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articles by: Lisa Spector

Dog Collars: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

I recently wrote a horrifying story about a dog who died in a New York doggie day care when he was strangled to death wearing a choke chain, sometimes referred to as a training collar. While Care2 rea…

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6 Humane Ways to Help Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

Itís that time of year againÖthe kids are going back to school after an action-packed summer. Itís been fun for the children, and Fido has been so happy with the extra attention and playtime. Then one…

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Dangers of Invisible Fences for Dogs

My sister recently adopted a five year old mixed breed large dog. Stella is her first dog since childhood and she is turning into a wonderful family dog, even though the shelter told her that she had …

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Could Peanut Butter Kill Your Dog?

Xylitol is getting to be a popular alternative health sweetener for people. But, it's not only unhealthy for dogs, it is often fatal. The danger comes when dogs and humans share the same foods and peo…

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Will Your Next Pain Pill Come in Musical Form?

As a concert pianist, I'm always fascinated hearing all the ways music is used as a powerful medium. We all know that music stirs us emotionally, connects cultures and works cross-species. Recent rese…

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8 Signs of a Backyard Dog Breeder

I received a call recently from a long-time friend who wanted advice about getting a dog. She'd always adopted rescue cats, but she wasn't finding the right dog for her at the shelters and rescue orga…

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5 Holistic Ways to Spoil Your Dog

We bring dogs into our human world because we love them with our hearts and souls. We ask them to adjust. Some do, many can't. As responsible pet parents, it's up to us to provide ways to help make ou…

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Do Stressed Dogs Live Shorter Lives?

Now that I have an aging senior dog, all of his behaviors seem to be magnified. With every change, I ask myself, is this the end? It's also hard to identify whether ailments are related to behavior or…

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5 Irresistible Benefits of Adopting a Mutt

Growing up, we called them Heinz 57. The American Kennel Club calls them All American Dogs. National Mutt Day, on July 31, called them Mutts. No matter their name, mixed-breed dogs are finally getting…

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8 Things People Do That Cats Hate

We love our cats and consider them family. "Cute" cat videos go viral in minutes. Your cat may not think our human behavior is always so cute, yet we expect our cats to adjust to our crazy human envir…

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about Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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