Author: Happy Dog

Allergies in Dogs

There are five types of canine allergies: Bacterial, contact, flea, inhalant, and food. The least common are bacterial and contact. Bacterial allergies result in skin disease and require antibiotic treatment. Contact allergies are reactions to substances in the dog’s environment, such as wool or cleaners, and often disappear when the irritant is removed. Flea allergies… Read more »

Military Dogs

Dogs around the world have followed warriors and soldiers into combat as far back as history records stretch. The Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, Romans and many other early civilizations used dogs as sentries or on patrols. Some early armies even brought dogs into battle. Today’s active service dogs are highly skilled and valuable. Their primary jobs… Read more »

How Dogs Learn

Dogs learn in two ways: by association (emotional response) and by consequence (doing things). An example of associative learning is dogs’ reaction to the sight of a food bowl: fits of joy. They have learned that this bowl predicts mealtime. We can use dogs’ associations to teach them things. For instance, new puppies don’t care… Read more »

Bark! Bark! Bark!

Nonstop barking can drive even the saintly to desperation. Fortunately, there’s help to be had. The approach depends on the cause. Watchdog barking is triggered by visual or auditory stimulation—passersby, slamming car doors, a cat on the lawn. Watchdog barkers were sentries in a previous life. Boredom barking happens when a dog is left alone… Read more »

The Basset Hound

This sweet-looking, floppy-eared, low-to-the-ground hound boasts scenting abilities bested only by the Bloodhound. Known as a patient and affectionate family dog, the Basset hides her impressive talents behind a somewhat plodding pace and less-than-athletic exterior. But don’t be fooled. When well trained, the Basset can distinguish herself in Rally-O, tracking, field trialing, and pack hunting.… Read more »

Healthy Travels with Your Dog

Doing your homework is key to making traveling with your dog a healthy and stress-free experience. First, research the area(s) you’ll be visiting: Are there weather advisories in place, or disease outbreaks or risks you’re unfamiliar with (water parasites, ticks, rabies)? Are there permissions or vaccinations your dog will need to travel there? Next, be… Read more »

Herding

The majority of today’s herding dogs and herding dog breed mixes never come across a flock of geese or sheep or goats. But that doesn’t mean their herding instinct is dormant. People who share their lives with these energetic and intelligent dogs know how easy it is to trigger a round of (often annoying) heel… Read more »

Dogs, Dogs Everywhere

Imagine a Bedouin hunting in the desert. The temperature is close to 120 degrees, too hot for horses to move beyond a plod. The desert hare, or dinner, is out of shooting range. Enter the Saluki. Light-boned and sharp-eyed, with the lung capacity of a cheetah. An expert hunter, specialized for this harsh environment, this… Read more »

Understanding Motivation

Motivation is what makes your dog tick. It’s what drives him to do things, like respond to your cues and find doing so worthwhile—even the second and third times you ask. Common canine motivators include: Car rides, a ball tossed, a walk, a leash clipped on or off, playing with toys, access to other dogs,… Read more »

People-Foods to Avoid

Most people know chocolate can be dangerous, even fatal, to dogs. Many have heard the same of grapes and raisins, and it’s common sense that alcohol isn’t canine fare. Other people-foods never to share with your dog include: In the greenery department: Avocado, onions, garlic, chives (plus grapes and raisins). Drinks and dairy: Cacao, coffee,… Read more »

The Doberman Pincher

Doberman Pinchers, affectionately known as Dobies, hail from Germany and were originally bred to be guard dogs. For that reason, Dobies are strong and resilient, fast runners, and hardwired to be alert. When well trained and socialized, Dobies are also affectionate family dogs and devoted companions. They have distinguished themselves alongside soldiers at war—a Dobie… Read more »