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Dogs are one of the most stoic of animals. This means that we often take for granted that everything is normal with them and they are fine. We may not realize that something is wrong or that they are in pain until there is a serious problem. You may find yourself wondering how you can tell if your dog is in pain?   It’s not always easy, but there are a few things you can look for. First and foremost, you should always observe your dog to see if he’s acting normal. Is he doing something that he hasn’t done before?   Does he just seem “off” in some way?

We often hear statistics cited that indicate dogs in the U. are seriously overweightS One of the reasons is due to the fact that most dogs don’t get enough exercise. But just how much exercise is enough.   How can you tell if your dog is getting enough exercise. Different dogs will have different exercise needs depending on their breed, their size, their age, their overall health and other factors? No one would think of exercising a Pug the same way they exercise a Golden Retriever? The two dogs are different in virtually every respect.

For anyone who’s ever known the joy and anticipation of waiting to bring a new puppy home, you know what it’s like when you finally bring your prize home. The first night your puppy is at home with you is loaded with excitement. That’s why it’s best to plan ahead so both you and your puppy can have the best first night together possible. Before you bring your puppy home make sure that you have all of the basic things that he’ll need to settle into your home. These things should include the same kind of food that he’s used to eating (you can make any changes to his diet slowly, later).

Who doesn’t enjoy a celebration?   Well, most of us do. And if you have a dog in your family there’s every chance that your dog would like to be included when you celebrate. Including your dog in celebrations can be a lot of fun. Here are some tips to having a great time with your dog. 1. Decide whether or not the occasion is appropriate for your dog. Some celebrations are appropriate and some aren’t. For instance, if you’re having a backyard bar-be-cue, your dog will probably have a terrific time, up to a point. Make sure that he minds his manners when food is being served.

There are many names that you will hear trainers use when talking about the “place” command…  You may hear this referred to as “Place”, “Go-to-Bed”, “Park-It”, or a number of other names. It doesn’t matter what you call it, as long as you decide among your family and everyone is using the same command! It can be very helpful to teach your dog to “go to bed” or to learn the “place” command. Many times a dog may hang around the door when you have visitors going in and out, or he may be under foot in the kitchen or when you’re doing something else.

You often hear the phrase a “big dog in a small dog’s body” and it refers to the personality of many small dogs. Lots of small dogs don’t seem to realize that they are small dogs. As far as they’re concerned they’re as big as the biggest Mastiff or tough dog on the block and they won’t back down from anyone. Unfortunately, sometimes they can take this attitude a little too far and start to run roughshod over the humans in their home, too. When this occurs, it’s often referred to as “Small Dog Syndrome,” though this is actually just a slang term for the behavior.

Although you’ve heard the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” in fact you can teach an old dog just about anything! It’s never too late to train a dog. Whether you are bringing home an older dog from a shelter (or rescue), or you’d like to work with your own older dog, there’s no reason to delay doing some training with an older dog. There are actually some advantages to working with an older dog. Older dogs may already know some commands. They have a much longer attention span than puppies.

We often hear stories that claim that pets, including dogs, make people healthier and even help them live longer lives, but are they true?   Is there any science to back up these claims?   The answer is yes! People with pets do lead healthier lives in many ways. According to numerous studies, pets provide a wide array of health benefits to people, ranging from lowering blood pressure to helping to fight depression. In a study done at the State University of New York (Buffalo), people suffering from high blood pressure were found to have their blood pressure reduced after getting a cat or dog.

Stress is both a physical as well as emotional and mental response to stimuli. Your dog certainly has physical responses to stressful situations. If your dog is overheated, for instance, his body will produce physical reactions that will stress his body’s systems. It’s likely that he will also feel emotional and mental stress related to the physical distress that he’s feeling in this situation. Many dogs feel much more than physical stress, however. Many common behavior problems may be related to stress in some cases. Dogs can react badly to stressful events in the home.

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Basic Obedience Group Training 8/1

8/1/17 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Do you have a puppy or new dog that needs some obedience training??? Alpha-Dog Pet Center, here in Amherst, Ohio will be holding a BASIC OBEDIENCE Group Class, here at our training facility (46370 Middle Ridge Rd. - Amherst, OH. 44001).
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