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Rehabilitating A Puppy Mill Dog

Cesar is not alone when he recommends “adopt, don’t shop” when getting a new dog, but a substantial number of pets still come from puppy mills, whether direct from a pet shop or breeder, or via a rescue or shelter. Rescuing a puppy mill dog Puppy mill dogs require extra attention and training in order to rehabilitate them because the conditions they were brought up in are horrible. Unlike reputable breeders, who take the steps necessary for the comfort of their breeding dogs and puppies, puppy mills treat their dogs as products to be churned out as quickly as possible.

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How Macey Malone Beat Parvo

By Nicole Pajer One of the scariest things that can happen to a puppy is the parvovirus. Once infected, a puppy faces a high mortality rate and the odds of survival decrease the longer you wait to bring the dog in. The battle against parvo can be grueling and costly, but if the signs are recognized and treated early, the puppy has a chance to survive. Such was the case with Macey Malone. Macey Malone’s story Michelle Torres and her boyfriend Matthew Love had been toying with the idea of getting their first puppy together for some time before stumbling

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How To Create A Puppy Schedule

When you get a new puppy, it’s only natural to want to simply hang out with them and play and cuddle all day. Unfortunately, there are a number of things that you need to do in those first few days and weeks — both to make sure that your new pup stays healthy and to establish good behavior patterns. Rest assured that the work you put in now will pay off tenfold in the long run. When your full-grown adult dog is balanced, well-behaved, and the envy of all your Pack Leader neighbors, you’ll be glad you took good care

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Protecting Your Puppy From The Parvovirus

By Nicole Pajer The parvovirus attacks the lining of a dog’s digestive system and prevents him from being able to properly absorb nutrients and liquids. Puppies are extremely susceptible to parvo as their immune systems are not fully mature. Parvo prevention methods The best way to prevent your new puppy from becoming infected with parvo is to make sure that he receives all of his required vaccinations. Puppies should avoid contact with outside dogs and public areas until at least two weeks after their third vaccination. Common symptoms of parvo Diarrhea, blood in stools Lethargy Fever Vomiting Severe weight loss

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Quick Tips For Delivering Puppies

  Whelping, which is what the canine birth process is called, is something that should only be handled by people with prior experience, but if you ever do find yourself having to oversee the delivery of a litter of pups, here’s what you need to know to assist. The two most important things to remember before we go into detail, though, are these: The mother dog knows what to do by instinct, so she should do most of the work. More than at any other time, you need to heed Cesar’s advice to remain absolutely calm. Whelping can be a

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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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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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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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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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