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10 Tips for Taking Your Dog to Work

A dog sits. Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day by Pet Sitters International. For those of you who plan to show off your dog at work Pets Best, a pet insurance agency, has 10 tips to ensure canines and employees all enjoy safe and happy experiences at the workplace.

10 Tips for Taking Your Dog to Work

1. Make sure your dog can handle an office environment. If your pet has difficulty remaining confined in a calm and quiet setting for more than two hours, it may be best to leave your pet at home.

2. Ensure your coworkers are not allergic or overly sensitive to animals. You might love dogs, but someone else might fear them. It’s best to poll your co-workers before bringing a dog to the workplace.

3. Consider any obstacles or dangers that might prevent your dog from staying with you throughout the work day, including open offices, elevators, escalators, common areas, unprotected exits and heavy equipment.

4. Make bathroom plans for the dog. Seek out appropriate outdoor spots that are close to the office. Bring cleaning supplies such as sacks and stain remover if these items are not supplied by your office. It’s also important to have a plan for where to leave your dog when nature calls you.

5. Normalize the work environment for your dog. Dogs need routine and familiarity. Bring treats and toys from home. If space allows, bring a pet bed, pet gate and a water dish.Read More…

Breed Guide: Vizsla

A VizslaDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Vizsla

Height (to base of neck): female 21-23″, male 22-24″

Weight: female 40-55lbs, male 45-60lbs

Color: Russet gold

Origin: Hungary

Coat: Short, dense and glossy.

Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: High

Breed Nicknames:

Is a Vizsla the Right Dog Breed for You?Read More…

8 Reasons You Should Play Tug-of-War with Your Dog

a dog tilts its headBy 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, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

To tug or not to tug? That question unleashes lots of debate among professional dog trainers and plenty of puzzlement among dog owners, especially ones with energetic canines.

Somehow, one of the favorite canine games on the planet – tug-of-war – has received a bad rap. My advice: don’t quickly dismiss this test-of-wills interactive game based on the mistaken assumption that it will encourage your dog to be aggressive.Read More…

Top 10 Dog “Day Jobs”

At Pets Best, we’re a pet friendly office, which only makes sense when you’re a pet insurance agency. So this got us thinking, if our dogs weren’t at the office “helping us work” what would their day job be? We asked our Pets Best Facebook friends the same question and got some great responses. Here are our top 10 favorite day jobs for dogs.

1. Food Quality Assurance Tester

Dogs have been training to be a food tester their entire lives. There isn’t a piece of food that has hit the floor that they haven’t ran frantically to inspect. Now, whether they’re testing for “quality” that’s debatable. We’ve seen some pretty questionable items eaten by dogs.

2. Head of Security  / Army General

For those more stoic, guard dogs, what dog could be better? They’ll give the evil stare gladly and let out those intimidating deep barks when they see anyone who looks suspicious, who looks like trouble, or who just looks somewhat like the mail man.

3. Heating Pad

So many laps to warm up, so little time.

4. CEO of a Pet Store

It’s like working in paradise for a dog, aside from the part about not being able to eat and play with the entire store inventory. Okay, so maybe this job would be more torturous than fun for a pup.

5. Motivational SpeakerRead More…

Breed Guide: Weimaraner

A WeimaranerDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Weimaraner

Height (to base of neck): female 23-25″, male 25-27″

Weight: female 70-80lbs, male 75-88lbs

Color: Grey

Origin: Germany

Coat: Short single-layered and glossy

Life Expectancy: 10-14 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: High

Breed Nicknames: Weim

Is a Weimaraner the Right Dog Breed for You?Read More…

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