Puppies

  • Update: Missouri’s Prop B rewritten in favor of breeders

    Update: Missouri’s Prop B rewritten in favor of breeders

    Confession: I’m confused by the revisions to Prop B that came out of yesterday’s congressional assembly in Missouri. On Wednesday, the House voted 85 to 71 to alter the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, which Missouri citizens passed last November. The revised bill now heads to Governor Jay Nixon’s desk. A couple of the […]

  • Project Puppy: the all-important Gotcha! game

    Project Puppy: the all-important Gotcha! game

    Gotcha! Game: fun and important for safety Just one visit to a local dog park should be enough to convince anyone that keep away games are loads of fun for most dogs. Watching them play a canine version of Catch Me If You Can! can be highly entertaining. On the other hand, watching a dog […]

  • Keeping your dog’s feet on the ground

    Keeping your dog’s feet on the ground

    Stop your dog from jumping up

  • How to raise a people-friendly pup

    How to raise a people-friendly pup

    Guide to a nice dog

  • Control biting and jumping up

    Control biting and jumping up

    Teaching puppies not to bite

  • Stages of puppy development

    Stages of puppy development

    Just as the saying “a chip off the old block” often holds true for humans, it can apply to dogs as well. Puppies that are well-socialized are more likely to come from dogs that are well-socialized. A basic part of a pup’s socialization is based on their mother’s attitude–relaxed or skittish–toward people. The way you […]

  • Raising a puppy: Training your puppy to accept handling

    Raising a puppy: Training your puppy to accept handling

    Master trainer Ian Dunbar on raising a touch-safe dog

  • Preventing aggression around food bowls, treats, and toys

    Preventing aggression around food bowls, treats, and toys

    How to prevent object guarding in your dog

  • Raising a puppy: Training your puppy what to chew

    Raising a puppy: Training your puppy what to chew

    Master trainer Ian Dunbar on channeling your puppy's chewing

  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gets puppy

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gets puppy

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has a new puppy. Time Magazine’s 2010 Man of the Year and his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, brought home a two-month-old purebred Puli. They’ve christened the pup Beast and, of course, set up his own Facebook page. Our top 5 pieces of advice here at DogTime? 1. Neuter the pup. (It’s […]

  • Housetraining a puppy?

    Housetraining a puppy?

    Question: What do I need to know about housetraining a puppy? Answer: Housetraining a puppy involves clear, consistent communication. You may think you’re being obvious when you tell your puppy to eliminate outdoors, but remember that you two don’t naturally speak the same language. Here are some tips for success: Decide what you want and […]

  • Transitioning dog from crate training

    Transitioning dog from crate training

    Question: How do you know when your dog no longer needs her crate for housetraining? Answer: When you transition your dog from long stretches inside her crate to extended periods outside her crate, do so gradually. Many people make the mistake of immediately offering the dog free reign of the house–and then are surprised to […]

  • Socializing your puppy

    Socializing your puppy

    Puppies start to learn as soon as they are born. They are especially receptive to retain what they learn during their first 13 to 16 weeks of life. It is especially important that puppies have experiences with other dogs, as well as with children and adults, from birth to 16 weeks, the optimal time for […]

  • Accidents in housetrained dogs

    Accidents in housetrained dogs

    Question: Why is my housetrained dog suddenly having accidents? Answer: When you notice a sudden change in your pet’s elimination habits, the first step is to visit your veterinarian. Problems such as urinary tract infections, kidney disease, bladder stones, and gastrointestinal diseases can lead to inappropriate urination or defecation (in other words, changes in where […]

  • How and when to end housetraining

    How and when to end housetraining

    The secret to effective housetraining is to ease out of it gradually. What you don’t want to do is suddenly give your puppy free access to the house. You’re just asking for accidents. Time to stop housetraining If your puppy hasn’t had an indoor accident in at least two weeks, slowly give her more freedom. […]

  • First command to teach dog?

    First command to teach dog?

    Question: What’s the first command to teach my puppy? Answer: The first thing your dog or puppy should learn is his name; by that, I mean he should look into your eyes when you say it. The easiest way to teach him his name is to give him a treat each time he looks into […]

  • Dogs’ exercise needs

    Dogs’ exercise needs

    Question: How do I know if my dog is getting enough exercise? Answer: Breed and age are the two big factors to take into consideration when determining how much exercise your dog should get. Adult dogs (between one and six years of age) naturally require more exercise than older dogs, and working, sporting, herding, and […]

  • Dogs and parvo

    Dogs and parvo

    Question: What is parvovirus? Answer: Parvovirus is a viral disease that affects dogs’ bone marrow by lowering white blood cell counts and therefore suppressing the immune system. It also affects the gastrointestinal tract causing vomiting and diarrhea. Parvo is typically seen in dogs less than a year old, often without previous vaccination. It debilitates the […]

  • Teach Your Pup How to Handle Restraint

    Teach Your Pup How to Handle Restraint

    A hug by any other name is still as sweet, just not to most dogs. Hugging is a common way that people express affection, so it is not surprising that we want to hug our pups. Unfortunately, the way that people express affection is often at odds with what dogs are comfortable with. Ventral to […]

  • What happened to the dogs when Schindler Farms puppy mill was closed down?

    What happened to the dogs when Schindler Farms puppy mill was closed down?

    I was still basking in the glory of the Prop B victory when I read the most recent blog post from Doggies and Stuff writer, Doreen Disbro. Doreen was part of a coordinated effort — by rescue groups nation wide — to save hundreds of dogs displaced by the recent closing of the Schindler Farms […]

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