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How To Pet A Dog

How To Pet A Dog

Most dog owners will likely find it somewhat strange to think they need instructions on how to pet a dog. After all, how much is there to it? You just pet him, right? Not so fast. Turns out, many dog owners have likely been petting their dogs and other people’s dogs the wrong way their entire lives. Here’s what you need to know: According to a study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, dogs don’t like to be petted on their heads or paws and responded with what are known as “appeasement” gestures by licking their lips and yawning.…
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How To Tell If Your Dog Is In Pain

How To Tell If Your Dog Is In Pain

Many times, it’s really hard to tell if your dog might be in pain. Unless he’s gotten into some sort of accident or sustained visible trauma, you may not realize he’s hurting. No one wants to see their dog suffer, so it’s good to know the signs of pain in your dog. Dog’s are not like humans. Unless they are in severe pain, they don’t complain. The first thing you need to do is reflect on what is “normal” for your dog. What is his appetite usually like, his sleeping and play habits, his disposition and so forth. Often, pain…
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How To Feed Your Puppy In His First Year Of Life

How To Feed Your Puppy In His First Year Of Life

All puppies are different so if you have any concerns about your ability to meet his nutritional needs, please consult with your veterinarian. Here’s a general guide to feeding your pup in his first year: Puppies Six to Twelve Weeks Old - Feed a high quality food especially formulated to meet the caloric and energy needs of growing puppies. Dog foods formulated for adult dogs do not have the nutritional requirements your pup needs to grow up healthy and strong. Pups at this stage are usually fed four meals a day. Puppies Three to Six Months Old - During this…
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Fire Pet Safety – What You Must Know

Fire Pet Safety – What You Must Know

An astounding 40,000 pets die in home fires each and every year in the United States. Many of these tragic deaths could have been prevented if the pet owners had been prepared. One caution: don’t ever depend on your dog to act as a smoke alarm or early warning system. An individual dog may indeed have done that for their owners at one time or another, but you should not depend on him. Here’s what you must know: Make sure you have smoke detectors on each floor of your home, plus one near each of your bedrooms. You should test…
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How To Keep Your Dog’s Paws Safe This Summer

How To Keep Your Dog’s Paws Safe This Summer

In the hot summer sun, many surfaces to which your dog’s paws might be exposed to can become very, very hot, such as pavement, asphalt and beach sand. Even after the sun goes down, these surfaces can retain their heat for a long time, especially when it’s been a hot day. Temperatures on these surfaces have been measured at a scorching 145 degrees Farenheit! Please be aware that these surfaces are a potential danger to your dog. Canines run a real risk of serious burns to their paws if they are exposed to these surfaces for any length of time.…
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Three Ways To Help Friends Who Are Uncomfortable Around Dogs

Three Ways To Help Friends Who Are Uncomfortable Around Dogs

You may find it inconceivable that anyone would not simply love your dog. After all, your dog is super friendly and wouldn’t hurt anyone. But for people who are afraid of dogs, simple reassurance that your dog won’t hurt them is not enough. The technical name for fear of dogs is cynophobia (cyno is from a Greek word that means “dog”).  A debilitating and deep seated phobia needs to be treated by a professional psychologist who specializes in these issues, but if your friend is simply uncomfortable around dogs, there are a few things you can do to put them…
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Don’t Let Your Dog Chew On These Five Items

Don’t Let Your Dog Chew On These Five Items

Dogs love to chew. This is just a natural thing for canines to do and for the most part, it’s all good, as it helps to keep their teeth clean and also provides exercise for the facial and jaw muscles. But chewing on the wrong things can result in an injury that in some cases could be life threatening. One - Sticks (or wood) - Wood can splinter easily into sharp shards. These pieces can cause injuries to the soft tissues of your dog’s mouth and can also, if swallowed, result in a potentially life threatening injury to your dog’s…
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These Dogs Are Good With Cats

These Dogs Are Good With Cats

If you are a dog owner and you or a family member is wondering if bringing a cat into the household is a good idea, you may want to take into consideration the breed of dog you have. In theory, any dog can be trained to get along with, or at least tolerate a cat, especially if you introduce the cat to the dog while the dog is still a puppy.  But if you are bringing a cat into a household with a mature dog, it’s best to keep the dog’s breed in mind, as some dogs breeds just seem…
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What Should You Do If Your Dog Drinks Alcohol

What Should You Do If Your Dog Drinks Alcohol

Most responsible dog owners would never dream of giving their dog alcohol, but accidents can and do happen. Most dogs will not drink alcohol, especially if it’s in the form of hard liquor but they may be drawn to it if it’s mixed with something sweet, like a fruity base. Beer, wine, hard liquors and craft beer all have higher levels of alcohol than a light beer, so it’s not really the type of alcohol your dog consumed but how much of it. Of course, it’s going to be more detrimental for a smaller dog than a larger one, but…
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Dog Doors – What You Must Know

Dog Doors – What You Must Know

Many dog owners love the idea of having a dog door, which will free them up from having to open the door to let the dog out every time he wants to head into the backyard. But many dog owners are understandably cautious when it comes to the idea of a dog door and have questions like these: Just how expensive is a dog door?  Do I really have to put a hole in my door or wall to get this thing installed? What about bad weather?  Do these doors leak when it rains and what about in the winter? …
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