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DIY Apple Peanut Butter Dog Treats

DIY Apple Peanut Butter Dog Treats

These tasty treats are easy to make and good for your dog!  NOTE: Do NOT use peanut butter sweetened with xylitol, as this artificial sweetener is poisonous to dogs and can be deadly!! Use only natural peanut butter, preferably with NO sweetener. We like Smucker's Natural Creamy peanut butter for this recipe.  Also, this recipe calls for oat flour, which is expensive. But you can easily make your own by oats (we like Quaker Old Fashioned) through your food processor till you have flour. 2 cups of rolled oats makes one cup of oat flour. You don’t need a fine…
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Modern Sled Dog Breeds Are Older Than We Thought

Modern Sled Dog Breeds Are Older Than We Thought

Researchers interested in the origin of the domestic dog have long thought that modern sled dogs such as the Greenland sled dog, Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malaute breeds were only about 2000 to 3000 years old. These breeds were thought to be relatively young companed to the many thousands of years dogs have been associated with human beings. But new research by the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen in collaboration with the University of Greenland and the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Barcelona tells a different story. The researchers extracted the DNA from a 9,500-year-old dog from…
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Veterinarian Bias Against Fat Dogs And Their Owners

Veterinarian Bias Against Fat Dogs And Their Owners

A fascinating new study published in the International Journal of Obesity has confirmed that fat bias, which has been well documented in physician patient relationships, extends to veterinarians and obese and dogs. The problem that obese or overweight human patients face in the medical system is that physicians and other health care providers tend to look at all their patient’s medical problems as being directly caused by the patient’s weight. They are, in effect, blinded to other causes of the problem and as a result, obese and overweight patients often receive substandard care, including misdiagnosis. The study, spearheaded by Rebecca…
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Augie the Golden Retriever Celebrates Her 20th Birthday!

Augie the Golden Retriever Celebrates Her 20th Birthday!

When Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt of Oakland, Tennessee, adopted Augie, a 14 year old Golden Retriever, they figured they would be lucky to get a year or two of quality time with this older dog, as most Goldens live to be ten to twelve years old. But on April 24th, Augie celebrated her 20th birthday and shot to fame as the oldest living Golden on record and she’s apparently the first ever Golden to reach this age. Augie was born April 24th, 2000 and due to some unfortunate circumstances which were no fault of her own, she was re-homed twice.…
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Dog Trivia – Do You Know These Facts About Dogs?

Dog Trivia – Do You Know These Facts About Dogs?

Here are some really interesting facts about dogs that are unusual, factual and fun: Unlike humans, dogs do not have an appendix. Dogs can make about ten different vocal sounds. Amazingly, dogs can make one hundred different facial expressions but most of these are made with the ears. Dogs are not color blind. They see shades of green and gray and blue and yellow. Most dogs only sweat from their paw pads and use panting to cool down in hot weather. The exception to this is the Chinese Crested, who has sweat glands in their skin as well as in…
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Why Does Your Dog Dig Into Your Carpet?

Why Does Your Dog Dig Into Your Carpet?

Why do some dogs behave perfectly well outside, then when they come into your house they suddenly start digging into your carpet? Plus it seems that no matter what you do to try to discourage this behavior, as soon as you turn your back the dog is at it again! Here are some reasons why your dog may be trying to dig a hole in your carpet: One - The simplest explanation for digging into your carpet is that your dog may be after a crumb of food that fell into the carpeting material and is just trying to get…
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Five Fun Facts About The Chinese Crested

Five Fun Facts About The Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested is never mistaken for any other breed! With this dog’s spiky 80’s hair, fur socks and skin that is spotted pink, these small dogs have everyone’s eyes on them.  Here are five fun facts about the Chinese Crested: One - The Chinese Crested is not actually Chinese. These dogs are descendants of the now extinct African hairless dog. But eventually they were brought to China and were a particular favorite of Chinese sailors, as these dogs would catch rats roaming about the ship. In China, they were bred to be smaller dogs. Two - There are two…
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How To Administer Eye Drops To Your Dog

How To Administer Eye Drops To Your Dog

Your veterinarian has prescribed eye drops for your dog. Perhaps he has an infection in his eye or allergies. In any case, how are you going to get those drops in his eye? First of all, wash your hands both before and after the administration of eye drops to avoid spreading infection. Then calm your dog by speaking gently and moving slowly.  Wipe the outside of the dog’s eye with a warm damp washcloth before giving the medication. This will clear away any mucus or debris that has accumulated and this in itself is often soothing and calming to dogs.…
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TEDx – Why We Should Stop Treating Our Dogs Like Pets

TEDx – Why We Should Stop Treating Our Dogs Like Pets

Kim Brophey is an Applied Ethologist and Dog Behavior Specialist. In this provocative TEDx talk she invites us all to look at our dogs, not as a “pet” but as an individual living complex being with feelings and emotions.  Kim has been working in the family dog mediation world for over 20 years and was awarded the Association of Professional Dog Trainers Outstanding Trainer of the Year in 2009 and the Best Trainer Of WNC annually since 2013. Her Dog L.E.G.S.® model is a revolutionary new system for dog lovers everywhere to finally truly understand their dogs’ behavior.
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Dogs And Secondhand Smoke

Dogs And Secondhand Smoke

In spite of the popularity of nineteenth century paintings showing dogs sitting around a poker table drinking and smoking, the only way dogs get exposed to tobacco smoke is to inhale in secondhand.  It should really come as no surprise that just like humans, dogs who regularly inhald secondhand smoke are more likely to have more allergies, more eye infections, more respiratory issues and even more cancer than dogs who are not exposed. What exactly do we mean by secondhand smoke? This term refers not only to the smoke given off directly by the burning tobacco product, whether that be…
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