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Breed Guide: Brittany

Posted on: May 19th, 2014 by

A Brittany dog looks up at the cameraDr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Brittany

Height (to base of neck): 17.5-20.5″

Weight: 28-40lbs

Color: Liver and white, and orange and white are standard, but roan and bi-color are also accepted.

Origin: French province of Brittany

Coat: Flat to wavy coat with firm, non-silky and non-wiry hairs. Minimal feathering.

Life Expectancy: 13-14 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: High

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Is a Brittany the Right Dog Breed for You?

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Teach Your Cat to Sit Up in 3 Steps

Posted on: May 16th, 2014 by

cat standing on hind legsBy 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 cat insurance and dog insurance agency.

Yes, you can teach your kitten two basic cues 1) to sit and 2) sit up. In this article, we’ll focus on learning “sit up.” Your kitten will need to already know how to “sit” to then learn “sit up.” Learn how to train your cat to sit in this article.

Training your kitty reaps benefits for both of you. You will have a well-mannered cat and your kitten gets the opportunity to stimulate its mind, hone its athleticism and sharpen its socialization skills.

Here are the 3 steps to teach your kitten to sit up:

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How to Train Your Cat to Sit in 4 Steps

Posted on: May 14th, 2014 by

kitten laying on a blanketBy 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 cat insurance and dog insurance agency.

Yes, you can teach your kitty two basic cues: 1) to sit and 2) sit up. In this article we’ll focus on “sit” as your kitty must master this first, before they can learn to “sit up.”

In the right training session, both of you will reap benefits. You will have a well-mannered feline and your kitten gets the opportunity to stimulate his mind, hone his athleticism and sharpen his socialization skills.

Here are the 4 steps to teach your kitten to sit:

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Memorial Day “Dogs on Deployment” Donation Match!

Posted on: May 12th, 2014 by
Sgt Valdez standing with his dog Midas

Sgt. Valdez and his dog Midas. Photo courtesy of Dogs on Deployment

Pets Best is proud to be a “Silver Star” 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 2014, 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 or sign up to be a DoD Boarder for Dogs on Deployment.

Pets Best is proud to offer a 5% discount to friends of Dogs on Deployment and an additional $40 donation for each completed pet insurance application through the Dogs on Deployment page on the Pets Best website (or use the referral code DOGSOND).

Learn more about Dogs on Deployment.

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6 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe In Case of a Disaster

Posted on: May 9th, 2014 by

house after a tornado hitBy 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 pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

No zip code is safe when Mother Nature unleashes her nasty side. But you can take steps to protect yourself and your pets from hurricanes, tornadoes, flash floods, wildfires and other natural disasters.

You can never over prepare. Some natural disasters, such as tornadoes or house fires, can strike quickly. All pets should be microchipped and sport identification tags on their collars that include your cell phone number. Also, keep a photo on your phone and in your vehicle’s glove box that depicts you with your pets in case you become separated. This makes for easier identification and reunions.

In recognition of Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 10th and the last week of May recognized as Hurricane Preparedness Week, here are five tips to prepare in case a natural disaster strikes.

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