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How to Keep a Dog's Coat Healthy and Shiny

by Keri Gardner | Apr 19, 2012

If you pay attention to nutrition, grooming and the medical health of your dog, he will be able to maintain a healthy, shiny fur coat. Generally, the condition of your dog's skin and coat is an indicator of your dog's health. Of course, your dog's coat will not be able to benefit from good health if you allow it to become dirty, tangled and matted. Regular grooming, as well as proper health care and nutrition will keep your dog's coat healthy and shiny. read more

How to Care for a Bulldog

by Alice Moon | Apr 19, 2012

While some other dog breeds include "bulldog" in their names, the stand-alone name "Bulldog" is reserved in the American Kennel Club registry for the gentle and much-loved breed also known as the English bulldog. Once a bull-baiting and fighting dog, the bulldog no longer possesses the temperament or athleticism required for such work. The breed was transformed during the Victorian age into a household companion animal, and has continued to transform since. In the decade prior to 2012, the bulldog rose from 21st to sixth in breed popularity in the U.S. The AKC website credits the breed's wrinkles and gentle disposition for its popularity, but years of selection for extreme characteristics in these dogs has created a pet that can have some serious health issues and special care needs. read more

How to Stop a Dog Who Jumps High Fences

by Kent Page McGroarty | Apr 19, 2012

If you come home each day to find your dog wandering around your neighborhood after jumping your fence yet again, think about why your dog might want to leave the yard. In addition to determining your dog's motivation for jumping the fence, make fence-jumping as difficult as possible. Such methods are among the best ways to deal with a fence-hopping dog rather than resorting to harmful tactics such as electric fences and collars. read more

Barking Dogs & Public Nuisance Laws

by Susan Paretts | Apr 19, 2012

Dogs bark to communicate with other dogs and with people. Unfortunately, barking can sometimes develop into a compulsive behavior. If your neighbors can hear the excessive barking, they may file a noise complaint against you and your dog, declaring him a public nuisance. Nuisance laws related to dog barking vary and can result in a fine, a criminal charge or the impounding of your dog. read more

How to Stop Your Dog From Eating Rocks

by Susan Paretts | Apr 19, 2012

Some dogs suffer from a condition known as pica, which involves the desire to eat nonfood items, including rocks. This potentially dangerous compulsion can lead to tooth damage, choking and an intestinal blockage if the rocks are too large to pass through the intestines. To prevent your dog from becoming ill from the ingestion of rocks, take steps to stop her from accessing or eating any rocks in her vicinity. read more

How to Care for a German Shepherd

by Glenda Taylor | Apr 19, 2012

Courageous, loyal and highly trainable, the German shepherd dog (GSD) tops the list as the “world’s leading police, guard and military dog,” according to the American Kennel Club. The first recognized German shepherds appeared in Germany in the late 1800s, the result of intentional crossbreeding between farming and herding dogs. Agile and muscular, the German shepherd is built for speed and endurance. Care for this active and alert breed requires early socialization, obedience training and attention to common German shepherd health issues. read more

How to Tell if a Dog Has Been Poisoned

by Cindy Quarters | Apr 19, 2012

Dogs are naturally curious, and just like small children, they’re likely to put anything they find into their mouths. If your dog swallows the wrong thing it can poison him, resulting in a wide range of problems depending on what he has eaten and how much of it he consumed. If you think your dog has ingested poison you should seek veterinary attention immediately, even if you aren’t positive. You should also have him checked immediately if he shows any signs of poisoning, even if you don’t know what he might have eaten. Quick action on your part can mean the difference between life and death. read more

How to Remove Stains From White Fur

by Kimberly DiCostanzo | Apr 19, 2012

White fur on your dog will stain easily, and can require frequent grooming that can become exhausting for both you and your dog. Keeping your canine white and bright ensures a distinguished, clean coat, and your dog will be healthier and free of debris and potential harmful bacteria. In some cases, tear stains are common in white dogs. These stains are called epiphora or chromodacryorrhea. Before treating your dog for the stain, examine your dog for any wounds or inflammation that may require treatment from your veterinarian. read more

