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What to Do If Your Dog has a Spinal Injury

If you suspect that your dog has suffered a spinal or neck injury, be very cautious about moving him or you can further damage the spinal cord and cause permanent paralysis or even death. [more…]

How to Treat Your Dog’s Sprain or Strain

Just like you occasionally do, your dog can overextend and end up with sore muscles. A sprain is a torn ligament and a strain is torn tendon, but the results of both injuries are the same — swelling and [more…]

How to Identify Signs That Your Dog Is Sick

Your dog can’t tell you that he’s not feeling well, so it’s up to you to notice the signs that he’s sick or hurt and to do something to get him healthy again. Signs of illness in your dog include [more…]

How to Judge a Puppy’s Personality

Each puppy has a discernable personality that can be judged at 7 weeks of age. When you’re choosing a puppy from a litter pay attention to personality type: [more…]

How to Test a Puppy’s Temperament

Before you bring a new dog into your home, consider how the pup's personality will mesh with your own — and with those who share your household.

The three temperament types you'll find among dogs are are [more…]

How to Train Your Dog with Treats

The age-old question is “To treat or not to treat?” Training without treats can be done, but it’s not much fun, and in a life filled with daily responsibilities and stress, you may as well enjoy the process [more…]

How to Train Your Dog with a Clicker

A clicker is a small hand-held device that makes a sharp cracking sound when you press it. Pair this sound with a food reward — always — and you have a dog-training power that would make Pavlov proud. [more…]

What to Do about Your Dog’s Aggression

If your dog shows severe aggression — bared teeth, hard eyes, a growl that begins in the belly, and a bite response you’d expect from a trained police dog — you need to address the issue immediately. These [more…]

What Types of Coats Can Dog Have?

Dog fur comes in short coats, long coats — and everything in between — and ranges from curly to straight, puffy to wiry, bald to long. Some dogs come equipped with dreadlocks and a few have no hair at [more…]

How to Introduce New Dogs to Pet Cats

Some dogs don’t think twice about cats and get along with them well; others see cats as prey and great chase opportunities. Cats can strong opinions about dogs as well, so be careful in introducing an [more…]

How to Introduce Dogs to Small Pets in a Household

Some dogs have strong instincts for chasing and killing small animals. Terriers, for example, have been bred for centuries to strengthen their instincts for going after vermin — that’s why they’re called [more…]

Adding Distractions to Your Dog's Come-When-Called Training

Teaching your dog to come to you when you call her begins with in-home training — and the help of a friend. The next step is to add distraction by taking your pet outside to a confined area — such as a [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Give Back after Fetching

Getting your dog to give up an object he has just fetched is the trickiest part of the retrieve, especially if you’ve chased your dog for things in the past. Never chase your dog to get her to give you [more…]

Using Activity Levels to Decide What Dog to Choose

You can sometimes gauge a breed’s activity level by looking at the work it was bred to perform — a dog bred to run or hunt needs more consistent physical activity than a guarding breed trained to work [more…]

How to Choose a Dog Based on Fur Type

When picking a preferred type of dog, you may consider what kind of fur the breed will be sharing with your household. All dogs are covered with fur, except for the hairless Chinese Crested and a couple [more…]

How to Factor In Intelligence When Evaluating Dog Breeds

Intelligence is fairly irrelevant when predicting how well a dog is going to work as a member of your family. What’s more important is trainability or biddability, qualities that describe how much — or [more…]

How to Stock a First-Aid Kit for Your Dog

You can find most of the items you need for your dog's first aid emergency kit at your local pharmacy; the rest you can purchase from your veterinarian or from a dog supply catalog. [more…]

How to Deal with Your Dog's Meal-Time Aggression

If your puppy can’t accept you near her food bowl, don’t make a power struggle out of the feeding ritual. Instead, use these steps to help her accept you as less threatening: [more…]

How to Introduce Your New Dog to Your Kids

Kids love dogs, and dogs love kids, too — most of the time. Children need to know that the newest four-legged family member may be nervous, overly excited, or even scared to meet them. Loud, quick-moving [more…]

Dog Anatomy from Head to Tail

Some canine anatomical names may be familiar to you — dogs have elbows and ears and eyes — but other names may be downright foreign. Many anatomical terms used to describe parts of a dog are similar to [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Sit

The Sit command is one of the simpler and yet most useful commands you can teach your dog. It gives you a wonderfully easy way to control your pet pooch when you need to keep him in one place. [more…]

How to Cure Your Dog’s Car Phobia

Carsickness, which manifests itself in excessive drooling or vomiting, can be attributed to either true motion sickness or a negative association with riding in a car. [more…]

How to Muzzle an Injured Dog

Whenever you approach an injured dog, always start by protecting yourself from being bitten, which means muzzling the dog first thing. If a dog is in severe pain and is afraid, even your canine best friend [more…]

How to Decide When — or If — to Put Your Dog to Sleep

Any dog lover knows that few events in life are more traumatic than having to euthanize a beloved canine companion. Exercising the power of life or death over your four-legged friend is almost overwhelming [more…]

Immunizing Your Dog with the Right Vaccinations

Vaccinations are a routine part of veterinary visits. These immunizations prevent health problems that can cause illness, deformity, and even death for many dogs. [more…]

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