Dog Care

Knowing the basics of how dogs function as well as the basics of how to take care of a dog are important aspects to keeping you and your pooch happy and healthy.

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Fleas are nasty little parasites that infest your pets -- especially dogs. So, what can you do to prevent and treat these itchy infestations? Find out in this article.

By Shanna Freeman & Dr. William Fortney

The words "mangy dog" get thrown around pretty often, but have you ever wondered what they mean? Find out what mange is -- and how you can treat a do that has it.

By Shanna Freeman & Dr. William Fortney

Spending time outside is great for your pooch, but there are some hazards. What do you do when your dog has a nasty encounter with spiky plants or animals?

By Shanna Freeman & Dr. William Fortney

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You might have guessed that dogs get sore paws, but did you know that man's best friend suffers from sunburns? Yep. Read on to find out what you can do to help in both cases.

By Shanna Freeman & Dr. William Fortney

It's not somethng that any dog owner wants to think about, but our sweet, precious little doggies can be afflicted by some seriously disgusting -- and seriously dangerous -- health problems. Worms and worm-like parasites fall into this category.

By Shanna Freeman

Yes, they can, and that extra weight is just as bad for them as it is for us. So, what can you do to help your overweight doggie slim down -- or stay fit in the first place?

By Shanna Freeman & Dr. William Fortney

When dogs get sick, owners might feel helpless and worried. But there are a lot of ways you can help you canine companion recover, as you'll discover in this article.

By Shanna Freeman & Dr. William Fortney

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Dogs not only make great pets, they can be trained to protect your home and family. Learn about how to train your dog to be a guard dog in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Parvo is a virus that causes fever, vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. Learn about how to treat parvo in this article.

Would you like to know how to teach your dog to stay when commanded? Learn about how to teach your dog to stay in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

The signs of a dog's age can sometimes be obvious but other times subtle. Here are four things to look out for.

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When you know how to read your dog's body language you know just how your pet is feeling. Learn about how to read your dog's body language in this article.

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If you know how to treat your dog's bad breath you'll also know how to ensure its good oral hygiene. Learn about how to treat your dog's bad breath in this article.

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Your puppy has very poor sleeping habits and you want to learn how to help it sleep. In this article we will show you how to help puppies sleep.

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If your dog is acting like she†is pregnant and "mothering" inanimate objects but definitely isn't pregnant, she may be having a false pregnancy. Learn about how to tell if your dog is having a false pregnancy from the article below.

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Dogs get the hiccups just like humans do. Learn more about what makes dogs hiccup in this article.

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There are many simple ways to care for your dog's dry skin. Learn how to care for your dog's dry skin from this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Seeing a dog hurt or in distress can be a helpless feeling for a pet owner. Be prepared for any emergency situation to help your dog. Learn how to give first aid to your dog.

My dog really likes chocolate, but my mother won't let me feed it to him. She says it will kill him. Does that make sense? If I can eat chocolate, why can't my dog?

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Knowing more about your dog's health is the best way to keep him safe and happy. Read on for more info about finding a good vet, preventing illness and treating canine diseases. Knowing these basics will give you piece of mind and a happy pup.

By Dr. William Fortney

The better you train your dog, the happier you'll both be. Dogs that behave earn more love and care from their owners, who are happier in turn. Read this dog-training primer.

By Dr. William Fortney

Some of my friends lost their dog on vacation. About a week after returning home, they got a call from their veterinarian — their dog had been found. They said it was because of a microchip in their dog. What are they talking about?

The relationship between people and dogs goes back at least 15,000 years, making dogs potentially the first animal to be domesticated. View this image gallery to get a sense of the variety of this canine species.

By Marie Bobel

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Leave your house for five minutes or eight hours and your dog will probably have the same wiggly response to your return. Do dogs sense the passing of time?

By Jane McGrath

We know dogs can decipher "sit," "stay" and "come." And we've seen the enthusiastic tail wagging that the word "walk" triggers. But what other words can dogs understand? Do they comprehend more than we know?

By Jane McGrath