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articles by: Lisa Spector

Do You Favor One of Your Pets?

Friends frequently ask me which of my dogs I love more, Sanchez or Gina. It's a funny question, as I doubt many people ask parents of human children which child they love the most. But, by appearance …

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How NOT to Hold a Leash, Unless You Want to Land in the ER

A friend of mine recently became a pet parent for the first time and adopted a big, beautiful rescue dog. Her dog wasn't trying to cause harm -- she just went into reactionary mode when she saw anothe…

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5 Lessons I Learned About Aging from My Senior Dog

I've been noticing some subtle behavior changes in my 11-year-old Lab, Sanchez, as he matures. He definitely is more set in his ways and seems to have a different agenda in his senior years. Every tim…

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Woman Eats Dog Food for 30 Days. You’ll Want to Know Why

A Washington State pet store owner is going to extreme lengths to prove that all of the dog and cat food in her Paw’s Natural Pet Emporium stores are fit for human consumption. She's eating nothing bu…

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Do You Call Yourself a Pet Parent?

I have to admit, up until now I've resisted the term "Pet Parent"... that is until last night. Previously, I considered Sanchez and Gina my canine companions, not my children. Yet, the events of last …

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Most Dogs Hate July 4th. Here’s How to Help That.

July 4th is around the corner, along with the fireworks that inevitably come with this holiday. Almost all humans with dogs in the United States declare this day the worst day of the year for them…

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Uh-Oh, I Was Caught Hitting My Dog!

I admit it. My friend yelled out "Lisa, why are you hitting your dog?"... during a game of tug with Gina. I wasn't punishing my beloved dog; I was rewarding her and building her drive. Tugging is n…

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Prozac for Pets Grows in Popularity, How Sad is That?

When my dog, Sanchez, was recovering from a slipped disc in his neck, for a short time he was on some of the same medication that my mother takes for her back pain -- gabapentin and tramadol. Fortunat…

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Want More Affection From Fido? There’s a Drug for That

Often referred to as the "love hormone" or "cuddle chemical," oxytocin plays a strong role in bonding us with our loved ones. Our pituitary gland naturally releases the hormone during special loving m…

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5 Places NOT to Take Your Dog

June 20th is Take Your Dog to Work Day, an annual day started by Pet Sitters International. Many dog-friendly companies, including Google, Amazon, and Sounds True, invite their employers to take their…

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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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