October 9, 2020

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Introduce on neutral territory. It’s best to let dogs become familiar with each other on neutral territory: outdoors. Each dog should be walked separately on a leash, and each walker should have a bag of high-value treats or food broken into small pieces. At first, walk the dogs at a distance of 30′ or more,…

By Your Dog’s Friend, a nonprofit in Rockville, MD with Force-free, positive dog training, workshops, & advice. What Is Resource Guarding? Resource guarding refers to a dog displaying behavior (growling, snapping, etc.) intended to convince other dogs or humans to stay away from a particular treasure or “resource.”  The resource can be food, treats, toys,…

What is taurine-deficiency dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), and how can dog owners prevent it? (Hint: It involves more than just grain-free foods.) By Linda P. Case – Find the most recent version of this article HERE. TAURINE FOR DOGS: OVERVIEW Dietary Risk Factors for Reduced Taurine Status: – Low-protein diet (limited taurine precursors)– Heat-damaged or poor-quality protein sources–…

Introducing & maintaining cohesiveness among Dogs and Cats. By Sherry Woodard, Best Friends animal behavior consultant   Some dogs do fine living with cats; others simply cannot live safely with felines. Sometimes, a dog can live with certain cats (depending on their age, temperament and activity level), but not others. Even if your dog has successfully…