Spite Isn’t A Dog Thing ñ Separation Anxiety Is

Dog owners, when they get together, will tell stories of their amazing, brilliant, astonishing and misbehaving dogs. How many times have you heard about the pet who, displeased by its ownersí absence, left a ìpresentî of the most unpleasant kind?

The truth is ñ he didnít do it out of spite. Dogs arenít people. People are the only animals that have an idea of ìspite,î ìrevenge,î or ìgetting even.î Thatís not to say that dogs donít have emotions ñ any dog owner knows better. But most will agree that dogs arenít planners ñ they live completely in the moment – …

Smelly Dogs May Need Ablutions

Every week there is one date I faithfully keep: “ablutions” time with my dogs. I don’t know why we started calling it that – probably when I was completely and totally addicted to Regency Romance novels. According to Webster’s Dictionary, “ablutions” is “a washing of the body, especially as a religious ceremony.”

We don’t actually do a full-body dog wash every week – I’m told that less frequent bathing is better for a dog’s skin and fur – and it’s not really a ritual. We do trim nails, brush fur and teeth, clean ears, and wash faces. Because of the …

Show a Little Love with Homemade Dog Treats

Dogs aren’t just pets anymore; they’re part of the family! And what better way to show that you love them by baking up a batch of homemade dog treats? It’s time to put on your dog-themed oven mitts, pre-heat your oven, and get ready to make your dog very, very happy!

Dog Treats Follow Trend

Today dogs sleep in our beds, ride shotgun in our cars, and come with us on vacation. As the trend to pamper our pooches grows, so does the popularity of gourmet dog treats. Owners are more concerned with what their dogs are eating, and commercial …

Review of the Purina Second Nature Dog Litter Box System

I had previously raised two lhasa apso dogs who spent most of their lives living in high-rise condominiums. Instead of having to take them down an elevator to go outdoors to eliminate all the time, I trained them to use newspapers in a spare bathroom. Since they were both initially paper trained as puppies anyway, I chose to continue this method for them. Indoor newspapers worked quite well for the rest of their lives as my dogs were able to go to the bathroom whenever they needed to. The only problem is that the papers tended to get rather messy …

How to Buy a Horse Trailer

Whether you own one horse or several, a horse trailer will provide a convenient way to travel with your horses to shows, rodeos, camping sites, horse trails, or wherever you need to take your horses. Horse trailers are also useful in case of an emergency if you have to evacuate your horses or get them to a veterinarian in a hurry. But buying a horse trailer can be a little confusing because there are so many different types and styles available. Here are some things to look for when shopping for a horse trailer.

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How to Safely and Effectively Address Dog Aggression

Dog aggression is one of the most common issues dog owners face. It’s important to know how to safely and effectively address this issue in order to keep your pet, family, and friends safe.  The best way for a dog owner to address their aggressive pup is by working with a certified behaviorist or trainer that has experience addressing canine aggression. 

These professionals can help you create an individualized treatment plan that is tailored specifically for your problem behaviors. A qualified professional will also be able to offer advice on what type of training style would work best for both …

Is Small Amounts of Chocolate Harmful to Dogs?

The other day, my dog ate chocolate. It was only a small amount, but I’m not sure whether or not it’s harmful to him. What should I do? The truth is that dogs can’t metabolize cocoa beans like humans can, so the main ingredient in chocolate (theobromine) isn’t processed well by their bodies. 

That means they are more likely to have adverse reactions when they eat even small amounts of chocolate than we would be. Let’s take a look at this article for some tips on what you should do if your pet eats anything containing cocoa beans!

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How to Get Your Dog to Drink More Water: A Guide for Successful Drinking

Your dog is a unique being with its own personality and habits. You have to find what works best for your individual animal, but there are some general tips that will help you on your way: give them ice cubes (they like the crunching), put their water dish near their food dish, or try different flavors of water such as chicken broth or apple juice. 

It’s not always easy to get our pets to do what we want them to do; they don’t speak English and sometimes think they know better than us humans. But with these simple tricks, it’ll …

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