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5 Items Every Dog Owner Should Invest In

I think most of us would agree that having a dog is hands down one of the most rewarding luxuries available to us. All of those noisy nights of crate training, laundry loads of towels and blankets, and clumps of dog hair on everything we own are absolutely worth the unconditional love, loyalty, and friendship that we share with our fur babies.

What if I told you that this past year, I purchased five incredible items that have made my experience of being a dog mom so much easier? No, I’m not exaggerating in the slightest bit. Now that these useful innovations have found their ways into my life, I could never picture living without them. Here’s what I’ve discovered.

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Dog Park Etiquette

Dog parks can be a sanctuary for both dogs and their owners. Parks give dogs the opportunity to be free off of the leash with others of their kind in a large area instead of a small, fenced-in yard… and the humans get the chance to socialize with other dog parents.

Because of the benefits that dog parks have to offer, it is important to practice proper dog park etiquette to make sure that everyone has a positive experience during their visit.

 

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Plants That Are Poisonous to Dogs

 

Spring is right around the corner, which means that a handful of new plants might be appearing in your backyard or neighborhood from seeds naturally spreading, or gardeners adding new additions to their collections.

As exciting as these new plants may sound, they could be threatening to your dog. Here are some that you should keep an eye out for.

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How to Maintain a Clean Home With Children & Pets

Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means – it’s time to start cleaning! Now is the time to purge your house of all the Christmas decorations (if they’re still up), extra clutter you’ve gathered in 2017, and pretty much anything else that doesn’t “spark joy,” as Japanese cleaning guru, Marie Kondo of the KonMari Method, would say.

However, this can all be discouraging when you dedicate hours of work to make a nice living area for your family, and a tornado runs through it within the next 24 hours (your kids, pets, partner, guests, etc.) Here’s what you can do to keep your home neat and organized – yes, even with tiny tornadoes.

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How You Can Help Shelter Dogs This Holiday Season

The holidays bring our families together to celebrate with delicious hot meals, generous presents and warm, fuzzy feelings. Unfortunately, a lot of dogs don’t have families or homes to celebrate in.

There are currently around 70 million stray animals in the United States, and around seven million dogs and cats enter the nation’s 3,500 shelters a year, according to the Humane Society.

Here’s what you can do this year to help these animals in their time of need and during the season of giving.

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Pet Safety Tips for All Year Long

Each new season comes with more obstacles for you to jump over to keep your pets safe. Halloween candy, breakable Christmas ornaments, spring cleaning chemicals!? Animals can be very curious about new smells and items in the house, which could possibly end in a serious injury or sickness. Here are some tips on how you can protect your pets from getting hurt during the seasons.

Now that it’s October, and we’ve officially transitioned into the fall, let’s start there.

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Ways to Spend Quality Time With Your Dog

Your dog is your… best friend, roommate, emotional support, snuggle buddy – but most importantly, your companion. To him, you’re his everything and the main person that he interacts with all day. Let him know he’s special by making the effort to spend some extra quality time with him. Here are some great bonding ideas for you and your pup.

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