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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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Puppy Annoying Old Dog With Playful Behavior

Dear Cesar, I have a thirteen-year-old male Boston Terrier and a four-month-old female Boston Terrier. The older dog, Higgins, seems to accept the puppy, Tessa, most of the time, except for when she wants to play with him. He does not like for her to run at him or jump on him. Higgins has arthritis and is very, very calm until she begins her playfulness. He will bark at her (and sometime snap at her) to warn her to back off and let her know that he is boss. However, she doesn”t seem to learn that she should leave him

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Puppy Distracted On The Walk

Dear Cesar, I have a nine-month-old, 100 lb puppy who I walk every single day for the amount of time you recommend in your new book. My problem is he is getting to know a lot of people in my neighborhood and now every time I pass someone I know on a walk, he insists on stopping and walking with them and refuses to go at my pace… even if I start to run ahead. I have tried every style of collar I can find, including choke and pinch collars, and the upside-down leash that I’ve seen you use many

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Dog Problem: Puppy Soiling Crate

Question from Jesica Mcauliff: I have a 3-month-old pit bull/boxer mix puppy that my husband and I have been crate training. Lilly had been doing really well not soiling her crate, but recently she has been doing it everyday, even if she is only in there for a few hours. We have tried everything to break her of this habit but nothing works. Please, do you have any advice? Cesar Millan’s answer: Well, Jessica, the first thing you need to get out of your head is that you’ve “tried everything.” If it keeps happening, you haven’t tried everything! What I

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Puppy Is Impossible To Walk

Dear Cesar, We have a 13 week old Springer, and it is impossible to take him for a walk. He will not leave the yard. My husband just tried to walk him, and the puppy was so upset that he threw up! Please help. My husband eventually wants him to be a bird dog! Thank you, Kristina Harris Cesar Millan’s answer: Dear Kristina, Often, it takes the help of another dog to motivate a troubled puppy. It’s completely normal for a puppy to fight a human’s influence. A human being wouldn’t be training a puppy in a wild pack, after

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Chewing Inappropriate Objects

How To Stop Puppy Chewing

Hi Cesar, We have a beautiful four-month-old white German shepherd puppy. His name is Auggie Moon, and he is as good as he is bad. Our puppy constantly wants to chew on me and I don’t know how to stop the puppy from chewing on me. I am trying to work with him with puppy treats and rewards. I want him to be healthy and a good puppy, but he is so strong, weighs 35 pounds and his teeth are so sharp that it’s hard for me to stop the puppy from chewing. My husband and I are older and

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Introducing Puppy To Older Dogs

Dear Cesar, I have a stable pack of three older adults. Since they are getting so old, my husband and I want to add a puppy. We have babysat the puppy of a friend for a weekend, and our dogs hate puppies. Puppies are ignorant and absurdly brave and curious. Is there any direction on how to get the pup to learn to respect the big dogs without him getting hurt? I am sure, if I leave a pup unsupervised with my geriatric neutered male, the old man will joyously get rid of the puppy problem. I have not found

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