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If your canine hasn't earned a diploma from obedience school, you may be looking for some training help. In that case, there are a few options you can consider:

Group Sessions
Training in a small group can be great for teaching basic skills and socializing puppies.

Private Lessons
If your pet has a specific issue, one-on-one time with a pro may be the way to go.

Don't have time to devote to your dog's training? This may be a good choice for you.

Talk to your veterinarian about specific training recommendations for your dog. Our friends at the ASPCA® also have more advice at their website.

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Does your pup have a fillable KONG toy? If so, our friends at the ASPCA® have some great stuffing recipes you may want to try. 

If your dog doesn’t have a KONG, you can learn more about this non-toxic, dishwasher-safe rubber toy with a hollow center here. KONG toys make your dog work for their treat and, in turn, help ease boredom and reduce destructive behaviors.

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Join our Vegging Out Twitter Party! We’re hosting a pet-friendly vegetable-themed party on Twitter on Thursday, August 15 from 2-3 p.m. EST. Use the hashtag #PetVeggies to join the conversation, and play our trivia contest for 3 chances to win. 

Tips for joining a Twitter party:

• Sign up for a Twitter account
• Follow the party hosts. For the Vegging Out party, make sure you’re following ASPCA Pet Health Insurance and our co-host, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.
• Twitter parties are easiest to follow if you’re using a dashboard like TweetChat, Tweetdeck, or Tweetgrid.
• Use the party hashtag (#PetVeggies) in every tweet to be a part of the conversation.

No purchase necessary. See official rules here.

pet safe fruits and vegetables

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Did you know obesity during puppyhood could lead to continued weight problems for adult dogs? Pudgy puppies can make some of the cutest and cuddliest companions, but our friends at know when portly can become a problem.

They also have some tips on how to reduce the diet of pudgy playmates, and our friends at the ASPCA® offer a quick overview of not only what causes obesity, but how you and your pet can work together to counteract it.

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If you are thinking about adopting a second pet, our friends at Dogster have five things you may want to consider to make sure you’re prepared. For instance, just like with children, pets don’t necessarily reinforce each other’s good habits, and multiples can get into twice as much mischief without proper training.

If you decide to take the plunge and expand your family, our friends at the ASPCA® offer these great tips for introducing cats to cats, dogs to dogs, a new cat to your dog, and even a new dog to your cat.


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Some dogs get the treat of a car ride most days, while others may only ride along for special trips to the veterinarian or park. Regardless of how often your pup gets to ride shotgun, Dog Care Journey has some important tips you should read before hitting the road.

If you’re planning an extended journey with your dog, our friends at the ASPCA® have a great checklist available with all sorts of travel tips. They also have information available if your furry friend is afraid of riding in cars.

Safe travels!


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What’s the first thing you should do before petting a dog you don’t know? If you answered, “Ask the pet parent for permission,” then you are correct! 

While some dogs seem to want to jump straight into your arms, not all pups are that sociable. PawNation offer these tips about petting a dog you don’t know, which can help keep both you and the dog safe.

Also, if you have a dog who seems timid or afraid of people, our friends at the ASPCA® have some great information about what might cause this behavior and how to treat it. 


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Are you looking to spruce up your living space? We’ve found some great tips from Pet Hooligans that will help you make sure your interior design plans are pet-friendly.

And if you really want your pet to be an integral part of the new design, check out these “10 Awesomely Clever Pet Friendly Furniture Items.” Our favorite is the night stand/dog bed!

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If you’re looking for a healthy new treat to share with your dog, look no further than fruits!

As with any treat, be sure to consult your veterinarian first and also double-check that the type of fruit you are looking to give your pup isn’t potentially toxic. This article from provides some good tips and a list of 13 dog-friendly fruits and melons.

Additionally, be sure to check out a list of harmful foods on the ASPCA Pet Health Insurance website. And, if your pet has a poison emergency, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center can help at 1-888-426-4435. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plans cover calls to the Animal Poison Control Center.

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Just like with a baby, all new pet parents need to consider prepping their home when they bring home a puppy. Our friends at the ASPCA® offer some great tips on what to do before you bring your new dog home.

The No. 1 tip the ASPCA® mentions is to stock up on supplies. Luckily, PetMD has a great in-depth checklist of what to get for your new puppy. Most important, don’t forget about stocking up on cleaning supplies until your new ball of fur is housetrained!

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As we’re dedicated to making a difference for pets, we want to keep you informed about pet health topics and your ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. Our blog will provide you with fresh, interesting and informative topics—from pet health tips and customer stories, to the latest industry news and a Pet Parent Q&A column. Most of all, we encourage you to share comments and join the discussion!

Meet the Author

Julia H.

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Lucy, a 7-year-old rescued Golden Retriever/Chow Chow mix

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While we’ll strive to present all viewpoints on this blog, comments will be reviewed before posting. Offensive or inappropriate language, off-topic remarks and comments containing personal policy information will not be featured.

Also, conditions discussed in this blog aren’t necessarily covered by every ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. For full coverage terms, conditions and exclusions, please refer to your plan.

As always, if you have a question about your plan, call us at 1-866-204-6764.

*Note: While these testimonials may include examples of recent claims payouts, reimbursement is subject to the terms and conditions of your plan. Identifying information has been changed.