Dog Breeds Message Board

alaguerre Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:50:47 PM
        There are specially trained dogs like emotional support animal (ESA) and psychiatric service dog (PSD).  ESAs provide companionship, their presence offers calming effect, but PSDs act, it's about more than emotional support. A service dog may remind a person to take medications. Retrieve a medication bag, nudge the handler during  a fear-paralysis stage, provide deep pressure therapy during a panick attack. Dogs can virtually bring down the walls of isolation. They don't judge, their love is unconditional. I can't imagine my life without my dogs.

DrNoKidding Thursday, April 11, 2013 4:50:47 PM
        You'll know right away if a woman is "hot" or totally "over the top" if she calls her dog adopted form a shelter her "daughter," or putting a dog perfume on her puppy, or talking with her dog in baby talk : "My Tootsie wuvs her mommy!" I mean it's OK to wear a T-shirt with a picture of your dog's breed on it, but not matching outfits for you and your dog!


cherami Monday, April 08, 2013 4:50:47 PM
        The facts that dogs sprang from wolves probably no more than 15000 years ago is a miracle of evolution. Dogs, like some fantstic chameleon have taken on an endless variety of shapes. They may display the greatest variety of shapes of any mammal that has ever existed. Why is that? Darwin thought that evolution proceeded from the simple to the complex. Each new species was more sophisticated, more specialized than the one it replaced. It is certainly true with canids. The wolf has a basic predator shape. It is not a specialist, but rather a generalist. Wolves and their relatives haven't changed very much in the last 5 million years. Dogs have shapes and behaviors unheard of in the wolf. Take any specific behavior and there is a breed of dog that can outperform any wolf. Compared with wolves, sled dogs can run father, greyhounds can run faster, bloodhounds have a better sense of smell, borzois have more optical overlap.<br>I have included a picture of a coyote.

jenny987 Saturday, November 28, 2015 10:11:15 AM
      I read in some ebook lately about a woman who just lost her dog named Newton. Here is what she writes. "Even though I didn't know it at the time,  Newton's spirit that continued to hold the greatest power over me. We had shared fifteen years together, and I had never really known what he was thinking. What I really would have liked to know was whether he truly returned my feelings toward him. But I would have needed some sort of canine brain decoder to know whether he loved me." 
     Pet lovers. They can be amazing. Really. But they can also drive you crazy. Take "Newton's spirit" for instance. the word "spirit" has acquired a number of meanings, from non-quantifiable substance or energy present individually in all living things to invisible beings that represent or connect with plants and animals. Why should any of these "hold the greatest power" over you after your dog is gone? Your dog has had a happy life and you gave her the best you could in terms of food, exercise and affection. That's all any animal needs. As for "invisible beings" floating over his grave, I have no idea what that means and where it came from. Bronze Age ideas maybe? "I really did not know what my dog was thinking." And if you did, what difference would that make? Would that have any impact on your career choices, success, the well-being of your loved ones? Why would that matter to anyone at all?  Sounds like a half-baked thought. "I really would have liked to know was whether he truly returned my feelings toward him."  Unlike people, dogs don't lie. With dogs it's always "what you see is what you get." If he is happy to see you, he'll let you know. If he doesn't have enough exercise, he will feel and look depressed not because he "thinks" you are an irresponsible dog owner, but because his brain and muscles need physical stimulation. Besides, it sounds as if the woman is "truly concerned" whether the dog was "sincere" every time he licked her. That's pure nonsense. "But I would have needed some sort of canine brain decoder to know whether he loved me." Come on, this is utterly ridiculous. Let's just spend a couple of million dollars to create a special canine brain decoder to find out whether our dogs "love" us. First of all, love is too big of a word to be used around dogs. I just can't see why we use the  word for a type of animal's attitude toward his handler in return for food, shelter and petting.  Besides, let's not forget that just feeding your dog loads our warming planet with more than 21 tons of heat-trapping gases and your dog's ecological footprint is twice that of the average SUV. We complain about the destruction of the environment by fracking and turn a blind eye on dog and cat poop which, when washed down storm drains into streams and the ocean, fuel toxic algae blooms that suck up oxygen and turn coastal habitats into dead zones. Pet's are only a very small part of the animal world of our planet for which we humans are responsible. I don't want to live in a world where not only important words have lost their meaning, but where pets become more important than human beings and the rest of our planet. Do you?

