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Ten Tips For New Dog Owners

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

 

Moving Your Dog to a New Home

STRESSFUL SITUATIONSMoving into a new home can be an exciting, but also stressful time, not only for you but for your dog. How do you make the experience easier on your dog? Read on for our top ten tips.

 

Indoor Dog Potties

DOG PRODUCTSIt's been a long day at work. You were so busy, you didn't even take time to eat a sandwich, let alone run home to let your dog out. You're on your way home, knowing the poor dog is crossing his or her legs by now, when your car breaks down, delaying you even further. Can't somebody make this easier?

 

Training (more articles)

Dog Walking Tips Every Owner Should Know Dog Walking Tips Every Owner Should Know

DOG FUN Walking your dog is not only crucial to keeping him healthy and happy, it strengthens the bond between your canine friend and his caregiver. There are a lot of obstacles out there. Don’t forget these simple tips to keep your walk fun and safe in the outside world.


Five Training Lessons you MUST Teach Your Dog Five Training Lessons you MUST Teach Your Dog

DOG TRAINING It’s not enough to simply walk the dog through the front door and hope he will acclimate to his new surroundings; you have to teach him how to interact with the new people and items in his environment.


Introducing Your Dog to a Cat Introducing Your Dog to a Cat

SOCIALIZATIONIt's easy to do. After you bring one animal into your home, without tremendous amounts of willpower, you may soon find the four-legged residents of your home outnumbering the two-leggers. So how do you make the introductions between your dog and your cat without their fighting, well, like dogs and cats?


Safely Introducing Your Dog to Children Safely Introducing Your Dog to Children

KIDS AND DOGSHere's our guide to keeping everyone safe when you introduce your dog to small children.


Top Ten Dogs for Experienced Owners Top Ten Dogs for Experienced Owners

EXPERIENCED OWNERSNo one is saying that any of these breeds is bad; however, they do have some character traits and physical differences that make them more challenging than some of the other breeds.


Training Your Puppy Keeps Him Safe Training Your Puppy Keeps Him Safe

TRAININGDid you know you can start obedience training just about immediately? In fact, training your puppy as soon as possible will help assure his or her safety for many years to come.


Exercising the Siberian Husky Safely: Harness Training Exercising the Siberian Husky Safely: Harness Training

TRAININGMany Huskies have become lost or met untimely deaths from chasing game, pursuing livestock, or simply dashing across a busy road to check out a dog on the other side. They should therefore always be kept on a sturdy leash when outside of a well-fenced property.


Siberian Husky Training Basics Siberian Husky Training Basics

TRAININGSiberian Huskies are not ordinary domestic dogs. These dogs, like the other sled dog breeds, need to be with owners who can manage them in an appropriate, firm and non-violent “pack leader” manner.


Dog Accessories and Product Reviews (more articles)

Choosing the Right Collar and Leash for Your Dog Choosing the Right Collar and Leash for Your Dog

ACCESSORIESThere are two important components to dog-walking equipment: a sturdy collar or harness, and a good leash or lead.


Your Dog's Carbon Footprint Your Dog's Carbon Footprint

DOGS AND THE ENVIRONMENTMany people today are worried about their impact on the environment. Have you ever stopped to think about how raising your dog impacts the environment?


Boarding Your Dog Boarding Your Dog

BOARDINGWhether you're traveling for business or pleasure, there's no getting around the fact that someone needs to take care of your dog while you're gone. You might have someone come into your home, or you may take your dog to a kennel. What things should you consider when shopping for the right boarding choice?


Holiday Gifts for Dogs Holiday Gifts for Dogs

DOG GIFTSThe holidays are nearly here, and recent polls show that at least half of us will be buying gifts for our dogs. So, beyond a good meal and a belly rub, what does your dog really want?


Top Ten Books about Dogs Top Ten Books about Dogs

DOG BOOKSFor those of you who are avid readers, what better topic to read about than your best friend, the dog.


Indoor Dog Potties Indoor Dog Potties

DOG PRODUCTSIt's been a long day at work. You were so busy, you didn't even take time to eat a sandwich, let alone run home to let your dog out. You're on your way home, knowing the poor dog is crossing his or her legs by now, when your car breaks down, delaying you even further. Can't somebody make this easier?


How Do I Choose a Bed for My Dog? How Do I Choose a Bed for My Dog?

DOG PRODUCTSUnless you're happy to let your dog take up most of your bed, you'll want to get a dog bed for him. This article will help you choose the perfect bed for your dog.


