You may have heard the expression, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” BUT in fact you can teach an old dog just about anything!  It’s never too late to train a dog.

Whether you are bringing home an older dog from a shelter or rescue or you already have an older dog you would like to work with, there’s no reason you can’t train an older dog.

Actually, there are some real advantages to working with an older dog.  Older dogs may already know some commands.  They have a much longer attention span than puppies.  Because they probably already know a lot of human words, they should quickly understand  what you want them to do. Also, older dogs already know how to learn.  They know the routine of learning things that humans want to teach them.

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Everyone with pets needs to have a veterinarian in case of emergency. Picking/Finding a good Vet is a very important topic and for those who need help with this important subject, you will find a link below which will take you to my book – “Your Guide to Finding the Right Veterinarian”. Finding a good vet is extremely important as they will play an important part over the life of your beloved pets. With this being said, this article is devoted to dealing with minor ailments and first aid that can be done at home. If symptoms persist, I highly recommend you do contact your veterinarian.

I love to hike with my dogs and after a good hike in the country, it is wise to give your dog(s) a quick grooming and rub down. Check for any lumps or bumps that he may have received along the way. My Lab has a tendency to get twigs and other items caught in his hair. Left unchecked, this can cause fur to mat. This will bother the dog causing the potential to lick the area bare possibly leaving it open to infection. A little attention to the matter will help avoid this.

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There are an estimated 74 million pet dogs and 88 million pet cats in the United States. It’s not hard to believe that quite a few of those cats and dogs are living together.  How do they get along? Can they really be living in peace?  I have no doubts that you would hear different responses from different families. I think much has to do with the tone set by people who run the family and also the unique, individual personalities and experiences of the cats and dogs.

Many of you know that my wife Terry and myself have a rescue and sanctuary so we have both cats and dogs interacting at all times. As the pack leaders, my wife and myself set the tone and do not allow fighting. But like kids, the dogs have a few squabbles and so do the cats, BUT I don’t remember ever seeing the dogs fighting with the cats. Quite the contrary as they are usually best buddies. I always find it quite a picture to regularly see one of the tiny felines cuddled with our 100 pound canine, Dexter.

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This is a common syndrome in animals and people that has never been diagnosed before.

This syndrome involves the production of a deficient or defective cortisol from the middle layer of the adrenal cortex, with the pituitary gland producing ACTH to insure the production of more active cortisol.

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Here is a great (true) story about the origins of cats and dogs…

“And God created dog”

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