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How to Keep Your Dog Safe in the Car

We've all seen a happy hound sticking their head out the window, ears and tongue flopping in the wind. While the sight is cute, though, it might not be the safest situation — for you, your pup, or others on the road.

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What to Do if a Spider Bites Your Dog

Most spider bites — on both dogs and us humans — aren’t cause for serious concern. Usually they’ll heal on their own without any special attention. (Chances are you won’t even notice you were bitten in the first place!)

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How to Create a Comprehensive Dog First Aid Kit

Just as it’s smart to have first aid supplies for yourself and human family members, a dedicated dog first aid kit enables you to provide immediate care to your pet in case of accidents, medical emergencies, or unexpected health issues.

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Ticks on Dogs: Risks, Prevention, and How to Remove Parasites

Ticks are the definition of creepy crawly — and their reputation for carrying diseases like Lyme makes them especially hated among dog parents. While no one wants to find any sort of parasite on their beloved pet, the reality is that at some point you probably will, especially if you and your four-legged friend love to adventure together.

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How to Prevent and Treat Heat Stroke in Your Dog

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are unfortunately common in the summer months — especially in adventure dogs who love to get out hiking, biking, running, or visiting favorite Sniffspots with you.

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Dog Bee Stings: Prevention, Risks, and What to Do

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The Ultimate Guide to Dock Diving: Tips and Techniques for Success

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German Shepherd Aggression: 101 Guide

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Dog Psychology and Canine Cognition: An Introductory Guide

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How to Treat Phobias in Dogs

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Tail Biting in Dogs: Everything You Need to Know

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Tips for Walking Your Puppy on a Leash

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How to Train Your Golden Retriever

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Introductory Guide to Dog Behavior

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How to Become a Dog Trainer

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Rottweiler Aggression: Signs, Causes, and How to Handle It

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Complete Puppy Training Guide for New Dog Owners

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How to Crate Train a Puppy

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Why Dogs Bark and How to Stop the Noise

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The Best Dog Training Podcasts

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Dog Reactivity Chart: Understand and Fix Dog Reactivity

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Best Ways to Exercise Your Dog

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How to Prevent and Treat Heat Stroke in Your Dog

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are unfortunately common in the summer months — especially in adventure dogs who love to get out hiking, biking, running, or visiting favorite Sniffspots with you.

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Dog Bee Stings: Prevention, Risks, and What to Do

Bee stings are a common injury in active dogs — especially curious puppies and adolescents who might try to investigate the insects (they often have a habit of chasing other wild animals too). Most dogs who suffer a bee or wasp sting aren’t worse for wear in the long run, but some situations do require immediate medical attention.

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The Ultimate Guide to Dock Diving: Tips and Techniques for Success

Have you been hearing the buzz about dock diving lately? This dog sport is becoming increasingly popular among everyday pet owners who want to do more fun activities with their dogs.

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German Shepherd Aggression: 101 Guide

Many dog breeds have gotten a bad reputation over the years for being dangerous. German Shepherds are among them — as a large working breed associated with military and police work, they’re often thought of as aggressive. But are they really?

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Dog Psychology and Canine Cognition: An Introductory Guide

Dog psychology is a popular field, and for good reason: Almost half of all households in the United States share life with a four-legged companion! It's no wonder we want to know what's going on in that canine mind.

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How to Treat Phobias in Dogs

Can dogs experience phobias like humans do? The answer is yes — and these intense, persistent excessive fears can make life difficult for both pets and their people.

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Tail Biting in Dogs: Everything You Need to Know

Some occasional tail chasing can be harmless, though — especially in young puppies who are still learning about their bodies — while excessive tail biting is almost always a problem you need to address. Pay particular attention if the compulsive behavior is frequent and intense.

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Tips for Walking Your Puppy on a Leash

Who doesn’t love puppies? They’re full of fun and laughter — but they definitely do not come pre-trained. Walking on a leash is a top skill that many pet owners want their canine companions to have, but it can be tricky to teach an energetic ball of fur to stay near your side (or avoid unwanted behaviors like turning the leash into a tug toy).

