Man’s Best Friend – the Dog

Photo of GG Vest - "Eulogy of the dog as Man's Best Friend"Man’s Best Friend

George Graham Vest served in the United States Senate for twenty-four years, from 1879 to 1903, but the act he is best remembered for is a speech he gave called “Eulogy of the dog” delivered in an insignificant court case while he was still a lawyer in rural Missouri. His words are said to be the origin of the phrase “The dog is a man’s best friend”.

Freddy and I love to read this passage, because we are dedicated dog lovers, and the words are so true.

Here’s a snippet to tempt you to read on: “The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is the dog.”

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Why Do Dogs Howl?

why do dogs howl - young beagle male howlingWhy Do Dogs Howl

All is serene and you are enjoying the moment, when a soulful sound startles you out of your quiet zone. As you scamper to find out what could have disturbed the tranquillity you can’t help but wonder – why do dogs howl?

Rushing on, you find Butch on his rump howling his heart out as if in some state of transcendental meditation. Having not gone through this experience before, it almost raises the hairs of the nape of your neck. Read more Why Do Dogs Howl?

How to Stop Your Dog From Barking

Stop Your Dog From Barking - cartoon dog barkingBefore you discover how to stop your dog from barking, you need to learn why he does it in the first place.

Barking comes as second nature to your dog and however much your eardrums object, your dog doesn’t know he is doing anything wrong. He even looks like he is enjoying himself!

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How to Train a Puppy

how to train a puppy - image of cute black puppy in green grassThey ooze cuteness, but if you aren’t sure how to train a puppy, they soon wear you out. You may be tired, your slippers may be chewed and your carpets ruined, but you owe it to yourself and to your little canine to train him as early as possible.

The first few days of owning a puppy are more often than not filled with moments of laughter, joy and pleasant surprises galore. Along with those pleasant surprises, however, if not properly trained, they can spring a fair few unpleasant surprises too.

Train your puppy today, and you’ll set a precedent for the rest of his life–and yours alongside him. He will be a better friend. Read more How to Train a Puppy

Cool Tricks to Teach Your Dog

cool tricks - image of 9 month old English Bulldog shaking handsDogs are a great source of entertainment, home of endless love and something to embrace. All dogs love playing with their owners, so knowing cool tricks to teach your dog can be a perfect way to let him earn your praise and love.

There are hundreds of cool tricks to teach your dog, all of which make it exciting and entertaining to have a dog.

To keep your furry companion mentally stimulated and safe, it’s vital to first teach your dog basic tricks, such as stay, sit, lie-down and heel. These ‘tricks’ are fundamental to training him to learn other, more difficult tricks. Teaching your dog some basic commands will help take the level of affection up to the next level. Read more Cool Tricks to Teach Your Dog

How To Potty Train a Puppy

how to potty train a puppy - photo of puppy looking at urine puddle on a white floorLearning how to potty train a puppy is one of the first things you need to begin before your new puppy arrives home.

Watching your little munchkin grow up to be a full-grown dog is one joy you can never exchange for anything. He brings you so much laughter and pleasant surprises in many ways you wouldn’t mind redoing those puppy days.

But, short of getting a diaper for your puppy, there is no foolproof plan to stopping him from soiling your house. Thankfully, you can always get him to learn that he needs to keep his living area free of poop or pee.

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How To Leash Train a Puppy

how to leash train a puppy - golden retriever walking on leash with happy smileIf you’ve been struggling and are wondering how to leash train a puppy, I’m about to make your life easier by providing you with some helpful tips.

Puppies are joyful little bundles of exuberance, and adding one to the family roster is a sure-fire way to brighten any household. However, puppies do require patience from the outset as they seldom obey the rules you set out for them.

They may be tiring, they may be the bane of your slippers and socks, but your puppies are worth every minute of your time. Read more How To Leash Train a Puppy

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Separation Anxiety in Dogs - photo of beagle chewing shoeOwning a puppy or dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Though we might want to be, we can’t always be there for them, and 10% of the time, this causes separation anxiety in dogs.

Whether puppy or full-grown pooch, it doesn’t take long before an unbreakable bond forms between you and your canine family member. Dogs aren’t so different from us, in the sense that they “feel” and for some dogs, being separated from their owner–for even just a moment, can be too much to bear. Read more Separation Anxiety in Dogs

How to Stop a Puppy From Biting

how to stop a puppy from biting - cartoon of dog snarlingWatching and interacting with a growing puppy is lots of fun filled with much joy, laughter and wonder. This is true until the puppy learns to bite. When this time comes you need to know how to stop a puppy from biting.

If this mild form of aggression is not checked at this early stage, it will cause interaction problems in the future. And with how fast the little pup is growing he will soon have strength enough to hurt. Read more How to Stop a Puppy From Biting

How To Stop A Dog From Digging

how to stop a dog from digging - cartoon of dog digging hole with a shovelFinding out the answer to the question ‘why do dogs dig?’ helps you understand your bud all the better. Once you get to know this, you can create an environment that is serene and safe for both you and your dog. Read on to find out more about how to stop a dog from digging!

Dogs still have their natural instincts right at the surface, and if you’ve been wondering whether your pooch has finally gone off the deep end with all the digging, don’t worry, it is not so. He is just being his good old natural self.

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