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Which Dog Trainer Should I Choose?

Now-a-days, it is as easy to find a dog trainer, as it is to find a McDonald’s. They’re everywhere and the number of dog behavior related professionals keeps growing. We can find Facebook pages, websites, ads on the local newspaper and several business cards being displayed at veterinary clinics and hospitals. Since the prevalence of behavioral problems in dogs seems to be increasing, this could be a good thing. When the demand increases, so should the offer. However, the problem lies on the lack of legislation and certification when it comes to animal behavior professionals. Dog training isn’t a regulated profession. Legally, it doesn’t exist. As a consequence, anyone can wake up in the morning and decide to start working as a dog trainer; no one will force you to study, to become a certified professional or to be evaluated. And, unfortunately, most dog trainers aren’t adequately educated professionals and...
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I’m Pregnant… How Do I Tell My Dog?

Dogs and babies aren’t incompatible. On the contrary, when a child has the opportunity to grow next to a doggy friend, the benefits are immense. Living with a pet can help children develop their nurturing skills, responsibility, empathy and communication skills; they can also learn how to be empathetic and kind. Some studies have shown that dogs can help kids develop their self-esteem, create and maintain healthier social relationships and also exercise more regularly (which decreases the incidence of obesity and weight problems). They can also contribute to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, things may not go as smooth as desired once the baby arrives. This is why you should invest on preparing your dog to accept the presence of the baby. Here are a few tips on how to do it: Go to the internet and search for baby sounds. There are plenty of videos with babies...
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Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Dog

Photo: Douglas Aanimal Shelter After purchasing or adopting a new dog, you may be given the decision whether to spay or neuter. Most reputable breeders or dog rescues will require the dog be sterilized, but if given the option, there are many reasons why the small investment is the right decision. I really suggest you read my article named “Do Your Truly Want That Puppy? Be Prepared for What They Don’t Tell You!”, this subject is one of the reasons New Dog Owners was created! Contrary to popular belief, raising puppies is not “fun” Many pet owners decide not to spay or neuter their dogs because they feel that having at least one litter of puppies would be an enjoyable experience for the entire family. However, owners do not consider that puppies require round-the-clock care for the first 8 – 10 weeks of their lives. The mother, no matter how...
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Doggie Dialogue: Making Vet Visits More Manageable

For many dogs, visiting the veterinarian can be stressful, or even downright terrifying! Our furry friends have no way of understanding what’s going on, after all, and not only are they introduced to unfamiliar smells, sounds, people and animals, but sometimes they have to undergo procedures that might be startling or even uncomfortable for them. It’s no wonder that so many pets hate the vet! Unfortunately, though we might just want to give in and avoid the vet altogether, regular health care is important for your dog, and it might be needful for your dog’s doctor to administer a medication or perform a physical examination on your pup. Teaching your dog to stay calm at the vet’s office is an important skill that benefits every dog – and owner, too! First, you want to start by establishing a positive, consistent and trusting relationship with your dog. A close bond will...
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Coping With Your Dog’s Death

Dogs are lovable creatures and owners most definitely build up a bond with them over time. However, dog owners face the most difficult time of their lives when their dog expires. While death is inevitable, there are a number of ways and methods through which owners can cope up with this irreplaceable loss. For all those grieving owners, here are a few tips you may consider: Respect the Grieving Process: Dog owners, upon the death of their dog, usually fail to understand that, like any other grieving interval, the death of the dog also has a grieving process. Experts recommend acknowledging this process and absorbing oneself into it. The first step is indeed acceptance. This means that denial won’t get you anywhere. Accepting that your dog has really expired, is really the first step little step that will lead you to eventual peace of mind! Reach out to others who...
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5 Must Have Items For Camping With Your Dog!

The fresh air of the great outdoors is calling your name, but you want to share this relaxing yet adventurous vacation with your best furry friend, right? Before setting off down the trail or pitching your tent at the local state park make sure you pick up these 5 essential items! Contain Some Fun Even the most reliable recall off leash needs some containment. A dog play pen should always be considered for the down time after your day time fun. Relaxing is a big part of your camping trip, so why shouldn’t your dog have a safe, shady spot to kick up his paws and enjoy the sounds of nature? Look for an appropriately sized dog play pen that include a top to provide shade and collapses down in a snap for easy travel. Bed Time You may not want to share your sleeping bag with your dog, so...
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Does My Dog Need A Doggy Friend?

Dogs are incredibly social, highly intelligent creatures with a gift that allows them to love humans unlike any other animal on the planet. Unfortunately for the dog, however, humans must lead lives within the human society that includes being away for 8 or more hours a day, vacations, and a social life with other human beings. Your dog is lonely. Does he really need another dog friend? Ask Yourself… Can I handle two dogs? Think about double the training, vet care and grooming requirements. The dog you pick to be your current dog’s companion may not be the same breed and need different grooming tools and techniques than what you are used to already. For example, if you have an American Pit Bull Terrier and wish to adopt a Shihtzu to be his companion, you will have to learn all about your new chosen breed’s health and grooming needs. While...
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Puppy Proofing Your Home

Deciding to bring home a furry new family member should be considered just as seriously as having a new baby of the hairless variety. Puppies are fun, adorable and endlessly amusing, but they can also be loud, messy and mischievous. Plan ahead by teaching everyone in your household what is expected of them when your new pet arrives. From a dog’s eye view there are “goodies” and “toys” to explore in every room, many of which pose health risks to a curious pup. The Living/Family Room: This is where we do most of our, well, living. Areas where we congregate tend to collect most of our human debris. Loose change, junk food scraps, and electronic equipment scattered on the floor and between couch cushions could cause intestinal blockages and potentially serious illness. Instruct each family member to pick up their belongings and secure them safely out of puppy’s reach. The...
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Dog Couch: The Best of the Best

Everyone loves dog videos. They are almost always cute. The reason behind this? Dogs are almost always cute even when they are slobbering, hey we didn’t say they couldn’t be disgusting at the same time. Want a way to make your dog even cute at home? Dog couches provide you a way to make your dog comfortable and cute at the same time. Dog couches are literally what they sound like, coaches for dogs. BioMedic Modern Pet Sofa Bed Can be found on Amazon here. This dog couch featured on Wayfair.com comes in multiple different colors and fabrics. The fabrics include denim, faux leather, microfiber, and vinyl. Each fabric comes in a variety of colors from the basics such as black and green to designs such as camouflage and leopard print. This dog bed is very modern in its design and is available in six different sizes from extra-small to...
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Celebrating Your Dog’s First Year with Your Family: 5 Birthday Tips and Ideas

Vanilla cupcakes topped with chocolate paw prints. That’s one dog-themed dessert we had for our (people) guests at our beagles’ birthday party. The time will come for you too when your dog’s birthday arrives. Will you celebrate? It’s a personal choice. But if you’ve thought of hosting a first birthday party for your dog… or celebrating your adopted dog’s first year with your family… or if the idea is new to you but intrigues you, then, these tips and ideas can help. They’ll help you plan for, and prepare a memorable doggy birthday party. My tips come from hosting our beagle, Rocky’s 10th birthday. Although it was his 10th birthday, it was our first “official” doggy birthday party. Here are five tips and ideas for planning your first doggy birthday party: 1) Pick a calendar date. Spring, summer and autumn are ideal seasons to host a dog birthday party (so your...
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