January 16, 2018

Best Small Breed Dog Food

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Charles asks…

What is the best dog food to feed large breed dogs and small breed dogs?

I have a Jack Russell and a Northern Inuit and was wondering if there is a particular food that would suit each breed?
Why do they have large breed dog foods and small breed dog foods? Whats the difference?

admin answers:

There are a lot of good dog food brands out there. When purchasing any dog food, ALWAYS read the ingredients. You will be amazed what is in the popular dog food brands. The first ingredient should ALWAYS be meat.

When choosing food for my Shiba Inus I researched alot online to see what was common food allergies with this breed. EVERY breed is different so I would recommend you research this for each of your dogs. Ex: Shibas are prone to having bad allergies to lamb. I noticed within a week of changing their food that my shibas coats were SO shiny. It amazed me how big of a difference it has made in their health, skin & coats. Now I avidly only purchase “real” food for my babies, none of the cheap stuff, even for their treats.

As for large/small breed dog food… You should never feed a small breed, large breed dog food, or vice versa. Not only are they bigger bites of food, but more importantly they contain the key ingredients for dogs of a certain weight. Larger dogs need more nutrients and vitamins and maybe even a different TYPE of vitamins. And smaller dogs do not need the same amount as a large dog. Although most of these lg/sm breed bags, i agree, are a marketing ploy. You will notice with the better dog food brands there are usually not small/large breed bags. They are all the same, just change of portion size.

Just an FYI- I am currently unemployed and on a strict budget. I say that bc you do NOT need to spend an insane amount of money to take care of your animals. It is a little more costly bt well worth it! The way I see it is, “would you feed nothing by byproducts and corn meal to yourself or your own kids?” It would be like us living 24/7 off of nothing but chicken flavored chips or coke. Lol.

Good luck!

Nancy asks…

What’s the best brand of dog food to feed a pregnant, small breed dog?

admin answers:

I feed my pregnant girls, and pups, and adult, and senior dogs etc the same thing; a RAW diet of meaty bones, meat and organs. They eat chicken, beef, lamb, pork, fish (tinned and raw), eggs and heaps of kangaroo as welll as various organs such as heart, liver and kidneys.

A pregnant dog will need her food intake increased by the sixth week and by the end of pregnancy may need several meals a day. Those pups can take up a lot of room.

If you aim to feed about 2/3 meat including heart and the rest a combination of meaty bones and organs your girl will have everything she needs to grow healthy pups.

Linda asks…

What’s the best Natural small breed adult dry dog food out there?

I have a 5lb finicky Papillon. Any suggestions?

admin answers:

My preference is Innova Evo. It has no grains and simulates a raw food diet. My chihuahua loves it. Check out this site to compare some quality food brands. Www.naturapet.com
FYI.. Iam’s is garbage and they support animal testing!

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Betty asks…

How do you deal with your mother in-law?

I feel as though my MIL doesn’t like me, she’s nice to me but it feels so fake a lot of the time. She has made it clear to me on several occasions that her daughter is top dog in the house, she makes sure I know that her daughter gets everything passed down to her and I get nothing, not that I want any of her old stuff anyway. When I go there the first thing she say’s to me is ‘so and so are grandparents now’ and then she’ll go off and have a sniffle or a cry about it because she wants to be a grandma but isn’t yet. I recently found out that she told my hubby that her youngest son tried to kill himself twice because of me!! Apparently it happened a few years ago before I was married. I don’t know if it is true or what I did so bad that he would do this but either way she brings it up now! Then the other day it was my bday and she came over to give me a card and gave me $250 for my bday, I told her I didn’t expect to get anything and said thanks and asked if they would like to stay for a cuppa she said they were too busy, its a half hour drive to my house so they made that much effort but not enough to sit and have a drink.
She has already been accousing me of treating her like a second rate grandmother (not to may face she tells my hubby) and we dont even have kids yet, it hasnt even happened, im not even pregnant or anything. But she recons that when I do have kids I wont let her see the baby or visit or help out or anything! When we have had conversations about baby names and stuff she always say gross you can’t name your children that when I say a name (even if its a really pretty name) but she’ll say thats nice if my hubby says a name even if its a rediculus name and my hubby is just making it up to get a reaction.
I feel so upset about it all at the moment.
Does anyone else have to deal with stuff like this from their in-laws?
How do you deal with it or what would you do in my situation?

admin answers:

She is jealous of the relationship you have with her son. She may feel that he chooses you over her. Just grin and bear it because if you start saying anything in your defense it may look like you are attacking her. Good luck.

Mandy asks…

What do you think of this trainer?

What do you think of this trainer? I e-mailed her and said:
Hi there. I’m Adri, I was at the dog park and picked up your flyer with my mom.
I have a Border Collie named Nelly, and she has a habit of nipping at children. We don’t know if it’s herding instincts or not
Could you tell me a bit about your training methods? Like, do you use physical punishment? How long have you been training dogs?
Thank you!
Adri

Hi Adri,
I’m the lady you saw at the park. All our training is done with voice control and body language… the same way the mama dog trains the puppies at birth! She is a herding dog and some of that nipping is instinct, but that all can be controlled. She is trying to take control of whom she sees as weaker puppies, ie… kids! She is not really biting, but it can be seen that way to someone that doesn’t know or like dogs.
My hubby and I have been training since 1992, first as horse whisperers and than over to dogs out of circumstances. We are behavioral Therapists.. a little different than regular trainers because we base all our training on the dogs DNA… I am the one that trains the most, my hubby is part time, now. I train between 20 to 26 dogs per week. I do one n one and first start at your home. This is a great way to train and we have a 97% success rate for all behavioral issues.
We are In home Behavioral Therapists( dog whisperers). All dogs have the pack mentality and we need to establish you as the top dog or “Alfa”. You must be seen by your dog as the leader. This is most successfully done in the home first and than outside. Our goal is to have a good companion dog for you that can work at liberty .Our methods are holistic…no prong collars, shock collars and no treat training. It is all based on how all dogs set their hierarchy…voice tone and body language. It is a very interesting method and very successful.

