Category Archives: For The Dogs

Clicker Training Basics For Your Dog

If you’re just starting to train your pet, you probably have encountered the term “clicker training”. Positive dog training owes much of its success over the years to clicker training, but what is this popular method, and how does it work? Clicker training is one of the fastest ways to develop a shared language with […]
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Multilingual Mutts: The Pros and Cons of Teaching Foreign Language Dog Commands

All dog owners know their pups are smart and, for many, it seems like their dog really can understand what they’re saying. Although this idea isn’t accurate, animals can associate certain words with behaviors and/or consequences (e.g., “sit,” “walk,” and “no”). Because of their unique understanding of certain aspects of human speech, body language, and […]
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Deaf Dogs are Dynamite!

While it is ideal for people (and pets, too) to be equipped with all of their senses, we are perfectly capable of functioning without one of them. There are many misconceptions surrounding pets that lack full function, in particular deaf dogs. At Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital, though, we know that deaf dogs are perfectly capable […]
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Boning Up On Senior Pet Health

If cats and dogs aged at the same rate that humans do, we’d be able to live with our best friends for much longer. Unfortunately, they age about 7 times faster than us, or approximately 7 years for every one of ours. The good news is that with routine preventive care and early screening of […]
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A Matter of Preference: Do You Allow Your Pet on the Couch?

As with most things in life, once a decision is made you have to do your best to stand by it. There’s just no room to be wishy-washy. In the case of pondering the good ‘ole pets on furniture conundrum, it’s absolutely required to either allow it – or not. To avoid confusion and potential […]
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Tips for Running with Your Dog

Dogs love to be with us, and they usually have boundless energy. In fact, they could be the perfect exercise partner—as long as you pay attention to some basic do’s and don’ts of running with your dog. The Do’s of Running with Your Dog Do check with your veterinarian. Before starting any new exercise program, […]
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When A Good Walk Goes Bad: The Dangers Of Retractable Leashes

If you’ve never seen a dog being walked on a retractable leash you might very well be living in a cave or under a rock. These wildly popular leashes aren’t really leashes at all, rather they consist of a cord which is wrapped around a spring loaded device and contained inside a plastic handle. A […]
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Lost in Translation: 5 Things Your Dog Wishes You Knew About Them

No bones about it: dogs are really smart animals. They’ve managed to live and work with us for centuries, in part because of their brains. By constantly reading body language and tones of voice, dogs understand us pretty well. Wouldn’t it be great if we could return the favor? Consider these 5 things your dog […]
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5 Dog Training Basics Every Pet Owner Should Know

They don’t call dogs “man’s/woman’s best friend” for nothing. Sharing your life with a dog can be an incredibly meaningful experience, but when that dog jumps up on all your guests, runs away at a moment’s notice, or destroys your brand new couch and favorite pair of shoes, that special bond can experience some strain. […]
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Figuring Out Why Dogs Lick

Are you afraid to sit too low to the ground for fear you’ll feel your dog’s eager tongue? Dogs lick their owners for many reasons, but of course, the number one reason is because they love you. It’s a sign of affection, but there are nuances to the licking. If you’ve ever wondered why dogs […]
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