Can dogs get sunburned?
Yes! Light colored dogs and dogs without pigment on their nose are most likely to get burns. You can buy specialized dog sunscreen. Avoid prolonged exposure and never shear your dog's coat too short.
Is it okay for your dog to drink from a bird bath?
No! Birds carry fungal diseases that can infect humans and canines. You'll want to keep an eye on your dog's outdoor water bowl too.
How long can a puppy "hold it" in his crate?
The ASPCA says a puppy can usually only hold his waste for the same number of hours as his age in months. (In other words, a four-month-old pup should not be left alone for more than four consecutive hours without an opportunity to go outside.) He can last longer at night, however, since he’s inactive (just like we can). By the time your pup is about four months old, he should be able to make it through the night without going outside. But during the day, says the ASPCA, neither puppies nor adult dogs should be crated for more than four or five hours at a time. When crating a puppy for more than two hours, it also recommends providing water by attaching a water bottle dispenser to the crate.
What should I do if my dog has been poisoned?
Remain calm and call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. (Note that there is a consultation fee for this service.) Be ready to provide details about the dog (breed, age, sex, weight), its symptoms, and the circumstances surrounding the poisoning. If possible, you should also have the poison/product container or packaging available for reference.
How old is my dog in human years?
Since the 1950s, the popular assumption has been that a single dog year equals seven human ones. The reality, though, is not quite as cut and dried. The American Veterinary Medical Association breaks things down a bit more scientifically. For more information, see what they have to say about Senior Pets.
How do I get started with AKC Obedience?
For information on how and why you should participate in AKC Obedience, the purpose of Obedience trials, eligibility, levels of competition and titles, check out the Obedience information on the AKC site. It has it all explained with the first timer in mind.