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5 Steps To Unleash Your Dog’s Fear

By, Traci Whiteside, Master Trainer

Do you have a fearful dog? Perhaps a rescue with an unknown past or a pup that hasn’t been ideally socialized. Sometimes dogs become fearful after a traumatic experience. Regardless of the circumstances, these five easy steps should help your dog to become more confident and less fearful.

1. Socialize Your Dog Slowly and Steadily
Don’t push a fearful dog into something before he is ready […]

By |March 26th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments
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    Chicken, Chicken Meal, Chicken By-Product, Chicken Fat – What Is the Difference and What Are Some of These Ingredients in My Dog’s Food?

Chicken, Chicken Meal, Chicken By-Product, Chicken Fat – What Is the Difference and What Are Some of These Ingredients in My Dog’s Food?

By, Jodi L. Hartley

 

Chicken, chicken meal, chicken by-product, chicken fat…You want to feed your dog the best food available, but deciphering food labels can be challenging. As you read food labels, you probably come across lots of ingredients that you’re unsure of the difference or are just plain unfamiliar. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) sets definitions for these ingredients. Here are some of the ingredients commonly found […]

By |January 6th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Early Socialization Key to Preventing Aggression in Dogs

By Jodi Hartley
 
Nearly 4.5 million people suffer dog bites each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All dogs have the potential to bite and act aggressively no matter their breed or size. Some bites stem from a dog defending himself against a true threat, but many dogs bite because they haven’t been socialized to the world around them. Under-socialized dogs bite out of fear of the […]

By |November 8th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Changes in Behavior and Health as Your Dog Ages

By Jodi Hartley

Just like humans, dogs experience age-related changes in health and behavior. While larger breed dogs typically begin to age sooner than smaller breeds, most veterinarians generally consider a dog a senior around the 7-year mark.

In their senior years, graying of the face, loss of hearing, bad breath, a cloudy or bluish cast over eyes, slower movement/arthritis and slight loss of muscle mass are common for dogs. Dogs experience […]

By |October 15th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments
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    Plan and Prepare for Pets During National Preparedness Month

Plan and Prepare for Pets During National Preparedness Month

by Jodi Hartley
 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a much greater importance has been placed on disaster and emergency planning for family pets and companion animals. Most of us reading this article would not leave our dogs behind in an emergency situation, but we must be prepared ahead of time to keep our pets safe.

As more of the world experiences nearly every type of weather disaster these days, we have […]

By |September 22nd, 2014|Blog|0 Comments
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    Living in Harmony with Man’s Best Friend: Training Your Dog

Living in Harmony with Man’s Best Friend: Training Your Dog

By Jodi Hartley

Although we shouldn’t treat man’s best friend exactly like a human, we do need to teach our dogs manners and acceptable behavior so that we can live in harmony with each other. The benefits of dog training are numerous:

Dogs who have experienced positive obedience training get to take part in more aspects of our lives when they can calmly and happily be around other people and animals. They […]

By |September 2nd, 2014|Blog|0 Comments
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    Common Canine Parasites: What are they and how do I get rid of them?

Common Canine Parasites: What are they and how do I get rid of them?

 
By Jodi Hartley
You probably hear and see about fleas, ticks, heartworms and other icky-sounding parasites on television commercials, visits to your vet or pet websites. But knowing the differences among the parasites and how they affect your pooch and determining how to prevent your dog from getting them can be challenging. Here’s a quick rundown.

Common Parasites

Fleas are tiny black insects that suck blood on both people and dogs. They can […]

By |August 21st, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Why Does My Dog Keep Running Away?

 

By Jodi L. Hartley

I received a call the other day from one of my fellow dog-walking neighbors. Another dog-walking neighbor’s dog was missing. He had been outside in the front yard on a tie-out. She didn’t know if he ran off or was stolen. I had that awful feeling in the pit of stomach worrying about him, and praying he would get home safely. Luckily a few hours later, dog-walking […]

By |July 14th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments
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    Itching, Licking, Ear Infections, Vomiting, Diarrhea…Could It Be the Food?

Itching, Licking, Ear Infections, Vomiting, Diarrhea…Could It Be the Food?

Food Allergies in Dogs
By Jodi Hartley
 

Frequent scratching, licking, ear infections, red-stained eyes and feet, vomiting and/or diarrhea are often signs that your dog is having an allergic reaction to something she’s eating. While it’s unfortunate that more and more dogs seem to be affected by food allergies, we are lucky that they are becoming more widely diagnosed and treated.

 

Is It a Food Allergy?

Just like humans, dogs can experience allergic reactions […]

By |June 5th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments
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    Puppy Mill Action Week Brings Awareness to Plight of Puppy Mill Dogs

Puppy Mill Action Week Brings Awareness to Plight of Puppy Mill Dogs

By Jodi L. Hartley
Each year the Monday before Mother’s Day is The Humane Society of the United States’ Puppy Mill Action Week. As we think about how to honor and thank our human mothers, The Humane Society brings awareness to the thousands of canine mothers who suffer in puppy mills across the United States.

Puppy mills are large-scale breeding facilities whose sole purpose is to produce as many puppies as possible […]

By |May 3rd, 2014|Blog|0 Comments