First Steps in Dog Training – Praise and Correction

by Cherie Stirewalt

If you are reading this article, you are either living with, or
thinking of living with, an unruly dog or puppy.

You can’t properly live with a dog unless you give it some basic
training. An untrained dog is a recipe for disaster. And you
can’t blame the dog for its bad behavior! If you come home, and
your dog about knocks you over in its exuberance to greet you,
that’s nobody’s fault but your own. If you haven’t taught him to
sit and stay, too bad for you!

Lucky for you, dogs are not that difficult to train. So with a
few basic lessons from you, your dog should be listening to you
in no time! Read the rest of this entry

I read alot of stories and articles and information about dogs on a daily basis and much of it is sad or disheartening, but when I came across this article, I laughed my butt off!! Okay, it starts out a little sad, about the loss of a canine family member but when the family immediately gets another dog the ‘who’s training who?’ and ‘who does the dog belong to?’ and ‘modern dog training methods’ all come into play for an amusing story you just need to read!

From, thanks for the laugh!

04/22/07 – Posted from the Daily Record newsroom

New dog around the house can’t replace the old one

Sunday, April 22, 2007

The loss of a family member is never easy to get over.The love they gave and received is gone and cannot be replaced; those left behind must push on regardless. The remains of the family have to fight their way through the grief and re-form their lives around the great black hole left by the lost member. There’s just no replacing a loved one, except, of course if it’s a dog or cat. Read the rest of this entry

From the ASPCA Poison Control Center

What to do if you suspect your dog or pet has been poisoned

– Don’t panic. Rapid response is important, but panicking can interfere with the process of helping your pet.

– Take 30 to 60 seconds to safely collect and have at hand any material involved. This may be of great benefit to your vet and/or APCC toxicologists, as they determine what poison or poisons are involved. In the event that you need to take your pet to a local veterinarian, be sure to take the product’s container with you. Also, collect in a sealable plastic bag any material your pet may have vomited or chewed. Read the rest of this entry

Pitbull Prejudice

People tend to go to one extreme or another in their feeling about pitbulls, they have their detractors and fanatics. Me, I love dogs, whether they’re pitbulls, chihuahuas or mixed breed. You can find the good, bad and ugly in every breed and breed mix.

I tend to feel that that a dog will reflect their breeding, training and socialization more than anything. Unfortunately for the bully breeds, they were initially bred as fighters and sometimes, regardless of training or socialization, the ‘tag’ sticks. Thing is, I remember when it was dobies and rotties and even shepherds that were the breeds that everyone was terrified of.


Photo is Sisters, Nautica (American Pit Bull Terrier) and Haleigh (Chihuahua) courtesy of Jada, Nautica’s Memorial

Personally I’ve never met a pittie I didn’t like. Most of the ones I’ve run into are just slobbery, loveable lapdogs. I try not to buy into prejudice and stereotypes about dogs, same as with people. I think we should give them all a chance as individuals.

One thing to keep in mind, with any dog you don’t know, exercise proper caution. Some of the most aggressive dogs I’ve ever run into have been the tiniest dogs, chihuahuas and Yorkies… LOL

Anyway, here’s a story from about a woman who is going to be forced to move from her home because of the outrage of the neighbors over her beloved pitbull. Just another example of people buying into stereotypes and prejudices.

Neighbors terrified of beloved pit bull

UNION-TRIBUNE April 18, 2007

Once Americans find a consensus on guns, Iraq and gay marriage, it’s high time we settle the issue of pit bulls.

In some parts of the country, owning a pit bull is a crime. In others, including California, it’s illegal to pass such a law. That’s how polarizing pit bulls are.
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Shea Stadium Goes to the Dogs!

A day of fun and raising money for the North Shore Animal League, what a great combination and a great event!!

Check it out from

04/21/2007 1:23 PM ET

Pets, owners enjoy Dog Day at Shea

Hundreds of canines take part in annual event Saturday

By Anthony DiComo /

Shea Stadium’s Dog Day is a part of the North Shore Animal League America’s promotion to highlight the benefits of animal shelters. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

NEW YORK — Jose Reyes had better check his rearview mirror.

Forget about being the fastest player in the Majors. Reyes, boasts Manhattan’s Adam Feingold, may not even be the fastest thing at Shea Stadium.

Feingold’s 1-year-old Chihuahua, Monty, was one of hundreds of dogs that took part in Saturday’s Dog Day at Shea, marching around the field in what has now become a twice-annual tradition. And Feingold insists that Monty is the quickest of the bunch. Read the rest of this entry

Next time you see that cute little dog in the pet store or check out the ads online for puppies, THINK! Ask yourself, where do these puppies come from?? Well, I’ll tell you where, from puppy mills!!

