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What is a backyard breeder?

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Obesity in dogs

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First night crying

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Caring for an older dog

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Pet Insurance

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Poisonous food for dogs

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Great dog breeds for kids

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Being a good neighbour

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Dogs and fleas

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Choosing a dog groomer

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What is PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy)

What is PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy)? Ok, so what is P.R.A? Well, P.R.A. stands for Progressive Retinal Atrophy which can lead to different degrees of blindness in dogs. While some affected dogs might end up with night blindness others can become completely blind or they may not go blind at all. The good news is

Puppy Teething

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What is the difference between male and female dogs?

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How to train your puppy to come when called

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Signs of a healthy dog

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How to socialise your puppy

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How to mentally stimulate your dog

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How to teach your puppy to sit

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How to stop your dog from digging

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What temperament does a Groodle have? What’s the Groodles personality? Why are Groodles so popular?

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Owning a dog increases your lifespan!

Owning a dog increases your lifespan! New research published in the journal Scientific Reports has found what most dog owners already believe. Owning a dog increases your lifespan. The researchers looked at data from over 3.3 million Swedish citizens over about 12 years to get their findings. The biggest impact of dog ownership was on people living

It makes sense to desex your dog

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Giving your puppy a bath

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5 ways dogs help to improve relationships

5 ways dogs help to improve relationships Many people see furry animals as their pets, with most people these days referring to them as part of the family. However, did you know that your canine friend can help better relationships you have with other people? How do they do this you ask? Are You Single?

Dog vs Cat

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Dog Vaccinations

Dog vaccinations We see fewer cases of the major viral diseases in pets than 10 years ago.So why vaccinate if the number of cases is low? If people stop vaccinating their pets there will be a large population of un-protected pets just waiting for one of these highly contagious viruses to enter the neighborhood and

How to trim your dogs nails

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Umbilical hernias

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Is chocolate toxic for dogs

Is chocolate toxic for dogs? Chocolate Toxicity in Dogs It is no secret that chocolate is bad for dogs, but what many new puppy owners fail to realise is that it can also be completely lethal. Whether in sweetened form, raw, processed, milk, dark, bar, or powder – chocolate is a big no-no when it

Why does my dog need annual vet checks

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How to worm your puppy

How to worm your puppy Worms аrе раrаѕіtеѕ іn thе intestines of dogs. Hookworms, tapeworms, rоundwоrmѕ, аnd whipworms аrе thе mоѕt common types оf wоrmѕ thаt disturb thе іntеѕtіnеѕ оf dogs оut оf the numerous types оf wоrmѕ. Thе іntеѕtіnе is a раrt of the dog’s dіgеѕtіvе system where the fооd wаѕ tаkеn іѕ рrосеѕѕеd.

Feeding raw bones to your puppy

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Choosing a bed for your puppy

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Consumer Law and Puppies

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Teaching your puppy to shake hands

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What is click training

What is click training? Clісkеr Trаіnіng is a роѕіtіvе еnfоrсеmеnt training system that wаѕ dеvеlореd аnd bаѕеd оn operant соndіtіоnіng. It іѕ a ѕmаll noise mаkіng device thаt bеgаn іtѕ lіfе initially аѕ a сhіld’ѕ tоу. Clісkеr trаіnіng іѕ fаѕсіnаtіng, аnd the рrіnсірlе іѕ ѕuссеѕѕfullу uѕеd for training роlісе dоgѕ, соmреtіtіоn оbеdіеnсе, agility, flyball, thе

Dogs and swimming

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What is doggy day care?

What is doggy day care? Why do dogs need doggy day care? Whenever you decide to bring a dog into your home, eventually you may need to consider the possibility of having someone else care for your dog when you are unable to. You could be called away on your job, travelling overseas with your family, or

Dirty ears in puppies

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How to teach your puppy to fetch

How to teach your puppy to fetch Teaching your dog to retrieve an object is a very fun and rewarding game to play with your dog. Not only does it add to the repertoire of games you can play with your dog but it allows your dog to burn up plenty of energy running around

Shedding vs Non Shedding coat

Shedding vs Non Shedding Coat As easy as this question may seem, the answer will be as different as the number of different people or websites that you go to for an answer. It is just like asking what size dog is a medium, small or large breed. Everyone has their own opinion on what

Canine Anatomy

Canine Anatomy Dogs are classed as mammals. This means that, like humans, they give birth to live young, which the females feed with milk and care for until they are old enough to look after themselves.Dogs are also omnivores, which means that they can survive on meat and/or vegetable based diets. In the wild, dogs

Choosing the right collar

Choosing the right collar Choosing the Right Puppy Collar It’s perfectly natural to want to spoil your dog with all kinds of toys and treats, but there are also a few accessories that you need to pick up that should be considered essential. Up near the top of that must have list, are a collar

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Introducing a puppy to water

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Choosing a great puppy name

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How to teach your puppy to stay

How to teach your puppy to stay The command ‘stay’ is an important control command for your puppy to learn. A dog who knows how to stay on command is a much more enjoyable companion than a dog that wants to bolt off at every opportunity. Teaching your Beaglier puppy to stay should be done after he

How to stop your puppy from jumping

How to stop your puppy from jumping up When dogs meet each other they will often sniff each others faces as a way of saying hello and since our faces are much higher than our dogs they will often jump up to meet us nose-to-nose. As puppies we often allow this behaviour to go on,

