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Neutering News

Neutering (both castration and spaying) is one of those subjects that can be very divisive among dog owners. And when a friend mentioned that he and his wife were thinking about neutering their Bulmastiff , or as he put “making that visit to the vet where they go in as a man and come out […]

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Love, Science and Your Dog

At this time of year we often think of love. Do you ever wonder why you love your dog so much? Although you may enchanted by his winsome ways, let’s look at what science says aboput the subject. If you are reading this, then I am probably bloggin’ to the choir. Most of us recognize […]

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Quick Tip: How To Use Gooey Treats For Training

An important component when you are training your dog, is the immediate and timely rewarding of good behavior. With some dogs this is simply a scratch behind the ears, a toss of the ball or a few kind words.  But for the majority, when training NEW behaviors, the reward must be of a higher value.  […]

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The Ticklish Issue of Dominance

There are many trainers who base their dog training methods on a mistaken interpretation of some research done in the 60’s involving captive grey wolves, dominance and “the pack.“ These beliefs have become so entrenched in popular culture that while getting to know a new client I make it a point to find out where […]

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Made In The USA – Meet the Chinook

The Chinook is a newly recognized, rare and fascinating breed, bringing the total number of AKC recognized breeds to 177. The story of this breed is touching and historic and is one of the truly American breeds.* In 1896 a young man named Arthur Walden left his job on a New Hampshire farm for the […]

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New Ways To Exercise Your Dog

Find The Balance Between Mental and Physical Stimulation Does your dog have a weight problem? Is he the perfect weight…but just too short? Canine obesity is rampant. And losing weight by exercising regularly is one of the most popular and frequently broken New Year’s resolutions, so this year I am aiming low. I hereby resolve to meet […]

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Favorite Dog Story of 2012

 One of my favorite dog stories of the year made my short list because of the brouhaha that it caused and the attention it drew to the communication  between species as well as the courage and integrity of those involved. The story began with the incredible rescue by a fireman of the dog Max, who […]

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Pet Friendly Domestic Violence Shelters

While reading a touching story about a program that helped  an elderly hospitalized woman have visits from her beloved litle dog, I discovered  another aspect of that same program. The Florida Keys SPCA’s “Faith Program” also assists people who are victims of domestic abuse and are in need of a temporary shelter for their pet. Victims of […]

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New Hope for Dogs with Spinal Injuries Using Nose Cells

Researchers at Cambridge University have created quite a stir using nose cells to treat spinal injuries in dogs. There are, sadly, several breeds that have higher incidences of spinal problems than others. These are typically the longer-backed dogs like Dachshunds and Bassets, and the giant breeds but there are other breeds as well. These breeds in […]

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Book Review: Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You To Know by Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson

It is a rare combination. Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You To Know is both entertaining and educational. The subtitle – “11 courageous canines TELL ALL” – is the sensational teaser and is a pretty good indication of what this book is all about. Written in the first person (or maybe first dog) these brief […]

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