Yearly Archives: 2014

English Setter


Developed more than 400 years ago the English Setter is a distinct breed from the Gordon and Irish Setters.  The origins of the setter breed can be traced back to 1500 in France   and came about from combining the Spanish Pointer and the French Pointer.  These original setters were known as "Setting...
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Does your Dog Bully other Dogs?

Balanced dogs get plenty of time to play, interact and socialize with other dogs. Dog parks can be a great place for this when dogs understand and display proper play protocol.  The following are body language cues dogs will often display when happy and playing with other dogs appropriately:
  • The tail is wagging in wide...
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Top 5 Dog Training Tips

1.  Pay Attention to Body Language

Observe your dog's body language.  If your dog appears to be uncomfortable in a new environment or meeting other dogs, animals or people, don’t force the issue and insist he interacts.  Doing so can lead to behavioural issues.  It's important to make gradual introductions in a safe and controlled manner. ...
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Separation Anxiety – Part 2

The Treatment Plan

The objective is to reduce and eventually eliminate the dog's underlying anxiety by using  desensitization and counter-conditioning.  Instead of anxiety developing when left alone the dog learns to relax and starts to find some joy in the experience.   We can initiate this change by introducing a series of rewards that override...
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Separation Anxiety – Part 1

A relatively common condition, separation anxiety occurs when the owner or guardian has left or is about to leave.  It results in unwanted behaviour such as barking, howling, chewing, digging, urinating, defecating, coprophagia (eating of feces) and attempts to escape.  Although all of these can...
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Submissive Urination

Submissive urination is not an abonormal behaviour.   In the canine world urinating  in the presence of other dogs is one way to communicate that she is not a threat. ...
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What Causes Paw Licking?

Excessive paw licking is a common issue that can lead to serious skin problems if left untreated.  There are a number of causes and it is important to identify the correct one to ensure the appropriate treatment is applied.  As part of the identification process observe which paw or paws the dog is licking.  If...
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The Pug


Dating back to 400 BC the Pug is considered one of the oldest breeds of dogs.  There is considerable debate as to the origins of this lovable breed.   Most breeders believe it originated in Asia descending from a Pekingese lineage.  Others suggest Pugs have their origins in either a Bulldog, or...
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Is Apartment Living Appropriate for your Dog?

Living in an apartment with a dog can be challenging.  Too much time spent at home often leads to dogs becoming frustrated and bored resulting in unwanted behaviours such as barking and chewing.  Fortunately, with some planning and research into dog breeds, the development of such behaviours can usually be prevented.  Many breeds of dog...
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What is “Bloat”?

Bloat is the second leading cause of death in canines and is extremely stressful and painful.  It occurs when something has gone wrong with the digestion of food resulting in rapid gas buildup inside the stomach.  The stomach blows up like a balloon and the severe stretching of the stomach cells can cause cell death...
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