The best loved training plan goes for a year. The first less is about 2.5 hours. We train you how to think more like a dog and we set the dog in a sit/stay program that you follow so you will start to take over hierarchy..It shows the dog how to have boundaries, no mouthing and waiting at each doorway and to come and if we have enough time, how to walk beside you. We also address barking and front door frenzy if needed. Then you have three weeks of homework. (If you do the work they see you as alfa! If we do the work… they are well behaved only when we show up). The 2nd apt is three weeks from the 1st apt,,,about 2 hours- now we see a real difference in the dog‘s attitude and they are now relaxing and beginning to see you in charge..and three weeks more of homework. By the third apt. the dogs should be doing the sit/stay program beautifully, walking and focusing on you, understanding boundaries, staying under pressure, no jumping or barking. The third apt is usually outside and around you neighborhood, and possibly out in a park. From this point we start meeting at different places until dog is being a good companion and you are able to take them out in public with control and manners. We meet about every 6 weeks for the rest of the year. This type of training is fun, kind and unique. I would to talk with you more.I’m looking forward to discussing this further with you and hopefully training you and your dog.
Call me if you have any more questions at *** – *** – ****,

Behavioral Therapists
Certified Trainer

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I took out her name and number, just because of some of the trolls on here.
What do you think?
She’s from: www.barkbusters.com
Natalie – Why do you say that?
Natalie – Have you tried them before?
Okay, thanks guys. I’ll keep looking and asking for your guys’ opinions

admin answers:

Not some one i would use personally its a company bark busters rather than an individual i had an Animal behaviourist trainer work with me and my dog for 6 months and she would use shock collars and prong collars where as they don’t and she was Absolutely brilliant with my dog based on what i have read and dealing with the lady i did it just seems there are to many things wrong with that email she sent you based on my experience with the lady i had

Helen asks…

Let’s Take You Back? 4?

Well here it is 1953, and this is the top ten of that year. Rate these songs as you see fit, or just sit back and take a trip down memory lane, or if your younger sit back and take a lesson from history. I hope you all enjoy.

1953:

1.The Drifters “Money Honey” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjJBM5Ug4xU&feature=related

2.Your Cheatin’ Heart (Hank Sr.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rvLeCMTofE

3.Sonny Till and the Orioles – Crying in the Chapel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe_tL7aVGE8

4.Gee – The Crows http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rh7gXWQmRU

5.Faye Adams Shake A Hand http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjMgS0KaZz0

6.Honey Hush–Big Joe Turner http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWa55h0DQrA

7.RUTH BROWN – Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnmbJruEkKw

8.Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SfkFG_rVCI

9.Kaw-Liga – Hank Williams http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FY7RWJAtJQ

10.The Things That I Used To Do – Guitar Slim Guitar Slim http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCeb-28W26k

For those who have followed these questions in the last few days will notice some artist appear more than once, and that is only because their song was in the top ten for that year. Remember for awhile the hit parade had all styles of music on it.

well I hope you all enjoy and learn.

take care
dave
yes they did a lot of crying Mick thank you
Sphinxy New Waver thanks for your answer.
Thank you Kelly

good I need one more answer to continue this tomorrow,
thank you beatle fanatic, good shooting
thank you Wire and String
thank you Stella Blue, I love Jim Reeves

and thank you Brian, we can’t feel them all
thanks Naz glad it brought back a good memory

admin answers:

Hey Dave!

“Cryin In The Chapel” is blocked in my country so I’ll just rate the rest of them.

1) The Things That I Used To Do
2) Your Cheatin’ Heart
3) Honey Hush
4) Hound Dog
5) Gee
6) Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean
7) Kaw-Liga

That only leaves a couple for skeet practice today!

I can’t wait til you hit the 60′s!

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Laura asks…

Is your favorite dog breed on this list of banned breeds?

If it is, this is a reason to maybe keep track of the laws that are being passed in our communites.

http://www.lightacandlesavealife.com/2007/08/the-list—75-b.html

Sadly at least two of my favorite breeds are listed.

admin answers:

The two breeds I grew up with as a small *child* are on there, Chow Chows and Samoyeds. How did I ever make it through that alive?!?

Ridiculous.

Sharon asks…

Can anyone give me a list of dog breeds that are light brown , middle sized and short haired?

i saw this beautiful dog the other day, i would say that its body structure was very similar to a boxer’s , please give me a list of dog breeds that look like that , thanks

admin answers:

It was probably a poorly bred pit bull type breed.

Just google “fawn bully mix”.

Donna asks…

where can i find the OFFICIAL ‘dangerous dog breeds’ list?

oops, sorry! I’m in England, but any would be useful ^_^
I don’t believe in it as it’s based more on breed popularity and ownership than anything – plus media most likely – but it’d be interesting to look at it :)

admin answers:

Http://www.opsi.gov.uk/ACTS/acts1991/ukpga_19910065_en_1.htm
This was the original.
More dogs have been added to it – Fila Brasileiro and the Dogo Angentino.
Also includes any TYPES of these dogs, so it also means any dogs that have been crossed with them.

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Mary asks…

What do you think of this joke?

The Barbie doll enjoys being one of the worlds most popular toys. However, along the way to getting that status, there were a number of doll variations that never quite made it. This is a list of the Barbie dolls that you most likely haven’t seen on store shelves lately…

Scratch and Sniff Barbie (Use your imagination…we’re not saying a word.)

Crash Test Barbie

Opera Barbie (complete with the horns and the brass brassiere)

Marie Antionette Barbie (with removable head; guillotine included)

Hiroshima Barbie (just a shadow of her former self)

Enron Barbie (Originally sold for $29.95, but now you can’t give her away.)

Frozen Barbie on a Stick (in your grocer’s frozen food section)

Divorce Barbie (includes the house, the car, and half of Ken’s crap)

Broken Bungee Barbie

FrankenBarbie (green Barbie with bolts through her neck)

Shock Therapy Barbie (car battery and wires included)

Samuel L. Jackson Ken (He’ll get medieval on your a**.)

Manic Depressive Barbie (with a set of Oriental throwing knives)

Biker Barbie (with leather jacket, tattoos, and red bandana)

Cheesehead Barbie (Wisconsin’s best)

Dogsled Barbie

Peg Leg Barbie

Eye Patch Barbie

Politically Incorrect Barbie (Pull the string and she loudly blurts all your favorite racial slurs.)

Death Row Barbie (formerly #31)

Life Size Anatomically Correct Barbie (for all you perverts out there)

Martha Stewart Barbie (comes with orange jumpsuit and color-coordinated accessories)

Homeless Barbie (complete with stolen K-Mart shopping cart)

Tattoo Barbie

Burn Victim Barbie (bandages and Bactine included)

Venus de Milo Barbie (made of rock; no head, no arms)

Bulemic Barbie (Feed her, then make her throw it back up!)

Cyberpunk Barbie (includes ‘trodes and implants)

White Trash Barbie

Serial Killer Barbie

Drag Queen Ken (Comes with three, count ‘em, three, of Barbie’s dresses.)

Acupuncture Barbie (not recommended or children under seven)

Voodoo Doll Barbie (see #33 above)

Cannibal Barbie (Great visual imagery, huh?)

Fast Food Barbie (Also known as McBarbie…you want fries with that?)

Teenage Slut Barbie (see #21)

Polar Bear Club Barbie (dip her in cold water, and her skin turns from pink to blue!)

Ski Bunny Barbie (soon to be #60)

Sucking Chest Wound Barbie

Alien Barbie (Don’t tell ANYONE…)

Ken In Black (protecting Barbie from the worst scum of the universe)

Alien Eyewitness Barbie (vacant expression, been flashed one too many times with the neuralizer)

Mafia Ken (With a violin case…you got a problem with that?)

