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Enjoying the outdoors with your pet is one of the great health benefits for pet owners.  Something as simple as a walk around the block, or longer walks around the park, visits to a dog park or even biking with you dog are all activities that are good for both of you.   When walking a dog, there are some tips that can help you avoid
Walking in a Winter Wonderland.   Walking our pets is a great way to get regular exercise.  Having your puppy scratching at the door is a lot more motivation to get up off the couch than any personal trainer can provide.  If you can use it as a time to bond with your pet, even better.   Sometimes, looking outside and seeing


Every now and then I use this column to point out the heroes of the companion animal world.  There are so many hard working people out there; rescue organizations, shelters, dog park committees, service dog trainers, spay/neuter initiatives, organizations working with feral populations, the list goes on and on.   Watching my facebook

Urban Puppy Mill

I just saw a horrible news story about a local woman being charged for abusing 15 dogs in her home in the Daniel McIntyre area, apparently running a puppy mill out of her house.  The dogs had been basically abandoned, many were abused, were injured and all were dehydrated and malnourished.  This was in a house, in the city!  It
Its that time of year again, time to start planning summer vacations, and how to integrate your pets into those plans.   Some pets, mainly dogs, enjoy traveling with their families, and are quite at home in the car, or in a kennel at the hotel while the family is pursuing activities where a pet might not be appropriate or even
One of the biggest questions we get asked is what is the best way to transition a pet between foods.   The accepted procedure is to wean the pet between the foods over a week by mixing the foods, gradually moving from one to the other.  25% new, 75% old for a few days, 50/50 for a few days, 75% new, 25% old for a few days and you're

Training a Dog

Training a dog.   There are all kinds of methods for training a dog, and finding one that fits you, your dog, and your lifestyle is a balancing act that can take some work to resolve.   Dogs fill all kinds of roles in our lives.  From working dogs that herd, do search and rescue, or retrieve, to dogs that being a fashion accessory
I love hearing about celebrities that care about animals, and the pets they've chosen.  I was watching Jimmy Fallon the other night, and Benicio Del Toro was talking about his pets.  They talked about his 2 dogs, an Aussie Sheppard and a banana loving St. Bernard.  And then they discussed his other pets, 2 tortoises.   When