Lifecycle Care


7 Reasons To Adopt A Senior Dog

According to most veterinarians, a dog falls into the “senior” category around age seven. The size of a dog, however, affects this categorization. Smaller dogs mature slower and become seniors later in life than larger dogs. Animal shelters are filled with healthy and active senior dogs that are in need of a home. When you’re thinking about picking up a dog from your local shelter, don’t look past the older dogs. They make great pets for a number of reasons. 1. Senior dogs at shelters need homes just as badly as younger dogs. Many older dogs were once owned and

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Dog Care

Vet’s Checklist For Your Pup

Trying to raise a puppy right can be an incredibly challenging task but one that is infinitely rewarding as well. One of the cornerstones of good health for your puppy is regular veterinary care. The following is a list of the veterinary or health related concerns that will come up during your puppy’s first year. 1. Find a great veterinarian Ideally you want to find out which veterinarian you plan on using before you get your puppy. Ask your friends that are dog owners which veterinarians they recommend. If possible, visit the clinic beforehand and look around, is the waiting

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How To Care For Newborn Puppies

If you don’t spay your female dog, you may eventually find yourself with an expectant pooch on your hands. Although puppies are cute and cuddly, there is a lot of care that goes into their development in the first couple of weeks. These are some things to know if you ever have to care for newborn puppies. Create a den The mother and the puppies need to have a den area that is all to themselves. A den with a small heating pad, blankets, and pillows will provide warmth and comfort. There may be some drainage and waste in the

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Adopting From a Breeder

Choosing The Perfect Puppy

Before you bring home that new puppy, you should ask yourself whether you are the right human for her. Here are some questions to consider. Do you have children? If so, then you’ll need a kid-friendly pooch. Your kids will also have to be dog-friendly — prepare for the extra steps it takes to teach them to train the dog, and to respect her space. Are there already other dogs in your home? Introducing a new one will involve some additional steps, too. Watch your prospective puppy at the shelter to see how she gets along with the other dogs.

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Dog Behavior

Housebreaking Your Puppy: Do’s And Don’ts

    The process of housebreaking often brings on feelings of nervousness and worry, but the process does not have to be stressful—for you or the puppy. The truth is this is a situation in which you have Mother Nature working with you right from the start while puppy training. When the puppies are first born, they eat and they relieve themselves inside the den, but the mother always cleans them. There is never a scent of urine or feces where the puppies eat, sleep, and live. When they get old enough, they learn to use outside areas as they

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Puppy Mills: A Cautionary Tale

Dear Cesar, I really admire the work that you do. I think it is amazing how many lives you have transformed, both canine and human. I know at the end of your stay here on Earth you will be greeted by thousands of pets at The Rainbow Bridge. I wish you continued success with your work and I know God will continue to bless you. I would like to share with you the story of Jesse. I want to get the word out to others so that together we can make the world a safer place for our furry &

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Choosing A Compatible Breed/Dog

How To Pick A Healthy Puppy

Picking a dog is a huge decision. Since you’ll be spending the next decade or more with him, you need as close to a perfect fit as you can get. So much has been written about the energy and temperament aspects of this decision, but the question I’m most often asked is, “What is the healthiest breed?” And my answer to that question is always the same: It isn’t a breed at all but simply a 30-pound brown mutt. Mixed Breeds are Generally Healthier Because of what’s known as “hybrid vigor,” the midsize mixed breed is, on average, the healthiest

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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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All About Dogs

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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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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