Travelling with your dog

Travelling with your dog any distance, whether cross country or simply a short holiday, can be stressful if one is not properly prepared.  In addition to the chaos of packing, making lists, getting your affairs in order and being sure to find all necessary documents, there is the question of what to do with your pets.  If taking your dog along for the car ride there are additional things to think about, such as whether he will be comfortable for ...

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Mixed breed vs pure bred

When deciding to add a new dog to the home, one of the most important decisions to be made is what type of dog you would like to adopt or purchase.  Mixed breed vs pure bred.  For some people a pure bred dog is the only way to go, while others cannot imagine ever owning any type of dog other than a Heinz beans mutt.  There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of dog, which are discussed below.

Cost
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Advantages of clicker training

“Clicker Training” is an increasingly popular style of training.  Every single dog can benefit from some form of obedience training.  However, pet parents can easily become frustrated when researching the vast number of training methods available.  The advantages of clicker training will be discussed below.

The foundational principles that clicker training is built upon were first described in the 1940’s by acclaimed behavioralist B.F. Skinner.  He theorized that classical training methods did not effectively signal to the animal that the correct action ...

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Dog eye care

Eye infections, injuries and surgeries are among the worst diagnoses a dog can have.  Not only are eye problems painful and irritating for the pet, but also frustrating for the owner trying to keep the dog from scratching the eye.  To avoid eye problems in dogs, a number of preventative dog eye care steps that can be taken.

No open windows in the car.
Although this rule takes all the fun out of road trips with your dog, it is truly ...

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How to stop your dog from mooching

Everyone who has a dog knows the following drill: as soon as the kitchen table is set and the food comes out, Fido can be found with his head on someone’s lap, with big puppy dog eyes, begging for scraps.  Unfortunately, the only way to prevent this behaviour is to have never, not even once, share a bite of your dinner with your pup.  Since almost every pet owner has disobeyed this golden rule at some point.  They all have ...

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Canine and human interaction

In many ways, dogs exist solely for the benefit of humans, either for work, transport, therapy, or companionship.  After all, without humans, domestication of wolves and other ancient canines would have never occurred and resulted in the modern dog we know and love today.  There should be no surprise, then, that dogs are finely tuned to understand both the verbal and nonverbal cues that humans give.

Recently, researchers have begun to study canine and human interaction and canine non-verbal communication, with interesting results. ...

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Let sleeping dogs lie

Anyone who is not a morning person understands the frustration of the following scenario: you are nestled warmly in bed on a soft pillow, under cozy, fleece blankets, having wonderful dreams about a relaxing seaside escape, when suddenly the loud clatter of the bin lorry outside your window brings you into the harsh reality that it is morning and you need to wake up.  This rude awakening is enough to put you in a bad mood for the rest of ...

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How to combat excessive barking

As every dog owner can attest, once a dog finds his voice, it can be hard to keep him quiet.  Dogs bark for a number of reasons, such as to warn of a perceived danger, to let us know they are happy, and as a greeting to other dogs or humans.  However, sometimes barking occurs for no good reason at all, which is when corrective actions should be considered.  Listed below are a few reasons a dog may bark excessively, ...

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Overcoming dog on dog aggression

A commonly misunderstood behavior is when a dog shows aggression towards another dog or animal. While most people assume this dog is “mean,” aggression is most typically caused by fear and a lack of proper socialisation.  For mild cases, there are a number of tips for overcoming dog on dog aggression.

Be Aware of how Two Dogs are Introduced
Many owners do not realise that the way two dogs are introduced can have a profound effect on their interaction. One of the ...

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Man’s best friend

For many a dog owner, calling Fido his or her Man’s Best Friend is a no-brainer.  After all, our dogs comfort us in times of need, share our exuberance when we’re excited, make fantastic road trip partners, help us enjoy the great outdoors and love us unconditionally.  For these reasons, dogs have popularly been referred to as “Man’s Best Friend” for almost a century.  However, where and when was this phrase first coined?

Dogs owe the popularization of the friendly title to ...

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