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Crate Training a PuppyWe talked about crate training your puppy, but which is the best crate to buy? Here we will highlight the best-selling crates for you and your puppy.

1. Midwest Black E-Coat Exercise Pen


Most Helpful Review: We have a young, 15 lb. Doxie/Jackie mix who has a LOT of energy. We bought this pen primarily so we could use it as a barrier between rooms, and it works great for that. We use one of the end sections as a “door” for us (and him) that we set against the wall when we want to close off the room; we stretch three of the adjoining sections in short “V”s for the length of the room opening; and then we “fold” the remaining partitions together and set them against the opposite wall. It is completely free standing this way, which means it doesn’t rub against the walls (unless our dog jumps against it, which he has been known to do–but it doesn’t fall over when does this because of how it’s propped against the wall, and that’s important). We’ve also used it as a pen, and it worked great for that too. We wondered if our little guy would be able to knock it over when it was in its pen shape, but if he tried, it didn’t come down. We left him in it while we ran errands for a couple of hours, and when we came back, it was exactly as we’d left it. He’s pretty well potty trained at this point, but we also wondered if we left him in the pen (rather than his kennel) while we were gone if he’d break protocol and do his business in there since he has a lot more room in the pen than he does in his kennel. But he didn’t make any messes at all; so I would recommend it for dogs who are at or near the end of their potty training but still need to be confined while their owners are gone for a short period of time. A final word (no, really, I swear): We really like the black coating. Some friends of ours have a gold pen they offered to loan us, but we don’t like the way the gold one looks. The black is more “stylish” (which, let’s face it, does matter to some of us), and if the pen winds up rubbing against a wall, the black rubs off a little bit (which is quickly and easily cleaned off) but doesn’t harm the wall. (Our friends’ gold pen rubbed against one of their walls and left scratches on it.)
Sizes:

  • 24″W x 30″H
  • 30″ H (Small)
  • 36″ H (Medium)
  • 42″ H (Large)
  • 48″ H (X-Large)
  • 24″W x 24″H
  • 24″W x 30″H
  • 24″W x 36″H
  • 24″W x 42″H
  • 24″W x 48″H

Features

  • Durable Black E-Coat Finish – Provides Long Lasting Protection
  • Easy to Set-up (No Tools Needed)
  • Folds Fla for tConvenient Storage
  • Can Be Used For a Variety of Pets
  • Includes Ground Anchors

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2. Midwest Life Stages Double-Door Folding Metal Dog Crate


Most Helpful Review: If you have a medium sized doggie and are looking for a crate because you live in an apartment, this particular model is a good choice. Crate training is amazingly simple (just don’t use it for punishment–make it a happy experience when your puppy go into his crate). We have been using this for two months, and he takes to it easily.

1. Easy to put together and fold away. Solid black e-coat steel wire, conjoined with small metal plates with welded corners facing out. It comes with a slightly smaller divider that you can hook to the insides of the crate. As our puppy got bigger, we moved the divider and eventually removed it.

2. The two doors (one on the long end is off-centered) are not removable and opens only one way so it’s not omni-directional when you place it in tight spaces. You may want to check out some crates with three doors if so.

3. The bottom tray is made of black-composite plastic material, easy to wipe clean and slide out from under the short end of the door.

4. I like the double latch, but some people may find it a little more work to open and close day-to-day.

5. If you buy a crate cover, check out Cratewear Pet Dreams 3-Piece (which fits this model well, but only work with the door on the short end).

6. For this price, it’s a good crate to highly consider because your goal is to have a sanctuary for your puppy (for time out and quiet-time) and to housebreak your dog and/or temperate from negative behavior (such as chewing furniture, etc.)

I hope this review is helpful for you.

