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Have you ever wished that your dog could talk to you? I’m sure, like millions of others, myself included, that you have. Well, I have good news for you, dogs do “talk” to us, and they do it a lot. There are 2 forms of communication, verbal and non-verbal. We are constantly communicating to our dogs, whether we know it…

AN INTERVIEW WITH IAN DUNBAR by John Bell Young Over the last few weeks, I had occasion to speak at length with Dr. Ian Dunbar, who is widely considered, by his peers and the public alike, as the dean of dog trainers. But as I learned during the course of conducting this extraordinary interview, Dr Dunbar is a great deal…

Judy Huddleston (left) proudly sits beside a happy Jack and Lynne Marshall. A dog who was absolutely terrified of going any further than his backyard has finally learned the joy of taking adventures thanks to some positive reinforcement. Eighteen-month-old black Lab Jack was so petrified of going out the front door of his Melton, UK home that he would howl,…

There are many prisons across the nation with rehabilitation programs were inmates help train and rehabilitate homeless dogs,  in Georgia, the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is giving teens and homeless dogs a second chance to change their lives. Photo Credit: Rescue 2 Restore Rescue 2 Restore, a juvenile life skills and animal care community partnership program, was established in…

Photo: Diane Weber—————————————— When Diane Weber’s nest emptied, her grown children got her a companion to keep her company, and ever since, Cheeto has been the apple of her mom’s eye. “She’s the love of my life,” Weber told the folks at USA Today, laughing. “The kids all play second to her.” The tiny Yorkshire terrier weighs just eight pounds,…

Four dogs rescued by Detroit Dog Rescue are headed to a northern Michigan prison as part of an obedience program to prepare them for adoption. (Photos: Detroit Dog Rescue)——————————— Only a year ago, the four pit bulls in the van might have faced their final needle at the hands of Detroit Animal Control, but the city-run shelter is making genuine…

Joey has had many fosters, but never a home of his own. As a puppy, he was shelter-dumped by his first adoptive family for having too much energy. Staffers there warned the owners that euthanization was a distinct possibility. That same day, rescue group Destiny for Dogs was on site. “Their response was, ‘We don’t care!'” the organization’s President/Founder JoAnn…

The idea for this post has been floating around in my head for a while now.  My ideas starting bubbling to the surface  soon  after adopting my new  dog Beck this past March.  In the past 6 months Beck has done a lot of horrifying really bad,  things, that have added quite a bit of stress to my life.  Here…

At my parents pool this past weekend, talk turned to dogs as per usual. I told the family I was working on a post on how to teach dogs to swim, and my Dad chimed in — “All dogs can swim.” Uhm, sorry to disagree Dad, but not so! My childhood Golden Retriever Ginger fell in the pool when she…

There is nothing more adorable than puppies. Watching  new pups in my Puppy Kindergarten Class, with their doting families in tow is as good as it gets.  Emerged in cuteness overload, predictably and without fail, someone will turn to me and say, “you have a great job!” Yes I do have a great job. Any job where you can get paid…

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