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How to Make Dog Training More Enjoyable

Jordan Walker is the lead content curator for Coops and Cages and other pet-related blog sites. As someone who is very passionate about animals, he has written several articles about the subject matter. In this post, he tackles strategies that can make your dog training easier yet enjoyable.

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For every dog owner, having an obedient and a well-behaved canine friend is essential. However, dogs do not simply learn how to sit, stand, or come in just a snap of a finger. You will have to invest time and effort in training your dog.


As soon as they hear the word “training”, some people will immediately associate it with a tedious process that is no fun. While consistency and repetition, the two important keys to a successful training, can kill the fun aspect of an activity, it does not have to be that way all the time, especially with your dog training. You can add up some spice into the process so that you and your dog will not lose the interest or end up frustrated.


Know Your Dog

It is important to know your dog or at least, find out its sweet spot. Rewards are among the things that motivate your dog. By using these repeatedly, eventually, they’ll be able to learn good behavior.


If you know what your dog wants, then you can easily let them do what you want. Although dogs are always eager to please their masters, you should also know how to show your appreciation of their good behavior. And the best way to do it is through giving them rewards.


Start with a Positive and Friendly Approach

It is scientifically proven that a dog’s ability to learn, remember, think, and make choices can be affected by stress, fear and anxiety. Thus, reprimands and punishments, especially when inflicting pain, do no good in the training process.


From the very beginning, you have to keep a positive and friendly approach so that your dog will be constantly motivated to make good choices, especially during the early stages of training.



Take It Easy; There’s Still Tomorrow

This doesn’t mean you should procrastinate. Instead, you should take baby steps. Dogs learn best when the tasks are broken down into smaller parts. Do not overwhelm your canine friend with a very complex skill, especially on the first day. Begin with simple skills at a slower pace, and gradually level up with shorter intervals. If you start with a huge or complicated skill, you and your dog may end up frustrated and losing interest.


Choose a Conducive Training Environment

If your dog is constantly distracted, your training will never advance. You may start inside your house or anywhere quiet and free from distraction. And then, when your dog is getting used to the activity, you may try to change things and take your training to a new location, such as a park.

By doing this, your dog will not just associate training in one specific location. A new environment will surely bring excitement to you both.


Teach Your Dog a New Skill

Consistency and repetition are two essential aspects of dog training. But then again, if your dog has already mastered the same old skills it has been doing since day one, it’s time to try something new, like dog agility. This way, you will be able to keep the interest and the excitement.


Do not Over Do It

In everything that we do, we need to take a break. We need to get the load off our shoulders to avoid getting exhausted. This goes the same with your dog. You don’t want your canine friend to simply shut down. Do not think that taking a break goes against the essence of repetition. In this case, it only means taking a time off from the formal training process. During your come back, it is then when you’ll realize both of you are much more energized, refreshed, and excited to take on some more trainings.



Remember to Always Have Fun

Yes, it’s a training. But remember that trainings should also be enjoyed so that skills will be learned faster and will be retained for as long as possible. A training session should also serve as a time for you and your dog to bond more. Therefore, you have to ensure that both of you are having fun while learning.


Here’s a suggestion. Add in some games, friendly competition with other dog owners, and anything that will make your dog happy.



For some people, dog training is never really exciting because they think it is just a tedious job. While it certainly requires time and effort, it being tedious and boring will depend on you. If you try to keep things light, maintain a positive attitude, and add some new and interesting stuff every now and then, you and your dog will definitely have a great time throughout the training.


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Author: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops and Cages as well as a couple of other pet-related blogs. His passion for animals is only paired with his love for “attempting” to play the guitar. If you would like to catch more of him, you can follow his Twitter account: https://twitter.com/JordanWalker82




Written by Eric Bittman — November 16, 2015

Halloween Contest 2015

Welcome to the Warren London 2015 Halloween Contest!


Halloween Dog Contest Warren London

Flirt the Toy Poodle

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Rocco the Bijon

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Written by Eric Bittman — October 30, 2015

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Your Bed, Their Bed or a Crate?

