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A collection of articles written by Linda Kaim on the State of Dog.
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This week, The State Farm Insurance company released a report on the number of dog bite claims they had received in the year 2011. What I find interesting to note is that children, between the ages of 5 and 15 (predominantly male children) are 900 times more likely to...read more
We have spent the last 14 days teaching my puppy how to navigate his world and overcome emotional obstacles. How not to run from strange, unfamiliar things and that curiosity is rewarded. Zwei has successfully learned to follow, to respond to his name, to sit for...read more
http://youtu.be/mKpE3OX2lNY Our pup Zwei will be nine weeks old on Sunday, sometime around 10 pm. He has come far in the weeks since his ears and eyes have opened. He has met probably about 40 or 50 Total Strangers, and many dogs offering him a perspective on the...read more
We decided it was time for Zwei to begin fulfilling his role as chief distraction and functioning working partner, starting with our 8 am appointment. Our Thursday morning regular is a young Lab mix named Murphy. Murph is a great dog, although his enthusiasm is a...read more
Today kept us largely at home. Dog Training clients in the morning and chores in the afternoon kept me close to the house and to our new English Pointer pup, Zwei. As I suspected he would, Conor abdicated to spend the night at a friends' house on the last day of his...read more
It helps that our son Conor doesn't go back to school until Wednesday. He was also very enthusiastic about being Zwei's caregiver overnight for his very first night in his new home. We organized Conors' room to accept his new guest much to the dismay of Goth Cat. She...read more
Little guy has been here for about 4 and a half hours and he's konked out in his crate after a pretty busy afternoon. All of his party guests left and there wasn't much left to do besides pass out from exhaustion. I imagine he's pretty happy, we made good and sure he...read more
It's always a good idea to think about not only why you want a dog, but what your plans are for your dog once you bring him home. Everyone has high aspirations for their new dog. Intentions run wild with possibilities as you and your new pup get acquainted, but even...read more
Well, in less than 40 hours, our house will be welcoming our new puppy. An 8 week old Pointer pup will be setting up housekeeping here and we are thrilled to have him. Having a medium for bragging about his exploits is always wonderful, and I am sure there will be...read more
I thought this was a topical discussion considering the Samantha Brick article regarding the purported disadvantage of being attractive and a comment on FaceBook about the deliberate, planned breeding of mix bred dogs. My mind works in funny ways, I agree, but bear...read more