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Food Aggression And What To Do About It

  When a dog shows aggression to protect his food, it can be a serious issue. Not only is there the danger of other dogs or humans in the house being bitten, but over time it can lead to the dog becoming possessive over everything. What is Food Aggression? Food aggression is a form of resource guarding in which a dog becomes very defensive when eating, using threats to force others away. It can be directed towards other animals, humans, or both. The behavior can also extend to treats. There are three degrees of food aggression: Mild: the dog growls

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Tricks For Treats: Training Your Dog With Food

Food is a powerful motivator for dogs — which is why it can often be very effective for obedience training. You are asking your dog to complete what may be a complicated task for her — understand a verbal or visual cue and then perform a desired behavior. This may seem straightforward and simple to you, but dogs don’t communicate this way in nature. By harnessing the power of something that is very primal to them — food — you can make learning the task much easier for them. Here are a few tips for how to approach food-oriented obedience

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Fear Of Nail Cutting

Dear Cesar, My dog Honey will NOT let us cut her toe nails. She is petrified. How can we do this? She is a therapy dog for elderly people and needs her nails cut on a regular basis. She has some anxiety issues. They arose after her brother Bear passed away this summer. She saw it. Could this have caused her anxiety? Please help us. We need to be able to cut her nails and don’t know what to do. Our vet suggested drugging her. We tried this and she was sooo out of it. Help!!! Sincerely, Janine Thomas –

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6 Steps To Managing A Dog’s Over-Excitement

  A dog that’s spinning in circles, jumping up and down, or barking and yipping is not a happy dog. These are all signs of over-excitement. The dog has excess energy, and the only way her brain knows how to deal with it is to work it off physically. Unfortunately, people often interpret these signs as happiness. Many also tend to think that it’s cute when a dog acts like this, and wind up unknowingly encouraging the behavior. Curb your dog’s excitement and you’ll be preventing misbehaviors in the future, including aggression.  An excited dog is not happy. A calm dog

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Doing A Disservice: The Harm In Service Dog Fraud

You may have noticed the signs outside of businesses becoming more prominent lately. They all carry a similar message: Only legitimate service dogs allowed. And, in some jurisdictions, they are now adding a reminder that service dog fraud is a crime. But what, exactly, is “service dog fraud?” First, what it isn’t. You may see statements that service dog fraud is a federal crime, but it isn’t — at least not when it comes to a person with a fake service dog. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does cover the definition of service animals, which is currently limited strictly

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Hydrate Your Hound For Health

Have You Replenished Your Dog’s Water Bowl Today? Water nourishes, cleanses and hydrates all living creatures on earth, including our canine companions. Dogs, like humans, are made up of nearly 80 percent water. Without enough of it, they can suffer — or worse, notes Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, who is board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s school of veterinary medicine in Philadelphia. “Just like people, most of a dog’s body is made up of water,” says Otto, “And so it’s absolutely essential for every function of his body. A dog

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Safety Tips For Working Out With Your Dog

Exercising with your dog is a great way for the two of you to strengthen your bond and to get some cardiovascular in at the same time. While canine/human workouts can be fun, they can also be dangerous if proper safety precautions are not taken. Follow the tips below when working out with your dog to ensure that you both are safe: 1. Before exercising with your dog, make sure that he is physically fit enough to handle it. Dogs should be evaluated by a veterinarian before starting a workout program. Also consider the dog’s age. Long distance workouts are

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7 Tips For Doggie Dental Care

  The good news for dogs is they’re not as prone to cavities as human beings are. But despite the old conventional wisdom that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a humans, dogs can still develop problems like tartar and plaque buildup and gingivitis. But it’s not just bad breath and yellow teeth you have to worry about. As with humans, these canine dental problems can actually lead to life-threatening infections and issues including heart, liver, and kidney disease. Here’s how to practice good dog dental care that will extend your dog’s life: How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth If

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How Often Should A Dog Urinate?

My Dog Does Not Urinate Enough My Australian Shepherd is a wonderful girl (she’s a therapy dog). My only problem is on long drives (2 days) she will go 12 – 15 hours without urinating. When I stop for gas, I walk her. I walk her in the morning outside the hotel and again before we leave as well as soon as we stop prior to checking in and again before bedtime. Often she usually goes without urinating for twelve or more hours. How do I ensure she relieves herself? She is always well hydrated. Dr. Kristy Conn’s Advice Urinary

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The Best Dogs For Kids

Your human little one really, really wants a dog, and you think it’s finally time. But what kind of dog should you get? Does it matter? Should you just let your kid pick out whatever dog she likes? Are smaller dogs safer because they can’t do as much damage? Popular culture has taught us that dogs and children go together like peanut butter and jelly, but unfortunately, this isn’t always true. Little dogs can actually be a bad choice because kids look at them as toys… and injuries often follow. Big dogs can be a bad choice because, well, they’re

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