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    Dog Grooming Tips

    Dog grooming is an art that goes from basic pet care to almost spa-like pampering. Long hair dogs that shed need more frequent grooming than short hair dogs or those who only shed seasonally. Dogs with curly or frizzy hair need daily care to detangle the hair and remove debris or foliage that gets caught in the coat while the dog is outdoors. Sending your dog to a groomer each week gets time consuming but these days you can e hire mobile dog groomers who have a full grooming station in their vans. The groomer parks in your driveway and does the complete grooming onsite. This is a great convenience…

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    Choosing Between a Male and Female Dog

    Some dog owners claim that males are typically more aggressive and destructive, particularly in small spaces. Female dogs are said to be easier to train and more affectionate. Depending on the dog breed, these stereotypes may be true or not. Male dogs insist on marking their territory, whether it’s around your house or in the yard. They do this by urinating on their “spot” so they can find it again. You can try to train a dog not to mark his territory, but you’re asking him to go against his instincts. If you have another male dog in the house, expect a battle for who rules the house, particularly if…

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    Can You Offer Your Dog an Active Lifestyle?

    Dogs are active by nature, but if they live with a couch potato then this mismatch can make for a strained relationship and a really miserable dog. When bringing a dog into your home consider the activity level that the dog needs to be physically and emotionally healthy. Some people actually get a pet thinking if they only had a dog to walk then they would get the exercise they need. These are the same people who are not likely to change their habits enough to make a good fit between them and active dogs. It’s the dog that will suffer as the lazy owner slacks off on walking and…

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    Should You Adopt a Puppy or an Older Dog?

    Are you heading to your local shelter this weekend and wondering should I adopt a puppy or would an older dog be the perfect match? Yes, a puppy is precious, but also very needy. You’ll spend far more time with that puppy in the early months than you would with an older dog. The shelters are crowded with dogs – many just a few months out of their puppy phase. A puppy is going to adjust to your home better than an older dog, but that doesn’t mean the older dog won’t love your home, too. Puppies and older dogs each have their own specific requirements. A puppy has to…

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    Best First Pets

    Most people can remember their first pet from childhood. Kids who get pets during their childhood learn to socialize with others at an early age while others wait until they’re adults before they venture into pet parenthood. Either way, there are certain pets that are better suited to your age and maturity level. First Pets for Kids When buying pets for children, consider that some children might like the idea of a pet but not the pet itself – especially if it is big. It could seem threatening to them. For any child, choose a baby pet if you can. Then, the pet can grow up with the child. Fish…

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    Don’t Make a Spur-of-the-Moment Decision to Own a Pet

    One of life’s great mistakes is taking your children to look at dogs and cats if you aren’t serious about bringing home a pet. You can be sure that in a matter of minutes, your children will connect with the cutest little puppy or kitten. You say no, then they hand the puppy to you and you’re face to face with pleading brown puppy eyes and crying children. So between the children’s begging and memories of the family dog from your youth, you’re paying for a shopping cart full of dog stuff – plus the puppy or kitten. There’s no greater buyer’s remorse than that felt after buying a pet…