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The Wild Blue Turkey That Blew My Mind

Appreciating the avian diversity that’s there to astound us—if only we look.

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    Acorns Can Pose a Danger to Dogs - Whole Dog Journal

    Not that anyone asked, but my favorite tree in the whole world is the oak tree. We have dozens of species of oaks in California, and where I grew up, in the great Sacramento Valley, the Valley Oak (Quercus lobata) is the most ubiquitous and also the large

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      Hummingbird Gorgets: Jewels of the Sky

      The glittering, colorful feathers on the throats of male hummingbirds help them attract mates and defend territory. Here's how they work, up-close.

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        'It was a very long 6 minutes': Utah man describes wild encounter with cougar - East Idaho News

        EDITOR’S NOTE: The video above has been edited to remove profanity. An unedited version can be found at the end of this story. | Kyle Burgess via TMX.news PROVO (KSL.com) — Kyle Burgess was heading back from a trail run at Slate Canyon late Saturd

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            The Right Way to Feed Treats to Your Dog - Whole Dog Journal

            Did know there are right ways and wrong ways to feed treats to your canine pal? Here's how to feed treats to your dog.

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              3 recent discoveries have upended scientists' understanding of how dogs age, navigate, and perceive human speech

              Recent discoveries have found that dogs understand speech just as we do and that their human-age equivalent might be older than you'd think.

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                  Behavioral Probiotics - Whole Dog Journal

                  The gut’s primary job is complicated and critical – extracting nutrients from food and moving waste products out of the body – it’s a marvel of engineering. In recent decades, though, we’ve learned that the gut is even more complex and amazing t

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                    How to Teach Your Dog to Be a Good Dining Companion - Whole Dog Journal

                    These days, thanks to coronavirus, more and more restaurants are offering outdoor dining, and many are allowing dogs to accompany their humans, as some traditional outdoor restaurants have for years. You may have seen some very well-behaved dogs lying qui

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                      Bear Picks Up Fallen Traffic Cone by Roadside Before Walking Away

                      This bear was seen walking down the road in a national park. The bear walking before him had smacked down a traffic cone kept by the side of the road. When t...

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                        Tennessee rescue dog alerts owner to house fire next door, saves sleeping family

                        A rescue dog in Tennessee became a Fourth of July hero after alerting her owner to a house fire next door and saving a family asleep inside.  

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                          Tennessee dog turns 20, sets record for oldest living golden retriever in history

                          A golden retriever in Tennessee became the oldest known living dog after celebrating her 20th birthday months ago, according to a recent blog post from the GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue.

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                              Closed to Tourists, Yosemite National Park Is Reclaimed by Native Wildlife

                              Yosemite National Park in California has been closed to tourists for weeks, and the animals there are taking advantage of the new free space and privacy.

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                                5 Indoor Games to Engage Your Dog’s Brain When You Can’t Go Out - Whole Dog Journal

                                Here are some of our favorite indoor dog games to help you and your dog survive the coronavirus shutdown.

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                                  5 Steps to Safely Pull A Tick Off Your Dog - Whole Dog Journal

                                  It's hard to say which is worse: running your hand over your dog and brushing against an attached tick, or seeing a tick skitter across your dog's face. Either way, the unwelcome arachnid must go. What should you do?

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                                    Icelandic Plus Dog and Cat Treats Recall | Dog Food Advisor

                                    March 23, 2020 — IcelandicPlus LLC of Ft. Washington, PA, is recalling its Capelin Dog and Cat Treats because some of the fish have exceeded FDA guidelines for fish larger than 5 inches… which has the potential to cause botulism poisoning. Wha

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                                      Reforming a Reactionary Dog - Whole Dog Journal

                                      We’ve all seen them – those nightmare dogs who lunge, leap, growl, snarl, snap, bark, threaten, bare their teeth, act like bullies, and charge at other dogs. They ruin visits to dog parks and even walks around the block. They’re out of control. They

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                                        The 10 Most Important Things to Teach A Puppy - Whole Dog Journal

                                        adopting a puppy, caring for puppies, most important dog commands, how to train a puppy, puppy socialization, puppy socialization checklist, important puppy lessons

