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Expert Advice: Puppy Training Baby Steps: Socializing Shouldn’t Be Scary for Your Puppy
Is every attempt to "socialize" a puppy really good for him? Sometimes puppies are forced to endure unpleasant, emotionally damaging situations when their owners follow advice that was given with good intentions. To ensure that our pup receives every opportunity for optimal mental and physical development, we often need to stop, take a calming breath, […] | May 19, 2015
Expert Advice: Basic Training Preventing Dog Bites: Top Ten Risky Situations to Avoid
Petting a dog: Who can resist? Especially since most dogs love the attention, too. But there are situations when it’s just a bad idea, whether it’s your own, a friend’s, or a stranger’s dog. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends avoiding these ten scenarios. If the dog is not with his owner. If the dog […] | May 18, 2015
Expert Advice: Responsible Breeding What is a responsible dog breeder?
Imagine yourself as an average person, who goes to work in the morning, goes out for lunch with co-workers, maybe goes out in the evening for dinner or just comes home to have dinner with the family.  You have a couple of young kids who, one day at supper, announce a friend at school just […] | May 18, 2015
Expert Advice: Home Keeping a Rabbit and Dog in the Same House?
ASK AKC Dear AKC: I have a pet rabbit in my house and I'm thinking of getting a Beagle puppy. Is there a problem keeping them both in the same house? The puppy would only be loose when someone is home. -- Hound & Hare Dear Hound: Before considering adding a dog to your household […] | May 18, 2015
Expert Advice: Basic Training How Do Yorkshire Terriers Socialize?
Ask AKC   Dear AKC: My question deals with how Yorkshire Terriers socialize. Do "Yorkie" females get along better with other females or with male Yorkies? We have been told varying opinions and need to know, as we are in the process of purchasing another Yorkie and need to pick the correct gender to get […] | May 17, 2015
Expert Advice: Flea & Tick Flea & Tick Prevention: 5 Reasons to Use Them This Summer
Spring has sprung and summer is peeking around the corner! As the chilly winter fades, the lure of the great outdoors calls to us and our family pets. Unfortunately, it also rings in the full-blown season of fleas, ticks and mosquitos. Let’s talk about the benefits of protecting our pets against these pesky parasites.   […] | May 15, 2015
Expert Advice: Responsible Breeding When Your Dog Dies and People Say “It Was Just a Dog”
When we lose one of our beloved companions, sometimes a person will say, “Hey, it’s just a dog.” Those of us who have had dogs in our lives look at that person as if they’ve lost their mind. How can you say this is just a dog? He was a part of my life, and […] | May 15, 2015
Expert Advice: Puppy Training New Dog Owners Must Avoid Mistakes in Puppy Rearing
A Few Puppy Don’tsHaving a new puppy is a lot like parenting. We need to find the line between being overprotective and providing the puppy with a safe environment to let his personality develop. A few of the don’ts about puppy rearing: Puppies love to play, but don’t get too rough. Be careful playing games […] | May 12, 2015
Expert Advice: Puppy Health Puppy Socialization and the Risk of Disease
How to Safely Socialize Your PuppyA puppy’s socialization period, which occurs from 6-14 weeks of age, is critical for a dog's behavioral development. During this time, positive experiences with other dogs, people, noises and activities can reduce the likelihood of fearful behaviors, such as aggression and phobias, later in the dog's life. Puppies that are […] | May 12, 2015
Expert Advice: Did You Know? Be Proactive if Your Dog Gets Lost
What to Do When Your Dog Goes MissingLost! That’s the scariest word a pet owner can hear. But losing your dog can be a bit less stressful if you keep calm and spring into action the moment you notice he’s missing. This e-book presents a commonsense approach to maximizing your chances for a happy reunion. […] | May 11, 2015

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