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Old 01-22-2009, 04:08 PM
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Dog Bathing Tips - Use a conditioner especially made for dogs. This will add nutrients to their coat and detangle it, making it softer and easier to brush.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:00 PM
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Do not overfeed your dog! This will do nothing but make the dog obese and shorten his life span. Don't leave food out, only water. Schedule times of the day to serve them. This will become a routine.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:00 PM
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Make sure your dog gets enough exercise. Let him run in the yard or take him on frequent walks or runs in the park. Play with your dog and make it feel a part of the family.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:00 PM
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Be sure to praise your dog when it goes potty in the right spot or performs a task that is admirable. Your dog needs to indentify your praise with good behavior and this will lead to a happier more obedient dog.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:00 PM
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When walking your dog, keep it on a leash at all times. This is not only for your control, but for the safety of others.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:00 PM
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Don't forget to brush your dog's teeth. This surprises some new dog owners but your dog's dental health is just as important as yours. Ask your vet about occasional professional cleaning.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:00 PM
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Dog Bathing / Grooming Tips - If you brush your dog before his bath, his tangles will be a lot easier to get out.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:01 PM
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Make sure your dog has a collar and ID tag with its name, and your name and address information, including telephone number. There's always a chance your dog may become lost and you want to ensure it can be returned to you.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:02 PM
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Be sure that your dog is spayed or neutered. This not only helps you to have a kinder dog that will most likely live longer, but it helps keep our pet population from getting out of hand.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:02 PM
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Check your local licensing laws concerning dog tags and vaccinations. Be sure your pet's records are all up to date.
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Old 02-02-2009, 05:22 PM
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When you get a new puppy, socialize it. This is the most important thing you can do. Keep putting the puppy in new situations where it meets new people, other dogs and things that can be very scary like bikes and strollers. If you do this while they are young you will have a dog that will know that these things are ok and not to be scared of them. The more you do this the easier it will be to take your dog places where dogs are allowed.
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Old 02-02-2009, 05:24 PM
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When you get a new puppy - sign up for puppy classes. Not only will you learn basic commands like sit and stay that are essential to having a well behaved dog, but it is a great way to meet other dog owners and potential dog fiends for your dog to have play dates with at the dog park.
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Old 02-02-2009, 05:25 PM
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Make sure your dog has a collar and ID tag with its name, and your name and address information, including telephone number. There's always a chance your dog may become lost and you want to ensure it can be returned to you.
Also - talk to your vet about microchipping your dog. This way if they get out and their collar comes off they can still be identified.
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Old 02-11-2009, 06:49 AM
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If you're considering a dog as a companion animal, check out your local animal shelter. Many large cities (and quite a few small ones) have Humane Society and/or ASPCA shelters with many breeds available. Some may be purebred, others may be a "Heinz 57" mix, but the cost of adopting a shelter animals is often much less than buying a puppy from a pet shop.

Some cities even have volunteer-run animal shelters that offer not only adoption, but opportunities to "foster" rescued animals and acclimate them to home life. Check your phone directory or the Internet!
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:17 PM
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Do not overfeed your dog! This will do nothing but make the dog obese and shorten his life span. Don't leave food out, only water. Schedule times of the day to serve them. This will become a routine.
This also prevents your dog from becoming a picky eater. When your pet is given too much freedom to their mealtime, servings, etc., they will be more inclined to lose interest in what they know is always readily available to them at any given time. This is most important when you are raising a puppy-changing your pup's food, just so that they will eat, leads to irregular stool.
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:38 PM
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Find a job for your pooch! One of the most important aspects of human life is having a job as it should be for your dog as well. Wether their job is to retrieve a ball in the backyard, run laps around the track with you, etc., the purpose is for them to have a daily physical routine. This allows him/her to look forward to something and feel a sense of accomplishment, happiness, pride, etc. This also develops a more obedient dog!
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:43 PM
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When looking for the right leash/collar to walk your dog, DO NOT use a choker collar. This is cruel. Choker collars do exactly what they say -- they cut off all your dog's air supply! Needless to say, it's a health hazard and you can do serious damage to your dog's esophagus!
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:02 PM
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Before you decide to adopt/buy a dog, it is helpful to research on different breeds so that you choose one that may be more compatible to your lifestyle. For example: Some dogs by nature are very physically active while others are more laid back. Some are territorial, shed more, and even drool more! But don't let these generalized characteristics deter you from any particular breed - there are always exceptions. Many of the negative behavioral characterisits can be corrected by enrolling your dog in obedient school as a puppy. By doing this you will see immediate results!
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Old 03-26-2009, 01:26 PM
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If you have to give your dog a medication in pill form, here are two suggestions to make it easier. First there are pill pocket treats that you can purchase to put the pill in. Second you can give the treat mixed in to some peanut butter. My dog loves peanut butter so I crush his pills and mix it into a ball of peanut butter for him. He thinks he’s just getting a special treat, and I know he got his medication.
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Old 05-05-2009, 05:51 PM
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A great treat for dogs during the summer is flavored ice cubes. Mix either chicken or beef broth with about 1 and ½ cups of water and poor them into ice trays. You can then give your dog the ice to lick and eat. It’s probably best to put them in an empty food bowl so you don’t end up with a wet sticky mess on your floor.
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