Puppies

  • 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 […]

  • No charges brought against girl who threw puppies into a river

    No charges brought against girl who threw puppies into a river

    Earlier this year, footage of a young Bosnian girl hurling helpless puppies into a river horrified millions — and made news around the globe. Last week, Bosnian police announced that no charges will be brought against her. Typically when I learn of an episode of an animal cruelty , my reaction is threefold — […]

  • A case for adult dogs

    A case for adult dogs

    The myths surrounding homeless adult dogs keep some potential adopters at bay. Learn the truth about adult shelter dogs and give these, loving, loyal dogs a second look.

  • Finding a good dog breeder

    Finding a good dog breeder

    Before you get your puppy - finding a good dog breeder

  • Consumer alert: Christmas puppies

    Consumer alert: Christmas puppies

    The dark side of a holiday tradition

  • Raising a puppy: Obedience training classes

    Raising a puppy: Obedience training classes

    Master trainer Ian Dunbar on the importance of puppy kindergarten

  • Finding a puppy: Choosing the right puppy

    Finding a puppy: Choosing the right puppy

    Master trainer Ian Dunbar on picking the right puppy

  • Raising a puppy: Training your puppy to be people-friendly

    Raising a puppy: Training your puppy to be people-friendly

    Master trainer Ian Dunbar explains puppy socialization

  • Raising a puppy: Biting and nipping

    Raising a puppy: Biting and nipping

    Master trainer Ian Dunbar on training your puppy to have a soft mouth

  • Housetraining basics

    Housetraining basics

    Dogs will instinctively eliminate away from the areas where they sleep or eat. This instinct, however, will not stop a dog from going in the house. There can be many reasons for this: A medical issue or certain medications may cause a dog to lose control. Puppies (and some adult dogs) lack the control and/or […]