Orvis Dog-Training Tips, Episode 6: How to Use Cues

Here’s another episode in our new series of dog-training videos–featuring Ronnie Smith and Susanna Love of Ronnie Smith Kennels. The Smith family is legendary in the dog-training world. Ronnie’s uncle is the bird-dog legend Delmar Smith, recognized as the founder of the Smith Training Method and a Field Trial Hall of Fame inductee. Ronnie has been … Continue reading “Orvis Dog-Training Tips, Episode 6: How to Use Cues”

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The Best Dog Breed for Each State

The Best Dog Breed for Each State

There may not be a single best dog breed for any state, but below is our list of breeds that hold a special place in the hearts of residents of each of the 50 United States. With 193 dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, plus additional mixed breeds and shelter mixes, it was difficult coming up with a single best breed for each of the 50 states. Since the best dog breed for someone in California may not be the best breed for someone in Florida, we looked at many deciding factors, including, the state’s climate, urban versus rural distribution, popular activities, historic events, and even state of origin for some breeds. Even after applying so many metrics, we still found it necessary to add some very close runners-up to the list.

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Video: Helping Dogs Live Their Best Lives . . With Us

Video: Helping Dogs Live Their Best Lives . . With Us
AuthorPhil MonahanPosted onDecember 31, 2019CategoriesUncategorized
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How was your New Year’s Eve? DO you need to just spend some time on the couch today? Well, you’re in luck: This evening at 6 p.m., Animal Planet is running the AKC National Championship Dog Show. The three-hour televised broadcast will . . .

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#MomentofChill 12.20.19: Gnawing in the Sun

Imagine that the only thing you had to do today was lie in the sun and chew on your favorite stick. Todays #MomentofChill–from Trey Mullen of Brush Creek Ranch–stars a young puppy in that very situation. Doesn’t he look content? And, oh, those eyes!

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Orvis Dog-Training Tips, Episode 3: Training Equipment

In this episode, Ronnie and Susanna discuss the specific equipment that they like to use for training–and they explain the benefits of each. From the flat-leather collar with a D-ring to the Smith family’s signature Wonder Lead, the equipment they use is . . .

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How to Protect Your Dog in the Snow and Ice

Logan enjoys deep snow on a sunny day.
Photo by Tom, Arlington


What self-respecting dog can resist playing outside in a fresh blanket of snow? Most dogs romp in it with unbridled joy. But winter brings seasonal hazards for your dog, including salt and other de-icing agents, dangerously cold temperatures, deep snow, slippery ice, and more. If heavy snowfall is the norm where you live, you and your dog will have no choice but to spend at least some time in it, even if he’d rather be curled up at your feet in front of the fireplace. 

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#MomentofChill: Visions of Sugar Plums

Today’s Moment of Chill is perhaps the chillest of them all. Who wouldn’t want to be napping in front of a roaring fire on an incredibly comfortable bed. We hope you have some moments of your own like this over the weekend. . . .

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Orvis Dog-Training Tips, Episode 2: Training is a Lifestyle

Here’s the second episode in our new series of dog-training videos–featuring Ronnie Smith and Susanna Love of Ronnie Smith Kennels. The Smith family is legendary in the dog-training world. Ronnie’s uncle is the bird-dog legend Delmar Smith, recognized as the founder of the Smith Training Method and a Field Trial Hall of Fame inductee. Ronnie has … Continue reading “Orvis Dog-Training Tips, Episode 2: Training is a Lifestyle”

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