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When to Start Teaching Puppy Commands: The Puppy Training Plan

When Should You Start Teaching Your Puppy Obedience Commands? Wait Until Eight Weeks or Older to Bring Your Puppy Home Some of the most important lessons your puppy will learn are taught to them by their litter mates during their seventh week of life.  They are learning important social skills, including bite inhibition, dominance and submission as well as social rank. Litter mates will quickly let each other know when they are taking things too far or playing too roughly. Soft tempered puppies learn coping skills for dealing with dominant dogs. This can be a life saving skill for a puppy entering a home with an established, dominant dog already in residence. Only after they are 8 weeks old, are ready to leave the den and begin a new journey of bonding and learning the manners that will make them your indispensible, faithful companions. Your First Day Home With Your Puppy Prior to bringing your puppy home, your breeder will probably have already begun teaching them some ba

5 Best Dog Playpens for Indoor and Outdoor Use Tested

Pet playpens are ideal for puppy potting training, introducing a new puppy to a resident cat or dog and for keeping your pet safe and secure while traveling. Whether you have a new puppy or are seeking a containment solution for an older animal with incontinence issues, you will want a durable pet play pen that will securely contain your animal. We took a look at 4 of the top sellers testing them for security, durability and portability. We were surprised to find the number one seller was deserving of a big thumbs down on all three criteria. #1 - Heavy Duty Dog Play Pen 40" 8 Panel Review BUY IT NOW This heavy duty playpen is appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use. It is marketed under several brand names, with the Best Pet brand being the most widely recognized. Each of the eight panels is 40" tall and 31.5 inches wide creating just over a 21 square foot play area. The individual panels are lightweight, however the the complete product box weighs 55 pounds.

How To Easily Determine Dog Age By His Teeth

If you’re wondering about a dog’s age, the condition of his teeth will give you a lot of information. The old expression, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth ,is derived from the fact that horse’s teeth have distinctive wear patterns, that can help you determine his age fairly precisely for the first 7 years of his life and well beyond. Just as horses’ teeth provide strong evidence of their age, dog teeth have distinctive wear patterns that can help you to discern the age of your new family friend fairly accurately. 3 week old toothless puppy How Many Teeth Do Dogs Have? Puppies should eventually have 28 deciduous teeth , 12 incisors (the  small front teeth - 6 upper and 6 lower), 4 Canines (the fangs) and 12 premolars and molars. They are missing the first premolar and the last molars, that will eventually develop in the adult dog. The incisors are located along the front row of teeth, between the canines. Incisors are used in grooming and nibbling activities. The c

50 Unexpected Name Ideas for Your Unique Black Lab Girl

By paulshannon 20 Shades of Black - Female Dog Names Ash Cinder Coal Coffee Cosmic Domino Ebony Ember Falcon Ivory Jet Lava Licorice Midnight Pepper Nimbus Onyx Raven Sable Smokey Twilight Names for Female Black Labs from Fashion Icons - The Little Black Dress Orange may be the new black, but black is always stylish, sophisticated, slimming and chic. These fashion icons elevated black accessories to new heights from the little black Prada bag to the little black dress. If you want to celebrate your lab's feminine allure, you're sure to find a stylish name for your black Labrador girl from any one of these great fashion houses. Givenchy's LBD defined an era. Chanel - "Coco" Chanel transformed the black dress from a mourning must have to the essential element of the modern woman's wardrobe.  Like Henry Ford's model T, Channel's little black dress was to be afforded by women of all walks o

45 Meaningful Female Chocolate Labrador Names

By Tony Hisgett, Birmingham UK Five Fun Facts About Labs The Labrador Retriever is America's favorite dog breed, but Americans are not alone in Lab loving. Considered the most popular breed in the world,  Labradors are the favorite breed of the UK, Israel, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Mayor of a California Town - Bosco , a Labrador retriever, was elected honorary mayor of Sunol, California in 1981.  He ran as a re-pup-lican, and beat two human candidates for the honor.  Bosco remained mayor for another 13 years, until his death in 1994. Labs make the best Guide Dogs. In fact, approximately 70% of the American guide dogs are Labrador retrievers. Labradors are one of the ten breeds with the best sense of smell.  They can sniff out cancers in early stages, that were previously undetectable.  Labs have been trained to sniff out various cancers through patients' breath, urine and stool samples. They are so highly accurate, that scientists are attempting to make

50 Names for Black Lab Male Dogs

By Marilyn Peddle (Flickr) Whether you are getting a new puppy or adopting an adult from the local shelter, finding the right name for your new dog will help you bond to him in record time.  We have complied a list of 50 meaningful names for black male Labs. Here, you're sure to find the perfect name for your new black pup! Lab Names for Male Puppies Related to the Color Black Ash - Ruins, the powdery reside that remains after something has been burned. Coal - A blackish brown combustible mineral. Dusk - Darkness at twilight hour. Ebon - Darkness often used to describe the sky or heavy rain clouds. Eclipse - The blotting-out of a celestial objects light by another closer object. Etch - The etched material is filled with dark ink to create and image on another object after it has been pressed and the image transferred. Inky - Ink Black. Jet - Pure black and a means of extreme propulsion. Murk -  Darkness. Onyx - A jet black semi-precious stone.

50 Meaningful Names for Male Yellow Labs

About Labrador Retrievers Labs of all colors originate from Newfoundland, where they assisted fishermen by retrieving errant fish that had fallen free of the nets, as well as by helping to haul nets from the icy waters.  In the 1800's the first Labs were brought to England via Labrador, thus the confusion in the breed's name and place of origin. Once in England, the breed was crossed with a variety of setters, spaniels and retrievers to improve upon the dogs' natural retrieving instinct.  The modern Labrador Retriever is an affectionate, good tempered dog that is excellent with children, making them the favorite dog breed in the Untied States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia and Canada. Labs also possess a keen sense of smell. As one of the ten breeds with the best sense of smell , they are used for search and rescue, bomb and narcotics detection and now in medical diagnosis.  Their gentle temperaments make them ideal therapy dogs and seeing eye-dogs for the b