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Buying a Puppy: What Breeders Might not Tell you

You have decided to buy a dog and you have done your homework. Your family have decided which breed of dog would fit in best with your household. You have decided to buy your dog from a person who breeds the kind of dog you want. What can you expect the breeder to tell you...

This is a head shot of my dog Heiko
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The Dog who Loved me A tribute to Heiko

The older I become, the more regrets I accumulate. Some still hurt. Some, I keep beating myself up about. Heiko was one of those I keep beating myself up about. I regret giving him away to an irresponsible family. Basically, I regret ever giving him away. Heiko loved me. He was devoted to me. Yet...

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Causes and Treatment of Gastric Torsion in Dogs

Gastric torsion in dogs is referred to in veterinary manuals as Bloat, Gastric Dilation or Torsion Complex. (See Delbert G Carlson, DVM and James M Giffin MD “Dog Owners’s Home Veterinary Handbook. 1992,  Simon & Schuster MacMillan. Pp. 199-202.) It is a medical emergency and needs treatment as soon as it is noticed. During the...

Why AKC Papers are Important when Buying a Purebred Puppy
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Why AKC Papers are Important when Buying a Purebred Puppy

If you have decided to buy a purebred dog in the United States, AKC papers are critically important to your decision-making process. Your only other alternative to AKC papers, certifying that you are buying a purebred dog, is to have DNA testing on the dog prior to purchasing it. The breeder or owner may not...

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Review of Stanley Coren’s Book Called “How to Speak Dog”

Dr. Stanley Coren has written a remarkable book on “Dogish” or the language of dogs.  (Stanley Coren, PhD, How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication. Simon and Schuster.2000.) This isn’t the first book he has written on dogs but it is the one all dog owners should read; especially dog owners who...

The Best Book on Obedience Training for German Shepherd Dogs
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The Best Book on Obedience Training for German Shepherd Dogs

The best book on obedience training for German Shepherds is out of print. Toward the PhD for Dogs:  Obedience Training from Novice to Utility. By Robert J. Martin and Napoleon A. Chagnon. Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich. 1975.) This outstanding obedience book is out of print because the second author, a cultural anthropologist, loved to write books...