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How to Select a German Shepherd

by Kent Page McGroarty | Jun 5, 2012

The German shepherd is the "world's leading police, guard and military dog," according to the American Kennel Club, but the breed can also be a loyal and loving family pet, show dog and herder. Originating in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1899, the German shepherd is often considered the king of dogs by its fanciers and is consistently one of the most popular breeds registered with the AKC. Selecting the right German shepherd puppy is important if you want a happy and healthy dog and depends a great deal on your preparations and ability to recognize a trustworthy breeder. read more

How to Get Dog Walker Insurance

by Elle Di Jensen | Jun 5, 2012

Starting a dog-walking business sounds uncomplicated, but like any business owner, you should have liability insurance in place before you begin offering your services. Insurance protects you and your assets, as well as your customers, and it will give them peace of mind knowing that you have insurance to cover injuries or other issues that might come up. Even if you go to great lengths to take precautions, the unexpected can happen, and that is exactly what insurance is for. read more

How to Start My Own Dog Clothing Line

by Susan Paretts | Jun 5, 2012

According to the National Pet Owner's Survey of 2011 to 2012, in the U.S. alone, 46.3 million households own at least one dog. These dog owners, according to the survey, conducted by the American Pet Products Association, plan to spend 52.87 billion dollars on their pets. If you're considering starting a line of clothing for dogs, you stand a chance to get in on some of that expendable income. You can make clothes that are practical, such as jackets or sweaters to keep a dog warm, or doggy wear that is decorative, such as costumes to allow owners to take pictures of their dogs during holidays or for participation in dog shows; some clothing lines have aspects of both styles. read more

How to Certify My Dog As a Service Dog in Colorado

by Jo Chester | Jun 5, 2012

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service dog is “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability” Federal law, in the form of the ADA, does not require certification for a dog to be considered a service dog, but states can develop their own certification requirements. The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People is the source of all current information regarding service animals. read more

How to Groom a Brussels Griffon

by Kimberly DiCostanzo | Jun 5, 2012

The Brussels griffon is a lively, active little dog with an insatiable sense of curiosity and friendly temperament. Grooming your Brussels can be a fun activity that enriches the bond you have with your dog. Your dog may have a rough or smooth coat, but the grooming requirements remain the same for each. Develop a grooming routine early in your dog's life to ensure it is a pleasurable experience for you both. read more

How to Fly With a Pet

by Martha Adams | Jun 5, 2012

Getting an animal, be it a mouse or a moose, on an airplane today can be more inconvenient that getting yourself on one. Your pet may not have to take his shoes off and be groped or scanned, but he will be limited by his age, size, breed, health, destination and multiple other arbitrary factors, including the weather. Flying a pet can be expensive and is not without hazards for him. Consider carefully whether your pet travels for his pleasure and benefit, or just for yours. read more

How to Determine a Dog's Age in Human Years

by Susan Paretts | Jun 5, 2012

Dogs age more rapidly than humans, with an average lifespan of about 14 years, depending on the dog's size, health and lifestyle. While many people calculate a dog's age in human years by multiplying their actual age in years by seven, this isn't correct because a dog ages more rapidly in his early years than his later ones. Most breeds age at the same pace for the first five years of life, but smaller ones age more slowly than larger ones after this age and can live almost twice as long in some cases. read more

How to Teach a Dog to Swim

by Jo Chester | Jun 5, 2012

Most dogs are not born knowing how to swim. Even the water retrievers, such as Labradors and Chesapeake Bay retrievers, must learn how to swim as puppies or young adults. Training a dog to swim is not necessarily a difficult task, but it does require a willing dog and water deep enough that the dog cannot touch bottom with his feet. Given their physical capability and mental capacity, many dogs can learn to swim in a lesson or two. read more

How to Care for a Golden Retriever

by Quentin Coleman | Jun 5, 2012

Golden retrievers are a sociable, people-loving breed that make great pets for families with young children. They are medium- to large-sized dogs that weigh between 50 and 80 pounds. Aside from their amiable personalities, golden retrievers are also obedient and relatively easy to train. Unfortunately, like many other recognized breeds, golden retrievers have their share of genetic weaknesses and caring for them can be high maintenance. Exercise, interaction and regular visits to a veterinarian are all necessary to keep your dog healthy and happy. read more

