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What Is A Healthy Weight For A Dog?

A Healthy Weight For A Dog How can you find the healthy weight for a dog? We know that obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States. Thirty percent of American adults – that's 60 million people – are obese. There's another statistic that is even more startling and concerning to pet owners and veterinarians. Approximately half of...
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Changing Behavior of India’s Street Dogs During Lockdown

India's government has declared feeding "streeties" to be an essential service. I'm extremely pleased to offer this very valuable "on the ground" guest essay by Sindhoor Pangal, Principal & Director at BHARC, Bangalore, India. It is a goldmine of unique and much-needed information about free-ranging dogs about whom we know very little that can be applied to the estimated 700 million or so dogs who...
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Taking Care Of A Dog In the Best Possible Way

Why Taking Care Of A Dog Using The Best Methods Is Vital When you invite a dog into your home, you are getting more than a pet. This animal will quickly become your best friend and a member of your family. Taking care of a dog using the best methods will help both of you learn to live together in...
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How Well Do You Know What Dogs Do, Think, and Feel?

A crash course about how to study dogs and why it's important to do so. "I have emotions you can relate to as a human, but I need you to understand me as a dog." So, you want to become an ethologist or a naturalist at a dog park? "Merl arrives at the dog park, waits impatiently for his human to open the gate....
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How To Understand Your Dog

How to understand your dog needn't be restricted to observing and understanding what his behavior tells us about his emotional and physical health. Nowadays there is much anecdotal and indeed scientific evidence to support the view that we can communicate with our dog and often unwittingly do so using the power of telepathy. Not convinced? Well first of all...
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Dogs Need Together Time and Alone Time, Just Like Us

It's important to realize that even the most social dogs need time on their own When a dog says, "I've had enough of you," there's no reason to take it personally or to feel snubbed It's important to realize that even the most social dogs who love us dearly and who cherish "together time" also need time on their own. We need to recognize...
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Which Plants Are Dangerous And Poisonous To Dogs?

Whether you’re out for a walk, out in the garden or just around the house, it can sometimes feel like you can’t turn your back for a minute without your dog eating something they shouldn’t. Plants can be an easy target, but many garden and houseplants can be harmful to dogs when eaten. While most harmful plants have an off-putting taste,...
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Dogs: The More I Know, the More I Say, “I Don’t Know”

To reliably answer specific questions we need details about what's going on. Dogs can be victims of partial knowledge, misinformation, and "quick" answers In a recent email, I was told, "For a dog expert you sure don't know very much. You keep saying, 'I don't know'." The tone of the first email from Warren was pretty much "in my face," so I...
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How To Tell If Your Dog Is Happy

How to tell if your dog is happy is a question that I’m sure all dog owners would like the answer to. As a dog parent do you find yourself thinking about this because you desperately want your dog to be happy just as you want your children to be happy! In particular do you often find yourself worrying about whether...
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How Your Dog Eating Poop Can Make Your Pet Sick

Community Areas And Dog Parks Can Be Contaminated Is your dog eating poop or does he come into contact with it when you visit a dog park or other community area? It's a great way to give your pet the exercise and socialization he needs to be happy and healthy. Unfortunately these places can become contaminated with deadly microorganisms found...
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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...
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Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

There are lots of reasons why your dog might be eating grass, with just as many myths and theories about where this behaviour comes from. But one thing vets and experts can agree on is that a dog eating grass is perfectly normal behaviour, as long as it’s only in small amounts. Is my dog eating grass for food? Dogs are natural omnivores. Historically, eating...

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