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…

Getting To Know You – Bearded Collie

The American Kennel Club describes the Bearded Collie as “smart, bouncy, charismatic” and “boisterous”.  Though at first glance, you may think you’re looking at an Old English Sheepdog, this is a breed unto itself.  Bearded Collies, also known as Beardies, hail from Scotland.  They were…

Chester & Rodney – On One Condition

It was such a beautiful day yesterday, that I decided to take my two Berger Picards on a long walk.  It was a safe area, so I let them run around off-leash.  They were having a great time exploring their surroundings.  They’d wander a distance…

Getting To Know You – Belgian Laekenois

The Belgian Laekenois is the rarest of the four Belgian herding breeds, which include the Belgian Sheepdog, the Belgian Malinois and the Belgian Tervuren. It is easily distinguishable from the other three closely-related Shepherds by its coat.  While the other Belgian herders in this group…

Show Me The Love – It’s Mutual

If you’re a dog lover, you won’t be surprised to hear that most dog owners love dogs more than they love their fellow humans.  This is not just another dog lover’s opinion, studies have actually proven this fact.  The Times of London cites two major…

Getting To Know You – Bedlington Terrier

The best way to describe a Bedlington Terrier is that it looks like a really thin sheep. As a matter of fact, standing at 15 to 17.5 inches and weighing 17 to 23 pounds, it looks like a sheep that’s been put in the dryer…