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How to Stop Your Dog From Marking Indoors

by Susan Paretts | Apr 2, 2012

Dogs mark their territory by releasing urine onto surfaces in the areas they live in and visit. Their urine contains pheromones derived from testosterone in males and parahydroxybenzoic acid in females. These chemicals communicate messages to other dogs, warning them away from the area or advertising their availability to mate. Needless to say, such behavior can be unpleasant when it occurs indoors. Take steps to ensure your dog marks only outdoors. read more

How to Care for a Doberman Pinscher

by Susan Paretts | Apr 2, 2012

The Doberman pinscher originated in Germany around 1900, developed from a combination of breeds including the Rottweiler, Thuringian shepherd, black and tan terrier and German pinscher. These medium-sized dogs were originally bred to be guard dogs and are very loyal to their owners. With their shiny, short coats and muscular bodies, the Doberman pinscher appears alert and regal in his stature. Depending on whether you want to show your dog professionally, certain aesthetic surgeries can be performed on his ears and tail to keep his appearance to the breed standard. read more

How to Encourage a Sick Dog to Eat

by Nancy Lovering | Apr 2, 2012

Your dog's lack of appetite may be your first clue that he is ill, or it may be a new symptom of an ongoing illness. As long as you keep your pet properly hydrated, a day or two without food will not cause any harm. However, any abstinence from eating longer than this must be addressed. Ensure that your dog gets the nutrition he needs to recover from his illness by encouraging him to eat. read more

How to Train a Dog Not to Attack Other Dogs

by Carolyn Kaberline | Apr 2, 2012

While your dog may be your best friend, he may be the neighborhood bully when it comes to his interactions with other canines. Although dogs will attack other dogs for a variety of reasons -- many of which are genetic or instinctive -- there are several things you can do to curb some of your canine’s aggressive behavior and turn him into a welcome member of society. read more

How to Care for a Yorkshire Terrier

by Simon Foden | Apr 2, 2012

In 2011, the American Kennel Club announced that Yorkshire terriers were the fifth most popular breed of pet dog. This small, adaptable terrier originates from Yorkshire, England, where it was originally bred to control rats and mice. Today, the “Yorkie” has a reputation as a friendly, if slightly self-confident dog, that exists harmoniously in the domestic environment. As with all pet dogs, it’s imperative to understand the particular requirements of the breed to deliver adequate care. read more

How to Calm a Dog During a Thunderstorm

by Jane Williams | Apr 2, 2012

While many dogs don't pay much attention to thunderstorms or even unexpected nearby lightning strikes, others exhibit behavior ranging from mild anxiety to terror as a storm approaches. This reaction is based in the dog's normal survival instincts, but it can rise to a phobia due to the dog's sensitivity to changes in atmospheric pressure, electric static in the air, and the crash of thunder. Severe thunderstorm anxiety can endanger a panicky dog's life. Many dogs are lost, injured or killed in traffic each year as they try to flee storms. Some suffer heart attacks. If your dog is anxious during thunderstorms, be careful that the things you do to calm him don't actually increase his fearful reactions. read more

How to Find Free Dog Food Samples

by Catherine Lovering | Apr 2, 2012

Knowing before you buy a large supply of food that your canine will respond well to a particular brand and formulation can save you time, money and a pooch's upset stomach. If you are changing to a new type of food in response to your canine's health needs, such as age, allergies or illness, you and your veterinarian should decide on the dog's nutrition regimen together. The vet could be a good source of dog food samples. Free dog food samples will allow you to monitor your dog's physical reaction to many different types and flavors of food, and the dog's enjoyment of them, before you commit to a certain brand long-term. read more

How to Keep Your Outside Dog Warm in the Winter

by Phyllis Benson | Mar 29, 2012

Your outside dog needs protection from cold weather, and some dogs shouldn't be left outside in the cold. Huskies can tolerate winter conditions well because their thick double coats provide insulation for cold climates. Greyhounds, with thin coats and bare underbellies, shiver easily and need winter jackets or snoods to stay warm on frost-chilled days. Puppies and elderly, frail or sick dogs are especially vulnerable to winter weather, and need extra protection. read more

