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Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Eight Useful Tricks to Teach Your Dog
Most dog trainers love the process of teaching dogs new skills as much as they love the results. That’s why so many of us have dogs who are better than a résumé at showing what we can do. Our dogs sit, lie down, heel, stay and come on cue; wait patiently at the house or car door until told to proceed; or back away from food on the floor rather than scarf it up. The love of training also means...
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How Long to Wait for the Next Dog
Everybody’s answer is different
The loss of our dogs is nearly inevitable since their life spans are not as long as ours, but that never lessens the pain. The logic of predictability rarely helps a grieving heart. For many people, part of what does help is welcoming a new dog into their lives as soon as they can find the right one. For many others, it takes a long time before they are ready for that, and some never are. It’s...
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Where Does Your Dog Sleep?
In your room? In your bed? In your arms?
Dogs are social animals. Most of them feel comfortable being near the rest of the family and that includes at nighttime. Humans, too, often enjoy having their canine companions with them while they sleep. Many people have their dogs in their room on a dog bed, in a crate or on the floor by the bed. Others allow them the foot of the bed. Still others snuggle with their pup right next to them, even...
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What Makes A Great Dog Photo?
The pictures I like best of dogs I know and love, whether they are my own dogs or other people’s, don’t follow a strong pattern. Sometimes the dog looks sweet and other times devilish. I have favorite photos of both rumpled, windblown dogs, and freshly groomed ones. There are action shots and posed ones. All I can say about what the best photos have in common is that the dog looks endearing for...
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Knowing When to Stop Play or Training
Identifying the moment
As our sons were playing at the park after soccer practice, my friend and I both watched uneasily. All four boys were getting along. They were laughing and nobody was left out. I said, “I wonder how long this can last. They’re hungry and they’ve already played soccer for an hour.” She answered, “I was just thinking the same thing. It seems that it’s always when I think everything is going...
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Dogs in Geek Culture
Does this top 10 work for you?
A friend sent me a “Top 10 dogs in ‘geek’ culture” list. (In many circles, “geek” and “cool” are practically synonymous.) The friend who sent me this knows I always that Doc Brown’s dog in Back to the Future was named Einstein, and I was pleased to see that he made the list. It was also entertaining to see that Superman’s dog Krypto made the list. Krypto was introduced in the 1950s comics,...
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New Tool in Canine Cancer Treatment
Results look promising
For anyone whose life has been touched by cancer, and that’s most people, any advancement in treating the disease provides hope and is welcome news. A new tool that helps in the treatment of osteosarcoma is a result of Stan Stearns’s desire to help other dogs like his St. Bernard Gabriel. Gabriel was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, and succumbed to the disease in 2008. Stearns is an...
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Refusal to Load Ailing Dog On Plane
The result was being fired
Baggage handler Lynn Jones was so concerned about the physical state of the dog in the crate that she refused to load it on the plane. Its emaciated body had multiple sores, its feet were in bad shape, and the dog seemed listless. Jones fear that it would not survive the flight from Nevada to Texas was so great she defied the order from her supervisor to load the dog on the plane. She was fired...
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Is Your Dog Smarter Than a 2-Year-Old?
A scientist’s observations
We’ve all heard that dogs and 2-year-old children are roughly equivalent in intelligence, but comparing across species is truly an apples and oranges sort of proposition. I always want to ask about the age of the dog. Why does the human age matter while “dogs” seems to be an ageless concept? And I’m also curious about which dog and which person. Are we talking about a dog who knows 1,000...
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A Food Drive for Pets
Stephen Huneck’s studio hosts
When times are tough, many families struggle, and often all members of the household face difficulties, regardless of species. Much as we wish it weren’t so, many well-loved pets suffer during hard economic times. To help ease these troubles, the Dog Chapel on Dog Mountain is sponsoring a holiday pet food drive in St. Johnsbury, Vt., through Dec. 23. Food will be distributed to local food...

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