For dog breeders, Facebook seems to be such an underused tool. Breeders love the groups. Groups for breeds, groups for breeders, groups for fighting new animal rights laws, and groups for arguing about whether designer breeds are acceptable. But are you using Facebook to help your kennel, to hurt it, or just to stay in … Continue reading Facebook for Dog Breeders
A whelping box is almost a requirement for breeding dogs. "Whelping," or the giving birth by a female dog, is a stressful process. The puppies must stay warm and near their mother, or they will be unable to nurse. Whelping boxes should have firm sides, be just the right size, and have an absorbent liner. … Continue reading Whelping Box Supplies: The Best Stuff
According to conventional wisdom, bitches need a "rest" cycle between litters. However, in the past few decades researchers, most notably Dr. Robert Hutchinson, have discovered that the hormones that lead to ovulation (progesterone) cause deterioration of the bitch's uterus. (Source: DPCA Transcript.) The deterioration of the uterus leads to reduced litter sizes and higher risk … Continue reading Breeding Back-To-Back: Is It Truly Better?
Genetic testing isn't just for breeders. Pet owners--even those with mixed-bred dogs--can learn valuable information with a simple DNA test. While responsible breeders are often early adopters of genetic testing, pet owners should participate in the process as well. Genetic tests tell everyone more about the health of their pets--and knowledge is power. Back when … Continue reading Why You Should Discover Your Dog’s Genetic Heritage
You just got home from work, and your dog is acting weird. You're not sure what's going on, but he seems sick. He's cheerful, wags his tail, but just seems off. You probably should call the vet, but it's after hours and there's an emergency fee. You're not sure if this is a dog emergency, … Continue reading Dog Emergency: When You Need the Vet
I've joined a few Facebook groups for pet owners, and every few days someone asks about the care of newborn pups. Ideally, you should research this before you have a newborn puppy, and before you breed your female. But some people come into it accidentally--either they adopted a dog from someone else who was pregnant, … Continue reading How to Keep a Newborn Puppy Alive
Can you vacation with your dogs? Totally. Lots of major hotels allow dogs, and it's cheaper than boarding. Remember our 7 Golden Rules for Vacationing with Dogs. #1 - Leave No Sign To ensure that you, and others, always have the opportunity to vacation with dogs, follow this rule. Pick up your dog's feces and … Continue reading 7 Golden Rules for Vacationing with Dogs
Thirteen years ago, I had The Dog. Not just any dog, but the dog that was with me always. He was a gorgeous fox-red Labrador, aptly named "Rusty." He was the best dog. He could be anywhere and wouldn't steal or knock people over or do anything else excessively obnoxious. However, Rusty had one little … Continue reading Keeping Dogs Safe in Hot Weather