How to Groom a Miniature Schnauzer

by Cristine Travis | Mar 29, 2012

Miniature schnauzers have long, coarse hair that quickly becomes matted without careful grooming. A variety of haircuts are available from professional groomers, so if you want a show-quality look or are uncomfortable grooming your own dog, consider consulting a groomer. Dogs are often frightened while being groomed, so talk sweetly to your dog and give her lots of treats to encourage her to develop positive associations with grooming. read more

Canine Worm Identification

by Rose Kivi | Mar 29, 2012

Worms are one of the disgusting realities that pet owners have to deal with. There are many types of worms your dog can get. You can see some types of worms in your dog's vomit or feces; other types of worms are too small and are only viewable under a microscope. Learn how to identify worms and recognize symptoms of parasite infections in your dogs. Over-the-counter treatments are available for most types of worms, but because worm identification can be tricky, always seek veterinary advice before beginning a treatment program. read more

How to Make a Doghouse Warm in the Winter

by Phyllis Benson | Mar 29, 2012

When your dog is outside in winter, she needs a warm doghouse where she can take refuge from inclement weather. A dog that is cold is in danger of hypothermia. The doghouse may keep her dry, but it must also keep her body temperature normal. If she is too cold and her body temperature falls below 99 degrees Fahrenheit, she may begin shivering, become lethargic and, in severe cases, die. A warm doghouse helps her stay healthy whether she is outside for a few hours or all day. Simple projects can make her doghouse winter-warm. read more

How to Find Dog Obedience Classes

by Susan Paretts | Mar 29, 2012

Dog obedience classes not only teach your dog to obey your commands and improve his behavior, they also provide a good way to bond with your dog. Classes vary according to your needs, based on the dog's age and any previous training your dog has had. Some classes can even train your dog to become a therapy pet or compete in obedience competitions, such as those sponsored by the American Kennel Club. No matter your needs, find obedience classes in your area that will help you train your dog. read more

How to Teach a Dog to Track

by Jo Chester | Mar 29, 2012

Tracking is a natural skill possessed by all dogs. Dogs that are trained to track people or animals are taught how to focus their skill and attention to complete a specific task. You can start teaching your dog to track with a minimal investment, although as you and your dog advance in skill and complexity, you’ll want or need more specialized equipment. Even if you don’t want to train your dog for a professional tracking career or for tracking trials, the exercise and time together will benefit both you and your dog. read more

How to Adopt a Purebred Dog

by Michelle A. Rivera | Mar 29, 2012

Once you've decided to add a new companion to your family, you have some important choices to make. You've done your homework and have a breed in mind that will work best for your lifestyle and family, but you're concerned about pet overpopulation. You're looking for a great buddy, not a show animal. By adopting a purebred, you can have the dog you want and do your part to help stem the tide of pet overpopulation. You avoid the costs, toils, and possible disappointments of raising a puppy to adulthood, and you have an instant new friend of the breed you prefer. read more

How to Adopt a Retired Guide Dog

by Michelle A. Rivera | Mar 29, 2012

Guide dogs perform an amazing and critical service for the blind. The idea that dogs could reliably guide blind and visually impaired people took hold in Switzerland after World War I, when trainers saw German shepherd dogs working in Germany to aid veterans blinded in the war. The first school established in the United States to train guide dogs was The Seeing Eye in 1929. Other organizations followed. Today, assistance dogs, also called service dogs, are trained to provide a variety of tasks for people with a disability or medical problem. If you are specifically searching for a retired guide dog to adopt, then you must start with the organizations that train and place the dogs. read more

Backyard Ideas for Dogs

by Rose Kivi | Mar 29, 2012

A backyard is an area for dogs to play, blow off excess energy and relax. A well-designed backyard allows your dog to play safely unsupervised and provides a space for you to play with your dog. Design your backyard to include safe dog-friendly areas that provide shelter, a sunbathing area, a shade area, a digging area, water play area and an exercise area. Your dog will thank you for providing him with his own doggie paradise. read more

How to Select a Cocker Spaniel

by Katherine Barrington | Mar 29, 2012

According to the registration statistics kept by the American Kennel Club, cocker spaniels are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. These dogs were originally bred as gun dogs and are still known for their speed and endurance. As pets, cocker spaniels are a friendly and gentle breed. Because they are a sporting breed, however, they require daily exercise to stay fit and to keep their energy under control. If you are considering purchasing a cocker spaniel, be sure you and your family are capable of meeting the needs of this intelligent breed. read more

