The Basis for Better Behaved Dogs

It’s hard to believe that our dear Irish setter Coral, is now 8 years old.  To us she is still our little baby puppy.  Coral is without a doubt one of the easiest dogs to live with we’ve ever had.  Just the polar opposite of our most recent Dalmatian, Ashley, that we wrote about frequently…

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Breed Identification – Unintended Consequences

How do you know what breed – or mix of breeds your dog is?  We know our dog Coral is an Irish setter because we purchased her from someone who we know has been breeding Irish setters for over 20 years.  Not only does Coral look like an Irish setter (one who is bred for…

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What’s Wrong With Dog Shaming

  By now you’ve probably seen the “shaming” pictures of dogs on the internet with hand-written signs about the “bad” things the dogs have done.  These include peeing on the owner’s leg at obedience class, slamming against the bedroom door to wake the owner up, eating feces or TV remote controls, and more.  We’ve included…

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Cats Working With Rats To Find Landmines?

No doubt you have heard about dogs that have been trained to find landmines.  There are millions of live mines all over the world, placed in the last 70 years during wars, insurrections and even by criminals such as drug dealers. Dogs have proven to be very successful at helping to locate landmines that can…

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Guidelines and Ideas for Responsible Pet Ownership

    Everyone talks about responsible pet ownership but just exactly what that consists of isn’t very clear. It means different things to different people.  Now, two very influential organizations, The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC), have created guidelines for responsible pet ownership that make this idea more concrete. These guidelines…

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