gpateam8 Thursday, May 7, 2015 9:11:33 AM
        Some studies suggest that pet ownership can be beneficial to human health, while others have failed to detect such positive effects. Interestingly, those that have not have all focused specifically on pet ownership and not on attachment to or attitudes toward pets. Interaction with a dog lowers stress reactions for people with positive attitudes toward dogs but increases stress reactions for those with negative attitudes toward dogs. Thus, pet ownership itself may not directly lead to more positive outcomes; instead, the quality of the human–pet relationship, owner attitudes toward animals, and experiences that are either shared with, or result from, the companionship of animals likely influence the effects of pet ownership on behavior and well-being.


gpateam8 Friday, April 24, 2015 10:41:43 AM
        I am reading a heart-wrenching book by E.M. Remarque "Funke Leben" ("Spark of Life"), a novel describing life in a German concentration camp. There was a German shepherd dog trained to hunt camp inmates who left their SS masters and joined the inmates. The inmates thought the dog went crazy because instead of going after the inmates, he licked their hands and feet and would have been euthanized if found as unfit for the job he was trained for. The inmates shared their meager food with the dog and kept her in their barracks hidden from the SS officers and Lagerpolizei. It appears that unlike humans, dogs belong to "Betterkind."

cockie Tuesday, February 3, 2015 12:56:33 PM
        I had a toy schnauser Moses who passed away recently, he was 14.  Our Maltese who is 14 will not go poop outside anymore.  We have to stand out there and force Jody to poop.  The dogs grew up together and Jody had no problem going outside and pooping until Moses passed.  Can some tell me why why why.  Other than this we have no issues.  He will pee outside but he will not go poop without being made to do it.  Can anyone give me a suggestion or tell me hwy he would do this after 14 years.

minilop Friday, April 19, 2013 2:50:47 PM
        The main allergen is found in dog's dander (scales sloughed from the dog's skin) and saliva. Differences  in allergen production both between breeds and even between individual dogs within a breed may allow people to tolerate some dogs better than others. Dog breeds that have been touted "hypoallergenic" are characterized as shedding less hair and dander than other dogs, and include but are not limited to poodles, terriers, maltese, schnauzers, and bichin frises, as well as mixes of these breeds with other dogs. These breeds are still capable of causing allergic reactions in some people, especially those who are highly allergic. The amount of allegen coming from a dog can be reduced or eliminated by bathing the dog once or twice weekly.

minilop Friday, April 19, 2013 1:50:47 PM
        Are there truly hypoallergenic dog breeds?

johnny Thursday, April 18, 2013 1:50:47 PM
        What is the least shedding dog breed?

countrygirl Thursday, April 18, 2013 2:16:47 PM
        Most dogs shed, even those advertised as non-shedding. What happens with many of these dogs is that instead of loosing a lot of coat all at once like most dogs do, they lose a few hairs on a regular basis. Many of these hairs get caught in the coat where they are pooled out during grooming rather than floating off to land on your furniture or on your dinner plate. A non-shedding coat may mean that you will have to pay for professional grooming throughout your dog's lifetime. Are you willing to make that kind of committment?

bullenbeisser Friday, April 12, 2013 1:50:47 PM
        Rubbing the nose on the ground could be a sign of canine nasal mite infection. A white mite Pneumonyssoides caninum can infect a dog's nose and nasal sinuses. The mite has also been found in the bronchi and in the fat near the kidneys.

cherami Friday, April 12, 2013 1:50:47 PM
        Why does my dog rub his nose on the ground?

cherami Tuesday, April 09, 2013 4:50:47 PM
        Marion Schwarts, in her excellent "history of Dogs in the Early Americas" collected many American Indian storites involving dogs. The dog often appears as an intermediary between the world of nature and human communities, a kind of half breed, at home at both. The Cree of northern Canada believed that the dog and the wolf had a contest to decide which would get to live with humans. The dog won, and the howling of wolves outside their camps was an expression of the jealousy that dogs had found such an easy life.Schwartz also tells several stories that seem to explain why the dog should be treated with respect. "It is true that whenever anyone loves a dog he derives great power from it," said an Iroquois storyteller. "Dogs know all we say, yet they are not at liberty to speak. If you do not love a dog he has the power to injure you with his magic."

Meetoo Saturday, April 06, 2013 8:20:22 PM
        Rabbits eat like Billy goats. They have to be contained or they will eat your furniture, plants, and anything else in your home. They will use a litter box. They are very sweet.

