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What? Dogs Get Massages?!

Pamper Your Pet! Your dog sure does love belly rubs and ear scratches but did you know they can benefit from canine massage as well? Dogs of all ages and body conditions can benefit from regular massages. It helps your dog is so many ways!...

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5 Dog Behaviors Hiring a Dog Walker Can Solve

Dog Walks Are Essential Finding time for your dog's daily walk can sometimes feel impossible but that doesn't change the fact that dog walks are a necessary part of your dog's care. You don't have to do it all alone, there are wonder dog w...

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Dog Barking Driving You Crazy?

Shut Up Already! "If I hear one more bark, I'm going to lose my mind!" If we have heard it once, we have heard it a thousand times. Your dog's barking will drive you absolutely bonkers. With working from home being the new normal for the f...

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The Easiest Way to Train Your Dog

Don't Get Frustrated, Get Positive! Training your dog can get really frustrating sometimes. Whether you are trying to solve dog aggression, jumping, barking or just looking to work on basic dog training commands, there are a million resour...

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Is Board and Train Right For My Dog?

Could board and train be your dog training solution? Long work hours, kids, cleaning the house, and the million other things on your to do list can prevent you from being able to spend the time your dog needs on dog training. We know that ...

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Will I Have to Use Training Treats Forever?

"Sit, Stay, Lay" Getting your dog to do something for a treat is a great way to tie a positive reward to a good behavior but you don't want to have to have training treats on you forever. You just want your dog to learn how to listen. Choo...

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5 Questions To Ask Your Pet Sitter

Vacations mean relaxation, fun in the sun, and time away from your worries! Except you can't imagine trusting anyone to watch your beloved pets. What if your pet gets runs away? What if they forget to feed them? Will they take my dog on wal...

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How to get your dog to behave on Thanksgiving

Grandma has just arrived, all the dishes are set to come out of the oven, and the turkey is resting. Things are all going according to your masterful plan until someone lets in the dogs! Before you know it, one is after the turkey while the...

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Best Hikes For Your Dog

Hikes and Howls Beautiful trees, bubbling streams, and breathtaking views are good for your mind, body, and soul. Those benefits can be shared with your dog but sometimes finding a dog friendly trail can be difficult. Our own Great Smoky M...

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How to Calm Your Dog During A Thunderstorm

Thunderstorms are often a favorite part of the summer season. Don't you just love watching the lightening flicker and hearing deep rumbles across the valley? However, all the sights and sounds can be quite frightening for dogs. Some dogs ma...

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Dog Training for German Shepherds

Smart Dogs Require Smarter Dog Trainers Highly intelligent, fiercely loyal, and tirelessly hardworking, you chose a German Shepherd for its many desirable traits. They have been studied and bred for superior performance for generations. In...

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Best Pet Stores In Knoxville

It's What Is Inside That Counts Responsible dog owners care about the quality of the treats and toys they give to their beloved pets but they also care where they buy them. Shopping local has long been an important part of the culture here...

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How To Calm An Aggressive Dog

Barking, growling, and snapping is sure induce fear in even the most experienced dog handlers. Whether you and your dog are being approached by an aggressive dog or if you own an aggressive dog yourself, it's very important to know how to c...

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Is Group Training Right For My Dog

When deciding whether to take group classes or private lessons to train your dog, you want to make sure you are picking what best suits your dog's needs. Group dog training classes can be a great way for dog owners to learn basic obedience ...

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When Can My Puppy Start Training?

You bring home a cute, cuddly puppy home to love and enjoy. You soon realize that chewing, potty accidents, barking, biting and more are going to be a part of your everyday life, if you don't do something soon. Puppy training becomes a must...

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5 Ways To Improve Your Communication And Get Your Dog to Listen.

"I just want my dog to listen!" Frustration, hopelessness, and shame don't even begin to describe how dog owners can feel when their dog is acting out and they aren't able to get them to listen. Whether your is dog is lunging on at the lea...

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Top 5 New Habits To Make Your Dog Happier in 2019

Exercise, Mental Stimulation, Community! Our wonderful dogs give our daily lives so much joy and happiness! Naturally, all we want to see is that they are getting the same enjoyment out of life. Boredom Behaviors are experienced by every d...

