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Teething puppies need toys and direction

Bringing a new pup home is an exciting time. The excitement can turn to some frustration though, if the puppy is mouthing people with his needle like teeth. Mouthing is a natural behavior and there are lots of ways to redirect the puppy to mouth on appropriate objects.  Feed the pup his meals from food ... Read More »

Dogs’ scent detection a valuable tool

Scent detection refers to a group of activities which utilize the tremendous sense of smell a dog has. We are all familiar with the abilities of working dogs.  Police and customs dogs are trained to locate narcotics, currency and weapons while other dogs work at border crossings to find prohibited items like certain agricultural products.  ... Read More »

The holidays can be dangerous for your pets

The holiday season often this means guests are coming and going and potential hazards can become more available to the family dog. Some Christmas plants can be hazardous.  According to the Pet Poison Helpline, ingestion of Christmas tree needles can irritate the mouth and stomach. Poinsettias and mistletoe, if ingested can result in mild vomiting ... Read More »

Much to consider in selecting a dog

People sometimes choose a dog to buy or adopt because they like the look of the dog, or because the breed or mix has been recommended by friends, or because a breed has been made popular on TV. When choosing a dog, consideration should also be given to what traits the breed has, the lifestyle ... Read More »

Keeping sport-loving pets injury-free

Many dogs participate in some sort of sport or activity. While many activities are fun for most dogs, it’s up to us condition and train our dogs to avoid injury. It’s also important to avoid working a dog who is tired as they, like us, are more likely to be injured when tired. Building up ... Read More »

Tug game can teach valuable lessons

Playing tug with dogs is a great way to reward a dog, to teach bite inhibition, to teach a dog to release an item on cue, to tire a dog out and to teach control of arousal levels. To teach tug-toy, decide what the cue will be for tug-toy. Have ready a toy the dog ... Read More »

Pets are friends with emotional benefits

The relationship many people have with their pets is an important one. While many people who live with companion animals appreciate how their pet enhances their life, researchers continue to study the benefits of living with pets. At the inaugural educational summit of PAWSitive InterAction, experts in the areas of medicine, psychiatry, veterinary studies and ... Read More »

Dogs can be taught impulse control

Teaching a dog impulse control or delay of gratification is one of the best ways to help a dog become calm and self- controlled. Impulsive individuals are usually characterized by their rapid response to stimulation, accelerated action and a difficulty in the ability to inhibit responses. Individual variation in the ability to control impulses is ... Read More »

Recognizing stress in dogs

Learning to recognize indicators of stress in dogs helps us help stressed dogs. Like us, dogs can feel stressed by a variety of things and this can cause physiological changes as well as changes in behaviour. Research reveals three categories of abnormal behaviours in dogs that can be caused by stress: (1) displacement activities such ... Read More »

Distraction-free environment best for training

To help your dog focus, teach new skills in an area that is free of distractions. Increase the difficulty of the training exercise by increasing criteria in one area at a time. For example, if we are introducing increasing the distance from the trainer at which the dog will sit on cue, avoid increasing the ... Read More »

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