Getting Started

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How to Be a Responsible Pet Owner

Puppies are great fun but also a great responsibility. We'll help you navigate through everything–from the adoption process to providing the best products and veterinary care.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dogs

Find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about dogs, including questions about breeds, grooming, health and behavior and everything in between.

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Getting Started with Your Puppy

Welcoming a dog into your home requires a lot of work and preparation. To get you started, we'll help with training, discipline, play time and everything in between.

You may not realize it but the products you use to keep your house clean could be dangerous, or even toxic, for your dog. Many commercial cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can be hazardous for your dog if he inhales or ingests them.
You may not realize it but the products you use to keep your house clean could be dangerous, or even toxic, for your dog. Many commercial cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can be hazardous for your dog if he inhales or ingests them.
Many dog parents keep cleaning products that are not safe for dogs around the house.  Cheaper and just as effective as the products you buy at the store, we’ve found a few DIY cleaning supplies you already have in your pantry.
Many dog parents keep cleaning products that are not safe for dogs around the house. Cheaper and just as effective as the products you buy at the store, we’ve found a few DIY cleaning supplies you already have in your pantry.
Get to know Yuki from Instagram and her human companion behind the lens in our very first article of the "Off The Leash" series.

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Here are some of our favorite dog costumes for Halloween submitted by you!

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Monthly, Weekly and Daily Pet-related Holidays and Observances in November 2020.

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It's pumpkin season! If you're making a special trip to the pumpkin patch, don't forget to pick out a pumpkin for your dog too. Almost every part of a pumpkin can be fed to your pup and the health benefits of this super squash may surprise you.

What part of the pumpkin can dogs eat?

Dogs can eat raw, cooked, pureed and canned pumpkin in its purest form- meaning no additives. Your pup can also consume pumpkin seeds raw or roasted. 

The only part of the pumpkin that your dog shouldn't eat is the stem, since it splinters easily and can cause internal damage or obstruction in his/her digestive tract. Be careful not to feed pumpkin pie filling or canned pumpkin that contains added sweeteners or spices. When prepping pumpkin seeds for your dog, avoid adding oils or salt.

 

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What are the benefits of eating pumpkin?

Pumpkins are packed with nutrients and is considered a superfood for dogs!

Pumpkin contains a high concentration of vitamin A (beta-carotene) which promotes eye health. Vitamin A, zinc and several other nutrients found in pumpkin improve your dog's skin and coat. Plus, the high moisture content in pumpkin flesh contributes to a gourd-eous 😉, shiny coat and helps with dry...

Monthly, Weekly and Daily Dog-related Holidays and Observances in October 2020.

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4 important reasons why it’s unsafe for your dog to stick his/her head out the window of a moving car. 

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Custom color options and color combinations on Impact Dog Crates.

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Here are the stories of three different accidents involving 11 different dogs and how their Impact Dog Crates ultimately saved the lives of every single one of these pups.

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New month, new dog holidays!

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Learn how to whip up your dogs' new favorite pupsicle recipes!

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Not only is it a total body workout, but swimming is a blast for water-loving doggos! Swimming is mentally and physically beneficial for dogs, from faster injury recovery to reducing emotional stress and keeping the heart healthy.

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Familiar with our old crate sizing titles? Here's a helpful chart to see what your crate size is.

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Here are the weekly and daily dog-related holidays and observances to celebrate in August 2020.

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Learn more about your dog's escape-artist behavior and how to familiarize your pup with his/her new High Anxiety crate.

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My Impact crate success story- "The first night I had her, I knew there was a problem. I couldn’t leave her even for a minute. She escaped two wire crates initially and ruined them. She tore up the inside of my truck, ripped the seat covers and tore up several beds. I have never had a dog with so much anxiety before and I even had her on medication.

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Dog-related Holidays in July 2020. Here are month-long observances, weekly and daily dog-related holidays to celebrate this month! July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month and National Pet Hydration Awareness Month

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"I have a German Shepherd who has broken out of every single cage I have bought him. He’s 3 years old and has gone thru at least 8 cages..."

