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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.

Many dog owners view dog walking as a necessity.  The primary purpose is to ensure their dog does not relieve itself in the home.  However, many do not realize that dog walking also benefits their dog in a bunch of other way, too. Here are 5 ways that Dog-Walking benefits your dog:  An Outlet for Pent-Up Energy: During the day, many dogs are penned up in the house or in the yard.  During this time, they can build up energy that needs to be released.  When you walk your dog, it's their exercise for the day.

It used to be generally believed that dogs are colorblind, and for a while this was a widely accepted fact.  However, the information was misinterpreted and misunderstood.  The truth is that dogs do not see the world only in black, white and gray… they do indeed see color.  However, they don't have the ability to see the range of color that humans do. The light-receptor cells in the retina at the back of a dog's eyes are different in structure, to those of a human.  The retina in humans and dogs performs the function of a movie screen.

Swimming can be a lot of fun for dogs. They get to cool down, chase after sticks and balls, and spend time with the family.  Although swimming can be a great experience for your dog, you'll want to keep a few water safety tips in mind. 1. The first water safety tip is to start your dog out slowly.  Don't just throw your dog in to the deep end.  If it's your dog's first time swimming, you'll want to give your dog a chance to figure out how to swim before going in the deep water.  Start in shallow waters and slowly work towards deeper waters. 2. The second tip is to never leave your dog unattended in water.

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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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