Sizes:

  • 36″L x 24″W x 27″H
  • 22″L x 13″W x 16″H
  • 24″L x 18″W x 21″H
  • 30″L x 21″W x 24″H
  • 36″L x 24″W x 27″H
  • 42″L x 28″W x 31″H
  • 48″L x 30″W x 33″H

Features:

  • Exceptionally versatile metal dog crate with adjustable divider panel
  • Double doors for side and front access; slide-bolt latches; rounded corners
  • Easily sets up and folds down to portable size; 2 plastic handles for carrying
  • Durable satin-black electro-coat finish; ABS-plastic pan included
  • Measures 36 by 24 by 27 inches; 1-year limited warranty

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3. Midwest iCrate Single-Door Home Training and Travel Series


It sure is a good thing I checked amazon.com for dog creates before spending almost twice as much at a major pet store! This crate is perfect in every way. It’s very well made and the price can’t be beat. The bottom plastic tray can be easily removed for cleaning and the crate collapses very easily. It’s pretty easy to open and close with the double sliding locking mechanism, and it comes with a partition so it can grow with your puppy. I can’t imagine housetraining our now-five-month-old puppy without it! We love this create, and so does our puppy.

Update 1/2011: This crate is still standing strong and has proven itself to hold up against a strong dog, us bumping up against it, moving it, collapsing it, and cleaning it. It’s perfect!

Update 10/2012: This crate is still holding up after several moves and a few dogs! It shows no signs of wear and still works perfectly. I’m pregnant and it’s still very easy to use and move.

Sizes:

  • 24″L x 18″W x 19″H
  • 18″L x 12″W x 14″H
  • 24″L x 18″W x 19″H
  • 30″L x 19″W x 21″H
  • 36″L x 23″W x 25″H
  • 42″L x 28″W x 30″H
  • 48″L x 30″W x 33″H

Features: 

  • Single Door
  • Fold and Carry Configuration
  • Divider Panel
  • Composite plastic Pan
  • Safe and secure slide bolt latch

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Puppy Training Guide

common skin problems in puppiesPuppies are more vulnerable to skin infections than older dogs. Owners must be able to spot the early signs of skin infections on their puppy so that treatment can begin as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment are key for a speedy recovery for your puppy.

Fungus

Puppies are very susceptible to fungal infections on their skin, the most common being ringworm. Ringworm is not a worm at all, it gets it’s name from the circular patches of pink on the puppies coat and hair loss. Ringworm is contagious to other dogs, cats and humans. When handling a puppy with ringworm it is recommended to use latex gloves and afterwords sterilize your skin, floors and bedding with a bleach solution (1 cup bleach to 2 gallons of water).


Symptoms include skin bumps or lesions, itching of the affected area, and round pink areas of hair loss. Treatment usually includes bathing for 12 weeks with anti-fungal shampoo, anti-fungal topical cream and oral medication (commonly Terbinafine).

Yeast Infections

Yeasts are the spore-like forms of fungi: Malassezia dermatitis is a fungal infection of the skin. Yeast infections are very itchy, crusty, and smelly. It can start with a rash on your puppy, but you will see that the skin becomes thicker and takes on an “elephant” skin appearance. The itch becomes extreme and the odor worsens. Parts of the body or the entire body can be affected.

Yeast are normal and happily live in balance on the skin and in the ears of your puppy. For a yeast infection to occur, conditions on the skin surface change to favor the proliferation of the yeasts. Yeasts in small numbers are harmless, however when the yeasts are present in larger numbers, infection will result.

Treatment can be topical, oral, or both. For localized small areas of infection, a topical treatment works best. Oral medication is better for larger areas. If the infection is recurrent or if you want to supplement oral medication, then a combination of topical and oral treatment can be used.

Puppy Dermatitis

Puppies have a higher risk of developing a bacterial infection when they have a fungal infection or an endocrine disease such as hyperthyroidism, or if they have allergies to fleas, food ingredients, or parasites.

