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Defining Senior Dog Status

The time when a dog crosses the threshold from mid-life to seniorhood is highly individual. Your 9-year-old dog could be a senior, but the 9-year-old pooch who lives down the street may not be. The 5-year-old [more…]

Traveling with Your Dog by Jet Plane

The time may come when you want to take your dog with you when you're flying somewhere. Although all you have to do to fly is buy a ticket, pass through security, and get on the plane, things get a lot [more…]

Getting the Basics of Jack Russell Terriers

Most Jack Russell Terriers (JRTs) make wonderful pets, but not all make wonderful show dogs. It's much easier to find a dog of pet quality than it is to find a dog of breeding or show quality. Don't allow [more…]

Cluing into a Puppy's Housetraining Instincts

Almost any dog can be housetrained (housebroken). However, the challenges of teaching a puppy to "go potty" may differ from those you encounter if you try to teach the same maneuvers to an adult dog. [more…]

Picturing a Poodle's Size and Temperament

The Poodle is considered one breed, with three "varieties" within the breed. Except for the size difference, each variety is identical to the rest. No matter what the size, a Poodle is an intelligent, [more…]

Interpreting Your Chihuahua's (and Other Dogs') Body Language

Dogs may not talk (except on television commercials), but if you watch your Chihuahua's body language, you soon find out how to read her needs and even predict her next move. Your Chihauhua [more…]

Convincing Your Dog to Potty in One Place

Having a dog that eliminates in a designated place is a real advantage. No yellow stains marking up the lawn, no standing outside for hours waiting for your dog to go, a handy travel cue to take with you [more…]

Describing the Ideal Pug, AKC-Style

If you have your heart set on a Pug, you probably should spend some time brushing up on your choices (puppy or adult, fawn or black, show dog or pet) before you actually bring home the Pug who you want [more…]

Cancer and Your German Shepherd

Cancer occurs frequently in all breeds of dogs, and some breeds are predisposed to certain types of cancer. Unfortunately, the German Shepherd is one of them. [more…]

Ten Rules for Training a Retired Racing Greyhound

Training your retired racer will help him live more comfortably and happily in your home. In this article, you'll find ten simple rules to follow when training your hound. [more…]

Is a Siberian Husky Right for You?

Siberian Huskies are beautiful animals, but before you decide to get one, figure out if the two of you are a good match. Huskies require an enormous amount of attention. They are strong-willed animals, [more…]

Essential Grooming: Brushing Your Dog's Teeth

Dogs don't get cavities the way humans do, but they do get plaque, tartar, and gingivitis — all of which can cause foul breath and tooth problems. Trips to the doggie dentist can end up being costly, and [more…]

Training Your Dog to Pick Up Her Toys

If your house has begun to look like a minefield littered with toys, you might want to teach your dog the command "Tidy Up! [more…]

Spinal Disk Injury in Dachshunds

Despite taking preventive measures, a Dachshund sometimes will suffer a disk herniation where the disk bulges out from between the vertebrae in the spinal column. If this happen to your dog, you must know [more…]

Managing Separation Anxiety in Jack Russell Terriers

All dogs are social by nature, as proven by the formation of packs. When you separate your puppy from his littermates, you and your family effectively become his pack. When you have to be gone, whether [more…]

How Your Lifestyle Affects Your Dog's Housetraining

Housetraining isn't always a simple matter. Different factors can affect where and when you want your pooch to potty, as well as her ability to learn what you want her to know. Your lifestyle can complicate [more…]

Training Your Dog to Settle in One Spot, on Command

Getting your dog to settle down in one spot is one of those lessons that you appreciate for the rest of your life. Pick an area, or station, for your dog in each room, preferably a spot that is to the [more…]

Training Your Puppy Not to Jump on People

You can train your puppy to not jump on people as they enter your home. (Otherwise, they'll be wondering why you didn't correct your dog's behavior before he made a habit of greeting people with barks [more…]

Dealing with Problem Barking

Excessive barking is one problem that often puts dogs on the road to the shelter. What's more, it also puts them at risk from the people in your neighborhood: The poisoning of a nuisance barker is all [more…]

Dealing with Your Dog's Pack-Mentality Aggression

Aggressiveness in dogs comes in three types (or drives): prey, pack, and defense. The triggers are different in each drive, and so is the management, or cure. Discovering how to anticipate your dog's reaction [more…]

Reducing Separation Anxiety in Your Chihuahua

Most mature dogs catch a nap when their owners leave the house, but some pitch a fit when they're home alone. They may chew on the carpet, shred the toilet paper, urinate, bark nonstop, or any combination [more…]

Fitting Personality Plus into a Pug

Although Pugs love to be taken care of, they also like to pay attention to their owners. They have loving and affectionate personalities, which means they're perfect companions for anyone who likes to [more…]

The Adolescent and Adult Boxer

Depending on your lifestyle, a Boxer puppy might not a good fit. Instead, consider a young adult Boxer, or a more mature dog, or even an old-timer. (Don't discount older dogs. Often, the older fellow who [more…]

Being the Top Dog in Your Home

It's imperative when dealing with a dominant or aggressive dog that you become his leader — the alpha dog — in no uncertain terms. Use these strategies every day to remind your dog that you're the top [more…]

Common Health Problems in Labrador Retrievers

While Labrador Retrievers tend to be healthy, some genetic disorders do occasionally occur. These are some of the more common genetic disorders in Labrador Retrievers: [more…]


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