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Training Your Pup Downtown

Whether you live in a small town or a big city, spending time downtown provides valuable training opportunities for you and your dog.

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Summer Fun Safety Guide, Part One: Staying Safe on the Trails

Summer has arrived and with it comes a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy with your furry companions. I would like to offer—from a veterinarian’s perspective—a few ideas to help keep your dog happy and healthy this summer.

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Where to Watch a Major League Baseball Game with Your Dog

The Great American Pastime has gone to the dogs! More and more baseball stadiums are hosting a special day when fans can bring their dogs with them to a game – and that includes Major League Baseball teams.

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Must-Have Gear for Hiking With Your Dog

Like so many dog lovers, one of my absolute favorite things to do is hit the trails with my pooch, Rio. If you’re as stoked as I am to head outside with your dog, check out some must-have doggy hiking gear to help ensure a fun and healthy trip.

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How (and Why!) to Properly Transition Food

So you’ve decided to change foods for your dog. Maybe it’s a new brand you’d like to try, or maybe your veterinarian recommended it for health reasons. Great, go for it! You are then told that you need to transition from one food to the next slowly. You may think, dog food is dog food, right? Except for a few ingredients, how different can it be? Why on Earth do you need to be so cautious when changing foods?

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5 Things Your Dog Trainer Never Leaves Home Without

It’s important to be prepared for any adventure with your dog, especially because they often turn into great training opportunities. While packing for your dog can vary depending on the activity, here are a handful of training items that are sure to help with any outing.

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Spontaneous Adventure with Your Dog is not Only Possible, It’s Fun

Sometimes travel plans aren’t what they call “well planned,” or planned at all. Often I find the best trips are the ones that blossom at 4 o’clock on a Friday. Those last minute adventures are what my dog Norman and I live for! Though spontaneous trips don’t offer a lot of time or options for preparation, the following are tips we’ve learned along the way for making an “on the whim” trip go smoothly.

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3 Ways to Have Success at the Dog Park

Dog parks are a great resource for dog owners. Having access to an area where you can let your dog run off leash, get some energy out, and socialize with other dogs can be invaluable when it comes to training and learning manners.

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It’s An Emergency! What to Pack in an Evacuation Kit

Wildfires, hurricanes, tsunamis, or perhaps the zombie apocalypse…whatever the reason for abandoning one’s home, it’s a good idea to have an emergency kit ready with some essentials for your furry friend.

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Meet Two Incredible Dogs: Naki’o The Bionic Dog and Surf Dog Ricochet

When pet parents accept and embrace their dogs as they are, those pups can blossom in unexpected and life-changing ways. I had the chance to talk with the owners of two incredible dogs: Naki’o the Bionic Dog and Surf Dog Ricochet. Not only are these dogs inspiring, but they are proof that every dog and their person can work together to make the world a better place.

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3 Dietary Changes to Greatly Improve Your Dog’s Health

You eat healthy. You’ve swapped out high fat processed food for whole, natural, and even organic fare, choosing fruit over chocolate chip cookies - most of the time, anyway. But, what about your dog? Wouldn't you like to make sure your pet is eating as healthy as you?

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3 Great Ways to Have Your Children Help With Training the Family Dog

Having a dog can be wonderful for children. Taking care of a pet will not only help your kids know how to properly interact with our four-legged friends, it will teach responsibility and life skills that they will apply all throughout life. At the same time, your dog will learn positive behavior for interacting with children and what it means to be a well-mannered family member.

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Volunteering With Your Dog - Worth a Little Extra Time!

Life has gotten so busy, hasn’t it? It seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done (because there aren’t!). It’s so easy to get swept up in the craziness of day-to-day life that it can be a challenge to carve out time for activities that help us stay energized.

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Could Your Dog Have Food Allergies?

Have you noticed your dog spending more time scratching at night? How about excessive shedding? Have they had recurrent ear infections? Surprisingly common, adverse reactions to food can cause your pup to become uncomfortable and eventually lead to serious skin disease.

