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Potty Training Praise for Puppies

by Elizabeth Holli Wood | Jul 15, 2009

Puppies are truly adorable---until they make that first mess on your rug. It is important to start potty training your pup from the moment you bring her home to avoid letting your puppy develop bad habits that will be harder to break when she gets older. In order to potty train or "house break" your pup, you have to offer your puppy a little incentive to do good. This means praising your dog when she does well, and denying praise when she has an accident. read more

Beagle Puppy Training

by Glyn Sheridan | Jul 15, 2009

Your beagle puppy descends from a long line of English hunting hounds, selected and bred for his outstanding sense of smell and congenial personality. As an adult, your beagle will reach a height of between 13 and 15 inches and will weigh approximately 20 lbs. Your beagle puppy will form a loyal bond with you and your family and he will be a fine companion animal, but his intrinsic sense of the hunt makes training challenging. Early socialization and obedience training will help you control your beagle's natural urge to chase anything that moves. read more

Fastest Way to Potty Train a Puppy

by Tricia Goss | Jul 15, 2009

You decided your family was ready for a dog and have adopted the world's most adorable puppy. That is, until he piddled in the middle of your living room carpet. You suddenly realize that owning a dog is a big responsibility and so you prepare yourself to clean up some messes, but now all you want to do is potty train your new furry friend---fast. read more

Dangers of Flea Medication

by Andie Francese | Jul 15, 2009

Flea and tick medications are common treatments for pets. They are often sold over the counter and applied to millions of pets ever year; however, flea medication carries a myriad of risks to both pets and owners. The medications are filled with toxic chemicals (they kills fleas and ticks, after all). If they are not applied to extreme caution, serious complications and possibly death may occur. read more

What Bones are Safe to Give to a Dog?

by Sandra Petersen | Jul 15, 2009

Owners have fed their dogs bones for years and delighted in seeing how their pets seemed to enjoy their treats. However, questions have recently arisen over whether raw bones are safe or if dogs need bones at all. read more

Ideas on How to Get Rid of Fleas in the Yard

by VFranco | Jul 15, 2009

While adult fleas prefer to spend quality time directly embedded on your animal, flea eggs, larvae and pupae are usually found everywhere else. This means that for every flea you find on your pet, there are likely to be hundreds of eggs and larvae around your home and yard. Most people use a variety of toxic sprays to remove fleas from the yard, all of which require you to use a garden hose and a hose end sprayer. Depending on the product you select, the process generally takes anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks. read more

Dog Heart Attack Symptoms

by ARW | Jul 15, 2009

Similar to that of humans, a primary cause of mortality in dogs is heart disease. With a number of different heart diseases commonly found in dogs, on top of a number of possible contributing factors, severe heart trauma is relatively common. However, that does not mean we should think of canine heart attacks as identical to human myocardial infarctions. Instead, canine heart attack often manifests in different ways. In a human heart attack, the flow of blood is interrupted suddenly, blocking blood flow to a certain segment of the heart, killing heart cells. While similar trauma can happen in a dog, canine "heart attacks" often take very different paths. read more

Signs & Symptoms of Dehydration in Puppies

by Tucker Cummings | Jul 15, 2009

Taking care of a new puppy presents many challenges, such as house training and discipline. One of the challenges you may not have thought about is keeping your puppy properly hydrated. Dehydration can quickly go from a discomfort to a serious problem. There are a few signs and symptoms to watch out for when your puppy is dehydrated. read more

What Causes Facial Hair Loss in Puppies?

by Rena Sherwood | Jul 15, 2009

Puppies are born with their faces covered in hair, except for their lips and nose. As they get older, some thinning of the facial hair may occur but not to the point where the puppy will go bald. Other signs to watch out for besides facial baldness are crusting or redness of the skin and rubbing or scratching of the face. read more

What Foods Should You Feed a Pregnant Dog?

by Rebecca Boardman | Jul 15, 2009

Pregnancy in any animal is a delicate and important time. The growing pups in a pregnant dog demand a great deal from the mother's body, and will actually suck nutrition from the very bones of their dam if it is needed. For puppies to be born healthy and fully formed, it is important to provide optimal nutrition to the mother while she is pregnant. read more

How to Potty Train a Female Puppy

by Kathy R | Jul 15, 2009

As soon as you get your female puppy home and she knows where the back door is, it is time to start potty training. Since puppies aren't born knowing that they need to eliminate outside instead of in the living room, it requires patience and positive reinforcement to get this job done. Most puppies will pick it up within a week or two. If you notice no improvement in this time, take your puppy to the vet. She could have a medical problem that is hampering her progress. read more

Maltese Puppy Training Tips

by Andie Francese | Jul 15, 2009

A Maltese puppy must be trained with a sensitive but consistent hand in order to mature into a polite and well-trained dog. You must set a schedule, stay consistent and train with sensitivity and compassion. The Maltese is a sensitive breed that does not respond well to yelling or other harsh training tactics. Accidents and bad behavior have more to do with bad training than a bad dog, so train the dog well and you will have a well-behaved companion. read more

Home Remedies for Dog Allergies

by Glyn Sheridan | Jul 15, 2009

Like humans, dogs can develop allergies to various substances, including flea bites, feathers, dust, airborne chemicals and mold spores. An allergen may be inhaled or the dog may absorb it through direct contact with his skin. Sensitivity to certain foods may also trigger an allergic reaction. read more

