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Expert Advice: How to... Why Register Your Dog with the AKC?
Why register your dog with the AKC? It’s a question many people ask when they are bringing home a new puppy or grown dog. With the exception of those who have firmly set their sights on the conformation show ring and breeding the next generation of champions, the benefits of registration may not be obvious. […] | March 7, 2019
Expert Advice: Natural Foods Are Grapes Bad for Dogs?
Can dogs eat grapes? The answer (and this goes for raisins, too, which are just dried grapes) is easy: No. Grapes and raisins are known to be highly toxic to dogs, though research has yet to pinpoint exactly which substance in the fruit causes this reaction. Because of that, peeled or seedless grapes should also be […] | May 17, 2018
Expert Advice: Did You Know? Chow Chow Time: 10 Facts About a Fascinating Breed
With his dramatic coat, reserved personality, lion-like head, and alert expression, the Chow Chow never fails to attract admiration and attention. Did You know… Back to that blue-black tongue: The only two AKC registered breeds who have this uniquely colored tongue are the Chow and the Chinese Shar-Pei. Their personality is said to be “cat-like” […] | January 12, 2017
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Expert Advice: Puppy Health Puppy Feeding Fundamentals
Walk down the dog food aisle of any large pet-supply store, or peruse the shelves at a boutique pet-food shop, and you can quickly become overwhelmed. This is especially true for puppy owners, and probably even more so for first-time puppy owners. When did it get so complicated? Back in the day, dog food options […] | June 16, 2016
Expert Advice: Did You Know? Can Dogs See in the Dark?
Dog owners are endlessly fascinated by the many abilities their extraordinary companions possess. We also like to compare them to ourselves: the difference between canine and human scenting ability, or dog years to human years, for example. How well dogs see in the dark, and what they see, is one of those topics dog lovers […] | May 19, 2016
Expert Advice: General Health House Calls, Mobile Apps Help Quell Anxiety For Dogs Going To The Vet
It’s a pitiful sight. Your dog’s tail is squeezed between his legs, he’s straining against his leash like he’s being pulled over a cliff, his eyes are pleading up at you: “Pleeease don’t make me go to the vet’s office!” Dogs who dread going to the veterinarian have an uncanny way of sensing when it’s […] | February 10, 2016
Expert Advice: Studies Study Shows Dogs Can Tell the Difference Between Happy And Angry Faces
Whenever a new study comes out proving that dogs are exquisitely attuned to our emotions and highly skilled at reading our body language, the general reaction of dog owners is, “well, of course! Everyone knows that.” People who live with and love dogs may believe in a dogs' sensitivity to human emotion, but scientific research […] | January 18, 2016
Expert Advice: News A Tracker Dog Named Killer is a Lifesaver for Rhinos. Now He’s Also a Gold Medal Winner.
Given the lifesaving work he does, his name seems ironic. "Killer" is a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois who works in South Africa's Kruger National Park tracking and apprehending armed (and very dangerous) rhino poachers operating in this massive 7,500 sq. mile park. With his handler, Amos Mzimba, Killer's success rate is astonishing: Over the last four […] | January 13, 2016
Expert Advice: News Italian Town Requires Silent Fireworks To Prevent Scaring Pets
Fireworks are a universal symbol of celebration. Crowds eagerly gather to take in the dramatic spectacle of the explosion of color that fills the sky, and the inevitable boom and noise that go with it. Unfortunately, many pets have a very different reaction. With their sensitive hearing and lack of understanding about what’s actually going […] | January 11, 2016
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Expert Advice: News After Patient Becomes Too Ill To Care For Beloved Dog, A Nurse Steps In To Help In An Incredible Way
John took his Border Collie, Rasta, everywhere. Including that night when everything changed. When Charlotte, North Carolina, police saw a car swerving, they sounded their sirens and pulled it over. At first it seemed like a drunk driver. They quickly realized the man needed medical attention. The admitting staff at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center […] | December 30, 2015

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