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6 Of the Best Dog Breeds for Families

Once you’ve decided that it’s time to add a dog to your family, the biggest question often becomes, “What type of dog do we want?” While your daughter might want a small, fuzzy dog that will cuddle with her, your son might want a big dog that will play frisbee with him for hours on end. From the parents’ perspective, you want a family-oriented dog with a pleasant demeanor. You should also consider your living environment when it comes to the type of breed selected, as some are better suited to suburban life. In contrast, others adapt easier to apartment living in a city.

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Ready to Give Up on Crate Training? Try These Tips!

Crate training is one of the best things you can do to foster an excellent relationship between yourself and your canine companion. While you may feel a bit guilty about the mistaken notion that you’re “locking them up,” dogs instinctively look for small spaces when seeking shelter.

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Mythbusters, Dog Edition: 8 Things Your Veterinarian Wants You to Know

Myths follow us through life, from the idea that lightning won’t strike twice in the same place to the infamous penny thrown off the Empire State Building being lethal for an unsuspecting pedestrian below. Our dogs are no exception, being the subject of many myths themselves. As veterinarians, we want to correct as many misconceptions as possible so owners can steer clear of falsehoods and let their dogs live their best lives. Following are some of the most common we hear, and the truth behind them.

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The Secret to Dog Training: Why Positive Reinforcement Works But Punishment Doesn't

It’s a hard concept to digest, but it’s been proven time and time again that dogs respond best to positive reinforcement over punishment – so get ready for extra praise, plenty of ear scratches, and a stockpile of treats if your dog needs training or has some behavioral corrections to make. We know that training a dog and, in particular, a puppy can be challenging and even frustrating but, as veterinarians, we also know that yelling and berating versus positive reinforcement is not going to work.

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How to Introduce a New Dog Into a Pet-Filled Home

Introducing a new dog into a pet-filled home can be an overwhelming experience for the pet owner, the new dog, and the current pets – leaving all involved feeling anxious. As veterinarians, we understand that your dog’s emotional health is just as important as their physical health. Following are some proven tips for introducing your new dog into your pet-filled home, and lessening the emotional distress that comes along with it.

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