Bailey: Letting Go

Bailey

It is very hard to let go after eight years of loving someone. I never thought of a dog having a stroke, but Bailey was always full of surprises.


10 Reasons to NOT Get a Dog

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Puppies are cute. Puppies grow up. Some grown dogs are not cute. After the puppy breath is gone, the bad breath remains as does the slobber and the dog farts. Dogs are not embarrassed by their "imperfections". Adult dogs think they are as cute as any puppy.

Creature Feature: Halloween Safety for Pets

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Halloween is now the United States' second most popular holiday, after Christmas, but like many holidays, it can be a high-stress time for our pets.

» Loud noises from firecrackers to screams and shouts fill the evening air.
» Strangers and seldom-seen friends ring our doorbells and knock on our doors.
» Costumed friends and family look and smell different to our pets. Even our children's identities are hidden beneath masks and costumes as they return home with enticing bags of "something" that is hands off to our pets.


Before You Adopt A Dog

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Before you begin searching for a dog to adopt, do a little "soul searching". Start by taking an inventory of your life style.


Puppy Potty Training

Bailey

Airedale's are notorious for being independent-minded. While our Bailey was no exception to the rule, he was actually very easy to potty train.
When we saw him squat, we quick took him outside . Those times we didn't catch him, we cleaned it up and disposed of it as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened. Our rationale was that any attention would be reinforcement of the behavior. It seemed to work. Within a very few days, we had no more accidents either way.

Dog Training: You're Doing It!

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You know more about dog training than you think you do.
Training a dog is not rocket science. How and where you live with your dog dictates the amount of training he needs. A great deal of training is done unconsciously. In fact, if your dog knows any of the following, it is due to training:


The Truth About Low Maintenance Dogs

Low Maintenance Dogs

If you frequent pet-centered forums, you've probably seen at least one question inquiring about which breeds of dogs are low-maintenance. I've come to the conclusion that these questioners mistakenly think that getting a dog is like deciding between Android vs. iPhone.


Too Many Strays —Too Soft a Heart

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Country life was the cat's meow—. Really! It was everything we expected and a lot we didn't expect. Day to day, we never knew who we would find at the end of our driveway, on our doorstep, or even tied to a tree. During the years we lived in the country, there was a steady stream of tail chasers and tail waggers that were dependent on the softness of our hearts.


Doggy Discipline

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Training a dog isn't something you do and are done with. Training a dog lasts for as long as you keep it up and are consistent in the results you expect. It takes constant reinforcement and repetition. You train your dog to sit and every time you give the command and he does, you are training. What is most important is that you continue to reward your dog whether you use an "atta boy", a treat, or a pat.

A Bite Out of Shock Collars

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Some people call them "Bark Collars" but, barking collars don't bark and aren't only used to stop dogs from barking. They are shock collars. Their sole purpose is not to train but to punish undesirable behavior with pain.