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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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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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Top 10 Dog Breeds That Live The Longest

One of the best predictors of a long, happy canine life is the quality of care provided to the dog, but there are other factors that come into play, particularly the dog’s breed. Here is a list of the 10 dog breeds that live the longest, along with their average lifespans. In general, smaller dogs live longer than their larger counterparts, so you’ll notice a number of petite pooches on the list! Maltese Females of this breed tend to live one year longer than their male counterparts, but all Maltese pups are expected to have long lifespans since they suffer

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Dog Behavior

Why Dogs Hoard…

By Cesar Millan Is your dog a hoarder? Does she hide food around the house? Has she collected up toys and stood guard over them? Like a lot of issues with dogs, hoarding is a behavior that has roots in a dog’s oldest instincts, which clash with a modern lifestyle around humans. In the wild, dogs weren’t guaranteed a meal every day, and when hunting was good and there was plenty to eat it made sense to hide away some extra so there would be food on the days the hunting didn’t go well. For dogs, the most natural thing

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6 Steps To Teaching Your Dog To Fetch

Teaching your dog how to fetch seems like it should be one of those things that’s so simple it requires no real thought or effort. After all, dogs love both playing and pleasing their humans, and fetch involves both of these things — you should just be able to do it, right? Short answer: nope. While there are some dogs that just seem to intrinsically understand the game and will automatically chase and retrieve whatever object you use the first time you try, most do not. Either they sit and stare at you, wondering why you would choose to throw

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Dog Care

Dog Years

By Jon Bastian Ask most people how to determine a dog’s age in human years, and they’ll probably say, “Multiply by seven.” However, this method is inaccurate, and more so the older a dog gets. For a twelve year-old dog, the result could be off by over twenty years. Multiplying by seven only comes close while a dog is four and a half years old. Dogs mature faster than humans, reaching the equivalent of twenty-one years in only two, but then aging slows to an average of four human years every year after. Dogs under thirty pounds live longest, often

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Dog Behavior

Why Dogs Eat Grass — And How To Prevent It

Your dog begs to be let outside, immediately downs several mouthfuls of grass… and then promptly vomits it all up. Or maybe your dog is more of connoisseur, hunting for just the right blade to nosh on, with no side effects afterwards. It’s a common behavior that baffles many dog owners. In fact, one survey found that grass is the most commonly eaten plant by dogs. But why do they do it? Here’s the truth: we’re not 100 percent sure. It’s likely there’s not one simple answer. Different dogs may eat grass for different reasons. But understanding why your dog

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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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Dog Care

10 Tips For Epic Road Trips With Your Dog

Are you ready to create some great  vacation memories by hitting the road with your canine best friend? Before you load up and get going, follow these 10 steps to ensure it’s a safe and enjoyable trip for you both. Contact your vet If it’s been a while since your dog’s last check-up, now’s the time to take him in. Ensure your dog is up-to-date for vaccinations, and ask if additional vaccinations are required for the trip since your dog may encounter different threats, like Lyme disease, at your destination or along the way. Also, get a copy of your

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What You Need To Know About Dog Cancer

Cancer. Even the word is terrifying. It causes images of loved ones slowly wasting away while going through seemingly endless rounds of treatment, tempered only by the hope of recovery. From portrayals in popular media and possibly even through witnessing it in our own friends and family members, we have a pretty good idea about what cancer looks like in people — but what about dogs? That’s right. As horrible as it is to think about, your furry, four-legged companion can potentially suffer from cancer just like you can. In order to help prevent cancer in dogs and catch it

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