Working Dogs

Working Trials This section overviews a number of sports that are related to what is loosely termed “protection work”. These all involve multiple components of obedience, tracking, and patrol work, however, not just “protection” training. And as a matter of fact, the different sports described below focus on different elements. AWT rarely emphasize bitework, while … Read more

Dog Acronym List

This list primarily deals with acronyms and references for dog fanciers. There are many other lists available for other general acronyms and emoticons, which you should consult. Also… All titles are suffixes to a dog’s registered name if not otherwise noted. Acronyms listed alphabetically, except herding titles, which are in order of difficulty. Organizations AAC … Read more

Juvenile Renal Disease

In January of 1990, I had my twenty-one-month-old Standard Poodle puppy put down. She was one of three puppies in a litter of eleven to die of Juvenile Renal Disease. All three of the puppies with the disease appeared healthy and grew normally until clinical signs appeared at ten months in one, and twenty months … Read more

Genetic Disorders in Dogs

This paper is the first product of an effort I have undertaken that was prompted by the discovery that our five-month-old Scottish Terrier suffered from Type III von Willebrand’s Disease (vWD). The existence of this genetic bleeding disorder was unknown to us until he suffered a near-fatal bleeding episode for no apparent reason. Subsequent treatment … Read more

Tick Borne Diseases in Dogs

Babesiosis What Is It: Babesiosis is a tick-borne hemoprotozoan (blood) disease. The organism is called Babesia, the disease is called Babesiosis. Species: Babesia canis, Babesia gibsoni Primary Vector: Brown Dog Tick (must feed a minimum of 2-3 days to transmit) Other Vectors: Deer Tick, blood transfusion, contaminated needles, and instruments, transplacental. Diagnosis: There are two … Read more

Breeding, Whelping, and Rearing Puppies

Before Reading Further: Before breeding your bitch, please consult a veterinarian. The information contained in this FAQ should in no way be construed as a substitute for veterinary care and advice. Further, you should make an effort to find a veterinarian who is familiar with canine whelping issues. Because so many people are being responsible … Read more

Earthdog

Dachshunds and smaller terriers were bred to bolt (chase the animal out of its earth, tunnel, lair or den) or face fox, badger or otter. These dogs were also used for vermin control such as rats. History of the Earthdog Terriers Time obscures their history. And with good reason. It was not shouted from the … Read more

Lure Coursing

About the Lure Coursing FAQ The first version of this FAQ, a 74 line (page and a half) document, originally prepared by Marcia Cavan with additional info from Carol Mount was posted as part of the AKC FAQ. Since its scope was broadened from AKC only details, it was moved out of the AKC FAQ … Read more

Schutzhund

Overview Schutzhund (literally “protection dog”) is a sport composed of three parts – tracking, obedience and protection work. The dog and handler must pass all three parts at the same trial in order to earn a Schutzhund title. There are three levels to Schutzhund, plus several other titles. (One of my questions here, is how … Read more

Best Fleas and Ticks Treatment for Dogs

Fleas How do they enter the house? Fleas can enter the home in many ways, even if your pet is not or only rarely allowed outside. They can hop in from your yard, hitch a ride on you, or even be left over from previous inhabitants (larvae can remain dormant for astonishingly long periods of … Read more