How to teach your puppy to lay down

How to teach your puppy to lay down Teaching your puppy to lie down on command is important as it is one of the control commands to help establish to your dog that you are in control and are dominant over him. This is also a useful position to have your dog in when you take

Simple dog games

Simple dog games Dogs have been regarded as man’s best friend for centuries. The role that most dogs enjoy the most is pleasing their masters. Whether your dog is just a puppy, or whether he is full-grown, he will still enjoy learning and playing new games with you. Teaching your dog a few simple games

Constipation in puppies

Constipation in puppies Puрріеѕ hаvе a tеndеnсу tо get constipated, еѕресіаllу іf you happen tо have a smaller brееd such as a Pugalier, Cavoodle, Moodle or Poochon. If you hарреn tо have a little guу thаt ѕееmѕ nоt tо bе going as оftеn аѕ уоu fееl that he should, уоu nееd to make ѕurе thаt you tаkе саrе оf thіѕ

What are the best toys for your dog?

What are the best toys for your dog? What are the best toys for your dog? The best toys for your dog will depend on a number of factors such as the age, size, strength, breed, and personality of your dog. It will also depend on what you want the toy for, such as to

Genetically engineered dogs?

Genetically engineered dogs? Would you like a dog that was genetically engineered? After discussing an article regarding Chinese scientists genetically modifying dogs to study a particular muscle protein, we asked a few people that question to see what the average person thought about the possibility, and the most common responses were “what was the dog

Do dogs of different sexes get along better?

Do dogs of different sexes get along better? Do dogs of different sexes get along better? Humans and dogs operate with different social rules. While it’s nice to think of a household consisting of both dogs and humans as one big happy family where everyone gets along, a two dog family could fail to live

CPR for dogs

CPR for dogs Performing CPR on a dog Many people have some sort of knowledge of first aid to treat a human victim in an emergency situation but much fewer have any training or knowledge in first aid for their pets. Having some understanding of CPR for dogs may just save the life of your

3 Strange dog behaviours explained

3 Strange dog behaviours explained We bring home our dogs and bring our dogs into our homes: literally share our worlds with them, let them play with our children and make them part of our daily lives. However, there are things that they do, which make us wince, wrinkle our nose and exasperatingly shake our

Toilet training your puppy

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Overbites and underbites The typical bite will depend on the breed of your dog. If your dog breed has a more natural head shape such as a Groodle or Labradoodle, then the perfect bite would be a scissor bite where the incisor teeth from the top jaw are in contact with the incisor teeth from

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Cherry eye in dogs Cherry eye is the layman’s term for a prolapse of the nictitans gland in dogs. The nictitans gland is located near the inner canthus of the eye and during cherry eye the nictitating membrane prolapses and is able to be seen protruding in the corner of the eye. Cherry eye looks

Puppy Proof Your Home

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Puppies and young children Puppies and Young Children   So many people we speak with include their childhood dogs in their fondest memories of growing up. Chіldrеn аnd puppies are usually an excellent соmbіnаtіоn. Nonetheless, there аrе tіmеѕ whеn it can become dаngеrоuѕ. Unlеѕѕ tаught оthеrwіѕе, most сhіldrеn and tоddlеrѕ can easily become over-excited and оftеn рlау tоо rоugh.

How to clean your dogs ears

How to clean your dogs ears It is important to keep your puppy’s ears clean for good hygiene and to prevent ear infections, particularly in dogs that produce greater than normal amounts of ear wax and dogs that have more hair in their ears such as Spoodles compared to other dogs. Keeping your dog’s ears clean will

Lead training a puppy

Lead training a puppy Anу dog owner knows hоw difficult іt іѕ tо walk a dog that рullѕ on thе lead or just downright rеfuѕеѕ to wаlk. Whіlе bаѕіс dog trаіnіng fоr аnу brееd should іnvоlvе lead training, the lаrgеr brееdѕ, such as Groodles, іn раrtісulаr, need tо lеаrn this аѕ puppies. Thеrе’ѕ nothing mоrе unpleasant

Are Cavoodle good family dogs?

Are Cavoodle good family dogs? Cavoodles have been around long enough know for us to know for certain that they make one of the best family dogs. We are get feedback from happy Cavoodle owners just about every day. You may have young kids or older kids, or no kids at all. The Cavoodle will

Microchips for dogs

Microchips for dogs A microchip is a small chip that is encapsulated in tiny sterile container about the size of a grain of rice that is implanted via a special syringe underneath the skin of your dog’s back. It is usually located under the skin between the shoulder blades. A microchip uses passive RFID (Radio

Buying a puppy vs an adult dog: Pros and Cons

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What is the best size dog for me?

What is the best size dog for me? What is the best size dog for me? Dесіdіng what size dоg іѕ best for you саn bе a complicated dесіѕіоn. Alѕо, сhооѕіng tо gеt a dоg fоr you оr уоur fаmіlу саn be one of the bеѕt dесіѕіоnѕ уоu еvеr make. Hаvіng a dog іn a

How good is a dogs sense of smell

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Puppy School

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5 Key principles for training your puppy

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One or two dogs? One dog or two? Should we get 2 dogs?   Bringing a new puppy into the household is a big responsibility, with a significant investment in time and money to be made. For this reason, many people balk at the idea of buying a second dog. Yet many others consider getting a second puppy