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Puppy 101: The Ultimate Guide To Raising A Puppy

Getting a dog is a big responsibility but getting a puppy is an even bigger one! Why? Because puppies have to learn how to do everything, and you’re the one who has to teach them how to do it. Although puppies can be a lot of work, it will all be worth it in the end because you’ll have a trained, balanced, adorable life-long companion for plenty of wonderful experiences and adventures. But you have to get through the hard stuff first. Luckily, that stuff can be made easier with some patience and the following Puppy 101 step-by-step guide, which

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Dog Care

6 Odd Things That Puppies Do

Dogs are odd. You know this, and we know this. But if you really want to see some odd behaviors, watch a puppy for a day or two. There are all kinds of funny things puppies do without even realizing it. Some of these behaviors can be maddening, some hilarious, but they’re all head-scratching. Out-of-water paddling When you put a dog in the water, she will automatically start paddling her legs to swim. It’s something they all do, and it’s easy to see why — they’re trying not to drown! Take your dog out of the water and the paddling

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All About Dogs

Como Cuidar De Un Perro Mayor

Los perros mayores son a menudo ignorados ​​en los refugios por aquellos que eligen la próxima generación de cachorros juguetones y traviesos. Pero, si eres el Líder de la Manada de un perro en sus años dorados sabes que eso es una lástima, porque los perros más viejos todavía tienen mucho amor para dar y aún tienen mucha personalidad y ánimo, mismo que no tengan tanta energía como cuando eran más jóvenes. Los perros mayores también suelen requerir menos ejercicio, sufren menos problemas de comportamiento y vienen a ti ya adiestrados para ir al baño afuera. Por estas razones, son

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A new puppy is crate training in a new home to learn boundaries.
All About Dogs

Puppy Crate Training Made Easy

There are many reasons you might want to crate train your new puppy. A crate can be invaluable while you are potty-training or teaching your dog the rules of the house, it’s a great way to transport your four-legged friend, and it can serve as a safe place for your pup to escape to once he comes to accept it as his space. Unfortunately, even though dogs are den animals and they like having an area that’s all theirs, most won’t automatically take to crates — and your pup can even come to fear them if you don’t handle crate

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All About Dogs

Las Etapas Del Crecimiento Canino

Algunos de nosotros cuando pensamos en un cachorro, imaginamos un perrito adorable que apenas puede abrir los ojos al dar tumbos mientras explora el mundo. Otros ven un perro que es un torbellino de energía que no puede mantenerse quieto un segundo porque hay muchas pelotas para perseguir, perfumes para oler y cosas adonde hacer pis y luego acostarse arriba.   Hay dos razones para esta discrepancia. La etapa de cachorro no es algo que dura sólo unas pocas semanas y los cachorros no se conviertan a adultos hasta algún momento entre 1 y 2 años de edad. A pesar

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Dog Care

In Praise Of Senior Dogs

Humans can’t join AARP until they’re 50 and really aren’t considered senior citizens until their 60s, but for dogs most breeds are considered seniors once they reach eight years of age. As with all things related to dogs aging, this number is a bit lower for larger dogs and a bit higher for smaller dogs. If we take the proper steps to keep our senior dogs healthy, they can remain active and happy well into the equivalent of their 80s or 90s. This is a wonderful thing, because senior dogs also tend to be calmer and mellower, and less likely

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8 Must-Have Puppy Products

Finding the perfect products for your puppy can be a blast — and there are plenty of them to choose from. Walk through any pet boutique, big-box retailer or department store, and you’ll see aisles of premium foods and treats, plush beds, toys of every shape and size, and even doggy haute couture. It will be tempting to splurge on your new dog. To begin with, however, pick up these items to make your pup’s homecoming a smooth one. 1. Collar & Leash Your puppy will need a collar and leash the day you bring her home. A collar —

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Cesar Millan trains a few dogs
Dog Behavior

Showing Pack Leadership In Dog Training

By Martin Deeley Your dog is often watching you and learning from your actions and reactions just like children do. So training cannot be just a formal five, 10 or 15 minutes of your day. It should take place all the time because your dog learns from everything you do. You shout at your spouse or the kids and guess what? He picks up on that energy and may think it is directed at him. You feel irritable and under the weather? He knows it. If you make a mistake with your dog, he will remember the body language and

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The Puppy Selling Ban Debate

“How much is that doggy in the window?” used to be a common phrase across America. For most people, getting a puppy meant going to the locally owned pet store to pick one out. No one ever thought about where the puppies came from and the condition of that place, or about dogs sitting in shelters. Today, a war is raging on whether or not pet stores should be legally allowed to sell puppies. According to the Best Friends Society, twenty states have passed some type of legislation that either bans puppy selling altogether or creates standards for selling puppies,

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Dog Care

Introducing A Puppy To Walking On A Leash

by Martin Deeley Patience is Key The one thing I find about training dogs is that there are no hard and fast rules. Some dogs take to a collar and leash easily and some do not. Some owners have to put their dogs on a leash the moment they get them—especially if they live in apartments and there are leash laws—and some may not put their dog on a leash for a few months. I have worked with many different dogs and owners over the years, and the most important features of introducing a leash is patience, calmness, confidence, taking

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