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Why Dogs Hoard…

By Cesar Millan Is your dog a hoarder? Does she hide food around the house? Has she collected up toys and stood guard over them? Like a lot of issues with dogs, hoarding is a behavior that has roots in a dog’s oldest instincts, which clash with a modern lifestyle around humans. In the wild, dogs weren’t guaranteed a meal every day, and when hunting was good and there was plenty to eat it made sense to hide away some extra so there would be food on the days the hunting didn’t go well. For dogs, the most natural thing

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Warning Signs Of Dog Depression

Dog depression is similar to the kind we as humans experience. There are all kinds of ways to tell if people are depressed. They might stop eating — or eat more to dull the pain. They might cry a lot more — often unexpectedly. There’s a good chance that they’ll start withdrawing from life in general by avoiding friends and family members and possibly even calling in sick to work. And, of course, they can simply tell us that they’re not feeling good. Our dogs don’t have this option, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t feel sad or even

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Top 10 Pack Hacks

Being a pack leader is endlessly rewarding, but dog care still comes with its fair share of troublesome responsibilities. You know, the things you just dread dealing with — from pet hair to housebreaking accidents. Here are our ten favorite quick tricks that can save you time and hassle with dog-related responsibilities. Store dry kibble in a new, plastic trash bin Sick of hefting that gigantic bag every time you need to fill your dog’s bowl? Just do it once: fill up a trash bin and place it near your dog’s feeding area. The containers are air-tight, so they’ll also

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Best Dog Travel Tips

By Cesar Millan Bringing your dog on vacation with you just adds to the fun and alleviates the worry of not knowing what’s happening with your dog while you’re on the road. You need to do your homework on dog travel though. Planes and cars aren’t designed with dogs in mind, and you need to know what to expect when you reach your final destination. By planning your dog travel ahead of time, you can make the vacation a truly relaxing time for you and your dog. Here are my best dog travel tips to help make that happen: Crating

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Answering My Fans Questions

It’s still not physically possible to visit each and every one of you, but technology does make something else possible, which is what I’ll be doing in this week’s message. Thanks to the internet, smart phones, and my web team, I’m taking this opportunity to look at some of the many questions you’ve asked me through Facebook, Twitter, other social media, and email, and answer a few that I hear all the time. Again, I can’t answer all of them because I get thousands of comments, tweets, and emails every day, but I can answer some of them, and I’ll

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Hydrate Your Hound For Health

Have You Replenished Your Dog’s Water Bowl Today? Water nourishes, cleanses and hydrates all living creatures on earth, including our canine companions. Dogs, like humans, are made up of nearly 80 percent water. Without enough of it, they can suffer — or worse, notes Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, who is board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s school of veterinary medicine in Philadelphia. “Just like people, most of a dog’s body is made up of water,” says Otto, “And so it’s absolutely essential for every function of his body. A dog

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The Toys Dogs Like Best And Why

Deciding what toy to buy for a restless pup isn’t an easy decision. There are countless options touting their benefits: durability, dental protection, or just plain cuteness. Over time, most owners gain a better understanding of their own dog’s preferences. But sometimes, after agonizing over the decision and bringing it home, your dog barely touches it… or even finds the packaging more entertaining! Why are dogs so picky? How do they decide what toy seems more fun than another? A recent study published in the journal “Animal Cognition” set out to get to the bottom of this mystery. The study

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15 Tips To Overcome Submissive Urination

Submissive urination is a dog’s uncontrollable, instinctive reaction to the presence of another dog or human that they feel is superior or is intimidating to them. It is a subconscious response that cannot be controlled. It is not a housebreaking issue, although it is more likely to happen when the bladder is full. It can often be a reaction to a specific action such as putting a leash on the dog or simply leaning down to stroke him. Excited urination is different in that a puppy will usually grow out of this reaction. Submissive urination, however, often has to be

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Choosing A Compatible Breed/Dog

How To Pick A Healthy Pup

Picking a dog is a huge decision. Since you’ll be spending the next decade or more with him, you need as close to a perfect fit as you can get. So much has been written about the energy and temperament aspects of this decision, but the question I’m most often asked is, “What is the healthiest breed?” And my answer to that question is always the same: It isn’t a breed at all but simply a 30-pound brown mutt. Mixed breeds are generally healthier Because of what’s known as “hybrid vigor,” the midsize mixed breed is, on average, the healthiest

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Why Grieving For A Dog Is So Hard

If you’ve ever lost a dog, then you’ve probably heard the following well-meaning but somewhat heartbreaking comment, “Well, it was just a dog.” Only someone who isn’t a dog lover would ever say that. What people who’ve never been in the position of losing a dog don’t understand is that it isn’t like leaving your favorite sweater on the subway or finding your goldfish floating on its side. The impact of this kind of loss is much bigger, partly because dogs generally are with us into their teens, but also because, even on a subconscious level, they have integrated themselves

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