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How Often To Bathe A Dog

  The simple answer to this question of how often to bathe a dog is: how often do you want to bathe your dog? Unless a dog has skin problems, there is no specific need to bathe the dog except to make him a more enjoyable companion. Just like people, some dogs get stinky faster than others. I have known dogs that have never had a bath in their life and do not have an unpleasant smell, but my own dogs get bathed monthly. General Dog Bathing Guidelines I recommend you bathe a dog with normal skin once a month

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How To Clean Dogs’ Ears

  There are three important things that you need to know about dogs’ ears: They’re sensitive, so they need regular maintenance to prevent infections. Dogs don’t want their ears cleaned, so you’re going to have to work with them. If you don’t do it the right way, you can cause serious damage. So how exactly do you go about cleaning your dog’s ears to keep him or her healthy? Make it Positive – Keep the Dog Happy Unless you want a squirmy pooch that makes the process a lot more difficult — and take a lot longer — it’s important

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The Right Shampoo For Your Dog

You might share your couch, backyard, and living space with your dog, but there’s one thing you should never share with your canine companion — your shampoo. While human-grade shampoo might keep your own locks soft and lush, most varieties of human shampoo contain chemicals that are too harsh for your pooch’s sensitive skin. Fortunately, there are hundreds of brands of pet-friendly grooming products tailored to meet the unique needs and skin conditions of your dog. Dog shampoo can cleanse your dog’s coat of germs and insects, and add nutrients and vitamins to keep it healthy. However, when it comes

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Chewing Things Up

Help! My Dog Won’t Stop Chewing On Himself

  It’s perfectly natural and normal for dogs to occasionally chew on their legs, feet, ears, and tails. This behavior is no different than when you scratch an itch — it provides relief. However, if you notice that your dog is constantly chewing herself, it may indicate a deeper problem — particularly if the chewed area has become sore, red, inflamed, or furless. So what is going on? It may be because of one of the following problems: Dry skin Your dog may be biting himself in an attempt to relieve the itchiness of dry skin, which could be caused

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All About Dogs

How To Get Your Dog To Love Bath Time

If your dog hates bath time, it’s likely you do, too. It may be hard to imagine that you could turn it around and start viewing a bath as a time for bonding instead, but it is possible! The key is to have a strategy for the change. Here are some tips for developing your dog’s love for bath time. Take a nice long walk first Many dogs naturally enjoy a dip in the water when they’re feeling hot and exhausted after exercise, so use those natural instincts to your advantage. Also, your dog will have less pent-up energy to

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How To Get Your Dog Into Shape

The obesity epidemic in America doesn’t just affect humans; it’s extended to our canine companions as well! A 2015 study showed that 52.7 percent of dogs in the U.S. were obese. And unfortunately, it’s been tied to a wide variety of health problems in dogs, from pancreatitis and diabetes to heart disease and hip dysplasia. Shedding those extra pounds can go a long way toward helping your pup lead a healthier, happier, and longer life. But many Pack Leaders still struggle with determining how to get a dog to lose weight. What’s the best routine? What changes needs to be

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All About Dogs

Why Is My Dog Drooling So Much?

From their unwavering loyalty to their cute little tails, dogs are beloved for many reasons. But of all the traits you love about your dog, her tendency to drool a lot probably isn’t one of them. As a loving owner, you are probably willing to forgive your dog’s drooling as a natural, healthy bodily function that helps him eat and digest his food. But if your dog is drooling too much, it could be a sign of a problem. Below, we’ve listed some common causes and treatments of excessive drooling, or hypersalivation. Foreign objects When your dog starts drooling more

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Dog Care

How To Use Dog Clippers and Groom a Dog

Do you spend way more than you can afford to get your dog’s fur professionally groomed? Or worse — let it grow until she looks like a cotton ball? Here is a solution: Give your pup a trim yourself! Grooming your pet is not only cost-effective, but also can help the dog feel more comfortable at home, and around you when grooming.  Obviously, this is easier said than done, but learning how to use dog clippers doesn’t require a college degree, and it’s nothing to be afraid of. These tips on how to properly use fur clippers, and nail trimmers,

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Allergies

3 Tips On Combating Your Dog’s Seasonal Allergies

Many of us are tormented by seasonal allergies, each of us with stories of reactions ranging from mild bother to complete torment. Our dogs, while they may not show it in the same way, can also be the victims of seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies are due to an imbalance in the immune response dogs have to allergens such as grass pollens, house dust mites, and more. Common reactions to seasonal allergies in pets include scratching and biting, paw-licking, and excessive shedding. More serious symptoms can involve ear infections, inflamed skin, and respiratory issues. Taking action against your dog’s seasonal allergies

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Dog Care

4 Ways to Keep Your Dog’s Joints Healthy and Young

This article is brought to you by Vivamune™ Health Chews. Vibrant health made simple. I grew up with two dogs of very different breeds and saw both through to old age. Today, I live with Dewey, a black lab, pit bull pushing nine years. Even as a middle-aged guy, Dewey is remarkably high-energy and playful, but the signs of aging are apparent nonetheless. I want to prolong the best years of Dewey’s life, as most dog parents want to do for their dogs. One of the biggest challenges a dog faces in old age is joint stiffness and loss of

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