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Welcome to Happily Ever After

Congratulations on your furry addition! We’re so excited you found each other, and can’t wait to help you get settled in. As you both adjust to your new life together, you’re sure to have a few questions along the way. Browse our articles below or use the categories to the right to help find the answers you need.

No Time to Volunteer? No Problem!

We understand how busy lives are these days, and know it’s hard to find extra time. If you can’t volunteer, but still want to do something to help other pets, consider finding a shelter or organization that would benefit most from your donation.

Help Even More Dogs by Volunteering

While your new dog is so lucky to have the rest of his life with you, many other dogs would love just a few hours of your time. If your home is full, but you still want to help adoptable dogs, consider volunteering. It’ll touch many lives, including your own.

When to Switch Dog Food

It can be tough to know when you need to switch your dog’s food. From transitioning from puppy to adult food, to finding a food for a specific need, we’ll help take the mystery out of switching food.

Leaving Your Family Dog in Good Hands

Whether you’re leaving for vacation or just looking for a good doggie daycare, be sure to look for the right caregiver for your beloved dog. We’ll share what to look for (and what to beware of) when searching for the right caretaker.

Helping Your Dog Put His Best Paw Forward

Heading to the dog park, or to a dog-friendly patio for dinner? Learn the ins and outs of dog etiquette before you head out and make sure your dog is a guest who will be invited back time and time again.

Why Balanced Nutrition Matters

All good owners want to provide the right nutrition for their dogs. You’ve done your research and found a food match, so the hard work is over, right? Maybe. Learn why nutrition matters – and how your dog’s needs may change over time.

It’s Time to Call the Vet When…

Sometimes, a dog’s behavior can indicate more than boredom or refusal to take commands. Let us help you watch for signs that your dog is trying to tell you he’s just not feeling so great.

Correcting Your Dog’s Bad Habits

We all have bad habits, right? Well, so do dogs – but like any good support system, you can help break bad habits and remind your dog how to behave properly. Whether he’s jumping on guests or can’t stop putting his mouth on everything, we’re here to help.

Take the Headache out of Housetraining

Bringing home your new dog is an exciting and fun time. But whether you adopted a puppy or an adult dog, you’ll need to at least fine-tune his housetraining skills during this transition. With a few simple tips, we can help you (and your sweet new pup) get down to business with fewer messes and less frustration.

Making Introductions

It’s time for your new family member to meet everyone (and every dog and cat) at his new home. Make these introductions safe and stress-free for all.

Feeding Time

Choosing the right nutrition for your dog can be an overwhelming task. Put our expertise to work for you.

Help Stop Chewing & Digging

A dog’s natural instinct will drive them to chew or dig for many reasons, but that doesn’t mean your belongings and yard are doomed. Often, these behaviors may reflect boredom or excess energy. Learning why your dog does these things, and finding ways to prevent them, will help ensure peace of mind for both you and your dog.

Why & How to Crate Train Your Dog

A crate should become your dog’s safe place, a place he can retreat to when he’s stressed, tired or looking to relax. Proper training at the beginning of your life together will ensure the crate is a happy place, not one of punishment or negativity.

Grooming Made Easy

Whether your dog has a lot of fluff or a sleek, shiny coat, thick nails or thin ones, a long tail or a little nubbin’, we’ve got tips to help you keep him looking his best. Bathing, brushing, nail trimming and more – the basics of grooming are all right here.

Keep Your Dog at a Healthy Weight

Carrying extra weight can be hard on joints and your dog’s health, so finding the right combination of nutrition and activity to help keep him at his ideal body condition will benefit you both for years to come. Learn how to tell if your dog is at his ideal, and what to do to get him there if he’s not.

Hydration 101

Keeping a full bowl of water around for your dog is pretty easy to do, but what kind of hydration does he really need? Get to know your dog’s hydration needs here.

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