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Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Your beloved canine companion clearly isn’t a cow, so you might be confused when you see him eating grass. You might even be worried. Is he hungry? Bored? Sick? Will eating grass hurt him?

First, rest assured that you’re not alone in your concern, especially if your dog is eating grass and vomiting. Read More…

Teach Your Dog To Play Frisbee

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Great Video by Zak George

Dog’s Need Exercise!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

We often think of exercise only as a health issue, but it has significant day-to-day effects on a dog’s behavior as well. Dogs–particularly puppies and young dogs–have a lot of energy, and if they don’t get the chance to burn it off, destructive behavior is often the result. If you’re annoyed at the holes your dog has dug, have headaches from his barking, and have to replace pillows shredded into expensive fluff, your dog’s probably not getting enough exercise. Read More…

3 Minutes a Day Can Protect Your Pet

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Did you know that spending three minutes brushing your pet’s teeth can improve his or her quality of life?

It’s true.

Brushing your pet’s teeth may be one of the most important and easiest things you can do at home to safeguard his or her health. Without it, bacteria, tartar and plaque pile onto teeth. The first symptom of illness may be bad breath, which evolves to periodontal (gum) disease. Left untreated, bacteria in the mouth get into the bloodstream and can affect overall health. Read More…

12 General Rules for Training Dogs

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Training should be an enjoyable experience for you and your dog. If you are not in the right mood for training, don’t even start. Keep training sessions short, on the order of 5-10 minutes, to maintain your dog’s motivation.

If your dog doesn’t respond appropriately to a command after several attempts, don’t reward him. Resume training a few seconds later using a simpler command. Return to the more complex task later. Read More…

ASPCA Virtual Pet Behaviorist: Barking

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Barking is one of many forms of vocal communication for dogs. People are often pleased that their dog barks, because it alerts them to the approach of people to their home or it tells them there’s something that the dog wants or needs. However, sometimes a dog’s barking can be excessive. Because barking serves a variety of functions, you must identify its cause and your dog’s motivation for barking before you can treat a barking problem Read More…

Teach Your Dog To Come

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

This video from dog trainer Zak George gives the basics on an important command that all dogs should comprehend – to come when called.  It can be a life saving command and one which Charleston dog owners should make sure their dogs understand.

Weight and Treat Calorie Guide for Your Dog

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Check out this handy guide from the folks at the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention which details the visual signs you should look for when monitoring your dogs weight.  Also included is a quick calorie guide for the most popular dog treats on the market today.  Please keep in mind that the caloric intake from treats can easily sneak up on a dog’s waistline.

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Obesity and Dogs

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

I have been told that my dog is obese and must be put on a diet. Is this true?
Nearly one-third (33%) of all adults in the United States are obese. Unfortunately, this same number now applies to our pets. Obesity leads to several diseases both in pets and people. Type II diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis are the most common weight-related disorders.

Diet and weight reduction are key to ensuring that your pet lives as long and healthy a life as possible. Read More…

Heavy Isn’t Healthy for People or Pets

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Carrying around extra weight is as big of a deal for your pet as it is for you-minus the impending swimsuit season of course. In fact, experts say that up to 60 percent of all adult dogs are overweight or likely to get that way due to age or activity level. Read More…