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    Radar’s Recon

    Radar O’Reilly is a Shepherd Terrier mix who was brought to Ontario from Kentucky by Niagara Pet Rescue in 2018 when she was 2 years old, shortly after I adopted her. It took a little persuasion as the paperwork that came from the US shelter said “no cats” and I lived with two, but I convinced them I could get the issue under control, and with a fair amount of time, love, patience and a little food she no longer gives chase. That wasn’t the only struggle that came with adopting an older dog. When Ray first came she was suspicious of people and loud noises and she loves to run…

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    Pets And Shift Work

    Working shifts can be hard and it denies us many opportunities. The idea of owning a dog seems downright preposterous, there’s no way a creature that’s raised on consistency could be happy when your routine changes week-to-week. Don’t fret, owning a dog isn’t just for the nine-to-fivers. Here are a few tips when looking for and taking care of a dog for the rest of their lives. Consider their age. Puppies might not be the best idea when you work long or inconsistent hours. A young dog’s bladder is only so big and can only hold it for so long, unless you have someone that can come check on the…

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    Help! My Dog Swallowed My Medication!

    Much like food, when it comes to drugs or medications, not everything you can have is good for your dog. In fact, some of the things that we take for granted in our medicine cabinet are actually quite lethal to our dogs. Here are five common household drugs and the effects they could have on your dog. First, the one that is most in the news lately, marijuana. Not only can this one be found in your house but marijuana cigarette butts are being found discarded on the street more often. Many signs of intoxication in your pet are the same as in people; wobbly or uncoordinated, hyperactive, disoriented, and…

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    Adding A New Dog To A Full House

    When bringing a new dog into the house, it is important that every member of the family is on board with the addition. If you’re a cat owner, ask a friend with a dog to bring them over to see how your cat reacts. The same can be done with dogs. If you’re not sure how your dog will react when introduced to another, ask for help. Bring your current dog to meet the potential new dog at a neutral location; even if your dog likes other dogs, personality clashes will happen. Just like people, dogs don’t always get along with everyone.  Once you do all the research, everyone has…

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    The Raw, The Dry, And The Wet

    There are different types of raw food models available for dogs; kibble, wet food and BARF (Bones and Raw Food). The first raw food, prey food has fewer vegetables and fruits compared to other food models. Here are 3 pros and 3 cons to a raw food diet. You know exactly what’s in your dog’s food Particularly, if you are making it yourself opposed to buying premade frozen meals. This can be particularly useful for dogs that are experiencing allergies It’s easy to customize Just like humans, dogs have their own individual tastes. By building meals at home or having a large variety of frozen flavors, your dog will never…

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    Moving Day

    Moving day can be hard on all of us, particularly the furry members of our family who can’t be told or understand the reasons why you’re moving house. Here are a few tips to make the move easier for them. Find a sitter. Don’t try to make your dog cope with the bustle of the day. You will be in and out, doing last minute packing and there is a likelihood there will be lots of strangers or people they don’t see on a regular basis. This will cause lots of excitement, good or bad, where it will be more difficult to keep the situation under control. Sending them off…

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    Not There! Outside!

    Is your dog still having accidents in the house? Don’t get frustrated. All you need to do is rethink your strategy.  Firstly, think about how much freedom your dog has, where and when are they having accidents? Are they out of your sight when it happens? Then don’t let them out of sight. Until your dog knows where and when to go to the bathroom they should be on a leash in sight, or in a crate. Freedom is earned.  The best way to train your dog is to create success. Make sure young puppies are going out every 45 minutes to an hour so they are going to the…

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    I’ll Be Back Soon! – Separation Anxiety

    Separation anxiety is like any fear; in order to get over it we must face it. Staying home and inside if the dog that doesn’t want you to leave is only going to add to the problem, you must start leaving them alone more often. Crates and Kong’s are the best two things to help you combat separation anxiety.  Getting your dog used to a crate while your home will help keep them safe when you leave. crates don’t just prevent destruction, they can keep your dog from getting into all the dangerous chemicals under the sink, chewing on electrical cords, etc. Using a crate while home will slowly build…

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    Farm To Table To Dog Bowl

    Every species breaks down compounds of foods differently; what is good for one is not always good for another. Dogs can eat many of the things we can but there are some foods that are good for us and deadly to them Here are some examples of foods that your dog can and cannot have. Please note, some dogs may be more sensitive to certain foods while others have a stomach of steel. Healthy Carrots; good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants dogs love them cooked or raw Peanut Butter; excellent source of protein, heart-healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin and vitamin E, but only if you’re…

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    Bringing Home A Dog For The First Time

    Taking care of a dog isn’t as easy as it seems. Bringing home a brand new pup or a older dog that needed a new home, you are going to have a lot of teaching to do and could end up very quickly feeling over whelmed. To help you be prepared here is a quick list of things that you help you manage your new dog and some quick tips on safe games and discipline methods. Things you’ll need Crate: Never underestimate having a crate. There may come a time when you need it to transport them, don’t assume you’ll always be home. It’s best to begin crate training on…

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    Always A Gift, Never A Present

    If you’re thinking of adding a new furry friend to the family, make sure you’re compatible before picking them up!  We can compare getting a dog to buying a book. When we walk into a bookstore, we usually head straight for the genre that best suits us; we always know if we’re looking for reference books, fiction, young adult, horror. But first, we pick the bookstore. Sometimes we need to go to the big flashy brand name store, but there’s also the independently owned bookstore, and our online options. Next we choose the book and as any good reader knows, you never choose a book by its cover! We’ll spend…