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How to Care for a Siberian Husky

by Katherine Barrington | Mar 29, 2012

The Siberian husky is an intelligent, high-energy breed loved for its outgoing temperament. These dogs are known for being sled dogs, but their adaptability contributes to their success as therapy dogs and family pets as well. Siberian huskies are relatively easy to keep, but their thick double coat requires regular brushing, especially during shedding time, once or twice a year. This breed also requires daily exercise to keep their energy under control. If you are confident you can provide for the needs of this active breed, a husky will make an excellent companion. read more

How to Care for an English Springer Spaniel

by Mary Lougee | Mar 29, 2012

Originally, English spaniels were recognized as a single breed, as taller spaniels were born in the same litters as shorter ones. The smaller pups hunted woodcocks and were deemed cockers; their larger littermates would flush or spring game from long grasses and became known as springers. The spaniel breeds are very affectionate; spaniels live to please their owners. The English springer spaniel is quiet and attentive in the home and has lots of energy for outside play. read more

How to Keep a Dog House Cool in Summer

by Mary Davis | Mar 29, 2012

The ASPCA encourages concern for the safety and health of dogs in hot weather. "Hot Weather Tips," an article on the association's website, lists ways to keep your pet safe and healthy in extreme heat. Suggestions include keeping your dog in a shaded area in the summer months and indoors in extreme heat. Pet owners should consider humidity along with the temperature: Breathing in extremely hot or humid air is dangerous to dogs' health, as they do not perspire but cool off through panting and through the padded bottoms of their feet. Providing a dog house that is a cool respite from the heat is easy to do. There are several ways you can make your dog's outdoor home safer and more comfortable in hot weather. read more

How to Care for an Old English Sheepdog

by Judith Willson | Mar 29, 2012

With their shaggy appearance and generally sociable nature, Old English sheepdogs seem to make good family pets, and the American Kennel Club describes them as a particularly intelligent breed. However, like many pedigree dogs, they are prone to a few medical conditions. As you might expect of a dog with such long fur, Old English sheepdogs also require a lot of grooming. Along with the time and money you must commit to any dog, you should allow a couple of extra hours a week for grooming and checking for medical issues if you decide to adopt a member of this breed. read more

Home-Made Dog Costume Ideas

by Susan Paretts | Mar 29, 2012

Whether you want to dress up your dog for a fashion show, holiday or for a photo shoot, you don't have to purchase a readymade outfit -- you can make one instead. Depending on your sewing abilities, costumes can be elaborate or simple, consisting of one or two pieces. Whatever you choose to dress your dog up as, the costume needs to be comfortable so it won't restrict your dog's movements. read more

How to Care for a Standard Poodle

by Elle Belmont | Mar 29, 2012

Standard poodles are glamorous, athletic and comical canines with non-shedding, hypoallergenic coats that are ideal for dog lovers who have allergies. In fact, the standard poodle is often bred with other breeds, such as the Labrador retriever, to create a hybrid dog with the poodle's coat characteristics, intelligence and temperament. Big brother to the miniature and toy varieties, the standard poodle is the original. It is the eighth-most-popular dog on the 2012 American Kennel Club's list of favorite breeds. The standard poodle makes an excellent family pet. The breed requires regular exercise and regular grooming. read more

How to Protect Yourself Against a Dog Attack

by Keri Gardner | Mar 29, 2012

With more than 4 million dog bites reported in the United States every year, learning how to protect yourself against a dog attack is a good idea. One important means of protecting yourself from dog attack is avoidance: If you learn proper behavior around dogs, you can prevent an attack from happening. Otherwise, you can protect yourself during an attack with body positioning, a pepper gun or a stun gun. read more

How to Care for a Miniature Pinscher

by Elle Di Jensen | Mar 29, 2012

Although it closely resembles the standard Doberman pinscher, the miniature pinscher is a toy breed not actually related to the larger dogs. Described as spirited, loyal and headstrong, miniature pinschers are also sweet and intelligent, making them wonderful companion dogs. Because they are so bright, miniature pinschers require interaction and stimulation, much of which you'll provide when you train them properly and socialize them with people and other dogs. A healthy diet and proper grooming round out the requirements of caring for a "mini-pin." read more

