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Training Tips: How to Reduce Barking In Public PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathrine Breeden   
Saturday, 12 July 2014 00:00

We've all had it happen - your dog embarrasses you while you're out and about by barking at another dog, or barking from the window of your car at trucks that go by. This week, we're looking at ways to help you stop that annoying behavior and since I'm not in anyway a trainer, we brought in a professional to help us do it...

If your dog doesn’t pay attention to you, or barks at other dogs and/or people, here’s a method that can strengthen your bond with your dog, increase her attention, and reinforce “no barking”. This is not a treatment for aggressive reactivity, it’s for over excited, frustrated, friendly greeters.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 19:17
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10 Ways to Avoid Bloat in Dogs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Friday, 20 June 2014 00:00

Binge eating is just as dangerous for our pets as it is for us. Gulping down food can result in a number of eating disorders and health problems for your pet including simple (but annoying problems) that include passing gas or burping. It also causes more serious problems such as bloat , torsion or Gastric Dilation-Volvulus (GDV).

Below is a very brief overview of the differences between bloat, torsion and GDV - followed by a very detailed overview of how you can stop your dog from wolfing his food and thereby reducing the risk of bloat. If you have a cat, check out this informative article about feeding your cats properly)

Bloat

Bloat is a very serious, often fatal disorder that occurs when your dog’s stomach fills with air, fluid or food. The food puts pressure on other organs, which causes difficulty breathing and reduces the blood supply to vital organs.


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Why Your Dog May Need A Job: Ruffwear's Singletrak Pack PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

Despite our best attempts to complicate dog ownership, dogs (and people) are really very simple creatures. They like to eat, they like to sleep, they like to hunt, they like to play, and they like to feel needed.

The need to feel needed is important. If you don't give them a reason to feel needed, they will create their own reason to feel needed. That could mean aggression, if they choose to be the "defender" of your pack, or anxiety-behavior if they choose to be the "needy" one of the pack. The fact is, if you don't give them a job, you are headed down a rough road.

We recently had the opportunity to check out Ruffwear’s latest day pack, called the Ruffwear Singletrak Pack. Living in the desert, having a dog that can carry their own water is a good thing. It makes my life a lot easier because a dog can go through as much as a person, depending on size and exertion. It’s recommended that a person drink a gallon a day.


Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 16:30
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The Many Advantages of Doggy Daycare PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

Despite working from home, and being home almost every single hour of every day, we decided to put Brock into doggy daycare for a day a week. "Why would you pay to put your dog into a daycare program," you ask.

Well, let me tell you…

Doggy daycare is very much the equivalent of sending your kids off to preschool. They are given the opportunity to meet new friends, they learn social skills that are invaluable to their development throughout life, and they help your pet (or child) develop new skills that challenge and motivate them.

However, choose the “wrong” daycare and you could wind up doing the exact opposite. This is why we put a lot of time and thought into researching the best options.


Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 16:31
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Reasons for Pet Aggression PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 00:00

There have been many stories in the news these days about dogs attacking other dogs, their owners, and other animals. There are two possible solutions: either the world is coming to an end and all of the animals are in revolt, or we are not picking up on the signals or reasons for our pets aggression. I suspect it's the latter...

There are many reasons for aggression in animals and it's important to understand all of them. This is a look at the most common causes of aggression in animals (particularly dogs) and what you can do to resolve the problems.

 


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 20:19
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