How To Prepare Your Pets for an Emergency

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The first thing is to prepare an emergency kit for each pet in your home, says Stewart. (Photo courtesy of Sit Stay Play In-Home Pet Sitting & More LLC)
The first thing is to prepare an emergency kit for each pet in your home, says Stewart. (Photo courtesy of Sit Stay Play In-Home Pet Sitting & More LLC)

Planning ahead for your pets in case of a natural disaster or weather-related emergency will help to make sure you and your animals make it through safely.

Chicago Pet Sitter: 6 Tips to Book Pet Care for the Holidays

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Waiting until the last minute to find suitable care for your pets while you're away for the holidays could add stress to the season. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jody R. of Woodridge, Illinois)
Waiting until the last minute to find suitable care for your pets while you're away for the holidays could add stress to the season. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jody R. of Woodridge, Illinois)

Traveling without your dog or cat? Better book their boarding at least a month in advance of holidays to ensure space at Chicago kennels. Plus 5 more animal care tips for holiday travel!

How a Capitol Hill Cemetery Came Back to Life as an Off-leash Dog Park

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Dog park in D.C.
Neighborhood dog owners can join the dog park for $225 per year or visit for $10 a day. (Photo courtesy of Historic Congressional Cemetery)

Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., is one of the city's largest off-leash dog parks. Membership is required, but day passes are available for a fee.

$50-a-month gym memberships for dogs? Canine sports club opens near D.C.

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Dog gym near D.C.
A trainer at Frolick Dogs prepares a canine client for his workout at the facility's gym. (Photo courtesy of Frolick Dogs)

Frolick Dogs in Alexandria, Virgina, operates a gym with treadmills, balance balls and agility courses for dogs. It's the latest trend for D.C. pets and owners.

Animal Breeder

Dog breeder loves her gentle golden retrievers

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Seven-year-old Megan Cloudman of Palmetto, Fla., finds a gentle and loving friend among a young liter of adorable golden retrievers. (Photo courtesy of Megan Cloudman)
Seven-year-old Megan Cloudman of Palmetto, Fla., finds a gentle and loving friend among a young liter of adorable golden retrievers. (Photo courtesy of Megan Cloudman)

An expert and highly decorated Florida animal breeder shares advice on caring for golden retrievers, which she has placed in many home and unique environments.

Noblesville breeder says Labradoodles make great service dogs

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Australian labradoodle Bippidi Boppidi Boo nurses her 4-week-old puppies at Noble Vestal Labradoodles. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Australian labradoodle Bippidi Boppidi Boo nurses her 4-week-old puppies at Noble Vestal Labradoodles. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Animal trainer and breeder Kendra Vestal, founder of Noble Vestal Labradoodles in Noblesville, Ind., says her dogs help her give back to the community. When they don’t have puppies, breeding dogs double as therapy dogs.

3 tips for picking the perfect pet

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Doing your research before choosing a pet means you'll both be happier. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Amy A. of Okemos, Mich.)
Doing your research before choosing a pet means you'll both be happier. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Amy A. of Okemos, Mich.)

Choosing a pet is a decision that involves much more than the cuteness of the animal in question. Read more to determine what kind of pet may be right for you, ensuring you have the best chances of success.

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Dog Trainer

5 Lessons from a Professional Dog Trainer

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Being a friend to your dog is great, but good obedience and good behavior actually depend on how respectful a dog is of its owner, says Kantak. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List Member Lisa H. of San Francisco)
Being a friend to your dog is great, but good obedience and good behavior actually depend on how respectful a dog is of its owner, says Kantak. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List Member Lisa H. of San Francisco)

You can find plenty of conflicting advice for training your dog and so this highly rated professional dog trainer shares his most valuable dog training lessons.

How a Capitol Hill Cemetery Came Back to Life as an Off-leash Dog Park

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Dog park in D.C.
Neighborhood dog owners can join the dog park for $225 per year or visit for $10 a day. (Photo courtesy of Historic Congressional Cemetery)

Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., is one of the city's largest off-leash dog parks. Membership is required, but day passes are available for a fee.

$50-a-month gym memberships for dogs? Canine sports club opens near D.C.

