Archive for November, 2009

Friends of Bluffton Dog Parks on track for new Buckwalter site

Friends of Bluffton Dog Parks on track for new Buckwalter site
Friends of Bluffton Dog Parks on track for new Buckwalter site By Frank Morris It looks like Bluffton dog park advocates are barking up the right tree to land a new site in the Buckwalter Regional Park. Friends of Bluffton Dog Parks faced a setback in April when the previous proposed site, also in Buckwalter Regional Park, was opposed by a 164-signature petition to the Bluffton Town Council by …
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Dog Parks: Where dogs can sniff and owners can schmooze
South suburbs start to catch up with other towns in setting up dog parks The first thing Kate Coyle did after returning from vacation recently was to set up a rendezvous with two fellow dog lovers at Blue Island’s new “bark park.”
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Online Coupon Sites Boost Small Businesses
Aug. 09–Two Brothers Self Service Dog Wash is a small business in Virginia Beach and, like most small businesses, it has little money for advertising.

Peninsula landfill dog park plan curbed
Supervisor Don Knabe says a dog park won’t even be considered for the county-run Palos Verdes Landfill until 2012.
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Does my mom sound like a bad mom, or am I the bad son?

Question by Im not telling!: Does my mom sound like a bad mom, or am I the bad son?
When I was little (3-9) we were really close. She used to read me stories every night before I went to bed. My dad was always a dick. I can’t remember details…all I know is when he would come home after work I would run and hide from him. He used to TRY to help me with homework…but that never helped. He’d ask me a question from the homework paper, and if I missed it he would make me do push-ups. Sometimes until 11 o’clock at night, we would be up. I would sit it my room and cry but my mom would make it better.


When I was around 10 years old my parent’s got a divorce. I was really happy to get away from my dad. Me and my mom were still kind-of close until I was about 12. We would go see movies some nights. But I gradually kept spending more and more time in my bedroom by myself. Now I’m 14, and sometimes I go through the weekend without talking to her…but she doesn’t mind. She’s become more and more…bitchy. All she ever talks about is how my grades are falling, that my hair looks weird, or that my clothes look funny. Whenever I try to talk to her she yells at me. Even when I tried to talk to her about not being able to talk to her she yelled at me…lol. Sometimes it’s really boring or lonely in my room. I started smoking pot in order to escape and not be as lonely (pot makes me talk alot…to my friends through texting). Sometimes I go to my dad’s house…not that often. He’s gotten weird to. He has a mullet, and he’s started smoking cigars. My chorus teacher has taken note of the fact that I don’t spend much time with my mom at all. He..tries to help…but makes me feel like I’m the one who’s done something wrong. Then i feel bad that I don’t talk to her. I feel like I’m the one who’s staying disconnected. When I had just turned 14, I was really bad about drugs. I was looking really hard for XTC and even experimented with “hillbilly heroin” and alcohol. I used to hide like…60% vodka in my room. I’ve stopped doing so many drugs now…all I do is occasional dope. Am I the bad son? Really, all I’m doing at this point is waiting until my 18th birthday. Dont get me wrong…I do other things too.
I dj, make music (possibly on iTunes soon), design websites, raise bonsai trees, opened a dog clothing company, and give life advice…oh and photography, and make candles. I do alot of stuff on the side.

I forgot to mention above that my grades are also dropping, ever since I turned 13.

One more thing…I have a sister that turned out to be a great person. She has an awesome job in San Fransisco and she used to model.

Then a brother who just got out of jail and has no job… so you see the both sides of my family

And I’m worried that I going to turn out like my brother because my grades are dropping and I started drugs…that’s what my mom said.

This is my dads actions in the past/present (he’s not a fun mannn!!!)

a) he abandoned me in the woods
b) he abandoned me in a parking lot
c) he left me at my birthday party with no ride home
d) he let me chew tobacco when I was 3-6 years old
e) he would let me eat plants in the garden.
f) he’s the one that told me pot wasn’t dangerous.
g) He is currently trying to steal 00 from me in medical benifits from when an alcoholic 15 year old tripped me down the stairs (compound fracture, right arm)
h) he is making me buy my own car and buy my own gas and my own insurance “aww, hell! You don’t need a car until your 18 years old anyway” -My Dad!