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Top 5 Ways Your Dog Drives Your Holiday Guests Crazy

Remember The smell of evergreens, the jingling of bells Everything was merry and bright on Christmas day, except... the family dog. Grandma had just arrived with a huge smile on her face, right when the dog came barreling through the house...

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All Natural Pain and Anxiety Relief for Dogs

If you’re thinking about the benefits of treating your dog with CBD, you’re not alone! CBD products have become increasingly popular for treating pain, anxiety and so much more in humans. Now pet owners are considering the benefits of t...

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Is Your Dog Experiencing The Back To School Blues?

Most of us are rejoicing by the time school season comes back around. We no longer have to worry about occupying the kids or arranging daytime childcare. It should be a moment of peace but the family dog isn't handling it as well. Without h...

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Before Bringing Home Baby To Meet Fido

After many long months you are finally ready to deliver your precious bundle of joy but you still have this nagging worry in the back of your mind. How will the dog react? With all of stress, hormones, and excitement looming through the air...

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Dog Aggression Isn’t Mean, It’s Mental

When you take an afternoon stroll at one of Knoxville's wonderful parks, you are likely to see all sorts of dogs! Some may be happy and eager to greet people and dogs, others may be lunging, growling, snapping, and might have everyone takin...

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5 Ways To Entertain Your Dog In An Apartment

Apartment living can have your dog bouncing off the walls from time to time. Rainy days may be keeping you from your trips to the dog park or maybe your work schedule has you missing your daily dog walks. Having simple ways to keep your d...

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Is Your Dog Enjoying Apartment Life?

Every dog lover, who calls an apartment home, wants to know, is the grass really greener in the fenced back yard? Living in an apartment with dogs comes with it's challenges and can present all sorts of dog behavioral issues. Our Knoxville ...

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Howloween

Howloween is one of the best dog events of the year in Knoxville, TN. Howloween is a dog friendly, halloween themed event hosted by UT Gardens to benefit Young Williams Animal Center. You can walk your dog around the pet expo to find all so...

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Group Dog Training Classes

Come and join the fun this Spring-Fall at Ijams Nature Center for our group dog training classes! There is something for everyone - whether you're a rookie or a long time client, you'll learn plenty of valuable skills in these group courses...

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Color Me Mutt 5K Color Run

Show off your true colors at this year's Color Me Mutt 5K Color Run at the NASCAR Speedpark in Sevierville! This fun-filled event includes a one mile run/walk (new this year) as well as the big 5K Color Run, so you and your dog can choose t...

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Leash Reactive Dogs

Take a quick jog or walk through any suburban neighborhood around dusk and you’ll likely see this common sight: Leash reactive dogs lunging at each other from opposite sides of the street, pulling and embarrassing the human walking with t...

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Ten Signs That Your Dog Is Bored

If most dogs had their way, life would be one long visit to the dog park. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. Most human dog owners have to work 8 or more hours a day, leaving your dog alone and up to his own devices. In many cases,...

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Gabel’s Story

Smart, Hardworking, & a Little Scared Gabel came into Young Williams Animal Center, scared and with an uncertain future. Soon after arrival, he was taken in the vet clinic to get the necessary vaccines and schedule his neuter. The st...

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Mardi Growl Pet Parade & Party

Join The Fun In Market Square Dogs and dog lovers alike in Knoxville eagerly await the 11th annual Mardi Growl Pet Parade and Party to benefit Young Williams Animal Center. Thousands of spectators will gather along the streets downtown K...

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Off Leash Training

Autonomy, Independence, & Freedom No, we’re not celebrating the Fourth of July – we’re talking about off leash dog training. When your dog is trained to safely roam off leash, you both can enjoy and explore the world around you...

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What Every Dog Lover Needs to Know

Be Positive, Be Successful Remember how happy you were as a child when you earned that bicycle by doing chores around the house? You might not realize it, but this was an example of positive reinforcement training and it works with both ...

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Stop Your Dog From Running Away

Boredom Busters: Breaking Bad-behavior Patterns Your dog has a good life. Car rides, treats, toys, walks and love fill her days. Then why does she try to run away each time the door is open? It’s a complex problem, but the answer is us...

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What Style Of Dog Training Is Best For You?

The Real Difference Take a trip to a dog park on any weekend morning and you’ll likely see a host of people interacting with pets. One might be slinging dog treats and singing praise; another might have their poor pup trapped in a pain...

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