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Hot weather tips for your dog

by on Monday, March 25, 2013 4:44:00 PM

Buddy the dog – Photo by Kathleen Riley-Daniels By: Kathleen Riley-Daniels These are tips I put together for showing dogs in hot weather, but all of these ideas will work for dogs whether they are at a show or at home. When in doubt about anything health related and your pet, always consult your veterinarian. Show Ring Tips – Hot Weather A large part of showing dogs is adapting to the particular conditions presented on any given show day. There so many variables out there that we should be...

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Questions to ask before your buy a puppy or dog

by on Friday, March 22, 2013 4:38:00 PM

Bailey the Chinook as a puppy These are questions to ask before you go see any puppies, because once you are looking at and petting the pups, it is almost impossible to walk away. Knowing how your puppy has been raised (hopefully indoors) and socialized to people, places and things are critical to the decision process. When you get your puppy, take it to visit your veterinarian right away to make sure your puppy is as healthy as possible. The more you know about your puppy, the better. Like...

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Pet friendly lodge has dog lover’s weekends

by on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 4:34:00 PM

Grizzly the Dachshund photo by Kathleen Riley-Daniels If you are looking for some fun to have with your dog, head up to Gunflint Lodge in Minnesota’s north woods for one of  their Dog Lover’s Weekends. Your dog will have plenty of time to explore and interact with other dogs, and you know they prefer to be with you enjoying the trip rather than being left behind. The lodge has some fairly simple rules, including keeping your dog on a leash when outside, securing them (crates are...

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Winter tips for your pets

by on Saturday, March 16, 2013 4:32:00 PM

Posted on March 18, 2013 by dogfooddirect Dalmatian Puppy photo by Kathleen Riley-Daniels In some parts of the country, winterizing your pets is not so much of a concern. Here in the land of ice and snow, where layered clothing is a fashion statement, taking care of our pets during harsh weather is an important survival skill. Feet and Pads Remove ice, salt or snow from your dog’s coat and paws as soon as you come inside. Thoroughly dry off damp feet to prevent cracked, sore pads. Spread...

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Boarding – find the best place for your dogs and cats

by on Saturday, March 16, 2013 4:27:00 PM

  Bandit the Labrador at the Dubuque railroad Bridge by Kathleen Riley What do you do during the holiday season when your companion isn’t able to travel with you? You may prefer a family member, friend or pet sitter look after your pets, but sometimes that isn’t as simple as you might hope. If that is the case, you’ll want to look at boarding facilities in your area. The thought of boarding your dog may make you nervous, but there are options that will fit your needs and here are some tips...

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Feeding your dog

by on Thursday, March 14, 2013 4:19:00 PM

Banshee the Chinook and Abby summer in Minnesota wildflowers. These are questions we get a lot from customers — hopefully the answer will help you feed your dogs more easily. WATER Water is the most important piece of feeding pets, and all pets need a constant supply of clean, fresh water. Water is important all year, but this is especially true during warm weather. Using a smaller bowl and refilling it often is a great way to keep your pet’s water supply fresh. Want to really be on top of the...

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Chocolate: how much is dangerous to your dog

by on Monday, March 11, 2013 4:15:00 PM

Labrador retriever Ella by Kathleen Riley For dogs, the smell of chocolate is almost as tempting as a big, thick, juicy steak. That temptation is exactly why your dog may rip into your bags of Halloween, Easter or other candy. Even though your dog loves chocolate, it isn’t good for your dog. Chocolate is processed from the bitter seeds of the cacao tree, which contain compounds known as methylxanthines. Methylxanthines contain caffeine and a related chemical called theobromine. Both are...

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12 steps to tell if a dog breeder is reputable

by on Saturday, March 9, 2013 4:02:00 PM

Dalmatian puppy with a patch Finding A responsible breeder is an important part of selecting your new furry family member. To find a responsible dog breeder, start by going to a dog show or visit the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club web sites to learn more about the breeds and breeders.After doing your homework, find a fancier that is knowledgeable about their breed, and be certain you are comfortable with the people too. The biggest key to having success in selecting a puppy or dog...

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Crufts — the world’s largest dog show

by on Thursday, March 7, 2013 3:42:00 PM

Shih Tzu photo by Kathleen Riley Crufts, the world’s largest dog show is being held in Birmingham, England, March 7-10, 2013.  This dog show features more than 25,000 canines in its four days of competition. For 2013, there are dogs entered into breed judging, Gamekeepers’ classes and Obedience Championships, including a record number of dogs from overseas. In addition, thousands more dogs will take part in agility, heelwork to music, flyball and a number of other competitions and...

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Important things to know when selecting a new puppy

by on Monday, March 4, 2013 3:30:00 PM

Labrador retriever head study by Kathleen Riley AKC Registered and/or AKC Papers The American Kennel Club and The United Kennel Club are registry services, not a guarantee of quality. What registration papers tell you (in theory) is your new puppy or dog is the breed you are buying. That is all the papers mean. Registration papers are not a guarantee of quality or anything else. If the people you are buying your puppy from try and charge you extra for papers, RUN away from this deal. Charging...

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