Crate Expectations

Leon_iStock_000028457668_MediumFirst, let’s dispel with the common crate training myths right away; crates are not cruel, and are not a punishment. Instead, crates are modern dens for modern dogs. And, as most of us know, it is inherent to a dog’s nature to live in dens.

There are a lot of great reasons to encourage crate training. Most importantly, perhaps, is that a properly crate-trained dog is a happy and confident dog. The crate can be your pup’s happy place, ideal for bone chewing, comfort, and security. Not only is the crate a safe way to travel, but a safe place to be out of the way, too.   Continue…

Benefits Of Spaying and Neutering Your Pets

Xtra_iStock_000038703262_LargeThere are so many myths and anecdotes about getting the family pet fixed that it can be challenging to find the real facts. Besides the most obvious bonus of not having a surprise litter of puppies or kittens on your hands, there are other stressors of having an unfixed animal that can be avoided by this simple surgery, too. The truth is that spaying and neutering can have many medical and behavioral benefits.

As a responsible pet owner you want to do all you can to help not only your own animal but the animal population as a whole. Since millions of homeless dogs and cats are killed in shelters across the country every year, spaying or neutering your pet prevents unwanted litters and reduces the homeless pet population; which is always a good thing.

If you’re on the fence about spaying or neutering your pet, here are a few proven reasons it can be a good idea. Continue…

Pet Dental Care & the Importance of Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

WestPark - Leon_iStock_000031982520_LargeBrushing your pet’s teeth is probably right up there with changing your car’s oil. You can do it, but you really don’t want to. Unfortunately, without consistent dental care your pet’s mouth can harbor bacteria and decay; which cannot only be painful, but even dangerous to overall health. Continue…