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Popular Pet Names of 2017

Posted by on Sep 9, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Popular Pet Names of 2017

Popular Pet Names of 2017

Whether you’re picking up your puppy from the shelter or your cat is of what makes the companionship so special is building a relationship that will last for years.

If you have pets already, you’ll know that their names speak volumes about their personalities. Traditional names such as Spot, Fluffy, and Patch that described the look or personality of the pet seem to have been taken over with a variety of new names for our four-legged friends.

While names like Kitty and Tiger are still high on the list of popular names, there are new ones coming to the forefront that are proving popular among cat and dog owners alike.

Check out the top pet names that have cropped up this year:

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Pet Priority: Dealing with Dog Separation Anxiety

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Pet Priority: Dealing with Dog Separation Anxiety

Pet Priority: Dealing with Dog Separation Anxiety

As any dog owner will tell you, a dog is part of the family—its own human pack. Australia Pet Doors, the leading provider of pet doors in Brisbane, knows that these highly sociable animals prefer living in groups and often become anxious when separated from their owners.

Pet parents may feel guilt over leaving their dog home alone, especially a new dog adopted from the local pet shelter, but there are dog separation anxiety solutions to ensure your dog can look forward to or, at the very least, tolerate being left alone.

What Are the Symptoms of Dog Separation Anxiety?

If you have a pet that acts desperate for you to stay by his side, you probably already know dog anxiety symptoms. These...

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Translating Different Dog Barks

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Translating Different Dog Barks

Translating Different Dog Barks

Bark! Woof? Growl?! Do you know what all these “dog language” words mean? Whether your furry friend is leaping through pet doors for dinner or trying to alert you to a dreaded squirrel in the yard, he has his own language, too. Savvy companions often grow to inherently know their dog’s barks and what they mean, but, as it turns out, your dog’s barks really do have different and identifiable meanings.

Let’s paw at the truth and get to know our pups a little bit better with this translation guide.

Repeated Mid-Range Barks

The repeated, mid-range bark is your dog’s way of saying, “Hey human! Pay attention. Something’s happening.” It’s the bark...

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How to Cool Down an Overheated Dog

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on How to Cool Down an Overheated Dog

How to Cool Down an Overheated Dog

Dogs love to play outside, but it can be dangerous for them during the summer. Our furry friends burn a lot of energy, and it’s easy for them to heat up quickly with little warning. Keep your pup cool, comfortable, and collected with these overheated dog recovery tips.

Overheating: Causes and Symptoms
Dogs only have sweat glands on their paws, so they remove most of their excess heat by panting. Thus, it’s harder for them to release heat when they become warm. Dogs with thick or long coats, short noses, high activity levels, or advanced age are more susceptible than other breeds to overheating, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion.

Symptoms of overheating can vary but, in most cases, they’re...

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When and How to Trim a Cat’s Claws

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on When and How to Trim a Cat’s Claws

When and How to Trim a Cat’s Claws

Trimming your cat’s claws is about more than just saving your furniture; it’s good for your cat, too. Keeping those nails trimmed reduces the chance of your cat getting his claws stuck in the carpet or other fabrics, and that can prevent costly vet visits. Most importantly, the occasional trim will also foster an enjoyable experience instead of a pain-inducing exercise in wincing.

It’s far healthier (both mentally and physically) for your cat to keep their claws intact, so, even if it’s tempting, don’t entertain the idea of declawing. Not only can it cause devastating side effects like chronic pain, it really isn’t necessary, and, if they happen to dash out the pet door, declawed...

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How Long Should You Walk Your Dog?

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on How Long Should You Walk Your Dog?

Being a dog owner is one of the most rewarding things in the world, but it also requires a lot of responsibility. Often, that responsibility is found in keeping your furry friend active.  While some dogs prefer short walks, others may require a lot more time and energy. Read on to learn more about how often you should walk your dog.

Just because you have a yard, it doesn’t necessarily mean your pooch is getting exercise. Dogs are very similar to children. If they don’t get enough playtime, they can display behavioral issues. Those issues commonly consist of destructive chewing or scratching, raiding the garbage, excessive and rough play, and other annoying habits.

Try Walking

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How to Keep Other Animals from Using Your Dog Door

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on How to Keep Other Animals from Using Your Dog Door

How to Keep Other Animals from Using Your Dog Door

Pet doors are great to install when you want to give your pet the flexibility to come and go as he or she pleases. However, one drawback some pet owners experience is that of uninvited guests getting into their homes, like stray pets, skunks, raccoons, rodents, snakes, and even the occasional bird. There are different things you can do to help reduce the likelihood of this occurring in your home.

  1. Fence in the area around the door. For instance, if the door is installed on the back of the home, you could fence in part of the backyard, which can deter most types of unwanted animals from being able to access the door.
  2. Do not keep food or water near...

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Tricks & Treats: How to Train Your Dogs to Do the Basics

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Tricks & Treats: How to Train Your Dogs to Do the Basics

Tricks & Treats: How to Train Your Dogs to Do the Basics

If you’ve been to the dog park, chances are you’ve seen people cavorting about with their well-trained dogs, prompting them to do all manner of neat tricks in exchange for little baked bone-shaped biscuits.

Undoubtedly, you love your own sweet dog, but maybe you can’t help but feel a little twinge of jealousy when you consider that all your dog seems to know how to do is eat, sleep, use the dog door, and remind you of when it’s time for feeding. But, fear not! Teaching a few basic dog tricks is a rather simple task, and you’ll soon find out that you can, indeed, teach an old dog new tricks.

Teaching a dog to sit is usually the first trick a dog will learn, and it forms the base from which most other tricks are performed. While you could push on the dog’s rear...

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Does My Dog See in Black and White? Myths and Facts About Your Pets

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Does My Dog See in Black and White? Myths and Facts About Your Pets

Does My Dog See in Black and White? Myths and Facts About Your Pets

There are many myths out there pertaining to our beloved pets—so many, that it can be downright impossible to determine what’s true and what’s not. One of the most common myths states that dogs can only see in black and white; this is actually false. Despite what some may say, when your dog dashes through that dog door to the yard, he or she really can see color—at least some of it, anyway.

The Facts

The reality of the situation is that, as far as we know, all dogs see color, but they don’t see all of them in the same way as we do.

Like a human who deals with red-green color blindness, dogs see in shades of blue, yellow, and green rather than a full...

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What Breed Is Best for My Family?

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on What Breed Is Best for My Family?

What Breed Is Best for My Family?

When deciding on adding a new member to your family, there are several factors to consider. Furry friends come in all shapes and sizes, and each breed tends to possess certain personality traits. It’s also important to recognize your ability in giving them the best life possible. Consider a pet door wall installation for your newest family member!

If you are looking to incorporate a dog into your life, it’s important to reflect on your family situation. Are you looking for a dog for just you and a partner? Are you looking for a friendly companion for your children? How old are your children? How often will you be home? Does anyone in the household have allergies? These are all very important questions to ask yourself before...

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