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How to Dye Your Dog's Hair

by Elle Di Jensen | Mar 29, 2012

The great thing about having a dog with white or light colored hair is versatility. A white dog is beautiful, but to change things up a little if you get bored with the coat, the light tone of her hair allows for easy coloring. For best results and to assure that the color medium you use is entirely safe, it’s best to entrust your dog’s dye job to a groomer. You can do the job yourself at home, though. Be sure to have plenty of rags on hand and wear clothing that you can discard if the dye stains it. read more

How to Bring a Pet to Hawaii

by Cat Carson | Mar 29, 2012

Until 2003, Hawaii, which is rabies-free and intends to stay that way, enforced strict rules that required quarantining a pet for several months upon arrival. Luckily for pet owners, Hawaii now offers a "5-Day-or-Less" quarantine program, which makes the move far less traumatic for both pets and owners who meet the requirements to qualify. If the pet doesn't qualify, he must be put in quarantine for up to four months upon arrival in Hawaii. read more

How to Buy a Dog Bed

by Cat Carson | Mar 29, 2012

A new dog bed can be an important purchase for pet owners. It not only keeps your dog comfortable while he sleeps, but it also gives him an alternative to your own bed, couch or favorite armchair. Before you buy a dog bed, you need to consider several factors, including your dog's size, health and sleeping style. With many options available on the market, your dog's bed can be as customized as your own bed. read more

How to Buy a Dog Door

by Cat Carson | Mar 29, 2012

If you have an active canine companion who constantly wants to be let outside and then back inside, you might consider installing a dog door. A dog door conveniently lets your dog come in and go out at will when you want to allow it; you can also secure the door when you want him to stay on one side of it or the other. There are some factors to consider before you purchase a dog door. read more

How to Train an Abused Dog

by Karen Curley | Mar 29, 2012

An abused dog may seem aggressive when he is actually fearful and distrustful of people, other dogs and social situations. Building trust and confidence through kindness gives an abused dog a new lease on life. Consistent, positive training methods, structure and rules help abused dogs feel needed and secure, according to therapy dog trainer Kathy Diamond Davis from Once an abused dog learns to trust you using positive reinforcement training, it is time to begin socialization. read more

How to Clean Dog Urine From a Wool Rug

by D.R. Stephenson | Mar 29, 2012

Wool is naturally resilient, water-repellent and dirt-resistant, but dog urine can alter the fibers and the rug dyes if it is allowed to sit. If the day comes that your normally well-trained dog has an accident on your prized wool rug, rapid response is half the battle. Having a “mess kit” of towels and cleaning supplies ready ahead of time is essential. You'll also need to understand the properties of wool and the cocktail of chemicals in dog urine. read more

How to Get Rid of Ticks

by Keri Gardner | Mar 29, 2012

Ticks can climb to the ends of grass blades or the edges of leaves and crawl or drop onto animals as they brush past. If you find one tick on your dog, there may be more of them hiding in various places on your dog's body. Prompt removal is necessary. Ticks can carry a variety of diseases which they can spread to their host, but usually the tick must be on the host for awhile before a disease can be transmitted. Among the diseases ticks can carry are Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and canine babesiosis. In order to be carrying a disease, a tick must have picked it up from another host. read more

About MRSA Staph Infections in Dogs

by Molly Sawyer | Mar 29, 2012

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that has developed a resistance to many antibiotics, making infections difficult and sometimes impossible to treat. The American Medical Veterinary Association notes that MRSA is the 10th-leading cause of human death in the United States and the most common antibiotic-resistant pathogen reported in hospitals and other health care facilities. Originally thought to be a problem only in humans, MRSA is considered an emerging health concern in veterinary medicine and has been detected in dogs, cats, cows, horses, pet birds and pigs. read more

ADA Service Dog Requirements

by Rose Kivi | Mar 29, 2012

The Department of Justice has set federal rules in the Americans with Disabilities Act to protect people with disabilities regarding their service animals. The act specifies what a service animal is, where service animals are allowed, owner responsibilities and the rights of disabled people with service animals. Learn everything you need to know about service animal laws to protect your rights. read more

About Medications for Hyperactive Dogs

by Molly Sawyer | Mar 29, 2012

Dogs may exhibit behaviors that appear to be hyperactivity but can actually be attributed to a number of other causes. Puppies have regular episodes of energetic overenthusiasm, and some adults display cabin fever-like overactivity when they lack physical and mental stimulation. Some breeds have been developed to have high energy and activity levels or to react quickly to external stimuli; extreme examples may appear to be hyperactive. At times, the owner may be responsible for the excessive activity, as the dog learns that nuisance behavior is rewarded with attention; to a dog, even scolding is attention and can be rewarding. Always consult an experienced veterinarian regarding the health and treatment of your pet. read more

