Tag archives for Nat-Geo-Dogs

Alpha Dogs: No Man Left Behind

Kenny, Bobby, Luther, and KC are in Yuma, Arizona this week  to oversee the certification of a Tactical Explosion Detector Dogs (T.E.D.D.) class. Yuma has been the home to three different US Army bases since 1850. It was in 1943 that the Army came back to Yuma after 60-year absence to open the Yuma Test…

On the next episode of Alpha Dogs, Kenny and the Vohne Liche Kennels gang head to the west coast to check up on the VLK West kennel location that opened up close to a year ago in Banning, California. In order to develop and grow the kennel, Kenny needs to find a supplier of high-quality…

Canine Influenza Q&A

Canine influenza is a viral infection that can cause a whole range of symptoms in your dog, from moist cough to severe pneumonia. So what do dog owners need to know about prevention, testing and treatment of canine influenza?  I chatted with Dr. Cynthia M. Otto, Associate Professor of Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania School of…

Antifreeze Poisoning in Dogs

With the chilliest months right around the corner, many people are winterizing their vehicles by changing antifreeze. Unfortunately, dogs like the sweet taste of toxic antifreeze.According to Charlotte-based veterinarian Joy Fine, “Antifreeze causes kidney failure if ingested; unfortunately, dogs like the taste of antifreeze. In northern climates it is common to have antifreeze in the garage…

Canines in Costumes

Thinking about dressing up your dog this year? Keep in mind that some dogs will find wearing clothing stressful, uncomfortable or terrifying, so don’t force your pet to don a costume. Instead, consider cute alternatives like bandanas or attractive identification collars (or you know, just give ‘em good old holiday hugs). Other dogs may enjoy…

Halloween Dangers for Dogs

It’s Halloween time, the annual trick-or-treating spookfest with delicious chocolate rewards. But this holiday has some potential dangers for your dog, so I spoke with Charlotte-based veterinarian Joy Fine to learn more. She shared some fascinating examples from what she’s seen, heard and learned during her many years of working with dogs as a professional…

Raised Dog Feeders

Roscoe, my Boston Terrier, recently started eating from a These Creatures raised standing feeder.  Some experts believe that raised dog feeders are more comfortable for your pet, allowing him to feed without straining the joints, neck, back and spine.Dogs (especially large breeds) can swallow a significant amount of air when eating food because they tend to lift…

Winter is just around the corner with her promise of chilly temperatures, snow and ice, and caring for your dog’s paws is critical to keeping them healthy. What do dog owners need to know about their pup’s paws? I asked Charlotte-based veterinarian Joy Fine for some advice. “Protecting dogs in cold weather can be a…

Lyme Disease and Canines

Last fall, I moved to the tri-state area, a zone notorious for deer ticks. But recently, I learned the hard way that dogs can get Lyme disease too. My dog Moose had blood work during a routine health exam, and the test came up positive. So I talked with a veterinarian to learn more about…

Cool Dog Tricks

Can your dog do tricks? Roscoe knows how to eat like a champ and Moose will high-five for a snack. That’s about it. But check out these video clips of dogs doing some pretty awesome tricks…In this video below, this dog does all sorts of tricks with a skateboard. Just goes to show how positive…

Dogs and Dewclaws

Some dogs have an extra digit — called dewclaws — on the inside of their leg. But since dewclaws don’t come in direct contact with surfaces, the nail can quickly overgrow. What should dog owners know about dew claws? I talked with Charlotte-based veterinarian Joy Fine to find out some answers.“In some breeds, dewclaws are…

Guess the Breed: Patch

Back in 1999, young Patch was adopted from the Cobb Country Animal Shelter in Georgia by a loving family. For the last eleven years, his DNA make-up has been a complete mystery — until now.    The Canine Heritage Breed Test is a painless cheek-swab test that correctly identifies an extensive list of dog breeds. And while…

My Dog Dreams Of…

I was watching Madge, the basset hound pit bull, take her usual mid-morning siesta. And listening, too, of course, because she snores at a decibel level that possibly exceeds that of one of those Who concerts in the 1960s that gave Pete Townsend such bad tinnitus. In between the rumbling drone, her stubby legs and…

Where Sleeping Dogs Lie

Dogs sleep on all types of beds. But where a dog rests says a lot about an owner and their perspective of their pet. Below, check out some extreme canine cribs available for purchase and pick a perfect bed for your pooch’s personality: She might be a dog, but her diva-like personality warrants her own…

Guess the Breed: Moose

Seven years ago we adopted a three month old puppy, Moose, from the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. No matter his breeding, we couldn’t wait to bring home this energetic, tri-color pooch with over-sized paws. And last week we finally learned his true DNA make-up… Think you can take a guess?We utilized the Canine Heritage…

Pet dander — a mix of dead skin cells and hair — is a common household problem. But there’s hope! Try these tips to reduce your pooch’s pesky dander… Schedule Bath TimeDepending on the season and frequency of outdoor play time, dogs need regular baths. Whether you choose to visit a local groomer or hose…

Guess the Breed: Maggie

Two years ago, 35-pound Maggie was adopted from the Franklin County Dog Shelter in Columbus, Ohio. And – thanks to cutting edge DNA technology – her breeds have now been identified. Think you can guess what Maggie is? You might be surprised at the results! First things first, “throw out any preconceived ideas that you have…

A new study by University of New South Whales neuroscientist Michael Valenzuela and colleagues looked at the brains of a variety of breeds with snouts of different lengths. The researchers found that specimens of Canis familiaris with shorter snouts had brains that were rotated forwards by 15 degrees. They also found that the olfactory lobe…

Notes from a Dog Walker

Dog walkers feed, walk and play with beloved pets while their owners are at work or on vacation. A day in the life of a dog walker can often be a mysterious experience, known only between human and canine. Because of this, dog walkers often leave behind letters with specific grading systems that rate a…

Rawhide Alternatives

Dogs have a natural desire to chew. And to help satisfy this behavior, many pet owners turn to rawhide chews. But are rawhides actually safe for your pet, and are there alternatives to the traditional rawhide product? A rawhide is the tough inner layer of bull, cow, horse and water buffalo hides (skins) — a byproduct…

A dog’s skin and coat are visible manifestations of nutrient needs, overall health and weather changes. If a dog has a poor appetite or eats low quality pet food, supplements may be necessary to help boost the vitality of her skin and coat. Are you helping your furry friend put her best face forward? Dogs…

Dog Whisperer Voting!

Vote for your favorite episodes of Dog Whisperer every week! Each week the episode you choose will air the following Friday at 8P et/pt. Every two weeks, starting with Season One, we will feature all the episodes from a season of the Dog Whisperer and each week, a favorite will be selected, giving us two…

Hot Dogs

Credit: Patrick J. Kiger Of my three dogs, I think my basset hound-pit bull mix Madge is definitely the smartest, at least when it comes to coping with the high 90-something, high humidity weather that we’re currently enduring. She’s retreated to the doggie bed in my son Minh’s bedroom, prudently close to both the window…

Dog Photography 101

Everyone should have at least one high-quality photograph of their dog. But capturing the perfect pic of your beloved furry friend can be a complicated and frustrating task. So I approached top commercial photographer Anthony Tortoriello for some advice. Anthony is the official photog of the famous two-legged dog Faith (maybe you recognize this photograph, named…

Dogs that do not take prevention medicine are susceptible to heartworm disease through contact with infected mosquitoes. Heartworm disease occurs in all 50 states and across the globe — but luckily, it’s preventable. When an infected mosquito bites the dog, heartworm larvae are likely to transmit the disease to the pet, entering through the skin’s…