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October 7, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Lerma Pere

5 Natural Ways To Fight Ticks

Ticks are pesky – both for pets and humans alike. And it’s not just because their bites are itchy. Did you know that they can make you sick? Ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and spotted fever. In dogs, they can lead to anemia, blood loss, tick paralysis, and skin irritation. Continue Reading >

October 4, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Marie Aymard

How To Handle A Vet Visit

One of the most challenging experiences for owners and their dogs can be visits to the vet. Tension runs high, so very often, dogs will exhibit behaviors they never do anywhere else. Teaching your dog handling skills to make checkups and other vet visits less of an ordeal can make these trips much less traumatic for both the dog and their person. Continue Reading >

September 28, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Marie Aymard

How to Keep Your Pup Cool In Hot Weather

Who doesn’t love summer time?! The barbeques, the beach, the long days, the vacations, and most importantly, the extra time with your pooch! While most people love the warmth of the summer, those day that are brutally hot for people are just as tough on the dogs. Here are some tips and tricks to keeping your dog cool (and safe!) during those scorching days. Continue Reading >

September 20, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Marie Aymard

All You Need To Know About Muzzles

Like many other hot topics in dog training, the use of a muzzle has a lot of stigma around it. For most people, seeing a muzzled dog walking down the street automatically causes feelings of panic as the dog is assumed to be unpredictable. There are many positive uses for a muzzle, and ensuring any dog is properly muzzle trained can be a huge relief should any situation arise where your dog might have to don one of these Hannibal Lecter masks. Continue Reading >

August 25, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Heather Burdo

Reasons To Reward Your Dog

Positive reinforcement isn’t just for kids, it’s ideal for dogs as well. Figure out the best reward your dog would respond to best, whether it’s a treat, playtime, a new Frisbee, or even verbal praise. Dogs love knowing their humans are approving of them and their behavior. Most dogs strive to be loyal to their owners so when praise and rewards are involved, dogs know their mission was accomplished. Continue Reading >

Louie’s Club – A Dog Sitting Exchange Community

My wife and I adopted Louie when he was just an adorable 8-week old puppy in April 2015. From day one, he brought so much love and joy into our lives; definitely one of the best decisions we ever made! We quickly grew super attached to him (and vice versa), which made it really hard to be away from him when we had to travel. Not only did we want his boarding environment to be safe, but also one where he would be loved and cared for (just like at home). Continue Reading >

April 14, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Elaine Coe

Canine Diabetes: Symptoms and Complications

One morning my husband and I were getting ready for work when he called out from the kitchen, “Did you spill a glass of water? The floor is wet.” Of course, I didn’t: I would never not clean it up. We dismissed it as something Chloe, our beagle, probably knocked over (her water bowl, a cup she swiped from the table, etc.). Continue Reading >

March 20, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Richard Bryant

How To Keep Your Old Dog Feeling Young

Getting old… it hurts. Even for your dogs. It’s important as a pet owner to keep up with your dog’s growing needs as he develops from an adult to a grand-dog. Just like humans, dogs will go through similar growing pains as they get older and their bones begin to lose density and joints become unbalanced. But there are ways to help your older dog feel young again. Continue Reading >

February 8, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Lerma Pere

Top Food Safety Tips

People often think of their four-legged pals as superheroes. Who wouldn’t when we’ve seen them rescue men, help blind and older people cross the streets, save people from drowning, or even protect babies from the abusive nanny. They have been so celebrated as heroes that owners can easily forget that their stomachs are just as vulnerable to certain microbes as ours. Continue Reading >

February 3, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Amy Freeman

Help Your Dog Cope With Separation Anxiety

You get up off of the couch to walk to the kitchen for a glass of water. Your dog follows you. You go into the bathroom to shower and soon hear the familiar scratch-scratch of his paws at the door. When it's time to leave for work in the morning, your pup starts frantically barking and trying to stand between you and the doorway. While you're gone, he might make a mess, chew up furniture or try to find a way out. Continue Reading >

