Last week, I heard that yet another young dog was diagnosed with parvovirus even though she had received a “complete” puppy series of vaccinations. How is this possible? How can you be sure that your young dogs are not at risk for parvo or distemper? In reality, many...
Why and How to Use People Food to Feed Your Dog Better! Dog owners often proudly tell me that they “never feed their dog people food.” They are surprised when I encourage them to change this practice and get some people food into their dogs! For years, they've been...
Recently, I heard about a litter supposedly born prematurely. The breeder said the pup were born on “Day 59, four days before their due date.” This statement prodded me to tackle the concept of due dates in dogs because that concept causes both undue stress and inappropriate inaction in dog breeders, and often the loss of puppies.
There seem to be two approaches to exercising puppies by well-meaning owners. There are those who do too much too soon with their pups, doing concussive exercises often as early as 6 months of age. Then there are those who minimize their pups’ activity, almost wrapping them in cotton until their growth plates have closed. So what is the right balance of physical activity for your puppy? What kind of exercises should you do? Can you walk, jog or hike with your puppy?
One of the easiest ways to improve your breeding success is by enhancing your dog’s physical fitness because fitness and fertility go hand-in-hand. As simple as that sounds, getting your dogs in optimal breeding condition will have broad benefits to your breeding program and will improve your puppies’ health in both the short-term, as well as over their lifetime.
All of us are told that before we breed our dogs, we should get them fit. But what exactly does “getting them fit” mean? Should you take them for longer walks or put them on the treadmill? NO!
Several bloggers have been making seemingly outlandish claims relating biofilm to a huge array of dog problems. To check these claims out, I had been digging into biofilm when I came across new research from the AKC Canine Health Foundation linking biofilm to pyometra. That got my attention!
OCTOBER 26, 2019 Marietta, SC
A 1-day, in-depth look at evaluating puppies and owners to make the best match so that both will succeed. We’ll study puppy temperament, structure, health and, if appropriate, working ability.
One of the biggest yet most important challenges you face when raising dogs is to teach them to willingly and happily accept medical treatments, such as pills. At some time during your dog’s life, it is likely he will need such treatments.
How to Prepare to Evacuate Your Dogs in an Emergency Natural disasters requiring evacuation, from fires to floods, seem to be be more common these days. If you are a dog owner or breeder, you must prepare to evacuate your dogs, as well as your families, in...
April 4-5, 2020
Breeders and stud dog owners should have some unusual things stashed in their freezers besides meatloaf and frozen margaritas! Here are the 10 most important additions to a dog breeder’s freezer: