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Before You Buy Your Puppy
Feeding & General Care
|Puppy Growth Chart
Most new puppy owners are interested in projecting how large their pup will grow. Here's a handy chart to help you out
|The Crate: Your Dog's Den|
|Puppy Separation Anxiety|
|How to Grade Your Dog's Food - tips for ensuring a healthy diet|
|BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) Diet
Author Jodi of Mis B-Haven Doodles says: "There is so much benefit to this diet over processed kibble dog food. It is 100% natural!!"
|What Should I Feed My Dog? - by Ron Hines DVM PhD|
|Doggie Treat Recipes from Sherry Jones|
|Spill-Proof Buddy Bowls from PetVetSupply.com
The ingenious design of the Buddy Bowl means that water won't spill or slosh out, even if the bowl is turned completely upside down! And if your pet manages to turn it back up, there's still drinking water left in it. It's perfect to take along in vehicles or when transporting in a crate or carrier. Also keeps your pet's dining area neater and free of spills and keeps water fresher, cleaner and resistant to bird waste and other environmental pollution. Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
|"Chase It" Pet Toys, Inc.
chaseitpettoys.com . The Chase - It isn't just another toy, it's an amazing way to keep your pet fit because it is so easy to use and inexpensive compared to other related products.
|TwinLab Liquid C
vitaminshoppe.com .Order (800)-223-1216
TwinLab Liquid C
8 Fluid Ounces Liquid
Serving Size: 1 TEASPOONFUL
TL-1055 #1152886Availability: Item generally ships in 3-6 business days.
|Toxins (Poisons) That Effect Dogs . (Link to article on dogtime.com)|
|The Dangers of Lawn Care Products and Your Dog
Don't let your dog or puppy walk in an area that has been chemically treated (Lawn Doctor, Chem Lawn, etc.) These chemicals will absorb through the pads of their feet within hours and causes diarrhea or soft stools often tinged with blood, as well as bile vomit often tinged with blood. Shortly after exposure, it's been noted that dogs will have the bile vomit and soft/diarrhea stools tinged with blood. Wash the dog's feet well with soap and water after any outings where they may have been exposed to chemicals of this sort.
|"Through a Dog's Ear" A CD that calms dogs and puppies with classical music. Buy it from throughadogsear.com . Also available from amazon.com and soundstrue.com .|
|Pet Patio Potty™ from Doggy Solutions - doggysolutions.com .
This unique dog litter box is stylish and easy to clean. Each unit is handcrafted, which allows you to fully customize the product for your dog. Choose from different styles, sizes, materials, substrates, etc! Potty training dogs has never been easier! The Pet Patio Potty™ is the perfect tool to house train a puppy! Easy, fast access to a "potty" means a quicker learning curve for your dog.
|Toys & Chews: Puzzle Toys & Brain Teasers (PDF file - see note)|
|Click below for articles authored by and generously shared by Stacy Greer, Canine Behavior Therapist, Adventures in Canine Training, Inc..
|The Blue Dog -- Parent Guide and CD
A colorful and engaging way to prevent dog bites.The Blue Dog Parent Guide and CD is designed to help parents and children safely interact with dogs both inside and outside their home. Targeted and tested for children from 3 to 6 years old, it is intended as a tool to be incorporated as part of a more comprehensive prevention program.
|Don't Go Near The Dog When He's Eating
Do you remember hearing that? Your mother/aunt/father had a good point. A lot of dogs have a problem with possession aggression. In other words, "what's mine is mine, and you aren't allowed to even look at it." Sharing is a foreign concept to most dogs, especially dogs who are the sole family pet. A dog with possession aggression will guard his resources, whether his resources are his food, toys, or the most valuable of all, You.
|Resource Guarding Prevention
The dog that guards food may escalate to guarding other things as his possessions – the bed, toys, rawhides, even people. These are dogs that can benefit greatly from positive obedience classes. IMPORTANT – Correction or taking things out of their mouths tends to make them more aggressive!
