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    Moving With A Dog

    For you, moving may feel like an exciting new chapter. Your dog might not agree. Moving with a dog can be very challenging. Here’s how the two of you can get on the same page. As humans, we may need some time to adjust to a new home. The cabinets may be in different locations, and we need to find new favorite places to frequent. But we can mentally prepare ahead of time. For a dog, a move can feel sudden and unexpected. Dogs may also sense something is changing as you pack up your current home, but they won’t be able to put their paw on precisely what’s different.…

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    When to Neuter a Dog

    How old was your dog when he was neutered? It is becoming increasingly common to see puppies in shelters and rescue groups being neutered at very young ages, sometimes as young as seven weeks old. Clearly preventing unwanted litters is important and generally the driving force behind puppies being neutered early. But are there any long-term health problems linked to early neutering? Trends Previously vets weren’t recommending puppies to be neutered before six months of age but in recent years this is shifting. Dr. Tory Waxman, Chief Veterinary Officer and co-founder of human-grade dog food brand Sundays for Dogs, Inc. explained that the neutering of puppies known as “pediatric neutering”…

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    Survival Tips to Canine City Life

    Sometimes life in the city can be ruff! There are always things to see and do, but that can be a little bit overwhelming for our canine companions. If you’re thinking about bringing your dog into the city, or if you’re moving to a new urban area with your dog, check out these survival tips for both of you. Pick a City-Thriving Breed If you live in a city and are considering adding a dog to your family, choose a breed or mix of breeds that will do well in that environment. If you’re someone whose ideal evening involves the couch, takeout and pajamas, don’t bring home a high-energy dog…

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    When To Spay a Dog

    Spaying puppies, sometimes as young as seven weeks, has become increasingly common in shelters and rescues. The idea is to prevent unwanted litters, but pet parents, too, sometimes face pressure to spay dogs early because of the perceived notion that it’s messy or inconvenient to have a dog go into heat. Can you spay a dog too early? Can the practice be harmful? “While there is understandably motivation to prevent overpopulation, pediatric spay does not come without risks,” says Dr. Tory Waxman, Chief Veterinary Officer and co-founder of human-grade dog food brand Sundays for Dogs, Inc. If you have a puppy and are considering when is the right age to…

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    Dog Limping: What You Need to Know

    Is there anything worse than seeing your dog in pain? Maybe you’re outside. Fido is fine one minute, and the next, he’s hobbling around. When this occurs, it can sometimes be difficult to diagnose the cause of a dog limping. “There could be quite a few reasons why a dog is limping,” says Dr. Michelle Burch, DVM, from Safe Hounds Pet Insurance. Burch went over many of the reasons why your dog may be limping and what to do about it. Why Is My Dog Limping? When you see your dog limping, it’s natural to want to get to the root of the problem and figure out why. Not all of…

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    Integrating a New Dog Into Your Family

    Integrating a new dog into a household with an existing dog can be tricky, but most dogs successfully ease into the transition if given the right kind of guidance from the start. Peaceful coexistence can be achieved in a number of ways, including monitoring both dogs’ interactions with each other and reducing situational and environmental stress. Remove Triggers Before you bring your new dog home, remove any triggers that could create tension between them such as food, treats or toys. This will reduce the need for either dog to compete over resources and avoid the location guarding that commonly occurs in multi-dog households. Start Outside the Home If you can,…

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    English Springer Spaniel

    Quick Facts Weight: 45 – 55 pounds | male 40 – 50 pounds | female Height: 19 – 21 inches | male 18 – 20 inches | female The Look of a English Springer Spaniel English Springer Spaniels are medium-sized dogs with compact bodies and medium-length coats that grow feathery on their long ears, legs, chest and belly. Their heads are strong without seeming heavy, and their faces have a chiseled shape that gives them a pleasant expression. Their eyes are medium-sized, oval-shaped and somewhat sunken, giving off a bright and loving expression. They have long necks (about the length of their heads) that slope down to deep, developed chests.…

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    Dog Tattoos: Popular Breeds & Do’s & Don’ts

    Do you have a dog tattoo? Do you want one? I have many tattoos that I have collected over the years and five of my biggest are specifically dog related. Three are portraits of my dogs. The other two are more stylized representations: paw prints for the dogs I had as a kid and then a dog agility course map to represent the years I spent training and competing in the sport with my dogs as a teenager and how that experience shaped my life and future profession. I love carrying my dogs everywhere as part of my body, and I enjoy the conversations that my tattoos inspire with other…

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    Sniffing Below the Surface

    A team of specially trained dogs in the United Kingdom is helping the environment while helping utility companies save water. “It’s brilliant,” says Luke Jones, handler and co director of CAPE SPC. Luke, along with Ross Stephenson, set up the company in 2016, after serving in the British Army as dog handlers in Afghanistan and Iraq. Their business is one of few in the world training and using dogs to sniff out a massive problem: leaking underground water pipes. “We think of ourselves as pioneers in the area. We’ve developed a service, and the dogs are doing the job,” Luke says. Pipeline Problems Across the world, there are millions of…

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    Dog Cloning: Would You Clone Your Dog?

    The lifespans of dogs are much shorter than ours. Living through and processing the grief of their passing is one of the hardest aspects of loving dogs. For those dog guardians who feel like they just can’t let go, one option becoming increasingly accessible is cloning. Dog Cloning may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but it’s much more widespread than you might think, and you don’t have to be a millionaire to afford to clone your dog. Lauren Aston of ViaGen Pets and Equine whose work is focused on cloning pets as well as conservation based cloning with organizations like the San Diego Zoo explained that…