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Training 101 – WAIT and COME Commands

To successfully train your dog, you must be prepared to practice every day. Short and often is the best policy. Several five to ten minute sessions a day will give your dog plenty of time to build reliability, even around distractions. It is …
Film Negative with Cats

Picture Perfect Pets

If there is one thing that the internet has taught us, it’s that everyone loves a cute or funny animal photo. As proud pet owners we particularly cherish photos of our own pets. Unfortunately, I have lost count of the number of …
Jack Russell under Umbrella

Beware of Heat Stroke

Heat stroke occurs when normal body cooling mechanisms fail to keep the body temperature in the normal range for that species.  Normal body temperature ranges from 100 to 102.5 degrees Farenheight for dogs and cats.  Panting, the main method of cooling for …
Five Guinea Pigs

The Language of Guinea Pigs

One of the most distinctive and readily apparent traits of the guinea pig is its wide array of vocalizations. The cry of “wheek! wheek!” prompted by the rustling of a bag of salad greens is a familiar sound to most guinea pig …
Grey Chinchilla

Feeding the Pet Chinchilla

The chinchilla is a medium-sized rodent whose original habitat included the semi-arid, rocky slopes of the Andes in present day Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.  Chinchillas are known for their thick lustrous fur coat, which enables them to thrive at the cooler …
Brindle Pit Bull

Pit Bulls ~ Profiles and Prejudice

There have been many news stories lately about negative profiling directed toward Arab-Americans. This isn’t the first time prejudicial profiling has been directed against entire races and ethnicities.  Any and every group that is different than the dominant culture seems to undergo …

Training 101 – Look at Me Command

There is something important for every dog owner to remember. When your dog hears his name it should always be in a positive manner. For example, if you scold your dog saying, “Cosmo, bad dog!” that negative connotation will stick with him …
Dog Counter Surfing

Training 101 ~ Counter Surfing

It is important to realize that dogs were originally opportunistic scavengers so thieving is a natural behavior for them.  However, in today’s world it is not an acceptable behavior for our pets.  Aside from being an annoying and possibly destructive habit, it …