3 Must-Have Tools to Train Your Hoboken Puppy

So you want to train your Hoboken puppy? Congrats! Not only are you going to build an extraordinary bond with your fur kid, but you’re also going to grow as a person in the process, as does anyone who cares for a little one. And bonus! You get to make friends in the dog-loving Hoboken community, from other puppy parents to puppy people like us who guide you along the way. As Hoboken puppy trainers and care experts, we’ve trained many puppies in town. So we’ve come up with a short list of tools that’ll make teaching your puppy so much easier. Do you know the three must-have tools to train your Hoboken puppy?

1. Treats, Don’t Cheat

What’re treats? They’re food made of anything your Hoboken puppy really likes that you use to reward their desirable behavior. Why is this tool important? As a primary reinforcer, treats are something your puppy was born liking as nourishment so that they easily reinforce any behavior that produces the treats. Suppose you ask your puppy to sit, precisely mark with your approval when they sit and then give them a treat. The treat reinforces them sitting for you. What’s next? Mark and treat to shape any behaviors you want from your puppy, from laying down while you eat to sitting when you answer the door.

2. Clicker, Don’t Bicker

What’s a clicker? It’s a hand-held device made of plastic that has a button you press to deliver a clicking sound to your Hoboken puppy when they do something you want them to do. Why is this tool important? Puppies learn by association. So precisely marking the behavior you want from your puppy with a click that’s immediately followed by a reward tells them that, if they do something that gets the click, they’ll be rewarded, thereby reinforcing the behavior. What’s next? Follow a click with a reward to mark behavior you want from your puppy to build on micro-behaviors and further any training.

3. Puppy Pads, Don’t Be Mad

What’re puppy pads? They’re pads made of disposable or non-disposable material that you lock into pad holders and put on your home’s floors so that your Hoboken puppy goes to the bathroom on them. Why is this tool important? Precisely marking with your approval when your puppy does their business on the puppy pads and then reinforcing the behavior with a reward teaches them that they’re supposed to go in those specific spots. What’s next? When you take your puppy outside, use this same technique when they go to the bathroom on any designated outdoor surfaces and slowly phase out puppy pads at home.

Thoughtfully use these must-have tools to train your Hoboken puppy and build a loving bond, and if you need us, we’re happy to help you as Hoboken puppy trainers and care experts.

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Why Wag! App Hoboken Shouldn't Walk Your Dog

There’s a lot of hype around the Wag! app in Hoboken these days because, let’s face it, tech is cool, and we wouldn't be human if we didn't want to tell our friends “Yep, my Wag! dog walker is walking my pup today. I booked him on the app like he was an Uber driver to my address, and he's there as we speak. It was total magic. I'm such a boss right now."

Your Dog Isn't an Uber

But a dog walker isn't like an Uber driver because your front door isn't a car door anyone can open, your dog isn’t a car anyone can drive and a dog walk for your dog isn’t a trip anyone can take. Just because someone can enter your home, take your dog from it and walk doesn’t mean they have the character and experience to care for your family.

Ask the Hard Questions

Would you order your dog groomer through the Wag! app? What about your vet? Are you kidding? Your dog means way more to you than that. Before making such a serious decision, you need to know whether the dog groomers or vets are experienced, reputable dog professionals in your community. You do the research and ask questions.

So why should it be any different for a dog walker whose service is even more intimate and personal for you than a dog groomer's or vet's? Of course not. A dog walker is truly solo in your home (your refuge, folks) and caring for your dog (your family, folks) much more often, not every month like a dog groomer or every six months like a vet.

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And when you do order a dog walker like they're an Uber driver, and your Uber driver (uh, your dog walker) shows up, the following can happen, which is a verbatim account, with names removed, of a family's Wag! app experience in Hoboken:

"On our home security cameras, we noticed that the dog walker decided to stay in our apartment well after the walk ended. My wife likes to check in on our dog post-walk to see how long it takes him to settle down, and when she noticed he wasn’t in his playpen, she saw the dog walker sitting on a chair and noticed that our bedroom door was open which had been shut. We then saw the guy walk through our apartment looking through bags and then sitting on our couch looking through the drawers of our coffee table, casually taking items out and looking at them. Then my wife had trouble connecting to one of the cameras. The dog walker had unplugged it. We have another camera that he mustn't have noticed. I virtually turned it towards him to take shots of him sitting on our couch going through our things while our dog sat by his feet. We were able to take photos of him caught in the act, and they were time-stamped. This was at least twenty minutes after the walk had ended. I didn’t want to call him out through the camera's two-way microphone out of fear that he would have done something irrational to our dog and home. So I just called his cell, and once he saw I was calling, he got up, tossed our dog in his playpen and left. Thankfully, our dog wasn't hurt and nothing appears to have been stolen, but the incident left us feeling uncomfortable and violated."

