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Dog health, safety, training, and behavior information from your trusted veterinary resource.

How to Be Proactive Against Arthritis

Updated: February 16, 2021

Arthritis can't truly be prevented, but you can slow it down a great deal with these recommendations, including supplements. Start helping your puppy now.

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Top Dog Products We're Thankful For

Updated: November 20, 2020

As we get closer to Thanksgiving, the Preventive Vet team pick the top dog products they (and their dogs) are thankful for. Check out our top picks for inspiration for what to gift your dog or dog-loving friends and family.

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How to Potty Train an Adult Dog

Updated: September 26, 2020

If you've adopted an adult dog that's not house trained, or if your formerly potty trained dog is having accidents, read about what to do to fix it.

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Why Does My Dog Kick Up the Grass?

Updated: September 9, 2020

Why do dogs scratch their feet on the grass after going to the bathroom? It's not about hiding their business! Read more about why dogs kick up the grass.

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Choosing the Best Dog Treats

Updated: July 22, 2020

Dr. Wallace shares her tips for making your own healthy dog treats and how to determine what's healthy by learning how to read product labels.

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How to Teach Your Dog to Lie Down

Updated: September 23, 2020

Teaching your dog to lie down on cue gives you an easy way to encourage calm behavior and prevent unwanted behaviors, like jumping or door dashing.

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How to Potty Train a Puppy

Updated: January 5, 2021

Follow these easy steps to house train your puppy. Plus, learn what to do if your puppy has a potty accident and how to prevent them in the future!

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Crate Training Your Puppy at Night

Updated: February 2, 2021

Using crate training can help puppies sleep at night and prevent potty accidents. Read about what to do if your puppy is crying or barking at night.

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How (and Why) to Teach Your Dog the Touch Cue

Updated: September 23, 2020

Teaching your dog a hand targeting touch cue will help you lots of ways. You can use this as a foundation for teaching your dog to heel, come when called, and more. Learn how to teach this easy cue in just a few steps!

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Homemade High-Value Dog Treats

Updated: May 21, 2020

Learn how to make high-value treats your dog will love! Tahini, peanut butter powder, and nutritional yeast combine for a healthy and delicious treat.

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Tips for Bathing a Dog at Home

Updated: July 31, 2020

Here are some helpful tips and tricks for washing your dog at home. Reduce shedding, get rid of that dog smell, and keep their skin and coat healthy.

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Puppy Socialization Adventure Walks

Updated: August 4, 2020

Puppy socialization walks introduce different experiences in a positive way to your puppy. They're also a perfect opportunity for beginning dog training.

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Training Your Dog Without Treats

Updated: September 21, 2020

You can reward your dog with things besides food treats and toys. Using real-life rewards is easy! It also helps you fade out using dog training treats.

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How to Use Toys as Rewards in Dog Training

Updated: September 21, 2020

It's easy and fun to use toys instead of food when training your dog. Learn how to effectively use toys in dog training, and see our dog trainer's picks for best dog toys for training.

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How to Teach Your Dog to Stay

Updated: September 22, 2020

Teaching your dog to stay when asked is essential for their safety and useful in a variety of situations. Stay promotes relaxation and is easy to teach!

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The Top Halloween Dangers for Dogs & Cats

Updated: September 22, 2020

Halloween can be a great time to include your pet in trick-or-treating or costume contests. Make sure to watch out for these top 10 Halloween dangers for dogs and cats.

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Top 5 Training Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe on Halloween

Updated: October 20, 2019

Halloween can be scary for your dog with people coming to the door. Many pets escape and get lost, or eat toxic ingredients of treats. Read these tips on how to keep your dog safe this Halloween and help them enjoy the night.

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10 Boredom Busters for Your Dog

Updated: September 22, 2020

Is your dog bouncing off the walls? Check out these 10 ideas for games, dog puzzles, and training to help keep your dog or puppy from getting bored.

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How to Use Music to Calm Your Anxious Dog

Updated: August 20, 2020

Playing music can help your dog feel less anxious. Certain kinds of music help dogs with separation anxiety, travel anxiety, or those with noise phobia. Read about what kind of music works best for your dog.

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Getting Your Dog Ready for the 4th of July

Updated: March 23, 2020

Fireworks can be scary for your dog - but they don't have to be! Read about what you can do to prepare your dog for July fourth and the fireworks, keep them from escaping and become lost or missing, plus more Independence Day prep and safety tips!

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Should You Pluck Your Dog's Ear Hair?

Updated: April 9, 2020

Plucking a dog's ear hair isn't always necessary. Learn about whether you should pluck your dog's inner ears and how to do it, as well as alternatives to plucking.

