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MSNA Food Routine to Last a Lifetime

A dog’s nutritional needs change as he goes from puppy hood into the next life stage. Fortunately, pet food companies cater to these various growth and life changes by making age-related and breed-specific foods. This takes the guesswork out of providing your pal with the correct dietary needs to help him stay fit and healthy.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

TV Goes to the Dogs

Does your dog bark when he sees dogs or other animals on the TV screen? Does he run to the back of your TV set sniffing madly to see where they went? When a doorbell rings during a movie, does he rush excitedly to your front door to see who’s there? When you go out, do you turn on Animal Planet to keep him company? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are not alone!

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

How to Become a Foster Parent

Fostering a dog or a litter of pups so that they can eventually be adopted by a loving family is a very rewarding job. You’re helping to shape their future in their permanent home.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

Introducing a Second Dog

If you’re thinking about bringing a second dog into your home, it’s important to consider whether a newcomer will get along with your resident pet. It is not common, as many pet owners mistakenly expect, that two dogs living in the same household develop an instant friendship. Still, there is a lot you can do to ensure that your two dogs become good pals.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

Dinner is Served

Most dogs look forward to mealtimes with such great enthusiasm, they don’t even pause to consider how it’s being presented. However, these days, if you are politically correct, you will no longer serve your dog his prescription diet or favorite can of chicken and rice in a mere bowl. He will have his own dinnerware, possibly even a dining table. And you can choose from some piping hot designs guaranteed to serve him in style, earning you two paws up.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

Party with Your Puppy

Recently, I received my first invitation to a doggy birthday party. It came by mail in a bright yellow envelope and said, “Come to a dog-gone good party!” It was from Daisy Fuentes, an adopted yellow Labrador, who was celebrating her first birthday by inviting some of her doggy friends over for an afternoon of fun and games.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

Digging in the Dirt with Your Dog

Having a dog doesn’t have to spell “The End” to your carefully landscaped garden oasis. Sure, your dog may try to transform your backyard into a backlot for a Dogs Gone Wild video, tearing paths through the lush lawn, dotting it with yellow pee patches, destroying herbaceous borders, trampling floral accents and chomping shrubs like chewies. But you can stop the mayhem. By simply putting a few ground rules in place and incorporating some basic dog-friendly design features, your garden can be a place where both you and your pet can co-exist peacefully and enjoy together.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

Toys and Playtime with Your Dog

You want to be your dog’s best friend? Make sure her toy box is well stocked with a variety of fun gadgets for both indoor and outdoor games and some interactive playthings to keep her amused when she is home alone.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.

 

Apartment Living with Your Dog

One sure sign that a downtown neighborhood is becoming a fashionable place to live—more than just a commercial district—is the number of dogs out and about on the sidewalks. Today, many apartment buildings and individual landlords are developing increasingly lenient pet policies to attract more dog owners to these newly gentrified urban areas.

Originally published in DogCentral on MSN.