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How to Tell if Your Dog Is in Labor- The Signs

by Keri Gardner | Mar 29, 2012

After a pregnancy length of about 63 days, your dog will begin to show signs of labor. She will exhibit several precursory signs prior to her actual labor, and then she will likely have a drop in body temperature, followed by physical labor. Labor and delivery can be categorized into three stages, with a total time variance between four hours and 24 hours, depending on the litter size. read more

How to Determine if Your Dog Needs Medical Care

by Kimberly DiCostanzo | Mar 29, 2012

Trying to determine whether your dog needs medical attention can be distressing, as you might be finding out right now. If that's the case, first lubricate a thermometer and insert it into the dog's rectum to get the dog's accurate temperature. You don't have to 'restrain' your dog as much as you want to have casual, gentle, loving but authoritative control. Get the thermometer in, read this and relax. read more

How to Install a Doggie Door in a Wall

by D.R. Stephenson | Mar 29, 2012

While dog doors are handy accessories and a boon to busy dog owners, not everyone has the perfect location in which to install one. Installing a doggy door in a wall allows your pet to access the yard wherever you want, so you can keep Fido inside when you want him in and allow him freedom to come and go at other times. There are plenty of door-mounted doggy flaps available on the retail market, but installing one through a wall usually requires a custom job. The deeper opening of a wall-mounted door gives you the option of hanging double flaps for extra insulation and weatherproofing. read more

How to Stop a Dog from Chasing Cars

by Susan Paretts | Mar 29, 2012

Some dogs have such high prey drive that from the time they are small puppies, they will go after moving objects without hesitation. Prey drive and other drives associated with it are necessary for survival in the wild, and they are necessarily strong in dogs selected for work ranging from hunting to sheep herding. The prey drive is also at work when your dog goes after an object you throw. You can judge his prey drive by how unhesitatingly and tirelessly he chases thrown objects. Prey drive is necessary in a working dog, but if a bored-to-death, high-energy, high prey-drive dog is left to his own devices, he can get in trouble. He may decide it's great fun to chase runners, bicyclists, animals or cars. For some dogs with nothing better to do, chasing cars becomes an obsession. Such dogs endanger themselves, and they can cause wrecks. If your dog wants to chase cars, confine him securely in an area where he doesn't see traffic. Then you can take steps to change his behavior. read more

How to Groom a Maltese

by Jennifer Lynn | Mar 29, 2012

The Maltese is an intelligent toy dog with a gentle, loving temperament and a regal presence. Along with large, dark eyes and a sweet facial expression, the Maltese is known for its long, flowing white coat, which requires much at-home grooming to keep it clean and tangle-free. The Maltese also needs regular visits to a professional groomer for more intricate grooming, including removal of hair in the ears, trimming around the toes, and clipping of the toenails as necessary. read more

How to Care for an Australian Cattle Dog

by Jennifer Lynn | Mar 29, 2012

The Australian cattle dog, also known as the ACD, blue heeler and heeler, is a strong and energetic member of the herding group, always ready for challenging work on the farm or an energetic walk with his owner. Originally bred to herd cattle, this intelligent, brave dog is happiest with a loving owner who understands his high energy level and need for much daily activity. He is best suited for a rural environment with space to run and work to do. When an owner provides the exercise the Australian cattle dog must have to thrive, other necessary care is relatively routine. read more

How to Safely Transport a Dog in the Car

by Susan Paretts | Mar 29, 2012

Taking a car trip with your dog can be enjoyable for both of you if you secure him while driving. A study performed by the American Automobile Association in 2010 showed that having a loose dog in the car is a dangerous distraction to the driver, according to Having an unsecured dog ranked the third most serious distraction after talking on a cellphone and texting while driving, increasing your chances of getting into an accident. Use one of several humane methods to secure your dog so that you both reach your destination safely. read more

How to Do a Pedigree Chart

by Simon Foden | Mar 29, 2012

A pedigree is the ancestry of a person or animal. A pedigree chart for a dog generally gives information on the last four or five generations in the ancestry of that dog. Pedigrees are vital tools for breeders who seek to make the best breeding decisions to improve the breed. For potential buyers of puppies from the resulting litter, the pedigree helps to predict the likely appearance, soundness and character of those puppies. Accurate records backing the pedigree confirm the lineage. Official pedigrees are generally available from dog registries. You can easily create your own pedigree chart on a dog for informational or advertising purposes. read more

