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When Your Dog Doesn't Like To Go To The Vet

 

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   Somehow they always know. Even if you avoid the V-E-T word and pretend to be taking a trip to the dog park, somehow they always manage to figure out this trip is going to be awful. It may seem silly that your dog is afraid of going to the vet, but people certainly don’t rejoice in going to the doctor. Think of going to the doctor’s office as a child. You are in an unfamiliar place, where someone pokes and prods you, and...

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Walking A Dog At Night

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   As the days get shorter and night falls earlier, it has become almost impossible to avoid a walk in the dark. There are several things you can do to make walking your dog at night much safer for everyone involved. >Before heading out the door, make sure your dog has his ID tags on and you have his leash securely attached. For...

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How To Tell If Your Dog Is Cold

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   When we think of our dogs, one of the first things that comes to mind is their fur. Our warm, furry friends leave sprinkles of love behind that cover our clothing and floor, reminding us that our beloved pets are never far away. We credit that wonderful fur with keeping our dogs warm, but even fur does not make a dog immune to the cold. Yes, even our warm friends can feel the cold and it is our job to make...

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Human Foods That Are Good For Dogs

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   While some of the foods we eat are not safe for our dogs (such as chocolate, grapes, and onions), there are plenty of foods that can be used as healthy treats. The ones listed below are generally safe for dogs to consume. However, existing health problems, food allergies, and dietary problems can play a factor in whether or not a food is safe for your dog. If you have specific concerns, it is always best to consult your vet and to always monitor...

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Walking Your Dog In The Snow

 

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We all know just how important it is for our dogs to get their exercise. While the activity of walking keeps our pups healthy (and people too),...

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Introducing Your Newborn Baby to Your Dog

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Congratulations! You’re the proud parent of a bouncing little bundle of joy. Chances are you can’t wait to get your newborn home and settled into a life full of love and laughter as an important part of your family. What about your other little bundle though? You know, the fuzzy one. The idea of introducing your new baby to your current one can seem like a daunting task. Just like with any other sibling however, the process isn’t as harsh as you might...

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How To Know When Something Is Wrong With Your Dog

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As a member of your family, it’s important to treat your dog with the same respect and love as everyone else. But just like any family member, your dog also needs constant supervision and care to keep his health in check. Your communication with your dog is limited, as his lack of verbalization makes it difficult to understand when something is wrong. Knowing the warning signs of a dog in need are important to look out for and can catch any...

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When Your Dog is a "Street Snacker"

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For a dog, our leftovers, wrappers, trash, dropped objects, food scraps, etc is puppy paradise. Imagine walking into a room full of every fancy dessert imaginable and not being allowed to go near any of it? Exactly… it’s just not possible. Now, apply this same framework to better understand how your dog feels when denied something he wants eat, but can’t. If you find that your dog eats miscellaneous objects or food, you have to address the...

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Sharing Custody Of A Dog

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Recent break ups or divorces usually entail selling and splitting the house, furniture, or all the other items that you once shared. Material items come and go and are pretty easy to split… but what happens to your dog? You can’t imagine life without your dog, as you and your kids have come to love him and he is dubbed the other child of the family. In this situation, it’s important to sit and discuss the pros and cons of sharing custody. There are many...

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Teaching Your Dog Tricks

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Tricks are equal parts useful, important, and cute. At the end of the day, dog tricks are pretty similar to learning a sport or playing the piano, as they’re both learned mental and physical skills. Simple obedience commands are similar to tricks and both benefit you and your dog in a plethora of ways. Both should be taught precisely and practiced smartly and thoroughly in order to reap the benefits of a trained dog. 

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