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How to Care for Wheaten Terriers

by Jo Chester | Apr 19, 2012

Like many terriers, the progenitors of today’s soft-coated wheaten terriers were farm dogs used to eradicate vermin, such as rats, and to hunt small game, such as badgers and rabbits. The earliest history of the breed is unrecorded, but records of the breed extend back to more than 200 years ago .The little that is known tells us that the breed was developed to be attractive, brave and quick-witted. Described by their breed club as being “exuberant” and “people-oriented,” wheaten terriers make fine family pets. read more

How to Splint a Dog's Broken Leg

by Quentin Coleman | Apr 19, 2012

Dogs love to jump, run and play, which means accidents are bound to happen. Even a short fall, like slipping while getting out of a car, can result in a broken or fractured bone if the dog lands on his legs or back. If your dog suffers a serious injury like a broken bone, contact a veterinary specialist and request guidance. If you are unable to take your dog to a veterinary specialist immediately, you can splint his leg to prevent him for aggravating the injury. Splinting an injured leg prevents the dog from hurting himself any further by moving his damaged bones. read more

How to Get a Dog in TV Commercials

by Karen Curley | Apr 19, 2012

If you think your dog has a special quality that qualifies him for television commercials, then you will need perseverance and commitment for your dog’s success in show business. Entertainment companies rent your dog from you for each day’s production if he gets a role in a television commercial, according to Hollywood Paws. Consider your dog’s temperament, training, talents and his reaction when apart from you for extended periods before auditioning for television commercials. read more

How to Groom an Australian Shepherd Dog

by Katherine Barrington | Apr 19, 2012

The Australian shepherd, despite its name, is a tough, intelligent ranch dog developed in the western United States. Australian shepherds have thick coats that require frequent brushing. If you want to keep your dog looking well-groomed but don't want to spend hundreds of dollars a year on a professional grooming service, consider learning the basics of grooming your Australian shepherd yourself. Most dog owners are capable of performing basic grooming tasks such as bathing and brushing their dogs' fur. Some tasks, such as nail trimming, are best left to professionals, whose training and experience minimize the risk of injury. read more

How to Litter Box Train a Puppy

by Kimberly DiCostanzo | Apr 19, 2012

Training your puppy to use a litter box can save you frustration and stress when you are unable to get home on time or during inclement weather. While litter box training does not replace a dog's need to run and play outdoors, it can keep your home cleaner with fewer accidents. The type of litter you purchase is extremely important, as a puppy may try to eat it. Choose a natural litter that does not clump to avoid an emergency visit to your veterinarian. With consistency and positive reinforcement, your puppy will be using the litter box on his own every day. read more

How to Stop a Dog From Chasing Other Animals

by Quentin Coleman | Apr 19, 2012

Most dogs are inclined to chase other animals -- some are even bred for chasing. Such "normal" behavior can be inconvenient for a dog's owner as well as dangerous for the dog and for others. While your dog might not hurt himself by chasing a domestic cat around the house, he could get seriously injured if he tries to do the same thing to a deer, skunk or other wild animal. If you have trouble controlling your dog around other animals, take steps to change the dog's behavior. Train your dog, teaching him what he should or shouldn't do. It is easier to train natural traits out of dogs when they are younger, so start conditioning yours as soon as you can. read more

How to Keep a Chihuahua Warm

by Ruth deJauregui | Apr 19, 2012

Brought to the United States from the Mexican state of Chihuahua in 1850, the Chihuahua dog's earlier history in the Americas is vague at best. The American Kennel Club says Chihuahuas are believed to be descendants of a little dog raised by the Toltecs and a hairless dog brought over the land bridge from Asia. Today's Chihuahuas are much smaller than their ancestors. With a tiny 3- to 6-pound body and a short coat, Chihuahuas are extremely sensitive to cold, shivering even in what their owners consider a warm room. read more

How to Get Free or Low Cost Dog Grooming In Your Town

by Karen Curley | Apr 19, 2012

Bringing your dog to a professional groomer can be an expensive prospect, especially if you have a dog that needs regular grooming and clipping. Groomers charge extra for longhaired dogs, large dogs and dogs that have mats. Specific shampoos and conditioners may also cost extra. If you are willing to spend some time researching options for low-cost grooming in your town, you can save money and still have a well-groomed dog. read more

