Enriching Your Dogs Life

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Enriching Your Dogs Life

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Boredom and excess energy are two common reasons for behavior problems in dogs. This makes sense because they’re meant to lead active lives. Wild dogs spend about 80% of their waking hours hunting and scavenging for food. Domestic dogs have been helping and working alongside us for thousands of years, and most are bred for a specific purpose, such as hunting, farming or protection. For example, retrievers and pointers were bred to locate and fetch game and water birds. Scent hounds, like coonhounds and beagles, were bred to find rabbits, foxes and other small prey. Dogs like German shepherds, collies, cattle dogs and sheepdogs were bred to herd livestock. Read More…

15 Minutes to a Better Bond With Your Dog

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Got 2 Minutes?

Pet With Purpose Instead of zoning out watching SNL and absentmindedly patting your pup, focus on your dog while you pet him. Like people, your dog can tell when he has your attention. Feel free to spill about your day, even. Your BFF—best furry friend—will appreciate the extra effort and it will have a cathartic effect for both of you. Read More…

Dog Health – Keeping Your Dog Healthy

Sunday, January 31st, 2010
Routine Exercise

Many dog owners underestimate their dogs’ exercise needs in relation to keeping their dog healthy. Destructive behavior may lead to a diagnosis of separation anxiety or other behavioral problems. While these conditions truly exist, in many cases the behavior is actually the result of an energy surplus. If you feed your dog a healthy diet, it should give her plenty of energy. However, if your dog can’t release that energy with exercise, it may be released on your furniture, carpet, doorways, or even your prized collection of rare books. Read More…

Breed-Based Activities for Dogs

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

There was a time when every dog had a job. The border collie herded sheep, and the komondor guarded them. The Siberian husky moved the men of the North, while the Alaskan malamute hauled freight. Depending on geography and game, any number of breeds helped bring home dinner. Meanwhile, back at the homestead, terriers kept busy chasing the fox out of the hen-house and exterminating any vermin that crossed their path. Read More…

Taking Your Dog Running

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Dogs can make terrific running partners as long as you take their physical condition and abilities into account. Also keep in mind that your dog may need time to work up to your intensity.

Make sure you check with your veterinarian before taking your dog running, and follow any recommendations that may be provided.

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Keeping Your Dog Busy

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Dogs are very intelligent animals and they blossom in environments where they have plenty to do. City dogs are often required to spend substantial periods of time inactive. “In the old days”, dogs lived on country properties and spent their days exploring the grounds, scrounging from the compost, trotting after the tractor, rounding up the livestock, playing with the kids, and napping under the shade of an oak tree. The average urban dog experiences a very different reality: after 7-8 hours of sleep, they get a brief morning walk around the block to eliminate, followed by a well-balanced breakfast served in a bowl. Read More…

Dog Separation Anxiety and How to Deal with It

Monday, January 18th, 2010

How much exercise does your dog get? How much daily training? How often do you play with her? How long are you separated each day? How often does she socialize with other dogs appropriately?

Many dogs have deficits in socialization (with humans and dogs), mental stimulation (training, toys, play), and/or physical stimulation (running, swimming, walking, hiking, playing). Make sure to provide your dog with an opportunity to engage in all three daily. If dogs are not provided with this stimulation, boredom digging, chewing, barking, will likely ensue. Fulfilling basic needs remedies behavior problems related to boredom. Read More…

Pets and Fireworks

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

It’s that time of year: champagne cocktails, “Auld Lang Syne” and, in many neighborhoods, the bangs and booms of celebratory fireworks.

About one in five dogs experience noise phobia, animal behavior consultant Jo Jacques, owner of dog behavior consulting company Wigglebums, told Paw Nation. Cats aren’t quite as sensitive as dogs, she said, but plenty of kitties have been known to run and hide when firecrackers are exploding outside the windows. Fortunately, Jacques explained, there are steps you can take to keep your nervous pet happy on New Year’s Eve, or anytime noise is an issue.

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Nutrients Your Dog Needs

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Nutrients are substances obtained from food and used by an animal as a source of energy and as part of the metabolic machinery necessary for maintenance and growth. Barring any special needs, illness-related deficiencies or instructions from your vet, your pets should be able to get all the nutrients they need from high-quality commercial pet foods, which are formulated with these special standards in mind. If you would like to learn about what your pet’s body needs, and why, here are the six essential classes of nutrients fundamental for healthy living: Read More…

‘Treating’ Your Pet Right

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Pet owners have always liked to show their animal family a little extra love with the occasional treat, but modern treats have gone way beyond slipping Rover a little turkey under the kitchen table. These days pet owners can visit pet bakeries, buy frozen dog desserts at the grocery store, or make homemade treats from a pet treat cookbook. With all these options, how do you know the right thing to feed your pet?

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