How to Groom a Yorkshire Terrier

by Wildwater Wolf | Jun 5, 2012

Keeping your dog's body clean, comfortable and healthy requires grooming. Dog grooming includes providing dogs with baths, nail and dental care, and hair brushing and combing. Some breeds such as the Yorkshire terrier require daily brushing and time-consuming grooming. Hair clipping is necessary so the dog's non-shedding hair does not grow too long. The American Kennel Club describes Yorkshire terriers or Yorkies as energetic, determined, brave and curious. These feisty little dogs adapt well to many types of homes and lifestyles, as long as they experience frequent, loving interaction with their humans. read more

How to Groom a Wirehaired Dachshund

by Karen Curley | May 10, 2012

Dachshunds are affectionate, fun-loving small dogs that are excellent family pets. Dogs of this breed come in two sizes: miniature and standard; and three different coat varieties: smooth, wirehaired and longhaired. The wirehaired dachshund's double coat consists of a short, soft undercoat with a topcoat of short, coarse fur. Some hairs from the undercoat show through the rough topcoat hairs. Wirehaired dachshunds have eyebrows and a beard on their faces and short fur on their ears. They need weekly brushing to prevent mats and remove loose fur. You can hand-strip, use a stripping comb, or combine the two methods to groom your wirehaired dachshund's coat. Stripping the coat two or three times per year removes dead fur, allows new fur to grow, and preserves the coat’s rough texture. After stripping, the fur on your wirehaired dachshund's body should be from 1/2 to 3/4 inch long. read more

How to Pick a Dog Breed Good for Kids

by Katherine Barrington | May 10, 2012

When selecting a dog breed for your children you must take the personalities and tendencies of your children into account just as much as the temperament of the dogs themselves. Many breeds of dog are compatible with children -- it may simply depend how gentle the children are with the dog whether or not they will get along. Once you have selected a breed of dog for your children, spend some time preparing your children for dog ownership. To make the transition easier for both your kids and your new dog, educate your children on the responsibilities of owning a pet. read more

How to Certify My Dog to Be a Service Dog

by Wildwater Wolf | May 10, 2012

A service dog must be trained to perform tasks that will assist a specific individual with a disability. Each service dog and handler must meet precise criteria before qualification to work as a team. The Americans with Disabilities Act protects individuals with physical, sensory, intellectual, mental and psychiatric disabilities who use service dogs trained to perform specific tasks. United States federal law does not require service dogs to be legally certified; however, because service dog laws vary from state to state, you must know your state’s laws before beginning the lengthy service dog training process with your dog. read more

How to File a Complaint About a Barking Dog

by Karen Curley | May 10, 2012

Having to endure the noise of a neighbor's dog barking or howling endlessly can be distressing. While it's true some owners might be inconsiderate and not care how the noise affects others, most are simply not aware of the barking or that their neighbors are annoyed. Hurt feelings, anger and frustration -- on both sides -- make for a very stressful situation. If you have a barking dog in your neighborhood, you can file a complaint to help address the issue. read more

How to Heal Cracked Paw Pads on a Dog

by Wildwater Wolf | May 10, 2012

Dog paws are tough, but not indestructible. The pads on the bottom of the paw are in constant contact with the different surfaces dogs walk, run, play and climb on. All of this exposure and wear can lead to injuries and dryness that may cause a dog’s pads to develop cracks. Illnesses, allergies, irritants, autoimmune disorders and nutritional deficiencies can also cause cracked pads. With proper treatment, uninfected paw pads typically heal within a week or two, depending on the dog and severity of the injuries. Deep or infected cracks heal more slowly. read more

How to Care for a Dying Dog

by Jae Allen | May 10, 2012

The canine lifespan is significantly shorter than that of the average human, so as a dog owner you are likely to outlive your pet. The sadness of losing a beloved dog can be decreased if you know your pet had a comfortable end to his life. If you anticipate your dog's passing, you can make practical preparations so his last days or weeks of life are as comfortable and happy as possible. If you feel emotionally devastated by the prospect of your dog's death, talk to a health care professional about receiving counseling or other help. read more

How to Put Your Dog on a Vegetarian Diet

by Susan Paretts | May 1, 2012

While most dog foods contain protein from meat sources, you can switch your dog to a vegetarian diet if it contains sufficient amounts of other types of protein. As omnivores, dogs can live on a meatless diet made up of vegetables, eggs, beans and dairy products like cheese. With a slow transition to his new food, your dog can acclimate to his new diet with little gastrointestinal distress. Monitor your dog through this process and during the initial transition to see that he tolerates his new food well and does not have any food allergies to the vegetarian diet. read more

