Parvovirus is a deadly threat to an unvaccinated dog. It is so infectious that anyone or anything can become a parvovirus carrier simply by coming in contact with an infected dog’s feces or even by walking through an area where the feces had once been, which is how the virus is typically spread. The virus […]
Most people have heard of distemper in dogs, but few know exactly what it is. Distemper is a viral disease, which affects the gastrointestinal, respiratory, and central nervous systems in dogs. The canine distemper virus (CDV) causes the disease. It is highly contagious, and is often fatal. While canine distemper is found around the world, […]
Puppy parties: The fun way to raise a people-friendly dog
Teaching puppies to be safe & friendly around humans
Why puppy food?
Must all puppies eat "puppy food" or is it okay to just feed them larger servings of regular dog food?
How long should puppy be in crate
Question: How long can you leave a puppy in a crate for housetraining? Answer: Assuming the puppy is on a proper housetraining program and getting the appropriate amounts of exercise and attention, a general rule of thumb is to take the number of months in her age and add one. For example, if you have […]
Puppy hates crate?
Question: What if my puppy doesn’t like his crate? Answer: You can easily teach puppies to love their crates. Here’s how: Stuff a couple of hollow chew toys with kibble and a few treats. Let your puppy sniff the chew toys and then put them in the crate and shut the door with your puppy […]
What am I buying when I pick up dog food labeled "for puppies?"
Puppy play date?
Question: I know that “play dates” are a great way to socialize puppies. How do I set one up and what should happen during one? Answer: The best way to socialize your puppy is through sponsored or supervised play groups. Ask your trusted trainer, groomer, or vet if there are any groups in the area. […]
Stop feeding puppy food?
At what age is it appropriate to stop feeding my dog puppy food and do I need to phase it out gradually?
housetrained puppy had an accident?
Question: I thought my puppy was housetrained, but she had an accident. What do I do? Answer: First of all, clean it up thoroughly. Dogs develop a strong preference for using the same toilet area they’ve used before, so use an enzymatic cleanser to get rid of, not just cover up, the smell. Then, go […]
Raising a puppy: Preventing object guarding
Master trainer Ian Dunbar on keeping your dog from turning into an object guarder
How to know it’s time to stop housetraining
Just one indoor accident can create a bad habit and cause a housetraining setback. You may be eager to stop confining your pup to a crate or playroom, but keep in mind, she’ll enjoy much more freedom in the long run if she’s reliably housetrained. When ending housetraining, it really pays to be cautious and […]
Dog Biting and Mouthing
Curbing biting or mouthing in your dog or puppy
Prepping for puppy time
So, you are on your way to pick up your new puppy...but wait! Have you prepared your home and family for your new arrival?
The trouble with puppies
9 drawbacks to adopting a puppy
Finding a puppy: When to bring your puppy home
Master trainer Ian Dunbar on the best age to bring a new puppy home
Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) in Dogs
What dog owners need to know about OCD