How to Care for an Australian Shepherd

by Katherine Barrington | Mar 29, 2012

Australian shepherds were originally bred for herding livestock. Known for their agility and obedience, they make great ranch dogs and they're popular as family pets. Australian shepherds are energetic dogs that require daily exercise and regular grooming. The Australian shepherd is a medium-size breed. If you plan to purchase an Australian shepherd for your family, be sure you can provide for the needs of a dog of this active breed before bringing one home. read more

AKC Agility Equipment Regulations

by Jane Meggitt | Mar 29, 2012

See Spot run, jump, weave, seesaw and perform other tasks at the command of his handler. That's the thrill of an American Kennel Club agility competition. The AKC has specific requirements for the equipment used in its sanctioned events and in course design. While height requirements vary according to the size of the dog and difficulty level of the course, there are basic standards for materials and construction of all agility-course-related equipment. read more

How to Adopt a Retired Military Dog

by Michelle A. Rivera | Mar 29, 2012

Dogs have a long history of participation in warfare, dating at least back to the Roman Empire. The United States did not formally bring dogs into military use until World War II, when the civilian population was asked to donate suitable dogs for military service. The dogs who survived were usually returned to their owners after the war. By the Vietnam War era, however, the U.S. military adopted a policy of killing military dogs at the end of their service, and not allowing adoption. Outrage followed, and the policy ended in November 2000, when then-President Bill Clinton signed into law a bill that allows the adoption of retired military dogs. Now you can adopt a retired military dog if you are patient and follow required procedures. read more

How to Care for a Labrador Retriever

by Tracey Sandilands | Mar 29, 2012

The Labrador retriever, which originated in Canada’s province of Newfoundland, is the most popular dog breed in the United States, according to the American Kennel Club. The breed is known as much for its love of food and tendency to gain weight as it is for its gentle nature, intelligence and willingness to work. Labrador retrievers have specific requirements in terms of food, exercise, grooming, training and medical care, which are necessary to ensure that the dog remains healthy and happy. read more

How to Slow Down a Dog's Eating

by Phyllis Benson | Mar 29, 2012

When your puppy or adult dog eats too fast, she may vomit from overeating, choke on dry food or bloat from gastric pressure. The American Kennel Club recommends having your dog checked for underlying medical conditions and then, after she has a clean bill of health, modifying her behavior. Because each dog is different, no single, sure-fire method works for all dogs. If one method does not slow your dog’s eating behavior, try another until you find the right solution. read more

How to Get a Dog an Agent

by Cindy Quarters | Mar 29, 2012

Getting your dog into television or the movies can be difficult and time-consuming, even if your pet is cute, personable and well-trained. Signing him up with an animal talent agent who has contacts and connections in the business can help. In most cases, you need to live reasonably close to the agent’s location, generally in or near a large city, but a dog who has unusual looks or abilities may get an agent no matter where he lives. read more

How to Adopt Retired Police Dogs

by Michelle A. Rivera | Mar 29, 2012

Police dogs perform a variety of services for law enforcement, and several breeds are favored, depending on the task. German shepherds, Belgian malinois, Labrador retrievers, beagles and bloodhounds are employed by law enforcement agencies to do a wide variety of work, from narcotics or bomb and firearms detection to chasing down suspects or searching for lost children. Retired police dogs are not generally available for adoption. Many continue to live with the families of the officers to whom they were assigned. Rarely, with patience and persistence, you may find an opportunity to adopt a police dog. Your chances are better if you look for a dog who started training as a police dog but was released from the program. read more

How to Prevent Dachshund Back Problems

by Simon Foden | Mar 29, 2012

The Dachshund, meaning “Badger Dog" in German, is a small breed with a distinctive appearance. His long back and short legs give rise to several nicknames, including “sausage dog.” Although charming to look at, the short legs and long back leave the Dachshund prone to chronic back problems. You can reduce the chances of your dog experiencing back problems by making a few basic alterations to his lifestyle and environment. read more

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