The Dilemma of Doodles | Team Unruly

The big underlying reason for this — and here’s where we segue into the larger discussion! — is because doodle buyers are pet owners looking for good pets, and doodle breeders are primarily aiming for the pet market in their breeding programs. The Labradoodle might have been invented as a service dog, but very, very few of the people producing those dogs today none, actually, among the ones that I have personally encountered are attempting to breed for that purpose themselves. Their buyers aren’t looking for service or performance dogs, either. Everyone who has ever asked me about a doodle has been looking for a pet.

via The Dilemma of Doodles | Team Unruly.

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Got a Minute?

Setting an alarm to go off once an hour whenever you’re home is a great reminder to work with your dog. Decide what you’d like to work on ahead of time, then keep it short and sweet. Ideally, it’s best to choose a skill that you can reward frequently: ten to twenty treats in a minute is a good goal to shoot for. If you count the treats out ahead of time and have them ready to go, so much the better.

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Any Dog Can Bite. Here’s How You Can Prevent It.

“Supervision is not well understood,” said Dr. Ilana Reisner, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and consultant on dog bite safety who recently presented tips for parents during a National Press Club event hosted by State Farm and the United States Postal Service. “Dog owners in general are lacking knowledge about what kinds of things dogs and children do that can be a risk. For example, they might go out of the room and prepare lunch while the child is alone with the dog maybe 10-20 feet away, and that’s not active supervision. If that’s one message we can get across I think it would prevent a lot of bites.”

via Any Dog Can Bite. Here’s How You Can Prevent It | I’m Not a Monster.

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Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets «

Abby created her list based on her own disaster preparation mistakes and oversights she made along the way. By making her plan available here, Abby hopes to help us avoid having to reinvent the disaster preparedness wheel.

Abby describes her plan as a three-layer cake:

First layer: What will be needed if the animal is lost tags on collar, microchip, current photos.

Second layer: What will be needed if the pet gets sick first aid, medications, emergency clinic.

Third layer: What will be needed in the midst of a big disaster fire, hurricane, earthquake, etc.

via Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets «

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Reader Photos!

Samson (Umjumi Jama) and Ruby (Cartouche Zerah)
Samson (Umjumi Jama) and Ruby (Cartouche Zerah)

Reader Alisa H. was kind enough to share with me her photo of her two Rhodesian Ridgebacks: Samson (1.5 years old) and Ruby (5 months).  Alisa lives in Malawi with her husband, and her gorgeous dogs are from two South African kennels.

Alisa, thanks for the amazing photo!

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Show Report: Falmouth, MA

Results:  Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Oh, Cape Cod.

"Cape Cod - Landsat 7" by Data: NASA. Image: Dave Pape - Data from USGS GloVis server Landsat Orthorectified data generated through NASA's Commercial Remote Sensing Program. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons -
“Cape Cod – Landsat 7″ by Data: NASA. Image: Dave Pape – Data from USGS GloVis server Landsat Orthorectified data generated through NASA’s Commercial Remote Sensing Program. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

We showed Loki this weekend at the South Shore Kennel Club and Cape Cod Kennel Club hosted Cranberry Cluster shows in Falmouth.  The show site, at the Cape Cod Fair Grounds, is about an hour drive from our house.  We’ve gone to the Cape shows once before, when Jackson was just barely six months old.  The weather was beautiful and I had a great time.

Nathan had to work on Friday, so he missed out on judge Daniel Smyth’s award of Reserve Winners Dog to Loki.  I definitely felt like I did not show Loki to his best advantage on Friday, so feel free to send Loki some sympathy over his handler’s mediocre handling skills. ;)

Saturday and Sunday were both RRCUS club supported shows, and there were Sweepstakes on Saturday.  Loki went Best in Sweepstakes under Gay Dunlap, which had this amazing hand-crafted glass sun catcher as a trophy.  The trophy came from a local Cape Cod artist studio, making it doubly sweet.


Now I have to find a window to display it in!


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Keeping Ourselves Honest as Judges

A few weeks ago, I was reading a column in another show dog publication in which the author said, in effect, that owner-handlers need to stop whining about professional handlers winning all the time because the dogs shown by the professional handlers are better trained, better trimmed, better presented, and they move better, so obviously they are going to win the majority of the time.

Not a single word was mentioned about the actual breed quality of the exhibits being shown by the professionals. No discussion about breed standards, breed-specific traits, breed-specific movement or breed-specific grooming. Just better shown, better trained, better trimmed and apparently better leash trained. In that author’s opinion, I guess that is what makes a great show dog and one that should win frequently. Have we come to a point in the dog show world where breed standards are obsolete? Should we just toss the standards and have competitions solely judged on condition, trim and grand showmanship?

via Keeping Ourselves Honest as Judges.

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A Prairie Dobe Companion: In Defense of Owner-Trained Service Dogs

Leah at A Prairie Dobe Companion has been featured on my blog before.  She’s and I align so closely in dog opinions sometimes that I think she’s kinda like me, but with Dobies.  Please read this important blog post on owner-trained service dogs, because the loss of OTSDs would make the lives of many, many disabled handlers immeasurably more difficult.

Unfortunately, there are several service dog programs with powerful lobbyists who label all owner-trained service dogs as “fake.” These programs seek to make owner-training impossible by encouraging legislation against owner-training, as well as banning the sale of vests, patches, and mobility equipment to the public.Trust me, we owner-trainers hate fakers too, but eliminating owner-training is not the answer to the “Faker Problem” in this country. Program dogs are not always as well-trained as one might expect, and program dogs are only as good as the programs that train them.There are many reasons why someone may choose to owner-train as opposed to getting a dog from a program. This blog post covers just a few of those reasons.

via A Prairie Dobe Companion: In Defense of Owner-Trained Service Dogs.

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Do You Know a Fat Dog When You See One?

Canine obesity is not a joking matter, and it is often considered both a welfare and a quality-of-life issue. Obesity can predispose dogs to serious health problems like diabetes, cardiovascular problems, joint and bone disorders as well as shortened lifespan (typically by about two years). Canine obesity “is increasingly considered a significant animal welfare issue, such that overfeeding can be characterised as being as cruel as underfeeding (RSPCA 2008).”

via Do You Know a Fat Dog When You See One? | Dog Spies, Scientific American Blog Network.

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