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The Potentially Fatal Dangers of Thanksgiving and Your Furry Friend

The Potentially Fatal Dangers of Thanksgiving and Your Furry Friend

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I remember just how busy the vet clinic I worked for was the day after Thanksgiving. Many dogs suffer from pancreatitis especially after big holiday feasts, their owners don’t realize that extra tasty treats and sharing put your furry friend at risk for this potentially fatal condition.

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Clear Communication

Clear Communication

Superior and effective communication is the key to all good relationships. Communication between you and your dog is even more vital because inherently you speak such different languages. Dog’s live in a world of black and white behavior. In order to achieve clarity when you communicate with your dog, you must eliminate grey areas in your training.

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The Hidden Killer in Your House

The Hidden Killer in Your House

Not everything natural is safe for our furry companions. Sometimes we don’t even realize the dangers we bring home and leave on the counter or in our cars or purses. How many women, right now, have a stick or two of sugar free gum in their purses. That simple little piece of gum or two could be lethal to your dog.

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Help for Your Land Shark

Help for Your Land Shark

It is never too late to teach your dog appropriate behavior when it comes to using his/her teeth. Develop a no tolerance rule with humans and provide ample training and exercise and if you can allow your dog to play with other dogs as a way to use their teeth in an appropriate environment with other playful well behaved dogs.

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Avoiding Confusion Especially if You Want to Compete

Avoiding Confusion Especially if You Want to Compete

For the most part, I want a pet; a well behaved good pet that is good with the children and listens to everyone. But, I would also like to compete with her at some point in the near future. So I came up with a strategy to help her maintain her pet status and continue to work on her obedience, but to also ensure that her competition obedience is infallible.

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Teaching Your Thief How to Retrieve

Teaching Your Thief How to Retrieve

Reverse psychology, instead of chasing him when a bad situation arises; reward him for doing the right thing and bringing it to you. Your dog is simple; even negative emotions and behavior elicited from you can be rewarding. Use the knowledge of reverse psychology to your benefit. It is a lot easier than chasing your dog out of frustration!

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Beat the Heat This Summer

Beat the Heat This Summer

The first thing to realize, is that your dog cannot sweat out of all his pores like you can. Dogs cool themselves by panting, and sweating through their paw pads. This is not a rapid cooling system and that is why dogs can suffer from heat stroke very rapidly! The veterinarian I use to work for use to tell our clients that any temperature over 70 degrees can be potentially dangerous for your furry friend. If your dog is actively exercising his temperature will increase even more quickly, so make sure he has access to lots of water and it is best to have access to a body of water so your dog can immerse and cool his whole body when it gets hot.

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Saying Goodbye to Your Best Friend

Saying Goodbye to Your Best Friend

Saying goodbye is always difficult and it never gets easier, but I believe if you focus on the memories and the here and now and do all that you can to control their pain and their quality of life, you can give them the dignity that they deserve at the last moment. Then it is time to allow yourself the time that you need to mourn their passing.

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Teach Your Dog to Beg

Teach Your Dog to Beg

Sometimes even teaching a behavior you don’t want and then never asking for it again is an extremely effective way to teach your dog not to do something. I guarantee you this works on a variety of behaviors! And, this is a much happier more fun way to train than using force! Good luck and have fun training!

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Fleas; Your Dog’s Arch Enemy

Fleas; Your Dog’s Arch Enemy

Speak to your local veterinarian about prescription products to help keep your best friend flea free. The recommendation of products depends on your vet, your pet and the dynamics of your particular geographical area and the propensity for flea infestation. Prescription products are the best, and there is even a monthly pill that can be given to help your pet be more comfortable. Even ONE flea can cause severe reaction, itching and allergies in some dogs.

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