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Dog Etiquette: Leashes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 27 October 2014 00:00

Recently, we posted on Facebook that we were out walking our dogs and experienced two small, off-leash dogs aggressively running to our much larger, leashed dogs. My dogs were both on-leash and controlled, but I was still annoyed. After posting my experience, I received a lot of responses - some of which were a bit negative due to the fact that one of my dogs looks like a pit bull (apparently I shouldn't be walking him?).

Here’s the thing: It doesn’t matter if my dogs are pit bulls or chihuahuas or golden retrievers. In fact, I could have been walking alone, or riding a horse, or walking my cat. The fact is, dogs of any size should never run up on another person or animal without being invited to do so. It’s a common courtesy that could save your dog’s life.

Here are just a few reasons why...


Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:15
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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:

Licking

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
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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
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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
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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
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