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Tips to Stop a Dog from Chewing on Shoes

We allowed our dog to chew on an old pair of shoes as a puppy, because it was so cute. But now she’s a year old, and she chews on any shoes she finds — most recently, an expensive pair of dress shoes. We get mad when she does this, but we know it’s because we allowed it early on. Can we stop her shoe-chewing habit, or are we doomed to live with it forever? The golden rule of raising a puppy is simple: Don’t allow behaviors in puppyhood that you wouldn’t want from a full-grown dog. Anything a puppy practices in her formative weeks and months is likely to be a habit by the time she’s an adult. As you’ve learned, a behavior that’s cute in a puppy, like slipper chewing, can be less appealing — i

The Dish on Doodle Dogs: Setting the Record Straight on Allergies, Personalities and More

Seems like every time I turn around, I see a Labradoodle or Goldendoodle prancing down the street or walking into the veterinary clinic. The two hybrids — one a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle, the other a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle -- are among the most popular of the many “designer dogs” created with the goal of reducing allergic responses to dogs or simply to provide a dog who’s just a little different from all the others. I’ve also heard of Aussiedoodles (Australian Shepherd and Poodle), Borderdoodles (Border Collie and Poodle) and CaDoodles (Collie and Poodle). No doubt there are other similar crosses. The search for a unique (and nonshedding) dog is n

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