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The Problem with Pure Breeds

The Problem with Pure Breeds

I think it’s pretty much common knowledge that marrying your cousin and having a bunch of kids is a big no-no. I would hope that we are all aware of the many reasons why this would be a bad idea and are all in agreement that we should discourage others from shacking...
Should You Get Your Dog Microchipped?

Should You Get Your Dog Microchipped?

This past weekend Hurricane Irene caused chaos up and down the East Coast of the United States. Houses were destroyed and many families were displaced in the storm. I was lucky enough to escape the wrath of Irene with minimal damage, but others were not so fortunate....
Don’t Judge a Pooch by its Cover

Don’t Judge a Pooch by its Cover

Just about every week I get called in to do a behavior consultation for a dog whose only real problem is that he’s stuck with the wrong humans. Or more accurately, his owner chose him for the wrong reasons. It always amazes me how so many people put so little thought...

To Treat or Not to Treat

Food rewards are one of the most effective ways to train your dog. Not really a big news flash there – just about everyone knows that Fido will do just about anything for some freeze-dried liver. The question isn’t if food rewards are effective, it’s when and...
CSI Canine

CSI Canine

I don’t really watch too much TV, but just looking at the daily television listings of shows I see that there are quite a few versions of the CSI series. Every so often my wife lures me into to watching one and I’ve quickly learned that the CSI team can uncover any...
Take That Mailman!

Take That Mailman!

Watch any cartoon with a dog and you’ll learn that dogs come preloaded with two things: chasing cats and barking at the mailman. The cat thing we can chalk up to a run of the mill species rivalry, but why the mailman? After all, the mailman (and femailman) seems...

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