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An End to Excessive Barking

An End to Excessive Barking

How to let your dog know it's time to stop.

March 2019 - Up to one in seven dog owners identifies excessive barking as a concern, says the American Veterinary Medical Association. Barking dogs also constitute the majority of animal-related complaints in some locales, the organization says. And the complaints can get legal, leading to eviction proceedings and other actions.

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Why Dog Diets Fail

Why Dog Diets Fail

How to get serious about helping your pet lose weight once and for all.

The reason efforts to slim down an overweight dog often fail is not because of a nutrition problem like too many calories per serving. Rather, most dogs have weight problems because of emotional issues — yours, not theirs.

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What to Do When Your Dog’s Aggression is Directed At You

What to Do When Your Dog’s Aggression is Directed At You

Aggression from your own dog can be particularly scary, but you can train him out of it.

It used to be called dominance behavior. A dog growls if his owner goes to pick up one of his toys, or steps into space the pet considers his and his alone. But today, animal behaviorists call that kind of deportment conflict aggression, with the understanding the dog is not trying to exert dominance over his human caretaker but, rather, feels inner conflict about who’s the leader in the household.

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Go to a Large Veterinary Practice Or Small?

Go to a Large Veterinary Practice Or Small?

Either can be good; both come with tradeoffs.

Thinking of choosing a new veterinarian? If so, one of the first considerations should be whether you prefer a large practice or small. Small practice benefits: Your dog will see the same doctor — or two — every single visit and will therefore develop a bond with the vet and feel less scared about going for medical care. The atmosphere will be less harried. The vet will have intimate knowledge of your dog’s baseline health and will be in…

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