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How to Express a Dog's Anal Glands

by Susan Paretts | Apr 19, 2012

A dog has two scent glands located on each side of his rectum. These glands, also called anal sacs, contain an unpleasant-smelling liquid used to mark territory. When a dog produces a bowel movement, the pressure against the sacs in the rectum should release the fluid naturally. Sometimes the glands don't empty properly and become filled with anal gland discharge, leading to itching and irritation. A dog with clogged or swollen anal glands will scoot along the floor or lick incessantly at the area. To relieve this irritation, you can express the glands manually yourself. read more

How to Groom a Cairn Terrier

by Kimberly DiCostanzo | Apr 19, 2012

Grooming a cairn terrier can be a challenge, due in part to the breed's rugged coat and rough-and-tumble personality. Cairns are active and playful through their senior years, and they require proper grooming to ensure optimal health and a clean, lustrous coat. Due to the cairn terrier's curiosity and independence, you may find him covered in dirt, debris and grime on a frequent basis. Grooming your cairn often, a bonding experience for you both, will ensure he is clean and ready for his next adventure. read more

How to Rescue a Bichon Frise

by Judith Willson | Apr 19, 2012

Dogs of every breed lose their homes, and the bichon frise is no exception -- in fact, often the more popular a dog becomes, the more neglected or homeless ones there are. To avoid indirectly encouraging the breeding of yet more unwanted dogs, consider giving a home to a bichon frise that's in a rescue shelter. In the United States, rescue operations that specialize in bichons or small breeds in general exist in most areas. If you haven't already, examine your lifestyle and know what you want in a dog so you can be relatively sure the bichon is perfect for you. Because the temperaments of individual bichon frises vary, especially among rescues, it is worth analyzing available rescue bichons in some depth before deciding on which animal to bring home. read more

How to Minimize the Shedding of Dog Hair

by Nancy Lovering | Apr 19, 2012

Loving your dog comes naturally, but not so much the shed hair that clings to the furniture upholstery and your favorite sweater. Some dogs shed more than others, and a whole lot of shedding can quickly become an inconvenience. Shedding is part of the reality of dog ownership; but rather than give up your pet to eliminate the problem, take steps to minimize the shedding of your dog's coat. read more

How to Feed Orphaned Puppies

by Alexis Rohlin | Apr 19, 2012

Some puppies become orphaned when their mothers succumb to illness, birth complications or tragic accidents. Other puppies are orphaned by mothers that are too young and inexperienced to care for them properly or are temperamental and for some sad reason unable to care enough to raise young. Hand-feeding orphaned puppies is time-consuming, as newborn puppies will need to eat every four hours for the first two weeks of life. The process of holding a puppy and helping her eat is an emotionally rewarding experience, and you may find yourself bonding with her and falling helplessly in love. read more

How to Choose a Dog Breed

by Alexis Rohlin | Apr 19, 2012

Choosing which dog breed best suits your lifestyle will require research and careful contemplation. Not all dog breeds are suitable for families with small children, and some breeds will not do well in small living spaces. Different types of dogs have different temperaments, so it's important to learn as much as you can about what they are like as you choose your dog breed. Matching a dog's personality with yours will ensure that you select the best companion for your needs. read more

How to Select a Rottweiler

by Cindy Quarters | Apr 19, 2012

The large, strong rottweiler is well-known for its intelligence and capabilities as a guard dog. When choosing a rottweiler, you want to look for a dog that is intelligent and unafraid but not confident to the point that it will contest your leadership as it grows up. When evaluating a litter of puppies, try to see their mother and father if possible, as well as grandparents or older siblings that may live with the breeder, since you can expect your puppy to have much in common with these dogs. read more

How to Groom a Golden Retriever

by Alexis Rohlin | Apr 19, 2012

The American Kennel Club describes the golden retriever as an intelligent and eager-to-please working dog that is reliable, friendly and trustworthy. Golden retrievers serve as hunting companions, guide dogs for the blind, hearing dogs for the deaf and even search-and-rescue dogs. Golden retrievers have dense golden coats of heavy, water-repellent fur that requires weekly if not daily attention to keep shedding to a minimum in the house. Due to the ruffs of fur that grow on the backs of the legs and under the body, the neck and underside of the tail, your golden retriever will need trimming to maintain a neatly groomed appearance. read more

