When it comes to dog show,s what is sportsmanship? In my opinion, it is a great deal more than saying "Thank you" to the judge or giving the winner of the class a big smile and a "Congratulations." Sportsmanship at a dog show isn't any different than "sportsmanship" in life. Dog shows and life...When the neighbor takes in all that has happened, she doesn’t automatically hit herself over the head for being so irresponsible and inconsiderate. She instead blames the puppy for being a handful and unmanageable. He is rushed to the vet and given care and medication for the injuries incurred but has to remain in ...Due to its great popularity over the last twenty odd years or so, the 'stafford' has become one of the most competitive breeds to exhibit. With an im to improving your chances in the ring, consideration should be applied to two requirements. Firstly, your dog must attain a standard of breed acceptability and you ...Like most problems with dog’s health, most carry a very heritable component and allergies are no different. I’ve heard many times people say that health problems are fixed in the whelping pen. When I see an allergic dog most of the time we can trace it back to an itchy parent or grandparent, just another...A slipped hock will fold forward with virtually NO pressure, and the dog will be unable to resist it. To determine a slipped hock, place several fingers on the back of the hock lightly pressing forward until the dog either picks up the foot and steps forward or the joint collapses forward . ...Thirty years ago my son wanted a dog and when I eventually agreed I remembered that a neighbour once had a Staffordshire bull terrier. It was a friendly, people loving dog, not too big as far as dogs go and it had an easy to manage short coat. The breed was not so common or...In my opinion, Karen Delise compiled the definitive study of dog attacks in her book “Fatal Dog Attacks”. She did painstaking research, and took a close look every fatal dog attack in the US over the course of about forty years. She broke it down from every conceivable angle. We read in terrible newspaper accounts…No one can predict when or even if a dysplastic dog will start showing clinical signs of lameness due to pain. There are multiple environmental factors such as caloric intake, level of exercise, and weather that can affect the severity of clinical signs and phenotypic expression (radiographic changes). There is no rhyme or reason to the severity of radiographic changes correlated...I make this statement at the expense of being tarred and feathered but increasingly, the best dog you’ll ever breed may be the hardest dog you will ever finish. It will be the “odd man out” and look different from the majority of dogs represented in the ring. Why? Some judges, insecure in a breed...... meantime we can use the drawings from Alan Mitchell’s book (with hispermission) to explain what we are looking for in photography. Dish-faced - A slight concaveness of foreface, the tip of the nose is higher that the stop, when viewed in profile. Down-faced - where the muzzle inclines downward from the skull to nose….Here is the thing. Why would you want to purposely encourage behaviours that are not acceptable outside the dog park. Barking, chasing, biting, prey drive, stalking, marking, jumping are all things we want to stop or at least that’s what I am told when I go to people’s houses. So if these are things that...At the recent American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Conference, I discovered that I am not the only one questioning the use of grains in commercial and home-prepared pet foods. Grains, such as oats, wheat, rice, barley, etc, are composed mostly of complex carbohydrates. They also contain some protein, fiber, B-vitamins and trace minerals. However, they...