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Secrets To Housebreaking Adult Dogs

When most people think about housebreaking a dog, they imagine an adorable little scamp that fits in the palm of their hand and plays with toys all day — in other words, a puppy. But what if you have an older dog that isn’t housebroken because she’s a rescue? The rules for training adult dogs can be a bit different. First and foremost, you want to determine two things: The issue isn’t due to a medical problem. The soiling isn’t a behavioral issue. If you discover that the issue is related to either of those things, there are specific actions

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Dog Care

Safe Ways To Transport Your Dog In Your Car

Most people likely have little idea what the actual rules are regulating pet travel in cars, but most states have some kind of law — or laws — on the books: New Jersey police can stop and fine anyone they determine to be incorrectly transporting a pet in a car. How much? The fines start at $250 and go as high as $1,000. Hawaii law directly states that you can’t drive with a dog on your lap. At least 14 states and many local jurisdictions have laws against leaving pets unattended in a vehicle. And in almost every state, if

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Dog Care

Introduce Your Dog To Your Baby

Our dogs are very in tune with us, so with an event as monumental as a pregnancy, your dog has already sensed that something is up. But just because she has picked up on the new feelings hanging in the air, doesn’t mean that she understands what they mean. Here are a few tips for preparing your dog for the new arrival. Focus on Leadership Nine months is more than enough time for you and your pet to work through most issues and smooth out any unwanted habits, and for you to establish yourself as the unwavering pack leader. If

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Dog Behavior

5 Things You’re Doing That Drive Your Dog Crazy

Do you ever wonder what your dog would say if he could talk? Do you ever wonder what’s on his mind when he looks up at you with those big, warm, brown eyes? You might be surprised to learn that what you’re doing to your dog is confusing him—maybe even driving him crazy. Here are five bad habits you need to stop before they wreck your relationship. 1. You’re trying to communicate with your dogs through words. You adopt a dog from the shelter, and you know it is not the first time he has been adopted, but you are

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Basics

How To Care For Newborn Puppies

If you don’t spay your female dog, you may eventually find yourself with an expectant pooch on your hands. Although puppies are cute and cuddly, there is a lot of care that goes into their development in the first couple of weeks. These are some things to know if you ever have to care for newborn puppies. Create a den The mother and the puppies need to have a den area that is all to themselves. A den with a small heating pad, blankets, and pillows will provide warmth and comfort. There may be some drainage and waste in the

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Dog Care

Creating Your Dog’s Dream Backyard

It’s a pretty amazing feeling when you finally trade up from an apartment or condo and move into a house with a real backyard as opposed to just an enclosed porch or patio that’s basically an extension of your interior living space. You find yourself wanting to plant trees, take up gardening, and maybe even engage in some creative landscaping like adding a walkway or pond. Dog owners can have even more fun designing a space for their four-legged friends to run free, go crazy chasing each other, and generally cause all kinds of hilarious havoc. Just remember that it’s

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Agression

When Dogs Attack: What To Do When Attacked By A Dog

You may have heard the news about a 63 year-old woman who was mauled to death by four dogs in Palmdale, California, when she was jogging. While most such incidents don’t end as tragically, joggers, runners, bicyclists and others know all too well the problem of suddenly being pursued, snapped at, or bitten by a loose, aggressive dog. The best way to prevent such attacks, obviously, is for the owner to train their dog not to do it in the first place, and to always make sure their dog is in a secure yard, inside the house, or on a

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All About Dogs

How To Stop Animal Cruelty

Did you know that World Animal Day is October 4? In honor of this special occasion, we want to inform you about what you can do to stop animal cruelty. These tips will help you to recognize when an animal is being mistreated, tell you where to report the problem, and show you how to fight this kind of abuse in other ways as well. The only way we can truly stamp out cruelty to animals is if all of us are vigilant and willing to do our part. Recognizing cruelty According to the Humane Society, there are two kinds

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Adopting From a Breeder

Choosing The Perfect Puppy

Before you bring home that new puppy, you should ask yourself whether you are the right human for her. Here are some questions to consider. Do you have children? If so, then you’ll need a kid-friendly pooch. Your kids will also have to be dog-friendly — prepare for the extra steps it takes to teach them to train the dog, and to respect her space. Are there already other dogs in your home? Introducing a new one will involve some additional steps, too. Watch your prospective puppy at the shelter to see how she gets along with the other dogs.

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All About Dogs

Why Are Dogs’ Noses Wet?

For many dog owners, it’s one of life’s greatest joys: You enter a room and immediately your pooch is at your side and shoving his face into you, sniffing away with his cold, wet nose. It’s something that should probably feel disgusting, but instead it’s wonderful and endearing to have that slimy little thing all up in your business. Have you ever wondered why dogs’ noses are wet, though? Your nose works perfectly fine dry, so what’s up with their sniffers? It turns out that there are many reasons for those wet noses — and a big misconception about what

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