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How to Install a Dog Door

by D.R. Stephenson | Mar 29, 2012

A dog door allows your pet the freedom to choose where she wants to lounge or play, or to take a potty break without having to wait for you to notice her need. Unless some management measures are in place, there are some heightened risks associated with dog doors, however. A dog door can let more than the dog enter or leave your house, and your freedom-loving dog can get lost or injured if her dog door doesn't open into to a securely fenced area. A door with a built-in security panel gives you more control, and some door styles respond only to an electronic "key" worn on your pet’s collar. read more

How to Train a Therapy Dog

by Cindy Quarters | Mar 29, 2012

A therapy dog provides emotional support to people who need it, and typically belongs to a person who brings the dog to visit clients in places such as hospitals and nursing homes. There is no single way of training a therapy dog, but if your dog has stable nerves and loves human contact, and you want her to be certified as a therapy dog, you must provide her with the socialization and the basic obedience training needed to pass the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizenship certification requirements. read more

How to Clean Dog Urine off Concrete Floor

by Elle Belmont | Mar 29, 2012

If there's one surface you want your dog to urinate on if he's not going to use the great outdoors, it's sealed concrete. Kennel operators use sealed concrete almost exclusively, because it is easily cleaned and disinfected. If your concrete is not sealed, that's a different story. Urine can be absorbed by unsealed concrete as if it were a sponge, creating a foul odor that can be hard to eliminate. What's worse, the odor will return to aggravate you every time the area gets wet, and your dog will be attracted by the smell, creating a vicious cycle. read more

Dog Treat Recipes for Christmas

by Susan Paretts | Mar 29, 2012

According to the Petfinder website, 63 percent of dog owners purchase and give their dogs Christmas presents, but you don't have to spend a lot on these gifts. Instead, make some tasty, inexpensive homemade treats to give him as a gift. Use natural, healthy ingredients to create decorative treats that your dog will enjoy eating during your holiday celebrations. read more

How to Keep Dogs Out of a Garden

by Susan Paretts | Mar 29, 2012

Allowing your dog the freedom to roam in your yard gives him the chance to get some needed exercise, but if he tends to dig or leave his droppings in your garden, you may be reluctant to let him use the yard. You can protect your garden areas from intrusions by your own dog and neighbors' dogs with humane, nontoxic repellants. Teach your dog to avoid the area, or use measures to prevent him from accessing it, to keep your garden looking its best. read more

How to Care for a Bernese Mountain Dog

by Jane Williams | Mar 29, 2012

The Bernese Mountain Dog traditionally worked on farms in Switzerland, performing such duties as herding livestock, guarding property and hauling small carts to market. A strong, hardy breed with an easygoing, friendly disposition, the Berner is often described as a gentle giant and fits well into families with children. His size can be a problem if he not trained properly, as he can unintentionally knock over small children or possessions. An intelligent breed, the Bernese Mountain Dog learns easily, but the training must be applied consistently to reinforce proper behavior. read more

How to Groom an English Springer Spaniel

by Katherine Barrington | Mar 29, 2012

The English springer spaniel is a medium-sized dog originally bred as a hunting dog and trained to flush game. These dogs have a double coat that requires regular grooming to keep it clean and healthy. The undercoat of an English springer spaniel is typically soft and dense, while the outer coat is medium length and flat or wavy. While show dogs should be groomed about once a week, English springer spaniels kept as companion dogs just need bathing and grooming every couple of months, with brushing several times per week. read more

How to Care for a Beagle

by Jane Williams | Mar 29, 2012

The beagle is a hunting dog traditionally used to track game as large as a deer or as small as a rabbit. These hardy dogs are friendly and loving, and they usually get along well with children and other pets. Beagles are scent hounds. With 220 million scent receptors — humans have only 5 million — they are able to pick up and follow even the slightest odor. This can lead them into adventure or trouble, as they generally don't pay attention to their surroundings when they are on a scent. Caring for your beagle involves many of the same general responsibilities as caring for any other dog, with a few precautions specific to the breed. read more

How to Identify An American Pit Bull Terrier

by Jae Allen | Mar 29, 2012

The type of dog referred to as an American pit bull terrier is also commonly called an American Staffordshire terrier or a Staffordshire bull terrier. The Pit Bull Rescue Center says these are not technically different breeds of dog; rather, different breed-registering authorities recognize the dogs under these three different names. Under United Kennel Club rules, an APBT can also be registered as an AST, and vice versa. The American Kennel Club only allows such double registration when a dog is registered first as an American Staffordshire terrier with the AKC, then as an American pit bull terrier with the UKC. read more