Alcoholics Anonymous Barbie (With coffee mug and 12-step guide)

Mutant Barbie (comes with Dark Phoenix costume)

Las Vegas Showgirl Barbie (with skimpy dress)

FemmiNazi Barbie (Pull the string and find out why men suck.)

Goth grrl Barbie (with black hair and lipstick, dog collar, and 20-hole Doc Martens)

Body Piercing Barbie

Napoleon Ken (stands 2″ tall)

Midget Barbie (partner to #51, above)

Spank-Me Barbie (see #37)

Shish-Ka-Barbie (Here’s one we’d all like to see!)

Knocked-Up Barbie

Chain Smoker Barbie (with Surgeon General’s warning on box)

Tough B*tch Barbie (see #14)

Junkie Barbie (Gotta love those needle tracks…)

Iron Maiden Barbie (No, not the band…)

Avalanche Barbie (buried in 16 feet of snow)

Hooker Barbie (#47 after the show)

Cross-Dressing Ken, er, Barbie, er, Ken (Who knows?)

Whoopie Cushion Barbie (Do you really need a description?)

Microsoft Barbie (Barbie doll with Bill Gates’ head. Seeks to eliminate all other dolls.)

Realistic Teenage Barbie (flat chest, braces, and acne)

Internet Addiction Barbie (Pale complexion, bloodshot eyes, and coffee-stained clothes.

Pull the string and she either spouts URL’s or mutters to herself.)

Triple Espresso Barbie (pull the string and she shakes uncontrollably for hours)

Shop-’Til-You-Drop Barbie (with a wallet full of credit cards)

Collection Agency Ken (starts calling 6 months after you buy #68, above)

Bankruptcy Barbie (formerly #68 above; Chapter VII or Chapter XIII available)

Tasmanian Barbie (spins like a top)

Siamese Twins Barbie (Actually, I believe they prefer to be called “conjoined twins”.)

Edible Barbie (also known as Choc-O-Barbie)

Hockey Barbie (With bruises, a hockey stick, and missing teeth.)

Triple Bypass Barbie

Diarrhea Barbie (Always on the run.)

Kleptomaniac Barbie (with suction cup hands)

Witch Doctor Ken (partner to #34, above)

Elvira Barbie (with long black hair and skimpy black gown)

Werewolf Barbie (normal doll, except under a full moon)

Living Dead Barbie (use your imagination)

Bigfoot Barbie (sold mostly in the Northwest)

Cyclops Barbie (One eye, right in the middle of her forehead.)

Cyclops Ken (A perfect partner for #46.)

Flying Hero Barbie (Yes, I know they made this one, but it’s at least as ludicrous as anything we came up
Flying Hero Barbie (Yes, I know they made this one, but it’s at least as ludicrous as anything we came up with.)

Spock Ken (pointy ears, one eyebrow raised)

Barbie of Borg (You will buy one. Resistance is futile.)

Hippie Chick Barbie (with bell bottoms, protest sign, and simulated controlled substances and paraphernalia)

Blaxploitation Barbie (With afro and provocative outfit. Shaft Ken sold separately.)

Head Trauma Barbie (I don’t even want to talk about that one.)

Leprosy Barbie (with removable appendages)

Iron Lung Barbie

Texas Necktie Barbie (with gallows)

Safari Barbie (With rifle, pith helmet, and pygmy guide.)

Steroid Barbie (The rest of her physique is as exaggerated as her bust is on the normal doll!)

Steroid Ken (Highly exaggerated physique; Major League Baseball uniform included {specify desired team}.)

Rock Climbing Barbie (#9 with climbing gear)

Militant Femminist Barbie (#48 with an assault rifle)

admin answers:

I actually read the whole list!
But DAAAAAAAAAAAAAANG YOU ARE CREATIVE! [and apparently have a lot of time on your hands to type this whole thing]

Ruth asks…

Can you name what movie these famous quotes are from?

1. OK! I’ll talk! In third grade, I cheated on my history exam. In fourth grade, I stole my uncle Max’s toupee and I glued it on my face when I was Moses in my Hebrew School play. In fifth grade, I knocked my sister Edie down the stairs and I blamed it on the dog…When my mom sent me to the summer camp for fat kids and then they served lunch I got nuts and I pigged out and they kicked me out…But the worst thing I ever done — I mixed a pot of fake puke at home and then I went to this movie theater, hid the puke in my jacket, climbed up to the balcony and then, t-t-then, I made a noise like this: hua-hua-hua-huaaaaaaa — and then I dumped it over the side, all over the people in the audience. And then, this was horrible, all the people started getting sick and throwing up all over each other. I never felt so bad in my entire life.

2. I took a shower washing every body part with actual soap; including all my major crevices; including in between my toes and in my belly button which I never did before but sort of enjoyed. I washed my hair with adult formula shampoo and used cream rinse for that just-washed shine. I can’t seem to find my toothbrush, so I’ll pick one up when I go out today. Other than that, I’m in good shape.

3. You wanna waste my time? Okay. I call my lawyer. He’s the best lawyer in Miami. He’s such a good lawyer, that by tomorrow morning, you gonna be working in Alaska. So dress warm.

4. Hey. If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I’d like Frank Shirley, my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, ****less, hopeless, heartless, fat-***, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey **** he is. Hallelujah. Holy shit. Where’s the Tylenol?

5. Summer romances begin for all kinds of reasons, but when all is said and done, they have one thing in common. They’re shooting stars, a spectacular moment of light in the heavens, fleeting glimpse of eternity, and in a flash they’re gone.

6. You’re gonna need a bigger boat.

7. Dear little baby Jesus, who’s sittin’ in his crib watchin the Baby Einstein videos, learnin’ ’bout shapes and colors. I would like to thank you for bringin’ me and my moma together, and also that my kids no longer sound like retarded gang-bangers.

8. I’ll tell you where. Someplace warm. A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talking about a little place called Aspen.

9. One day it started raining, and it didn’t quit for four months. We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin’ rain… and big ol’ fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath.

10. You’re coming with me Cain.

admin answers:

1. Goonies
2. Home Alone
3. Scarface
4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
5. The Notebook
6. Jaws
7. Talledega Nights
8. Dumb and Dumber
9. Forest Gump
10. Robocop

try some movies I dont own. Lol.
Ps. I can connect them all to Kevin Bacon in less than seven links. Want to see me earn my points???

Lisa asks…

Do you think I’m an OK writer?

I wrote this story, I am 14, and I like writing for fun. I’m just wondering, am I any good? How good? I want lots of feedback please! Thanks!

I am Alex Rockbrook, and I am a spy. I didn’t know I was a spy until the evening of May 6th. I have been training with secret agents since I was 3 years old, I just didn’t know yet.

Chapter 1,
In which my normal life gets flipped to my other crazy life I no idea about

On the bus, I sit with my best friends in our reserved seats that we won on a raffle ticket at last years school carnival, theres room for 3 people, 5 at the most, but most of the people who tried to fit in with 5, well lets just say, they don’t go here anymore.

