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Things You Can Do To Extend Your Dog’s Life

We all want to keep our pets with us as long as possible, which is why we need to give them a certain level of care. Most dogs, depending on size, can live ten to fifteen years if they are in good shape mentally and physically. Here are some things that you can do to extend — and improve the quality of — your dog’s life. 1. Maintain your dog’s teeth: Tooth decay is a very common, yet dangerous health problem for dogs. This is because tooth decay not only creates dental problems, but it can cause infections throughout the

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Adopting From A Shelter

5 Misconceptions About Shelter Dogs

The love of a dog is like no other. Making the decision to get a dog is a big one, but you’ll be countlessly rewarded every single day you get to spend with your pup. The biggest decision, however, is deciding where to get your dog. When you’re getting a dog, you should always consider checking out your local animal shelters to adopt your newest family member. Every year, 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters. About 1.2 million of those dogs are euthanized because they haven’t been adopted. There are tons of lovable, adoptable dogs waiting to go home with

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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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All About Dogs

8 Ways To Save Money On Vet Care

An important part of responsible dog care is providing them with medical care — unfortunately, doing so can also be costly. But before you balk at the high price of a procedure or treatment, take a look at these cost-saving tips. Get pet insurance Understand what the coverage you are buying includes — and what it excludes. You can also get a discount for multiple pets. If insurance doesn’t seem like the right match for your pet’s medical needs because of exclusions or other reasons, create your own “insurance plan” by setting up a savings account dedicated to your pet’s

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All About Dogs

Protect Your Dog From Wild Animals

No matter what part of the country you live in, wild or feral animals pose a serious risk to dogs and other domesticated animals. The specific wild animals you might encounter will depend on your region and whether you’re living in a rural area or a city, but some of the most common culprits include coyotes, raccoons, snakes, skunks, scorpions, rats, and porcupines. These animals aren’t “mean” by nature, but they are predators. They may attack if they believe your dog is threatening them or encroaching on their territory. So how do you keep your canine friend safe from the

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Dog Care

Conquering An Invisible Threat

By Cesar Millan When we adopt a dog we make a promise, which is a commitment to provide for their needs for the rest of their lives. This doesn’t just mean feeding them and walking them, though. If a dog has behavioral issues, it is our responsibility to figure out what’s causing them and to solve the problem. Returning a misbehaving dog to a shelter is not an option. And if a dog has health issues, we are also responsible for doing what is necessary to take care of them. But providing for a dog’s health doesn’t just mean going

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Biting

Nipping Puppy Biting In The Bud

It’s natural behavior for puppies to bite and nipping biting in the bud can be challenging. As they begin to teethe, they naturally need things to chew on. Also, dogs generally prefer to use their mouths over their paws for manipulating objects, and this behavior begins in puppyhood as young pooches start to explore their world. It can be cute at the beginning, but a puppy’s teeth are very sharp and they don’t know how hard they’re biting, so the puppy raising experience will generally include that one moment when Fido playfully bites down on a finger and draws blood.

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All About Dogs

Reward A Veteran Dog By Rescuing Them

Much like their human counterparts, veteran dogs have done a great service to our country. As retired military dogs, these brave canines were hand-selected to protect our nation because they demonstrated natural fearlessness and courage from puppyhood. Serving proudly While their brothers and sisters were playing fetch and taking naps, military working dogs were undergoing years of rigorous training. They learned how to apprehend an enemy, attack on command, and detect explosives and narcotics through their sense of smell. Through intensive training, military dogs heightened their sense of drive and environmental and social stability. When they were ready, these courageous

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Dog Breeds

Ball-Obsessed German Shepherd

Dear Cesar, First, we love you! My German Shepherd is great except when we play ball. He will run over anything in his way: smaller dogs, my foot, my children. Actually, he will knock you off a cliff if you don’t watch out. I’m over it!!!! Please please help! Regards, Renee Mackie Snowmass, CO Cesar Millan’s answer: Hi Renee, As you may well know, German Shepherds are very powerful breeds. They require a lot of exercise to achieve balance and fulfillment, so playing ball with him is a great way to get that energy out. But if you don’t establish

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All About Dogs

Dishing Up Variety

“Broiled chicken, brown rice and steamed broccoli — again?” When you sit down to dinner, you probably prefer a little variety, right? Day after day of the same mix of protein, carbohydrates, fats, and veggies can hamper just about any appetite, whether human or canine. A diet packed with different food types can make the eating experience an enjoyable one. Related: Understanding your dog’s nutritional needs Do you feed your dog the same kibble every day? Chances are good that he may benefit from a varied diet, too. Before you start concocting your own dog food blends, read on to learn

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