Pet Blog

Jeffers Pet Blog strives to be informative, entertaining, and helpful. We hope to answer some common questions in regular everyday language for people who want the best for their pets. 

Please visit our Equine Blog and our Livestock Blog for helpful tips & hints for larger animals.


Decide as a family what your new puppy will be permitted to do and what methods you will use to teach him household manners.  To prevent confusion and to be fair to the puppy, everyone must agree how to raise her.  You don't want one person praising her and another person saying "No!"  The more family members involved in training, the better.



One of the main reasons dogs are given up to shelters every year is due to excessive barking. Barking is a normal canine behavior, as natural as humans speaking...



The majority of dogs that are turned over to shelters are given up because they are exhibiting behaviors that their owner has been unable to correct. The dogs are given up out of frustration. A well trained dog is a joy to be around...



The amount of time it takes to house-train your puppy is primarily dependent on you.  If you do it right, it shouldn’t take long at all, perhaps just a few weeks.  Dogs are unique – some “get it” right away... (Click title for full article.)



Dogs are social animals whose evolutionary history makes them willing and able to live in groups.  Group living enabled wolves to work together to obtain food, raise their young and defend their territory.  It would be counter-productive for members of a group to fight with each other and risk injury.  Although domestic dogs are not wolves, they do have a social structure in which each dog is either dominant (leader) or subordinate in its relationship with each pack member.  This is a “dominance hierarchy.” 

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