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

Posted on: June 13th, 2014 by

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.

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Top 10 Dog “Day Jobs”

Posted on: June 11th, 2014 by

Dog day job revised cw_061314 from Pets Best Insurance

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 Speaker

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Breed Guide: Weimaraner

Posted on: June 9th, 2014 by

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?

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5 Reasons Dogs Tilt Their Heads

Posted on: June 6th, 2014 by

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.

Smart dogs quickly discover that by sitting or standing still, looking sweetly at you and tilting their heads from side to side can yield them oodles of treats and attention from you. They seem to know that their adorable antic will fetch your favor.

But dogs also tilt their heads for other reasons – some that may surprise you and some that signal the immediate need to be treated by a veterinarian. Head tilting also may be triggered by:

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5 Tips When Adopting a Shelter Cat

Posted on: June 4th, 2014 by

A cat at the shelter, waiting to be adopted.

By Dr. Tracy McFarland, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats. 

Adopting a cat or kitten should never be a spur of the moment decision. This is especially true when adopting a shelter kitten or cat, whose medical and social history is often unknown. Before visiting the shelter, please ask yourself some important questions. Here are five tips when looking to adopt a shelter cat or kitten.

1. How much time will you have to devote to your cat or kitten’s needs for food and water, grooming, affection, litter box maintenance and play? Are you financially able to provide what your cat will need in terms of food, litter, grooming supplies and veterinary care?

Cats tend to be less expensive pets than dogs, on average, but cats can become costly if they develop serious medical problems. Consider purchasing pet health insurance while your cat or kitten is healthy before any major health issues occur.

2. Once you’ve considered these questions, you may want to consult your veterinarian for help selecting the right cat or kitten.  A veterinarian can help you decide if a kitten or cat is more appropriate, and explain grooming requirements for longhaired versus shorthaired cats.

3. Visit a veterinarian as soon as you adopt your new friend, preferably on your way home. This is especially important if you already have pets at home. If you will have to delay that first veterinary visit, make sure you keep your new kitty separate from your other pets until he or she can be checked for parasites and infectious disease.

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