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Help!  I Found a Lump on My Dog

Help! I Found a Lump on My Dog

I often get asked by pet owners what to do when they find a lump on their dog. So I thought I would share some tips of the trade for you, that I learned while I was working as a vet tech and from finding a cancerous lump on my own dog that required the removal of his spleen.

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Stress and Moving

Be contentious with your dog’s feelings and understand that when they are faced with extreme stress, or what they perceive to be extreme stress they often have a break down. Whatever you do, do not add more stress to the equation by yelling at or chastising your furry family member. Go back to square one and help to relieve his anxieties by adding treats, toys, praise, fun and normalcy to your routine and you will see your furry friend bounce back to his normal self quickly

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A Good Walk is Hard to Beat

A Good Walk is Hard to Beat

It is fairly simple to get your dog to have good leash manners if you understand walking from his perspective. Walking in one direction at a slow pace is boring for dogs and boredom leads to looking for ways to entertain themselves. When dogs are forced to entertain themselves, whether at home or on a walk, they often choose naughty or what we presume as naughty behavior. They bark, they growl, they lunge, they lead with their noses and sniff, they pull; these things provide mental stimulation for them.

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Urine Spots on Your Lawn Getting You Down?

Urine Spots on Your Lawn Getting You Down?

Many people want a pristine yard, but their dog’s urine kills the grass. Supplements abound and homeopathic advice that claims to change the PH of your dog’s urine and therefore keep the urine from burning your yard, however there are imperative things for you to know before you give your dog these supplements or any other suggested remedy.

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Memorial for a Fallen Hero

Memorial for a Fallen Hero

With happiness and reliability, working dogs jump up each morning, embrace the joy and beauty of life, and live to serve us and their communities. If I did that, 100% of the time, everyday, I WOULD BE A DOG.

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Ear infections and the importance of your vet

Ear infections and the importance of your vet

The reason your vet schedules an ear recheck is to check the progress of the infection deep down in the ear. Most ear infections need to be treated a second or third 2 week cycle before the infection clears. If the infection is not rechecked and lays dormant deep in the canal of the dog, not only will it not go away, it may become resistant to medications. Once the infection is resistant, it becomes even more difficult to treat and often very expensive.

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Indoor Doggy Games

Indoor Doggy Games

Is the weather getting you down? Is your dog bored? Play a game with your dog, stimulate his mind and bond while you play indoor games.

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The Power of Positive Reinforcement

The Power of Positive Reinforcement

When I first starting training dogs, over 16 years ago, dog training consisted mostly of compulsion: a strong, usually irresistible impulse to perform an act, especially one that is irrational or contrary to one’s will i.e. force. Back “in the...

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The Take A Break Command

The Take A Break Command

I rolled over this morning, stretched and opened my eyes only to have a wooly pink bunny dropped into my newly opened peepers.  My dogs lay quietly until they see any sign of me rising, and movement is often celebrated...

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