“What are you planning for the summer?” said best friend Jammie Carter. Jammie has been my best friend since the 4th grade, all the way into the 8th, and soon to be broken up by the oh so scary, but yet exiting, high school. Jammie will be attending St. Ann’s. Me, I don’t know where I’m going, whenever I bring it up with my parents, they say It’ll all work out, then every now and then I hear them talking about some school that I had never heard of, a special school. I’m not special! Well, atleast I don’t have any issues!

“Hanging out, I don’t know I don’t have that much planned” I said. “What about you Arron?” Arron had been my friend since, well, birth! Our moms were friends in colledge, and have been ever since. The only problem with that is that I think it make Jammie feel left out. He sighed, “I don’t know, I think my moms trying to get me to take summer classes for school next year, I don’t know why, I passed all my classes so far, and we’ve only got 2 weeks left of school.” “Maybe she just wants you to get ahead for next year, just in case” I said sleepily. “Are you guys comming to the grill?” I asked. My family owned a resteront called, “The Grill” that was 2 blocks away from my house, I get them to come and hang out with me while I’m on shift sometimes. “Sorry Alex, I’ve got homework” said Jammie. “Arron?” I gave him a puppy dog face. “Sure, I’ll hang out with you until,” he looked at his watch, “9:00, then I’ve got to go to bed.”

We got off the bus at my house, said bye to Jammie, and walked 2 blocks to “The Grill”. When we got there my mom and dad were already working, making barbecue chicken for dinner rush. The inside of the grill consisted of about 10 talbes and booths, a counter that went along the whole back end of the room, then behind that the kitchen. It was 3:00 and “The Grill” opened at 4:00, so we set up our homework on the counter and got to work on our history reports. We finished at about 3:30, and went around the back of the reseront and played bascket ball in the reserved area for owners, me, my mom and dad, my sister (age 3) and 2 twin brothers (age 6).

“So, what do you want to do tonight?” I asked. “I don’t know, we could watch TV” “Bor-ing” we said in unison. “Have you decided where you’re going to high school yet?” he said, “No” I said, a little more quieter than I meant to. “Me ether, when ever I ask my mom about it, she just says its a surpize, or something like that” “Me too!” I said. “Guys!!” My mother called from the resteront back door, “Time to open!” And with that, we ran inside and sat at the counter. The night went as usual, people came in, ordered, and pigged out. We sat at the counter, once in a while telling a cutomer where the bathroom is.

Then, sometime around 6:30, a man came bursting in the room. He was what looked like a worked up Hobo, he wore tattered sweat pants, a gray T-shirt, and a moldy looking red plaid jacket. He was old, in or around his 40′s. Though he dressed like a hobo, his skin was very tan, not burnt, tan. Nobody seemed to notice, he walked to the counter, looked from both Arron and I and said in the faintesed whisper, “Are you Alex Rockbrook, and are you Arron Ladle?” “Yes” we said, after a long awkward silence. He smiled and said “Come with me” “Um, I don’t think I’m supposed to leave the res with telling my parents where I’m going” I said, a little scared now. “I said, we’re going now!” He said, still whispering. and with that, he picked both of us up like children and started across the restaurant. “Let us go!!” we shouted. “Help!!!” But our kidnapper just said “My niece and nephew, always joking!” And no one helped. “Mom!!! Dad!!! Help us!” But help didn’t come, then before knew it, the man caring us was jogging now, already outside, the sunset looked almost sad, as we p

admin answers:

Sorry, I’m about to offer blunt criticism and hope it shakes you up to find out how to write a better story.

In a nutshell, you have over 600 words of dull, non-story before anything actually happens. That’s not story-telling. And when something finally happens, the supposed spy acts like a scared baby.

You could learn to be a good writer!

Back to the criticism (if you want to learn):-

The idea of child spies isn’t original, is it?

This is full of unnecessary, boring detail: what time, what age, what year…. So what?

Also, it’s full of dull, ordinary things: catch the bus, talk about school, watch TV, eat dinner…WHERE’S THE STORY IN THAT?

After a long wait, something happens. A man bursts in! But instead of action we get a laborious description of what he did and didn’t look like, “not burned, tanned” and all that irrelevance. Who’s examining so closely the tan, and inspecting the clothes, of a man who just burst into the place? But then you say that “nobody seemed to notice” the man who burst in! So much for bursting in!

Then it gets sillier, the spy with the exciting life (he seems partly not to be aware of) is a little, scared child. What happended to the spy?!

Read some good books on how to write good fiction and learn!

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Robert asks…

Strange licking behavior in Cairn terrier? My dog is licking the air!?

Hi. My cairn terrier is almost 12 years old, and has been acting weird. He has always been one to lick anything he get get his paws (and tongue) on. He constantly licks car seats, the floor, underwear (really, really nasty, I know. Thank god he prefers to lick other stuff and not me). But anyway, now he has started to “lick the air” as I would put it. He just sits and flicks his tongue as if he were licking something invisible all day. His tongue also looks longer than usual. What is wrong with my dog?!

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Licking the air, or pretend fly catching, or anything in that “strange” department can actually be seizures. Seizures take many forms and air licking is one of them. Please visit www.canine-epilepsy.com and have a good look around.

When you go to your vet, please make sure you also run a thyroid panel as hypothyroidism is one cause of mini seizures and that is an easy fix.

Good luck!

James asks…

My dog likes to lick my hands and feet and I like that. However, she refuses to lick anyone’s face. Why?

This isn’t a problem, I am just curious if anyone knows dog behavior. Licking hands and feet indicates that the dog sees the person as “more important” in the pack than she is. But I just wonder why she refuses to lick my face. By the way, I am not dirty or smelly and I look OK too. No one has ever scolded her for licking his face, so it is not that either. Hmmmmm?

admin answers:

Honestly the skin is different on your face from you feet… Its much saltier on a face… It may just be a personal preference that the dog does not like the salty taste… Just a thought :)

Linda asks…

dog behavior?

we adopted a german shepherd/yellow lab mix in 2001, and ever since we first got her up to this very day, she has loved to lick. but she doesn’t only lick people, she licks the floor, furniture, and sometimes even the air.

does my dog like the taste of humans/floors/furniture, or is she just very very affectionate?

admin answers:

Contrary to popular belief, licking is not “kissing”. It’s a sign of submission OR stress. She shouldn’t be licking the floors and furniture – that could be toxic to her. Talk to a vet or dog trainer.

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Donald asks…

can I train my one year old dog clicker training?

Hi! I have always wanted to teach my dog with a clicker but didn’t start when I got him. He knows alot of tricks now but I’d like to switch him over to clicker training. Could someone really explain the concept to me, and tell me how and why it’s done? Or give me a resource to get the info! It looks like a great way to train. we are getting another puppy in a month and want to start her on it as well.

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Www.clickersolutions.com is the best place for information. I’m assuming you want to shape behaviors. It is so much fun, I swear you can actually *watch* the dog think!