|How to Do It Right - The Christmas Puppy... by Stacy Greer.|
|Dog Training and Behavior: More links on the Perfect Paws website:
Training Basic Manners for Your Dog to be the Perfect Family Pet House Training Your Dog
Training Your Dog and Puppy About Cars
|Happy Housetraining (link to Lucy the Wonder Dog website).|
|Housetraining With Bells (MS Word document - copied with permission from ClickerSolutions.com ).|
|Notes on Puppy Nipping:|
|Puppy Training Sins - Audio CD by Jim Burwell. Discover the "How To Secrets" of home training puppies to become "Great" adult dogs with award-winning Jim Burwell's "Puppy Training Sins", available on Amazon.com.|
|Lots more Puppy Training links on the Perfect Paws website: Socialization Pointers for Training Your New Puppy
More on Puppy Training
|Using avoidance and passive behavior modification to treat canine dominance aggression.
by Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVB
|The Crate: Your Dog's Den.|
|Crate Training and Housebreaking: They Go Together
Crate training satisfies a natural instinct for your dog - one inherited from the wolf - to sleep and rest in a den. It's important because it will curb all sorts of destructive behavior, from digging to chewing to house soiling. Traveling is easier with a crate, and your puppy will be less afraid when it is crated at the groomer or veterinarian if it also has one at home. At full growth your dog should be able to lie comfortably on its side, stand, sit or turn without difficulty in its crate. Place the crate in a room where the dog will feel like part of the family. Make sure you place comfortable betdding inside to make it appealing for your puppy.
When you are unable to watch your puppy, it should be confined, preferably in its crate. This helps build bladder and bowel control - although you still need to let it out every couple hours.
|Adventures in Canine Training (1) - Jean Donaldson's Top 10 Training Tips. (PDF file - see note)|
|Adventures in Canine Training (2) - Recommended Reading. (PDF file - see note)|
|Poochie-Bells - from poochie-pets.net .
|Why Should We Get an In-Home Trainer? - Article by Stacy Greer|
|Why Use an In-Home Trainer? - Article by Steve Haynes|
|More Links to doggie products & organizations|
|How to beat ear infections.|
|A Dog's Plea.|
|Another Look at Dewclaws - Expert Fred Lanting argues that it is better to leave dewclaws on front paws.|
|Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade D.E. - the Natural Way to Prevent Your Puppy From Having Worms & Parasites. (Article reproduced with permission from Wolf Creek Ranch .)|
|Vaccine Schedule for Puppies and Dogs|
|Neutering Your Dog (by Karen Tobias, Veterinarian, University of Tennessee).|
|Parvo Virus (MS Word document).|
|Canine Hip Dysplasia. Much has been written on hip dysplasia (HD), and this article is simply an attempt to summarize much of that information.|
|Ester-C Links and Further Information
Ester-C: Miracle Cure for Hip Dysplasia???
Here's a link to a Golden that was diagnosed with HD and with physical therapy and other tried things like Ester C, etc. was later diagnosed with clear hips. This article is titled: Diary of (what was) Cooper's Hip Dysplasia.
Here's a link to a lot of good info using viatmins (mainly C), site is for a wholistic animal practitioner.
Here's a link to an article that explains the difference between regular Vitamin C and Ester C (which we all should know already, lol, Ester C is easier on the stomache). But this does go into actually "why" it's easier on the stomach. LINK to nlpp.com.
And looky there... even Skansen Kennels believes in it... LINK to kansen.com.
And of course, here's Dr. Belfield's website (the one that did the study on the litters of German Shephard pups predisposed to HD, that all ended up HD free when raised on the high doses of Vitamin C. - LINK to belfield.com. (Earlier articles on HD written by Dr. Belfield are also available - see the Back Issue Index links on the above page.)
|Heart Murmur in Dogs: Questions and Answers with Mike Richards, DVM|
|Common Intestinal Parasites of Dogs and Cats - Ron Hines DVM PhD|
|Had to Share... (an illustration of the fallibility of x-rays!).|
|Tear Stains and tear stain prevention.|