How to Eliminate Dog Waste Odors Outside

by Zaneeta Thomas | Apr 19, 2012

One advantage dogs hold over cats is the ability to go to the bathroom outside, eliminating the need for additional accessories such as litter boxes, liner bags and constant replacement litter. A fenced yard makes it easy for both you and your dog when he needs to relieve himself, as all you need to do is open the door to let him out. Over time, however, his frequent restroom trips can create an unpleasant odor in your yard, making it difficult for you to enjoy your outdoors. Eliminating the odor caused by your dog's waste can take some time and effort, but will make your yard more pleasant to use. read more

How to Groom a Havanese

by Amy Hunter | Apr 19, 2012

Grooming the Havanese presents several challenges. The breed is typically shown with a long coat that requires daily attention. Also, the breed has a tendency to develop tear stains around the eyes and is susceptible to tooth problems, so regular dental care is important as well. You may decide to have your dog cut into a puppy clip if you don't plan to show. This is a shorter cut, but will still require you to brush your pet several times a week. read more

Building Dog Kennels & Runs

by Jane Meggitt | Apr 19, 2012

Not all dogs live in a house or have free run of the yard. Whether you have a commercial dog breeding or boarding operation, a hunting pack or just want some separate space for Fido, you need to build the right kennel or dog run for your property and needs. Before beginning construction, check with the local zoning office for regulations regarding such structures and setbacks in your municipality, as well as any necessary permits. read more

How to Identify Dog Worms

by Cindy Quarters | Apr 19, 2012

Different kinds of worms can infect dogs, causing the dogs to become ill and possibly even to die. Detecting the presence of worms is important, but it is also important to know what kind of worms your dog has so that you can effectively treat the infestation. In some cases there are over-the-counter medications you can buy, but in many others cases it is best to take your dog to a veterinarian for proper identification and treatment of the parasites. This is essential for some kinds of worms that you can’t detect without laboratory tests. read more

How to Recognize Your Dog Has an Abcessed Tooth

by Quentin Coleman | Apr 19, 2012

Dental care is a critical part of maintaining your dog's overall health. Tooth and mouth diseases are often overlooked, despite being one of the most common health problems in dogs, according to Claws and Paws Veterinary Hospital. Abscessed teeth and other serious dental conditions develop over months or years, particularly when dental hygiene is neglected. Abscesses are growths caused by colonies of bacteria that slip between cracks in your dog's teeth. These bacterial growths are painful, and they will eventually destroy your pet's teeth from the roots up unless treated. read more

How to Take a Dog's Vital Signs

by Amy Hunter | Apr 19, 2012

Taking your dog's vital signs is the best way to know if he is ill. Anyone can learn to take vial signs but, because of the range that is considered normal, it is important to take vital signs on a regular basis, while your dog is healthy. That way, if you suspect that your dog is sick, you know what numbers are normal for him. Even if the numbers fall within the normal range, if they are very different from what is normal for your pet, it shows that something may be wrong. read more

How to Clean a Dog's Wound

by Quentin Coleman | Apr 19, 2012

Basic canine first aid and emergency care is a vital skill for anyone who takes their dogs for walks in rough terrain or in remote areas distant from medical assistance. While indoor pets are less likely to incur superficial injuries than outdoor dogs, the ability to clean a wound is a skill worth having for any pet owner. Topical injuries may not seem serious, but they can become infected if they are not cleaned immediately. Infections create a host of problems, some of which could result in a life-threatening condition for your dog. read more

How to Groom an Airedale Terrier

by Jo Jackson | Apr 19, 2012

Airedale terriers have been called the “King of Terriers” and have a very distinctive appearance with a prominent beard and eyebrows. They have a hard, wiry, short-haired double coat which should be stripped on a regular basis. Airedales that are being shown should be hand-stripped, but that is not necessary for companion animals. They should be fully groomed every six to eight weeks and have a general groom weekly. The beard should be sponge cleaned daily as food tends to accumulate there. read more

How to Find Dog Urine on Carpet With Black Light

by Susan Paretts | Apr 19, 2012

A black light, found in pet supply stores, is a type of flashlight that produces ultraviolet light. This light causes organic substances, including dog urine, to fluoresce or glow when you shine it on them, due to the proteins they contain. These proteins reflect ultraviolet light under low-light conditions. If your dog is not completely housebroken or has marked your carpet with urine, he will likely want to return to those spots to mark them again. With the help of a black light, you can locate urine stains on your carpet, even older stains, to completely clean and eliminate them. read more