Impetigo is a mild surface skin infection that can occur in puppies under 1 year of age. It presents with pus-filled blisters on the hairless parts of the abdomen or on the groin. The blisters rupture, leaving thin brown crusts. Puppies housed in unsanitary quarters are most likely to be infected by this.

Treatment is usually a topical therapy involving bathing the puppy with a benzoyl peroxide shampoo (such as Pyoben or OxyDex) twice per week for two to three weeks. Unsanitary areas where your puppy lives must be cleaned and sanitized.

Mange

Mange is a skin disease caused by tiny mites. Some mange mites are normally found your dog’s skin and hair follicles, while others are not. All mites can cause mild to severe skin infections if their numbers grow and become out of balance.

Localized mange occurs when mites proliferate in a few small and confined areas. You will see isolated bald patches that are scaly, usually on your puppy’s face. Localized mange is a common ailment for puppies.  Approximately 90% of localized mange cases will resolve by itself with no treatment.

Generalized mange, however, affects larger areas or even the puppies entire body. Secondary bacterial infections cause very itchy and smelly skin conditions on your puppy. This form of mange could also be a sign of a compromised immune system, hereditary problem, endocrine problem or other underlying health problem. Treatment depends on the age at which the puppy developed the disease.

Your vet may prescribe anti-parasitic medications, as well as medication to help relieve the itching, inflammation and secondary skin infections and accompany mange. Plan on 4-6 weeks of treatment.

For all types of skin infections it is recommended to take your puppy to your vet for a proper diagnosis.
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When is a Puppy Fully GrownDifferent dogs take longer to grow than others. Generally, the size of the breed determines how long it takes for the puppy to be full grown. A toy puppy, for example, will be full grown at a year. A larger breed, such as a retriever, will be full grown at two years. It all depends on the size of the dog, but most dogs are fully grown by two years old.


If you have a mixed breed or mid sized dog, it might be difficult to determine when it is fully grown. Usually, by one year, a dog may still act like a puppy and get into trouble here and there, but for the most part, they are through with using your house like a toilet. By a year old, a dog should be using the designated bathroom spot in which to do his business, no matter what size breed.

A larger breed dog may still jump and act like a little puppy. This can be a problem because he will be big in size but small in brain. He will still think like a puppy but with the body of a dog. It is important to train the puppy and make sure that he is not only going to the bathroom in the designated spot, but also able to behave himself around humans.

No one wants a dog jumping all over them the minute they walk in a door, no matter how much they love animals. A big dog can cause a lot of problems and can actually knock people down. This is why it is important to start puppy training as soon as you bring your puppy home.

Understand now that it will take a year before your puppy can be trusted to be around the house and not have an accident. However, even when full grown, your puppy will have the mentality of a two year old child. They will be able to understand simple commands and respond well to love and affection.

When your puppy gets older, he or she will calm down a bit and not seem so “hyper.” You do have to also do some research on the breed to determine how highly strung the breed normally is. Some dogs are always going to be rather highly strung and others will be relaxed. Pure bred dogs are usually a lot more maintenance and higher strung than mixed breed dogs.

If you adopt a puppy from the pound and are not sure if he is full grown, you will usually be able to tell by his actions as well as some physical characteristics. Puppies lose baby teeth just like humans, so if you take a look in the mouth of the puppy, you should see adult sized canines. This will give you an indication that the puppy is full grown or close to being full grown.

There are other characteristics, too. A female dog will grow nipples and become able to breed at six months. Male dogs will begin humping different objects at about six months to a year. This is a sign your dog is actually a teenager and about to enter adulthood. If the animal has been spayed or neutered, you will not be able to determine the age of the dog by this characteristic.

Rule of thumb is that a small dog will be considered full grown at one year old and a larger dog generally by two.

Puppy Training Guide

Puppy Training TipsIt can be a bit overwhelming when you bring home a new puppy. It is a lot like bringing home a new child. You have to make certain preparations, including “puppy proofing” the house.