How to Determine a Dog's Age

by Jae Allen | Mar 29, 2012

Knowing your dog's age can help you anticipate any age-related health needs or problems. You can also have a rough idea of her remaining life expectancy. Beyond the first year or two of life, the saying about a dog year equating to seven human years holds roughly true: A life expectancy of 70 years for a human or 10 years for a dog is quite common. If your dog was abandoned, rescued or found as a stray, you may have no reliable records or documents stating her age. Some detective work can help you estimate your dog's age in years or her stage in the canine life cycle. read more

How to Train a Deaf Puppy

by Ellie Anna | Mar 29, 2012

Whether your puppy was born deaf or lost her hearing as the result of an accident or illness, she can still be molded into an obedient, happy companion. Training a deaf puppy is similar to training a puppy with full hearing, although it does require more training and flexibility. The greatest challenge in training a deaf puppy is getting and holding her attention. Establishing a focus command will make her much easier to train. read more

How to Give a Dog a Subcutaneous Fluids Injection

by Kimberly DiCostanzo | Mar 29, 2012

Giving your dog an injection can seem daunting if you've never done it before and you are afraid of hurting your pet. You administer a subcutaneous injection just under the skin and above the muscle. Giving your dog fluids subcutaneously is a means of treating dehydration. Dogs who suffer from chronic kidney failure are given fluids subcutaneously to aid in flushing waste from the kidneys. The most common way to administer fluids at home is using a syringe and a needle. read more

How to Move Pets to Hawaii

by Elle Belmont | Mar 29, 2012

With its tropical climate, pristine sands and gorgeous sunsets, Hawaii is the dream move for many. But when it comes to bringing your pet along, moving to Hawaii is no paradise. Hawaii is the only rabies-free state in the nation, and it intends to stay that way. Stringent anti-rabies protocol requires that your dog or cat be quarantined for 120 days upon entering the state. This quarantine period is not like "house arrest" for your pet at your new home: He must be kept at the Animal Quarantine Center in Aeia, regardless of which island you are moving to. This length of time can be reduced to as little as five days, or even direct release, if specific qualifications are met, but this requires much preparation on your part. read more

How to Start a Pet-sitting Business

by Elle Belmont | Mar 29, 2012

The pet-care industry is booming. According to a 2011-2012 American Pet Products Association survey, roughly 73 million homes own pets and expect to spend approximately $53 billion for pet-related care in 2012. Of that total, more than $4 billion is projected to be spent on boarding and grooming. If you love animals and enjoy caring for them, starting a pet-sitting business is a way to generate income, spend time with furry friends and provide a much-needed service for pet owners who are on away during the day or on vacation. While vast differences in pets, clients and assignments mean there is no one way to run a pet-sitting business, some common practices can help you get your pet-sitting business off to a good start. read more

How to Train a Dog to Walk without a Leash

by Ellie Anna | Mar 29, 2012

Many owners dream of taking a walk with their canine companion without the tether of a leash, and those dreams are not impossible fantasies. Even the most stubborn dogs can be molded into quiet, obedient walking companions with consistent training. Teaching your dog to walk without a leash requires that you establish a solid on-leash training foundation first. read more

How to Care for a Bichon Frise

by Jane Williams | Mar 29, 2012

The bichon frise is a small breed, with adults weighing between 10 and 20 pounds, yet these hardy, active dogs need plenty of regular exercise. A bichon's coat grows constantly but does not shed, so you must groom him regularly to keep his coat neat and unmatted. The absence of shedding makes the bichon frise a good breed for people with allergies, and their playful, happy nature makes bichons a good choice for families with children. The intelligence and loving nature of a bichon frise makes him easy to train, but bichons can suffer separation anxiety if they are left alone too long. read more

How to Crochet a Sweater for a Dog

by Karen Curley | Mar 29, 2012

Some short-haired dogs, toy breeds and miniature breeds lack the insulating double coats that protect wolves and most working dog breeds, from Siberian huskies to Labrador retrievers, against cold, rain and the sun. Dressing your small or short-haired dog in a sweater can help him stay warm in cold weather. You can crochet a sweater for a dog using a basic single crochet stitch that is also suitable for beginner crocheters. The sweater design is for any size or breed of dog; just adjust it to your dog’s measurements. The pattern does not require a specific yarn weight or crochet hook size, making it great for using crochet hooks and yarn left from other crocheting projects. read more

