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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...

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...

Ask any trainer how they teach classes, and they will give you some well put together statement about how to provide instruction. "Say it, show it, do it" might be my response. They will skillfully show you how to get your dog motivated and set up for success as they model careful techniques based on movement and well-crafted exercises to teach your dog a new skill. Combined with positive reinforcement, the dog will learn the exercise and ultimately begin to predict the desired behavior. Credit: Getty Creative Now watch them work their own dog. What does the trainer do to train his own dog? He goes out and plays a game with him. Any great dog trainer can tell you: Dogs and owners who play...