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Spring into Healthy Dog Tips

by James Maynard April 18th, 2014 | Pet Pointers
pet pointers dogDogs love springtime, but canines face a new set of health challenges at this time of year. Human companions should always be aware of a few simple tips to keep their canine friend happy and healthy. Check that you dog's heartworm medicine is up to date, as insects become more common. Also, don't forget to check you furry friend for ticks on a regular basis. These are often easier to find by feel than by doing visual checks. If you are planting a garden, make sure the plants you choose are safe for dogs. Mud will be
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Shedding Brushes for Dogs

running-178395_640Is it worth buying a special shedding brush for our dog, or is a regular brush from the dollar store good enough?

This depends on your dog's hair coat. Shedding brushes, such as the Furminator, do a really nice job of removing lots of the undercoat in dogs that have a double coat (soft undercoat with a coarser top coat). Examples of such dogs are Labradors, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Huskies. Dogs that are prone to mats and tangles may also benefit from a regular brushing with a special shedding brush. Dogs with a short, single coat (no
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Praise Represents Success

woman n big dogWhat kind of praise do dogs respond to best? Is it all in your tone of voice, or are the words more important? (I know dogs recognize lots of words.) Or is it just different with every dog?

You can praise a dog with food, voice, petting or all three. It will make the dog happy if praise provides him with something that interests him and that does not infringe on what he needs to achieve his goals or what he needs to
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Chihuahua: Pocket-sized Pooch with Personality

by Donella Crigger April 17th, 2014 | Dogs, Spotlight
chihuahua-261490_640When it comes to pocket-sized pooches, none is more popular than the Chihuahua. They’re not just trendy purse dogs, though. These intelligent and sassy dogs pack big personalities into their tiny size. If you’re considering a Chihuahua, read our breed spotlight below to find out if it’s the right dog for you.

A Little Background

Chihuahuas get their name from the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Experts aren’t sure how the breed came to be, but they have plenty of theories. The most widely accepted theory is that it originated in Mexico and descended from the Techichi, a small
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Keeping Caecilians

by Jacob Parzych April 15th, 2014 | Amphibians, Care
lugworm-57629_640When you think of amphibians, you think of toads, turtles, salamanders, and newts, right?  However, did you think of the Caecilian?  The Caecilian is a unique, lesser known order of amphibians.  Unlike other amphibians, they lack legs and most closely resemble snakes and worms.

Very little is known about Caecilians due to a variety of traits, which I will discuss in this article.  They can be found in the Southeast Pacific, including some of the islands (however they do not live in Australia).  They can also be found in South and Central America, parts of Africa, and some
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