Ready. Set. Let’s Go! Long Live Dogs

We all know that owning a dog has multiple health benefits, but two new studies suggest that dog ownership can actually help you live longer after a heart attack or stroke.  The studies mentioned above published in the journal “Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.”  People…

Getting To Know You – Black Russian Terrier

The Black Russian Terrier Club of America describes the breed as “a calm, confident, and courageous dog with a self-assurance which sometimes is rather aloof towards strangers.  They are highly intelligent and extremely reliable.  They were bred to guard and protect. BRTs require human contact and are not…

Show Me The Love – Smarty Pants

Do you ever get home after one of those days, hoping to just relax, find a kind ear and vent?  If you said yes, you’re not alone, we all have those days.  And, if you have a dog, you might be tempted to vent about…

Getting To Know You – Black and Tan Coonhound

According to the Animal Planet website, “the Black and Tan Coonhound was the original First Dog – George Washington had several of these puppies.  Early American colonial settlers valued the Black and Tan Coonhound’s ability to track a “cold” scent or the trail of a…

Ready. Set. Let’s Go! What’s Up – Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of giving your dog feedback while training him. I had a lot to say, so I thought making it a two-part blog would allow it to sink in better.  I was talking about the importance…

Ready. Set. Let’s Go! What’s Up?

Now that I have a new puppy, I am brushing up on important training tips.  Perhaps one of the most important ones is that, when training, you must always give feedback. Consider your own life experiences when you were learning a new skill, such as…

Getting To Know You – Bichon Frise

When I started researching Bichon Frises in order to write about them, I was impressed by the description on the American Kennel Club website:   “This is a breed that has no gross or incapacitating exaggerations and therefore, there is no inherent reason for lack of…

Getting To Know You – Bernese Mountain Dog

According to the American Kennel Club, the Bernese Mountain Dog is “big, powerful, and built for hard work”, it is “also strikingly beautiful and blessed with a sweet, affectionate nature. Berners are generally placid but are always up for a romp with the owner, whom…

Show Me The Love! – Should I Stay or Should I Go?

There’s nothing more frustrating than asking your dog to stay, only to have him decide to get up five seconds later, without being released.  Many times, the cause of this is merely confusion.  Your dog may not understand the difference between a brief “wait” and…

Getting To Know You – Bergamasco

According to the Bergamasco Sheepdog Club of America (BSCA), “the Bergamasco Sheepdog is an ancient shepherding breed which traces its origins [date] back thousands of years. Believed to have originated in Persia (in the area that is now Iran), hardy, vigorous shepherding dogs worked with…

Ready. Set. Let’s Go! – Countdown

At the agility trial this weekend, I observed people asking their dog repeatedly to do something.  “Sit, sit, sit, sit, Murphy, sit!”  I understand that sometimes you have to ask your dog more than once to do something, especially when in a highly stimulating environment…

Volunteer Opportunities for All Animal Lovers

By Dr. Chris Carpenter of Vet Set Go There are a variety of ways animal lovers can help animals and rescue programs in need. In fact, there are volunteer opportunities available all around the world. For those wondering how to get involved, check out the suggestions…