Monthly Archives: August 2011

Vacuum Cleaner Alert: How to Deal with Your Dog’s Shedding

One of the most wonderful dogs I have ever owned was a gorgeous, blue eyed Siberian Husky.  He was named “Hauser” after the German guitar maker whose named stands for quality and perfection.  Hauser was perfect in every way except … Continue reading

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Tell Us About Your Hurricane Irene Experience

For many parts of the country, Hurricane Irene caused serious problems. Here in the CGC department, we were thinking of all of you and your dogs and hoping that you were safe. For those of you on the east coast … Continue reading

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Meet the Newest S.T.A.R. Socialites in Texas!

Congratulations to AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluator Don Ethridge of the Tyler Obedience Training Club and his class of graduates!  Don’s students became S.T.A.R.s at the Lucky Dog Training Center in Tyler, Texas on August 9th. Don says that the owners … Continue reading

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Sleeping Around Follow-Up



The thoughtful comments from readers on the Sleeping Around post were
 outstanding. Opinions ranged from allowing dogs to 
sleep in the bed every night to the idea that because of dominance, dogs should never
 be allowed on the bed. This … Continue reading

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Meet Kris-No-Fur: One Hungry, Dancing Chinese Crested

Say hi to Kris-No-Fur!  He’s a 9-year-old Chinese Crested who passed his Canine Good Citizen test back in 2004 in Point of Rocks, Maryland with CGC evaluator N. Lamar Solomon. Kris-No-Fur loves his food!  If he had a motto for … Continue reading

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Sleeping Around

My friend, Dave, loves his dog “King”, provides him with training and fun, and of course, welcomes him indoors.  A few years ago, Dave’s ex-wife got tired of the dog hair in the house and said, “It’s me or the … Continue reading

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Reader Problem: My Dog is Obsessed with Other Dogs

In an earlier blog, we talked about the distraction dog exercise in the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. One of our readers wrote in to say that her dog was obsessed with other dogs and that made walks unpleasant.  I’m … Continue reading

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What’s that Smell? Tips on Treating and Preventing Your Dog’s Bad Breath

One of the cutest dogs I ever met was Buffy, a scruffy little blonde terrier mix.  She was adorable and the moment I met her, I wanted to hug her.  That is, until she got close enough to breathe on … Continue reading

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That’s Mine: How to Prevent Your Dog from Food Guarding

The call came to me from the director of an assisted living facility.  An elderly resident had a Pekingese that had started snapping at her over food.  If the situation couldn’t be resolved, the older dog was going to be … Continue reading

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Life in the Fast Lane with Riley the Lab

Say hi to Riley!  She is a happy-go-lucky Labrador Retriever who passed her Canine Good Citizen test in October 2010 with CGC evaluator Lisa Ethridge in Flagstaff, Arizona.  She started learning to play Flyball earlier this year and is gearing … Continue reading

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