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Dogs' internal clocks are really magnificent. They know when it's time for you to arrive home, feed them, or go to bed if you are normally on a schedule.

Brush your dog 3 times a week in the spring, and you'll have a summer free from shedding.

Don't attempt to teach your dog anything else until he will sit and stay on command for at least one minute.

When teaching a puppy to come, begin by getting down to his level so he will not be encouraged to jump up on you.

If someone in your household is allergic to dogs, bathe your dog every week. He will shed less dry skin. You can also add a teaspoon of cooking oil to your dog's dinner.

If your dog reacts anti-socially toward visitors, put her in another room until she calms down. When you let her out, ignore her. This forces your dog to go to the visitors for social activity.

When a dog bays at the moon, it is following a basic urge to call the pack together.

Rituals are a basic part of canine behavior. Greeting, feeding, hunting and sleeping all include social performances.

The burying of bones is part of a dog's instinctive feeding ritual; shaking things viciously is part of the hunting ritual.

Although a dog might be jealous of a new puppy in the beginning this usually passes quickly since dogs are social animals.

Dogs become loyal not because you feed them, but because of the companionship you give them.

Give your small or short-haired dog a sweater for winter walks.

Most dogs don't like to be left alone so they howl. Leave the radio or television on to keep your dog company when you are away.

Dogs have twice as many muscles for moving their ears as people.

Housebreaking a puppy is just like toilet training a child; first you learn to recognize the signs, then you react every time you see them.

When a puppy is removed from its mother, don't make it spend the first night alone. Its loss of family is enough for one night.

As soon as your new pet is comfortable with its new home, move it to the location where you will want it to sleep for its lifetime.

A dog's nose is not just used for smelling, but also to keep him cool. That's why a dog pants. The longer the dog's nose, the better his cooling system works.

Dogs that chase cars have learned that cars run away. This behavior is reinforced each time he chases one away.

If you're finding it difficult to teach your dog to catch a ball, try tossing something soft like a knotted piece of fabric instead. Some dogs find softer items easier to catch.

Staring directly into the eyes of a strange dog may be interpreted as a challenge and may actually encourage the dog to bite you.

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