How to Care for a Vizsla

by Susan Paretts | Apr 19, 2012

With a lineage dating back to the 10th century, the vizsla originated as a companion for the Magyars, a nomadic hunting tribe that eventually settled in Hungary. Later, these dogs became popular with Hungarian nobility before almost becoming extinct after World War I. The breed was preserved by Hungarian immigrants, who brought their dogs to the United States during the 1930s. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960, the vizsla is known for his pointing abilities, loyalty and intelligence. With their high level of energy, these dogs make good companions for active owners. read more

How to Keep a Dog Calm during Fireworks

by Elle Belmont | Apr 19, 2012

You need only look in the classifieds of your local newspaper in the days just following Fourth of July fireworks to see the plea repeated many times: Lost dog. Animal shelter staffs know they will see increased numbers of stray dogs in the days after celebratory fireworks. Independence Day and New Year's Eve are fearful times for many dogs. Their ears are far more sensitive than those of humans, and they have no way to know what's going on. Exposure to the noises of fireworks can lead later to fears of other loud noises, according to veterinary behaviorist Bonnie Beaver. Some dogs have jumped through glass windows or scrambled over fences trying to flee the noise of a thunderstorm. Others may salivate excessively, pace for hours, hide in a bathtub or crawl under a bed. Keeping your dog calm during fireworks may require a menu of strategies. read more

How to Groom a Giant Schnauzer

by Kimberly DiCostanzo | Apr 19, 2012

Grooming a giant schnauzer can seem like a daunting task, particularly because of his massive size and lithe, agile movement. Proper grooming from a young age can set your schnauzer up for a lifetime of health and bonding with you. Begin a grooming routine early so your giant schnauzer can become accustomed to it before he gets large and therefore potentially difficult to restrain. With regular maintenance, your giant schnauzer will have a lustrous, healthful coat and a distinguished appearance. read more

How to Kill Ticks on Dogs

by Lori Lapierre | Apr 19, 2012

Ticks are small parasites that suck the blood of a host -- such as deer, dogs, cats or people -- and can transmit serious diseases, such as Lyme disease, through contact. A tick be picked up by a dog running through tall grass or under trees, and it attaches itself to a host by burying its head in the dog's skin. While killing the tick is not difficult, removing it properly from the dog first is important to the health of the dog. read more

How to Make Frosting for Dog Treats

by Katherine Barrington | Apr 19, 2012

By making your own dog treats and decorating them with homemade frosting, you can provide your dog with occasional tasty indulgences you can feel good about. Many commercial frosted dog treats contain large amounts of fat and sugar. If you want to give your dog some special frosted treats, you can use ingredients such as organic yogurt, carob chips and egg yolk to create healthier alternatives to the commercial products. read more

How to Make Homemade Frosty Paws (Dog Ice Cream)

by Elle Belmont | Apr 19, 2012

Frosty Paws are a frozen treat for dogs created in the 1970s by an Ohio State professor of animal science after a challenge from local ice cream parlor patrons. A dog-friendly alternative to sugary, lactose-laden ice cream, Frosty Paws have a yogurt base that contains less lactase than ice cream, so your dog can tolerate it better. But as tasty as the Frosty Paws treats are to your pooch, they may be cost-prohibitive if you are on a budget. If you want to reward your dog with dog ice cream at a low cost, you can whip up your own frozen treat at home. read more

How to Take a Dog's Temperature

by Cindy Quarters | Apr 19, 2012

Taking your dog’s temperature can be a vital step in determining the status of the dog's overall health. A high temperature can indicate a fever or heat stroke, while a low temperature may be a sign of shock. If you call your veterinarian with questions about your dog, often the first question the vet will ask, to help her in assessing the animal's condition, is what is your pet’s temperature. While people often feel uncomfortable with the process of taking a dog's temperature at first, the task is a quick procedure that is easy to learn. read more

How to Groom a Border Collie

by Kimberly DiCostanzo | Apr 19, 2012

The border collie is an exceptionally smart dog. He is built for activity, from his keen eye to his natural weather resistant coat. The border collie, originating in an ever-changing climate between Scotland and England, can have either a rough, wiry top coat or a smooth, soft top coat. Both coat types require little trimming, as part of a border collie's charm and history require that he look as natural as possible. Grooming your border collie can be a soothing and bonding activity for you and your canine. read more

