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Training Tips: 7 Symptoms of Digestive Upset PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathrine Breeden   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 18:04

I recently read an article on the subject of dogs who lick excessively and it made reference to the fact that one of the causes can be digestive troubles.

This is just one of many symptoms that owners are often unaware of which can indicate gastrointestinal problems. Such problems, if not treated, can ultimately lead to a dog becoming diabetic as well as other conditions.

Here is a list of symptoms you should be on the lookout for, take note of and consult your veterinarian:


If your dog is licking herself, the couch, the carpet, people or other items more than is normal, talk to your vet. It’s not “normal” to lick carpets & couches!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 20:32
Backyard Enrichment Activities for Dogs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 16:07

Enrichment activities are a very important part of any animal’s life. Whether you’re dealing with a zoo lion or a dog and cat, animals get bored just as humans do. Enrichment activities will help your pets beat the boredom, particularly once the kids have returned to school.

Backyard enrichment areas are areas that provide an outlet for exercise (with or without you actually being present). These areas can go a long ways towards tiring your dogs most physically and mentally, which can result in easier training and a much better behaved dog.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 16:58
Training Tips: How to Stop your Dog from Eating Poop PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathrine Breeden   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

It's tough having a dog who eats poop, but it's more common than you think. This condition is known as coprophagia and while it's not exactly appealing to humans, it's a perfectly normal behavior for animals.

There are many reasons why a dog may eat it's own feces. The behavior can be seen in nursing mothers who must stimulate their puppies to defecate and urinate until the puppy is old enough to utilize the muscles on their own. This ingestion of feces also helps keep the "nest" clean and reduce the chance of predators sniffing out their puppies.

But, what of adult dogs who eat feces? Some can become quite compulsive and will even follow other dogs around to be able to eat their feces. It's also quite common in puppies, although we don't know why exactly.

While oftentimes there is no obvious health reason for this behavior, it's important to have your pet checked out to eliminate the chance that a malabsorption disorder or nutritional deficiency is causing the behavior.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 15:50
Training Tips: Training Dogs to Ignore the Doorbell PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathrine Breeden   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 00:00

Dogs who go ballistic when the doorbell rings can be really irritating!

However, we need to see it from their perspective and ask ourselves to consider why they’re doing it and how they’re feeling. In order to change the way the dog responds to the stimulus, i.e. the doorbell, we must address the underlying emotion that is causing the response.

Here are some suggestions for helping your dog to have a different response to the doorbell or knocking at the door:

Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 14:58
Training Tips: Potty Training 101 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathrine Breeden   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 00:00

Nothing can be more frustrating than potty training a puppy or adult dog. However, there are ways to make this process easier on you and your pets. Potty training your dog is one of the most important things you can do.


Keep your dog or puppy confined, controlled and contained at all times during this critical period. That means you should keep them on leash, in a crate, in an exercise pen, or within your immediate supervision and control). You will have to treat your new puppy/rescue dog like an 18 mos old toddler for a few weeks until your pet is fully trained. They should always be safely contained or within your control.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 14:58
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