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This article is going to discuss that age old question:  “At what age should I bring a puppy home? ” We’re going to discuss that question, and I am going to tell you the perfect age for bringing your puppy home. You may not agree with me, but that’s okay… it’s still the perfect age! I’ve actually had a client who brought their puppy home at four-weeks of age, because the breeder said it was okay.  Well guess what…  It wasn’t okay, and it wasn’t a good breeder!

Do you have a dog that is shy and fearful?   You know the dog I am talking about. It will not approach new people and is very fearful in new situations and environments. I understand this type of problem, and I also realize how concerned you are about the fact that your dog is suffering. Here are a few things you might want to try to help the situation. Obedience Training Yes the very first thing to do for a shy and/or fearful dog is to do some obedience training. Training can give a shy dog a new level of confidence and a feeling of accomplishment.

Has your adult dog started using your house for a toilet again?  Maybe your dog just has an occasional accident as some people say, every now and then.  If so it’s time to take a step backwards and return to the basics. When I say return to the basics I’m talking about let’s go back to training this adult dog just like we did when it was a pup, and the best way to do that is by using the crate.  By using the crate you are teaching your dog that he can hold it until it’s time to go outside. When it comes to crate-training people quite often ask me how big should the crate be and the answer is simple.

There may one day come a time when you must absolutely find a new home for your dog.  I know, I know… We all talk about the fact that you shouldn’t give up your dog, and I do feel this is still true in most cases, but sometimes difficult situations might keep you from sticking to that agreement with yourself, and finding a new home for your pet may be your last resort or only available option. So, when people ask me how they might find a new home for their dog this is the advice that I usually give them: Start off with friends and family.

If you and your family have decided to get a new dog, selecting one from the local shelter is an excellent way to find the right dog for you.  There are however a few things that you should be aware of and watch out for when selecting that pound puppy. Whether you are looking for a dog at the local shelter, or from a local rescue organization, you may find puppies as well as adult dogs.  When selecting a puppy, there are a few things you should watch out for.

All over the country, families are expanding their numbers of “four-legged fur-kids” at a growing rate! We are constantly getting questions about how to introduce a new puppy (or older dog) into a home with other existing dogs. Introducing a new dog into your home can be potentially disastrous. Dogs are very territorial animals.  Even if your dog is normally sweet and docile, precautions should be taken. Before I take a new dog to my home with an existing dog, the new dog must go to my vet for a thorough check-up. I want to make sure that I am not bringing in fleas, ticks or any type of contagious disease. After this complete check-up then it’s time to introduce the dogs to each other.

 Dogs make great pets because of their fantastic attitude toward life, always happy. However if your dog has too much energy there are a few things you can do to help calm him down.  Give your dog something to do to eliminate his energy. Even something as simple as going through his obedience exercises can help calm him down and sometimes actually has a way of wearing him out.  You can play games with your dog to work his muscles. Most dogs will always love a game of retrieve or even maybe a little Frisbee for some exercise. If your dog doesn’t like to do either of those you might try a good game of hide and seek.

Do you have a new puppy, or plan on getting one?   Socializing your dog is very important, and you must keep in mind that the period of socialization is from birth to 20 weeks old. During this period you must expose your dog to lots of new places, new people, little kids and other dogs so that you have a well-socialized dog that you can enjoy for the rest of its life. Let’s discuss some of those methods of socialization. Take Your Dog to New Places Take your puppy to three different places every week. Exposing your dog to different environments is very important.

Adopting a dog from a shelter or a reputable rescue organization is an excellent way to get a dog, and in the process you’re saving a life. However there are a few things that you should be very aware of when adopting that new dog for your family. This article is going to touch base on some of the things that you should avoid, or at the very least, carefully watch out for… Aggression With People If the dog shows any type of aggression no matter what its age, pass on the dog!

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Basic Obedience Group Training 9/19

9/19/17 12:00am - 11:59pm
Do you have a puppy or new dog that needs some obedience training??? Alpha-Dog Pet Center, here in Amherst, Ohio will be holding a BASIC OBEDIENCE Group Class, here at our training facility (46370 Middle Ridge Rd. - Amherst, OH. 44001).
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