Is your dirty secret that you let your dog sleep in your bed? If so, you are not alone. More than half of dog owners admit to allowing their pooches to sleep with them. In fact, since the domestication of dogs, it has been a time-honored tradition to seek the psychological comfort that comes with having them near while asleep.

Is this practice good for the health and safety of your treasured canine, or should you boot your four-legged friend from your bed for his own good?


One concern for pet owners is that permitting your dog in the bed can cause negative behavioral problems, like territorial aggression.

Crating can provide the pet with close to the same level of safety that they feel when they hop up on your bed. If you populate the crate with well-loved toys and blankets with your scent, the dog is likely to come to love the crate, considering it a place of safety rather than a punishment.

Whether you choose to place the crate in your bedroom or in another room in your home, your pet needs to feel secure and comfortable. Their sleeping area should be dark. Ensure that the windows of the room you choose have quality drapery to block out exterior light. Your dog is more likely to sleep peacefully in a darkened room, and less likely to wake you up too early.

Floor Beds

Dog expert Cesar Millan suggests that pups are often quite comfortable sleeping on the floor. Depending on the season and the length of hair of the breed, some dogs are just seeking out the coolest spot available to rest.

If your dog is of the short-haired variety, this may not be the case. If you want a short-haired pooch to sleep on a floor bed, you're more likely to accomplish this by providing blankets and pillows. A long-haired dog may be happy with just a sheet as a cooler option.

As with the crate, you may choose to set up a floor bed in your bedroom so your dog still feels close to you. If your dog has significant orthopedic issues, a floor bed can prevent him or her from being injured when attempting to jump on or off the bed.

Your Bed

Though most safety rules recommend against allowing your dog in your bed, it is still a matter of personal preference. Some dogs, like the small, short-haired breeds, just will not find peace until you allow them up in the bed and under the covers.

Even dogs not originally allowed on the bed still find their way up there eventually. After all, we love our dogs, and it's hard to say no to that furry face. If you choose to let your pet sleep with you, it is recommended to first train him or her to sleep somewhere else, condition your pet to be comfortable and appreciative of human contact, and to establish a means of understanding and clear communication between you and your dog.

Essentially, it is your dog and your bed, so it is your choice. Depending on the breed, size and circumstances of your individual pet's needs, it is up to you to choose wisely. Though it may seem cruel to deny them bed rights, in some cases, it is kinder to let sleeping dogs lie where they are safest.

Written by Eric Bittman — June 18, 2015

A Misunderstood Breed: The Truth About Pit Bulls

If you took a survey asking people what they thought was the most dangerous dog breed, pit bull would probably top the list. "Pit bull" is a term that encompasses a number of breeds including the American pit bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier and American bulldog. These athletic dogs are known for aggressiveness and a defensive nature, but that doesn't mean all pit bulls are an imminent threat to your safety. Despite a history of breed violence, many pit bulls can be safe and loyal companions, even with children. These energetic canines thrive in an active environment. When properly socialized, pit bulls learn to curb their energy in healthy ways.

Decades of misinformation and stereotyping have given pit bulls a bad rap. It's time to set the record straight on these amiable animals.

A Checkered Past

Bred from bulldogs, pit bulls were first used to help control livestock. Their collective fate took a turn for the worse when breeders began to train them for the inhumane blood sport known as baiting. Humans would watch these dogs fight bears, bulls and other large animals. When governments came to their senses and banned baiting, spectators turned the animals loose on each other. Much of the perception of these dogs is based on this violent history. In some cases, pit bulls were bred and trained to fight. Dogs from those bloodlines are sometimes more likely to lash out, but that doesn't mean they're automatically dangerous. While they may boast strong jaws and ripped muscles, pit bulls can be just as loving and safe as any other breed. Dogfighting gives pits a bad name; every pit bull you see is not a trained killer.

The Right Environment

Like any other dog, a pit bull's behavior is largely dependent on the environment in which he or she grows up. Take your pit bull to a dog park after locking him in a crate for the first part of his life and he may display aggression or shyness toward other dogs and humans. Provide an active lifestyle where your pit bull can socialize from a young age, on the other hand, and your pit bull will likely be as intelligent and gentle as any other dog.

