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Lifestyle

Wagbrag brings you the latest trends in pet lifestyles. Here is where you will find information on new recreational activities and emerging trends in the animal world. Wagbrag's lifestyle section will keep you up to date and provide you the best information to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Who Can See Better – Dogs or Cats?

  Ask any group of feline fanatics who can see better – dogs or cats – and you’re likely to get a unanimous answer. Cats, of course! However, ask the same question of dog lovers...

What You Need to Know About Electronic Doggie Doors

Anyone who owns a dog knows that they rarely like to stay in one place for too long. In fact, canines practically welcome any opportunity where they get to go outside and run around...

Tips For Camping With Your Dog

Nothing screams summer quite like camping does. When this time of the year rolls around, we love to gather up our family and friends and hit the great ole outdoors. However, humans aren’t the...
Golden Retriever Dog

Golden Retriever Participants Needed

Golden Retriever dogs are one of the top favored breeds by American dog owners, and for a good reason. They are loyal, affectionate and their personalities make them the perfect addition to any family,...
The Kill Switch

An Astounding Story About A Military Dog

If you are looking for a new book to read, we highly recommend checking out The Kill Switch. In case you have never heard of it before, the novel focuses on former Army Ranger...
pet fire safety tips

Pet Fire Safety Tips: Protecting Those You Love

Plain and simple, every year beloved pets are killed due to fires. While this is a horrible in itself, it is even worse when you hear that the majority of these fires are preventable....
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How to Fund Your Pet’s Costly Vet Bills

Rising Vet Cost Unfortunately, most people today are struggling to make ends meet. It seems no matter how hard we work, we are constantly living paycheck to paycheck. This wouldn’t be too big of an...
laser therapy for pets

Laser Therapy for Pets – Top 10 Benefits

One of the most exciting, alternative treatments available is laser therapy for pets. According to the GA Veterinary Rehabilitation Clinic, “Laser therapy for pets has been shown to relieve pain from muscle and joint...
Canine Tracking

Canine Tracking – Any Dog Can Learn This Sport

Train Your Dog in the Sport of Canine Tracking Canine tracking is a sport where the dog is the star and the handler takes a back seat to the activity.  Trusting your dog’s ability to...
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Why Are Bulldogs So Funny? Bulldog Video

Why are Bulldogs so funny?  Their behavior can seem quirky.  Combine that with their strong will and determination and you'll see them behave in a down-outright interesting, if not hilarious, way.  Much of the...
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Dock Diving for Dogs

Who doesn’t love to see a dog enjoying a swim in the water?  And most dogs jump in the water without a second thought.  Is it any wonder that a sport would come out...
how to find your lost dog

12 Tips – How To Find Your Lost Dog

The American Humane Association estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year.  Susan Giordano, Wagbrag's Dog Training & Behavior consultant, provides the following tips on what...
Pet Therapy

Pet Therapy Works – I’ve Seen the Proof

Most of us have heard the news that people benefit from interacting with therapy pets.  The evidence abounds.  The American Journal of Cardiology found that pets help people adapt to stressful events.  Another study...
summertime pet hazards

Top 5 Summer Pet Dangers

By Sherry Granader. It’s almost summertime, and staying protected and well-hydrated is a must during the hot months of summer. But are you taking the same precautions with your pet? Just as too much heat...
traveling with your pet

5 Tips For Traveling With Your Pets

Traveling with your pet can be very difficult for you and your pet. Our pets are family members, and we don't always want to leave them behind when we travel. Proper preparation for traveling...
cat games

Cat Games – How to Make Your Cat’s Day

Make your cat's day with loads of fun and play! Given that your cats will not be living outside with all its natural stimulation and distractions, he will need some fun cat games manufactured by...
cat myths

10 Cat Myths – Explained

There are a lot of myths about cats, especially concerning black cats. Are they true? Nah, the myths are just that - myths. How did the myths come about and why? Let's dig in! Black...
rally obedience

Rally Obedience

What Is Rally Obedience Rally Obedience or Rally-O is a fun sport for you and your dog combining traditional training and agility.    Regular competitions rely on a judge to announce what to do; however, in...
herding trials

Herding Trials

About Herding Trials Herding Trials are competitions where the dog moves animal/s around a field by following a person's queues and directions.  In a non-competitive venue the trails focus on your dog’s overall herding instinct...
Capuchin monkeys

Top 5 reasons Why A Pet Monkey is a BAD Idea.

