Archive for Health

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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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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Simple Ways to Improve Your Dog’s Diet

Maybe this is the year you said you were going to feed your dog better. But maybe you don’t know what “better” is. Let’s take a look at a few simple ways you can improve your dog’s diet. The first thing you want to consider is whether or not your dog has allergies/sensitivities/intolerance to particular

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Anxiety is a thorn in the side of dog training

Anxiety is a thorn in the side of dog training. It runs rampant through our pet dogs. It is a peculiar and curious thing caused by anything or nothing at all. It is my biggest challenge in breaking through barriers when teaching dogs or their humans. I would wager one out of every ten dogs

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Training as Behavior Supplement

Occasionally customers will browse through the supplements at my store and ask “What is good to make my dog less hyper?” or “less this” or “more that”. I respond by asking them a question. “Have you trained your dog?” Their response is usually “No”. Many days I use lavender oil, flower essences or pheromones to

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Walking Your Dog on the Katy Trail

When walking with your dog on the Katy Trail, there are many things to consider from heat related issues to encounters with other dogs, walkers, runners and cyclists not to mention the squirrels that do everything they can to derail the hard work you’ve put in teaching your dog how to heel. I’m on the

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