Here's another Hoboken family that talks about their Wag! app experience. It's the only third-party online review the Wag! app has for Hoboken, and it's on Google as a one-star review. These two images are of this Wag! App Hoboken review:

These families were lucky to be unharmed. The web reveals far worse when you think your dog walker is like your Uber driver. Just search Wag! hurt dog, Wag! lost dog or Wag! theft to learn what happened to good families who used the Wag! App to book a dog walker.

Read the Awful Fine Print

So why do folks continue to use the Wag! app? It's on-demand. It's on-trend. Look, we get that you want high-tech 21st Century out of a human, but your dog doesn’t. What do they want? They want very dependable, devoted, familiar, reliable and safe humans.

Your dog won’t be able to tell you this, so you'll have to educate yourself and choose for them. Read the Wag! app's disclaimer of warranties (uh, non-warranty) to know that they're not what your dog wants and, because you love them, not what you want:

Wag! Disclaimer of Warranties

Wag! makes no representation, warranty, or guaranty as to the reliability, timeliness, quality, suitability, availability, accuracy or completeness of the services.

Wag! does not represent or warrant that:

A. The use of the services will be secure, timely, uninterrupted or error-free or operate in combination with any other hardware, software, system or data,

B. The services will meet your requirements or expectations,

C. Any stored data will be accurate or reliable,

D. The quality of any products, services, information, or other material purchased or obtained by you through the services will meet your requirements or expectations,

E. Errors or defects in the services will be corrected, or

F. The service or the server(s) that make the service available are free of viruses or other harmful components.

The services are provided to you strictly on an 'as is' basis.

All conditions, representations and warranties, whether express, implied, statutory or otherwise, including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of third party rights, are hereby disclaimed to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law by Wag!.

Wag! makes no representation, warranty, or guaranty as to the reliability, safety, timeliness, quality, suitability or availability of any services, products or goods obtained by third parties through the use of the services.

You acknowledge and agree that the entire risk arising out of your use of the services, and any third party services or products, remains solely with you, to the maximum extent permitted by law.

Refer to the True Dog Pros

So don't let a national app trump a local Hoboken dog walking company with five-star standards. You expect this from other dog pros. Expect it from your Hoboken dog walker.

Local beats national across the board. The vast majority of consumers find that local businesses outperform national chains on trustworthiness, service and quality.

Media: Pix11, CBS, ABC, Bloomberg & Wesley Young

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Top Mistakes New Dog Parents Make

You’ve adopted your perfect dog companion, and the fur muppet is quickly becoming a beloved member of your family. It’s always a wonderful time with your dog unless you make errors early on in how to care for them. Then things may rapidly become difficult to manage. You'll blame your dog, but it will never be their fault because the responsibility of proper care will always fall on your shoulders. It's up to you to learn how to do right by your dog and avoid any big no-nos. Do you know the top mistakes new dog parents make?

No Training

You know the saying an older dog won’t learn new tricks? As it turns out, that’s not true. You can train any dog to learn things, and it's up to you to be a consistent, disciplined, loving and patient teacher for your dog. Teaching them simple commands is as easy as getting online or reading a book and actively applying what you learn. You can absolutely teach your dog to sit, stay, heel and come here, and you'll both have fun spending time together. Basic obedience is the foundation to teach your dog more advanced command recall.

No Protection

You know the saying every dog has a flea or two? As it turns out, that's not true either. You can protect any dog against fleas and ticks, and it's up to you to make sure your dog lives indoors with you and is on a monthly creepy-critter prevention regimen that includes baths, body checks and oral or topical medications. Buy Advantage for dogs to help keep bad bugs at bay, and also buy Revolution for cats to protect all your fur kids. Pest prevention is the foundation to ensure your pet-loving family and home’s infestation-free.

