dogs

Spud's Spring Shed

Dogs have different coat types.  They range from the hairless Mexican dog known as the Xoloitzcuintle  to the dogs like Poodles with continuously growing hair that has to be cut every six weeks or so.   Keeping your dogs coat and skin in good condition take varying amounts of time depending on the coat type.   Taking care of your dogs fur is a time for bonding, and should be

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April Showers and May Flowers

April Showers and May Flowers By Nancy Milburn Well what a winter we had. Mother Nature sure had an icy grip, and the snow!  Well enough said.   But all that snow is melting and joining with the rain to make walking around quite wet and muddy.  This means that keeping your dogs clean so that they do not track it into the house can be challenging.     Sometimes there

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What do you do when the Dog Groomers are closed

    One of the problems caused by the shutdown and stay at home orders that the whole world is experiencing is what to do when your dog needs a groom?    Even humans are having that problem right now.  Shaggy hair and braids are going to become the norm even if they are not the height of fashion !     Dogs who have continuously growing hair need to be

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Alert! Deadly Fungal Infection in Dogs

Fungal Infection (Blastomycosis) in Dogs This terrible disease has killed one of my dogs, and over a hundred on Manitoulin Island over the last few years. Poor Popeye was only sick a couple of weeks before he died. Not long enough for the medication to start working. Symptoms can include coughing, lesions and skin irritations, it sometime lodges in the eyes and blindness can result. Although cross contamination between humans

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Puppy Biting

    Puppies are lovely , that  sweet face and gamboling gait is enough to melt anyone’s heart.  But they can also be bad and frustrating and exhausting.  This is normal for any puppy, When thery are in a ltter, they canb take out their energy on each other, and sometimes their mom.  Doggy moms are good at disipline, they will let a puppy crawl  all over them but if

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Want to have an easy peasy way to train your dog?

Want to have a happy pup? Trick training is an easy way to get your dog to be obedient, and always pay attention to you.  It is fun and even children can learn to train their dog.  In fact because children have very little control over their lives they really enjoy the empowerment of having another being do as they say.  I have found that when a child takes on

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Did you Know using essential oils can harm your pet?

by Nancy Milburn Essential oils are very popular.  Most of us want a home that smells nice and an essential oil diffuser is often the way people choose. But a number of essential oils are toxic to dogs and cats and can cause severe damage and even death.   The diffuser spreads the oil through the air and a dog that is indoors has no chance to escape.  Liver and kidney

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The "Ethical"  treatment of Animals.

I love all animals and dogs in particular,  I consider myself  a caring compassionate person.   But I have what I consider a balanced outlook.   I feel that as long as we treat our food animals  well and they have a good life and quick, painless and  free of stress death, there is nothing wrong with using them for food.  This means I do not agree with battery house chickens or

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Why do Dogs bury bones?

  Why is it that the expensive bone you bought from the Pet Store is taken and instantly buried in the garden?  Is it not   something he would enjoy chewing?  So why instead of settling down for a nice long chew he immediately rushes outside to dig a hole and then bury the bone. Sometimes the dog will take the bone and chew on it a while and then will

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Why are dogs noses wet?

Why are dogs noses wet?    There seems to be no one reason why dogs’ noses are wet. It is a combination of a number of different factors :         A) Grooming Dogs are constantly licking their noses to clean themselves from all the trouble they’re sticking their nose into. And will lick dirt and sticky things off their nose                

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I am so Grateful

Nancy at 8yrs.   Among the thing I am grateful in my life is that I was born with a great love of animals.  My heart would be emptier and life would be so much less without them.     Click on the picture below to see comfy pet beds.

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Spirit and her Journey

After living her life outside for nine years Spirit found herself out of a home when her elderly owners moved into senior housing.   The Manitoulin Pet Rescue heard about her and offered to take her and re-home her. When Spirit came to me she was very overweight and severely matted. She has been with me for a couple of days.  On first trip to the vet she weighed in at

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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

  Is this a good or bad premise?     The training climate today is that you should be able to do anything to a dog without a bad reaction.  Well I do not agree.   There are definitely times to ‘Let Sleeping Dogs Lie’     So many people post pictures and videos of their children doing things to dogs that are very dangerous.  Children riding, hugging and kissing dogs are all potentially dangerous. 

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How to make a dog pay attention

By Nancy Milburn Have you ever had that sinking feeling when you call your dog and it just keeps walking away. Sometimes they look at you and decide that something else is worth their attention, and they ignore you.   You are calling their name shouting and screaming and still they ignore you.   In the worst case you will be running after them trying to catch them. Or when you are

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First Time Every Time Come When Called

Coming when called is one of the most misunderstood ’command’ in the dog training world. First of all it should not be a command but and invite. Come over to me and good things are going to happen is how the dog should perceive the word come. Loose dogs learn early on that when they come close to you after being called they are going to be put on a

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Keeping your pets Safe during the Holidays

Sometimes we can forget that some things in the house at this time of year can be toxic to our furry friends.   Poinsettias are toxic and can easily be left where the animals chew on leaves.  Chocolate also has a toxic effect and a small dog can become very sick, even die with ingestion of chocolate.   Other plants that are in the home at this time of year are Holly

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Dog Guru

    People often ask me how is that dogs obey me almost instantly. It is simple. I give undivided attention and positive feedback to dogs.   What this means is that when I meet a new dog I look it in the face and say to it “What a good dog “ And then caress behind the ears and on the chest. I then hold something that they want in such a

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