Lost Dog?  Not with a GPS Dog Collar Lost Dog? Not with a GPS Dog Collar

DOG PRODUCTSMissing Dog? Shoulda had a GPS pet locator! Doggies.com has reviewed several GPS dog collars, to give you the scoop on GPS tracking for dogs


First Time Owners (more articles)

The Decision- Adding a Dog to Your Family The Decision- Adding a Dog to Your Family

FIRST TIME OWNERSBringing a dog into your family is a decision where many people don’t realize it’s 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.


A New Puppy: What to Expect 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.


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


Shelter Dog Adoption Tips for Success 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.


Choosing a New Puppy 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?


Top Ten Questions to Ask a Breeder 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. 


Adopting a Shelter Dog 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 – about 60 – are put down.


Top Ten Dogs for Novice Owners 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.


Dog Psychology 101 (more articles)

How to Talk to Your Dog How to Talk to Your Dog

DOG PSYCHOLOGYCommunication is the first step towards establishing a trusting relationship with your dog. Improper communication can damage the relationship between a person and their dog. Dogs feel confused and anxious when they cannot comprehend why they're being disciplined, commanded, or shepherded around.


Overcoming Fear in Your Dog Overcoming Fear in Your Dog

DOG BEHAVIORDoes your dog hide under the bed when there's a storm brewing? Try to hide behind you when a stranger is nearby?


Introducing Puppy to Kitty Introducing Puppy to Kitty

DOG PSYCHOLOGYIf you already have a cat in your home, introducing a dog to the mix can be rather unsettling, to both of the animals, as well as to you.


Combatting Stranger Aggression Combatting Stranger Aggression

DOG PSYCHOLOGYThe weather is getting warmer, which means we’ll be spending more time outside with our dogs.  But what do you do if your dog is aggressive toward strangers?


Top Ten Party Planning Tips for Families with Dogs Top Ten Party Planning Tips for Families with Dogs

STRESSFUL SITUATIONS Party planning can be stressful under the best of circumstances, but trying to plan for a party that doesn’t include your dog jumping on your guests or eating the party food can be a real nerve-wracking experience. Here are our top ten tips for planning a party when you have a dog in the family.


Moving Your Dog to a New Home Moving Your Dog to a New Home

STRESSFUL SITUATIONSMoving into a new home can be an exciting, but also stressful time, not only for you but for your dog. How do you make the experience easier on your dog? Read on for our top ten tips.


Avoiding Dog Bites on the Job Avoiding Dog Bites on the Job

DOG SAFETY & YOUDo you have a job that takes you onto other people's property, face-to-face with strange dogs every day? Dog bites are a problem shared by many industries – postal workers, package deliverers, utility meter readers, and others. Even if you just stop by to visit a friend, you may find yourself staring down an unfriendly dog. Here's the doggies.com guide to avoiding dog bites.


Protecting Your Children from Dog Bites Protecting Your Children from Dog Bites

DOGS AND KIDSAs many as 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States, with almost one in five requiring medical attention. Those most at risk are children aged five to nine, especially if they have dogs at homes. As a parent, how do you protect your kids from being bitten?


Dog Fun (more articles)

US Pet Industry Continues to Grow...and Grow... and Grow! US Pet Industry Continues to Grow...and Grow... and Grow!

PET-NEWSWORTHY If you're considering adding a pet to your home in 2015, you're in very good company. As many as 71.4 million homes are expected to include a pet in 2015. According to the American Pet Product Association, pet families have increased from 56% of households in 1988 to 62% this year.


Boating with Your Dog Boating with Your Dog

DOG FUN Whether you like to go out on your pontoon, a fishing boat, or even a canoe, life on a boat can be even better if you bring your dog along. Here’s the doggies.com guide to dogs on boats. (A little different than Snakes on a Plane.)


Etiquette at the Dog Park Etiquette at the Dog Park

DOG FUN There 's no doubt about it, taking your dog to the dog park involves a certain amount of good manners. Here's our guide to "keeping your nose clean" while your dog hangs out with his or her friends.


Road Trips with your Dog - Best Tips Road Trips with your Dog - Best Tips

TRAVEL TIPSIf you're planning a road trip with a dog, a little advance planning can be the difference between a fun trip and a disastrous one. These nine travel tips for dog vacations include not only packing tips, but advice on how to safely take your dog out of the vehicle at rest stops, and suggestions that will protect your dog in a variety of situations. A few stress busters are included as well..


Dog Show Judging Dog Show Judging

DOG SHOWSAside from the requisite ball gown or tuxedo for Westminster, have you ever wondered what it takes to be a dog show judge?


