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Canine-ality™ 101. Knowing a bit about a dog before bringing him home can really help the romance last.

Canine-ality™ 101

How do we know this? The Meet Your Match (MYM) Canine-ality Adoption Program (MYM), our new color coding method for matching shelter dogs, ages six months and older, with adopters, is making it possible for you to know a little about a dog’s behavior before deciding to make him a part of your family. Finding the perfect pooch is a serious undertaking. That’s why we developed the MYM program—to help match the colors of your personality to your new friend’s canine-ality.

Shelters using MYM are reporting reduced return rates, better customer service and increased adoptions. Every dog has a colorful canine-ality. The Canine-ality AssessmentThe Dog Adopter Survey The Canine-ality Assessment: This assessment takes some of the mystery out of the selection process by evaluating a pooch's: The Dog Adopter Survey: Here’s where you come in. Who says it’s not easy being green? Poodle - American Kennel Club. Dog Breeds - Complete Breed List - American Kennel Club. Responsible Dog Ownership - American Kennel Club. Among companion animals, dogs are unmatched in their devotion, loyalty and friendship to humankind.

Responsible Dog Ownership - American Kennel Club

Anyone who has ever loved a dog can attest to its hundred-fold return. Top 11 Myths About Dog's and Cats. Regardless if you own a dog or cat, you still have probably heard a myth or two about them.

Top 11 Myths About Dog's and Cats

Here some facts and truths about the top 11 most common myths about dogs and cats. #1 Dogs are Color Blind The Myth: Dogs only see in black and white. The Origin: The basis for this myth is not known. The Truth: Dogs do see in color. . #2 Cats always land on their feet The Myth: Cats always land on their feet when falling from heights. The Origin: In the feline world, the most popular cliche is, "Cats always land on their feet. " The Truth: This is perhaps one of the most widely known and dangerous of all myths regarding cats, because unfortunately many children have tried to prove that it is true.

. #3 If a dog’s nose is warm, it means its sick. Information on Oral Care for Dogs. When it comes to taking care of a dog, most pet owners think about vet visits, food, and exercise.

Information on Oral Care for Dogs

Unfortunately, an oral care regimen isn’t a top priority for them, but it should be because 4 out of 5 dogs over age 3 develop periodontal disease. Getting Started Routine oral care is one of the most important things that owners can do for the health of their dogs. Dogs benefit greatly from having their teeth brushed several times a week. Information on Toy Poodles. Introduction The Poodle, also known as the Caniche and the Pudle, is a breed of dog that comes in three sizes.

Information on Toy Poodles

The Standard and Miniature Poodles are in the Non Sporting Group, and the Toy Poodles are in the Toy Group. This is one of the most popular house pet breeds known, and poodles are famous for their companionable temperaments and extremely high degree of intelligence. The Poodle was recognized by the AKC in 1887 and AKC approved in 1984. Information on Dachshunds. Introduction The Dachshund, also known as the Dachel, the Teckel, the Normalgrosse Teckel, the Dachslein, the Doxie, the Hot Dog, the Sausage Dog and the Wiener dog, was actually named for the German phrase meaning “Badger Dog.”

Information on Dachshunds

The German word dachs means ”badger” – another animal with a sturdy body on short, crooked legs. The Dachshund was developed because of its ability to track prey and “go to earth” to attack badgers and other burrowing mammals. True to its origin, the modern Dachshund participates successfully in field trials and earth-dog tests, showing its keen hunting instincts and go-to-ground hunting ability. Pet Care Costs. How much is that doggie (or kitty, rabbit, rat, goldfish or guinea pig…) in the shelter window?

Pet Care Costs

In addition to the initial cost of adoption, there’s a whole litany of expenses that the average pet owner will incur within a year. To make it easier for you to plan for your new arrival, we’ve prepared a financial breakdown of the annual costs of caring for a variety of species. This chart represents the estimated minimum cost of humane care. You shouldn’t expect to pay less than this, and you should definitely be prepared to pay more.

Don’t forget to factor in the costs of unexpected veterinary care, as well as boarding facilities, pet sitters and dog walkers, if you plan to use them. You can also download the Pet Care Costs PDF version. 1. Meet Your Match. Questions to Ask Yourself Before Adopting. Congratulations!

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Adopting

By visiting ASPCA.org you've taken your first step toward responsible pet ownership. Caring for a companion animal goes far beyond providing food, water and shelter. Preparing Your Home for Your New Pet. Adopting a pet from a shelter can transform your house into a cozy home.

Preparing Your Home for Your New Pet

But without careful preparation, your new furry friend can turn the old homestead into a mess. The following household and training tips will get you on your way to having it all—furry love and a tidy home. Put a cozy bed for your pet in every room. Pets are much more likely to keep off of furniture if they have attractive alternatives.Until your pet learns house rules, don’t give him unsupervised access to rooms with sofas, beds or any other furniture you don’t want him on.

Instead, spend time with your pet in those rooms, and be ready to gently but persistently discourage him from jumping up on the furniture. And remember to increase your pet’s roaming privileges slowly, room by room. Avoid vertical blinds, pooling drapery, ornate tassels and long cords that can become strangulation hazards.

Top 10 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog. Older dogs are open books—from the start, you’ll know important things like their full-grown size, personality and grooming requirements.

Top 10 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog

All this information makes it easier to pick the right dog and forge that instant love connection that will last a lifetime. If you’re not so into surprises, an older dog is for you! Think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Hogwash! Bringing Your New Dog Home. March 7, 2014 Preparation and patience are key to building a happy relationship The key to helping your new dog make a successful adjustment to your home is being prepared and being patient. It can take anywhere from two days to two months for you and your pet to adjust to each other. The following tips can help ensure a smooth transition. Twopalsandapup.