Review–Dog Language: An Encyclopedia of Canine Language

Review--Dog Language: An Encyclopedia of Canine Language

Review--Dog Language: An Encyclopedia of Canine Language

Dog Language: An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior by Dr. Roger Abrantes is exactly what the title states; an encyclopedia of canine behavior. Here at last is a text that explicitly defines, describes and illustrates canine behavior as it applies to communication. Much of the confusion and insecurity that is experienced by canine and human in the opening days of their life together is eased after reading this book.

Taking a Closer Look:


Within the first 34 pages Dr. Abrantes provides the reader with general definitions from the scientific field of Ethology. He gives the reader just enough information to understand that when attempting to communicate with a species that primarily uses body language instead of audible signals as the primary form of communication, then visual acuity becomes the preeminent tool. From Abnormal Behavior to Zoology, Dr. Abrantes provides the reader with alphabetically arranged concise definitions and detailed illustrations. This reader friendly format helps both new dog owners and experienced experts to identify specific observed behavior and predict other behaviors. Although the definitions are models in brevity, the illustrations are very detailed and deliver understanding at a glance. Even as the reader works his way through the text he is beginning to practice focused observation. By studying the details of each illustration, he trains himself to look for those mannerisms in his dogs. In time the reader begins to see similar mannerisms in other dogs and the information begins to gel. How the reader uses this format and pursues the study is totally self-directed. This allows the uniqueness of each personal learning style to lock-in the information. It also allows the uniqueness of the canine/human relationship to thrive.

Recommendation: YES

Never forgetting for a moment that all dogs are individuals and have their own unique ways of behaving and responding to the world at large, Dog Language: An encyclopedia of Canine Behavior is an excellent resource for general observed characteristics. More importantly, while using this text the reader becomes actively involved in the process of communicating. As he gains experience in his interpretations, the excitement builds and the hunger for more dialogue increases. Ultimately this results in a richer experience for human and canine.

Dr. Abrantes provides an added benefit with a bibliography that reads like the Who’s Who in the field of animal behavior. By studying some of the texts and articles referenced, the reader will be able to provide himself with a high level of understanding and knowledge.…

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Dog Shampoos

Dog Shampoos

Dog Shampoos

Dog shampoos are an important part of caring for your pet. Besides dealing with that luscious garbage he just rolled in, dog shampoos moisturize your dog’s skin and coat, soothe itching, and protect against fleas and ticks. And when you don’t have time to give your pal a full bath, there are a variety of wipes and waterless shampoos for a quick touchup, and colognes to cover up D.O.


Dog Shampoos Help Fight the Itch

Medicated dog shampoos contain insecticides to fight against ticks and fleas. It’s important, especially with long-haired breeds, to work the lather thoroughly into the coat, being sure it reaches the skin. It’s also important to rinse well, especially if your dog has a tendency to lick. Check the label carefully to be sure you’re choosing a product appropriate for your dog’s age and size.

Many shampoos also contain colloidal oatmeal to soothe the itching that results from flea bites, allergies, rashes or other kinds of canine dermatitis. Wipes, mitts, foams and sprays, when combined with a good brushing, can extend the time between baths. There are also wipes that reduce the amount of loose dander on your dog’s coat, which can greatly reduce symptoms in allergy sufferers and detangler sprays for that cocker spaniel’s knotty ears.

Did you know there are also “brightening” shampoos for white dogs and “color enhancing” shampoos for brown and black-haired dogs? And almost all dog shampoos contain emollients and conditioners to detangle your dog’s hair and make it shine. A nicely groomed dog is a beautiful sight. Just try to keep him out of that yummy garbage for an hour or two.…

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On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection was first published 24th November 1859. 2009 marked the 150th anniversary of this landmark publication.

