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What Exactly is a Dog Breed Finder, and Why Should I Use One?

Although there’s a lot to consider when you take the leap to grow your family by four furry feet, one of the most fun decisions you’ll make when adopting your puppy is choosing what breed you’ll bring home! While some prospective pet owners know exactly what breed they’re looking for, many others must conduct careful…

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Purebred Husky breeder with her puppies.

What to Ask Breeders Before Buying a Purebred Puppy

Once you’ve found the space in your home, lifestyle and heart for a new furry family member, it’s time to consider the next phase of the adoption process – finding the best breeder possible. From their level of experience to the investment required and information about the dogs themselves, there are so many questions to…

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Purebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppies

Top Five Reasons Why Purebred Puppies are Best!

Dogs are simply the best – there’s no arguing that! But when it comes to selecting a new furry friend, you’ll likely be overwhelmed with the information and differing opinions at your fingertips, especially when choosing to adopt a purebred pup. Whatever route you choose to take, it’s important to be informed. Owning a dog…

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Purebred German Shepherd puppy running

Finding a Puppy Shouldn’t be Easy – Here’s Why

So, you’ve decided to adopt a puppy – congratulations! You’ve weighed the pros and cons and considered all factors involved in dog ownership; the cost, time commitment and potential changes required to your lifestyle. While the hardest part of the decision-making process is complete, there’s still one big question left outstanding: where you’ll find your…

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Father handing daughter a purebred Labrador Retriever

Finding a Puppy: What to Consider Before Taking that Leap

Puppies are adorable balls of roly-poly love – I think we can all agree on that point. But they are also A LOT of work. If you’re thinking about finding a puppy to add to your household, here are a few things to consider before you take that leap! Finding a Puppy: Are You Ready…

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Purebred Labrador Retriever guide dog with woman holding white cane crossing a cross walk.

Which Breeds Make the Best Service Dogs, and Why?

Today, there are any number of ways pups can be trained to provide comfort, service and support for their humans. But there are differences between emotional support and other therapy dogs, and active-duty service dogs. Service dogs have been highly trained to become almost an extension of their owner, and they perform physical tasks that…

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Yellow Lab seeing eye/guide dog sitting in grass

What Business Owners Need to Know About Assistance Dogs

The summer months generally bring an increase in travel and foot traffic due to the nicer weather. So, it seemed like a great time to explore the rules that businesses should be aware of when it comes to assistance dogs. To Serve and Protect Because dogs love unconditionally and are such loyal companions, they make…

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Purebred dog in lake with tennis ball.

Dogs and Swimming: From the Lake to the Ocean, Here’s What You Need to Know

Nothing says summer like a refreshing dip in your preferred body of water. And while we love to bring our pups along, when it comes to dogs and swimming, not all dogs are created equal. Some breeds, such as the aptly named Portuguese Water Dog, are born to be strong swimmers. But, just as with…

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How was your long weekend? Did you hit the cottage? Visit friends? Go camping? If you did, and brought your four-legged friend along, you’re aware that it takes some planning. So, we thought we would share some tips for stress-free travelling with your pup. When travelling with your pup, your first big decision will probably be your mode of transportation. In a perfect world, your destination is a quick car ride away. But we all know we don’t live in a perfect world. So, let’s take a look at some ways you can make the travel part of the trip as easy as a walk in the park! Make Travelling with Your Pup as Easy as a Walk in the Park Planes: We recommend avoiding air travel with your dog(s) whenever possible. The experience itself is already stressful – even for calm dogs – and the cargo hold does not make for a pleasant experience. If you have a large dog that has to fly, make sure you check their seasonal cut-off dates for allowing dogs (and other pets) in the cargo hold, due to extreme heat and/or extreme cold. If you have a small dog? Check your airline in advance for their rules and regulations around taking small breeds on-board with you. In some cases, they may be allowed in the cabin. Trains: Amtrak allows dogs to travel with their owners – with some restrictions: “…dogs and cats up to 20 pounds for trips up to seven hours on most routes (some restrictions apply*). Our check-in process is simple, making traveling with your four-legged friend easy and enjoyable.” Via Rail also allows small breed dogs to travel in their rail cars with their owners, but has many restrictions regarding size, etc. Of course, the policy does not apply to service and support dogs. Automobiles: Luckily, many dogs enjoy a car ride. For those who don’t, there are a few ways to address this. First, try positive reinforcement, taking your dog on regular drives with favourite toys or a treat. If that doesn’t help, talk to your vet. It’s possible that your dog is suffering from motion sickness. Schedule breaks every three to five hours so your pup can stretch their legs and relieve themselves. And in case the worst should occur, have some emergency vet clinics mapped out along the way. What to Bring, and Where to Stay Bring a generous amount of day-to-day supplies. Because there’s nothing worse than running out of something half way to your destination! • A leash and collar (with tags) • Crate/kennel • Food and treats • Lots of water (and a water bowl!) • A cuddly blanket • Waste bags • Favourite toys • First aid kit • Life vest (if heading to water) • Enough medication if required If embarking on a very long car ride, map out rest-stops and/or overnight accommodations well in advance. Not all hotels or inns will welcome your dog the same way they welcome you. But, pet-friendly accommodations are out there. When doing your research, consider options like first-floor rooms for easy late-night elimination, location (is there somewhere for your dog to romp and get some energy out?), and conveniences (you might prefer room service to leaving your dog alone while you grab breakfast). If you’re lucky, you might even find a place that offers extra amenities for your dog like special beds and dog services. When Travelling with Your Pup Isn’t the Best Option Finally, consider whether travelling with your pup is really the only option. Often, the best choice for everyone (your dog included) is to do what’s best for them. Yes, they’ll miss you, and you’ll miss them, but dealing with an upset, unsettled, stressed out pet (especially one you love so much) does not a relaxing vacation make. Ask a family member or friend if they can take your dog in for the duration of your trip. Or, consider an in-home sitter, or even a reputable breeder’s kennel. Get recommendations from people you trust and do a test-run before your trip to get your dog used to the sitter or the kennel environment. It might cost you a few extra dollars, but you’ll come home refreshed and relaxed, to a happy, healthy dog just thrilled to see you. Whichever route you take, good luck and safe travels!

The Dog Days of Summer: Tips for Travelling with Your Pup

How was your long weekend? Did you hit the cottage? Visit friends? Go camping? If you did, and brought your four-legged friend along, you’re aware that it takes some planning. So, we thought we would share some tips for stress-free travelling with your pup. When travelling with your pup, your first big decision will probably…

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Family teaching purebred dog leash etiquette

Dog Leash Etiquette: What to Know and What to Avoid

With the summer weather finally upon us, getting the dog out for a great walk is our top priority. Leash walking your dog has many benefits and setting yourself up for success is well worth the effort. But are you aware that there are a few dog leash etiquette rules you should be following? While…

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