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Dire Wolves in Our Midst

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In case you haven’t figured it out, I’m a huge fan (nay, “obsessive” fan) of the critically-acclaimed drama, Game of Thrones. Seriously, what’s not to love? There’s history, dragons, royalty, and come on - how awesome are dire wolves? Pretty freaking awesome.

The third season just ended, so there’s nothing left but for me to write about it. And dire wolves seems like a good topic for a fun pet publication.

If you’re anything like me, you want one of these wild, loyal animals. But, before you start calling dire wolf breeders (don’t google it – they don’t exist), there are a few things you should know about the species (and about breeds that look like them…)

First, a little history… Dire wolves actually did exist at one point in time, but they have been extinct for nearly ten thousand years. Nevertheless, there was a time when these giant wolves about five feet in length and close to 175 lbs once walked the earth. They were similar in size and shape to our modern day gray wolves, which are just about as scary as the dire wolves. There were a few differences in the breed. Bite power, for instance. The Dire wolf had a bite 129% the force of a modern gray wolf. The size of a dire wolf was also considerably larger at about 25% larger than our modern gray wolves.

What if you were seeking out a dog that was like the dire wolf, but a bit tamer? Well, you’d probably look at one of these breeds:

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Summertime Safety with Kids and Pets

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Summer is upon us which means the kids are all going to be hanging out at home all day. That can result in some elevated stress levels for your pets. It’s your responsibility to make this change as easy as possible on your dogs, your cats and your kids.

Here are some ways that you can implement responsibility and training into one fun and easy lesson.

(Don’t forget to download our free .pdf below that you can keep posted on your door when visitors arrive in your home).

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Why You Should Snake-Train Your Dogs

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In the Southwest, Spring has officially sprung. With temperatures soaring into the 90s this month, we are already seeing Game and Fish departments issue warnings that rattlesnakes are making an early appearance. This makes it more important than ever that you get your dog snake-trained.

Whether you call it rattlesnake training, snake proofing or rattlesnake avoidance - the training, while appearing rather brutal, is a necessary step in protecting your pets. It could be the thing that saves your pet's life, your child's life, or your own life.

Why you should snake-train your dog

Most bites occur when a snake, in search of a meal or warm place to sleep, is discovered by a curious pet. While we are far more dangerous to a snake than they are to us, it's still important to avoid them. Dogs need to be trained to do this or they may mistake a diamondback for a chew toy.

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Pros & Cons of Dog Training Approaches

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With many dog training methods available on the market, it can be hard to decide which the best training approach for your dog is. This article discusses the pros and cons of different dog training approaches and looks at which training methods are best for which breeds and dog temperaments: from obedient to naughty dogs, and from slow to fast learners.

Clicker Training

for dogs is often thought of as one of the best dog training methods. Clicker training literally involves using a clicker as positive reinforcement for when a dog has carried out a task or displayed good behavior - for example using a 'click' instead of saying 'good boy'. The clicker is implemented when training a new obedience, as the dog associates the 'click' sound with the correct behavior.

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Keeping Pets Entertained on Snow and Rain Days

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There are plenty of reasons to stay indoors these days – from the freezing snow spreading across the North and Midwest, to the rainy days looming in the Pacific Northwest and Southeast. The only perfect place to be right now is right here in Arizona!

But, if you can’t be here in Arizona, learn how you can keep pets occupied in your region with these helpful tips.

Make Feeding Time Fun

Make feeding time interesting with a new interactive pet feeder. These take the place of traditional (boring)

bowls and make feeding time fun for pets by activating their hunting instincts. Since the dog or cat has to ‘hunt” for their food, they eat much slower and have a better time doing it. The Aikiou Interactive Pet Feeders product line is made from food-grade, BPA-Free plastic and is dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.

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