How to Install a Dog Door in Sliding Patio Doors

by Elle Belmont | Mar 29, 2012

Opening and closing a door for your dog every time he needs to go out to potty can be impractical -- maybe you've found that out. A dog door is a convenience that gives your dog the freedom to go out to the patio or yard when necessary, without your help. If your home has a sliding patio door, you can forgo the traditional door or wall installation by inserting a ready-made spring-tension-panel dog door into the sliding patio door frame. The panel, which has a dog-size opening and flap at the bottom, fits securely in the patio door track, so no alteration or fabrication is necessary. Such panels are available in multiple patio-door and dog-panel sizes at pet stores and some general merchandise stores. read more

How to Groom a Scottish Terrier

by Jennifer Lynn | Mar 29, 2012

A spunky, loyal member of the terrier group, the Scottish terrier is well known for its thick, wiry coat and defined eyebrows and beard. The lively little Scottie’s double coat and shaggy fur comes in shades of black, brindle and wheaten. Whether you simply want to keep your Scottie freshly bathed and well groomed, or give his coat show-dog appeal, grooming tips geared specifically to the breed help you keep your little friend looking fabulous. read more

How to Become a Dog Handler

by LynMarie Lee | Mar 29, 2012

The term "dog handler" can refer to anyone who works with a dog trained for a particular purpose, such as military or police work, search and rescue, or therapy. In the dog show world, it means someone who grooms, cares for and exhibits purebred dogs in the show ring. A dog handler may be an unpaid hobbyist, but many choose to make it their profession, with a few achieving six-figure earnings. At first glance, showing dogs may seem to be a simple job, but don't be fooled: It takes years of hard work to master the skills required to handle a dog in the ring, emphasizing his best qualities while simultaneously trying not to interfere with the judge's ability to observe him. read more

How to Become a Pet Groomer

by LynMarie Lee | Mar 29, 2012

Watching pet groomers at work through a shop window can leave you with the impression that it's an easy and fun job. A groomer brushes, snips, clips and coddles freshly washed animals, then finishes them off with a bright bow or neckerchief before sending them home with family. At least, that's how it seems. Indeed, the job might be fun, but you can be sure it's not as easy as it looks. Still, if you love animals and have an eye for detail, pet grooming might be a vocation for you -- after a bit of planning and preparation. read more

How to Groom a Wire-Haired Fox Terrier

by Katherine Barrington | Mar 29, 2012

Also called the wire fox terrier, wire-haired fox terriers are named for their dense, wiry coats. These dogs are predominantly white but may have patches of red, brown or black as well. Because their coats are short and dense, wire fox terriers shed minimally. If you want to keep your terrier's coat looking clean and healthy, however, it is wise to brush your dog once a week and bathe him when necessary. read more

How to Become a Physical Therapist for Dogs

by LynMarie Lee | Mar 29, 2012

The goal of physical therapy is regaining, maintaining or improving functional ability. As with humans, physical therapy for dogs can achieve remarkable results, speeding the animal's recovery from trauma or surgery and helping with mobility, pain, and even weight loss. Many people want to give their canine family members the same quality of healthcare and maintenance they receive, so the relatively new field of dog physical therapy is growing rapidly. As of 2012, no universities offer a degree specifically in animal physical therapy. There are other ways to enter the field, however. read more

How to Become a Search and Rescue Dog Handler

by Cat Carson | Mar 29, 2012

Search and rescue dogs are vital members of search and rescue units. In situations such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks and missing hikers, these dogs work with their handlers to locate victims, both alive and dead. Becoming a search and rescue dog handler requires dedication, time, rigorous training and the right skills and personality traits. This volunteer activity is extremely grueling physically, emotionally and mentally, but it is also incredibly rewarding every time you and your dog save a person's life. read more

How to Feed Your Large-Breed Puppy

by Simon Foden | Mar 29, 2012

Your puppy's health, happiness and development are heavily influenced by the food you feed and the manner in which you deliver it. Each dog breed has its own nutritional requirements. Large-breed puppies such as Great Danes, rottweilers and Newfoundlands grow and develop more slowly than small and medium-size breeds do, meaning their growth period is longer. For this reason, it's essential that a large puppy's diet supports his nutritional needs at the correct time. Large breeds are prone to suffer from a condition commonly called bloat; it's a potentially fatal condition caused by a buildup of gas in the abdominal cavity. Dogs are most at risk after feeding. It's essential that you feed your puppy in the correct manner to reduce the risk of death or illness caused by bloat. read more

How to Become a Therapy Dog Team

by Cat Carson | Mar 29, 2012

Whether working with a child who is struggling with reading, or visiting with nursing home residents, therapy dog teams seek to brighten lives. Therapy teams consist of a therapy dog and a handler. The teams visit facilities such as hospitals, day-care groups, schools and nursing homes to offer companionship and comfort.Therapy teams must be evaluated and registered before they can volunteer to visit facilities. Becoming a therapy dog team requires much preparation and hard work, but those who do it feel it's well worth the effort. read more

