Setting Up a Pop Up Mailing List on Your Kennel Website

You may have used tools to see how many people visit your website, but have you worked out how to capture their information so you can reach out? People who visit your website (your crowd!) often do so to gain more information about your breed or find out when you're planning a litter. To reach … Continue reading Setting Up a Pop Up Mailing List on Your Kennel Website

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Breeding Back-To-Back: Is It Truly Better?

According to conventional wisdom, bitches need a "rest" cycle between litters. However, in the past few decades researchers, most notably Dr. Robert Hutchinson, have discovered that the hormones that lead to ovulation (progesterone) cause deterioration of the bitch's uterus. (Source: DPCA Transcript.) The deterioration of the uterus leads to reduced litter sizes and higher risk … Continue reading Breeding Back-To-Back: Is It Truly Better?

The 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Dog Lovers

Searching for the perfect gift for the dog lover in your family?  People who love dog lovers often have trouble finding the perfect Christmas present.  It's easy to assume that your dog lover already has everything they need to care for their dog (because they probably do!) and don't know what they might like.  Don't worry--I've … Continue reading The 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Dog Lovers

Getting a Puppy at Christmas: Making Life Easy

  Welcome to Pumpkin Spice season.  Now that we've welcomed fall, most of us are probably thinking past Halloween and into Christmas.  Getting a puppy for Christmas is a huge decision that many families make this time of year. Many families choose to surprise the kids or significant others for Christmas.  One of the most … Continue reading Getting a Puppy at Christmas: Making Life Easy

All About Rescue Dogs with Special Needs

Many new pet owners choose to rescue dogs.  Rescue dogs exist in all breeds, colors, sizes, and ages.  But when rescuing a dog with special needs, many factors affect your long-term success with your rescue dog. Types of Special Needs Rescue Dogs Many rescue dogs do not have special needs or issues.  Those that do … Continue reading All About Rescue Dogs with Special Needs

How To Remove Skunk Smell From a Dog (And House!)

Living out in the sticks, I grew up seeing lots of wildlife.  Deer, foxes, raccoons (oh, so many raccoons!), woodchucks, and even a few possums.  One night, I let the crew out for their just-before-bed potty, and I heard it.  They had cornered something. A few seconds later, and I discovered what they had cornered.  … Continue reading How To Remove Skunk Smell From a Dog (And House!)

Feral Cat Care: How to Care for Feral Cats

Feral cats are a double-edged sword.  Many people consider them vermin, but once a population has settled into an area, odds are feral cats will remain indefinitely, even if the initial group is killed.  Good habitat will be invaded by a new population.  You'll learn how to care for a feral cat colony, what kinds … Continue reading Feral Cat Care: How to Care for Feral Cats

Teaching Kids Pet Care

In any family with pets, providing safe and responsible care needs to be a priority.  Children, especially, learn empathy and responsibility by caring for the family pet.  Teaching kids pet care is easy, so long as age-appropriate tasks are chosen. Toddlers While not necessarily suitable for any heavy-duty tasks, toddlers can measure food and pour … Continue reading Teaching Kids Pet Care

What To Do When You Don’t Want a Puppy Anymore

Many families choose to add a new puppy to the family on, or around, Christmas.  They are so cute, and tiny, and the kids promise to take great care of her.  And then, it happens.  School starts again, and all the help goes out the window.  The kids don't play with her, she needs housebreaking, and … Continue reading What To Do When You Don’t Want a Puppy Anymore

Teach Your Dog Manners: Why Your Dog Should Wait To Eat

Dogs love food.  Well, most dogs do.  Some have better manners than others, but most treat dinnertime as a free-for-all.  Dinnertime is a great opportunity to teach your dog, and using that time to teach your dog manners means they won't be knocking the bowl out of your hand, or fighting with each other. Learn … Continue reading Teach Your Dog Manners: Why Your Dog Should Wait To Eat

How to Keep Chocolate Toxicity from Killing Your Dog

Last week, we talked about things that can hurt your dog during the holidays.  With the holidays fast approaching, your home probably has much more chocolate in the cupboards than normal, with more coming in just a few weeks.  Chocolate toxicity is a real danger to dogs, especially small breeds who don't have enough body … Continue reading How to Keep Chocolate Toxicity from Killing Your Dog