Fun With K-9 Nose Work

Muneca Playing Nose WorkOne of the many things that has kept me from blogging here regularly is Nose Work.

Nose Work looks deceptively easy: we start out hiding treats in boxes, move on to other items, and eventually transition from food to distinct odors. But while there is a devil in those details, what I enjoy most is that it is 99% improvisation. There are very few “wrong” things to do, I can’t think of any problems that can’t be fixed by simply taking a few steps back, and it’s really hard to not have fun while you are doing it. I’ve even taken to calling it “playing nose work” rather than “practicing” or “training.”

Here are a few videos from classes in both Maywood and Jersey City. A few videos have some “comments” added where I had the time.

First, here’s Harley’s first time ever. Harley is a recently-rescued dog that can be fearful at times, and often has problems dealing with the background barking and growling at the day care. In just 45 minutes of playing around, she gained some focused and was reluctant to leave the boxes to go home.

In Maywood I have a class with some more seasoned dogs.

Muneca is a rock star, and a great example of how much fun it is to watch a dog that is really having fun:

After a few classes, Muneca is starting to “indicate” that she has found the “hide,” rather than just diving in right away.

Remy is a lot of fun to watch:

He is all nose. It’s a wonder he doesn’t walk into walls is so focused on odor.

Jetta has so much drive, she tends to outrun her nose:

This is a great “problem” to have. In other words, it’s not a problem and the dog will sort it out soon enough.

K-9 Nose Work is the most fun you can have with your fur on. Give it a try! I have nose work classes starting in Maywood, Jersey City and NYC next month. If you don’t live around here, check out the nose work association web site and find a trainer near you.

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Dog Exercise: How much dog exercise does your pet need?

Dog Exercise: How much dog exercise does your pet need?


The amount of dog exercise that is needed for your dog depends on several factors.   One important factor to consider is his type of breed.  Dog exercise also depends on his energy level and his personality.


Your dog’s breed has an effect on his need for proper dog exercise.  Examples of breeds that require plenty of dog exercise are hunting dogs, herding dogs, and sled dogs.  These breed of dogs have high energy levels and were developed for tireless activity.


Obviously, if your dog has a high level of energy, then he would need plenty of dog exercise.  On the other hand, if your dog has a low level of energy and would rather relax and sleep on the couch, then he apparently does not need a lot of dog exercise.


An older dog would need less exercise than a younger dog.  Another factor to consider in recognizing how much dog exercise your pet needs is whether he is the only pet in the house or if there is another dog or cat that he can exercise and play with.


The amount of dog exercise does not depend on the size of your dog.  Small dogs do not necessarily need less exercise than large dogs.   Some large dogs and especially some of the giant breed do not require much dog exercise.


In fact, many of the large and giant breeds would rather just be relaxed and still in one corner while a toy Chihuahua and many other small breeds can be a rocket on four legs just waiting to attack, thus require more dog exercise.  While a Mastiff may only need a short walk around the neighborhood, give a Jack Russell Terrier three miles of dog exercise and he would still want to keep going.


Just as humans need regular exercise to maintain a healthy physical and mental state of well being, frequent dog exercise is vital in order for your dogs to stay happy and healthy.  And like humans, dogs get the most health as well as mental benefits from dog exercise only if it is done extensively, not just a quick run to the park.


Also, if you notice your dog panting during his dog exercise, do not mistake this in thinking that he is tired and that it is time to stop the dog exercise.  Dogs pant as a way of cooling themselves, much like when we sweat.  A panting dog does not mean that he is out of breath and gasping for air.


The content of this article is provided for informational purposes only. You should always consult your veterinarian with concerns about the care of your pet or for medical advice.

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More on flea and tick preventives

More on flea and tick preventives
Permethrin is a commonly used ingredient in over-the-counter flea and tick products. It is highly toxic to cats, but much less so in dogs. The review of available scientific data by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cites three relevant studies.
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Bed bugs, fleas found at Pottsville Free Public Library
Bed bugs and fleas have been found at the Pottsville Free Public Library. Library Director Nancy Smink said Wednesday that an exterminator from Laudeman Termite and Pest Control, Minersville, was doing routine maintenance at the library and discovered
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State office building reopens today after weekend "flea dip"
He said the roughly 1,500 workers based in the L&I Building were also advised to be diligent in their comings and goings and in flea prevention at home to help make sure the building stays flea-free for the rest of the summer. No other buildings in the
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Hungry Fish Reluctantly Shares Doritos With Friendly Lab [VIDEO]

Dog And Fish Charm Each Other Into FriendshipWhat do you think is really going on here?

We've seen dogs make some unusual friends: tigers, otters, and ducks, but a fish?  Watch this cheeky carp and labrador's blossoming friendship – they swim together, kiss each other, and they even share their Dorito's with each other.

[Related: Love Like No Otter: Happy pup and otter play together (VIDEO)--this site]

In fact, something tells me that this well-fed Carp just might be mistaking this gentle yellow lab's nose for a crunchy Dorito. YKWIM?

What do you think is going on here? What's next? Friendship bracelets?

[Related: Happy Lab Herds Playful Pod Of Dolphins (VIDEO) -- this site]



The Daily Treat: Animal Planet

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Awesome!!!! What a wonderful, positivie message to…

Awesome!!!! What a wonderful, positivie message to come out of that whole Vick mess. Take that Michael Vick!!!!

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Worst Case Of Fleas

This is not the worst case of fleas I’ve seen on a dog but it is close. These people needed help with their flea problem so they turned to a professional.

