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Family Builds Snow Maze for Cooped-Up Dog to Run His Heart Out [Video]

Cold weather got you down? Sick of endless snow filling up the yard? Why not do what this family did and create a racetrack to get out those winter zoomies? Sure, it will probably be buried in another day of snowfall, but it was more fun than just shoveling the whole thing!

Winter Zoom track

Pupper zooms in the snow

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About Kiki Kane

Kiki Kane is a lifelong animal lover owned by two rescue dogs, a cat, and a horse. She has been blogging professionally since 2009.

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Goodest Boy of 2018 Fetches World’s Biggest Stick [Video]

This dog is a serious overachiever when it comes to the stick game. If this good boy was to give a speech (and he looks ready to do so) it would go something like this: “With hard work, patience, and determination, you too can fetch any stick you find in the forest.”

Who’s a good boy?

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Kiki Kane is a lifelong animal lover owned by two rescue dogs, a cat, and a horse. She has been blogging professionally since 2009.

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‘America’s Favorite Vet’ Offers Up 6 New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Parents

We asked holistic vet, author, and member of Rover’s Dog People Panel, Dr. Gary Richter, what New Year’s resolutions he would recommend for all dogs. His answers may surprise you!

Dr. Richter’s resolutions focus on regular healthcare, which gives your dog her best chance at a long and happy life. Let’s take a look.

1. Brush teeth every day

Oral care for dogs is an easy but often overlooked key to a long and healthy life. Here’s the scoop on how to get started: How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth (and Keep All Your Fingers). Regular professional cleanings can also help stave off plaque and infections.

2. Change to a fresh, balanced diet

Dr. Richter is a big proponent of fresh, whole foods for our pets, and offers many ideas for making this change in his book The Ultimate Pet Health Care Guide. Can’t afford or don’t have the time to prepare a fresh or raw diet at home? Small changes can make a big difference.

Consider switching to a grain-free kibble, and adding fresh or freeze-dried fruits and veggies to your pet’s current diet (some great suggestions here). You can also try a fresh-cooked dog food company like Evermore or a delivery service like The Farmer’s Dog.

3. Twice-yearly checkups

Just like the old saying goes, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ Regular vet checkups can extend your pet’s life. Routine weight checks, going over your dog for lumps and bumps (here’s how to do it at home, too), keeping vaccines and medications up to date, dental cleaning, and nail trims all keep your dog in tip-top form.

Plus, it’s nice to know you have a second pair of eyes on your best friend. Sometimes slow changes over time can be hard to notice in our loved ones, and an outsider can quickly notice a change in behavior or appearance that we haven’t consciously seen.

4. Get more exercise

It’s good for you and your dog! Make it a point to spend time enjoying your local trails and parks. You won’t be just making a healthy choice, you’ll be making memories with your best friend. Spend time daily tossing a ball, playing tug-o-war, or chasing each other a little bit. It’s good fun, good exercise, and a bonding experience.

5. Regular brushing and massages

Brushing your dog is not only good for skin and coat care, but it’s also a great bonding opportunity. Regular brushing prevents mats and snarls in longer-haired dogs, and helps keep fur from taking over your home.

Giving your dog a massage can be a wonderful opportunity to connect, as well, in addition to providing health benefits such as muscle relaxation and relief from joint pain.

6. Do your homework before every vet visit

  • Bring a list of the type and amount of food and treats being fed
  • Bring a list of all medications and supplements being given
  • Make a list ahead of time of any questions or concerns you have. This way you can make sure to have all of your questions addressed.

And that’s it! What’s on your list for your dog this year?

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Dogtopia Unveils Healthy Dog Central

In North America, more than half of all dogs are considered clinically obese. Just like our human counter parts, obesity can contribute to a shortened life span for our beloved pets. Therefore, as people all over the world declare their New Year’s resolutions, Dogtopia is encouraging them to remember their doggies, too. To help parents ignite a fresh start for their pup, Dogtopia today launched Healthy Dog Central (www.dogtopia.com/healthydog) to provide free recipes, quick tips, videos and access to its three subject matter experts – an animal behaviorist, veterinarian and environmental biologist.

“At Dogtopia, happy and healthy pups are at the heart of who we are,” said Dogtopia president and CEO Neil Gill. “Our facilities focus on quality of care by providing a healthy, safe and fun environment for dogs to develop positive behavior, exercise, socialize and learn to be a well-balanced pup. While we are proud of the experience we provide for dogs in our care, Healthy Dog Central helps us extend our expertise to pet parents worldwide as they seek to improve their pup’s health in 2018.”

In addition to content about proper feeding schedules, foods for shiny coats, vaccines, clean ears and more, Dogtopia will host weekly interactive Facebook Live segments in which pet parents can ask questions and receive answers along the way. The Live Q&As will take place on Dogtopia’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/dogtopia/) according to the schedule below. All content will be accessible at Healthy Dog Central.

Environmental Biologist – Lorraine Rhoads
Tuesday, January 16 at 7 p.m. EST
Tuesday, February 6 at 3 p.m. EST
*Lorraine covers topics related to toy safety, car/travel safety, safe cleaning products and emergency preparedness

Veterinarian – Dr. Antje Joslin
Tuesday, January 23 at 3 p.m. EST
Tuesday, February 13 at 7 p.m. EST
*Dr. Joslin covers topics related to vaccination, spay/neuter, first aid, heartworm/flea/tick and diet and exercise

Animal Behaviorist – Colleen Demling
Tuesday, January 30 at 7 p.m. EST
Tuesday, February 20 at 3 p.m. EST
*Colleen covers topics related to training, separation anxiety, barking, chewing, pool safety and several others

Log onto today to www.dogtopia.com/healthydog to get a head start on your dog’s resolution or submit a question to one of Dogtopia’s experts!

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