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                                          Dog Paw Cuts and Scrapes: How to Treat a Paw Injury - Whole Dog Journal

                                          Your dog's paw pads act much like the soles of sneakers, protecting your dog's foot and cushioning each step. Paw pads are tough, but they can still be cut by sharp objects or worn off if your dog runs hard on rough terrain. What should you do w

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                                            Zeus, dog stolen from Montana and found in West Virginia, journeys 2,000 miles home with help of volunteers

                                            A Montana dog who was stolen from his owner in October was recently found more than 2,000 miles away in West Virginia — and a group of 15 volunteers drove across the country to reunite him with his family.

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                                              The J. M. Smucker Company Issues Voluntary Recall of Specific Lots of Special Kitty® Wet, Canned Cat Food Due to Health Concerns

                                              The J. M. Smucker Company today announced a voluntary recall of specific lots of Special Kitty® wet, canned cat food due to health concerns potentially associated with ingredients believed to not meet the Company’s quality and safety standards.

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                                                Don't Pull Your Puppy With His Leash! - Whole Dog Journal

                                                I was just driving down the street and my eye, as always, was drawn to a dog – a Golden Retriever puppy, I saw as I got closer – being walked by an older woman (sheesh, probably my age!) But just as I passed, I saw something that I always hate to see:

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                                                  Florida dog trapped in car drives in circles for an hour

                                                  In a Florida cul-de-sac, neighbors watched in confusion as a dog was captured on video driving its owner's vehicle in circles in reverse for nearly an hour, according to local reports.

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                                                      Why Play Is Important For Dogs - Whole Dog Journal

                                                      I read a recent article in The Atlantic about some scientists who taught rats to play hide-and-seek as part of a larger study about the neuroscience of play. I’m riveted by animal behavior, I’m a huge fan of play, and I find neuroscience interest

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                                                        How birds let squirrels know when it's safe to relax

                                                        Scientists know that squirrels respond to birds' threat calls. A new study finds that the chatter of birds at rest informs them when danger has passed.

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                                                            Beware of harmful algal blooms (HABs) - Whole Dog Journal

                                                            There are many global environmental disasters that I am concerned about in a big-picture way, but at this time of year, the one that I am personally and most immediately afraid of  on behalf of my dogs has to do with harmful algal blooms (HABs), also

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                                                              Why Do Cats Leave Their Mouths Open After Smelling Something?

                                                              Why does a cat smell something then keep its mouth open for an awkwardly long time? It’s called the flehmen response, a.k.a. “stinky face.”

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                                                                How to Teach Your Dog to Play “Nose Games” - Whole Dog Journal

                                                                If competition isn’t your thing, you can do a simpler activity at home with your dog that we call Nose Games. You can do just the easy parts – hiding treats in a room while your dog watches – or go all the way to the advanced stages, where your dog

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                                                                  FDA Alert: Do Not Buy or Feed any Pig Ear Pet Treats | Dog Food Advisor

                                                                  Complete details of the FDA warning for consumers to avoid buying or feeding any pig ears dog treats due to contamination with Salmonella.

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                                                                    Reel It In - Why I Don't Like Retractable Leashes - Whole Dog Journal

                                                                    There's an old joke about if there's one thing that two dog trainers can agree on, it's that the third one is doing it wrong. But if you know me at all, you know I hate online squabbles; I don't participate in digital fights about trai

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                                                                      Dogs’ Eyes Have Changed Since Humans Befriended Them

                                                                      Two specialized muscles give them a range of expression that wolves’ eyes lack.

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                                                                        Know Your CBDs - Whole Dog Journal

                                                                        It’s everywhere: CBD, the “miracle” drug. Each week, I probably have several clients inform me – their veterinarian – that they are giving this supplement to their dogs. Their intention and hope is that the supplement will cure their dogs of a v

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                                                                          Update on grain-free diets and DCM cases in dogs - Whole Dog Journal

                                                                          On June 27, 2019, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an update to two previous advisories regarding dog food and dogs who had developed dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).  The release made a splash in the mainstream news – but thi

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                                                                            Colorado sheriff's office bloodhound helps find missing 12-year-old girl in Wyoming

                                                                            A Colorado police dog turned out to be in the right place at exactly the right time last week, helping to locate a missing 12-year-old girl in Wyoming, according to officials.