Like small children, puppies seem to get into things that they should stay away from and seem to be bent on a death wish. You are wise to lock up any dangerous chemicals or liquids.

The introduction of your puppy into the family will go a lot smoother if you follow these simple tips:

Have everything prepared before the puppy comes home. Have a crate where the puppy will sleep. You will want to have a crate so that the puppy can be locked up when you are not in the house and also when you are not watching him. Crate training is the best way to train a puppy and gives the animal a sense of security. The crate becomes his den.

In addition to the crate, you will want to have a baby gate so that you can keep the animal in an area where the crate is and where, if he has an accident, he will not ruin carpeting or flooring. You will want to make sure that shoes and other small objects are not laying around on the floor. The puppy will chew shoes and may swallow small objects.

Have food and a bowl. You will most likely be instructed to feed your puppy three times a day at first. When the puppy reaches maturity, you can feed him twice a day. You should always offer fresh water in case the dog gets thirsty.

Develop a routine right away. This is crucial to puppy training. Puppies thrive on routine. Feed the puppy at the same time each day and then take him out for a walk or to the litter box, or papers. He will most likely have to go to the bathroom after eating. If you feed him the same time each day, he will most likely go to the bathroom at the same time each day.

Realize that by doing this routine, you are being trained and not the puppy. He has to make the connection and realize that going to the bathroom is a good thing and going in the house is wrong. Use both positive and negative reinforcement when teaching your dog good from bad. You should praise heavily when he goes outside and give him a doggie treat. This will make the routine all the more pleasant. Scold when he goes to the toilet in the house. Do not hit the dog as that does not do anything but relieve your anger and can hurt your dog. The carpet can always be cleaned.

By following a routine and continuing to reinforce good behavior with affection and negative behavior with scolding, your puppy will soon learn how to behave. This will not only be good for potty training, but also things like not jumping on people, not jumping on the furniture, not chewing shoes and other bad habits.

With patience and love, you can guide your puppy to becoming a good dog. A dog is one of the most loyal pets in the world and can be a great companion. It is up to you to make him into a good dog.

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Puppy Obedience TrainingOnce your puppy is about six months old, you can take him for puppy obedience training. This is a good idea if you have never before owned a dog or are planning to show a dog in dog shows.


If you have owned other dogs, you probably already know about puppy obedience training and how to make sure that you cute little puppy grows up to be a calm, friendly dog.

The first thing that you need to do when you get your new puppy is to give him a name. Dogs understand their names. Use it often and he or she will begin to understand when they are called.

You will want your puppy to be able to do the following:

  • Come to you when you call him
  • Sit down
  • Lay down
  • Stay put
  • Stop doing something destructive

Some puppy obedience classes teach a dog to heel, which requires the dog to kneel before you. This is not necessary unless you are putting him in a dog show.

Why is puppy obedience important? Simple – so that your puppy becomes a well behaved dog. Imagine a cute little puppy jumping up and barking when a guest enters the door. This might seem cute. But it is not very cute when the cute little puppy grows up to be a 150 pound dog and knocks people down because he is disobedient.

A dog is supposed to bark when someone comes to the door. He is supposed to guard the house. Dogs are very territorial animals and your dog is simply doing his job when he does this. However, you are supposed to be the top dog. If you say that it is okay for your Aunt Mildred to enter without being knocked down, then it should be okay for your dog.

You should be able to tell the dog to lay down or sit and he should understand this command and comply. Puppies naturally want to please the pack leader. In a family setting, the person who feeds and cares for the dog becomes the pack leader. Many times, this is a mom. The mom feeds the dog, takes the dog out for a walk and takes care of the dog. The dog will see the mom as the pack leader. The dad may be just another dog in the pack and the children are thought of as litter mates.

Once the dog learns the commands from you, he will be able to understand them from others. You will want your dog to come to you when you call him. This can be crucial if he gets off his leash or gets out of the yard. You do not want your dog to be the menace of the neighborhood, wreaking havoc wherever he goes.