Best answer:

Answer by I <3 Animals
Your mom doesn’t like being alone, and I think you should email her to escape the yelling, and your mom s probably just having a long term melt down. You’re not a bad kid. You dad, obviously, is TERRIBLE. If it gets any worse with you mom (beating, never paying attention to you, not feeding you, etc.) you should call th police, and report child abuse.

(I feel really smart right now, ’cause I know all this stuff, and I’m only 12……… Well, I did talk about this with my parents. We had a conversation about what I should do if they went berserk, so I know what to do.)

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

Question by KahneDame: Where can I find out what breed of dog “Lucky” is from Dr Doolittle 3?
He is the Tan one with Norm Mcdonald’s voice.
Did it say in the Making of what kind of breeds they think are mixed? He looks a lot like my dog who also is mixed and the vet and the pound I got him from can’t agree on what he is.
The search engines don’t give me responses with those kinds of details and since I saw the movie on TV I don’t have the benefit of any DVD extras.

Best answer:

Answer by poochiesmoochie

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How To Stop Dog Barking Without Using A Bark Collar

How To Stop Dog Barking Without Using A Bark Collar

One of the biggest problems dog owners face is how to stop dog barking. They bark at night, they bark at anyone that comes near the house, they bark to get your attention, and sometimes they bark just to hear themselves bark. Unfortunately, barking is one of a few ways that a dog can communicate with you and with other dogs. While body language is the number one communication tool for dogs, barking appears to be a close second. There are methods to decrease your dog’s barking, and in some situations stop your dog from barking, and they are simple to learn and only require patience and consistency on your part.

Before I delve into the most effective methods to stop dog barking, it is important that you understand that your dog could quite possibly have situational barking bred into him. If he is from a Guard Dog breed, like a German Shepherd, Rottweiler, or a Doberman, he is going to bark when someone approaches you. If he is from a Hunting Breed, he is going to bark in certain situations. There really isn’t much you can do about it.
What we are more concerned with here, is the dog that barks just to hear himself talk, or the dog that barks at you or other household members in an attempt to get his way.

There are two easy methods to train your dog not to bark, and neither involves shock collars or anything of the sort. Your relationship with your dog is based on mutual respect, and one of the first things you need to do is to make sure she understands who the alpha dog, or pack leader, is. YOU are supposed to be the alpha, and if she thinks she is, you have a serious problem, The first method you can use to stop barking will not only stop it, but will also show her who the alpha is.

When your dog is barking, for whatever reason, don’t say a word. Approach your dog and gently, but firmly, grasp her snout. Many dogs will try to back away or wriggle free. Use your other hand to hold her collar, and continue to grasp her snout until she stops trying to get away from you. Once she has stayed calm for a few seconds, let go of her and give her a little light praise. Don’t make a big deal of it, just tell her she is a good girl. If she starts barking again, repeat everything above. You are not only stopping her from barking by grabbing her snout, you are showing her who is in charge.

The other method to stop barking works well when your dog is trying bully you, or get something from you, by barking at you. In this case, you are going to ignore him. You are not just going to just ignore him, you are going to cross your arms, turn your back on him, and not acknowledge his presence in any way. Make a big deal out of it. Continue to do this until he stops barking, even if it takes a few minutes or so. This method requires patience and consistency. If you give in, even once, you will find yourself back at square one, as you have only taught your dog to bark louder or longer to get your attention.

If you follow the two methods as I have outlined, you should be able to eradicate most, if not all, problem barking from your dog’s behavior.