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Camping With Your Dog

Updated: January 29, 2020

Whether it’s your first camping trip with your dog, or you want to make sure you’re being safer in the great outdoors, make sure you’re ready before packing up and heading out.

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Teach Your Dog Leave It

Updated: September 22, 2020

Learn how to teach your dog to leave things alone with these easy steps! This cue could save your dog's life and keep them from eating inappropriate items.

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Teach Your Dog Drop It

Updated: September 5, 2020

See how you can easily teach your dog to Drop It in a positive way. This command is essential for keeping your pet safe in case they get a hold of a dangerous or toxic item.

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How to Properly Care for Your Dog's Paw Pads

Updated: December 16, 2020

Foot care is just as important for our dogs as it is for us humans — dogs can suffer from blisters, torn paw pads, burnt paws from walking on pavement that’s too hot, or mats between their toes. Here are some easy tips for you to make sure your dog's paw pads stay clean and healthy so your dog stays happy!

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What to Do When Approached By An Off-Leash Dog

Updated: October 29, 2020

Having a loose off-leash dog approach you and your dog while you’re out enjoying a walk can be a scary experience. Learn what to do and how to prepare for this scenario so you can keep your dog safe.

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Home Alone: Why It's Important to Teach Your Dog to be Alone

Updated: January 29, 2021

One of the best things you can do for your puppy or adult dog is to teach them how to be home alone. Not only does this prevent separation anxiety, it creates a more confident dog and makes your life less stressful in case you need to leave them at home while you're away.

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Buckle up Your Pup

Updated: June 25, 2020

Protect your dog and other drivers by restraining your dog while in the car. Buckling up decreases chance of injury in case of a sudden stop or crash.

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The Cone Zone: 14 Days in a Cone

Updated: April 11, 2019

The Cone. Cone of Shame. E-collar. Whatever you call it, your dog is bound to have to wear one at least once in their lifetime due to spay or neuter, an injury, or skin condition. E-collars help your pup heal by stopping them from licking the affected spot. Read Mary Berry's experience with a cone.

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Will Your Dog Enjoy And Do Well In Daycare?

Updated: August 4, 2020

Thinking about signing up your pup for dog daycare? Wondering why your dog didn't pass their daycare trial? Did your dog get "kicked out" from their daycare? Find out what dogs do best in a daycare environment, what things can keep them from passing a daycare trial or being dismissed, and what other options there are if your dog isn't a good fit for group play.

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Choosing the Best Daycare for Your Dog

Updated: August 26, 2020

Dog daycare can be a great option for your dog if you work long hours or they have lots of energy to burn. Ask these questions and look for these things to make sure you pick the right daycare so your dog stays safe, healthy, and has fun!

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How to Teach Your Dog the Emergency Recall

Updated: September 22, 2020

A dog's Emergency Recall is a higher level of come when called, and can be used when you need your dog to come to you right away, as fast as they can, while ignoring all distractions around them. It could save their life and you can teach it in 4 easy steps.

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How to Stop Your Dog From Door Dashing

Updated: September 22, 2020

Learn how to stop your dog from bolting out the front door and into the street. Door dashing is extremely dangerous for your dog but can be addressed with simple safety precautions and easy dog training exercises.

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Do Dogs Need a Daily Routine?

Updated: February 27, 2020

While routine is important for a puppy's potty training, is it helpful to keep your dog on a consistent daily routine as they become an adult? We'll look at how to maintain a structure for your dog's daily routines without setting them up for separation anxiety when that routine might change.

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Public Dog Water Bowls: Think Before They Drink

Published: March 22, 2019

You may just want to take a pause before letting your dog take that drink from a public water bowl or the communal water bowl at the dog park. They could be lapping up bacteria, viruses, or even parasites that could make them quite sick. Same goes for puddles. Read more to find out what risks await.

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Preventing Separation Anxiety When You Work From Home

Updated: February 27, 2020

Dog owners who work from home or are retired and home most of the time are faced with dogs who can become used to constant companionship. These dogs can have a tough time being left alone for any time at all, and if not addressed, can develop separation anxiety.

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Choosing the Best Dog Crate for Your Dog and Your Life

Updated: October 7, 2020

There are lots of different kinds of dog crates. Learn how to correctly measure your dog's crate. Check out the pros and cons of plastic (airline) kennels, metal crates, heavy-duty crates for dogs who love to chew or escape their crate, lightweight fabric crates, and fashion and furniture crates.

