When Done Right, Dog Training Can’t Be Beat

Man training his Dalmatian pet

Training your dog has many purposes, including keeping them safe, helping them behave around others, and building skills and confidence. Because they learn by association, it is essential to establish clear lines of communication so they know exactly what you expect of them. With patience, time, and absolute consistency, dog training is fun, straightforward, and rewarding. We know the importance of dog training to both people and dogs alike, and are happy to offer some basic tips to get started. 

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Walk Your Pet Month: Why Walking Your Pet is So Important

dog owner walking dog

Owning a pet is a big responsibility. Not only do you have to take care of their physical health, but you also need to make sure they stay mentally healthy and happy. There are different ways to achieve this, but one of the best is simply getting them outside and walking them around your neighborhood.

Walking your pet helps you stay fit too! It’s a great way to burn calories and reduce stress—so you can feel good about yourself while having fun with your dog.

And since January is National Walk Your Dog Month, these are some of the reasons why walking your pet is so important. 

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What Should My Dog Be Eating As It Ages?

Dog looking for food.

We all know that puppy food is recommended for dogs that are not fully grown, but after that, things can become a little fuzzy. When it comes to dog diet recommendations, it is a little up in the air how and what to feed. The internet is full of information that may or may not be super accurate. Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here to help you better understand the answer to the question, “What should my dog be eating as it ages?”

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Tips On Preparing Your Dog For Summer

A dog in summer.

It’s almost summer, which calls for some fun in the sun–not just for you, but for your furry best friend, too. It is important to take precautions to ensure your dog stays healthy while engaging in all of the exciting summer canine activities. Summertime provides us with more hours of daylight, but it also gifts us with more hours of heat and potential exposure to various allergens. We all want to spend more time outside in the summer, so our team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital presents this list of tips for protecting and preparing your dog to have a healthy and happy time outside this summer. 

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What to Do About Your Dog’s Red Rocket?

Dog's red rocket.

A male dog’s special anatomy might go unnoticed until something draws your attention to their lower abdominal region. In other words, you know they have a penis. You see them using it to urinate, but it’s not something you dwell on unless you absolutely have to. A dog’s red rocket, or an erection that won’t go down, might seem like it will resolve itself. Sometimes, unfortunately, a dog’s penis can get stuck in this position and it’s cause for immediate concern. 

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Do You Free Feed Your Pet or Have Set Meal Times?

Free feeding vs. scheduled feeding.

The old adage “take it or leave it” used to apply to pet food. Not much thought went into whatever filled a pet’s bowl, and if they didn’t like it at first, they’d come around if they were hungry enough. 

Fortunately, we know more now about what pets need to eat in order to thrive. There are seemingly endless food choices to consider that hinge on a pet’s age, weight, overall health, and lifestyle (not to mention taste preferences). Once you settle on the right food, the choice remains to either adhere to set meal times or free feed your pet throughout the day. The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here to help you make the right decision for your pet. 

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Walking Your Dog: An Important Step Towards Pet Health

Walking your dog.

At Blue Valley Animal Hospital, we want to help you to ring in the New Year right by celebrating National Walk Your Dog Month this January. Walking your dog is an important part of bonding with your pet as well as a great way to support pet health (and your own). Read on to learn how to do it right!

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How to Better Train Your Dog and Improve Their Behavior

An owner training a dog.

Dogs give us unconditional love and companionship, and in return, we owe them a lifetime of belly rubs, playdates at the dog park, and optimal mental and physical health. Cultivating good manners in your dog can enrich the relationship you have with him and help him interact appropriately with the world around him.

Try these useful strategies for promoting positive dog behavior from the team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital!

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What Kind of Dog is the Right Dog For You?

Woman holding puppy in her arms.

Have you ever met a puppy you didn’t like? No one has! Puppies are the best movers and shakers when it comes to winning our hearts. A spontaneous adoption can definitely work out well. But if a dog owner isn’t fully prepared to handle the needs of a dog, the outcome may not be positive. That’s why we always recommend considering your lifestyle and the needs of your household before adopting to make sure you find the right dog.

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