Monkey's are cute - but is it okay to have a pet monkey? National Geographic asked that question to Debbie Leahy, manager of captive wildlife protection for the Humane Society of the United States. "No primate species...
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Cat Grooming Guide

Grooming your cat includes brushing his fur, clipping his claws, and sometimes bathing him. If your cat doesn't want to be brushed or clipped you may end up with some bites and scratches. Plus,...
walking dogs

Dog Fitness – Add Variety to Your Dog’s Fitness Routine

When you think of exercising your dog, the first thing that likely comes to mind is going on a walk.  Dog fitness routines should include daily walks - they are very beneficial and an essential...
microchipping your pet

A Testament for Microchipping You Pet

Microchipping your pet has been touted as a good method for helping to quickly reunite people with their lost pets. For a Pekingese named Buddy, however, it took 6 years before he was found and...
flyball for dogs

Flyball for Dogs

What Is Flyball? Flyball is a sport in which dogs perform as a team of four dogs in a relay.  The Flyball course is a series of four hurdles. Each dog must clear the hurdles...
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Dealing With Cats that Spray

Spraying and urinating outside the litter box is the number one reason that people surrender their cats to shelters or abandon them somewhere.  Around 12 million kittens and cats are euthanized every year....
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5 Steps For A Smooth Trip To The Veterinarian’s Office

Taking your cat to the vet can be a daunting task can be exhausting for you and possibly down-right frightening for your cat. Cats generally don’t like to do anything that is outside their...
adopting a kitten

The Most Important Thing to Have When Bringing Home a Kitten

The holidays are a popular time when people adopt and bring home a new pet.  Getting a new kitten is exciting, but there are some things you will need to have before your new...
high tech pet games

Amazing Toys And High Tech Gadgets for Pets

We can’t seem to get away from technology whether at home, the office or television.  When it comes to our pets, high tech toys may seem like an odd concept, however more and more...
doggie dna test

We All Like Gifts – It’s In Our Dog DNA

Some of us love getting surprises while others may love giving surprises.  A few years ago, a friend gave me a surprise present.  The true surprise wasn't actually the gift itself but it was...
Red Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragon Fun Facts

A friend recently approached me - her colleague just took a new job and will be moving out of the country.  The colleague wanted to know if I would be interested in helping them...
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Love Soccer? You and Your Dog will Love Treibball

If you like soccer, you and your dog are going to love Treibball!  Treibball is a competitive sport where the dog must herd and push large balls into a designated goal.  The object of...
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Top Cat Smartphone Apps for Pet Owners

You love your cat and your smartphone, right? Well, get some cat apps! Top Cat Smartphone Apps There are lots of cat smartphone apps for pet lovers.  A good example of this kind of cat app...
About Lure Coursing

Lure Coursing

http://youtu.be/M9J4fxw61Vw What Is Lure Coursing Lure coursing is a dog sport where your dog will chase an artificial mechanized object over a designated area, usually a field.  The object will simulate movement in a pattern much...
Musical canine freestyle

Feel the Rythm – Musical Canine Freestyle

Everyone knows that dance is a joyful and fun thing to do.  Well, guess what?  Your dog thinks so too! What Is Musical Canine Freestyle? Musical canine freestyle is a sport that’s relatively new to the...
About Looneyball

Looneyball

What Is Looneyball? Looking for a new "ball" game to play with your dog?  Staying active is essential for both your dog’s physical and mental health.  Looneyball is a fun sport to play with your...
boswellia for pets

Boswellia For Pets With Pain

There is continued interest by pet owners to find natural, alternative remedies, especially when it comes to their pets dealing with pain. Herbs and other natural treatments are often safer and milder without side effects...
types of working dogs

Types of Working Dogs

Some dogs these days are spoiled pretty rotten, and will never know a days’ work in their lives. We love them just the same, and spend our time taking them for walks and giving...
deciphering your cat's behavior

Deciphering Your Cat’s Behavior

Have you ever wondered what your cat was thinking? The cat in the photo is obviously mad, but how your cat feels or what she is thinking is not always so clear. These tips...
traveling with your cat

Traveling with Your Cat – Top Tips

Most cats hate change and for most cats, travel is change. There are a few cats that like to ride in cars. For those cats, travel, at least by car, is not traumatic. However,...
feeding your dog properly

