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MSNMake Your Dog Your Exercise Buddy

We all occasionally need a nudge to get off the couch and start exercising. Sometimes that nudge is nothing more than a poke by a cold nose. You know the drill — your dog stands there wagging her tail, holding the leash and begging to go for a walk.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

Your Dog is Invited…

These days, there’s no shortage of events where your dog is more than welcome. Some outings are even specially geared for canine guests. Here’s a sample of some fun stuff scheduled for the coming months. If you live in any of these places, mark the dates on your calendar and check them out. Your dog will give you lots of licks and tail wags to say “thank you.”

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

Create Your Own Take Your Dog to Work Day

Just because you may have missed Take Your Dog to Work Day (June 23rd), doesn’t mean that you and your dog have to miss out. Create your own Take Your Dog to Work Day on a day that suits your office and your co-workers best—and what better time than summertime to do this? You might want to coordinate it with an afternoon company picnic, or on a day when a somewhat shorter workday is planned.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

Drawing up a Doggy Compatibility Profile

Bringing a dog into your life can be a very rewarding commitment. However, the success of your long-term relationship depends on how compatible you and your dog are. It’s a sad reality that many wonderful purebred dogs end up in shelters or with breed specific rescue groups simply because their owners didn’t do their homework properly before adopting them.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

Splish Splash, It’s Time for a Bath!

For most dogs, “bath time” is a dirty word. More than likely, your pal even knows how to spell it. And he can probably also second guess your game of charades as you creep silently around the house, stealthily retrieving a towel from the closet and grabbing his special bottles of shampoo and detangling conditioner.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

Doggy Daycare

Is your dog a “latch key pup” – that is, a dog that sits home alone, waiting to hear the key turn in the door on your return from a long day at the office? If your pal has taken to chewing your favorite pair of shoes or gnawing at the furniture while you’re out, it could simply mean she’s lonely and is craving some mental and physical stimulation. Signing her up for doggy daycare could very well be the answer.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

Carriers for Dogs on the Go

These days, dogs are no longer stay-at-home creatures. In fact, your pal probably has a very active social life that includes playing in the local dog park, accompanying you to pet-friendly stores, and attending family functions. Of course, there are also weekends away and vacations. With all that activity, a pet carrier or stroller may be the most essential lifestyle accessory your dog can own.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

Apartment Living with Your Dog

One sure sign that a downtown neighborhood is becoming a fashionable place to live—more than just a commercial district—is the number of dogs out and about on the sidewalks. Today, many apartment buildings and individual landlords are developing increasingly lenient pet policies to attract more dog owners to these newly gentrified urban areas.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

Tips for Starting a Dog Park

An off-leash dog park is your dog’s local social club – a fun-zone where he can let off steam and romp around with other neighborhood doggy pals. If such an amenity doesn’t exist in your area, there’s no reason why you can’t be the catalyst to start one. Dog lovers just like you initiated many of the more popular dog parks across the country.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

Memorializing Your Dog

Losing a dog that that’s been your best friend and a beloved family member leaves a huge void in your life. The empty bed, food bowl and discarded toys are a constant reminder of the unconditional love you’ve lost.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

Photograph Your Dog for the Holidays

How would you characterize your dog during the holidays? A star? An angel? Santa’s little helper? Or maybe just a “manger” mutt? Whatever your image, the holiday season presents wonderful opportunities to photograph or make videos of your dog. And you’re not just capturing the moment for yourself. You can use photographs of your four-legged friends to personalize greeting cards, create fun calendars, and even make your own tree decorations. Here are just a few tips to help you capture those magical moments with a true holiday glow.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.