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Don't Forget Dog-Proofing!

Bringing home a new dog for the first time comes with so many new responsibilities and things to think about. Many new adoptive pet parents don't always think of dog-proofing their house or apartment first when preparing for a new addition, but ensuring that the home is a safe environment for a new arrival is absolutely crucial. Credit: Getty Creative Our friends at Dog Chow compiled a list of common household hazards and what to do about them. If you recently adopted a dog, this list can help you in the dog-proofing process: CLEANERS: Includes household cleaners, bleach, detergents, oven cleaners, soap and beyond. All of these have varying levels of toxicity and can harm your dog if...

The idea of a well socialized dog is a concept we all talk about, think about, and strive for, but what does it really mean? Most pet parents and veterinarians will tell you it is important to socialize your dog (and indeed it is) but are there right and wrong ways to socialize a dog. If so, is there one type of socializing that is acceptable for every dog no matter the age or breed? Credit: Flickr/Jim's Photos1 According to most pet parents, "socializing" means to get the dog out in the world and interacting with as many dogs and people as possible soon after he joins your family. Despite most of our good intentions, sometimes socializing a dog isn't as easy as it seems and takes some...

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Another Reason Not to Dock Tails

I am the proud of owner of a Boxer named Apollo. He is a beautiful dog - 80 pounds of solid muscle paired with one of the sweetest personalities you'd ever hope to meet. I just wish his tail wasn't docked. He was a rescue, and since tail docking is usually performed when a puppy is just a few days old, we had no say in the matter. Credit: MythicSeabass/Flickr I am not a fan of tail docking. Breed proponents often talk about how tail docking once served this or that purpose, but with the vast majority of dogs produced by breeders these days destined to become pets, I think docking is truly just a cosmetic procedure. Add this to the fact that the surgery is generally done without the benefit...