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COVID-19 canines: How dogs may help sniff out the coronavirus in humans

Helsinki Airport welcomed 10 dogs this week as part of a pilot program.ByMina Kaji andAmanda Maile A new program will attempt to help sniff out fliers who could be infected with COVID-19 at the Helsinki Airport. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but trainers in Finland claim 8-year-old greyhound mix Kössi […]

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4 Indoor Games To Unleash Fun In Your Dog

By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats. Neither rain nor sleet nor blizzard should prevent your dog from engaging in daily play and exercise. When the […]

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Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

By LisaBeth Weber The phrase “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is often not about a dog. But in the literal sense, asking whether old habits can be replaced with new behavior is a good question. Molly Sumner Sumridge, certified dog behavior consultant and owner of Kindred Companions in Frenchtown, New Jersey, feels […]

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Can All Dogs Swim? Things to Keep in Mind

We all have heard at some point that dogs are natural swimmers. And they manifest swimming just by entering into any water body. Well, this isn’t completely true. Not all dogs can swim or have a body structure perfect for swimming. You may have a dog that might not pass by a water body without […]

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Understanding, Preventing, and Treating Dog Anxiety

By Randa Kriss May 14, 2019 Just like humans, dogs experience anxiety. While unpleasant, it is a normal and also healthy emotion. Dog anxiety can affect all breeds, but may affect each individual dog differently. Although it is something that all dogs experience from time-to-time, if disproportionate levels of anxiety are left unchecked, a dog […]

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Experts Advise Pet Owners to Start Planning Now to Prevent Separation Anxiety Post-Quarantine

“Try starting now to get your pet ready and ease them back to your previously ‘normal’ routine,” By Kelli Bender April 28, 2020 03:02 PM Most dogs, and probably plenty of cats, are loving the extra time they are getting with their humans during the various stay at home orders put in place during the […]

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Wedding Planning: Including Pets in Wedding Ceremonies

We’ve all heard the wedding tradition for a happy marriage: something old, something new, something borrowed, something furry. That’s right, furry. A wedding is an important event for family and friends to celebrate, including four-legged family. Weddings are stressful, but with a little bit of planning including your best four-legged friend in the nuptials is […]

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Problem Behavior In Cats: Correcting Common Bad Behaviors

Aaron Lockwood February 19, 2020 Learn how to fix these common cat behavior problems. Its been written by author Ilona Andrews that, “Cats randomly refuse to follow orders to prove they can.” While it might be true that training a cat is more difficult than training a dog, it takes the same principles: patience, consistency, […]

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How to Introduce Dogs the Right Way

by Dr. Alison Gerken, DVM, and Victoria Schade, dog trainer Introducing a new dog to your family dog is sure to spur a mix of nervousness and excitement. In order to make the transition smooth, you should plan each step of the process—from the dogs’ first meeting to the steps you’ll take to keep the […]

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7 WAYS TO EXERCISE YOUR DOG’S BRAIN

KEEP YOUR DOG’S MIND ACTIVE WITH FUN AND CHALLENGING BRAIN WORKOUTS! We all know how important it is to give your dog daily physical workouts, but it’s equally important to give your dog mental exercise too. It doesn’t matter if your dog is a purebred or a mix, you need to keep his mind occupied; […]

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PROBLEM BEHAVIOR IN CATS: CORRECTING COMMON BAD BEHAVIORS

Its been written by author Ilona Andrews that, “Cats randomly refuse to follow orders to prove they can.” While it might be true that training a cat is more difficult than training a dog, it takes the same principles: patience, consistency, and praise. We’ll begin this article by providing tips for taming a nippy, swatting […]

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Why Dogs Eat Poop and How to Stop It

Of all the repulsive habits our canine companions have — drinking from the toilet, rolling in swamp muck, licking their butts — nothing tops the disgusting practice of eating poop. Their motivation may not be to gross us humans out, but it certainly does. So much so, in fact, that poop eating is often a […]

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9 Tips for Introducing a Dog when you already have Pets

If you want to make the introduction of a new dog to your existing pets go as smoothly as possible, certain precautionary measures must be followed. There are also a few proven tips and tricks that will make the transition easier. With appropriate planning and guidance, your new dog will quickly get accepted by the […]

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Celebrating Safely: Ringing In the New Year with Your Pets

While Yuletide treats, gifts and holiday bouquets are probably making their way out of your home, the season isn’t over just yet. There’s still one more holiday we are counting down the days to, so before you break out the noisemakers and champagne, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) wants to help you prepare […]

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Five Reasons Why Two Dogs Are Better Than One

Surprisingly, Two Dogs Aren’t Twice the Work! From the time I was five until forty years old, I had one dog at a time. Things changed when my beloved Golden Retriever, B.J., was dying of kidney failure. I had just met, Glenn, the man with whom I was destined to spend the rest of my […]

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Do You Know What That Growling Dog is Saying?

by Mary Jo DiLonardo A dog may growl when he’s playing tug-of-war, but it doesn’t mean the same thing as when he’s guarding a food bowl. My dog is a talker. When he’s with another dog, he constantly barks and growls as he races around the yard, so incredibly excited to run and play. For […]

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Teaching A Dog To Swim: Canine Swimming Lesson 101

AKC GoodDog! Helpline Trainer Breanne Long shares some tips on introducing your dog to the water so they have a positive experience and learn to love to swim. Many breeds are natural-born swimmers. Many retrievers and spaniels will swim with little encouragement, but dogs with body types less suited to swimming, like Bulldogs, may need […]

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How to get your dog to stop barking

Pups communicate for many reasons, but sometimes you just need them to shush. Mary Jo DiLonardo Barking is a dog’s way of communicating everything from danger to boredom. It’s a lose-lose situation no matter which side of the fence you’re on. Whether it’s your dog that’s barking or your neighbor’s pooch that won’t stop flapping […]

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Are you drawn to male or female dogs?

Some people think one gender is smarter or sweeter than the other. by Mary Jo DiLonardo Some people are naturally smitten with a certain gender of dog, but why is that? When it comes to dogs, many of us tend to be sexist. We like having male or female pups and likely tend to stereotype […]

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Extreme Fear and Anxiety in Dogs

Fears, Phobias, and Anxieties in Dogs Fear is the instinctual feeling of apprehension resulting from a situation, person, or object presenting an external threat — whether real or perceived. The response of the autonomic nervous system prepares the body for the freeze, fight, or flight syndrome. It is considered to be a normal behavior, essential […]

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How Senior Dog Owners can Avoid Injuries

New study reveals the risks, but these tips will keep you on track. Mary Jo DiLonardo March 8, 2019, 8:24 a.m. Having a dog can motivate seniors to go for a walk, which is smart for overall health — but there’s a risk of serious injury, too. Dogs are awesome. There’s so much scientific evidence […]

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There Is No Reason to Use a Shock Collar. In Fact, It Should Be Illegal

Annie Phenix, CPDT-KA | Jan 21st 2016 There is no need or valid reason to shock, poke, hang, hit, or throw chains at your dog, or to spray water in his face or hurl him to the ground on his back (called an alpha roll). None. Please read that sentence again. If someone in your […]

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Five Reasons Two Dogs are Better Than One

Surprisingly, Two Dogs Aren’t Twice The Work! From the time I was five until forty years old, I had one dog at a time. Things changed when my beloved Golden Retriever, B.J., was dying of kidney failure. I had just met, Glenn, the man with whom I was destined to spend the rest of my […]

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