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How To Get Your Neighbors To Not Be Afraid Of Your Dog

When your neighbors are afraid of your dog, it can make everything from taking a walk around the block to running into them at the supermarket an uncomfortable experience. In some cases, it can lead to action taken through a Homeowners Association, or even animal control. Taking steps to make your neighbors at ease is important. A change may not happen overnight, but often people are more understanding if they feel that you hear their concerns and are working to address them. Ask The first step is to find out what specific behaviors frighten your neighbor. In some cases, it

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Chewing Things Up

Help! My Dog Won’t Stop Chewing On Himself

  It’s perfectly natural and normal for dogs to occasionally chew on their legs, feet, ears, and tails. This behavior is no different than when you scratch an itch — it provides relief. However, if you notice that your dog is constantly chewing herself, it may indicate a deeper problem — particularly if the chewed area has become sore, red, inflamed, or furless. So what is going on? It may be because of one of the following problems: Dry skin Your dog may be biting himself in an attempt to relieve the itchiness of dry skin, which could be caused

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Dog Behavior

Doorbell Barkers

Dear Cesar, I have three dogs that bark like crazy whenever the doorbell rings, and they have been a challenge. To correct them, we have been ringing the doorbell, then flipping them over and growling in their faces to let them know it is not the way they should act. Is there anything else I can do to stop them from barking at the doorbell? -JR Cesar’s Answer: First of all, this technique of flipping your dogs over is not appropriate for the type of training you’re trying to do. You want to teach your dogs to not attach any

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How to Get Rid of a Dog: The Right Way

  The dog pound is a lot like puppy prison, except that dogs don’t actually have to have done anything wrong to get sent there — or worse, get killed there. You should absolutely consider other alternatives to taking your dog to the pound. So, what alternatives can you try? Well, that depends on your situation. The first question to answer is this: “Why do you feel like you have to give up your dog?” Many times, it may feel like saying goodbye is the only option you have, but often it just isn’t true, so below are several potential

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All About Dogs

Dogs Crying: What Does It Mean

    At some point you may have looked down at your dog and noticed watery eyes. It’s easy to assume that the dog is crying, but those tears are actually caused by something other than emotions. We know that dogs can sense our emotions, and we know they are capable of grief, but can they cry real, emotional tears? Dogs are compassionate and sensitive animals. When we’re happy, there they are to wag their tails and share the joy. When we’re feeling blue, there they are to offer a warm cuddle and share the sadness. They are our friends,

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Dog Care

Things You Can Do To Extend Your Dog’s Life

We all want to keep our pets with us as long as possible, which is why we need to give them a certain level of care. Most dogs, depending on size, can live ten to fifteen years if they are in good shape mentally and physically. Here are some things that you can do to extend — and improve the quality of — your dog’s life. 1. Maintain your dog’s teeth: Tooth decay is a very common, yet dangerous health problem for dogs. This is because tooth decay not only creates dental problems, but it can cause infections throughout the

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How To Bathe Your Dog

If you watch people bathing dogs in movies and TV shows, most of the time it seems like a joyous, fun-filled time for all involved. Unfortunately, bathing your dog in real life isn’t always such a positive experience. Dogs don’t mind being dirty and stinky — in fact, they like it quite a bit — and many aren’t afraid to put up a fight if they think that it will help them get out of bath time. And while watching a favorite actor run after a dog covered in soap suds may seem hilarious, it’s a lot less fun when

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Signs And Symptoms That Your Dog Is In Pain

  When people are in pain, it’s pretty hard to miss most of the time. We complain about our aching back. We yell out because we’ve stepped on something pointy. We limp because it hurts to put pressure on a leg. We lay down in the middle of the day in complete silence and darkness because we have a migraine. Dogs, unfortunately, aren’t always quite so easy to read. First off, to start with the obvious, they can’t tell us if something hurts because of that whole not-talking thing. And while things like limping or whining every time they put

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How To Clean Dogs’ Ears

  There are three important things that you need to know about dogs’ ears: They’re sensitive, so they need regular maintenance to prevent infections. Dogs don’t want their ears cleaned, so you’re going to have to work with them. If you don’t do it the right way, you can cause serious damage. So how exactly do you go about cleaning your dog’s ears to keep him or her healthy? Make it Positive – Keep the Dog Happy Unless you want a squirmy pooch that makes the process a lot more difficult — and take a lot longer — it’s important

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Puppies Growing Up in Nature and in Our Home

There’s an old saying, “Like father, like son” — and, I suppose, “Like mother, like daughter.” This seems to imply that everyone is born to be the way they’re going to be and they’re going to be that way because of genetics. But how does a son really become like a father, or a daughter like a mother? They also say, “The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.” But that acorn still has to fall before it can grow, and the way it grows depends entirely on the circumstances it lands in. How Puppies Grow Up in Nature The

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