Adopt George!

May 18th, 2010

Nick will be running with George, a handsome greyhound mix up for adoption with Pet Helpers, at Saturday’s Green and Lean 5K starting at Brittlebank Park in downtown Charleston.  Please read on to find out about George! Read the rest of this entry »

How to Clean Your Dog’s Ears

May 17th, 2010

In a 2008 pet health study conducted by the VPI pet insurance company, ear infections were the number one reason dog owners sought veterinary care. Thorough and regular ear cleaning and maintenance can help your dog avoid ear problems and infections. Read the rest of this entry »

What are you feeding your dog?

May 11th, 2010

Dog Food Advisor is a website that breaks down the make-up of most dog foods on the market today – both dry and canned. Read the rest of this entry »

Teach Your Dog Self-Control

May 9th, 2010

Dogs often misbehave because they lack self-control. This lack of control is at the root of a number of behavior problems, including jumping up, bolting out the door, and demanding attention. You can begin to get some control over your dog’s behavior by putting him to work. This means that you are going to ask your dog to do something for you, such as sitting or lying down, before he is allowed to do the things he wants to do, like eating, going for a walk, or playing a game with you. Many dog trainers refer to this as Nothing In Life is Free (NILF). Read the rest of this entry »

Positive Reinforcement Training for Dogs

May 4th, 2010

Using positive reinforcement to train your dog means you are rewarding the behaviors you like, and ignoring the behaviors you do not like. You can use treats, praise, or life rewards (i.e. games, walks, car rides) to reward your dog’s good behavior. Clicker training is one effective way of using positive reinforcement to train your dog, but it’s possible to use rewards without the clicker. There are a number of benefits to training your dog with positive reinforcement: Read the rest of this entry »

The Mighthy Flea

April 28th, 2010

Fleas are one of the most troublesome problems that can afflict pets and the people who own them. However, they are also one of the easiest to prevent if you just take a few simple precautions. Read the rest of this entry »

Teaching Your Dog To Come To You

April 22nd, 2010

Teaching your dog to come to you when called is one of the most important basic commands. Once this command is mastered, you can protect him from a potentially dangerous situation by calling him to you. You can teach this command to a young puppy as soon as he learns his name. Read the rest of this entry »

Skin Allergies and Reactions in Dogs

April 16th, 2010

The number of dogs with allergies has increased dramatically in recent years. It is now estimated that one in seven dogs suffer from allergic symptoms. According to Veterinary Pet Insurance, skin allergies are now the most common reason dog owners take their dog to the veterinarian. Heredity plays a role. Although certain breeds appear to be more allergy prone, all breeds and their mixes can be affected. Read the rest of this entry »

Obesity and Dogs: Canine Weight Management

April 10th, 2010

Canine obesity is one of the fastest growing health problems seen in dogs today. As with people, obesity can lead to a variety of diseases, disorders and other complications in dogs. In a 2008 study, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimated that 44% of U.S. dogs were overweight or obese. That’s approximately 33 million dogs in the U.S. alone. Needless to say, something must be done. You can start with your own dog. Learn how to manage your dog’s weight, start a weight loss plan for your dog, and prevent weight gain in the first place. Read the rest of this entry »

ASPCA Guide to Pet-Safe Gardening

April 5th, 2010

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) experts field tens of thousands of calls each year involving animal companions who’ve had potentially hazardous contact with insecticides, weed killers and pet-toxic plants. Read the rest of this entry »

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