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Your Dog's Health

Preventive care
Good preventive care begins with careful attention to the basics:

Nutrition
A healthy, nutritious diet builds a foundation for well-being and disease prevention throughout your Pet's life. As a dog ages, their nutritional needs change; for example, a puppy needs a diet high in calories and protein to maintain its active lifestyle and to grow healthy bones and muscles. & Read more �

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Puppy Training-The Benefits of Treats

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When you train your dog, the dog is doing the correct behavior to either: 1) get something he wants; or 2) avoid something he doesn’t want.  There are many rewards (technically called reinforcers) that you can use while training your dog.  Food is generally the reinforcer of choice for many reasons:

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Litter basics for the new cat owner

Cats are picky about cleanliness, location, and type of litter. Remember this, or your cat may choose to do her business in another spot in your house. To avoid cat litter box issues, below is some easy-to-follow litter box advice.

Choosing a litter box
A full-size, easy-to-clean, plastic litter box is available at your pet store.

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Homeward bounding: making your new dog feel at home

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Your new pooch is counting on you to provide the right nutrition, socialization, healthcare and grooming. Here are some tips to help the transition a little easier:

Exploring his new home
The first day you bring your new pet home is special, so make sure you get some time aside to create a calm, happy homecoming. If you have small children, & Read more �

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Picking a Collar For Your Dog

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Have you ever wondered what type of dog collar or harness you should use on your dog?  The following list will help you make an informed decision.  All of these tools are meant to be used with a fixed-length leash, not a retractable (flexi) leash.

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Picking the Right Dog Training Class

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Wondering which dog training class is the right one for you?  The following descriptions of PetSmart accredited dog training classes can help you decide:

Potty Training Seminars (for Pet Parents only – no pets), which are one-time classes that last one hour, are great for people that have not yet gotten their new dog or for someone that has & Read more �

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Saving the lives of homeless pets with spay/neuter

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Public asked to join effort to raise funds for spay/neuter clinics and end euthanasia in Los Angeles

Every year, about 4 millions dogs and cats are put to death in U.S. animal shelters because there are not enough homes for all them.  While increasing the number of pets adopted from shelters is crucial, so is stopping the cycle of reproduction of & Read more �

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Consider Breed, Gender When Adding New Dogs to Your Pack

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Bringing home a new baby can create anxiety for an older sibling. Similarly, introducing a new dog to your existing pack will likely cause upheaval and stress for pets and Pet Parents alike. While we may hope the new family member will be greeted with happy tail wags, the reality is that animals need to re-establish territory and pack order when a new & Read more �

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Doggone myths: are mixed breeds healthier than purebreds?

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Does hybrid vigor, the notion that dogs which are less related have increased fertility and health, really exist? Sure. It just doesn’t occur quite as often as people think because it is more than a matter of not mating the same breed. People assume that as long as the female and stud are different breeds, the offspring will be healthy, but & Read more �

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Tattooing: another way to keep your dog safe

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Developed by the founders of the National Dog Registry, tattooing is a simple, affordable means of permanently identifying your dog. It is painless to a dog because as dog’s skin structure is so different from a human’s that the tattoo marker doesn’t need to be inserted very deeply into the dog’s epidermis, or outer skin layer. The best & Read more �

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