Signs of Anemia in Puppies

by Glyn Sheridan | Jul 15, 2009

When the amount of red blood cells carrying oxygen to your puppy's brain, muscles and organs decreases, anemia may result. Blood loss, through flea infestation or internal parasites, is a common cause of anemia in young puppies and "The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Dogs and Cats" advises that up to one-quarter of a puppy's blood may be lost to parasite infestations. Alternately, your puppy may suffer from an underlying medical condition that causes anemia. Recognizing the symptoms of anemia in your puppy will assist you in seeking veterinarian care in a timely manner. read more

Crate Training a Puppy at Night

by Yvette Marie | Jul 15, 2009

One of the fastest and most effective ways to housebreak your puppy is to crate-train him, according to Perfect Paws. Crate training forces your puppy to restrain himself and eliminate in the right time and place, and it helps him strengthen his bladder and bowels so he can exercise intentional control. Be patient and consistent, and your puppy will learn what you want him to do. read more

How to Identify Fleas & Ticks

by James Gapinski | Jul 15, 2009

Though many people know that ticks and fleas are harmful to a pet's health, not everyone knows how to identify these parasites. Identification is important, since different parasites require different removal and treatment techniques. Pets should be checked for ticks and fleas after time spent with other dogs or outside, because even if you brush and bathe your animal regularly, it is still possible for him to get fleas or ticks. When you first spot a small insect crawling in your pet's fur, you'll need to check him thoroughly---if you've seen one bug, chances are that there are more hiding in the fur. read more

Mint Dog Bone Recipe

by Susan Landis-Steward | Jul 15, 2009

Let's face it--dogs have, well, dog breath. A homemade dog biscuit with mint and parsley will help freshen their breath while also giving them a tasty treat. Mint and parsley are natural breath fresheners. The mint is also helpful for stomach pain and nausea. Parsley has an additional bonus for older dogs because it helps with arthritis. The crunchiness of these bones will help fight tartar and plaque on your dog's teeth as well. read more

How to Bathe Newborn Puppies

by Nathaniel Miller | Jul 15, 2009

Newborn puppies are just beginning to adapt to the outside world, so they tend to be quite sensitive to temperature and other extraneous variables. Typically within the first three to four weeks of their life, puppies are cared for by their mothers. However, sometimes the mothers become inattentive or a problem occurs while they are not around. In those instances, it is important for the dog owner to know how to care for the newborn -- particularly how to bathe it, which will also help to stimulate the puppy to urinate and defecate. read more

When to Give Heartgard to Dogs

by Rena Sherwood | Jul 15, 2009

Heartgard is the brand name of the anti-parasitic medication ivermectin made by Merial. There is also a version called Heartgard Plus, which is a combination of ivermectin and pyrantel. These chewable tablets are given as a preventative to heartworms. According to Merial, they should be given once a month every month, but only if the dog is free of adult heartworms. read more

Teething Remedies for Puppies

by Glyn Sheridan | Jul 15, 2009

Around two weeks of age, a puppy begins to get his baby teeth; by the time he is 12 weeks old, he will have all of them. Not long after the last baby teeth are in, the puppy will begin to lose them and new, permanent teeth will take their place. As the new teeth come in, the puppy might experience redness, swelling and irritation. You can take steps to alleviate his pain and reduce the risk of your puppy chewing up valuable items while he's teething. read more

Signs & Symptoms of Ringworm in a Puppy

by Glyn Sheridan | Jul 15, 2009

Puppies and young adult dogs are more likely to contract ringworm than are older adult dogs, according to the "Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook." Caused by the microsporum canis fungus, ringworm is highly contagious and it may spread from dog to dog or from dog to human through its spores. A puppy's hair and hair follicles are the primary targets of a ringworm infection and the signs and symptoms are easily identifiable. read more

Puppy Mange Treatments

by Brenda Stokes | Jul 15, 2009

Mange is a condition that can affect any dog no matter how old they are. However, one type of mange attacks puppies in particular called demodectic mange. This type is caused by mites that burrow into the skin. This can understandably cause irritation like patchy skin, hair loss, sores and even oozing sores. Luckily, there are mange treatments for puppies that help clear up the condition quickly and efficiently. read more

What Type of Water Should a Puppy Drink?

by Catherine RayburnTrobaugh | Jul 15, 2009

If you have a new puppy, you know that they can have delicate systems. Just like a human baby, even small details are very important to their health and well being. Water is one of the most important ingredients to a healthy start for your puppy, and it's important that it's of the best quality. read more

How to Make a Dog Jacket

by Michelle Powell-Smith | Jul 15, 2009

A lightweight dog jacket may be ideal for a sun sensitive dog, rainy weather, or a short haired dog on chilly fall or spring days. Making your own dog jacket allows you to customize the fit for your dog's frame. This is especially helpful for very small or large dogs. Choose fabrics suited to your climate and weather needs. read more

How to Get Rid of Fleas on a Puppy

by Sandra Ketcham | Jul 15, 2009

Fleas on a puppy less than six weeks old can be dangerous if not treated promptly. Fleas feed on blood, and a flea infestation in a young dog can result in severe anemia or death, according to the ASPCA. Unfortunately, most flea products are designed for older dogs. Using commercial flea powders, flea collars or flea rinses on young puppies is potentially fatal and should be avoided. Luckily, there is a simple and inexpensive way to get rid of fleas on a puppy. read more

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