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Socialization is one of the most important things you can do for your dog. Most people think that they have socialized their dog but in all actually they don’t really know what socialization means.

Let’s start with the fact that the period of socialization for a dog is from birth to 20 weeks ( 5 months ). If your dog does not get properly socialized during that time frame it will be much more difficult to effectively socialize them and you may end up with a fearful, aggressive dog for the rest of its life.

What is socialization:

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Many people believe that you can diagnose a dog’s health by their nose. You might think that if your dog’s nose is cold and wet it means that he’s healthy. Or, if their nose is warm and dry it means that he’s sick. Well, the answer is yes and no.

The answer is that your dog’s nose will be wet or dry at different times, depending on when you touch it, what he’s been doing, the environment around him, and so on and so forth. It’s hard to get a good reading on a dog’s nose. Your dog may lick his nose to moisten it. He will probably get it wet when he takes a drink. All of these things can affect whether it’s wet or dry.

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As I promised in my last post, below you will find (2) articles from Dr Alfred Plechner DVM regarding Vaccinations. Dr Plechner is a world renowned Vet and I thought for those who would like more IN DEPTH information about this somewhat controversial topic, there is no better source of information. As is the norm, information and perspective can change over the years and this will make sure you are up to date.

Yours in Health

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First things first, I want to wish everyone and their beloved pets, a WONDERFUL 2015!!!

If you have had your pet since they were very young, and they are now old and gray, clearly you have been doing something right. The most important thing to remember about keeping a pet healthy, happy and comfortable in old age is that they should have been kept healthy, happy and active in youth.

To help your pet live healthy and long lived, be sure to provide good care throughout their life. Make sure all vaccinations are up to date ( I will discuss the pros and cons of vaccinations in future articles), feed a “High” quality pet food, keep plenty of fresh water available at all times and keep your pet safe and secure indoors and in a well fenced yard.

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Wishes you a very Happy Holiday Season and a Wonderful 2015 !!!



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