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Pet Poop, by Dr. Dave

This article is prepared by Appalachain Spring Mall's very own "resident" veterinarian, Dr. Dave. For a whole lot more FREE information, check out his site at: All Creatures Virtual Veterinary Clinic

His column is updated every day or thereabouts, so check back to see what on Dr. Dave's mind today.

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Hero Worship

Every day, your dog lets you know you're the center of his universe.

All that hero worship is reason enough to nurture your biggest fan.

When the wind blows and the snow falls during the cruelest months of winter, don't neglect your dog's exercise plan.

If the weather's just too bitter, find a spot like a basement, garage, or large room that you can clear of clutter to play a version of fetch, or wrestle with Phydeaux.

Both of you will lose some of the blahs with a little adrenaline pumping, and you'll make it through the cold days feeling healthier and happier.


Sometimes it's tough proving to an unruly dog that you're the one in charge.

Here are some ways of communicating with your dog in a way he will understand.

These practices are only necessary for relationships in which the dog seems to be controlling the master, rather than the other way around.

  • Practice behavior modification during the day, paying particular attention to long down-stays while you're doing something like washing dishes or watching TV.

  • Your dog should not be allowed to sleep on the bed or be on any furniture. Only the leader of the pack gets this privilege. (Later, after a full three months when your dog is under better control, it's possible he could get furniture/bed privileges returned to him.)

  • If the dog barks territorially in the car or house, use a shake can, a leash correction, or a spritz bottle with water and two tablespoons of vinegar.
  • Be consistent about applying these corrections!

    Do you have a question or comment for the Dr. Dave?

    You can Write to Dr. Dave!.

    Include your first initial and last name and he'll try to respond to your question in a future column.

    (Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so replies will be delayed accordingly.)

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