Control Feeding Time

Feeding Time Excitment If, every time you pick up the food bowl at your house, a feeding frenzy ensues, then it’s time to do something about it. Feeding time, just like everything else, should be...
weight pull for dogs

Weight Pulling for Dogs

What Is Weight Pulling For Dogs? "Weight pulling" is a sport where a dog pulls a cart loaded with weight for a short distance across snow, grass, carpet, or dirt. There are many breeds that can...
Pet Flipping

Beware of Pet Flipping – An Alarming Trend

News agencies across the country are reporting that "pet flipping" is on the rise.  What is pet flipping?  Pet flipping is when someone steals a pet, then turns around and sells the pet through...
k9 nose work information

K9 Nose Work

What Is K9 Nose Work The National Association of Canine Scent Work is the sanctioning body and official organization of K9 Nose Work.  Nose work competitions are very similar to tracking events in that scent...

Disc Dog

Many people automatically call this sport “Frisbee” dog.  Frisbee is a trademarked name, so in competition the preferred term is “disc dog.”  The disc dog competition demonstrates the dog and human working as a...
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The Importance of Doggie Play Time

All work and no play makes Buddy a dull dog – even if he doesn't have a regular job! Play time is important for dogs, just as it is for children and adults. It’s...
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Interesting Facts About Cats and Kittens

By Nicky LaMarco. If you are planning on getting a kitten, or even an adult rescue or shelter cat, it is good to know some very basic facts about cats and kittens. Kittens Kittens are adorable little...
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Why Does My Cat Hold His Paw Out?

  Check for Medical Issues And Paw Injuries There can be several reasons why a cat might hold their paw up or put it out towards you. There could be medical reasons, or there could be...

Cat Games

By Nicky LaMarco. Cats and kittens need plenty of mental stimulation and physical play. While they do sleep for two thirds of their lives as well as eat, drink, and groom- they also want to play....

Cat and Kitten Names

By Nicky LaMarco. What’s in a name? An awful lot it seems. What you name your cat speaks a lot about you, and will speak a lot about your cat to the people she meets...
sloths as pets

“They Make Lousy Pets!”

In Big Demand - Sloths as Pets They are definitely cute and appear docile and laid back.  But they are difficult to care for, and they make “lousy pets” proclaims zoologist  Lucy Cooke. She recently...

Keeping your Dog Safe During Springtime Projects

Ahhh, springtime is here (at least for many of us)! It’s that time of the year for working in the yard and handling projects around the house.  As we come down with that contagious...

How can I get cat urine smell out?

Authored By:  Lauren Boles   Q: My cat peed outside of his litter box. How can I get cat urine smell out? A: Believe me, we have been where you are, and it’s not fun. You get...

Introducing a Second Cat to Your First Cat

Authored By:  Nicky LaMarco. So you want a second cat and you are not sure how your current cat is going to respond? The truth is a lot of your current cat’s response depends upon...

What Should I Teach My Kids About Dogs?

Kids and dogs can be a great combination, or a recipe for disaster. Teaching kids how to train, care for and respect dogs can help them with some very valuable life lessons about responsibility,...

Therapy Dogs – Sharing the Love

Everyone knows about the special relationships that people share with their four legged friends. Therapy dogs are all about sharing that love with people who are not in a position to be able to...
Canine Good Citizen

About the Canine Good Citizen Program

Humans have the opportunity for fulfillment in many areas of their lives – through their work, their families, their hobbies, and their relationships. Many dogs, however, are simply left at home throughout the day,...

How to Find a Good Dog Walker

Your dog is your best friend, companion, and family member. You wouldn't trust her with just anyone. If you have a 9 to 5 job, you likely need someone to walk her during the...

Essential Items for Your New Puppy

Preparing for the arrival of your new puppy will help make the homecoming smoother for you and the puppy. The following is a list of supplies that are important to ensure her comfort and...

Homemade Dog Treats

There are so many choices of dog food on the shelves today that selecting the right one for your pet can be confusing. There are the commercial foods sold in supermarkets which have been...

Dog Park Etiquette

For pet parents, the dog park is a special place that provides benefits to both dog and his parent. Dogs of all ages need exercise. Like humans, exercise helps keep them healthy and strong. An...

What To Look For In Our Pet’s Food

We may know what to look for when reading labels for the food we eat - like fat grams per serving, calories, sugar and sodium content or other key ingredients. Usually a quick glance...

