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  • The canines involved in search and rescue missions are heroic dogs that optimize their natural abilities to help distressed people.

  • Dogs do so much more than entertain us with tricks or accompany us on walks. Their abilities as service dogs are astounding. Gaining in popularity, dogs that assist people who have seizures play an important role in the lives of their owners.

  • Separation anxiety describes dogs that usually are overly attached or dependent on family members. They become extremely anxious and show distress behaviors such as vocalization, destruction, or house-soiling when separated from the owners.

  • Pet owners everywhere wonder if they should sleep with their dog. Some people say, “Yes”. Some say, “No”. The real answer is: It depends.

  • Stress is a commonly used word that describes feelings of strain or pressure. Our furry friends can become stressed, too. The signs of canine anxiety are often subtle, so how can we tell they are stressed?

  • Dogs are basically social animals that enjoy the company of their peers. Well-socialized canines are also comfortable around people and adapt readily to various situations. Sociable dogs live happy, care-free lives, so how can you help your dog become better socialized?

  • Summer is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy nature and the warm sunshine, especially with your pet. Pets are inquisitive creatures and love to investigate their surroundings. Unfortunately, this trait can lead pets down the path of injury and illness. The following information will help you to avoid many summer dangers that can affect your pet.

  • Of all the tasks performed by veterinary healthcare professionals, trimming nails is one of the least favorite ones. Dogs don’t enjoy nail trimming either so here are a few ways to make trimming nails less stressful for both dogs and humans.

  • Teaching and training a deaf dog takes a bit more thought and planning than teaching and training a hearing dog, but the principles are identical. We just use a slightly different language to communicate. Hearing dogs learn commands by hearing specific words repeated and associated with specific actions. They don’t know our verbal language, but they learn the sounds of the words.

  • Some dogs may not readily give up objects, especially those that are novel or particularly motivating. This makes it difficult to play games such as fetch and may be counterproductive in games of tug-of-war where the dog consistently "wins" the game, and will not give up control of the object.