Getting A Dog

Are you ready for a dog? Welcoming a new dog or puppy into your home is a big step for any family. Find everything you need to know about selecting the perfect dog for your lifestyle and collect tips and tools to welcome and care for your new four-legged friend. Whether you choose to adopt a dog or find a breeder, discover all the information you need to help make your new addition a smooth transition.

Prepare yourself with our new-dog checklist, uncover new products and ideas for making a dog-friendly home, learn about your dog's behavior and even get ideas for dog and puppy names. Find care, nutrition and training tips for your dog through every life stage, from welcoming home a puppy to nurturing an older dog.

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Getting a Dog

Ready for a Dog

Ready for a Dog

Thinking about adding a dog, but not sure if you are ready? Learn about selecting a dog or puppy and choosing a breed to fit your lifestyle. Read expert advice on preparing your family and your home for your new dog.

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Learn About Breed-Specific Needs

Learn About Breed-Specific Needs

Explore more than 200 dog breed profiles to learn about favorite breeds or discover new ones. Will your next best friend be the popular Beagle or the rare Bergamesco? Learn about personality, history, size, exercise needs, grooming and more to find the perfect dog for you.

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Find a Breeder Near You

Find a Breeder Near You

Our dog breeders will teach you about the dog breed you are considering and will help you determine whether this breed is a good choice for you and your family. Check out our extensive database of breeders in your local area.

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What Dog is Perfect for You?

Large? Small? Active? Laid-back?

Use our Dream Dog Selector to find your match!

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Living with Dogs

Living with Dogs

Everything you need to know about living with dogs, from keeping a dog-friendly home and yard, to travel and fashion. Find the best dog trends.

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Dogs and Puppies

Dogs and Puppies

Care for your dog through all his life stages with expert articles on dog and puppy health, nutrition, dog food, grooming, socialization, training and more.

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New Dog Check List

New Dog Check List

Bringing home a new dog? Shop wisely and save money while picking out these must-have items for welcoming home your new pooch.

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Adopting a Dog

Adopting a Dog

Get expert advice on selecting and bringing home your adopted dog. Read heart-warming adoption success stories and connect with other dog lovers in our forum who have or are considering adopting a dog.

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Purebred Rescue

Purebred Rescue

Popular breeds such as German Shepherds, Labradors, Chihuahuas and many other purebred dogs can end up in shelters or rescue groups for a variety of reasons. Learn about opening your heart to an adopted dog.

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Dog Names

Dog Names

Looking for a perfect dog name? See the most popular dog names for mixed, purebred and celebrity dogs. Learn the meanings of popular dog names and get great ideas for naming your puppy or adopted dog.

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Dog Behavior Center

Behavior Center

Many dog training issues start out innocent, but it's important to recognize problem behaviors before they become serious. Learn to identify and solve the most common dog training and behavior concerns.

BEHAVIOR CENTER

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Click the first letter of the breed name (D for Dachshund, for example)

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