The first thing you have to do is to “load” the clicker (meaning, teach your dog that a click means a treat)-once your dog knows that the click means, then you decide before you ever start what you want to train. (I would only train 1 behavior at a time.) Let’s say you want to teach your dog to touch a target. You put the target on the floor at a set spot. You stand with the clicker in one hand, and a handful of treats in the other. You will wait for the dog to make any kind of move in that direction. So, let’s say that your dog turns to look towards the target, you click and treat. As your dog knows that the turn gets the click, you up the criteria, so the dog moves closer to it, maybe getting up. The dog will quickly learn that he is controlling the click, and will start to offer more behaviors.

Visit the website for more information- it’s really a great site, and clicker training (when done right) is a BLAST!

Good Luck – AP

Donna asks…

What are good dog clicker training videos on youtube?

I want to clicker train my one year old overly active dog.

admin answers:

Not exactly sure what you are looking for, you really should go with an in person trainer to get you timing down, and show you the pit falls. It does sound like you need to redirect that energy into a game like freestyle.

Clicker instruction:

http://www.youtube.com/kikopup

Shaping

http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperBark1#p/a/u/2/RgefxJAjXSM

Non-clicker video teaching a dog how to be calmer

http://www.youtube.com/kikopup#p/u/15/wesm2OpE_2c

Clicker Results:

http://www.youtube.com/user/snuggliepuppy#p/u/0/0atefssLylM

http://www.youtube.com/user/JustJesse197#p/a/u/0/P9Fyey4D5hg

Sandy asks…

dog training methods clicker training or more classic methods?

i am planning n training my dog, and i heard that positive dog training (or clicker training) is better than other methods. is that true?

admin answers:

I absolutely credit clicker training for fast results and a happy dog. Definitely something you should do. I also think that if the dog does something wrong, it really needs to know that to and that’s where a correction needs to come in. Clicker is great for teaching behaviors and creating conditioned responses. So the click marks the behaviour as good and the dog is rewarded, initially through food, but also play or petting. As dogs learn by association, this means that to obey that command is a Good thing in the dogs eyes, eventually you phase the rewards down and so the dog has to work harder/perform for longer to earn that click/reward. You can also then teach a correction marker, so if the dog knows whats expected but does not do it, you say ‘no’ and stop the training – no rewards, no clicker, ignore the dog for 5 Min’s. Then start again later. BUT whenever the dog needs a correction, say when walking, the dog pulls so you give a choke chain a little tug, as you tug you say no. Eventually that word ‘no’ is associated with stopping what they are about to do as its more rewarding to keep playing with you than chase the cat, or walk next to you than pull……

I recommend you read some Karen Pryor books on clicker training, they are very easy to read etc and explain the importance of the reward with drawl which I think is what many people who say clicker does not work, have not done. You do not simply ignore bad behaviour and reward good and these books will explain how to do this. Clicker is very easy and so is correcting the dog and teaching reward with drawl as a correction but getting it right is the key. Good luck and enjoy the clicker training, its a great method with great results and a very kind way of training.

ADD; clicker is no fad, its been around since the 60′s it’s only been the last 10 years that it seems to have taken the dog world by storm. 10 years is still no fad in my eyes.

The main thing is to train how you feel comfortable and stay consistent – reward good, correct bad/unwanted.

For example; you are teaching recall, the dog is doing great and is being clicked/rewarded a lot, but then he tries to run off, he is on a long line though and he reaches the end and feels quite a tug on his neck. That running away was not worth it as it ended in a correction (got jerked at the end of that line), versus being with you and getting praise and treats. That is a very strong marker to the dog – the listening to you was great and the short lived run did not end great. So if this is what consistlently happens eventually you will take the dog out and he will not want to run off.

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Maria asks…

everyone, plz critique my story?

yes its very long, but plz critique…………… Years of reckoning….

