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Avoid feeding these foods to your dogs and cats

by | Monday, February 11, 2013 |

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 | Friday, February 8, 2013 |

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 | Monday, February 4, 2013 |

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 | Monday, February 4, 2013 |

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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