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The Signs of Kennel Cough

There are many different places that your dog can contract Kennel Cough, also known as Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis. That is why it is important to keep the Bordetella shot up to date (every six months to a year). Even with the vaccine, dogs can still pick up this cough through other strains of bacteria, just like people can still get the flu even if they are vaccinated. Dogs can get these bacteria through shared surfaces like bowls, touching noses or exchanging kisses, or simply through the air. If you are suspicious that your pup may have Kennel Cough, check out…

Understanding Dog Behavior and Solving Common Behavior Problems

It’s always frustrating when your dog develops behaviors that you find problematic. These dog behavior issues can stress the relationship you have with your pet and, if mismanaged, may easily spiral out of control. However, once you examine many common issues, they start to make a whole lot more sense. Does your terrier dig holes in the yard when he’s bored? That’s probably because he was bred to tenaciously hunt prey in underground burrows. Does your shepherd growl at strangers? Well, in the past, it was essential for her to keep her wits about her and protect her flock from…

Tips to Get Back to Exercising Your Dog After Spay or Neuter

Sterilization surgery (spay or neuter) is a part of almost every American dog’s life. Spaying or neutering your pet is a foolproof way to avoid unwanted puppies, but it’s also a significant surgery for your dog! Maintaining your dog’s quality of life during these tough periods can be a challenge. One of the hardest parts of recovering from surgery? Exercise. Physical activity helps keep dogs fit and healthy, both in body and mind. That’s why it’s so important to get back to exercising your dog after surgery! In fact, light activity after spay or neuter surgeries can actually help recovery.…

5 Tips to Stop Food Aggression in Dogs

Food aggression in dogs is a commonly misunderstood problem. Dogs that resource guard their food are often called “dominant” and punished for this behavior. In fact, food aggression in dogs is quite manageable and even solvable without resorting to harsh training techniques. Food aggression in dogs is generally based in fear. These dogs are afraid that someone will come steal their food – so they get defensive without need. Unfortunately, punishing your dog for this behavior, taking away his food, or messing with his food all helps teach him that he’s right – it’s dangerous to let others near his…

How to Dog Proof Your Home

New puppies are exciting and adorable. However, they can be equally as exhausting. These little bundles of joy require similar precautions to human children, and most people don’t get nine months to prepare and dog proof the house for them! In fact, parents may find many child-proofing techniques useful to keep their dogs safe in the home. Taking basic precautions can help avoid serious (even life-threatening) consequences. When your dog chews through an unsuspecting guest’s shoes, it may be awkward, but it probably won’t be catastrophic. It’s important to remember that when you dog proof, it is for everyone’s benefit.…

Bucket List: Best Dog-Friendly Trails in the U.S.

When dog owners go hiking, our first instinct is to bring our dogs along on the journey. It is great exercise and socialization for dogs to interact with others on the trail. Some trails are off limits to dogs because governmental parks share the land with cattle ranchers. Others realize that off-leash dogs can damage vegetation, harass or kill wildlife, and leave urine or feces on the trail. Even if you are a responsible dog owner, unfortunately, some people are not. In order to keep our ecosystem safe, it is best to take your dogs on dog-friendly trails like the…

How does a dog’s nose work?

It’s a burning question for many dog owner’s: how does a dog’s nose work? A lot of attention is focused on a canine’s sense of smell. Dogs use their sense of smell to guide their direction of movement and to recognize each other and their owners. Humans have around 6 million receptors to process smell, whereas a dog has around 300 million. With positive reinforcement methods, humans have been able to train dogs to recognize and discriminate between different odors to our advantage. The strength of a dog’s sense of smell usually varies breed-to-breed depending on the anatomy. Dogs with…

What happens if you don’t brush a dog?

Brushing is a very important part of the care routine for canines. This may be required weekly or daily, it just depends on the breed of dog. Think about how many times you brush your hair every day. Your pup’s hair or fur needs attention too! Here are some potential mishaps that may happen if you don’t brush a dog. Mats & Tangles Dogs with long, silky hair and thick coats tend to develop small tangles, which can turn into mats. The tangles can simply be brushed away if you keep up on a regular grooming routine! Tangles can also…

What will a dog DNA test tell me about my dog?

As dog adoption and mixed breeds become more popular, dog owners are more interested in DNA tests for their pets. There are many different companies catering to pet owners that offer plenty of valuable information. So, why order a dog DNA test for your furry friend? DNA, also known as deoxyribonucleic acid, is very similar among all dogs. But there are certain genetic markers that are unique to each breed. You can retrieve a sample of a dog’s DNA by doing a simple cheek swab or a blood test. More extensive tests offer more specific information about health risks and…

What type of dog food should you be purchasing?

There are many people out there with strong opinions about dog food. We are here to look at the advantages and disadvantages for each type of dog food that you could feed your pet. With the increase of recalls, food allergies, and the desire to know where food is coming from, people are choosing to feed their dogs differently. Remember, each dog is an individual and may digest and enjoy foods differently. Before you make a decision, please discuss your plan with a veterinarian to make sure all essential nutrients are included. Raw Diet A raw diet consists of only…