It wasn’t very difficult the first time. She just left it there while she ran over to pick up her child. “someone” apparently, had loosened the screws on his bike tires. The four year old boy was bawling over a scraped knee. Ridiculous. But whatever worked to get her away from her purse was fine with him. Alexander swiftly walked past the bench she had left it on, grabbed the unusually stuffed handbag, slipped it under his jacket-blanketed arm, and power-walked out of sight. He ducked behind a tree to see what he had retrieved. A small wallet, some baby wipes, a blue sippy cup, a small chunk of lint, and a pink and silver cell phone with a few cheap rhinestones on the front. He looked at the logo. A razor. Nice. He’d wanted a cell phone ever since he’d left his in his pants….and then put them in the washer. But luckily it still worked. Until he dropped it down the stairs. And, miraculously, it was STILL working. But then he dropped it in the pool. That’s when it stopped working. He grabbed the phone and the wallet, then threw the purse into the tree above his head. He laughed quietly. He wondered if he wanted to wait around and see her jump to get her purse. She was rather busty, and it would be nice to see her leap. After a few seconds he decided against it. Better to not test fate. He grinned widely. It always felt good when he would get the cash as easy as he had. That was probably the reason he did steal so much. It was the only thing in his life that made him feel good. Home sucked, school sucked, people sucked, he sucked, everything sucked. But that’s the way life was. Luckily, he wouldn’t be around to endure “life” much longer. He thought the knife would be best. A gun would be to loud and would alert people. Not to mention the fact that, well, he didn’t have a gun. And he would really rather not strangle himself. he didn’t like pain, It hurt. He opened up the wallet and took the cash inside. His eyes grew in surprise At a mother carrying around three hundred and fifty dollars in cash in her purse. Marry rich he supposed. He tossed the credit card to avoid getting caught. He threw his right leg over his bike, pushed it off the building it was leaning on, and rode away. As he rode he flipped open his new phone and began deleting the numbers. after a few minutes he realized he didn’t even have anybody to talk to, got pissed off, and broke it at the flip seam, throwing it over the nearest fence. He heard a dog yelp. Poor puppy. He did love animals. He eventually came to a stop at his driveway. He didn’t want to go into his home because he knew as soon as he did, the trouble would start. His father would be angry that he hadn’t started his homework, his mother would turn on the guilt, his brother would cry about never getting a chance to play with him anymore, everyone would start hollering and screaming, he woulod start working, and keep working for hours on end,then his family would all gather up and watch a movie for family time while he had to sit in the kitchen doing the work he would never get done, everyone would go to bed but him, he would work until 1:00 in the morning and still not gret his work done, then his parents would wake him up early in the morning to finish his work, more yelling, he would have no time to eat, then he would be sent to school with his work still half finished, and if he was lucky, he wou.d have gotten his work done but would forget it at home, he would go to school, tired, exhausted, and on the brink of crying, the guys at school would be awful assholes and bully him around for not being athletic or popular, he would be called filthy names that even he wouldn’t repeat to his worst enemy, the girls would be spiteful and hellish little bitches, screaming if he got within ten feet of them, look at him weird, slap him occasionally, fabricate utterly horrendous rumors about him wich would then spread like a virus throughout the whole school, the coaches would purposely humiliate him in front of the guy and the girls, challenging him to do things he knew even the bu,lkiest jocks were incapable of, then he would go to english and his teacher, mrs.hyde, would publicly humiliate him, making a spectacle of anything that he didn’t do exactly right, and when he didn’t get his homework done, she would basically announce it to the class when she “discussed” it with him that she was surprised he couldn’t get the simplest of things done, and she would say at an unnecessarily loud tone that she could have her 9 year old son come after school to help teach him if he wanted. He had only two friends, Max Valley and Ben Cunning. But as soon as Max became popular, he became worse than most of the guys. And Ben was just a pervert, so he didn’t really like hanging with him. but worst of all was the principle, Mrs.Stover. she would do everything in her power to get him in trouble and used all of her energy to think up unjust punishments for the things she said he did. She was a complete liar. He would go to her if someone was threatening him or trying to hurt him and she would turn it around and suspend him for hurting students or threatening the students he told her were threatening him. There was one girl he met he liked. He wanted to know her and become friends with her. So he was making a good impression on her he thought but one day she came to him and told him he wouldn’t hang out with a guy who did what he did to that “other girl.” He had no idea what she was talking about, he had never hurt anyone! Who the hell would do this to him?! He knew it was one of the teachers but he never found out which one and so he lived with it, wondering how anyone would take the one friend he might have. Although he had a good guess. Even the counselor, mrs.vant, was against him. she would purposely give him bad advice for his problems, and whenever he let something slip that showed a weakness of his, she would make sure that Mrs.Stover heard about it. So then, after 7 hours of this, he would go home, and the cycle would begin to repeat. This went on for a year and a half and by this time, alexander had almost completely lost all the faith he had in god and could almost care less about a relatinoship with him. but that was okay he supposed because he had never felt close to god anyway. God obviously didn’t love him enough to help him, so he decided to abandon god. He had constant thoughts of suicide and was planning to put these thoughts into action next Tuesday. Honestly, what did he have to live for? He hated himself, he hated everyone else, everyone else hated him, his family hated to be around him, god didn’t love him, he had no friends, and it was obvious, he figured, he never would. He was worthless and was failing everything and so there was obviously no future for him. death may even be a blessing in all this turmoil. Today was Friday so he had three days to prepare his letter. He decided he would leave a suicide letter. He still loved his family, and if he was gonna kill himself, they might as well get a goodbye. He snapped out of his thoughtful trance, and hopped off his bike, slowly wakling it towards his home. he went unnecessarily slowly but nevertheless, he found himself at the front door way too soon. He placed his bike sideways against the wall and stretched out his hand for the doorknob. He was just about to turn it when he heard somebody clear their throat behind him. he spun around, startled, and found himself face to face with an annoying looking person. “ wonderful day sir! Have you accepted jesus christ as your personal savior?” annoying was right. It was one of those ignorant christians who were incapable of seeing the world past their noses. Probably because their bible was always in the way. “ oh god.” Alexander thought as he decided quickly of a way to deal with this guy. “listen buddy, do I look at all like I’ve accepted your stupid religion?” he said sliding his hand down his body such as the way a gameshow women presents a new car. He held his skull ring studded fist out for the man to see. The man cleared his throat again. “ I couldn’t help but notice you standing on the sidewalk staring at this house for about seven minutes back there. Trouble at home?” this really pissed alexander off. What the hell business was it of his what was going on in someone else’s life? “ allright listen friend, you get off of my property in ten seconds or that bible is going to be so far up your-“ the man cut him off. “ allright allright. But take this at least.” He said holding out a pocket sized bible. “ thanks ill be sure to take real good care of it. Ill go put it by my seven crosses and my statue of jesus right now! Oh praise the lord, happy day!!” he said jumping up and clapping. Alexander then regained his sour look and shoved the man with both hands off his porch, causing him to stumble to the ground. He heard the man clear his throat one more time as he walked trouhg the door. “ and take a damn losange!” he finaled, slamming the door. He walked as fast as could be considered walking through the front hall, hoping he could make it upstairs before somebody knew he was there. There was no point in getting started on his homework when he would never finish it. Miraculously, he managed to get to his room unnoticed. He looked at the third drawer to the left of his bed. He knew what was in there. The light in his room hit the blade through the crack in the drawer and caused an ominous glare upon his face. He shivered. He wasn’t sure why, but it scared him. it shouldn’t scare him when he wanted so desperately for everything to end, yet it did. That was the factor that had kept him from killing himself months before. He wanted to die, but the thought thoroughly scared the living hell out of him, to say the least. Just the thought of dying brought him to the edge of sweating, and so, as a few cold drops of perspiration broke out upon his neck, he switched off his light, and slipped underneath the covers. As he lie curled in the fetal position, he closed his eyes and drifted into repose, but that lasted for only a few minutes when he was awakened by his dachshund, Ceppy, crying. It really ticked him off when he did this. His dog had to go to the bathroom, which, of course, he couldn’t have done while they were downstairs. He got up and brought Ceppy downstairs opened the back door and put him outside for a few minutes. After his dog had been outside for about ten minutes, he went outside to check on him. as he stepped out, he glanced up and caught sight of the moon. The moon was, no doubt, his favorite thing in the world to gaze at, especially on a night like this, when there were no clouds outside and he could get a perfect view. The light of the moon reflected off his pool and cast a beautiful shimmering shadow upon the side of his home. his eyes began to dry out after a blinkless minute and he snapped out of his trance. Picking up Ceppy he walked back inside and went to bed.
oh yeah, anyways, this is only the first six pages but it takes a very big spiritual turn. for the better.
and, no this is not the type of person i am in case anyone gets freaked out. its actually a very uplifting story later on
ooooo kaaay forist i see SOMEONE is completely sane *coff coff*

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For more reviews you can try a writing site I’m on — chapteread.com — they have some pretty cool features.

Like a private writing area to save your writings. Pen names, when you post your work you can choose who you want to read it [ friends only, fans only, or everyone.] when you receive feedback on your stories you can save the helpful ones and they’ll go into your private writing area. It’s helpful for when you go back to writing. Good luck!

Lisa asks…

your perfect funeral?

mine -

i want to be barred under a tree

my music*

watching over me-iced earth
i did it my way-frank sinatra
in my life-beatles
let it be-beatles
ill be missing you-p.diddy
its so hard to say goodbye to yesterday – boys 2 men
amor eterno-juan gabriel
my immortal-evanescence
in this river-black label society
live and die in la-tupac
dreamer- ozzy osbourne
see you on the other side- ozzy osbourne
simply the best-tina turner

i want to barried with my dog yes i know creepy but i love her and shes my companion if she dies first then i am going to stuff her is i die first i want her killed and then stuffed and put in with me

i want to wear my black dickes jacket, jeans and my black and red converse and my favorite beatle shirt

i want people to walk up to the mic and talk about there memories with me and yea thats all i got so far

and if paul mcartney is alive i would like him to sing to me

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Wow. Um. I just want there to be free chocolate milk for everyone.
Yeah. And maybe have someone famous there.
So people will be like, “I didn’t know that he knew John Stamos!”.