How to Treat a Dog for Bee Stings

by Katherine Barrington | May 1, 2012

Bee, wasp, yellow jacket and hornet stings are generally not much of an issue for a dog, but some dogs, like some people, have allergic reactions to stings that can range from mild to very severe, or even deadly. The most common symptoms allergic dogs are likely to experience following a bee sting are hives and swelling, but more severe reactions can include vomiting, diarrhea and trouble breathing. Take action to reduce your dog's discomfort as soon as he is stung. If your dog appears to be having an allergic reaction, seek immediate veterinary attention. read more

How to Whiten a Dog's White Fur

by Mary Lougee | May 1, 2012

A dog's white coat can take on a dingy, yellow appearance from many causes, including an accumulation of dust, dirt and pollen. Daily brushing helps remove some of this debris, and of course, bathing helps as well. Specialty shampoos on the market are formulated to safely whiten a dog's fur, and there's a home remedy that can help as well. A combination of both will leave your dog with soft, manageable fur. read more

How to Select a Great Dane

by Katherine Barrington | May 1, 2012

The Great Dane is sometimes referred to as the "king of dogs" due to his large size and elegant appearance. These dogs were originally bred to hunt boar but over time they transitioned into the role of estate guard dog and family pet. Great Danes make friendly, loving companions, but due to their size they should be supervised in the presence of small children. If you are considering a Great Dane for your next family pet, decide whether you can provide for the needs of this energetic breed so both you and your new dog have a long, happy life together. read more

How to Groom an American Eskimo Dog

by Kimberly DiCostanzo | May 1, 2012

The American Eskimo dog is an inquisitive, playful dog with a sense of adventure. Grooming your American Eskimo, or Eskie, should be part of your weekly routine to keep tangles and mats in his dense coat under control. Bathe your dog every two months and brush his coat once a week or more to maintain a lustrous, healthy coat. Grooming your American Eskimo is beneficial to his coat and skin, and it can also become a bonding activity for both you and your dog. read more

How to Groom a Portuguese Water Dog

by Kimberly DiCostanzo | May 1, 2012

The Portuguese water dog is known for his trademark waterproof coat, unerring spirit and sense of adventure. He is an energetic dog that requires daily exercise as well as routine coat maintenance. The water dog can have a curly or wavy coat, but the grooming and trimming standards remain the same. A water dog with a curly coat has fur that is tightly curled with little luster, and a dog with a wavy coat has looser curls and a light sheen. Grooming your water dog is beneficial to the health of his coat and skin, and is time well spent bonding with your canine. read more

How to Read Your Dog's Body Language

by Elle Belmont | May 1, 2012

It would be great if dogs could speak -- in a human language, that is. They already do communicate with their noises and body language. We can tell what food they like, who their favorite person is or which cat they would love to chase. An important sign to discern from your dog's actions is aggression. You can protect yourself and your dog by reading the language that illustrates when your dog is threatened and about to pounce. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals advises dog parents to take the entire body language into consideration when reading the dog, breaking it down into components to make it easier to understand. read more

How to Care for a Paralyzed Dachshund

by Judith Willson | May 1, 2012

Because of their build, dachshunds are prone to disc fractures and other problems, which can lead to paralysis of the hind legs. According to Pet MD, the combination of a long back and a low-set carriage makes dachshunds vulnerable to intervertebral disc disease, in which damaged discs press on the spinal cord – essentially slipped discs. Other causes of paralysis include infections and injury. Paralysis may not be permanent, as surgical treatments, therapies and medications exist. Whether or not your pet recovers, you will certainly have to provide an increased level of care for a while, particularly with regards to hygiene and sore prevention. Although caring for a paralyzed pet is challenging, it is quite possible for your dachshund to have a happy, comfortable life. read more

Canine Diseases Causing Weight Loss

by Jo Chester | May 1, 2012

Any canine disease that causes vomiting, appetite loss or diarrhea can also cause weight loss. The relationship between these three things and weight loss is obvious: the fewer calories being retained within the dog’s system, the more likely the dog will lose weight. However, it is also possible for other, more serious, diseases to also cause weight loss in dogs. Due to the seriousness of these diseases, it is important to consult a veterinarian as soon as possible any time a dog experiences unexplained weight loss. read more