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A puppy needs 3 to 4 meals a day

Dairy products can make your dog sick

On average dogs live to between 12 - 14 years of age

Tail sniffing for dogs is like shaking hands for people

Dogs-Care Guide

Scientific name: Canis familiaris

Size: XS, S, M, L, XL!! Dogs range in size from tiny four-pound tea cup poodles to Irish wolfhounds, the tallest dogs at almost three feet high.

Lifespan: As a rule, smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger ones.

The all - Australian mixed breed pooch has a lifespan of about 12 to 14 years.

Colors/varieties: There are more than 400 breeds of dogs- Butthe most popular pooches of all are non-pedigree--that includes shaggy dogs, dogs with hairy ears, dogs with all-white socks dogs with fulffy tails and everything in between.

Ever wondered where the first dog came from? Experts say that dogs were domesticated, or bred to be friendly to humans, between 12,000 and 25,000 years ago--and that all dogs evolved from the wolf.

Where can you get a pet? The best dogs are available for adoption at your local shelter.

A puppy may seem 100% fun, but before selecting one. Will someone make sure he's housebroken, teach him basic obedience commands, feed him four meals a day plus maketime for play, play, play? Adult dogs can be just as cool, are already housebroken and are seasoned pros when it comes to walking on a leash.

Your dog may not speak your language, but he does have a way of showing you how he is feeling. When he wants to play, he may crouch on his front legsand wag his tail. He may howl when he is lonely or growl when he is angry. If you hear him Growl, leave him alone. Like everybody else, dogs need time out!

Be sure your dog wears a collar with an identification tag that has your family's address and phone number.

CHOW TIME

Your dog is an omnivore, and needs a diet of meat and veggies to stay healthy.

It is a good rule to feed your adult dog once a day. For some larger dogs you could feed two smaller meals a day. If you have a puppy the guidelines are:

  • 8 to 12 weeks: 4 meals a day
  • 3 to six months: 3 meals a day
  • 6 months to one year: 2 meals a day

No No's for your dog

  • chocolate
  • milk
  • raw bones

Zzzzz... Make sure your dog has a special pooch-sized bed or blanket. When he is fast asleep don't wake him suddenly.