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New Dog Introduction

by Missy John, certified professional dog trainer and owner of Nerdy K9 Academy One of the toughest times for new dogs is the first two weeks. Imagine moving away from home, by yourself, to a place that doesn’t speak your language. You will be nervous or maybe terrified. You may start out observing and quiet …

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Reiki for Pets

by Elaine McCarty, the Animal Reiki Lady There is only one reason your pet dreads going to the vet. Stress! Pets are so sensitive to our state of mind that they know something is up the moment we call the vet. Tack on a harness/crate, the car ride, the drop-off, the smells, the sounds, the …

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What Dog Is Right For You?

by Missy John, owner of Nerdy K9 Academy in Sioux Falls, SD A lot of us have an idea of what type of dog we like. My heart breed is German Shepherds. Although I find all sorts of dog breeds appealing, a German Shepherd suckers me in every time. I like their drive, train-ability, energy …

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Cold Weather and Your Dog’s Skin

by Steve Ross, National Director of Training, First Aid & CPR LLC Winter weather can be harsh on your dog’s skin, especially if he or she is an older dog. As dogs age, their oil-secreting glands slow down, making them prone to dry skin. The cold winter air and dry indoor heat only aggravate the …

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When It’s Time To Say Goodbye To A Sick Cat

by Michelle Quinn-Davidson, Owner of For the Love of Jobe – Pet Services, LLC As a professional pet sitter and long-time pet parent, I am often asked by clients when is the “best” time to say goodbye to a sick cat. The answer is not simple. During this end-of-life phase, pet parents must rely on …