Tag archives for Nat-Geo-Dogs

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…

Ways to Minimize Pet Dander in the Home

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…

Selective Breeding Has Moved Some Dogs’ Brains

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…