How to Express Sympathy for Pet Loss

by Cindy Quarters | Apr 19, 2012

Losing a pet can be as hard as losing a human family member for many people. Pets give constant companionship and unconditional love, and when a person loses a pet he also loses an important part of his life. Expressing sympathy for the loss shows the person that you understand how important his pet was to him and that you realize this isn’t something he can fix by running out and getting another pet. You can support a grieving pet owner in many ways, and doing so will let her know that you understand, sympathize and care about the grief she is feeling. read more

How to Change Brands of Dog Food

by Susan Paretts | Apr 19, 2012

Changing your dog's diet should occur over a period of time to prevent your dog from developing gastrointestinal upset and vomiting. Sometimes a change in his diet is necessary to transition him to a more age-appropriate food, such as a change to a senior food for an adult dog and an adult food for a puppy. Your veterinarian may also recommend a change to a prescription brand of dog food from your current one to treat a food allergy or other type of chronic illness. Whatever the reason, the change must be gradual. read more

How to Give a Dog Insulin Shots

by Keri Gardner | Apr 19, 2012

Diabetes affects dogs, as well as humans. Though it is more common in females, it can occur in either gender at any age. Diabetes, an insufficient production of insulin or the inability of your dog to use the insulin his body creates, causes elevated levels of glucose in your dog's blood and urine. After diabetes is diagnosed, you will need to collaborate with your veterinarian to monitor and regulate your dog's glucose levels. The treatment plan may include you giving your dog insulin shots once or twice a day. read more

How to Groom a Schnauzer

by Kimberly DiCostanzo | Apr 2, 2012

The schnauzer is a loyal family dog and guardian that looks distinguished and dignified with proper grooming. Known for his beard and distinct eyebrows, a schnauzer needs routine grooming in order to maintain a healthy coat that is free of tangles. Regardless of whether you have a miniature, standard or giant schnauzer, the grooming requirements remain the same. With routine grooming care, your schnauzer will look elegant and regal. read more

How to Train a Search and Rescue Dog

by Cristine Travis | Apr 2, 2012

Search and rescue dogs provide a vital service to humans in times of crisis. They can track scents of humans from great distances. In her book Canine Behavior, veterinarian Bonnie Beaver points out that dogs have 220 million olfactory receptor cells, while humans have only 6 million, giving dogs substantially stronger and more sensitive noses than people. Search and rescue training leverages dogs' impressive sense of smell to hone in a human's distinctive scent in a search operation. This training frequently requires cooperation of large groups of dogs and people, so enrolling your dog in a class is the best way to ensure proper training. However, there are several exercises you can do outside of class to foster learning. read more

How to Remove Dog Urine From Furniture

by Nancy Lovering | Apr 2, 2012

As a dedicated pet owner committed your dog's well-being, your goal is to work through the dog's house-training issues. Dogs mark inappropriately for a variety of reasons, such as anxiety or excessive excitement, or in response to the scent of other dogs in their environment. A dog that has not been neutered or spayed is more likely to mark, as is one with a medical issue such as urinary incontinence or a urinary tract infection. Once you have visited your veterinarian to rule out medical causes and modified your pet's daily routine, level of training and home environment to minimize marking, all that's left is removal of existing furniture stains. read more

How to Care for a Boston Terrier

by Alice Moon | Apr 2, 2012

Boston terriers are named for their city of origin. Their background is English bulldog and terrier crosses intended for fighting, but breeders selected for small size and gentle dispositions to create a favorite household pet. Boston terriers want to be near their owners and families. They are good with children, and pair well with other pets. They usually weigh from 17 to 25 pounds, and they seldom bark disruptively. Boston terriers are not outdoor dogs. Potential health issues differentiate their care needs from those of many other breeds. With care suited to their needs, Boston terriers usually live from 11 to 13 years, but some live to 15. read more

How to Rescue a Maltese in Florida

by Judith Willson | Apr 2, 2012

The more popular a breed becomes, the more likely it is that numerous individual dogs among the breed are being neglected, abandoned or given up by people whose circumstances have changed or who were not capable of taking care of such a dog in the first place. In many cases, dog lovers have created charitable organizations to give misplaced dog of these over-popular breeds a fighting chance. The tiny Maltese is one such breed, and organizations that focus on Maltese rescue exist throughout the United States. In Florida especially, you aren’t short of adoption choices, as there are plenty of Maltese and small dog rescue entities throughout the state. read more

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