No Boundaries

You know the saying every dog rules the house? As it turns out, that's definitely not true either. You can employ boundaries for any dog, and it's up to you to lovingly show your dog how to be family. Remember that dogs' wolf ancestors lived in traditional family units of parents and pups. Modern animal science has dispelled the myth that your dog is dominating you in favor of how to live together as family. Respectful interaction is the foundation to forge a healthy bond with your dog built on faith and not on force.

The truth is that every dog is a good dog. It's your parental role to train, protect and boundary-teach your beloved fur kid in your precious years spent side by side.

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Helpful hints for rehoming an older dog

Helpful hints for rehoming an older dog

A dog is a faithful friend that will love you until your dying day. While the bond between a dog and their owner is a beautiful thing, it can turn to tragedy when the owner either passes away or is no longer able to give their canine companion the care they need. These faithful friends (through no fault of their own) usually end up in animal shelters where they’re eschewed by many who are looking for a puppy or a younger dog. Hence, they face much greater risk of humane euthanasia than their younger counterparts. But older dogs can be equally wonderful companions and the difference you can make in caring for them in their later years really can’t be underestimated.

Pyoderma in Dogs - Symptoms and Treatment

Pyoderma in Dogs - Symptoms and Treatment

No owner wants their dog to develop a bacterial skin infection. However, Pyoderma often occurs at some point during a canine’s life. So, it’s important that all humans educate themselves about the symptoms and treatment process. Only then will individuals notice the warning signs early enough to limit discomfort for their animal. Most vets are well-trained in spotting bacterial skin infections. For that reason, many people discover the problem during a routine checkup. Still, the earlier people deal with the issue; the better. Use the information from this page to gain a better understanding.

Ways to Help Your Dog as They Get Older

Just like you, your dog changes in both mind and body as they get older. However, they're aging much faster than you are. So whether your dog is getting a bit older or entering their golden years or you've just adopted a senior dog, it's crucial to look out for any changes in how they may be different from one month to the next. Doing so will help you tailor care to your dog's needs at all times. Do you know the ways to help your dog as they get older?

Proper Exercise

As your dog gets older, giving them proper exercise is a great way to help them. Maybe your dog doesn't want or need as much exercise as they once did. Perhaps they suffer from arthritis or hip dysplasia or other conditions that limit their movement. As your dog ages, you'll need to find a new balance of age-appropriate exercise, from walking to playing to innovative hydrotherapy, to keep their mind and body healthy with minimal pain.

Good Diet

As you dog gets older, keeping them eating a good diet can become even more important. Maybe your dog is exercising less than before. Perhaps they have organ issues, joint pain or other conditions that stress their body in different ways. As your dog ages, you'll need to find a new balance of age-appropriate diet, from the best senior dog food to special supplements, to keep their appetite satisfied and their weight maintained.

Good Communication

As your dog gets older, ensuring you have good communication with them is even more key. Maybe your dog has problems with memory, mood, sight or sound. Perhaps they show other behavior changes that could be signs of normal aging or of serious health conditions. As your dog ages, you'll need to find a new balance of age-appropriate communication, from unique cues to more time together, to keep their soul lively and loved.

Proper Environment

As your dog gets older, making sure they have a proper environment can become even more critical. Maybe your dog has body pain. Perhaps they have age-related ailments that make it harder for them to get up and down furniture or steps. As your dog ages, you'll need to find a new balance of age-appropriate environment, from special ramps to soft orthopedic beds to non-slip carpets, to keep their body comfy and safe at home.

Whether it's tailoring exercise, diet, communication or environment, there are lots of ways you can help your dog as they get older to guarantee they have the best life by your side.

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How to Protect Your Dog from Mosquito Bites

Summer's a great season for you to have fun with your dog, but it also comes with some health concerns for them. Mosquitos are a definite danger. Infectious diseases from mosquito bites require serious medical attention ranging from heartworm removal surgery to treatments for West Nile virus. So read on for our top tips to keep your dog bite-free and safe every summer. Do you know how to protect your dog from mosquito bites?

Avoid Human Repellents

Avoid human repellents when protecting your dog from mosquito bites. Insect repellents made for humans are fine to use on your skin but are extremely toxic to your dog. The main ingredient found in these repellents is DEET which can cause your dog to vomit and seizure. This means your dog shouldn't lick you if you've put on human insect repellents.

