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7 Reasons Why You Should Crate Train Your Dog

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I got my first dog over thirty years ago . We always had dogs when I was growing up, but this was the first purebred of my very own after I moved out of my parent’s house. She was a golden retriever from a well-respected breeder and proved to be an education for me. I had always thought that crates were cruel. One of the things I learned with the new pup is that crates are not cruel when used properly, and in fact can be a great tool for the average pet owner. Proper, positive crate training can provide...

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Taurine in Pet Food

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There are 22 amino acids, the basic building blocks of protein. Animals can manufacture many of them in their liver, but some must be obtained in the diet—these are called ‘essential.’ In humans and dogs, taurine is not ‘essential’, since it can be synthesized within the body. But for cats, it’s a different story. Taurine is a lesser known amino acid that until recently, has remained under the radar. It isn’t part of the muscle protein yet plays an important role in metabolism, especially in the brain. Taurine functions in the brain and heart to help stabilize cell membranes. It...

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Teaching Your Dog to Swim

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Summer is here! It’s hot and the best way to cool off is to go for a swim. Even better if your furry buddy can join you in a cooling dip as well. Most dogs like the water. Some prefer to stay in the shallows with their feet on the ground while others dive in with gusto. But, a few are not enamoured with the idea of getting wet at all and need encouragement. Rule number one for teaching your dog to swim, DO NOT simply take your dog into deep water and throw him in to force him to...

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My Cat Won’t Eat Wet Food!!!

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It might seem like a natural thing for cats to savour canned food. Usually it means more meat and flavour for them and being obligate carnivores, you would think offering your kitty a canned food would be a no-brainer. But that isn’t always the case. Cats are very texture and flavour sensitive, and if they were never exposed to the variety of textures and flavours available in wet food, it might be more difficult than you think to break them of their dry food habits. If your cat won’t eat wet food, keep reading to learn more about its benefits and...

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Rotation feeding / Rotational Diet

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Rotation feeding is a hot topic amongst pet food ‘foodies’. What is rotation feeding? The concept revolves around changing your pet’s diet regularly. It’s all about variety. We humans don’t like to eat the same thing every day, and many pet parents believe their pets don’t care to either. Variety can be offered by feeding different recipes, or even offering different types of food like dry, canned or freeze-dried. Food rotation can occur on a monthly or weekly basis. Most high quality pet foods are designed to be complete and balanced to provide all of the nutrition your pet needs....

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