How to Find Therapy Dog Training

by Cindy Quarters | Mar 29, 2012

Working as a volunteer with a therapy dog is highly rewarding, but it's often hard to find a way to get started. You could train a therapy dog on your own, but especially if you've never done such work before, it's best to work with an experienced therapy dog trainer.Such specialized dog training can be hard to find, but a systematic search may locate classes or someone offering private lessons. If no such thing is available in your city, consider starting a therapy dog group and bringing a trainer in from a neighboring town to help out. read more

How to Identify a Pit Bull

by Simon Foden | Mar 29, 2012

The term pit bull is regularly used incorrectly. Traditionally pit bull is a shortened term for the American pit bull terrier, a United Kennel Club-recognized breed; but the term is erroneously used in reference to breeds that have similar stature and appearance to the American pit bull terrier. Incorrect use of the term is misleading, especially so when used to describe mixed breeds. Since legislation targeting so-called "vicious dog" breeds is a fact of life, it's important to correctly identify a pit bull. Know what makes a pit bull distinct from similar-looking crossbreeds. read more

How to Make a Belly Band for a Male Dog

by Karen Curley | Mar 29, 2012

Male dogs mark by lifting a leg and urinating. Unless taught otherwise, some dogs may not discriminate between indoors and outdoors when they mark. If your male dog marks your furniture or walls, a belly band could be part of the solution. Belly bands of absorbent fabric wrap around a dog’s belly, covering his sheath, similar to a diaper. The Humane Society of the United States recommends belly bands for incontinent older male dogs. If you want to make a belly band for your own dog, three absorbent materials that work well are cloth diapers, cotton fabric and cotton yarn. read more

How to Open a Pet-Sitting Business

by Sally Holmes | Mar 29, 2012

For the budding entrepreneur who loves animals and prefers flexible working hours, a small pet-sitting business offers a profitable, low-risk opportunity. According to research conducted by the American Pet Products Association, 62 percent of U.S. households own at least one pet, ranging from fish and exotic reptiles to large dogs. When owners can't be there to care for their pets, they want the peace of mind of knowing that someone is providing quality care in a safe environment. A pet-sitting service provides care in the familiarity and comfort of the pet's own home, eliminating the potential stresses associated with boarding establishments. Setting up a pet-sitting business requires minimal financial investment. The assets a pet-sitter must possess -- apart from a love of animals -- are drive, enthusiasm, first-class people skills and a reputable, trustworthy image. read more

How to Groom a Pekingese

by Jane Williams | Mar 29, 2012

The Pekingese, a dog breed that originated in China, has a lion-like appearance when his coat is full. Compact, intelligent and amiable, the Pekingese is an affectionate dog who requires only a daily walk for exercise. The dog's puffy, full coat gives him a very distinctive appearance. The coat can tangle without proper care. Establish a regular grooming routine as early as possible in your Pekingese's life. read more

How to Design a Doggie Daycare

by Sally Holmes | Mar 29, 2012

When owners opt to enroll their canine companions in a doggie daycare center, they expect their dogs to be provided the best of care in a safe, stimulating environment. A well-designed daycare center provides ample space for play, quiet areas for relaxation and a range of facilities to engage even the most hard-to-please canine. A spacious center that is clean, airy and bright, without appearing too sterile or impersonal, will appeal to the most discerning dog owner and her pet. read more

Dog Coughing & Gagging

by Tracey Sandilands | Mar 29, 2012

Frequent or ongoing coughing and gagging by your dog may be a sign of any of several conditions, ranging from a simple throat irritation through to a serious illness such as heartworm or heart disease. Unless the symptoms stop within a short period, the dog may need veterinary treatment. Watch him carefully for signs of distress, difficulty in breathing, lethargy or seizures, as these could indicate a medical emergency. read more

How to Open a Doggie Day Care

by Sally Holmes | Mar 29, 2012

If you have a head for business and a love of dogs, a doggie day care center may present the ideal business opportunity for you. According to the American Pet Products Association, more than 46 million U.S. households have at least one canine companion. As owners seek ways to pamper their pets when they cannot be with them during the day, demand for day care is growing, according to Pet Business Central. For many pet owners, their dogs are part of the family. To claim a slice of this profitable market, you must offer a service that delivers everything the dog owner wants -- and more. read more

