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The Ruff Report: Tips to help dogs cope with back-to-school transition

Children are not the only family members that you need prepare for back-to-school season. You need to get pets ready, too, or you might have to deal with big behavioral problems when school begins, a leading dog trainer warns.

The back-to-school transition that children and families make is anything but routine for dogs, according to Liam Crowe, dog behavioral therapist and CEO of Bark Busters USA. Many dogs will spend more time alone as children go back to school and parents go back to work, which can result in boredom, separation anxiety and unusual behavior, he said.

The Hunt of Her Life: A book about a rescue dog that will touch your heart
The Hunt of Her Life is a nonfiction book about Samantha, an unwanted rescue dog who the author adopts at age 2. This beautifully designed full-color deluxe book, by longtime newspaper journalist Joseph A. Reppucci, contains more than 60 vibrant color photos of dogs to help illustrate the compelling and uplifting of Samantha - a pretty tricolor bird dog who uses her warm personality to win people over and build a new family after being put up for adoption by a hunter because she is gun-shy and afraid to hunt. Learn how she uses her special bonding abilities with people to help her eventually make a difficult, but successful, transition to family life.

Living Well with Your Dog: A series of short stories

Want a better life with your dog?'s Living Well With Your Dog, a series of short stories for pet owners, is loaded with common-sense ideas to help make  life more fun, enjoyable and healthy for you and your dog. Find great tips about subjects such as: creating a comfortable lifestyle for you and your dog; making your home and environment safe; improving your pet's health and nutrition; choosing a pet sitter and veterinarian; and saving money on dog food, pet products, prescription drugs and pet insurance.

The Ruff Report: Overlooked household item causes most pet poisonings

Many pet poisonings are caused by cleaning products, pesticides and fertilizer, but your dog and cat are actually in more danger of getting seriously ill or even killed from another common household item.
The Hunt of Her Life: A book about a rescue dog that will touch your heart 
This item - found on tables, desks and counters in virtually every household – is the leading cause of pet poisonings. It is just waiting to be snatched and ingested by curious dogs and cats.

The Ruff Report: The secret to your dog's amazing sense of smell

Your dog is really a nose above you - and all other living creatures for that matter – when it comes to sense of smell, and researchers have discovered the secret as to why.

A dog has many more nerve cells in its far superior nasal cavity, giving it a heightened sense of smell and an amazing ability to sniff out anything from drugs to cancer, New Scientist magazine reports.