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Puppy 101: The First 30 Days with a New Puppy

Fact checked by Dr. Antoinette Martin, DVM The first month with a new puppy can be an incredibly challenging period of time. While it can be somewhat stressful, it should also be an exciting and fun time for you and your family! The key to taking any new pet home is to be as prepared as possible ahead of time. Our Hello Ralphie online veterinarians have put together a summary of everything you should expect during the first 30 days with a new puppy. Stop stressing and focus on making your home as welcoming as possible for your new furry
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How Much Chocolate Can Kill a Dog?

Fact checked by Dr. Antoinette Martin, DVM While most people find the taste of chocolate irresistible, chocolate consumption happens to be very dangerous for dogs. In severe cases, chocolate ingestion can even be fatal for your canine pet. The risks associated with chocolate poisoning depend on a variety of factors. The type of chocolate, whether dark, milk or white chocolate, is an important factor, as is the quantity of chocolate consumed and the size and bodyweight of the dog. In some cases, chocolate is mixed with or used to cover other ingredients that can also pose a serious health risk
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Why is My Dog Panting and Restless?

Fact checked by Dr. Antoinette Martin, DVM Dogs pant and become restless for many reasons. In some cases, the behavior change can be triggered by pain, as dogs experiencing any pain or discomfort will often become agitated, restless, and pant more frequently than before the issue started. With that said, pain is not the only cause of excessive panting and restlessness. As dog parents, it is important to pick up on these cues about your dog’s health and know when to reach out for help. How Can We Help? One of the quickest and easiest ways to get to the
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How to Teach a Dog to Shake

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian After your dog has learned the basic commands, like sit, lay down, and stay, you can move towards more advanced tricks, like teaching your dog how to shake your hand or give a paw, as it is sometimes known, comes into play. Not only is the shake command a fun and satisfying trick, but it can also be really helpful when it comes time to clean your dog’s muddy paws or even trim nails. If you would like to teach your dog how to shake, we can help! We will start by
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How to Teach a Dog to Roll Over

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian After teaching a dog how to sit, stay, and lay down on command, the next movement most dog owners want to teach their furry friend is how to roll over. Even though it looks like a fairly complicated trick, roll over is a simple movement and command. If you are looking to teach your dog this cute and fun trick, we can help. We will explain when you should begin training your dog to roll over and go over some things you should keep in mind before you get started. From there,
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When Does a Dog Stop Growing?

Fact checked by a Hello Ralphie expert veterinarian One of the first things you will hear new dog owners mention about their recently acquired puppy is how quickly it is growing. It seems like one day your puppy is a cute little ball of fur, and the next day it has grown into an adult dog. If you are wondering when your dog will stop growing, you are not alone. Veterinarians find that growth-related questions are some of the most commonly asked during puppy checkups and vaccine appointments. If you have any specific questions about your puppy’s health, make a