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All posts tagged with “DOg Behavior.”

Your Smartphone Can Be Your Best Friend Should Disaster Strike

09/10/18 at 07:55 AM | by Sandy Robins

September is the start of hurricane season. It follows on the heels of fire season in other parts of the country. When natural disasters of any kind strike, your smart phone can be an essential tool in helping you keep track of important information and photographs of your pets in case you are separated.

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Dog Bite Prevention

09/05/18 at 03:42 PM | by Sandy Robins

Dog bites are scary for pet owners. It’s worth drawing attention to this canine issue because more than 20 000 people get bitten every year. These numbers include children, adults as well as postal and package delivery workers who are in the front line opening garden gates and being greeted at the front door by the resident canine.

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Dogs and Weddings

08/22/18 at 08:35 AM | by Sandy Robins

Both children and dogs can be wild cards at weddings especially if they are part of the retinue. But a wedding with “flower dogs” or a canine ring-bearer can all go off without a hitch with a bit of strategic planning and, provided the pooch, or pooches, understand basic commands such assitand stayandcome.

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Pet Fire Safety

08/08/18 at 08:27 AM | by Sandy Robins

According to the National Fire Protection Association pets start more than 1000 household fires annually destroying homes and often not surviving if they are home alone at the time.

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Keeping Pets Away From Holiday Decorations

02/02/18 at 10:35 AM | by Sandy Robins

We have all seen those hilarious videos with cats causing havoc in holiday trees, swinging precariously from spaghetti-thin branches to bat the decorations, climbing through the foliage to the very top only to bring the tree and all its finery crashing to the ground.

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How to handle pet vomiting (what is normal, when is it a concern)

06/05/17 at 11:15 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

It’s never fun when one of your kids is sick. As pet parents, we want the best for our dogs. And when they are vomiting, we know something isn’t right. But how can we tell if we need to seek medical attention or just let them ride it out?

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How to Keep Dogs From Digging Up Your Garden

05/30/17 at 11:12 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Your adorable pup loves to dig for so many reasons, but none of which are to purposefully destroy your beautiful garden. Dogs like to dig to find a cooler or warmer place to relax, to bury their valuables like food, bones, and toys, to hunt prey like moles, groundhogs, and gophers, but most often dogs like to dig because they think it’s fun.

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Your Dog’s Week in Toys

05/18/17 at 11:25 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Dogs, just like children, love the novelty of a new toy. Once way to amp up the fun is to select a different toy from the toy box to give him every day of the week. Here are some fun suggestions.

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Breed Spotlight: Affenpinscher

09/14/16 at 02:00 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

The Affenpinscher is a toy terrier whose history dates back to the 17th century. It was originally bred in Central Europe, primarily in Germany, with the purpose of controlling the mouse population. This dog breed is now known as a small companion and house dog for adults. Its name translates to “monkey dog” from German. Avid Star Wars fans say that the face of an Affenpinscher looks like an Ewok.

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Creating a Better Connection with Your Dog

08/31/16 at 02:00 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

Dogs are creatures of habit, and it’s no surprise that we continually hear stories about the intense bond that develops between humans and their dogs. Dogs may travel hundreds of miles to find their lost home, dogs can save humans from a burning building, or even sacrifice their own lives to save a human companion. These are not just traits of trained search and rescue dogs, but of common dogs with strong relationships with their humans.

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Breed Spotlight: Bichon Frise

08/09/16 at 02:00 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

The Bichon Frise is a small fluffy pup with a plumed tail, a cheerful disposition and a taste for mischief. His sturdy yet portable size and adorable face make the Bichon Frise a popular breed choice for families and urban dwellers.

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Pool Safety for your Pets

07/27/16 at 12:21 PM | by Cristen Underwood

It is so much fun to swim in the summertime with your pet! You know the rules of safety for you and your children, but there are some rules for your pets and wildlife, too. Ensure that everyone is safe this summer by knowing pet pool safety.

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Dogs and Swimming

07/19/16 at 02:00 PM | by Sandy Robins

When you’re traveling with pets, whether you’re taking a day trip, or heading out on a two-week vacation, it takes the same amount of advance planning and preparation. It’s no different to traveling with small children!

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Breed Spotlight: Shetland Sheepdog

05/09/16 at 02:27 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

An alert, small, rough-coated, longhaired working dog, the Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) is an agile and sturdy medium-size dog breed with a life span of 12-14 years. Like the Collie, the Sheltie traces to the Border Collie of Scotland. These Collies were reduced to miniature proportions upon the breed being transported to the Shetland Islands and crossed with small, intelligent, longhaired breeds.

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Stress Awareness in Dogs and Cats

04/29/16 at 02:21 PM | by Sandy Robins

If you are looking for a good excuse to go out and splurge on some new toys for your dog or cat, you can assuage any guilt about your shopping spree by knowing that toys are a great stress-reliever for pets. New toys will in fact boost their levels of both mental and physical well being.

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Celebrating National Kids & Pets Day

04/25/16 at 02:16 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

As if you need more convincing that having pets around your home makes a positive impact on your children, National Kids & Pets Day will make April 26 a day of ultimate enlightenment.

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How Nutrition Can Help Reduce Shedding

04/22/16 at 02:13 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

While some dog breeds are notorious shedders, others have shed-resistant fur. But even shed-resistant dogs will lose fur depending on the season, weather, grooming and his overall health. You can’t prevent this natural process. But you can help reduce the amount of loose hair. If you feel your dog is shedding more than a typical amount for his breed, consult your veterinarian to rule out any undiagnosed health issues.

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Breed Spotlight: Poodle

04/19/16 at 02:09 PM | by Quaker Pet Group

While often pigeonholed as a “beauty with no brains” dog breed, the Poodle is exceptionally intelligent, active and excels in obedience training. According to AKC® Registration statistics, it’s one of the most popular dog breeds possibly due to the fact that it also comes in three size varieties. The denominations standard, miniature and toy describe size only, as all are considered the same breed and governed by the same standard.

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Potty Training Your New Puppy

02/05/16 at 10:07 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Potty training your new dog or puppy requires so much more than a few stacks of old newspapers. It also requires patience, commitment and consistency. Virtually every dog–especially puppies–will have an occasional accident in the house. That’s just part of the training process.

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Breed Spotlight: American Staffordshire Terrier

01/28/16 at 11:54 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Also referred to as Am Staffs, these people-oriented canines thrive when made part of the family and given a job to do. Highly trainable, good-natured and intelligent, they’re great with children and other pets.

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Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

01/22/16 at 11:51 AM | by Quaker Pet Group

Your dog is now a cow, but it seems your dog has developed a habit of eating grass. Why? Grass eating dogs are actually quite common. The “condition”, referred to as Pica, is considered normal behavior by most veterinarians.

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