If you have a young pit bull, get him around other people and dogs as much as possible. ASPCA.org notes that a dog's most important sensitive development period takes place between 7 and 16 weeks of age. If your dog has early experience with others, he'll be able to curb aggression as he gets older. If you adopt an older pit bull who displays aggression, take baby steps toward interaction with others. Keep your pit bull on a leash near the dog park, for example. As he learns to cooperate with other dogs, you can take additional measures to assimilate him. Training is paramount with pit bulls, especially those that grew up in unstable environments. Devote time to establishing commands. Dogs need to know they must listen to their master and behave, but also that they are cared for.

Spay and Neuter

Like all dogs, pit bulls deserve the dedication and commitment of loving owners. That means keeping these hounds off the street and out of the pound. Have your pit bull spayed or neutered by a well-known animal center to control the animal population. According to Davis Country Animal Care and Control, dogs who are fixed are less likely to attack or bite someone. It's one more reason to do the responsible thing for your pit bull.

Written by Eric Bittman — June 15, 2015

Unique Mothers Day Gifts for Dog-Lovers

7 Unique Mother's Day Gifts for Dog-Lovers

Whether you’re shopping for your mother or another special woman in your life who adores her dog, finding the perfect canine-themed Mother’s Day gift can be challenging.

Take the hassle out of shopping with these gift ideas that are sure to put a smile on her face!

Floral Arrangement

If she has a deeply affectionate breed, like a Bulldog, Collie, or Pug, chances are she loves to shower others with love. What better way for you to turn the tables and shower her with love than with a breathtaking floral arrangement?


This device might just be the gift she’s dreaming of if she’s as active as her Weimaraner, or other sporting breed. With this sleek device that goes directly on her wrist, like a traditional watch, she can track daily fitness activity, sync the device to her electronic devices, and view her daily performance directly on the screen—all while having the time of her life with her furry friend.

Sweet Treats

On the other hand, non-sporting dog breeds like Pugs, French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers are known for their love of treats. If the dog mom in your life is anything like her non-sporting, four-legged foodie, she'll love a decadent delivery of sweet treats like chocolate covered strawberries or gourmet cookies. (You won’t have to lift a finger to send her a tasty treat because FTD has you covered online.)

Photo Session

If that special dog mother in your life owns a Vizsla or another breed that tends to be overly attached to her owner, she more than likely takes pride in showing off her dog to others. What better way to melt her heart than by giving her and her canine companion a private photo session with an experienced pet photographer? You can also take things a step further by retrieving the images once they’re edited, and compiling a photo album that captures all of those candid moments. It’s a gift she’ll cherish forever!


Perhaps she enjoys the finer things and owns a Yorkie, English Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel or some other high-maintenance breed? If so, you can’t go wrong with jewelry as it is more than likely one of her favorites. An engraved locket with her four-legged companion’s image inside is sure to be a hit. Or you can go for more generic pet-themed jewelry, depending on your budget.

Pampering Session

Regardless of the breed she owns, there’s a chance the special pet mother in your life is worn too thin by her family, career, or other obligations and could desperately use a break. If she can find someone to cover the children, offer to take her furry friend off her hands for the weekend while she enjoys some much-needed time to herself. Schedule a mani-pedi session for her and invite her to indulge.

Dog Painting

Does she enjoy wall art? If so, snap a picture of her dog and solicit the services of a painter to recreate an image on an oversized canvas. She’ll be delighted with the outcome and eager to add a new addition to the existing collection of artwork in her home.

Written by Eric Bittman — April 24, 2015

Dog Friendly Destinations for You and Your Pup!

Dog-Friendly Destinations for You and Your Pup

Going on vacation is the best, but if you have a pup at home, vacation means a few days away from your furry baby, as vacations aren't always the most dog-friendly; most restaurants don't allow dogs, and many hotels and rentals either don't allow dogs at all or require steep pet-stay and/or cleaning fees. So where can you go for fun human-and-dog accommodations? From dog shows to inner tubing, here are three great vacation destinations for you and your best friend.