Nicki Friday, April 05, 2013 3:23:58 PM
        I own a Boxer and an English Bulldog. My boxer is very loyal and has been trained as a personal protection dog. She is fearless and very fast and obedient. I do have a problem due to her loyalty to myself for if my Bulldog gets to friendly she will attack him and she has done some damage to him. I always have to stay on top of her as she will push it too far and she can do some damage to him. Otherwise she is the perfect protector I need for I live alone and she is would protect me with her life and I have no doubt about that fact. She makes a wonderful companion as well.

martianknight Thursday, April 04, 2013 12:21:28 PM
        My Italian grayhound seems to have some kind of canine version of ADHD :-) It is so hard to make him focus on training. I am getting desperate because it takes for ever to teach him a new trick. I tried several methods but none seems to help. Are there any medications to help him to calm down and focus?

livealittle101 Sunday, March 31, 2013 1:50:47 PM
        I am considering a small pet for my 8 y.o. son. Our first choice was a puppy, but after thinking all things through, we decided on a small pet, rabbit maybe. Which breed of a small or medium rabbit would you recommend? Thanks, Grace.

meadowlark Sunday, March 31, 2013 1:50:47 PM
        I work with computers a lot, emailing, texting and videoconferecing mostly. So my dog is something of real flesh and blood that connects me to the real world and keeps my virtual world from falling apart. My dog also brings discipline in my life, a valuable asset to have when I am ready to start a family. If you can't take care of a dog, you can't take care of a child. 

Gsdnut Saturday, March 30, 2013 1:50:47 PM
        Why do we need dogs? Is this need rooted in our strife for domination? Of course, we love them for their cuddliness, their "unconditional love" and just for stirring emotions which otherwise would be buried in the commotion of our ever busy lives filled with meaningful and pointless activities. We want them for ourselves, but do they really want us? We know little about their hidden emotional lives, pains and sufferings. We know that they suffer from loneliness, but to what degree? Is a dog's life so much shorter than ours simply because its intensity cannot be conceived by our selfish minds? 

Gsdnut Thursday, March 28, 2013 4:50:47 PM
        Turn your dog into a super sniffer by adding corn oil to his chow. Researchers have discovered how to improve dogs' smelling skills through diet, by cutting protein and adding fats. Fat somehow improves nose-signaling structures or reduces body temperature or both. But lowering protein also played a part in improving sense of smell. A sled dog or greyhound may need more protein to keep going. But detection dogs tend to exercise in shorter bursts and need to recover quickly and smell well.

.hettinger Thursday, October 3, 2013 9:11:49 AM
        Contrary to what country girl suggests above, some dogs truly do not "shed." Shedding refers to the loss of hair according to seasonal needs. These dogs lose (not loose) hair as humans do, however I would not say that we "shed." Grooming is a must for every breed, and does not necessitate a professional. These dogs are convenient because their coats are strong and they will make cleaning your house easier. I own an American Airedale, and I can tell you now, that the only time hair comes off of him without a razor, is when he is in the bath tub and I am bathing him with a brush. In that instance, the hair is so few that it does not catch in the drain. I lose more hair on my own head than he loses off his entire 90lb body.

mandyswift Friday, May 8, 2015 2:21:55 AM
        It is believed that Shiba inus are unique in that they are genetically close to wolves and show higher aggression than western breeds. In general, dogs that tend to chase small moving animals or objects are more aggressive toward other dogs. Some experts suggest that calling the dog's name before approaching the dog can be effective in avoiding aggression. 

Lorelea 2006-08-14
      Carrageenan is a commonly used food additive that is extracted from red seaweed by using solvents.  Carrageenans have long been used as a thickener and emulsifier in salad dressings, prepared meat and fish, flavored milk, processed cheese, ice cream, evaporated milk, cream, cottage cheese, sour cream, infant formula, alcoholic beverages, sauces and dressings and other processed food products, including soy milk.  Findings from animal studies and a review of the scientific literature showed that degraded (more dangerous) forms of carrageenan can cause ulcerations, liver damage, digestive disorders and cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.  In Europe,   carrageenans must not be in a chemically degraded (hydrolysed) form.
      Carrageenan is taken up by intestinal cells rather easily, but the cells are unable to process and assimilate it. As carrageenan accumulates in cells it may cause them to breakdown, and over time this process could lead to ulceration.  Andrew Weil, M.D. ( does not recommend regular consumption of products containing it.
      Carrageenan is a common ingredient in pet food.  Are you thinking of buying some pet food any time soon? Think again.

