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Join the Conversation for a Chance to Win 3 Great Books

Welcome back to Off Leash, Bark’s Wednesday open thread, your chance to catch up with other Bark readers and our editors and contributors during a real-time chat. We’ve had some wonderful expert guests during the past few weeks talking about veterinary care, service dogs, rescue and behavior but today Bark readers are center stage. You set the agenda—tell us what’s on your mind.

Well, mostly. We do have our own little agenda; we’re brainstorming ways to improve TheBark.com, and we want your feedback. So while you’re here, tell us: What can we do to make our website better? Members of the Bark team will be stopping in all day with this and related questions.

Plus, we have an extra special incentive today, one open thread participant will be selected at random to receive three excellent dog books handpicked by Bark editor Claudia Kawczynska. The worthy summer-read trifecta includes:

So let your voice be heard, and be sure to include your email when you register to comment, so we can contact you if you win.

Please note: We let you speak your piece on the open thread without editing but obscene, abusive, offensive or commercial comments will be taken down. We close the thread at 4 p.m. PST.

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Submitted by Anonymous | May 25 2011 |

Would it be possible to have some links on the site that reference industry events and educational opportunities around positive based training talks, workshops and seminars across the US and in Canada?

Submitted by Lisa Wogan | May 25 2011 |

Interesting suggestion. We definitely like to promote positive training. We'll look into this.

Submitted by Mari | May 25 2011 |

I have not yet read the books, but would like to!

Bark is a terrific magazine. The articles, the information, the photos -- the complete package. And the website is a valuable resource. No complaints or suggestions for improvement. Just a big thank you!

Submitted by Anonymous | May 25 2011 |

Hi, how about advertising adoption days at local pet stores?

Submitted by Lisa Wogan | May 25 2011 |

That's an interesting idea—although maybe beyond our manpower—but we'll look into it. Would you like to see more information about specific adoptable pets on our site?

Submitted by Mari | May 25 2011 |

Links to Petfinder and similar sites might be helpful. Having such links available in one location -- Bark.com -- would save time searching.

Submitted by Lisa Wogan | May 25 2011 |

Thanks everyone for your great ideas and awesome support. Feel free to keep chiming in, even though we'll be closing the open thread for the day. We do check back. Also, in the next day or two, we'll select our books winner and be in touch.

Remember to return next week, when we will have special guest Christie Keith. She's managing the social media for the giant Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon. A long-time dog-centric journalist, she'll be chatting about this specific adoptathon and other strategies for rescues and shelters—among other topics. See you there.

Submitted by Lisa Wogan | June 2 2011 |

We announced the winner for this (May 25) Off Leash open thread in our June 1 open thread. Visit us there if you want to know more.


Submitted by kleen | August 7 2011 |

I love your Smiling Dogs contest....the only thing I would like to see is that you go back to one picture per page. Its hard to tell which name goes to what picture when you have 4 or 5 dogs together.

Submitted by Shelley Sheets | December 14 2011 |

I love the magazine and have been a follower for many years. I would love to see a calendar of upcoming educational events by state. Also more about nutrition since there are so many health issues that come back to diet with so little accurate information. You all do a great job!! Thank you.


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