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Puppy Needs New Food

Puppies require more calories per pound of their body weight than adult dogs do; they also require higher levels of protein, fat, calcium, phosphorus, and a few more minerals. Feeding them food that is labeled for "adult maintenance" will leave them ...

Ignore at Your Peril

Ignoring should work, right? One of the first bits of behavior science that we pick up as dog trainers is that behavior is driven by consequences.  • If something good happens after a behavior, that behavior is likely to be repeated. • If ...

When Dog Ownership Gets Tough

Dog ownership is not all puppy breath and humorous or beautiful Instagram photos of our dogs; there are times when it is breathtakingly difficult. These are the times when it helps to have good relationships with great vets, good information ...

The Right Way to Feed Treats to Your Dog

With the ever-increasing popularity of force-free, positive reinforcement-based training, more people than ever are feeding their dogs treats, and that’s a very good thing. Hopefully you are one of them. But did you know that there is a right ...

When Senior Dogs Act Like Grumpy Old Men

  Pretty darn adorable puppy. He was found with an old injury, a severely broken and displaced hock joint on his left rear leg. My senior dog, Otto, is nearly 13 years old. He often acts like a big grump around any puppies or foster ...

10 Things I Wish I’d Known About Dogs

Getting a dog is a delight, but it can also be a crash course with no real blueprint or comprehensive how-to guide. Things have a way of coming up. Curve balls are hurled your way. In four years with my dog, I’ve learned about a lot of things vets ...

Why do dogs sleep on their backs?

Dogs can sometimes sleep in some pretty crazy positions. Your pup's sleeping style isn't just a personal preference, however. How your dog sleeps can reveal a lot about his health and personality. Learn about what a dog sleeping on its back means ...

How To Be a Mindful Dog Walker

  One of the things we love about dogs is their attention to the sensory world—no thinking about the past or worrying about the future. Just the here and now. By following their example, we can learn to turn down the volume and occupy the ...

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