Lure Coursing and Dock Diving Lure Coursing and Dock Diving

DOG FUNAre you looking for a way to keep your dog occupied and in shape? You can’t go wrong with dog sports like lure coursing and dock diving.


Top Five Dog Shows on Animal Planet Top Five Dog Shows on Animal Planet

DOG FUNWe know your time is at a premium, and you have to make choices about what to watch on TV. Here’s our guide to the best dog-related shows on Animal Planet to help you sort out what’s good from what’s not worth your TiVo’s time.


Top Ten Most Popular Registered Dogs of 2012 Top Ten Most Popular Registered Dogs of 2012

POPULAR BREEDSAt the beginning of each year, the American Kennel Club takes a look at the dogs they registered over the course of the previous year, to come up with a ranking based on popularity.


Health (more articles)

Keeping Your Dog Safe during the Summer Months Keeping Your Dog Safe during the Summer Months

HEALTH Summer is coming on fast, so it’s time to plan how you will keep your dog safe and healthy through the lazy, carefree, warm days.


Vaccination Time Again-Keeping Your Puppy Healthy Vaccination Time Again-Keeping Your Puppy Healthy

DOG HEALTH So you have your new puppy picked out. There are quite a few shots, treatments and examinations that will keep the newest member of your family healthy.


The Benefits of Physiotherapy for your Dog The Benefits of Physiotherapy for your Dog

HEALTH The same techniques that physiotherapists use to treat a variety of injuries and conditions in humans have been adapted to suit animals with great success. Family pets, show dogs, and working dogs can all benefit greatly from physiotherapy.  Dogs whose activities involve a lot of agility are especially susceptible to the types of problems that physiotherapy can address.


Bringing Your Dog Into Your New Baby's Life Bringing Your Dog Into Your New Baby's Life

HEALTH Many believe that a dog and a new baby cannot happily coexist, so therefore the dog has to go.  This is not necessarily the case.  A new baby does not mean you have to abandon your dog.


Who Will Care for Your Dog after You're Gone? Who Will Care for Your Dog after You're Gone?

HEALTHAlthough it's not a topic any of us really want to think about, responsible dog parenting requires that we give some thought to what would happen to our dogs if one day we didn't come home.


Dog Fighting- It is Not New Dog Fighting- It is Not New

HEALTHDog fighting used to be a sport meant to entertain police officers and firefighters, and was advertised in police gazettes. Now that numerous laws have been passed that make dog fighting illegal, the sport has simply gone underground.  


All About Vaccinating Your New Puppy All About Vaccinating Your New Puppy

DOG HEALTH Many new puppies are adopted throughout the year, especially around Holiday time. One responsibility most first time dog owners forget to take into account is the amount of veterinary care that is necessary in keeping your puppy happy and healthy! Learn the basics of finding a vet and getting puppy vaccinated.


Spay and Neuter Your Dog: The Risks and The Benefits Spay and Neuter Your Dog: The Risks and The Benefits

DOG HEALTHThere are many benefits to spaying and neutering, but there are also more than a few risks. We want to give you often overlooked information you need to make a full and informed choice.


Grooming (more articles)

Grooming Your Gorgeous Canine Grooming Your Gorgeous Canine

GROOMINGWe all know that you could spend a fortune on grooming your dog, but what grooming tasks are truly important and what ones are not really necessary?


Bonding with your Puppy Through Grooming Bonding with your Puppy Through Grooming

GROOMING How do you make the grooming process easier and more enjoyable for both you and your dog? By starting early and making it fun, of course.


Help! My Dog Won't Stop Shedding Help! My Dog Won't Stop Shedding

GROOMINGWe all love our dogs, but most of us could live without all of the shedding. Most dogs shed at least a little bit most of the time; however, if you live with a dog who has a thick undercoat, you know that some dogs shed enough fur to insulate your entire house in the spring and fall. The undercoat gets totally blown out in preparation for the upcoming winter or summer.


Grooming:  Choosing the Right Tool for the Job Grooming: Choosing the Right Tool for the Job

GROOMINGSo you want your dog to look like he or she is fit to compete at Westminster, but there are about 53 million different types of grooming tools at your local pet store. How do you choose?


Keeping Your Dog's Coat Healthy and Beautiful at Home Keeping Your Dog's Coat Healthy and Beautiful at Home

DOG CAREOne of the money savers often suggested is to do your grooming at home rather than taking the dog to a salon. Whether you do a lot of grooming or a little between trips to the groomer, having the right tools can make a big difference.


