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3 things to avoid when training for dog agility

3 things to avoid when training for dog agility

May 09, 2022

Getting a special bond with your dog as well as getting your dog’s interest to peak are a few of the perks of doing dog agility activities. While dog agility has great benefits on the mental and physical state of your dog, it’s best to keep some advice in mind when it comes to training for this activity. In the past we’ve explored a few tips and tricks that can help you get started with dog agility training, but now it’s time to address the mistakes as well. So let’s dive into a few things that you should not do, when it comes to dog agility. 

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Why dogs pull on their leash and how to fix it

Why dogs pull on their leash and how to fix it

January 24, 2022

Pulling on the leash is one of the most common things you can see with dogs and their owners on a walk. But why do dogs tend to pull on their leash? Is it purely because of lack of obedience training or is there something more to this issue? If you’re a dog owner and are facing this problem with your dog, you might want to read along and find out some of the reasons why your dog might be pulling on their leash and how you can remedy this. 
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Separation Anxiety - what it is and how to over come it

Separation Anxiety - what it is and how to over come it

January 03, 2022

What happens to your dog when you leave home? Does he wait patiently for you to come back or do you get back to a destroyed door and a noise complaint from your neighbors? If the latter is true, you might want to look into separation anxiety and see if your dog is suffering from this. 
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5 tips to maintain your dog's joints healthy

5 tips to maintain your dog's joints healthy

October 17, 2021

Like humans, when they grow old, dogs can develop joint issues as they grow older. While some wear and tear is normal, and joints will naturally become weaker as the dog grows older, there are a few things to watch out for so that you can give your dog a broader lifespan. And this is especially true if your dog is very physically active. 
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Setting up your first dog agility course

Setting up your first dog agility course

September 27, 2021

We’ve already talked about the types of obstacles you can find on a dog agility course, so let’s take this conversation further, and let’s try to build our very first dog agility course. This will help with training your dog to face the jury in a real competition. It will also help strengthen the bond between owner and dog since you’ll have to work together. Last but not least, it will offer a bit more mental stimulation to your dog, which is very important when it comes to your dog’s overall health. 
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FAQ for new dog owners

FAQ for new dog owners

September 06, 2021

We heard you’ve got your very first dog! Congrats on that, by the way! Dogs are amazing companions and will quickly bond with you to give you an awesome friendship. But, as all new things do, getting a dog can come with a set of questions. No need to fret, though, as we’re here to help. We’ve prepared a few frequently asked questions that we (and other people) have noticed new dog owners seem to ask. We’re sure our list will answer at least one of the questions you have, so follow along with our list. 
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To leash or not to leash - this is the question

To leash or not to leash - this is the question

August 22, 2021

Holding a dog on a leash can be a bit of a moral dilemma sometimes. Keeping your dog on a leash could mean the difference between him being safe, or being hit by a car, for example. On the other hand, keeping your dog on a leash makes it more difficult for him to explore and bee free, as you control where he can and cannot go. So which is the best way? How do we decide when it’s right to leash a dog and when should he be free? Let’s explore this topic further in this article. 
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Healthy snacks you can enjoy with your dog

Healthy snacks you can enjoy with your dog

July 27, 2021

Whenever you think of snacking, does your mind go for healthy snacks or does it go for the decadent ones? What about when it comes to your dog’s snacks? Let’s be real, the snacks you find at the pet store aren’t always the healthiest options for your dogs. So which ones are? We’ll talk about healthy snack options for your dog in this article, including a few grab-and-go options that you can have in your arsenal for the future. 
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Different types of dog agility obstacles

Different types of dog agility obstacles

July 13, 2021

You’ve decided to try Dog Agility with your pet. Now that you know a bit about what dog agility is and how to start training for it, we think it’s just the right time to get you more familiar with the types of obstacles that you can find on a dog agility course.  So, in this article we’ll explore a few of the most common elements in any obstacle course for your dog. 
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3 Ways to earn your dog's trust

3 Ways to earn your dog's trust

June 21, 2021

The bond between a dog and its owner is the best, purest kind of love there is. However, to get to that point, you have to go through an entire journey, where both you and your dog learn to live with each other, learn each other’s individual preferences and build habits together. 
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5 signs your dog might be sick

5 signs your dog might be sick

June 14, 2021

Even though this instinct is not needed for our pets anymore, they still showcase it here and there. This means that you have to be extra careful as to what your dog is communicating through his or her body language. The attention to detail could potentially save your dog’s life if it comes to it, or, at it’s best, allow you to catch early signs of disease and treat them accordingly. 
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Dog friendly summer activities

Dog friendly summer activities

June 07, 2021

In the heat of summer, you might want to do something fun with your pooch, but what exactly? Walking in the heat might not be the best idea for your dog, since the hot asphalt can burn his or her paws, he can get dehydrated and so on. So what can you do? Let’s explore some options in this article.
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