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How to Groom Your Schnauzer

by Jane Williams | May 1, 2012

The schnauzer is available in three breed varieties: the giant, the standard and the miniature. Regardless of the size of your schnauzer, his grooming needs are the same. The schnauzer sports a distinctive mustache and has a double coat, meaning the underside is a soft layer of hair, while the top layer is more wire-like. Show dogs require a more intensive grooming routine to keep their coat looking breed-appropriate, but pet schnauzers can undergo a simpler, easier DIY grooming session. read more

How to Remove Tear Stains From a White Dog

by Quentin Coleman | May 1, 2012

Your dog's tear stains are caused by liquid secretion from his eyes, which gradually permeates the fur around his eyelids. While most dogs have at least some tear stains around their eyes, the problem is much more visible on dogs with white or light-colored fur. Many dog owners are concerned with the cosmetic effect that the stains have on their dog, but these moist patches of fur can also foster the growth of disease-causing bacteria. read more

How to Groom a Silky Terrier

by Kimberly DiCostanzo | May 1, 2012

Grooming your silky terrier can seem like a daunting task, with her long and distinctive blue and tan coat. Routine grooming will not only make your terrier healthier in appearance, but it will also minimize hair breakage as well as skin irritations and infections. This breed is known for having intelligent eyes and a smooth outline of the body, and the grooming regimen should reflect the breed standard. Brushing your terrier regularly will keep her looking distinguished and tidy. read more

How to Groom a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

by Jo Chester | May 1, 2012

The Cavalier King Charles spaniel is a sweet-natured toy breed that has long been a valued companion. Once upon a time, this breed was an exclusive possession of aristocrats. Today, however, the modern “Cav” is a pet, a therapy dog and a competitor in both agility and obedience, as well as being an elegant participant in conformation shows. This little breed requires only a negligible amount of trimming, but frequent brushing and combing are required to keep its silky coat in its best condition. read more

How to Make a Doggy Wheelchair

by Jo Jackson | May 1, 2012

Dogs can become crippled by accidents, hip dysplasia, ruptured discs, spinal problems, degenerative diseases or other causes. Whether the condition is temporary or permanent, a dog wheelchair can allow a handicapped pet to move around and stay as healthy as possible. Making your own doggy wheelchair is generally much cheaper than buying one. It requires careful measuring, and components that are readily available in hardware stores. It will improve the quality of life for your canine companion, and in most cases you will be able to take him for walks again. read more

About Seizures in Boxer Dogs

by Jo Chester | May 1, 2012

The boxer was developed for boar hunting and for dogfighting in 19th-century Germany. The boxer is currently a loyal, multipurpose dog used for guiding the blind, as a military courier and in performance events and other tasks. In addition, the boxer is a valued family pet that is typically good with children. However, for all its virtues, the boxer has some health issues of which prospective buyers should be aware. Several of these issues can result in seizures or conditions that can be mistaken for seizures. read more

How to Design a Backyard Playground for Dogs

by Elle Belmont | May 1, 2012

Dogs love to run and play outside, and there's nothing more joyous than a dog who's in his element -- romping, wrestling, digging, playing tug of war and going wild. Physical exercise keeps your dog happy and content, and reduces behavioral issues related to boredom and frustration. If you have a backyard, a playtime paradise for both you and your pooch to enjoy is a great way to bond and have fun. read more

How to Perform Physical Therapy on a Senior Dog

by Susan Paretts | May 1, 2012

As your dog ages, you may notice that he has trouble walking, running or playing as much as in his younger days. Conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia and osteochondritis occur over time, leading to decreased mobility of your dog's joints. With canine physical therapy, nonsteroidal pain medications and supplementation with products that contain glucosamine and chondroitin, your dog's quality of life can be sustained. This will help to keep him mobile, improve his range of motion and allow him to be able to participate in most of the activities that make him happy. read more

Care for Hematoma in Dogs Ear

by Quentin Coleman | May 1, 2012

A hematoma is a blister-like inflammation of the skin accompanied by painful swelling and itchiness. An aural hematoma, which occurs in the cartilage in or around the ears, is a relatively common problem for some dog breeds. While this condition does not pose a serious risk to your dog's health, it is important to have your dog treated. The common surgery options are incision and drain surgery, although some animal hospital and clinics may offer additional procedures. read more

