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Which Dog Breed Is Right for Your Family?

Choosing the right dog for your family is a bigger decision than you may initially think. There are about 330 pure breeds and almost another 80 that were developed by breeders by mixing different combinations of pure breeds. Some breeds were mixed in ways that kept the characteristics, yet caused the dogs to be larger or smaller than the original breed. With so many choices, you have to think of each dog breed as having specific characteristics, temperament, size, function and abilities. Each dog within that breed […]

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When It Comes to Your Dog, Size Matters

You may like to supersize your coffee and get extra toppings on your pizza, but when it comes to choosing a dog, bigger doesn’t always mean better. Dog breeds differ by heritage in what they require. Some breeds, like hunters, are genetically programmed to crave the open spaces and outdoor exercise. Other breeds (like toy dogs) make ideal “lap dogs,” enjoying the casual lifestyle without needing much space or time to run and play outdoors. The size of your dog has to match the size of your […]

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Watch Your Dog’s Diet During the Housetraining Process

As your dog is learning to follow a potty break routine, you have to avoid doing anything that makes the lessons harder. One way you can help this process is in managing the dog’s food intake. As you monitor and log the crate time and potty breaks, you’ll notice a pattern in your dog’s elimination. Make sure that the food you provide and the timing of feedings don’t compromise training. Feed your dog at the same time each day. If you feed him in the morning before […]

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Cruel House Training Tactics Are Out

If you bring home a puppy, be prepared to deal with accidents during the potty training phase. It’s shocking the way people use abusive tactics to stop a puppy from doing what comes naturally. Puppies are no more prepared to be instantly potty trained than human infants are. A period of development needs to be reached before the puppy is ready to follow your requests and commands. The puppy desperately wants to please you and doesn’t understand why he’s being punished. The old views of punishment as […]

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The Cost of Becoming a Loving Dog Owner

Dog ownership is like owning a boat – it’s a never-ending expense. As soon as you bring the dog home (which can cost anywhere from a $30 pet adoption fee to $3,000 and up for purebred dogs), there are immediate needs to be fulfilled. First, you have to have the right kind of dog food. Food choices are age-graded so that what you feed a puppy differs from what you give an adult dog. There are even foods for both puppies and older dogs with extra nutrients […]

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Consistency Is Key with Housetraining

There are very few dogs that can’t be housetrained – just poor pet owners who don’t understand the value of consistency. You’re the most important element in successful housetraining for a puppy or adult dog that’s new in your home. The dog is looking to you to set boundaries and rules, while also showing that he’s welcome in your world. Housetraining might take a few days – or it might take months – each dog is different. It takes at least several weeks or a few months […]

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An Approach to Housetraining an Adult Dog

Bringing an adult dog into your home demands as much effort from you and the family as does a puppy. It’s a mistake to think that just because the dog is full-grown and may have been potty trained in one home, that he’ll just immediately adjust to your home’s elimination schedule, too. That’s not realistic. The dog has many adjustments to his new environment and doesn’t instinctively know that you don’t allow peeing on the floor – especially his prior owner didn’t mind or didn’t seem to […]

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Housebreaking Versus Housetraining

Housebreaking a puppy starts with the wrong premise – breaking. It’s as if you want to make the puppy stop being a puppy and function like a perfect little toy. That’s neither fair nor realistic. A pet owner who wants to establish a positive relationship with the pet is focused on housetraining. This approach shows the puppy how to live comfortably in your environment. Forget the old school methods that teach you to start paper training and swatting a puppy the first day it’s home. Whether you […]

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Setting a Schedule for Your Dog’s Elimination

As you housetrain your dog, you have to set up a schedule. Your dog isn’t going to do that for himself. It takes your effort and monitoring for several weeks to a few months for this to occur, so that your dog learns a routine. You can help your dog know when it’s the right time to go potty by repeating that routine consistently. When most people wake up, they usually go to the bathroom soon afterwards. Well, your dog needs the same courtesy. Don’t stop to […]

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Don’t Scold, But Use Positive Reinforcement Instead

Have you ever noticed that as soon as you start fussing, your puppy hangs his little head and tucks his tail between his legs in despair? He knows you’re upset and has no idea what to do about it. If it’s because of his “accident” on the floor, he’s really confused. He had to potty and you weren’t there to take him out – or you were too busy on the computer to stop and notice his needs. At some point his bladder couldn’t take it anymore […]

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