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DYI Dog Toys

By Kim Robson:   We’ve all seen it happen: you buy the latest greatest dog or cat toy, only to bring it home and watch your pet play with the box it came in. (Kids do it, too!) Why not just eliminate the expensive store-bought toy and let them play …

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Protect Your Fur Babies

 By Amanda Wilkes: My boyfriend and I are proud pet owners of a 2 ½-year-old English Labrador, whom we treat and spoil as if it were our firstborn child. Our little fur baby always has been healthy, happy and full of love. However, last week we faced a full-blown nightmare after treating our pup with Frontline Plus, which …

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Facilitate Healthy Relationships between Kids and Pets

By Narayan Khalsa: Most parents have certain values, beliefs and even skills that they work to teach their children as they grow up and make sense of the world. It’s important for us to pass on to our kids the values that we think are important for a happy and …

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Lenient Punishments Aren’t Enough To Stop Animal Abuse

 By Guest Writer Richard P. Console, Jr. Research shows that serial killers, child abusers and rapists often have histories of committing crimes against animals, sometimes as “practice” for hurting their real targets — other people. Currently, the punishments for animal cruelty are so lax that convicted offenders are soon back on …

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House Training Your Puppy: Paper Training Basics

By Tasha Ardalan  Do not expect to complete the house training process with your puppy until he/she is at least six months old. Puppies need time to develop bowel and bladder control so they can “hold it” as long as adult dogs can “hold it.” Puppies, like babies, need to eliminate frequently. …

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Am I Ready to Adopt?

By Tasha Ardalan Sharing your life with a four-legged friend can be one of the world’s greatest joys. Dogs, cats, and other pets give us unconditional loyalty, love, and acceptance. Pets provide constant companionship and even help relieve stress after a hard day’s work. However, adopting a pet is a …

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How to Ease the Stress of Moving

by Tasha Ardalan: Moving to a new home is not only stressful for you, but it is stressful for your furry friends, too.  Cats and dogs can get very attached to their surroundings, and having to move away from familiar territory can be very upsetting to them.  Their comfort zone …

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Raw Diet for Dogs–A Brief Introduction

by Tasha Ardalan: Succinctly put, the raw diet as it pertains to dogs and cats is an anthropological approach to feeding our domesticated four-legged friends.  The main objective of the raw diet is to provide nutritional well-being with foods that would have been consumed by dogs and cats prior to …

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What’s My Dog Saying?

By Tasha Ardalan: Dogs use different tones and timbre in sounds to communicate with each other and their human companions.  If you learn to pay attention to these subtle differences, you will gain a better understanding of what your dog is trying to say.  People often misread their dog’s intentions, …

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Urban Chickens

By Kim Robson Have you ever toyed with the idea of raising a few chickens on a bit of land?  If you have some yard space and want healthy, farm-fresh eggs to eat, it’s well worth considering.  Many communities’ zoning laws now allow a small number of chickens.  San Diego’s …

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