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The Decision- Adding a Dog to Your Family

FIRST TIME OWNERSBringing a dog into your family is a decision where many people donít realize itís magnitude until after they have the dog. There are a number of things that you need to research before you decide to purchase a dog, and it starts right in your own home. Read More


A New Puppy: What to Expect

FIRST TIME OWNERS When you bring a new puppy into your home, it's a time of great excitement for everyone involved: you, your kids, your neighbors, and even the dog. Here's our guide on what to expect and how to handle the transition without losing your mind. Read More


Dog or Cat for a One Pet House Hold- How Do You Choose?

FIRST TIME OWNERS Congratulations! You've decided to bring a new little four-legger into your family's home. Now comes the big decision: should you get a dog or a cat? Here are a few things to consider as you make your decision. Read More


Shelter Dog Adoption Tips for Success

ADOPTION Are you intimidated by the prospect of "rescuing" a dog from a shelter? One reason that you may be wary of adopting a dog from a shelter is not knowing how to choose. Adopting a dog from a shelter can be a rewarding process, if you're prepared to do a reasonable amount of research. Read More


Choosing a New Puppy

FIRST TIME OWNERSSo, your mom (spouse) finally allowed you to get a dog! It's so exciting! How will you choose just one when they're all so cute? Read More


Top Ten Questions to Ask a Breeder

BREEDERSThere are literally thousands of dog breeders in the United States, and it can be hard to know who is reputable and who is not.† Read More


Adopting a Shelter Dog

ADOPTIONOut of every 100 dogs taken to an animal shelter, about 15 are reunited with their families, 25 are adopted, and the remainder Ė about 60 Ė are put down. Read More


Top Ten Dogs for Novice Owners

NOVICE OWNERSThe good folks at VetStreet recently polled 218 veterinary professionals to find out which dog breeds they thought were best for new owners. Read More


Are you ready to adopt a dog?

DOG ADOPTIONBringing a dog into your home should be a commitment made until the dog dies, and you should be agreeing to love and cherish the animal, at the very least. So how do you know if youíre ready? Read More


Keeping Your Dog Safe Through the Holidays

HOLIDAYSAlong with the holiday season, we tend to introduce a lot of new stuff into our homes that could be hazardous to our dogs. Here's how to manage the holiday fun, food, decorations and guests to keep your dog a safe part of your festivities. Read More


Top Five Reasons to Register Your Dog

FIRST TIME OWNERSMost municipalities require that you register your dog annually, and itís not just a way for them to collect fees from you. I had the privilege recently of hearing a lecture by one of the animal control officers from Columbus, Ohio. After his talk, I asked him what he considered the top two things a dog owner should do. His response: Read More


Memorializing Your Dog

GRIEVING PROCESSNo one wants to face these decisions, but as dog owners, itís a part of life. Itís much easier to make these decisions while youíre not faced with overwhelming grief. Whether you have to put your dog to sleep or if he dies at home, you have several options for taking care of the remains and memorializing your furry family member. Read More


What does it cost to have a dog in the family?

DOG EXPENSESIf you're thinking about getting a dog, have you considered all of the expenses you may be faced with? There are expenses beyond a dog's purchase price and vet visits. What are these costs? Read More


Finding the Right Dog for Your Family

CHOOSING A DOGIf you're considering adding a shelter dog to your family, you may be worried about how the dog's personality will match your family's. A new program from the ASPCA purports to help you find exactly the right dog for you. Read More


Using Temperament Testing to Choose the Right Dog for Your Family

GETTING A DOGSo, you've gone to the shelter or the breeder's, and all of the dogs are so cute you're having a hard time deciding. One way to guide your decision is by performing a temperament test. Read More


Introducing a New Dog to Your Kids

NEW DOGMost of us can conjure up an image of a toddler wrestling with an entire litter of puppies on an emerald green lawn under a clear blue sky. But we live in the real world. Introducing a new dog to your kids can even be dangerous if not done carefully. Read More


Choosing the Right Dog for Your Family

CHOOSING A DOGThroughout history, dogs have been used for many purposes from hunting to herding, guarding to companionship. Today we often donít need a dog to perform any of these functions, but it is wise to consider a dogís ancestral origins before deciding to bring a specific breed into your home Read More


Bringing a New Dog into Your Home

NEW DOGHow exciting! You've decided to add a new member to your household! Now what? This article will tell you the basic accessories and products you will need for your new bundle of joy, as well as some of the fun extras you might want to consider. Read More


Ten Tips For New Dog Owners

NEW OWNERSTen tips to avoid problems and ensure a happy and successful relationship with your new dog. Read More


Tips For Finding Names That Fit

DOG NAMESCongratulations! After searching long and hard you've found the right dog! So what's next? Picking a name of course! Read More


Puppy Mills: Why and How to Avoid Them

DOG ADVOCACYThis important article will help you learn why puppy mills produce problem puppies and what you can do about it. Read More


Dogs in the City Ė A City Dwellerís Guide to Pet Ownership

LIFESTYLEIf you're not sure whether owning a dog in the city is right for you, rest assured it can work--with a little planning. Read More



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