Tips for How to Travel With Your Dog

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Bringing your beloved pet along on a trip can be a very pleasant experience if you follow a few simple guidelines. Whether it’s just for a short holiday trip or for a cross-country relocation, you want … Read More

Bringing a Puppy into the Family

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Picking out a new puppy is a joyful experience, but it’s important to properly prepare for the newcomer. Purchasing supplies ahead of time and carefully planning the first days with the new pet will make the … Read More

Introducing Your Dog to Gunfire

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If you plan on using your dog for sport, nothing can be more frustrating than a dog that is gun shy. While all dogs are different, if introduced to gunfire properly, you should diminish the likelihood … Read More

Introducing the New Baby to Your Pets

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Your fur baby is the love of your life, but Fido or Fluffy is about to take a backseat to the newest arrival. Not only is a baby a huge adjustment for you, it’s also a … Read More

Dog Nail Trimming — Tips for Clipping a Frightened Pet’s Nails

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Dogs can get extremely frightened by nail clippers. In fact, many pets get very dramatic during the nail trimming process, with lots of yelping, whining and sometimes, screaming! The vocalizations can be the result of pain, … Read More

Pet Training Tools — Cat Alarms

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Cat alarms are an extremely effective pet training tool, especially if you’re trying to prevent your cat from accessing a particular location (or an area where he has been engaging in mischievous activities!) These battery-powered alarms … Read More

How to Get Your Cat to Stop Clawing Furniture, Rugs and Woodwork

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Cats are known for their tendency to claw furniture, doorframes, carpeting, a corner where two walls meet and other undesirable locations. This can cause significant damage and aggravation for cat lovers. There are several strategies that … Read More

Exercises to Help a Submissive Dog

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In an extremely submissive dog, there are a number of exercises that you can try to use as confidence-building activities. By building confidence and eliminating extreme submissive attitude, your dog will no longer experience submissive urination, … Read More

How to Help a Dog With Submissive Urination

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  Dogs who engage in submissive urination can be difficult pets, as they’re consistently producing puddles and correcting the dog can do more harm than good. In fact, many dogs who engage in this behavior cannot … Read More

Is My Dog Submissive?

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Have you ever wondered, “Is my dog submissive?” In moderation, submission is a good trait in a dog, as the owner should be the alpha in the relationship. But extreme submissive behaviors can be problematic for … Read More

How to Prevent Your Dog From Chewing the Leash

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Is your dog chewing the leash? It’s an annoying and potentially dangerous problem, as the leash could unexpectedly break due to damage. Fortunately, there are a few simple measures that can enable you to stop your … Read More

Dog Training For Baby Boomers

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A lot of people have pets and most have either a cat or a dog. Pets are more common in the households of older people and as the large baby boomer generation grows older, it will … Read More

Simple House Training Methods for Puppies

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If you have just brought a new puppy or dog into your family and plan for them to be a house dog, getting your new pet house trained should be your first priority. There are several … Read More

Dog Training Tips -The Heart To Discipline Your Puppies

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Aside from giving your pup the opportunity to avoid temptation of trouble and destruction around the house when you are not looking, its crate is also a practical piece of dog furniture to have around the … Read More

Quick Tips For Housebreaking A Puppy

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There are some quick tips for housebreaking a puppy that will be very easy to accomplish if you are patient and committed to the task. When you get your puppy and begin to plan a housebreaking … Read More

Raising An Intelligent Dog

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When you are training a dog sometimes it is hard to tell if they are intelligent or not. If you consider intelligence as the ability to learn, before you make judgment on your dog’s intelligence, you … Read More

Training Dogs to Wear a Halloween Costume

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Many pet parents enjoy dressing their dogs in Halloween costumes. Unfortunately, dogs tend not to enjoy the activity quite as much as their humans do! Introduce a Halloween costume to your dog slowly and use positive … Read More

Blending Households with Pets

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When two people move in together, dozens of issues must be considered: Furniture, sharing rent and utilities, schedules, grocery shopping, closet space, chores, laundry…. with so much to focus on, it’s no wonder many people blend … Read More

Group Riding Lessons Versus Private Instruction

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When enrolling in horseback riding lessons, one must choose between group lessons and private instruction.  Each instructional method has advantages and disadvantages. Ideally, most riders should take a combination of group and individual lessons. If this is not … Read More

Best Age to Adopt a Puppy

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Is it better to adopt a younger puppy than an older one? Many states prohibit the sale of puppies under eight weeks old, but the myth persists that a puppy will bond more closely with its owner if … Read More

PetLvr Reviews: Thundershirts

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Welcome to PetLvr Reviews, a new series here at PetLvr – The Blog, where we take a time-out to look at some interesting and (not-so-interesting) pet related products. If you would like your product reviewed by … Read More

Taking Your Dog to Cafes

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Every dog lover smiles upon seeing a happy pooch parked outside a cafe or bistro with his owner, lying under a table or sitting on his own chair to smile at passers-by. But how do you … Read More

How to Stop Dogs from Begging at the Table

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Nothing puts a person off their food like a begging dog. A wet nose on the knee followed by a puddle of drool isn’t the least bit appetizing. Even if you don’t mind your own dog … Read More

Why Do Cats Chew?

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Pet owners expect dogs and puppies to chew, but it’s somehow much more surprising when a cat starts chewing. Cats that chew often target books, lampshades, curtains and other similar household items. This can be frustrating … Read More

When You Shouldn't Train Your Dog

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I frequently write about the importance of daily training sessions for all dogs. Pet dogs are happier, healthier and more obedient if training is reinforced daily. Sessions don’t need to be lengthy or intensive every day. … Read More

Why Do Cats Have Accidents When Their Owners Leave Town?

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Cat owners often complain that their cats are “jealous” or “get revenge” by urinating and defecating inappropriately after being left alone during an owner’s vacation. This myth is so pervasive that it appears in comics, books, movies and … Read More

What to Do When a Training Session Gets Frustrating

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We’ve all been there: In the midst of a training session, things go downhill. Your dog looks at you like you’ve grown a second head, even when you give a cue he should know backwards, forwards, … Read More

Choosing a Collar for Your Puppy

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So you’ve got a new puppy. One of the first things you’ll need to do is choose a collar that the puppy will wear, either all the time or only on walks. There are numerous styles … Read More

How to Stop Horses from Anticipating Cues

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Anticipation is a common problem in horses in all disciplines, particularly those that are advancing rapidly in their training and learning new things. All horses may anticipate cues, but hot-blooded breeds and high-energy horses are most likely … Read More

Reasons to Throw Your Dog's Electric Bark Collar Away

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Does your dog wear a bark collar? If so, it would make my day if you removed that collar right now and threw it into the trash can. It’s not necessary, may be harmful behaviorally and … Read More

Why I Do Not Like The Invisible Fence

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by Richard McLaughlin “Invisible Fence® Brand has been keeping dogs and cats safe at home by providing pet owners with trusted technology, proven training procedures – and total peace of mind.” – according to Invisible Fence … Read More

Training Toy Breed Dogs

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Toy dogs (members of the AKC Toy Group) are becoming more and more popular every day, but many owners don’t take the time to train these dogs. Training toy breeds represents unique challenges, but it’s both … Read More

Keeping Cats off Counters

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Cats love countertops. They provide a high vantage point from which a cat can observe goings-on in the kitchen, they often have tasty crumbs or good smells on  them, and it drives their owners nuts when … Read More

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