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Sit, the First Basic Command
Teach your puppy how to sit in a few easy lessons.

Why Don't I Understand My Dog?
An article that explains why it is so important to let your dog/s be a part of the family "pack".

Dog Obedience Tips
Informative article on tips and tricks for having an obedient dog.

Key Secrets to Remember in Dog Training
Tips to keep in mind when training your dog.

Dealing with a Dog Food Allergy
Hints and Tips on how to deal with a dog food allergy.

Inside or Outside?
Well considered article discussing keeping your dog indoors or out.

Puppies & Senior Dogs: Keeping the Peace
Tips for introducing a new puppy into a home with an older dog.

All material on the Critter Cottage website is provided as a general information service only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for the advice of a qualified veterinarian, animal behavourist or animal trainer. The views of the articles herein are the views of the respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Critter Cottage or their staff. Critter Cottage does not assume or accept any responsibility for, and shall not be liable for, the accuracy or appropriate application of any information on this site.

If your pet is suffering from any illness we urge you to seek urgent veterinary treatment.


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Did you know?

A dog can suffer from a poor self-image, just like humans. Bolster self-esteem with praise, affection and rewards.

Even after your dog is old enough to be fed only once a day, he should be given a morning snack just to calm his rumbling tummy - 24 hours is a long stretch between meals!


NEVER punish a puppy for chewing..... just be sure to provide the appropriate objects. Puppies need to chew to stimulate the loss of their baby teeth and to help place their permanent teeth. Click here to see our great range of dog toys!

Dogs are pack animals by nature. They need closeness, touching, and petting to be content and happy. Your dog should be an integral part of your family. If you must keep a dog outside, it is best to have two or three together, rather than one single dog, who will pine for his pack, producing depression, similar to that experienced by humans.

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"Anyone can buy a dog, but it takes a kind owner to set its tail wagging."
- Author Unknown
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"No matter how little money and how few possesions you own, having a dog makes you rich."
- Louis Sabin
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A dog who destroys your home when you're away is bored and frustrated and probably experiencing separation anxiety. His frustration has been displaced onto household objects. If you must leave your dog home alone, ensure he has plenty of activities to keep him amused. An excellent investment is the KongTime Dispenser - "Doggie Daycare in a Box". Click here to buy the KongTime Dispenser, available with both medium and large size Kong Dog Toys.

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Staring directly into the eyes of a dog is regarded as hostile in dog language. It may be interpreted as a challenge by the dog and may actually encourage the dog to bite you.

The common belief that dogs are color blind is false. Dogs can see color but it is not as vivid a color scheme as we see. It is much like our vision at twilight.

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"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does."
- Christopher Morley
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"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals."
- Mahatma Ghandi

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Dogs are not born knowing the words Sit, Down, Stand and if you shout the command louder and louder sixteen times ...... the dog will still not know what it means - they must be shown the action repetively to be able to associate the word with the action.

Train your dog from day one, so she will think of you as the leader of the pack (the "Alpha" Dog). Dogs instinctively want to earn the pack leader's approval, so if you establish your Alpha Dog status from the beginning, training your dog will be much easier than if you have to fight him for dominance. Training your dog can be both rewarding and fun.

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Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not sweat by salivating. They sweat through the pads of their feet.

Lassie was played by several male dogs, despite the female name, because male collies were thought to look better on camera. The main "actor" was named Pal.

The theobromine in chocolate that stimulates the cardiac and nervous systems is too much for dogs, especially smaller pups. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and can even be lethal. Onions can also be lethal to dogs.

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"If you can't decide between a Shepherd, a Setter or a Poodle, get them all ... adopt a mutt!"

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"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
- Ben Williams
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A male dog urinates with one leg up to better mark his territory. The scent of a previous stain can tell a dog many things, including size and health. The size of the dog is judged by the height of the stain - the higher the stain the bigger the dog. Little dogs with big egos have been known to almost flip themselves upside down in order to mark themselves as a big dog.

A dogs ear is very sensitive, full of sensory nerves that help to preserve hearing. NEVER blow into a dogs ear, even gently can hurt a dog. It's not the actual act of wind, but the frequency at which you blow. It's like running your fingers on a blackboard, amplified hundreds of times.


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.

Puppies usually need to go to the toilet soon after they have been fed or watered. Take them outside until they have gone to the toilet, then praise them lavishly. NEVER punish a puppy for accidents - it won't stop accidents happening, but will make your pup fearful and prone to hiding when they need to go to the toilet.

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Dear Dogs and Cats,

*The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note: placing your paw print in the middle of my plate/food is not staking a claim for it to become your food and dish - nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing.

*The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me won't help because I fall faster than you can run.

*I cannot buy anything larger than a king-sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep.
It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other, stretched out to the fullest extent possible. (I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm).

*There is no secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I actually beat you there and get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob, or get your paw under the edge and try to pull
the door open. I must exit through the same door that I entered. I have been using the bathroom for years--canine or feline attendance is not mandatory.

*The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough!

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*To pacify you, my dear pets, I have posted the following message on our front door:

Items for Non-Pet Owners Who Visit and Complain About Our Pets:

1. They live here. You don't.
2. If you don't want hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. (That's why they call it "fur"niture .)
3. I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.
4. To you, they are animals. To me, he/she is an adopted son/daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours, and doesn't speak too clearly.



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