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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.

Many people grow up believing that you can diagnose a dog’s health by his nose. You might think that if your dog’s nose is cold and wet it means that he’s healthy. Or, if his nose is warm and dry it means that he’s sick. Well, the answer is yes and no…  Or, not really. The basic answer is that your dog’s nose will be wet or dry at different times, depending on when you touch it, what he’s been doing, the environment around him, and so on. It’s hard to get a standard reading on a dog’s nose. Your dog may lick his nose to moisten it.

Some people automatically consider a dog an adult when he turns a year old. However, this is actually a tricky question. Many dogs take longer than a year to mature. For some people, a dog is an “adult” when they become sexually mature. But this, again, can vary greatly from breed to breed. Some female dogs may have their first season when they are around six months old. For female dogs of other breeds, however, it’s not unusual for their first season to occur when they are around 18 months old.

Ear mites are a common parasite of dogs and puppies. The most common ear mite found in puppies is Otodectes cynotis, but it’s not important to know what kind of mite is present in order to treat the problem. Ear mites are tiny, crab-like parasites that live in the ear canals and heads of dogs, but they can also live on other parts of your dog’s body. They live on tissue debris and tissue fluids. Although they can occur at any age, they are most common in puppies since they have no immunity to them. They are extremely contagious and can easily spread to other dogs and pets. Mother dogs will often pass them to their puppies.

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Basic Obedience Group Training 9/19

9/19/17 12:00am - 11:59pm
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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