Rescue Dog: What to Look for When Adopting

Rescue Dog: What to Look for When Adopting

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Rescue Dog: What to Look for When Adopting Each year, around 1.2 million dogs are euthanized in America, according to ASPCA statistics. I think we all can agree that this number is too high, but what can be done about it? Adoption, of course! Adoption from a rescue organization is a great way to find a dog who will become a beloved part of your family. It is important to note that some rescue dogs suffer from psychological trauma from their previous owners, so it is important to spend some time with the pup before you decide to adopt. Many rescues offer trial periods in which you make sure the dog is a good fit for you before making a decision. Adopt, don't shop. This is a phrase that gets…
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Guard Dogs: Top 7 Home Protection Breeds

Guard Dogs: Top 7 Home Protection Breeds

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Guard Dogs: Top 7 Home Protection Breeds Guard dogs make great pets. By nature, these dogs are loyal, protective animals who aren't afraid to put their lives on the line to protect their families. Guard Dogs require little training to protect their pack. Protection is simply second nature to these dogs. However, Guard Dogs need to be trained from an early age to differentiate between actual and perceived threats. Most Guard Dogs tend to be stubborn by nature. If you are a first-time owner it is important to do your research before getting one of these dogs. You may think you can handle a 125-pound dog but actually owning one responsibly is a whole different situation. Some dogs may seem threatening but shy away from danger. Other dogs will warn…
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Smartest Dog Breeds: Top 5 Easiest Dogs to Train

Smartest Dog Breeds: Top 5 Easiest Dogs to Train

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Top 5 Easiest Dogs to Train: Smartest Dog Breeds I have owned smart dogs and not-so-smart dogs, and, while I love all my dogs equally, I can tell from personal experience, smart dogs are easier to train. I much prefer a dog who will try to catch the ball you throw to him, over the dog who stares at you with a blank look, gazes to the floor where the ball fell, and back up to you as if to say "What do you want me to do with that?" Having a dog that is not only smart but easy to train sounds like the perfect combination. It is, but it isn't without its own set of challenges. While a less-intelligent dog is more likely to face a problem head-on,…
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11 Best Family Dogs: Top Breeds for Parents With Kids

11 Best Family Dogs: Top Breeds for Parents With Kids

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11 Best Family Dogs: Top Breeds for Parents With Kids The best family dogs are only as good as their owner. Check out my article Dog Care 101: The Right Dog For You, 5 Best Tips For First Time Owners to find out if owning a dog is a good fit for your family's lifestyle. One of the most popular terms that comes to mind when thinking about dogs is the old phrase "Man's best friend.". However, I can tell you from personal experience, having a dog as a child will give you a best friend many years before you start shaving the wispy mustache that took two years to grow in the first place. Having a family dog as a child teaches responsibility, how to care for a living…
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