H.M.S. Beagle

Charles Robert Darwin was born in 1809 and studied medicine, later changing to divinity at Cambridge University. A fellow naturalist told Darwin that seeds originating from South Atlantic islands germinated in the Kerguelen Islands in the far south of the Indian Ocean. Intrigued, Darwin signed up for a five year scientific expedition of the southern oceans on the survey ship HMS Beagle.

Lyell’s Geology

Darwin, an avid reader read Lyell’s Principles of Geology which described fossils found in rocks that had lived thousands, possibly millions of years ago. Darwin broadened his inquiring mind by observing the rich variety of animal life and the geological features including recently cooled lava, on the Galapagos Islands, some 800km west of South America. Darwin failed to capture samples of the finches which were closely related but unique to each island on which he spent only 5 weeks. Darwin noticed the mockingbirds and retained samples of several varieties.


The Theory of Evolution

Darwin returned to England in 1836 and later proposed the theory of evolution by means of natural selection. The species best suited to their environment are most likely to survive and reproduce with the species gradually changing over time. Darwin worked on his theory until, when in 1858 Alfred Wallace proposed a similar idea, the pair made a joint announcement of their discovery. In 1859 Darwin published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.

Experimentation through observation

Darwin lived a long life and conducted many simple experiments to prove or disprove natural selection. Darwin soaked many plant seed species, some 125 in number, in salt water and concluded that peas and beans were capable of making a long sea voyage and germinate, thereby explaining the Kerguelen Islands flora.

Erosion over millions of years

Darwin calculated the rate of erosion of the chalk cliffs of Dover thereby dating their formation to 600 million years ago.

Darwin proved that mice and bees had an affect on red clover proliferation. Mice attack beehives thereby reducing clover pollination. Domestic cats reduce the numbers of mice so that bees thrive increasing the pollination and proliferation of red clover.

Darwin’s controversy

Darwin’s theory concluded mankind evolved from the tree of life, thereby offending religious orders. Darwin never stated that man was descended from monkeys – his theory implied it.

Darwin, a prolific writer in later life, wrote books and articles on his observations of the wonders of thenatural world.…

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Dachshunds as Political Animals: Doted on By Queen Victoria, President Cleveland, and James Carville

Dachshunds as Political Animals: Doted on By Queen Victoria, President Cleveland, and James Carville

Dachshunds as Political Animals: Doted on By Queen Victoria, President Cleveland, and James Carville

Although not seen with modern high-profile celebrities as much as breeds like Yorkies and Chihuahuas, dachshunds still manage to keep good company thanks to their varying sizes, coats, good demeanor, and a confident streak of independence that tends to delight those with powerful, high-stress positions.

Origins of the Dachshund

Originally bred to hunt small animals such as badgers, the breed maintains its sense of smell and intense curiosity. Useful for European farmers, dachshunds also became prized by the British royal family, which is well known for its devotion to both hunting and dogs in general, making this scent hound an ideal companion dog. With its unique long, low-to-the-ground form, dachshunds have appeared in engravings and paintings at least since the 1700s.

Queen Victoria and Her Dachshund at Windsor Castle

The long-reigning Queen Victoria of England and descendant of the German House of Hanover kept a series of dachshunds from the 1840s to about the 1880s. One of her favorites, Dacko (1859 – 1871), was immortalized with a bronze statue on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Dacko and other dachshunds appear in many watercolours and sketches in the Royal Collection.

Presidents Cleveland and Kennedy: Two Very Different Experiences

President Grover Cleveland and his wife Frances had a dachshund in addition to their beagle, French poodle and a St. Bernard plus cows and chickens, making a dachshund a very tame responsibility in comparison. While in Germany, John F. Kennedy bought a dachshund for only eight dollars for a friend but had an allergic reaction to the dog he named Offie plus a dislike for the dog’s poor housetraining habits.

Dachshunds in the Military

During World War II, many of the commanders had their own dogs with them overseas and United States Air Force General Claire Chennault owned a dachshund named Joe. Because of their German breeding, dachshunds lost considerable popularity during World Wars I and II, and Rommel’s fondness for his dachshund didn’t help the breed’s American standing.


