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Questions for My Rescue Dog

Scout, where did you come from? What were you like as a puppy? What was your name before we took you home?

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Canine Manipulation Styles 

If you know dogs you know that they’ll quickly figure out where you’re vulnerable. They know exactly how to get the most attention, treats and toys out of their target human. Different dogs have different preferred styles to achieve maximum spoiling.

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You Need A Snugglehound (New Breed Category #3)

The wonderful Laura Temple Carroll once found herself with a litter of coonhound puppies to place (because she is the kind of awesome person who finds homes for strays all the time), but kept ending up with bad applicants who wanted to use them for hunting dogs. I had been down this road before, so […]

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Nearly Free Anxiety Solutions For Your Dog

Sometimes your dog’s anxiety is serious and requires regular medication or professional training but if you’re just trying to get past a little pacing during specific events there are some cheap solutions you can try. Some of these could also supplement treatment for more serious anxiety. 

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Modern Dog Breed Category #2: The Big Babies

Following up on the column from a few weeks ago about the need for new dog breed classifications, here’s the next category. As you might recall, the theory behind these new categories was that personality-based categorization was the most reliable way of measuring how well they conform to a standard.

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Your Puppy Will Grow Up

Normally, when people remind you that your puppy will grow up, they’re talking about the fact that your dog won’t be an adorable three-month-old forever. This post is all about the in-between stage. Your dog is still mentally a puppy, but he’s close to his adult size and full of doofy energy and enthusiasm for […]

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Getting Ready for Baby

If your dog isn’t housebroken, don’t get pregnant. If your dog is protective, fearful, or neurotic, don’t have a baby. If your dog is not child-ready, don’t have a child in your home. In an ideal world, the things in the preceding paragraph would be considered logical and not insulting. However, life isn’t logical, and […]

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Dogs and Street Harassment 

BarkPost recently ran an article about street harassment while walking dogs and the writer’s experience was so different from mine, I wanted to talk more about it and get more input from our readers. 

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It’s Time for Some New Dog Breed Categories

Even though I watch them every year, I really dislike a lot about dog shows. I don’t like the idea that purebred dogs are somehow seen as superior to mutts, I don’t like the ridiculous criteria these dogs are judged by, and most of all, I don’t like the useless way they sort dogs into […]

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Crate Not Required

For some dogs and some situations, crates are perfect, but they aren’t appropriate for everyone or every dog.  There are many options that work just as well, or better, depending on what you and your dog need. 

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Consider These Dogs When You’re Adopting: Part II

In addition to dogs that attract bad adopters, there are dogs that don’t attract many, or even any, adopters.

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Consider These Dogs When You Are Adopting, Part I: The Big Four

Back when I was in charge of deciding which dogs our rescue would take, I’d be approached by people with all sorts of dogs who needed help. Some of these were abuse and neglect cases. After a while, I noticed a pattern: certain breeds seemed to be magnets for people who horrifically abused them or […]

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Suburbanization and the Country Dog

It can be very difficult to take a dog from a hunting environment and put them into a suburban household, but for dogs to be successful in their new homes, they must make this transition. This photodocumentary shows the most important parts of the process of suburbanization.

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Defeating the Undercoat

Summer is here, and if you’ve got a fluffy dog they probably already hate the weather and you’re wondering how to help them. Depending on the type of coat they have, shaving may be a bad answer.

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When Rehoming is a Matter of Life and Death

People give up their pets for all sorts of reasons, including illness, inconvenience, and financial problems. But sometimes, a rescue will be contacted by someone who wants to rehome their dog so they can leave an abusive relationship; in such cases, it’s often an issue of life or death for both the dogs and the […]