Avoid Stagnant Water

Avoid stagnant water when protecting your dog from mosquito bites. Mosquitos breed in life-giving water. So be vigilant in areas around your home where stagnant water tends to collect. This means keeping areas dry around air conditioning units, refreshing water in dog bowls several times a day and emptying excess water from planter bases.

Avoid Certain Times

Avoid certain times when protecting your dog from mosquito bites. Mosquitos are at their most active and likeliest to bite your dog around early dawn and late dusk when the sun isn't as harsh and there's more dew on the ground. This means taking your dog outdoors at other times but also not when the sun's too hot for them to be outside.

Use Dog Repellents

Use dog repellents when protecting your dog from mosquito bites. Insect repellents made for dogs are absolutely fine to use on your dog's skin. Some flea and tick repellents also work to repel mosquitos so read the fine print or consult others. This means looping in your trusted dog walker or pet sitter on dog insect repellents.

Use Natural Repellents

Use natural repellents when protecting your dog from mosquito bites. Insect repellents made from natural ingredients can often be used on both dog and human skin. Lemon eucalyptus oil is often used in these repellents to keep mosquitos at bay. This means you'll need to do research on natural insect repellents.

Summer is full of good times to spend with your dog, but it's also full of disease-bearing mosquitos. So follow this easy plan to keep mosquitos from biting your best friend.

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What to Do When Your Dog Has Canine Anorexia

Dogs are famous for their voracious appetite, and it's a joy for you to see your dog's tail wagging as you're preparing their next meal. So it can be nerve-wracking when your dog doesn't feel like eating. Unlike the human term defining a mental health disorder, canine anorexia refers only to symptoms describing your dog's lack of interest in food, loss of appetite or refusal to eat. Do you know what to do when your dog has canine anorexia?


While canine anorexia is worrisome, it’s important to focus on what's causing the problem. There are many reasons why your dog’s appetite may diminish or disappear. Some are more straightforward and simpler to remedy, and others are more complex and tougher to solve. However, once you've pinpointed possible causes, you can start finding solutions.

Common causes of canine anorexia include:

Environmental: Have there been any recent changes in your dog's life? A home move, a different food or routine, a household member's death or departure or the hire of a new dog walker or pet sitter can make your dog very anxious, depressed or stressed.

Gastrointestinal: Has your dog exhibited pica, the deliberate ingestion of non-food items, including plastics and trash, or eaten rotten food off the ground they weren't supposed to? These items can block, damage or unsettle your dog's digestive system.

Dental: Does your dog have any abscesses or cavities, broken, loose or misaligned teeth, mouth trauma or bleeding or inflamed gums due to periodontal disease? Dental difficulties make it especially uncomfortable for your dog to chew.


If your dog has canine anorexia, it’s first key to know whether they show any interest in eating or don't want to eat at all. Do they make attempts to eat their meal and then slink away, or do they seem repelled by it? Try making the food you feed your dog more tempting by adding fresh meat or filtered water to it, warming it up in the microwave for 10 seconds, hand feeding it to them or feeding them a different dog food.

Get your dog to the vet at that same time you're trying to understand what's causing their canine anorexia. Ordering blood work, an X-ray or an ultrasound for your dog may lead to their best treatment by revealing what's truly happening.

It's definitely troubling when your dog has canine anorexia. However, by observing them and working together with your vet, you can get your dog eating normally again soon.

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How to Look After Your Dog in the Summertime

When summertime is upon you, so is the ability to get outside with your dog and connect with them even more. If your dog loves to explore, enjoying the sunshine together will be just magical, from cruising city streets, to walking nature trails, to visiting exciting new places. However, you need to be mindful of a few things to shield your dog from problems they could face in the heat. Do you know how to look after your dog in the summertime?

Hot Sidewalks

Hot sidewalks in the summertime might sound like nothing to you, but remember that your dog can't wear flip-flops like you can. It may be easy to forget that you walk in shoes that protect you from feeling pavement that can heat to over 120 degrees. Your dog's paws could be in pain on sizzling paved areas and even get badly burned, forming blisters that make it painful to walk. So look after your dog in the summertime by applying wax to their paws, putting them in breathable dog boots and walking them on grass or in shade.

