• Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Turn His Butt Toward Me?

    2 years ago - By iHeart Dogs

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    As human beings, we have a few societal issues (to say the least) with exposing our rears to other people, both new friends and old. We would much prefer to shake hands with new people and our idea of reaffirming family bonds does not include asking your friends to scratch your rear. But if you were a dog, you would see things differently.
    We all know that some dogs really like certain smells that seem foul to us. Sometimes they roll in feces or smelly mud and seem to revel in it, so a smelly rear is not a bad thing to your dog. He is not trying to be offensive by walking...
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  • Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Drink Out Of The Toilet?

    Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Drink Out Of The Toilet?

    2 years ago - By iHeart Dogs

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    Since our dogs are with us all the time, it is easy to forget that they are animals. They have evolved to have inborne natures that help protect them from the dangers in a wild environment. We know that our dogs have us to help protect them, but a dog's early ancestors did not. All they had was what their instincts told them and what savvy they learned as they lived.
    Wild animals prefer cool fresh water to standing water. They instinctively know that standing water is more likely to be contaminated and stagnant. Truly stagnant water does not look or...
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  • Former Surf Champ Helps Dogs Behave By Teaching Them How To Surf!

    Former Surf Champ Helps Dogs Behave By Teaching Them How To Surf!

    2 years ago - By iHeart Dogs

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    Chris de Aboitiz is a former surf champion. Now he's a dog trainer who uses his incredible surfing skills to train dogs!
    Christ travels around Australia with his four rescue dogs Max, Murph, Rama and Millie. They have been catching waves together for almost 10 years. And now he and his beloved pooches promote a healthy relationship between dogs who have behavioral issues and their humans through surfing.
    A photo posted by Chris de Aboitiz ( naturalbalancedog) on Mar 16, 2015 at 8:32pm PDT

    Through surfing, Chris teaches dogs discipline in a fun way. He calls his...
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  • Spring Babies

    Spring Babies

    2 years ago - By Minnesota Zoo

    Spring is in the air at the Minnesota Zoo and so is new life. Please help us welcome several new additions to the Minnesota Zoo family and be sure to visit them the next time your exploring the Zoo. We can hardly handle the cute... Takin Calf
    The Minnesota Zoo was excited to announce the birth of a rare female Sichuan takin calf, born February 4. The calf, named "Bing Leng" (which means "ice cold" after the day she was born) weighed approximately 18 pounds at birth. She will reach maturity - around 700 pounds for females - in four years. The calf's father is 15-years-old; mom is 13. Bing...
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  • It's Egg Time!

    2 years ago - By Minnesota Zoo

    Are eggs on your mind' 'Tis the season! Eggs will be hatching soon at the Minnesota Zoo's Wells Fargo Family Farm . Eggs laid by the Zoo's chickens are incubated and hatched under the careful eye of our farm keepers. Don't miss seeing these young chicks in the chicken barn during Farm Babies, March 25 through April 30. Before hitting the dairy aisle, it's also a good time to consider that age old question: what comes first—the chicken or the [sustainable] egg? With rising populations and dwindling natural resources, today's consumers are thankfully concerned about sustainable food...
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  • Family Fun this April

    2 years ago - By Minnesota Zoo

    If it's April, it's Farm Babies time at the Minnesota Zoo! Join the fun during one of our farm programs, learn more about our babies, and download a fun "egg matching" game below. Family Zoo Adventure - Spring on the Farm April 2
    Get up close and personal with our farm babies and go behind the scenes to learn about their care during this special farm adventure just for families. Register today - spots fill quickly! Family ZzzZoo Overnight at the Farm April 29
    Bring your sleeping bags and enjoy a night you'll never forget! You'll get a private tour of the farm, watch a cow-milking...
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  • Meet Dean Treangen

    2 years ago - By Minnesota Zoo

    Meet Dean Treangen, the Minnesota Zoo's farm supervisor (you may already know him as "Farmer Dean.") He has spent his whole life in the agricultural field, from growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Minnesota to working at the Wells Fargo Family Farm , which celebrates its 16th anniversary this summer. Treangen first came to the Zoo in May of 2000 as a farm keeper. He became a zoologist in 2002 and then supervisor in 2003. Treangen attended the University of Minnesota where he earned a degree in animal science. Before coming to the Zoo, Treangen worked with dairy cattle, handing...
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  • Goat Kids at the Farm

    2 years ago - By Minnesota Zoo

    The Minnesota Zoo is excited to welcome its 20th annual Farm Babies (formerly known as Spring Babies when it began in 1997) celebration on Friday - and the arrival of ELEVEN new pygmy goat kids will make the event even cuter. Goats are arguably one of the most popular animals at the Wells Fargo Family Farm . Found in the Goat and Sheep Barn, they're inquisitive, energetic, playful and charming. Did you know that goats were first raised by humans 10,000 years ago? Today, more than 200 breeds provide milk, cheese, meat, hides, fibers, and help to carry heavy loads. Like cows, they are...
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