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Is Your Dog Training You?

Is Your Dog Training You?

Behavior reinforcement is more of a two-way street than you may realize.

June 2016 - Do you ever feel like your dog is training you rather than the other way around? Maybe teaching you to let her have some ice cream by looking at you with adoring eyes? Or letting you know that pawing at you means she wants to be petted and not giving up until you follow through? Or somehow ending up sleeping on the bed every night even though you swore that you’d never let a dog do that?

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Cool, Cooler, Coolest

Cool, Cooler, Coolest

Fun items to keep your dog chill this summer.

As the dog days approach, you already know that if your pet hangs out in the yard a lot, it’s important to make sure he has a shaded spot and a bowl frequently replenished with cool, fresh water to encourage hydration. You know, too, that pavement can get awfully hot during the summer months. If it’s hot enough to fry an egg, just think what it can do to your pal’s bare paws. That’s why,…

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The Calories in Your Dog’s Treats

The Calories in Your Dog’s Treats

Many treats contain more calories than are healthful.

As the nation’s people go, so go our dogs. By some estimates, at least 40 percent of the pet dogs in the U.S. are overweight, which puts an extra burden on their joints and backs and predisposes them to hormone-related diseases like diabetes. It’s not all about transferring our own sedentary, non calorie-burning lifestyles to our dogs. Some of it is that dog food simply tastes much better than it used to.

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When the Diagnosis is Pancreatitis

When the Diagnosis is Pancreatitis

What to do depends on the severity of the condition.

The holidays are a time for family and tradition. But it can also be a time for pancreatitis for dogs. The most common cause of pancreatitis in a dog is the ingestion of a lot of fat. People feed a lot of high-fat treats in the wake of these holidays, or the dog gets hold of them inadvertently. The fat then increases the production of the digestive enzymes in the pancreas, which is what gets the process going.

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