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Donna asks…

Can you name what movies these quotes are from?

1. OK! I’ll talk! In third grade, I cheated on my history exam. In fourth grade, I stole my uncle Max’s toupee and I glued it on my face when I was Moses in my Hebrew School play. In fifth grade, I knocked my sister Edie down the stairs and I blamed it on the dog…When my mom sent me to the summer camp for fat kids and then they served lunch I got nuts and I pigged out and they kicked me out…But the worst thing I ever done — I mixed a pot of fake puke at home and then I went to this movie theater, hid the puke in my jacket, climbed up to the balcony and then, t-t-then, I made a noise like this: hua-hua-hua-huaaaaaaa — and then I dumped it over the side, all over the people in the audience. And then, this was horrible, all the people started getting sick and throwing up all over each other. I never felt so bad in my entire life.

2. I took a shower washing every body part with actual soap; including all my major crevices; including in between my toes and in my belly button which I never did before but sort of enjoyed. I washed my hair with adult formula shampoo and used cream rinse for that just-washed shine. I can’t seem to find my toothbrush, so I’ll pick one up when I go out today. Other than that, I’m in good shape.

3. You wanna waste my time? Okay. I call my lawyer. He’s the best lawyer in Miami. He’s such a good lawyer, that by tomorrow morning, you gonna be working in Alaska. So dress warm.

4. Hey. If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I’d like Frank Shirley, my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, ****less, hopeless, heartless, fat-***, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey **** he is. Hallelujah. Holy ****. Where’s the Tylenol?

5. Summer romances begin for all kinds of reasons, but when all is said and done, they have one thing in common. They’re shooting stars, a spectacular moment of light in the heavens, fleeting glimpse of eternity, and in a flash they’re gone.

6. You’re gonna need a bigger boat.

7. Dear little baby Jesus, who’s sittin’ in his crib watchin the Baby Einstein videos, learnin’ ’bout shapes and colors. I would like to thank you for bringin’ me and my moma together, and also that my kids no longer sound like retarded gang-bangers.

8. I’ll tell you where. Someplace warm. A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talking about a little place called Aspen.

9. One day it started raining, and it didn’t quit for four months. We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin’ rain… and big ol’ fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath.

10. You’re coming with me Cain.

11. These boys get that syrup in ‘em, they get all antsy in their pantsy.

12. As soon as your eyes shut I oughta punch you square in the face.

13. Relax… A hickie from Kenickie is like a Hallmark card, when you only care enough to send the very best!

14. Tigers love pepper. They hate cinnamon

15. Well look, I already told you! I deal with the goddamn customers so the engineers don’t have to! I have people skills! I am good at dealing with people! Can’t you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?

Enjoy!

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1 Goonies
2 Home Alone
4 National Lampoon Christmas Vacation
7 Ballad of Ricky Bobby
9 Forrest Gump
13 Grease

I didn’t do so good :(

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Dog Breeds For Kids

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Robert asks…

What are some good SMALL…er… Dog breeds for kids?

well, not FOR kids but to be around them?
well no pugs becuase theyre gross looking (sorry.. i love all dogs but just dont like being arond pugs) and they have alot of health problems.. so.. to be more detailed….

one that would be good around a VERY small kid (UNDER 2 years old i mean), a breed that doesnt have very many hereditary health problems.. and.. something else but i forgot it.. lol
OH YEAH!!! ones that arent “horny” and arent too dumb..
my husband doesnt like dogs that are.. dumb..er.. so.. yeah.. thanks!! :D

i hope you understand what i mean and dont take it the wrong way though
oh one more thing.. Please.. no herding dogs.. Ive been around too many I know theyre smart and theyre just playing or ‘working’ when they do this, but.. Every friend Ive had, that had a collie or other herding dog, has always had theyre kids ‘herded’ by them.. so.. thats kind of dangerous for a very small child.. even if the sweet puppies just playing :D
(sorry im being so picky.. :( )

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Because of their natural, genetic “touch insensitivity”, most Sporting dogs are great with kids. This means kids can usually jump on, pull at, tug, wrestle, etc and most of these dogs will wag their tails and not worry one bit about it.
They range in sizes from rather large (like the Golden Retriever and Irish Setter) to medium in size (like Cocker Spaniels, Brittany Spaniels, Springer Spaniels (English and Welsh) and so on). These breeds are very active and need lots of exercise, but are also known for being great with kids. If you want easier maintenance (less grooming), I’d go with the shorter-coated dogs (like Weimaraners, Vizslas, Pointers, etc). As for health issues, I have not heard of many inherent health problems with most Pointers. Most other breeds in this group can be associated with some health issues.
Do a little bit of research first, though … Www.akc.org … To make sure that whatever breed you choose is right for you and your family! You can also use that website to help find a reputable, AKC-approved breeder in your area. Good luck!

PS – the “dumb” factor is a matter of finding a reputable breeder (so there are no mental genetic defects) and training him well.
PPS – neutered dogs don’t get very “horny” … But humping is usually not a sexual behavior anyway … It’s a dominance issue, so good training will break a dog of that.

Sandy asks…

Whats a good toy breed dog for kids?

I have two girls, one is 5yrs old & one is 5 months old. I’m looking to get a dog for them for Christmas this year but I’m unsure about what breed. I need a dog thats not very fragile (no chiwawas or yorkis) and not aggressive. I know there are tons of breeds but I dont have any resources of picking a dog.

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I have a Havanese, which are excellent with young kids. He truly is! He’s the best dog our family has ever had, and plays tirelessly with kids…. He’s never bitten anyone in his life, greets strangers merrily and puts up with all kinds of rough housing.

We got him when our youngest was less than a year old, our middle child was four and our oldest seven. We were very very protective and careful with him with the kids when he was a tiny puppy, and taught the kids to be gentle with him. He quickly bonded with our one year old and the two are best friends. He rarely leaves his side! (he’s 3 now)

Havaneses don’t shed, are hypo-allergenic, are great with strangers, are smart as can be and are very long lived. The breeder we used gave us a large one, as she said they are just better with kids. They travel well and are small enough to take in the plane cabin with you. The breed is a toy breed normally weighing 7-13 pounds, but the large ones like ours go 18-20 pounds, which is about as small as you’d want to go with young kids.

Havanese are members of the Bichon family, but more sturdy and less aggressive than some of their cousins. They are insane athletes and have been used in the past as circus dogs. Ours jumps into our arms and leaps right onto our kitchen counters!

If you have very young children, I would highly suggest against an adoption as you can’t be sure what kind of temperment you’ll be getting. When the kids are older, sure, save a life, but while they are so young, it’s extremely important to be sure the dog’s inborn temperment is as gentle as possible. My sister adopted the sweetest mutt puppy who turned very nasty later (her other two dogs are fine, so no, it isn’t her), you just don’t want to risk that.