A well behaved dog is a great pet. A dog that has not learned obedience training is a public menace. Which would you rather your little puppy become? If you choose the former, make sure that you enforce some puppy obedience training early on in his life.

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Puppy HoroscopesJust like humans, puppies have personalities all of their own. If you have ever wondered if you and your puppy are compatible, you should take a look at puppy horoscopes.


Most people admit to being very much like their horoscope. Puppies are no different. Many astrologers believe that the reason we get along better with others is due to our birth sign. This would be the same for our puppies.

In order to be able to read puppy horoscopes, you have to know the date your puppy was born. With some dogs, this is impossible to determine. If you are adopting a puppy from the pound that has been abandoned, you may be able to determine the month that it was born, but not the actual day. However, you can usually get pretty close to the puppy horoscope.

Here is an example of puppy horoscopes. See which puppy type will be compatible for you:

Aries puppies are born between March 21 and April 19

These puppies tend to be very lively and active and can really keep you running. They like exploring and going on adventures. If you are an active person who enjoys hiking and outdoor adventures, an Aries puppy is your perfect companion.

Taurus puppies are born between April 20 and May 20

They are calm and very loving. They make the perfect pet for someone who is elderly and likes peace and quiet. They are very affectionate animals.

Gemini puppies are born between May 21 and June 21

They are very social dogs. They are also very bright and tend to learn obedience and even dog tricks quickly. Gemini puppies tend to get into things because of their slightly nosy nature, but they are charming puppies.

Cancer puppies are born between June 22 and July 22

They are usually loving and very sensitive. Do not scold a Cancer puppy too often because they will get their little feelings hurt. They make very loyal companions.

Leo puppies are born between July 23 and August 22

They are the drama dogs. Just like Leo people, Leo puppies love attention and love nothing better than being the center of everything. If you have a Leo puppy, make sure that you give it a lot of attention.

Virgo puppies are born between August 23 and September 22

They are very clean and hard working dogs. If you are looking for a dog that will want to keep himself and his surroundings clean and is a working dog, you want a Virgo puppy.

Libra puppies are born between September 23 and October 22

They are among the most easy going of all puppies. Like Leo puppies, they like attention but are a bit more low key. They will charm all of your guests.

Scorpio puppies are born between October 23 and November 21

They are among the most loyal of all puppies. They are also slightly mysterious dogs. If you have a flair for mystery and want a loyal companion, get yourself a Scorpio puppy.

Sagittarius puppies are born between November 22 and December 21

They are smart puppies and very brave. These are the dogs that will rescue you from a fire. They are also eager for adventure. Life will never be dull with a Sagittarius puppy.

Capricorn Puppies are born between December 22 and January 19

They are very reliable dogs. They can also be quite demanding. Capricorn puppies are full of energy and a lot of fun.

Aquarius puppies are born between January 20 to February 18

They are a little quirky but a lot of fun. If you are the type who does not do everything by the book, you will love an Aquarius puppy.

Last but not least is the Pisces puppy, born between February 19 to March 20

This is a puppy that will be able to understand your moods and will go along with them. They are a true soul mate. .

Knowing puppy horoscopes can not only allow you to choose the best puppy companion for you, but also be able to make fun daily prediction for your puppy.

Puppy Training Guide

Puppy ColicPuppy colic is similar to baby colic. It is gastronomical disorder that is usually caused by too much gas in the system. It does resolve itself over a period of time, just like in humans.


A puppy who has colic has an uncontrollable urge to move his bowels soon after eating. He may have more than the usual number of bowel movements in a day.

One way to treat puppy colic is to feed your puppy prescribed puppy food that is for dogs with weak stomachs. Just like a doctor will tell you to change a baby formula, you have to be prepared to change your puppy food. Once you settle on a food that agrees with the puppy, stick to it.

