Preparing for Mat Training: Setting the Mood

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By Pat Koven, LVT, KPA-CTP Uses Teaching your pet to go to a mat (stationing) can be used to: give him space (a portable safe haven) from visitors and create his own “go to” spot. keep him out of the kitchen during mealtimes or from counter surfing. take the mat to the veterinarian and station … Continued

Aggression Between Familiar Dogs

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By Christine Calder, DVM, DACVB Aggression between familiar dogs in the same household is a common occurrence and is one of the most common reasons that dogs are surrendered, rehomed, or euthanized. This aggression can be secondary to high arousal or excitement levels. When a fight occurs, damage to the relationship between the dogs can … Continued

Applying A Muzzle 101

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Written and Photos by  Colleen S. Koch, DVM, DACVB Disclaimer: if a dog needs to be muzzled, it should be sedated. Just because we can do something does not mean we should; it is important to consider the long-term impact of the interaction on the pet. The owner should be encouraged to desensitize their dog … Continued

Three Tips To Reduce Barking In Your Dog

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By Christine D. Calder, DVM, DACVB TIP 1: Block the view but not the light. Photo courtesy of Pat Koven “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” There are many different sights and sounds that stimulate barking out the window. Your dog is less likely to bark at what she can’t see. Window film is easy … Continued

Fear and Fear-related Aggression in Dogs

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By Christine Calder, DVM, DACVB (Photo courtesy of Dr. Christine Calder) What is Fear? Fear is a natural emotion that causes an animal to avoid situations and activities that may be dangerous. What or who the pet perceives to be dangerous may not be the same as the person’s perception, and can be independent of … Continued

Applying Eye Drops with Low Stress Handling™

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By M. Leanne Lilly, DVM,DACVB At some point in many dogs’ lives, they will require eye drops. This might be a one-time event to examine the eye or it may be multiple times per day to treat chronic disease. Regardless of the cause, applying eyedrops need not be a struggle for you or the pet, … Continued

The Eating of Feces (Poop): Coprophagia

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By Christine D. Calder, DVM, DACVB Many see their dogs as part of the family, their “fur babies.” Our dogs eat from our plates, sleep in our beds, and even lick the baby’s face — which is why we get concerned when these same dogs go out and eat their own or another animal’s feces … Continued

How to Apply Flea & Tick Prevention To Even The Most Wiggly Dogs

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By Laurie Bergman, VMD, DACVB Many dogs don’t enjoy having topical parasite (flea and tick) control medications applied. Even though these medications aren’t painful, like an injection, the dogs may not like the feeling of something wet on their skin or the smell. Some dogs just don’t like having to stay still. The easiest way … Continued

Why is my dog having accidents in the house?

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Revised 8/1/2020 by Ashley L Elzerman, DVM, DACVB from previous versions of Veterinary Partner articles by Meredith Stepita, DVM, DACVB and Laurie Bergman, DVM, DACVB When your dog has an accident in the house, it is easy to believe the dog is acting out of spite or some other defiant motive, but this is not … Continued

Clear Communication When Leash Walking

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By Ashley Elzerman, DVM, DACVB As we adjust to new COVID-19 procedures in our hospital I find I am moving dogs around the hospital more than ever. Clients watch as we walk their dogs from curb-side check in, through the hospital to our treatment area and then back out to the car. When walking a … Continued