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Afraid of Fireworks

Weathering The Storm

Perhaps you know the drill: A flash of lightning, a clap of thunder, and your normally calm dog is off whining and wildly searching for a hiding place. Animal behaviorists call this reaction “storm anxiety” or “noise phobia.” And while it’s pretty common in dogs, it’s hardly easy to watch — or cure. But don’t ignore it, advises Matt Peuser, a Kansas veterinarian, explaining “Most of the time, they don’t grow out of it on their own, and many will get worse with time if nothing is done.” Yet many owners are stumped about how to address the behavior. One

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Aggressive Dogs

The Rundown On Aggression

By Cesar Millan When people ask me for help with their dogs, I ask them to tell me what they think the problem is. Quite often, they immediately diagnose aggression. “My dog is aggressive on the walk.” “My dog is aggressive around food.” “My dog is aggressive all the time.” In fact, in a recent Facebook survey of my fans, when we asked you to pick the single most serious problem you have with your dogs, aggression was the number one choice. However, more often than not, the dog is not aggressive. It is curious and excited on the walk,

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All About Dogs

5 Consejos Para Aliviar La Ansiedad Por Separación

Llegas a la casa después de un día largo de trabajo y un torbellino lleno de energía, saltando y girando te recibe. Tu perro te sigue hasta la sala donde encuentras tu par de zapatos favorito masticado. Luego, tu vecino te dice que, una vez más, tu perro ha perturbado a todo el barrio aullando y ladrando mientras estabas fuera. ¿Te suena familiar? Tu perro puede sufrir de ansiedad por separación. En la naturaleza, los perros casi nunca están lejos de su manada. Es nuestro deber ayudarles a hacer que esta situación antinatural sea menos estresante. Así que siguen cinco

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Adoption Tips

Rehabilitating A Puppy Mill Dog

Cesar is not alone when he recommends “adopt, don’t shop” when getting a new dog, but a substantial number of pets still come from puppy mills, whether direct from a pet shop or breeder, or via a rescue or shelter. Rescuing a Puppy Mill Dog Puppy mill dogs require extra attention and training in order to rehabilitate them because the conditions they were brought up in are horrible. Unlike reputable breeders, who take the steps necessary for the comfort of their breeding dogs and puppies, puppy mills treat their dogs as products to be churned out as quickly as possible.

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You may have heard of the “placebo effect.” This is a phenomenon that happens when people take harmless or inactive substances, like sugar pills, with the belief that they are medicine, and then their body reacts as if they had taken an actual drug. The Scoop on Placebo It’s most used in clinical trials of new medications, typically with half the people getting the test drug and half getting placebos. Ideally, neither the patients nor the doctors running the trial know which is which until researchers look at the data after the fact. The whole point of this is to

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All About Dogs

Depressed Rottweiler Not Eating

Hi Cesar, My nine-year-old Rottweiler has stopped eating since my husband and I separated. My husband has been deployed for most of the marriage so, for the first 45-90 days, it was not an issue. Then last month, our dog—who has never had a problem eating—stopped eating. Then she lost all interest in her favorite toys. For years, we’ve gone for our 45-minute to over an hour walk. Now she loses interest and sometimes doesn’t want to leave the house. I’ve tried taking her to new places for walks and to get her interested again in life but nothing seems

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