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Upcoming Live Webinars

Complementary and Alternative Treatment

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD
Audience: All*
Date: August 13, 2020
Time: 1pm Eastern

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Complementary and alternative therapies consist of a variety of different therapeutic methods that are provided by veterinarians and other health care professionals. They include rehabilitation, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, and perhaps others.

In this webinar, we discuss these therapeutic methods – what they are, what they should and should not be used for, and how to find the best CAT to treat your dog.

All About Dog Poop

Presented By: Gayle Watkins PhD
Audience: All*
Date: September 24, 2020
Time: 3pm Eastern (12pm Pacific)
Prerequisites: none

Poop, poo, number 2, feces, stool...call it what you will, dog poop is a constant in the lives of dog owners and something many of us worry about. In this class, we’ll dig into poop 😉 to figure out what it tells us about our dogs, what it should look like, and when we should worry. Plus we’ll discuss some things we can do when our dogs’ poop isn’t quite right.

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

New Online Class

It’s All On Your (Dog’s) Shoulders

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD
Level: All experience levels

Discover important information about the most common shoulder injuries, including diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Canine Fitness & Health Blog

Play Ball (Safely)

Cody strained at his leash as he entered my examination room. A brown and white pitbull mix with soft eyes, large neck and shoulder muscles, and a beautiful sheen to his coat, he rubbed the side of his big body against my legs then flipped over onto his back, begging...

Stop Taking Your Dog For a Walk! (Try a Saunter Instead)

Pretty well everyone agrees that taking your dog for a walk is just about the best exercise your dog can get, right? Maybe… or maybe not. What is Exercise Anyway? Let’s look in more detail at what we mean by “exercise” and whether or not taking your dog for a walk...

Is Your Dog Hard Core? The Importance of Canine Core Musculature

During the past four years, hundreds of dedicated members of the Fit For LifeTM canine health and fitness program have assessed their dogs’ front limb, rear limb, and core muscle strength in the process of obtaining an individualized fitness program that targets their...

My Dog in Rehab Needs Stuff to Do!

Ok, your canine buddy is on the team’s injured-reserve list. It’s only temporary, but it's driving you and your teammate nuts! Your dog’s brain is used to being active – running, playing, wrestling with his dog friends, and spending time training and competing with...

Lets’ Not (Static) Stretch…the Truth

Today, thanks to social isolation and YouTube, I watched a video of Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, performing a warm-up routine. A trainer took each of his legs and put the hip and knee joints into flexion for about 1 second. Then Usain Bolt did some...

Cold Nose, Warm Sense – Your Dog has a Newly Discovered Superpower!

Did you know that your dog has something in common with vampire bats, pit vipers and black fire beetles? What could that possibly be? It all started when some scientists from Sweden and Hungary went into a bar…. Well, that might not be exactly true. I’m not sure where...

How Much Exercise Do Puppies Need?

A Lot According to Our New Puppy Exercise Guidelines! There seem to be two approaches to exercising puppies by well-meaning owners. There are those who do too much too soon with their pups, starting repetitive, concussive exercises like weave poles much too soon. Then...

Teacher’s Pet – How To Make Sure Your Training Doesn’t Go In One Ear And Out The Other

Have you ever parked outside a restaurant or concert, had an exciting few hours, and then walked outside to realize you have no idea where you left your car? Why can we easily recall our childhood street address but forget something we knew just a short time earlier?...

How To Make Your Dog Live Longer – It’s Easy!

As my dog grows older, I often look at his greying face and hope I will have him for many more years. And when it becomes obvious that I will have to say goodbye to one of my dogs, I always wish that we could have just a few more days together. I’m sure you have felt...

Yawn… Your Dog Empathizes!

Picture this: you’re riding in a car with a friend and she yawns. A few seconds later, you yawn too, even though you’re not tired or bored. Your friend yawns again and this time you decide you are going to resist yawning. But you can feel the darn yawn building in...

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