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Amherst/Clarence/Williamsville Pet Blog: When a Dog Rolls Over, Belly in the Air

Amherst/Clarence/Williamsville Pet Blog:  When a Dog Rolls Over, Belly in the Air

This can be a sign of submission (even a sign of full-on fear) to another dog. If a dog does this to a person it can also be submissiveness or apprehension or it might also be a way of asking to have her belly rubbed!

by Tracie Hotchner, author of The Dog Bible

Radio show host and pet expert Tracie Hotchner is theauthor of The Dog Bible and The Cat Bible. Click here to follow her onTwitter.

Laura Stauffiger is the proprietor of Laura’s Critter Care, an in your home pet sitting and dog walking service in Amherst, and a member of Pet Sitters International and PetsitUSA. For more information, visit her website or send an email

Amherst/Clarence/Williamsville Pet Blog: The Most Popular Pet Names of 2010

Amherst/Clarence/Williamsville Pet Blog:  The Most Popular Pet Names of 2010

The nation's most popular pet names for 2010 were announced today. According to pet insurance company VPI, the top ten dog names are as follows:

 

1.    Bella

2.    Bailey

3.    Max

4.    Lucy

5.    Molly

6.    Buddy

7.    Maggie  

8.    Daisy

9.    Charlie

10. Sophie

 

Amherst/Clarence/Williamsville Pet Blog: January is Train your Dog Month!

Amherst/Clarence/Williamsville Pet Blog:  January is Train your Dog Month!

January is Train your Dog Month!

Dog owners should see how simple and fun training can be, and how patience, consistency and a deeper understanding of a dog’s behavior can lead to happier, healthier and harmonious households. This month the ADPT wants to promote training methods that are kind, gentle and have an emphasis on building a relationship with your dog.

Your local Certified Dog Trainer can offer you a selection of different training services

Private Dog Training Classes – Private lessons are suitable for dog owners who, due to time constraints or certain dog behavioral issues, do not find class training a viable option.

Group Training Courses – Dog Trainers offer a minimum of 11 different Dog Training group classes to meet the needs of you and your dog.

Pet Connection Announces January Community Events

Pet Connection Announces January Community Events

Make a resolution to come out and support Pet Connection Programs Inc. in the new year. Pet Connection, a nonprofit maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla, has been helping animals find great homes in Western New York since 1984.

On Saturday, January 15, Pet Connection volunteers will be taking part in an adoption event from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Petco store on Transit Road in Williamsville. Volunteers will also be at the Walden Galleria from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, January 15 and Saturday, January 22, selling our popular pet totes filled with dog and cat treats and other goodies. Come out and meet some of our newest puppy arrivals!

Amherst Pet Blog: Winter Checklist for Your Pet

Amherst Pet Blog:  Winter Checklist for Your Pet

First, the basic supply list:

Do you have enough of the following items to last a few days, should the roads become unsafe for travel or the veterinary office is closed?

  • pet food
  • litter
  • fresh water supply
  • soft warm bedding
  • any medications your pet takes on a regular basis

Now for the safety checklist and weather considerations:

  • Outdoor pets
    Some pets are better suited than others for living outdoors. There is a common misconception that dogs will be "fine" if left outside. This is not true! All pets need adequate shelter from the elements and insulation against cold weather. Pets should not be left outside for long periods in freezing weather - like humans, they can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite.

Pet Connection Seeks Vendors for Annual Tails on the Trails Event

Pet Connection Seeks Vendors for Annual Tails on the Trails Event

Pet Connection Programs Inc.

Amherst Pet Blog: Eight Tips to Help You and Your Pets Safely Enjoy the Holidays

Amherst Pet Blog:  Eight Tips to Help You and Your Pets Safely Enjoy the Holidays

Holidays can be extremely fun for humans, but may pose hidden risks for pets.  These eight tips will help keep your pets safe this Holiday season.

 

Don’t be a turkey on “Turkey Day.”

Holiday treats, such as rich, fatty scraps, bones from pork and poultry, alcoholic beverages, chocolate and other sweets and candies can be harmful or toxic to pets. These foods have been linked to pancreatitis in pets. Signs and symptoms of an inflamed pancreas include vomiting and abdominal pain. Severe pancreatitis requires emergency medical care and treatment.

 

O (No) Christmas Tree!