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House training your dog

by | Friday, February 15, 2013 |

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 | Wednesday, February 13, 2013 |

  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 | 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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