Pet Costs: 21 Clever Ways To Save Money On Everyday Dog Care

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You want to keep your dog as happy and healthy as possible. Right?Sure you do. But you don't want to spend an arm and a leg to do it.They say that we spend roughly $1,500 a year on each of our dogs, depending on size. Veterinarians tend to put that figure closer to $2,000 a year -- which amounts to about $20,000 on the low end or $40,000 on the high end during the dog's lifetime. See the true cost of owning a dog... in hard dollars.We're all looking for ways to save money whenever … [Read more...]

Dog Potty Training Tips: How To Get Your Dog Used To A Daily Routine

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Maybe you've got a new puppy that you're attempting to train not to pee or poop in the house.Or maybe you've acquired an older dog who has his own daily routines that aren't coordinating very well with your own personal routines.Either way, you can bet it will be helpful (to both you and the dog) to get into a routine that works for both of you!You want to get your dog on some sort of a schedule so he always knows when he's going to be allowed outside to pee & poop, when he's … [Read more...]

How To Remove Dog Urine Stains & Odors

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If you have a dog, then you know what I'm talking about when I refer to that oh so dreaded dog pee!It can ruin your flooring in no time -- including carpet, linoleum, and wood floors -- if it's not cleaned up the right way.Plus, it stinks!Fortunately, it is possible to remove dog urine from the surfaces inside your home.You just need to do it the right way in order to preserve your floors.Here's how to remove dog urine stains and odors properly... … [Read more...]

Dog Bell Training 101: How I Potty Trained My Dogs By Teaching Them To Use A Dog Doorbell

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When you are potty training your dog, you will inevitably find accidents inside the house because you missed your dog's signal that she had to go outside.  Even if you have successfully potty trained dogs in the past, you can still expect to find accidents with your new dog. When we got our first dog Nakita, we didn't know what we were in for with housebreaking.  Potty training a dog takes time, no matter what, but what made it worse for us is Nakita is a Min Pin. Since her bladder is … [Read more...]

Training Your Dog To Pee & Poop On Command

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Training your dog to pee or poop on command could be the difference between standing in the rain forever or getting in out of the rain quickly.It will take a little bit of time for your dog to associate the behavior that you're after, but the end result will be worth it! Why Going On Command Is Good … [Read more...]

Potty Training A Dog: Our Best Tips + Some Great Products That Work!

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From time to time, all dog owners are going to find doggie accidents on the floor.This is especially true when you first bring home a new dog -- whether it's an adult dog or just a puppy.Yes, even older adult dogs that were once housebroken will occasionally have accidents in the house.If it's happening with an adult dog that you've recently adopted, it's probably due to the new surroundings, strange sounds & smells, and the change to their daily routine.If it's happening … [Read more...]

How To House Train A Dog To Prevent Potty ‘Accidents’ Inside Your Home

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If your dog is peeing or pooping inside your house, your first priority is to see if there is a pattern to the behavior.  Keep a notepad handy and take notes of what you were doing and where you were going when your dog went potty inside. More importantly, what was your dog doing and how was your dog behaving moments before going potty in the house? The best way to house train a dog is to  establish a pattern to your dog's behavior. You need to determine what, specifically, is the … [Read more...]

Dog Potty Training Tips – How To Potty Train Your New Puppy

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When you bring home a new puppy you will want to start housebreaking him right away.It can take up to 6 months for your puppy to become fully housebroken, so the earlier you start the better.In fact, there are some dog breeds that may take up to 1 year to be fully trained not to pee or poop inside the house.  … [Read more...]

Dog Incontinence Issues & Tips For Dealing With An Older Incontinent Dog

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As dogs age, they face the same physical problems that most elderly people find themselves dealing with, including incontinence.Our 18-½ year old dog, Rascal, is no exception.During the day, it seems he's looking to be let out every 15 minutes -- only to dribble a few drops of urine at a time.And when it's cold outside, he immediately wants back into the house where it's warm and comfortable. Then, a very short time afterwards, it's the same thing all over again.If you're like … [Read more...]

5 Key Points For Housebreaking An Older Dog

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A housebroken dog is a dog that can remain in the house for up to 8 hours without having an accident.If your dog goes to the bathroom in your home more than once every few months, then you need to re-focus on housebreaking that dog.If you have an older dog that is still having accidents, there are steps you can take to stop these bad habits and housebreak your dog.Here are 5 important points to consider when housebreaking an older dog...  … [Read more...]