Bob - Oil on canvas by George Earl

Assistance, Therapy Dogs and Pets in Art (Museums & Galleries)

If one searches through museums and galleries of art, you can, almost invariably, find portraits of intriguing characters distinguished by the dog on his or her lap, at their feet, in the fields or even, in their bed. But of special note are those museums and galleries dedicated to our canine and feline friends.  One […]

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Golden Retriever

Do animals have souls? (Part 3)

ANIMAL SOULS AND RELIGION Norman W Wilson, PhD Soul refers to that essence or life force in a living entity. In many early cultures, there was no distinction between human animals and non-human animals or trees, rivers, plants, mountains, or the heavenly bodies. All things were alive. The Ancient Egyptians called this life force Ka. […]

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Pat Brown-John "proofing" three dogs. (Note service dog on the left.)

Ask the Trainer: Follow-up: “Should I use treats in my dog training?”

Should you use treats to train your dog? We received so many questions regarding a previous post (“Should I use treats in obedience training?” – June 26, 2012), it was clear that “using treats in your dog training” is an important topic. We therefore decided to give the question of treats-in-training some additional attention in […]

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The $1.5 Million dog

Strange but true dog facts

Seven strange, but true, facts about dogs.

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Norman W. Wilson, Ph.D.

Do animals have souls? (Part 2)

ANIMAL SOULS/ ANIMAL SPIRITS/ HUMAN SOULS by Norman W Wilson, PhD Many people who have pets, without a doubt, believe them to be an integral part of the family circle and grieve for them when they die. Furthermore, many believe their beloved pets have souls. The question is not new. Mankind has wondered about animal […]

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Pat Brown-John

Ask the Trainer: Should I use treats in obedience training?

Our training expert, Pat Brown-John, is a five-time Canadian Schutzhund champion, with multiple national and international titles, spanning a dog-training career of more than 30 years.  We are extremely fortunate that a trainer of this caliber has joined our blog. Periodically, we will post some of her thoughts and tips to help people with pets […]

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Big dog & little dog

Are you a big dog or little dog person?

Some of us like big dogs, some like little ones, and some like big and little and everything in between. One of the more interesting questions in the dog-world that has, apparently, never been answered to anyone’s satisfaction (although there are hundreds, if not thousands, of articles and books about it) is: Why do we […]

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Autism Puzzle

Service Dogs for Autism: Buyer Beware!

For parents who are considering a service dog for a child with autism, the following may be of interest. However, before you continue, I want to stress that this is MY opinion, based on MY experience. Therefore, you are free to disagree.

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Do Animals Have Souls?

Do Animals Have Souls? (Part 1)

When you are with people who love animals, eventually the question arises whether non-human animals have souls. I posed this question to metaphysical scholar, Dr. Norman Wilson. His thoughtful answer held us spellbound.

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Birthday Dog

How old is my dog?

There is a widely-held notion that one year of a dog’s life is equivalent to seven years of a human’s.  But the calculation to determine a dog’s age is more complicated.  Breed, size, health and other facets ultimately determine how long a dog will live.  Most people, however, realize that large-breed dogs do not live […]

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