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3 Things You Need to Train If You Plan on Boating with Your Dog


Are you planning on bringing your pup on your next boating adventure? Boating with dogs can be tons of fun for both humans and canines. Take a little bit of time to teach your dog the following three things before going out on the water for a cruise to set everyone up for success. Practicing well before your first outing on the water will make the start of boating season that much easier and less stressful. By having these training skills in your toolbox, your trip will be safer and more enjoyable for everyone!

 Want to learn more about your dog's behavior and get some training tips? We've  got 101 more for you here!

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Topics: Puppy, Dog, Swimming, Boating, Water, Pet Travel Safety, Water hazards

Stay Safe & Have Fun Boating with Your Dog


Ahoy, matey! Thinking about boating with your dog? It can be tons of fun to bring your dog along on a sailing excursion, fishing trip, or day out on the water. With some simple preparation and safety precautions, your dog can be a great first mate!

Read on for tips on how to introduce your dog to life on the high seas and a list of what doggy supplies you'll need for safety and fun.

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Topics: Puppy, Dog, Swimming, Boating, Water, Pet Travel Safety, Water hazards

Public Dog Water Bowls: Think Before They Drink


Communal Water Bowls – Are They Safe?

You might be thankful when you and your pup are strolling down the street on a warm day and you see a water bowl sitting outside of a pet-friendly business just waiting to provide your dog with the hydration they so desperately need — but wait! 

You may just want to take a pause before letting your dog take that water break. And the same goes for that water bowl at your local dog park! Why? Because of the very real possibility that while your dog is quenching their thirst from a public water bowl, they could also be lapping up bacteria, viruses, or even parasites that could make them quite sick. You know what they say … a moment on the lips ... could lead to sleepless nights of diarrhea.

OK, even if that’s not really how that saying goes, it’s still a good idea to keep it in mind when you come across a communal or public water bowl for your dog. Here’s what you need to know and how you can safely keep your pup hydrated when out and about.

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Topics: Dog Health, Puppy, Parasites, Water Bowls, Water, pet health, Giardia, Water hazards, Dog park, Lepto

Dogs Swimming: Safety in Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans


Swimming is a great form of exercise and entertainment for your dog. And if you live near a body of water such as a river, lake, or ocean (or are visiting one), the water can provide hours of fun for you and your dog.

Does your dog know how to swim?

It’s a good idea to get your dog used to the water at an early age, since not every dog naturally knows how to swim. You can help your pup get comfortable with the water by introducing them to it early and safely — whether it be in the local lake, at the beach, or even a pool in your own backyard. Learn more about teaching your dog to swim.

Water can also carry its own share of significant hazards for dogs that you should be aware of and keep an eye out for to prevent problems. Below is a list of the most common and serious water and swimming-related hazards for pups swimming in rivers, lakes, and oceans. After all … knowing is half the battle!

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Topics: Puppy Training, Puppy, Dog, Swimming, Water, new puppy, puppy tips, Water hazards

Does Your Doggie Paddle?


Swimming can be great exercise and entertainment for dogs that love to get in the water! From overweight or arthritic dogs that need some low-impact exercise to shed the pounds while protecting their painful joints, to high-energy dogs that benefit from the extra resistance of the water in helping to wear them out, water play can provide a lot of benefits for pooches.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Swimming, Playing Fetch, Hot spots, Water hazards, Ear Infections, Dry Drowning, Dehydration

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