MAKE MOVING EASIER FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG

By Nomi Berger Dogs, like humans, are creatures of habit. Once comfortable in their surroundings, they are unnerved by change. And trading a familiar home for an unfamiliar one can cause fearfulness and stress. Unless you, the conscientious dog guardian, plan ahead with all the precision of a successful military campaign. Logically, then, moving from one place to another should consist of three stages:

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DOG BITING: FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED

By Nomi Berger Dogs may nip or bite for a variety of reasons. The following are the most common: DOMINANCE AGGRESSION When these dogs bite, their likeliest targets are the ones nearest to them: members of their own human families. The expression “Let sleeping dogs lie” is never more true than in the case of an owner stepping over a dog napping in an

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BEING A FOSTER PET PARENT CAN SAVE A LIFE

A big thank you to Kristin Calis, a writer with a local newspaper.  Kristen  covers Pickering and writes a pet column for the Metroland Media Group’s Durham Region Division. “There are many benefits to being a foster pet parent, and I have read that it’s actually one of the best ways in which an animal lover can volunteer to help homeless pets.” Kristin recently

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FOREVER HOME: NOW WHAT?

By Nomi Berger Be an informed adopter and make your new dog’s entry into your world as pleasurable as possible. If this is your first dog, establish yourself with a vet or register your new dog with your established vet. Then apply for the appropriate licenses, etc., required in your area. Remember that a dog’s true personality may not reveal itself for several weeks.

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PUPPY PROOFING IS NOT JUST FOR PUPPIES

By Nomi Berger A puppy-proofed home is a pet-safe home whatever the age of your new dog. Before that first front paw crosses your threshold for the first time, your home must be a health zone, not a hazard zone. Be especially attentive to the sensibilities of former puppy mill dogs or “outside” dogs. They may never have walked on wooden floors, carpets or

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A CAT-PROOFED HOME IS A CAT-SAFE HOME

By Nomi Berger A cat-proofed home is a cat-safe home whether your new pet is a newborn kitten or a fully- grown cat. Before that first front paw crosses your threshold for the first time, your home must be a health zone, not a hazard zone. Be especially attentive to the sensibilities of former “outside” cats, who may never have walked on wooden floors,

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A YEAR OF RESCUE RESOLUTIONS

By Nomi Berger Have you thought of adding some new and different resolutions to your traditional New Year’s list? Have you ever thought of getting involved in the world of rescue, but didn’t quite know how? Here then, are twelve different ways – one for each month of the year – for you to resolve to make a difference in the lives of rescue

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