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Helping Dogs During Natural Disasters

Posted by David Hallum on

In light of recent hurricanes, people want to know how they can best help the literally thousands of pets who have been made homeless or who may have experienced some type of hardship resulting from a natural disaster. Communities can be devastated by hurricanes, fires, tornados, or other natural disasters deemed to be "acts of God." Regardless of whether any deities were involved, people and animals will need help. Organizations that may need help include: Local shelters: big or small, if they are in a twenty-mile radius of the disaster, they are going to need some help Rescue organizations: these will often be...

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Should You Let Your Dog Sleep On Your Bed?

Posted by David Hallum on

Figuring out where a dog is going to sleep can turn into a needlessly complicated issue. You have your new pup at home, and while both excited and exhausted from your first day together, you lock him in his crate and you head upstairs to bed. And then the crying starts. If you are trying to crate train the pup, then you really are going to have to leave him down there. He will figure it out, but it might mean a few nights of dealing with the crying. There may even be some wake up calls in the wee-hours...

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Is My Dog a Racist? Helping Your Dog Adapt to Diversity

Posted by David Hallum on

If while walking your dog, you notice that your dog barks more at people of color than lighter-skinned people, you may be mortified and feel compelled to ask, "Is my dog a racist?" Rest assured, race is not on your dog's mind. Race and racism are human constructs. Your dog does not harbor any racial-supremacy views. Your dog simply has a narrow idea of what a safe human should look like. You do not need to feel embarrassed about this, just be aware that there are ways to remedy it. With some training (using dog treats as a reinforcement) and positive...

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7 Ways To Help Your Dog's Vet Anxiety

Posted by David Hallum on

For many dogs, the vet's office is a scary place. There are new people to contend with, not to mention other frightened animals. They may have memories of being poked and prodded there. If that were not enough...

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Who gets the dog in a divorce: How to handle canine custody issues

Posted by David Hallum on

There is no doubt about it: divorces are emotional and difficult. Nobody plans to have one, and yet statistically they are about as common as staying together is. If you have decided to end the relationship and you are pet parents, this question arises: Who get the dog during a divorce? The answer is that there is no easy answer. In most states, dogs are considered property. If a dog has been purchased from a breeder or a pet store, and only one spouse is listed as the owner, then that spouse officially can determine if he or she wants to keep...

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