Office Etiquette: What to know before you bring your pet to work

The benefits of bringing your pet to work with you are undeniable and more and more offices are going to the dogs. Here are some tips to ensure you and Fido have a good day at the office: At home

Babysitter’s club: how to select a sitter for your pet

Your love your pets—they’re a part of your family—so of course you want the best care for them when you’re away. Whether you’re travelling or an emergency requires you leave Fido at home, there are several options to consider.

Breed Feature: Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky was originally bred as a sled dog and this animal has incredible endurance. These pups have a thicker coat than many other breeds, with a soft fluffy undercoat and a dense, coarse top coat. With this thick coat, Huskies thrive in sub-zero temperatures, allowing them to make long treks through the winter snow. The Siberian Husky loves to run and is an active breed that often has a happy-go-lucky temperament. Huskies are long famous for participating in the grueling long-distance Iditarod race.  

Watch those paws: how to care for your dog’s feet

Your dog has some durable paws, but they certainly aren’t indestructible. You throw on your hiking boots for a climb in the mountains and your rubber boots in the rain. Dogs don’t have that luxury—their paws come in contact with all kinds of surfaces when they walk, run, play, swim. This exposure can lead to some painful injuries if you aren’t careful to help your pet tend to his tootsies. Here are some tips to help your pet keep those feet healthy: Moisturize

Watch those paws: how to care for your cat’s feet

Your cat has impeccable hygiene; she’s constantly licking those paws, grooming herself and keeping squeaky clean. This doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for grooming, though. Keeping her paws healthy is essential for her overall wellbeing. Here are some tips to keep kitty’s kickers in top shape: Scratch, scratch

Beyond basic commands: tricks to teach your dog

Why stop at sit, stay, come? Dogs are incredibly smart creatures and can understand about as many words as your average toddler. Training your pup, beyond the basics, is a great way to keep your pet sharp, entertained and obedient. As with any training use lots of patience, positive reinforcement and treats. Here are some tricks you can teach your pet: High five

Daily to-do’s: establishing a routine for you and your pooch

Developing a daily routine for you and your pooch is essential to both his wellbeing and yours. Having a schedule creates structure for Fido—structure that comforts him. Pets don’t necessarily understand the concept of time; instead they react to events. For example, if you always let your dog out the moment you return home from work, your pet will expect to be let out immediately after you return, even if you are early one day.

Breed feature: Affenpinscher

At last year’s Westminster dog show, an Affenpinscher named Banana Joe took home Best in Show, making him the first Affinpinscher to receive that title. In German, the name means Monkey-Terrier, and this breed is known to be mischievous, and ape-like in behavior. The Affenpinscher is a small dog with a shaggy, wiry coat and a peppy personality. These petite pooches most often have black fur, but can also be seen with gray, silver, red, tan or black and tan coats as well.

Winter fun: try skijoring with your dog

Most people know what dog-sledding looks like, but what about skijoring? Skijoring is a mix between cross-country skiing and mushing. Residents of icy climates have long practiced this winter sport, and it’s now gaining popularity all over the world. When skijoring, a dog connected by harness, pulls a person on cross-country skis. Whether you are a competitor or just trolling around the park, skijoring is a great way to have some fun with your pooch during the frigid winter months. Almost any dog breed can try this sport, but should be over 30 LBS.

America’s most dog-friendly cities: Chicago, Illinois

The “windy city” is known for its thriving metropolis and bustling culture. As the third largest city in the United States, Chicago has a lot to offer. From amazing museums and shopping to world renowned restaurants and sports teams, Chicago has something for everyone. No matter what brought you and your dog to the biggest city in the Midwest, be sure to check out some of the best dog-friendly sites while you are in town.