Archive for February 16th, 2011 Launches to Provide Highly Focused Resources for Aspiring and Professional Dog Trainers

Anchorage, AK (PRWEB) December 31, 2005 launches to provide highly focused resources for aspiring and professional dog trainers.

Dogs are a huge part of family life; most people at least had a dog while they were growing up and many of them still consider a dog among their best friends.’s aim is to provide a single resource for those who want to train dogs, professionally, and for the average dog enthusiast who would like a better-trained buddy. Here, dog enthusiasts, of all varieties, can find tips to help them with their dogs and in finding accredited dog training schools to attend.

The site has up-to-the minute dog training news and articles, as well as articles from professional trainers. Of particular interest is its listing, by category, of reputable dog training schools. Only the very best dog training schools are recommended and are grouped by: Commercial/Obedience, Military/Police, and Guide Dogs.

The Commercial/Obedience section will be the most commonly used category, as it encompasses everything from puppy obedience to competitive obedience and conformation training, to agility. It’s this category into which most of us, with family pets, fall into. The Military/Police category covers schools that teach everything from patrol dog training to drug and explosives dog training. The Guide Dogs category is highly specialized and is specifically for seeing-eye dogs students and potential trainers. encourages the submission of stories from other professional trainers as well as anyone who has benefited from dog training. The authors can chose to be anonymous if they wish or receive full credit. User-submitted stories are then posted to a dedicated portion of the site, added to the article rotation, and broadcast over the daily updated RSS feed.

The site is now open to the public and can be found at:


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How to Add the “Wow” Factor to Your Bow-Wow Photographs with These New Dog Photography Secrets

Boone, NC (PRWEB) September 9, 2008

Become a top dog when it comes to dog photography by learning some fantastic new tricks, tips, and techniques. If you’ve ever wanted to photograph dogs — or puppies — like a pro, you’re in luck! Now you can listen in on the free “7 Photography Questions” podcast with host Dr. Audi Lanford as master photographer Jenni Bidner answers 7 of the biggest questions about dog photography. Bidner is the author of 20 books on photography and on dogs, including Love Your Dog Pictures: How To Photograph Your Dog with Any Camera.

“Capturing a dog’s unique personality is key,” says Bidner. “Decide first what it is that makes your dog’s personality special. For example, is he a clown hound, or is he very serious? What does he do to show that personality? Then figure out how you can initiate that behavior.”

During this week’s free “7 Photography Questions” podcast Bidner also reveals:

How to get excited canines to hold a pose for better dog photographs.
The single biggest mistake people make when photographing their dogs.
How photographing your dog can you help detect a common dog health problem early.
The best “must-have” photography gear and accessories for dog photography.
How to take terrific looking photographs of black or white dogs.
Special exercises to radically improve your dog photography skills.
Toward the end of the interview, Bidner talks about some of her own before and after dog photographs to illustrate the principles she used. Go here to listen to the interview Dog Photography — An Interview with Jenni Bidner.


Interviews with top photographers are posted to every Tuesday. Listeners can use any computer to hear the podcast at the website, or easily download it to any MP3 player, or subscribe at iTunes for iPods and iPhones. The text of the interviews are also posted to the website, as well as Show Notes, the photographs that are discussed, and all of the resources mentioned in each podcast. You can find all the current podcasts here:


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Barfing My Dog Allowed him To Live 22 Healthy Years

Barfing My Dog Allowed him To Live 22 Healthy Years

Though I was raised in the rural south, I had lived and worked in most of America’s major cities, New York, L.A., D.C. and a few others; but when my mom fell terminally ill, I came full circle back to rural South Mississippi.  A beautiful bearded collie mix that I named “Thor” found me. The vet could tell by his teeth that he was eleven years old.

It was a typical summer day in Lumberton. It was six a.m. but something was very different.  Thor, who usually woke me up at about 6 a.m. was not in the bedroom.  I walked around the house which was a large three bedroom and found him in the living room staring at the wall.  Thor was generally very attentive and every day ran to the door where I hung his leash and put it in my hand and began a “special bark”. I always got the message. “I wanna go out Daddy”.  Not this time. Just a strange stare. I said, “Thor”. No response. I walked over to pet him and this usually very affectionate creature walked away from me and continued his eerie stare.

What was different today? Had I done anything differently? Yes. I had taken him to the vet when he was itching nonstop and the Advantage gel was not working, or so I thought. The vet recommended it might be a food allergy and until he could figure it out, to give Thor an antihistamine daily which I did.  I rushed Thor back to the vet and this time he was certain it was “canine juvenile seizures” and wanted to put him on several drugs that would erode and shorten his quality of life.  Though the vet was ready to write the prescription, I was not ready for Thor to take it. I told him I would go home and sleep on it.  I took Thor home and the first thing I decided was to take him off the antihistamine. Within 24 hours the unresponsive staring stopped, but he was still moving very slowly. He would not eat his dry food, and he barely drank any water.  I was stumped. I knew at thirteen, he was old, and probably not long for the earth, but I was willing to find out if there might be a possible answer.  