The Other Political Animals

Thanks to the small size and tenacious nature of the miniature dachshund, several have found homes in the current political world in both parties. Donald Rumsfeld had a miniature dachshund named Reggie. Republican advisor Mary Matalin and Democrat advisor James Carville share their home with their daughters and two dachshunds.

The Long and Short of It

Whether owned by royalty, movers and shakers, or by people just looking for a good family dog, dachshunds telegraph their owners’ appreciation for an amusing breed that attracts artists, writers, politicians and royalty.…

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CatDog Season One Part One DVD Review

CatDog Season One Part One DVD Review

CatDog Season One Part One DVD Review

Nickelodeon/Shout Factory’s CatDog Season One Part One DVD – created by Peter Hannan – is a fine cartoon, when taken in smaller doses. 3/5

The reviewer’s experience of a show is very different from the typical TV viewer’s: we digest a show crammed into a single serving while the viewer nibbles a single episode once a week.

Take CatDog, the cartoon Peter Hannan created for Nickelodeon. While the show was never a huge hit, it developed enough of a devoted audience for Nickelodeon to order 4 seasons (running from 1998 to 2004) plus a made-for-TV movie subtitled The Great Parent Mystery.


When each episode of the Season One Part One DVD is watched individually, it’s a fun show with a deliriously goofy concept. However, watching a whole slew of episodes back-to-back reveals how shallow the cartoon essentially is.

Nickelodeon, Shout Factory Presents CatDog Season One Part One DVD, Created by Peter Hannan

The show follows the adventures of a conjoined Cat (Winnie the Pooh‘s Jim Cummings) and Dog (Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc.’s Tom Kenny), who have very different personalities. Cat enjoys looking at sunsets while Dog’s idea of a fun time is chasing the garbage truck. Nevertheless, the series shows them learning how to live with one another while dealing with the devious mouse Winslow (Carlos Alazraqui), the cat-hating Greaser Dogs and the authoritarian Rancid Rabbit (Billy West).

Much like many classic cartoons, it’s all about the gag at the expense of plot or character development. That’s perfectly fine: there are a lot of fun sequences and the Abbot-and-Costello-style odd couple of cat and dog play off each other beautifully. It’s a kinder, gentler version of Ren and Stimpy in which the humour is less manic and there are some genuinely touching scenes when Cat and Dog learn how to appreciate each other’s differences.

However, some situations – such as Cat helping Dog get at the all-you-can-eat buffet at Taco Depot – run a little long, making the viewer wish they’d get to the payoff already.

CatDog Season One Part One DVD

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CatDog Season One Part One DVD Is Best In Smaller Doses

CatDog is not a great show. It’s a fine show, but not it wears its influences a little too much on its sleeves. The CatDog Season One Part One DVD is well worth checking out, but it’s best watched a single episode at a time, kinda like Halloween candy. It gets a 3/5.…

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Need A Dog Id Tag?

Need A Dog Id Tag?

Need A Dog Id Tag?

If you care about your dog and want to ensure many happy years together, it is imperative that you invest in a pet name tag. Highly recommended by the Humane Society, dog ID tags are not only endearing, but also a safety measure. Even indoor pets deserve the safety and security of a durable pet identification tag.

You might say that your current pet tag is adequate, but ask yourself again, “Does my dog need a new dog ID tag?” Tags inevitably get worn and faded over time, and it becomes necessary to replace them. Consider getting the best pet ID tag for your furry friend as it’s an investment toward its well-being.

Evaluating Your Need For A Dog ID Tag

Polish off your dog’s new coif with a shiny new dog ID tag. If your dog doesn’t need a dog tag, well, doesn’t he deserve one? Let your loyal pal know that you care by investing in the best pet ID tag.

