Best of Dog Basic Care

Best of Dog Basic Care

  • Book Giveaway! Win a Free Copy of The Total Dog Manual From

      Whether you’re an experienced dog owner or a first time adopter,’s Total Dog Manual has everything you need to know (and more!) to start you and your new friend off on the right paw – and now you can score your copy for free! We’re giving away a copy for each of the [...]

  • A free gift for new puppy parents!

    Puppies can be a popular holiday item! While of course we support adopting a puppy from a local rescue or shelter, even if you or someone you know is buying a puppy from a breeder or pet store, we want to help those puppies stay happily in their new families too. The Puppy Manual is [...]

  • How to give a dog a bath

    Giving a dog a bath can be fun – or a challenge! You might not expect it, but even the most untrained dogs will often be really good when you give them a bath. Dogs can understand you’re helping them get clean, and most appreciate it! If you are an experienced dog bather, you might [...]

  • The Puppy Manual from

    Getting ready to adopt a new puppy?’s “The Puppy Manual” is not a complete guide to raising a puppy – there are entire books devoted to that topic! However it is a super-helpful and concise 21 pages covering the basics, to help you prepare for the arrival and first few months with your new [...]

  • How to trim your dog’s nails

    Knowing how to cut or grind down your dog’s nails is an important skill for any dog owner… or knowing your can afford to take your dog to a groomer or vet to have them trimmed every four to six weeks! I’m sure I inherited part of my fear of clipping a dog’s nails from [...]

  • Dog Basic Care

    Here are some articles about basic dog and puppy care to help you care for your dog or puppy! Top Reasons to Spay or Neuter your Dog The Puppy Manual from Puppy Basics – tips for a good start How to Raise a Friendly Puppy How to Crate Train your Puppy or Dog Introducing [...]

  • Introducing Your Dog to the Crate! (Video)

    Using a crate (small safe place) to have your dog remain while you are gone should only be done to protect your dog, or for a dog who gets very nervous when left alone.  Confinement to a crate should NEVER be used as punishment.  A nervous dog should love being in their safe small place. [...]

  • How to keep a dog off kitchen counters

    Sometimes as a new puppy grows up, they suddenly reach a size where they realize if they stand on their back legs, they can help themselves to those delicious-smelling things you put on the counter for them! Of course you don’t really leave it there for them, but for a puppy or dog to understand [...]

  • Pay Attention to What You Want – Not What You Don’t!

    Too often, we pay attention to our pets when they’re exhibiting the behavior we don’t want them to do.  It’s important to keep in mind that any time you look at, talk to, or touch your pet — meaning any time you pay attention! — you are reinforcing the behavior they’re participating in at that [...]

  • Teach your dog not to jump up on people

    It’s natural for a puppy to jump up on other dogs to say hi, and some dogs might be trying to make themselves taller than another dog to show a higher status in the social pack. Dogs may jump on people either as a friendly greeting, or when trying to establish dominance too. Many people [...]

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