How to Groom a Welsh Terrier

by Elle Belmont | Mar 29, 2012

With a fearless demeanor in a compact body, the sprightly Welsh terrier is game for anything. If you were to put the Welsh terrier next to an Airedale terrier, you might mistake him for a mini Airedale, although the smaller dog was around first. The Welsh terrier's wiry, coarse coat is tan on his legs, head and abdomen with a black "jacket" on his back and sides. If you're the owner of a Welsh terrier, be prepared to groom him every six to eight weeks. Although his coat is hypoallergenic, he can quickly grow to a matted, wooly bear if not cared for regularly. read more

How to Become a Show Dog Handler

by Cat Carson | Mar 29, 2012

A show dog handler presents a purebred dog to the judges of a dog show so they can evaluate how well the dog's physical traits conform to breed standards. While a professional handler makes showing a dog look easy, it's actually very hard work. A successful show-dog handler must commit hundreds of hours to training, conditioning, grooming and showing the dogs in her care. However, if you are willing to put forth the effort, you can have a fun and rewarding career working with your favorite animal. read more

How to Groom a Border Terrier

by Karen Curley | Mar 29, 2012

The border terrier is a happy-go-lucky and affectionate medium-size terrier. The dog's topcoat is wiry, and the undercoat is dense. His double-coated fur lies close to the body and does not need cutting, according to the American Kennel Club standard for the breed. Instead of trimming your border terrier’s coat with clippers or scissors, it is better to strip your dog’s coat by pulling out the dead, shedding fur with your fingers and smoothing the fur with a stripping knife. Stripping your border terrier’s coat preserves the wiry topcoat’s natural waterproofing and preserves the thick undercoat. Using scissors or electric clippers on your border terrier will change his fur texture because the topcoat will be removed, exposing the soft undercoat. Clipping the wiry topcoat makes your dog’s fur lose its resistance to water, according to the Border Terrier Club of America. read more

How to Care for an Alaskan Malamute

by Judith Willson | Mar 29, 2012

Siberian huskies are not the only working dogs from the very north. The Alaskan malamute, probably originally domesticated by the Inuit as a hunting dog, is similar, also taking the role of sled dog just as huskies do. Unsurprisingly, Alaskan malamutes need a lot of exercise. Although Alaskan malamutes can make excellent family dogs, Pet MD warns that they can be hostile to other pets unless they were raised together, and to strange dogs, although they tend to be fine with people. The other important care consideration before choosing this breed is grooming. Alaskan Malamutes were bred as working dogs in a very cold environment and as a result have thick, heavy coats that require more intensive grooming than your average short-haired dog. read more

How to Become a Therapy Dog Trainer

by Cat Carson | Mar 29, 2012

Therapy dogs and their handlers visit with people who are going through difficult times, bringing comfort and companionship. The work may take such teams into schools, nursing homes or hospitals. A successful therapy dog must possess a patient and gentle personality and must truly enjoy interacting with people. The dog is only one part of the therapy team, however. The therapy dog handler is responsible for properly training the dog so that the therapy team is a success. read more

How to Select a Border Collie

by Martha Adams | Mar 29, 2012

The border collie is a working breed, and a border collie has to have a job. It can be herding sheep, cattle, baby chicks or kids, chasing birds off airport runways or competitive sporting such as flyball or agility. Anything that involves several hours a day of exercise and togetherness can keep your BC happy and well-behaved. If you spend long hours at work or lead a sedentary life, the border collie might not be the right breed for you. Not that border collies can't be great companions and family pets -- they can. A little homework will tell you if you and a BC can find happiness together. read more

How to Bike With Your Dog Safely

by Cat Carson | Mar 29, 2012

Dogs typically enjoy exercising more often than their owners do. Biking with your dog is a fun way for both of you to get the exercise you need, but it carries some risks. If you decide to start bicycling with your dog, your first priority should be keeping him safe. Your dog will require training and conditioning before you hit the biking trails together. read more

How to Make Grain-Free Dog Food

by Mary Lougee | Mar 29, 2012

Many dogs have food allergies to grains such as corn and wheat. The allergies cause itchy skin, scaly skin and loss of hair. Intense scratching can cause skin irritation that leads to skin infections. You can make your own grain-free dog food in either a soft form or in a crunchy kibble form by omitting corn and wheat and using rice flour as a substitute or omitting flour altogether. read more

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