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How To Pick A Healthy Pup

Picking a dog is a huge decision. Since you’ll be spending the next decade or more with him, you need as close to a perfect fit as you can get. So much has been written about the energy and temperament aspects of this decision, but the question I’m most often asked is, “What is the healthiest breed?” And my answer to that question is always the same: It isn’t a breed at all but simply a 30-pound brown mutt. Mixed breeds are generally healthier Because of what’s known as “hybrid vigor,” the midsize mixed breed is, on average, the healthiest

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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

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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How To Adopt A Dog From A To Z – Cesar Millan

Everything you need to know about adopting a dog If you’re thinking of adopting a dog, there are quite a few things you need to consider when adopting a dog, and some of them will no doubt surprise you—at least a little. To guide you through the process, we’ve assembled a panel of experts—William Berloni, director of dog training at The Humane Society of New York; Sirius XM radio’s It’s a Dog’s Life host Greg Kleva; Barbara Lathrop, who’s on the board of directors of Associated Humane Societies in Newark, NJ, and of course, Cesar himself. Here’s their 26-point tip

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All About Dogs

Are Millennials Ready To Have Pets?

I’m often asked this question by my clients and fans. After all, pet ownership is a big responsibility and all too often pets are adopted by people who either aren’t ready for them or aren’t prepared to take on the responsibility. The end result is that those unfortunate pets end up in shelters. This is an important question to ask because Millennials — people born between roughly 1981 and 1997 — now make up the largest group of pet owners in the U.S., and they’re also becoming pet owners younger than previous generations did. According to a Wakefield study, as

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Cesar Millan

Trust Issue

As we’ve discussed many times here, there are a lot of misconceptions about shelter dogs, a big one being that they are somehow “damaged” and unadoptable. But, really, most of the time the reasons that a dog winds up in a shelter come down to human failure. Dogs end up in shelters because we don’t properly train them, or we aren’t prepared ourselves, economically or personally, to take on the responsibility. If any damage has been done to those dogs, it’s been done by people. Of course, once a dog is in a shelter, its misbehavior can become worse, and

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Dog Behavior

Help The Dogs Of The Northern California Wildfires

First came Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, flooding Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Then wildfire, fanned by vicious Diablo winds, swept over Santa Rosa and the California wine country, displacing thousands of humans and their pets and destroying complete neighborhoods. Because most emergency shelters for humans are unable to house animals, many beloved pets required temporary placement in animal shelters.  With shelters closest to the fires filled beyond capacity, surrounding agencies sprang into action, taking in hundreds (if not thousands) of displaced pets. There are many ways you can help, but the best gift you can give is cash. It

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All About Dogs

UPDATE: How To Help With Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria

Updated October 5, 2017 When Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria struck, it wasn’t just people who were affected. With flooding through parts of Texas, Louisiana, Florida and the Caribbean displacing tens of thousands of people it’s easy to forget the many household pets also caught up in the disaster. Shelters from other areas across the US have taken in pets to reduce the load in shelters hit by the flooding — and remember, in many cases, these are not abandoned or lost dogs and cats. Rather, many emergency shelters for humans do not allow pets, so it becomes necessary to place

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Another Step Toward A No-Kill City

Last week, the city of Los Angeles moved one step closer to becoming another no-kill city in the United States, joining the ranks of Austin, and sharing aspirations with places like Chicago. Although the proposal is merely a resolution and not law, it does take a big step toward hitting the stated goal of “saving 90 percent or more of the cats and dogs coming through the sheltering system.” As reported by the website LAist, Best Friends Animal Society of Los Angeles already puts this number at 89.4%, so the city is well on the way to success — but

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