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Ask The Dog Guy Newsletter (June 2022) Issue #1

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Rina Piccolo Canadian Cartoonist

This cartoon was created by Rina Piccolo. I love her cartoon style, and I love her sense of humor. Turns out she was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario (just a couple of hours from where I live) and as far as I know, still lives there. Check out her website:

". . . my gorge rims at it. - Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1

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I Advise Caution To This Victim Of Violent Crime Regarding 'Pulling The Trigger' On Getting a High-Drive Guarding Breed

I received a letter from someone that was a victim of a violent crime that was looking for guidance as to what sort of guard dog to purchase. On the surface, understandable enough, however, there are a few extenuating factors, not to mention the level of ongoing commitment. (15 minutes)

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An 'Ask The Dog Guy' Tip

Get Extra Blood Drawn During Your Dog's Heartworm Appointment

When your dog is at its healthiest is when you should get his or her first full blood panel. Not when he or she is feeling poorly. Better to compare your own dog’s levels than the average of other dogs. (3 minutes)

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If you have any questions or comments as always, please give me feedback on Twitter. Which part of this newsletter is your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Other suggestions? Please let me know. Just send a tweet to @askthedogguy and put #askthedogguynewsletter at the end so I can find it.

Have a great week.

Pawsitively yours,

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2 thoughts on “Ask The Dog Guy Newsletter (June 2022) Issue #1”

  1. Veronica

    Babysitting a 7 year old well trained female Presa Canario for 2 months. Yesterday she sniffed and walked for her 5 walks. Today she was skittish, paranoid and walked slow. I think missing her owner along with seeing him once or twice a week is confusing her. What do you think? Can you help thank you.

    1. Hi Veronica,

      I think she would have walked in that manner on day one, instead afterward. Something is definitely up though. Did this change in behavior coincide with the owner visiting? It may pass on its own, but I would suggest you replaced the walks with some cardio-oriented exercise, as that is what will help if she’s stressed. Also, for guarding breeds, like the Presa Canario, walks ultimately can be perceived as patrols, which aren’t exactly relaxing. Try the cardio option, and see how she responds.

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