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Breed Guide: West Highland White Terrier

Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 by

A West Highland White TerrierDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the West Highland White Terrier

Height (to base of neck): female 10″, male 11″

Weight: female 13-16lbs, male 15-22lbs

Color: White

Origin: Scotland

Coat: The outer coat is dense and harsh, and the undercoat is fine and wooly.

Life Expectancy: 15years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: Moderate to high

Breed Nicknames: Westie

Is a West Highland Terrier the Right Dog Breed for You?

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5 Human Habits that Drive Cats Crazy

Posted on: June 20th, 2014 by

a very annoyed catBy 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.

Often our feline roommates tolerate our follies and faux pas. But cats are candid creatures and can convey displeasure in our lack of feline etiquette without emitting a single mew. Here are five “pet peeves” and solutions to restore harmony with your cat:

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10 Tips for Taking Your Dog to Work

Posted on: June 18th, 2014 by

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.

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Breed Guide: Vizsla

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by

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?

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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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