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Walking A Deaf Dog

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   Walking a dog with a hearing impediment requires extra attention to ensure that the dog will stay safe and helps avoid confusion. A little bit of extra caution and enthusiasm can go a long way when a dog can’t properly hear you or his or her surroundings.

   Many owners rely on verbal commands and tones to let a dog know what to do. Clearly, this poses a problem for deaf dogs. When you can communicate with your dog, a new door is opened and the bond...

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Getting Your Dog Used To Your New Home After Moving

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People move for various reasons and at many points in their lives. It can be a stressful, unique time that involves quite a bit of change. Now, consider this whole experience from your dog’s point of view. You packed up all of your dog’s belongings, all of your own belongings, and moved to a place that no longer smells like you. Your dog has no clue where you both ended up or why you are there. It smells different, and nothing is where it’s...

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Getting Your Dog Comfortable Around Children

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Many people recognize the similarities between children and dogs. They are both bundles of energy and love, and can learn all kinds of new things. It may come as a surprise, but some dogs don’t particularly enjoy being around children. This can stem from a negative experience with a child or from the noisy, energetic nature of kids. Sometimes it can be a very serious issue if your dog becomes aggressive or if you have children living in the same place...

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How Fast Should I Walk My Dog?

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You may wonder how fast you should walk your dog for him or her to get the most out of a walk. Walks provide a healthy energy outlet, keep your dog’s muscles and circulatory system working correctly, and will stop your dog from packing on the pounds. A dog who does not get enough daily exercise through walks can resort to other activities such as chewing, barking, or rushing around your home. It also helps to have a goal in mind that can play a deciding...

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Potty Training An Adult Dog

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   Many dogs need to be housetrained well after their puppy months. If you move from a house to an apartment, your dog will not know exactly where to go since the usual outdoor location is no longer around. Sometimes after being fixed as an adult, a dog may have to go more frequently, and it is your duty to be around to let him or her out as often as needed. Adopted dogs from shelters and humane societies are rarely potty trained, and need...

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Dog-Proofing Your Home

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Whether you are moving into a new place, just got a new dog, or decided to make some changes to ensure your dog’s safety, you are probably wondering where to even start. It seems like once you start thinking about all the dangers your dog could face that suddenly your entire home is filled with hazards. You want to be a responsible pet parent, and you are taking steps in the right direction.

Humans mostly rely on their eyes and hands to see...

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Owning A Dog In A Small Apartment

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It can be a daunting task owning a dog in a bustling, cramped city like New York, but it is certainly not impossible. Walking around the city can lead to many encounters with dogs of all shapes and sizes. Certainly not all of these dogs live in sprawling mansions with football fields to run around on! Many New Yorkers live in tiny apartments or other small spaces comfortably with their canine companions. While you may not have the luxury of...

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Translating Dog Barks

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   Just as humans need to vocally communicate with one another, dogs have their own system of communication. You probably know that dogs bark for a reason, but do you really know what each sound means? Not all dogs communicate the same way and it can vary from breed to breed, however the list below will provide some guidelines to help you decipher your dog’s message when he or she barks. It is also important to be aware of a dog’s body language, such...

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When Your Dog Doesn't Like To Go To The Vet

 

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   Somehow they always know. Even if you avoid the V-E-T word and pretend to be taking a trip to the dog park, somehow they always manage to figure out this trip is going to be awful. It may seem silly that your dog is afraid of going to the vet, but people certainly don’t rejoice in going to the doctor. Think of going to the doctor’s office as a child. You are in an unfamiliar place, where someone pokes and prods you, and...

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Walking A Dog At Night

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   As the days get shorter and night falls earlier, it has become almost impossible to avoid a walk in the dark. There are several things you can do to make walking your dog at night much safer for everyone involved. >Before heading out the door, make sure your dog has his ID tags on and you have his leash securely attached. For...

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