Keep it paw-sitive: Trimming your dog’s black nails
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by Ontario SPCA and Humane Society
3w ago
Trimming your canine companion’s nails can be nerve-wracking for both you and your furry friend… but the good news is it doesn’t need to be!  We have some tips to help you get prepared, and to keep the experience positive. Watch this video for some tips to make trimming your dog’s dark nails a safe and paw-sitive experience.  The post Keep it paw-sitive: Trimming your dog’s black nails appeared first on Ontario SPCA and Humane Society ..read more
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The Paw-fect Start: 7 Must-Haves for Your New Puppy
Ontario SPCA and Humane Society » Dog Care
by Ontario SPCA and Humane Society
1M ago
Guest blog by Dr Emmanuel Fontaine, Scientific Communications Veterinarian at Royal Canin North America  Bringing home a new puppy is a thrilling experience, marking the beginning of an unforgettable bond between you and your furry friend. But amid the excitement, it’s crucial to set the stage for a harmonious relationship by preparing your home for your pup’s arrival. In this guide, we take a fresh look at the 7 essential steps to ensure a smooth transition for both you and your puppy. From selecting the perfect bowls to establishing a healthy diet, our blog will provide you with valuabl ..read more
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Tips to help improve your dog’s recall
Ontario SPCA and Humane Society » Dog Care
by Ontario SPCA and Humane Society
2M ago
Do you feel like your dog isn’t listening when you call their name? If you’re having difficulty getting your dog to respond when you call them, this blog is for you!   Why your dog may not be responding  First, it’s important to consider what may be impacting your dog’s recall. Here are a few considerations:  The environment is too exciting: Whatever is most exciting in your environment will grab your dog’s attention. For example, if there’s a dog across the street from you, that dog is more exciting than you are.   Being off leash too soon: If you haven’t practi ..read more
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House training your adult dog
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by Ontario SPCA and Humane Society
3M ago
Many adult dogs are not fully house-trained for a variety of reasons, including their family’s lack of commitment or training knowledge, illness, or the dog’s prior history. Fortunately, adult dogs, even those who’ve had a disadvantaged start in life, can learn an appropriate time and place to go! By following the 10 steps below, you’ll be well on your way to having a house-trained adult dog.  Step 1. Supervise your dog inside  How thoroughly and consistently you watch your dog when they are inside will determine how successful you are at preventing accidents, and how quickly your do ..read more
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5 common canine behaviours and how to modify them
Ontario SPCA and Humane Society » Dog Care
by Ontario SPCA and Humane Society
4M ago
You may think at times, “my dog knows better,” but the truth is, unless you’ve taught them and they’ve practiced the training in an environment or circumstance you’re attempting to work in, they don’t know! Today we’re sharing positive training techniques to modify five common canine behaviours.  Important note: Your dog’s behaviour is trying to communicate something and it’s important to take the time to learn what that is. From there, focus on teaching what behaviours you’d like to see, rather than punishing behaviours you don’t want.  Jumping up  If your dog is jumping up and ..read more
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How to handle a high energy dog
Ontario SPCA and Humane Society » Dog Care
by Ontario SPCA and Humane Society
4M ago
It’s the end of the day. You think your dog has had a full day of playtime and activities, and now you’re ready to sit on the couch and relax… but your dog still has a ton of energy! What gives? It turns out you may be missing out on a few simple things to help manage that energy.  What causes my dog to have excessive energy at the end of the day?  Like humans, dogs need mental stimulation, as well as physical exercise to reduce energy levels. If you’re noticing excessive energy from your dog at the end of the day, it could be because you’re satisfying the physical needs of your dog ..read more
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How dog breed impacts your puppy’s nutritional needs
Ontario SPCA and Humane Society » Dog Care
by Ontario SPCA and Humane Society
4M ago
Does size matter when caring for the nutritional needs of your puppy? Dogs have the widest range of body size of any mammal, and these differences greatly impact the type of nutrition they need!   In this video, our friends at Royal Canin break down how dog breed can impact your dog’s nutritional needs. Watch for helpful information you need to know about your puppy’s growth and nutrition!  Did you know?  Small dogs can reach maturity at around 10 months of age, whereas large breeds can take up to 15 months to reach maturity.  The mouths and jaws can be very differen ..read more
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How to handle attention-seeking barking
Ontario SPCA and Humane Society » Dog Care
by Ontario SPCA and Humane Society
5M ago
There are a lot of times where dogs barking is helpful. When they tell us they need to go outside, or they need more water, or there’s a raccoon digging in your garden! But what do you do when your dog is barking for attention? We share helpful tips from our friends at the ASPCA.  What does my dog’s bark mean?  It’s important to make sure you know the reasons behind your dog’s bark. It could be territorial, greeting, socially motivated – these reasons are broken down here.  If it is attention-seeking barking, it’s important to know this behaviour isn’t by accident. This is learn ..read more
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Celebrating the first underdogs adopted from the Provincial Dog Rehab Centre
Ontario SPCA and Humane Society » Dog Care
by Ontario SPCA and Humane Society
5M ago
The Ontario SPCA Provincial Dog Rehabilitation Centre is now a reality and, since launching in June, we are thrilled to celebrate our 16th adoption (and counting!) These are 16 special dogs –who struggled to find a family to love them due to their own unique challenges. Their stories now have a happy tail, thanks to the Provincial Dog Rehabilitation Centre.   What is the Provincial Dog Rehabilitation Centre?  Located in Peterborough, the Ontario SPCA Provincial Dog Rehabilitation Centre is operated by the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society’s Animal Behaviour team. The centre suppor ..read more
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Hiking with Fido
Ontario SPCA and Humane Society » Dog Care
by Ontario SPCA and Humane Society
5M ago
If you enjoy hiking with your best canine pal, it’s important to be aware of dangers, recommendations and general tips before hitting the trail! Here are some things to keep in mind for hiking with your dog this fall.  Your dog’s age and physical fitness level  Older dogs or dogs in poor physical health would be better to stay home with friends or caregivers; they’ll also be much safer. Young, healthy dogs are typically eager to hit the ground running (literally!).   The key thing is to make sure they have the physical conditioning to keep up with the intensity of the hike ..read more
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