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, 15 Apr 2015 19:13:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Upcoming special events: Wisdom Panel 3.0 dog breed DNA information, screening, and deal http://dogthusiast.com/2015/04/09/wisdom-panel-dog-breed-dna-test-special-events/ http://dogthusiast.com/2015/04/09/wisdom-panel-dog-breed-dna-test-special-events/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 20:19:39 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=5037 I've always wondered what breed my dogs actually are. Is Mort actually an Australian Kelpie mix or really an Australian Cattle Dog mix? Or is he all terrier? And what about Tig... is she really the English Shepherd that she acts and looks like? Or is she a mix of some other breeds? As time [...]

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Understanding the dangers of Fipronil (active ingredient in Frontline, Perrigo PetArmor Plus) http://dogthusiast.com/2015/04/07/understanding-the-dangers-of-fipronil-active-ingredient-in-frontline-perrigo-petarmor-plus/ http://dogthusiast.com/2015/04/07/understanding-the-dangers-of-fipronil-active-ingredient-in-frontline-perrigo-petarmor-plus/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 02:01:53 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=5027 If you use any food or treatment regularly, it's important to carefully understand what you can about the ingredients. Anything that we subject ourselves to on a regular basis can have vast implications on our overall health. Therefore, preventatives that are placed on your pet monthly or every 6 weeks that enter the bloodstream and [...]

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Examining the ingredient list of a popular dog food http://dogthusiast.com/2015/04/06/examining-the-ingredient-list-popular-dog-food/ http://dogthusiast.com/2015/04/06/examining-the-ingredient-list-popular-dog-food/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 01:29:53 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=5021 From time to time, I take a closer look at products that appear on the surface (through slick marketing measures) to be "natural" or healthful in nature by checking out their ingredient lists. Some of the products are pretty close to or meet their claims in marketing, and others do not. I was struck by [...]

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This dog is aggressive: lunging, snarling and nipping at children (dog behavior QandA) http://dogthusiast.com/2015/03/30/this-dog-is-aggressive-lunging-snarling-and-nipping-at-children-dog-behavior-qa/ http://dogthusiast.com/2015/03/30/this-dog-is-aggressive-lunging-snarling-and-nipping-at-children-dog-behavior-qa/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:44:19 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=4976 An aggressive dog is a serious problem, and particularly so if that aggression is directed towards children. This is possibly the most serious dog problem a human can encounter, and not something to take lightly. Or take on independently, or take to the Internet for that matter. In this Q&A, I address someone who is [...]

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South Korea meat trade dogs: Suddenly able to adopt after seeing a publicity or sad-story dog http://dogthusiast.com/2015/03/20/south-korea-meat-trade-dogs-suddenly-able-to-adopt-after-seeing-a-publicity-or-sad-story-dog/ http://dogthusiast.com/2015/03/20/south-korea-meat-trade-dogs-suddenly-able-to-adopt-after-seeing-a-publicity-or-sad-story-dog/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 22:49:05 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=4981 Recently 57 dogs were rescued from a meat farm in South Korea, organized by Humane Society International. The San Francisco SPCA brought 13 of these dogs into their care. Of course I'm happy that an organization stepped up for the South Korea meat trade dogs, and that they'll live a much better life as a [...]

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What to do if your dogs go crazy when someone comes to the house http://dogthusiast.com/2015/03/19/what-to-do-if-your-dogs-go-crazy-when-someone-comes-to-the-house/ http://dogthusiast.com/2015/03/19/what-to-do-if-your-dogs-go-crazy-when-someone-comes-to-the-house/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:01:16 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=4961 Does your dog get upset when someone comes to your house for a visit? Here is a question about a household with a few Chihuahua's who go nuts when someone comes to a house. Working together as a unified force, they antagonize the visitor with barks and nips. Here are a few suggestions I have [...]

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Five ways to lose your volunteers (and five ways to keep them happy) http://dogthusiast.com/2015/03/18/five-ways-to-lose-volunteers-and-keep-happy/ http://dogthusiast.com/2015/03/18/five-ways-to-lose-volunteers-and-keep-happy/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:28:28 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=4962 I have volunteered at numerous organizations in the various areas I've lived in, and I've stuck by some very good ones while I could and left ones after the initial orientation or roadblock that barred me from moving past the orientation to official volunteer. Some of these positions have been regular weekly volunteering (such as [...]

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Morning dog http://dogthusiast.com/2015/03/15/morning-dog/ http://dogthusiast.com/2015/03/15/morning-dog/#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 16:09:00 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=4954 What do you see first thing in the morning? Is it a face that's something like this? Does your dog join you for morning cuddles? Let us know! This is part of the Black and White Sunday blog hop, brought to you by Sugar and Nola.

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My dog is picky about eating, what should I do? http://dogthusiast.com/2015/03/12/dog-doesnt-like-food-fridayforums/ http://dogthusiast.com/2015/03/12/dog-doesnt-like-food-fridayforums/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:44:25 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=4198 If your dog is picky about eating, it can be a pain at breakfast and dinner. Read more about a young dog who is picky about meals, and what you can do to alleviate the problem and get your dog starting to enjoy meals more. I have an almost 2 year old 5 pound (give [...]

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My puppy killed something: Instincts, prey drive, and safety http://dogthusiast.com/2015/03/11/puppy-killed-something-instincts-prey-drive-safety/ http://dogthusiast.com/2015/03/11/puppy-killed-something-instincts-prey-drive-safety/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:43:48 +0000 http://dogthusiast.com/?p=3808 The following question was asked about a dog who killed a small animal in his backyard. Is this behavior normal? Can it be helped? Continue reading for details about the scenario, and my thoughts on prey drive. Then weigh in with your own idea of what to do in response. The question: A puppy killed [...]

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