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How to Help A Dog That’s Missed Early Socialization

Updated: October 29, 2020

Proper early life socialization (before 16 weeks old) is very important for a dog’s wellbeing and development. If you’ve missed their critical early socialization window, your dog is falling behind. But a lot of dogs have adjusted just fine, and yours can too!

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Choosing Your Dog's Leash

Updated: December 1, 2020

Choosing the right kind of dog leash is important for safety, comfort, and to help you address any training you're working on with your dog.

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Teach Your Dog the Automatic Sit

Updated: August 26, 2020

Learn how to teach your dog to sit automatically whenever you stop in just 5 easy steps. Imagine walking with your dog around town and coming up to a crosswalk at a busy intersection. Your dog sits automatically when you stop at the curb; you and your pup look like obedience rockstars and your dog is safe since they aren’t walking into traffic.

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Using a Blacklight to Discover Dog Pee Accidents

Updated: February 28, 2020

Despite your best efforts, sometimes your dog’s potty training may not be going exactly according to plan. If your dog isn’t always making it outside to potty, pee stains and odors can be lurking in your carpet. Learn how to use a blacklight to discover hidden dog pee accidents lurking in your home.

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Dog Harnesses: Helpful Tools for Loose Leash Walking

Updated: September 22, 2020

Teaching your dog how to walk politely on his leash is a lot easier and safer if you use some basic tools, like a dog harness. Learn about the different kinds of dog harnesses so you can choose which works best for you.

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Puppy Versus Paper Shredder: The Tale of Henri's Tail

Updated: January 28, 2020

Dog versus machine is never an even match, especially when a paper shredder is involved. Unfortunately, accidents happen and Henri’s story demonstrates how the simplest thing — sitting on an office chair — can lead to a visit by 911 responders and emergency veterinary surgery.

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Dogs Swimming: Safety in Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans

Updated: February 13, 2019

Water can carry its own share of significant hazards for dogs that you should be aware of and keep an eye out for to prevent problems. Read the most common and serious water and swimming-related hazards for pups swimming in rivers, lakes, and oceans. After all … knowing is half the battle!

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How to Use Dog Training Treats the Right Way

Updated: April 18, 2020

Why food treats are important to use in training, how to avoid using food as a bribe, and how to ensure that your dog doesn’t become fat or overweight in the process. You’ll learn how to choose the best training treat for your dog and how to use treats effectively in your dog training journey.

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How to Clicker Train Name Recognition

Updated: May 15, 2019

Name recognition is the foundation for every other training cue; if your dog isn’t paying attention to you in the first place, you can’t expect them to respond to the next thing you ask for. It’s easy to teach with clicker training and your dog will quickly learn to love hearing their name!

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Does Your Doggie Paddle?

Updated: September 16, 2020

Swimming is a great form of exercise and entertainment for your dog. Learn how to teach your dog to swim, and about the hazards that are a threat to dogs that swim.

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Prepare For Puppy Class Like a Pro

Updated: May 16, 2019

Now that you're signed up for puppy class, learn about how to prepare and what you should bring to puppy training class, including what kinds of leashes, collars, and dog training treats. Tips on what to do with your puppy before and after puppy class.

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Alone, But Together: Leaving Multiple Dogs Alone

Updated: July 31, 2020

Leaving two dogs alone together for the first time? Get them used to spending time together alone. Set them up for success by providing the appropriate room set-up, addressing any individual problem behaviors, and introducing periods of alone time together.

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Why You Should Watch Your Dog Pee

Updated: November 17, 2020

The way your dog is peeing can give you some important information about their urinary, and even overall health. This article will highlight some of the signs you may notice when your dog pees that could indicate that a vet visit is needed. Even frequency and color matter!

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Short and Sweet Training Sessions

Updated: September 22, 2020

Behaviors take time to learn; your puppy will learn faster with short sessions and positive repetitions. Learn how shorter training sessions can make training fun and give your puppy time to learn.

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How to Speak Your Dog's Language

Updated: September 5, 2020

Dogs and humans don’t speak each other’s language. Communication is key to living in harmony with our dogs. Check out these tips to make training easier.

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What Your Dog's Poo Can Tell You About Their Health

Updated: December 10, 2020

The earlier you catch potential dog poop problems, the better it will be for your dog. Keeping an eye on your dog’s inner workings and picking up on what their poo might be telling you is important. Check out this list to see what to look out for in your dog's stool.

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Be A Slot Machine: How to Fade Out Treats in Training

Updated: August 26, 2020

Dog treats are important and useful when first introducing a new behavior when you’re training your dog. But when you'd like to, it’s easy to fade out the use of food rewards while training your dog — and it’s one of the most important steps in teaching a behavior.

