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Socializing Your Dog Part II (New Canine Companions)

Once you have the greeting basics down, it may be time to introduce your dog to other dogs. It's good to limit your first attempts to just meeting one new dog at a time in a neutral spot for both dogs. It can often be problematic for one to have a home field advantage over…
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Socializing Your Dog – Part I (The Meet & Greet)

You never get a second chance to make a first impression... unless you're a dog. First impressions are important, and also one of the first steps in preparing your dog to meet other people and eventually other dogs. While meeting people is not exactly the same as meeting other canines, this should put you in…
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Pet-Proof Your Home for the Holidays

The lights are gleaming; the carols are being sung, and your dog is neck deep in a pile of tinsel. Yikes! Holiday festivities are supposed to be merry, bright, and full of love to share with family and friends. But for our fur-friends, it takes a proactive response to keep them safe, happy, and healthy. …
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A New Cat In The House

While you can certainly just bring a cat home, a little planning can go a long way if the new cat is your first cat in the house. If it is a planned event to bring a cat home and not an impromptu rescue (or other random situation), then make an appointment with a veterinarian…
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Can Cats Do Tricks?

Cats seem to do a great job at training their owners, but can the roles be reversed? The first thing to consider is this general rule; cats do not respond well to punishment. Cats are incapable, or perhaps just unwilling, to see a link between bad behavior and punishment. On the flip-side, cats also lack…
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Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety can be very detrimental for your dog, and can be caused by many different situations, usually involving change. For example, being left alone when used to having people around, a change of ownership, moving from a shelter to a home, change in family routine, loss of a family member, etc. Regardless of the…
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Dogs and CBD

Deciding whether to get CBD (an abbreviation for cannabidiol) for your pooch can feel daunting for some because of its association with “Weed." CBD is one of over 80 different chemical compounds called cannabinoids, which are derived from the cannabis (marijuana) plant. No, it’s nothing like the more famous and psychoactive cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that…
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Advantages of In-home Pet Care

Finding a place to host your pets while you’re out of town is exhausting. Reading review after review from kennels and pet motels can leave you discouraged with no idea what to do. Luckily, there are more options available than boarding your animals. In-home pet care is an excellent alternative to boarding as it provides…
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Pet First Aid Awareness

Growing up, most of us knew where the first aid box was located. Band-Aids, antiseptic spray, pain killers, and some odds and ends were in there along with gauze and wraps. April is pet first aid awareness month, and your pet needs their own box, too! Check out the key things to follow when understanding…
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Navigating Dog Parks

If your furry friend is needing some exercise, dog parks can be a great option. Plenty of space to run, play, and wear themselves out. But on the flip side, there are a few things to consider when choosing a dog park. Visiting a dog park should be a choice weighed carefully depending on several…
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