Saturday, April 16, 2011

Dog Training Blogs

I was sent this link to the Top 25 Dog Training Blogs.

Interesting stuff. Let me know your thoughts

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Ohio Proposes New Animal Cruelty Laws for Dog Breeders

Kennel owners in Ohio who violate certain animal cruelty provisions would face felony charges under a new bill proposed by state lawmakers. A public hearing on the measure is set for Wednesday, April 6, 2011.

House Bill 108 prohibits an owner of dog kennel from:

• Torturing, tormenting, needlessly mutilating or maiming, cruelly beating, poisoning, needlessly killing, or committing an act of cruelty against the companion animal; and

• Depriving the companion animal of necessary sustenance, confining the companion animal without supplying it during the confinement with sufficient quantities of good, wholesome food and water, or impounding or confining the companion animal without affording it, during the impoundment or confinement, with access to shelter from heat, cold, wind, rain, snow, or excessive direct sunlight, if it can reasonably be expected that the companion animal would become sick or suffer in any other way as a result of or due to the deprivation, confinement, or impoundment or confinement in any of those specified manners.

Violators would face felony charges of the fifth degree.

In an industry alert, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council argued that animal cruelty laws “should encompass all persons, whether pet owners or otherwise, and should not target a specific group for prosecution.”

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

First mutt census reveals strong dog DNA trends

 Interesting article from  - MSN Article

Purebreds aren’t as popular as you might think. In fact, more than half the dogs in American living rooms and backyards are mutts. The first-ever National Mutt Census lets pet owners trace the roots of their pooch’s family tree, revealing the most popular varieties in the nation’s mixed-breed dog population of 38 million.

According to the National Mutt Census, the top 10 most popular breeds found in the mixed-breed population are:

1. German shepherd (the second most popular AKC-registered breed)
2. Labrador retriever (most popular AKC breed)
3. Chow chow (63rd most popular AKC breed)
4. Boxer (sixth most popular AKC breed)
5. Rottweiler (13th most popular AKC breed)
6. Poodle (ninth most popular AKC breed)
7. American Staffordshire Terrier (70th most popular AKC breed)
8. Golden retriever (fourth most popular AKC breed)
9. Cocker spaniel (23rd most popular AKC breed)
10. Siberian husky (22nd most popular AKC breed)

Check out the full article for some more interesting trends among mixed breeds.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Diabetes Is A Trend in Dogs Too

Nearly 3 out of 5 dogs in the US are either overweight or obese. This is an amazing number. This is a growing problem that we owners need to pay attention to.

While much of it comes down to portion control and exercise, the first steps are acknowledging that our dogs have a weight problem and then acting on it. Far too often we just accept that our dogs are overweight and pass it off as 'cute' or funny; but in reality, we are putting our dogs in danger of debilitating disease like cancer, arthritis and even shorter lifespans.

-Their ribs are easily felt
-They have a tucked abdomen - no sagging stomach
-Their waist can be seen when viewed from above

-It's difficult to feel their ribs over fat
-They have a sagging stomach - you can grab a handful of fat
-They have a broad, flat back
-They have no waist