mnicholson1 2006-08-15
It is amazing the work that goes into pets. I've never owned dogs - always had cats and the diffrence is totally night and day. Of course I wouldn't change a thing. Owning dogs is like having kids in the house - where are they, what are they doing, what do they have in their mouth, go outside - do you need to potty?, lets go night nite. Only thing is, kids eventually do all this on their own. Dogs, it's a lifetime. But the joy and happiness they bring to our lives totally surpasses the little things. I love my girls and wouldn't change a thing.

dereck_82 Friday, May 8, 2015 4:06:17 AM
        For chewing problem I made sure my dogs always had bones with marrow to keep them occupied while I was at work. Do not give your dog objects to chew that have heavy human scent, such as old shoes, socks or shirts. He will not know the difference between an old or new pair of shoes. Do not ignore your dog's chewing, but rather respond to this behavior with getting his attention and provide a chew toy.

delaila Friday, May 8, 2015 6:08:45 AM
        Chronic exposure to dog allergen can contribute to the development of asthma in children. Dog hair and dander contain two major allergens Canis familiaris allergen 1 (Can f 1) and Canis familiaris allergen 2 (Can f 2). Dog ownership means higher Can f 1 levels in the home. Even homeowners who keep their dogs outdoors have much higher levels of Can f 1 than do homes with no dogs. Increasing time of the dog in the home correspond with increased levels of Can f 1. Although Can f 1 levels do not differ significantly between carpeted and non-carpeted rooms, there is generally higher levels of allergen detected in carpeted rooms.


caretoknow Sat, May 9, 2015 7:18:34 AM
        Extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) are one of the leading causes of urinary tract infections. In 2011, the American Veterinary Medical Association estimated that there were more than 70 million pet dogs in the United States – roughly one dog for every five people. Dogs are a known reservoir of ExPEC. Furthermore, veterinarians use a broad spectrum of antibiotics for pet health. The use of antibiotics can lead to the presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in pet feces, which have the potential to contaminate public spaces, such as parks, and can or may contribute to community-acquired infectious diseases. Dogs may be important contributors to the spread of antibiotic resistant ExPEC. Additionally, visits to dog parks, where caretakers of pets often take dogs to defecate, may be important sites for the transmission of antibiotic resistant ExPEC. Individuals returning from such locations may unknowingly spread bacteria via shoes or other points of contact into their households. Bringing attention to these sites, as potential points of exposure is important, as dissemination of drug resistant bacteria from these sources can put large populations at risk of becoming ill. Urinary tract infections for example, are the most common infectious diseases contracted by women in high-income countries. Decreased effectiveness of antibiotics against drug-resistant bacterial strains can make such infections difficult or impossible to treat and lead to serious public health implications. Further, exposure to ExPEC may disproportionately affect vulnerable populations such as children, elderly individuals, and those who have compromised immune systems.

ericstock22 Friday, November 20, 2015 1:07:20 PM
        I have had many dogs, and my German Sheppard is the smartest dog I know of. I also train all types of dogs so if you need help with your dog, I will be glad to give help so you know the proper why to train, and have a great dog the rest of the dogs life, this will make lots of scene, & you can enjoy your dog ,without the dog if you need some advice.

archi Monday, December 14, 2015
        "Thank you a very informative article. I was interested because many have said that our latest GSD (I was brought up with a succession of them) is not a thorough-bred GSD. Main points seemed to be the stance and a longer snout. 
It appears that the stance is the original, as her back is almost horizontal. Her ears are bigger than would be accepted at a show, and the tail not bushy enough. Interestingly her trot is very bouncy indeed, the most of all GSDs we have had. It is a great pleasure to watch - like a show pony! To me she seems the 'classic' GSD in colouring and stance, and that is what counts to us."

blueeyedpup Monday, November 9, 2015
        "I got my first GSD from a bad home at 6 weeks old, stinky, holes in her fur and malnourished, she is now a healthy 85 pound(not fat at all) loving and protective best friend,at 27 inches at the whithers she is sometimes mistaken as a male because of her large size. They are THE BEST DOGS, but i am biased by my girl, Love the breed..."

stolz Saturday, October 24, 2015
        "I used to own a German Shepherd who had a small lump on his head above his eye. It was like a cyst or a wart and did not bother him at all. The vet finally removed it when he was having to have surgery for something else. 
I think if you are really interested in buying this dog you should insist on having a vet check the lump out. Hopefully like my dog it will be nothing but surely you have a right to know."

