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Dog Training

Correcting Counter Surfing in Dogs

Counter surfing, or looking for tasty food items on counter surfaces, is an enjoyable activity for many dogs. It is extremely rewarding and many dogs are willing to risk getting caught and any resulting punishment. To minimize this behavior, consider the below tips....(more)

Bad Habits in Dogs: Jumping on People

Are you greeted with an overzealous pup when you walk in the door? Are you embarrassed when your dog jumps all over guests in your house? Jumping on people is a common behavior in dogs but is easily corrected....(more)

Destructive Dog Behavior: Chewing

Chewing is a normal and important activity for dogs. It exercises their jaws, keeps their minds busy, and cleans their teeth. When it becomes destructive, however, it is a serious problem. It is costly for the owners and dangerous for the dogs. The good news is, by setting the dog up for success, an owner can teach proper chewing behaviors....(more)

How to Become a Dog Trainer

So you want to be a dog trainer? Knowing where to begin can be a challenge. There are many fields of training and paths you can take. Below, are a few suggestions to help you get started....(more)

Dog Breeding

The Labradoodle: Most Popular Designer Dog Breed

One of the most popular designer breeds of dog is the Labradoodle. A designer dog is a mix of two or more breeds, usually purposely bred for certain traits and qualities. ...(more)

Can You Make Money by Breeding Dogs?

Dog breeding is an expensive undertaking when done correctly and a breeder is lucky if he or she breaks even. Reputable breeders don't only take on the responsibility of the actual breeding; they also take on the responsibility of the process before and after the breeding takes place. Sadly, there are those who take shortcuts and who have bad reputations in the dog breeding community. This type of breeder is called in the dog industry, is called a "puppy miller." Follow along for information on different types of breeding practices and how to recognize a good breeder....(more)

What is a Pedigree to a Dog Breeder?

A pedigree is an important part of any dog breeding program. It shows the descendants of the dog for at least five generations. A pedigree is much more involved that just a list of the parents of dogs. The pedigree is history. It gives the breeder a way to look back and know what combinations worked and which didn?t. Learn more about the importance of pedigree below....(more)

Preventative Care

Heartworm in Dogs

Heartworm disease is caused by parasitic worms that live in arteries of the lungs and the right side of the heart. When left untreated in dogs, it can lead to lung and heart disease, and often death....(more)

Key Items for Disaster Preparedness

If an emergency or natural disaster were to strike, would you be prepared to care for your dog? Consider adding the below items to your dog's evacuation bag....(more)

Dental Care for Your Dog

Dogs require regular dental care. If they are left to their own devices, their teeth will collect excessive tartar and plaque. This can cause mouth infections, gum disease, and potentially damage their organs. There are various procedures you can adopt for a preventative care routine. Your pet will have a healthy, long life, and be happily barking with pearly white teeth....(more)

Linda has been working in stray and homeless dog rescue since 2006 and currently volunteers her time at Stray Rescue of St Louis. She lives with her husband and three dogs, and usually a foster dog or two. She can be found on most weekends at local adoption events or... Read More

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