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Brachycephalic dogs

Brachycephalic dogs

From Boston terriers to pugs, flat-faced dogs with short noses are prone to health problems, especially respiratory issues. It’s important to educate yourself about these conditions when adopting a brachycephalic breed or mix. Many of our today’s most popular dogs include brachycephalic dogs such as pugs, Boston terriers and bulldogs. A brachycephalic dog is one …

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Successful dog training with treats

Successful dog training with treats

Treats are important rewards during dog training sessions, but you don’t want him to become dependent on them. Learn to make training treats work for both of you – and how to wean your dog off them when he’s ready. Like us, dogs repeat behaviors that are rewarded. When dogs associate a particular behavior with …

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Balance your dog’s energy with seasonal acupressure sessions

Balance your dog’s energy with seasonal acupressure sessions

Your dog’s energy shifts as the seasons change. These acupressure sessions will help him keep his Yang and Yin chi balanced as we move from summer into fall. In ancient Chinese medicine, a balanced flow of life-promoting energy, called “chi”, is the key to health and longevity for our dogs (and us!). The trick is …

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Brynn

Brynn

This German shepherd is more than just a pretty face. She’s using her influence to spread the word about canine health, nutrition and EPI, a rare but serious canine disease. Life is full of surprises. When Maureen Fowler visited Woofstock in Toronto with her dog, Brynn, last summer, she thought she’d just be meeting a …

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6 steps to helping your new rescue dog settle in

6 steps to helping your new rescue dog settle in

Rescue dogs often come from situations of neglect and abuse, so may have trouble adjusting to adoption. These tips will help your new friend feel more secure as he gets used to living with you. Rescue dogs often know little beyond neglect, loneliness and abuse. Giving them loving and supportive forever homes after all they’ve …

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Dogs that don't like to play

Dogs that don’t like to play

You’d think that dogs and play would go together like apples and cinnamon, and in most cases, they do. But depending on how a dog was raised and treated, he may not enjoy or even know how to play. Most dogs live life to the fullest, and love to play by themselves or with their …

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Dog-friendly breweries

Dog-friendly breweries

Looking for something different to do with your dog? How about visiting some dog-friendly breweries? While you sample the suds, your canine companion can enjoy your company and socialize with other pooches. For dog lovers who enjoy a cold one on a warm afternoon, what could be better than a dog-friendly brewery? Craft breweries across …

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What to do if your dog is bit by a snake

What to do if your dog is bit by a snake

Besides Benedryl, are there any remedies you should carry with you on a walk in case you or your dog is bit by a snake? The answer is yes! There are a number of natural and homeopathic remedies that can help provide temporarily relief if your dog is bitten by a snake. Take a look …

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Service, therapy and emotional support dogs

Service, therapy and emotional support dogs

The terms are sometimes used interchangeably, but there’s a difference between these three working dog classifications. Our canine companions enjoy having a job. Many become service, therapy and emotional support dogs for people who need physical or emotional assistance. Among other things, these dogs might serve as someone’s eyes and ears, help a disabled person …

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Why interactive toys are good for your dog

Why interactive toys are good for your dog

Interactive toys offer many benefits to your dog – they provide mental stimulation and combat boredom, satisfy his natural instincts, and make mealtime more fun. Dogs need mental stimulation in order to thrive. Without it, they’re likely to become stressed, anxious and bored. Eventually, these emotional imbalances cause dogs to seek other ways to occupy …

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Natural remedies for canine anxiety

Natural remedies for canine anxiety

Is your dog a “nervous Nelly?“ Anxiety is common in our canine companions, so here’s  how to help him chill using a holistic, natural approach.  Is your dog anxious? Not only are anxious behaviors difficult to deal with, but they can have a detrimental effect on your dog’s health and well-being. Taking a holistic approach …

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Understanding your dog's mind and emotions

Understanding your dog’s mind and emotions

How smart is your dog? How many emotions does he have access to? Recent research into canine behavior and cognition is yielding some surprising results. If you think our dogs know and feel more than we think they do, you’re correct. We live in an age of discovery when it comes to canine behavior, and …

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Solutions for dogs that chase cars

Solutions for dogs that chase cars

Does your dog chase cars or “attack” certain vehicles while you’re out on a walk? Here’s how to combat this dangerous behavior problem. Most rescue dogs have at least one baffling behavior problem. Some dogs chew, some have separation anxiety, and others chase cars. If your pup lunges, barks and goes crazy whenever a certain …

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Solutions for dogs that eat fast

Solutions for dogs that eat fast

Does your dog eat fast? Have you tried everything to slow her down without success? Here’s some additional tips to help you remedy the problem. This habit might not strike you as a problem. But the truth is, dogs that eat fast are at higher risk of nausea and vomiting, as well as stomach torsion. …

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How homeopathy can heal your pet’s allergies

How homeopathy can heal your pet’s allergies

A holistic approach that focuses on homeopathy does more than relieve allergy symptoms in dogs and cats. It heals on a deep level and the results are often permanent. People spend thousands of dollars trying to treat skin, dietary or respiratory allergies in their dogs and cats. They spend thousands of hours attempting to eliminate …

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Bathing your dog: a step-by-step guide

Bathing your dog: a step-by-step guide

When bathing your dog, follow these 8 steps for a smooth and stress-free experience. Bathing your dog isn’t rocket science. But it’s a good idea to follow a consistent procedure to make things easier and minimize stress. From setup to cleanup, this guide will simplify the bathing process for both you and your canine companion. …

