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Should I Get a Dog?
Dogs are one of the most popular pets in the world. They have enjoyed this status for a very long time, probably from the time 10,000 to 15,000 years ago when Stone Age cave dwellers lived and hunted with dogs. If you think you want a dog, you're follow...

Dog Proofing Checklist
Your dog is, by nature, a trusting animal. It never crosses her mind that something might be dangerous for her, so she blissfully pokes her nose in the garbage can or gnaws on your favorite potted plant. It is up to you as her owner to safeguard her envir...

Socializing Your New Puppy
One would expect an animal as social as a dog would come into a household in a perfectly social way. But a well-mannered dog is created, not born, and the creation of those good manners requires affection, patience, and long-term commitment on both your p...

Your Financial Situation
Do you mind if your new four-legged family member puts a dent in your nest egg? Even if you pick a free, mixed-breed dog instead of paying for a purebred pup, your new dog will make some substantial demands on your wallet. Here's what you need to know. ...

Matching a Dog to Your Home and Yard
In the best of all possible worlds, you live in a house with a fenced yard. Not every dog, however, needs a picket fence and a large, grassy backyard to be happy. Just keep these issues in mind as you pick your perfect pup. Matching Activity Levels Wi...

Let Your Children Pitch In With Training Your Dog
Caring for your dog is a family affair.

Raising Children and Dogs Together
Your children probably treat your dog like another sibling - they sleep together, play together and even disagree sometimes. But dogs deserve proper handling from all of your family members, so it's your job to teach your children and your dog how to trea...

Choosing Pets Who Can Live Together
There are ways to help your new pet get along with your other furry friends. The last thing you want is your fuzzy "first-born" raking her claws across your new puppy's nose. So do some homework and plan ahead so you have a good idea about how your curren...

Adopting From a Shelter
Provide a loving home for a doggy who needs rescuing.

Your Puppy’s First Veterinary Visit
Get your pup checked out, and learn some health and behavior basics.

The Gift of a Lifetime
Here are the things you need to consider before you pick out a furry holiday surprise.

Which Pet is Right for You?
By Margaret V. Root Kustritz, DVM, PhD, DACT Having a new pet is a joyous experience. However, before bringing home a new pet, many decisions need to be made. First you need to decide if a pet is right for you, and then which pet to choose. A great deal...

Are You Ready for the Commitment of a New Pet?
Thinking about getting a new pet? A pet is a commitment for 10-20 years, and the decision to bring one into your home should not be made on the spur of the moment. Adopting a pet for the wrong reasons, or bringing home the wrong type of pet for your lifes...

Choosing the Perfect Dog
A Petco Companion Animal Care Sheet developed with and approved by a Qualified Veterinarian Petco encourages you to adopt your new dog from a shelter or another reputable animal welfare organization, rather than buy from breeders or pet stores. Pureb...

Your New Puppy
Prepare for your furry new arrival.

Introducing Dogs and Cats
A PETCO Companion Animal Care Sheet developed with and approved by a Qualified Veterinarian Cats and dogs don't have to be mortal enemies. Although a few dogs may never truly be safe around cats, properly introducing your dog and cat will go a long way t...

Introducing Your Dog to a New Baby
As a new parent you’re probably concerned about how your dog is going to react to your new baby. Many people surrender their pets to animal shelters because of exhibited jealousy from their dog after a new baby’s arrival. Yet many families have been succe...