How to Train a Timid Puppy

by Ellie Anna | Mar 29, 2012

Just like humans, puppies encompass a vast range of personality types. Some puppies are bold and outgoing, while others are shy or even sullen. Timid puppies often flinch away from human contact, hide behind furniture and growl or snap when handled. Puppies may be timid by nature, or may be timid after contact with an aggressive or abusive owner. Training timid puppies requires patience and a cheerful, positive training style. read more

How to Run a Doggy Day Care

by Sally Holmes | Mar 29, 2012

Running a doggy day care center is an attractive proposition for a dog lover. There are more than 78 million pet dogs in the U.S. and, according to figures published by the American Pet Products Association in 2012, spending on pet services continues to increase. Day care facilities provide a vital service in this growing market, offering the animal-loving entrepreneur an opportunity to run a lucrative business while indulging a passion for canines. But there is significantly more to it than setting up suitable premises and opening your doors to welcome cute, furry clients. As well as caring for dogs, a day care owner must exceed dog owners' service expectations, manage employees, take care of the finances, continually market the facility, maintain premises and equipment, process essential paperwork, adhere to regulatory requirements and – most crucially – provide a safe and stimulating environment. Before you set about opening a new day care facility – or buying an existing enterprise – consider whether you have the drive, expertise and stamina necessary to manage all aspects of this client-focused business. read more

How to Decide to Euthanize a Pet

by Simon Foden | Mar 29, 2012

It’s a sad reality that we typically outlive our pets. One of the toughest things about owning a pet is deciding whether to humanely euthanize the pet in the event of chronic or age-related illness. Take time and care over this decision, as it can be devastating to think you euthanized your pet too soon or that you let her suffer too long when there was no hope of recovery. While making this decision, keep the pet's comfort and quality of life foremost in your mind. read more

How to Clean Dog Urine Stains on Wood Floors

by Mary Lougee | Mar 29, 2012

When your dog has an accident and urinates on a wood floor, it is fairly easy to clean up the area if you discover it before it soaks into the flooring. If it's undiscovered for a prolonged time, dog urine will gradually soak into the floor, reacting with the varnish, paint or other coating to leave a dark stain. Very old stains take more effort to clean up. In some severe cases, the flooring in the area of the stain may need to be replaced. read more

How to Become a Dog Behaviorist

by Michelle A. Rivera | Mar 29, 2012

A dog behaviorist, not to be confused with a dog trainer, is usually a veterinarian who assesses why a dog is behaving in a specific way and makes recommendations to the dog's owner that may include seeking the services of a dog trainer or prescribing medication for the dog. A dog trainer, on the other hand, teaches dogs to perform certain tasks, such as sit, stay, come and lie down. Behaviorists typically make an assessment of a dog after the veterinarian has ruled out any pathological problems. For example, if a dog is urinating on the floor, the veterinarian may have to rule out a urinary tract infection before a behaviorist can make an assessment and then recommend ways to get him to stop the inappropriate behavior. The behaviorist’s job is to be subjective, drawing conclusions from the dog’s behavior, response to stimuli and environment, whereas the veterinarian’s job is to look at the dog more objectively. While a veterinarian may take blood samples and make a clinical observation based on objective data, a behaviorist will look at the dog’s home, interactions with the owner, house mates and lifestyle to determine if there is something in his environment that is causing him to act the way he does. Because behavior can sometimes be corrected with prescription medical intervention, most behaviorists are veterinarians. However, there are ways to become an animal behavior consultant without going to veterinary school. read more

How to Move Across Country with Pets

by Lori Lapierre | Mar 29, 2012

Moving a household across the country requires planning and patience; moving with your dog requires even more. Perhaps your dog is already accustomed to going places in a suitable vehicle with you and your family, and loves riding along and seeing new places. Even with those advantages in place, your dog knows this is different and that changes are coming. He will wonder what's going on, and he will wonder what his part is in it. You can take steps to make the cross-country trip and the transition to a new home as smooth as possible for your family dog and for you. read more

How to Groom a Papillon

by Elle Di Jensen | Mar 29, 2012

Papillons, toy dogs with distinctive "butterfly" ears, have been referred to as a "wash-and-go" breed despite their long hair. A papillon's hair is silky rather than coarse, and isn't prone to matting. Even so, a few grooming tasks must be performed routinely to keep your papillon looking his best. These can be done by a professional groomer, but they are basic enough to do at home, saving you some money and giving your papillon a little extra one-on-one time with you. read more

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