By Maggie Clancy @

From an office desk, working from home can seem pretty glamorous. You mostly get to set your own hours, wake up whenever you want, and wear your pajamas to work.

However, those of us who work from home know that our work days aren’t as fancy free and easy as office dwellers might imagine. Throw a cat into the mix, and you have even more to deal with. Read more

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When making the first introduction, it is best done in steps. The last thing you want to do is frighten your puppy to the point that he is reluctant or unwilling to get into his grate. Ideally, you want your puppy to get into the crate at your command. But why? Read more

5 Tactics to Get Your Dog to Potty in the Rain

BY MIKKEL BECKER | Article Featured on

My Pug, Willy, is a picky pottier under the best circumstances. He sniffs for minutes on end, spins a little, then changes his mind at the last second and goes searching for a better area. Any changes in the weather, such as wind, snow or rain, complicate his already-picky potty habits and make his bathroom quest even longer. But since we live in a part of the country where rain is common, it is crucial that he learn to deal with doing his business in a downpour.

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Don't Make These 5 New Dog Owner Mistakes

By Dr. Marty Becker, DVM | Article Featured on Vetstreet

I love meeting first-time dog owners. They’re so enthusiastic about their pups — or their adult dogs, if they’ve adopted from a shelter. I want to do everything I can to make sure they get off on the right paw with their new pet.

Because I talk to so many of them, I see some of the same mistakes over and over. They probably don’t seem like mistakes, especially to a new pet parent, but they sure can cause problems with a dog’s health and behavior in the long run. If you have just acquired a dog or know someone who has, here are five common mistakes new dog owners make and my doggy do-list for doin’ it right.

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10 Best Training Tips

Ok, he’s finally home. Training needs to begin immediately, considering the new pattern on the rug, not to mention the dog’s breakfast he’s made of your new Manolo Blahnik strappy sandals. But where should you start?

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Original Article By Juliana Weiss-Roessler at

Having a trained dog isn’t the same as having a balanced dog, but if your dog knows a few basic commands, it can be helpful when tackling problem behaviors — existing ones or those that may develop in the future. Read more

By Sid Nair

Tracking Your Dog with GPS

Pet owners have a responsibility to keep their animals safe, ensuring they are always protected from physical harm. Unfortunately, some dogs are more rambunctious than others, making the job of being a good pet parent harder. GPS devices make it easier to keep track of a pet. To fully appreciate the benefits of tracking one’s pet, it’s helpful to understand the many reasons why it’s necessary.

Noise Anxiety

Some dogs are easily startled by loud or unexpected noise. This is called noise anxiety and it affects approximately 40 percent of canines. This condition can make one’s pet suddenly take off running if startled. A GPS tracker makes it possible for pet parents to quickly track and find their frightened pet.

Every Second Increases the Risk of Harm

Dogs can go missing at any time, including when their owner is at work or otherwise away from home. When that happens it can be hours before they realize that their pet isn’t where it needs to be. Every second that a pet is missing increases the chances of them getting hurt or even killed. Fortunately, some GPS trackers may send out notification so that people know their pet has escaped.


When pets accompany their owners on trips they often have various opportunities to bolt. This is especially problematic when people are unfamiliar with the location and potential dangers of an area. Additionally, if a missing pet isn’t found in a timely manner, it runs the risk of being left behind. With a tracker, these concerns are greatly reduced.

When Dogs Give Chase

For certain types of dogs, the need to chase other animals is a matter of instinct. When these dogs are struck by the need to give chase they can quickly run away and disappear. Dogs that are on a leash can even take their owner by surprise and pull free. Even if they haven’t gone very far a GPS tracker can cut down the amount of time spent searching for them.

Digging and Jumping Dogs

Fences are a common solution for keeping dogs in their own yard and out of the street. And while they are successful at doing this much of the time, there are some dogs that have the ability to jump over fencing, and there are others that will aggressively dig beneath it to get out. Digging and jumping can be shocking the first few times and frustrating when it becomes routine. A GPS collar may help owners recover their escaped pet.

Open Doors

Typically, when people visit they are courteous enough to close the front door when they enter. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and accidents happen. When this happens, there’s a chance that the family pet may wander outside without being seen.


Animal theft is a growing problem. Because pets can be sold to anyone, including people wanting a specific type of pet and laboratories, there’s a market for criminals to make money. Some may even hold a family’s pet until a ransom is paid. People may steal animals that are unconfined even knowing they are not strays. Microchipping and GPS tracking may deter a thief or help owners recover their stolen pet.

Activity Changes

In addition to tracking a dog’s location, GPS has other features that are highly beneficial and even potentially life-saving. Certain GPS trackers are also able to keep track of a dog’s activity level and alert the owner to irregularities or changes. This is important as changes in an animal’s energy levels can be a sign that it is suffering from some type of health issue.

