Pro Tips for Crate Training Your Pet

Wheaton_iStock_000037576334_LargeCrate training can help you instill confidence in your pet and give him or her a safe, happy place. It can also assist with other necessary training.

However, crates are too often misunderstood and used in ways that are punitive – such as punishing a puppy when he or she has an accident or chews up a shoe. It can also become a way to keep an inconvenient puppy out of the way for hours. Used punitively, the crate takes on a negative association for the pet which leads to behavioral challenges . Continue…

Fleas and Pets: What You Need to Know to Deal with the Foe

wheaton-iStock_000011148368_LargeFleas are a drag. They cause rashes, itchy bite wounds, and carry an array of parasite-borne diseases. When they invade the home, they are next to impossible to get rid of without resorting to chemicals or serious cleaning duty. Yet, fleas and pets seem to coincide, especially in the spring and summer months.

More than just an annoying pest, fleas also have the capacity to create allergic responses, transmit diseases, and cause skin rashes and other dermatological problems for people and pets alike. Continue…