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Hip Dysplasia Signs in a Puppy

by Katina Blue | Feb 9, 2012

Hip dysplasia in puppies is an irregular growth of the hipbone. This condition usually affects large breed puppies that are 6 to 18 months old. If untreated, hip dysplasia can cause permanent lameness and deformity. There are several symptoms you will notice if your puppy has hip dysplasia. The symptoms will vary based on the severity of your puppy's condition. read more

How to Groom the Cockapoo

by KaLyn Villaneda | Feb 9, 2012

The first of the so-called “designer dogs,” the cockapoo made its appearance in the 1960s. It is a cross between a pure poodle and pure cocker spaniel that was bred to be a companion animal. Cockapoos are social and friendly with humans as well as other animals. They are also intelligent and easily trained, and can live up to 15 years if they are well-cared for. Part of proper cockapoo care is grooming. Regular grooming gives you a chance to identify any potential health problems and keep your cockapoo looking its best. read more

How to Stop Your Dog From Begging

by eHow Contributor | Feb 9, 2012

How to Stop Your Dog From Begging. As you train your dog, there will be habits you'll want to eliminate. Begging at the table can turn into whining when the dog isn't acknowledged. From there it can escalate to barking and howling until the animal gets its way. That's something you'll want to stop before it gets out of control. read more

How to Get a Puppy's First Shots

by eHow Contributor | Feb 9, 2012

How to Get a Puppy's First Shots. You're welcoming your new bundle of joy into your home and there's been a lot of information provided to you. One of the first and most important things for you to do for your new puppy is to get him into a veterinarian for vaccinations. read more

How to Train a Dog

by eHow Contributor | Feb 9, 2012

How to Train a Dog. The key to proper training is positive reinforcement using treats and unlimited praise. Be patient and avoid harsh punishment, and you and your dog will both benefit. Follow these few steps to effectively train your pooch. read more

Dogs & Grain Allergies

by Jamie Conrad | Feb 9, 2012

Canine allergies are a commonplace problem for dogs and their owners. Sometimes the allergen is the grain in your dog's diet. Recognizing and treating grain allergies in dogs is easier than you may think. read more

Sarcoptic Mange on Dogs

by Susan Leisure | Feb 9, 2012

Sarcoptic mange is one of the most common causes of itchy skin and hair loss in dogs. While sarcoptic mange can cause severe skin problems in dogs, new medications make it easy to treat and prevent. read more

Games to Play Inside With Dogs

by Laura Agadoni | Feb 9, 2012

When people and dogs play with each other, both parties benefit because of the bond it creates. Playing with your dog also creates a better-adjusted pet, because boredom is one reason for many dog behavioral problems, such as excessive barking or digging. It is easy to think of games to play outdoors, like fetching sticks and balls, playing Frisbee, or swimming at the lake. When the weather is bad, though, you can play indoor games and still have fun with your dog. read more

Glucosamine Chondroitin and Dogs

by Richard Toole | Feb 9, 2012

Some dogs suffer from painful joints caused by inflammation or swelling. Until recently there were few options other than NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Glucosamine chondroitin is a newer option that is now being used by some veterinarians for use in dogs and cats. Glucosamine chondroitin is available without a prescription, but should be used in accordance with a veterinarian's directions. read more

How to Find Out What Breed My Dog Is?

by Lynn Anders | Feb 9, 2012

Adopting a dog brings new adventures and joyful experiences to a family. With an adoption from a rescue or shelter, there may also be many questions about the dog’s history. A common question for new dog owners is, "Just what breed or breeds is that pup?" Although you will love him no matter his heritage, knowing his breeds can give you understanding of his behavior and let you know if there are potential medical concerns common to a particular breed. However, unless you have a pure breed or opt to have a simple medical test done, determining a mutt’s breed mixes is a challenge. You may have to settle for an educated guess. read more

What Is a Dog Run?

by Tami Parrington | Feb 9, 2012

Whether you have one dog or a whole pack of pooches, dog runs are helpful and your dog or dogs will enjoy running around and playing in them. There are many types of runs for dogs. Discovering what types of runs are best for your situation starts with what purpose you hope to gain from it, and ends with the space you have available and money you want to spend. Before you can make any decisions at all regarding what's best for you it's a good idea to know what a dog run is and how they are used. read more

How to teach your dog tricks

by Stevie Donald | Feb 9, 2012

Most training should be “structured pla,y” which is perfect for teaching your dog tricks. Dogs enjoy learning tricks, and the more they learn, the more they learn how to learn, so they will become generally more obedient. Many dogs love to work. Your dog does not differentiate between learning cute tricks and formal obedience. read more

How to Choose the Right Pet for Your Family

by Tielle Webb | Feb 9, 2012

Your children have begged and pleaded and you have finally decided to give in and adopt a pet. Now comes an even bigger decision. Do you choose a dog, a cat, maybe a ferret? These tips will help you choose the right pet for your family. read more

How to Communicate With a Dog

by Thomas Conroy | Feb 9, 2012

Good communication is key to a rewarding relationship with your dog. To communicate better with your dog, the conversation must be understood by both parties. Dogs have a unique ability to make sense of the majority of what is said to them. Once you understand their language, you will be able to communicate with ease to your dog.These tips can help with the conversation flow both ways. read more

