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Expert Advice: News Do Dogs Really Dislike Hugs?
Bad news for people who love to hug their dog. While some canines, especially those trained as therapy dogs, can tolerate this interaction, in general, dogs do not enjoy it. Dogs rely on body language as a method of communication with humans and each other. Putting a limb over another dog is a way of […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/do-dogs-really-dislike-hugs/ | April 27, 2016
Expert Advice: News A Finnish Spitz Shows He Has the Heart Of A Therapy Dog
The distinctive traits of the Finnish Spitz are what make them good hunting dogs—and also outstanding therapy dogs. The Finnish Spitz is an insanely curious breed. They want to know everything. Each has his or her own way of finding out. Some are pushy and intrusive. Others are so subtle you’d think they’d rather be […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/finnish-spitz-has-heart-of-a-therapy-dog/ | April 26, 2016
Expert Advice: News Dachshund Dazzles As Therapy Dog With Flair
This Oscar is no grouch. The 6-year-old Dachshund volunteers with his owner Robin Douglas as a therapy dog at several locations in Wisconsin. But in addition to his typical duties, snuggling with residents at Agrace Hospice Care, for instance, or visiting with students from a local college, he has a special gimmick—wearing festive costumes. Oscar […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/oscar-the-dachsie-dazzles/ | March 31, 2016
Expert Advice: Cute & Funny 7 English Setters Who Are Truly The Gentlemen Of The Dog World
Truly the "gentleman of the dog world," the English Setter is distinguished by his speckled (belton) coat, a mellow, affectionate nature, and his active bird dog traits: a keen nose, prey drive, and energy. Aside from loving you and yours to pieces, all he needs is lots of vigorous exercise, time spent with his people, […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/7-english-setters-who-are-truly-the-gentlemen-of-the-dog-world/ | March 23, 2016
Expert Advice: Cute & Funny Chesapeake Bay Retriever Scores A Perfect 10 In And Out Of Water
The state dog of Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever was developed as a tough water dog and a hunting partner. With his distinctive coat -- a wavy outer coat and an woolly, oily undercoat, he revels in working the rugged, sometimes icy conditions of the Chesapeake Bay. But you don't have to be a hunter […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/chesapeake-bay-retriever-scores-a-perfect-10-in-and-out-of-water/ | March 22, 2016
Expert Advice: Cute & Funny The Vizsla Puts the “V” in Versatile
The Vizsla was developed in Hungary centuries ago as both a versatile hunting dog and a devoted companion, and the breed today retains those combined qualities. Vizslas typically love to do things with their owners, and they’re curious and interested in all kinds of activities. Vizslas are athletic and exuberant. (Bob Holmes/AKC Photo Contest) With […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/the-vizsla-puts-the-v-in-versatile/ | December 28, 2015
Expert Advice: Cute & Funny 6 Reasons Why Pomeranians Are Totally Unforgettable
These bright energetic dogs got their name from their place of origin, a province now located in Germany. The name Pomerania means "land by the sea." Although tiny, with an ideal weight somewhere between three and seven pounds, according to the breed standard, this member of the Toy Group is actually related to heavier sled […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/6-reasons-why-pomeranians-are-totally-unforgettable/ | December 24, 2015
Expert Advice: Did You Know? The Bichon Frise, History’s Sociable Survivor
The adorable Bichon Frise (BEE-shon Free-ZAY) is among the canine kingdom’s great survivors, relying on charm and intelligence to weather history’s ups and downs. Bichons Frises have withstood world wars, revolutions, and the fall of empires by eagerly adapting to whatever challenge fate has sent their way. Here are four snapshot looks at the roles […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/the-bichon-frise-historys-sociable-survivor/ | December 17, 2015
Expert Advice: Did You Know? 7 Reasons Why The Keeshond Totally Owns The Nickname The Smiling Dutchman
Stone Age fossils suggest that spitz-type dogs resembling today's Keeshond co-existed with cavemen back as far as 5000 B.C. Images of dogs just like them appear on everything from ancient Greek wine jugs to the Great Seal of Amsterdam. Today, they are the national dog of the Netherlands. Historians have different opinions of how the […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/7-reasons-why-keeshond-owns-nickname/ | December 3, 2015
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Expert Advice: News Kicker the Golden Retriever: One Therapy Dog’s Legacy
Jo Anne Fusco has been involved with the American Kennel Club for as long as she can remember. As an owner of AKC registered Golden Retrievers, Jo Anne became a Canine Good Citizenevaluator and began working with a therapy dog group. She was instrumental in starting the Doggy Daze program at St. Jude's Children Hospital, which helps to relieve […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/kicker-the-therapy-dogs-legacy/ | November 18, 2015

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