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The Truth About Chihuahuas

Marthina McClay | Posted 09.30.2015 | Green
Marthina McClay

After seeing other breeds hurt by discrimination over many years, I don't want to see this happen again. As I look through our south bay shelters, I see many Chihuahuas and their mixes, and in some areas they have increased in numbers beyond pit-bull-type dogs.

No, It's Not All How They're Raised

Trish McMillan Loehr | Posted 08.24.2015 | Good News
Trish McMillan Loehr

Please, pit bull lovers, stop saying "it's all how they're raised." I know you mean well. But if you truly believe "it's all how they're raised," no stray shelter dog or abused dog would be safe to place in a home.

The Magic of Fostering a Dog

Cesar Millan | Posted 08.13.2015 | Good News
Cesar Millan

Fostering isn't just good for the dog -- it can do wonders for the human as well! A dog needs daily exercise, and that helps us to get up, get out of the house, and experience simplicity.

The One Thing You Can Do Today That Could Save Your Dog's Life

Paul Owens | Posted 08.13.2015 | Green
Paul Owens

Never, ever, leave your dog alone in a hot car. Simple trips to the grocery store this summer will end in a completely preventable tragedy for many dogs. Don't let this happen to your dog!

The Best Way To Train A 'Hyper' Dog, According To Science

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 07.28.2015 | Science

Training a dog is seldom easy, but how can you teach a hyperkinetic canine to sit, stay, and come? New research from Duke Universi...

WATCH: Widow Finds Purpose in Raising Guide Dogs

HooplaHa | Posted 06.15.2015 | Good News

Meet Lorraine Trapani of Ridgefield, Connecticut. After her husband tragically lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, Lorraine did the best she could to distract herself with work, gaining nearly 100 pounds in the process. In an effort to implement better structure in her life, she became a raiser for Guiding Eyes For the Blind.

A Beautiful Reunion, and Progress with a Service Dog in Training

Belinda Williams | Posted 06.21.2015 | Impact
Belinda Williams

Anxiety issues are a huge part of PTSD. Most people think of flashbacks and behavior and mood volatility when they hear the letters "PTSD", but anxiety can be the most overwhelming part, especially when the triggers don't make sense.

Can You Fight Off a Police Dog?

Quora | Posted 06.05.2015 | Crime

I was a police canine handler for 8 years. My dog Bach was as gentle as a puppy unless he was provoked or he detected a threat against me. I had absolutely no problem bringing him into preschools and letting the children pet him and play with him. He was a part of our family, and with 4 sons, the house was always full of kids.

Andrea Arden With Marlo Thomas (VIDEO)

Posted 03.30.2015 | MarloThomas

I was so thrilled to have Certified Dog Trainer Andrea Arden as my guest on Mondays with Marlo. Andrea shared so many great expert tips with us about ...

8 Essential Steps to Bringing a New Dog into the Home

Cesar Millan | Posted 05.26.2015 | Green
Cesar Millan

In order to have a well-balanced dog, we have to teach her the house rules, and set boundaries and limitations from the get-go. The message you send your dog the moment she enters your home for the first time is critical, because it immediately establishes the ground rules in your dog's mind.

Human Foods That Are Harmful To Dogs, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 03.23.2015 | MarloThomas

What human foods are harmful to dogs? Certified dog trainer Andrea Arden says there are lots of foods that fall into this category. Chocolate, grapes,...

The Best Dogs For Apartment Living, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 03.23.2015 | MarloThomas

What are the ideal dog breeds for apartment life? Certified dog trainer Andrea Arden says that while some dog breed generalizations that ring true, th...

Essential Tips For Training Your New Puppy, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 03.23.2015 | MarloThomas

Certified dog trainer Andrea Arden shared her top tips for teaching your puppy the do's and dont's of living in your home. Andrea says that the most i...

The Most Effective Way To Discipline Your Dog, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 03.23.2015 | MarloThomas

Is hitting your dog actually an effective discipline method? Certified dog trainer Andrea Arden says that the old-fashioned way of training an animal ...

The Health Benefits Of Having A Pet, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 03.23.2015 | MarloThomas

Is it true that having a pet is good for your health? Certified dog trainer Andrea Arden says, "Absolutely!" Studies have shown that having a pet as a...

The Latest In Pet Technology, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 03.23.2015 | MarloThomas

When it comes to the latest in pet technology, certified dog trainer Andrea Arden has a few app recommendations for your four-legged friend. Apps that...

A Good-bye to Galen

Belinda Williams | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Belinda Williams

I think perhaps I'll miss Galen more than he misses me. He won't forget me, though, and I know our reunion in a week or two will be overjoyed.

Myth: Positive Training Is Permissive

Sara Reusche | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Sara Reusche

If you made a training mistake and your dog is engaging in unwanted or dangerous behavior, by all means interrupt it!

For Want of a Nail

Paul Owens | Posted 04.12.2015 | Green
Paul Owens

Years ago, while driving in Florida, I was pulled over by a state trooper on my way from Sarasota to Tampa to teach a class. Unbeknownst to me, my car had a broken taillight. The trooper asked for my license, which, it turns out, I accidentally left on my dresser.

Rescuing Bambi and the Great Pit Bull Bias

Carly Loman | Posted 04.04.2015 | Green
Carly Loman

About a month ago, I adopted a dog. Now -- a month later -- I'm still rescuing that dog. Bambi, my beautiful two-year-old pup, is a Pit Bull mix. I was ready for the wide array of problems new rescues often have. What I was not expecting, and what I was not ready for, was The Great Pit Bull Bias.

11 Ways To Do Your Dog Right

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 03.29.2015 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

The first step in training -- in my opinion -- is love. That unconditional feeling of parental adoration.

Do Little Dogs Get Away With More?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 03.17.2015 | Green
Nicole Wilde

I can't help think that had the dog been a hundred-plus-pound mass of muscle, the problem most likely would have been -- excuse the unfortunate pun -- nipped in the bud after the first occurrence.

How to Prepare Your Dog For Your New Baby

PolicyGenius | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents

It's not worth the risk of leaving children unsupervised with any animal. Adult supervision is advisable for all interactions with animals and kids, because kids can't be expected to have the requisite impulse control that is necessary to be safe around animals.

Why Are Dogs So Obsessed With Endlessly Playing Fetch?

Quora | Posted 03.07.2015 | Weird News

All of these behaviors are self-reinforcing, meaning they make the dog feel good. They don't need to be rewarded for the behavior. If you like playing football, you play football even if you don't get paid to do it. It just feels good to do it. Same is true for dogs.

What Is 'No!' Really Telling Your Dog?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

'Leave it!' is an instructional reprimand, whereas, 'no!' which leaves a dog wondering what exactly he did wrong, thereby increasing the likelihood that he'll get it wrong again. Once the dog had complied with 'leave It!' the owner could redirect him to a more appropriate behavior.