BTW, I found out about the breed using the animal.discovery.com breed search engine mentioned above!

Chris asks…

What is a good dog breed for kids but can also be a guard dog?

I would need a dog that’s good with kids/babies, is friendly and can ward off intruders. I would like a larger sized dog with medium-short length hair.
Any suggestions?
Thanks!

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I would recommend an Akita or German Shepherd. Both love kids, and would protect them with their life. You just have to make sure to socialize both breeds very well, I am pretty sure, an intruder could look at either breed and be scared, even if they don’t do anything. Both are extremely friendly dogs if socialized well enough as a puppy. Akitas have medium/long fluffy hair, but won’t shed as much if you give them a quick brushing every day.

I would also recommend a Great Dane, they are amazing with kids, gentle giants really, and not many people want to mess someone who has a Great Dane. :)

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Joseph asks…

What are some dog breeds that don’t shed so much where there’s fur all over the furniture and clothes?

I want a dog that doesn’t shed so much (I don’t want fur on the furniture and clothes).

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There is actually a really big selection of low-shedding dogs. It just depends on if you want a big or small dog.

Here are just a few large low-shedding dogs:

Pitbull
Great Dane
Mastiff
Lab
Boxer

And some small low-shedding dogs:

Poodle
Jack Russell Terrier
Chihuahua (short haired)
Yorkie
Dachshund (Weiner Dog)
and pretty much any kind of short haired Terrier.. Terriers really don’t shed much.

Pretty much any kind of short haired dog would do.. Short haired dogs don’t shed much at all.

I hope this helped! :)

James asks…

what dog breeds don’t shed?

I have a poodle mix and i have been told that poodles are hypo-allergenic. but what other types of dogs don’t shed. I have really bad allergies and I love dogs which is why i would like to know if there are other hypo-allergenic breeds

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Poodles

Ken asks…

what are some good breeds of dog that don’t shed too much?

I looking into getting another dog, but my last dog practically tortured my dad cause she shed so much. Now I know the labradoodle supposedly sheds less dander (though I don’t like them too much) so are there any other breeds that don’t shed that much fur/dander?

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Http://www.dogbreedinfo.org/lightshedders.htm

that lists them all.
You can click to get more info about each one as well.

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George asks…

A few dog & puppy behavior questions?

*Sorry this is so long!*

So i have a 10 yr old yellow lab/american eskimo mix, Precious. Then there’s Sasha, she’s about 8 or 9 months old & a pitbull. She’s almost as big as Precious but she’s always the one who gets hurt in a fight. She’s a big baby =]

Sasha likes to dunk her head in her water bucket, and a couple min after she does this, Precious will go over to her and lick her face and neck, where she’s wet. Sasha puts her ears down low and looks very submissive while Precious does this, but she sits there and lets her do it. Whenever Sasha gets wet Precious will lick her wherever she is wet (no, she’s not thirsty). And sometimes she will lick Sasha for the hell of it. She licks her multiple times a day, yet she is often irritated by her hyper behavior. Does she feel motherly towards her or something? She doesn’t growl or anything while doing this.

Sasha often leans on my legs. It doesn’t matter if i’m giving attention to my other dogs or not, she’ll lean the side of her body on my legs. She tends to do it while she chews on a toy, she’ll just stand there and lean on me. i’ve been told that it means she thinks she owns me, wants protection, or is being dominant. Which is it? She’s definitely not the dominant dog in the pack.

Last one: i was told by my grandmother that with bog dogs you have to stare them down to “tame them. She told me a former coworker of hers stared at her Rottweiler for 5 HOURS straight when it initiated staring with her. Apparently if you “win” this staredown, the dog will know that you are boss permanently. And if you “lose” the opposite happens. i’ve read online that a dog will become vicious and attack you if you stare at it since you’re “challenging” it. But i’m not too sure about that one. My old Rottweiler never challenged me to a staredown and she became out of control. Sasha is a handful and still has growing to do, so is this something i need to initiate and/or worry about in the near futute?

admin answers:

I’ve never heard that leaning is a sign of dominance, just that the dog wants to be nearby/close to you. As for the stare down, if it is your dog, that is one thing, but DO NOT stare down a strange aggressive dog. That is indeed a challenge and the best thing to do in that situation is to avoid eye contact and back slowly away, and whatever you do, do not run!

If you want to know how dogs demonstrate dominant behavior, it is by the following:

Symptoms of Dog Dominance Behavior include, among others, such things as:

– Refusing to move out of your way

– Blocking your ability to where you want to go

– Stealing and hiding your stuff

– Destroying your things

– Peeing on your bed

– Pooping on your bed

– Stealing your food

– Ignoring commands that he knows well

– Demanding your attention through nudges, whining, or mouthing you

– Growling at you

– Humping you, your guests, or things

– Mounting you, your guests, or things

– Guarding food or toys

- Putting your stuff in his area

Daniel asks…

Can you answer some questions about my dog’s behavior?

He scratches all the time; it’s just annoying. It’s not fleas. It’s better after he’s had a bath, and I bathe him about once a month, but I’m afraid to bathe him more often in case I’d dry out his skin.

He jumps up on me all the time as well. I love it when he does it, and sometimes I pick him up – but I thought that was considered bad form for a dog and I don’t know why he does it. Any guesses?

admin answers:

Some dogs scratch themselves when they are anxious,my dog does the exact same thing because he is OCD and yes its annoying.What seems to help my dog is exercise and chew toys maybe you should try it.And also any dog will jump on you if he is rewarded by doing so (petting praising)

Mandy asks…

Bird dog owners… I have two questions about behavior……?

I have a German Short Hair Pointer female, everytime we go into our backyard to play with the dogs she won’t come up to us for like ten minutes. She runs around to every corner of the yard barking up trees and out the fence at things we don’t see. We continue to play fetch with the Beagal but the Pointer won’t get interested for a long while. Then when she does play, she won’t bring the toy back, it’s like she’s playing keep away from us and the Beagal. Is she just showing off how well she can clear the yard of prey when we go out? We don’t hunt her so I wasn’t sure if this was an instictual thing or not. And as a general dog question: How do you solve the keep away problem between two dogs? Just curious, let me know what you think.

admin answers:

Because you dint hunt her she is not very disciplined. Because a good pointer should be aware of where you are at and should check up on you. This may be different because it is a fenced in yard. And they really shouldn’t bark at things. As far as her not bringing the toys back pointer are not known to be great retrievers, some pointers I have known have had the be forced trained to retrieve a bird/toy. One thing you may want to start practicing is first taking her into the yard alone and working with her and them bring the other dog in later and work with them together. From the information you said it is not believed you will need a shock collar. Practice basic calling and retrieving with treats. We only use our shock collar in the field when we are hunting to train for hunting and obedience when hunting. Sounds like each dog needs some one on one time with you before they will play together. Hope this helps good luck

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