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Puppy Behavior

Handling & Food Bowl Exercises

What are handling exercises and why might they be useful? Exercises that use gentle and positive handling can help to increase the enjoyment and decrease any fear associated with handling and restraint. In addition, they provide a means for achieving a relaxed state, which might then be used if the…

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Grooming and Coat Care

The general condition of your dog’s skin and coat are good indicators of its health. Although health and nutrition influence the luster and texture of your pet’s coat from the inside, regular grooming and skin care on the outside will help keep your dog’s coat clean and free of tangles,…

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Play Biting

Why is my puppy nipping and biting family members? Although often thought to be a teething behavior, nipping, mouthing and biting in young dogs is generally a form of social play. Teething is more likely to involve gnawing or chewing on household objects. The first thing you must do is…

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Socialization and Fear Prevention

What is socialization? This is the period in a puppy’s life where it develops relationships with other living beings and also learns how to behave and act in new experiences. “…the first 12 -16 weeks seem to be the most important time for young puppies to learn about their environment.”…

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Getting Started off Right With Your Puppy

When you bring a new puppy into your home there will inevitably be a period of adjustment. Your goals are to help your puppy to quickly bond to its new family, and to minimize the stress associated with leaving its mother, littermates, and former home. If there are already dogs…

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House Training Your New Puppy

How long will it take to house train my puppy? All it requires are a few basic rules to house-train puppies within a short amount of time, sometimes as little as a few days to a few weeks. This does not mean that the puppy will be able to be…

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