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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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How to safely shop on-line

by on Saturday, January 26, 2013 1:12:00 PM

Image and article by Kathleen Riley-Daniels Online shopping is like Las Vegas – always open. The Internet offers up stores from around the world at your fingertips, 24-hours a day, 7-days a weeks, 365-days a year. You can order pet supplies, art work, exotic spices, handcrafted goods and so much more. Online shopping lets you take advantage of lack of brick-and-mortar with greater savings, sometimes heavily discounted pricing and safe payment methods. It really does bring the world right into...

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Understanding Pet Food Labels – Natural, Organic, Holistic, Human Grade, Clinically Proven

by on Thursday, January 24, 2013 1:09:00 PM

Image by Kathleen Riley-Daniels There are so many things to consider when look at a bag of pet food — today we are looking at the terms natural, organic, holistic, human grade and clinically proven.  “Natural” is a legal definition in the pet food world and requires a pet food to consist of only natural ingredients without chemical alterations. Like most rules, there are exceptions and in the “natural” category the exceptions are for vitamins, minerals and other trace nutrients.“Organic”...

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AAFCO – what does that alphabet soup mean to pet owners?

by on Monday, January 21, 2013 12:42:00 PM

What is AAFCO? AAFCO is an acronym for the Association of American Feed Control Officials which is a not-for-profit organization that sets the standards for pet, livestock and animal feeds in the USA. What are AAFCO pet food nutrient profiles? AAFCO sets nutritional standards and pet foods that want to be marketed as “complete and balanced” must meet those guidelines. The nutritional adequacy standards are 1) growth and reproduction – which means the food will support puppies and pregnant or...

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