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How to Care for a West Highland White Terrier

by Karen Curley | May 1, 2012

The West Highland white terrier is an active, intelligent and friendly little dog, standing about 11 inches tall. More commonly known as Westies, this breed has the confidence and strength to perform in agility trials or obedience competitions, according to the American Kennel Club. Their coat is bright white with a thick undercoat and coarse topcoat that requires daily grooming. With proper feeding, grooming, training, exercise and veterinary visits, Westies are loyal, confident family dogs. read more

How to Groom a Chow Chow

by J. Lang Wood | May 1, 2012

The chow chow is a large dog breed that can grow up to 1 1/2 feet tall at the shoulder with a solid, compact body and curled tail. The thick, full coat consists of both a rough undercoat and a rough or smooth topcoat. The chow chow’s coat needs frequent grooming to keep the distinctive lion-like shape of this breed and to prevent matting of the dense undercoat. Trimming in the summer months will help to keep your pet comfortable during hot weather and prevent skin infections that can frequently occur. read more

How to Dog Proof a Fence

by Michelle A. Rivera | May 1, 2012

Some dogs are experts at finding ways around the barriers their owners erect to keep them safe and out of harms' way. For some dogs, it's only a matter of building a fence high enough to keep a dog from leaping over it, or deep enough to keep him from digging under it, and the yard is secured. Some dogs, however, see the fence as little more than a challenge to their intellects, and try to find ways above, under or around it just for sport. Those are the dogs you need to keep from breaching your fence by finding clever and creative ways to dog proof the fence. read more

How to Calm an Excited Puppy

by Jane Williams | May 1, 2012

Puppies are little wobbly balls of energy that explode with excitement the moment they encounter something or someone new. This bounding energy and happy licking may be adorable in a tiny 8-pound puppy, but it's less appealing in a much heavier and stronger adult. As cute as it may be, this hyper, excitable behavior in puppies can lead to uncontrolled bad behavior as they grow. As hard as it is to resist a happy puppy, training should start as soon as possible to help reinforce proper behavior and stop unwanted behavior before it becomes habit. read more

How to Train a Dog with German Commands

by Cindy Quarters | May 1, 2012

People who own certain dog breeds such as German shepherd dogs, Rottweilers, and other working breeds that originated in Germany, often use German commands with their dogs, particularly if the dogs were imported as adults already trained in that language. The use of German is common in schutzhund training, which originated in Germany. Schutzhund dogs are trained for dog trials in which they demonstrate their proficiency in tracking, obedience and protection work. You can choose to use German or any other language you please to train your dog. Using a language of your choice is one way of teaching your dog to listen to only you, since dogs trained in German will ignore English commands until they are taught what they mean. If you work one dog in English and another in German, however, you may soon find you own two bilingual dogs if you mix the commands up often enough. read more

How to Make Homemade Vegetarian Dog Food

by Susan Paretts | May 1, 2012

Unlike cats, who are carnivores, dogs are omnivores and can safely eat a vegetarian diet that contains the proper balance of vitamins and nutrients. By making a homemade vegetarian diet for your dog, you don't have to worry about his food containing preservatives and meat from potentially diseased animals treated with hormones or antibiotics. To ensure your dog's health, feed him a meatless diet that contains at least 18 percent protein from vegetarian sources including dairy, eggs and beans, according to the VetInfo website. read more

How to Care for a Border Collie

by Alice Moon | May 1, 2012

Border collies are best known as working dogs and herders of sheep. The dogs are medium sized, 18 to 22 inches tall and weighing in the range of 25 to 65 pounds. Border collies are usually black and white, but their coats can display black, tan, red, liver and yellow coloration, and white markings are typical. Variations in their coats include merle, sable, bi- and tri-color patterns. While their eye color may be amber, brown or blue, lighter eye color is usually present in dogs with body coloring other than black. Border collies are obedient, adept at reasoning out problems and constantly learning. In 2010, a border collie was named the “World’s Smartest Dog,” able to understand over 1,000 words. Border collies recognize visual, vocal and behavioral cues -- to name only a few -- and react to nuances of those cues, such as pitch and delivery. These athletic, agile animals are active, high-energy companions and have an average lifespan of about 15 years. read more

How to Get Free Dog Food Samples

by Susan Paretts | Apr 19, 2012

When changing your dog's diet or deciding on a particular type or flavor of food you would like your dog to eat, getting hold of free samples of a variety of dog foods can be a good way for you and your dog to try out the product without having the expense of a larger purchase. Many companies offer samples of their foods at no cost to you, especially during the promotion of a new product. Instead of buying a whole bag of food that your dog may hate -- or worse, be allergic to -- request or obtain free samples to try select dog food products before you buy them. read more

