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Teach Your Dog to Wait

Teach Your Dog to Wait

Used as a hand signal, getting a good "wait" can save your pet's life.

January 2019 - If your dog has learned an effective “Sit,” which is the first word many of our pets come to understand, you have employed an important tool for getting her to stay put — or “Wait.” You can command her to get moving again with a word like “Release” or “Okay.”

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How Often Do You Need to Bathe Your Dog?

How Often Do You Need to Bathe Your Dog?

Once a week? Once a month? The short answer is never. But when your dog gets into something that requires a bath, here's what to use for shampoo.

Healthy dogs who do not have a skin condition do not require bathing. Oils on their skin and hair retain moisture, and scents that cling to them during their travels help them let other dogs know where they’ve been and what they’ve been up to; dogs communicate with each other via their noses.

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Are Certain Pet Foods Causing Heart Disease?

Are Certain Pet Foods Causing Heart Disease?

Teasing out the possible link between dogs' diets and an uptick in heart problems.

You may have heard recently that certain types of diets, including those that are grain-free, have been linked to a type of life-threatening heart disease in some dog breeds that don’t commonly become afflicted with it, including golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, mixed breeds, and others. Called canine dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, it results in an enlarged heart.

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Dog Ears

What We Say. What They Hear.

How dogs interpret language, and the best type of language to use to help them understand and heed our instructions.

It’s often said by animal behaviorists that dogs can learn up to 200, even 250 words. Can they?

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