The cost of owning a dog

If you saved the money most dogs cost over their lifetimes, you could buy a new car or take a trip around the world. Before you decide to adopt a dog, consider the cost, both monetarily and emotionally, of raising a healthy, happy puppy through adulthood. The cost of a dog is usually more the first year than each year after because…

How to choose a puppy or dog crate

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Setting rules for dogs and kids

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Bringing home a puppy

Your new puppy may not be excited about going home with you. You’re taking him away from his family and all he’s ever known, which can make for a stressful situation. But, with a little preparation, you can ease his mind and set the tone of your friendship from your first car ride together.

Before adopting a puppy or dog

Eight to ten million animals are abandoned to shelters every year, a quarter of them purebred dogs according to Humane Society estimates. Before you adopt a puppy or dog only to find out he’s not what you bargained for, ask yourself three simple questions.