Some household items that can be used to get rid of fleas include hand soap, water and lemons. Use homemade supplies to get rid of fleas with tips from a pet industry specialist in this free video on fleas and pest control. Expert: Cordell Jacques Bio: Cordell Jacques has worked in the pet industry for more than 10 years. Filmmaker: Travis Waack
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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Bella’s Handmade Luxury Princess Dog Bed W/ Canopy, Princess

Bella's Handmade Luxury Princess Dog Bed w/ Canopy, Princess

Canopy pet beds give your pet privacy and a feeling of security that only a safe “den” can provide. Sturdy frame. All the covers are removeable and washable.

Bella’s Handmade Luxury Princess Dog Bed w/ Canopy, Princess Pink – Large

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The new large sample bags

When I got home from work Monday, there were four large boxes sitting on my front porch. $ 500 worth of pet products! Three large bags of dry cat food, six cases of canned cat food, one case each of the new canned dog food that Dr. Jane just released, several containers of dog treats, a few bags of cat hairball treats, and most importantly, two four-packs of the new dog and cat sample bags.

Reps recently made the point that multi-pet households really need more than the tiny sample bags that we’ve had. So after a very successful trial run in a few cities, HealthyPetNet released these two and three pound bags. They come with a nice brochure explaining why you want your pet on an all natural food like this.

In the trial, where reps gave out 545 of these larger sample bags, more than half of the recipients became customers one in twelve became reps.

I can tell you, I’m prone to giving away bags of food. I gave away my last bag of dog food a few weeks ago. But out of it, I got an awesome customer who is now ordering dog food and cat food and canned cat food and both cat and dog treats.

So I’m excited to carry both the dog and cat large sample bags in my trunk. I happen to be training with a marathon training team — we raise money for the Leukemia Society to help patients and fund research. (See my fun blog at

Lots of runners are dog people and they ALWAYS ask if their pet food is safe. So I’m looking forward to giving away these larger sample bags and finding a lot of new customers!

A day in the life of a HealthyPetNet Rep

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Measuring Intelligence in Dogs

Everyone wants to have smart kids, right? And most dog owners would like to have smart dogs. But understand that measuring intelligence in dogs is not a simple task.

Whether a dog is considered to be smart or dumb depends upon certain characteristics of the animal’s behavior. Obviously Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein was intelligent. He had to be or he could not have developed his Theory of Relativity which required mathematical brilliance. Yet he was so bad at simple arithmetic that he could never balance his own checkbook.

Intelligence can be measured in many ways. In human beings, verbal ability, numerical ability, logical reasoning, and memory are considered measurable degrees of intelligence. Intelligence in dogs also can be determined in measurable degrees. Instinctive intelligence refers to what a dog was bred for. For example, herding dogs were bred to herd animals. Their ability to round up sheep or cows, keep them grouped together, and drive them in a specific path is inborn. Human intervention is only required to keep the dogs under control and give them direction.

Different dog breeds have different types of inherent intelligence. Guard dogs are bred to guard people or things; retrievers retrieve; hounds track; pointers sniff out birds and indicate their location by pointing; and companion dogs are attuned to human moods. Every dog has an inbred intelligence of some sort, and to make comparisons of which is the smartest breed is really not possible because each breed has different abilities.

Another measure of intelligence in dogs is called adaptive intelligence. This is an indication of what a dog can learn to do for itself. Adaptive intelligence includes learning from experience with the environment and using that information to solve new problems. This type of intelligence can vary among individual dogs of the same breed. For example, all German Shepherds have the same instinctive intelligence, and most are quite intelligent but occasionally you will find one that seems totally clueless and continues making the same mistakes over and over again. The difference between a “smart” dog and a “dumb” dog of the same breed is the difference in adaptive intelligence.

When humans think of dog intelligence they think of highly trained animals like police dogs, guide dogs for the blind, hearing assistance dogs, or search-and-rescue dogs. A dog that responds properly to its master’s commands leads us to believe that we are viewing the peak of dog intelligence. When a dog responds to a command and appears to understand what a human is communicating, it is simply demonstrating one of the important characteristics of its intelligence. If dogs did not respond to human instructions, they wouldn’t be capable of performing the tasks that we expect of them and they would never have been domesticated. This type of intelligence is referred to as “working and obedience” intelligence. It’s the closest thing to what we as humans consider to be school-learning ability.

The top 10 dogs in terms of “working and obedience” intelligence are, in order: Border Collie, Poodle, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Doberman Pinscher, Shetland Sheepdog, Labrador Retriever, Papillon, Rottweiler, Australian Cattle Dog.

While a smart dog will learn everything that you want it to know, it will also learn everything that it can get away with. This means you may have to spend much more time “civilizing” your clever dog so it will learn and remember the limits of behavior you have set for it.

When it comes to measuring intelligence in dogs, every dog has an instinctive intelligence for which it was bred, and some dogs considered lower in intelligence have other qualities. Every year People magazine has a special issue featuring “The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.” They have never had an issue featuring “The 50 Most Intelligent People in the World.” If we consider “beautiful” to be one of the most important characteristics of humans, then the same should apply to dogs. And beauty is always in the eye of the beholder – in this case – the one who owns the dog.

Dogs Rule!

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Is Fipronil effective against Silverfish?

Question by darkened_forests: Is Fipronil effective against Silverfish?
I’ve been seeing a few silverfish in my bathroom so I bought Combat Platinum Roach killing gel (supermarket only had that or ant killing gel). Its active ingredient is Fipronil. Will this work against silverfish? If not, what will?

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Answer by Lar
not sure why the silverfish would want to eat the ant bait, but if they do it it they will die, chances are though they won’t touch it. Dekko makes a silver fish bait and if possible place to Prozap Pest strips up in your attic

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