Unknown Behavior

In most cases, people are familiar with how their pets behave and how they are likely to respond. When a pet is adopted, however, these things are unknown. The unpredictable nature of a new pet’s behavior requires monitoring that GPS tracking devices can provide.

Pet Sitters

Often, pet owners hire people to provide services for their pets while they are at work or even if they are away for several days. These people include pet service providers such as pet sitters and dog walkers. While in the care of these individuals, dogs may find a way to get free, and, in the process get lost. With GPS, pet parents can ease their mind and keep track of their beloved pet when they’re in the care of someone else.

Preventing the Loss of a Family Member

Pets, for many people, are like their kids. Just like human children, pets are constantly at risk and require the protection of those who love them. To fully protect and prevent the loss of a four-legged family member, use GPS in conjunction with other safety measures.

  • How to Keep Your Dog From Escaping: Pet owners who click this link can get valuable information about why and how dogs escape, plus they can learn a few helpful training basics.
  • The Canine Escape Artist (PDF): Families that want to keep their pets safe from the dangers associated with escaping the yard should read this fact sheet for information on why dogs escape, how they do it, and if or when correction is needed.
  • My Dog Gets Out of my Yard, What Can I Do?: People who visit this page on the City of Casa Grande website can get advice on what can be done to prevent dogs from getting out of their yard.
  • The Canine Escape Artist: Click this link to read an article that discusses social isolation and other reasons why dogs escape. While on the page, site visitors can also read recommendations for preventing escape and guidelines regarding escape-related punishment.
  • Lost Pet: How to Find a Lost Dog or Cat: Pet parents who have lost a pet should click this link to the Best Friends website where they’ll find information on how to find their lost dog or cat.
  • Thirteen Things You Can Do to Find Your Lost Dog or Cat: Families who visit this page on the PETA website will discover thirteen things that they can do to find their lost pets.
  • Pet Home Safety: Are You Prepared: Individuals with dogs can click this link for a list of 7 food items that they should not feed their pet and 7 ways to pet-proof their home.
  • Seven Things You Can Do to Keep Your Pet Healthy: Pet owners can get tips on how to keep their pets healthy by clicking this link to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation website.
  • Travel Safely and Lawfully With Your Pet: Click on this link to read up on how to travel safely with pets by following the law.
  • Traveler’s Pet Corner: Before traveling with a pet, click this link to read key considerations regarding pet travel as well as how to prepare and deal with airlines.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital,located near Jesuit High School on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway offers a full range of companion animal services, including surgery, nutrition and behavior counseling, parasite control and preventative medicine. The hospital also offers advanced imaging through an all-digital spiral CT scanner, a comprehensive dental program and laser treatment.

If you’re looking for quality, compassionate veterinary care in Beaverton, Oregon, come visit us at Laurelwood Animal Hospital.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital

9315 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Phone: (971) 244-4230
Fax: (503) 292-6808

E-mail: [email protected]

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Article by Dr. Marty Becker DVM | Article Found on VetStreet

You want to know the first two thoughts of a new puppy owner?
I got a new puppy!

Now what do I do?

Congratulations! You’ve just entered the Twilight Zone. In a good way, of course. For the next 10 or more years, you are going to have more fun and love and licks than you know what to do with. Let me help you get started with the first month, and then you and your puppy will be off and running to a great life together.

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Article Found on PetMD

Fears, Phobias, and Anxieties in Dogs

Fear is the instinctual feeling of apprehension resulting from a situation, person, or object presenting an external threat — whether real or perceived. The response of the autonomic nervous system prepares the body for the freeze, fight, or flight syndrome. It is considered to be a normal behavior, essential for adaptation and survival; its context determines whether the fear response is normal, or abnormal and inappropriate. Most abnormal reactions are learned and can be unlearned with gradual exposure. Read more

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Article by Caitlin Ultimo | Found on MindBodyGreen

A child who gets to grow up with a pet by their side is sure to enjoy countless hours of true companionship—and they may learn a few lessons in responsibility, too. But a new University of Alberta study showed that the benefits of growing up with a pet can start off as early as infanthood. According to the study, babies from families with pets—70 percent of which were dogs—showed higher levels of two types of microbes associated with lower risks of allergic disease and obesity. So, aside from having an automatic best friend, your child could possibly reap some other not-so obvious health benefits to boot. Set their relationship up for success right from the start by taking a few steps to prepare your pet for the arrival of your new bundle of joy.

After nine months of pregnancy, labor, and a delivery, you would think the hard part is over, right? But when bringing a new baby home for the first time, your four-legged family member may be the most skeptical if not properly prepped. If you are getting ready to bring home your first child—or even a second or third—and are worried about introducing your fur baby to your real baby, here are five key tips for introducing your babies: Read more