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How to Introduce Your Dog with Your Baby

Are you a dog owner who is expecting a new baby in the near future? If so, you would be wise to start preparing your dog for your new arrival sooner rather than later. A dog’s best asset is his sense of smell so he is going to be curious about all the new smells associated with your baby. You could start by introducing your dog to your baby’s new room. You will no doubt have it all ready in preparation of baby’s arrival so let him explore the room with you so he becomes comfortable with the new furnishings. If he shows interest in your baby’s toys, you can practise the ‘leave it’ command so that he learns that these toys are off limits to him. Pick up a new, special toy for your dog so he ha

Vacation Planning for Your Dog

The weather is still cool but soon we will be thinking about summer vacations and warmer weather. Now is the time to decide whether you will be including your furry friend in your vacation plans. If your dog is not going with you, where will he stay? With a friend or relative or will he be going to a boarding kennel? If you choose a friend or relative, they should be familiar with your dog and his particular needs such as how many times per day he is fed and how often he has to be walked. Before you leave, arrange to take your dog for a walk with your friend or relative and show them any special training commands you are using so your dog’s walking routine remains consistent. If you don’t us

Why the Whole Family Must Be Involved With Dog Training?

Everyone wants a ‘perfect’ dog but how do you get one? Dog obedience training takes time, patience and practise and not everyone who wants a dog understands how much work is required to get that perfect dog. To begin with, you should do your homework and shop around to find the right dog for you and your family. Do you want a large dog or a small dog? Would you prefer a non-shedding breed? How much time do you have to spend with your dog and are you aware of the costs associated with owning a dog? Do you have young children as well as adults in your family? These are all questions you need to ask before you adopt a dog. If you have children as well as adults in your family, it will be import

Be Prepared When You Walk Your Dog

The first thing most dog owners think about before they walk their dogs is “do they have doggie bags with them”. That’s great but there are other things you should be prepared for on a walk. What if you come into contact with another dog owner with an aggressive dog? What if your dog is startled by the sound of a siren from an ambulance or fire truck? These are just two situations that most people are not prepared for and, as a result, they may not know how to react to control their dogs. Here are some typical situations that you might come across while you are walking your dog and some suggestions to help you deal with them. Be as observant as you can and be aware of your surroundings. Focu

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