Dog Tips

Tip – 36 – Howling dogs – why dogs howl

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Howling is a form of communication in dogs. It is a way for dogs to signal their presence to other dogs that are often located far away. It is common in wolves and coyotes, both relatives of today’s domestic dog.…

Tip – 38 – Dog toys – good and bad dog toys

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GOOD AND BAD DOG TOYS

All dogs like to play, especially chase games but these are not necessarily the games you want them to play. Retrieving games are best, giving the dog lots of exercise, without necessarily exhausting you. Balls …

Tip – 40 – Dog training – Come

Dog training - teaching your dog to come - Pets.ca is Canada's source for info on pets including dogs cats birds and more. We have articles and information, pet store, free petsites, ask the vet, contests, breeds and breeders, bulletin board, dog parks, lost and found, pet cemetery and more.

One of the most important training exercises to teach your dog is to come when called. The primary goal is that the dog always stops what it’s doing and returns to you. Since a dog can easily get into trouble …

Tip – 42 – Dog training – teach your dog to sit

Dog training - teaching your dog to sit - Pets.ca is Canada's source for info on pets including dogs cats birds and more. We have articles and information, pet store, free petsites, ask the vet, contests, breeds and breeders, bulletin board, dog parks, lost and found, pet cemetery and more.

Teaching your dog to sit is one of the most basic training exercises. Many owners do not teach their dogs this exercise and this is a mistake. When properly taught and executed, the sit command can keep your dog out …

Tip – 44 – Dog biting – bite inhibition

Dog biting - bite inhibition - controlling biting. Pets.ca is Canada's source for info on pets including dogs cats birds and more. We have articles and information, pet store, free petsites, ask the vet, contests, breeds and breeders, bulletin board, dog parks, lost and found, pet cemetery and more.

All puppies love to play by being mouthy and biting or chewing anything they can get their sharp little teeth into. These sharp teeth are the reason that it is crucial for puppies to learn bite inhibition (controlling the force …

Tip – 7- Dog boredom and inappropriate chewing

Dogs that chew - inappropriate chewing. Pets.ca is Canada's source for info on pets including dogs cats birds and more. We have articles and information, pet store, free petsites, ask the vet, contests, breeds and breeders, bulletin board, dog parks, lost and found, pet cemetery and more.

These days many of us are busier than ever and leave our dogs completely alone for long periods of time, sometimes for 12 hours or more. Then we come home to find that the dog has been chewing on all …

Tip – 9 – Puppies chasing their tails – Should you be concerned?

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Even though it may look like puppy has gone bonkers when he/she furiously chases its own tail, this is fairly normal behaviour. It is usually seen after the puppy has been separated from its littermates. Puppy is just playing by …

Tip 2 – Freezing temperatures – cold cats and dogs

Cold temperatures and dogs and cats. Pets.ca is Canada's source for info on pets including dogs cats birds and more. We have articles and information, pet store, free petsites, ask the vet, contests, breeds and breeders, bulletin board, dog parks, lost and found, pet cemetery and more.

Although it seems obvious to most pet owners, we are now experiencing a period of bitter bitter cold in most of Canada and a good part of the U.S. Thousands of cats and dogs literally freeze to death each year. …

Tip 3 – Cat allergies – dog allergies – I am allergic to cats or dogs, what breed is best for allergies

Dog or cat allergies. Hypoallergenic dogs. Pets.ca is Canada's source for info on pets including dogs cats birds and more. We have articles and information, pet store, free petsites, ask the vet, contests, breeds and breeders, bulletin board, dog parks, lost and found, pet cemetery and more.

If you suffer from an allergy to a cat or dog you should know that there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog or cat.

If you have allergies you should not get a dog or a cat …

Tip 4 – How to take a dog’s temperature

Taking a dog's temperature. Pets.ca is Canada's source for info on pets including dogs cats birds and more. We have articles and information, pet store, free petsites, ask the vet, contests, breeds and breeders, bulletin board, dog parks, lost and found, pet cemetery and more.

If you suspect your dog is sick then taking your dog’s temperature is important. It is not difficult, but it is a task best performed with two people. Have someone hold the dog still, preferably someone the dog knows and …

Tip 46 – Life expectancy in dogs – How long will my dog live?

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We all want our pet dogs to live as long as possible, but the fact of the matter is that on average, certain dog breeds live longer than others. This might be a consideration when choosing a dog breed and …

Tip 48 – Scary dog situations

Scary dog situations - fear of dogs. Pets.ca is Canada's source for info on pets including dogs cats birds and more. We have articles and information, pet store, free petsites, ask the vet, contests, breeds and breeders, bulletin board, dog parks, lost and found, pet cemetery and more.

