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Doggie Paddle

by Bea January 12th, 2017| Behavior, Dogs
I did not get a chance to try to train Gracie to fetch the newspaper for our family because we went on a spontaneous vacation. I will have to save that challenge for another time, but in the mean time, I do wish you the best of
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Labradoodles: The Best of Both Worlds

by Ronald A. Rowe December 15th, 2016| Dogs, Spotlight
Labradoodles have become a highly sought after breed.  The combination of a labrador’s lovable temperament and a poodle’s compact size sounds on the surface like an unbeatable combination.  The reality is that the labradoodle is not exactly that desired mixture but it is a wonderful, loving, smart, and social
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3 Reasons Dogs Chase Cats — And How to Stop Them

by Marnie Bii November 17th, 2016| Behavior, Dogs
You might be alarmed at your docile dog's sudden primal response at the sight of a nearby cat. Your dog may growl, bark, raise hackles or even start to give chase. Some dogs work up into such a frenzy, they try to catch or kill the cat. Understanding the
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4 Tips For Taking Your Dog To The Pet Store

by Marnie Bii October 20th, 2016| Behavior, Dogs
If you want a well-adjusted pooch, you need to focus on intense socialization while he or she is still firmly in the puppy stages. Upon reaching the fear imprint period in the sixth month of age, dogs begin developing phobias that will last a lifetime without intense
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Tick Dog, Tick Dog

by James Maynard September 29th, 2016| Dogs, Health
Ticks can be a problem for dogs during any season in southern areas of the country, and during most of the year in northern climates. These tiny insects want to seek the heat of a warm-blooded creature, causing them to land on mammals, including humans and canines.
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Who’s The Boss?: 4 Dominance Encouraging Behaviors

by Marnie Bii September 22nd, 2016| Behavior, Dogs
Treating your dog just like one of the family could backfire and create an unruly, surly mess. Dogs come from a structured pack environment where constant permissive behaviors cause issues. You must set fair rules and keep certain activities off limits to give your dog enough structure
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3 Ways To Teach Proper Leash Manners To Your Dog

by Marnie Bii August 25th, 2016| Behavior, Dogs
Does your dog tug and pull you down the street during walks? Are you tired of being frantically led around by your dog instead of being the one in charge? If so, consider teaching loose leash manners to your pooch to stop the crazy pulling behavior in its tracks.
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Fun Places to Take Your Dog- Besides the Dog Park

by Lori Sciame August 11th, 2016| Care, Dogs
Dogs love to explore.  New smells, new faces, and new friends help keep a canine's mind active and engaged.  Because they are such social creatures, consider taking your pet with you to more places than just the dog park.  You will both benefit from increasing your activity levels, plus
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Exercise for Older Dogs

by James Maynard August 4th, 2016| Dogs, Health
Exercise is vital for older dogs, just as it is for canines of all ages. However, certain precautions should be taken with senior dogs, to accommodate their special needs.

Dogs over the age of seven can often start to slow down with age. However, regular exercise can help
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3 Ways to Eliminate Neophobia in Dogs

by Marnie Bii July 28th, 2016| Behavior, Dogs
Is your normally confident, well-adjusted pup suddenly cowering in fear at every strange noise and sight? If so, don't worry. This is a perfectly normal development stage, which usually occurs after twelve weeks of age.

Puppies at that age are just starting to realize the presence of new
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10 Things You Need to Know On Canine Parvovirus

by Donella Crigger July 7th, 2016| Dogs, Health
Parvovirus — most dog owners have heard of it, but few actually know what it is. In short, parvovirus is a highly contagious and potentially life threatening virus. It affects the intestinal tract and attacks white blood cells, rendering the immune system incapable of fighting off the
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Understanding Food Guarding — And How To Stop It

by Marnie Bii June 30th, 2016| Behavior, Dogs
If your dog recently started growling or snapping at people when they come near him during mealtimes, you might wonder why and how to stop it. Food guarding seemingly starts suddenly and without a sure cause. Despite that, you do need to help your dog through this
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