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What to Put (and Not Put) in Your Dog's Crate

Updated: December 23, 2020

What is and isn’t safe to put in your dog’s crate is a pretty common question we get. People often want to know: Is it ok to leave food or water in my dog’s crate? Should I leave one of my t-shirts in my puppy’s crate? What about towels and other bedding? Chews and other toys? We've got the answers.

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Choosing the Right Puppy Class

Updated: September 5, 2020

There are various types of puppy training classes. Which one is right for your pup? Read these tips for choosing the right class and dog trainer for you.

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Cleaning Up Puppy Pee and Poo Accidents

Updated: February 28, 2020

Cleaning up puppy potty messes isn’t as straightforward as you might think. Just because you can’t see or smell the mess any longer, doesn’t mean your dog can’t, which can lead to more potty accidents! Follow these steps to best clean up dog pee and poop in your home.

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5 Pet Hazards People on Keto Diets Need to Know

Updated: February 6, 2019

If you’re contemplating the ketogenic diet to cut back on carbs and sugar or eat better in general, there are some things you should be aware of to best ensure that you don’t endanger the health and safety of your pets while you’re improving your own.

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#IfOnlyIKnew: Milo's Brush With a Chip Bag

Updated: December 14, 2018

Milo, a 3-year-old shepherd/beagle mix was laying motionless on the floor, his head covered by a bag of Ruffles potato chips. Milo was completely unresponsive and barely breathing! Thankfully, Kristi’s nursing skills and instincts kicked right in! Here's their story.

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Shopping List: Help Your New Dog or Puppy Settle In Easier

Updated: April 12, 2020

Ease your dog's adjustment period by being well prepared with products and aids that can help your new dog settle into their new life faster. This article covers everything from calming aids (incl pheromones and music), to how to turn bedtime into sleeptime, as well as safe toys and crate essentials.

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#IfOnlyIKnew: Baking Healthy Killed This Dog!

Updated: September 26, 2018

As is common for people on diabetic-friendly or ketogenic (keto) diets, or any other low carb diets, Melissa replaced the sugar called for in her bread recipe with xylitol, an all natural and increasingly common sugar substitute that’s safe for people but extremely toxic to dogs. Here's her story.

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Is Feeding a Grain-Free Food Hurting Your Dog's Heart?

Published: July 25, 2018

If you have chosen to feed your dog a grain-free diet, and especially if it's a food that contains peas, chickpeas, lentils, or potatoes in place of the grains, you should be aware of the possible link between grain-free diets and the development of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM).

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Is Peanut Butter Good for Dogs?

Updated: January 4, 2021

If you need a high-value treat, a handy way to sneak pills, or something to stuff in an interactive feeder, you can’t do much better than peanut butter.

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6 Tips for Taking Your Dog Off Leash

Updated: September 22, 2020

Before you “release the hounds,” follow these tips to make sure that you’re keeping your dog as safe as possible when you let them go off-leash.

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6 Tips for Finding Your Lost Dog

Updated: January 30, 2021

We hope your dog never goes missing, but if you do find yourself searching for a lost dog, these tips will help you get them back home as fast as possible.

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How to Exercise Your Dog Indoors

Updated: January 27, 2020

Dogs benefit greatly from daily exercise. Here are some ideas and ways that you can entertain and exercise your dog in the comfort of your own home.

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How to Find the Right Dog Walker

Updated: January 3, 2017

You need to trust your dog walker not just with your dog’s health and activity, but also with their safety. These interview questions will help with your selection.

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Help Your Dog LOVE Their Spa Days

Updated: July 17, 2017

New puppy experiences are supposed to be fun and positive. Help your pup (and your groomer) by working with them in preparation of their first big spa day.

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Is Your Dog Quiet ... Maybe Bored?

Updated: September 17, 2020

There could be several reasons for your dog being quiet from pain, to stress, to boredom, or a combination of all three. Here's what you can do to help.

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How Pet-Friendly Is Your Next Hotel?

Updated: September 16, 2020

Just because your hotel is listed as pet-friendly doesn’t mean your pet won’t get a rude awakening. Watch out for these pet hazards on your next stay.

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When NOT To Clean Your Pet's Ears

Updated: September 17, 2020

Lots of cats and dogs get itchy, dirty ears. It's sometimes safe to clean their ears at home, but not always. Not every “itchy ear” episode is the same.

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Cloudy Eyes – Not Always Cataracts

Updated: March 15, 2016

Do you think your pet is developing cataracts? Cloudiness in the eyes is not always cataracts (especially in cats). There’s often a far more common cause.

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