Day: December 2, 2009

Trimming Dog Nails

Trimming a dog’s nails can be dangerous for both dog and human if the dog is afraid. Dogs who fear nail trims can thrash around wildly, increasing the risk of cutting the quick if they are not effectively restrained. Cutting into the quick (the…

Crate Training Dogs

Sometimes life, both in and outside of the home, gets overwhelming. There are times when each of us wishes to find a place of solitude where we can relax away from the stresses of the world.

In this respect, we are very much like dogs. Even the…

Buying the Right Dog Carrier

Getting the right dog crate while perusing the many styles of dog carriers can be daunting. As you plan for travel with your dog, two ideas should influence your choices: first, sturdy construction is critical and second, comfort inside will make…

Puppy Health Guide

“Buy a pup and your money will buy love unflinching.” –Rudyard Kipling

A new puppy means changes in your life and puppy care can seem overwhelming. As a responsible owner, you are, of course, concerned about your puppy’s health care. A healthy…

Puppy Mills and Backyard Breeders

Part of being a responsible dog owner is being a responsible dog buyer or adopter. If you decide to purchase a pooch, it should be from a reputable breeder – not a backyard breeder or puppy mill. Reputable breeders produce a few, stable and healthy…

Winter Paw Care Tips

Winter can be a tough time for your dog’s paw pads. Prevent winter weather-related paw pad injuries by following some basic dog paw care tips and the use of products designed for paw protection.

How To Prevent Paw Pad Injuries

One of the biggest…

Cleaning Dog Ears

In a 2008 pet health study conducted by the VPI pet insurance company, ear infections were the number one reason dog owners sought veterinary care. Thorough and regular ear cleaning and maintenance can help your dog avoid ear problems and…

Should I Adopt a Dog?

The decision to adopt a pet dog should not be taken lightly. A dog will affect your life in a multitude of ways, and will become a long-term commitment, as dogs live between seven and 15 years – possibly longer. Instead of rushing into it, it’s…

Top Dogs Good with Children

Adding a new human or canine family member to the home is a momentous decision that is sure to change your life significantly. Selecting the right dog for your family is vital to both the safety and happiness of your dog and children.

What kind of…

Is Dog Fostering Right for Me?

For dog lovers, hearing about the six to eight million pets who enter shelters each year (according to the Humane Society of the U.S.) leads to a sharp pain in the heart. Adoption may be out – perhaps you already have a dog or two or can’t commit…

How to Stop Dog Barking

Humans are tremendously vocal creatures. Despite our own talkative tendencies, we tend not to appreciate “excessive” vocalizations from our dogs.
Rest assured, your dog does not feel her barking is excessive. When she barks, she is trying to…

Dog Clicker Training Basics

Dog clicker training employs a toy noisemaker (clicker) to mark wanted behaviors.
The clicker becomes a “conditioned reinforcer” by being paired repeatedly with things the dog wants to work for (often, but not always food) which we then use to…

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