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photo of english springer spaniel and golden retriever in the woods, photo by Ida Myrvold via Flickr

How to Identify, Get Rid of and Prevent Ticks on Your Dog

Ticks can be an unavoidable part of the spring and summer months for many dogs and their owners. The staff at DogWatch Hidden Fences has a lot of experience with ticks, both from our customers and our own dogs. Here is how to safely identify and remove them, as well as some tips on how to avoid them in the future. Read post »

Airedale in a field of daisies

Arf-Choo! Dogs Get Allergies, Too!

Your dog has been scratching and licking himself a lot lately, his eyes are watery, and he keeps sneezing. Could it be a cold? Maybe fleas or other parasites? Possibly, but it’s also possible that your dog has allergies.

According to the ASPCA, 20% of pets may suffer from one or more allergies. Scroll down to learn more about the types of allergies your dog may have, common symptoms and treatment options for your dog.
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Sad Cocker Spaniel

Doggie Diarrhea (Eww!): What You Need to Know

Last week, we tackled the mystifying question of why dogs love to roll around in smelly stuff. Today, we’re talking about another malodorous subject – diarrhea in dogs. Sure, it’s DEFINITELY not the most pleasant subject to read about – our apologies in advance. It is, however, important to be aware of any changes in your dog’s “business” and recognize the warning signs that can signal a serious medical issue. So we’ll keep it short and sweet (well, as sweet as we can). Here’s what you need to know about your dog’s diarrhea.

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Corgi rolling around on his back

Why Do Dogs Roll Around in Smelly Stuff?

What’s better than a walk in the woods with your dog? It awakens all your senses. The gentle wind blows against your back. The brilliant blue sky is breathtaking to behold. You hear the steady sniffing sound of your pup’s nose as she investigates everything around her. It is all wonderful…that is, until she stops, drops and rolls. All of sudden, your sense of smell takes over, and it’s not a pleasant whiff. “Oh no, Lucy! Don’t roll in that! It stinks!”

It is a truth universally acknowledged by dog owners everywhere: dogs love smelly stuff. Discarded food, swampy water, mud, feces or dead animals – we can’t stand the smell or sight of it, but many dogs seek it out. Some dogs like to sniff it, roll in it, paw at it and sometimes pick it up and eat it. It’s one of the less pleasant parts of being a dog parent.

Why do dogs display this behavior? We’ve done a little digging ourselves to come up with some theories. We’ve also pulled together some tips on how to manage this behavior, potential dangers to look out for, and how best to clean up after a particular malodorous episode.
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