service-dog

What to Expect From a Service Dog A Service Dog is a dog that is specifically trained to help people with disabilities such as visual, hearing impairments, seizures, post traumatic stress disorders autism, mental illness and ambulatory issues. The service dog must have desirable character traits including good temperament, psychological makeup such as train-ability and must be in good health. They must be physically fit and have sufficient stamina.  Many of the service dogs are bred and trained by an organization. The most common breeds that are easy to train include Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds.  However, it…

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separation anxiety in dogs

Dealing With Separation Anxiety Many owners are under stress due to the separation anxiety disorder that their dogs experience.  Dogs who have separation anxiety can be very anxious and owners often don’t know how to deal with the problem. Symptoms of separation anxiety continuous barking after you leave the home crying  and whining desperate scratching or scraping at doors, carpeting and flooring. defecating or urinating howling chewing and destroying things in the home extreme distress People have to work, shop, and care for their families.  How can you teach your dog that they will be fine when you leave the…

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choosing a dog

The Importance of Choosing A Dog That Fits Your Lifestyle If you are trying to decide what kind of dog you need for your family’s new pet, you should have a clear idea of the kind of dog you are looking for. There are several factors you should consider when you make that decision. Do you have children?  How old are they?  How many people are in your home?  How much time can you devote to a dog?  How much room do you have?  How much energy do you have to spend with your dog? While there are always exceptions,…

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Canine Body Language

Canine Body Language For anyone who loves dogs canine body language is always interesting.  If you’re new to dogs you can learn some important things from studying your dog’s body language.  Here are some body language signals that will help you be more attuned to your dog. Most people first look to see if a dog is wagging his tail.  This is often a good indicator of your dog’s mood — but not always.  In fact, tail wagging has lots of different meanings besides happiness.  Your dog can show lots of different moods with his tail, from happy wagging to…

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animal assisted Therapy

Animal Assisted Therapy Many people are familiar with the idea of pet therapy, or “animal assisted activities.”  Less familiar is the practice of “Animal Assisted Therapy.”  Animal assisted activities generally refer to pet visits in hospitals and residential care facilities, while Animal Assisted Therapy is a much more focused use of a pet to help in the treatment program of a particular patient. Animal Assisted Therapy usually has specific and measurable objectives.  It’s part of a carefully designed treatment program that matches one animal to one patient. A “therapy dog” and his trained handler work with a medical professional to…

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dominant dog

10 Signs To Watch For in a Dominant Dog Having a dominant dog around the house can be annoying as well as dangerous. A dog who thinks he’s in command might eventually bite you or someone in your family if he is challenged. It’s important to recognize the signs that your dog is becoming dominant and do something about the problem. Signs of dominance in your dog Excessive barking. Dogs that bark all the time are not just a nuisance, they are imposing their voice on everyone. This is a sign of a dominant dog. Getting on furniture or the bed…

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dog facts

10 Interesting Facts About Dogs There aren’t many animals much more interesting than dogs. I’ve always been amazed by the things I’ve discovered about them through the years. It’s really no wonder that dogs are so popular as pets all around the world. I’d love to share with you a few interesting facts that I’ve learned about dogs since I started working with them. I think you’ll agree that our furry companions are special in more ways than you would ever imagine. 1. The Dog’s Sense of Smell. While humans only have about five millions cells for smelling things, a…

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