Getting Hot

Getting hot in the summertime might seem like no big deal to you, but remember that your dog can't cool like you can. It may be easy to forget that dogs are prone to overheat. If they're outside too long, have longer fur or don't get enough fresh water, your dog could get sick from dehydration and even go into shock. So look after your dog in the summertime by keeping them in cool places, having their fur kept shorter and giving them lots of fresh water. Talk to your dog walker or pet sitter about these issues too.

Tiny Critters

Tiny critters in the summertime might seem like invisible matters to you, but remember that your dog can't keep clean like you can. It may be easy to forget that fleas breed much faster in the summertime because they thrive in warm environments, and your dog’s coat is the perfect place. Prevent this issue as soon as the summer starts by adequately trimming your dog's hair to the point where fleas and ticks can't hide. It’s also important to stock up on flea and tick prevention for dogs to help reduce their risk of getting them in the first place. Fleas can lead to skin infections, worm parasites and irritated skin. They are hell for your dog. Make sure that you help them out of this situation, and they’re likely to have a pleasant summer, as will you.

Focusing on the specific ailments your dog could experience during summer is key to having a happy, healthy best friend. They're part of the family so treat them as such.

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What to Do About Your Dog's Misaligned Teeth

From their origin as wolves, dogs have become our family, and it's been a pretty sweet deal. Both humans and dogs have each gotten a loyal companion and working partner. However, as humans have created more breeds through unnatural selection, dogs have suffered some downsides. One of the many different health issues caused by selective breeding has been misaligned teeth. Do you know what to do about your dog's misaligned teeth?


Misaligned teeth is a condition in which your dog's teeth are crowded within certain areas of the mouth, pushing against one another or pressing against gums. Certain dog breeds are more susceptible. The extent to which the condition causes your dog pain will be determined by the misalignment severity of their teeth. Misaligned teeth can range from incredibly painful to absolutely painless, in which case nothing might need to be done.


Misaligned teeth can be difficult to detect in your dog's mouth. Only a small percentage of your dog's teeth are visible. Signs include your dog wincing while masticating, chewing excessively or having bad breath. If these issues aren't resolved by giving your dog the best dog dental chews and brushing their teeth, misaligned teeth might be what's causing your dog pain or infection where their teeth roots have become exposed.


Misaligned teeth in your dog's mouth can be easy to treat. Your vet will want to do an X-ray to understand the extent of the condition. Treatment will depend on symptoms. If your dog appears to have no pain or problems eating, your vet will probably only recommend mouth hygiene. If intervention is required, your vet will likely pull the teeth in question. Although drastic, it's a standard method to make your dog feel better.

Your dog's misaligned teeth might have been created by selective breeding but can be treated when you take a little selective action for your dog's beautiful smile.

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How to Help Your Dog with Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a condition in which your dog's hip muscles deteriorate, making moving and walking both difficult and painful. Do you know how to help your dog with hip dysplasia?


Signs of hip dysplasia, even in small puppies as young as five months old, include a slight bunny hop, reluctance going up and down stairs, issues getting up and gait deterioration.


Causes of hip dysplasia are both genetic and environmental. Dogs can be born with the condition or develop it over time for one reason or another. Genetically, a throwback gene causes hip dysplasia, even if breeders make parental adjustments. Environmentally, body development, exercise regime and rapid weight gain can cause the condition.


Hydrotherapy is a moderate form of exercise that helps strengthen your dog's muscles affected by hip dysplasia. There are a lot of centers that offer hydrotherapy for dogs where they can swim in a pool or walk on a treadmill with their legs underwater. This helps rehabilitate your dog safely, leading to a more pain-free body.


Massage helps invigorate your dog's muscles affected by hip dysplasia. Take your dog to a specialized massage therapist. You can also learn to massage your dog's muscles. In addition to being a great way to bond with your dog, massage also helps alleviates stiffness in your dog's muscles, leading to a much better range of movement.


Bedding helps support your dog's muscles affected by hip dysplasia. Look for memory foam dog beds and put them where your dog likes to hang out, rest or sleep, even in their wooden dog house. Using memory foam in dog beds helps sooth your dog's muscles and minimize pressure, leading to a more relaxed body.

Your dog may have certain difficulties with hip dysplasia, but you can make sure they get special therapies and beds to help them move and walk easier and with a lot less pain.

