Category Archives: Tracie Hotchner

Cold Weather Dangers – How Cold Is Too Cold?

In some parts of the U.S., “spring has sprung” but in the Northeast, like Vermont where I live with two thin-coated Weimaraners, we have another two months of winter to bear, including a current windy cold snap in the single … Continue reading

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Cold Dog Paws In Frosty Weather: Protect Your Dog’s Feet in the Winter

Since dogs have sweat glands in their toes, the moisture there can form into balls of ice when they abruptly leave a warm indoor environment and go into very cold temperatures. These ice balls can be so uncomfortable that a … Continue reading

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Praise Not Punish – The Basic Winning Philosophy for Dog Training

Accentuate the Positive Training a dog is really pretty simple, once you grasp the basic concepts and are consistent in applying them. What scientists, trainers and teachers have discovered is that all creatures – including humans, dolphins or dogs – … Continue reading

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Saving Kitty Sparkles

Bridget, a listener from Florida, is losing sleep over a neighborhood vagabond named Sparkles, a small Rag Doll mix who began visiting her porch soon after she moved to the area. As a fan of Cat Chat, Bridget kindly sent … Continue reading

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Like Presidents, Dogs May Go Gray When Stressed

A new study, co-authored by author and scientist Temple Grandin and published in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science explores whether anxiety and impulsiveness may contribute to premature graying in dogs. The research focused on a sample of 400 dogs, … Continue reading

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