Fall Pet Safety Tips

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Autumn is probably one of the best times of year to spend time outside with your pet.  The weather is perfect–not too hot, not too cold–and you know winter is coming so you want to get in as much time outdoors as possible with your pup.  But before you head out into the crisp fall air, here are a few tips to keep your dog safe and protected.

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DIY Dog Shampoo

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Did you know that human shampoo is unsafe to use on our pooches’ precious coats? That’s because our skin is 3 times thicker than theirs, we have sweat glands (dogs only have sweat glands on their paws) and our skin is much more acidic! Dogs have a pH level of 7.5 whereas our skin rests at around 5.5. A dog’s skin is much more basic, sensitive, and thin. As a result, we must cater to their needs and be careful to use gentle ingredients. Healthy skin contributes to a healthy (and beautiful) body!
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Philadelphia Dog Park Guide

Philadelphia Dog Park Guide

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Are you looking for a Philadelphia dog park? Dog Parks are a wonderful way for you and your dog to go somewhere exciting! They provide a safe space for dogs to interact with other dogs and get in lots of off-leash playtime. Dog Parks are also a perfect way for people to meet other people and set up a puppy playdate. While at the dog  park, remember to keep a close eye on your pup. Your dog and other dogs’ behavior is unpredictable so pay attention. Additionally, your dog should remain off-leash unless coming or going. Leash aggression is common in dogs, so your dog should be on-leash only near entrances and exits. Many parks have a small holding area. This is an excellent place to leash or un-leash your pet. Read More

Pet Sitter’s Guide to Dog Crates

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How to Choose the Perfect Dog Crate

Dog crates are a great way to give your pet(s) a space of their own, transport them from place to place, and keep them out of trouble while you’re gone. Crates are not one size fits all. It is important to choose the right size crate and use the crate as a place of reward, not punishment! Read More

Help! My Dog’s a Puller.

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Leash pulling can can cause some serious relationship issues between you an your dog. Your in the mood for a leisurely stroll, but you pooch, bless it’s energetic little heart, want’s a full blown 5K. This is something dog walkers work with on the regular. Dogs pull because they want their slow humans to hurry up! It can become quite a fun game of “how fast can I get my human to run to the park?” There can be serious risks if you don’t address this behavior. Falling injuries, found food, and loss of control are all risky business. Pulling can be pretty dangerous for humans and dogs. It is always safer and more fun to have a pooch with good leash manners. Luckily there are some great solutions and techniques to help curb leash pulling! Read More

Find a Pet Sitter in Philadelphia

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Are you looking for a dog walker or pet sitter in Philadelphia? Handing over the keys to your house and the care of you family can be a stressful experience.   You’re asking them to care for a member of your family who can’t communicate. At Walk It Like a Dog, being accountable to our customers is priority number one.  Even if we’re not the right fit for your family, we want you to find the best people available. Here are some sample questions for pet parents to ask potential dog walkers. Read More

Tips to Stop Your Dog’s Barking

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Excessive barking can be like nails on a chalkboard for both pet owners and neighbors! To help curb your pups barking, you’ll need identify why your dog feels the need to bark. Are they afraid? Excited? Bored? Hungry? Seeking attention? Are they a barking-prone breed or mix such as a beagle, terrier, or herding dog? To start, make sure your dog has adequate food, water, exercise and attention. Some breeds require more attention or exercise than others. Bored dogs will often attempt to expel their excess energy by barking for long periods. The solution may be as simple as longer daily dog walks, doggie play dates, or a daily session of tug-of-war. Read More

Ever Wonder, Why Dogs Jump?

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Dogs jump due to an instinctual and polite desire to sniff one another’s noses. Dogs can acquire a lot of very interesting information from one sniff of another critter’s nose. Naturally, any dog can assume humans would love the same greeting. However, when Scruffy knocks Grandma Sue over because her breath smells like peanut butter crackers, it can be pretty startling! Read More