Here’s a story about some dogs who were rescued from a puppy mill auction, from

Rescued dogs get a new leash on life

Offers to adopt flood in, but area vets still treating animals ills

By Douglas Fischer, STAFF WRITER

Article Last Updated: 04/20/2007 07:47:01 AM PDT

First steps to freedom:

Rescued dogs from an Arkansas puppy mill operation arrive in the Bay Area, ready to be cared for after living years in cages.

View an audio slideshow of the dogs and rescue efforts

(warning – graphic images!)

FREMONT — The need for dental work was a given, even among the 1-year-old pups. Ditto for the bath, the matted hair, the fearful quivering. The vacant stares were harder to take, but understandable.It was the intestines sticking through a bulging herniation, the Labrador retriever puppy unable to stand on his hind legs, the frequency of displaced kneecaps and other congenital defects that left the veterinarians shaken and silent as they treated into the wee hours Tuesday morning 39 dogs freshly arrived from a shuttered Arkansasbreeding kennel. Read the rest of this entry

With the beautiful weather finally putting in an appearance, alot of us are starting to think of summer activities and for dog owners, we especially enjoy activities that we can share with our canine companion.

Here’s a great article from The Stamford Times on dogs and boating.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Tips for taking your dog out in a boat

By Dr. Tracy Acosta


Thankfully, the warm days of spring have arrived. With the beautiful weather recently, so beckons the call to go out on the water; and you may want to bring along your canine friends. To make sure everyone has a fun as well as safe experience out on the water, be sure to follow a few common sense guidelines.

While on the boat, make sure your dog is under constant supervision, especially while the boat is moving. If your puppy or dog is a newcomer to the boat and water, you want to take things slowly initially to allow your pet to adjust to the movement of the boat and the noise of the engine. The goal is for your dog to thoroughly enjoy the boating experience. If your pet is too nervous or scared while on board, you may want to consider leaving the dog behind next time around. Unfortunately, not every dog will enjoy being on a boat.
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With just about every commercial dog and cat food on the recall list or suspect right now, dog and pet owners are avidly searching for alternatives to safely feed their pet. Came across this site in my reading and although I am not completely familiar with it, it looks like a great place to start looking. Their listings are for natural health dog and cat foods and the variety is pretty impressive!  When I checked they had almost 170 listings of different brands with links to their sites and consumer comments available.

So take a minute and check it out – – Natural health dog and cat food products.

A Real Winner for Pets and Pet Owners!

Came across this on Joy’s Dogster Blog and had to help get the word out!the Pet Realty Network

If you have pets and have ever tried moving, buying or renting a new home, condo or property, you know how hard it can be to find ‘pet-friendly’ resources. We, there’s a great place to start looking, The Pet Realty Network! You can find pet-friendly properties, agents and a wide variety of resouces to make your life and your pet’s much easier! Read the rest of this entry

The Benefits of Owning a Dog

For most of us, as dog owners and lovers, we know there are a great many benefits to owning a dog. Or in my case, being owned by two dogs! 😀

Came across this great acticle that talks about the benefits og owning a dog with a touch of ‘God’ thrown in. Thanks!


Whazzup Dog????

A flurry of studies have crossed my path recently about the benefits of owning a dog. Writer Elizabeth Scott from compiled some recent studies outlining the benefits of having a dog around around the domicile. Here are some highlights.

  • Pets Control Blood Pressure Better Than Drugs: Yes, it’s true. While ACE inhibiting drugs can generally reduce blood pressure, they aren’t as effective on controlling spikes in blood pressure due to stress and tension. However, in a study, groups of hypertensive New York stockbrokers who got dogs were found to have lower blood pressure and heart rates than those who didn’t get pets.
  • Pets Stave Off Loneliness and Provide Unconditional Love: Pets can be there for you in ways that people can’t. They can offer love and companionship, and can also enjoy comfortable silences, keep secrets and are excellent snugglers. And they could be the best antidote to loneliness. In fact, research shows that nursing home residents reported less loneliness when visited by dogs than when they spent time with other people!
  • Pets Can Reduce Stress—Sometimes More Than People: While we all know the power of talking about your problems with a good friend who’s also a good listener, recent research shows that spending time with a pet may be even better! Recent research shows that, when conducting a task that’s stressful, people actually experienced less stress when their pets were with them than when a supportive friend or even their spouse was present!

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