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Tips for Traveling With Your Puppy for the First Time

There comes a time in every pet parents life where they question taking their dog with them on a trip or to board them. Neither response is wrong. It all depends on what your plans are, how much time you have, and your dog’s demeanor. We typically always travel with our dogs. But we didn’t start out that way. Initially, we were nervous. We just weren’t sure how to make sure our pup had a great travel experience. We’ve learned a lot since that time. Here are our tips for traveling with your puppy for the first time. Car, Plane or Train? When you travel with your pup, there are some unique things you’ll want to do depending on your...

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5 Reasons Puppies are Good for Your Mental Health

If you’ve spent more than a few minutes on the Internet, you will have seen just how cute, hilarious, and quirky little puppies can be. And while there’s no denying that raising puppies is hard work (btw, we have a great app for that), research also suggests that pet ownership can be quite beneficial for our mental health and wellbeing. Beyond Blue - a leading non-profit mental health organisation in Australia - says that while you might be the one caring for your pet, they can also support and care for you in unspoken ways. So, if you’re wondering whether a puppy or dog might make a welcome addition to your life, here are some extra benefits to consider. Of...

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How to Reset Your Excited Puppy

Sometimes puppies get overstimulated during their training sessions. All of the new sights, sounds, smells, and, yes, even a bit of frustration can create a bit too much energy for your pup. It’s times like this when your puppy can lose it… Their eyes won’t focus on you, they want to play, they act like learning is the last thing they want to do. Don’t worry, nearly every puppy goes through this phase, much like a child and the terrible twos. Here are some tips on how to reset your excited puppy. First, don't fret, life and excited puppies happen. Getting frustrated won't help and can cause your puppy to become even more frazzled. When your puppy 'loses it' you'll...

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How Long Does It Take To Train a Puppy?

We often receive the question, “how long does it take to train a puppy?” While a direct question deserves an in-kind response, when living, breathing creatures are involved the answer is often, “reply hazy, ask again later.” This question is like asking, “When will I be an adult?” While 18 seems like a logical answer, it certainly doesn’t mean you’ll act or think like an adult. At 18 must humans still have impulse control problems, and lack of experience often leads to ‘oopsies!’ Like that time I borrowed my parent’s car to get the groceries. I was doing them a favor… Or so I thought. It had been snowing, and as I was leaving the grocery store, a car pulled...

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How Training Deepens the Bond With Your Puppy

By now, you’ve probably heard of the human-animal bond. We touched on it a bit, here-and-there, in previous posts. But, let’s really talk about what it is and how training deepens the bond with your puppy. HABRI (the Human Animal Bond Research Institute) has best described the human-animal bond as follows: “The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment.” Source After studying the human-animal bond from a scientific standpoint as well as observations both from afar and close-up, I can firmly...

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