Tuesday, 17 January 2012 15:22
This month we feature the Poodle, identified by AKC registration statistics as one of the most popular breeds. While often noted for its stylish and carefully groomed appearance, the Poodle is also one of the most intelligent of dog breeds.
According to the American Kennel Club, the Poodle originated in Germany as a water retriever, also used for truffle hunting. The style of grooming we associate with the Poodle was actually designed by hunters to help the dogs swim through the water more efficiently. As a result, Poodles are skilled in agility, obedience, and other dog sports.
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 00:00
Barking is natural; however, when it becomes disruptive and excessive, it can become a problem for you and those around you. There are many reasons that dogs bark: they feel isolated and want attention, they feel threatened, lack of physical or mental stimulus, and many more. The following tips can help prevent your dog from becoming a problem barker.
Most importantly, you must be clear in communicating to your dog that barking is an unacceptable behavior. If you yell back to your dog or give in to his demand (for example, letting him back inside or out of his crate) you may actually be reinforcing the barking. Keep in mind that there could be several different triggers prompting your dog to bark, hence there may not be a ‘one size fits all solution.’
Thursday, 29 December 2011 00:00
When you bring a new puppy into your family, it’s only natural that you will want to protect his health and also protect yourself from the financial costs associated unexpected accidents, injury or illness. There are several options of pet insurance plans out there for this very reason that can help bring you peace of mind.
What You Can Expect from a Pet Insurance Plan
Pet insurance typically includes deductibles, co-pays and policy limits just like health insurance for people. Plans may include treatment options including reimbursement for spaying or neutering your dog, vaccinations, tests and more. Depending on the level of coverage you desire, you can get protection for your pet for accidents or in some cases, pre-existing conditions.
Friday, 23 December 2011 00:00
We’ve all heard the stories about the long-lasting rivalry between the dog and the mail man. Whether it’s your neighbor, the mailman or a stranger, here are some tips for ensuring that you can trust your dog to behave next time you cross paths with another person.
Just one dog bite can cause injury, a lawsuit or worse. Most stories we hear about involving dogs becoming aggressive or biting are on account of the animal feeling threatened or scared. For example, a dog may feel anxious or afraid when a child or stranger reaches out to pet them.
Sunday, 18 December 2011 00:00
The German Shepherd dog was ranked as the 2nd most popular breed of 2010 according to American Kennel Club Registration Statistics. Recognized for its famed role as the world’s leading police, guard and military dog, this breed is also a loving companion and a fast learner.
The name of this breed also reveals some insight into its past. According to the AKC, the German Shepherd originated in Germany and was not exhibited in America until 1907. The breed’s cameo in movies such as Rin-Tin-Tin and Strongheart attributed to the sudden popularity of the German Shepherd.
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