How to Wrap Dogs to Treat Anxiety

by Jo Jackson | May 1, 2012

Throughout history, parents have swaddled their babies to settle and soothe them and to help them sleep soundly. You can wrap dogs in a similar way so that constant gentle pressure can calm and comfort them during times of stress or anxiety. Anxiety can be caused by loud noises like fireworks or thunder, travel, injury, separation or other disruptions. There are a number of products you can buy for your dog, such as a Thundershirt or The Anxiety Wrap, or you can wrap him yourself. read more

How to Involve Children With Pet Care

by Wildwater Wolf | May 1, 2012

Developing a positive relationship with a dog contributes to children’s self-confidence, empathy and sense of responsibility. Whether you already have a dog or decide to bring a new dog or puppy into your family, consider ways to involve your child in daily pet care. Children who participate by taking on age-appropriate tasks gain skills, patience and compassion. Your child will also learn that when the family works together, everyone benefits. read more

How to Prevent Bloat in Dogs

by Jennifer Lynn | May 1, 2012

Bloat is a condition that occurs in dogs when large amounts of food, water or air fill their stomachs and digestion becomes impaired. When a dog bloats, the stomach enlarges and compresses other organs, including the heart and lungs. Shortness of breath, poor circulation and tissue necrosis may occur. In severe cases, the stomach may twist, creating an immediate life-threatening condition. This condition is known as gastric torsion when the stomach turns less than 180 degrees, or gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) when the twist is more than 180 degrees. The term bloat is used to describe everything from mild cases to the imminently fatal cases in which gastric torsion or volvulus is present. Understanding possible causes of bloat can help dog owners prevent this life-threatening emergency. read more

How to Read Pedigree Charts

by Cindy Quarters | May 1, 2012

When you buy a purebred dog, one of the things you will receive along with the dog is his pedigree chart. This tells you something about your dog's background, such as whether his parents were conformation champions and whether they hold any obedience, field trial, tracking or other titles recognized by the breed registry. Pedigree charts also typically contain a great deal of other information about your dog’s immediate ancestors, including health information, DNA registry number and the color of each dog. If one or both parents of your dog are imported from or reside in another country, they may hold titles in that country that may not be included in the information on your dog's U.S. pedigree. Usually, the breeder will be happy to supply you with that information, and you can also use the name and registration number of the parents to search for the background information you want online. read more

How to Train Your Dog to Be a Therapy Canine Companion

by J. Lang Wood | May 1, 2012

Therapy dog are specifically chosen and trained to provide companionship and entertainment for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, military convalescent centers, mental health institutions and private homes, and other venues. As visiting canine companions, therapy dogs act to reduce stress and provide diversion during a difficult time. Canine therapy companions must be temperamentally suited for this special work. They are carefully chosen for their calmness, adaptability, friendliness and obedience. Therapy dogs go through careful training to ensure they are able to handle the many types of situations they will encounter in their work with patients and their families. read more

How to Start a Commercial Dog Kennel

by Elle Belmont | May 1, 2012

Despite a less than robust economy, pet owners continue to spend more on their pets than in previous years, according to a 2011-2012 survey completed by the American Pet Products Association. This demographic provides ample opportunity for small business owners who want to work with animals. In fact, some of the most pet-centric cities in the nation, including Portland, Oregon; Colorado Springs, Colorado and Charlotte, North Carolina offer products and services such as canine social clubs and dog spas. Commercial dog kennels can be branded in new and unique ways to target pet owners who want the very best for their canine companions. read more

How to Relax a Nervous Dog

by Simon Foden | May 1, 2012

Your dog’s nervousness has a variety of probable causes, but dogs typically develop anxiety after exposure to a stimulus such as thunder, fireworks or separation. You can soothe your dog’s nervousness by adapting your behavior and altering the dog's perception of his environment. The aim is to make the dog associate the stimulus with positive feelings rather than negative ones. In cases of chronic and extreme anxiety, your veterinarian may prescribe medicine to treat the problem. read more

How to Remove Tartar from a Dog's Teeth

by Mary Lougee | May 1, 2012

A dog’s dental health is important to his overall health. Regularly checking on his teeth and taking routine steps to help prevent tooth decay, tooth loss and gum disease are part of the normal care you must provide to keep him healthy and happy. Plaque forms on dog’s teeth at the gum line from a combination of food, saliva and bacteria. If plaque remains on a dog's teeth, it forms a hard, yellow-brown coating called tartar. Tartar buildup can lead to periodontal disease of the gums, which can be very painful for your pet. Several products are available in stores, and some through your veterinarian, to remove tartar. read more

