Tagged: dog behavior

3 Homage to the 9/11 Search and Rescue Dogs


search and rescue german shepherd

It’s hard to believe 13 years have elapsed since the attacks on the World Trade Center; it’s a heartbreaking slice of our history and no matter where you were, you’ll always remember exactly where you were, when you heard the news.
The old adage, “Man’s Best Friend” was coined in 1870 and throughout history dogs have proven this true. Again and again they show what an asset they are to us. A dog is a dog first and a pet second. Dogs behave the way they do for specific reasons.They possess speed and strength, a problem solving brain and a…

5 Secrets of Dog Behavior


white dog digging in the dirt

As you learned from Aimee’s pit bull blog, there was a lot of eye-opening material presented at the HSUS Animal Care Expo.  Another session we attended and thought you might find interesting, was about the five secrets every dog adopter or owner should know.  Colleen Pelar, a Certified Pet Dog Trainer and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, hosted the session and clarified common misconceptions with these five points:

1.    Most “bad” behavior is actually normal dog behavior.  Barking, digging, chewing, pulling on the leash – these are things that dogs do, and it’s our job as responsible pet owners to mitigate…

11 The Truth About Pit Bulls


grey pit bull puppy

Did you know that. . .

  • As many as 75% of mixed breed dogs in animal shelters, including pit bulls and pit bull mixes, are mis-identified as the wrong breed.
  • “Pit bull” type dogs are no more likely to exhibit aggressive behavior than golden retrievers.
  • Breed discriminatory policies don’t make communities safer, and many are being repealed in favor of breed neutral approaches to dangerous dogs.
  • At least three dogs from Michael Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels have gone on to earn therapy dog certifications.

So what is the most important thing any person can do to help pit bull type