1) The Pacific Northwest


The Pacific Northwest has a lot to offer when it comes to what dogs love. Manzanita, in northern Oregon, is nicknamed "Muttzanita" by dog lovers because of its dog-friendly nature. Run and play in the surf or dig for bones on the seven mile strip of beach, go hiking on Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain, and at the end of the day take your furry friend shopping at Four Paws on the Beach pet boutique.

Up the coast and inland is Leavenworth, Washington. The Iron Horse trail has miles of hiking; following the Great Northern railway line, it passes through the gorgeous forests and waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest. If your pup likes to swim, call up the Leavenworth Outdoor Center and rent safety equipment for you both to go tubing on the Wenatchee River. Keep in mind that pet fees can get a little extreme, so compare rates at the pet-friendly lodges and hotels before making reservations.

2) Woofstock

If you have a social-butterfly canine at your side, why not take a trip toWoofstock? Toronto, Canada is home to the largest dog festival in North America and admission is free. Every year, Woofstock draws more than 300,000 people and dogs who love silly events like Wiener dog races and the Running of the Pugs. While you’re there you can see the fashion show, the Stupid Dog Trick Contest, and the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show. You can even enter your super-furry model in the Best Costume competition. From Wiener Dogs dressed as hot dogs, to Chihuahuas in frog costumes, see if you can outdo the best in show at Woofstock.

3) Ten Thousand Waves & West Hills Hunt

One city, two dog-friendly destinations. Except these two places are on opposite sides of the interest spectrum.

First, Santa Fe's Ten Thousand Waves mountain spa resort is a dog-friendly, traditional Japanese-style inn that offers everything for dogs as well as their humans. The resort is only 10 minutes from Downtown Santa Fe and borders the national forest nearby, so if you are runners, lace-up for a morning jog and hike.

Santa Fe is also home to the West Hills Hunt, the seasonal coyote hunt from September to April. So if you happen to be a hunter with a trained hound dog, this is the vacation spot for you. You can also attend as a spectator, but it's important to take a hunting safety course beforehand so you know what to expect and are aware of the proper etiquette for spectators.

And remember to shop at Warren London for all your dogs grooming needs!

Written by Eric Bittman — February 16, 2015


Jordan Walker knows the ins and outs of raising pets. He shares his pet passion and knowledge writing content for Coops And Cages and similar blogs. In this article, he discusses top tips on keeping dogs fit while having fun.

Regular exercise is important to a dog in many ways. Dogs that get their daily dose of fitness have a higher metabolism, a smaller appetite, and better muscle tone. Fit dogs have lower chances of canine obesity, which is a growing problem for other pets, as well. In addition, getting a dog exercised lessens chances for dogs to develop inappropriate behaviors like chewing, excessive barking, and indiscriminate peeing and pooing.

So, in many respects, dogs are like humans. They need good food and enough exercise to ward off illness and pudginess, as well as to look and feel great. But will they be as fussy about exercise, too?

Running Off Leash

Fortunately, dogs are animals that are fairly easy to please. Dogs live in the moment and take pleasure in the simplest things. One of the most wonderful occasions for a dog is when it can get out of its cage or get off its leash and be free to just run. An owner can see the change immediately. The dog perks up, gets excited, and runs enthusiastically everywhere. The best place to let a dog run off leash is a dog park. Dog parks create opportunities for socializing dogs and provide them instant furry playmates with the same energy level. It’s a great place to get a dog some exercise and fun with less exertion on the part of the owner. However, if an owner does want to interact with their dog, they can do so all within the dog park. Most parks don’t charge a fee, but they do somewhat strictly require dogs to be updated on their vaccines and free of illnesses that may spread to other dogs. Of course, some behavior training is desired to prevent fights.

Food Puzzles

Once upon a time, the dog’s ancestors had to hunt and forage for food. Contemporary canines have retained this instinct of using their nose and working to find their food. Pet owners can take advantage of this age-old impulse to keep their dogs’ senses in top condition and let them have fun in the process. Many doggie toys such as Kong rubber toy puzzles available on the market today are hollowed out in the middle, allowing for treats and small bite sizes of food to be stored. The toys are given to the dog as challenges to solve with food as reward at the end. When food is at stake, a pet owner can bet that a dog will pull out all stops to get to the bottom of any brainteaser. Kong toys come in several variations and colors, tailored for different dog ages and sizes. With chew toys, owners should make sure these are actually chew-proof (will not be gnawed to bits) and do not pose choking hazards for pets.


