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Wednesday 08/27/2014
5 mistakes people make with their cat
Posted: August 27, 2014

1. Placing the litter box, food, and water in the same location. We wouldn’t want the bathroom to be incorporated into the kitchen and neither do our cats. Cats are fastidious animals and generally prefer to eliminate far from where they eat and drink. If they must be located in the same room, be sure they are on opposite sides of the room.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Water safety key for dogs
Posted: July 22, 2014

It’s summertime! Time for beer, brats, baseball and the beach. It’s also time to be sure that your kids AND dogs are safe around water. For many Valley residents, most homes come equipped with a swimming pool. It’s important that your dog learn how to get out of the pool if they fall in.

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Thursday 06/26/2014
Incorporating children in the care of pets
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Along with the happiness and fun pets bring to our lives comes the responsibility of providing a lifetime of care and well-being. Caring for a family pet should be a family job. Children can and should participate in the care of a family pet. Helping with the routine care of a family pet can enable children to become self-reliant and learn about responsibility. One way to make pet care an educational and fun family project is to set up a token economy. This can also help children learn to count, add, subtract, and the basics of making a budget.

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Wednesday 06/25/2014
Rattlesnake aversion training
Updated: August 24, 2014 - 11:34 am

Dogs are man’s best friend ... not rattlesnakes. Snakes are an intricate component to our Arizona desert ecosystem but can pose a threat to our dogs if confronted. As prey driven animals, dogs are naturally curious and driven to new scents, sounds, and motion. If confronted with a snake, it is our goal to have control of our dog to ensure a snake bite does not follow.

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Wednesday 04/23/2014
Earth safe products for your dog
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 10:57 am

Owning a dog is a lot like playing golf. By this I mean there are rules and appropriate behaviors/etiquette that correspond to dog ownership. Dogs are natural followers and want to please. With the right leadership and guidance, you can establish an amazing bond with your dog. To find this connection, it’s necessary to establish a routine to let your dog know the rules.

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Thursday 03/27/2014
How to integrate multiple dogs into your pack
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 10:57 am

How many dogs are too many? When done properly, integrating a new dog into your current pack should be relatively easy. The keys to successful integration are control and harmony.

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Wednesday 03/26/2014
Top 5 concerns with dog interactions
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 3:00 pm

1. Rough wrestling. Wrestling is one of the many ways that dogs have to play, but it shouldn’t be the only way they play. Too much wrestling can cause dogs to become defensive and competitive. Wrestling should have breaks with play bows and chase games to dilute its intensity.

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Thursday 02/27/2014
How to integrate multiple dogs into your pack
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 10:57 am

How many dogs are too many? When done properly, integrating a new dog into your current pack should be relatively easy. The keys to successful integration are control and harmony. The most successful integrations typically occur between the same breed and class of dog, but this certainly is not always the case. Be sure that whichever new dog you introduce has comparable energy-drive and size to your current dogs.

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Wednesday 02/26/2014
5 things to consider before adopting a pet
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Adopting a pet is a great thing to do! Giving a dog or cat (puppy or kitten) a second chance can be a wonderfully rewarding experience. Unfortunately sometimes it can be quite frustrating when things don’t go as expected. Here are five things to consider before adopting a pet:

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Wednesday 01/22/2014
How to address common situations that sabotage good recall with your dog
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 3:00 pm

A good come command is one of the most important commands your dog should know. Unfortunately, there are many situations in life that come up and wind up sabotaging your training efforts. In this article we will address ways to handle some of those situations. Please remember that there are many training activities that you can do to train a good recall. The purpose of this article is to address some common pitfalls that sabotage your training efforts. Please contact us for a systematic training protocol for a reliable recall.

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Tuesday 12/24/2013
Cross-country traveling with your dog
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 10:57 am

Let’s face it. Dogs ARE a part of your family. No matter how you want to look at it, we are less stressed and more comfortable when our pets are with us. With this said, over 70 percent of pet owners now regularly travel with their pets.

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Emotions in our pets
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 3:00 pm

When a dog is shaved down for the summer, can he be embarrassed? When a dog misbehaves toward the newly adopted pet, is he being jealous? When a cat urinates on the bed pillow while her family is on vacation is she being spiteful? When a dog’s litter mate passes after 10 years together, will the surviving dog grieve?

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Off-leash obedience: How to keep your dog close
Updated: June 24, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Oh, the dream of taking your dog to the park, taking him off the leash, and playing fetch without him running away. For some dogs this can be a reality. Unfortunately, for others, the instinctual desires to smell and track will make it difficult to trust their “off-leash” freedom. I tell customers that off-leash obedience is NOT for every dog, so be sure that your dog has mastered the “come” command before attempting any off-lead work.

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Cross-country traveling with your dog
Updated: April 22, 2014 - 11:10 pm

Let’s face it. Dogs ARE a part of your family. No matter how you want to look at it, we are less stressed and more comfortable when our pets are with us. With this said, over 70 percent of pet owners now regularly travel with their pets.

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Thursday 08/29/2013
Siebel: Dog temperament testing
Updated: April 22, 2014 - 11:10 pm

How can you tell if a dog is well-balanced? When you go to pick out your first puppy, how can you be sure that you’re not bringing home Cujo?

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Strackbein: Go play with your dog
Posted: August 29, 2013

“Play is good for our spirits, bodies, and minds. It teaches both dogs and humans to coordinate our efforts with others, to inhibit ourselves even when excited and to share the ball even when we want it for ourselves.”

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Wednesday 08/28/2013
Salerno: How to ‘curb’ car sickness in dogs
Updated: October 22, 2013 - 3:02 pm

Much like humans, dogs and puppies can also experience a feeling of illness while on car trips. This car sickness can make pet travel, whether short or long, quite an ordeal for dogs and their families. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help your dog in the car.

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Kabbel: Vehicle safety for dogs
Updated: June 24, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Most dogs love going for a ride in the car. Cars take them to all their favorite places — the dog park, a daytime hike, up north to play in the snow, and lots of other great places. However, in order to travel to all their important social engagements dogs must be properly restrained to keep them safe.

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Tuesday 08/27/2013
‘The Animal Rescuers’: Web show saving 1 animal at a time
Updated: March 18, 2014 - 10:43 am

Phoenix residents Cory Mandall and Kimber Leigh both are avid animal lovers dedicated to saving as many abused or displaced animals as they can.

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Wednesday 07/24/2013
5 biggest mistakes people make with their dogs
Updated: May 19, 2014 - 8:21 am

It’s easy to make these five mistakes with your dog:

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