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Ryan Rauch

Ryan Rauch graduated from Scripps School of Journalism in 2009 and has been writing for Canine Journal since 2012. Ryan enjoys writing and researching new and evolving home security measures, and has a passion for technology.

Best Guard Dogs for Families

German Shepherd Guard Dog

Some breeds do better at understanding one owner, and other breeds understand the entire family and will protect each member as though it were one of its own. We have researched and ranked the ten best guard dogs for families..

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4 Reasons the Cost of Pet Insurance is Worth It

Dog on vet table

Murphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Pet owners know this better than anyone when their dog steps in that one little thing in the yard you forgot to pick up, then run inside and jump up on the couch. Luckily for me, I was able to remove the stain and the couch was allowed to stay in the living room (instead of being sent to the basement forever). The problem is, sometimes the issue isn’t as minor as a little mess inside of your house. For pet owners, sometimes the problem can be much more threatening and costly. For this reason, it’s important that all pet owners consider buying pet insurance to protect their loved ones from some of life’s most unfortunate accidents…

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What are the Signs of Cancer in Dogs?

Signs of cancer in dogs

My wife and I have a dog, and I know the last thing in the world she wants to think about is our pup ever getting cancer. The thought of cancer can be so upsetiing to us that we can blind ourselves and look the other way when it comes to our dogs’ health. Sometimes the warning signs are obvious like large growths on the outside of their bodies. Other times, cancers can show up in unexpected ways. Read more to learn some of the warning signs of cancer in dogs…

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Torn ACL in Dogs 

Torn ACL in Dogs

The term ACL stands for Anterior Cruciate Ligament, and it is one (of many) things humans and dogs share. And just like humans, ACL tears are some of the most common types of orthopedic injuries that happen to dogs. Ligaments act like rubber bands that connect the bones in our bodies and help to stabilize our legs when we walk, run, change direction or even stand up or sit down. With the right amount of pressure, ligaments can tear. One of the most serious and common tears occurs in the knees, which is where the ACL is located. ACL tears in dogs are extremely painful, and if they are not treated correctly, can permanently affect your dog’s ability to run or even walk…

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Why Do Dogs Chase Their Tails?

Why Do Dogs Chase Their Tails?

Some dogs chase their tails. The image of a dog spinning like a little tornado has been shown on TV, in movies, and is about as normal of a phenomenon as leaves regaining their spring color or cars buzzing down a busy street. But why do dogs chase their tails? The answer is equal parts scientific and hereditary, and like our dogs, each dog might have a different reason he will spend his free time trying to catch that hairy thing that follows him around all day…

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How to Introduce Dogs

How to Introduce Dogs

Introducing dogs to each other can be tricky. Some dogs have aggressive tendencies that might not come out around you or other people, but in the presence of the right dog, they will attack or bite on instinct. The good news is that there are ways you can safely introduce dogs to each other to limit aggression and make sure you control the situation so that nobody gets hurt…

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Common Dog Health Issues

Common Dog Health Issues

No two dogs are alike. Likewise, no two dog breeds are alike, especially when it comes to their health. Dog health problems range from infections to cancers, and it’s up to the pet parents to keep their companions happy and healthy by understanding some common dog illnesses and diseases…

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Animal Cruelty Facts

Animal Cruelty Laws

When people think about animal cruelty, their minds usually start with an image of a dog chained up outside in the cold without any food, or some kind of dog fighting ring where pit bulls are raised to viciously attack one another. The truth is, there are millions of animals that are being abused by people who aren’t actually intending to do the wrong thing. What can you do to help an animal in need?

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How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight

With humans, we know the signs of being overweight – low energy, shortness of breath, and that big belly that we can’t always hide behind a couple of layers of cotton. But with dogs, determining if there is a weight issue isn’t always easy. Maybe it’s a breed thing and they’re supposed to look that way, or maybe they’re just getting older and this is what happens. Find out if your dog is overweight and how you can help them shed their extra pounds…

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Dog Body Language: What 4 Things Is Your Dog Trying To Tell You?

Puppy smiling

You’ve heard the expression “to wear one’s heart on their sleeve.” It means that someone lets their emotions be known without actually having to tell anybody how they feel. Dogs are in a constant state of wearing their hearts on their sleeves. Dogs are great because of how simple they can be. They have a very instinctual language and as we learn to recognize how they communicate we begin to better understand what our furry friend is telling us through dog body language…

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