How to Tell if a Puppy Has a UTI

by Susan Paretts | Apr 19, 2012

Infections of a puppy's urinary tract result from the presence of bacteria in the urethra and bladder, and lead to inflammation and pain for the puppy. The most common cause of a UTI in a puppy is the migration of bacteria from the puppy's feces into the urethra. Because a puppy's immune system is still developing, this makes the likelihood of bacteria causing an infection higher than in an adult dog. Watch your puppy for signs of a UTI. These infections can spread to other parts of the body, and they require immediate diagnosis and care from a veterinarian. read more

How to Know When It's Time to Put Your Pet to Sleep (Saying Goodbye Is Hard to Do)

by Susan Paretts | Apr 19, 2012

Our pets give us unconditional love and friendship, usually for many years. Unfortunately, at a certain point, we all must face one of the hardest decisions involved with owning a pet -- when to say goodbye. The decision of when to put your pet to sleep, a procedure performed by a veterinarian, is not an easy one, as there are several factors to consider. Depending on your pet's condition, his quality of life must be evaluated to determine if the time has come to humanely euthanize him, releasing him from his pain and sickness. read more

How to Protect Your Dog's Feet

by Kent Page McGroarty | Apr 19, 2012

A dog's paws do more than get her from place to place -- they also help regulate the dog's temperature. Extreme elements can wreck havoc on dog paws, such as sharp bits of ice, chemicals used to melt the frozen water, or scalding-hot pavement, so it is essential to take steps to protect your dog's paws. While winter cold and summer heat often mean extra care of dog paws, it is necessary to protect the animal's feet year-round. For example, dogs that frequently run around parks or in your backyard can pick up small pebbles between paw pads or cut their pads on sharp twigs or rocks. read more

How to Care for a Pembroke Welsh Corgi

by Keri Gardner | Apr 19, 2012

The Pembroke Welsh corgi is a very old breed of herding dog. It's a Nordic breed with pointy ears, a sharp muzzle and a heavy coat. This breed is low-set, sturdy and active with loads of stamina. It has been used throughout time to herd livestock, as well as domestic fowl. This very intelligent breed of dog is often used in obedience, herding, agility and tracking competitions. With proper care and training, these dogs can live long lives as an integral part of your family. read more

How to Stop Dog Aggression Towards Other Dogs

by Katherine Barrington | Apr 19, 2012

Though many professional breeders selectively breed to remove aggression from dog blood lines, some breeds are still more naturally aggressive than others. Dogs that display aggression toward other dogs may do so because they feel threatened or because they are defending their territory. While this behavior is natural, it can be dangerous and you may find it necessary to take steps to control and correct your dog's aggressive behavior. If you are willing to put in the required time and effort, it is possible to mitigate your dog's aggression toward other dogs. read more

How to Rescue a Shih Tzu in Michigan

by Judith Willson | Apr 19, 2012

Michigan has rescue operations that focus entirely on shih tzus and others that concentrate on strictly small dogs, while general dog sanctuaries or shelters accept any breed if not most breeds. In Michigan and elsewhere in the United States there are more shih tzus in need of good homes than there are residents of good homes looking to adopt. Cute little dogs such as these are vulnerable to people who make impulse buys. Once the realities of toilet training, veterinary bills and daily care set in, such dogs are often abandoned. It's an unfortunate circumstance that means finding plenty of shih tzu to choose among shouldn’t be a problem. read more

How to Groom a German Shepherd Dog

by Kent Page McGroarty | Apr 19, 2012

The German shepherd is arguably one of the most stately dog breeds in existence. The German shepherd is native to Karlsruhe, Germany, created in 1899 as a type of military, police and guard dog. Considered a fearless and capable dog, the German shepherd also is a dedicated pet. Most German shepherds feature black and tan hair, long snouts and large pointed ears. They are among the large breeds. Besides obedience training and a proper veterinary/vaccine regimen, regular grooming is key to taking care of and enjoying your German shepherd to the fullest extent possible. read more

How to Handle a Found Dog

by Kent Page McGroarty | Apr 19, 2012

Finding an unleashed dog can be a frightening experience for you and the pooch. If the dog is lost, he's probably scared and more likely to act aggressively, though if he is someone's pet, you may be able to talk him into coming to you. When dealing with a found dog, know how to best handle the animal to contain him and keep him as calm as possible before making the necessary calls. read more

How to Make an Effective Missing Pet Poster

by Cindy Quarters | Apr 19, 2012

If you lose your pet, you may be afraid that you’ll never see him again, but fast action on your part can often help to recover him quickly. Get the word out in the area where your pet disappeared, so that anybody who sees him will realize he's lost. One of the most effective things you can do to let people know about your missing pet is to post large signs in the area where you last saw him. An effective poster catches people’s attention and gives them a brief description of your lost pet -- and it may mean the difference between getting him back or not. read more