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Dog gym near D.C.
A trainer at Frolick Dogs prepares a canine client for his workout at the facility's gym. (Photo courtesy of Frolick Dogs)

Frolick Dogs in Alexandria, Virgina, operates a gym with treadmills, balance balls and agility courses for dogs. It's the latest trend for D.C. pets and owners.

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Veterinarian

5 Foods That Are Poisonous to Your Pet

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If you suspect your pet has ingested poisonous foods, you can contact your local poison control hotline for advice, says Walter. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kenneth N. of Detroit)
If you suspect your pet has ingested poisonous foods, you can contact your local poison control hotline for advice, says Walter. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kenneth N. of Detroit)

These are foods you can eat just fine, but would be detrimental to your pet. Avoid pet poisoning by keeping your pet away from these five everyday foods.

Pet Memorials: A Final Pilgrimage, Resting Place for Charlotte's Pets

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Paw prints, nose prints and special urns with pet cremains are among the ways families can remember beloved pets. (Photo by Meranda Adams)
Paw prints, nose prints and special urns with pet cremains are among the ways families can remember beloved pets. (Photo by Meranda Adams)

When a beloved pet dies or is dying, this funeral home near Charlotte offers pet cremation, burial and memorials. The city also has guidelines for how families can handle pet remains.

How a Capitol Hill Cemetery Came Back to Life as an Off-leash Dog Park

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Dog park in D.C.
Neighborhood dog owners can join the dog park for $225 per year or visit for $10 a day. (Photo courtesy of Historic Congressional Cemetery)

Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., is one of the city's largest off-leash dog parks. Membership is required, but day passes are available for a fee.

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Dog Kennel

Chicago Pet Sitter: 6 Tips to Book Pet Care for the Holidays

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Waiting until the last minute to find suitable care for your pets while you're away for the holidays could add stress to the season. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jody R. of Woodridge, Illinois)
Waiting until the last minute to find suitable care for your pets while you're away for the holidays could add stress to the season. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jody R. of Woodridge, Illinois)

Traveling without your dog or cat? Better book their boarding at least a month in advance of holidays to ensure space at Chicago kennels. Plus 5 more animal care tips for holiday travel!

3 pet sitting options for your dog or cat

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The most important step is researching the company or individual with whom you are leaving your pet, says Cawthorne. (Photo Courtesy of Scales, Tails and Paws)

Leaving pets at home during vacation can be stressful. Navigate your many pet-care options and make the best choice for your pet with these expert questions.

Don't be thunderstruck by your pup's panic: Tips for calm in the storm

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Dogs enjoy outdoor play at Camp Wagging Tails, but people inside keep an eye on the radar for summer storms. (Photo courtesy of Richard Colven.)

Several tips to calm down dogs with storm anxiety during Charlotte's summer thunderstorm season from a highly rated Cornelius, N.C., dog kennel / daycare owner.

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Pet Groomer

How to Find a Dog Groomer

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Unlike the human hairstylist industry, grooming is not a field that requires vocational licensing or even professional certification, says Addington-Smith. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Nancy C. of Detroit)
Unlike the human hairstylist industry, grooming is not a field that requires vocational licensing or even professional certification, says Addington-Smith. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Nancy C. of Detroit)

Unlike human hairstylists, professional pet groomer are not required to have any certification so it is important to be a discerning when choosing a groomer.

9 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Pet Groomer

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The best way to locate a competent professional groomer is to ask family, friends or other professionals for a referral, says Johnson. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Domingo G. of Georgetown, Texas)
The best way to locate a competent professional groomer is to ask family, friends or other professionals for a referral, says Johnson. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Domingo G. of Georgetown, Texas)

Finding a qualified pet groomer for your furry friend may not be easy, but this guide will help you choose a groomer who is a cut above the rest.

$50-a-month gym memberships for dogs? Canine sports club opens near D.C.

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Dog gym near D.C.
A trainer at Frolick Dogs prepares a canine client for his workout at the facility's gym. (Photo courtesy of Frolick Dogs)

Frolick Dogs in Alexandria, Virgina, operates a gym with treadmills, balance balls and agility courses for dogs. It's the latest trend for D.C. pets and owners.

