Author: Dr. Shruti Bhattacharya

Getting home a puppy and providing it with food and water is not the end of your responsibilities. As a dog guardian, you are also responsible for bringing up a well-rounded, well-behaved puppy and conduct puppy socialization. I have discussed the importance of socializing your puppy in my previous blog post. Puppy socialization is not rocket science. You must teach your puppy how to interact with other dogs, animal companions, strangers, house guests, and people on the streets. There are many simple ways to easily turn socialization into a fun and amazing experience for you and your puppy. In this…

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When you bring a puppy home, you obtain a source of unconditional love, fun, and companionship. However, this is not all you get when you bring a puppy in. You also bring in a hoard of responsibilities that you, as a dog guardian, are supposed to carry out. You may be rethinking your decision if you have heard stories of dogs going into aggressive mode, ripping up shoes and furniture, destroying houses, and showing signs of separation anxiety. Fear not. All of these problems have one root cause. The absence of training and puppy socialization. This is the problem that…

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In my previous article, I discussed what are the hound dog breeds, their personality traits, exercise requirements, quirks etcetera. In this article, I will be discussing the classification of the hound dog breeds. What is the hound dog breed? Most of the dogs belonging to the hound dog breed share one common ancestral trait. They were all used for the purpose of hunting. The hound dogs either use their acute sense of smell or their amazing sight to track down their prey. The reason people find it hard to identify whether a dog belongs to the hound dog breed or…

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Let’s do a deep dive into hound dog breeds. This group comprises of dogs ranging from giants to dainty ones with certain specific characters. Let’s understand why they make such amazing family members. From the miniature Beagle to the majestic Afghan hound, the hound dog breeds have successfully stolen the hearts of humans for many generations. If you are thinking of bringing a hound dog home, you need to know certain things to find out if you are ready for such a breed. In this article, I will be covering everything pertaining to the hound dog breeds in detail. By…

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When I say dog breeds, what comes to mind? Are you thinking about Golden retrievers, German Shepherds, Labradors, Rottweilers, Newfoundlands, Great Danes, etc? No. Unfortunately, in this case, I am talking about dog breed groups. Dog breed groups are broad categories that may have several different dog breeds as its part. Why do you need to understand dog breed group? If you are planning to take your dog to any dog contest, you will have to mention which dog breed group your dog falls under. In most dog championships, dogs are first grouped according to their breed group and then…

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Congratulations! You have brought home a new Labrador puppy. You are feeling like a proud parent and your heart is bursting with love. “How can something be so damn durable?”, is a question you keep asking yourself day in and out. You promise yourself to be the best dog parent and ensure that your puppy is always happy, and healthy. You took the pup to a vet for a general checkup. The bags of dog food are ready. You’ve brought your puppy amazing toys. You have also played with your puppy to the point that the Labrador puppy is tired…

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If you are a dog guardian or if you simply are a dog lover, you must have heard of the breed Labrador. Labrador or Labrador retrievers as is their full name are the most popular dog breed as per the American Kennel Club. They have been holding this position since the year 1991. This is one breed that has stood the test of time and is famous worldwide. Whether it is Instagram reels or on the road, you will be hard pressed not to find a Labrador retriever. Are you planning to get a Labrador retriever for yourself or your…

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Whether you are a first-time dog guardian or you’ve had dogs before, you must have heard of clicker training at some point. Clicker training is a training method that makes the use of rewards and sounds to train the dog. In recent years, clicker training has become an imperative part of the dog training process. If you send your puppy to puppy school or if you have visited a dog training session, you must have noticed the trainers using clickers to train the dogs. What is clicker training exactly? Can clicker training be effective in training your dog as well?…

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There must have been times when you just looked at your dog and wondered, ‘what is going on in that little head of his?’ If this thought has passed through your mind before, you are not alone. In this article, I will address the most common dog behaviors that may have plagued you so far. Every dog comes with their own unique set of personalities and quirky behavior. You may not be well-versed with the doggy language, but you do need to understand how to interpret your dog’s behavior. This can provide you an insight into understanding the inner workings…

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If you scour the Internet, you will get bombarded with information about how you can and should train your dog. You can start the training process with simple commands like sit, stay, come and go to the more advanced ones like agility training courses, etc. However, there are many mistakes that dog guardians and dog trainers commit during the training process. Most of these mistakes occur unintentionally and are very common. However, these missteps can have a huge impact on whether your dog training efforts are successful or are going to waste. I have compiled the most common dog training…

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