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Three Super-Easy Ways to Make Your Dog Happier

Three Super-Easy Ways to Make Your Dog Happier

The trick involves considering their senses.

March 2020 - Dogs put up with a lot to accommodate themselves to our world. Yet in many ways we don’t consider a world in which they’d feel more comfortable. It’s not because we don’t care. It’s because we don’t automatically consider how their senses influence their experiences. With our dogs’ senses in mind, here are three ways to make living with us better.

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When Your Dog Smells Really, Really Bad

How to handle dog odor that goes beyond the norm.

There’s no getting around it — dogs can smell pretty stinky. Some of the odor comes from bacteria and yeast in the skin that break down and oxidize oils (fats) on the skin’s surface.

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There’s More to Volunteering at a Shelter Than Petting Dogs

There’s More to Volunteering at a Shelter Than Petting Dogs

Shelters need your social media savvy and other talents, too.

Most shelters are happy to have volunteers come and give resident dogs attention by playing with them and grooming them. Dogs warehoused in shelters need extra attention and socializing so that they will look good to potential adopters and also will adapt better to life with people once they make it to a loving home.

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Is She Truly Hungry, Or Just Bored?

Is She Truly Hungry, Or Just Bored?

Nine steps for getting your dog to stop begging for food.

The American Animal Hospital Association has a chart listing things that get in the way of your pet’s weight control. The number one item: begging. Owner guilt is up there, too.

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