DOG TRIVIA

1. If your dog has kiss marks, does it mean that it has an ardent fan?

2. What country has the most dog racing tracks?

3. Barbie, the famous doll, has a white Standard Poodle for a pet. Can you name him?

* Check your answers below*

*DOG NEWS*

DOG OBEDIENCE LIST-For people who are competing or training in Competitive Obedience. Obedience Trainers, Competitors & Judges. This can be a high volume List. Dog Obedience list has been written up in Front & Finish. To Subscribe go to:

Dog Obedience List

FEATURED WEB SITES

Here are several interesting and useful web sites you might want to visit:

* NEW!!! This is a great resource for dog safety materials. This information about dog bite prevention is good for adults and especially kids.

Dog Gone Safe - Dog Bite Prevention

* This is a great resource to learn about the gait of dogs with orthopedic problems... the directions sound a little complicated at first, but the buttons actually make it pretty easy to navigate through.

Veterinary Partner

* Visit this site for veterinary info and other pet info.

Dogs with Orthopedic Problems

* Visit this funny site that has stories about some of your favorite breeds.

Laughing Dog Press

* Barbie also gets into Freestyle Obedience. See what she's doing at:

Freestyle Barbie

* Need tips on dog training? Look at this site for more information.

101-dog-training-tips.com

* Want to have your dog temperment tested? check out this site for a testing site near you:

ATTS

* With changing of the guard in the White House, you might want to learn about some of the presidential pets.

The Presidential Pet Museum

* Want to learn more about rare breed dogs, then take a look at the Rare Breed Network.

Rare Breed Network

* Want to take a look at one of the most popular dog sport sites? Visit the site for the Triple Crown Academy near Austin, TX.:

Triple Crown Academy

* Want to know the Cool Dog Site of the Day? Just click onto this Dogmark site:

Cool Dog Site of the Day

DOG TIPS

EASIER TICK REMOVAL

This is great, because it works in those places where it's sometimes difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc. Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and let it stay on the repulsive insect for a few seconds (15-20), after which the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. Make sure the person is not allergic to soap.


DOG TREATS - LIVER BROWNIES

Here is another easy recipe, and it makes a ton, which you can freeze and defrost for class in a flash!

Liver Brownies (warn your family they are made with LIVER and not to be munched while warm LOL)

1 pound liver (chicken, beef or pork)

1 cup flour

1 cup corn meal

Garlic powder (optional)

one egg (optional)

Grind liver in food processor. Pour in bowl and fold in flour, corn meal and garlic/egg. Batter will be thick. Spread on to a greased pan and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when pricked.

Cool, and slice into cubes. Freeze and thaw when you need them. Makes a ton of goodies, for next to nothing.


COCOA MULCH WARNING TO PET OWNERS

Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other Garden supply stores, contains a lethal ingredient called "Theobromine". It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks. Just a word of caution, check what you are using in your gardens and be aware of what your gardeners are using in your gardens.

Theobromine is the ingredient that is used to make all chocolate especially dark or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs.

Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.


EASY DOG TREATS MADE FROM BABY FOOD

Ingredients:
- 4 small jars baby food (any pureed meat type)
- 1/3 cup Cream of Wheat (you can substitute any kind of flour, but the texture won't be quite so fine) - 1 beaten egg

Optional: flavorings like garlic powder, grated cheese etc.

For example, I made two flavors in my last batch:
1. Ham & Turkey with grated cheese, and
2. Veal & Lamb with garlic.

Mix all ingredients. If the batter is too runny, add some more Cream of Wheat or flour but it doesn't have to be really thick - just thick enough that when you drop a little spoonful onto the baking sheet it won't completely flatten out.

I usually cook these in the microwave - drop by small spoonfuls onto waxed paper or parchment paper, or a greased microwave safe plate. For chewy treats, cook on High for 2- 3 minutes, until set. If you want crunchy treats, cook them longer.

