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Sled Dog Commands: Learn What The Mushing Terminology Really Means

Dog sports are becoming increasingly popular with pet owners looking to further strengthen their bond with their canine best friend.  Mushing, or dog sled racing, is a sport that utilizes dog power to pull loads across snow or dry land. It is typically working breed dogs with high energy that participate, and they utilize special harnesses and equipment to make them more comfortable and efficient. Sled dog commands are the verbal cues you need to give your dog when mushing. It is important to know these commands and specific mushing terminology to get the most out of this dog sport activity. They will also keep yourself and the dog safe and help prevent sled accidents from occurring. What is Mushing?...

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How Often Do You Walk Your Dog?

Of course, you know that walking your dog is important, but have you ever wondered how many walks, and how long the walks should last? Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer to this question, because there are many factors involved. In general, though, most breeds will need between 30 minutes to two hours of walking each day. You could space out your dog's walks at short, regular intervals during the day. Or, you could take your canine best friend on one long walking adventure!  Walking your dog has numerous benefits for your dog’s health. Walking is excellent for weight control, helps to improve cardiovascular health, and strengthens your dog’s muscles and joints.  Every dog is different, however. Your dog’s breed,...

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Biking With Dog: How to Train Your Dog for Canine Cycling

Did you know that the average dog can run at speeds of 30 mph? That is more than 3 times the speed of the average human being, running at 8 mph! And, just in case you are curious about which dog breeds are the fastest and slowest, read our blog post here. If you are not able to keep up with your dog’s pace, why not try a bike ride with your canine friend? With your dog running alongside or pulling your bike in the fresh air and soaring speed; what more could you ask for?  Biking with your dog provides benefits for both of you. However, you should never simply strap a dog bike leash to your bike and...

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Best 10 Pieces Of Dog Exercise Equipment

Do you want your dog to be healthy and happy? Here’s why exercise is so important and the best exercise equipment to buy for your dog. Just like people, dogs need regular exercise to stay fit and healthy. As humans, our mental health is linked to our physical health, and the same goes for dogs. By exercising our dogs regularly, we can take care of their health and ours too! Usually, dogs need between 1 and 2 hours of exercise daily, depending on their breed and age. To learn about exercising your dog, including the best pieces of equipment that we recommend for exercising your dog, keep reading! Your pup will be grateful for the new experiences you introduce to...

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How to Put on a Dog Harness: A Step-By-Step Guide

Did you know that some dogs who wear a traditional collar and leash combination could be at risk for neck injuries? Jerking back the leash can cause your dog whiplash and bruising injuries, causing a great deal of discomfort and pain.  In more extreme situations, jerking the leash can crush the windpipe and cause fractures to the vertebrae. There are some breeds of dogs that are predisposed to develop trachea collapse, including Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Shih Tzu's, Lhasa Apsos, Toy Poodles, and Yorkshire Terriers  In most cases, the owner does not intend to cause injury or pet health concerns to their beloved pet, but it can be avoided.  Instead of using a collar and leash, an excellent alternative is to purchase...

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