8 Tips to Protect Dogs from Coyotes
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by Britt
1M ago
It’s a topic that has been gathering a lot of attention recently in our area of Ontario, Canada. There has been a growing number of coyotes spotted in urban areas. Unfortunately, for our pets, this means that the risk is higher than ever of falling victim to a coyote attack. As responsible pet owners, it’s our job to take steps to protect dogs from coyotes and prevent problems from happening. Are Coyotes Dangerous to Dogs? When it comes to coyotes and dogs, there are several risks that you should be concerned about. This includes not only the possibility that they may attack your pets but also ..read more
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18 Gift Ideas for Pets of All Sizes this Holiday Season
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by Britt
1M ago
A recent survey discovered that 94% of pet parents purchase a holiday gift for their pet. While this may surprise some, I’m sure that it comes as no shock to those of you following us here on Shed Happens. Why? Because this is a community of pet lovers, we know that our furry friends deserve to be spoiled for the holidays too! If you’re still working through your holiday shopping, we’ve put together a list of some fun and unique gift ideas for pets, big and small. Of course, we’re not recommending just ANYTHING to you this holiday season. While some of the gifts included in this list were give ..read more
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How to Fix Recall in a Rescue Dog*
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by ShedHappens
2M ago
*GUEST POST Eleven years ago, I got out of my car to look at a chihuahua I was thinking about rescuing. The dog was a 9-month-old Chihuahua female, who was being rehomed because of a behavioral issue that almost killed her. The issue was frequent escaping, and then refusing to be caught once she was out the door. This fun game for her was a nerve-wracking experience for the owners who ultimately decided they couldn’t keep her. Recall issues are a common problem with rescue dogs. If you are trying to figure out how to fix recall in a rescue dog, here are a few lessons I learned while teaching L ..read more
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How to Get Emergency Help with Veterinary Bills
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by Britt
3M ago
Our pets are beloved members of our family. We go to great lengths to give them the life that they deserve, factoring their needs into our budget, our home, and our lifestyle. Unfortunately, there are times when even the most responsible pet owners are hit with an emergency vet bill that exceeds the funds that they have readily available. In this article, we’re going to look at ways you can get help with veterinary bills and other solutions to raise the money and fast! Why Are Veterinary Bills So Expensive? It’s a question that many pet parents have asked at one time or another, especially her ..read more
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What Does Your Dog’s Sleep Style Reveal?
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by Britt
3M ago
As dog parents, we pay careful attention to the important details of our best friends’ lives – the food they eat, the treats that best motivate them, their favourite toys, and which activities light them up. But you may be surprised to find out that you can learn a lot from your dog’s sleep style! *Ad – Sponsored* This post is a collaboration with Tall Tails. All opinions shared here are my own.   The way that your dog sleeps as well as where they choose to take their naps can tell you a lot about your dog’s personality. It can also help you to find and purchase the best dog bed for their ..read more
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10 Tips for Bringing Home a Rescued Small Animal
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by Britt
4M ago
Adding any new pet to your home is an exciting time. From rabbits and guinea pigs to hamsters and gerbils, there are many options for those interested in bringing a small animal to the family – all of which are available through incredible rescues across Canada and the United States. But if you are bringing home a rescued small animal, there are a few important things to consider. Often small animals are portrayed as low- or no-maintenance pets. But, as animal lovers, we want to provide them with the best possible quality of life. To do this, we need to approach bringing home a rescued small a ..read more
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7 Pet Industry Trends from SuperZoo 2022
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by Britt
5M ago
Last month I had the opportunity to attend SuperZoo 2022, a large pet trade show and retail event held in Las Vegas, NV. With over 1000 exhibitors, there was SO much to see – more than I could have possibly taken in over a 3-day show. But there were some pet industry trends that really stood out across multiple vendors. This is one of the most fascinating parts of attending a trade show like this! Now that I’m home (the pets are happy about this fact), I wanted to sit down and share some of these trends with all of you. Dental Treats and Products With periodontal disease (or gum disease) affec ..read more
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How to Find a Dog Trainer or Behaviorist You Can Trust
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by Britt
6M ago
So, you’ve adopted a new dog. Congratulations! As exciting as this time is, now the real work begins. If you want to raise a dog that is well-behaved and well-adjusted, it’s time to start focusing on how you are going to train and socialize your dog. For many, especially those dealing with specific training-related concerns, this means that it’s time to find a dog trainer or behaviorist in your area. The hard truth is that dog trainers aren’t strictly regulated. Anyone can make a website and claim to be a professional. Before you run to Google “dog trainer near me”, there are a few red flags t ..read more
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Small Animal Rescue: Where to Adopt Your Next Pocket Pet
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by Britt
7M ago
Are you looking to add a new member to your family? Small animals also affectionately called ‘Pocket Pets’ are a popular choice for family pets. They may be small, but they aren’t lacking in personality or love to share! While these pets are often purchased from local pet stores, another option to find your new family member is through small animal rescue. When most people think about animal rescue, their mind instantly goes to dogs and cats. This isn’t surprising considering the large number of rescue dogs and rescue cats searching for their forever homes. What you may not realize is that you ..read more
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Lucifer’s Story
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by Britt
8M ago
If you have been following Shed Happens for a while, then you know that we welcomed a new family member in July 2021. This cute, snuggly little man has been an amazing addition to our “pack”. But his life hasn’t always been easy. I don’t usually share personal posts on here. Not that I am against them, it’s just not what I have designed this blog to be. However, I think that Lucifer’s story needs to be told. There are many myths out there about rescue pets. They are often referred to as ‘damaged’ or ‘undesirable’ by no fault of their own. People talk about them like they are somehow ‘less than ..read more
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