Coping After The Loss Of A Pet

The pain, emptiness, and loneliness we can feel when we lose our dog might be confusing to those who do not own a dog. Dogs are not just our pets, but they are our unconditional companions that can bring us such laughter, motivation, and sometimes tears! Unfortunately for most, there is not a quick way to get over the loss of a pet. The time it takes for you to grieve can be different from others. That is ok. First, recognize there are stages of grief you may encounter: Shock or denial Anger Bargaining Depression Acceptance Not everyone may encounter these stages, but those that do go through these stages may find solace that these are normal emotions. How can we deal with all of these painful emotions? Here are some ideas to help you cope with the loss of a pet. Talk to others about your loss, especially other

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Dog Park Etiquette

After a busy day at work it’s time to toss our work clothes aside, throw on the casual wear, grab our dog’s leash, load up Fido, and head to the dog park! For many of us, this trip is not just about socializing with our four-legged friend; it’s about catching up with our two-legged friends as well.  While it’s easy to see the benefits of a dog park, sometimes we might fail to take note of things that could turn a great social occasion into a small disaster.  I want to take the opportunity to raise your awareness and, hopefully, give you a few tips to make the most of your dog park adventures. What should you be looking for while taking part in the fun and games to ensure your dog and others are having fun at the dog park? 3 Things you need to be aware of… Owners

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Canine Evolution, Recommended Reading

Dogs A New Understanding Of Canine Origin, Behavior, and Evolution By Raymond and Lorna Coppinger Domestic Dog, It’s Evolution, Behavior,  and Interactions With People by James Serpell Evolution of Canine Social Behavior, 2nd Edition by Roger Abrantes Dog Behavior, Evolution and Cognition by Adam Miklosi Wolves- Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation by L. David Mech & Luigi Boitani, Editors

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The World, Through Your Dogs Eyes Recommended Reading

The Other End Of The Leash- Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia McConnel Dog Language- An Encyclopedia Of Canine Behavior by Roger Abrantes Dogs A New Understanding Of Canine Origin, Behavior, and Evolution by Raymond and Lorna Coppinger Domestic Dog, Its Evolution, Behavior and Interactions With People by James Serpell On Talking Terms With Dogs – Calming Signals, 2nd Edition by Turid Rugass

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Recommended Reading – Leash Reactivity

Feisty Fido – Help For The Leash Reactive Dog by Patricia McConnel Scaredy Dog! – Understanding and Rehabilitating Your Reactive Dog by Ali Brown Ruff Love by Susan Garrett Click To Calm by Emma Parsons

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Agility – Recommended Reading & DVD’s

Showing Kunga – From Pet Owner To Show Dog Junkie by Alxe Noden Agility Training For You and Your Dog – From Backyard Fun To High Performance Training by Diane Goodspeed Ruff Love by Susan Garrett Enjoying Agility by Julie Daniels DVD’S Crate Games – For Self Control and Motivation DVD by Susan Garrett Agility Foundation Training DVD by Greg Derrett Control Unleashed -Foundation Seminar DVD by Leslie McDevitt

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General Training – Recommended Reading

Don’t Shoot The Dog by Karen Pryor Ruff Love by Susan Garrett The Thinking Dog – Crossover To Clicker Training by Gail Fisher The Toolbox For Building A Great Family Dog by Terry Ryan How To Behave So Your Dog Behaves by Sophia Yin How To Be The Leader Of The Pack – And Have Your Dog Love You For It by Patricia McConnell

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Canine Body Language- Recommended Reading

Canine Body Language Canine Body Language- A Photographic Guide by Brenda Aloff On Talking Terms With Dogs- Calming Signals, 2nd Edition by Turid Rugass Dog Language- An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior by Roger Abrantes Play With Your Dog by Pat Miller Canine Behavior- A Photo Illustrated Handbook by Barbara Handelman

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