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Expert Advice: News Prison Break? Calling Most Famous Canine Detective Nick Carter
Bloodhounds were brought out to aid in the hunt for the two convicted killers who broke out of Dannemora state prison. For at least a century and a half, the breed has played a major role in law enforcement. Name a high-profile fugitive, and there’s likely to have been a Bloodhound on his trail. Perhaps […] | June 11, 2015
Expert Advice: Advanced Training Unleash the Wonder Dog in Your Living Room
That’s right! Big or small, shaggy or sleek, fast or slow, every dog has the makings of a hero. That’s the message from Jennifer Arnold, founder and executive director of Canine Assistants, an organization that trains service dogs. Arnold was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 16 and had trouble obtaining a four-footed helper because the […] | May 20, 2015
Expert Advice: Events AKC Mascot Bailey the Beagle, Canine Good Citizen
Mascots need manners, too, even though it may not seem that way given how some of them (looking at you, Cincinnati Bearcat) cut up on the field. But when you are representing an organization dedicated to all things good about dogs, it’s important that you be a model of perfect behavior. That’s why in 2009, […] | May 19, 2015
Expert Advice: Common Behavior Issues To Prevent Bites, Some Dogs Need Extra Space
Like people, some dogs don’t like strangers getting too close. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the dog is mean, aggressive, or dangerous. He is just not the kind of dog who will happily accept petting from groups of strange children or adults, or is at ease with other dogs. He may be sick, recovering from […] | May 18, 2015
Expert Advice: Senior Dog Health What To Do When Your Old Dog Forgets Her House Training
Since Maggie entered into the phase of life known as senior, thoughts that I never dreamed I’d have keep floating through my mind, thoughts like: * I love my sponge mop, so, so much. * The world is a better place because of the existence of seven-foot-long, washable, waterproof hospital pads. * Whoever it was […] | May 15, 2015
Expert Advice: Basic Training One Word That Will Make You a Great Dog Trainer
Freddy, the Bichon Frise, was in fine form that Saturday at his weekly agility class, flying over jumps, king of the mountain on the A frame, and fearlessly diving into tunnels. It was all cause for celebration, but you wouldn’t have known that from the look of his owner. She moved grimly, silently, except to […] | May 14, 2015
Expert Advice: Feature Guide Dog Started Saving People Before He Was House Trained
Merrick, a 4-year-old black Labrador Retriever, works as guide dog for a blind man. But his career as a savior started when he was just a tiny pup. Lorraine Trapani, the volunteer puppy raiser who took 11-week-old Merrick under her wing in 2011, says that this tiny bundle of black hair, high spirits, and energy […] | May 14, 2015
Expert Advice: Did You Know? Ten Surprising Truths About Life With Dogs
1. That cookie you’re eating? The one I’m staring at like I’m about to die of starvation? Here’s a secret. I really don’t need it, and it might be bad for me. Tummy upset is the least of the problems. You could be starting me on a lifelong begging habit, which is really obnoxious and makes […] | February 13, 2015
Expert Advice: News See One Man Swim With a Dozen Retrievers
It was quite a sight when a dog lover in Thailand exercised his Golden Retrievers, taking all 12 of them for a swim at the same time. Looking more like a school of dolphins than a pack of dogs, the paddling pooches follow the man as he swims in a circle and around a wooden […] | January 1, 2015
Expert Advice: News FDA Rules to Reduce the Risk of Salmonella Infection In Dogs
The FDA's Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network is conducting a massive study to gauge the risk of infection, to pets or humans, from contaminated pet foods. Preliminary results show that very few animals, less than 100 out of the nearly 3,000 tested positive for bacterial infection. Just half of those showed any signs of […] | January 1, 2015

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