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Barking, whining, escaping, destructive behavior or, in severe />cases, self-mutilation can be your dog's way of expressing />anxiety over your absence.Difficulty:Moderately
ChallengingInstructions Things You'll Need
Dog Bones
Dog
Dishes
Dog Leashes
Dog Toys
Dog Treats
class="error">Consult your veterinarian to get a correct diagnosis of
separation anxiety. Your veterinarian will help you with treatment or
refer you to an animal behaviorist who can prescribe effective drug
therapies to alleviate your dog's anxieties.
Practice leaving your
dog alone for short periods of time. Pick up your keys and leave for 1
minute.
Gradually increase the
All dogs are required to be licensed. Licensing helps the recovery of
lost or stray animals and helps protect the public from rabies, since
licensed dogs must have proof of
vaccination.Difficulty:EasyInstructions Things You'll
Need
Vaccinations
Dog Carriers
Dog Collars
Dog
Leashes
Dog Tags
Dog License
Veterinarian
class="error">Have your dog vaccinated for rabies. Your veterinarian
will let you know when your puppy is ready for this
inoculation.
Contact your local animal-control agency for licensing
information.
Take proof of vaccination to the appropriate
animal-control agency'typically, the local humane society if you live
within city limits.
Prep
Prepare yourself and your home so that your new dog can quickly become
comfortable in his new abode.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions
Things You'll Need
Dog Beds
Dog Bones
Dog Collars
Dog
Dishes
Dog Food
Dog Leashes
Dog Toys
Dog
Treats
Doghouses And Doors
Pet Doors
Pet Crates
class="error">Collect supplies for your new puppy or dog: a
comfortable bed or crate, dog food and treats, food and water dishes,
toys, a collar, a leash and an identification tag.
Dog-proof your
home. Check and repair any damaged fencing, gates, doors, windows or
screens. Place poisons out of reach, remembering to check behind the
fridge for small objects or forgott
By evaluating the dog's breed and background as well as your home and
lifestyle, you can assure your family of a fun and loving
companion.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll
Need
Dog Beds
Dog Collars
Dog Dishes
Dog Food
Dog
Leashes
Dog Shampoo
Dog Treats

Consult a
veterinarian, who can provide useful advice on a breed's behavior and
temperament as well as potential medical problems. A vet's opinion is
apt to be less biased than that of a breeder, who is trying to sell a
particular breed.
Consider your daily routine. Are you or someone
else home often enough to care for a dog? If not, consider adopting a
more independent pet,

Nonverbal communication is key when directing a horse. Here's how to
be convincing while in the saddle.Difficulty:Moderately
EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Horses
English
Saddle
Western Saddles
Horse Halters
Horse
Reins
Horseshoes

Gather up the reins, taking up
excess slack, while walking the horse in a fenced area.
Turn the
horse's head slightly toward the fence, and use your outside leg to
push its rear away from the fence.
Shift your weight forward and to
the inside, keeping your inside leg close to the horse's side.
Move
your outside leg behind the girth, squeeze or give a light kick, and
loosen the reins slightly so as not to je

Rather than looking like a large horseback bobble-head, follow these
instructions for a smooth ride through the
countryside.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll
Need
Horses
Horse Reins
Riding Boots
Riding
Helmets
Saddle Pads
Saddles

Shorten your
reins; take up the slack, but don't hold too tight.
Squeeze your
calves against the horse's sides and/or tap lightly with your
heels.
Simultaneously push your hips forward.
Keep your hands
steady and bring them back to their normal position after the horse
begins trotting.
Sit tall and relaxed, and follow the motion of the
horse with your hips.
Glance down at the outside shou

Tacking a horse includes grooming and putting on the riding equipment.
Do it right and both you and the horse will be happier during your
ride.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You'll Need
Hoof
Picks
Sponges
Currycombs
Bridles
Dandy
Brushes
Equestrian Body Brushes
Horse Halters
Horse
Reins
Saddle Pads
Saddles

GroomingApproach
the horse from the left side.
If the horse doesn't have a halter
on, put one on.
Move your hand down the horse's left front leg and
gently squeeze the back of the fetlock. Pick up the horse's hoof so
that you're looking at the bottom of it.
Using a hoof pick, clean
out the dirt in the hoof with a dow


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