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Dog Behavior

Why Do Dogs Growl
Why Do Dogs Growl
The growling response is hard wired into the canine brain, no doubt part of the wolf that the domestic dog evolved from. Dogs are pack animals


Dog Exercise

Choosing the Right Dog Park
Choosing the Right Dog Park
Dog parks are secure open spaces that allow dogs to run around off the lead, but finding one that suits your dog may take some time.

Choosing a Dog Sport for You and Your Canine
Choosing a Dog Sport for You and Your Canine
Are you interested in participating in a dog sport? Learn about the most popular dog sports available today and how to select the perfect sport for you and your canine partner.


Before Getting a Dog

Choosing A Breeder | Dog Breeders
Choosing A Breeder
So, you have decided to get your new puppy from a breeder. The next step involves locating and researching established breeders. The breeder you choose should be able to answer all of your questions

Choosing Your Puppy | Getting a Puppy
Choosing Your Puppy
Once you have decided to get a puppy and determined where you will be getting your new puppy from, it is time to choose your puppy. Depending on where you decided to get your puppy, you should be able


New Puppy

Shopping for Your New Puppy | Puppy Supplies
Shopping for Your New Puppy
So, you have decided to get a new puppy. Before bringing your new puppy home you will need to go shopping to buy supplies for her. While there are many things you can get for your puppy this article

Deciding To Get A Puppy | Getting a Puppy
Deciding To Get A Puppy
So, you have decided you want to get a puppy. Before following through on this decision you need to make sure it has been well thought out. Raising a puppy is a big decision and one that should not

Bringing Your New Puppy Home | New Puppy
Bringing Your New Puppy Home
Now that you have picked the puppy that will become your newest family member it is time to bring your new bundle of joy home. It is important to remember that a puppy is just like a new baby

Introducing Your Puppy | New Puppy
Introducing Your Puppy
Now, it is finally time to bring your new puppy home. This is a very important event in your puppy's life, after all this is the first time she will meet her new family. It is understandable that you

First Night in a New Home | Puppy's First Night
First Night in a New Home
Now, that the first day with your new puppy is drawing to a close it is time to start your next adventure together, the pup's first night away from his mother and siblings. This first night

First Veterinarian Visit | Puppy At The Vet
First Veterinarian Visit
Congratulations, on your new puppy. Now that you have located the puppy of your dreams and prepared your home and family for her you can relax, right? Not so fast before you kick back and enjoy endl

Socializing Your Puppy | Puppy Socialization
Socializing Your Puppy
Puppies are born not knowing anything about the world in which they live in. As a new puppy parent it is your responsibility to help them learn about their surroundings in a safe and secure way. Socia


Food & Nutrition

Is My Dog Overweight? | Overweight Dogs
Is My Dog Overweight?
Is your dog overweight? You may be surprised to find out the truth. Close to half of all dogs in the United States are actually overweight yet the majority of their owners don't think so

Healthy Foods for Your Dog | Feeding a Dog Human Food
Healthy Foods for Your Dog
We have received many questions about human foods that are 'okay' for your dog to eat. Contrary to what the Commercial Pet food companies want you to believe many human foods are just fine for

Feeding Your Dog | Dog Food
Feeding Your Dog
Keeping your puppy or adult dog healthy is an important yet complex task. There are many aspects to consider when caring for your dog. Food and nutrition is just one of these areas. Puppies and adult

Changing Your Dog's Food | Dog Food
Changing Your Dog's Food
Healthy nutrition is a very important part of your dog's life. Switching the food your dog is eating is a part of this. Should you need to switch the food you are feeding your dog, it must be done ca

Providing Water for Your Dog | Giving Water to Your Dog
Providing Water for Your Dog
Water is another very important part of a dog's health and nutrition. Much like our own bodies, a dog's body requires ample amounts of water to keep the tissue properly hydrated and aid with digestion


Dog Health

Hip Dysplasia in Dogs
Hip Dysplasia in Dogs
Hip dysplasia is a very painful disease that affects the hip joints of dogs, and it can occur in dogs as young as four months of age. The disease often develops in both hips, but sometimes only

5 Tips to Help Your Dog Lose Weight
5 Tips to Help Your Dog Lose Weight
Between 25 and 40 percent of dogs in the United States weigh too much. Your dog’s extra pounds could become a serious problem; overweight dogs are prone to serious illness and early death.

Allergies in Dogs
Allergies in Dogs
Is Your Dog Itching constantly? You have read almost everything that you can and have talked to as many pet professionals as possible in an attempt to find a solution for your dog's itchy misery.

