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Teaching your dog to "Clean up" her toys

It's cold and neither we nor our dogs really want to spend much time outside. We are lucky to have a guest post from Michaela Grief, CPDT, (a wonderful dog trainer over at Opportunity Barks) with a great idea to keep you both busy indoors teaching your pup to "clean up" after herself!! If your house is anything like mine, there are usually dog toys EVERYWHERE. Remember - mental exercise/training is just as valuable as physical exercise. If you’ve ever grumbled about cleaning up tumbleweeds of fur or the innards of de-stuffed toys, you know your dog makes housecleaning a longer business.  So, why not put that scoundrel to work for you, for once?  If your dog already knows how to...

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Finding the Perfect Dog Walker

Guest blog from Jaime of Happy Tails! Thanks, Jaime, for sharing such great tips with us! There is no question, that we Philadelphians love our pets! Walking through the streets of our city on a daily basis, it’s inevitable that you’ll see dogs being walked and cared for. So, while you are at work or away on vacation, who is watching your beloved fur babies? Just like with any professional, not all dog walkers are the same and some are more qualified, experienced and invested than others.  And just like with meeting a new person, you and your dog will find a better connection with some walkers than others. Following these steps will ensure that the experience is a smooth and...

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My dog thinks he's a baby goat! (Primal's new Goat Milk supplement for dogs and cats)

Auggie is my sensitive boy. He's a 4 year old, 12lb terrier mix with a bad tummy. My other dog, Ramona, can eat trash off the street all day long and be perfectly fine, but Auggie is prone to digestive issues of all kinds. Auggie takes a probiotic supplement, but I'm always looking for ways to replace artificial vitamins with whole food sources, so I was really excited when Primal came out with Goat Milk!   Here's what goat milk will do for Auggie: Digestive aid - Raw, unpasteurized goat milk naturally contains enzymes that help digest food. Primal only uses milk from free range goats raised without antibiotics or added hormones. Prevent Urinary Tract Issues - Dogs and cats historically...

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New ACANA Singles - The NATURAL solution for sensitive dogs

We've finally got the new Acana Singles formulas in stock! Like the rest of the Acana/Orijen line, these new formulations are super-premium, grain-free dry dog foods. The huge difference between these 3 new formulas and the rest are the Singles line was created especially for dogs with food sensitivities and intolerances.   Single source of animal protein (lamb, pork, or duck) Limited number of ingredients  Grain-free, 50% meat Freeze-dried Liver infusions (picky dogs LOVE this) Natural, whole-food vitamin sources rather than added synthetic vitamins and minerals Low-glycemic fruits and veggies (stable blood sugar levels, prevent diabetes & obesity) Natural sources of soluble & insoluble fiber (slower digestion rate = more nutrient absorption = less poop issues!!!) Algae replaces fish oil...

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Silver Vine is the new Catnip! (It's really big in Japan...)

Everyone knows what Catnip does to (most) cats, but I bet you've never heard of Silver Vine. We just got "dime bags" of a new Catnip/Silver Vine blend that's driving the kitties crazy. It's not well-known here in the US, but Silver Vine is actually the best selling cat treat in Japan, often referred to as "Japanese Catnip" or matatabi in Japanese. This is reflected in the saying "neko ni matatabi, joro ni koban" (Silver vine to a cat, a coin to a prostitute).   While Catnip only contains one type of scented attractant (called nepetalactone, if you're interested in the nerdy bits), the Silver Vine plant contains 2 different scented attractants - Actinidine and dihydroactinidiolide. The first causes a reaction similar to...

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