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Boarding – find the best place for your dogs and cats

by on Saturday, March 16, 2013 4:27:00 PM

  Bandit the Labrador at the Dubuque railroad Bridge by Kathleen Riley What do you do during the holiday season when your companion isn’t able to travel with you? You may prefer a family member, friend or pet sitter look after your pets, but sometimes that isn’t as simple as you might hope. If that is the case, you’ll want to look at boarding facilities in your area. The thought of boarding your dog may make you nervous, but there are options that will fit your needs and here are some tips...

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Feeding your dog

by on Thursday, March 14, 2013 4:19:00 PM

Banshee the Chinook and Abby summer in Minnesota wildflowers. These are questions we get a lot from customers — hopefully the answer will help you feed your dogs more easily. WATER Water is the most important piece of feeding pets, and all pets need a constant supply of clean, fresh water. Water is important all year, but this is especially true during warm weather. Using a smaller bowl and refilling it often is a great way to keep your pet’s water supply fresh. Want to really be on top of the...

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Chocolate: how much is dangerous to your dog

by on Monday, March 11, 2013 4:15:00 PM

Labrador retriever Ella by Kathleen Riley For dogs, the smell of chocolate is almost as tempting as a big, thick, juicy steak. That temptation is exactly why your dog may rip into your bags of Halloween, Easter or other candy. Even though your dog loves chocolate, it isn’t good for your dog. Chocolate is processed from the bitter seeds of the cacao tree, which contain compounds known as methylxanthines. Methylxanthines contain caffeine and a related chemical called theobromine. Both are...

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12 steps to tell if a dog breeder is reputable

by on Saturday, March 09, 2013 4:02:00 PM

Dalmatian puppy with a patch Finding A responsible breeder is an important part of selecting your new furry family member. To find a responsible dog breeder, start by going to a dog show or visit the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club web sites to learn more about the breeds and breeders.After doing your homework, find a fancier that is knowledgeable about their breed, and be certain you are comfortable with the people too. The biggest key to having success in selecting a puppy or dog...

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Crufts — the world’s largest dog show

by on Thursday, March 07, 2013 3:42:00 PM

Shih Tzu photo by Kathleen Riley Crufts, the world’s largest dog show is being held in Birmingham, England, March 7-10, 2013.  This dog show features more than 25,000 canines in its four days of competition. For 2013, there are dogs entered into breed judging, Gamekeepers’ classes and Obedience Championships, including a record number of dogs from overseas. In addition, thousands more dogs will take part in agility, heelwork to music, flyball and a number of other competitions and...

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Important things to know when selecting a new puppy

by on Monday, March 04, 2013 3:30:00 PM

Labrador retriever head study by Kathleen Riley AKC Registered and/or AKC Papers The American Kennel Club and The United Kennel Club are registry services, not a guarantee of quality. What registration papers tell you (in theory) is your new puppy or dog is the breed you are buying. That is all the papers mean. Registration papers are not a guarantee of quality or anything else. If the people you are buying your puppy from try and charge you extra for papers, RUN away from this deal. Charging...

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Teach your dog to wear a costume

by on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 2:26:00 PM

Image of “Bear” by Riley Yes, your well-trained dog can wear a costume and can even trick-or-treat with your family. These tips will assist you in getting your dog to enjoy the costume and hopefully to tolerate the giggling from the bystanders in case you want to go out on Halloween night. Costume training is an excellent opportunity to use delicious treats while training your dog to love the costume. Remember the most important part is for your dog to like safely wearing the outfit you have...

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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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