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Dog Safety

From playtime to walk time to leaving them home alone, ensuring your dog’s safety should always be top of mind. Our experts cover everything from general how-tos to specific circumstances, so you’ll be prepared for whatever comes your way.

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Dog Safety

ID Your Dog For Peace Of Mind

The best way to help your dog return to you if she goes missing is outfitting her with a personalized collar, an ID hang tag, and a registered...
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Hiking and Dogs

How to Hike Safely with Your Dog

Get prepared to hike safely with your dog by packing appropriate and necessary gear as well as knowing trail etiquette and basic dog first aid.
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Dog Safety

Tick Safety for Dogs

It only takes one tick bite to sicken a dog, but if illness is caught early, treatments can be effective. Learn a few simple measures to keep your...
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Dog Safety

Tips for Leaving Your Dog Home Alone

Learn the best strategies for keeping your dog safe and happy when you must leave her home alone, whether for a few hours or for the entire day.
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Dog Training

10 Steps To Get Your Dog Swimming

Help your dog enjoy swimming success following these ten steps, from starting early and keeping your pup safe to making it fun and going swimming...
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Dog Safety

Why Dogs Can’t Have Chocolate

Understanding why your dog can’t have chocolate, and knowing what to do if they accidentally ingest it, can potentially help save your pal’s life.
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Dog Safety

How Long Can You Leave a Dog Alone?

Consult our guidelines to determine whether—and for how long—you can reasonably leave your dog alone. Our questions are designed to help you make the...
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Dog Safety

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Separation anxiety in dogs can be deeply distressing for them and for you; understand its symptoms and learn how to help your best friend.
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Dog Safety

Why Do Dogs Bite?

Understand the underlying causes of dog bites and discover what you can do to prevent a dog bite or treat one if it happens.
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Dog Safety

How to Find a Lost Dog

If you’re reading this because you’ve lost your dog, take a deep breath and try not to panic. We explain one step at a time what to do bring home...
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Dog Safety

How to Clean a Dog’s Ears

Clean your dog’s ears using the right supplies, and by starting from the outside; keeping your dog’s ears healthy is an important part of regular...
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Dog Safety

Running with Your Dog: Tips for Success

Once you evaluate your dog’s running fitness, master basic training with her, and gear up, you might find she’s your best-ever workout partner.
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Dog Safety

Top 10 Tips To Avoid Heatstroke

Heat can affect dogs differently than humans. It’s important that you can tell when your pup is in danger. Dr. Madeline Fellin explains the signs of...
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Dog Safety

How to Play Safely With Your Dog

We offer the best strategies for safe play with your dog, from establishing rules and boundaries to troubleshooting aggressive play habits.
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Gear & Product Care

How to Choose Safe Toys for Your Dog

Choosing safe toys for your dog provides mental and physical enrichment and encourages healthy chewing habits while sparing your belongings.
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Dog Safety

Are Rawhide Chew Toys Safe for My Dog?

Learn what you need to know about about the safety of rawhide chew toys and treats for dogs, so you can make the best decisions for your pet’s well...
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Dog Safety

What to Do If You Find a Lost Dog

Learn the tactics to use if you find a lost dog with no ID tags, including step-by-step instructions and strategies to handle a fearful or defensive...
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Dog Safety

Can Dogs Get Colds?

Learn how to recognize the symptoms of a cold in your dog and how to help him recuperate. Discover prevention tips as well as signs it's time to go...
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Dog Safety

How to Keep Your Dog Safe on Halloween

Understand how to keep your dog safe on Halloween with advice from the dog experts at Orvis. Learn answers to common questions about dogs and...
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Dog Training 101 with Melinda Benbow

Teach Your Dog Recall

Watch professional dog trainer Melinda Benbow demonstrate how to teach your dog to come reliably when you call, avoiding potentially dangerous...
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Dog Training

How to Socialize a Dog

Socializing a dog is crucial for his well-being and his family’s; patience and consistency are key, but the results are a confident and well-adjusted...
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Gear & Product Care

Indoor Dog Gates: Creating Dog-Safe Zones

An indoor dog gate is a crowd control essential that limits messes and keeps everyone safe, whether you’re training a puppy or simply creating...

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