10 Best Dog Foods

by Molly Sawyer | Mar 29, 2012

Ask 10 people what the best dog food is and odds are you'll get 10 different answers. The truth is that what is best for one dog might not be best for a different dog; often trial and error is the only way to find the best food for your particular dog. It's highly likely that if you have two dogs of different breeds or ages, their diets are not going to be one-food-suits-all. Owners can narrow their choices by choosing foods with wholesome ingredients and limited fillers, without grains, chemicals, artificial colors or artificial flavors. read more

How to Administer Insulin to a Dog

by Cristine Travis | Mar 29, 2012

Diabetes occurs in dogs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. Symptoms include dehydration, appetite loss or increased appetite, lethargy, frequent urination and excessive weight loss. Insulin injections help to reduce glucose production and allow excess blood glucose to pass into the body's cells, eliminating or decreasing symptoms and increasing your dog's chances of living a long and healthy life. Giving insulin injections can be challenging at first, but with enough practice, administering your dog's insulin shots will become a relatively stress-free part of daily life. read more

How to Select a Standard Poodle

by Elle Di Jensen | Mar 29, 2012

A purebred dog should never be an impulse purchase. Before you buy a purebred standard poodle, you should know how to properly select the dog that is right for you, a poodle that is healthy and from a reputable breeder. Take some time before you even look at dogs or puppies to understand the breed you’ve chosen. Become familiar with the breeder before eventually choosing a dog. By going through the proper steps before taking your dog home, you’ll be more likely to have a healthy, well-adjusted poodle that fits well with your family and lifestyle. read more

How to Groom a Toy Poodle

by Lisa McQuerrey | Mar 29, 2012

Grooming a toy poodle can be a challenging undertaking, primarily because of the dog’s small stature combined with his often excitable personality. For this reason, many toy poodle owners opt for simple cuts such as the teddy bear or the kennel cut, which provide a nearly uniform length trim across the dog’s body. If you are uncomfortable attempting grooming on your own, consult a trained professional for lessons or hands-on advice. read more

How to Care for a Dachshund

by Susan Paretts | Mar 29, 2012

Known for its hot dog shape and energetic personality, the dachshund originated during the 1600s in Germany, where he was bred to fearlessly hunt badgers. Dachshund in fact means "badger dog." These dogs come in two sizes: standard and miniature. The weight varies between 11 and 32 pounds. The dachshund has long been a popular breed; it ranked in the top 10 in popularity in 2011, according to AKC statistics. However, the breed is affected by several genetic diseases and orthopedic issues. To help prevent such problems, it is important to take care with your dachshund's diet and exercise. read more

How to Start a Dog Day Care Business

by Elle Belmont | Mar 29, 2012

If you have a passion for pets and enjoy caring for and playing with dogs, a dog day care business may be right for you. A dog day care facility provides a much-needed service to pet owners who are away most of the day and want their dogs to get the play, socialization and exercise they need. Dog services of all kinds is a growth industry. Nearly 40 percent of U.S. households own at least one dog, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Before you start your new business, make sure you have the expertise you need and do some research. read more

How to Teach a Dog to Pull a Cart

by Cindy Quarters | Mar 29, 2012

Training your dog to pull a cart is not just fun, it can also be practical. A dog cart works well for moving firewood, carrying groceries and entertaining children. Some dogs, such as Bernese mountain dogs, Newfoundlands and Rottweilers, earn drafting titles through their breed associations by passing carting tests. Whether or not you want to earn titles or compete in drafting competitions, teaching your dog to pull a cart is good exercise for both you and your dog. A dog-pulled cart can be a show-stopper in local parades and other events, too. read more

How to Raise Pit Bull Puppies

by D.R. Stephenson | Mar 29, 2012

The term pit bull does not refer to a single dog breed. People apply the term to a type of dog that can weigh anywhere from 25 to 80 pounds and whose ancestors are 17th and 18th century British crosses of various terrier types with the Old English bulldog. Three breeds directly descended from such bull-and-terrier crosses are the American Staffordshire Terrier, the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Like all puppies, pit bull puppies need proper nutrition, age-appropriate exercise, socialization and love. Unlike other puppies, pit bulls arrive in a world predisposed to think negatively of their type. Whether that is fair is a subject for another day, but it does raise important considerations for pit bull puppy owners. A public attitude that pit bulls are aggressive dogs puts the onus on pit bull owners to socialize and train puppies early and well in order to combat that perception. Raising a pit bull takes a lot of dedication, but it pays off in big slobbery kisses from a breed that truly loves people. read more

