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Dog Care – All You Need To Know

Why Your Pet Deserves The Best Dog Care You Can Give As a dog lover, you understand the joy such a pet can bring to your life. You will never be alone again, and you will always have a companion who thinks the world of you. In return, it is your job to care for them, and this article will...
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Dog Food For Dogs With Pancreatitis

When our dogs become unwell, it can be worrying for us pooch parents. Especially when it’s a serious condition like pancreatitis. This disease can be extremely painful and even life threatening. And whether it’s a mild flare up or severe, it’s not something you can just treat at home. It’s always important to see a vet as quickly as...
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Giving Pets as Gifts

Should you or shouldn’t you? One of the hallmark scenes of Christmas is an adorable little puppy jumping out of a brightly wrapped box under the Christmas tree, sending a pajama-clad child into paroxysms of joy. Yet despite the warm veneer, this scene makes many animal lovers go cold. Animal welfare organizations are, for the most part, adamant that animals should...

How to Keep Your Dog Occupied When You’re Stuck at Home

It’s tough being stuck indoors.  If you are asked to self isolate, your dog will probably be pleased that their human is now around all day for cuddles and treats but, at the same time, dogs dream of running in the park, muddy puddles and chasing squirrels and they can cause havoc in the home if they don’t have...
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How Long Do Dogs Live? It All Depends On The Dog Breed And YOU!

Dogs, lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you're going to lose a dog, and there's going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can't support the illusion that a...

Craving a Pet

Scratching the itch isn’t always the right response. Rachael had just returned to school at the University of Colorado and was excited, as a sophomore, to be living off-campus in a shared house with five roommates. Amid the excitement of a new year, though, there was the underlying angst of COVID and an ounce of homesickness. The thought entered her...
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Dog Scent Identity

A PetCo advertisement encourages us to,“Keep your pup smelling delicious between baths with Petco's selection of dog perfumes, colognes, and deodorant sprays.” But my dog Bella will be the first to tell you that she really doesn’t want to smell like papaya or baby powder. She would much rather smell like Bella. A dog’s scent is her identity. We may...
glucosamine for dogs

Glucosamine for Dogs Arthritis: The Safer Alternative

Glucosamine for dogs arthritis is to used safely and effectively to mitigate the effects of arthritis on your dogs' health. Almost every dog owner will encounter the problem of dog arthritis in the animal at some point in their lives. Generally, this joint disease only becomes noticeable in the dog's later years of life. This form of the disease...
dog quality fo life

Dog Quality of Life Directly Linked to Owner Quality of Life

Quality of the dog-human relationship is a crucial component of dog welfare. A new research article by Marie Doane and Sirkke Sarenbo, appearing in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Applied Animal Behaviour Science, reminds us that there are essential interconnections between our dog’s quality of life (QOL) and our own. This research is perhaps just a confirmation of the...
Small dog training

Punishment-Based Dog Training a Risk Factor for Euthanasia?

A new study examines reasons why dogs are relinquished or killed. Because one of my main areas of research interest is animal euthanasia, I am always on the lookout for articles in the scholarly literature with “euthanasia” in the title. The article that caught my eye this morning was from the most recent issue of the Journal of Veterinary Behavior: “Dog-...
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Do Dogs Recognize “Dog” and What They’re Feeling From Afar?

Dogs seem to be able to perceive other dogs and their intentions at a distance. “Joe recognizes another dog from afar and knows if they want to play or are not that playful and might be aggressive” “Jasmine 'sees' other dogs from more than 200 feet and either tucks her tail as if she's submitting or runs toward them so she...
dog cognition

Dogs Watch Us Carefully and Read Our Faces Very Well

Research shows dogs pay close attention to different human facial expressions. In Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible, Jessica Pierce and I stress the importance of people who choose to live with dogs becoming "fluent in dog" or "dog literate." In addition to learning the basics of dog behavior, one area that's important for us to understand...

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