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German Shepherd health problems you can expect

Any breed of dog is going to have its share of health problems and a German Shepherd is no different. Before you bring your new German Shepherd pup home you should discuss potential German Shepherd health problems with your vet and your breeder so that you…

Your Labrador Retriever's health

You've welcomed your newest family member into your house, you've acquired all the necessary items, like a dog bed, leash and collar, gotten him a physical exam and shots and begun dog training classes. All is going well and there's no reason to think about…
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"The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals" ~ Anonymous

"The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals" ~ Anonymous

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Buyer beware when you get a puppy!

When you buy your puppy in a pet store, probably most of you don't question where the cute little fluffball came from. You might assume that the pet store buys from breeders or maybe a local family had a surprise litter.

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Search and Rescue Dogs

When most people think of Search and Rescue Dogs, the first thing that probably comes to mind would be the brave and courageous dogs that helped in the World Trade Center disaster.  The dogs that helped during this tragedy are called Disaster Search Dogs.  They were trained to do this work and completed very difficult testing and national certification standards. An estimated 300 Search and Rescue Dogs and their handlers offered their services to the recovery efforts at The World Trade Center.

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So you purchased a new puppy...Now what

First of all - Congratulations, this will be an exciting time for you and your family - especially the kids. The magic in your children's eyes when they see their brand new puppy will be hard to match. Just think of the hours of enjoyment they will bring to each other!

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The naming game
If “fashionistas” are obsessed with brand names, dog lovers are hooked on dog breeds. This is because purebred dogs are expensive and belong to the high-level of this particular species. Generally, dog breeds were incorporated to give distinctive characteristics to certain classifications, thus, resulting to a substantial number of varieties.

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Dogs for the younger ones of the family
Getting a family pup is unquestionably valuable as you are able to offer your household to an adorable four-legged creature. A dog in your home may stand for tons of love and playfulness but it as well equals a great deal of obligation for its owners.

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Tips on choosing the best dog tracking system
Dogs are man’s best friend, and this is not an understatement. This is because man and dogs find things that they can both enjoy such as playing, wrestling, running, and even hunting.

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Dog products that an owner cannot live without

When owning a dog, there are certain products that every dog owner needs so that both the owner and the dog are happy. It is especially important to purchase these products as soon as you acquire the dog and to keep these things around during the ownership of the dog, which is most likely going to be a long time. However, knowing what you need from the beginning can give you the peace of mind that you will always have what you need when you need it. You won't have to worry about making late night trips to the store or having to wait until the next day when the store opens back up for the day.

Products that you need:

Don't simply give Fido one of your old mixing bowls to eat out of or drink out of. Dog bowls are specially made so that your dog does not tip them over while eating or drinking. This can save your floors (if your dog is inside), keep the food and water supply going, and can save you money by not having to continually replace spilt food.

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When your best friend gets lost: Tips in finding your dog
The dog is man’s best friend,” So, the saying goes. Dogs have proven to be loving and loyal companions of people. That is almost everyone owns at least a dog. From Pit Bulls to Dachshunds to Terriers, dogs are a part of the daily human lives.

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Hail to the White House Dogs

The Presidents of this country have had remarkable relationships with their beloved dogs and most of them were devoted animal lovers.  President Calvin Coolidge once said, "Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House".  The Presidential Pet Museum in Virginia was created in 1999 as a means of preserving information, artifacts and items related to Presidential pets.

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Dog supplies buying guide
Just like a baby who needs utmost attention and care, the acquisition of the best supplies for your dog needs some major consideration, too. Here's how you can ensure that your beloved pet gets the best toys, food, and other necessities.


The domestic dog's health is possibly one of the best-studied areas in veterinary medicine, since the dog has had such a long and close relationship with humans. Infectious diseases are prevalent in dogs and are important not just from a veterinary standpoint but also because of the risk to public health. The most wellknown example of this is rabies. Genetic diseases are common in dogs due to the selective breeding necessary to produce individual dog breeds. Due to the popularity of both commercial and homemade dog foods, nutrition is also a heavily studied subject.

Dog food is plant or animal material intended for consumption by dogs or other canines. Special dog foods given as a reward, and not as a staple, are known as dog treats.

Some people make their own dog food or feed their dogs meals made from ingredients purchased in grocery or health-food stores; many others rely on commercially manufactured dog food.

There are many different recommendations on what diet is best for dogs. Some people argue that dogs have thrived off of leftovers and scraps from their human owners for thousands of years and that commercial dog foods (which have only been available for the past century) contain poor-quality meats, additives, and other ingredients dogs should not ingest, or that commercial dog food is not nutritionally sufficient for their dogs.

Dog training: the process of teaching a dog (Canis lupus familiaris) to perform certain behaviors under various circumstances and in certain roles on command. It is a general term not describing by itself either what or how the dog is taught.

There are as many areas in which to train as there are methods. Most often certain methods, or combinations of methods are applied to any area of training. Obedience, herding, agility, tracking, retrieving, hunting, guard, and schutzhund are common areas of dog training.

As pack animals, wild dogs have natural instincts that favor cooperation with their fellow dogs. These instincts have been refined and exaggerated through years of selective breeding by humans, and are manifested in the domestic dog’s adeptness at correctly interpreting and responding to signals given by a human handler. The handler is simply whoever is working with a dog at the time.

Dog owners agree that grooming is an important part of dog care, and proper grooming is essential for dogs that are used in competition. Most recommend grooming a dog frequently, although this is not always possible. However, regular grooming helps to ensure the dog is healthy and comfortable.

The main reasons for frequent grooming include:

  • improved health of the skin and coat
  • decreases the chance of various health problems such as thrush, scratches, and other skin problems
  • cleans the dog
  • gives the groomer a chance to check the dog's health

A dog collar is a is a piece of material put around the neck of a dog. A collar might be used for control, identification, fashion, or other purposes. Identification tags and medical information is often placed on dog collars. Collars are also useful for controlling a dog manually, as they provide a handle for grabbing. Collars are often used in conjunction with a leash, and a common alternative to a dog collar is a dog harness. Dog collars are the most common form of directing and teaching dogs. Like anything, misuse may cause injuries, or in the worst cases, death.

Other items include pet collars, beds, leashes, and carriers for small dogs, cats, and rabbits that are available in numerous stores. Many pet speciality stores offer a termendous variety of clothes and accessories for your pet.

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