DOGthusiast: for dog enthusiasts with active dogs http://dogthusiast.com One of the best dog blogs for active dogs, dog sports, training, behavior, & products. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:50:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Win a fantastic set of Puller interactive dog toys for training or exercise http://dogthusiast.com/2015/01/27/win-fantastic-set-puller-interactive-dog-toys-training-exercise/ http://dogthusiast.com/2015/01/27/win-fantastic-set-puller-interactive-dog-toys-training-exercise/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:36:58 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=4807 Mort and I were really lucky to receive some Puller interactive dog toys to review. Have I mentioned how incredibly “into” toy reviews Mort is? He thinks it’s the best thing since lamb lung treats, actually. He’s however quite sad that we are giving some Pullers away! He really doesn’t want them to leave the [...]

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Help! My dog forgot how to be a dog! My answer. http://dogthusiast.com/2015/01/26/help-dog-forgot-dog-answer/ http://dogthusiast.com/2015/01/26/help-dog-forgot-dog-answer/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:06:05 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=4796 Dogs can forget their dogness, especially after a traumatizing ordeal. They could be nervous, shut down, guard up, making a big deal out of small things. Essentially many may react that their dog forgot how to be a dog, because they’re not doing dog things! Of course it’s not forgetting their dogness really, because this [...]

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How to deal with surrendering a dog with extreme behavior problems? My thoughts. http://dogthusiast.com/2015/01/22/deal-surrendering-dog-extreme-behavior-problems-thoughts/ http://dogthusiast.com/2015/01/22/deal-surrendering-dog-extreme-behavior-problems-thoughts/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:19:06 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=4793 Extreme behavior problems often lead to extreme resolutions: surrendering a dog at a shelter, rehoming, and some even decide to have a veterinarian kill their dog. It’s a complicated issue, especially in the case of aggression. Should a dog who is known to bite humans be rehomed to someone else? What if a child was [...]

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The package was for HIM: why one red ball means the world http://dogthusiast.com/2015/01/14/why-one-ball-means-world-to-dog/ http://dogthusiast.com/2015/01/14/why-one-ball-means-world-to-dog/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 01:24:48 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=4779 It all seems so ridiculous when you think about it. It’s a ball. A ball you won. Just one, small red ball, dropped off on your doorstep. Think about it: someone had to arrange for the giveaway and take care of running it. I entered the contest, and then after winning it we had to [...]

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Pet Blogger Challenge 2015: Changes for DOGthusiast, hopefully for the better http://dogthusiast.com/2015/01/10/pet-blogger-challenge-2015-changes-dogthusiast-hopefully-better/ http://dogthusiast.com/2015/01/10/pet-blogger-challenge-2015-changes-dogthusiast-hopefully-better/#comments Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:57:01 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=4763 For the fifth year in a row, GoPetFriendly’s Blog has hosted the Pet Blogger Challenge. I participated in 2014 and 2013, and it’s somewhat exciting to look back at what I wrote. And, you know, see if I accomplished any of that stuff and whether what I wrote last year impact what I plan to [...]

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Pet resolutions, Wordless Wednesday style http://dogthusiast.com/2014/12/31/pet-resolutions-wordless-wednesday-style/ http://dogthusiast.com/2014/12/31/pet-resolutions-wordless-wednesday-style/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:05:25 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=4772 Without any wordy descriptions, here are my dog’s resolutions for 2015: You can submit your pet resolutions on Victoria Stilwell’s Positively site, and view others on Twitter. This is part of Wordless Wednesday blog hop. You can view other great photos in the blog hop here.

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Four ways to help an anxious and fearful dog http://dogthusiast.com/2014/12/26/anxious-fearful-herding-dog/ http://dogthusiast.com/2014/12/26/anxious-fearful-herding-dog/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 12:44:23 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=4306 Many herding type dogs, including Border Collies, are anxious and fearful dogs. Some of this issue may be due to their sensitive and attentive natures. Border Collies are in touch with their surroundings and reacting to visual cues, and as such they can easily become fearful and anxious due to this and other genetic factors. [...]

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When should I start training my puppy? http://dogthusiast.com/2014/12/19/start-training-puppy/ http://dogthusiast.com/2014/12/19/start-training-puppy/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:03:23 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=4735 The following question was submitted on the Pet360 Community Forums: I have a German Shepherd puppy. When should I start training my puppy? He is 6 weeks old. Some resources and advice on when you should start training your puppy The short answer is: right away! Puppies start learning right out of the womb (and [...]

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Five ways to prepare for a productive vet visit: how to work with, not against, your vet http://dogthusiast.com/2014/12/11/five-ways-prepare-productive-vet-visit/ http://dogthusiast.com/2014/12/11/five-ways-prepare-productive-vet-visit/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:56:41 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=4709 We see a lot of hyperbolic titles these days, and sadly it can affect an otherwise good article before you even begin to read it – your first impression gets in the way. This is certainly the case in a recent article by Dogs Naturally Magazine called “Five Things Your Vet Says That Aren’t True”. [...]

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This dog should probably lay off the special egg nog http://dogthusiast.com/2014/12/09/dog-and-holiday-nog-dont-mix/ http://dogthusiast.com/2014/12/09/dog-and-holiday-nog-dont-mix/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:15:38 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=4505 With the holiday season in full force, one little dog wants to join in the frenzy in his own way. Would you let this guy close to your credit cards? I thought not… Looking for a question as part of the Kol’s Notes Advent Calendar for dogs? Here it is!

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