Murph Training XVII: The Old Dog Teaches the Young Dog New Tricks

 

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The developing relationship between Pickett and Murphy reminds me a bit of The Old Man and the Boy, the remarkable stories of Robert Ruark about a young boy and his grandfather and their adventures together hunting and fishing in old North Carolina. While Pickett is not Murphy’s grandfather, they are in fact chronologically suited, as Pickett is nearing 63 using the hypothetical dog-year calculation and Murphy is somewhere around five.

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Are Certain Dog Breeds Dangerous?

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Last month, we blogged about a new laws in the Atlanta region that deemed certain breeds of dogs dangerous and required their owners to license them as such. These breeds included German shepherds, pit bulls, Doberman pinschers, and others. In Ohio, a new law takes a different approach.

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Take Your Dog to Work (to)Day

Today, June 24, marks the 13th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day. We at Orvis home offices in Vermont are lucky that we can take our dog to work pretty much any day, and all of our retail stores welcome dogs (often with a treat) any day of the year.

 

 

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Toby, my golden retriever, helps me blog at the Orvis home offices

 

According to the site Takeyourdog.com, the day was:

“created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs. This annual event asks pet lovers to celebrate the humane-canine bond and promote pet adoption by encouraging their employers to support TYDTWDay by opening their workplace to employees’ four-legged friends on this one special day.”

Are you taking your dog to work today? Does your place of work allow it?

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Get Your Stinky Dog to Smell Good Again (For Now)

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Summer is here, and we dog owners know what that means: Stinky dog!

Whether it’s because our dogs get wet while swimming, splash in mud puddles, or roll around in…whatever that stuff is…with summer comes stink. Our dog Toby gets so stinky after swimming, we’ve taken to calling him Taleggio Toby. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of smelling Taleggio cheese, don’t.

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8 Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Safe this Summer

Summer officially arrives today, and we’re all ready to play with our dogs outside on the lawn or at the lake or the ocean. But summer brings its own complications regarding the safety and health of our canine companions, especially when the days get severely hot.

To enjoy the outside with your dog to the fullest this summer, practice these 8 tips from the Humane Society

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Therapy Dogs Help Returning Soldiers Adjust Back Home

 

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A story in the Billings Gazette is a pleasant reminder of how dogs positively impact the lives of humans. Sunnie, a golden retriever who is a trained therapy dog was on hand last June when soldiers departed from Billings International Airport for a year-long tour in Iraq. This past Saturday, she helped welcome the soldiers home.

We’re just glad to be here,” said Sunnie’s owner and handler, Lyn Findley. “We were here when they left and they invited us to come back today.”

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300,000 Show Canine Love at Woofstock

On June 11 and 12, an estimated 300,000 dog lovers united at Woofstock, a weekend dedicated to all things canine. The event started in Toronto in 2003 and soon grew to be the largest gathering of dog-lovers (and their beloved dogs) in North America. It also includes more than 200 dog product vendors.
In an article in the Toronto Observer one attendee put it like this:

“For decades, dogs have become more and more a part of our families in North America,” said Nigel Ryce, part owner of A Leg Up. “Woofstock is a totally unique way to tip our hats to our canine companions and all they bring to our lives.”

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Should Allergen-Sniffing Dogs Be Allowed in Schools?

Great news for people, especially kids, who suffer severe and even life-threatening allergies to things like peanuts: allergen-sniffing dogs that warn you of the allergen before you get too close to them. The dog’s keen sense of smell is just another example of how our canine friends can better our lives and actually save them.

But, there’s a catch…

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Dangerous Dogs? Or Negligent Owners?

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Dangerous Dog?

An ordinance passed in College Park, GA to register “dangerous dogs” is said to be in the interest of public safety. According to a story on CBS Atlanta

“College Park officials will enact a  “dangerous dog” registry next month that some critics say is very close to canine profiling. Residents owning dogs that have, without provocation, bitten someone during the last 12 years, will be required to register their pet with the city clerk’s office.  Pit bull, Doberman, Rottweiler and German shepherd owners, will also have to register their dogs whether they have ever attacked someone or not.”

What do you think? Should dog owners pay extra money because they own a certain breed, even when their individual dog has never harmed anyone?  Are there dangerous dogs or just negligent owners?

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