If you want to bake them in the oven, drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for about 8 minutes for chewy treats, longer for crunchy treats.

Cool and store covered in the fridge for up to one week, or freeze for longer storage.


DOG'S PRAYER "GOD'S FRIEND"

When God made the earth and sky
The flowers and the trees

He then made all the animals
And all the birds and bees.

And when all his work was finished
Not one was quite the same

He said, "I’ll walk this earth of mine
And give each one a name."

And so he traveled land and sea
And everywhere He went

A little creature followed Him
Until his strength was spent

When all was named upon the earth
And in the sky and sea,

The little creature said "Dear Lord,
There's not one left for me."

The Father smiled and softly said,
"I've left you to the end

I've turned my own name back to front
And called you Dog, my friend."

Anonymous


AGILITY BLESSING

May the tunnels not have too much suction,
May the course be fun and fast.
May your dog not stop to say "hello"
to the photographers they pass!

May the table not be too slippery,
May the chute house no scary beasts,
May all the yellow parts be touched
with one little toe, at least.

May the wind be always at your back,
May no bars fall on the ground.
May the A-frame have no stop sign on the top,
May the judge's whistle never sound.

May your dog obey all correct commands
And ignore the ones that are wrong.
May your heart be light, your feet be sure
and the bond with your dog grow strong.

At the finish line, may great joy abound,
regardless of your score,
You have your dog, your dog has you,,
and who could ask for more?

Written by: PJ Hughes


CLEAR COMMUNICATION

There should be a clear separation between giving your dog a command and correcting him (whatever that correction might be). Do not blur these things. Give the command, such as "Sit", and then wait at least five seconds for your dog to process that command. Many owners do not give their dog enough time to do it right.

If at least five seconds have gone by and your dog has not obeyed the command you're sure he knows, then you should follow through with the consequences of his action. (There are many nonviolent ways to correct a dog.)

Don't forget, when he DOES obey a command, tell him how great you think he is! Shower him with love! Throw a ball for him! Dogs love to do things right.


HOW TO PET-PROOF YOUR HOME

By Vanessa Renée Casavant, The Seattle Times

After months of searching, you've finally chosen the perfect pet. You've taken online pet-soulmate quizzes, consulted friends and family and visited animal shelters and breeders.

You might be ready for a pet, but is your home?

While most pet owners are familiar with potential poisonous hazards, such as chocolate and antifreeze, many probably don't know that grapes and raisins can be deadly for dogs, and that almost all lilies can be toxic for cats.

Dr. John Sheppard, a veterinary consultant for PetProTech pet safety products, says the most common pet emergencies veterinarians see are fractures, intestinal blockage, ingestion of household chemicals, lacerations and soft-tissue trauma -- all of which can result from accidents at home.

Pet-proofing your home is a simple and inexpensive way to keep your furry family member safe and happy.

GETTING STARTED: Survey each room of your home by getting down on your hands and knees, the same way you would to prepare for a toddler. It will help you pinpoint potential hazards that you wouldn't notice if you were standing up.

"The little things that kids can get themselves in trouble with are the same for a puppy or new animal," said Dana Farbman of the ASPCA Poison Control Center in Urbana, Ill.

FOOD HAZARDS: The ASPCA identifies more than 230 plants and 13 foods as potential hazards to your pet's health. More at www.aspca.org.

If you have a cat and a dog, keep their food dishes in separate areas. Cat food has high quantities of protein that can be hard on dogs' kidneys.

Discard any household plant that could be toxic. Common ones include azaleas, lilies, morning glories, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and irises. Also be aware of plants with thorns, as they can cause eye injuries. During the holidays, keep your pets away from mistletoe, holly and Christmas tree water (it might contain harmful fertilizers). Poinsettias are OK, although they can give your pet an upset stomach.

Lock up all medications. Common painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen can cause kidney failure and death in pets. Even vitamins pose a potential health hazard. Never give a pet medication intended for another species. Treating a cat with a dog preventative for fleas, ticks or heartworm could cause serious health problems.