How to Remove Dog Urine From Wood

by Judith Willson | Apr 19, 2012

Wood flooring or furniture and a puppy or an elderly dog is not always a match made in heaven. Although any odor will disappear in time, and dog urine has nowhere near the pungency of cat urine, wood, being highly absorbent and reactive, is likely to stain. You might not get an obvious yellow stain -- wood urine stains often become very dark -- but it still spoils the look. Before resigning yourself to covering the stain with a throw or rug, try removing the urine. The faster you do this after your dog had his little accident, the better. Old stains, however, are still treatable. read more

How to Clean a Dog's Ears with Vinegar and Water

by Conny Marian | Apr 19, 2012

Clean ears are essential to your dog's health and well-being. Dirty ears are a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast, which can trigger painful infections. Always take your dog to his veterinarian if he appears to have an ear problem, and use a veterinarian-recommended product to clean your dog's ears. As an alternative ear-cleaning solution in cases where no problem is present, Texas veterinarian Dennis W. Thomas says a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and water can be used. This mixture can be used in the same way you would use a commercial ear-cleaning solution. However, it is essential to have your veterinarian make sure your dog's eardrums are intact before you put anything in his ears. read more

How to Deal With a Neighbor's Loud Dog

by Susan Paretts | Apr 19, 2012

While an occasional bark must be expected from your neighbor's dog, because dogs communicate by barking just as people communicate by talking, some dogs bark excessively. Excessive barking can result from boredom or loneliness due to separation anxiety. This type of nuisance barking can be unpleasant to hear, especially for prolonged periods of time during the day and especially at night. If your neighbor's dog barking disturbs you, there are several things you can try to remedy the situation. read more

How to Keep Your Dog From Eating Plants

by Katherine Barrington | Apr 19, 2012

It is normal for dogs to eat grass at one time or another, but it can be harmful for your dog to consume other garden plants and houseplants. If you find your dog regularly eating plants, you may need to modify your landscaping or home decor so the dog no longer has access to the plants. You may also need to engage in a behavioral modification program to correct your dog's plant-eating behavior. read more

How to Groom a Cocker Spaniel

by Kimberly DiCostanzo | Apr 19, 2012

Grooming cocker spaniels can be a challenge, given their rich, luxurious coat combined with their active nature and sense of adventure. Keeping your dog’s coat clean and free of debris is essential to his overall health, as it can prevent skin irritation and infection. Begin grooming your cocker when he is a puppy so he becomes accustomed to the routine. Grooming your cocker spaniel not only benefits his health and appearance, it also strengthens the bond you have with your canine. read more

How to Ship a Puppy in a Plane

by Susan Paretts | Apr 19, 2012

When you're shipping a puppy by plane you may not always be available to travel with the dog in the cabin. In these cases, you must ship the puppy by cargo or on a pet-specific airline. To ensure your puppy's safe arrival at his destination, have your veterinary paperwork in order and make all arrangements ahead of time with the party that is going to pick up the dog. read more

How to Care for a Brittany Spaniel

by Alice Moon | Apr 19, 2012

Bred to hunt, Brittany spaniels hold, point and retrieve, acting as short- or mid-range dogs in the field. Brittanys are leggy spaniels, with naturally short tails or short-docked tails. Their coats are orange and white or liver and white, and come in clear or roan, parti-color, piebald or tricolor patterns. Some Brittanys have freckles. The dogs have dark hazel or amber eyes and colorful noses. Medium sized and typically weighing 30 to 40 pounds, these friendly dogs also make good indoor companion animals. Brittanys enjoy and seek attention from their owners, learn quickly and are easily trained. They are highly energetic, so proper care for a Brittany must include plenty of attention to his need for training, exercise and appropriate activities. The American Kennel Club has shortened the name of the breed to Brittany. read more

How to Care for a Brussels Griffon

by Alice Moon | Apr 19, 2012

The Brussels griffon's ancestry traces back to small dogs kept to hunt rats in stables. The toy-size dogs weigh eight to 10 pounds. They have thick bodies, flattened faces with prominent dark eyes and cropped or naturally short ears and tails. Griffons are long-lived, reaching 12 to 15 years of age. They are affectionate, sensitive dogs that bond strongly with their masters. They make good companions, family dogs and watchdogs. Griffons are dependent dogs, needing a great deal of company and attention. They prefer to be physically close to their owners and don’t do well left alone. Because of their temperament and physical characteristics, Brussels griffons are best suited to indoor living. read more

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