Choosing a Name for Your Dog

Dog Names What’s in a name? Turns out, there can be a lot significance to the name you choose for your dog. There was a time when dog names were separate from human names; Rover, Fido, and Rex ruled. Nowadays ‘people’ names lead the pack. Olive, Annabelle, Lucy, and Leo...
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How to Choose a Puppy

If you are thinking about welcoming a new puppy to your family, consider that this is a commitment for fifteen or more years and therefore deserves careful consideration. Start the process with the ABC’s in mind: Ask for Assistance: Enlist the support of a professional dog trainer, veterinarian, or...
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What is a Working Dog?

Anyone who is passionate about helping dogs live long, happy and healthy lives would say that all dogs should have some sort of job. Giving a dog a job they enjoy can help to prevent an almost endless list of potential behavior issues (such as excessive barking, inappropriate chewing...
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The Dalmatian: Beyond Dogs101

One of the great things about Animal Planet’s hit show Dogs101 is that it will hopefully help people considering a purebred dog to understand how carefully they should research the breeds they are most interested in. Choosing a dog is a long term commitment (hopefully at least 15 years)....
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Breed Profile: The Boykin Spaniel

I am a big fan of traveling for many reasons, not the least of which is that it provides me an opportunity to meet dogs from all over the world. While New Yorkers may be a bit jaded about the fact that we have just about every breed and...
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Choosing a Dog: Test Drive

Once you have narrowed down your search and are meeting some individual dogs for consideration, you would be well-advised to take each dog for a ‘test drive’ to find out a number of important things before you invite him into your home: 1. The first item on the agenda...
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Choosing a Dog: Research, Research, and More Research

So, you have decided to welcome a dog into your heart and home? How wonderful! Keeping in mind that there are hundreds of breeds of dogs to choose from as well as innumerable mixed breeds, your choice can be a wee bit perplexing. No doubt, your decision will be...
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Stereotypes and Generalizations of the Pit Bull

Generalizations are a tricky business. On the one hand, they are necessary in order for us to more easily understand our complex world. On the other hand, by definition, generalizations don’t provide detailed information, nor are they always accurate. When it comes to dogs, people seem to be wildly...
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