gsdforever Sunday, September 27, 2015
        "I have a two year old German Shepherd, female who gets along tremendously with people. Very inquisitive and curious about everything. For the most part, she gets along with other dogs in the fact that she ignores them. Last night my current roommate got a puppy and my dog started snapping at the pup. I thought she was playing at first and got a little excited since she really doesnt play with other dogs, but then the pup yelped and I had to tell mine to go lay down. I tried being with her as they brought the puppy closer and she kept growling at it. I understand that she will want more space but is there any way that I can teach her to be more playful with other dogs? I am moving out of my current home to be with my girlfriend and we are going to get a puppy together. She is afraid that my dog will attack her puppy. I want to be able to have them both in the house or both in the yard without any problems. She currently has heartworms and her treatment starts soon. Before her treatment is over, my girlfriend wants to have the puppy at the house. I think this would be a good time to introduce the puppy since she will have less energy and will be more apt to have a dog get closer. 
What can I do to be able to have her play with other dogs rather than just wait until I throw a ball or frisbee? What can I do so that she can get along with all the other dogs? Thanks, Victor"

curiousbob Tuesday, September 7, 2015
        "I heard that shepherds can be shy and reactive as "teenagers" especially when they have owners who do not know how to set limits and teach self-control. 
To make sure that your dog won't bite another stranger, you need to fit your dog with halter collar for walks and make him to heed his owners. When your dog is near other strangers and you might want to use a basket muzzle to help you relax. To make wearing basket more tolerable for your dog, put a few treats in it. 
You also need to elevate your status in your dog's eyes. Beging by "Nothing Is Free In Life" program. Instead of "calling the shots" your dog must earn his meals by heeding basic obedience commands. This program will help your dog to view his owners as leaders and guides rather than resources that he needs to protect."

Lorelea 2006-03-14
      This is just about my experience in raising a happy and healthy airedale terrier puppy (who also happens to be incredibly smart) and dogs in general. By all accounts, housetraining seems to be the most difficult thing, but it can be accomplished in as little time as four weeks if you are watchful and quick on your feet. You will definitely need a crate, a good urine odor remover and LOTS of patience.
      First, you need to clean very thoroughly all places in your house that your dog considers as his toilet. This is very important, so you need to use the most effective, pet-safe carpet cleansers. From my personal experience the best thing that really worked for our dog is to catch him "on the crime scene", scold him and make a big fuss about "the crime." Then take him immediately outside and let him finish there. Praise the puppy lavishly and give him a treat ON THE SPOT. Use a specific praise word, like "good potty" and only use it for this occasion.
      In a couple of times your dog will start associating soiling the house as "bad thing" and going outside as "good thing"! Watch him closely and every time he approaches the door, scratches it or barks or wines at the door, take him out. Only give him a treat if he goes potty outside, do not give him any treats inside the house for the whole period of housetraining. This worked perfectly with a 10 weeks old airedale puppy and he was fully housetrained using this method within 5 weeks.
      Housetraining can be complicated by your dog's or puppy's history and age, but this method really works.

Lorelea 2006-08-14
      It's never too late to learn.  Just recently I came across an article talking about bioflavonoids.  You probably heard about them, but just in case you did not: bioflavonoids are a group of plant pigments that are responsible for the colors in many fruit and flowers.  Recent reserach shows that many bioflavonoids can be useful in the treatment and prevention of many health conditions.  In fact, many beneficial actions of foods, juices, herbs and bee pollen are now known to be directly related to their bioflavonoid content.  Over four thousand bioflavonoid compounds have been documented and classified.  The most commonly used bioflavonoids are citrus bioflavonoids (including rutin and hesperidin), grape seed and pine bark extract and quercetin.
      Quercetin seems to be particularly interesting as it is a very effective antioxidant (a good chemical that combat toxic chemicals in your body), is the most active of the flavonoids in experimental studies, serves as the backbone for many other falvonoids, including the citrus falvonoids rutin and hesperidin. Many medicinal plants owe much of their activity to their high levels of quecetin.
      Quercetin has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory, antiallergy  and anti-tumor activity and show impressive results in animals. It is found at high concentrations in onions, apples, red wine, broccoli, tea, and Ginkgo biloba.

lilchit1mi 2006-08-14
        We have a 8 year old beagle/basset as I call her and she recently has started having accidents in the house,even after I have put her outside for a couple of hours she waits 15 minutes and has them.I have tried asking a vet for advice without having to do tests on her but with no luck.She does drink a lot of water and sometimes drags her behind all over the carpet which we thought was a anal problem and had the vet take care of that but she still does it.Does anyone know what we could do?

tsusie1949 2016-01-14
        My Chinese Crested Powder Puff is 5 month's old.  I bought her from a backyard breeder with no papers, however, she is suppose to be pure.  Is there a way I can tell by actions, color of tongue, or any other way as she gets older that she is pure?  Thanks.

valeria_em9876 2016-01-24
        My Great Dane has a swelling on her hock.  It seems to me to be growing.  What could it be?

