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Mark Barks on Dog-Themed Books For Kids

Mark take a look at some of the dog-themed children's books he's recently received for his soon-to-be-born son. Some favorites go back to his own childhood.


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Scavengers: Life with a Dog Who Doesn’t Want to “Leave It”

Although the underlying cause may be unknown, it is clear that poop eating can become a compulsive behavior. The more your dog is interested in playing and socializing with you while outside, the easier it will be for her to learn to “leave it.”


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Fitting a “No-Pull” Harness

When it comes to walking, many dog trainers prefer harnesses over flat collars. However, they will only be effective if they are properly fitted to the dog. A "no-pull" harness can be used to deter pulling in dogs who haven’t yet learned to walk on a loose leash.


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What Do Dog Kisses Really Mean?

Have you ever wondered what it really means when a dog licks your face? Where does this behavior come from? Good news, dog lovers: when your dog licks your face, it’s definitely a sign of affection! Face licking is used as a greeting and for bonding purposes.


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How to Desensitize Your Pup to a Nail Grinding Tool

If your dog hates nail trims, you’re far from alone. If you’ve purchased a grinder tool (like the Dremel or Pedi-Paws) to ease the discomfort, you’re in good company! And if your dog runs at the sound of the tool, you’re probably very frustrated, but this can be fixed with a little time and patience.


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11 Thoughts All Dog Parents Have

Dogs bring all kinds of funny experiences into our lives. Sometimes, it takes another pet parent to truly appreciate the hilarity.


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6 Common Issues with Puppy Mill Survivors

As the public becomes more aware of puppy mills – large-scale breeding operations with conditions at or below the minimum considered “humane” – more survivors become available for adoption. Once rescued and adopted out, these dogs can make great, loving family members. However, there are specific issues common for these pups that a potential adopter should be prepared to handle.


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Teach Your Dog to File Her Own Nails

This month Kiki Yablon shares a unique plan for how to keep your dog's nails trimmed during the winter.


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5 Ways to Winterize Your Dog

Winter is back and if you live in or around Chicago like we do, your wounds from last winter are still fresh. The best we can do is be prepared for whatever lies ahead. Here are 5 ways to prepare your pup for the colder temps!


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Management: The Missing Link

This month Kiki Yablon, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, writes about why reinforcing the behavior you want is only half the battle. (And no, the other half is not punishment.)


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