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Dog Sports to Try: Skijoring and Bikejoring

If you’re looking for a fun new way to get outside and have an adventure with your dog, you might want to check out skijoring (if you’re into snow sports) or bikejoring (if you’re a cyclist). In these two “mushing” sports, you and your dog are

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6 Ways to Make Your Vet Visits More Enjoyable

Visits to the veterinarian are a part of everyday life and can be stressful for dogs and humans alike. Since we can’t talk our pups through everything that’s going to happen - although we may try - here are some tips and tricks to help make these visits more positive.

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Fabulously Fit? How to Tell if Your Dog is a Good Weight

You feed them good food and tasty natural snacks. You walk them at least twice a day and frequently go on athletic adventures like running and hiking together. You may even know exactly how much they weigh right down to the ounce…but how do you know your dog’s weight is a good weight for their frame?

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27 Signs You’re an Awesome Dog Mom

I can’t believe how lucky I am to be a dog mom. My Lab mix, Rio, brings so much joy and laughter and fun to my life – I love him like crazy! It’s something that’s impossible to explain to people who have never had a dog. Maybe that’s why many of my favorite people are dog moms – we share a special bond with our pups, and know loving our dogs enriches our lives in countless ways. There was even a study last year that showed gazing into a dog’s eyes produces the maternal bonding/happiness hormone oxytocin. So science agrees: life is better with dogs. That’s worth celebrating!

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5 Easy Ways to be Your Dog’s Best Friend FURever

We all know dogs are man’s best friend, but how to be a best friend to your dog can be confusing. By connecting with your dog, you will help him to feel balanced and be well-rounded. The bond you develop each day helps your dog learn to trust you and look to you for direction and guidance. Here are five easy ways to reconnect and strengthen the bond between you and your dog.

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Five Reasons Your Dog Needs to See the Vet Every Year

It appears each year: The postcard or email from your veterinarian reminding you that it’s time for your dog’s annual checkup. But you think about your already overscheduled, hectic life and may find yourself asking, “Do I really need to take my dog to the vet every year? We went last year and everything was fine.”

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Taking Your Dog to Work is Always Encouraged at Zuke’s

Here's a look at what it's like to be a dog at Zuke's.

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Too Busy to Train? Here Are 4 Ways to Fit It In!

Sometimes it’s hard to get motivated to do the dishes when you get home after a long day, let alone get some dog training in. We have all been there, you walk through the door, take off your shoes, catch your breath from a crazy day, and your dog is sitting there staring at you… waiting to go do something. But never fear - when time and motivation are lacking, these easy tips will help you squeeze in some dog training and still getting some down time for yourself.

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9 Ways Your Dog Can Help You Create Work-Life Balance

“I wish I worked more,” said no one on their deathbed ever. Yet finding a healthy work-life balance is a challenge, especially in this Digital Age when we are connected to our devices 24/7, on call for our jobs, checking messages afterhours, on weekends and even on vacations. Working too much can lead to stress, burnout and health issues, but it can be hard to find time for things that we enjoy and that help us recharge our batteries.

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Five Steps to Giving Your New Puppy the Right Start

Puppies are an enormous, life-changing responsibility, but they bring great joy to our lives. It’s our job to be prepared, emotionally and logistically, in order to give them the best start that we can.

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New Year’s Resolutions: 4 Training Tips for a Great Year

Ahhh…a new year. A clean slate. A chance to start over and do everything right this time. We all strive to be good pet parents, but busy schedules and competing priorities often make it hard to find time for training, exercising and bonding. But this year will be different! And here are four tips to help you become the pet parent you always wanted to be!

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What Should I Feed My Dog? (The Real Costs of Low Quality Food)

Clients frequently ask me what I recommend they feed their do, but if you are hoping to find here a blanket recommendation of my particularly favorite type of food, you will likely be disappointed. My recommendations involve a combination of several factors. There is, however, one thing I do tell every single client when asked about what they should feed their dog.

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Why is Salt Used in Dog Food and Treats?