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What to Do When Breed Traits Impact Your Dog's Health

There are more than 300 dog breeds in the world, each with their own fascinating history. It's no surprise then that the breed traits of your dog can eventually determine their medical conditions. Understanding the breed or mix of breeds of your dog will help you take the best care of them, from choosing the right pet insurance pan to following tailored pet health precautions. Do you know what to do when breed traits impact your dog's health?

Labrador Retrievers

Labrador Retrievers are intelligent and loving, making them popular with families. They're also sporty and need great exercise, including playtime, to burn off their terrific energy. As long as your Labrador Retriever is kept active, they'll have few health issues. So make sure to hire a dog walker or pet sitter to give them lots of fresh air. Without let's-go plans, this breed can suffer weight gain, possibly leading to serious heart conditions.


Chihuahuas are exotic and selective, making them popular with bohemians. They're also delicate and need gentle handling to ensure maximum safety for their tiny frames. As long as your Chihuahua is kept comfy, they'll have a long lifespan. So find the best pet stroller to have them travel in snug style. Without wheels-on plans, this breed can suffer damaged kneecaps, possibly making it difficult for them to walk.


Pugs are cute and hilarious, making them popular with revelers. They're also flat-faced and need conditioned air when it's hot out to cycle oxygen through their tubby muzzles. As long as your Pug is kept cool, they'll avoid much difficulty breathing. So take brief walks and keep the air on to help them respire during heat waves. Without just-right rooms, this breed can suffer breath shortness, possibly ending in fatality.

Cocker Spaniels

One of the defining features of the Cocker Spaniel breed is their large floppy ears. Sure, they may be cute, but they are also the cause of some health complaints. Firstly, the hair around their ears needs brushing regularly so that it doesn’t get tangled. It’s important to get the inside of their ears checked out every year to make sure that they aren’t developing seborrhea, a condition that causes an excessive buildup of earwax. Unfortunately, Cocker Spaniels can also suffer from eye problems at a much higher rate than other breeds of dog.

It’s important that you know all about the possible illnesses of these popular breeds so that you can make an informed decision on which one you get for your family. Choosing a breed that is prone to a lot of different illnesses could result in a very high bill from the vet!

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How to Discover and Treat Common Ailments in Your Dog

Do you know how to discover and treat common ailments in your dog?

Ear Infections

Signs your dog may have an ear infection are ear discharge, ear swelling and unusual tiredness.  Ear infections can be caused by allergies, bacteria, ear mites and ingrown hair. Don't wait to take your dog to the vet if you suspect an ear infection. It's relatively easy to treat by keeping the ear clean. However, in some rare cases, the vessel of your dog's outer ear may have ruptured and needs repair.

Fleas and Ticks

Signs your dog may have fleas and ticks are excessive skin licking, nibbling or scratching, hair loss, irritated or red skin and little black skin dots, also known as flea dirt. Ticks look like little black plugs attached to the skin. Just one flea on your dog can turn into thousands more within weeks, and ticks can carry life-debilitating diseases. So be on the lookout and ask your dog walker or pet sitter to be too. It's important to act fast and get your dog on a consistent regimen for fleas and ticks to eliminate and prevent them. This includes flea and tick medicine for dogs, from oral to topical, as well as shampoos, special collars and, if need be, removal with tweezers.


Signs your dog may have worms, which are parasites, are bottom-dragging, diarrhea, possibly with blood in it, hair loss and an overall poor appearance you can't peg, including a dull coat and sullen eyes. Your dog can get different types of worms, including hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms and whipworms. Hookworms can be fatal to puppies. So, again, be on the lookout and don't wait to act. Treatment at the vet will depend on what kind of worms your dog has. The sooner you rid your dog of worms the better, and doing so may even save your puppy's life.

Hot Spots

Signs your dog may have hot spots, or acute moist dermatitis, are, again, excessive skin biting or scratching, hair loss and inflamed or red skin. Hot spots can result from an allergic reaction or a bacterial skin infection and increase in size very quickly if you do nothing. So, again, acting rapidly is essential. The vet will shave the area around your dog's hot spots for better access and prescribe a treatment of oral and topical medications, as well as a possible food change.

Being a good pet parent means looking out for signs of common ailments in your dog and acting swiftly to restore health and happiness. You'll see lots of tail wagging for sure.