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                                                                              Five Steps to Stopping Unwanted Behavior - Whole Dog Journal

                                                                              Most of the time, when dogs do something we don’t want them to do (such as stealing our socks or jumping on our elderly aunt), the first thing out of our mouths is “NO!” We’ve all done it. But you may have had a dog trainer or two

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                                                                                The Daily Spike: Canine Companions are interrupting nightmares for veterans with PTSD

                                                                                Service dogs can really make a difference for people with severe symptoms, to help them be part of the community again.

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                                                                                  Giant African Snails, once eradicated from US, confiscated from suitcase at Georgia airport

                                                                                  Customs and Border Protection agents in Georgia seized two Giant African Snails, a species that was once eradicated in the U.S., from the luggage of someone traveling back from Nigeria. 

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                                                                                    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Dog Owners - Whole Dog Journal

                                                                                    but finds it even more rewarding to teach their owners how to build a better relationship with their canine family members

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                                                                                      Downing Street 'chief mouser' Larry the Cat stages sit-in under President Trump's 'Beast' limo

                                                                                      President Trump was powerless to stop Larry the Cat, Downing Street's chief mouser from camping under his armored limo.

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                                                                                        A New Bone Cancer Vaccine for Dogs - Whole Dog Journal

                                                                                        Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone tumor diagnosed in dogs, affecting an estimated 10,000 dogs each year in the U.S. alone. Too many owners are aware that this disease can be extremely aggressive with a poor prognosis.

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                                                                                            Owning a dog is influenced by our genetic make-up

                                                                                            Scientists have studied the heritability of dog ownership using information from 35,035 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry. The new study suggests that genetic variation explains more than half of the variation in dog ownership, implying that the c

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                                                                                              What Causes Aggressive Dog Behavior? | Whole Dog Journal

                                                                                              In a world where our canine companions are often referred to as our best friends, it s a puzzle that so many dog-human communications (or should I say miscommunications?) result in behavior that we perceive as aggression anything from a freeze (stillness)

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                                                                                                5 Ways You Can Support Your Local Animal Shelters | Mental Floss

                                                                                                Whether or not you're ready to commit to adding a new member to your family, there are plenty of ways to support shelters on National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.

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                                                                                                  Sea Turtle Goes Home To Lay Eggs — And Finds It Paved Over

                                                                                                  People need to start paying attention to what's happening.

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                                                                                                    It’s Been 127 Years Since California Condors Were in the Pacific Northwest – Now They're Coming Back

                                                                                                    These massive vultures are slowly, but surely, being reintroduced into the wild – and their next destination is the Pacific Northwest.

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                                                                                                        Hill's Prescription Diet and Science Diet Dog Food Recall Expands | Dog Food Advisor

                                                                                                        Complete details of the March 2019 Hill's Prescription Diet and Science Diet dog food recall expansion as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor.

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                                                                                                              Hero Dog Breaks Out of House, Leads Police Back To Save Owner From Gas Leak

                                                                                                              A Westchester County dog is being hailed a hero after breaking out of her house to save her owner's life.

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                                                                                                                Is Behavior Genetic? | Whole Dog Journal

                                                                                                                A dog s temperament is more important than preserving stellar conformation or spectacular performance in breeding.

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                                                                                                                  Hill's Prescription Diet and Science Diet Dog Food Recall | Dog Food Advisor

                                                                                                                  Complete details of the 2019 Hill's Prescription Diet and Science Diet dog food recall as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor.

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                                                                                                                    Salmonella Discovered in Answers Brand Dog Food | Dog Food Advisor

                                                                                                                    Complete details of the January 2019 Answers brand dog food recall as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor.

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                                                                                                                      How Much Training Does Your Dog Really Need? | Whole Dog Journal

                                                                                                                      Teaching a dog new behaviors can be lots of fun, and there are tons of people and dogs who thoroughly enjoy daily training and engaging in various canine sports or activities. However, it s equally important to give yourself permission to take the pressur

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                                                                                                                        Dog Accessories 2019: Best Dog Gear of the Year | Whole Dog Journal

                                                                                                                        Here are five pages of top-quality dog accessories for 2019 that you and your dog will truly enjoy.

