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Why Does My Dog Have Bad Breath?
Why Does My Dog Have Bad Breath?

One of the most noticeable but, overlooked medical conditions in dogs is bad breath. Bad breath or halitosis is most certainly recognized right off and more times than not, dog owners tend to just ignore it because bad breath is something we have come to associate with dogs or puppies. However, bad breath can be a result of bacteria build up in the mouth, lungs or stomach. The diagnosis and remedy is different for all three of these causes and can indicate different underlying problems. Upon the initial indication that your dog has developed halitosis it is best to evaluate the situation,...

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Boosting The Confidence Of A Rescued Dog
Boosting The Confidence Of A Rescued Dog

Rescuing a dog whether it be a purebred or a mixed breed is ever increasing and is having a great impact on the dog community and dog lovers worldwide. A rescued dog may have issues that a dog from a breeder doesn’t necessarily have. One of the most common issues we hear is a lack of confidence, even in breeds that are typically pretty self-assured. Boundaries When you bring home your dog, the first few days are critical. Your dog will need immediate boundaries. Not just physical boundaries but, behavioral boundaries as well. Setting the boundaries and expectations r...

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Breed Highlights: English Setter
Breed Highlights: English Setter

As it is with most Sporting Dogs, the English Setter is highly intelligent, eager to please, loyal and affectionate. This combination makes for the perfect companion with one caveat; you must allow him the space to dispel his energy. They are not typically large dogs weighing between 45 to 70 pounds which can be misleading and make someone think they may make a great indoor dog but that is not usually the case with an English Setter. History of The English Setter The...

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The Dangers of Dog Obesity
The Dangers of Dog Obesity

There is an epidemic of obesity in the United States and it is not just in humans. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that approximately 54 percent of dogs are overweight. Obesity in dogs can sneak up on a dog owner pretty quickly because dogs can hide it well, at first. Obesity has actually creeped its way to the number one health risk for dogs and is starting to show up earlier in a dog’s life, where it used to be more prevalent in older dogs, obesity is beginning earlier. When obesity begins earlier in life the risks are greater and the chances of conquering th...

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Gathering All The Dog Training Equipment
Gathering All The Dog Training Equipment

Before you begin the process of training your dog or puppy, you will need some basic equipment to make the process easier for both you and your dog. Figuring out what works for you can be quite overwhelming when there are so many dog products available now. Rewards During the training process it is often beneficial to offer your dog some sort of reward. Rewards can be basically anything your dog considers enjoyable. Treats or other food items make great rewards because sometimes a way to a dog’s heart is through his tummy. You can even reward your dog with a game of ...

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Protecting Your Dog From A Heat Stroke
Protecting Your Dog From A Heat Stroke

The hot Summer months can lead to many health concerns for you dog. One of the most dangerous concerns here in the South and in many other parts of the country are different types of heat related stress such as a heat stroke or hyperthermia. Dogs eliminate heat by panting and by a very limited amount of sweat glands in their footpads. Sometimes due to external extreme temperatures their body temperature rises beyond what they are naturally able to eliminate. Some dogs such as dogs with thicker fur or shorter noses are at a higher risk than others and should be watched more closely. Extremel...

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Dog Training Do's and Don'ts
Dog Training Do's and Don'ts

Training your dog can be a fun and enjoyable activity as long as you stick to a few basic do’s and don’ts. DON’T Don’t train your dog when you are under stress or if you are angry. If you are impatient with your dog he will know it and the training will not be effective. You should never take your anger out on your dog even when he is the cause of the anger. Training will be much more effective if you are calm and controlled. Dogs can sense when you are mad and the typical dog will become nervous and confused. Don&rs...

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Tips For Training An Older Dog
Tips For Training An Older Dog

The age of your dog can often affect how you should train him. The elements are the basically the same but, the process can be longer and more difficult. Follow these few simple tips and you will have a well trained older dog in no time. Patience:  No matter how old your dog is you will need to have patience to train him however, older dogs might require even more patience because you may have to correct old habits and work extra hard to get him to obey. It is important to keep training sessions short and frequent. Be patient and learn to read your...

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Dogs Need Encouragement, Too
Dogs Need Encouragement, Too

Negative correction is often necessary in order to train your dog commands and to correct bad behavior. However, we have to be careful that negativity isn’t the only thing we communicate to our furry friends. If we want to build trust and loyalty between ourselves and our dogs then we need to encourage them. Positive Training If you begin rewarding your dog when he does something right instead of only punishing him when he does wrong, he will have more respect for your discipline because he knows you are there for the encouragement, too. He begins to recognize that s...

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Eight Training Tips For Giving Your Dog Any Command
Eight Training Tips For Giving Your Dog Any Command

One of your goals as a dog owner should be to help your dog become successful during his training. One of the main ways your dog secures his success and happiness is by pleasing you. Avoid Confusion: To avoid confusing your dog and make sure you are consistent. Any command or speech that may seem confusing to you will certainly be confusing to your dog. Use Commands Properly: Only use a command when you actually want your dog to follow the command. This may seem obvious but, often in early training a dog owner might tell his dog to get down when he’...