How to Care for a German Shorthaired Pointer

by Katherine Barrington | Apr 19, 2012

German shorthaired pointers were bred from German bird dogs, scent hounds and trail dogs. These dogs are known for their intelligence and excellent scenting ability, which combined help make the dogs -- nicknamed "GSPs" -- proficient in trailing and tracking. Though they are often regarded as sporting dogs, German shorthaired pointers make great pets for active families. The breed needs plenty of daily exercise but requires infrequent grooming because its coat is short, so shedding is not a large concern. read more

How to Fly a Dog Safely in an Airplane's Cargo Section

by Elle Belmont | Apr 19, 2012

Whether you want to take your dog along on vacation or need to ship a puppy to a new home, an airplane flight sometimes is part of the plan. If your dog is not a small breed that can easily fit under the seat, he must go as baggage in the plane's cargo section. This can be a bewildering and terrifying experience for your pet, and there are safety risks, airline policies and laws you must learn about before you set out. You can fly your dog in the cargo sections of some aircraft with some assurance of safety, but the process does require much preparation and planning. read more

How to Fly With Your Dog

by Jackie Carroll | Apr 19, 2012

Bringing your dog along when you travel can be fun for both you and your pet, but when the travel is by air it can also be stressful and bewildering for your dog. Flying with a dog who is small enough to ride with you in the passenger area of an aircraft is easier and safer than flying with a dog who must ride in the cargo hold. The chance of a successful flight for a dog of any size is increased if you prepare carefully. You can make the experience easier for your dog by surrounding him with some favorite items from home and keeping to his normal schedule as much as possible. read more

How to Collect a Canine Urine Sample

by Elle Belmont | Apr 19, 2012

A canine urine sample is a valuable tool your vet uses to diagnose many diseases. For example, a urinary tract infection may cause symptoms such as painful urination, straining or dribbling in the house, while bloody or cloudy urine may indicate bladder, prostate or urethra disorders. And a dog that urinates excessively and drinks a lot of water may have diabetes insipidus, thyroid disorders or Cushing's disease. If your vet asks you to bring in a urine sample, you must typically collect the urine as a first-catch sample in the morning and bring it to your vet within 30 minutes, according to the Merck Veterinary Manual. If that doesn't fit in your schedule, you may refrigerate it for up to 24 hours, but ask your vet first. Urine is best examined as a fresh, newly collected sample and refrigeration may alter the results, leaving a need for another sample. read more

How to Groom a Pomeranian

by Kimberly DiCostanzo | Apr 19, 2012

The Pomeranian is a lively little dog with a sense of adventure and a thick, full coat. Grooming your Pom can seem like a daunting task, particularly due to his dense double coat. If you have a Pom puppy, begin grooming him now so he is accustomed to the process. By taking your time and making grooming part of your regular care routine, you can form a special bond with your intelligent and outgoing Pomeranian. read more

How to Keep Your Dogs Occupied While Away

by Ruth deJauregui | Apr 19, 2012

Originally, most dogs had jobs to do during the day. Whether herding sheep or hunting vermin, dogs were kept busy by their owners. In today's world, dogs are beloved pets, kept at home while their humans are at work. A dog's instincts, however, require that he have dog-friendly activities available or he could become destructive, chewing on shoes and sofas, digging holes in the garden or barking at every shadow. Providing activities to keep your dog occupied while you're away prevents bored, destructive behavior. read more

How to Fit a Dog for a Harness

by Susan Paretts | Apr 19, 2012

A dog harness is useful to have under many circumstances, such as for walking your dog, for sledding or for securing your dog in a car for a trip to the vet. Large breeds of dogs, and dogs with heads smaller than their necks, benefit from the use of a harness when you're walking them; a harness helps prevent injuries to the neck and escape from your control. A harness gives you more control over your dog and won't choke him if he pulls against his leash. To properly fit a harness, take careful measurements of your dog's body to ensure the animal's comfort while he's wearing it. read more

How to Design a Dog Agility Course

by Cindy Quarters | Apr 19, 2012

Dog agility is a popular sport that provides fun, exercise and mental stimulation for both dogs and their owners. Owners of dogs registered with the American Kennel Club can earn agility titles for their dogs through the AKC. Dogs can also earn titles through the United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA), an organization that accepts all breeds of dogs, including mixed breeds, as well as other clubs, such as the Canadian Kennel Club. The design of a dog agility course is based around the class the dog is training for or competing in and takes into account which obstacles are required for that class, though practice courses can include any obstacles you wish. read more

