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July 24, 2017

How to Volunteer With Your Dog

  You know that great feeling you get whenever you volunteer your time, talent, energy, or money to a worthwhile cause. Why not enhance the experience by getting your dog involved, too? (S)he can’t understand the abstract concept of givin


July 23, 2017

Top 10 Herding Dogs – Part 2


Part 1 of this series profiled the tenth through sixth top Herding breeds. Part 2 profiles the top five.


July 22, 2017

Top 10 Herding Dogs – Part 1


Of the seven breed groups recognized by the American Kennel Club – Sporting, Non-sporting, Hound, Terrier, Toy, Working, and Herding – the Herding Group is the newest. In 1983 the AKC split out the Working dogs bred for herding and placed


July 20, 2017

Five Tips for a Positive Potty Training Experience


  Whether you bring home a young puppy, middle-aged dog, or senior dog, your new companion will most likely need to learn new or break old habits and take a little time to adjust to their new environment.  Potty training is a commonly need


July 19, 2017

Dog Harness or Collar: Select the Best Option


Whether you are heading out for a leisure walk or a brisk run, it is important that your dog is properly secured. Over the years there have been quite a few developments in proper training and walking apparatuses, and collars and harnesses have risen


July 17, 2017

Top 5 Smartest Dog Breeds


  When you’re looking for a puppy, what kind of dog do you want him to grow up to be? A laid back, take life as it comes, “whatever” kind of dude who will laze around the house and not require a lot of attention? Or a sharp as


July 14, 2017

Meet the Standard Poodle


  Most people think that Poodles are foo-foo dogs who expect to be pampered and live a life of ease. Nothing could be further from the truth. These highly intelligent dogs originally were bred for water retrieving. The elaborate hairdos they we


July 11, 2017

Understanding Dog Aggression


An aggressive dog approaches you. He may bark or woof threateningly. He may bare his teeth and growl. His tail probably is up. Are you in danger? Is he inherently vicious? Will he attack you? Should you run? Should you yell for help?


July 5, 2017

Leash Training 101: Tips for Training Your Dog to Behave on His Leash


  Raising a new puppy is hard work. From house training them to teaching them what is and is not okay to chew on, and from getting them to stay in the yard without supervision to teaching them to sit, kneel and fetch, it’s no wonder that


July 1, 2017

Introducing the Miniature American Shepherd


  Miniature American Shepherds (MAS) are an American breed and one of the newest breeds in existence, having originated in California in the 1960s. They only gained official recognition by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2015 and made their n


June 29, 2017

What is Agility?


Agility is the fastest growing dog sport in America. These wildly noisy competitions (a/k/a trials) are full of dogs racing against the clock around a course filled with obstacles like hurdles, tire jumps, tunnels, see-saws, weave poles, A frames, do


June 18, 2017

What is a Service Dog?


In our busy lives filled with work, family, and friends, we would do well to take a few moments every now and then to think about the dogs who daily do so much for us, often at the risk of their own lives. There are many kinds of service dogs, each o


May 21, 2017

How to Survive Puppy Teething


  Who doesn’t love puppies? These adorable little furballs always bring a smile to your face. They also can bring blood to your fingers, wrists and toes with their razor-sharp teeth! Neither your skin nor anything in your house is safe fo

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