This is where we share things that we have learned about living with pets, and where we engage some really knowledgeable experts to pass on their wisdom. This part of our website will continue to grow and grow as we add more and more articles.
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TEACHING YOUR DOG TO SWIM
by Marion Corber
A breed of dog with the word “water” in its name (Irish Water Spaniel or Portuguese Water Dog, for example) should adapt easily to swimming. Setters, Retrievers, Akitas, Terriers, and Poodles are also strong swimmers, who love to play, hunt, and retrieve in the water.
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WHY DOGS AND CATS EAT GRASS
by Marion Corber
It may be difficult for you to imagine your sweet little housecat Hermione as a predatory jungle beast, hiding in the tall grass, hungrily waiting for a snake to slither along her path, or a little mouse to make the wrong turn and wind up in her sights. Or perhaps your little dachshund Schnitzel, charging through the forest like a wolf on the hunt.
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by Marion Corber
Before we get into how difficult and dangerous fleas and flea control can be, let me surprise you a little by stating the following: Flea control can usually be handled simply, as long as you take the necessary steps to prevent an infestation.
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DOGS HAVE AN AMAZING SENSE OF SMELL
by Marion Corber
Let’s begin by trying to understand just how sensitive a dog’s nose is.
Think of humans who rely on their “noses” for their livelihoods - perfumers, chefs, and wine makers, for example.
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HOW TO SOCIALIZE YOUR PUPPY
by Sherry Antonishen
What does it mean to properly socialize your puppy?
Many people understand the general importance but few understand the specifics. And in this case, the devil really is in the details! Fully understanding this question is one of the best things you will ever do for your furry companions.
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CHOOSING A DOG BREEDER by Marion Corber
A dog breeder is defined as a person who raises and sells a specific breed of dog. A reputable dog breeder, on the other hand, is much more - this is a person who also loves the type of dog he or she raises, and wants to ensure that each dog is placed in a loving and caring home for its entire life.
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CHOOSING A DOG BREED by Marion Corber
You’ve thought about it for a while and discussed it with all your other family members. You’ve decided to bring a dog into your home and everyone has his or her favourite pet name ready!
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INTRODUCING A NEW CAT TO YOUR RESIDENT CAT
by Marion Corber
Bringing a new cat home to a house with a resident cat requires planning and patience. Keeping the cats separated at the beginning and allowing them to meet gradually are the best ways to ensure a successful period of adjustment and integration.
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HOW OLD IS MY DOG?
Like humans, dogs don’t all age at the same rate. There are many factors that combine to determine the rate at which your dog ages and how long he will live.
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HOW OLD IS MY CAT?
While the average lifespan of a cat is about 15 years, the age that cats live to varies widely. An intact feral tomcat may live only three years in a tough environment, while it’s not uncommon for pampered house cats to live into their twenties.
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TEN COMMON MYTHS ABOUT DOGS
MYTH #1: A wagging tail means a dog is friendly.
FACT: This is a common misunderstanding. A more accurate definition of why a dog wags its tail is a “willingness to interact.”
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IS YOUR PET IN PAIN?
When we hurt, we’ll likely treat it ourselves if it’s minor, or if it’s more significant we can explain it to someone else, such as a doctor, and get help from them. Our pets can hurt too, but they can’t come and tell us, at least not directly. It’s our job to understand how our pets tell us that they are in pain and then to do what’s necessary to ease their suffering.
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SPARE THE ROD, SPOIL THE DOG?
Why, When and How to Say No to your dog.
Likely the most discussed and disagreed upon facet of guiding and teaching our canine companions is…. discipline.
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HOME ALONE AND VERY AFRAID.
WHEN YOUR DOG HAS SEPARATION ANXIETY
Separation Anxiety is a crippling state of mind for a dog. It is heart rending for owners to see the manifestations of their dog’s fear when they are left alone. Dogs are inherently social animals that crave being part of a group or pack. For some dogs, being separated from their pack and family causes intense fear.
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THE POWER OF PRAISE
Good Dog! Two words that we most enjoy saying to our beloved canine companions and so it should be.
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ALL ABOUT CAT LITTER
It’s easy to get confused and even overwhelmed when considering all the different types and brands of cat litter that are available today. How do you choose which one to use?
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CRATE TRAINING: GOOD FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG
There’s no question – crate training your dog is the single best thing you can do to promote happy, healthy, and harmonious human/canine relationships in your family.
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TEACHING YOUR DOG TO COME WHEN CALLED
by Steve Huxter, Transform Canine Behaviour Solutions
One of the most common training issues that dog guardians deal with are dogs that don’t respond to commands reliably, especially dogs that don’t return when called.
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