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12 Deaf Pet Awareness: Inspired by Nitro

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We are excited to share a Guest Blog written By Chris Lee with Photos By Christina Lee from Deaf Dogs Rock for Deaf Pet Awareness week 2012.
Life takes wonderful and amazing turns. Just a year and half ago my wife Christina and I were like a majority of the population in that we really didn’t think about deaf dogs. It was not a positive or negative thing, just a simple lack of awareness. Then EVERYTHING changed when we adopted an 8 week old deaf boxer pup named Nitro from our local animal shelter.
Fast forward to the present and…

6 Dog Daycare: Cage or Cage-Free?

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This is a Guest Blog written by Katie O’Shaughnessy
Your pooch is precious, and, like the parent of a preschooler, you are determined to find the best facility in town! There is a great debate over which is the best type of dog daycare: cage or cage-free. I have worked in several canine daycare and boarding facilities throughout the Los Angeles area, both cage and cage-free.  I believe any form of supervised socialization can be beneficial to both the dog and the owner.
Oftentimes, the term “caged” is used to portray a crate or kennel as a form of punishment. …

Guide Dog Awareness Month

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This guest blog was written by Leah Elzahed.
September is National Guide Dog Month!  This month we celebrate the contribution Service Dogs make to our world. This special holiday all began with well known animal lover, Dick Van Patten. Dick’s career in show business began as a child actor on Broadway in 1937, and in 1989 he founded Natural Balance Pet Foods. During a visit to the Palm Springs Guide Dogs of the Desert campus in 2008, Dick was fascinated, impressed and astonished by the intelligence of guide dogs and the assistance they provide.
National Guide Dog month was started…

3 A Social Butterfly Isn’t Born Overnight: Socializing Your Dog


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Sometimes we set very high expectations for our furry loved ones; such as superb communications skills, extremely friendly disposition, and the ability to keep completely calm when faced with unfamiliar situations.  A bit much? Yes, but not impossible.
We adopted Chester when he was approximately 10 months old and from the very first day we made sure that we exposed him to everything that was an important part of our lives. Hanging out with friends, visiting family,  going to the park, going on camping trips, eating out, road trips, hiking and swimming etc. We never thought twice to exclude him…

Ask the Experts: Housebreaking Older Dogs?

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This question was submitted by one of our readers. If you have a pet care or pet behavior question, send it to Ask the Expert and we may feature it on The Water Bowl.
Robbie Writes:
I have a 2 year old female Golden Retriever who was completely housebroken but has now begun to pee in the house for what seems no reason at all. Most times we only find it after the fact and only one time have I caught her in the act. At that time she was scolded and put outside and seemed to understand what she…

Ask the Experts: Indoor Marking?


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This question was submitted by one of our readers. If you have a pet care or pet behavior question, send it to Ask the Expert and we may feature it on The Water Bowl.
Holly Writes:
I have a 2 year old male Chi-gi I adopted from the shelter.  He is housebroken and knows that lifting his leg in the house, or pooping in the house is bad….that I am sure of; yet he still does it.
I have tried everything recommended.  Crating (he does fine).  Puppy pads (he does fine).  I have had him neutered, hoping it would help…..…

26 Ask The Experts: Housebreaking Relapse?



This question was submitted by one of our readers. If you have a pet care or dog behavior question, send it to Ask the Expert and we may feature it on the Water Bowl.
Kathy Writes:
I have a 3 yr old Chug (1/2 Chihuahua, 1/2 Pug).  Because I had lived in an apartment and now a townhouse, taking her out to go potty was not an option.  I have a dog litter box and use the training pads.  For the first year, she did really well.  The townhouse that I moved into had a previous tenant that had a…

8 The Saga of Getting a Shy Dog to Earn His Canine Good Citizen

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At my new job with Found Animals, I am allowed to bring my dog, Harry, to work with me. This makes me very happy. Harry does not share this sentiment. Harry is afraid of people. And worse than people are children. Walking by an elementary school will have Harry pulling on his leash away from the school, opting for oncoming traffic over the joyful squeals of the playground. Fortunately, once Harry gets to know someone, he sincerely digs them. But it often takes several meetings, and some confirmation that the person he meets means well and is God-willing, not a…

Dogs and Destructive Chewing


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It’s a common problem all dog owners face: dog chewing.  Dogs love to chew, it’s a normal dog behavior and yet, we’re always frustrated when we come home to discover that (insert very expensive item here) has been gnawed on or ripped to soggy shreds. What can we do to train our dogs to stop chewing?

Before you can figure out how to stop dog chewing problems, you need to find out what’s causing it. Some of the most common causes for dog chewing are: boredom, fear, separation anxiety, and attention seeking.
Your dog might be bored if he’s left…

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…