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Five Ways to Prepare for a Puppy

Five Ways to Prepare for a PuppyMost new dog owners know what basic supplies they’ll need for a puppy. They know to purchase a leash, toys and food, for example. But what are some of the less obvious necessities new puppy owners may not think about?

The following are a few of my ideas, and I’d love to hear yours in the comments.
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What to Do When an Off-Leash Dog Charges You

off-leash dogYou’ve probably been out walking your dog, minding your own business, when someone’s off-leash dog charges you. While this is often annoying, it’s usually no big deal as long as both dogs are friendly. But what if your dog isn’t friendly? Or, what if the approaching dog isn’t friendly?

The following are some tips on possible ways to handle an approaching dog, keeping in mind that every situation is different.

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Common Mistakes at the Dog Park

Common dog park mistakesVisiting the dog park is a positive experience for a lot of dogs and their owners. However, it can also be stressful or even dangerous when dog owners aren’t paying attention to their dogs or aren’t picking up on their dogs’ signals.

I asked two professional dog trainers to share some of the most common mistakes dog owners make at dog parks. Hopefully the rest of us can try to avoid these errors and set our dogs up for success.

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Tips for Socializing a Puppy

How to socialize your puppyWe hear about the importance of socializing our dogs and puppies to new things, but what exactly does that mean?

At what age should we begin exposing our puppies to new places and other dogs, and how can we go about it without scaring them or exposing them to diseases?

I reached out to some professionals for their ideas on how to socialize a puppy safely. Here’s what they had to say.
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When Can a Dog Be Left Loose in the House?

When to give your dog more freedomIf you currently leave your dog in a crate when he’s home alone, you may be wondering when you can trust him to be left loose in the house.

This will depend on the dog, of course. Some dogs may never be able to be left loose in the house. If that’s the case with your dog, don’t feel bad. Crates are great tools to keep dogs safe and out of trouble. Or, you might be leaving your dog in a bedroom or in the kitchen with a pet gate, and that’s fine too.

The question is, when (if ever) should a dog be given more freedom?

The following are some tips to help you decide.

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Common Puppy Potty Training Mistakes

Common Puppy Potty Training MistakesHave you ever heard a puppy owner say something like, “She just doesn’t get it! I take her outside and she still pees in the house”?

Some puppies are harder to potty train than others, but a big factor is actually how consistent the owner is with the training. It’s about rewarding the good behavior, but it’s also about preventing the unwanted behavior.

Even with all the information out there about puppy potty training, new dog owners still seem to have problems. I asked three dog trainers to share some of the most common puppy potty training mistakes. Here’s what they said:

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Stop a Dog From Whining for Attention

How to Stop a Dog from Whining for AttentionDogs really know how to get our attention, and one way to do so is by whining.

It works, right?

Whining almost always gets a reaction from us. We either laugh at the dog, talk to the dog, pet the dog or even scold the dog. Either way, the whining is reinforced.

Some dogs whine more than others, and sometimes it even becomes a really annoying habit. If you have a dog that tends to whine for attention, the following are some ideas to get the behavior under control.

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How to Help a Dog Feel Calm When Left Alone

Australian Shepherd (Aussie) Puppy Watching“Separation anxiety” is a phrase that’s often used when a dog becomes anxious when left alone. Some dogs with separation anxiety will bark all day when left alone. Others are so nervous they have accidents, and some dogs will destroy property in an attempt to get out of the house.

On the other hand, just because your dog is acting this way does not necessarily mean he has true “separation anxiety.” It could just be that he’s bored or that he’s not fully potty trained like you thought. Or maybe he’s just barking because he hasn’t been taught any other options.

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How to Stop a Dog From Eating Poop

Syurs I like to eat poopsicles Does your dog have the gross habit of eating his own poop? Or maybe snacking on your other dog’s poop? No one wants to receive doggy kisses after that! And how about when you’re at the dog park and sure enough there’s your dog munching on turds! Embarrassing!

Surprisingly, poop eating is actually a fairly common problem in dogs, right Syrus?

Syrus is one of the dogIDs dogs, and he has a tendency to snack on “poopsicles.” So, don’t worry if your dog is doing this. He’s not alone! Sometimes they grow out of the habit, and sometimes they need some help. I contacted a couple of dog trainers to get their ideas on how to stop this behavior. [Read more...]

Top 10 Tips for Responsible Pet Ownership

family with dogIn honor of February being Responsible Pet Ownership Month, we at dogIDs wanted to remind you of some of the ways you can make sure you’re being a great doggie owner. You love your animal companion, but sometimes we all need reminders on how to give your dog the very best and keep him happy and healthy. Aside from committing to the long haul, here are 10 things you can do to be a responsible pet owner. [Read more...]