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Choosing a Boarding Kennel

Need to go out of town? A boarding kennel can give your pet quality care and can give you peace of mind. Before loading Fido or Fluffy into the car and driving over to the nearest kennel, though, it's important to find the right kennel and prepare your pet for boarding. Credit: Getty Editorial WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF USING A BOARDING KENNEL? Your pet depends on you to take good care of her, even when you have to be out of town. Friends and neighbors may not have the experience or time to properly look after your pet, particularly for longer trips. So next time you have to leave your pet behind for a while, leave pet care to the professionals, such as a pet sitter or boarding kennel....

Dogs love treats, but wouldn't it be great if you could make your dog work a little more for those tasty treats? Food-dispensing (also known as treat-dispensing) dog toys could help you accomplish that goal. Even better, the mental and physical stimulation food-dispensing dog toys provide may decrease the chances your dog develops boredom-related behavior problems - barking and chewing, for example. Before you go out and buy a food-dispensing toy, however, you should consider the following. Credit: Associated Press 1. Food-Dispensing Dog Toys Should be Durable "For most dogs, getting hold of food is the single most interesting and satisfying activity in the world," says dog trainer Jolant...

Pooch Pampering on a Budget

These days, it's all about cutting corners to make ends meet. And while you want to spoil your dog, you may feel you can't when you have to watch every penny. But pampering your pooch doesn't take loads of dough. You don't have to be the Queen of England or come from an exclusive Upper East Side, New York family to let your dog live the life of the rich and famous. Credit: Getty Creative So how, then, does one have budget-friendly fun with their furry yet penniless friend? Well, you can start by following a few of these tips. RELATED: Top 10 Most Lovable Dogs in the World Make Bath Time Lots of Fun Instead of spending wads of cash you don't have on those lovely doggy spas and boutiques ...

10 Ways to Green Your Pet

We asked our Facebook fans, "Do you take any earth-friendly steps to help reduce your pet's carbon pawprint?" Today, we're sharing some of our favorite answers. Credit: Getty Editorial 1. Prevent pet overpopulation "Spay or neuter!" says Leslie H., and we agree. All pets have some environmental impact, but spaying and neutering keeps the pet population in check (and unwanted litters out of shelters). 2. Buy in bulk Maria R. buys the biggest bags of pet food available. "That saves on gas back and forth to the store," she says. It also cuts down on packaging waste (and is easier on the wallet). RELATED: Preparing Your Apartment for a New Puppy 3. Scoop poop Unscooped dog poop can pollu...

Choosing a Pet Sitter

Pet sitters do much more than provide your pet with food and water while you're away from home. A good pet sitter also spends quality time with your pet, gives him exercise, and knows how to tell if your pet needs veterinary attention. What's more, pet sitters typically offer additional services, such as bringing in mail and newspapers, watering plants, turning lights on and off, and providing homes with a lived-in look to deter crime. Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto But just because someone calls herself a pet sitter doesn't mean she's qualified to do the job. This information will help you find the best pet sitter for you and your pet. WHY HIRE A PET SITTER? When you must be away from...