. If you …

The puppy stages are complete with all kinds of affection, puppy kisses, excitement, cuddling, and of course… potty training! House training your puppy requires a lot more than millions of newspapers and “odor be gone;” It also requires vigilance, patience, plenty of commitment, and above all, consistency.

Play Routine

Like a baby, puppies require regular scheduling for eating, playing and times to go potty. By designating a time where you and your pet go outside and exercise, it provides him time to relieve himself in the correct setting. When he does this, make sure he knows that he did good and reward him with a treat or praise.

This routine will create a habit in your dog so he will understand that if you grab the leash to go outside, it means he needs to go potty, and then he will get to play and have a treat.

Food Routine

By setting down the food and water at the same time every day, you will ensure that you’re promoting a schedule for bathroom breaks. Then, when the food and water is finished and he has …

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