Make sure that your puppy does not eat any human food that can aggravate the condition. There are also some medications that your vet can prescribe if your puppy is experiencing puppy colic.

One thing you want to be aware of is that your puppy cannot help feeling this way. He is a helpless creature with the mind of an infant. Yelling at him and screaming or hitting is not going to do any good. It is going to upset the dog and make you feel bad about yourself.

Have some patience with a puppy with puppy colic. As the dog grows, the digestive tract will become stronger and the colic will subside. Continue feeding your dog foods as prescribed by your vet and on a certain schedule. Some vets will suggest that you feed the puppy more often when he has puppy colic, and smaller amounts, so that he can better digest his food.

You should still work on training your puppy despite the puppy colic. Teach him to go outdoors or in the litter box, if that is your method, after eating. Your puppy will most likely have to go to the bathroom right away after eating if he has puppy colic, so be prepared to accommodate him.

Make sure that he drinks a lot of water. This is crucial for a puppy who has diarrhea that sometimes accompanies puppy colic. A puppy, just like a baby, can easily get dehydrated. You do not want that to happen so be sure to offer water.

Puppy colic will go away on its own usually by the time the dog is a year old. Your vet will have medications and suggest different foods that may be easier on the digestive tract for the puppy. Remember that the poor creature is in pain with the colic due to the gas build up in his intestines and have some patience. Yelling at the dog is not going to make the colic go away.

Once your puppy gets over puppy colic, he will be a normal and healthy dog. The days of puppy colic will be a long ago memory and you will be rewarded for your patience with a loving pet.

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Newborn Puppy CareNewborn puppy care is something that should not have to concern most humans.


This is because newborn puppy care is performed by the mother of the pups. However, there are always sad cases in which a mother dies or abandons her puppies. In such cases, people have to take over the role of caring for newborn puppies or else they will die.

If you ever have the responsibility to care for a newborn puppy, here are some things that you need to do:

Bottle Feeding

Newborn puppies normally suckle at their mother for the first six weeks of life. As the mother is not available, you will have to feed the puppy yourself from a bottle, very much the same way that you would an infant. The puppy will have to get a formula that you can get at your local pet market. A veterinarian should also be consulted in such a matter for help. He or she will instruct you on which type of formula to use. The formula will satisfy all of the nourishment for the newborn puppy until he or she is six weeks old.

A newborn puppy must be fed every few hours, much like a newborn baby. You can gradually increase the time periods between feedings as the puppy gets older. If you have an entire litter of puppies, this can get time consuming, but is necessary for the litter to survive.

Cleaning

Normally, a mother will teach her puppies to clean themselves by cleaning them often. She will lick them with her tongue. Since the mother is not around, you will have to clean the puppies so that they can learn to clean themselves. No, you do not have to lick them with your tongue. But you can use a damp towel or sponge to wipe them down every so often. Make sure that you dry them as well. They will get used to this feeling and try to emulate it as they get older.

Vet Care

You will have to take the puppies to the veterinarian after two weeks for shots and check ups. If you have a litter of abandoned puppies, do what you can to keep them alive and enlist help from other animal lovers. Do not be too devastated if one of the puppies in a newborn litter dies without its mother as this sometimes happens in nature. Make sure that you do your best to take care of the helpless animal or animals for the first six weeks of life, the time when puppies are usually with their mother, so that they can then thrive into healthy dogs.

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Do not look at a new puppy as getting just a pet, but a member of the family. Puppies each have a personality and mind all of their own. In order for your puppy to grow into a fine dog, you need to know how to take care of a puppy properly.

Many times people who profess to love animals do not train the animals and simply let them run amok. This is not doing the puppy any favors. Your puppy depends on you to train him to become a good dog. If something should happen to you, it is unlikely that anyone will want to take on an out of control, untrained and disobedient dog. By taking proper care of your puppy from the start, you can teach him how to become a well trained pet.