Giardia | Giardia in Dogs
Giardia
Giardia are single-celled organisms that can live in the small intestines of dogs, cats and other mammals. Giardiasis is an infection of Giardia. Giardia can interfere with digestion

Luxating Patella | Luxating Patellas in Dogs
Luxating Patella
This is a topic I wish I didn't feel the need to write about, but unfortunately I have a little experience with it. Lacey, my 5 year old Chihuahua / Toy Poodle mix

How to Protect Your Dog in Cold Weather | Dogs in the Cold
How to Protect Your Dog in Cold Weather
Dogs, like humans, feel the cold and need special care and attention during the chilly winter months. Puppies and senior dogs are particularly at risk during cold weather

Online Pet Pharmacies | Online Pet Meds
Online Pet Pharmacies
In this economy everyone is trying to save a buck or two but the old adage "you get what you pay for" may never be more appropriate than it is with pet medications. During a recent trip to our veterin

Dealing with Allergies to Your Pet | Dog Allergies
Dealing with Allergies to Your Pet
As pets become more and more common in our society, so do our allergies to them. Pets have become an integral part of our lives even for many of the over 15% of the population that has an allergy to

Choosing the Right Vet | Choosing a Veterinarian
Choosing the Right Vet
We all strive to keep our dogs happy and healthy but despite our best efforts they are bound to get sick or injured at least a few times in their lives. When the unfortunate event does happen it is

Spaying & Neutering | Getting Your Dog Fixed
Spaying & Neutering
Have you ever thought about breeding your dog? Have you thought how great it would be to have a litter of little ones running around? Do you believe that your dog "needs" to have a litter of pups

Microchipping | Dog Identification
Microchipping
Microchips are tiny transponders, about the size of a grain of rice, which are implanted under the dog's skin, between the shoulder blades, using a special syringe. The procedure is much like getting

Brushing Your Dog's Teeth | Canine Dental Health
Brushing Your Dog's Teeth
Brushing your dog's teeth is a very important part of their overall health and happiness. Just like humans, if a dog has dental issues it can cause problems with other parts of the body. With all the

Holiday Safety for your Dog | Dog Holiday Safety
Holiday Safety for your Dog
The Holiday Season is a very fun and exciting time for everyone. It is a time for decorating, traveling and spending time with friends and family. With all of this going on we sometimes forget that th

Spring Time Safety for your Dog | Dog Springtime Safety
Spring Time Safety for your Dog
As the weather improves it is once again time to start those Spring-time activities around your yard and house. During this time it is important to remember your four-legged friends and pay close atte


Dog Safety

How to Keep Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather
How to Keep Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather
As the hot, humid days of summer approach, it is important to remember that our pets need our protection to stay healthy in the heat. Dogs can suffer from too much heat and sun

What happens to all the missing pets?
What happens to all the missing pets?
Every year thousands of pets go missing and the sad truth is many of them never find their way back home. Many end up in shelters as a result. Some do find new families


Dog Training

Dog Crate Training | Tips for Crate Training Your Puppy
Dog Crate Training
One of the best ways to potty train your dog is using the "crate training" method. People associate crate training with caging and confining the dog, but when done correctly, crate training

Dog Learning Theory
Dog Learning Theory
Dogs learn by association. They learn to associate one event to another event based on the timing between the two events. This is how dog training can be so effective. If you remember Pavlov’s study

Puppy Potty Training | House Training a Puppy
Puppy Potty Training
Potty training your new puppy can be very daunting task. It is much like potty training a child. You have to teach them where it is and isn't appropriate to relieve themselves. Puppies are not

Loose-Leash Walking | Walking a Dog on Leash
Loose-Leash Walking
With the weather warming up it is now the time that most of us start taking those long daily walks with our dog again. Even the most well-trained dog may have forgotten their proper walking etiquette


Homemade Dog Recipes

Honey Cranberry Cookies | Homemade Dog Treats
Honey Cranberry Cookies
These are a delicious cookie for your dog. I came up with them one day when trying to find something new to make for them. They are suprisingly good also


Loss of a Pet

How Could You? | Surrendering a Dog
How Could You?
When I was a puppy, I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child, and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best

Loss of a Pet | Pet Loss
Loss of a Pet
Losing a pet can be an extremely difficult time in one's life. Remember that it is okay to grieve their loss. Healing is a process that takes time and grieving is a part of that process. It is normal


Mixed-Breed Dog Health

The Airedoodle and Addison's Disease | Airedale | Poodle
The Airedoodle and Addison's Disease
My beloved Airedoodle Kodi was purchased from a very small breeder in Didsbury, Alberta. Just nearing 3 years, Kodi was diagnosed with Addison's disease. Fortunately, with early diagnosis


Personal Stories

My New Inspiration | Logan
My New Inspiration
Logan is normally a very sweet and loving dog who can tell your every mood. There have been numerous times when I have come home from work upset and he has come right over just to sit by me. Just hav


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