Another natural instinct of dogs is swimming. Dogs are born with the instinctive ability to swim. Although some dogs are wary of the water, others and certain breeds are much more drawn to it, knowing somehow that splashing means having fun. Owners can take advantage of a dog’s natural inclination to play in the water by adopting swimming as one of their dog’s means of exercise. Swimming is great aerobic conditioning but low-impact, which makes it great for elderly dogs or those dogs with joint problems.If they are just getting their paws wet, dogs should be first introduced to a shallow pool or pond. Once they get the hang of it though, they can be allowed free reign over the backyard pool. However, tight supervision should be exerted in lakes and beaches because of the potential drowning and other hazards. In addition, dogs should be rinsed off after playing in a chlorinated pool to prevent skin irritation.

Backyard Games

Backyard games are perhaps the most fun activities that dogs can do in the name of fitness. In fact, these games can be fitness activities disguised as fun. The toys needed are basic, and even a few yards can be enough for the creative owner, depending on the toy used. Frisbee discs, balls, pull toys, and other interactive toys are the tools of choice. Dogs seem to have a natural talent for fetching stuff and will love to run after and fetch Frisbees and balls, especially if these happen to be their favorite toys, or even better, if they get a treat for every fetching feat. Owners can even build up their dog’s excitement by throwing the disc or ball but telling them to stay for several counts before letting them fetch the toy. At this point, the dog will literally jump off its feet and tearing after the toy. With such great incentives (favorite toys and tasty treats) involved, backyard sessions are also perfect for learning tricks.

Doggie Daycare

Unfortunately, pet parents will have to go to work on some days and be unable to play with their furry bud. Even then, dogs will still need to get their daily dose of exercise and cannot just be left at home to their own devices. That is if owners don’t want their pets to get bored and get into mischief. A great, fun way to keep a dog active while away is to drop them off at a doggie daycare center. These centers provide a wide range of activities that provide fun and fitness for dogs of all ages and sizes. A great dog daycare will have staff who will know how to look after a dog’s needs, have separate areas to match age and size of their canine charges, and plenty of dog-friendly activities.

No matter what the fun activity is, it should be tailored to fit the dog’s needs and physical conditions. Dogs are individuals, each with its unique health requirements. Owners should also ensure that they are there for their dogs and having fun with them, or even better, exercising with their dogs. At the end of the day, dogs are dogs and will always love a chance to have fun.But what they will love most about their day is that they spent it with their human, which always makes the day and everything else in it extra special.

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Author: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet-related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for 'attempting' to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages.


Written by Eric Bittman — January 30, 2015

Essential Tips and Care for Your Dog

Dogs are loving pets. But caring for them is a bit of hard work. Here are some tips to consider in taking care of your dog:

If you do not have a dog yet, consider the area where your dog can exercise. If you have a big yard where you could exercise or play with your dog, you might want to get a large dog such as a German Shepherd, Labrador, or Golden Retriever. If you have a smaller space, get a smaller dog like a Terrier or Dachshund. These types of dogs need little exercise compared with the larger dogs.

You also need to consider your dog if there are children in your house. Some dogs like Pit bulls and Dalmatians sometimes get to be temperamental.

It is important that you groom your dog. A regular groom is recommended. Dogís ears should be cleaned, with the wax and dirt removed every week. Ear cleaning also helps you detect presence of ear mites or infections. The dog should be bathed weekly with warm water and dog shampoo.

It is also recommended that you brush your dog at least once a week.

After grooming your pet, do take it to a veterinarian to get its anti-rabies shots and over-all checkup.

A diet that is balanced and nutritious is recommended for your dog. Contrary to what many people think, dogs do not just eat meat. They also need carbohydrates. A diet consisting of 50 percent of protein or meat and 50 percent of carbohydrates is the preferred diet for dogs.