Salt is often used as a flavoring and food preservative in food, and has been since before recorded history. We take salt for granted now, but it was once so esteemed it was used as currency and was equivalent to gold in value.

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Documentary “Dogs on the Inside”  Celebrates Second Chances for Dogs and People

Looking for a great movie to watch while snuggling with your dog on the couch? If so, check out “Dogs on the Inside.” It’s an inspiring documentary about prison inmates who train homeless dogs for adoption.

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How to Keep Your Dog’s Four on the Floor with Visitors at the Door

No one wants their rambunctious pup knocking over grandma when she comes over to visit. It’s not only a bad habit but also a safety issue. Uuse these tips anywhere your dog meets people - in the home, on the trail or walking downtown. It’s always good to have proper greeting manners.

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Our Best Natural Holiday Dog Treat Recipe

It’s that time of year. The time of “pumpkin everything”: Pies, lattes, scented candles and.....wait for it.....dog treats!

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The Best Ways to Get Fit with Fido!

With our busy lives, it can be a challenge to carve out as much time for fitness as we’d like, both for our dogs and ourselves, but according to Diane Silver, a trainer who teaches tricks, agility and fitness classes for dogs in Atlanta, Ga. and creator of the blog To Dog With Love, there are lots of ways to sneak in exercise with our dogs.

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Three Things That Will Make All the Difference For Your Senior Dog

It’s not a surprise that old dogs are susceptible to many of the same grievances as we aging folks are: Stiff joints, diminishing eyesight, food not sitting as well, mind perhaps not as nimble as in youth (but oh so much accumulated wisdom). The good news is that there are many ways to improve your old friend’s quality of life.

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How To Make Sure a Treat is Worth the Trick

The key to training with treats is to understand that not all treats are created equal. Here are seven easy tips to make sure your treat is worth the trick.

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The Two Best Ways to Save Money on Pet Care

New advances in veterinary medicine can greatly increase the length and quality of a cherished pet’s life, but they often come with a hefty price tag. Here are two ways to save money and prepare for potential emergency costs.

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Dog Lovers: Six Reasons to Get “Appy!”

Smart phones have changed daily life for all of us, and it seems like there’s an app for everything.

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Pet Partners: Volunteering with Your Dog. Supporting Your Community

There are so many benefits to volunteering, but one that we, as dog lovers, hold dear is the opportunity to share the unconditional love and boundless joy our dogs have with others. Bonus benefit: we get to spend more time bonding with our dogs on a regular basis. If you are looking to volunteer with your pup, we recommend checking out Pet Partners.

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Yogurt: Four Reasons (besides taste) Your Dog Wants It

I know your dog loves most human food, but indiscriminate taste aside, your dog needs yogurt specifically for its health kick as well. Yogurt provides a huge nutritional bang for your buck. I’m referring to real yogurt: The kind with active cultures, not the overly sweetened, heavily modified forms with lots of hard-to-pronounce words. (Though, admittedly, the names of the live bacteria in the yogurt may be hard to get your mouth around as well!)

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7 Tips for Fear Free Veterinary Visits

Here are a few tips for helping your pet feel less stress at the vet.

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Bobbing For Bones: 3 Steps to Swimming with Your Dog

Nothing beats the heat like having some fun in the water and now more than ever there are water sports we can include our dogs in – boating, swimming, paddle boarding and more. But how do you know if they are having as much fun as you are? Some dogs naturally love water and start swimming as puppies, but some aren't so keen on the idea of playing around in the water.

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5 Must-Have Gadgets for a High-Tech Dog

Life is hectic with competing priorities, tight deadlines, multiple commitments and a calendar of things to do. And as busy pet parents who are devoted to the health and wellbeing of our dogs, we are always looking for ways to stay more connected with them, keep them safe and, in general, make life as a pet parent a little easier and a lot more fun. Turns out, hi-tech is the way to go!

