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Blog: JoAnna Lou
Walk for a Cause
Popular shelter fundraisers get people and pets outside
This past weekend, I participated in the Wags and Whiskers Walk-a-thon and Pet Fair to benefit the Westchester SPCA in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.  We had great weather, hung out with friends (human and canine!) and gave the pups some exercise.  The numbers are still coming in for last weekend, but last year, the event raised over $80,000 for the shelter. So you can imagine that walk-a-thons have...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
K9 Nose Work: Train Your Dog's Scenting Abilities
It’s what all the cool dogs are doing! Tapping into a dog’s natural ability to smell and his inherent drive to hunt, Nose Work is a great sport for dogs of all shapes, sizes and temperaments. I’m taking Nose Work classes with my dog, Wally, and we are having a blast! Be sure to sniff out the article on K9 Nose Work in Bark’s summer issue. Here is a video of Wally searching for a bait bag filled...
Blog: Karen B. London
Evaluating Canine Play
Are your dogs playing appropriately?
One of the most common questions asked of dog behaviorists is how to determine whether a group of dogs who are rolling around or chasing each other are playing appropriately. Without knowledge of dog behavior, it can be hard for many people to tell when play is getting out of hand until it’s too late and it’s obvious because somebody got hurt or traumatized. I recently wrote a column for my local...
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Slip Slidin’ Away
The joy of dog sledding
Dog sledding without the sled is more fun! Dogs Body Sledding In The Snow - Watch more Funny Videos
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Adopt a Pile
In honor of Don’t Step in Poop Day
As national month/week/day designations go, Don’t Step in Poop Day (today, April 25) falls somewhere where between No Name Calling Week (Jan. 25-29) and Flossing Day (November 26)—literally and figuratively. Good ideas all—but do they really deserve special commemoration? Probably not, but at least Don’t Step in Poop Day provides me with an excuse for ranting about a behavior I just don’t...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Canine Bucket List
Calif. family says goodbye to their beloved Lab, Hudson
Saying goodbye is arguably the toughest part about sharing your life with a pet. For the Piper family, their Chocolate Labrador, Hudson, shared the joy of their first home and welcomed each of the three children into the world. So when Hudson was diagnosed with cancer and given just two to four weeks to live, the Pipers were devastated.  To ensure that Hudson made the most of his time left, the...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
BlogPaws 2010
More than 250 pet bloggers unite to learn and network
Who doesn’t regularly read blogs these days? Last week, more than 250 people traveled to Columbus, Ohio to attend BlogPaws 2010, a conference for pet bloggers and a testament that this online tool is here to stay.  BlogPaws was created last year to foster a community of learning and networking among pet bloggers. Besides the annual conference, the organization plans to expand its web site to...
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Get Your Puppy Fix
And learn about Best Friends’ new care center
Best Friends Animal Society in southern Utah celebrated the grand opening of Val’s Puppy Care Center on March 25, 2010. Congratulations Best Friends and all you lucky puppies! (Oh, also check out the "cute puppy pile-up"--so sweet, your teeth will hurt.)
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
Target Training Your Dog: Go to Your Mat
A Teachable Moment
The ability to target a specific place is a valuable skill for your dog to have and will pay for the teaching time invested many times over. The finished exercise looks like this: On your cue—let’s use “Go to your mat”—your dog moves out to find her place, lying down and staying until the release word is given. This behavior is very useful for times when she needs to take a little break, or...
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In the Crowd at Westminster
Walking into a childhood dream
I dreamed about Westminster the way other children do Disneyland. As a dog-obsessed child, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was the ultimate fantasy somewhere glamorous and far away from the abusive place I called home. Although I watched Westminster on TV every February, I’m not sure I really connected it with a real event. It seemed too good to be true. Growing up, dogs were my salvation....

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