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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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How to Survive Your Puppy Teething Stage

How to Survive Your Puppy Teething Stage   So, you’ve brought your little fluff ball home and everything is perfect. They are adorable, healthy, bright-eyed and ready to be your best friend. Right now, they love to mouth on you and explore everything around them gum-first. At some point, that adorable habit of gentle mouthing will become a full-fledged craze, leading …

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Dog Parks: Outdated Menace or Tool for Socialization?

 Dog Parks: Outdated Menace or Tool for Socialization?  How to evaluate and use your local dog park to have a good time while avoiding conflict Alot like TGIFriday’s, the social hub of the 90’s, dog parks used to be the secret socializing spot for dog lovers everywhere. Friends of Fido gathered in private fenced fields, formed their own social clubs, and …

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Seizures and Your Senior Dog

 Seizures and Your Senior Dog    As senior dogs approach the sunset of their lives, they may begin to show signs of the many health issues that generally afflict the older dogs.  It is not uncommon for senior dogs to have seizures.  We’ve compiled some important information regarding canine seizures for you including the causes and symptoms.  Causes of Canine Seizures: …

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How to Choose the Best Care for Your Dog When Away

 How to Choose the Best Care for Your Dog When Away    So, you’re going on a trip and you can’t take your pooch. While this situation often causes distress, choosing the right professional to care for your dog while you are away can leave them just as happy as if you were there. With all the options on the market …

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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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