Mental/ Emotional

Most experts recommend some kind of formal training for your dog. To have the best possible relationship with your beloved pet, you will need to not only understand how your furry friend views what goes on in your house, but also look into what causes some of the responses that your dog will display.

Your dog is still an animal at heart. Many dog owners and enthusiasts have been said to project human emotions onto their pets. Nobody argues that dogs experience the world differently than we do. Experts know that dogs have their own range of canine responses to situations that we do not fully understand yet.

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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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We may not be able to ask our pets if they dream but all of the scientific data along with my own observations, point to the fact that yes, indeed, dogs & cats do dream.

According to researchers, our pets have the same kind of sleep patterns that humans have. That is, they have SWS, or Slow Wave Sleep, the first stage of sleep. This is light sleep in which the cat or dog are easily awakened. Your pet’s breathing is slow and regular but they are ready to spring into action if needed.

The other stage of sleep with which most people are familiar, and which our pets share, is REM sleep. This is when you see your pet twitching or moving their paws. A dog may bark, whine or growl in their sleep. Dogs, cats and humans have similar EEG readings at this point and we know that humans dream during this REM stage, so it makes sense to extrapolate that our pets are dreaming as well.

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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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Wow, here it is July already. Half of 2014 has already come and gone. 4th of July and all its celebrations are right around the corner. Along with these celebrations come the usual fireworks, meaning loud noises. While we enjoy the celebrations and its meaning, many of our pets have an extremely difficult time with this holiday and other events, causing loud noises like thunder.

While we are having fun, how do we make sure our beloved pets remain calm and anxiety free?

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