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Four Steps to Jogging with your Dog

Do you ever wonder how people get their dog to run right behind them? We see it all the time in Durango, on the river trail and up in the mountains. It’s really not as hard as you may think. I will go over some easy tips and tricks to getting your dog to jog with you, as well as other tips to make sure we keep your jogging buddy safe.

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Dr. Jen On-Call:  Top 10 Signs of Canine Bladder Stones and Their Effective Treatment

I’m about to get very personal with you and your dog. It’s okay, I’m a doctor. Life is busy and it’s easy to miss some of the health signals that the most silent members of our family are sending us. Bladder stones are a very common ailment among dogs and they can sneak up on your pup, causing great discomfort, if you aren’t aware of what to be watching for.

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Exercise, Nutrition and Herbs: The Trifecta for a Heart-Healthy Hound

Did you know that 10% of dogs suffer from heart disease? And while western approaches may quickly improve quality of life through pharmaceuticals, we know that adding on a holistic approach including exercise, nutrition, and carefully chosen herbs will help get to the heart of the cardiovascular issues (pardon the pun - we couldn’t help ourselves!).

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Pilots N Paws Takes Animal Rescue to New Heights

One of America’s most innovative and exciting animal rescue groups, Pilots N Paws a nonprofit organization of volunteer pilots and airplane owners who fly dogs and other animals from high-kill shelters to rescue groups and forever homes. Founded in 2008 by animal lover Debi Boies and pilot Jon Wehrenberg, Pilots N Paws has rescued over 75,000 pets (yes, 75,000!), most of which are dogs.

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Tips to Transform Your Dog into the Ideal Trail Running Companion

Tips to transform your dog into the ideal trail running companion.

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Seven Steps to a Consistent Recall

Does Your Dog Come When Called? We all know the joy of taking our dogs on an adventure, unclasping the leash and watching them frolic in the tall grass, chase grasshoppers, and revel in the freedom of being outside and off-leash. However, before we can even get to this point there is one big thing we need to make sure we are comfortable with - the recall. You must be certain your dog will come when called.

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Treat Placement Trumps When Leash Training

You’ve got to get the timing right! How many times have you heard that from a dog trainer when trying to teach your dog something new? Timing is important, of course, when you are teaching sit, stay and the like. But treat placement trumps when training your dog to walk on a leash.

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Endurance Nutrition for Hiking and Summer Recreation

Living at the southern terminus of the famed Colorado Trail, I have many clients who have embarked on trekking the scenic 500-mile trail with their furry companions. I have consulted with these adventure seekers regarding how much—and what type of—food they need to bring on their journey for their dogs. And although many people are not cut out for a 500-mile hike, there are times during regular hikes and backpacking trips when your dog will still need endurance nutrition. Allow me to share some tips for properly fueling your pup.

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Boost Your Dog’s Energy with Healthy Calories

If you lead an active lifestyle, you’ve probably bonked at some point. Not a great feeling, right? Extended activities fueled by fruit, a sweet energy drink or an on-the-go, sugar-in-a-tube energy product will give a quick energy peak followed shortly by a crash after each carbo “hit.” Well, the same is true for dogs. It may seem like your dog has boundless energy, but he needs healthy calories on the go just like you.

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Favorite Dog-Friendly Beaches in Southern California

If you're taking a road trip to Southern California this summer or anytime at all, make a stop at one of these three dog-friendly beaches. Enjoy the sun, the surf, and romping with your dog.

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A Natural Approach to Flea Prevention and Treatment

Flea treatment should begin with prevention. Although there are a wide variety of flea products on the market, many contain noxious chemicals, which is why I prefer a natural and holistic approach to flea prevention and infestation treatment. The healthier your pet is, the more resistant he or she will be.

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Dr. Jen On-Call:  A Day In the Life of a Veterinarian

You may know Dr. Jen Deming from her helpful blogs on dog health, but what you may not know is that she is Zuke's go-to veterinarian here in Durango, Colorado for health-related customer questions or concerns. We appreciate her medical expertise and are happy she's able to fit Zuke's into her busy schedule as a veterinarian.

