How to help your pet learn their name

Teaching a pet to respond to his name is no small feat.  Most importantly before teaching him to respond to his name you have to pick a good one. Recently a friend welcomed home a shelter cat with one leg missing. They were considering dozens of names but decided to go with the name Nemo, […]

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How To Train Dogs

Rewards One of the biggest keys to success with positive reinforcement training is rewarding your dog properly. This means giving him something he loves at exactly the right moment.  Your first task is to figure out what kind of reward will best motivate your dog. How To Train Dogs & Food Treats All dogs are […]

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Four legs to fitness!

Got a dog? If you’re reading this, the answer is probably yes, or else it’s “I’m planning on getting one soon.” Great! Grab the leash and get ready to hit the trail, sidewalks, or parks for a path to fitness! What better weekend to start a new fitness routine than Memorial Day weekend? Results of a recent study revealed that people who have dogs and regularly walk them are 34% more likely than those that don’t have dogs to meet government-mandated physical-activity guidelines, which equates to 30 minutes of “moderate” exercise each day, at least 5 days a week.

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How to prevent dog bites! (in honor of Dog Bite Prevention Week)

In honor of National Dog Bite Prevention Week 2011, (May 15 to 21), we thought we’d dedicate some time to dog bite awareness and highlight the top signs that a dog is feeling anxious and uncomfortable, and the best ways to help ensure your dog won’t ever bite. Do not assume that the dog will not bite because he hasn’t yet… As dogs get older they can become less tolerant. Read on for tips on how to recognize signs of anxiety in a dog, the top 4 things to teach kids about interacting with dogs (they are most at risk for bites), and top training tips to ensure your dog won’t bite!

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Keep yourself – and your pet – sharp & fit with a daily walk!

[walkme] The benefit to our bodies from physical exercise is a fact we are all aware of, yet most of us still choose to relax on the couch than to get out for a run. Yet, regular moderate exercise has been found to be healthy not just for our hearts, but also for our heads. And the same goes for our dogs. For those of us that share our lives with one or more dogs, and walk them daily, chances are we are doing wonders for our brains, and our canine friends’ brains, without thinking too much about it.

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A Personality Test… For Dogs?

Is your dog an “Aristocrat,” “Rebel, or “Commando?” Or perhaps he’s one of the other nine identified personality types as measured by the “Canine Behavioral Type Index” (CBTI), coincidentally similar in concept and acronym to the oft-used personality type index for humans, the Myers-Briggs Type Index, or MBTI. Read on to find out more about Canine Personality Testing, and what your dog’s personality might be.

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Downward Dog with a "Dogi" of Yoga!

Yoga WITH YOUR DOG? I needed to do some research on this new form of yoga, called [natch] “doga” before going any further. I immediately called Anne Appleby, Yoga Teacher and Founder of YogaForce (and of course, friend of earthbath), who also happens to be a Doga pioneer, for more information.

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Dog Walking Etiquette: 5 easy "rules"

Though the “unspoken rules” of dog walking are as common sense to many of us dog owners and dog walkers as knowing what to do with our bottles and cans (recycle please!), or used Kleenex/other trash (garbage!), there are, of course, some people who may be ignorant of or actively choose not to follow the etiquette of dog walking. If one were to ask a “Miss Manners” of the dog world what the “rules” entail, here are five simple tips on dog walking etiquette that will make your neighborhood much more pleasant, for you, your neighbors (some of whom may not be as accepting of dogs and their “lovably quirky” behavior as the typical dog-lover), other dogs, and, of course, your dog.

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Can you Speak "Dog?" – The meaning of barks

If you are one of the fortunate humans that share our life with a dog (or a few), you would probably say you know just what your dog wants, needs, or is thinking, by what he “says;” that is, the tone, pitch, volume, and emotional valence of his bark. A recent documentary on the PBS program Nova explored the unique bond between humans and dogs and detailed the research that is proving what dog lovers have suspected all along: Dogs have an uncanny ability to read and respond to human emotions. They are smarter than we ever imagined.

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Tips On The First Few Days with Your New Dog (In Honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Pet Month)

Because October is “Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet” month, we thought we’d share some tips on making the first few days and weeks after you bring your new dog or puppy home smooth for everyone. The first few days in your home are vital to your new pet’s adjustment. Your new dog will be confused about where he is, who you are, who the other pets are around him, and what to expect from the whole situation. First impressions are lasting ones, even for young puppies, and habits start to develop from day one. Because it is much harder to break a bad habit than to teach a good habit, try to instill good manners and habits from the first day your new puppy or dog comes home.

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Fun Off-Leash at the Dog Park… Tips and Etiquette for Newbies!

The days are getting longer, you’re shedding your winter layers, which means: summer is just around the corner, and it’s time to hit the DOG PARK! For many of us living in urban areas, dog parks are critical for maintaining our dogs’ physical, mental, and social well-being. If you’ve never been to an off-leash park, it’s never too late to start. Even for those NOT in urban cities, there are still dog parks to be found and enjoyed.

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