Why is My Dog Barking?

Why is my dog barking?

Why is my dog barking? What’s he trying to say? If I only knew. There are many useful and valid reasons for a dog to bark, but when it becomes constant, often we’re left frustrated and perplexed. Think of a parent holding a crying newborn all night. Is she sick? Is she acting spoiled? Like any concerned parent we would search until the answer was found. Unfortunately, as doggie parents, we’re not always as persistent. Too often owners blame their dog, calling him “naughty” or buying shock collars in desperation. But dogs don’t bark for the sake of barking. Our job is to play detective, dig deeper, and find out why!

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4 Powerful Steps to Overcome Heartache While Breeding Dogs

Losing pups. It’s heartbreaking, for so many reasons.

Have you ever had a dream that was crushed, maybe even more than once? How do you get back up and press on, when painful memories linger and the heart is heavy?

As responsible dog owners, breeders, and exhibitors, I’m sure we’ve dreamed of a healthy litter of promising pups, amazing adoptive families to come along, a new champion title, a successful year for our clubs, the well-being and longevity of our beloved canine companions, and on and on. But what happens when expectations are not met and dreams are crushed? Pain is a real emotion, and the wounds life deals are often long to heal. This message is not about the past however, it’s about the future. A bright future! So let’s turn the page on the past, and look forward with hope!

In this article I will define hope, and share 4 powerful steps to help you overcome heartache, and press on!

 

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Hound Turned War Hero

The 75th anniversary of D-Day stirs up profound gratitude in my heart. Gratitude to all the men and women who served our country, and sacrificed so much for our freedom. It also stirs up deep gratitude to all the dogs who became part of the armed forces and bravely served alongside them. One such dog was Brian, a tough parachuting dog (a 2 year old Alsatian-Collie cross) who turned into a war hero and earned a medal for his service.

Read his inspirational story below, by following the link.

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3 Essentials to Finding Harmony in a Multi-Dog Home

Inspirational article: 3 essentials to finding harmony in a multi-dog home

“Dogs are like potatoes chips, it’s hard to have just one.” ~ unknown

Once you’ve experienced the unconditional love of a dog, and all the joys that come with having a fun-loving canine companion, it’s hard to stop at just one. When that happens, the joys may be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled, but so might the work, worry, and heartache. This may be especially true if you’re a breeder or involved in canine sports and travel a lot. How do we maintain peace of mind and heart when living with more than one dog while juggling all of life’s obligations?

Read on, and discover 3 essentials to finding harmony in a multi-dog home.

Years ago, when I acquired my first Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, I had no idea they’d become addictive. They’re beautiful, friendly, fun-loving, comforting and easy to care for… what’s one more? However, what began as a simple task of caring for one dog risked turning my comfy calm life resembling a bed of roses into a garden of weeds. Thankfully, I learned early on the art of creating a beautiful garden.

Finding harmony in a multi-dog home is similar to creating a beautiful garden. 

In preparing this article I interviewed Cindy, a friend whose garden could be compared to Monet’s—it’s extraordinarily beautiful and harmonious. As we spoke, I discovered we had much in common. People often wonder why she would want such a large garden—I mean the more you plant, the more you have to care for, right? Her response echoed the words of my heart: “It’s my passion!” I asked her to offer three words that would inspire others to find harmony in their garden. Her response: Passion, Patience, and Perseverance. These are the same three essentials I would apply to finding harmony in a multi-dog home.

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Happy Hormones [Find Out Why Dogs Make Us Happy]

Feeling Blue? Find out why dogs make us happy.
photo credit: Leila Grandemange

Feeling blue? Be forewarned, when coming into contact with a dog, you might catch some happy hormones!

If you’re feeling sad, there’s probably one thing you’re looking for . . . RELIEF! In other words, you want to be happy again. Happiness can be found in many places, but none more available and sure than in the arms of your dog!

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