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Dog Walker

How a Capitol Hill Cemetery Came Back to Life as an Off-leash Dog Park

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Dog park in D.C.
Neighborhood dog owners can join the dog park for $225 per year or visit for $10 a day. (Photo courtesy of Historic Congressional Cemetery)

Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., is one of the city's largest off-leash dog parks. Membership is required, but day passes are available for a fee.

$50-a-month gym memberships for dogs? Canine sports club opens near D.C.

dog_gym_dc.jpg

Dog gym near D.C.
A trainer at Frolick Dogs prepares a canine client for his workout at the facility's gym. (Photo courtesy of Frolick Dogs)

Frolick Dogs in Alexandria, Virgina, operates a gym with treadmills, balance balls and agility courses for dogs. It's the latest trend for D.C. pets and owners.

3 things every new dog owner should do

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The general rule of thumb is to take an adult dog for a break outside every four to five hours. For puppies, the time span is half of that, says Levine. (Photo courtesy of The Regal Beagle)
The general rule of thumb is to take an adult dog for a break outside every four to five hours. For puppies, the time span is half of that, says Levine. (Photo courtesy of The Regal Beagle)

Owning a dog is a big responsibility and includes things that many people may not be prepared for. Learn three things every owner should do after getting a dog.

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Pooper Scooper

Tired of house cleaning, lawn care and window washing? Hire a pro

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Hiring a house cleaner can help those with hectic schedules. (Photo by Elizabeth McQuern)
Hiring a house cleaner can help those with hectic schedules. (Photo by Elizabeth McQuern)

By hiring a professional to tackle tedious tasks, families can spend more time together and less on jobs like house cleaning, lawn mowing, window washing and even scooping the poop.

10 tips to remove dog poop

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It's a good idea for pet owners to clear their lawn of waste weekly or bi-weekly, Constante says. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Heidi D. of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
It's a good idea for pet owners to clear their lawn of waste weekly or bi-weekly, Constante says. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Heidi D. of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)

Cleaning up after your dog doesn't have to be a hassle. One top rated provider offers pooper scooper tips to help make the process simpler.

Cleveland dog poop experts give the scoop on No. 2

Cleveland-area pooper scoopers share their tricks of the trade for successfully cleaning up dog poop. They talk pricing, disposal and stopping the spread of diseases.

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Pet Shelter

7 Questions to Ask Before Adopting a New Pet

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As a responsible pet parent, you should be taking them to the vet regularly for vaccinations and check-ups, says Stewart. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elaine R. of St. Louis)
As a responsible pet parent, you should be taking them to the vet regularly for vaccinations and check-ups, says Stewart. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elaine R. of St. Louis)

Bringing a new member into your family is a big commitment and life change, even when it’s a four-legged one. Consider these questions before you adopt a pet.

Abused dog who captured Chicago's heart ready for adoption

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Ellen, the shih tzu-terrier mix, captured the hearts of hundreds who want to adopt her, but adopting severely abused animals comes with many challenges. (Photo courtesy of Trio Animal Foundation)
Ellen, the shih tzu-terrier mix, captured the hearts of hundreds who want to adopt her, but adopting severely abused animals comes with many challenges. (Photo courtesy of Trio Animal Foundation)

Adoption applications have soared for Ellen, the shih tzu-terrier mix who had been neglected and abused. What you should know and prepare for before adopting a pet who was severely abused.

Help! Who can rescue my cat from a tree?

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Kraus says every cat rescue is different and usually depends on the cat's demeanor. (Photo courtesy of Dan Kraus)
Kraus says every cat rescue is different and usually depends on the cat's demeanor. (Photo courtesy of Dan Kraus)

Cat up a tree? Don't call the fire department. Instead, hire a tree service. Meet a few contractors who make a habit of climbing up after intrepid felines.

5 things to look for at an animal rescue for purrfect pet adoption

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Before adopting a cat, you need to consider a few factors to determine which one is right for you. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Before adopting a cat, you need to consider a few factors to determine which one is right for you. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Adopting a pet from an animal shelter or rescue is a fantastic way to bring a pet into your life. Here's how to make find the right pet for your home.

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