Strange Types of Detection Dogs

Posted: November 11, 2011 by at Drills & Tactics

The canine sense of smell is notoriously powerful, and humans have capitalized on this by training scent dogs for a wide variety of purposes: as trackers, drug dogs, explosives ordinance K9s and dogs that can detect human smuggling.

Therapy Dog Training 101

Posted: November 6, 2011 by at General

Therapy dog training must begin long before a handler brings his or her dog to be evaluated for certification. The process isn’t always easy and it isn’t for everyone – or every dog.

Caring for a Senior Dog

Posted: October 23, 2011 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Canine fitness and nutrition needs are surprisingly similar to human needs. This is especially true of older dogs. Just like humans, as dogs age their bodies and minds may suffer.

K9 Water Rescue Training

Posted: September 20, 2011 by at K9 Search and Rescue Training

While there have been numerous reports of dogs rescuing humans on their own accord, it wasn’t until recently that canine water rescue training became organized – and highly specialized. Today’s water rescue K9s can rescue even a very large unconscious man from moderate currents. However, they are also being trained to work jointly with human […]

K9 Search & Rescue Training: Tracking, Trailing and Air Scenting

Posted: September 14, 2011 by at K9 Search and Rescue Training

Canine search and rescue training involves a variety of highly specialized skills on both the part of the dog and the handler. While in recovery situations this calls for the use of a cadaver dog, live target situations require a K9 that can locate an individual using one or a combination of three locating techniques: […]

K9 Rescue Training: High Altitude and Avalanche Rescue Dogs

Posted: September 2, 2011 by at K9 Search and Rescue Training

High altitude and avalanche rescue canines are some of the most highly trained and capable dogs in the world. At ski resorts and in mountainous regions all over the world, K9 avalanche rescue dogs are a critical part of improving the survival rates of the inevitable buried hiker or skier. Because most victims survive if […]

K9 Rescue Training: Cadaver Dogs

Posted: August 31, 2011 by at K9 Search and Rescue Training

Cadaver dogs are among the most highly specialized working dogs in the world. While not as prevalent and publicly lauded as general search and rescue dogs, explosives canines and drug dogs, cadaver dogs nonetheless are critical to crime, missing persons and disaster scenes. Trained to locate and passively indicate the presence of whole or articulated […]

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Posted: August 26, 2011 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Canine separation anxiety is one of the most difficult problems facing some dog owners today. In fact, this condition has been cited as a primary factor in the euthanization of tens of thousands of dogs each year. This is disturbing considering that separation anxiety in dogs is not a behavioral problem- it’s a reaction to […]

Security Issues For The Modern Woman

Posted: August 12, 2011 by at General | Personal Security

Women in today’s society are more at risk of being victims of a crime than ever before. This is partially due to changes in society, increasing incidents of violence, robbery and sexual assaults as well as increased levels of personal information available over the internet. This book will outline the various areas of security risks […]

US Navy Seal Dogs

Posted: July 18, 2011 by at General

US Navy Seal dogs might be enjoying a surge in public admiration since the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, but the fact of the matter is that the Navy has been employing war dogs for decades. Trained to do most things a regular sailor can do and many things he can’t, these battle canines […]

K9 Lyme disease Prevention and Treatment

Posted: June 2, 2011 by at K9 Health & Fitness

K9 Lyme disease is a growing and dangerous threat- especially in the United States and Europe. And while countries such as Australia are largely free of this concern, disease-laden ticks are often brought to Lyme-free zones on animals from other countries; including household pets and livestock.

K9 Dental Care

Posted: May 30, 2011 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Dental care for dogs is a critical part of pet ownership: your dog’s quality and longevity of life is directly related to the level of dental care it receives.

K9 Poop Eating

Posted: May 26, 2011 by at Drills & Tactics

Some dogs eat poop. It is disgusting, but it happens. It even has a medical name – Coprophagia. It is actually a normal behavior in bitches as they clean up after their puppies.

