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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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Beyond Obedience And Agility: 5 Unusual Dog-Powered Sports

Exercise is good for us, and it’s good for our four-legged pals, too. As evidenced by the growing rates of overweight and obese pets, our dogs need more of that physical activity to not only help burn off excess weight, but improve their quality of life, too. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reports that an estimated 55.6 percent of dogs are overweight or obese. The risks of excess weight in pets include osteoarthritis, insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory disease, cranial cruciate ligament injury, kidney disease, many forms of cancer, and an up to

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Guide Dog School 1: It’s Definitely Not Summer Camp!

What follows is the first in a series of my thoughts and memories of going through guide dog school for the first time. Having never been a dog owner, this experience was not only unique, it was intimidating, but, looking back, it was the best decision I ever made. Getting a guide dog is not an overnight process. It takes about a year. First there is the application, and submission of letters from your doctor. Then there is an in-home interview where trainers from the guide dog school come out and meet with you. This consists of an in person

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Nine Decades Of The Seeing Eye’s Vision

Located in the suburban enclave of historic Morristown New Jersey, The Seeing Eye®, Inc. is the world’s oldest working guide dog school. Mentioned by Jose Feliciano in a recent concert he gave just down the road from it, as many as twenty-four students at a time visit this institution founded by Morris Frank in 1929. Students ranging in age from sixteen to sixty (and beyond), from all over the US and Canada, spend up to a month training with their Seeing Eye dog, knowing that when they leave with their dog they also leave with a sense of independence unparalleled

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All About Dogs

Top 10 Holiday Survival Tips For Pets

The holidays are upon us! I came up with the following tips to help keep every member of your family safe and happy this season. Guests – Pets can become overexcited, confused, or frightened by holiday guests. Keep pets in a quiet part of the house, and make sure they have a safe retreat from children and other visitors. Keep pets’ beds in a safe place, and be sure that guests know the area is off limits. Chocolate – This sweet treat is a serious pet-poisoning risk, especially for dogs. Bittersweet and baking chocolate, the kinds found in kitchens during

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