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Dog Food and Nutrition

Dog Food and Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of your dog’s life. However, it is commonly the least thought of, compared to exercise and lifestyle. Whether you prefer dry kibble or wet canned food, the nutrients your dog needs are the same. Quality commercial dog foods, either wet or dry, are regulated and have undergone extensive testing …

Coronavirus and Dogs

The Coronavirus your dog can catch With the near hysteria over the novel coronavirus affecting humans we’re hearing a lot of rumors about pets and this respiratory disease. Here’s the truth about Coronavirus and dogs. There is a coronavirus that affects dogs but it is not the novel coronavirus infecting people right now. In dogs the coronavirus is a totally …

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Separation Anxiety in Dogs

I get a tremendous number of calls about separation anxiety. The panic in an owner’s voice is clear. “My dog has separation anxiety!” It’s something that both saddens and frustrates us. We want our dogs to be able to go with us but at times we need them to stay home. Obviously, we need them to stay home without barking …

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I Don’t Like Dog Parks

I don’t like dog parks. There. I said it. The reason is because they are not at all what the average dog owner thinks they are. Many of my customers proudly tell me that they make a special effort to take their dogs to dog parks. Honestly, the very thought makes me cringe. Dog parks are dangerous and encourage just …

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Is It Safe for My Dog?

I posted a picture on Joyful Dogs of Michigan’s Facebook page and it got a lot of attention. The picture was of a 1-year old dog that had died by choking on a piece of rawhide. And that had a lot of people asking “Is it safe for my dog?” And the question wasn’t just about rawhide. That picture had …

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Prepare Your Dog For Winter

Prepare Your Dog For Winter: It’s something every dog lover should do. As much as I hate the idea cold weather is here. While some parts of the world don’t really have much of a winter in Michigan winter means icy cold and lots of snow. Your dog’s needs are different in winter than in summer. Some dogs don’t spend …