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Senior pet care

by on Friday, February 22, 2013 2:10:00 PM

(Photos by Riley) It seems like only yesterday that your pup literally ran circles around you when you went for walks, with lots energy to spare. Now your dog has a hard time making it up the stairs, and the vision and hearing aren’t as good as they once were either. Sometimes she gets confused, yet the veterinarian tells you there is nothing seriously wrong with her; she’s just getting older. Dogs age, just as humans do — only more quickly. If your pet seems to be slowing down, here are some...

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Whistle training your dog

by on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 2:08:00 PM

Banshee the Chinook – Photo by Riley Whistle training is really easy and doesn’t take too much time. In its simplest form, all you do is blow your whistle right before giving the verbal command that your dog already understands. I like the two-tone whistles for training because the end with the ball inside is louder and the sound will carry over longer distances.  The opposite end (without the ball) is great for close work and so loud that your dog will be blasted with sound and doesn’t...

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Retriever play training

by on Monday, February 18, 2013 1:49:00 PM

Bear – Labrador puppy with tennis shoe. Photo by: Riley When starting puppies on retrieving, use something light and easy to carry like a small dummy or socks stuffed with rags. Don’t throw sticks, play tug-of-war games or train two pups at once letting them compete for the dummy, these practices all promote chewing and hard mouths — things we don’t want to see in pups or adult dogs. Small dummies and socks are easy for pup to retrieve, you won’t be able to throw them too far and they won’t...

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House training your dog

by on Friday, February 15, 2013 1:37:00 PM

Going to the bathroom in the house is one of the biggest issues for new puppy owners. You can easily win the battle if you are consistent, patient, use supervision, utilize confinement and reward your pup with scrumptious treats. Remember, you are teaching your puppy where to relieve himself rather than where not to relieve him or herself. One of your first steps is to choose a place that you want your pup to eliminate. Once you have chosen the spot, always take your pup on leash to the...

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Keep ticks off your pets

by on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 1:35:00 PM

  Ticks Check your pet’s skin every 24-48 hours and after being in tick infested areas. Ticks need to be attached for 48 hours to spread disease.Remove brush and clear dead leaves from around your house and kennel areas.Use tick prevention like collars, shampoos, powders. (Be sure the prevention is not worse than the disease.) Tick Transmitted Diseases Lyme disease. Caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, which is carried by the tiny deer tick. Symptoms usually take 2-5 months to...

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Avoid feeding these foods to your dogs and cats

by on Monday, February 11, 2013 1:33:00 PM

Grizzly the Dachshund photo by Kathleen Riley-Daniels Are you like lots of people, always looking for ways to feed something in addition to your pet’s daily ration of pet food? All of our dogs and cats can enjoy a variety of protein, carbohydrates, fruits and veggies, as long as we are aware that some food can be toxic to your pet. Here is a brief list of “Do Not Feed” items — when in doubt; you can always find more information at a pet poison control site – which...

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Freedom from fireworks and other noise fears

by on Friday, February 08, 2013 1:29:00 PM

Bailey the Chinook – Photo by Riley A sudden intense boom transforms your mellow dog into a frantic ball of motion. Panicking, leaping through windows, jumping fences, charging out into traffic. Pets can develop noise phobias at any time and at any age. Once the problem emerges, it is very hard to overcome, and there is no one “cure” to fit all noise phobic dogs. Desensitize your pet to various sounds. Introduce them gradually and give them time to overcome their fear and develop confidence....

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Dog vital signs – what is normal?

by on Monday, February 04, 2013 1:27:00 PM

Photo by Kathleen Riley: The Beej, a Chinook dogWhat Is Normal? As dog owners, we can usually tell if something is wrong with our companions by the symptoms we observe. Vomiting and diarrhea are pretty obvious signals that the gastrointestinal system is off. Other signs that something is wrong are coughing, watery or mucousy (gooey) eyes and nose are signals that something is wrong. Loss of appetite and listlessness or sudden behavioral changes are warning signs that something is not right...

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Praise your pooch

by on Monday, February 04, 2013 1:25:00 PM

Artwork by Kathleen Riley Praise is the most important tool you have to train your dog, and is also the hardest thing for people to remember to use during a training session. One of the most significant motivators for dogs is praise, but what is praise? Praise is not a pat on the head or a droning monotone good. Dogs are too smart for those approaches. Verbal praise should be heartfelt and sung out in high pitched, happy tones at the exact moment the dog has succeeded at the task or command....

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Firehouse dog – the Dalmatian

by on Thursday, January 31, 2013 1:19:00 PM

When most people think about firefighting and dogs, the Dalmatian is the most recognized mascot.   The true origin of the Dalmatian is unknown, although it is believed to have originated in India. Paintings and figures of spotted dogs have been found in ruins as old as 5,000 years. Numerous written references to spotted dogs occur throughout history. The modern Dalmatian, notwithstanding his name however, was developed in Great Britain.   The Dalmatian weighs between 25 and 55 pounds...

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