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Expert Advice: News Healing the bodies and broken hearts of the pets displaced by Katrina: A volunteer’s story
On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina wreaking havoc in the southeastern United States, Seattle Times journalist Ranny Green reflects on his time in Louisiana on assignment with Noah's Wish, an organization that helps animals affected by natural disasters. Read Ranny's diary of his trip below, which originally ran in The Seattle Times in 2005. -- […] | August 27, 2015
Expert Advice: Puppy Training Early Puppy Training Is an Important Foundation
Every holiday season, our family gathers for a celebration between Christmas and New Year. Several of our young grandchildren are between the ages of 5 and 8. In wintertime in Western Pennsylvania, a fire is often started in the fireplace during the late afternoon or evening hours. The young ones ask how a fire is […] | July 31, 2015
Expert Advice: Conformation Starting a Breeding Program: Karen Staudt-Cartabona, Majenkir Borzoi
Adapted from a story originally published in the June 2011 AKC Gazette:After nearly a half-century in Borzoi, the best advice I can offer is to proceed slowly. When you begin to breed dogs, your first show dog will represent the ideal in your mind. That dog morphs in memory to near perfection in the years […] | July 29, 2015
Expert Advice: Lifestyle How to Find a Quality Golden Retriever Puppy
  Finding a quality Golden Retriever puppy can be a daunting task. Experienced Golden owners will agree on the two most important elements in searching for a pup: a reputable breeder, and a quality pedigree. Good breeders understand the importance of pedigree. They select their breeding stock using dogs with parents, grandparents, and other ancestors who […] | July 24, 2015
Expert Advice: Fun With Your Dog Tips for Starting a Jogging Program with your Dog
AKC GoodDog! Helpline trainer Hilarie Erb provides tips for starting a jogging program with your dog. It is important to do this safely and provide the proper training before you take off running! If you are a runner and think that your dog would be the ideal running partner, you may be right. However, there […] | July 22, 2015
Expert Advice: Basic Training Play with your Dog! It is a Great Reward and Motivator
Training Tip from the AKC GoodDog! HelplineIt may seem that play has little to do with training. But the majority of dogs love to play, and you can use anything your dog loves to your advantage in your training program. Play can be used as a reward and also a motivation to enjoy working with […] | July 20, 2015
Expert Advice: News Unbelievable! You Can’t Imagine What Was Inside These Dogs
Tiki, a black Labrador Retriever, has taken her stand in the never-ending controversy over what kind of food will dogs find most appetizing. Raw meat? Bones? Home-cooked meals or kibble? It’s none of the above, according to Tiki, as veterinarians from Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital, in Mars, Pennsylvania, discovered during a two-hour operation. Her vomiting, […] | July 14, 2015
Expert Advice: Feature Louis Murr: The Tsar of Spring Valley
After much coaxing from a friend, a Greenwich Village antiques dealer reluctantly agreed to attend the Westminster Kennel Club show. If on that cold day in 1920 the antiques dealer had been more adamant or the friend less persuasive, a great career in dogs might never have been. “It was my first show and I […] | July 7, 2015
Expert Advice: Training for Dog Sports Tracking Work Can Help Build Your Dog’s Confidence
Starting to teach tracking skills at an early age can be a great way to build a puppy’s confidence, since he or she is in charge when it comes to finding a scent. While I’ve watched how puppies enjoy tracking and grow in confidence as they realize they’re essential to this new game, I had never […] | July 2, 2015
Expert Advice: Common Conditions How to Keep Your Pug from Overheating
As with other “brachycephalic” breeds, precaution must be taken to ensure your Pug doesn’t become overheated. But first, let’s define what  brachycephalic means, and which breeds fit this description. In layman’s terms, it refers to those breeds with a flat and wide skull shape, giving the dog a flat-faced appearance. Other breeds in this category […] | June 24, 2015

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