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                                                                                                                          Dangerous Levels of Vitamin D Discovered in Several Dog Food Brands | Dog Food Advisor

                                                                                                                          Complete details of the 2018 recall of multiple dog food brands due to dangerous levels of vitamin D as reported by The Dog Food Advisor

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                                                                                                                            Evolve, Sportsman's Pride, and Triumph Dog Food Recall | Dog Food Advisor

                                                                                                                            Complete details of the Evolve, Sportsman's Pride and Triumph dog food recalls as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor.

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                                                                                                                              Abound Dog Food Recalled by Harris Teeter | Dog Food Advisor

                                                                                                                              Complete details of the 2018 Abound Dog Food recall conducted by Harris Teeter as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor.

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                                                                                                                                Some Dog Food Recalls Are More Critical Than Others; This One Is Critical | Whole Dog Journal

                                                                                                                                On November 2, the FDA announced a voluntary recall by Nutrisca pet food. Three sizes of a single variety of Nutrisca dry dog food, Chicken and Chickpea, was found to contain dangerously high levels of vitamin D. The FDA also announced a voluntary recall

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                                                                                                                                  Nutrisca Dog Food Recall | November 2018

                                                                                                                                  Complete details of the November 2018 Nutrisca dog food recall as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor.

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                                                                                                                                    Natural Life Pet Products Dog Food Recall

                                                                                                                                    Complete details of the November 2018 Natural Life Pet Products dog food recall as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor.

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                                                                                                                                      Dog Seizures: Causes and Treatments | Whole Dog Journal

                                                                                                                                      There are few things as frightening as watching your dog have a seizure. Yet dog seizure disorders are surprisingly common. A seizure is defined as uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain.

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                                                                                                                                        Pets can judge time, study says

                                                                                                                                        If sometimes you wonder if your dog is angry with you for staying out late, you might be right. New evidence suggests that animals have a clear sense of time, using previously undiscovered neurons that seem to switch on to count off minutes as they wait.

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                                                                                                                                          G & C Dog and Cat Food Recall Expands to Include Multiple Brands

                                                                                                                                          Complete details of the October 2018 G & C Dog and Cat Food recall as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

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                                                                                                                                            Natural Remedies for Accelerated Wound Healing in Dogs | Whole Dog Journal

                                                                                                                                            Your dog just had surgery, stepped on broken glass, caught her tail in a door, has a puncture wound, got bit or scratched, tangled with barbed wire, or has an abrasion that came from who knows where. You want the wound to heal quickly without bleeding, pa

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                                                                                                                                              Puppy Vaccines | Whole Dog Journal

                                                                                                                                              Puppy vaccine schedules can be daunting to new dog owners. Why do puppies need so many shots? Are all those puppy vaccinations really necessary? Most veterinarians recommend that puppies are vaccinated for distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus (hepatitis)

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                                                                                                                                                Hold Off on Those Oral Flea-Killing Medications | Whole Dog Journal

                                                                                                                                                On September 20, the FDA issued a communication for pet owners and veterinarians, warning about the potential for neurologic adverse events following the administration of certain flea and tick products to dogs and cats.

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                                                                                                                                                  Tips You Need to Know When Bringing a Puppy Home

                                                                                                                                                  When it comes to bringing a puppy home, there are a few important things for canine parents to know. We’ve got tips on how to introduce a puppy to other dogs, how to handle tooth troubles and much more.

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                                                                                                                                                    Why you should talk to your dog

                                                                                                                                                    A new study confirms what many pet owners have felt all along: your dog really is like a baby, and talking to them improves bonding in a similar way.

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                                                                                                                                                      Dog Diarrhea Causes and Remedies | Whole Dog Journal

                                                                                                                                                      The truth is, much like people, sometimes dogs just get diarrhea. Much as we do not see the doctor for every bout of diarrhea, similarly, dogs do not always need medical attention for a short-lived enteritis (inflammation of the intestines). Often, diarrh