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Revealing Errors: Accidentally Uncovering Our True Feelings About Dogs

If you were a fan of the television show “Friends,” then you probably remember one of the more famous moments from the series, which came almost twenty years ago at the end of season four. As the character of Ross is about to get married to his fiancée Emily, when he recites the vows, instead of her name he says, “Rachel.” This mix-up ends that marriage before it begins. And if you grew up with siblings, you’ve probably experienced this phenomenon yourself when another family member tried to call one of you and wound up running through the entire list

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Dog Care

The Secret Of Gray Hounds

If you’ve ever had a senior dog, you may have noticed that they got a little gray around the snout as they got older, not unlike humans. This makes sense, since the only difference between human hair and animal fur is the word we use to describe them. But what about the ways and reasons that humans and dogs go gray? Are they the same or different? One thing that dogs and humans do have in common is the ability to go gray prematurely. In humans, this is defined as the onset of gray hair before 20 for Caucasians and

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Famous Dogs Of Literature

In honor of National Book Lovers Day, we take a three-thousand year journey to look at half a dozen famous dogs from literature. Argos (“Odyssey”, c. 1200 BCE) Argos was the faithful dog of the Greek hero Odysseus, who waited nineteen years for his master to return from war. The wait was so long because, on the way home, Odysseus offended the Greek god of the sea Poseidon, who kept blowing his ship off course until he finally relented. Odysseus returns home to hear that there are 108 suitors wooing his wife, so he comes disguised as a beggar —

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Choosing A Compatible Breed/Dog

It isn’t Always About The Dog

You’ve probably heard me say many times that I rehabilitate dogs and I train people, but it is amazing sometimes how long it takes for this simple truth to click with people. If you aren’t providing calm, assertive leadership then your dog will not follow you. I relearned this first hand when I was going through depression, and my pack abandoned me because I was not leading them. One of the big reasons people wind up having problems with their dogs is that they started out with an incompatible dog. But in order to find the right match, you have

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Common Mistakes Of First-Time Dog Owners

When you think about getting a dog, you most likely imagine the fun and excitement of it. You’ll have a furry companion to snuggle with, a living alarm system to ward off would-be burglars, a playmate — or all three. But there’s a lot that goes into being a good Pack Leader. A dog is a big responsibility, and ownership means being able to commit a significant amount of time and money. Often it can even require a lifestyle change. First-time owners who don’t spend enough time learning about what they’re getting into can find themselves in over their heads

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Sheeba Solved: Her DNA Results Revealed

Just after Thanksgiving, I finally decided to get my dog Sheeba’s DNA tested, so spent $85 for the test. I ordered it on a Friday and it arrived the following Monday, sent it back on a Tuesday and they got it the following Friday. Two weeks later, the results came back — and there were a few surprises. Schipperke or not? When I adopted her, the shelter identified Sheeba as a schipperke mix, and it seemed to make sense. She was a small black dog, and her face certainly resembled the breed, although her body didn’t. Schipperkes are kind of square

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Solving The Mystery Of Sheeba: My Dog’s DNA

My dog Sheeba, who turned 11 last November, has long been a fixture around the Cesar’s Way offices. Although there have been a couple of incidents of food-thieving from co-workers’ desks in the past, she is generally well-behaved, medium to low energy, and gets along with other dogs. I adopted her just over ten years ago from the East Valley Animal Shelter. She had been dumped (literally) by a previous owner, and the shelter identified her as “schipperke mix.” Looking at pictures of schipperkes, it was hard to deny that call. While Sheeba is not as stocky as the typical

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Strange Facts About Canine Instincts

Every dog is born with a number of natural behaviors, things they can do without having to be trained or taught. Certain breeds have incredibly visible canine instincts, such as guarding or herding behavior, or strong natural hunting abilities. These are instincts that have been intentionally bred into these dogs over generations. But while dogs can be bred to encourage particular skills and behaviors, there are also a number of natural instincts that every canine shares. Many of them are so innocuous or understandable that most Pack Leaders don’t even think about them. Some examples include dogs’ inborn ability to

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Providing, Not Pampering: Pet Stores In Germany

When the largest pet store in the world is located in Germany that pretty much tells you all you need to know about how seriously Germans are when it comes to pet ownership. According to a recent Bloomberg Business article, Zoo Zajac in Duisburg, Germany is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest pet store on the planet, measuring in at around 130,000 square feet — nearly two and a half times the size of the White House. In addition to many species of animals for sale (including sloths for only €9,000 each!), it is also the

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One Big Barktoberfest: Dog Culture In Germany

It might be an understatement to say that Germans love their beer, and even more of an understatement to say they love their dogs. But when you put a dog and a beer together, it evokes a particular image that is familiar to many Americans. After all, what’s more traditional than getting together with good friends over a beer and a couple of dogs? Except in Germany, that dog may not be the “wurst.” A dog walked into a bar One recent evening, I met a friend at the Scotch and Sofa in Prenzlauer Berg, a once bohemian, now gentrified,

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