April 21st, 2014
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A DogGeek.com exclusive by Teresa Barker
Whether you are camping, hiking, or lounging around your backyard this summer, there are bound to be thousands of unwanted guests, and nothing ruins a party like mosquitoes. All it takes is one person to say, “I’m getting bit” and the party is officially over, or the hiking is no longer fun. AND, if you are getting bit, your dog is getting bit.
Bug spray or insect repellent is a booming industry this time of year, so it’s important to know what’s safe to share with your dog to keep the flying pests away. As an easy rule of thumb, ask yourself, if you were to lick bug spray off of your arm, would it be safe? If your insect repellent contains chemicals such as DEET, the answer is no.
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Springtime is coming and everyone wants to get outside. Here are a few tips to keep your dog safe: Make sure your vacuum is cleaned. Flea larvae that can live in carpets and furniture can get sucked up in your into your vacuum and can hatch. Make sure that you empty your vacuum often. Bagless vacuum cleaners are great to ensure that flea larvae do not hatch. Find organic/chemical free ways to rid your yard of fleas and other pests. Get your dog groomed as to not get matted as easily. Find a dog groomer. Keep dog beds clean as to not let any larvae hatch. Everyone likes to get outside and run in the spring, remember to ensure that your dog's tags are readable and up-to-date in case he gets out. Be mindful of chemicals used to keep yards up during the summer which can be harmful to pets. Some fertilizers can be highly toxic. Roads and<><><><><><>[... More >>]
The trees and flowers are blooming and your allergies are taking over. This could mean only one thing, it's spring! While spring is a great time to get out in the yard and celebrate with your family, there are some potential hazards for your dog. Easter brings celebration but it also brings a lot of toxic dangers around for your dogs. Here's a list to watch out for:Easter Grass - That colorful fake grass used to make your Easter basket so vibrant. Ingesting this "grass" can be lethal to your dogs and other pets because they can not digest it. The threads get stuck in their intestines causing damage. Plastic Eggs - Those shiny plastic eggs that contain goodies and sometimes, if you're a really lucky kid, money. If chewed and swallowed the plastic can cause intestinal problems that may require surgery. Make sure you keep<><><><>[... More >>]
Remember when playing with your dog was a fun activity that you made you late for dinner? Just because you grew up doesn’t mean that you have to act old. Make time to play with your dog every day and experience the child-like joy that bonding with your dog through play will bring you.
Play hide and seek with your dog’s favorite toys or small treats. This game may start with teaching your dog how to sit and stay. Start by having him sit and stay while you place a favorite toy (squeaky ones are a favorite in our house) where he can see it, but away from him (like across the room). Use your release word (ours is “OK”) and let him go fetch the toy, making sure to allow enough time to celebrate the reward of waiting patiently, by letting him dance around with his toy in his mouth.<><><><><><><>[... More >>]
A DogGeek.com exclusive by Michael McCamish
You don't have to adopt/foster all the animals, have a lot of money or be a petexpert to help your local animal shelter out, there are pleanty of other ways. Below is a list of things that you can do at almost any shelter that we can guarantee they would be thankful for.Volunteer. Whether or not you can afford to donate cash or items, you can always donate time to volunteer! Ask your local shelter how you can help. They always need people to help walk and wash dogs, assist visitors, volunteer at adoption events and more. Not only do these things help the shelter keep costs down, they help pets get socialized so it's a win-win. Donate supplies. Almost every shelter has a list of supplies that they are always in<><><><><><><><><><>[... More >>]