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Challenging Puppy

Dear Cesar, We adopted Cassie, a 10 month-old Shar Pei/Pointer-mix, from a local shelter three months ago. She had a sweet temperament and was always excited. We figured “she’s still a puppy.” She was mouthing and jumping up a lot and needed lots of training, but she seemed to bond to me very quickly. We signed up for training class and continued with regular exercise. Mainly I walked her, but to drain energy more quickly, I took her to the dog park to play fetch. The first couple of times she was fine. Then on one visit, a dog showed

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All About Dogs

Why Grieving For A Dog Is So Hard

If you’ve ever lost a dog, then you’ve probably heard the following well-meaning but somewhat heartbreaking comment, “Well, it was just a dog.” Only someone who isn’t a dog lover would ever say that. What people who’ve never been in the position of losing a dog don’t understand is that it isn’t like leaving your favorite sweater on the subway or finding your goldfish floating on its side. The impact of this kind of loss is much bigger, partly because dogs generally are with us into their teens, but also because, even on a subconscious level, they have integrated themselves

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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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Bringing Your New Dog Home

Introducing A Puppy To The Pack

In order for a puppy to grow up into a balanced dog, she needs to be socialized from early on so she can learn the rules of how to be a dog. Our best teachers for that job are… other adult dogs, but it’s not a good idea to toss a puppy in with the grown-ups and walk away. Andre Millan pays a visit to Dog Psychology Center trainer Todd Langston for a live demonstration of two adult dogs with very different temperaments meeting a puppy for the first time, and how they negotiate space, and teach the new dog

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Biting

Nipping Puppy Biting In The Bud

It’s natural behavior for puppies to bite and nipping biting in the bud can be challenging. As they begin to teethe, they naturally need things to chew on. Also, dogs generally prefer to use their mouths over their paws for manipulating objects, and this behavior begins in puppyhood as young pooches start to explore their world. It can be cute at the beginning, but a puppy’s teeth are very sharp and they don’t know how hard they’re biting, so the puppy raising experience will generally include that one moment when Fido playfully bites down on a finger and draws blood.

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All About Dogs

The Stages Of Puppy Growth

Some of us, when we think of a puppy, imagine an adorably tiny dog that can barely open his eyes stumbling around as he explores the world. Others see a whirlwind of doggy energy that can’t keep still for a second because there are too many balls to chase, scents to smell, and things to pee on… and then roll in. There are two reasons for this discrepancy: Puppyhood isn’t something that lasts just a few weeks. Dogs don’t become adults until sometime between 1 and 2 years of age. Despite the fact that they go through a number of

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Dog Care

Keep It Clean For Healthy Dogs And Puppies

It might surprise you to learn that a mother dog nursing a litter is a meticulous housekeeper, but it’s true. Un-weaned puppies naturally do their business in the den, and their mother works constantly to keep it clean. By eliminating the mess and odors quickly, she trains the puppies to venture outside of the den when nature calls, as well as maintains a healthy environment and helps keep a clean home. As a pack leader, you should do the same for your pups and adult dogs. Not only is it good for them physically, it’s good for their minds. Consider

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Basics

Potty Training A Puppy

More Solutions Potty training a puppy is not as daunting a task as it might seem. It just requires consistency and commitment on your part. In the video below, Andre Millan gets a few more pointers on potty training from Dog Psychology Center trainer Todd Langston. Get more tips below the video.   One of the biggest areas of difficulty for people who adopt puppies is potty training. In fact, if the humans don’t complete the process properly, it falls into the category of training issues that is one of the most common reasons why dogs are surrendered to shelters.

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All About Dogs

Heartworm Prevention For Puppies

Few things in life are as exciting or rewarding as welcoming a new puppy into the family. They’re adorable, they’re loving, they’re funny – and they’re also counting on you to help protect them from parasites and diseases. Here’s a quick look at common and preventable parasite and diseases you need to know about. Heartworm Disease Transmission  Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos, and the worms live in the heart and lungs of the dog. Clinical signs seen in dogs include cough, difficulty breathing, weight loss, exercise intolerance, and eventually heart failure and death. Unlike intestinal parasites, which can be easily

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Puppy Feeding Guidelines

Hello, I am rescuing my first puppy next Monday. She’ll be 11.5 weeks when we get her, and I’ve never had a dog that young. The people fostering her are feeding her litter 3/4 cup twice a day. She’s an Australian shepherd/great pyrenees/golden retriever mix. I keep reading mixed things about feeding them twice or three times a day. Which do you recommend? And if it is three times a day, given that she’s almost three months old, how much would you feed her each time? I have an appointment with a vet on that Friday, but wanted to ask

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