How to Train Your Dog to Keep Out of the Kitchen

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Of all the rooms in the house, it’s only natural your dog or dogs should have a particular affinity for the kitchen. Dogs are scent and appetite-driven animals, and the kitchen is where the best smells and tastiest foods are found. Not to mention, the kitchen is often a very social place for many households, a place where family members gather to talk, relax, and yes—eat.

Unfortunately, kitchens and dogs don’t always mix. Smaller dogs, hoping to catch crumbs or scraps of food, can crowd your feet while you cook, risking a potentially severe accident. (The last thing you want when holding a sharp knife or a pot of boiling water is to trip over your dog.)

When there’s less supervision, many larger dogs are also prone to rummaging through the kitchen trash for food scraps, snatching up humans’ food before they can eat it, or even getting into pantries or refrigerators. This makes a mess of course, but it can also lead to injury or illness on the dog’s part.

With all this in mind, it might seem like a good idea just to keep your dog out of the kitchen altogether! Continue reading “How to Train Your Dog to Keep Out of the Kitchen”

Do Electric Dog Fences Work? (Spoiler Alert: Yes. Here’s How.)

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If you’re a dog owner with your own property, it’s most likely that your pup loves to run around the yard for exercise and play. But no matter how well-behaved your dog is, it’s simply irresponsible to let your dog loose without any kind of barrier or restraint to keep them in check.

What’s the best way to keep your dog on your property? Run cables can get tangled and break easily. Yard kennels can be jumped over or dug under by many dogs. Traditional perimeter fencing is often prohibitively expensive.

What about electric dog fences? Do they work?

Electric dog fences, sometimes called invisible or underground fences, are increasingly common but frequently misunderstood.

The first thing to understand about electric dog fences is that yes, they do work.

Keep reading to learn more about electric dog fences—how they work and why they’re a great choice for many dog owners. Continue reading “Do Electric Dog Fences Work? (Spoiler Alert: Yes. Here’s How.)”

3 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Western Massachusetts

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If you’re a dog-owner, you know you’d never trade it for the world. But as much as you love your dog, there’s no denying that he or she can make things a little more difficult at times.

Case in point: looking for a place to go out to eat. If you’re out and about with your dog, finding somewhere to stop for a bite can be a headache.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a short list of some of the best dog-friendly restaurants in the Western Massachusetts area.

Remember, restaurants change policies all the time, so be sure to phone ahead to confirm dog-friendliness before you head to any of these places with Rover in tow. Continue reading “3 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Western Massachusetts”

The Best Dog Parks in Western Massachusetts

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All dogs are different, but most have at least one thing in common—they love to run around and play off-leash.

Unfortunately, opportunities for dogs to play off-leash may be minimal in many areas, including here in Western Massachusetts. Most cities and towns have leash laws in place, and heavy road traffic can make even private yards risky in the case of a dog running out and into the street.

But this doesn’t mean our dogs are doomed to lives spent cooped up indoors or stuck on a leash. Western Massachusetts is home to plenty of dog parks, where pooches can run and play unrestrained to their heart’s content.

If you’re looking for a dog park near you, here’s our list of the best dog parks in Western Massachusetts. Take a look and find the one closest to you—your pup will appreciate it! Continue reading “The Best Dog Parks in Western Massachusetts”

The Best Places to Adopt a Dog in Western Massachusetts

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If you’re like a lot of people in Western Massachusetts who want to bring a new dog into the family, you’d rather go to a reliable animal shelter than buy from a pet store. There are a lot of reasons to prefer animal adoption over pet stores, from wanting to help an animal in need to a simple matter of budget.

If you’re looking for a place to adopt a dog in Western Massachusetts, there are a lot of options to choose from. Here’s a list of some of the best options in the area. Continue reading “The Best Places to Adopt a Dog in Western Massachusetts”

Can Dogs Get Colds? Flu Season Isn’t Just for Humans

sick dogHumans aren’t the only ones that can catch a cold. Your dog can also feel under the weather, especially when it’s colder outside. Now, we’re taking a closer look at what may cause your dog to catch a cold, and what sort of things you can do to help your pup when they’re sick. Continue reading “Can Dogs Get Colds? Flu Season Isn’t Just for Humans”

Top Cold Weather Dog Breeds and Their Characteristics

If you live in an area where there’s cold weather, then you know that certain breeds of dogs do better than others in the ice and snow. Now, we’re taking a closer look at which breeds do best in freezing temperatures and wet snow, and why they adapt as well as they do.

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How to Keep Your Dog Active During Cold Winter Weather

During the winter, both you and your dog may be pent up indoors due to the cold and the weather. Icy conditions or snow can make it difficult to take your pet outside. However, there are a few things you can do with your pup indoors that may help them release that excess, pent-up energy and also maintain a healthy weight during the winter months.
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