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Keeping Your Dog Protected From Mosquitoes
Keeping Your Dog Protected From Mosquitoes

It is important to keep mosquitoes away from our dogs and other pets. Most of us are aware of the danger mosquitoes pose to our bodies but, what about the danger to our dogs? Mosquitoes are a far greater risk to our dogs than to us. Other than being annoying and causing itchy bites, mosquitoes can transmit heartworms. In fact, there is no other way a dog can get heartworms. A heartworm is a parasite that lives in the heart and arteries of an infected animal. When a dog has heartworms that are left untreated he can develop heartworm disease and heartworm disease is a potentially fata...

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What To Do With Your Dog When You Are Away
What To Do With Your Dog When You Are Away

One of the most frustrating aspects of dog ownership is what to do with your dog when you travel. Some people let this keep them from even having a dog. There are several options out there for you to consider in order to help make your vacation the best for you and for your dog Options If you will be gone for a short period of time, a great idea is to hire a dog walker or a house sitter. Some people hire a friend or a responsible teenager to do this, however if you are in a larger more populated area there are usually several professional dog walkers available. A great res...

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About Coon Hunting Dogs
About Coon Hunting Dogs

As any seasoned raccoon hunting will tell you, coon hunting can be mighty tough on the hunter but, it takes a very special dog to be coondog. A coondog needs to have determination and strength beyond the typical dog. Rumor has it amongst the local coon hunters in my area that your dog must also have the name to match, short and tough names that make you say, “He must be a tough one,” like T-Bone and Spike. Coon hunting is a unique sport and once you go on a coon hunt, you will either love it or hate it. Most people consider it to be pretty addictive for the hunter and the dog. W...

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Breed Highlights: Brittany
Breed Highlights: Brittany

Formerly known as the Brittany Spaniel, the Brittany is actually a pointing breed with an intense prey drive. Even though the AKC officially dropped the “Spaniel” from the breed name in 1982, because they aren’t typically flushing dogs like other spaniels, many Brittany owners and several Brittany breeders still refer to them as Brittany Spaniels. History of the Brittany Located in the northwest corner of France is one of the great historic provinces known as Brittany. Brittany is set apart from the rest of France because of its strong Celtic heritage and...

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Tips for Traveling In The Car With Your Dog
Tips for Traveling In The Car With Your Dog

Whether you decide to take your dog on your vacation or just want to take him to the park it is important that your dog be safe and comfortable while traveling. Safety First For safety purposes it is best to have your dog either in a seat belt harness or in a crate while you travel. While some dogs are perfectly calm and aren’t a distraction for you, other dogs can be nervous or anxious while traveling and can cause you to become distracted and possibly cause an accident. Follow these steps in order assure a safe enjoyable trip with your dog in tow:...

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4 Steps To A Well Groomed Hunting Dog
4 Steps To A Well Groomed Hunting Dog

Most hunting dog owners don’t like the term, groom. However, grooming is one of the most important parts of owning a dog. Your dog should be groomed on a regular basis especially if he is out in the field and hunting in different environments. Grooming is extremely beneficial in the training process because a dog that is better cared for and handled with affection is more willing to work with you. Grooming your dog involves some rather simple tasks that can actually help build your relationship with your dog.  Your dog’s coat will benefit ...

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Keeping Your Dog Happy and Healthy
Keeping Your Dog Happy and Healthy

Your dog’s health and happiness should be at the top of your priorities when it comes to being a dog owner. Your dog fully depends on you to make sure his diet, nutritional needs and his opportunities for exercise are taken care of. Developing a healthy lifestyle for your dog is easy if you follow a regular routine involving proper healthcare, nutrition and exercise. Visit The Vet Regularly Even though you should certainly do your own health assessment on your dog at least once a week to make sure he isn’t developing any problems that could lead to serious heal...

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7 Tips For Housebreaking Your Dog
7 Tips For Housebreaking Your Dog

Because most of our dogs live inside with us, it is important to have a house trained dog in order to instill in him good habits and make him a pleasure and not a burden to have inside. My veterinarian recommends that you start training your puppy when he is about 12 weeks old. If you have waited later, it’s fine, just start whenever you can. If you are trying to housebreak an older dog, the process will be basically the same but, it will most certainly take longer. 1. Choose a Method There are many different proven methods to housebreak your dog. Some experts say us...

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Navigating Our Buyer’s Guide
Navigating Our Buyer’s Guide

Choosing the right training collar can be overwhelming. The options sometimes seem confusing and can make you settle for a collar that might not be the absolute best one for you. Most of the time you know a little about what you need but, not necessarily which options can give you the best bang for your buck. If you start with our dog training collars buyer’s guide and work your way through the options you might make a better choice in the end. Choose A Catego...

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Using a Check Cord for Training
Using a Check Cord for Training

Whether you training pointers, retrievers or any other kind of hunting dog you can benefit from using a check cord. Most trainers consider it the most important tool they own. While most training tools come with extensive manuals and instructions the check cord, being the simple tool that it is, can actually be quite confusing to understand but yet it has no definite instruction manual. Countless dog owners will misuse the check cord and claim their dog isn’t trainable but, really the problem usually l...

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