Tagged: dog care

5 Treating Separation Anxiety

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On the first few days of school, young kids may miss their parents a lot. The same thing can happen to dogs of any age when their owners leave them home alone. This difference is that, instead of just the crying and whining you may see with kids, your dog may have some additional unpleasant surprises for you when you get home, including shredded pillows, garbage on the floor, and maybe the smell or telltale stains of ‘accidents’.

It’s easy to get angry or think your dog is trying to make your life miserable, but that’s not the case. It’s…

12 A Dogfighting Bust With A Mostly Happy Ending

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Back in March 2011 a sophisticated dog fighting operation in the Antelope Valley was busted thanks to an anonymous caller to LA’s dogfighting tip-line: 1-877-NO2FITE.  14 dogs were seized from the property along with a trove of evidence chronicling a fighting ring that had been active for nearly 20 years.
Thanks to great work by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department and District Attorney the primary suspect has been sentenced on 31 counts and reports today to serve a one year jail term with no possibility of early release  (Historically, such a crime would have resulted in a much longer…

8 The Thundershirt: Product Review

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This Blog was written by our guest contributor Julie and the Thundershirt is modeled by her handsome shepherd mix Howard.
I first heard about the Thundershirt at last year’s HSUS Animal Care Expo. The founder, Phil Blizzard, had set-up a booth in the exposition hall, and I among many others walked by his display with both interest and suspicion.  The Thundershirt was a new pet product on the market.  And like the name suggested, it was literally a shirt, and it claimed to be the best solution for dog anxiety- this seemed to be a tall order for dog apparel. …

3 When Your Dog is No Longer the ONLY Baby in Your Family

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Finding out you’re pregnant is one of the most amazing, exciting, and overwhelming experiences in life.  What if the baby doesn’t like me? How in the world will I ever decide which car seat to buy?  PLEASE don’t let my baby inherit his father’s GIGANTIC head!  As a first-time mom, these are just 3 of the 10,000 concerns that have come to my mind today. In the past ten minutes.
As a dog owner, you’ve probably wondered how to introduce your new bundle of joy to your current child–your dog.  Follow these simple tips for introducing your dog to a…

Veterans Day : Hounds for Heroes

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Today is a special day, not only is it 11/11/11 (a rarity that won’t occur for another hundred years), but more importantly, it’s Veterans Day.
Today, we pay tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially to the living veterans who served their country during war or peacetime.  Today, we honor the 25 million military veterans that have served our country since Veterans Day was born in 1919; known in its infancy as Armistice Day.
Today President Obama placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery where more than 260,000 souls are buried. Arlington National…

3 Puppy Mill Awareness Day

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As some of you may know, this Saturday is Puppy Mill Awareness Day. We all know puppy mills are bad, so what else is there to be aware of?  A lot, actually.
It is widely accepted that roughly 3-4 million animals are put to sleep at U.S. shelters annually.  At the same time, estimates indicate that puppy mills produce roughly 4 million dogs per year.  It doesn’t take a mathematician to realize that these two figures are, unfortunately, related.
In addition to contributing to the pet overpopulation problem, puppy mills operate with little to no consideration for the well-being of…

2 Protect Your Pet This Flea Season!

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Now that it’s officially Summer, the heat isn’t the only thing you need to protect your pets from. Flea and tick season has begun and we have some tips for finding the right protection at the best price.

  •  Pick a flea treatment that not only kills adult fleas, but also eggs and larvae – medications that contain S-methoprene causes fleas to lay sterile eggs by inhibiting the development of larval fleas.

 

  •   According to a Consumer Reports article, the patent for fipronil, one of the main active ingredients in a popular flea and tick medication, expired, creating an opportunity for

Road Tripping with Your Best Friend

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As we approach summer time in the northern hemisphere, thoughts of vacationing start to pop into everyone’s minds. Those of us who own dogs are always trying to figure out ways of bringing our best friends along with us. What better way to do so than on a road trip? Road tripping with your dog can be a wonderful adventure and, if done correctly, your dog will enjoy the trip just as much, if not more than you!

First, figure out where you want to go. This is important because it will allow you to plan out your stops in…

Transitioning From “Puppy Pads” to the Great Outdoors

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Housebreaking a new dog can be one of the most challenging aspects of bringing your new family member home. However, it is necessary and if done properly, can be learned with minimal accidents and confusion.

Starting On Puppy Pads:
Some people start house training with indoor “puppy pads” or newspapers.  There are various reasons to do this, but the most common is that a young puppy without a full set of vaccinations shouldn’t be taken outdoors in an area where he could come into contact with germs that could lead to a potentially deadly virus such as the parvovirus.  When…

Crate Training: Introduction & Tips

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Your new dog might have been housetrained at its last home, or he might never have been trained.  After having been in an animal shelter or rescue, his world has been turned upside down and he may have forgotten old habits and could use a refresher. If you have adopted a new puppy, he will need the training from scratch.  Different approaches may need to be made depending on if you have adopted a puppy or an older dog.  The best, most efficient and easiest way to house train your new puppy or dog is crate training.  Crate training will…