"How to Care for a Dog" 12 February 2008.

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Regularly brushing your dog's teeth, along with a healthy diet and plenty of chew toys, can go a long way toward keeping her mouth healthy. Bacteria and plaque-forming foods can cause build-up on a dog's teeth. This can harden into tartar, potentially causing gingivitis, receding gums and tooth loss. Many pooches show signs of gum disease by the time they're four years old because they aren't provided with proper mouth care.
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Helping Fearful Dogs
Some dogs show fearful or aggressive behavior when faced with nail trimming. Watch carefully for signs of distress such as panting, drooling, trembling, whining, freezing, cowering, tail-tucking, growling, snarling or snapping. Even with the most patient and gradual of introductions, there are dogs who seem unable to get over their terror. of How to Take Care of Your Dog's Basic Needs was reviewed by  on March 9, 2017.
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Dear Zipcar,
I’m happily settled in an apartment in the city and would love to have a dog to take on walks, snuggle with at night, and bring on hikes. However, I don’t understand how so many people are able to care for a dog while being active urbanites. What advice do you have about owning a dog in the big city?
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So you decide to share your house with a dog. A few things that you need to consider right off the bat. What dog is right for you? You need to consider your lifestyle and expectations for a dog. This is the most important part of choosing a dog and is the best way to avoid problems with the dog down the road.

Many times people call me in to solve behavioral problems that really aren't behavioral problems. It's really breed problems. Somebody has an Australian Shepherd and they're frustrated that the dog has high energy or is jumping up on the counters and things like that.

Take into consideration what it is you're looking for. How much exercise does the dog need? What are the grooming needs and what are the training needs for a certain breed? And then size and shape. What kind of dog do you want? Don't just pick a dog on impulse and don't just pick a dog with your heart. Make sure you're picking a dog with your brain and picking a dog with common sense.

So if you want to you know, a tea cup Chihuahua that would be great, but don't expect to necessarily run an agility course with it. Likewise, if you want a dog who's going to sit around and watch a game with you perhaps an Australian Shepherd is not necessarily the right dog or a golden retriever. It's going to require a lot of running and playing and exercise and training.

There are a lot of great resources online where you can look into different breeds and that would be the first step in finding the right dog for you. - More great tips for raising a happy and healthy puppy!

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Senior dogs have different care requirements than those of a younger dog. This fact probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone. But how do you know when your dog is considered to be a senior?