dog training, dog behavior, dog health


Shelter Adoptions: How to Choose a Second Hand Dog
If you think the only way to get a dog is to buy one from a pet store or breeder, think again.  There is an astounding variety of great animals available at your local pet shelter.  Contrary to what some think, these aren't bad dogs.

Dog Adoptions:  Adapting Your Shelter Dog to His New Home
Why buy a dog when you can bring home a new best friend from a local animal shelter almost for free?  Purebred dogs come with health issues of over breeding and special grooming requirements - and these issues are often totally absent among dogs of mixed breed.

Give Your Dog a Forever Home
Why do you want a dog?  If it's because you saw a cute puppy and thought pet ownership looked like a fun thing to try – do the pet a favor and buy a plant.

Dog Training – Groom Your Dog for Health and Beauty
Dog grooming is too often treated as an occasional brushing or bath, but regular grooming should be a part of the care of your new pet.  Both the comfort and the health of your pet are great reasons for regular sessions of brushing, nail trimming and ear cleaning.

Dog Training:  Do You Go for a Walk or a Drag?
Taking a small puppy for a walk is a stop and go experience.  They must smell everything, mark everything and will come to a dead stop when they see something they don't understand.  It's best to use a harness for your dog walks rather than to constantly be pulling on the pup's small neck or choking him with a slip collar.

Dog Behavior:  Take Your Dog for a Ride
Do you have a dog that goes nuts when you take him to the veterinarian?  Does he try to get out of the waiting room or growl, bark or whine the minute he realizes where he is?  If so, he associates that with pain or fear and while sometimes that can't be avoided but it can be managed.

Understanding your New Dog - Dog on Dog Aggression
Often we think of aggressive or fighting dogs when we see one dog attack another - but we are wrong in that assumption.  Dogs trained to be companions may often exhibit such behavior toward other dogs.

A Dog's Schedule - Time for Play
As you get to know your new dog, you may notice he has a specific schedule for his days.  He will arrange his activities around your own time frames if you live on a fairly regular schedule yourself.   Your pet is very adaptable and will respond well to a semi regular schedule for his daily activities.

Housebreaking Your New Dog
Most dogs can be housebroken in just a few days.  The trick is to understand how a canine digestive system works - and in being able to communicate your wishes to the animal without confusing him or frightening him by shouting or hitting.

Large Breed Dogs:  Training is Not Optional
If you are one who thinks anything under 50 pounds is not really a dog, you are likely to choose one of the larger canine breeds for a pet.  The beautiful eyes of a retriever, the alert stance of a German Shepherd and the massive size of a Rottweiler appeal to large numbers of pet owners.  What is often forgotten in the excitement of choosing a puppy is the reality that for large breed dogs, training is not optional.

Tricks for Teaching Your Dog to "Come" to You
There are few things as frustrating to a dog owner as calling your pet "Fido, come" while Fido totally ignores you or gives you a quick look and then proceeds to continue with what he's doing.   Using traditional training methods, you can teach the dog what you want him to do - but that doesn't mean it will happen. Your dog need to first understand what it is you want when you say his name, followed by the command "come" but he also must learn that it is not optional.