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Why Do Dogs Eat Poop & What to do About It

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We have a dog in our pack right now is voracious about eating poop.   Given the chance he would run around and eat every piece the minute it hits the ground – gross right!?!   This isn’t the first time we’ve dealt with this and it certainly won’t be the last. I have been asked before why dogs eat poop and what can be done to curb the habit.   I thought I’d write a bit on the topic because there are so many reasons/possible causes and some of them might be a warning that something else is going on with your dog’s health – so it’s important to pay attention to this if it’s happening with your dog!     Let’s start with the medical reasons a dog might eat poop:   1. Enzyme Deficiency 2. Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) 3. Parasites 4. Any Condition that Causes an …

How to Assess Your Dog’s True Ideal Body Weight

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It’s the time of year where a lot of dog owners are heading to the groomer and getting the old “Spring Shave Down” done on their pooches. Around this time every year I get asked this question quite a bit more than normal: “Do you think my dog is fat?” I think it’s because once all the hair is gone and an owner gets a glimpse of their pup’s true figure underneath, they’re not sure if it looked the same as last year, if it’s larger, or just right.   In fact, judging weight is one of those things that has become so subjective that it’s difficult to know where your dog stands in the range from underweight to overweight unless they are very far on one end of the scale or the other.   Good thing there are charts out there called “Body Condition Charts” that describe the different …

The Gotta Have List for City Condo Dogs

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As the rainy Spring season comes about and we start dealing with muddier, messier, wetter dogs many parents have started asking me what kinds of things they can leave for us and what kinds of things they can do in their condos to make it easier for them to manage their dogs. This got me to thinking about all the things I have seen in my days in dog care that people have in their house/condos to make life with a dog easier in general – NOT just in the Spring (but some of these things can be helpful for weather changes too!).   I have compiled a list of some of the best things I have seen dog owners do to make life easier/better for them and their dog when living in the city and are ESPECIALLY great for busy working professionals. Not all of these things are the …

Let’s Talk About Separation Anxiety

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Separation anxiety is a topic that has been coming up a lot recently around me so I thought I would write a quick blog post about it in case there is anyone out these going through this with their dog and might want to know some ways that they can recognize it / deal with it at home right away. Of course the first thing people will always say is “hire a dog trainer!” and that is usually the best idea because they have the ability to come in, meet your dog, assess the situation and set out a plan/goals for you and your dog to reach to overcome your specific hurdles. Many times, however, there are signs of separation anxiety that go missed, or aren’t noticed until you’re in a situation where you need to leave your dog and cannot because of these issues. OR you may just not …

THE CHECKLIST – Questions You Should Be Asking Your Dog Care Professionals!

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Recently a “dog walker” in Toronto was witnessed walking half a dozen dogs off leash down a city street, while dragging a dog by the neck up on it’s hind legs. A passerby saw this happening and confronted this person in the street, all while filming him in the act. Later he posted this film online and has since been on the radio and tv news to tell his story. It turned out that the walker ran his own “company” called Woof Pack and did not have business insurance or a city walking permit. There has been a lot of discussions online about what is required for dog walkers since this story broke. A lot of what I hear from both sides is not factual so I thought I would write a post to clarify how dog walking works in Toronto and, more importantly, what questions a dog owner should …

Why You Should Consider Adopting a Dog Over Buying One from a Pet Store or a Breeder

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1. You save a life. All animals at our shelter are in need of a second chance. They have been lost, given up or abandoned. They are all unwanted and helpless. You are giving them a new life in a loving home. 2. You help break the cycle of pet overpopulation. There are not enough homes for all the animals that are born every year. Adopting from a shelter helps weaken the pet overpopulation cycle. Each year 8 to 12 million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are euthanized because there are simply not enough homes for them. 3. You help stop cruelty in mass breeding facilities. Throughout the country, thousands of commercial pet-breeding facilities and backyard breeders produce millions of animals for sale in pet stores and through newspaper ads. Often known as puppy and kitten mills, these facilities repeatedly impregnate female dogs that spend their entire lives in cages …

It’s That Time of Year – BEWARE of Thin Ice!

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A Toronto police officer managed to save a German Shepherd that fell through the ice at Grenadier Pond Saturday—but not before he and a firefighter also fell into the water. The dog, named Whistler, ran onto the pond in High Park Saturday afternoon and fell through the thin ice. By the time police arrived, Whistler’s owner had crawled after the dog and was already six metres out, said Const. Matthew Abramovitz. They managed to get the owner safely back, although he fell in close to the shore. By this time Whistler had been in the water for about 10 minutes and looked tired, Abromovitz said. The dog was struggling to claw itself out, and at one point it looked like he stopped swimming. “He stopped paddling at one point,” he said. “I believed that his head was going to go under the water and we were going to lose him.” …

Toronto Has Banned the Use of Prong/Choke Collars on Dogs

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Toronto dog lovers are divided after a controversial new bylaw banning some dog collars kicked in this month. The bylaw bans anyone from using choke collars and choke chains (also known as slip collars), pronged collars and “any similar device” on dogs. Police dogs and martingale collars are both exempt from the bylaw. What began as a city staff recommendation to ban the use of such collars for tethering was expanded into a blanket ban that city council unanimously accepted. It’s a move that took many dog trainers, owners and dog organizations by surprise. Jennifer Legere, a Toronto dog trainer, says the banned collars are key when it comes to keeping some dogs, their owners and the public safe. “They are able to stop a powerful, determined dog (who) can overpower its owner. With this, it gives you the leverage that you need,” she said. “It is an effective tool, …

The Canadian Pet Expo is Coming Up Soon!!!

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The Spring Canadian Pet Expo is the first National pet show of the year hosted by the Canadian Pet Expo April 14th – 16th 2017. Over 265,000 square feet in three halls hosting a multitude of pet focused events. These exciting events are all high energy, interactive, and pet family friendly, that include Aqua Dogs, FlyBall, Hands on Exotics, WoofJocks Canine All Stars, Interactive Agility Pet Area, Breeders Village, Canada’s Largest Cat show, Rabbit and Guinea Pig Showcase, Ontario Dog Groomers Association Rodeo Rescue and the list of of pet excitement grows. Check the schedule to ensure you don’t miss any of it. The Canadian Pet Expo will be presenting its responsible pet ownership message to over 175,000 pet attendees and their pets through out Canada. With our diversity in the vendors list and dedicated team of sponsors the Canadian Pet Expo will continue to share the message that every …

What’s in a Name? How to Choose the Perfect Name for your Dog.

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There are lots of fun things about having a dog, not least of which is coming up with the perfect name. Maybe you had a name picked out before you even met your pup, or maybe you’re two months in and still indecisive. It can be hard to make a decision so permanent and significant. Below, you’ll find a guide to help you pick the perfect name! Fear not, dog lovers, there are ideas here for every taste and every pup. OLD MAN/LADY NAMES Personally, I looove when dogs have old people names. I find the classic names of yesteryear to be unique and regal. Who doesn’t want a gentleman dog named Albert, Eugene, Seymour or Walter? How about a lady dog named Agatha, Alma, Flora or Harriet? Find some good guys’ names here and girls’ names here. SOMETHING FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD Childhood is a common source of nostalgia. A …

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