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Here are June's pet-related holidays and other interesting days to celebrate/

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Is the pavement too hot for your dog's paws? On a 77°F summer day, the temperature of asphalt is already close to 125°F which is hot enough for skin to destruction to occur. The pads on a dog's paws are just as sensitive as your skin, meaning they're just as likely to suffer burns from hot surfaces.

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Tick season means tick-hunting season. Prevention is your best weapon to protect your dog from tick bites! Here is everything you need to know to keep you and your dog safe from tick-borne diseases.

Why is it necessary to check your dog for ticks?

    Ticks are external parasites, living by feeding on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians (also known as hosts). A tick is considered an arachnid and most ticks fall into two families- hard ticks (Ixodidae) and soft ticks (Argasidae). Like other arachnids, a tick's size and appearance varies by its species, gender and whether it's in a larval, nymphal or adult life stage. Most ticks prefer to have a different host animal at each stage of their life and some need to feed on blood at each life stage. 

    During the feeding process, saliva from the tick may transmit through the skin of a host animal which is how a tick with an infection-causing pathogen spreads disease to its host. Ticks are known for carrying diseases including Lyme disease, which can be a debilitating diagnosis for humans and dogs. Dogs are susceptible to tick bites and tick-borne diseases, especially if they spend time outdoors. Since there...

    This talented Belgian Malinois named Abby is specially trained to sniff out bed bugs.

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    Spring time brings puppy fever! 😍

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    More reasons to pawrty! 🥳Dog-related Holidays in May 2020. Here are the month-long observances, weekly and daily dog-related holidays to celebrate this month!

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    National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day is May 8th. Here's how to prepare yourself and your dog for an emergency and evacuation. 

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    Here are a few steps to make that transition easy on you and most importantly your puppy. House training your puppy is about everyone in your household having consistency, patience and positive reinforcement. The goal is to teach your puppy good habits and build a bond with them. 

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    Mix and match your dog's favorite foods to prepare new treat combinations. You can get creative with stuffing recipes by choosing from dozens of healthy ingredients to fill your dog's Kong toy- including dog-friendly veggies, fruits, raw food, liquids and more. Freeze this stuffed Kong to keep your dog busy.

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    Dog and Pet Holidays for April 2020. Here are the month-long observances, weekly and daily dog-related holidays to celebrate this month!

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    Teach your dog a new trick while you're spending more time at home! Want to teach your dog how to high five or shake hands? Professional Dog Handler, Ed, is here to share his dog training tips. Also, learn how to teach your dog not to jump up on people. 

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    We’d like to provide you with some much needed entertainment and lighthearted content during this tough time. Fortunately, dogs have this amazing ability to cheer us up. They’re also adorable… and very weird. (I can back those facts by showing you 900 videos of my dog, but I’ll save those for another time.) 

    Let’s turn our attention to our fur friends who would prefer a "mud mask" over suds any day. 

    We asked our followers to show us how their dogs feel about bath time. This quickly became Dogs vs. Baths as the majority of pups were not ecstatic about this experience. Thank you to our awesome followers who always have the most entertaining photos of their pups. 

    husky shower cap

    "scrub a dub dub. husky in the tub!" -Ashley B. 

     

    chihuahuas hate baths

    "The Three Amigos are not a fan of baths" -Mary S.

     

    golden retriever bath time

    "Golden Retriever Best Actress" -Alejandra G.  

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    dog doesn't like bath

    "If looks could kill." -Kelsey Terryah C. 

    dog wants in bathtub

    "Is it my turn yet?" -Monica A. B.

     

    dog blow dry

    Post-bath mood.  "Doesn't mind a bath.. isn't thrilled about the drier though." -Sara H. 

     

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    retriever loves bath

     

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    hound in bath

    "Boots loves bathtime! He'll sit in the tub by himself just waiting!" -Cesilie M. 

    upset chihuahua

    "you can bathe me, but you'll never break me..." -Darla M. 

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    doberman bath

    "I think his ears say it all 😂"...

    Meet Dolly Pawton! This adorable black lab is an incredibly valuable service dog who closely monitors her human's health, while assisting her with anything from daily tasks to paying for groceries at the store.

    Not only is Dolly incredibly talented at her full-time job, but she is a DockDogs prodigy, competing in the World Championships- twice! 

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