Introducing Your New Dog to Cats

Make the introduction in a highly controlled environment. It is best to have two people, one holding the new dog while the other praises each animal. Keep the dog on leash. Firmly correct your dog at the first hint of undesired behavior, and don’t unleash her around your cat until they are interacting calmly. A chase may ensue if the cat runs.

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Summer Safety Tips for Your Furry Best Friends

Summers can be a beautiful season in North Idaho, and as much as we enjoy this time of year, it can be hard on pets. Here are some summer safety tips to keep in mind:

Don’t assume your dog can swim well
Just because dogs instinctively know how to swim, doesn’t mean they’re good swimmers. If you and your dog enjoy water activities on the lake, like boating, kayaking, and paddle boarding, it’s a good idea to have Fido wear a doggie life jacket, even if he is a good swimmer.

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Rehoming your pet

Re-homing the family pet can be heartbreaking and is often due to circumstances like the loss of a job or home, a debilitating illness or injury, or moving to a location where pets aren’t allowed. Or sometimes owners come to terms with the fact that they cannot give their pet the time and attention it deserves, thereby taking responsibility to improve their pet’s life by finding it an appropriate new home.

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Bringing Home a New Dog

Be prepared and be patient. This will be essential in helping your new dog make a successful adjustment to your home. Don’t expect your new pooch to adjust immediately; it can take anywhere from two days to two months for you and your pet to adjust to each other. The following tips can help ensure a smooth transition.

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