January 25, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Jessica Walter

How To Identify Dangerous Food Ingredients

I am writing because knowing what to feed your pet, especially your dog, is difficult. When we chose a dog to join our family - my husband and two daughters, we thought it would be simple. All we had to do was go to the pet store, get some dog food, make sure she did not eat too much, and that’s mostly it. However, our puppy got sick and we found out the dog food we were buying contained some pretty bad ingredients. Since then, we’ve learned a lot and Bonnie is much happier. Continue Reading >

January 20, 2017 | We Care | Story by Makenna Lenover

English Bulldogs And Breeding Problems

English Bulldogs are some of the most popular dogs in the world right now. Many people desire them for their adorable scrunchy faces and fat bodies. Selective breeding by humans has lent the breed towards these “smushed” faces, compact bodies, and oversized heads. Unfortunately, that cute look can actually cause a lot of health problems. Continue Reading >

October 26, 2016 | We Care | Tips from Denzel B.

5 Signs Of Health Issues With Your Pup

Dogs love to jump up on us, sprint around the park and generally play around so much that it is easy to forget that they can also get sick. And just like any other animal or person that gets sick, they need help. Your dog may not be able to talk (no, dog language does not count) but they will still show you signs that they are not in the best health. Continue Reading >

October 5, 2016 | We Care, We Learn | Tips from Cathy E.

How To Build A Dog First Aid Kit

You probably have a first aid kit for the people in your household—or at least a collection of supplies—why not have one for your dog? In case of an emergency you may still need to visit your veterinarian, but having a few items ready to treat your dog will help both of you manage symptoms and stress. Continue Reading >

September 16, 2016 | We Care | Story by Ingrid Saunders

The Story of Five Rescues

About seven years ago after moving away from San Francisco and all of the city life, I moved into a rural area. My home was just under one acre, so I knew I would be able to finally have a few pets. Little did I know that I would end up having five wonderful dogs with their own unique personalities. Here is my story of how I ended up getting five rescue dogs. Continue Reading >

August 29, 2016 | We Care | Tips from Mark Moris

3 Top Types of Dog Food

Most dog owners want the best for their pet. They select the food they feed based on their budget and what is nutritionally best for their animal. While most of us are familiar with dry kibble and canned foods, the experts tend to agree these are not the best choices for dogs (even though the “best” tends to be more expensive). Continue Reading >

August 15, 2016 | We Care | Story by Erica Law

Henry – A Personal Story

I got Henry from a pet store just over 9 years ago. He had been there for 4 weeks and their normal turnaround for puppies was just a few days. By the time I got him, he had been discounted three times. It was likely because he was an abnormally large Papillion, currently weighing in at 18 pounds. Continue Reading >

June 21, 2016 | We Care

A New Beginning

My last notice was about big changes here at Barkswell. After tonight's post, I will be including THREE weekly posts from guest bloggers-dog lovers, dog owners, trainers, tipsters, and plainly kick-butt AMAZING people, just like you. Continue Reading >

April 5, 2016 | We Care

Harness the Power

We've been discussing family safety lately, having just gotten a new "family" rig and what consistently comes up is how we keep the pups safe if a car crash occurred. Continue Reading >

January 31, 2016 | We Care

A New Year: Learning and Loving It

Hello all, I can't begin to explain the comings and goings of the last two months without first saying there was a wedding and a honeymoon, which basically excuses me not having written a post in almost two months, right? Continue Reading >

October 22, 2015 | We Care

Multi-state Travels

Have you ever traveled with your pups? Like, really traveled-over many miles and state borders and maybe over some mountains and past lakes, seeing deer and buffalo and Egrets and everything in between? Continue Reading >

June 22, 2015 | We Care

The Village

I traveled to the East Coast this weekend for a wedding (My fiancé’s cousin) and, although we have been traveling a lot lately, I leave my home and my animal loves knowing that they are in good hands. Continue Reading >

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