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Zuke’s Celebrates 20 Years! Founder Patrick Meiering Remembers the Past and Looks to the Future

“’Do I sell my car this week so I can make sure I have labels for the packaging later? Do I move out of my house and live in my office?’ There were all those challenges,” Patrick says. “Of course, looking back 20 years later, it’s ‘Oh, that was fun!’”

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A Gluten-Free Diet for Your Dog: Is It Hype or Truth?

Gluten has been a notorious topic over the last several years. Is it all hype or is there truth in the idea of feeding your pooch a “gluten-free” diet.

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Dr. Jen On-Call: My Dog Ate What?! The Strange Things That Pets Eat.

With childlike curiosity, both puppies and adult dogs love to check out new people, places, scents, and tastes with gusto! As you can imagine, this can lead them into trouble – the kind that involves eating some very interesting objects. Let me tell you about a few dogs that I’ve met in my career who have lived to tell the “tail.”

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Teenage Artist Raises Money for Heartworm Awareness and Shelter Dogs

“What made me really upset was dogs that have heartworm are on the top of the list to be put down in the high-kill shelters. More than 1 million dogs have heartworm disease in the United States … and it’s completely preventable. So I decided that I would raise awareness and share Teddy’s story.”

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Pooch Poisons in Kitchen, Home and Garden

Just because a food is healthy for us doesn’t mean that it’s good for our furry friends. Take grapes and raisins, for instance. Even just a few grapes or raisins may cause long term kidney problems or even kidney failure in some dogs, while others don’t seem to react. Early signs of a bad reaction include diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, dehydration and changes in urinary patterns (1). Best keep your trail mix and Raisin Bran out of reach of Rover!

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The Top Dogs in Dog Friendly Companies Have Been Named

As the sponsor of Bark Magazine's annual Bark's Best Places to Work contest, Zuke's is proud to present the three winners - innovative companies who welcome and enjoy dogs in their everyday workplace.

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Dr. Jen On-Call: Should You Be Worried When Fido Eats Your Chocolate Chip Cookies?

“My dog just ate a batch of chocolate chip cookies!” and “I dropped my blood pressure pill on the floor and Molly ate it!” are some of the most common after-hours emergency phone calls I receive. How worried should you be?

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Healthy Ways to Deal With Doggie Allergies

Did you know that dogs can have allergies, too? Like people, they may be allergic to certain plants, pollen, foods, chemicals, dust mites, mold or other substances.

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Lights, camera, good boy! How Mathilde de Cagny trains Hollywood’s canine stars

Mathilde de Cagny is one of the industry’s most successful animal trainers, with credits including TV's Frasier and films “Steel Magnolias,” “Marley & Me,” “Hotel for Dogs,” “Back to the Future” sequels, “Hugo,” and “My Dog Skip." “Training is all about timing, it’s got to be a game.” - Mathilde de Cagny

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Zuke’s Goes Steampunk for Durango Snowdown

Zuke’s joined in the Durango Snowdown festivities on Friday night with a float in the Snowdown Light Parade. This year’s Steampunk theme inspired us to design a steam-powered Zuke’s train to celebrate our “train”ing treats and our 20th anniversary. Snowdown is a Durango tradition, founded in 1979...

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Get Your Dog in the Game: Activities for a Doggone Good Day

Whether your pup is a super athlete or planning to join you in game-watching festivities, here are some tips from our pals and active dog parents at DogTipper, To Dog With Love and All Things Dog Blog to help you enjoy game day and everyday with your furry companions.

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Thinking Positively About Dog Training with Victoria Stilwell

The #1 thing pet owners should know about dog training is, "It should be fun and positive both for you and your dog."-Victoria Stilwell.

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Natural Ways to a Healthy Skin and Shiny Coat

Scratch, scratch, scratch...is this a common sound in your house? Is your dog constantly scratching and chewing at her skin? Is her coat dull and flakey? She could be having a reaction to a variety of things. Identifying the reason and dealing with it will result in a happy dog.

