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Guaranteed Analysis & Ingredients: A Practical Guide How to Read Dog Food Labels

Have you ever looked at a dog food label and thought, ‘well this is a load of jargon!’. You aren’t alone! Reading dog food labels and understanding dog food nutrition in the current state of the industry is frustrating. (Note: If you’re interested in learning more about the current status of dog food regulations and organizations, please read more here.) However, once you grasp the main areas of a dog food label, you can piece them together to make more informed decisions for your dog’s health. Dog food labels don’t say everything and are far from ideal, but are a good starting point and EVERY pet parent should be able to generally understand them for the health of their dog....

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What are Types of Dog Parasites?

Our furry friends like to go everywhere with us, especially outside. But what dangers lie (or crawl!), outside? Canine Parasites. Creepy little creatures that can cause so much damage to our beloved pets. Whether the effect is immediate or delayed, they certainly will adversely affect your pet’s health or comfort levels. There are three general types of dog parasites: internal, external, and intestinal. While each type of dog parasite could be a post of its own, we’ll briefly introduce each today. Internal Dog Parasite Archenemy: Heartworm The most common internal parasite is heartworm in dogs, which can potentially be fatal if left unchecked. Heartworms are transmitted to dogs via the bite of an infected mosquito, where the heartworm then travels...

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Dog Poop: What Can It Tell You?

Let's talk about the awesomeness of poop!  This discussion might not be the most ‘fun’ one to have, but poop is an important indicator of your dog’s health, especially since dogs can’t tell us what’s happening in their bodies! Josh Rishman and Anish Sheth write, “Not unlike a snowflake, each bowel movement has a uniqueness that should be regarded with wondrous appreciation.” Just like humans, dogs’ digestive tracts play a leading role in their overall health and so while we often focus on what goes in, what comes out is equally as important.  Instead of switching to auto-pilot next time your dog is doing her business, try to take note of the four C’s: Consistency, Coating, Contents, and Color.   Dog...

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Obedience Training a Foster

Obedience training a foster is one of the best gifts you can give your new foster dog because training skills can be critical in helping to find his forever home. The key to successful obedience training is to focus on yourself as a dog trainer instead of focusing on the dog’s performance. Progress is not linear so there will be times where your new foster dog does great and other where more work is needed. Don’t give up and have faith in your ability to help them key foundational commands, including “sit,” “down,” “stay,” “place,” and more. Positive, Calm Energy – Dogs are extremely sensitive to humans’ energy so channeling positive, calm energy will set your training session up for...

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How to Make Crate Training a Foster Much Easier

The crate is a critical tool for ensuring your new foster dog’s safety, your safety, and increasing the adoptability of your dogs. Crate training a foster dog can vary in length of time, but for new foster dogs who are not immediately drawn to their crate, a few tips for creating a positive association between your new foster dog and his crate: Routine and Structure – Begin with using crate time for the easiest routine times and in small increments. Some favorite starting points include at night, during mealtime, and while you are watching TV so your foster dog does not associate the crate with times you are gone. Consistency – Whichever routine points you choose to introduce the crate,...

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