As implied earlier, dogs need some amount exercise. Aside from their health, dogs exercising will prevent them from retrieving and chasing, digging, and chewing on various things. Exercises depend on your dogís sex, age, and health level. A dog likes to jog, fetch, and race-walk a lot. One warning however, start slow in exercising your dog. Unfortunately, some dogs enjoy themselves so much when they do these exercises. They do not know when to stop it.

Having a dog to last you for a long time does not end with just owning one. You have to take care of it. Although that may be hard work, it would also bring you fun and enjoyment when you see that your dog is healthy and loves you. Having a pet dog of your own is a pleasurable experience.


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Written by Eric Bittman — December 01, 2014

Warren London Halloween Contest 2014

The Warren London Halloween Contest 2014 was a great success!  We had so many great entries and appreciate everyone sending in their pictures of their dogs in costume.  After a very tough decision on picking winners, our staff voted for our favorites and here they are!  To get our nail polish pens click here!
1st Place Winner is Brianna Titus! $100 to Warren London
2nd Place sent in by Angie Kovarick! $50 to Warren London
3rd Place sent in by Jessica Keto! $25 to Warren London
And the rest of our great entries!

Written by Eric Bittman — November 06, 2014

Dog Food for the Older Dog

What changes do you need to make to your dog feeding regime as your dog gets older?
The changes you make to your dog feeding regime, and when you make them will vary depending on the age of your dog, and the breed of your dog.
It is considered that the larger and giant breeds of dog age earlier than the smaller and toy breeds of dog.
Your objective in managing the nutrition of the older dog is to enhance his quality of life, delay further ageing changes, and to extend his life whilst maintaining his optimal weight.
You are also trying to slow down the onset of disease and improve immune function.

Older dogs will generally be less active than younger dogs so as a rule will require a less energy dense dog food, unless of course the dog's appetite is reduced for some reason.
Continuing to feed a dog the same amount of food with less exercise will inevitably result in obesity, a problem all too common in many dogs today.
In the old dog obesity can be a bigger problem than in the young dog as there may also be concurrent arthritis and organ problems which will be made worse.
A keen eye is needed to assess the energy needs of your dog as it ages, so be aware and switch brands if your dog's weight shows marked changes as it ages.

For the older dog a good quality animal protein based on meat, fish eggs, milk or cheese is better than cereal protein.
A balance needs to be struck between providing too much protein which may be a problem for dogs with renal failure (a common problem in older dogs), and providing too little.
As ageing dogs tend to have less muscle and bone they will have less of a tissue protein reserve and need a certain level of protein in their diet to avoid a negative nitrogen balance.
Your veterinarian is the best person to monitor your ageing dog's renal function and advise the appropriate level of protein in his diet.
When your dog's protein intake is low due to inappetance, this can be increased by heating the food to increase palatability and release more aromas, and by feeding smaller more frequent meals and by supplementing with vitamins.

Carbohydrates are mainly provided by cereals and legumes in the diet, and these are a cheap source of energy.
Care should be taken with the sugar content of some of these foods

Fats are essential in the diet to provide a vehicle for fat soluble vitamins, and are essential for the health of old dogs.
However too much may result in obesity, so again moderation is the rule.


Fibre has a role too in the elderly dog as many are predisposed to constipation.
Adding fibre in the form of wheat bran or cooked vegetables two or three times a week will help to keep your elderly dog regular!

Most dog foods will have more than adequate levels of calcium and phosphorus for the older dog.
There may be a case for reduced levels of phosphorus and salt in the diet.
Some supplementation of zinc and vitamins may be helpful in the older dog, particularly the vitamin B complex.

The main food types for the older dog are - dry, semi-moist or canned.
Diet changes should be made slowly to prevent tummy upsets and diarrhoea.
Be sure to have plenty of water available for your dog, particularly if fed a dried food, and also if kidney and liver disease is a problem.

Reduced appetite in older dogs may be helped by feeding them 2 or more times per day with smaller portions so that they get their full daily requirement.

There are many commercial senior dog food diets now available.
It will pay you to thoroughly examine the different types to increase the life span and vitality of your older dog.


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Written by Eric Bittman — November 03, 2014