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24 Down with “Black Dog Syndrome”! Get Ready for Black Dog Appreciation Day



Everyone is familiar with the old superstition associated with black cats: a black cat can bring bad luck to the person who sees it, especially if said cat’s path crosses with theirs.  Silly, right?  Well, did you know there were similar superstitions associated with black dogs?
In folklore from the British Isles, a “black dog” was the name given to a devilish nocturnal apparition whose appearance portended death.  Remember the Sherlock Holmes adventure, “The Hound of the Baskervilles”?  Although in the story the ghostly “hellhound” that stalked the Baskervilles turned out to be a regular, flesh and bone dog, to…

Guide Dog Awareness Month

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This guest blog was written by Leah Elzahed.
September is National Guide Dog Month!  This month we celebrate the contribution Service Dogs make to our world. This special holiday all began with well known animal lover, Dick Van Patten. Dick’s career in show business began as a child actor on Broadway in 1937, and in 1989 he founded Natural Balance Pet Foods. During a visit to the Palm Springs Guide Dogs of the Desert campus in 2008, Dick was fascinated, impressed and astonished by the intelligence of guide dogs and the assistance they provide.
National Guide Dog month was started…

Doggie Discourse III: Verbal & Non Verbal Communication

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Picking up where I left off in the last two Doggie Discourse blog posts, I wanted to finish by talking a little bit about what dogs can understand from human language—both body and spoken.  I have always known that my pup Sadie is smart, but it was so interesting for me to find studies that look closely at her actual learning potential!  It has always amazed me how Sadie knows to go jump in bed when she sees me brushing my teeth, or how she starts to stretch in anticipation of her lunch break walk when she sees me switching…

Doggie Discourse II: Smiles & Poses

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Dog Body Language

Picking up where we left off in the first Doggie Discourse Blog, a dog’s tail is not the only expressive part of his body.  Dogs use their entire bodies to communicate! A solid understanding of dog body language is crucial to solving dog behavior problems. To really understand what your dog is trying to tell you, it’s important to read all the messages he is trying to send.  Today, I want to give you a brief overview of general dog body language, and I also want to explain the meaning behind several common dog behaviors—the answers might surprise you!

3 A Social Butterfly Isn’t Born Overnight: Socializing Your Dog


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Sometimes we set very high expectations for our furry loved ones; such as superb communications skills, extremely friendly disposition, and the ability to keep completely calm when faced with unfamiliar situations.  A bit much? Yes, but not impossible.
We adopted Chester when he was approximately 10 months old and from the very first day we made sure that we exposed him to everything that was an important part of our lives. Hanging out with friends, visiting family,  going to the park, going on camping trips, eating out, road trips, hiking and swimming etc. We never thought twice to exclude him…

26 How Old is that Dog in the Window?


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If you have decided to adopt a dog from an animal shelter or rescue GOOD FOR YOU! If you have already adopted or acquired your dog as a stray or from a friend THAT’S GREAT TOO!
Chances are, you know approximately your adopted dogs age based on what you were told when you got him, but it is often difficult for even a veterinarian to tell the exact age of your pup. We can make an educated guess based on a few factors like teeth and fur color. You know your dog better than anyone. Learn the canine signs of…

2 Doggie Discourse I: Tail Talk

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When I was 10 years old, I came down the stairs on Christmas morning to find a fluffy, waggling, golden retriever puppy with a big red bow around his neck waiting for me. Needless to say, it was the best Christmas I ever had. I named him Max, after the dog in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and we were immediate best friends.
That Christmas, my parents had given family and friends a heads up about my big surprise, so I received a ton of gifts that related to my new best friend. One of the best gifts I got…

Ask the Experts: Tail Chasing & Injuries?

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This question was submitted by one of our readers. If you have a pet care or pet behavior question, send it to Ask the Expert and we may feature it on The Water Bowl.

Dawn Writes:
We have a 4 1/2 year old pit boxer mix we have had since she was a puppy. She has been crated during the day almost from the first day we got her because she has a penchant for feasting on our cat. About two weeks ago my daughter forgot to lock her up before she left for the day, I came home to…

2 What Am I? DNA Testing for Mixed Breed Dogs

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“He is SO adorable!” you say to your husband as you pick up the scruffy little terrier mix you’ve been playing with in the “meet and greet” area at your local animal shelter, “and smart, too.” you say. You’ve come to add a furry member to your family, and judging by the agreement you see in your husband’s eyes, you think you’ve found just the right one.
“What breed do you suppose he is?” your other half queries.
“I don’t know.” You say as you hand the sweet little guy over to your honey. “It doesn’t matter.”
You might be…

The Mishaps of an Adventurous Dog


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I know my parents love me to death and this is why I also know they’ve been pretty close to having heart attacks many times since I came into their lives. I am, what humans would call, very adventurous and I laugh in the face of danger. This has gotten me into a considerable amount of trouble in the past seven years of my existence. Here’s just a snippet of the many things I’ve experienced while on adventure with the most awesomest parents in the world!

Fell in a frozen pond:
I am originally from Washington and I introduced my…