How to Adopt a Dog at the Humane Society

by Cristine Travis | Mar 29, 2012

Adopting a dog at a nonprofit shelter, whether it's run by local government or an animal rescue group or humane society, is usually substantially less expensive than purchasing a dog from a breeder or pet shop. By adopting a dog from a shelter, you help a homeless animal and avoid contributing to the problem of pet overpopulation. Adoption procedures and policies vary among shelters. The best way to learn how to adopt a dog and discover whether your future best buddy is already there waiting for you is to visit your local shelter. read more

How to Heal a Skittish Rescue Dog

by Kimberly DiCostanzo | Mar 29, 2012

A rescue dog cannot tell you what his life was like before you welcomed him into your home. Many rescue dogs are fearful or defensive based on past experience, and a new owner has to take the time to establish confidence and bring out the dog's true personality. Changes in a skittish rescue dog do not come overnight; your patience and consistency will give him a chance to feel comfortable and safe in his new home. read more

How to Groom a Chinese Crested Dog

by Jennifer Lynn | Mar 29, 2012

The Chinese crested dog is a member of the toy group thought to have been used by Chinese mariners to control vermin. Possibly originating from the African hairless dog, Chinese crested dogs are popular companions favored by owners with allergies because of their minimal shedding and dander. The breed comes in two varieties that can both be found in the same litter, with the hairless trait resulting from a genetic mutation. The hairless crested has bare skin on the majority of her body and fine, flowing fur on her head, feet and tail. The powderpuff crested's body is covered by a straight, silky coat. Specific grooming methods will maintain the health of the skin and the appearance of the coat. read more

How to Groom a Japanese Chin

by Jane Williams | Mar 29, 2012

Japanese Chins actually originated in China, where they were bred as the companion animals of Chinese aristocrats and the ladies of the Imperial Palace. Thanks to their careful breeding, Chins make affectionate family pets and are intelligent and playful. The Chin has a smooth, flowing coat that offers the appearance of royalty but is surprisingly easy to care for and doesn't require the in-depth grooming many other long-haired dogs need. Japanese Chins generally don't have problems with tangles and require brushing only a few times a week to look well-groomed. read more

Food for Dogs With History of Kidney Stones

by Susan Paretts | Mar 29, 2012

If your dog has a history of developing kidney stones, dietary management is an important part of his recovery. Once the chemical composition of the stones is determined, a special diet can be recommended by your veterinarian to help prevent the formation of new stones and dissolve those that remain. Dietary changes may help your dog avoid surgery, resolving the condition altogether. read more

How to Groom a Siberian Husky

by Katherine Barrington | Mar 29, 2012

Originally bred for use as sled dogs in arctic regions, Siberian huskies have dense coats that protect them against harsh weather. The thick double coat of a Siberian husky is made up of a soft, dense undercoat and a coarse topcoat. While huskies tend to be fastidious about keeping themselves clean, regular grooming is necessary to control shedding and to keep your dog's coat healthy. If you do not want to spend a small fortune on grooming costs, consider grooming your Siberian husky yourself. read more

How to Care for West Highland White Terriers

by J. Lang Wood | Mar 29, 2012

West Highland white terriers, also called Westies, Poltalloch terriers or Roseneath terriers, are popular companion dogs today, but they originated in Scotland as a fox-hunting pack dog. Recognized by their all-white full coat, they are small dogs, standing 10 to 12 inches at the wither and weighing 15 to 22 pounds. Westies are a good fit for both apartment life and rural areas.Their hardy, compact bodies and terrier nature make them good family dogs with plenty of personality, but they can become a problem if not firmly trained. They love to be with people and are generally friendly and adaptable. Westies need some special care to keep their double coats in good shape and to ensure good health. read more

How to Get Your Dog into Commercials

by Cindy Quarters | Mar 29, 2012

If you have a dog who is smart, cute, friendly and well-trained, he might be the ideal candidate for a job in television commercials. Getting your dog on television can be fun and possibly even rewarding, but doing it will take a lot of effort and persistence on your part. If you think your dog has the right stuff, there are some things you can do to help launch a career. read more

How to Care for a Dalmatian

by J. Lang Wood | Mar 29, 2012

The Dalmatian’s white coat with black spots is an easily recognized characteristic of the breed. Dalmatians have been symbols of canine companionship and service to humanity from their early history as coach dogs. They are high-energy dogs and are not suited for a sedate lifestyle or a household with small children. Your Dalmatian will require a great deal of exercise and interaction with you; lacking those, he could become a behavioral problem. This breed can be challenging to care for properly and is not generally a good choice as your first dog. read more

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