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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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Choosing A Compatible Breed/Dog

How To Pick A Healthy Puppy

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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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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7 Tips For Establishing Leadership With Your Dog

One of the first things you should do to create a strong bond and balanced relationship with your new dog is to be the Pack Leader from day one. Knowing your pack takes time, patience, and acceptance. Then formulating a plan, setting an intention, and following through is what creates even more strength in your relationship, bond, and its depth. Here are some important points to remember in your role as Pack Leader for your new dog or puppy: Create a schedule that includes a daily 30 to 45-minute power-walk in the morning. This is critical for your dog’s health,

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Reasons Dogs End Up In Shelters

All across the world, animal shelters are overflowing with dogs that are in need of good homes. But how did so many get there? It can be hard for us dedicated pet lovers to understand how someone could just surrender his or her companion. When a dog ends up in a shelter, it is not their fault. Most behavioral issues, for instance, can typically be traced back to the way in which their former caretakers handled them. Here are the top ten most common reasons dogs end up in shelters: 1. Lack of training: Many people get a dog without

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All About Dogs

Who Would You Take Home?

Which dog is coming home with you? When you look at the faces in the image on this page, were you drawn more to some than others? According to new research, you are more likely to go for dogs that have raised inner brows, which results in widened eyes. The University of Portsmouth and the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition conducted a lengthy experiment to determine which dogs were more likely to be rehomed from a shelter. And what they discovered was that those that make “puppy dog eyes” are much more likely to be adopted. Dr. Bridget Waller and

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Why You Should Avoid Puppy Mills

Puppy mills can be a danger for families that want to adopt a new dog. A puppy mill is a breeding facility with the sole purpose of churning out the most dogs for the least money – and to make the most profit. Substandard breeding conditions and inbreeding can lead to disastrous results: Health problems Because many puppy mills do not take the proper precautions when breeding dogs, genetic diseases that could be identified during professional medical screenings are often missed and passed down to future generations. Many issues caused by these conditions don’t show up until later in life,

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Adopting From a Breeder

How To Avoid Puppy Mills

Puppy mills can be a danger for families that want to adopt a new dog. A puppy mill is a breeding facility with the sole purpose of churning out the most dogs for the least money–and to make the most profit. Substandard breeding conditions and inbreeding can lead to health and behavioral problems in the puppies bred there. Since the 1980s, the Humane Society of the United States has been fighting to shut down these facilities. You can do your part by making sure to research before you adopt and by keeping yourself informed! Here are some tips to avoid

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Cesar Millan On The Magic Of Fostering A Dog

By Cesar Millan Being fostered is a wonderful opportunity for a dog to prepare for his forever home. He will have more one-on-one time with humans, and he can experience more of the world around him instead of being limited to the confines of a shelter. It can significantly increase his chances of fitting in with his next family. And of course, his foster parents can make sure his new family is the right fit by helping them to understand his energy level, any issues that are being worked on, and any special needs the dog has. Fostering isn’t just

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Bringing Your New Dog Home

In this excerpt from Chapter 6 of Cesar’s book, “A Short Guide to a Happy Dog,” Cesar explains how to bring a new dog home. This is the point in the process when many people make the biggest mistake, frequently out of excitement over having a new family member. They drive home, bring the dog out of the car and to the front door, throw the door open, take off the leash, and let the dog loose to explore her new home . . . and the poor dog has no idea what’s going on or where she is. It

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