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Happy Valentine’s Day

This special day is set aside to remind those we love of how much we appreciate them.  In so doing, it deserves a special remembrance of “man’s best friend.”  To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we offer what may be the most stirring accolade ever given on behalf of the dog.  Herewith, my valentine’s present to all […]

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Service Dog Regulations: Canada

  We received an important question from renown dog trainer, Pat Brown-John, the director of  All About Obedience.  Although the example she gives is related to private training, this is an important issue, one with direct ramifications for others who want to train their own dog or have a professional trainer do it.  I therefore […]

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Children Ask the Trainer

All About Dogs:  Kids Ask the Darndest Things. Is anyone old enough to remember the Art Linkletter television show, called “Kids Ask the Darndest Things?”  Some of those moments were truly precious — and some, rather embarrassing (especially for the poor parents watching).  I’m happy to say that the questions we have received will not embarrass […]

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The Curious Development of Dog Breeds

The domestic dog, is a subspecies of the gray wolf, a member of the Canidae family of the mammalian order Carnivora. Scientific name: Canis lupus familiaris Rank: Subspecies Higher classification: Gray Wolf Lower classifications:  Affenpinscher, Afghan hound, Aidi, Airedale Terrier . . . and the list goes on and on through an estimated 157 dog […]

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Dog Days

Great Quotes About Dogs

There is an interesting connection between readers and dog owners.  Anecdotal studies have shown a high correlation between the two, but there is as yet no experimental analysis that I’m aware of, which has studied and defined this measure.  Nevertheless, the success of reading programs where children read to dogs may be an indication of […]

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Guilty Dog

Hello Fellow Dog-Lovers! Well, the holidays are over but not, unfortunately, the reminder (for most of us) from a bit of extra weight. According to media reports, the average American gains seven pounds between Thanksgiving and the end of December. The truth is, however, that the usual amount of weight gained during this period is […]

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Tips for Traveling with Your Dog

  The holidays are fun – and stressful. Many of us will be taking a plane in order to to see family and friends for the holidays, and we want to bring our dog (or dogs, as the case may be) along.  Especially when flying, there are a few important things you can do to […]

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Dog Treats for the Holidays

The holidays are upon us and that means . . .the average person will gain between 7 to 9 pounds before the new year.  Some of us (and oh dear, let that not be me!), will gain even more.  Ghastly! But we humans have an advantage – we can control our portion sizes, refuse high […]

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I'm a Service Dog. No, wait -- Today I'm Superman!

Faking a Service Dog

Dear Dr. B., I recently had to take a six-hour plane ride.  In addition to the stress of traveling by plane these days, I had the misfortune of sitting next to a woman whose constantly yapping little dog wore a vest with the words “service dog.”  Once we were seated and before we took off, […]

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Research Survey

Service Dog Study: Please help

The surveys for this study have been closed.  Thanks to all who participated. Dr. B

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