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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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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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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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Should You Adopt A Puppy Or An Adult?

Are you thinking of welcoming a new dog into your pack? If so, one of the first decisions to make is whether you’d like to adopt a puppy or an adult. There really is nothing quite as adorable as a puppy. Cute, cuddly and full of affection, the gaze from a puppy’s big, round eyes can melt any heart. If you adopt a puppy, expect to spend a lot of time with them during their first year of life. You’ll need to care for their every need, teach them how to behave and show them where to spend their time.

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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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Can You Afford A Dog?

My wife had just brought our 8-month-old puppy into the vet to be neutered. She calls me about ten minutes later: “It’s going to be twice what we budgeted.” “Why?” “He only has one testicle. The other one didn’t descend.” “So he only has half the testicles and the neuter costs double?” The difference in cost was because the vet had to root around Sam’s abdomen to look for the other testicle. I understood, but it caused some budgetary rearranging that month. I share this story to illustrate the costs that a lot of prospective dog owners fail to take

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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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Let It Go: How To Say Good-Bye To Your Foster Dog

Fostering is a wonderful thing that saves dogs’ lives. It gets them out of shelters and into human packs, where they can receive the rehabilitation necessary to make them adoptable. However, fostering comes not only with the responsibility of caring for the dog, but the necessity of eventually giving up the dog when it finds its forever home. Attachment can make this process difficult. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make the process easier. Start before you even foster When selecting a foster dog, don’t pick the one that you think is the cutest and ideal for

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Creative Fundraising Events For Dogs

With a struggling economy and a slow road to improvement, dog lovers and animal shelters are coming up with more creative ways to throw fundraisers. It’s not enough to bring dogs in need of homes to a park and solicit donations. Times call for a bit of creative spirit to stand out from the pack, so to speak. Recently, the Des Moines County Humane Society conducted a dog-eating contest — as in hot dogs. Called the Hot Dogs of Summer, wristbands were sold for $10 each ($5 for kids) and that got you all the hot dogs you could eat.

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Tips For Couples Adopting A Dog

If you want your significant other to celebrate a birthday or holiday by adopting a puppy, before you run out to your local shelter or dog rescue, it’s important to remember that a puppy is a living creature that will need to fit into your lifestyle. When you adopt, you’re making a commitment to provide for that dog’s needs for its lifetime. It shouldn’t be a spur-of-the-moment decision, and it’s best if you actually discuss it with your partner instead of trying to spring the puppy as a surprise. Finding the right fit should involve both of your input —

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