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So, Your Dog Doesn’t Like Its Crate?

July 20th, 2016|Comments Off on So, Your Dog Doesn’t Like Its Crate?

So, your trainer and everyone else on the planet told you you should be crating your dog. Everywhere you turn, dog-intelligent people are telling you that crates can solve many behavior issues, provide structure, and make everyone's life easier. This is absolutely true for the [...]

Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

July 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

By Gloria J Dorsey, DVM, MPH  AHS Vice President of Community Education and Advocacy Fourth of July celebrations are wonderful opportunities for family and friends to gather and celebrate our nation’s independence.  These celebrations include camping, picnics, barbecues and of course, fireworks.  Many of our pets [...]

The Truth About Hugging Dogs

May 20th, 2016|Comments Off on The Truth About Hugging Dogs

It’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week. We share our homes and lives with millions of dogs, and most of those dogs never end up biting anyone. This is largely because dogs, like us, are social, and want to avoid confrontation. But it’s also because dogs [...]

Avoiding the “Abuse Excuse”

March 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Avoiding the “Abuse Excuse”

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  ~John Quincy Adams Dog owners have heard for years how dogs need us to be good leaders. But few people really understand how to take charge [...]

Playing Tug with Your Dog

February 24th, 2016|Comments Off on Playing Tug with Your Dog

You probably already know that most dogs enjoy play, and toys make it even more fun. Our dogs love toys, and we love to buy them for our dogs, trying to find what will really excite them. Some dogs are obsessed with fetching toys, while [...]

Winter Walks for Both of You

February 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on Winter Walks for Both of You

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”  ~John Muir There’s nothing like taking a walk on a crisp winter day with your dog. Not only does it burn energy for both of you, but at a time when most people [...]

New Year’s Resolutions

January 4th, 2016|Comments Off on New Year’s Resolutions

Happy 2016!  Gloria Dorsey, DVM, MPH has a list of New Year's Resolutions that EVERY pet owner should make this year: • Resolve to not feed your pet table foods!  This bad habit will promote finickiness in your pet. • Resolve to exercise regularly with your [...]

Problems Brewing… Part 2

December 30th, 2015|Comments Off on Problems Brewing… Part 2

(Please read Part 1 of this post here.) Sophie is clearly uncomfortable (distressed) by visitors. Her hackles, barks, growls and forward movement with stiffness are all clues. Marcy and Dave are not helping her learn to cope properly with what she clearly considers an invasion [...]

Problems Brewing…

December 28th, 2015|1 Comment

Marcy and Dave are having guests over for dinner. Their dog Sophie barks ferociously every time she hears the doorbell, and rushes the door. Dave has to hold her by the collar as he opens it so she won’t rush out or jump on people, [...]