How to Tell if a Dog is Depressed

by Quentin Coleman | Apr 19, 2012

Depression in dogs is often the result of a constant or traumatic stress in their environment. Intense or distressing interactions with other animals, physical injuries and infections are among the most common causes of canine depression. Depression manifests itself in a number of symptoms that vary significantly between individual dogs. Not every dog's symptoms will be the same, but there are several key side effects of depression that are found in the majority of canine depression cases. Always consult an experienced veterinarian regarding the health and treatment of your pet. read more

How to Care for a Great Dane

by Susan Paretts | Apr 19, 2012

Originally developed to hunt wild boar in Germany over 1,000 years ago, the Great Dane resulted from a combination of the Irish wolfhound and the old English mastiff. These large dogs typically have a gentle temperament and regal appearance, sometimes referred to as the "Apollo" of dogs. They were originally recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as part of the working group. With the proper training, care and physical space, your Great Dane will become an obedient, loyal member of your family. read more

Brain Teaser Toys for Dogs

by Cindy Quarters | Apr 19, 2012

Dogs can get bored, especially if they're alone a lot. When they do, many dogs become destructive, digging holes in the yard, chew up furniture, destroying shoes and clothing or simply barking incessantly. One way to prevent these problems and to keep your dog content is to give him brain teaser toys, challenging his ability to solve problems and giving him something to do when you can’t be with him. To make it even more interesting for your dog, hide the toy so he has to search for it before he can get the treat. read more

How to Care for a French Bulldog

by Quentin Coleman | Apr 19, 2012

French bulldogs have been a recognized breed for more than 100 years in both North America and Europe. Their unusual flat face and domestic personality sets them apart from other breeds. French bulldogs are mostly bred as indoor, domesticated pets, and they have quite a few breed-specific health issues that owners must be ready to address. An informed, preventive health care strategy is the best way to help your dog avoid medical problems later in life. read more

How to Groom a Newfoundland

by Katherine Barrington | Apr 19, 2012

The Newfoundland is a very large dog with a lot of hair. Newfoundlands have water-resistant double coats. A Newfoundland's undercoat is typically soft and dense, and the outer coat is coarse and long. Because Newfoundlands have very thick coats, they require frequent grooming to prevent mats and to keep their coats and skin healthy. Professional grooming services are costly, so many Newfoundland owners groom their dogs themselves. Grooming your own Newfoundland saves money, but unless you know how to do it correctly, you may find yourself paying a groomer to fix problems. read more

How to Care for a Pekingese

by Susan Paretts | Apr 19, 2012

Dating back to the eighth century, the Pekingese breed originated in China during the Tang dynasty. The breed gets its name from the ancient city of Peking, now known as Beijing, where Pekingese were once bred only for royalty. Also known as the "lion dog of China," these dogs were brought to England in 1860, where they gained popularity after one was gifted to Queen Victoria. The Pekingese's popularity continued in the U.S., and the breed was accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1906. With a loving home, your Pekingese will grow into a loyal, regal little companion. read more

How to Tell How Old My New Puppy Is

by Wildwater Wolf | Apr 19, 2012

People who meet and consider bringing home a new canine companion will want to know the puppy's age. When you purchase your puppy from a dog breeder, you are given information about her health, weight, temperament, precise age and parents. However, the age and background are seldom known about puppies who are strays, rescued, adoptable, living in shelters or being sold at pet stores. Estimating a puppy's age is possible if you examine tooth development or observe appearance and behavior. read more

Allergy Testing for Dogs

by Jo Chester | Apr 19, 2012

Dogs, like their owners, can experience a variety of allergies. Allergens in their food or in their environment are responsible for more than 30 percent of the skin irritations that dogs experience. Allergy testing can be expensive and does require some dedication on the part of the dog’s owner. However, testing your dog for allergies can result in a significantly improved quality of life if an allergy is identified and treated. read more

How to Stop Your Dog From Nipping Strangers

by Susan Paretts | Apr 19, 2012

For improperly socialized dogs, aggressive behaviors can be a common problem, especially toward strangers. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as many as 60 to 70 percent of dogs show signs of aggression towards unfamiliar people, including barking or generally behaving in an unfriendly manner. Unfortunately, in some dogs this aggression can lead to nipping at strangers, a potentially serious situation. To prevent your dog from injuring someone else, take steps to keep him away from strangers or train your dog not to nip at them at all with positive, reward-based training techniques. read more

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