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Nail Clipping Advice

Posted by Matthew Ruggiero on

Many dog owners are apprehensive about trimming their dog’s nails because they are nervous about cutting into the quick. But with the right conditioning and careful cutting, pet nail clipping can be a simple, stress-free activity for you and your dog.  Dogs who do not spend plenty of time running around outdoors or wearing their nails down on hard surfaces will need to have their nails trimmed at least once a month. Smaller dogs who don’t get as much outside activity may need more often clipping.  Long nails can become ingrown or snag as your dog walks. Provide your dog...

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Spring Cleaning- Dog Hair, Grooming Tips, Shedding, and More!

Posted by Matthew Ruggiero on

Hey fellow dog owners! It's spring, and that means our dogs become shedding monsters. It appears that the further north you live, the more fur your dog will shed in the spring months. Having moved from Minnesota to Charlotte, our dogs have been shedding like crazy! We love how warm and sunny it is here compared to the far north, but it comes at a price. In this blog article, we will revisit some of the things we've discussed before, and go into some new tips and tricks as well. Let's dive right in! Super Stinky, Hot Dogs Part I- Bathing...

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Deer Antler Chews- You Mean Your Dog Hasen't Tried One Yet??

Posted by Matthew Ruggiero on

Deer Antlers- The Best Chew Around! The world of dog chews is a scary place. The things we give our dogs to chew or eat smell, look, and seem disgusting. Some things are so expensive you just don't even bother. But what is worth your money and what isn't? We've tried all kinds of different animal parts over our first year of business, but we keep coming back to antlers. In the end, antlers are the best source of nutrients, the longest lasting, the least smelly, and the most chewed item in the house. Dogs love the "wild" smell of antlers,...

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Fun, Interactive Indoor Activities for your Dog During the Winter Months

Posted by Matthew Ruggiero on

Baby, It's Cold Outside When the weather gets cold, it can be tough for your dog to receive enough exercise and mental stimulation to keep him from being bored, whiny, and a general nuisance.  Depending on your dog’s size and breed, being outside when the temperatures dip below freezing may not even be safe. There are a number of activities that can be done indoors, requiring only a little bit of imagination!  Fun Activities to Keep Your Dog Active Indoor Agility or Rally-O Course Even if your dog is not trained to complete Agility, a fun activity for a cold...

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De-Stink Your Dog in Three Minutes Without a Bath!

Posted by Matthew Ruggiero on

Giving a dog a bath can take a lot of time and effort. Therefore, people go two directions- dog groomers or no baths. The groomer direction can get very expensive very quickly, and the no baths just doesn't work out for anyone. Have you ever had people over and they have a disgusted look on their face when they look at their hand after petting your dog? Yeah- you need to clean you dog. But how can you do it in a quick and efficient manner? Good news, we have the answer for you! Since we live in Minnesota, our...

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