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Dog training is one of the most important tasks of being a dog owner. You want to train your canine so that you understand each other better and they learn to behave in ways that will keep them safe and happy.

What I Need To Know When Getting a New Puppy

Girl With Puppies

Getting a new puppy can be both an exciting time and an uncertain one. You have this new living, breathing, chewing addition to your family and you aren’t sure what to do next. Every day I have people come in my hospital and say “Doc, educate me.” That is what I will try to do here…

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Is the Citronella Dog Collar A Safer Alternative to Electric Shock?

Dog in Field

Citronella dog collars have been gaining in popularity ever since studies were released showing the negative psychological effects of electric shock collars on dogs. Furthermore, studies by the Animal Behavior Clinic at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine suggest that citronella dog collars are even more effective than electric shock collars. The question we ask once again, however, is how humane, if at all, are these citronella dog collars?

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Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?

Doig with Dirty Mouth

My 4 month old black lab Daisy is eating her own poop. How can we get Daisy to stop eating her poop? Not only is it gross, but when she gets to it first thing in the morning, she ends up throwing up shortly thereafter. What are some easy suggestions to get her to grow out of this puppy habit fast?…

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The Choke Collar: The Right Choice For You?

Puppy in Park on Leash

Choke collars are used in many of the same training situations as pinch collars, for the most part in maintaining composure outside the home and with aggressive dogs. Choke collars can be helpful with larger dogs or dogs with aggressive tendencies; again they should not be used on small or fragile necked breeds….

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The Pros and the Cons of an Invisible Fence Collar

Dog with Invisible Fence Collar

An invisible dog fence, also called an electric fence, is a wired fence placed underground. This creates an electrically charged boundary that keeps your pet within the confines of your yard without a physical fence. It is connected digitally to an invisible fence collar that the dog wears around its neck. So how exactly does an invisible fence work and what are its pros and cons?

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Lab Retriever: Everyone’s Favorite Family Pet

Black Lab Retriever

A particularly versatile and intelligent dog breed, it is no surprise that the Labrador Retriever has been named the American Kennel Club’s most popularly registered dog for the past four years in a row. Beating out other popular breeds such the German Shepherd Dogs, Yorkshire Terriers, Golden Retrievers and even the incredibly intelligent Poodle, the Labrador Retriever certainly stands a notch above the rest. So what is it that makes this Canadian breed so popular? A wide array of physical and mental characteristics make the Labrador retriever such a popular breed, and let’s not forget those big friendly brown and hazel eyes!

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Large Dog Breeds: Is Bigger Better?

Large Dog Breeds

When talking about large dog breeds the first breeds that often come to mind are those of the Mastiff, the Great Dane and the Saint Bernard. While these over-sized dogs certainly classify as large dog breeds there are a variety of other large dog breeds which fall in to this category. There is no specific weight or height limit that sets a dog in to the large dog breed category, however, in general a dog that stands at around 26” at the shoulder and / or weighs in at 100lbs or more is a dog that fits the bill.

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The Jack Russell Terrier Personality: Small Dog, Big Attitude

Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier is a small dog with a particularly big attitude. When people talk of a small dog with a big dog attitude most of the time they are referring to this spunky terrier whose roots are in fox hunting. While it may be a small dog the Jack Russell is a very adept hunting dog and uses its small size to its advantage. Despite this fact, however, it has earned a place in hearts of dog lovers everywhere.

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