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We Love Them As If We’ve Birthed Them

More than four in 10 people adopt a dog (or cat) as a kind of test run to see if they’re ready to have a human baby, according to a survey of 2,000 people run by OnePoll, a market research company. The parenting doesn’t end with the adoption. The poll found that the same proportion […]
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A cooling vest may be just the thing for your dog to enjoy the hot weather. 

Keep Your Dog Cool in the Heat

Because dogs sweat only through their footpads and noses, they do not release excess body heat as efficiently as people, who sweat through their skin. That’s why it’s especially important to make sure your dog stays comfortably — and safely — cool as temperatures climb through the summer months. Check out these easy tips and […]
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Well, maybe one slipper at a time.

Bring Me My Slippers

How is it that some people are able to train their dogs to perform complicated tricks, like rolling over and playing dead — or fetching someone’s slippers from another room or even another floor of the house? They do it by using a process that animal behaviorists call shaping, which leads a dog through gradual […]
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It’s important to teach them to go from nipping to just mouthing.

Will the Teething and Nipping Ever End?

A puppy’s adult teeth generally start to come in when she reaches the age of 3 months. It hurts; the new teeth have to cut through the gum line. That’s why she teethes on everything — your furniture, your shoes, your hands. She’s trying to relieve the uncomfortable sensation. To dull the pain, run a […]
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It is hard to give up a dog you have already taken home, but sometimes it is the right thing to do.

Stigma-Free Pet Surrender

As recently as the 1980s and early 90s, there was a prevailing notion among animal advocates that people who gave up their dogs were acting irresponsibly. A number of studies suggested that people relinquished their pets largely because of behavior problems, and that if they just stuck it out and tended to the issues with […]
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We can thank women for making dogs feel like family members.

It Was Women Who Bonded Us to Dogs

When you think of dogs and people in prehistoric times, perhaps what comes to mind is a vision of men and their canine pets hunting together, forging a bond that strengthened over millennia. But it’s women who made dogs members of our families. Researchers at the University of Washington made the finding when they looked […]
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Yes, but can a dog who is always carried like this learn to socialize?

Little Yappy Dogs

Imagine if short, slight people were laughed at and called “cute” every time they acted aggressively, or even rudely? Or if they were coddled...

‘Trying on’ Parenting With a Dog

You need watch only two or three episodes of House Hunters on HGTV to figure out that a lot of young couples preview what...
Dog alone with plastic Easter grass.

A Dog’s Top 4 Easter Hazards

The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center says four things top the list of Easter dangers for dogs and should be kept out of their...

Dear Doctor: Do dog owners have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19?

Q. I read in my local paper that regularly walking a dog increases the chances that you will get the coronavirus — by more than 70 percent. To say that statistic makes me uncomfortable is an understatement. I have to walk my dog no matter what, of course, but is it really true that I […]
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Introducing a puppy to new people is hard to do right now, but there are other ways you can help socialize a very young dog.

Adjusting Puppies to People

“There’s a lot of mythology out there about not exposing puppies to the outside world until they’ve had all their vaccines,” says Tufts veterinary behaviorist Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM. “But that can take many months. And a puppy’s socialization window largely ends when she is just 14 to 16 weeks old.” It’s for that reason that […]
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How Long to Wait Before Getting a Next Dog?

What is the right amount of time to wait before getting a new dog after a beloved pet dies? One Month? Two? Six? The answer is the amount of time that feels right. Most people don’t want to bring home a next dog while they are in the throes of grief. But grief plays out […]
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