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Dr. Jen On-Call: Connecting Bad Teeth to a Heart Murmur

It may seem like an unlikely relationship, but bad teeth often lead to a bad heart. Learn from Dr. Jen about the healthy mouth - healthy body connection.

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Achoo! Banish Your Dog’s Cold or Flu with Helpful Herbs

It’s that time of year! No, I don’t mean the holiday season. I mean cough and sniffle season. And you aren’t the only one in your household who can catch a cold!

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Zuke’s Super Holiday Dog Cookies

One of the best parts of the holiday - cookies! Make sure your pup can join in the yummy fun with this recipe.

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Dr. Jen On-Call: The Puppy with a Broken Heart

This story about little Eva and her broken heart is a gentle lesson for families thinking of adopting a puppy.

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An All-American Mutt Brings Home the Westminster Trophy

In honor of National Mutt Day, we're introducing one of America's mutt superstars: Roo! This energetic husky mix made history as the first "All-American" dog (i.e. mutt) to win a Westminster Kennel Club competition.

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Feeling Stressed in an Airport? Look for Therapy Dogs!

If you get stressed when traveling, look for airport therapy dogs.

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Muscles, Joints and Bones, Oh My!

Without his musculoskeletal system, your dog would just be a furry blob on the ground! The health of his bones, connective tissues and muscle are factors that significantly contribute to his quality of life.

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Sassy Seniors: Keeping Your Elderly Pet Spry

Just because a dog has reached the 7-year-old milestone, when a dog goes from “adult” to “senior,” it doesn't mean they have to start acting like an invalid.

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Homeless Dogs Become Heroes

Freedom Service Dogs is an organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to become service dogs.

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Herbal Support for Doggy Digestive Upset

Like us, dogs can have upset tummies, or to be more technical...indigestion. Sometimes, there's a quick fix.

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5 Reasons Dogs Make Better Co-Workers

Here's just a few reasons why our canine companions make better co-workers.

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Dr. Jen On-Call: 7 Helpful Tips When Adopting a Dog

One of my favorite aspects of being a veterinarian is seeing newly adopted shelter dogs come in with their families. It's a good opportunity to troubleshoot issues and ensure a lifelong bond between a homeless dog and their new forever family.

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Has Work Gone to the Dogs?

Zuke's is celebrating canines who punch the clock and the innovative companies that are leading the way.

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The Skinny on Fats & Oils

Healthy fats and oils are critical to both human and hound health. So, adding a little bit of oil to your dog's food is a good idea, right? It depends!

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Celebrate Your Dog on National Hug Your Hound Day!

Studies show the health benefits of hugging and petting your dog, so let's learn how to spread the happiness.

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Put Out that Fire! Inflammation and Diet

Science has recognized that chronic, low-level inflammation in humans contributes to a number of disorders, so it’s not so surprising that dogs also suffer from issues related to chronic inflammation, too.

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Supplements: A Sea of Choices

A common question I get as a veterinarian is regarding supplements and their benefits. With a steadily increasing variety of choices on the shelves of pet stores and even our local mega-marts, people want to know if any of these supplements are worthwhile for their pets.

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Swim Season - Treating Canine Ear Infections Naturally

Now that it’s warm outside, getting in the water to swim, or just cool down, is part of many dogs’ daily get-out-and-go activities. Sometimes this means ear infections, but ear infections can be relatively easy to deal with if you catch them right away.

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Hot Dogs: Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke in Dogs

One of the great joys in life for my dog and me is to be able to enjoy the plethora of trails and rivers around southern Colorado, but a fun day outside can quickly become uncomfortable and dangerous to your pet.

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SQUIRREL! – Is Off Leash Worth the Risk?

Learn the safest way to practice off leash and recalls with your dog.

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Road Trip Herbal First-Aid Kit

Road tripping with your four-legged friend can be a great adventure! Sometimes the unexpected happens and help may not be nearby, so you should always carry a first-aid kit. Did you know there are some handy plants that you might want to include for Rover?