Sometimes we encounter dogs that we don’t know in friendly circumstances, and sometimes dogs aren’t so happy with our company. This can happen for example, when we go to an acquaintance’s house, stumble upon their dog in a room or …

Tip 5 – Aggressive dog – How to deal with aggressive dogs (By Bruno’s mom)

Dealing with aggressive dogs. pets.ca is Canada's source for info on pets including dogs cats birds and more. We have articles and information, pet store, free petsites, ask the vet, contests, breeds and breeders, bulletin board, dog parks, lost and found, pet cemetery and more.

There is a training technique that was taught to me by a fellow pit bull owner, and it works wonders.

As you probably know, usually a Pit Bull’s #1 problem is dog aggression because historically they were bred for dog …

Tip 50 – Dog behaviour – understanding your dog’s behaviour

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Dogs behave in doggie ways and not human ways. Understanding this simple principal may help to cure unwanted behaviours. When we are unhappy with a dog’s behaviour it is important to know that dog’s rarely do things to upset us …

Tip 51 – Dog sprayed by a skunk – cat got skunked – what to do

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If your dog or cat gets sprayed by a skunk the first thing you want to do is make sure your pet is physically OK. If your dog or cat was scratched, it’s best you contact the vet asap to …

Tip 53 – Dog sticks its head out the car window – Car travel with your dog.

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Many people travel with their dogs in the car and we often see dogs with their heads sticking out the window. Although the dog does enjoy this, it is not recommended at all. Passing cars or busses can approach too …

Tip 55 – Dog jumping up – jumping on people

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A common problem that many owners have with their new dogs is jumping up or jumping on people. This typically happens when you, your family members or anyone the dog thinks is fun comes into your home. The dog gets …

Tip 57 – Dog in heat – signs your dog is in heat – the Estrous cycle

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Once a female dog reaches puberty it begins its regular cycles of Estrus or heat which allows the dog to release eggs and reproduce. Most females have 2 cycles per year. Signs that your dog is in heat include vaginal …

Tip 58 – Eye cleaning – cats and dogs

Cleaning your cat's eyes - cleaning dog's eyes - Pets.ca is Canada's source for info on pets including dogs cats birds and more. We have articles and information, pet store, free petsites, ask the vet, contests, breeds and breeders, bulletin board, dog parks, lost and found, pet cemetery and more.

It’s normal to have some dirt buildup in the corners of your cat’s or dog’s eyes. It is the body’s natural defense to gather all dust particles that the eye comes in contact with and push them toward the corners …

Tip 59 – Dog drank antifreeze cat drank antifreeze – antifreeze poisoning in cats and dogs

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Antifreeze is a coolant used in cars that is deadly to cats and dogs even in small doses. Dogs especially like the taste of antifreeze because it is somewhat sweet. Almost all commercially made antifreeze contains the ethylene glycol (EG) …

Tip 62 – Puppies and worms

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Getting a new puppy is an exciting experience for the whole family and in order to make sure the puppy is in good health it must be brought to the vet for some basic tests.

One of the health issues …

Tip 64 – Identification for cats and dogs

Dog and cat ID tags, microchipping your pet, tattooing your pet, pet identification - Pets.ca is Canada's source for info on pets including dogs cats birds and more. We have articles and information, pet store, free petsites, ask the vet, contests, breeds and breeders, bulletin board, dog parks, lost and found, pet cemetery and more.

Cats and dogs must have identification on them at all times. It does not matter if the cats are strictly indoor cats or if the dog only goes to relieve itself in your fenced backyard. Cats and dogs can and …

Tip 66 – Dog training courses – obedience training – socializing your puppy

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In general, puppies that have had obedience classes with other puppies have less behavioural problems than those without any training. This is because dogs are natural pack animals and need to learn how to act with other pack members. Within …

Tip 68 – Dog training – teaching your dog to stay

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Once your dog knows its name and the sit command, another key thing for it to learn is the “stay” command. The stay command is used to make your dog stay put. It is extremely useful in circumstances where the …

Tip 70 – Dog nips or bites owner – dog nips or bites kids, family members or guests

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Although most domesticated adult dogs don’t bite family members, all dogs have the potential to bite. A dog’s teeth are one of its tools and it uses them to accomplish its goals. Whether it is trying to get something it …