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Unexpected Costs for New Puppy Parents

By Caryl Wolff

Are you thinking of becoming a new puppy parent? Everybody wants a puppy! Who can resist those soulful eyes and wagging tail? But before we get a dog, we need to know the costs so we can plan to give him the best home and care. Puppies ain't cheap!

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5 Electronic Fence Myths

By Tony Johnson

One conundrum that's frequently encountered when trying to place a shelter pet is having to make a call on whether or not an electronic fence makes for a safe pet containment system. Some otherwise great pet owners cannot have a traditional fence due to landscape, zoning, or other issues - and for shelters that don't consider this fencing adequate, this represents an opportunity lost when it comes to providing a loving home for a needy dog. Read on to discover myths about shelter pets and electronic fences.

Which Puppy Toy Is Best?

By Caryl Wolff

Your puppy loves playing with toys because it simulates the "hunt," helps him with teething, and prevents boredom. Boredom means destruction of carpets, furniture, baseboards, etc. Puppies should have safe toys that they like. Here are some tips to choosing the right toy for your puppy.

The Basics on Pet Vaccines

By Audrey Pavia

Over the past few years, vaccination protocols have changed within the veterinary community, for both dogs and cats. While vets used to recommend yearly vaccinations for a number of diseases, many are now reducing the frequency that vaccines are given.

Black Cat Syndrome: Fact or Myth?

By Stacy Hackett

Do black cats and dogs get passed over at animal shelters in favor of their more colorful counterparts? It's a theory based on anecdotal evidence, a phenomenon vouched for by veteran shelter staff, and the impetus for special "black cat" and "black dog" adoption events. But is it true?

Your Puppy’s Age Matters

By Caryl Wolff

Puppies go through developmental stages just like children do. When your puppy is 6 months old, that's the equivalent of 12 years in a human life. Because of their rapid developmental periods, you can go to bed with one puppy and wake up the next morning with an entirely different puppy. What does your puppy learn how to do at each stage?

Puppy Socialization for Breeders

By Caryl Wolff

The single most important factor in choosing a puppy is choosing a breeder or rescue that has interacted with the puppies and begun the socialization process.