Author Archive for cani9309

Why does your dog bark? Consider the reason and the breed

Barking. It’s my least favorite thing about dogs. Many would agree with me. I receive questions weekly about controlling barking. “He barks when people are at the door.” “She barks at squirrels.” “He barks in his crate.” There are different reasons for barking behind each of these statements. And in addition to the reason behind

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Reconsider acquiring a guard dog as a pet

When I’m running with my German Shepherd off leash, people will stop and ask me how long it took me to train him or who trained him for me. I will hear admiring whispers from couples pushing strollers. Many people are attracted to him because he is very beautiful and very obedient. I don’t get

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Three things to consider when keeping your dog contained

A client recently sent an email to me stating that she and her small dog had been attacked for the second time by a Siberian Husky that escapes his yard during her morning run. At a charity event the past weekend, a woman told me that her Rottweiler keeps getting out of the backyard and

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Go Fetch!

Playing fetch with your dog is one activity on a short list that assists your dog in releasing pent up energy. If you have the ability to sit on a bench and exhaust your dog within 15-20 min with the toss of a ball you’ve got it made in the shade. When you are sick,

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Considering the burden: Who would care for your pets if you were no longer able?

North Dallas resident Melissa Magee, a professed cat person, didn’t predict she would ever need to adopt her sister’s dog. When her sister passed away they had to place her three dogs in new homes. Each dog went to a family member. Melissa inherited Percy, a dog with issues. She was tasked with rehabilitating the

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Here are guidelines on scrutinizing dog-walking services

Last week, I visited a popular Dallas dog park with two of my students on two separate days. I broke one of my dog park rules rules upon arrival. Rule No. 1: Observe Before Entering: If I practiced what I preach on those days instead of letting my busy schedule get the best of me I

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Is Dallas becoming dog-friendlier by the day? Looks like it

Dallas is stepping it up when it comes to dog friendliness. Dog is the new kid for many people and much like people’s attachment to their kids they feel the same about their dogs. The more places they can take their dog, the happier the owner and the happier the dog. Dallas offers dog parks,

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Canine Massage

Just when you think you’ve heard it all you find out about canine massage. If you already knew about canine massage you are officially on the cutting edge of everything dog. For those of us still getting used to day cares and walkers massage is moving out of the periphery and into the forefront of

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Toys!

There are a lot of toys for dogs on the market but most dogs only need a few. I often visit people who have a basket of dog toys collecting dust. I’m going to give you a breakdown of the essential toys. Every dog needs a ball, a rope and a stuffed toy (stuffing optional).

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Controlling Chewing

Chewing falls into the top three complaints of all time for owners of puppies. Allowance should be made for chewing as it is a biological need for canines. Much like housebreaking, the rule of “confine or supervise”, applies to controlling chewing. There is normal chewing and there is chewing driven by emotional stress. The management

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