Knowing Your Options

Before embarking on your search for the perfect pet ID, make sure you know what you want from the start. Look at the needs of your dog and choose a pet identification tag accordingly. The Internet offers a plethora of sites and options to make sure your dog ID tag needs are met.…

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Exclusive Interview With Tobe of Street Dogs: Survivng Life on the Road and the Fans

Exclusive Interview With Tobe of Street Dogs: Survivng Life on the Road and the Fans

Exclusive Interview With Tobe of Street Dogs: Survivng Life on the Road and the Fans

The past few years have been packed with writing, recording and touring for Boston’s Street Dogs. Now the band who opened for the likes of Flogging Molly and Social Distortion have the chance to play their first headlining shows in one of North America’s biggest punk rock cities, Montreal.

Formed in 2002, the band have seen their share of lineup changes. However, the current lineup stands strong with five members: vocalist Michael McColgan, bassist John Rioux, guitarists Marcus Hollar and Tobe Bean III, and drummer Paul Rucker. As the band continue to rise in the punk-rock pantheon, Tobe sits down to give fans an insight into the very busy life of rising punk stars.

Life on the Road

What influenced the band’s decision to switch over to Hellcat Records?

Tobe: We were free and clear with our other label, who were basically closing up shop. Hellcat was a no-brainer; that’s where Mike got his start with Dropkick (Murphys), so it was always our home, it just took us a little while to get there.

Do you prefer the larger venues or the smaller ones?

Tobe: I prefer the smaller venues. We’re a grassroots band, you know? I think we thrive in the venues where kids are right up in your face. I feel so removed from the kids in a large venue. The energy just isn’t the same.

How does it feel to have a headlining tour in Montreal?

Tobe: This is awesome. I’m stoked. This is our first headlining show in Montreal. It’s one of our favorite cities in the world.

How does the band work together as you all live in different cities?

Tobe: We never go home. We live in that RV eight months out of the year. We have a rehearsal space and a recording studio in Houston, so we all fly into Houston four or five days before the tour starts. Mike splits his time between LA and Boston now, Paul lives in LA, Marcus lives in a tiny city in northern Texas, and Johnny and I live in Houston.

We’re a very diverse group of people. But the band will always be a Boston band because that’s where Mike writes from, you know, that’s where his heart is. You’re never going to take the Boston out of him, and he’s the mouthpiece of the band.

The Fans

You play a lot of shows in Asia, and on the DVD that came with the Fading American Dream album there are kids jumping on stages and who know the lyrics to every song. How does it feel to go that far East and have the people know your band better than some people from Boston?

Tobe: It’s amazing. I remember the first time I got paid to play in a punk rock band, and made $15, and I remember thinking, “Oh, we actually got paid to do this!” And now I think about that when I’m onstage in Tokyo, and it’s an unbelievable feeling. And when they’re waiting at your hotel for you to arrive at eight in the morning. It’s really flattering.

Any other countries you’ve visited where the fans are a little quirky?

Tobe: The first few tours when we went to Germany. You’ve got to prove yourself. It’s like going on American Idol, but for punk rock. They want to see what you’re made of.

How do you feel about living every kid’s dream every day? Does it ever wear you down?

Tobe: The only time it ever grinds me down is when there’s lots of flying involved. As long as I can sleep somewhere, I could tour non-stop.

What can fans expect from Street Dogs in the future?

Tobe: Touring and touring and touring. New record. We’re going to tour throughout the year on this record, then go to Japan with Flogging Molly, then do a headlining tour in Europe and some festival shows, then come back to the US and either do a headlining tour or support a really big band. It would be huge if it happened, and I’d love to tell you more but I can’t.…

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Dog Training Collar

Many dog owners use a dog training collar for obedience training. One particular collar is called a prong collar, called so because of a series of prongs linked together. Not only does this type of dog training collar teach your pal to walk on a loose leash, but you can also use it to correct other inappropriate behavior. Each time you tug on the leash, the collar mimics the nip that a mother dog might use to correct her pups.