Mark Edwards is a dog trainer,breeder,grooming shop owner, and owns more dogs than he would care to admit. If you would like to get more information on dog behavior problems, and dog training from A to Z, please visit Dog Training Dog Obedience Training

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Nature dog food recipes – 3 top dog dietary tips

Nature dog food recipes – 3 top dog dietary tips

Even though there are bags of commercially manufactured pet food available in the market, a true dog lover will always favor nature dog food recipes over them. The reasons for this bias are not hard to fathom. For one homemade dog food is safer and secondly it is also not that difficult to make, if you are willing to invest just a little bit of your time and energy. One person who is best placed to advice you on natural recipes for your dog is your vet. They can offer you valuable tips on the ingredients based on your dog’s breed, size and the climatic conditions in your place. Here are some great tips for natural dog food recipes for the overall good health of your pet dog.

Organic or raw meat is something that finds a place in many nature dog food recipes. You can try out various cuts of organic or raw meat. Nature dog food recipes with assorted grains are also known to be a healthy option for your dogs. They are known to provide all the energy that your dog needs throughout the day, while also making them feel ‘full’. If you have some garden space available in your home, you can also try out nature dog food recipes with juices of vegetables and fruits, which are home grown. Dogs are known to love these juices, especially during the hot summer months. Apple bits and baby carrots can be used as snacks for your dog. Additionally you can try giving them ice cubes during the summers. These snacks make for excellent nature dog food recipes. Homemade doggy biscuits with natural ingredients are another option that you have got. Not only are they quite simple to make, they are also highly nutritious and help in keeping your dog’s daily calorie dietary intake’s calorie count low.

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Nice “toy Dog” photos

A few nice toy dog images I found:

Scared of a Toy Dog (20091221)

Image by carrielby
Happy’s scared of a toy dog my younger sister got from Melaka. To be fair, the toy dog does have scary yellow eyes and a weird ‘bark’.

Image by celie
Lap dogs (toy dogs). These young dogs have been bred very small, small enough to be held in the lap.

Russian lap dog, 1861 (left)
Mexican lap dog, 1843 (right)

mcdonalds toy dog

Image by fsse8info
mcdonalds toy dog

How to Stop Bad Dog Behavior

by Aine D

How to Stop Bad Dog Behavior

Dogs belong to the Canidae family which includes wolves, foxes and cayotes. Since dogs came from ancestors with wild behaviors, it is not surprising for dogs to demonstrate a wild or aggressive behavior. Although dogs are now domesticated, there are still tendencies for dogs to exhibit their natural behavior. Humans take this behavior as bad dog behavior and expecting their dogs to behave and live with them in peace and harmony.

Here are some guidelines you can follow to stop bad dog behavior:

Early separation from the mother. Dogs are pack animals and they don’t like to be alone. When puppies are taken away from their mothers early before behavior development, this will result to behavior problems. It is advisable that puppies stayed with their mother and other puppies for about 8-10 weeks old. He will learn his behavior under the care of the mother dog. If he tries to bite other puppies, for instance, the mother dog is there to growl as a warning that his biting and bad dog behavior is not acceptable. Puppies will learn to modify their behavior if they stay long enough with their mother and by the time you take them home they are already equipped to communicate properly. It will be easier for you to house train your puppy and stop dog bad behaviors.
Reprimand when needed to stop bad dog behavior. If your dog displays bad behavior, do not ignore it. Use punishment or be strict when your dog does something that displeases you, but do not hurt your dog. Just let him know or feel that you don’t agree with his bad dog behavior.

Don’t be afraid to show appreciation or acknowledge your dogs’ good behavior. Through praises and affirmations, dogs learn that they are doing the right thing that makes you happy. Remember that dogs like to please you and if he feels you are happy with his behavior he will keep doing it until it becomes a habit.

Train your dog. Dog obedience is not innate; you must put time and effort to train your dog to stop bad dog behavior. Lack of obedience training will result to bad dog behavior. You cannot communicate properly to your dog if he is not acquainted with the proper dog trainings.

Did you know that you can put an end to the stress and annoyance of your dog’s behavior problems by using techniques that will give you immediate results? Discover dog obedience training secrets to stop your dog’s behavior problems visit Dogs’ Corner

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Gerry Restrivera writes informative articles on various subjects including How to Stop Bad Dog Behavior. You are allowed to publish this article in its entirety provided that author’s name, bio and website links must remain intact and included with every reproduction.

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