Cleaning Up After Your Dog Cleaning Up After Your Dog

CLEANINGMany of you hate to deal with clean-up chores like getting fur off of your floors, furniture, and clothing, and cleaning up after your dog has an accident. Which products work the best to help with the arduous task of cleaning up after your dog?


Grooming Your Dog at Home Grooming Your Dog at Home

GROOMINGMany dogs are taken regularly to a commercial grooming establishment, and countless thousands of dollars are spent to maintain their coiffures, but it really is possible to groom your dog at home.


Dog Shampoos Dog Shampoos

GROOMINGThere are nearly as many brands of dog shampoo as there are of human shampoo, and choosing the wrong one can cause your dog to be itchy, oily, or may even cause his fur to fall out!


When they are Puppies (more articles)

Bonding With Your New Puppy Bonding With Your New Puppy

NEW DOG OWNERSDid you ever think about how valuable it might be to your puppy if you bonded with him or her? Bonding allows your dog to develop a special link to you and your family.


Socializing Your New Puppy Socializing Your New Puppy

DOG HEALTHOne of your most important jobs as a puppy parent is to properly socialize your new little bundle of joy.


Teaching Your Puppy Not to Nip Teaching Your Puppy Not to Nip

PUPPY TRAININGAs if the pain of a puppy bite weren’t bad enough, one of the problems with puppies who nip is that they often grow up into big dogs that bite.


What is Normal Puppy Development? What is Normal Puppy Development?

PUPPIESMost of us know that when puppies are born, they have their eyes closed and they don’t know where to go to the bathroom, but do you know anything else about how they grow and develop?


Please! No Puppies under the Christmas Tree Please! No Puppies under the Christmas Tree

HOLIDAYSIt’s so tempting to put a small puppy in a nice box under the tree with a ribbon around his or her neck to surprise your kids or other loved ones on Christmas morning.


Help! My Puppy is Chewing Up My House! Help! My Puppy is Chewing Up My House!

DOG TRAININGThe reason God made puppies so cute is to ensure the survival of the species. Everything else about them is so annoying, especially their chewing propensity!


Caring for Newborn Puppies Caring for Newborn Puppies

PUPPY CAREIn an ideal world the mama dog will provide everything her puppies need, but in the real world you may need to step in to assist if she can’t or won’t care for them properly. In some cases, a mother might reject one or more of her pups, particularly if they are sickly or under-sized.


Should I Register My Dog with a Kennel Club? Should I Register My Dog with a Kennel Club?

DOG REGISTRATIONIf you've recently brought a new dog into your home, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about registration. The purpose of registration is to create a pedigree, hopefully assuring that each subsequent breed pair will enhance the breed, producing puppies who are as close as possible to the ideal.


Nutrition (more articles)

Homemade Thanksgiving Treats for Your Dog Homemade Thanksgiving Treats for Your Dog

NUTRITION We all want to include our dogs in our holiday celebrations, but hopefully, you're aware that sharing table scraps with your dog isn't always the best idea.


Canine Thanksgiving Feast Canine Thanksgiving Feast

NUTRITION With the wide variety of food at Thanksgiving dinner, chances are you'll want to give your dog something special, too. If you're contemplating what to feed your dog for the holiday, here is a guide to a great Canine Thanksgiving Feast.


Treating Your Dog on Thanksgiving Treating Your Dog on Thanksgiving

DOG NUTRITIONWe all know that many human food scraps are toxic for dogs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a special Thanksgiving feast that will allow your dog to celebrate with you.


BARF Diet for Dogs BARF Diet for Dogs

NUTRITIONOkay, so the acronym for this diet is pretty disgusting, but the BARF diet is actually the healthiest way to feed your dog because you are totally in control of what goes into the food.


Homemade Treats Homemade Treats

NUTRITIONSeems like we generally have more time in the winter to spend with our dogs while the cold weather keeps us indoors more often than not. One way to combat cabin fever and provide your dog with a special treat is to make some cookies to fill the treat jar.


Christmas Cookies for Your Dog Christmas Cookies for Your Dog

DOG TREATSHave you started your Christmas baking yet? Don't leave your dog out! Carob makes a good substitution for chocolate, and your dog will always appreciate cheese or peanut butter-flavored treats.


Nutrition - Part 4: Homemade Dog Food Nutrition - Part 4: Homemade Dog Food

NUTRITIONThis last article in our canine nutrition series focuses on homemade dog food.


Nutrition - Part 3:  What's the Difference Between Dog Foods? Nutrition - Part 3: What's the Difference Between Dog Foods?

NUTRITIONThe third article in our nutrition series explains the different categories of dog food.


 
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