Should you decide to use a prong collar while training your dog, it is important that you fit the collar correctly. There should only be approximately one half of a finger space between the prong tip and the dog’s skin on his neck. A loose fit will chafe the dog and prevent proper nips. One dog training tip with the prong collar is to keep the collar on your dog whenever you are interacting together. Otherwise, the dog will learn to be good only when the collar is on!

Restraint Dog Training Collar

Another popular dog training collar is sometimes known as the Gentle Leader. This collar fits around both the dog’s neck and nose, and is secured to a leash under the dog’s chin. When you walk with a dog wearing this collar, and the dog pulls against the leash, he is forced to turn his head back toward his walker. After a short time, the dog learns to walk on a loose leash.

Many consider the Gentle Leader training collar more humane than the prong collar because it does not use pain to correct behavior. However, this collar is only highly effective for preventing leash pulling, but is not useful for other dog behavior problems. No matter which training collar you use, always remember to praise the dog when he responds correctly to any method, which is a key factor in any obedience training.…

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Wireless Dog Fence Overview

A wireless invisible fence will help to train dogs to stay in their yard with no physical boundaries. A safe and pain free system to use, many dog owners prefer to use it over other methods. After training the pet to use the invisible fence, they can roam in their boundaries and play carefree, without dealing with potential dangers associated with the outside. A wireless dog fence works in a similar way as the invisible fence with buried wires.

How it Works

The wireless dog fence works with a centrally placed transmitter. The transmitter sends out a radio signal that is picked up by a collar. When the dog starts to reach the signal limit, a beep will sound as warning. If the dog continues to go out farther, the dog will get a harmless static shock from the collar. This shock will remind the dog that he has gone outside the acceptable boundaries and to step back in. Adjust the settings to control the distance the pet can go and how strong a shock (if any) the dog receives.


How to Set Up the Fence

Place the transmitter inside away from large appliances or an utility box. Choose a location that gives the best radius for the yard. Put up the boundary flags around the yard to signal to the pet where the safe zone to run around is. Before leaving the dog alone with the invisible fence set up, the dog will need training.

Training the Dog

Use the fence as a method to aid in training. If there is no training instructions given to the dog, the wireless invisible fence will not work. Show the dog the boundaries and demonstrate to the pet how the system works. Many invisible fence kits come with a training video or guide to help dog owners get the best results using the training system. Training could take up to two weeks to complete. It is important to stay consistent and diligent throughout the process.

Advantages of a Wireless invisible Fence

  • Easy to set up.
  • No wires to maintenance.
  • Portable system, use anywhere the dog is.
  • Many features, such as a tone only correction mode.

Disadvantages of a Wireless Invisible Fence

  • The wireless system only broadcasts in a circle radius.
  • If there are other areas such as a garden that needs to be protected, the wireless system cannot be placed around it like a buried wire system.
  • Most wireless systems have a weight requirement of 8 pounds and up.
  • Battery will need to be replaced in the collar about every 3 months.
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Michigan Dog Bite Lawyer

Michigan Dog Bite Lawyer

Michigan Dog Bite Lawyer

A good Michigan dog bite lawyer can alert you to your rights and the law. Things can be confusing in this area of law, and it’s important that you have strong, effective representation. Going with an attorney who has knowledge and skill in this area will dramatically improve your chances of having a successful conclusion to your case.

It’s essential to make your health and well-being your top priority. The right Michigan dog bite lawyer will do the same. You can be confident that your situation will be treated with respect and sensitivity.


Your Top Michigan Dog Bite Lawyer Will Take the Sting Out of the Process

When you have had a traumatic experience, you don’t need any more worries or stress to exacerbate your situation. You need the best legal care available, to lead you on a firm and confident course through the judicial system. Your attorney will be your most trusted resource during this experience.

You don’t have to do this alone; there is quality help available to you. You will soon discover how supportive a great attorney can be, as you approach litigation and begin to make sense of your options. Your search for a great laywer has every chance of ending in success, as does your case!…

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