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Ten Things People Believe About Dog Breeders

Ten Things People Believe About Dog Breeders (That Simply Are Not True) Mar 3, 2015 by Farm Dog When I created ILRDB in 2012, my intention was to provide a place for breeders, rescuers, and all manner of pet owners in between to discuss controversial issues that affect the dog community. Though we try to cover a variety of topics in our posts, the same issues tend to be brought up repeatedly on ILRDB by…
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Don’t Feed This to Your Puppy – Could Lead to Painful Hip Dysplasia

If your once active dog seems reluctant to run or play, is having difficulty getting up, or is limping or showing signs of pain, she may be suffering from osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease (DJD). Other signs of a developing mobility problem can include hesitance when jumping or climbing stairs, loss of appetite, and irritability. Many pet guardians, especially those with middle-aged or older dogs, tend to dismiss such symptoms as just a natural…
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The Turmoil of Leaving Your Dog When You Travel

If you’re a pet owner who travels, arranging for care for your animals while you’re away can feel like an overwhelming decision. More than nine in 10 pet owners consider their pet to be a member of the family,1 which means you’re probably looking for caregivers who will not only provide for basic needs like food and water, but also companionship, reassurance and playtime while you’re away. I’ve lost count of the number of clients…
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Animal Assisted Therapy

                                     Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) programs help humans overcome, or at least cope with, health problems (both physical and emotional). Dr. Boris Levinson, a US child psychologist, is credited with discovering AAT in the 1960s. At that time, he brought his dog Jingles with him to visit a withdrawn child and found he was able to gain the boy’s trust, thanks to Jingles’ presence. As Dr. Levinson stated:1 “A pet is an island of sanity in…
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Concerns about The Havanese Breed

CKC Announces Most Popular Purebred Dogs in Canada CKC is pleased to announce the top ten most popular CKC-registered breeds in Canada for 2014. Canadian purebred dog lovers have spoken and this year, we are delighted to announce a newcomer to the top ten list: the French Bulldog! This is the first time that this affectionate, lap-warming breed has muscled its way into our top ten list, unseating the Schnauzer (miniature) – a staple on…
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