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Swimming as exercise

Swimming is terrific exercise for dogs. It eliminates the joint stress of weight-bearing activities like running, exercises the whole body, and can be continued into old age.
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The expectations game

In our ongoing adventure of companionship with dogs nothing trips us up quite as much as our own unrealistic expectations. Dogs who don’t do as they are told? We think them willfully disobedient, stubborn, or, worst of all, slow on the uptake.
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Arson dogs

For more than 12,000 years, dogs have worked alongside humans. They have herded our livestock, hunted with us, and pulled us across otherwise impassable frozen expanses. Most modern dogs are companions, of course, but those who do work have ever more extraordinary job descriptions.
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Essential fatty acids for dogs

Good fats and oils are vital to a healthy balanced diet for your dog. Not enough good fats is as big a problem as too much.
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Dog in the spotlight:
English Cocker Spaniel

This dapper little gun dog was originally bred for flushing and retrieving small game. Don’t be fooled by her melting spaniel eyes and soft, feathery coat: the Cocker is an all-terrain dog and can be a handful to live with. Exuberant, strong-willed, and energetic, she needs lots of exercise and careful training. Cockers love having a job—something scent-related, preferably, otherwise anything demanding will do: agility, obedience, flyball, canine disc, etc. The well-socialized Cocker is affectionate and wants to be part of all family activities. Beware the noise, though, she’s quick to alert to doorbells. (A Cocker Spaniel holds the world record for the most persistent barking: 907 times in ten minutes.) With her soulful expression, the Cocker is popular in arts and entertainment too, most famously in Disney’s enduring 1955 animated classic, Lady and the Tramp.

To give an English Cocker Spaniel a home, search online for nearby rescues.

4 ways to keep your senior dog healthy

Regular vet check-ins. This is the gospel throughout your dog’s life, but extra important in those golden years. Twice-annual exams is a good rule of thumb; more for dogs with known health issues. Between visits, look out for changes in your dog’s appetite, irritability level, or trouble hearing or seeing.

Injury prevention. Provide ramps and stairs to give your dog easy access to furniture and beds. Consider carpeting slippery floors to give old paws solid footing.

Age-appropriate diet. Dietary needs change with age. Some dogs gain weight; others can’t hold on to theirs. Consult your vet about adjusting your dog’s diet for optimal health.

Sleep therapy. Consider investing in an orthopedic dog bed especially for seniors. Memory foam helps cushion aging joints—some beds even have heat and vibration functions.

New DDW dogs!

Welcome the following new friends to the DDW family:

These movie dogs?

Beasley. The big lovable Dogue de Bordeaux behind Hooch in the 1989 movie Turner and Hooch. Beasley got rave reviews from his co-star Tom Hanks, who called him an "Oscar-caliber actor."

Jed. This dog-wolf hybrid played White Fang in the 1991 eponymous movie based on Jack London’s book about the friendship between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from abusers.

Hank. Training for his famous roller-skating scene in 1995’s The Truth About Cats and Dogs took three months for this easygoing Great Dane.

Arokat’s Echobar Take Me Dancing. Playing high-maintenance pooch Beatrice in mockumentary Best in Show (2000) where five dog owners head for the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show probably came natural to this prize-winning Weimaraner.

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