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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About… Shih Tzus

They may be tiny dogs, but they come with a lot of history and a much bigger namesake. In this installment, it’s time to give a Shih Tzu his due. Breed Name The breed name comes from the Chinese for “lion dog,” although the dog part has been left out of the name we all know. They are also sometimes known as “The Chrysanthemum Dog,” based on their resemblance to the flower, as well as Xi Shi Quan, a reference to Xi Shi, said to be one of the most beautiful women of ancient China. The Shih Tzu Beginning The

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About… Pugs

Pugs are tiny and funny looking, but also very popular, and Cesar’s newest pack member, Gio, is a member of the breed. Here are ten things you may not have known about them. Pugs are brachycephalic, which is the technical term for their “pushed-in” faces, something that was created through careful breeding. However, what gives them their distinct look also gives them lots of health issues, like breathing problems. While the belief that they are more likely to catch colds is not true, their symptoms may appear more severe for the same reason. Finally, combined with their short legs, pugs

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Missouri’s Old Drum: Mankind’s Best Friend

In an episode of “Cesar Millan’s Dog Nation,” Cesar and Andre visit St. Louis Missouri, y Andre describes as being full of history. But there’s one story they didn’t have a chance to cover — the saga of a dog named Old Drum and what’s happening in the Missouri legislature right now.   “…le chien… c’est le meilleur ami que puisse avoir l’homme” — François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire), Dictionnaire philosophique, 1764 (“…the dog… is the best friend man can have.”)  “A dog is man’s best friend” is an often-expressed sentiment and, nowadays, the expression is practically a cliché. Voltaire was ahead

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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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