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Training your dog is an important rite of passage—for veterans and new pet owners alike. There’s no denying the benefits; effective training will better equip both owner and canine to interact with other dogs, will improve your dog’s ability to co-exist with human guests, and open up a wide variety of activities that you and your dog can enjoy together.

But perhaps most importantly, a well-trained dog will feel more like a valued, trusted, and deeply loved member of your household.

The challenge, of course, lies in identifying your dog’s particular needs when it comes to training techniques, and in knowing which methods get the best results.

Know The Factors That Influence Dog Training

Even before you jump-start your collection of training books and manuals, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with some of the other factors that may lie beyond your control.

For example: your dog’s ability to be trained effectively may depend on their gender or their age; female dogs mature more quickly than male dogs, and are easier to train as a result. And if you’re thinking about introducing a puppy into your … Read Entire Post

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While dogs seem to enjoy the summer weather almost as much as humans, those hot, humid “dog days” can take quite a toll on your canine companion. Ever notice how your dog seems to pant more when the heat is on? That’s just his way of trying to keep cool. Just like people, dogs are susceptible to the effects of extreme heat. Taking a few simple precautions will protect your dog and help him beat the heat all summer long. Choose from some of the best safety tips:

  • Don’t leave him unattended in a hot car. Some people think that leaving a dog inside a car with the windows cracked will allow him to stay cool. But the temperature inside an enclosed car can easily exceed 100 degrees on a hot day, which could lead to heatstroke and death. Either take your dog with you when you leave the car or let him stay at home in air-conditioned comfort!
  • Keep him cool and hydrated. If you keep your dog outside instead of in an air-conditioned home, make sure he has access to a cool, shaded
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What’s the most logical solution for keeping your dog inside your yard? If you’re like most people, the first answer that comes to mind is to build a fence. The next question is: What type of fence should I build? This is where things get a little more complicated.

There are numerous dog fencing solutions available these days, so how can you be sure you find the right option for your property and needs? In this post, we’ll explore the different types of dog containment solutions and weigh the pros and cons of each.

Physical Barriers

Creating a physical barrier around your property typically involves building a fence made of wood, vinyl, chain link or other material. In addition to serving as a visible deterrent, this type of fence will also cause your dog to exert some effort in order to make his way to freedom. He’ll have to dig under, climb up or jump over the fence if he wants to escape.

Other key advantages to constructing a physical barrier is that it can also discourage unwanted animals from entering your property. This … Read Entire Post

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If you’re like most dog owners, you don’t want to think about how you would feel if your pet suddenly disappeared. But even a well-trained dog can give in to his natural roaming instinct, which could cause him to travel many miles away from your property. Sadly, many runaway or lost dogs are never reunited with their owners. Far too many are struck by vehicles, end up in shelters where they are eventually euthanized, or die of illness or starvation.

If you think your dog is the exception to the rule and truly believe that he is completely safe and sound, consider these sobering statistics: approximately one out of every three dogs become lost at some point in their lives, and only about 10 percent of dogs without identification are ever reunited with their owners. If your unmarked dog goes missing, there’s a good chance you will never see him again.

While you may not be able to completely prevent your dog from running off, there’s one step you can take right now to significantly improve the chances of a happy reunion if he disappears. … Read Entire Post

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