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Know-How for Dog Fitness: Understanding Weight Distribution is the Key

Aug, 30

If you are already doing fitness exercises, or are interested in starting them with your dog, you need to understand the dog’s neutral position, weight distribution, and what is happening during specific actions, activities or sports performances - how and why something as simple as the direction your dog is looking in can affect your dog’s body, AND how to use...

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Dogs Watch Us Carefully and Read Our Faces Very Well

Aug, 20

Research shows dogs pay close attention to different human facial expressions. ...In addition to learning the basics of dog behavior, one area that's important for us to understand is how their various senses work and how they use their eyes to read our faces and the reasons for their sensitivity to the various visual social cues we emit.1 (See "How Dogs See the World:...

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Why the Tail Is Important for the Active Dog

Aug, 19

The Amazing Tail Those who love them all agree: Dogs are amazing animals. Not only are they capable of adapting to life with people, they have skills and abilities that are inconceivable to humans. From their fantastically sensitive noses to their keen intelligence, dogs find ways to thrill and stagger the imagination. Dogs' physical capabilities are one of the many...

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Virtual Consults for Pets - Rehab, Conditioning, and Mobility Issues

Aug, 16

Since vet practices remain closed or have reduced hours, many of you are becoming familiar with telemedicine so that you can connect with your vet for a virtual appointment.  A Vital Vet Consult is different - it's a totally new concept in virtual consultation.  Here's how: You connect with experts from all over world without ever leaving your home - you do not...

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Relieving Muscle Pain in the Dog’s Lower Back & Hips

Jul, 19

There is one common issue that affects performance dogs as well as older dogs.  It is sub-clinical pain or “aches” in the muscles of the lower back and/or muscles of the hips.   Clinically these usually do not present themselves in the form of a physical problem or illness.  These issues are not typically recognized by the owner/handler.  I will usually...

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