Dogs – Ownership & Care

Border Collie Portrait On Sunshine BackgroundDogs of all shapes and sizes seem to perpetually find their way into human hearts. Once you have been bitten by the puppy love bug, it is difficult to image life without that furry little mess of heaven. Though owning a dog is not always easy, and comes with plenty of challenges and responsibilities, there are few things that bring a dog owner more joy, than getting to live life with his canine companion. In this section, we discuss all subjects pertaining to dog breeds, behaviors, temperaments, training methods, lifestyle needs, and the emotional, nutritional, and physical health of your dog. We provide lists of all the kinds of dogs available, their specific qualities, strengths and drawbacks to help inform your decision when considering what kind of dog to purchase. We help prospective pet owners think through the pros and cons of adopting a rescued dog, or purchasing one from a breeder. We give helpful instructions about health care for your dog in all areas of life, including the vaccinations, nutrition, and exercise he will need. We walk the owner through all the early stages of pet care, and of how to provide a peaceful home suitable for a new dog. From research to purchase, home set-up, to training, playing and bonding with your new dog, all details are covered in the puppy pages below.

Caring for Your Dog

In this section, we discuss all the fundamentals of dog care, from bringing puppy to your house, making a home dog-friendly, helping your dog learn healthy habits, routines, and enjoying a lifestyle that will help him have a happy life. We discuss the best exercises for dogs, methods of playing with your dog and helping him acclimate to other animals and humans. We outline the nutritional needs of your dog breed, and the highest quality food to help your pup ward off illness and get the vitamins and minerals he needs. We also discuss grooming variations for dogs, specific health care concerns to be wary of, details about pet care up keep, and the various items you will need in your house to create a positive living space for your pet.
Caring for Your Dog

Dog Training

It is no secret that training dogs is a time-consuming yet necessary process of introducing a new dog to your home. Whether you are working with a tiny new puppy, or literally trying to teach an old dog new tricks, we give helpful tips and guidelines about how to bring out the best behaviors from your new pooch. This section covers how to house break and potty train your dog in a new environment, whether he is an inside dog or a mostly-outside pet. We give instructions on fundamental obedience training tactics to help your dog behave like the trustworthy pup you know he is, whenever you bring him out in public. We provide tips on how to train your dog to travel, including different elements of training and certifications dogs can achieve in special operations training, and guide dog roles.
Dog Training

Dog Buying & Adoption

Buying a dog these days is not as easy as it once was, when people could simply drop by the nearest pet shop after work. However, due to the negative reputation of puppy mills, as well as the diseases and behavioral problems found so often in dogs that are raised and sold in pet shops, most owners are encouraged to pursue other means of finding a new canine comrade. In this section we outline the different options of purchasing a dog, be it through adoption from a pet shelter or rescue home (and all that the process entails), or by finding a reliable dog breeder, etc. We also provide helpful information about the kind of dog breed that would best match your lifestyle and preferences, in an effort to help find the right pet for you.
Dog Buying & Adoption

Types of Dogs

While each dog breed might bring its own charm and merit to the canine community, not all dogs are created equal. Some pups breeds rank higher in intelligence, receptivity, memory as well as command response times. These dogs are often employed in strenuous and challenging tasks, while other dogs are more suited to be comforting therapy dogs, with a calming and gentle nature, content to sit at home. As unique as humans are, dog breeds have the same amount of variety in temperament, ability, and appearance. In this section, we list the smartest dogs, the most popular big and small dog breeds, the best family dogs and companion dogs, the greatest indoor/outdoor dogs, as well as the most skilled hunters, herders, and work dogs. Peruse these lists to find the right breed or dog type to suit you.
Types of Dogs