Puppy Care

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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

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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Adoption Tips

Sleeping Arrangements For Puppies

Sleeping arrangements for a new puppy will require some preparation. If you’re adopting early, it’s very likely that this will be your puppy’s first night away from its mother and littermates. To get you ready to accommodate your new addition and make your puppy as comfortable as possible, we’ve put together some tips that should help smooth the transition. Before settling in for the night, I recommend tiring the puppy out and making sure that any bathroom needs are taken care of. I strongly suggest you keep the puppy’s resting place near your bed for the first few nights to

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Dog Care

Is It Okay To Give A Dog As A Gift?

By Joe Wilkes This holiday season, many of us who are stumped for a gift for a loved one will be tempted by the adorable faces peering out at us from behind the display windows of the local pet store. Who doesn’t love puppies and kittens? This could be the gift that cements a budding relationship with a significant other. It could be the gift that makes your child realize you are the best parent a kid could have. It could be the gift of companionship that brings a lonely or elderly relative back into the world. Or not. Here

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Dog Care

Children And Puppies

Few images are as evocative of trust, loyalty, and friendship as a child with a puppy. Bonds formed between humans and dogs can be made incredibly strong when the relationship is formed early on, but it’s very important that our children be taught how to interact safely and responsibly with their canine companions. Greeting a puppy: Teach the child about “No Touch, No Talk, No Eye Contact.” The introduction between puppy and child should be delayed until the child’s excitement has passed and he or she is in a calm state of mind, able to focus on adult instruction. Never

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All About Dogs

Puppy Proofing Basics

The day has finally arrived: Your new bundle of fur is coming home! After a long search, you found the right puppy for you and your family — and now the preparation begins. As a responsible pet lover, you will need to provide a safe environment for this little puppy. Preparing your home and yard for the new family member is similar to doing so for a curious toddler — you want to eliminate any and all dangers. Your pup will want to investigate every electrical cord, every closet, and every rut in the yard, and he won’t distinguish between

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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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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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