How to Treat Ear Infections in a Dog

by Theresa Stephens | Feb 9, 2012

Many dogs, especially the allergy-prone, can develop ear infections or yeast infections rather easily. These infections are often caused by moisture that gathers in the ear canal and begins to grow bacteria. it is important to care for your dog's ears when they get an infection. In this article, I will explain how to identify an ear infection and how to treat it. read more

How to Socialize a Dog

by Contributing Writer | Feb 9, 2012

Socializing a dog to both humans and other animals is an extremely important part of its long-term happiness. When I first got my dog seven years ago, I initially thought I would be hogging her for myself. I didn't want her to interact with other dogs or get into trouble. I soon realized that part of a dog's nature to be part of a pack. Dogs need to be with their species sometimes, and socializing them is the only way to ensure their ability to integrate effectively into any new situation that may come their way. read more

How to Stop Barking in Dogs

by Contributing Writer | Feb 9, 2012

If you’re in a dangerous situation, you probably welcome your dog’s barking. But for any other scenario, dog barking is annoying, both for you and your neighbors. It can also get you in legal trouble, since excessive dog barking may violate disturbance laws. So, pay attention to the steps below, as they will teach you how you can humanely stop a dog from barking. read more

How to Get Rid of Fleas the Natural Way

by Patti Wigington | Feb 9, 2012

Fleas can be the bane of any pet owner's existence. Come summer time, these little critters hitch a ride on our furry companions and find their way indoors. If you have multiple pets, chances are good that the fleas will spread from one animal to another. Before you know it, the whole house is itching. While there are a number of chemicals you can use to treat a flea infestation in your home, it's also easy to do it the natural way, using non-chemical products. read more

How to Crate Train Puppy

by Susan Steen | Feb 9, 2012

There are three great reasons to crate train your dog. First, it’s a great housebreaking tool. Dogs don’t want to soil where they sleep. Second, if he’s in the crate, you can turn your head—or even leave the house—without worrying about which of your favorite shoes he’s chosen for a snack. Third, it’s the first real “training” activity you’ll perform with your puppy, which sets a good precedent for future training. Crate training may take a few days, but it is well worth the time and effort for you and you puppy. He’ll learn quickly to identify his crate as his own safe little territory. With just a little planning and patience on your part, crate training is a snap. read more

How to Get a Dog to Love its Crate

by Randall Shatto | Feb 9, 2012

Crate training is important for many reasons. Dogs love the security of small spaces. If you are away from the home for a long period, the dog feels comforted by his crate. Getting a dog to love its crate is a simple process. You will be able to train the dog with love and understanding. Most dogs enjoy their home and wish to go into it on their own. Showing them that it is their space is an important concept in crating. read more

How to Train a Dog to Shake Hands

by M. Wade | Feb 9, 2012

Training your dog to shake hands is a fun way to provide mental stimulation to your dog. Plus, it's an entertaining party trick when you have friends over. After training your dog to shake hands, your dog will be on its way to learning other advanced “paw” tricks, such as “waving” and giving you a “high five.” read more

Facts on German Shepherds

by Jessica Pestka | Feb 9, 2012

As the name indicates, the German Shepherd originated from Germany. Consistently the third most popular breed in America, the German Shepherd is prized for intelligence and loyalty. The breed grew in popularity in the United States shortly after World War I, when stories of the heroic dog’s work at the front were told by returning soldiers. read more

Training Puppies Not to Bite

by Melanie Fischer | Feb 9, 2012

Puppies are cute, puppies are soft, and puppies are playful. With all of their adorable characteristics, it’s hard to imagine that puppies can cause any trouble at all! However, most puppies are notorious for being chewers and biters. They do not do this because they are mean, but they do it because this is how they play. Training puppies not to bite is a job that most puppy owners must undertake so that the puppies learn that biting is not acceptable behavior. Puppy bites are not normally considered the same as bites from an adult dog. Puppies normally bite because they are playing, and adult dogs normally bite because they are either being aggressive or protective. Training puppies not to bite is an essential part of the growth and development process. In the best case scenario, puppies should be trained to not bite by the time they are four months old. read more

Pregnancy Signs in Dogs

by Kelsey Childress | Feb 9, 2012

There are many behavioral and physical signs that show that a female dog is pregnant. While the behavior and physical signs of each dog may be different, the following are general things to look out for when determining whether or not your dog is pregnant. You may not notice these signs for the first 3 weeks of the pregnancy. read more

Heartworm Medication Side Effects

by Barb Nefer | Feb 9, 2012

Heartworm is a disease that can be contracted by dogs who are bitten by a carrier mosquito. Some mosquitos carry heartworm larvae and transfer it into a dog's bloodstream. The larvae mature into adults that live in the dog's heart, lungs and surrounding blood vessels, causing serious health problems. Martine Hartogensis, D.V.M, of the Food and Drug Association (FDA), says the purpose of heartworm medication is to protect a dog against being infected. read more

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