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Keep Your Pooch Out of the Doghouse with These Tips to Avoid Doggie Disasters

 Keep Your Pooch Out of the Doghouse with These Tips to Avoid Doggie Disasters    While some dog habits are ingrained and unpopular among their human family members, it’s possible to replace those unwanted behaviors with more appropriate canine conduct. Many negative behaviors stem from a dog’s boredom, which often leads to mindless munching, excessive barking, digging, and other destructive acts. …

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Preventing LGD Failure – Meeting Your LGD’s Needs

 Preventing LGD Failure – Meeting Your LGD’s Needs  It can be confusing, especially for new owners of livestock guardian dogs (LGDs) to sort out which information to follow as oftentimes the advice they hear is contradictory. For example “never bring them in the house and don’t handle them a lot” versus “bring them inside where they feel safe and let the …

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Five Ways You Can Prepare to Own Your First Pet

 Owning a pet is a privilege. Yet, if you’ve never had one before, you may be overwhelmed by all that you have to consider. Here are five tips to help you find the pet of your dreams.    Navigate Choices Research is key before you select your pet. You have to be certain that your home and your lifestyle are compatible …

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Common Socialization Pitfalls and What to Do Instead

Common Socialization Pitfalls and What to Do Instead Many pet parents come to dog trainers with behaviors that stem from experiences during socialization. One example of how a single experience can affect an otherwise well socialized dog is Heidi, as shown in a story shared by Dr. Jen Summerfield on her blog1. Heidi was a typical, happy puppy who enjoyed playing …

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Tips on How to Recognize and Avoid Heat Stroke

 Tips on How to Recognize and Avoid Heat Stroke    Did you know that the dog-days of summer can be deadly to your dog?  As the temperature and humidity rises, so does the occurrence of heat stroke.  While you may think your dog can handle the heat, companion dogs are not like wolves in the wild.  They are domesticated and that …

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Realistic Expectations for Training Based on Age

 Realistic Expectations for Training Based on Age  For many new dog owners excited to bring their puppy home, the amount of contradictory advice for when to start training their new family member can be confusing. On one side, some dog trainers recommend avoiding training until the puppy is at least six months old, preferring to let the puppy experience the world …

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When You Should Start Training Your Puppy

 When You Should Start Training Your Puppy  Ask a group of dog trainers when the best age is to train a puppy and you may get several different answers. This is because the standards for dog training has gone through such an evolution over the years: industry techniques that were common twenty years ago are now regarded as cruel and unusual …

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