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Memorial Day Donation Match for Dogs on Deployment

Pets Best is national sponsor for Dogs on Deployment in 2015.

Pets Best is proud to be a leading sponsor of Dogs on Deployment, a nationwide nonprofit that connects military service members with volunteers to board their pets for free while they are deployed. Pets Best is matching donations made to Dogs on Deployment through Memorial Day 2015, up to $1,000.

Your donations help Dogs on Deployment achieve their mission to find volunteer boarders willing to care for military pets, and promote pet-owner responsibility by providing financial resources for military members to give care for their pets during times of need!

Make a donation today by visiting: http://bit.ly/dod-donate.

Pets Best is proud to offer a 5% discount to friends of Dogs on Deployment and a $40 donation to Dogs on Deployment for each completed pet insurance application!

Learn more about Dogs on Deployment.

 

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Tips for Bad Dog Behaviors – Garden Digging

A boxer breed dog with Pets Best Pet Insurance digs a big hole in his backyard.By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

Dogs are not born with owner’s manuals. Sometimes they have bad behaviors and they rely on us to teach them what is acceptable and what is not. Let’s discuss dogs who love to dig in your garden and some solutions to help curb this behavior.

Problem Behavior – Digging in Your Garden. You pride yourself on your green-thumb talents to cultivate tasty tomatoes or beautiful begonias. But your dog thrives on being a furry rototiller by feverishly pawing churning up the soil, uprooting your garden goodies.

Solution: Make your garden less inviting to your dog by creating a “pepper pooch” solution. Mix two tablespoons of cayenne pepper and six drops of dishwashing soap in a gallon of water. Place this solution in a spray bottle and apply it to your plants. And compromise by devoting a portion of your backyard to satisfy your dog’s gotta-dig tendencies. Buy an inexpensive plastic kiddy pool. Fill it with dirt and hide a few dog treats and toys and then call your dog over to play a fun treasure hunt game.

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Tips for Bad Dog Behaviors – Leash Yanking

Two dogs with Pets Best Pet Insurance pull on their leashes. The dog walker nearly stumbles from them yanking on their leashes.By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

Dogs are not born with owner’s manuals. They can have some bad dog behaviors and they rely on us to teach them what is acceptable and what is not. Let’s discuss leash yanking and some solutions to curb this bad behavior.

Problem Behavior – Leash Yanking. It’s not the size of the dog, but the size of his determination to be the boss on walks. His constant pulling on the leash can knock you off your feet and cause injury to his neck if the leash is attached to a collar.

Solution: Increase your “curb appeal” on your leashed outings with your dog by bringing a small bag of tiny treats. Each time your dog stops and heeds your “watch me” cue, dole out a treat. Your goal is to make yourself more important than outside distractions like squirrels. Secondly, fasten the leash to a harness rather than your dog’s collar. Third, when your dog starts to yank, stop moving or abruptly change directions. When he complies, give him a treat.

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Dog Breed Guide: Miniature Pinscher

A Miniature Pinscher with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Miniature Pinscher

Height (to base of neck): 10 -12.5″

Weight:  8 -10  lb

Color: Red, red stag (red and black hairs), chocolate with rust, and black with tan.

Origin: Scandinavia

Coat: Short, close laying, glossy coat with hard smooth hairs.

Life Expectancy: 13 -14 years

Energy level: Very high

Exercise needs: Very high

Breed Nicknames: Min Pin

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Teaching Children How to Handle Cats

A dog sits.By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

When I turned six, my mom gave me my first cat, a Siamese kitten I named Corky. He was a big cat with an apple-shaped head and a mouth that rarely stopped meowing. He followed me like a dog, especially whenever I carried a fishing pole. We had a small lake in our backyard and Corky astutely made the connection between the fishing pole and his favorite meal – a fresh-caught blue gill fish.

Most of all, he trusted me. He would wade into the water with me for a swim and jump in the canoe for a paddle ride around the horseshoe-shaped lake. I will never forget Corky. He was my first pet, my first confidant, my pal.

Even though I begged my mom for a cat since I could remember, my mom waited until I entered kindergarten. She later told me that she wanted to make sure that I was “mature” enough to handle the responsibilities of having a cat.

When it comes to setting up a successful connection in a safe manner, age plays a role. In general, toddlers lack the ability to understand how their actions impact others, including family pets. Childhood psychologists note the following:Read More…

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