February 2009

Features

The Marvelous Mutts

At a performance by The Marvelous Mutts, as the name suggests, you wonít see any pedigreed dogs, but you will definitely witness focused owners and competitive dogs! Looking at a photographic gallery of The Marvelous Mutts, one could easily be confused with having found the listing for a rescue promoting their mixed-breed adoption candidates. Instead, itís an inspiring model, both for what rescue dogs can do and what highly motivated dog owners can do for shelter and rescue dogs.

Dogs and Children: How to Keep Them Both Safe

Fortunately, there are many things we can do to improve the odds for safe child-dog interactions, beginning with the dog herself. Ideally, every dog should be well socialized with babies and children from puppyhood. Many young adults adopt a pup at a time when children are, if anything, a distant prospect, without seeming to realize that kids could easily arrive within the 10 to 15 years of their dogís lifespan. Even if there will never be children in the dogís immediate family, chances are she will encounter small humans at some point in her life. By convincing her very early on that children are wonderful, you greatly reduce the risk that she will ever feel compelled to bite one.

Adolescent Dogs: 6 Facts To Know

Itís true that a dog's adolescent period involves a ton of changes to the dogís biological, physical, and psychological makeup. By extension, his behavior is affected. Itís also true that there are times when this transformation is accompanied by some challenging moments. But rest assured itís not all doom and gloom! For every challenging feature of canine adolescence, there is an equally awesome element that makes this a very special time.

Are You Allergic to Your Dog?

Those of us who struggle with allergies of any type can thank our immune system for its tendency to over-react to certain perfectly harmless things in the environment. In the case of an allergic reaction to dogs, the body is reacting to harmless proteins in the dogís urine, saliva, or dander.

5 Steps to Safely Pull A Tick Off Your Dog

Itís hard to say which is worse: running your hand over your dog and brushing against an attached tick, or seeing a tick skitter across your dogís face. Either way, the unwelcome arachnid must go. What should you do?