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Expert Advice: Feature ​This Young Pug is a Crowd Pleaser — No Matter What the Number(s)
  Shari and Kevin Curran have a very busy lifestyle in rural Texas, but somehow a charismatic Pug, named Lionel, has managed to become the centerpiece of their lives. The couple, who live on 80 acres in Canton, Texas, 60 miles east of Dallas, own horses, miniature horses, a pot-bellied pig, alpaca goats, chickens, and, […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/young-pug-crowd-pleaser/ | May 31, 2017
Expert Advice: Studies ​Dogs May Have Social Skills Similar to Toddlers, Study Shows
  It’s possible the key to understanding social intelligence in humans might be sniffing his own butt at this moment. New research conducted by scientists at the University of Arizona found that dogs have similar social skills to two-year-old children. The researchers, who published their findings in Animal Behavior, examined the ability of dogs (including […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/dogs-social-skills-study-shows/ | May 31, 2017
Expert Advice: Did You Know? 7 Reasons Sheltie Owners Think Their Dogs Are the Best in the World
Dog owners are a devoted lot, often completely taken by a specific breed. And owners of the Shetland Sheepdog have plenty of reasons to sing the praises of this breed. Having a Sheltie is like having a best friend who's good at everything! Fans of the breed are sure to recognize these Sheltie traits. 1. […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/reasons-sheltie-owners-think-their-dogs-the-best/ | May 1, 2017
Expert Advice: Did You Know? 10 Dog Breeds You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
Did you know that there are 190 dog breeds registered by the AKC? While many of them are familiar faces, there are several breeds that most people have never seen before, or even heard of. Some are newly registered, and some are just less common in the United States. Here are some facts about a […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/10-dog-breeds-probably-never-heard-of/ | April 28, 2017
Expert Advice: Advanced Training A Therapy Dog Is Not a Service Dog
Many people use the terms “therapy dog” and “service dog” interchangeably, but there are major differences between the two jobs. A service dog helps individuals perform tasks they cannot do for themselves because of a disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act governs the use of service dogs in public places. A service dog will often […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/a-therapy-dog-is-not-a-service-dog/ | April 13, 2017
Expert Advice: Feature When It Comes to Doggy Dynamics, Sizzle Is Your Ultimate Prototype
Make no mistake about it, dog sport competitors are no different than finely tuned human athletes. These dogs long to get in the ring and give it their best, while performing in concert with their handlers. In the process, doggy dynamics are accented with plenty of psychological gymnastics. If ever there was a prototype for […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/sizzle-doggy-dynamics/ | April 4, 2017
Expert Advice: Did You Know? Fun Facts About the Top 10 AKC Breeds
Ever year, the AKC announces the list of most popular dog breeds. The Labrador Retriever has been top of the list for three years in a row, followed in 2016 by the German Shepherd Dog and Golden Retriever. While America obviously knows and loves these dogs, let's see how much YOU really know. Have you […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/top-ten-breeds-2016/ | March 20, 2017
Expert Advice: Advanced Training So You Want to Have a Therapy Dog? (Part Two)
So now you are ready for the next step after puppyhood for a potential future therapy dog. A great place to start in preparing your dog for therapy work is to take an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) class. Some therapy dog organizations require a dog to obtain a CGC certificate as a prerequisite for […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/therapy-dog-part-2/ | March 17, 2017
Expert Advice: Did You Know? The Charming , Funny, and Lovable Havanese Is Impossible to Resist
It’s a cold heart, indeed, that can resist a Havanese. Even if you prefer large dogs, working dogs, or no dogs at all, this bundle of charm can turn you into a fan. What’s so winning about this toy breed?   1. Just look at him! That silky coat, arched tail, and soulful brown eyes […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/6-reasons-to-love-the-havanese/ | March 14, 2017
Expert Advice: Advanced Training So You Want to Have a Therapy Dog? (Part One)
Therapy dog service is very rewarding for the owners and dogs and the recipients of the unconditional puppy love. Not every dog is cut out to become a certified therapy dog, but there is a lot you can do to start working towards that goal, even with a young puppy. It is never too early […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/therapy-dog-training-tips/ | February 22, 2017

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