Deaf Dogs, Good Lives

Deaf dogs can live full and happy lives

Do you know any deaf dogs? It’s not that common, but deafness in dogs does exist. Whether a dog is born with a congenital condition that causes deafness from birth, or is a result of illness or injury, they can lead happy – even joyful – lives, with a little help from us. But what do we need to do to ensure our deaf dogs can cope, be safe, and have fun?

Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital explores deafness in dogs and how we can help hearing impaired dogs live their best and safest lives.

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The Wonderful World of Clicker Training

Clicker training is a great way to train dogs

So, you’ve adopted a new puppy or adult dog. Food, toys, and beds have all been purchased; the first wellness exam is done; parasite protection is covered; microchipping is complete. Next up on the agenda is training, but with so many options available, how do you know which method is right for you?

Time and again, research has shown that animals respond best to positive reinforcement. At Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, we couldn’t agree more! Clicker training is a popular choice due to its ease and effectiveness – and the fact that it works with both dogs and cats (yes, cats can be trained!).

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What Does it Mean? A Service Dog Without Their Owner May Need Your Help!

A service dog without their owner may approach to ask for help

Service animals assist people with disabilities and are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Permitted by law to enter any and all public places with their handlers, service dogs have very serious jobs. After rigorous obedience training, these dedicated dogs carry out necessary, life-sustaining tasks and can seek help should an emergency arise. However, if you ever see a service dog without their owner, it could mean they need your help right away.

What Does a Service Dog Look Like?

There are obvious markers of a dog who’s working for a human handler. Most notably, they sport a colorful vest that clearly states they’re a service dog. They will appear calm at all times, and they’re trusty, dependable, and competent. However, that’s where the similarities end. As far as the ADA is concerned, service dogs can be any breed, weight, size, or age. Continue…

Why Do Dogs Love Balls? Examining a Truly Fantastic Phenomenon

Why DO dogs love balls? Dog behavior can be odd...There’s really nothing easier – or, frankly, more fun – than playing fetch with a dog. Sure, some pups are more enthused by the activity than others. But generally speaking, this age-old past time hits all the spots. While sticks are a sure runner-up, balls are always number one with the canine set. They’re sturdy, yet chewy. They bounce, and most of them fit perfectly between the jaws. But beyond their characteristics and the play/exercise they facilitate with a favorite human, why do dogs love balls?

Herding and Hunting

Dogs began living in tandem with people thousands of years ago, possibly due in large part to their extreme hunting skills. Domestication of a type of grey wolf helped our hunter-gatherer ancestors thrive, and the sort of mutually beneficial interdependence between our species evolved over generations. Continue…