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What Are The Smartest Dog Breeds?

Dog next to computer: What Are The Smartest Dog Breeds?

When it comes to picking the right dog for you and your family there are many traits that you might consider. While loyalty, potential for shedding and the amount of exercise the dog will need are all considerations, some people are more concerned with the capacity of the dog to learn. In this article we will cover the top 10 smartest dog breeds. These breeds include: Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Poodle, Border Collie, Golden Retriever, Doberman Pinscher, Australian Cattle Dog, Rottweiler, Papillion, and the Shetland Sheepdog…

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Meet the German Shepherd

German Shepherd

The German shepherd is a breed that has found its place in just about every niche from schutzhund to service dog work. Just what is it that makes the German Shepherd such a good candidate for so many varied activities? Below we will take a look at the characteristics that make this breed so popular from physical characteristics to smarts…

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Cheap Pet Meds: Is It Okay To Look Online?

Dog Taking Medicine

Being a responsible pet owner means providing our pets with regular preventative medications in addition to medications treating health conditions. Being responsible can also be expensive which leads us to search for resources for cheap pet meds. Below we will take a look at some of the cautions you should heed when purchasing cheap pet meds online as well as some of the most popularly purchased medications…

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Interview with Ricochet The Surf Dog

Ricochet surfing

We recently had the opportunity to hang ten with one cool pup: Rocochet the Surf Dog! She’s had a lot to say during our interview but first let’s find out more about her. Yes, she is in fact a surfing dog and she has even won surfing contests but her real claim to fame is that she SURFS WITH PURPOSE. While Ricochet can surf alone, she finds the most happiness when surfing with kids who have special needs, adults with disabilities, veterans and wounded warriors…

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Puppy Checklist

New Puppy

You are ready to bring your puppy home. But is there a puppy checklist of things you should do? Of course. Here’s the ultimate puppy checklist to help you get started toward welcoming this new family member successfully into your home.

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Dog Obedience Tips: Patience Is Key

Girl with Dog Jumping

One of the most frustrating aspects of bringing a new dog home is teaching obedience. Obedience training can include a wide variety of skills, however, the most commonly taught obedience skills include: housebreaking, no biting, sit, stay, down, come, wait, off, no, heel, leave it, place and release. While the variety of commands you may desire to teach your individual dog may differ the commands above will ensure a well behaved dog who understands basic commands and what is expected from them. Use the dog obedience tips in this article to get your relationship with your pup off on the right paw…

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Ask a Pet Doc

Ask a Pet Doc

Ask one of many licensed veterinarians around the globe your pressing pet question and get a response in minutes. At any one time, there are typically over a dozen vets online and ready to answer your questions. The credentials of each and every vet are verified by a Fortune 500 firm.

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How Do You Treat Arthritis In Dogs?

Paul dog with Arthritis

Coming home is my favorite time of day because I know I’ll see dog noses and wagging tails to greet me as I open the door. So it really stood out to me when Paul, our older dog, began coming late to the greeting party. In fact, each time he got up from the floor, his movements seemed labored and slow. I’ve been around dogs, dog lovers, and veterinarians long enough to know that arthritis can be a common cause for what I was seeing in my dog…

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Dog Euthanasia: When is it Time to Say Goodbye?

Sad pug

Euthanasia of a pet is one of the toughest things — if not the toughest thing — a pet owner may ever have to do. Yet this is a decision everyone must be prepared to make when they commit to taking on the responsibility of giving a pet a forever home. This article discusses the unfortunate process of dog euthanasia; when it’s the right time, and how to cope when your friend is gone…

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Canine Osteoarthritis: Age Is Not A Disease

Old Golden Retriever

We have made great advances in veterinary medicine. New diagnostic tests and improved treatments have given veterinarians more power in their pursuit of preventing and treating illnesses in our pets. Improved client education and client willingness to provide better care for their animals has also given rise to more geriatric patients being seen at veterinary hospitals across the country. Age is not a disease but it predisposes our pets to more disease. Everyday I meet someone who tells me their dog has slowed down or has more trouble getting up and down in the last few years. There are numerous reasons for older animals to slow down with age and one of the most prevalent and common is canine arthritis or canine osteoarthritis…

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