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Health and Well Being
How to Pick the Right Veterinarian
Just like you wouldn't go to just any doctor, you should take your dog to just any veterinarian. This guide from the American Animal Hospital Association tells you all you need to know about picking the right veterinarian for your dog.
Spaying and Neutering
There's a lot of talk out there about the importance of spaying and neutering (sometimes called "fixing" or "desexing") but why? This article from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) goes over the benefits of spaying/neutering your dog and how to care for your dog while they recover.
Common Household Dangers for Dogs
Many people don't realize the the threat that some common household goods like certain foods and plants pose to their dogs and other pets. This guide from the American Veterinary Medical Associate details some of the most common household dangers pets face.
First Aid for Your Dog
No one wants to think about something bad happening to their pet, but it's something you need to be prepared for. This article from the Blue Cross goes over the basics of first aid for your dog, and how to handle your dog in an emergency situation.
Picking the Right Dog Food
Every pet food claims to be just what your dog needs, but what does your dog really need? This guide from the American Kennel Club goes into detail about how to pick the best food for your dog.
What You Need to Know Before You Get Your Dog
The Cost of Owning a Dog
Before you get a dog, it's important to know if you can afford one in the first place. This guide from the American Kennel Club goes into detail about how much a pet dog really costs.
Purebreds vs Mixed Breeds
This article talks about the difference between purebred dogs and mixed-breed dogs (also know as mutts) and can help you figure out which is right for you.
What are "Designer Dogs?"
Labradoodles, Yorkiepoos, puggles? In today’s pet world mixed breed dogs with catchy names like these are very popular. Sometimes called “designer dogs” or simply crossbreds, these aren’t breeds of their own, rather they are dogs that are a mix of two specific breeds. This article goes into deal about what designer dogs are, and how they differ from regular old mutts.
Common Myths about Dogs
Before you adopt a dog, it's important to know what's true and what's not. This article goes into detail about some common myths you've most likely heard about dogs and why they might not be as true as you thought.
A Guide to Dog Breeds
This guide from the American Kennel Club has all the information you could ever want on a variety of dog breeds. Simply look up a breed you’re interested in and you can learn everything about it- it’s history, what to expect in terms of health and care needs, what a standard dog of that breed should look like, and much more.
What Are Puppy Mills
You may have heard the term "puppy mills" in the past, especially in reference to the dogs sold in pet shops. But what are puppy mills exactly? This article from the The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) goes into detail about the truth of what puppy mills are and how you can make sure the dog you get doesn't come from one.
Adopting Vs Buying
It can be hard to decide if you want to adopt a dog from a shelter, or purchase one from a breeder. This articles discusses the pros that come with both adopting and buying so you can figure out which option is best for you.
Picking the Right Dog Breeder
If you do decide to buy a dog from a breeder, it's important that you find a breeder whose responsible and ethical. This article explains what to look for so you know that the breeder your buying you're dog from is a responsible one.
What to Expect from a Rescue Dog
If you decide to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue organization, you may not be sure what to expect when you bring your new friend home. This article gives a general overview of what to expect once from a rescue dog.
Adopting Dogs of Different Ages
When most people picture getting a new dog, they picture getting a young puppy, but that isn't your only option. There are adult and senior aged dogs in shelters also up for adoption. This article goes into the pros and cons of adopting dogs from four different age groups; senior, adult, adolescent, and young puppy.
Understanding a Dog's Body Langauge
Dogs communicate with each other and with people through body language, but that body language won't be helpful if you don't understand it. This article from the Best Friends Animal Society goes over how to read and understand a dog's body language.
Preparing Yourself, Your Pets, and Your Home
Petproofing Your Home
Just like you would child proof your home before you had a baby, it's important to puppy proof your home before you bring home a new dog. This article details just how to do that.
Introducing Your New Dog to Your Cat
it can be hard for animals to accept changes in their lives, especially if that change comes in the form of a new furry friend. This guide from the organization American Humane goes into detail about the best way to introduce your new dog to your pet cat.
Introducing Two Dogs to Each Other
Maybe you already have one dog at home, or you have a friend or relative with a dog who wants to arrange a playdate once you get your dog. Just like some people don’t get along, some dogs don’t either, so it’s important to take the time to make sure the introduction goes as smoothly as possible. This guide from the Animal Humane Society goes over the best possible way for you to introduce two dogs.
The First Day Home with Your New Dog
This video from the American Animal Hospital Association goes over some tips on how to handle the first day home with your new dog.
What to Get For Your New Dog
Walking into a pet store and seeing rows and isles full of dogs supplies can make shopping for your new puppy an intimating experience. This article makes shopping for your new puppy easier by explaining the basic essentials of what you'll need to get before you bring your new dog home.
What You Need to Know Once Your New Dog is Here
Dog Grooming Basics
Once your new dog is here, you'll need to know how to keep it nice and clean. This article from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) goes over the basics of many aspects of dog grooming, including bathing your dog, brushing your dog, and keeping your dog's teeth and eyes healthy and clean.
Housebreaking Your Dog
Teaching your dog to go to only go to the bathroom outside ("housebreaking" your dog) is one of the first things you'll want to start teaching your new dog once you bring it home. This article by famous dog behaviorist Cesar Millan goes over some of the important does and donts you'll want to know when it comes to housebreaking your new dog.
Teaching Your Dog Basic Commands
It's important to teach your dog some basic commands like sit and stay, but its not as easy as it looks and many people may not be sure where to start. This article by famous dog behaviorist Cesar Millan goes over how to properly teach your dog the five basic commands of sit, stay, come, down, and leave it.
Socializing Your Dog
Socializing your dog with others is an important part of raising your dog to be friendly and welcoming to others. This article from the Animal Humane Society goes over how to socialize your dog at different points in his or her life.