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dogster.com: Moving With A Dog

For you, moving may feel like an exciting new chapter. Your dog might not agree. Moving with a dog can be very challenging. Here’s how the two of you can get on the same page. As humans, we may need some time to adjust to a new home. The cabinets may be in different locations, and we need to find new favorite places to frequent. But we can mentally prepare ahead of time. For a dog, a move can feel sudden and unexpected. Dogs may also sense something is changing as you pack up your current home, but they won’t be able to put their paw on precisely what’s different. It’s a perfect storm for even a calm dog to...

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dogster.com: Survival Tips to Canine City Life

Sometimes life in the city can be ruff! There are always things to see and do, but that can be a little bit overwhelming for our canine companions. If you’re thinking about bringing your dog into the city, or if you’re moving to a new urban area with your dog, check out these survival tips for both of you. Pick a City-Thriving Breed If you live in a city and are considering adding a dog to your family, choose a breed or mix of breeds that will do well in that environment. If you’re someone whose ideal evening involves the couch, takeout and pajamas, don’t bring home a high-energy dog who is going to need hours of exercise and active...

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dogster.com: When to Neuter a Dog

How old was your dog when he was neutered? It is becoming increasingly common to see puppies in shelters and rescue groups being neutered at very young ages, sometimes as young as seven weeks old. Clearly preventing unwanted litters is important and generally the driving force behind puppies being neutered early. But are there any long-term health problems linked to early neutering? Trends Previously vets weren’t recommending puppies to be neutered before six months of age but in recent years this is shifting. Dr. Tory Waxman, Chief Veterinary Officer and co-founder of human-grade dog food brand Sundays for Dogs, Inc. explained that the neutering of puppies known as “pediatric neutering” is increasingly common particularly with shelters and rescues “with the goal...

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Homes Alive Pets: 24 Bad Dog Food Ingredients to Avoid

You want the best food for your dog, but that's not easy when marketing and economics get in the way of what's healthful for your pet. Learn to identify bad dog food ingredients so that you can feed your pet the high quality they deserve.  You can't trust the brands themselves, as pet food companies can use tricks to make their food appear better than it actually is. The package and the commercials can be misleading, but the ingredient list offers a more truthful look at what's actually in your dog's food. These bad dog food ingredients are some of the worst offenders in pet food. While all of these ingredients are legal to put in dog food in Canada, they've been...

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Reader's Digest: Do Dogs Have a Sense of Time?

If you've ever wondered how your pup always seems to know when it's time for dinner, you're in the right place. As a dog owner, you might have noticed that your pup sits by her dinner bowl at 5 p.m. every night, or that she gets the zoomies in the minutes leading up to her 7 p.m. walk. Maybe Fido is even more reliable at waking you up in the morning than your trusty alarm clock (um, hello, it’s breakfast time!). If that’s the case, you might have wondered: Do dogs have a sense of time? Because it seems like your pup has figured out how to read the clock. To get to the bottom of this strange phenomenon, we asked an...

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