How to Run with Your Dog

by Katherine Barrington | May 1, 2012

For many runners, running with a partner is a great way to increase motivation. If you do not have a running partner, consider running with your dog. A dog will adjust to whatever pace you set, and unlike a human running partner, he will not get caught up in the number of calories burned or miles run. If you intend to run with your dog, however, you need to take the time to properly condition your dog for it. If you attempt to put your dog through long-distance running without the right preparation, he could be injured. read more

How to Care For A Dog With A Torn ACL Injury

by Mary Davis | May 1, 2012

The anterior cruciate ligament connects the femur bone above a dog's knee to the tibia bone below his knee. Veterinarians commonly call it the cranial cruciate ligament or CCL to distinguish it from a human's ACL. A twisted, torn or inflamed ACL is very painful and is a leading cause of lameness in dogs. Injuries to this ligament are caused by accidents such as when the dog jumps or falls, steps in a hole, becomes entangled or is hit by a moving object. A dog's knee can also sustain damage through aging, or body weight and structure attributed to larger breeds. Give your dog the treatment and care he needs as soon as you discover an ACL injury. read more

How to Select an Australian Shepherd

by Katherine Barrington | May 1, 2012

Australian shepherds make excellent family dogs due to their guarding instincts and gentle temperament. If you are considering this breed for your family, there are a few things you should consider when selecting both a breeder and the dog himself. Genetics play a large role in determining the temperament of an Australian shepherd, so you must start by selecting a quality breeding program and a healthy puppy. If you do not want a puppy, consider adopting or rescuing an adult Australian shepherd from your local shelter or rescue organization. read more

How to Prevent Urine Spots On Lawns

by Susan Paretts | May 1, 2012

Dogs and cats are carnivores that eat a diet containing high amounts of protein, which breaks down into nitrogen and is excreted in the animals' urine. When your dog or cat urinates on your lawn, the high amounts of nitrogen contained in the urine kills the roots, creating ugly spots of burned grass. These spots look unsightly and can garner the complaints of your neighbors. To prevent these spots from forming, take steps to keep your pets and other neighborhood animals off of your lawn or dilute the urine. read more

About Yorkshire Terriers

by Jo Chester | May 1, 2012

The Yorkshire terrier’s flowing blue-and-tan coat is a familiar sight to anyone who has watched a dog show. Small and elegant, her head topped with a bow, she prances across the floor to the delight of the audience. However, the dainty Yorkie is a true terrier. Athletic, intelligent, hardy and an excellent mouser, the Yorkshire terrier is an excellent all-around pet, worker and competitor. read more

How to Teach a Small Dog to Use a Cat Litter Pan

by Katherine Barrington | May 1, 2012

If your busy lifestyle makes it difficult to be home at certain times to let your small dog out, consider training him to use a cat litter box. This is a simple solution for busy professionals and for city dwellers who do not have much outdoor space for their dogs to use. If your dog is already paper-trained, you need only make the transition from paper to litter box. If your dog is accustomed to going outdoors, however, you may need to use a crate-style training procedure. read more

How to Get Dog Hair Out of Car Upholstery

by Susan Paretts | May 1, 2012

If your dog regularly rides along with you in your car, you probably have a seat covered in his hair. All dogs shed their coat regularly, especially in the spring and fall months, because of the amount of daylight they are exposed to and changes in the weather. While brushing your dog daily decreases the amount of dead hair that will wind up on your car's carpeting or upholstery, any dog will still shed small amounts of hair on these surfaces that require regular cleaning. read more

How to Fix a Lawn Ruined by Dog Urine

by Susan Paretts | May 1, 2012

When exposed to dog urine, which contains large quantities of nitrogen and nitrogen-rich salts, your lawn develops brown spots of dead grass. The concentrated nitrogen dehydrates the grass, killing it at the roots. Without regular dilution with water soon after the dog urinates on the grass, your lawn can wind up ruined and filled with these spots. If your lawn has been ruined by dog urine, repair small spots by resodding them with new grass or reseed the lawn to get it back into a healthy, hardy state. read more

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