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Taking A Bite Out Of A dozen Common Dog Myths

There are lots of expressions in many languages that involve dogs in a metaphorical way. “A barking dog seldom bites,” for example, really means the same thing as “all talk and no action.” “Let a sleeping dog lie,” which is probably a good idea when taken literally, figuratively means to not bring up an old argument. Then there are things that people say about dogs that are not true — for example, a dog does not age seven years for every human year; the actual calculation is a little more complicated. Here are the top twelve myths about dogs, debunked.

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Dog Care

Dennis The Dieting Dachshund

Brook Burton has always had dogs in her life, and when she was still in high school, even joined a dog rescue with her mother in Columbus, Ohio. She currently has two dogs, Freddie, a 12-year-old miniature schnauzer/terrier mix, and Dennis, a 6-year-old Dachshund. Brook’s pack Freddie weighs in at a svelte 10 pounds, 4.5 kilograms, but when Brook rescued Dennis in June, 2013, he broke the scales at a whopping 56 pounds or 25 kilograms. His former owner, a relative, had overfed him a constant diet of unhealthy human food, including pizza and burgers. He could barely walk a few

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10 Dog Breeds Perfect For Apartment Living

If you live in an apartment or condo, this should be a factor you consider when adopting a dog: will your new family member be happy in close quarters? Contrary to popular belief, the most important factor is not the size or breed of the dog, but the dog’s energy and your ability to ensure that its needs are met. Can you provide daily exercise and adequate physical and mental challenges? Will the dog live under rules, boundaries, and limitations with a calm and assertive Pack Leader? In general, lower energy dogs, independent of breed, can adapt more easily to

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Komondor

True Hungarian Komondors are very rare in the US. This working group breed is a descendent of early Tibetan dogs and was bred to protect flocks of sheep. The breed is known for their long white-corded coats, which has earned them the nickname “Mop Dog.” These coats have been said to protect Komondors from wolf bites when they were guarding their sheep from predators. Komondors are very independent and taught to make their own decisions. They are gentle with family and friends but are defensive of intruders. The coat of a Komondor takes two full days to dry after getting

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Keeping Fido Fit, Not Fat

Our pets weigh too much. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention’s latest veterinary survey, 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of adult cats in the United States — that’s 88.4 million pets — are classified as overweight or obese by their veterinarians. But the bigger problem, reports APOP founder Dr. Ernie Ward, is that pet owners don’t even realize their chubby four-legged friends have a weight problem. “Twenty two percent of dog owners and fifteen percent of cat owners characterized their pet as ‘normal weight’ when it was actually overweight or obese,” Dr. Ward says. “This

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Ibizan Hound

The Ibizan Hound is a slender and athletic member of the hound family. The breed comes in both smooth, longhaired and wire-haired varieties, with smooth being the most common. It’s suggested that Ibizan Hounds we brought by sea traders to Ibiza and surrounding islands of Spain around 700-900 BC. These dogs are extremely fast and agile, traditionally bred to hunt rabbits. They are an extremely intelligent breed and are known to be “escapologists” that require very tall fences and tightly locked gates. Like 0

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Ask Cesar: Dealing with dogs while on deployment

Recently, we received an email from Julia Terpak, a soon-to-be deployed soldier, who asks, “The stress of leaving my four legged baby is horrid on myself, and thousands of other Soldiers in the same boat. One thing Cesar never touched on… is how to prep your dog for (your) leaving for long periods of time?” Cesar replies: “The important part to remember is that dogs do not keep track of time. They live in the moment, so don’t worry about that. What is important is how you leave. That energy will affect your dog’s association with your departure. You want

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Scottish Deerhound

The Scottish Deerhound is an extremely old bred that traditionally excelled at pursing and killing deer. In the olden days, no one of a rank lower than an earl was allowed to own a Scottish Deerhound. This law almost led to the breed’s extinction and was eventually abolished in the early 1800s. Scottish Deerhounds resemble a rough-coated Greyhound but are larger in size and bone structure. They require considerable exercise, especially when young, in order to ensure their proper health and development. Like 0

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Dog Training

New Wolves, Old Tricks

Has the domestication of dogs also changed their ability to learn from each other? A recent study performed by the Messerli Research Institute at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria, seems to indicate that this is the case. In a simple experiment, the researchers determined that wolves have the ability to learn by observing a dog carrying out an action, while most dogs in the study did not. In the set-up, both wolves and dogs observed a trained dog using a lever to open a box and receive a treat. Throughout the trials, all of the wolves succeeded

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Boerboel

The Boerboel descended from an early Mastiff-type that mated with dogs of South Africa. “Boerboel” is derived from “boer,” the Afrikkaans/Dutch word for “farmer” These dogs were used as working dogs on the farm and a first line of defense against predators, even fighting off lions. Boerboels also worked as tracking dogs that also held down wounded game until the hunter arrived. Full-grown male Boerboels can reach 154 to 200 pounds! Like 0

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