5 Dog’s Habits of Highly Effective Pack Leaders

This will be perhaps the most important post on dog training ever: how to become a pack leader (or alpha dog). Dogs have wolves as ancestors. To make living in the wild bearable and safe for everyone, wild dogs followed a social structure that dogs still follow today.  Every pack has a leader who keeps everything in line. In return for protecting the pack he gets some perks.  Like eating first, walking first, and doing what he wants.   If […]

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Beginner Dog Training Instructions

The trick to training your dog is…repetition, repetition, repetition. A session or two every day for a couple weeks should provide enough training time for your dog to get the hang of it.   Keep your individual sessions short.  Five to fifteen repetitions  of each command like sit, stay, and lie down per session works.  Any more than that and your dog will lose interest and the lessons will lose effectiveness. Dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. Gently show your […]

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Some Dog Training Guidelines to Follow

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The key to having a happy, obedient dog lies in training him early and well. You may choose to sign up for obedience classes to socialize your dog and get some great tips, but spending time one on one is the best way to get your dog to listen. Despite what we believe, dogs do not understand what we say to them. By making your dog associate actions with a command, you will have him listening in no time! For […]

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Our practice is now offering ClayPaws®

Have you longed for a way to remain linked to the unique spirit of your beloved pet? ClayPaws® provides a link to your pet that is personal and real. Now you can have a print of your pet’s paw for a unique, permanent keepsake. ClayPaws® also make great gifts for anyone who enjoys a special relationship with a pet. They’re perfect for childrens’ birthday parties, as graduation gifts for teens who are soon leaving for college (and leaving their beloved pet […]

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Word from Dr. Max

Dr. Maksim (Max) Ilyukhin from Island Lake Veterinary Clinic would like to share some latest news and offer advices to our clients. As always, our primary goal is to provide compassionate veterinary care for our patients and make sure that clients are aware of dangers to their pets as well as of latest developments in veterinary medicine. The sooner a checkup, the better Q. Why does my veterinarian say it is necessary to bring my 8-year-old dog in for a […]

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How To Prevent Tick-Borne Diseases

With the weather getting warmer, pet owners are spending more time outdoors playing with their furry companions. But our pets are not the only critters that love warm and sunny days. Ticks are become increasingly active since they thrive in spring and well into the fall. Although these wee beasties may be small in stature, they are a huge risk to pets. While picnics and other outdoor activities are synonymous with the spring and summer months, since ticks live in […]

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5 common myths about veterinary anesthesia

Scheduling surgery or dental work for your pet can be a scary proposition. Every procedure carries some measure of risk, so it’s tough to think about your loved ones under anesthesia. But before you panic, talk to your veterinarian to determine what’s best for your pet and discuss your concerns. And don’t hesitate to do a little research of your own – here’s a guide to some of the most common myths about anesthesia: Myth: Anesthesia complications are common Fact: Don’t let horror stories […]

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