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Not all Dogs are Created Equal: Feeding Large vs. Small Breed Dogs

There are differences in diets designed for adult dogs of all ages and sizes, large, small, working/sporting, and senior dogs.

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Sizing Up the Pup: Training for Large and Small Breeds

Many people wonder: does size of dog matter when it comes to training? The answer is: both yes and no. Behavior problems affect dogs of all shapes and sizes. But, let’s face it, bigger dogs are held to a higher standard than small dogs. A large dog is given fewer chances than a small dog if they exhibit reactivity or aggression, because by size, bigger dogs are perceived as scarier and the harm from a bite is increased. Aside from aggression, bigger dogs are less tolerated with behavior issues; whether it’s house soiling, jumping up, barking or chewing household items. Quite simply, bigger dogs make more impact than their smaller counterparts, thus less leniency is generally given to a big dog.

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Food for Health: Preventing Canine Cancer

Cancer is an insidious disease that doesn't afflict just people. Unfortunately, dogs are also susceptible due to many of the same influences: diet, chemical exposure, inactivity, genetics and what sometimes seems like plain old bad luck. Even though taking preventative steps doesn't guarantee that you or your 4-legged companion will avoid cancer, it may reduce the odds.

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Keeping Puppy Healthy: Nutrition for Youngsters

Have you thought about bringing in a new puppy into your household? Perhaps you have already started searching for the perfect new companion to add to your family. Well, congratulations! Raising a puppy can be incredibly rewarding and fun. It also puts you in a unique and important position of caring for a dog properly, right from the start.

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Behavior at a Crossroads: Where Training and Medicine Meet

Behavioral issues like barking or lunging can be a challenge. Sometimes it takes a clear plan that combines training and medication.

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McAfee Knob, Virginia: Do-able Appalachian Trail with a Four-Legged Pal

It’s a fantasy many of us have, but a few lucky souls actually go through with it.

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Veggies Key to Canine Health

Looking for something do do with those broccoli stalks you are about to toss? Feed them to that drooling beast stalking you in your kitchen! Many folks are surprised to hear that vegetables are good for dogs and that many dogs actually like vegetables. Despite being meat-eaters, dogs in the wild are opportunists and will raid a garden if given the chance (we at Zuke's can attest to our own dogs raiding our gardens!).

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Feeding Both Mind and Body: Challenging Mealtime Games for Dogs

In a recent post, Mikkel Becker featured ways to keep dogs active in the wintertime, including turning treat time into a mental and physical adventure. Seemingly simple things like hiding treats throughout the house for the dogs to find, or throwing a piece of kibble onto the floor and having...

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How Nutrition Affects Genes: Links Between Nutrition and Optimal Health

The entire field of Nutrigenomics is still in its infancy, but some practical applications are already hitting shelves.

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Keys to a Harmonious House: Positive Puppy Introductions

When a new puppy is adopted there is a dichotomy of joyful celebration alongside the stress of adjustment. One of the greatest adjustments during the transition occurs between current canine family members and the new puppy.

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Spring into Fitness: Interval Training Tips for Dogs

Have you ever hiked with your dog off leash and noticed how they burst into a run, trot for a while, stop and sniff a bush, roll in some snow, then burst into a run again? Turns out, this innate movement pattern – we know it as interval training – is the best, most effective way to create and maintain fitness in dogs.

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Roadtrip to the Rockies: the Grand Tetons

There are few more breathtaking sights in America than the skyline of the Grand Teton Mountain Range in northwestern Wyoming.

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Must-Have Gear for Adventurous Dogs

Dogs on the go need cool gear. Okay, maybe “need” is a bit strong, but everyone loves to sport the latest and greatest, including your dog. This year at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, there were so many new products that jumped out and said, “Hey, buy me for...

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Finding the Fun in Functional Foods

All foods are not necessarily created equal. A functional food is one that provides health benefits beyond proteins, carbohydrates and fats, vitamins and minerals.

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