OUTDOOR DANGERS: Fertilizers should be used carefully and sparingly. If you have to use them, make sure to keep animals away from a freshly fertilized lawn for at least 24 hours. Use extra caution with products containing high concentrations of iron or pesticides.

Wipe up spills of anti-freeze, gasoline, oil, fertilizers, insecticides or cement mix. Keep these products in a locked shed or at least off the floor -- curious claws and canines will investigate.

Cat owners should be especially careful before starting a car. Cats love warm places and sometimes will crawl inside the engine. They also like to take naps under or on top of cars. Bang on the hood of the car before starting it. Also check clothes dryers, another warm place.

Dog owners should make sure that backyard fences are strong and that gate latches work.

TOXIC HAZARDS: Remove pennies, nicotine products, mothballs and batteries that might be lying around. All can be lethal to a pet if digested.

Use safety latches to secure all cabinets and trash cans that contain food or cleaning products. Even overhead cabinets sometimes need securing, because cats and larger dogs can be clever when they want something they smell.

Fatty foods, onions, salt, garlic, avocados, macadamia nuts, raisins, grapes, chocolate and alcoholic beverages can be toxic to pets if ingested in large quantities. Rotting food, coffee grounds and fruit pits can cause serious health problems as well.

Bones from pork chops, chicken and ribs can splinter and cut the inside of your dog's mouth or cause choking Emergency resources

ASPCA Poison Control Center: The ASPCA Web site is a great source of information about toxic plants and foods. It also has an interactive pet-proofing walk-through quiz. 888-426-4435 or www.aspca.org; a consultation fee may apply.

In case of disaster: Learn about disaster preparedness for your pet at the ASPCA's Web site or at the American Humane Society's Web site, www.americanhumane.org. You can also get a sticker at those sites that lets search-and-rescue workers know a pet may be trapped in your home.

PHYSICAL HAZARDS: Remove anything within your pet's reach that has sharp edges or could be a choking hazard. This goes for toys as well. Plastic bags and wrappers also are hazardous, because they can cause an intestinal blockage, which could require surgery.

Cover exposed electrical cords or outlets to prevent burns and electrocution as the result of chewing. Visit www.ehow.com/buy_5717_cord-cover.html to learn more about cord covers.

Secure loose strings from window blinds or curtains by wrapping them around a peg. It's very easy for pets to become tangled and possibly strangle themselves. Secure your windows by repairing torn screens and reinforcing the molding on wooden window frames and the spline on metal ones.

Use baby gates to block off any spaces where your pet could be in danger of falling. Many puppies and kittens lack depth perception, and falling presents a big hazard. Older cats also are at risk because they become less agile with age.

TIPS: A super-strong screen mesh that is resistant to clawing just arrived on the market. Do a Web search for "pet resistant screens" to find out more.

For houses and lofts with open staircases that are almost impossible to block off, use extra supervision and play with your pet only on the bottom level.

Vet consultant Dr. John Sheppard recommends granular pesticides over pellet-size ones because pets are less likely to eat them. Pesticides should be placed in areas inaccessible to your pet. Use extra caution with products containing metaldehyde, zinc phosphide or methomyl.

Dogs love to dig, and if the fence isn't deep enough, they can get out. Burying chicken wire under a layer of dirt around the fence is a good digging deterrent.

This works great in gardens, too.


WHAT IS A TITLE, REALLY?

Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores, a title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honour the dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain, in record and in memory, for about as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better in that regard.

And though the dog itself doesn't know or care that its achievements have been noted, a title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.

A title says your dog was intelligent, and adaptable, and good- natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.

And a title says that you loved your dog, that you loved to spend time with it because it was a good dog, that you believed in it enough to give it yet another chance when it failed, and that, in the end, your faith was justified.

A title proves that your dog inspired you to that special relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable creatures, this dog with a title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in return.

