Have You Heard of Your Dog’s Friend?

In: Dog Behavior, Dog Training

If not, you will soon. When the organization asks people how they heard about its programs, the answer is most often “word of mouth”. Then, they express relief at having found a group that exists solely to support them and that uses only positive methods. Your Dog’s Friend is a non-profit organization established to deal with three issues: 1. When dog owners bring home their new dogs, they often have no idea what to do or where to turn with questions and ...

Young Children and Dogs!

In: Dog Behavior, Dog Training

The majority of children love dogs. Most parents obtain a dog for their child. The  desire is that the dog spends time and loves the children. It’s not impossible for dogs to love children. The challenge is many young children are unable to determine the difference from a living dog and an inanimate object. First rule is; Never leave a young child unattended around your dog. This is for the safety of the child and the dog. Children like to; poke, hug, ...

Mine Detection Dogs

In: Dog Training

The detection of mines with Dogs is the most critical element of an effective and cost-efficient mine clearance operation. In many post-conflict societies, mined areas are a major obstacle preventing the return of refugees and the re-use of land for civilian purposes. Mines have an enormous negative social and economic impact. The removal of mines is a slow and dangerous process. Land mines can be made from both metallic as well as non-metallic materials, meaning that metal detectors are often of ...

To Collar or Not to Collar

In: Dog Behavior, Dog Training

Once was the time when all thoughtful, well-meaning, caring dog owners understood the reasons why putting a collar on their dog just made good sense.  After all, there weren’t so many choices then.  You chose to put a leather buckle collar on your dog and hung tags that gave name and maybe an address, showed proof of a rabies vaccination and maybe proof of your having paid a county dog tax.  You chose to put a choke chain on your ...

War Dogs

In: Dog Training

War Dogs are dogs that help fight war. Dogs have been fighting alongside their human companion for many years. Since 9/11 the use of canines in combat has increased. As warfare has progress, so have the purposes of these dogs. Today, Military Working Dogs are serving with U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. These military dogs are  highly trained, invaluable assets in the war on terror, detecting enemy and all sorts of explosives. The dog’s keen sense of smell and ...

Cancer Sniffing Dogs!!

In: Dog Training

Scientists’ interest in dogs as cancer detectors began a dozen years ago with a case report that a household pet appeared to sniff out its owners’ melanoma. Another woman claims her dog became obsessed with her right breast, leading to the discovery of a cancerous lump. The evidence just keeps mounting that ordinary household dogs can be trained to use their noses to detect various kinds of cancer with near- perfect accuracy. Researchers at Schillerhoehe Hospital in Germany trained four dogs ...

From Service Dog to SURFice Dog

In: Dog Training

Ricochet is a dog that can surf. Originally trained to be a service dog, the golden retriever was not well-suited to the role as she kept rushing off to chase birds. Her owner Judy Fridono took her to a beach near her home in Del Mar, California, and Ricochet took to the waves. Instead of giving up on her, Judy focused on what she could do. They started on a body board in a paddling pool, and from that it ...

Down Rex, Down!

In: Dog Training

Why Dogs Jump on people! Probably one of the most frustrating behaviors dog owners experience is the inability to stop their dog from jumping when greeting visitors. We first have to understand why dogs jump… Most people do not realize throughout their dogs life someone, somewhere has inadvertently “trained” their dog to jump, the reality is this  behavior is likely to have started when the dog was a young puppy, and the behavior was  encouraged into adulthood. When a young puppy starts out, ...

What Kind Of Show Dog Is Your Dog?

In: Dog Training

“But I don’t want a show dog.I just want a dog that…” Here you get to fill in the blank. High on the list of things wanted are dogs who come when called, walk without pulling, keep their feet on the floor rather than on an incoming guest and refrain from chewing up the favorite pair of shoes. Most people these days think of dogs parading around in a large circle with a human trotting along beside them as what a dog ...

House Breaking Your Puppy

In: Dog Training, Responisble Pet Ownership

ust about everyone will agree that puppies are cute. Even most mature pups, as old as 12 months, can be considered cute. But, we all have the same fear. When will the cute puppy soil our carpet or floors? How do we let our wonderful pets free in our house without them soiling the carpet? There is a simple remedy that most dogs can tolerate but it requires consistency. The first ...

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