10 Greyt Reasons Why Ex-Racing Greyhounds Make Great Pets

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One of my best friends just adopted her third ex-racing greyhound. Her immediate problem was that he didn't know how to go up and down stairs. For most ex-racing greyhounds right off the track, this is their biggest challenge. Once, they figure this out, they fall easily into household routines. "Did I want to come over to meet him?" she asked. I grabbed my camera and slipped out the front door. From what I can tell (and I've been out of the greyhound business for many years), the … [Read more...]

Think Like Your Dog And Enjoy The Rewards – Join the Conversation

"book-cover of Think Like Your Dog, by Dianna m Young"

Thinking about Think Like Your Dog And Enjoy The Rewards, by Dianna M Young with Robert H Mottram  Before you casually dismiss Think Like Your Dog as old fashioned because the author, Dianna M Young, uses the words "dominant" and "alpha" to describe dogs, consider her more than 30 years of professional experience and accomplishments. Then, remember, as you read, that her training message is one of balance and choice with the end goal " ... to build a relationship with your dog that is … [Read more...]

A Young Man And A Dog Forge a Magical Leash Partnership

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It takes two to make that leash-partnership thing work:  the human at one end has to buddy up with a dog at the other end. Together, they are the best and sometimes the worst of each other. Early on, there's a lot of tension between the ends of that leash as they sort out what they have to say to each other, who will take the lead, who will follow. If they begin with honest intentions and a commitment to show up every day, the tension between them starts to lessen until finally, one day, they … [Read more...]

Working Breeds Have an Inner Time Clock … Until it Runs Out

"female American Staffordshire terrier pit bull terrier"

Once Gracie settled into our weekday schedule, it didn't take her long to figure out when Alex would be walking in the door after a grueling day at work. Most days, he follows a 10AM - 7PM schedule. One day out of the week he works from 7AM - 4PM. She gets it right regardless of which day of the week it is, relying on an inner time clock of expectation that a gambler could cash in on. She's like every working breed dog we've had over the years: her inner time clock kicks in and she just … [Read more...]

Knowing your dog could die at any time

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When your vet tells you that your dog could die at any time, that her heart could just stop breathing and, you live with that knowledge for almost three months, part of you knows that it can happen. At. Any. Time.  And, so you do what you've always done in the past when one of your dogs is dying from something: cancer or kidney failure usually. Whatever the illness is, you watch for any kind of change in that dog's physical behavior - because even a subtle change like a slight stumble going down … [Read more...]