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PuppySpot Gives Back: Catching Up With Unali

Nikki Linmore, executive director of the Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare program was looking for a creative way to soothe anxious and upset children in their foster care program. She has seen dogs help soothe children in courtrooms before just by being present and realized a four-legged professional might be ...

Reining in Dogs with Wanderlust

We've all seen the infamous "Lost Dog" posters from distraught owners longing to see their furry loved one again. Unfortunately, having a dog run away is a reality many dog-owners face at one point or another. But if your dog bolts from the home, then it might take some extra ...

Montco Boy Battling Retinoblastoma Meets His New Puppy

When we received the call from Make-A-Wish Philadelphia about a local boy named Zachary with Retinoblastoma, a cancer impacting his eyes, we knew PuppySpot had to help make his wish come true. We worked quickly with the Oppenheimer family to pick out an adorable Cocker Spaniel puppy who Zachary ...

Your Puppy's Development: 6-12 months

Congratulations, your puppy is now reaching adolescence! During these "teenage years" you can expect your pup to be a bit of a handful, but she'll emerge as a full-grown doggy adult before you know it and you will miss these silly puppy days. She may be a bit awkward physically ...

Your Puppy's Development: 3-6 months

Between three and six months old, your puppy is starting to find his place in the "pack" that is your family. It is important to provide leadership that establishes a healthy balance of power between you and your furry member of the family, while also making him feel loved and ...

Your Puppy's Development: 9-12 Weeks

The period between nine and twelve weeks is the time during which a puppy really hones her social skills, is open to learning and starts acting more and more like a full-fledged canine. She'll begin chasing things, and this is a prime time to begin basic obedience training. Health At ...

Your Puppy's Development: 8 Weeks

The time has finally come! After a long several weeks, your puppy has finally reached the age of homecoming and can travel to his new family if he weighs at least four pounds. This is a special time for both you and your puppy. From an owner's point of view, ...

Your Puppy's Development: 7 Weeks

At seven weeks old, your puppy is nearly ready to come home! Some puppies need just one last week to develop alongside their littermates, with their mom as a guide. Seeing how active she can be during this stage, though, it's clear that she's almost ready for a new chapter ...

Your Puppy's Development: 6 Weeks

Your puppy is now six weeks old and one step closer to becoming independent! He is likely weaned, or very close to being weaned from his mother. Just as humans learn appropriate behaviors from their family and peers at a young age, puppies also must learn social cues during this ...

Your Puppy's Development: 5 Weeks

Week five is when a puppy is exposed to new faces other than his mom and littermates. At this age, your puppy appears more playful and curious by the day. She is exploring the world around her and learning how to interact with others. Socialization is all about learning how ...

Your Puppy's Development: 4 Weeks

During the first four weeks of a puppy's life, integral development begins that will set the stage for the rest of his life. While still very young, the puppy takes his first step towards independence: weaning. It is during this period of time that your puppy starts to gain independence ...

What to Do If You Find a Tick on Your Dog

Ticks season is coming up; are you prepared? Ticks are a nuisance, but they also pose a danger to you and your pets when they carry diseases, like Lyme disease. If you suspect your dog has a tick, don't panic. We've got the tips to help you deal with these ...

SERIES: When The Bite's Bigger Than The Bark: Aggression in Dogs Part 3

Dogs are complicated animals with distinct personalities and therefore temperaments based on their individual genetic makeup, environmental factors and breed history. Just like humans, dogs have faults and behaviors that need correcting. And one of those common issues is aggression. While we've established in Part One of this series that ...

SERIES: When The Bite's Bigger Than The Bark: Aggression in Dogs Part 2

Dog aggression is a serious problem that can cause high anxiety, anger and heartbreak for owners, ultimately result in dangerous injuries (for both dogs and humans) and end in potentially fatal consequences, not to mention lead to cases of homeless and abandoned dogs. To better equip you with information and ...

SERIES: When The Bite's Bigger Than The Bark: Aggression in Dogs Part 1

Aggression in dogs is a scary, yet complex behavioral pattern, but is common and treatable with an intensive training plan. It's important to accept at the onset of dog ownership that most dogs will exhibit some form of aggression at some point, typically when guarding their territories or protecting themselves ...

What Does Your Dog's Poop Mean?

It may be a gross topic, but let's face it - if you're a responsible dog owner, you're picking up your dog's poop multiple times a day. So, you might as well know what to look for to determine whether your dog's poop is normal or problematic. We've broken down ...

Heartworm in Dogs: Causes, Prevention and Treatment

Learning your dog has heartworm can be awfully frightening; after all, the disease affects dogs in all 50 states as well as internationally, and is very difficult to treat. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent your dog from getting a heartworm infestation. According to WebMD , the only way for ...

The Argument: Cats vs. Dogs

It is sometimes said that there are two types of people: cat people and dog people. Each will try to argue why their pet is best, yet a consensus is never reached. Here's what we have to say about the two furry creatures--and by the end of this article, you ...

K9 Veterans Day: A Day to Say 'Thank You' to Military Dogs

On March 13, we recognize K9 Veterans Day, a day to salute the brave war dogs for their service to the U.S. military. While dogs have been accompanying humans in battle for centuries, official training centers for pooches under the Dogs for Defense did not come about until 1942. Today, ...

Brachycephalic Dogs: The Truth About Those Adorable, Pushed-In Little Noses

The first thing you probably notice when you see a pug, boxer, or bulldog is that cute, wrinkly, smooshed-in face (Who can resist those velvety folds?). But underneath those wrinkles is a medical condition to be aware of, which can negatively impact a dog's quality of life. If you have ...

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