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How to Train Your Dog to Give a Hug

You have several ways to teach your dog to hug you. If your pooch loves to wrap his paws around you, you can reinforce this behavior when it’s happening with praise and/or treats. You can also use a command [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Ask Nicely

Take your pick of a verbal command — Be Polite, Beg, Ask Nicely, or Say Please — they all mean the same thing. The object is to get your dog to look irresistibly entreating. Although teaching it takes [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Play Dead

When focusing on teaching your dog to play dead, praise your dog each time you see him lying on his side naturally. After a day or so, add a word cue like “Sleep” when you catch your dog resting and praise [more…]

How to Train Your Dog to Fetch

The instinct to retrieve is all in your dog's genes. Some types of dogs take to it naturally, some don’t. As the name says, any type of retriever loves chasing things and bringing them back [more…]

Using Size to Determine Preferred Type of Dog

For the sake of practicality, size is the first factor to look at when choosing a dog. Some people adore small dogs and are scared of large ones. Some large-dog lovers couldn't imagine sharing a home with [more…]

How to Decide between Puppy or Adult Dog Adoption

The advantages of getting a puppy are obvious: Puppies are adorable, sweet, and cuddly, plus you get to train them from the get-go. On the other hand, choosing an adult dog often brings you an already [more…]

How to Pick Your Preference: Male or Female Dog?

For most people, the choice of whether to choose a male dog or a female dog comes down to personal preference. You should consider some differences, however, because even spaying and neutering doesn’t [more…]

How to Identify Sporting Dog Breeds

Sporting dogs — setters, pointers, retrievers, and spaniels — were developed to help firearm-equipped hunters locate game birds, flush the birds from hiding places so that they could be shot, and bring [more…]

What to Expect with Hounds among Dog Breeds

The Hound classification contains some of the oldest known dog breeds and includes the beloved Beagle. Hunting dogs, they can be scent hounds (dogs who hunt by scent) or [more…]

How to Identify Working Dog Breeds

As long as humans have had property and goods, they’ve had dogs to protect them and sometimes dogs to pull carts loaded with those possessions. Many of these strong, powerful canines are fairly laid-back [more…]

How to Identify Terrier Dog Breeds

Terriers, developed to get into the places larger dogs could not when pursuing prey, are not lacking in self-esteem. They know what they want, they’re not shy about going for it, and they don’t look charitably [more…]

How to Identify Toy Dog Breeds

They’re cute. They’re feisty. They’re often quite long-lived. And some places with “No Dogs Allowed” signs don’t enforce the rules when it comes to these charming little dogs. Toy dogs are special. Just [more…]

How to Identify Non-Sporting Dog Breeds

The only thing the dogs in the non-sporting group have in common is that they don’t have enough in common with the breeds of any other group. This category is a leftover from the original two breeding [more…]

How to Identify Herding Dog Breeds

The herding breeds are among the most intelligent and biddable of all dogs, developed to work in partnership with a human handler as the Sporting breeds were. The nature of their work, however, demands [more…]

How to Read a “Dog for Sale” Ad

When you decide you want to buy a puppy of a specific breed, the words used in the ads or flyers announcing dogs for sale can give you clues to help you determine whether the seller has real experience [more…]

How to Find a Good Dog Breeder

When you’re looking to buy a specific type of dog, you want to find a reputable breeder with a history of producing healthy, temperamentally sound puppies for show, work, and home. Such breeders breed [more…]

How to Recognize a Bad Dog Breeder

A very few breeders are downright evil and fail to provide for even the basics of their animals’ needs. A few more are mentally ill, living in filthy homes packed to the rafters with freely mating dogs [more…]

How to Register a Purebred Dog

When you buy a purebred puppy, you may want to register your ownership with a dog registry, such as the American Kennel Club (AKC) or Canadian Kennel Club. And, the papers that accompany your newest family [more…]

How to Choose a Puppy from a Pet Store

Buying your puppy from a reputable breeder is always your best bet for obtaining a healthy, happy dog. But if you absolutely fall in love with that face in the pet store window, and just can’t resist those [more…]

What to Feed Your Dog

Dogs are omnivores, like humans. They like and can exist on meat or plant material — although they prefer meat. Dogs love treats of carrots, celery, or apple, but meat is a lot closer to their hearts. [more…]

BARF, the Raw-Food Diet for Dogs

A great many dog lovers have embraced the raw-food diet known as BARF, which stands for Bones and Raw Food, or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. The idea is that the diet is most like what a dog would [more…]

How Much to Feed Your Dog and How Often

The label on the bag of dog food provides a guideline on the amount of food recommended for your dog. It’s just a start, though. Dogs who are highly active, pregnant, or nursing puppies have higher requirements [more…]

How to Give Your Dog Treats

Giving your pet a little something special from time to time isn’t going to do him any harm and can be very useful in training situations, or when you’re trying to keep him occupied while he’s home alone [more…]

Questions to Ask when Buying a Purebred Puppy

You’re on the hunt for a puppy of a specific breed and investigating breeders of the type of dog you want to add to your family. You can find many poor-quality purebreds around — virtually every breed [more…]

Making Sure our Dog Gets Enough Exercise

A big part of keeping your dog happy and healthy is making sure that he gets enough exercise. Just as for humans, physical exercise is necessary to keep a dog’s stomach, bones and joints, and brain functioning [more…]

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