The Great Chase: How To Prevent Your Dog From Chasing Small Animals

The desire to chase is an instinctive and innate drive in most breeds. At its most basic, dogs evolved as predators and scavengers, and so this natural instinct can be difficult to curb or eradicate, especially with certain breeds

Still, it can be possible to train, distract, and prevent your dog from chasing small animals and birds. 

Why Do Dogs Chase?

The desire to chase is closely tied to a dog’s amazing sense of smell. Their nose, which is 10,000 more sensitive than ours, acutely detects the scent of small mammals and birds, and the quick movements of these “prey animals” also serves to attract some dogs to the chase. 

Another reason dogs chase is that the activity is inherently pleasurable for them. Your dog has a lot of fun in the chase, and sometimes catching something can deliver the ultimate reward – unfortunately. 

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Do Pets Sweat? How to Help Your Pet Stay Cool

Most of us probably don’t think about our pets sweating. After all, how would we know with all that fur? Pets don’t have any of the tell tale signs of sweat, and they don’t have a body odor. But how do our pets keep cool? Do pets sweat? 

Keep reading to find out how our pets’ bodies are designed to keep cool in hot weather.

Do Pets Sweat?

The human skin is covered with sweat glands that allow our bodies to perspire and release heat from the body. Pet skin is covered with fur, and animals don’t have nearly as many sweat glands as we do. They do have some, however, which are mainly located on the surface of their paw pads. You may notice sweaty footprints on your patio in hot weather – evidence that pets do sweat. 

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Is It Time to Go Camping With Your Pet?

The visions that pet owners may have about experiencing the great outdoors with their best furry friends don’t always match up with the reality. But, like anything else, the more you prepare for contingencies, the better off you’ll be. In other words, camping with your pet probably sounds like a great idea – and it certainly can be. 

Of course, being away from home, sleeping in the woods, and being exposed to the elements all have their own risks. We can help you get started and share tips on how to have a safe, enjoyable campout together.

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