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James   East Chatham, New York

3/7/2013 5:44:25 AM

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James   East Chatham, New York

3/7/2013 5:40:02 AM

Beacon Hill Collies Remember if you have never done these things with your pet before give them a fair chance to get used to it and learn how to behave while in the car or on a walk etc. I hate when I hear someone say " Yeah we took him in the car once to go to the dog park and it was a nightmare, he threw up all over the car and was so hyper at the park he wouldn't listen. We can't take him/her anywhere" Imagine that, car sick the first time and he/she was so hyper the first time at the park he didn't listen. What a rotten dog you must have! He/She must not have read the dog rule book you gave him about proper dog etiquette! Sorry for the sarcasm but come on people use your head. MOST Dogs get motion sickness in the car. The only cure is to keep taking them until they get used to it. the older your dog the longer it may take. Expect it and prepare for it. Bring a bag of items that will make clean up easier and cover your seats and/or use a dog crate at first if it will fit in your car. Remember if he/she gets sick it's your fault for not getting him/her used to it at an early age, not your dogs fault. I get all our dogs used to the car asap for the simple reason that a puppy makes a tiny mess compared to a full grown. Some get sick once or twice then they are fine for the rest of their lives, some will get sick a dozen times. Like everything else in life if you put forth the effort now you will be rewarded double and triple later on when you have a well trained companion that brings joy and enlightenment to your days for the rest of his/her life!

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nicole   elmore, OH

5/2/2011 8:05:30 AM

Great article! I frequently feel disappointed in the amount of time I now have for my furbabies with a one year old to chase around. But after reading this article, I feel a little better knowing some of the small things I already do, MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! I LOVEEE my furbabies and want whats best for them and the rest of our family.

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kathie   gallatin, TN

1/26/2011 9:18:47 PM

very good advise for all dog-owners.

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Marlene   Sacramento, CA

1/22/2011 12:55:12 AM

Just be sure when you take your dog on an errand that you are aware of the temperature of the car


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Melanie   Winnipeg, MB

1/21/2011 3:51:54 AM

Excellent suggestions - I am going to give them a try!

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Rhonda   Ottawa Canada, CO

1/11/2011 5:47:18 PM

good basic advice; another favourite activity my doberman adores is massage.... if I'm sitting in a chair reading, one hand is massaging the dog; would also work when watching tv; he just moves so I'm rubbing where he wants it.

It's hard to submit comments from Canada when a state is required!

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dog slave   coupeville, WA

1/11/2011 10:15:20 AM

simple good advice. thanks!

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Kimberly   Paso Robles, CA

1/10/2011 1:34:11 PM

Great tips. I rarely take my dogs on errads but will be sure to in the future. Thank you for helping to find ways to spend more times with our dogs when we have such busy lives.

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Jacquie   Anderson, IN

1/9/2011 1:55:28 PM

We play a game with our dog call "go find it". We make him sit in a certain part of the house, and then take 6 treats and hide them randomly throughout. Once they are all hidden then we tell hin to go find it. And he gets praised with each one he finds. Teaches him the discipline that he has to stay seated until he is released.


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1/9/2011 12:17:34 PM


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Jay   New York,, NY

1/9/2011 7:28:15 AM

This is great advise. We include our Boston Terrier in lots of family activities and she has learned what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior. She sleeps in her own bed in our master bedroom. She sits with us in the evening when we watch TV. She goes to the bathroom on a pad; takes a drink of water; and goes to bed. She sleeps the whole night and gets up with us in the morning. She goes to the bathroom; plays for 10 minutes; eats breakfast and goes to the living room and rests. I could go on but she has become a member of our family (pack). Loved and cherished.

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Donna Stockbridge   So Cal, CA

1/8/2011 7:07:37 PM

Good article. Thought for sure the author would have gone and offered to walk the dog.

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janet   monroe, WA

1/8/2011 6:26:04 PM

very good ideas of including your dog,in social activities

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Michelle   Macon, GA

1/8/2011 4:06:09 PM

Great article! I have a Staffordshire Bull

Terrier and if she doesn't get enough attention from me she acts out by chewing anything she can get her paws on! I take her with me whenever I can. Those are great ideas.

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Robin Dower   Shenandoah, PA

1/8/2011 11:41:15 AM

This is a very good article, many dog owners get a dog just because they can say, "I have a dog", but taking time with a dog is beautiful. I am now unemployed and my best friend keeps me company all day and no matter where I go, he goes with me. He is a german shepherd named Duke and he is my best friend and my baby. I wouldn't kmow what to do without him. He keeps my spirits up just because he will look at me with his big brown eyes and say it's all going to work out. I can feel we have a good commumicate with eachother and for that, my dog is my King of Life

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Pepe   Columbia, SC

1/7/2011 3:51:30 PM

This makes me really mad. Why do people get a dog if they don't have any time for him or her? It's just plain irresponsible. Think before you adopt a pet. Use your brain and your
In reference to the article, thanks for the advice. I've found that my dog enjoys just riding with me to go to the grocery store for a quick run.

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Taffey   Mt. Vernon, OH

1/7/2011 2:42:20 PM

When you walk out to get the mail take your
When you shovel off the drive take your
and when you take your dog in the car,don't always go to the veterinarians office, occasionally run a short errand or go to a dog park.It helps me help the dog.

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Karen   West Palm Beach, FL

1/7/2011 7:56:45 AM

Well, we have to work, however, the neighbor should have at least two dogs. They will always have each other and the owner/master/leader will have twice the fun and twice the love. It's not all that much more expense or trouble than just one dog. I have three dogs - large dogs - in a condo (with a screened porch and fenced in backyard). I love the "pack mentality" and communication of three dogs. Plus they have a lot of my attention when I get home in the evening, and on the weekends. Love my dogs.

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cynthia   sweet home, OR

1/7/2011 6:46:02 AM

I play with a cat toy on the end of a string....well I use a strong hay string. its a couch potaoes solution. also sometimes i throw one piece of kibble out and they look for it and grab it and wait for the next. not fattening

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