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    Facing Food Bowl Aggression?

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    You see kibble. Your dog sees a bowl full of life-sustaining fuel and energy. In the wild, “resource guarding” is an essential skill: animals who can keep all paws off their food, mates, and territories have a better shot at survival. Making it in the Great Outdoors is one thing.[…]

    Caring for Senior Dogs

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    Maybe she’s getting a bit slower. Maybe she’s lost a little pep from her step or has more difficulty climbing up on the sofa for a cuddle with you. Growing older is a fact of life – but it hits pet parents especially hard! We want our beloved buddies around[…]

    Caring for Senior Cats

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    Whether your kitten has aged along with you for years or you’ve adopted a senior into your home, there is no doubt that caring for older cats presents a few challenges. How can we make sure our beloved pets are around for as long as possible – and healthier and[…]

    What To Do If Your Cat Scratches

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    Does your cat claw up your curtains? Scratch your doors? Completely destroy your window screens, the edges of your couch, and your carpets? Well, there’s a good reason for that: cats scratch. When they play, they scratch. When they fight, they scratch. When they stretch, they scratch… you get the[…]

    Housebreaking Your Puppy

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    Doing your taxes, getting a root canal, cleaning your gutters, housebreaking your puppy… all arduous tasks. Things you wish you could put at the very bottom of your to-do list. Well, good news! Housebreaking your puppy doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. As for the other items on that[…]

    Tips for Avoiding Pet Obesity

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    Many of us fight the battle of the bulge, trying to lose those last 5, 10 pounds, or more. We don’t exercise enough. We may indulge in the occasional treat – on a lot of occasions. We know that obesity is an epidemic in our country but many of us[…]

    Bell Training

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    Though dogs can’t talk, our pets manage to tell us plenty. Gestures, movements, noises, grunts, and facial expressions tell us everything from how they feel to how hungry they are. And, one of the most important for their humans to understand: I need to go out. Now! But what happens[…]

    Crate Training Your Dog

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    To crate or not to crate. For many dog owners, that is the question – but the answer is clouded in confusion and controversy. Are crates safe? Or do they present a danger to my pet? Will it make her feel secure? Or will it feel like punishment? The answer[…]

    Bathing Your Dog

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    When you ask, “Ugh, what’s that smell?!” or, “Who tracked in all this mud?!” – and the answer is your dog, it’s time for a bath! While your pooch may enjoy taking a dip in the lake or even sticking his paws in the pool, chances are water and shampoo[…]

    Puppy Proofing Your Home

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    Every dog owner dreams of having a pooch that will hike, run, play, snuggle, and take the occasional road trip – all while perfectly behaved. Your dog will never chow down on your shoes. Your dog will never confuse your iPad with a chew toy. Well, your dog might not[…]

    Preventing Dog Bites

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    It’s a nightmare for both parents and pet owners: your dog biting your child. Every year, over 4.5 million people receive dog bites, and 800,000 (including 400,000 children) require medical assistance. What’s the best way for parents to prevent these incidents? Reading Dog Body Language Keep an eye on your[…]

    Tick Removal

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    Ah, the carefree days of summer! What do you have to worry about? Having too much fun at the beach? Eating too much juicy barbeque and even juicier watermelon? While the warm weather and relaxed pace is most certainly welcome, there is one aspect of summer that is certainly not:[…]