By: Orvis Staff
The golden retriever is a true family dog who loves the outdoors.
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The happy-go-lucky Golden Retriever is the star of the show—quite literally, in many cases—and anyone who has ever owned one can tell you why. They’re a friendly, highly coveted dog breed with a well-known reputation for being the perfect pet. You’ve seen them in movies, competing in agility, at the dog park, and in the show ring. This breed is everywhere, so what’s so special about them? Ask a Golden owner and they’ll likely tell you “everything.
English-bloodline, American-bred Labrador retrievers make great pets and gun dogs.
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Before I start on this interesting topic, let’s establish that I’m talking about field bred dogs here, not bench bred dogs. There’s a difference, but I’m not about to get into that thicket, so I’ll just stick . . .
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Have you ever wondered if your dog uses the Earth’s magnetic field when he or she decides to poop? Yeah, me neither. But some scientists from. . .
The old “seven dog years for every human one year” calculation is clearly wrong.Photo via dogster.com
You know how old your dog is in human years, but how do you translate this to “dog years”? The old saw that one of our years equals seven for the dog. But it turns out that this is overly simplistic and, frankly, not true. A fun article on dogster.com looks at. . .
Here’s a great 2010 documentary from National Geographic that tells the history of the dog, from prehistoric roaming packs of wolves to high-priced show breeds today. There’s also plenty of discussion of what. . .
Would you know how best to communicate with Champ?
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An article posted yesterday on parade.com offers five tips for communicating with dogs in a nonverbal way. According to author Michelle C. Hollow, . . .
Dogs exhale through the side slits of their nostrils so exhaling air doesn’t dilute the scent of incoming air.
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A fascinating story on npr.com today focuses on how scientists are using dogs to help in field work. Specifically, the story features a Groenendael (Beligian sheepdog) named Sharpy, who is being trained to sniff out the nests of. . .