How Often to Bathe a Dog

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Dogs need baths, but owners’ opinions on how often range from “dump him in a tub of suds once a year whether he needs it or not” to “take her to a professional groomer every Saturday.” … Read More

The High Cost of Cheap Puppies

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I’m tipping my hat to the movie “WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price” in the title of this blog post, because in a way, pet stores and puppy mills are the  Wal-Mart of the dog world. Of … Read More

Are Mutts Really Healthier?

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You’ve heard it, as all pet owners have: “Mutts are healthier than purebreds.” But is that true? As it turns out, things aren’t really that simple. While in some instances mixed-breed dogs may have a better … Read More

Why Breed Bans Don't Work

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Breed bans, also known as Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL) are ineffectual and at best serve only to temporarily reassure a community afraid of dog attacks. At worst, they result in the needless killing of family dogs with loving … Read More

Dog Breeds The Obamas Should Consider

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As a PetLvr it’s pretty exciting to think about who the Obamas will picks as their presidential dog.   I think this election cycle it may be more exciting than ever because of the conditions that the … Read More

PetLvr Mailbag: Teaching Gentleness

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Dear Petlvr Mailbag … I have 2 rescue poodles, both males.  Buddy is a 3-year-old Standard and Troy is a 3-year-old Toy.  Buddy wants to play with little Troy.  It’s the 65 lbs. vs. the 8 … Read More

Dog Breed Infatuations

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Today I caught myself wondering why I’ve fallen in love with certain dog breeds and not others. For example, I’m not a big fan of really small dogs (anything under 15 pounds). My wife loves small … Read More

Might an OTTB be Right for You?

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By OTTB, I mean, of course, an Off the Track Thoroughbred. In other words, a retired racehorse, like my Ember, aka Embrace Reality, pictured below. OTTBs can excel in most disciplines, are generally inexpensive compared to … Read More

Fatally Cute

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About 5 years ago, I found myself looking for a new puppy. My old dog Zodian, had passed away a year before and it had taken me over a year to adjust to the idea of … Read More

Working Terriers

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Terriers were bred from their very beginnings to perform services. In Great Britain that often took the form of breeding programs to produce a dog that would hunt fox, chase badgers or kill rats. While those … Read More

Common Diseases Among Terriers

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Because the group of terrier breeds is so diverse it’s difficult to find a single set of diseases common to all. Even calling a condition common is a little misleading, since it means only that it … Read More

How To Treat Skin Problems Of The German Shepherd

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German Shepherds can suffer from any number of common skin infections. The infection can be limited primarily to the outer skin layer, or may penetrate deeper into the subcutaneous levels. In extreme cases, the infection actually … Read More

Your Terrier

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Saying you have a terrier doesn’t tell a bystander much. They’re among the broadest group of breeds around. They range everywhere from a tiny toy Yorkie to the huge Airedale, from the scrappy but small Westie … Read More

About the Conure

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Nanday Conure Image Source: Wikipedia Conures are charming little birds. These spunky little parrots are small enough to fit easily into most households and large enough to satisfy the desire of someone wanting to own a … Read More

Exercise and Training Advice for Your Golden Retriever

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Golden Retrievers are among the more active breeds and require a lot of exercise to stay fit and happy. Originally bred for game fetching, these energetic dogs can run much of the day, even late into … Read More

Choosing the Right Pet Bird for You

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Birds can be intelligent, enjoyable companions, but choosing the wrong bird can really cause heartache and frustration. How do you choose the right pet bird for you and your family? Before you try to decide which … Read More

Different Breeds of Guinea Pigs

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Professionals recognize 13 official breeds of guinea pig or cavy, though several more are popular. Within this set is a group of differently colored types that add further variety to this amazing animal. To top it … Read More

Choosing Your Ferret

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Choosing a ferret, of course, involves a certain emotional commitment. But there are a few objective factors that you can look at to help you decide. Age & Training – Considerations Age is among the first … Read More

Eukanuba BREEDSmart: Dangers of Obesity

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Periodic Newsletter from The IAMS Company: From: “Eukanuba SeniorCat” To: hart (at) petlvr.com Subject: Eukanuba BREEDSmart: Dangers of Obesity From the Expert – The Dangers of Feline Obesity Brought To You By Laura, Breed Expert The … Read More

Nature vs Nurture – Temperament in German Shepherds

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German Shepherds are often said to be intelligent, loyal and hard working. And that’s all true. But they’re often believed to be that way on the basis of temperament, which some claim is all inbred. That’s … Read More

Top Dogs of 2007

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Krista Mifflin from Your Guide To Dogs has recapped the list of the top ten registered dog breeds in the United States during 2007, as tallied by the American Kennel Club .. At the start of … Read More

Pure Bred German Shepherds vs Mixed Breeds

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Within dog lover circles there is an ongoing controversy about whether it’s better to acquire a pure bred German Shepherd or one of mixed ancestry. The issue may never be settled to everyone’s satisfaction. But where … Read More

Common Health Problems With Golden Retrievers

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Apart from hip dysplasia, there are half a dozen common conditions or diseases that Golden Retrievers tend to suffer from. That’s not to say most Golden’s are unhealthy. They suffer no more than any other breed. … Read More

Hip & Elbow Dysplasia in the Golden Retriever

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Tragically, one of the more common afflictions that a Golden Retriever may suffer from is hip or elbow dysplasia. A University of Columbia study found that as many as 30% had the condition. Dogs examined by … Read More

Choosing the Right Pet Bird for You

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Birds can be intelligent, enjoyable companions, but choosing the wrong bird can really cause heartache and frustration. How do you choose the right pet bird for you and your family? Before you try to decide which … Read More

What Is A Guinea Pig?

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The question posed in the title is a legitimate one. Even though guinea pigs are familiar, they’re neither pigs nor do they hail from Guinea. These rodents, originating from the Andes mountains in South America, are … Read More

Choosing the Perfect Cat Breed

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There are so many cat breeds. How can you decide which breed is right for you and your family? Here is a handy guide to help you select the perfect cat breed. The first thing you … Read More

Common Myths and Mistakes About Ferrets

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For one of the friendliest of domestic pets, ferrets have gotten a bad reputation among some. That reputation is almost entirely undeserved. There are a surprisingly large number of persistent myths and errors about ferrets, especially … Read More

They Are Dogs – It's In Their Nature

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Dogs are complex animals Some official estimates of the number of breeds reaches as high as 800 in Western countries alone. Even given that distinguishing one breed from another can be carried to absurd extremes, the … Read More

Surprising Dog Facts

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The Dog Guide has posted 28 Dog Facts That Might Surprise You . And .. if these 28 items do not surprise you, bookmark the site – THE DOG GUIDE will surprise you. Kind of like … Read More

DogLvr.com – September 2007 Summary

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http://DogLvr.com (RSS) The creation of DogLvr.com was to keep all of the specific dog breed information in one centralized blog. Here is a summary of the entries made in the month of September 2007. // HART … Read More

CatLvr.com – September 2007 Summary

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http://CatLvr.com (RSS) The creation of CatLvr.com was to keep all of the specific cat breed information in one centralized blog. Here is a summary of the entries made in the month of September 2007. // HART … Read More

Determining the Sex of Your New Bird

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Determining the Sex of Your New Bird Many people are not concerned with whether they have a male or female bird. After all, if you’re not going to breed your bird, it doesn’t really matter, right? … Read More

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