And when that dear, short life is over, the title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend, volumes of praise in one small set of initials after the name.

A title is nothing less than love and respect, given and received and permanently recorded.


LEADER OF THE PACK

Dogs can be controlling in many different ways. They'll always take as much as they can get, and if you don't set some limits, problems develop. Examples of ways dogs can control (and dominate) their owners include barking demandingly, disobeying commands, and requiring constant attention.

Your dog thinks in terms of his "pack." He is always interested to know if the position of leader is available. If it is and he becomes pack leader, you're going to have a lot of problems. You need to be in charge! In order to be "leader of your pack," you must be a fair, benevolent, and firm leader. When the dog tests your authority, you must respond. A lack of reaction on your part will be interpreted by your dog as permission to continue his bad behavior (like chewing on the rug).

Here's how you can remind your dog that you are the "leader of the pack":

Do obedience sessions twice a day that last five to ten minutes each. SIT, DOWN, STAY, and COME are the four basic commands. Remember, obedience is like speaking dog language to your dog. It's a way of establishing your authority in a nonviolent manner. Pause a significant amount of time between each command. Be precise. Sit means sit. Down means down.

There is some evidence that a low protein diet can help hyperactive and dominant dogs. Dry kibble should have a protein average of 16 to 20 percent (read the back of the bag). Eliminate canned food.

Note: Certain medical conditions such as pregnancy require more protein--check with your veterinarian and trainer.


VACUUM PHOBIA

Is your dog terrified of the vacuum cleaner? Or, do you wish you could vacuum your dog or cat? Give this a try. It may not work, but the time investment is minimal and it's worth a try.

Put yourself and your dog in a small room, like a bathroom, with the hose to a canister vac. Leave the canister outside the door and sit on the floor, back against the door, with your dog. Play with the hose. Let her smell it, paw it, or whatever. Rub it on the dog playfully. Once everything is cool, have someone else turn the machine on or stick your arm through the door and do it yourself. Just leave the hose on the floor away from the dog and do something else -- play with another toy, give treats. If the noise outside the door is being ignored, play with the hose again. The best place for first contact is on the chest and it feels really good to your dog. Don't overdo it. Turn the machine off, give your dog a treat, and end the session. After just one session, your dog (or cat) may be demanding to be vacuumed.


GROW OLD WITH DOGS


When I am old...
I will wear soft gray sweatshirts...
and a bandana over my silver hair.....
and I will spend my social security checks on wine and my dogs.
I will sit in my house on my well-worn chair and listen to my dogs' breathing.
I will sneak out in the middle of a warm summer night and take my dogs for a run, if my old bones will allow...
When people come to call,I will smile and nod as I show them my dogs... and talk of them and about them...
....the ones so beloved of the past and the ones so beloved of today....


I will still work hard cleaning after them, mopping
and feeding them and whispering their names in a soft loving way.
I will wear the gleaming sweat on my throat, like a
jewel and I will be an embarrassment to all...
especially my family...
who have not yet found the peace in being free to have dogs as your best friends....


These friends who always wait, at any hour, for your footfall...
and eagerly jump to their feet out of a sound sleep, to
greet you as if you are a God.
With warm eyes full of adoring love and hope that you will always stay,
I'll hug their big strong necks...
I'll kiss their dear sweet heads...
and whisper in their very special company....


I look in the Mirror...
and see I am getting old....
this is the kind of person I am...
and have always been.
Loving dogs is easy,they are part of me.
Please accept me for who I am.
My dogs appreciate my presence in their lives...
they love my presence in their lives......
When I am old this will be important to me...
you will understand when you are old....
if you have dogs to love too.

~Author Unknown


PUPPY NIPS

There is never an appropriate time for your flesh to be in your dog's mouth. Yes, it's a very natural thing and puppies nip each other in play, but you need to lay down the law right from the get-go that he should never put his teeth on you or anyone--even in play. The longer you let this continue, the harder it will be to convince him when he is an adult and has 800 pounds per square inch of force in his jaws.