Pet Apps for Your Smart Phone

According to the Humane Society, there are over 78 million owned dogs in the United States.* It's no wonder that the number of mobile apps for pet parents is growing. There are apps for...

HOW To Entertain Your Dog When You Are Away From Home

Does your heart sink every time you have to walk out the door and leave your dog alone at home? It can be heartbreaking but life must go on. We have to go to...
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Behavior Problems In Horses

Horses are magnificent creatures; however, a variety of behavior problems in horses can occur despite of the love we have for them.  Some of the most common are associated with aggression towards us or...

Prevent Boredom In Your Dog

Dogs are much like children, and they enjoy toys that not only trigger “play time” but also stimulate their brains.  Preventing boredom in your dog is very important, especially if you are gone during...

How to Cut Your Cat’s Claws

Does your cat disappear when you get the clippers ready? Do you always wrap him in a towel or blanket so you can clip his claws? If trimming your cat's claws is a chore...

Does my Cat Know His Name?

So - do you think your cat knows her name? There are several cat parents who wonder if their cats really do understand human languages, and if their cats really understand when they call...

Pet Insurance or a Savings Account?

Authored By: Anisha Sekar Many pet owners may try to avoid pet insurance, figuring that a savings account will be enough. This may be fine for some people, but a savings account isn’t always ready...

Dog Puzzles – Product Review

How many times have you walked through the pet food aisle, stopping to glance at the odd-shaped dog puzzles, wondering “could my dog figure this out and would she enjoy this toy?”.  Wagbrag recently...
getting a puppy

Getting a Puppy – 6 Important Tips

Six Things to Consider Before Bringing Puppy Home If you’re thinking that you are ready to add a puppy to your family, here are six things you should know before you bring that cuddly little...

Pet Birds – An Introduction

Wagbrag is excited to now provide information and helpful tips about birds to our readers.  Matt Smith, Founder and Executive Director of Project Perry, a nonprofit parrot and exotic bird sanctuary based in Virginia, outlines...

Why Cats Love Non-cat People

We all know how it is. We have this wonderful cat, and she usually just ignores most of our friends. That is, until that one special friend comes over to visit. You know who...
dog fitness

5 Fitness Activities – Change Up Your Dog’s Routine

When you think of exercising your dog, the first thing that likely comes to mind is going on a walk.  Daily walks are an essential part of having a dog.  Walks provide an excellent...

Cat Hoarding

It starts slowly and so innocently. One cat to keep you company. Another cat to keep the first cat company – seems like a good idea. Someone asks you to take in the cat...
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Let Birds be Birds – Indoor Bird Aviaries

Most people who have birds in their families want to provide the safest, most comfortable environment possible for their feathered friends. Bird experts often sing the praises (so to speak) of bird aviaries. A...

Decisions, Decisions – Finding the Right Cat Toys

You just brought home a new kitten, or an adult cat, and one of the first things you want do is shop for toys they will enjoy.  Inevitably, after a few minutes in the...
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Labrador Retrievers Breed Info

Labrador Retrievers are considered to be the most popular breed in the United States, according to the American Kennel Club.  The Labrador is intelligent and incredibly family-friendly.  This hunting dog is versatile, often used...

3 Considerations – When It’s Time To Euthanize Your Pet

Quality of life for your pet should always be a priority, especially during treatment for serious illness, including cancer and other diseases.  Your pet’s quality of life needs to be assessed, and adjustments made,...
cat hoarding

Cat Hoarding – How Many Cats Are Too Many?

ow How many cats are too many (known as cat hoarding)? Is there a number at which you are no longer just a cat person, but rather a cat hoarder? Is there a number at...
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What To Consider Before Getting Health Insurance for Cats

Have you considered getting health insurance for your cats? Is it something you really need?  Is pet health insurance a good thing, or is it just another way for someone else to make money...
animal assisted therapy

Animal Assisted Therapy and Activities

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) offers animals that have been trained to improve an individual’s emotional, physical and social well-being and reduce anxiety, improve self-esteem and facilitate healing.  AAT dates back to the 1940’s, when...

New Trends: Micro Pigs as Pets

In the 1970’s, iguanas were popular.  Then came the 80’s, when the reptile was the pet in vogue.  Exotic fish made an appearance for a while before many people, including celebrities, could be seen...

How to Cat Proof Your Home

Cats are naturally curious creatures, hence that old saying about what curiosity did to the cat. When you adopt a cat, you need to make sure that your home is safe so your cat...

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