Dogs - Cats - and other wonderful animals
Working for Your Love, Not the Money
by Ashley Mitek
"Millions of us wake up each morning and drive to work. We might be motivated because we enjoy our job, but for many, if it wasn't for the money, we
wouldn't be headed for the office.

Meet Nala, who works 40 hours a week and is on call 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, detecting explosives at the University of Illinois. She's a Belgian
Malinois, a dog breed similar to a... "
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American Staffordshire Terrier - 10 Easy to Remember Tips
for Responsible Pit Bull Owners
by Jason Mann
"1. Exercise your dog everyday. Pit Bulls are high energy dogs that need some way of burning off that penned up energy. Even a short 10-15 minute
walk or game of fetch in the backyard will help burn off energy that can lead to behavior problems.

2. Never leave pit bulls alone with other dogs (or any animal). Even if you're dog gets along great 99.9% of the time with other animals the Pit Bull is
known for animal aggression and it is possible something will happen. A good piece of advice I received a long time ago was, ..."
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"Our pets can bring many great things into our lives: fun, loyalty, affection, companionship and much more. Unfortunately, one other thing they can
bring in with them is the less pleasant companion of fleas. No matter how well you care for your pet and how clean you keep it, a chance encounter
with another infested animal can lead to your own animal becoming host to some very unwelcome visitors.

Once established on your pet, then the fleas will quickly begin the process of reproducing, and laying eggs that might not necessarily stay within the
fur of your pet. In today's warm houses, flea eggs can quite happily develop and hatch within the fibres of our carpets and upholstery, and so it's easy
to see how a simple infestation of your pet can lead to extremely undesirable consequences..."
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Fleas: Unwelcome Guests For Your Pets
by Nicholas Hunt
How to Avoid Dog Bites in Children
by Ed Frawley
"According to a 1994 study by Mathews and Lattal approximately one million dog bites occur every year in the United States – according to the study
60-70% of those involve children, boys are bitten more often than girls and a third of the dogs that attack children are owned by the family.

A study by Beck done in 1975 indicated that 87% of biting dogs are intact males and most dogs bites occur in or near the victims home. Another
study by Sacks in 1989 indicated that 70% of the children that were killed by dogs were under the age of..."
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"The Alaskan Malamute is a spitz-type dog breed. Spitz types have a wolf or fox shaped face, with small, erect ears. Many, like the malamute, are sled
dogs. But even if they were bred for other purposes, such as hunting, guarding, or similar, they are happiest when they have tasks to perform.

Because they were bred for strength and endurance, they can tolerate very low, icy temperatures. They are often used in sled races, and can pull a
sled weighing..."  
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Alaskan Malamute Breed Information
by Rebecca Prescott
"Choosing a suitable Dog? Large or small - active or couch potato - longhaired or short - with the myriad of options out there, how in the world do you
pick the right dog?

Will a large dog be best - or a small one? Do you have children? Do you have other pets? Choosing a suitable dog raises so many questions, but
choosing the perfect family dog is one of life's big bonuses. Dogs make brilliant companions and wonderful family pets - if you get the maths right!
Making the wrong decision results in heartbreak for yourself and your family - and yet another..."
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Choosing a Suitable Dog - One that fits your lifestyle
by Marion Herbertson
Puppy Care: Introducing a New Puppy to an Older Dog
by Nikola Marshall
"Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting experience! The puppy is excited, you are excited, but what about your older dog? You remember, the one
who has been an only dog for years. It can be done and fairly effortlessly at that.

Dogs, for all their domesticity, still have a pack mentality. You, of course, are the alpha, or head dog. Your older dog will be the beta, or second in
command. When bringing a new dog into the pack, your established dog may feel threatened. Be mindful of this. While you do want your newest
addition to feel loved and welcomed, you also want your older dog to know..."
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"Providing your puppy or dog with an indoor kennel crate can satisfy many dogs' need for a den-like enclosure. Besides being an effective
housebreaking tool (because it takes advantage of the dog's natural reluctance to soil its sleeping place), it can also help to reduce separation
anxiety, to prevent destructive behavior (such as chewing furniture), to keep a puppy away from potentially dangerous household items (i.e., poisons,
electrical wires, etc.), and to serve..."
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How To Successfully Crate Train Your Dog
by Robin Kovary, with Barbara Giella
"What makes dogs behave so differently in cars? My dog Wallace loves the car whether we're riding or he's there alone while I run errands. Cammie,
my sister's dog, loves to ride in the car, but tears the upholstery apart if my sister leaves her alone there. My neighbor's dog, Dilbertina, acts fine
alone in the car, but barks and paces incessantly if her owner is with her. Another neighbor's dog acts like he'll rip your face off if you get anywhere
near the car, whether his owner is in the car or not. Meanwhile my parents' dog hates the car so much he begins shaking and drooling the instant he
sets foot inside it.

Analyzing seemingly complex and contradictory canine behavior in terms of the dog's strongest drive—establishing and protecting the territory—often
provides the best clues. Dogs who feel secure in their territories can relax and enjoy themselves whereas those who feel threatened..."
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The Complex World of Canine-Car Relationships
by Myrna Milani, BS, DVM
At some point during your police career, you may want to train as a K-9 officer.  If you're starting your career with that assignment already in mind,
you should choose a police department that takes a lot of pride in its K9 Unit.  Unlike other specialized units where people can pass in and out without
a lot of fanfare, a K9 assignment is entirely different.  You must be prepared..."
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K9 Police Training
by Barry M. Baker
Messages To Our Animals From A Pinball Machine
by Joan Ranquet
Our thoughts bounce around in our brains like the ball in a pinball machine. The levers of intention are set in motion and the ball propels around,
hitting the walls of our brain, lighting up the machine one minute and dinging loudly another. Our minds can be all consuming for us – imagine how it
is for the animal companion sharing our household picking up on this maddening frequency!

And we wonder why our animals do wacky things at times! Our animal companions are constantly, in a most loyal and wonderful way trying to
understand and sometimes influence the cacophony of insanity they receive from our brains. And this is no small task!!

On top of it all, when we want some sort of specific behavior, or an illness comes into play with our companion, our minds have a very big role in the

Thoughts travel faster than the speed of sound! If you sat for a moment and watched all the thoughts you had in one minute – you'd be amazed at
how many appear. And without realizing it – these thoughts or messages are being sent, broadcast and actually are manifesting for you in other
realms of your life. So of course it's setting up the reality for your animals.

How does this come into play? Let's say you have a dog that sometimes acts aggressively...
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"Crate training uses a dog's natural instincts as a den animal. A wild dog's den is his home, a
place to sleep, hide from danger, and raise a family. The crate becomes your dog's den, an
ideal spot to snooze or take refuge during a thunderstorm."
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"There are a lot of good reasons to crate train a puppy. For one, it is an essential part of
housebreaking. Puppies will not usually soil their bed. Therefore, if the crate is set up as a
resting space, the puppy will wait until he leaves the crate to do his business. This will put
you in control of where and when your puppy relieves himself."  
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"Providing your puppy or dog with an indoor kennel crate can satisfy many dogs' need for a
den-like enclosure. Besides being an effective housebreaking tool (because it takes
advantage of the dog's natural reluctance to soil its sleeping place), it can also help to
reduce separation anxiety..."
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