You should always be in a position of control when teaching your dog how to behave, so have a leash on him when you're working on nipping. This way, he can't dash off under the couch when you try to reprimand him.

When Fido nips, try a firm "No." If this doesn't work, give a tug on his leash. Try not to have him see it was you who did the tugging. Ideally, he will think there is a direct correlation between using his teeth and the correction. You want him to believe that "the Spirits" corrected him, not you. You're just standing there, minding your own business!


DANGEROUS POISONS

The American Veterinary Medical Association has published a Pet Owners Guide to Small Animal Poisons, including lists of plants, drugs, household products, etc. that are harmful to your dog's health. The list can be found at:

Poisons

An example of a common plant that is poisonous to small animals such as dogs and cats are rhododendrons (and other cardiac glycoside containing plants). Common names include Rhododendrons, milkweeds, lily-of-the-valley, laurel, oleander, azalea, foxglove, etc. These common plants all contain cardiac glycosides. Cardiac glycoside drugs derived from one of these plants, digitalis (foxglove), are used in the treatment of heart disease in people and animals. Due to their actions on the heart, however, ingestion of plants containing glycosides can be fatal. Signs may include vomiting, diarrhea, collapse, or death from heart Failure. fortunately, the plant has a bitter and very unpleasant taste!


TECHNIQUES TO HELP AVOID DOG BITES

Dogs can't speak English, but they can communicate quite clearly in body language. Read the following descriptions and start noticing the dogs you meet in your everyday life. You're apt to see these behaviors daily from dogs you don't know and, quite possibly, even your own.

AGGRESSIVE POSTURING: Dogs try to appear larger by holding their tails and ears up and raising the fur on their backs. A stiff tail wag is not the same as a friendly tail wag. Dogs showing these signs are excited but not friendly. They should be avoided.

FEARFUL: Dogs who are afraid try to appear smaller by crouching down low. Their head, ears, and tail will be down. Their mouths will be tense and closed. If you approach a dog showing these signs, he might become aggressive out of fear and he should be avoided.

FRIENDLY DOGS: Friendly dogs are relaxed. They stand with their heads in a normal position (not too far up or down); their ears may be forward or back; their tails will be relaxed. Usually their tails are wagging in greeting and are below the line of the back but not between their legs.

If you would like to read about how to prepare your dog for children on the way, check out the book, "Childproofing Your Dog: A Complete Guide To Preparing Your Dog For The Children In Your Life," by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson, published by Warner Books.


DOG SAFETY AND KIDS

Teach your children to never approach a strange dog without asking you or the owner first. Learn how to read a dog's body language to help you determine if he's friendly or not.

Children should always hold out their hand close to their body, flat fingered with palm facing in when meeting a new dog they want to pet. They should let the dog sniff them and "agree" to be petted before making contact.

If the dog shows any sign that he does not want to be petted, do not allow the child to pet the dog. If the dog backs up, do not allow the child to pursue him.

Often children try to embrace the dog or bend down over it, but these can be interpreted as aggressive, dominant postures by the dog. A threatened dog is not a friendly dog.

If you have dogs yourself, you must make sure your children understand that not all dogs will be as friendly as yours.


USEFUL HOTLINE NUMBERS

-National Animal Poison Control Center-1--800-548-2423.

-Animal shipping regulations USDA voice rresponse service: 1-800-545-8732.

-HEMOPET Blood bank: 714-252-8455

-Animal Blood Bank hotline: 1-800-243-57559

-Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank: 1-800-949-3822


TRIVIA ANSWERS

1. No, your dog has tan spots on its cheeks and over its eyes. 2. England 3. Prince


** Information sources- "Dog Trivia" by Judy and John C. Doherty; Canine Times Electronic magazine; Emazing Dog Tip of the Day-Paula Dupy; AKC website.


REMEMBER: A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas.

-quote from AKC