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The Dog Crate . . . Canine Chamber of Torture?

IMG_20151104_103619421-2For every dog-related problem that a crate could solve, there is a dog owner somewhere refusing to use one.

“It’s cruel to lock dogs up like that,” you hear. “They should be free.”

Free to trash your house? To gnaw on furniture, carpeting, shoes? To do their business wherever the urge strikes them? To annoy house guests?

These are people …

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How to Give a Puppy for Christmas

There is nothing more adorable than a puppy sitting under the Christmas tree (if you can get him to stay) with a jaunty bow around his neck (if you can get him to ignore it), nestled among the gaily-wrapped presents (if you can get him to leave them alone).

There is nothing worse for the puppy.

The Christmas puppy is …

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What Is a Shelter Dog?

imagesShelter dogs are often portrayed on social media and in TV ads as sweet, vulnerable, scared and loveable . . . traits guaranteed to draw you in and make you inclined to adopt one. But they don’t give you the other side of the story. Here’s what else you need to know.

Recently I visited a website that listed every …

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The Pet Supplies Store Halloween Scam

file4511240703908As evidenced by a recent TV commercial, one big chain has launched The Great Pet Supplies Store Halloween Scam. And it’s been unleashed on YOU.

Have you seen it yet? A young girl in holiday costume is accompanied by a dog also decked out in trick-or-treat attire.

She rings a doorbell. A woman answers, gives the dog a treat, and …

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“Free to a Good Home”

free to a good home puppy inageThe concept of “Free to a Good Home” is problematic for people—not to mention dogs—at either end of this type of transaction.

Where the Dog Has Come From

Dogs advertised as “free to a good home” are often the product of an accidental breeding. This means that the owner of the female did not expect a litter and was not …

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Better than Spaying or Neutering

For years, we’ve heard about how important it is to spay and neuter to help control the population explosion of dogs–especially those for which there are no homes. Many owners of females (properly called bitches) don’t want to deal with the doggy version of the Yellow Brick Road . . . the drops-of-blood trails, wherever the bitch has been, twice …

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The Smartest Dog Breeds

I got a call from my veterinarian one Friday morning. “I need Tikka for the weekend.”


“I am testing a new, state-of-the-art kennel run for the back room of the hospital. I want to make sure it’s escape-proof, and I know that if any dog can open the latch, she can.”

I dropped her off at closing time, nine …

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The New Mixed-Breed Dogs

I thought I’d heard it all. First we had the little-dog mixes: Cockapoos, Pekeapoos and the like. Then the so-called designer breeds–Labrador Retriever/Poodle and Golden Retriever/Poodle–came along. One of the latest breeds to be tapped for this craze is my beloved Siberian—which I had for over forty years. The Siberian Husky is being crossed with other breeds such as the …

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Shaving Your Dog’s Coat


There are several different types of textures on dog’s fur, but in a general breakdown there are two coat types; single coated and double coated. A single coat means that there is only a top (or over) coat that grows all over the body with no different undercoat. Breeds such as Shih …

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