How To Massage Your Dog

4 techniques to help your pup rest, relax, and rejuvenate
Ahhh— yeahhh— that’s the right spot. What’s that? No, it doesn’t hurt, it’s divine! Don’t stop now… Who doesn’t love a massage? You can’t beat something that feels so good and is good for you, too. Massage lowers blood pressure and reduces stress for both the giver and receiver and takes only minutes a day. Better yet, learning how to give your dog a massage is easy. And if you believe in karmic retribution, just think of all those massages waiting for you down the road!

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7 Rainy Day Games to Play with Your Dog

When it’s too nasty outside to get exercise, these games will keep your dog’s mind and body engaged.

There are some amazing games by Nina Ottosson where your dog has to figure out the puzzle to find the treat. I have a few for my dog, and they’re good for short-term, supervised entertainment. The only problem is that while these are entertaining, they’re also food-based and don’t require a whole lot of movement from your dog. The mental engagement is there, but physical exercise isn’t. It’s kind of like playing a board game while eating a whole bowl of popcorn and chocolate pretzels — you’re entertained, but not staying healthy.

Here are six ideas for active games you can play that will tire out your dog, engaging him (and you!) physically and mentally so that being inside is every bit as fun as being outside. Continue reading

How to Help Your Pets with Allergies

(MNN.com) — Spring is just around the corner — a time when many of us simply dust off the neti pot or load up on Benadryl in preparation for allergy season.

It’s a little harder for dogs and cats with environmental allergies to avoid the elements. Fortunately, our experts offer cool tips to help keep hot spots and other problems at bay during allergy season. Continue reading