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Your Dog’s DNA and Citizen Science

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a story that had been widely shared on social media about mixed breed dog DNA tests....
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Straight talk for senior adopters

The older we get, the more we need a backup plan for our dogs, in the event of our deaths.
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The Popularity of French Bulldogs

According to a news release from the American Kennel Club (AKC), more French Bulldogs were registered with the organization than any other breed of...
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Sniffspot: A Great Alternative to Dog Parks

When off-leash dog parks first began to be a “thing” a couple of decades ago, I was thrilled. At the time, I lived in...

Recent News Report on Mixed-Breed Dog DNA Tests

On March 4, CBC News (Canada's publicly owned news and information service) ran a television and online report about an investigation of four companies...
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Read this if you and your dog visit wetlands

As I write this, I am visualizing strength and a return to health for Buster, a dog who just turned three years old, and...
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The Struggle Is Real: Puppies Abound

Here’s an actual email exchange I just had with a young man who went to high school with my son: Hi Nancy, First off, sorry for...
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Dog Songs and Singing to Your Dog

How many of you sing to your dogs when you’re alone together? I sure do. I sing to my dogs when we’re in the...
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Contain (and train) your dogs

The rural/suburban interface contains no end of potential conflicts for the humans who choose to live there and the animals they own, and perhaps...
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Overcrowded animal shelters and overworked shelter workers: What can be done?

The difficulty in obtaining routine veterinary care may have contributed to the surge in pet overpopulation – but since that’s a long-term problem in...
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What would make you sign up for a dog-training class?

I’ve paid to take group dog-training classes a number of times – even though I know how to and am even pretty good at...
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Rainy Day Activities for Your Dog

You will not catch me, a native of drought-ridden northern California, complaining about how many days of rain, we have had, no ma’am, nor...

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Aggression at Dog Parks

We’ve all got stories about terrible things that we’ve seen or heard about that happened at a dog park. I would argue that there are just as many potentially aggressive humans at these parks as there are dogs who exhibit aggressive behavior.