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Expert Advice: Did You Know? The Mysterious Kerry Blue Terrier—Leprechaun of the Dog World
If a leprechaun decided to disguise himself as a dog, chances are he would choose the Kerry Blue Terrier. Like the leprechaun, these joyful, full-of-life, and mischievous dogs are from Ireland, and it’s often said their hearts are sprinkled with Irish humor. The Kerry Blue Terrier is known as the Irish Blue Terrier in its […] | September 1, 2016
Expert Advice: Common Behavior Issues What Is Aggression? Reactivity vs. Aggression
Aggression is one of the most common reasons pet owners seek professional help. But what really is aggression? Aggression is typically viewed as any threat to harm an individual, whether this individual is human or another animal. There are many different forms of aggression, and it is important to determine the cause in order to […] | August 30, 2016
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Expert Advice: Government Relations Foreign Rescue Dogs Breed Health Concerns, Undermine Adoptions
  This article was originally published on While the zika virus poses worrisome human health concerns, another potential health problem is brewing that threatens both humans and domesticated animals --the importing of foreign dogs for adoption. Many people are unaware that the U.S. has become something of a favored nation for countries looking to […] | August 30, 2016
Expert Advice: Fun With Your Dog How to Unleash Your Dog’s Super Sense of Smell
To say that dogs are super smellers is an understatement. Whether it’s the ground during a walk, another dog during a meet-and-greet, or your friend when she walks into your house, chances are your dog leads with his nose to get information he can’t get with his eyes alone. That’s because your dog’s sense of […] | August 9, 2016
Expert Advice: Common Behavior Issues How to Deal with Leash Aggression
Like a case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the leash-aggressive dog is calm, cool, and downright polite when walking among people or around dogs off-leash. But hook on a leash, and he lunges, barks, and snaps at the sight of another dog. Has this scenario reduced you to mapping out walks where you know […] | August 9, 2016
Expert Advice: Puppy Training How to Establish a Routine and Boundaries With Your Puppy
Puppies present a variety of challenges as they develop. First, they’re sweet babies, following us around, looking to us for every cue. Then, just when you think you’ve got a handle on house-training, basic obedience commands, and confidence building (in both of you), baby teeth and brains seem to go right out the window, simultaneously. […] | August 9, 2016
Expert Advice: Did You Know? Questions To Ask Your Potential Breeder
Getting a puppy is a big decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. When you're looking for a dog, you want to make sure you get the right one for you—and that starts by talking to a responsible breeder. But how do you find a responsible breeder? Try AKC Marketplace and have this list of questions […] | August 9, 2016
Expert Advice: Puppy Training ​Is it Safe to Let Puppies Play Rough?
I got a new puppy and am constantly being told not to let him do things he likes to do, like tussle with other puppies, play tug-of-war, eat treats, and jump on the furniture. Is this true? I don’t want him to get hurt, but he needs to enjoy life! Puppies roughhoused long before they […] | August 5, 2016
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Expert Advice: Puppy Health How Much Do Puppies Sleep?
Although puppies may seem like little bundles of energy, in fact, they sleep 15-20 hours a day. One minute your puppy may be a miniature tornado, and the next he's fallen soundly asleep, almost mid-activity. Sleep is essential to healthy growth: during sleep his central nervous system, brain, immune system, and muscles are developing. All […] | July 28, 2016
Expert Advice: Studies How Dogs Help Children With Autism
No one has to convince Linda Hickey of the incredible effect dogs can have on children with autism. She's seen it first-hand with her son Jonny and his dog Xena the Warrior Puppy. Xena, a pit bull, had been abused and neglected, and barely survived before being taken in by an animal welfare organization and later brought home with […] | July 21, 2016

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