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Walking and exercise programs make shelter dogs more adoptable

Walking and exercise programs make shelter dogs more adoptable

Daily walks and exercise help more rescue and shelter dogs find forever homes by giving them physical and mental stimulation and teaching them valuable skills such as socialization and leash etiquette. Every pooch needs physical exercise, and shelter dogs are no exception. In fact, structured walking programs at shelters and rescues help make dogs more …

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TCVM preventative seasonal medicine for dogs

TCVM — preventive seasonal medicine for dogs

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the different seasons are associated with specific personalities, bodily organs, ages, and foods. By understanding these factors, you can use seasonal medicine and nutrition to keep him balanced and healthy. If you’re familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine, you may know that the seasons of the year are associated with different personalities, …

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4 reasons to enroll your new puppy in a training class

4 reasons to enroll your new puppy in a training class

You adopted a puppy – congratulations! Once you’ve gotten a chance to get to know one another, consider enrolling him in a training class. Puppy training classes are an ideal way to get off on the right paw with your new guy. Here’s a few reasons to seek out a good trainer or class ASAP! …

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Lyme disease and your dog

Lyme disease and your dog

Taking steps to minimize tick exposure is the best way to protect your canine companion from Lyme disease. It doesn’t seem that long since we could walk our dogs through woods and fields without a care in the world. But ticks and the risk of Lyme disease have changed all that. Once upon a time, …

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Spencer

Spencer

This charming little rescue pup from Hawaii is making waves on social media – and inspiring kids around the world to become responsible pet parents. On the first of October in 2013, Shannon Ellis and her two nieces visited their local Humane Society in Honolulu, Hawaii to make a donation. On a whim, they decided …

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6 dog-friendly summer activities

6 dog-friendly summer activities

Tips for making your favorite summer activities safe and fun so you and your dog can enjoy all these great outdoor getaways. Now that summer is here, you’re probably planning some outdoor fun for yourself and your canine companion. Spending your days outside together, whether you’re sticking close to home or going on a two …

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5 causes of hearing loss in dogs

5 causes of hearing loss in dogs

Is your dog going deaf? Perhaps he’s just getting older, but there are other causes of hearing loss in canines, so it’s always a good idea to have him checked out by a veterinarian. When people find out their dogs have hearing loss, they often feel concerned. But in most cases, the cause is either …

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Feeding your dog for healthy skin and a glossy coat

Feeding your dog for healthy skin and a glossy coat

Poor nutrition or a deficiency in certain nutrients can manifest as dandruff, itchiness, dull hair and other problems. A high quality diet with the right supplements can do wonders for his skin and coat health.  When it comes to dogs, the old adage that you are what you eat rings true. A dog with a …

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Does your dog have hot spots?

Does your dog have hot spots?

These inflamed red lesions on your dog’s skin can cause him a lot of itching and pain. Find out what really causes hot spots, and how to help heal them.  Hot spots are one of the most common reasons people take their dogs to the veterinarian. And no wonder. Hot spots (or acute moist dermatitis) …

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5 eco-friendly gift ideas for pets

5 eco-friendly gift ideas for pets

Many of us are taking steps to improve our impact on the environment. With these 5 eco-friendly gift ideas, your companion’s ‘paw-print’ can be reduced too. Kermit the Frog once famously said, “It’s not easy being green.” But times have changed. Now, being green is synonymous with healthy living and care for the planet. When …

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Oxygenation – an important key to your dog’s health

Oxygenation – an important key to your dog’s health

Both exercise and diet play vital roles in keeping your dog’s body (and your own!) oxygenated and in a healthy alkaline state. We often taking breathing and eating for granted. Yet the breaths we take into our bodies, and the foods we eat, have an effect on our health – and our dogs’ — that …

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Pet-friendly alternatives to lawn and garden chemicals

Pet-friendly alternatives to lawn and garden chemicals

Pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers are full of toxins that are harmful to dogs and cats. Using safe natural methods to keep your lawn and garden growing is one of the best things you can do to keep your companion healthy. Now that spring is here, everyone with a green thumb will soon be scrambling to …

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Can quercetin help with seasonal allergies in dogs?

Can quercetin help with seasonal allergies in dogs?

Quercetin is an excellent natural remedy for seasonal and environmental allergies in dogs. But how much should you give and how often? When it comes to canine allergies, seeking healthier treatment options is great. I would encourage you, however, to go to the next step — to look for permanent cures, not just symptom relief. …

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How to keep your dog’s paws healthy

How to keep your dog’s paws healthy

You might not think much about the condition of your dog’s paws, but foot injuries or problems can be as uncomfortable for him as they are for you. It’s important to check your dog’s paws regularly for any issues, and to take steps to keep them healthy and protected. With its claws and leathery pads, …

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Biking and jogging with your dog

Biking and jogging with your dog

Biking or jogging with your dog can be excellent exercise and lots of fun, but remember to keep his comfort and safety in mind. Spring is here, and it’s time for you and your dog to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Long walks are a favorite form of human/ canine exercise, …

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Canine acupressure for spring conditioning

Canine acupressure for spring conditioning

With the return of warmer weather, your dog will be more active than he was during the winter. Here’s how physical conditioning, along with acupressure, can help get him fit for spring, and reduce the risk of injury. Dogs know when spring is in the air. They want to run, play, and stretch their bodies …

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