Dogs Dig Walking

Getting real with your dog

One of the most frequent sources of frustration in dog training? Unrealistic expectations. Dogsí intelligence shines through in so many ways that we tend to ascribe them decidedly human cognitive skills, such as the ability to understand complex sentences. Itís what some dog trainers refer to as "the Lassie syndrome."
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Maternal altruism in dogs

Human beings are capable of and often display maternal altruism well beyond our own species. We adopt other peopleís children, yes, but we also adopt dogs and cats, even trees and roadways. Viewed through an evolutionary lens, this is interesting.
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Pronounced "try ball," this fun new dog sport was born in Germany in the mid-2000s when a Dutch hunting and herding dog trainer, Jan Nijboer, wondered if he could teach high-energy dogs to play soccer.
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Pilates for dogs

Is your dog a sports lover who relishes agility, flyball, freestyle, or disc dog competition? Or is she more of a couch potato? Perhaps sheís getting on a bit in years? Then your dog could benefit from a proactive approach to injury prevention.
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Dog in the spotlight: Vizsla

This Hungarian hunter can be found in smooth or wire-haired varieties. Standout characteristics are grace, intelligence, friendliness, exercise addiction, a penchant for chewing things, and a strong dislike of alone time. The well-socialized Vizsla takes worship of his human family to a new level, something that has earned the breed the nickname "the Velcro dog." Famous for the hunting skills he was originally bred for, the Vizsla embodies versatility. Rally, agility, flyball, obedience, tracking, and search & rescue, this dog can do it all and is at his happiest after a strenuous workout. Vizlas live by the dictum "run, donít walk" so the breed is not for everyone. But if youíre an avid hiker or dog sport fan and have time to devote to training and companionship, the Vizsla is a stellar choice. And so pretty, too.

To give a Vizsla a forever home, search online for the nearest rescue group.

5 tips for cold-weather walks

Beware the burn. If youíll be walking where the roads are being salted or treated with ice-melting chemicals, protect your dogís footpads with booties or petroleum jelly.

Stay bundled. Unless your dog is a northern breed that lives for the snow, invest in a sweater or coat that covers him to the base of the tail and under the belly.

Leash up. If youíre out in bad weather, donít let your pooch off leash. Heavy snowfall obscures familiar scents, making it easier for dogs to become disoriented and lost.

Skip the ice in early winter. Stay away from frozen ponds, lakes, or other water until ice reports say otherwise.

Slow down. Running in cold weather is tougher on your dogís heart because itís pumping extra hard to keep his body temperature up. If you notice labored breathing, stop.

New DDW dogs!

Welcome the following new friends to the DDW family:

These doggie
history facts?

Pre-historically: The oldest known cave art depicting dogs is in the Cueva de El Castillo cave in Puente Viesgo, Spain. The charcoal and red ochre drawings, dating back approximately 40,000 years, include goats, horses, mammoths, bison, and dogs.

Antiquity: Dogs were so valued as pets in ancient Egypt that families would shave their eyebrows as a sign of grief when they lost a dog. The ancient Romans had many pets, including apes and cats, but favored dogs above all.

The Renaissance. Leonardo da Vinci was not just a genius inventor and artist, but an admirable person even by todayís standards. In his notebooks, he questions manís inherent rights over animals - completely at odds with the accepted tenets of his age.

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