Monthly Archives: January 2013

Benefits of Exercise

15 minutes a day, every day, keeps the vet away!

Keep Calm

While I was look around the web at various pet forums and blogs I found a considerable amount of people who thought that putting your pet dog in the back yard for half an hour in the morning and when you return from work in the evening was enough to keep their pet happy and healthy. After a bit more digging I found that these people were also the people who said that they needed help stopping their dog from barking, digging and escaping. So I knew that I needed to clear this matter up. Dogs need to be walked, it’s not in their nature to sit around the house all day especially not when they are young. This article will address the risks of little or no exercise for dogs and also the benefits of regular exercise.

First off I’d just like to mention some of the risks of…

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Musical dog of the Day

We can all go home now, nothing more to see. Tokyo Police Club let the dogs out.

Chew On This

A-List Pet Care

chewie_puppyMy son’s music teacher had a surprise at her home when we returned from the holiday break this year. She teaches in her living room, so it’s not new for us to just walk right in for a lesson. But it was new to find a cute beagle puppy waiting to greet us!

His name is Elwood, and he’s the cutest thing. Who can say no to a puppy? He approached me carefully so I got down on my knees to say hello. Pretty soon he was playing on the floor next to me, and then, “chomp!”

It didn’t hurt the slightest bit. And I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it, so I ignored it. But to her credit my son’s teacher stepped right up and told Elwood to stop. Who can say no to a puppy? Mom can, and should!

It’s very easy to focus…

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Strange Saturday: A Spaniel with Hands

Ok, not real hands, but leave it to those Germans to think of something like this!

Winter Weather Warnings

Now that it has just snowed here in VA and MD, be safe out in the snow!

Your Doggy Dilemmas

Man walking dog in snowWith the return of the snow comes a warning from Animal Charities to protect our dogs from the dangers of rock salt and anti-freeze.

With the snow upon us once again roads are being regularly gritted which is good for motorists but not so great for our dogs, or cats, as hundreds of pets are becoming seriously ill and in some cases dying because of the rock salt and antifreeze being used.

Animal charities say the public should take extra care when using anti-freeze and mop up any spillages. Pet owners were also advised to clean animals’ paws if they have been outside or walking over gritted roads by washing their paws down in clean water once home and also to clip the fur to keep it short.

The danger comes when dogs and cats who have walked through the substances left by gritters trying to clear roads and car drivers…

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Boundary Training for Safety

Very important training that gets overlooked sometimes. Dog walking/running in heavily suburban areas is sometimes an exercise in “which house has an electric fence and which doesn’t?”

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JJ's boundary is the front door

Wouldn’t it be nice to be 100% confident that your dog will stay in your yard even without a fence or leash (ok, 95%)? Is there a room in your house your dog must remain out of, such as baby’s room, your formal dining room, or your business office? Are you frustrated with your dog trampling your flowers in the garden you worked so hard on?

There are many ways to contain or control a dog including fences (visible or electronic), chains or tie-outs, pens, leashes, gates, etc. However, none are fool-proof and none truly provide your dog with freedom and a happy life, nor do they teach them anything, only contain them.

Boundary training is an easy and much more reliable alternative. It involves teaching your dog where a boundary line is and that he is not allowed to cross that line, EVER. It’s not as hard as it…

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Dealing With Separation Anxiety

Probably one of the more difficult issues to deal with in dogs; especially since it happens when you’re not there.

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Strange Saturday (Loca the Pug)

I would like to start posting at least one strange, down right weird, or funny post about our beloved dogs on Saturday, to brighten up your Saturdays in case your dog didn’t let you sleep in this morning.
All are free to submit if you find something pretty funny or strange on the internet. Which, lets be honest, you’ve found some strange stuff.

So, for out first post I present Loca, the Pug that couldn’t run!

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20 Dogs Who Do Incredible Things For Their Humans

20 Dogs Who Do Incredible Things For Their Humans

A little bit of a unrelated followup on Jesse the Useful Jack Russell. Who knew you could sniff out counterfeit DVDs?

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The most useful dog of the Day

Jack Russell Jesse proves that not only is he man’s best friend, but man’s most useful friend. Now where is my cup of coffee?