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How Your Home Might Be Making Your Dog Sick

Your dog sometimes seems like a little indestructible ball of fluff, but sometimes they can be vulnerable to common household items. Do you know how your home might be making your dog sick?

Household Toxins

Household toxins found in cleaning products you use at home can harm your dog. Never clean with ammonia and bleach on the same day, as a mix of the two can be fatal to dogs. Vapors tend to linger. So look out for pet-friendly cleaning products on the market.

Unwelcome Insects

Unwelcome insects from your home's garden or yard can be dangerous to your dog. So get your dog on a regular regimen to prevent fleas and ticks. Also, caulking and sealing any holes or leaks in your home can make it a lot harder for creepy critters to find their way in. In your home's garden or yard, put in plants that ward off pests and keep the ground clear of any debris like cut grass or leaves where pests can dwell.

Outdoor Plants

Outdoor plants can be poisonous to your dog, including, but not limited to, azaleas, daffodils and jasmine. So plant pet-friendly flora or put up barriers around flower or plant beds to keep your dog out. It'll also look pretty out there.

Staying Inside

Staying inside your home can be harmful to your dog. Getting out is key for your dog's physical health and mental balance. Fresh air gets your dog's blood pumping, and new environments stimulate their mind. Socializing with other pets and people builds your dog's confidence and tolerance. Discuss an outdoor program with your dog walker or pet sitter. Time outside will help your dog be well at home.

Examine the impact your home might have on your dog, and remain aware that your best friend can be much more vulnerable to your home than you realize.

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What to Do When Your Dog Has a Heart Problem

While dogs can have different types of health concerns, one of the most misunderstood are those relating to the heart, the body's central organ. Do you know what to do when your dog has a heart problem?

Problem Signs

The first signs your dog may have a heart problem are likely to be small. For large breeds, such as Doberman Pinschers or Dalmatians, pay particular attention to coughing, as these breeds are more susceptible to heart issues. Other symptoms your dog may have a heart problem are fairly generic. Your dog may appear lethargic or show little interest in the things they used to enjoy. To catch a heart problem early, take your dog to the vet for regular checkups. Dogs over the age of 10 need a vet checkup every six months.

Problem Types

The most common heart problem in older dogs is congestive heart failure, an enlarged heart. Younger dogs, particularly Boston Terriers, are prone to a heart problem called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the thickening of the heart's walls.

Next Steps

First and foremost, feed your dog the best dog food you can for your budget. Look for dog foods with a high level of potassium which aids heart function. Second, get your dog gentle exercise through easy and relaxed walks. If your dog shows signs of being tired, slow down or stop the walk. Don't forget to partner with your dog walker or pet sitter for your dog's exercise program. Finally, schedule your dog for regular checkups at the vet to help manage a heart problem. For example, if you’re tempted to give your dog supplements to aid heart health, talk first with your vet to get their advice.

If your dog has a heart problem, it's rarely a death sentence if you take charge. So catch your dog's heart problem early and take steps to limit its impact so your best friend can have a good quality of life.

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How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight

Our weight has a significant impact on our health, and this is also the case for dogs. Sure, your chubby dog may look cute, but a few extra pounds can have serious consequences, such as heart disease and diabetes. Do you know how to help your dog lose weight?

Change Food

It’s a good idea to change your dog’s food. To research and find lower-calorie dog foods, visit pet stores near you or go online. You'll need to find the best food for your dog’s breed and age. It’s also key to cut out treats while your dog is trying to lose weight.

Keep Records

Keeping a food diary for your dog can help you track daily calorie intake. Make a record of everything your dog eats, even treats or table scraps they're not supposed to get. This can help you see where improvements can be made.

Increase Walks

Your dog will lose weight faster if you take them on longer or more frequent walks. If you don’t have the time to do so, consider hiring a dog walker or pet sitter. The more exercise your dog gets, the more calories they burn.

Use Supplements

Supplements can help your dog lose weight. Omega 3 supplements can help improve your dog's joint movement and fat-burning process. L-carnitine can help increase your dog's amount of lean muscle mass. Ask your local pet store if they have these supplements. You might also be able to get them from your vet or a great online store.

If overweight, your dog can suffer from a range of medical conditions. To help your best friend, remember these great trim-down tips. Your dog will thank you for it.

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