24 | Get real, then get a puppy: ‘Cute and fluffy’ doesn’t last forever
Take the time to assess the costs, commitments, and your lifestyle, before making a decision.
28 | What puppies need: 8 essentials for your new best friend
Puppy supplies can get pricey, with food, veterinary costs, leashes, bowls, beds, and toys all required in the first month. Use our guide to shop wisely and make careful selections.
32 | Puppy training secrets: Make life easier by actively controlling your dog’s environment
We’ll teach you how to effectively manage your dog’s behavior by being in charge of the stuff he wants, such as treats and toys.
36 | Healthy start: Your puppy’s well-being depends of preventive care
To provide the best protection against future health problems, you’ll need to take your pup to the vet as soon as you get him. Follow our list to ensure he receives all the care he needs.
40 | Safety net: Does health insurance make sense for your dog?
Weighing your dog’s healthcare needs against the cost of pet insurance and the coverage restrictions will help you make an informed decision.
44 | Did you say ‘Puggle?’
Pug-Beagle hybrids heat up with help from celebrities like Jake Gyllenhaal, Julianne Moore, and James Gandolfini. We investigate the hype behind this new trend in designer dogs.
46 | Airedale Terrier: Personality powerhouse
Bold and playful, the Airedale thrives on attention and challenging activity. He needs an involved and active owner to keep him busy and prevent his cleverness from turning into mischief.
52 | American Bulldog: Lean on me
This bully breed is a strong and intuitive companion who will be your loyal guardian with proper training and socialization.
56 | English Toy Spaniel: Noble Mini
Devoted to his family, the English Toy Spaniel loves to be showered with affection, and his small size makes him an ideal dog for city dwellers.
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