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Expert Advice: Did You Know? 6 Dog Breeds That Require a Lot of Grooming, But Are Totally Worth It
Owning a dog is a huge commitment, but is arguably one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have in your life. While there are a lot of decisions to make when it comes to choosing the right dog for you, you might find you’ll have to make some compromises. Temperament, exercise requirements, and level […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/dog-breeds-that-require-a-lot-of-grooming/ | May 2, 2015
Expert Advice: Did You Know? Service, Emotional Support, PTSD, Therapy Dogs: What’s the Difference?
Three calls from last week went like this:"Where can I buy a vest so I can take my dog places?" (And by "places," she meant anywhere she wanted.) "I want my dog to be a therapy dog so he can fly on the plane with me when I go on trips." I started explaining the differences […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/service-emotional-support-ptsd-therapy-difference/ | April 30, 2015
Expert Advice: Government Relations Issue Analysis: Why Breed-Specific Legislation Doesn’t Work
We have all heard the heartbreaking stories: A child brutally attacked by a dog. A beloved family pet or a farmer’s livestock killed or injured by a stray dog. Such stories are far too common, and everyone agrees our communities must be protected from dangerous animals. When faced with this dilemma, many public officials […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/issue-analysis-breed-specific-legislation/ | April 7, 2015
Expert Advice: News Dogs Teach Empathy, Prevent Bullying to At-Risk Youth in NYC Schools
For many at-risk youth in New York City, violence and crime is an inescapable fact of life. But Audrey Hendler is hoping to change that, with the help of about 25 four-legged teaching assistants. In 2010, Hendler launched A Fair Shake for Youth, a program that brings therapy dogs into middle schools in under-served communities […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/dog-prevent-bullying-in-schools/ | March 16, 2015
Expert Advice: Did You Know? Do Dogs Like Hugs?
Dogs, really do not like hugs. While some dogs, especially those trained as therapy dogs, can tolerate it, in general, dogs do not enjoy this interaction. 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 exerting dominance and can be […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/do-dogs-like-hugs/ | January 20, 2015
Expert Advice: Advanced Training 3 Steps to Making Your Dog A Therapy Dog
Ever read about therapy dogs offering just the right touch to an elderly individual or someone in need of comfort and think "my dog can do that?" Well, good news: He can! Here's how: 1. Basic Training: The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Test All therapy dogs need to be under control and have basic training. […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/3-steps-to-making-your-dog-a-therapy-dog/ | September 9, 2014
Expert Advice: Did You Know? Is One of These Irish Breeds Right For You?
What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than to open your heart and home to a Celtic canine. Imagine strolling the cobbled streets of Galway with your Wheaten Terrier or spending a quiet evening with your Irish Setter in front of a roaring fire at your farmhouse in Ballymacarbry. Well, you might not be […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/is-one-of-these-irish-breeds-right-for-you/ | August 7, 2014
Expert Advice: Basic Training 5 Things You’re Doing to Annoy Your Dog
Of course, they love us unconditionally, and they express it every day, with tail wags, leaps of joy, licks and cuddles. But, be honest, don’t you ever notice another kind of expression? A sidelong glance, narrowed lids, a distinct pucker to the lips? Yes, it’s true. Your fuzzy little love muffin is giving you the […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/5-things-youre-doing-to-annoy-your-dog/ | July 25, 2014
Expert Advice: News AKC Therapy Dog Program Offers New Titles to Achieve
In an effort to honor the thousands of therapy dog teams that make a difference in the lives of others daily, the AKC has added four new titles to its popular AKC Therapy DogTM program. In addition to the AKC Therapy Dog (ThD) title (awarded after 50 visits), the AKC now offers: AKC Therapy Dog Novice (ThDN) […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/akc-therapy-dog-program-offers-new-titles-to-achieve/ | May 13, 2014
Expert Advice: News Gracie’s Legacy
Gracie, dog rescued from Michael Vick’s fighting ring, dies She was just a funny-looking little bow-legged black pit bull, but her legacy will be huge. Gracie, who died Monday in her home in Midlothian, Virginia, was one of the 51 dogs seized in the 2007 raid on NFL star Michael Vick’s Bad Newz dogfighting […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/gracies-legacy/ | December 11, 2013