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How to Stop Puppy Barking? Read these helpful ideas.

By Nancy Fedelem | Jul 1, 2020
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Barking, nipping, and licking are all-natural and normal behaviors for puppies.  It’s a good thing puppies are adorable, right? Puppy breath and paws that smell like potato chips are over the top! If you’re hoping your puppy understands English, you’re in trouble. They have no idea why barking isn’t the ideal way to communicate with…

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Chicken DIY Project: Fermenting Chicken Feed

By Nancy Fedelem | Jun 23, 2020
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Why do people ferment chicken feed? My hens and rooster love their feed. When the chicks were introduced to the grown-up chickens about six weeks ago, we changed from layer feed to Scratch and Peck’s organic starter feed since the chicks needed to stay on that until about eight weeks. That’s when we’ll put them…

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How to get a puppy to stop biting

By Nancy Fedelem | Jun 17, 2020
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There are many effective ways to train your puppy not to nip!  Puppies have sharp teeth! Anyone that lives with a puppy knows that you need to train them not to nip, or your arms will be bruised. They’re like adorable little sharks.  There is a lot of advice out there on how to handle…

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Eliminating dog smells in the home. What works?

By Nancy Fedelem | Jun 9, 2020
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Did you notice a ‘doggie’ odor after being gone a few days? We always wash our pet’s bedding and make sure all the blankets get cleaned regularly, but it only helps in eliminating dog smells that day or for a few days. Using an air purifier is our best advice, and letting in the fresh…

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Lyme Disease: How To Get Rid of Ticks

By Nancy Fedelem | Jun 2, 2020
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Tick Season is Upon Us Illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites are on the rise in the United States, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Lyme disease is the most frequent tick-borne infection in America. Over 300,000 cases of Lyme Disease are estimated to occur in the…

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Mixed Chicken Flocks: Planning For Pullets

By Nancy Fedelem | May 27, 2020
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Combining pullets and chicks with full-grown chickens is a challenge. Because pecking order is a serious matter, it can be dangerous and risky no matter the circumstances. Having a mixed chicken flock keeps things lively though! There is no question that we were entertained throughout the process, and perhaps even some of the adult chickens…

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How to Switch Dog Food Safely

By Nancy Fedelem | May 27, 2020
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Our staff gets this question a lot; ‘How to Switch Dog Food Safely?’ While the answer can vary, there is a way to do this, so your dog doesn’t end up with an upset tummy. We like to refer to this as our 7-10 day transition, but this can also be extended into a more…

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Getting a Puppy: What You Should Know

By Nancy Fedelem | May 20, 2020
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What happens when you getting a puppy and your cat isn’t happy? Read this post.

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Why Do Cats and Dogs Fight?

Why Do Cats and Dogs Fight?

By Nancy Fedelem | May 19, 2020
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When it comes to why dogs and cats fight, it’s pretty simple. We interviewed Dr. Katherine A. Houpt, VMD, Ph.D. at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to learn what can be done. Tip #1: The main reason why cats and dogs fight is because the dog is a predator, and in the dog’s mind,…

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