Lorelea 2015-12-14
      While doing research on various pet food brands, I came across the term "xenobiotics".  The word xenobiotic literally means "foreign to biological world", i.e. organisms are not normally exposed to these chemicals and hence they have not evolved any pathway for processing of such compounds. These compounds normally have unusual chemical or physical properties that make them resistent to biodegradation (the process of converting organic materials back into CO2 and H2O through microbial action).
      Xenobiotics are found when the body absorbs chemicals that are not nutrients, or when nutrients become denatured (modified from original molecular structure). Some authors suggest that we are burdened by as many as 100,000 man-made xenobiotics—and that doesn't take into account the natural ones.
      A great majority of xenobiotics are toxic, especially when consumed long-term.  They tend to bioconcentration and biomagnification in organisms that consume them and finally affect human beings.
      Xenobiotics and food allergies are associated with many physical and psychological disorders.
      Illnesses Directly Associated with Xenobiotics
      Physical: cardiac arrhythmia, eczema, edema, epilepsy, fatigue, headache, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, tinnitus, rheumatism, pain, psoriasis, vasculitis. Psychological: autism, aggressive behavior, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, organic mental disorders. Neurodegenerative diseases : Parkinson's disease (PD), Alzheimer's disease (AD), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
      In our everyday life, the xenobiotic load is considerable: food additives (colorings, flavors, preservatives, etc.), fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotic or hormone residues, various other drugs.
      However, learning the sources of xenobiotics and how to avoid them is even more important. Here are some useful suggestions:
      Avoid all artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners.
      Eat low on the food chain; the closer a food is to its natural state, the less the toxin risk. Eat organically grown food whenever possible.
      Carefully select body care products, avoiding petroleum-based cosmetics and body care products. Buy toxin-free, biodegradable products made with natural ingredients. Drink spring or filtered water.
      Fill your home and work environments with houseplants that absorb toxic gases from the air; spider plants, Boston ferns, English ivy and Dracaena are easy to grow and provide natural air pollution control. (Source: Xenobiotics, Disease and Detoxification By Dr. Daniel J. Crisafi.
      Sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP) is a common ingredient in pet food.  It is widely used in regular and compact laundry detergents (powder, liquid, gel, tablets), automatic dishwashing detergents (powder, liquid, gel, tablets), toilet cleaners, and surface cleaners.  It helps to hold food together by binding water and also helps it to come out of the can.  Can we take that food out of the can without this chemical?

anita 2009-09-14
      After using the Perfect Coat Shampoo & Conditioner for about 4 weeks, I noticed that my Airedale terrier puppy started scratching more often than usual.  The label on the shampoo states that it is "specially formulated to fortify and protect coat".  OK, let's take a closer look at the ingredients section.  As you can see, several ingredients may cause skin problems including itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering:
      1. Contains COCAMIDE DEA - ingredient in chemical group called amines, that can form carcinogenic nitrosamine compounds, on the skin or in the body after absorption, if mixed with nitrosating agents.
      2. Contains COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE - ingredient that may contain harmful  by-products causing cancer and other serious diseases.
      3. Contains METHYLPARABEN - ingredient that may increase risks of breast cancer and other cancers, infertility, itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin.  This ingredient is officially classified as toxic.
      4. Contains PROPYLPARABEN - ingredient that may increase risks of breast cancer, infertility, itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin.  This ingredient is officially classified as toxic.
      5. Contains PROPYLENE GLYCOL - ingredient that can cause itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin; alters skin structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin, increasing the amounts of other chemicals that reach the bloodstream.
      6. Contains DIAZOLIDINYL UREA - ingredient that may increase risks of certain cancers, itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin.  This ingredient is officially classified as toxic to gastrointestinal tract, liver and nervous system.
      7. Contains FD&C YELLOW 5 - ingredient that has been linked to birth defects. Not assessed for safety.
      8. Contains FD&C YELLOW 6 - ingredient that has been classifed as toxic to gastrointestinal tract and liver if used in food (recent FDA data); unsafe for use in cosmetics.
      9. Contains SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE - ingredient that has been classifed as toxic to gastrointestinal tract and liver if used in food (recent FDA data); unsafe for use in cosmetics.
      10.  Contains FRAGRANCE - ingredients not disclosed on label.  This unspecified mixture of chemicals have been linked to potential for immune and nervous system toxicity.
      These ingredients are also widely used in baby care products.  I hope my findings will help you make informative decisions while buying your pet care stuff.