Feeding Your Puppy

If you have never before had a dog, you should know how to feed the pet. You will need a food and water dish and dog food. You should always leave fresh water out for your dog, otherwise he or she will be tempted to drink out of the toilet, which can be unhealthy. However, you should only feed your dog a few times a day. Puppies are generally fed three times a day and dogs are fed twice a day.

A dog will keep eating until he bursts, so it is important to feed the puppy the proper portions. Your puppy depends upon you to give him the right food and allow him to grow into a healthy dog. Just as humans can be obese, so can dogs. And it shortens their life span. You want to make sure you feed your dog enough but not too much. The size and breed will determine the amount of food you should feed your dog at each sitting. This can be determined by your vet.

You should have a veterinarian who you can trust and bring the puppy in for a well puppy visit as soon as you get the puppy. He should have shots for distemper and be checked out by the vet for fleas or any other problems. Once a year, your dog should have a rabies vaccination. You will receive a tag that you should keep. If your dog ever bites an individual, you will have to produce proof that your dog has been vaccinated against rabies or the animal will be put to sleep.

In addition to vet care and feeding, you will also have to have a crate that will be home for your puppy. This should be large enough for the puppy to move around but small enough that he will not find a place in the crate where he can go to the bathroom. Puppies do not like to go to the bathroom anywhere near where they sleep or eat. This is the basic concept that you will use when training your puppy to go to the bathroom outside. Keeping your puppy in a crate may seem cruel to some people, but puppies are dogs and dogs are wolves and wolves love dens. A puppy will feel secure in his little crate and will probably go in there on his own when he wants to go to sleep.

Learning how to take care of a puppy can be fun and enlightening. You need a lot of patience and genuine love for animals. If you have both, you can easily raise your puppy into fine dog.

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How to Clip a Dog's NailsYou are going to have to clip the nails of your puppy or dog every month or so in order to make sure that they do not get too long and scratch surfaces as well as skin. Just like a human, dog nails need to be clipped. Here are some tips on doing this right:


Get good clippers

Although there are discount dog clippers available, do not throw good money after bad by opting for cheap dog nail clippers.

Invest in some good dog nail clippers right from the start. There are different size dog nail clippers. They are made for different dog breeds. Smaller dogs, naturally, use smaller dog nail clippers.

Give the dog a bath first

If you bathe your dog prior to clipping his nails, they will be softer and more pliable. You will not have to struggle so hard. The entire grooming process should take place once a month with you giving your dog a bath, checking his ears, clipping his nails and putting on doggie powder. You should also brush his teeth at this time as well, although that should be done more often.
Hold firm to the dog

If you have a large dog, you will have to hold on to him very firmly. If you have a puppy, get him used to getting his nails clipped on a regular basis and talk soothingly to him as you are performing this action. Some dog groomers actually have to muzzle their dog in order to clip their nails. Remember each dog is different. You are better off to talk soothingly to your dog and hold him firmly.

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Clip what you can

If your dog gives you a lot of trouble and gets away, do not fret. Clip what you can. Each time you try this, he will get better. Again, the secret is to make it as pleasant an experience as possible for him while you are clipping him. Talk to him. Dogs cannot understand the words you are saying, but they understand tone and simple commands. By talking soothingly to him, you can calm him down in order to get his nails clipped.

Clip only the tips square

Do not attempt to clip the entire nail and do not go down too deep. This can possibly even cause an infection on your dog. Just as you would clip your own nails, do the same with your dog. Just clip the tips. Dog nails grow similar to the rate of human nails, so clipping the tips each month will keep them in good shape. If you clip too much, it can possibly give your dog discomfort. Then the next time that you clip his nails, he will be afraid.

Practice makes perfect

The more you practice clipping dog nails, the easier it will become and the faster the process will be. Soon it will be like a routine. The first few times you attempt this may be difficult, but the more you continue, the easier it will get for both you and your dog. Obviously this will differ from dog to dog as they all have different characters and temperaments.

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