How to Train a Dog to Speak

by Susan Paretts | Apr 19, 2012

Short, positive training sessions will serve best when you teach your dog to obey various commands. Some examples of commands are "sit," "stay" and "speak." The "speak" command teaches a dog to bark once or twice in response to your verbal cue. Training not only provides mental stimulation for your dog but gives you more control over his behavior. You can combine commands to teach more complicated tricks or tasks, such as "quiet" or "hush" for noisy dogs, after they first understand the command to speak. Use reward-based clicker-training techniques to train your dog to vocalize on your command. read more

How to Care for a Poodle

by Judith Willson | Apr 19, 2012

A poodle is not merely a set of pompoms on legs. Originally bred as a working dog, specifically a water retriever, poodles tend to be active, intelligent and, usually, good-natured. One important aspect of poodles is that they don’t leave many hairs behind them, meaning they can be good companions for people with mild allergies. Poodles also tend to be good with children and other pets, including cats, if you introduce the animals slowly and carefully. Bear in mind that a poodle needs a fair amount of grooming and, especially the standard poodle, plenty of exercise. read more

How to Teach Your Puppy its Name

by Cindy Quarters | Apr 19, 2012

Teaching your puppy his name is one of the most important things you can do when you get a new puppy. It is the foundation of all other training as well as forming the basis of his relationship with you. Using his name consistently and positively helps your dog to know and understand when you want him and when you expect him to do something. read more

How to Care for a Great Pyrenees

by Susan Paretts | Apr 19, 2012

Originating in Central Asia or Siberia, the Great Pyrenees gets his name from the Great Pyrenees mountain range in southwestern Europe. The breed is one of the oldest in existence, with remains of his ancestors found among fossils dating back to 1800 B.C. The breed has a thick, weather-resistant coat and was originally used to protect flocks of sheep from predators in the frigid mountain weather and to pull sleds. They arrived in the U.S. in 1824 and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1933. Care for your Great Pyrenees to raise a healthy, well-adjusted dog. read more

How to Care for a Dog in Heat

by Elle Belmont | Apr 19, 2012

A bitch generally has her first estrus season, or heat, at between 6 and 12 months of age, most commonly between 8 and 10 months. Mating will produce a litter at this age, but she is immature, so it is important to guard against that potential. A female dog will normally return to season about every six months. Some have estrus seasons as often as every four months or less. If you are not a serious breeder, the healthiest thing you can do for your female puppy is to spay her before she reaches sexual maturity, according to the PetMD website. If you do not spay her, you must provide special care for her for the better part of a month, two or three times per year. read more

How to Care for an American Staffordshire Terrier

by Susan Paretts | Apr 19, 2012

Originally bred in England, the American Staffordshire terrier was developed from bulldogs used in both the baiting of larger animals, such as bulls, and dog fights during the 1800s. The breed was brought to the United States in the late 19th century and accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1936, where the name was changed to the American Staffordshire terrier. Although this breed is different than the American pit bull terrier, both are considered pit bulls, with a notorious reputation based on their aggressive ancestry. With proper training and responsible ownership, this breed can be loving, loyal and gentle. read more

How to Choose Family-Friendly Dog Breeds

by Sarah Quinlan | Apr 19, 2012

Your family has decided that it is time for an addition … a new dog! It is an exciting yet important decision to make; what type or breed of dog is best to bring into the family? You have to make sure the dog fits with your family’s needs and desires, and that the dog is a welcome and loving companion to each individual. There are a few steps you must consider before jumping into the car and taking home the first cute dog that jumps into your lap. read more

How to Pick the Right Breed of Dog

by Nancy Lovering | Apr 19, 2012

When your young child gazes up at you with her giant eyes and pleads for a puppy just like the one in her favorite movie, your kindest, most compassionate response might be "no." A breed of dog that doesn't fit with your family and lifestyle can cause chaos and even heartache if you're forced to part with your pet. Research your choice of dog breed carefully to ensure that you are prepared to be his forever home. read more

How to Find the Perfect Dog Breed for You

by Cindy Quarters | Apr 19, 2012

The best way to approach finding the perfect dog breed for you and your family is to take a realistic look at what you expect of a dog and what kinds of things you can live with. Once you have determined some characteristics that are important to you, you can narrow down your choices from there. With dozens of breeds to choose from, you’re bound to find the perfect one for you. read more

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