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Having fun with your dog

There are many ways to have fun with your dog apart from taking it for walks and allowing it to play with special dog toys. For example, there are special sports for dogs like agility skill trials, dog racing(greyhound racing), hunting. This doesn't have to be a competitive activity, though some breeds really enjoy competitive activity, as in for example, border collies regularly participate in agility skill trials. Greyhounds, Siberian Huskies are suited to racing, beagles are suited to hunting.    You, as the owner will need to have considerable effort, patience, and dedication to spend time and money showing a dog in dog shows or in agility skill trials. These are very disciplined activities requiring certain skills or traits to...

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How to care for your dog

Caring for your dog involves caring for their teeth, ears, claws and coat, as well as ensuring they get adequate food, water and exercise suitable for their breed. To clean a dog's teeth, it is possible to brush their teeth with special dog toothpaste, but this is not necessary is the dog is fed with hard biscuits, and regularly has a good quality bone to chew on. It is recommended to give them chews as bones from butchers may carry the risk of the dog choking, if the bones are too small for the dog. Dogs which are fed mainly soft food, and rarely get the chance to use their teeth are more likely to develop tartar. Check to see...

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How to help your dog settle into your family

It's a good time to introduce your new puppy to your home and family when they are 7-12 weeks old or older. This is to ease the transition from living with their mother and being part of a pack of dogs to maybe being the only dog living with a pack of humans. The influences and experiences which a puppy undergoes during the first 12-14 weeks of it's life are the most formative in it's upbringing. If a puppy learns during that time that strangers, children, cats, traffic mean it no harm, it will react in a calm and stable way to them throughout it's life. One way of helping the dog adjust to children and people is for them to handle...

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How to choose a Dog-Part 2

The decision to choose an adult dog or puppy will depend on your circumstances. Most people prefer to get a puppy, because they are easier to train, and because it's fun watching the puppy grow up. They may be unaware about the puppy crying all night for the first few nights, chewing any items left within reach while they are teething, not to mention accidents if they are kept indoors. The owners of puppies need a lot of time and patience to train the puppy. Puppies will need a consistent routine, and to be socialized well by being exposed to a variety of people and situations to become a calm, well adjusted member of the household. The exuberance of a puppy...

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How to choose a Dog-Part 1

The decision to choose a dog is not a decision to be taken lightly, given that most dogs live to ten years or more. The decision can be influenced by factors such as the space which the dog will share with you and the people living with you, as well as the health and exercise needs that the dog is likely to have, depending on the size and breed of dog you're interested in having.  Whatever you do, consider all these factors carefully, and don't choose a dog from puppy farms, online, traders, or pet shops. There are many online resources to help guide you about the different types of dog breeds there. In general, mixed breed dogs have fewer health...

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