I began my Internet study.  There were all kinds of fad diets, herbs, vitamins, etc. all claiming to bring a nearly dead dog or cat back to health. But when I explored it further, it was often a multi-level scheme, with very little nutrition or “life-force” by the time it reached the animal’s digestive system.

Then I found Dr. Ian Billinghurst (www.DrIanBillingHurst) in Australia. He is part allopathic/part holistic vet and veterinarian surgeon, and full of good information. He had just published a book about the B.A.R.F (Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods)  and was generous with his time and knowledge with back and forth emails.  He led me to other sites such as and  I joined forums and groups and debated with others as I started Thor on the diet.  

A month went by of Thor still very sluggish and sleeping in the living room on the floor. He had always jumped on my bedroom bed with me at bedtime and slept at my feet.  One night, as I turned out the light, if heard him in the room. He barked twice and jumped on the bed. He had the energy of a puppy. He and I barely slept that night.

The next day, he grabbed his leash and demanded a walk which were about 2-3 miles.  He went through it with no problem.

Several years went by and we moved to the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas. Thor had no problems with the adjustment and even at age eighteen was walking 4-6 mountain miles with me.  

His favorite meal was ground organic hamburger with various organic vegetables ground in a food processor. He also loved watermelon, raw chicken and pork (with the bone attached) and numerous other raw goodies.  The secret seemed to be raw. I added a number of herbal tinctures. Most of them were tinctures; many from the Amazon Rainforest.  I added flaxseed, CO Q10 and some other goodies.  

From age thirteen to age twenty one, when Thor’s heart began to give, he spent his life without a vet bill.  I stopped having him vaccinated and bought my own homeopathic vaccine nosodes which worked fine.  Though I sadly watched him slow down dramatically upon reaching 22 years old, I knew it was time. When he could not leave his blanket in my bedroom, I had made a promise to myself that I would have him put down. The vet talked me out of it twice, and I slept on the floor with him on his blanket, his last night with an alarm clock, waking up every four hours giving him morphine. He stopped breathing about 6 a.m. on December 11, 2007. I buried him atop his favorite mountain near the closed part of the upper Dogwood Trail.  I still think about Thor daily as he was the first dog that was my shadow. I’d had dogs all my life but this was the first time I worked at home, and was at home most of the time, and Thor was always at my foot by my desk as I worked on my cartoons.  He inspired numerous cartoons about dogs and cats which are on my website.

I do plan eventually to find another dog at the shelter, and he/she will start on the B.A.R.F diet from the start.  People tell me Thor was lucky to have someone who cared so much about him. Many of them are not dog-lovers and would never understand that Thor gave me so much more than I ever gave him.  One was the ability to love unconditionally.  I grew to believe that dogs and cats are temporary gifts from God so that we can unblock and really learn to love and care deeply about those around us.

Rick London si a writer and cartoonist and founder of Londons Times Cartoons, the #1 Google ranked offbeat cartoons on the net and many licnesed cartoon gift including funny dog & funny cat gifts mugs, aprons, totes, caps and much more.

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Should you have your dog spayed or neutered?

Should you have your dog spayed or neutered?

1. If I have my dog neutered or spayed would it stop them being aggressive?

There is no firm evidence to confirm that having a dog neutered/spayed will stop any aggression. It has been known to help calm down some dogs, but each case is different and as there are no proven facts we cannot say that it does for sure. However, it could help with hormone levels and so would be something to consider.


2. Is it easier for bitches to get spayed than it is for dogs to be neutered?

In both cases the dog would have to go under anaesthetic and so there is a slight element of risk for both a dog and a bitch. There is one factor that will affect both dogs and bitches which is weight. It is quite common for the dog to gain weight once they have had the operation. This is due to the procedure and of course they are on rest on so the exercise is to a minimum.


One point to take note of is that when the dog is recovering from the operation its worth while reducing the amount of dog food you offer. As they are resting they won’t be burning as much energy and so you can afford to cut some of the dog food down.


If the dog is an older dog then maybe you could look at changing the dog food once the dog has recovered to a senior or light dog food, such as Arden Grange Light dog food or James Wellbeloved senior/light dog food. You can find more information on dog food nutrition on many online pet supplies stores such as Swell


3. Why do they have to wear those plastic buckets on their heads?

Once the dog has had the operation then they will have stitches to deal with.  The plastic bucket-like collars are to stop the dog from getting to the stitches and possibly pulling them before they are ready to come out. If you are with the dog then you wouldn’t need to use the bucket but for sleeping and the dog being left alone it is recommended.


4.  Can the bitch still have puppies when she has had the operation?

No, once the bitch has been spayed she wouldn’t be able to have puppies. If you don’t plan on breeding from your bitch then it is recommended that she does get spayed as entire bitches that don’t have a litter can develop Pyometra which can in some cases be life threatening.


We would always recommend that you have a long chat with your vet before making any decisions.

Karren Newton is a pet advisor for leading online pet supplies retailer Swell Pets who stock a huge range of dog supplies such as Burns dog food and Nylabone Edibles dog treats.

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