anita 2009-09-16
        So, what about veterinary formulated pet care products? You might rightfully expect that they should not contain any of the bad stuff that I mentioned in my previous post. Here is the list of ingredients for the Deodorizing Dog Shampoo: "Deionized Water, Anionic, Nonionic, and Amphoteric Surfactants, Benzoic Acid, Lactic Acid, Neutroleum Gamma, DMDM Hydantoin, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzethonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Green #3, Citric Acid".  The following list is for AromaCare Pet Shampoo and Spray:  "Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Lauramide DEA, Hydrolyzed Collagen Protein, Glycerin, Oleth-10, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Oil of Fir Needle, Aloe Vera Extract (, Chamomile, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, D&C Red No. 33, FD&C Yellow No. 5."
      Both products can be purchased on Drs Foster & Smith web site.  Lets take a closer look at some of the ingredients.
      1. Benzoic Acid: neurotoxin, respiratory toxicant, skin or sense organ toxicant
      2. Lactic Acid: photosensitizer, with potential to increase risk of sunburn and skin cancer by intensifying UV exposures in deep skin layers; skin sensitizer - can cause itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin; skin or sense organ toxicant; penetration enhancer:alters skin structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin, increasing the amounts of other chemicals that reach the bloodstream
      3. Neutroleum Gamma fragrance: an industrial fragrance that is used to mask odors from municipal and industrial treatment plants, waste treatment lagoons, sludge drying beds, industrial plants, landfills, farms (barns, manure piles), food product wastes, and garbage containers
      4. DMDM Hydantoin: may contain by-products linked to cancer or other serious health problems; can cause itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin (skin sensitizer)
      5. Benzyl Alcohol: skin sensitizer, gastrointestinal or liver toxicant, neurotoxin, skin or sense organ toxicant, classified as toxic classified as toxic in one or more government assessments, wildlife and environmental toxicant
      6. Benzethonium Chloride: may cause infertility, increase risks for certain cancers, skin or sense organ toxicant
      7. FD&C Green #3: carcinogen: thought to possibly cause cancer in humans, based on limited data
      8. FD&C YELLOW 5 - ingredient that has been linked to birth defects, not assessed for safety
      9. Lauramide DEAe: may increase risks of certain cancers
      10. Methylchloroisothiazolinone: skin sensitizer, lung sensitizer (can cause asthma attacks or other problems with the lungs and airways), immune system toxin
      11. Methylisothiazolinone: skin sensitizer, lung sensitizer (can cause asthma attacks or other problems with the lungs and airways), immune system toxin
      12. D&C Red 33: color additive - not approved for use around eyes, in products intended for eyes.
      No wonder our pets have so many eye problems, if even veterinary formulated pet care products contain ingredients that have been officially classified as unsafe for use around eyes, or used to mask odors from landfills, or can increase risk of sunburn or dermatitis. 

ronbrown.12 2016-01-12
        I have an old english sheepdog and I am wondering if anyone knows of a one that is 15yrs old as ours will be this age in two weeks time on the  26/7/2007.  Their life span seems to be about 10 yrs. She is still alert but has a few problems with her hips etc.

amanda_kio8623 2016-01-03
      When you are housetraining a puppy, the key to success is avoidance.  It is much easier for a puppy to learn a good habit than to unlearn a bad one.  The crate training method of housetraining is a highly successful way to avoid bad habits before they begin.
      Some dog owners see the crate or cage method of housetraining as cruel.  But they are also surprised to find that the puppy will eventually come to think of his crate as a place of private retreat or a den where he will go for rest and privacy.  The success of the crate method is based on the fact that puppies will not soil the area in which they sleep, unless they are forced to do so.
      Begin using the crate when you feed your puppy his meals.  Place him in the crate and keep the door closed and latched while the puppy is eating.  When the meal is finished, open the cage and CARRY the puppy outdoors to the spot where you want him to learn to eliminate.  If you consistently take your puppy to the same spot, you will reinforce the habit of going there for that purpose.

jlmiller26 2016-01-05
        I LOVE my maltese. My boyfriend bought me my dog for my birthday four months ago, i have alwasy wanted one but my parents would never let me keep a dog in my house, so now i am in college i got to get one!! If you love dogs and want one that is loving, you need a MALTESE!!