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How to Train Your Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are generally considered intelligent and eager to please. They have a reputation for being quick learners — and they’re often used as working dogs in various roles, including search and rescue, therapy work, and obedience competitions.

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Introductory Guide to Dog Behavior

Dog behavior is a fascinating and complicated field. You’re not alone if you’ve ever caught yourself wondering “why on earth does my dog do this?” or “what could they mean by that?” — and we’re here to help!

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How to Become a Dog Trainer

Nearly 40 percent of all American households share life with a canine companion. Pet professionals like dog trainers and vet behaviorists are more needed than ever as our modern human society becomes increasingly difficult for four-legged friends to navigate. Unfortunately, reactivity, anxiety, and general stress from lack of proper enrichment are on the rise in domestic dogs.

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Rottweiler Aggression: Signs, Causes, and How to Handle It

Many dog breeds have gotten a bad reputation over the years for being dangerous. Rottweilers are among them — as a large working breed, they’re often thought of as aggressive.

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Complete Puppy Training Guide for New Dog Owners

Welcome to life with your puppy! This is an incredibly exciting time. You just brought home a lifelong furry best friend, and the days ahead are full of laughter and adventure and so much fun.

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How to Crate Train a Puppy

Crate training is a vital skill for young dogs to have. When trained through positive reinforcement, the crate can become a safe space for your pup — and a proper crate training process aids in other life skills, like potty training. Plus a crate can give you some peace of mind when you aren’t able to fully supervise your young pup at all hours of the day. (After all, who can keep eyes on their new addition 100% of the time?)

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Why Dogs Bark and How to Stop the Noise

Everyone knows that dogs bark. (Ask any toddler what sound the dog makes — you’re sure to hear some type of “woof” in response!) What isn’t so well understood, though, is exactly why dogs bark, just how much barking is normal, and what you can do about it if you think your pet is using their voice a little too much to be kind to the neighbors.

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The Best Dog Training Podcasts

Podcasts are all the rage nowadays. They’re an easily accessible way for experts and enthusiasts alike to share their thoughts with the world. And you can listen to them just about anywhere, at any time!

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Dog Reactivity Chart: Understand and Fix Dog Reactivity

Your dog is reactive. They’ll see another dog, person, or other stimulus in the environment (like a car or bike) while out on a walk and suddenly go crazy at the end of their leash. The barking, lunging, and growling feels embarrassing for you — and it’s clear that your pup isn’t having a great time either.

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Best Ways to Exercise Your Dog

It’s no secret that every dog needs regular exercise. Physical activity is important for us humans and our pets — moving our bodies improves strength, coordination, cardiovascular health, and even mental focus over time! If you’re looking to change up your dog’s daily exercise routine, we’ve got you covered.

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The Best Dog Trainers in Worcester, MA of 2023

Welcome to the Worcester, MA Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Worcester based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 55,000 votes were used in compiling this list. We have only included the top trainers with sufficient votes and the trainers are ordered in terms of the number of votes received. Trainers that tied are ranked in reverse alphabetical order based on first name. All dog trainers on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. This list is a subset of the broader Top Trainers in Massachusetts list. To learn more about our dog trainer contest, feel free to view the dog trainer contest post.

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The Best Dog Trainers in California of 2023

Welcome to the California Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in California based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 55,000 votes were used in compiling this list. We have only included the top trainers with sufficient votes and the trainers are ordered in terms of the number of votes received. Trainers that tied are ranked in reverse alphabetical order based on first name. All dog trainers on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. To learn more about our dog trainer contest, feel free to view the dog trainer contest post.

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The Best Dog Trainers in Vallejo, CA of 2023

Welcome to the Vallejo, CA Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Vallejo based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 55,000 votes were used in compiling this list. We have only included the top trainers with sufficient votes and the trainers are ordered in terms of the number of votes received. Trainers that tied are ranked in reverse alphabetical order based on first name. All dog trainers on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. This list is a subset of the broader Top Trainers in California list. To learn more about our dog trainer contest, feel free to view the dog trainer contest post.