How to Rescue a Shih Tzu in California

by Cristine Travis | Mar 29, 2012

Many people believe that rescues offer only mutts to pet adopters, but many purebred dogs also languish in animal shelters and rescue facilities in California. Rescuing a purebred shih tzu requires a bit of planning and work but is certainly possible. Rescuing is less expensive than purchasing a dog from a breeder and ensures that you save a dog's life and avoid contributing to the pet overpopulation problem. read more

How to Keep a Dog inside a Yard Fence

by Simon Foden | Mar 29, 2012

It’s important to make sure your dog never escapes his yard, both for his own safety and for the benefit of your neighbors. The best way to keep a dog inside his yard fence is to make sure he is never motivated to test its ability to hold him, and never let him learn escape is possible. Left at home alone, a dog may try to escape to follow you, to seek the company of other dogs, or because something makes him anxious. If he's succeeded once, he'll get the idea again. Do not leave your dog in the yard when you're not at home to supervise. Give him a secure, safe, comfortable and escape-proof place where he can rest when you have to leave without him. When you let your dog out in the fenced yard, you can keep him there by making tunneling or scaling the fence impossible, and by correcting unwanted behavior. read more

How to Take Care of a Dog With a Sensitive Stomach

by Keri Gardner | Mar 29, 2012

A healthy dog may experience an occasional upset stomach, but persistent digestive issues may be diagnosed as a dog with a sensitive stomach by your veterinarian. If your dog has a sensitive stomach, he may experience vomiting, diarrhea, flatulence, hair loss and itchy skin. Usually, these symptoms are attributable to your dog's diet. You may need to feed a different type of dog food, feed smaller meals throughout the day or just feed the same food every day without changing it. Some dogs with sensitive stomachs may need special dietary care. read more

How to Register a Dog as a Service Animal in Florida

by Jae Allen | Mar 29, 2012

There is no legal requirement in Florida as of the date of this publication for service dogs to be registered or certified. Under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a handler is allowed to access public spaces with the dog simply by stating that the dog is a service animal. The handler does not have to disclose the nature of his disability when making such a verbal statement. However, some service dog handlers prefer to register their dogs with one of the national registries so that the dog has a tag or vest that clearly identifies him as a service dog. read more

How to Insulate a Doghouse

by Phyllis Benson | Mar 29, 2012

Like anyone else, dogs need snug shelter in cold weather and a place to escape the direct sun in warm weather. A basic doghouse deflects rain and wind, but provides little or no way to hold warmth. Insulating your dog’s house helps to block out cold and retain your dog's body heat. A well-insulated doghouse, packed with plenty of dry, clean bedding material, is essential for any dog who must spend time outside. Such shelter is especially important for puppies and older or frail dogs. read more

How to Train Your Dog to Ring a Bell to Go Out

by Ellie Anna | Mar 29, 2012

Housebreaking your dog is an essential part of shaping a happy, healthy companion. Every dog gives his owner a cue to indicate he needs to go outside, but some cues go unnoticed and accidents happen. If you’re having trouble picking up on your dog’s cues, teach him to ring a bell to go outside. It may sound like a silly trick, but hearing the sound of a ringing bell is better than having to clean up a mess on the floor. read more

How to Groom a Shetland Sheepdog

by Kimberly DiCostanzo | Mar 29, 2012

Groom and trim a Shetland sheepdog regularly to keep her coat healthy, lustrous and full. Take care when grooming, because not only does a sheltie possess a thick double coat, but the hairs can break easily if the coat is brushed too roughly. Whether or not you plan to enter the show ring with your sheltie, routine thorough grooming will benefit her skin and coat and give her a healthy appearance. read more

How to Find Your Lost Dog

by Karen Curley | Mar 29, 2012

A companion dog enriches your life with a strong emotional bond and unconditional loyalty. When your dog gets lost, your feelings may include desperation, grief and dread. You wonder if your dog is safe; your mind summons up its worst fears, knowing the dangers of traffic, injury and dog theft. Quick implementation of a search plan offers the best chance of finding your lost dog, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2007. read more

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