agcanallo 2008-02-06
        I miss my friend, Dozer,i nick-named him Did-it cause he was always doing something.It's been 9 days now. And i can now hold back the tears. But everything feels empty.I come home from work and just wish that once more i could see his face. I know dogs are known for their devotion,but our devotion to each other seemed special.I don't think i'll be getting another dog for awhile.If anyone can suggest a way to feel better email me at, thanks you and feel better.

lorelea956 2008-12-12
      Rottweiler pups need to be around children of all ages.  Even if the family Rottweiler lives in does not have children living there, it is still an important part of training.  One way you can help your Rottweiler become used to children is to take walks in parks.  Let Buddy see and hear the sounds and actions  playing on at least a weekly basis.  Whenever your Rottie shows calm, quiet behavior, praise him.  Any time he sits and greets the children quietly, praise him.  If he does get overexcited,  remain calm.  Take his scruff firmly  and calmly tell him "Sit."  Hold him until he is calm and repeat the greeting routine.
      Children often tend to snatch their hands away and up, which causes the puppy to follow the movement, this causes jumping up and nipping behavior.  Tell the children to move their hands slowly and firmly, not rapidly.

annabella 2007-07-15
      Every year American insurance companies shell out about 1 billion dollars in settlements and lawsuits over biting dogs.  Even though your dog may be gentle, it's never safe to assume that he won't bite.  ANY dog, given the right (or wrong!) circumstances, will bite.
      If your dog has ever bitten anyone, especially for what appears to be no reason, take him to your vet for a thorough physiacl workup, especially if the behavior is new or sudden.  It's possible he has a physical ailment.  For example, he may have developed cataracts or another condition that limits his vision.  This could lead to a general insecurity that could produce biting.  Hypothyroidism which is common in dogs, can lead to aggression.  Chronic pain, like back problems can also lead to aggressive behavior.
      If your dog happens to be healthy, you need to see an animal behaviorist, not just any dog trainer.  Most dog trainers do not have the specific knowledge necessary to deal with aggression and can even make the problem worse by putting more pressure on the dog.
      Most dog bites involve family members or other people well known to the dog.  This is called owner-directed aggression, and it doesn't typically come from so called dominant dogs but from dogs who are stressed and anxious.  They bite because they see biting as a way to resolve a problem and keep people away.
      Most families of biting dogs are quiet, gentle people.  They are truly shocked when their beloved pets show some trace of wolf-like behavior.  They are afraid and heartbroken.  Luckily, most of these stories can have a happy ending of the dog goes through behavior therapy combined with medications, like tranquilizers and antidepressants.
      Never make excuses for a dog who bites.  Biting is a very serious problem that can cause you to lose a lawsuit or your dog if you don't get it under control. Seek help.

iampro 2007-12-12
        Finding the right Rottweiler puppy should not be too difficult if you're well prepared.  One of the most important things is to know where to look for and what to look for.  The following are some tips as reminders for your journey: 1) Do extensive research.  Read books about Rottweilers andlearn what is acceptable for the breed. 2) Visit 2 or 3 kennels of breeders who impressed you on the phone.  Make and then keep an appointment with them.  They need to be just as impressed with as you are with thm. 3) Look for clean, well-kept dogs and kennel areas.  Some dirt is to be expected, but matted or missing fur, rashes or lumps are all warning signs. 4) Avoid buying the first puppy you see.  Don't miss out on a better puppy because you are taken in by a pair of dark, brown eyes and sweet puppy breath.

beverly 2008-10-25
      We have a Bolognese Puppy...will be a year in Dec.  We bath about every 2 or 3 weeks.  My husband usually does this and I brush and comb daily.  Clean his eyes, etc.  We take to a groomer every month or so to have nails, ears, etc. trimmed.  First time we took to a groomer...I had asked them to just trim a little.  When I returned he was shaved!  Looked like a poodle cut.  In the summer did not think anything of it...but,
      certainly, did not like the cut. Today, I helped bath as I had noticed some matted areas when brushing and thought we needed to use better conditioner, etc. and I would comb and dry.  I was shocked when I saw how many "Cotton Balls" were located on the dog.  Not on where it is
      easy to brush and comb..but, in and around his ears,on hips, under his neck, etc.  Is this baby hair that just did not get brushed out...or from being cut so, short and not brushed daily, as he had not hair...for so, long.  What can I do to get these matted areas out or will they eventually, grow off and out as I continue to brush daily? Thansk Bev