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5 simple tricks you can teach your dog.

  1. Rolling over

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So you’ve trained your dog to sit, stay and lie down, and you’re ready to move on to an advanced command: roll over. This trick looks impressive and it’s simple to teach. Set up the trick by making sure your dog knows basic steps. Then, learn how to train your dog to roll over using a simple reward technique. Have fun practicing and your dog will be rolling over in no time. Read more.

  1. Shaking hands

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In a proper hand shake your dog will lift his/ her paw to chest height. This will allow you or another person to shake his paw. The trick should be performed using the left and right paw. Have your dog sit in front of you and pay attention. It is always a good idea to warm up with a look at me exercise. Read more.

  1. To fetch.

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The method you’ll use to teach your dog to fetch instead of keep-away is called“backchaining.”That’s trainer-speak for taking all the steps in a series of behaviors and teaching the last one first, then the next-to-last-one, and so on till you get to the first behavior in the “chain.” (Backchaining is used to help people learn complex sequences, too.) For a fetch, the backward series might look like this: Read more

  1. To hush

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Teaching your dog to “speak,” or bark on command can be fun as well as useful. A barking dog can ward off intruders and alert you to potential danger. Excessive barking can be a huge problem, but teaching the speak/quiet commands can sharpen the natural instinct to bark. With dedication and consistency, you can teach your dog to bark on command AND to be quiet. Different dog trainers and owners have varying techniques, but here is one basic method that works for many dogs. Read more

  1. To jump

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This trick teaches your dog to jump straight up in the air. It’s not teaching him to jump ‘over’ and object, rather, it teaches him to jump in the air, with all four paws off the ground. This trick paves the way for teaching your dog to jump rope, (Trick #45). Again, as we’ve said in the beginning of this book: before attempting any jumping tricks, consult your veterinarian to see if these tricks are okay for your dog to do. Read more

 

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5 vitamins your dog needs

  1. Vitamin A

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Vitamin A like most other vitamins is essential for proper metabolism in the pet’s body. Vitamins are divided into two categories namely fat soluble vitamins and water soluble vitamins. Some of the fat soluble vitamins include vitamins A, D, E and K while some of the water soluble vitamins include vitamins C and B. Vitamins are present in several foods like meats, vegetables and oils. Since they’re present in small quantities and are sometimes lost during the cooking process, it becomes necessary to supplement the pet’s diet with other sources of vitamins. Read more

  1. Vitamin B12

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The B12 vitamin is an essential vitamin for dogs. A lack of B12 can lead to health problems such as anemia and eventually gastrointestinal disease. Vitamin B12 is not a vitamin commonly found in plants or vegetation. The most abundant source of vitamin B12 is meat products, specifically organ meat. Organ meat is not a typical ingredient in dry or canned dog food. In fact, most commercially produced dog food contains mainly cereal. That’s not a bad thing for most dogs, since dogs obtain a great deal of their energy from carbohydrates. However, for dogs that are not getting enough B12, a B12 vitamin supplement may be necessary to improve your dog’s health. Read more

  1. Vitamin C

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Wendell O. Belfield, DVM, is perhaps the world’s best-known and most ardent advocate of vitamin C supplementation for dogs. In his book, “How to Have a Healthier Dog,” Belfield describes how he first came to experiment with (and appreciate) the power of vitamin C in his veterinary practice. Read more

  1. Vitamin K

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Many pet owners have questions about vitamin K in dog food. What does vitamin K do? Is it good for my dog? How do I know it’s in my dog food?

Let’s look at the answers.

What does vitamin K do?

Vitamin K provides support to several integral tasks within the bodies of humans and their pets. It is needed for proper blood clotting and helps protect against osteoporosis. Vitamin K is also a cardioprotective and helps protect against oxidative cell damage. Read more

  1. Vitamin E

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Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that plays a crucial role in supporting pet health. Pet food alone does not contain enough vitamin E to meet your dog’s needs. Supplementing your dog’s diet with natural vitamin E can help prevent serious health problems created by vitamin E deficiency. Read more

Barking mad: Can office dogs reduce stress?

From working like a dog to working with a dog is something incredible. But when it is increasing proving a stress-relieving move, there is nothing wrong in practicing the same by more and more people who really find it hard to cope with the mounting stress at the workplace. Having said that, it’s very much important to have someone like Tiger as your companion so that you also manage to win over your clients.

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Barking mad: Can office dogs reduce stress? – CNN.com

Chicago Dog saved from rush hour traffic

A TV helicopter crew in Chicago spotted a stray dog running along the shoulder of Interstate 55 and followed it off the Stevenson Expressway.Police and others were seen trying to rescue the dog.. And he was just like just barking at me and he rolled to his belly and that’s when I just grabbed him,said Terriquez.The dog’s microchip shows the Bichon Frise-Poodle mix is registered to a puppy mill in Iowa.Aside from dehydration and exhaustion, the dog is in excellent health and will soon be looking for a good home.

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Dog saved from rush hour traffic

75 Year Old Woman Fights off Two Cougars to Save Dog

Jackie Simonson, a 75-year old Canadian woman, is credited for saving her pet dog when they encountered two cougars. The feline predators started chasing the small terrier and one of them grabbed a hold of its throat. Simonson’s protective instincts kicked in and she found herself attacking the cougar in order to save her dog’s life.

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75 Year Old Woman Fights off Two Cougars to Save Dog | Life With Dogs

Disabled Veterans United Airlines Nightmare: Service Dog Kicked, Cancelled Flights, Called Retarded

Jim Stanek, a disabled veteran and one of the founders of Paws and Stripes, relates his story of maltreatment at the hands of United Airlines. As a veteran of three tours in Iraq, Stanek was diagnosed with PTSD and brain injury, and now relies on Sarge, his dog, to help him through the day. For his United Airlines treatment, Stanek endured delayed flights, lost luggage, verbal abuse, and having his service dog kicked off the airport.

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Disabled Veteran’s United Airlines Nightmare: Service Dog Kicked, Cancelled Flights, Called Retarded – Mainpage :: News :: Travel Today News

Miracle beagle among finalists for hero dog award

Daniel, a beagle and fox hound mix, is now one of the finalists of the American Humane Association’s 2012 Hero Dog Awards. The dog is known as the miracle beagle for having survived a gas chamber treatment intended to euthanize stray dogs. His survival made him popular with the media and sped his adoption with a local family.

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New Jersey Herald – ‘Miracle beagle’ among finalists for hero dog award

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