Training A Fast Recall

Posted: May 9, 2011 by at General

We all want our dogs to come back when they are called, but it’s even better if they do it quickly! This can be a safety issue; if your dog is in harm’s way, the last thing you want is for them to dawdle! So, how do you get your dog to stop what they […]

Dealing With Territorial Problems

Posted: February 14, 2011 by at Problem Solving

Dogs are territorial creatures by nature. They mark their territory with urine, and expect that no other dogs will violate these markings. They will defend their territory and if another animal or person does enter their domain, they will turn them away with growling, barking, or even biting. They often guard resources, such as food […]

Behavioral Changes Associated With Spaying Or Neutering Your K9

Posted: February 10, 2011 by at Breeding | K9 Health & Fitness

Spaying and neutering does affect the behavior of dogs in some ways, however this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Accidentally Mating Your K9

Posted: February 1, 2011 by at Breeding

If your female dog is not spayed, then an accidental mating (or misalliance) is always a possibility. A non-neutered male will do almost anything to get to a female dog in heat, and their determination may well lead to success. This often results in a pregnant bitch and a litter of unwanted puppies. What do […]

Preventing K9 Behavioral Problems

Posted: January 29, 2011 by at Problem Solving

You will enjoy your relationship with your dog so much more if they don’t have any annoying behavioral problems, such as being overly fearful. It’s important that you put the effort into raising your puppy properly, so they grow up to be happy confident dogs. It’s not too difficult to instill proper behavior in dogs. […]

K9 Dementia

Posted: January 27, 2011 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Veterinarians are more commonly diagnosing dementia in dogs. This isn’t necessarily because it’s becoming more common, but may be because we are better able to recognize the symptoms. It is also known as canine cognitive dysfunction, and, as with people, it is a disease of elderly animals.

K9 And Antibiotics

Posted: January 26, 2011 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Most dogs will be prescribed antibiotics at some stage in their lives. These drugs work by killing bacteria that are causing infection.

K9 Allergy Treatment

Posted: January 22, 2011 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Dogs, like people, can develop allergies to many things, including food, fleas and environmental chemicals. The symptoms vary, depending on the allergy, but can include itchy skin, sneezing, itchy feet, runny eyes and diarrhea.

K9 Arthritis Treatment

Posted: January 17, 2011 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Arthritis basically means “inflamed joints”, and it can affect dogs as often, and in the same way as it affects humans. It is more common in older dogs, and large or overweight dogs are more susceptible to it because their extra weight causes more wear and tear on their joints. Some cases of arthritis are […]

How To Give Your K9 A Tablet

Posted: January 15, 2011 by at K9 Health & Fitness

If you own a dog, you have to know how to give them tablets, even if they are never ill. Most regular worming treatments come in tablet form so you may need to give your dog a pill every few months to keep them healthy.

K9 Hormonal Skin Diseases

Posted: January 13, 2011 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Hormonal (or endocrine) problems are not the most common cause of skin problems in dogs, but they occur often enough to be of concern.

K9 Foot Problems

Posted: January 9, 2011 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Foot problems in dogs are common, but they still must be treated seriously. A dog with a sore foot will often not put the sore paw on the ground at all. If there’s a cut or abrasion to the foot pad, they may leave bloody footprints as they walk.

K9 Addison’s Disease

Posted: January 5, 2011 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Addison’s Disease is rare in dogs, but not unheard of. This disease is the opposite of Cushing’s Disease, which is an excess of the stress hormone cortisol in their body. With Addison’s Disease, the adrenal glands do not produce enough cortisol.

K9 Heat Cycle

Posted: January 2, 2011 by at Breeding

If you are planning on breeding your dog, it’s important that you’re familiar with a normal heat cycle. That way you know what to expect, and when to expect it.

Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year To All

Posted: December 24, 2010 by at Drills & Tactics

Just want to thank all of you who subscribed to my blog this year and wish you a safe a and prosperous new year in 2011. It’s been a wonderful experience for me since going online in 2009 and I’ve learned a bunch of stuff about the internet and reaching thousands of people every day. […]

Drugs To Treat Separation Anxiety

Posted: November 29, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

If your dog has separation anxiety, your veterinarian may suggest the use of medication as he is undergoing a retraining program. While it might be amusing to think of your dog taking Prozac, these drugs can make life so much better for anxious dogs, and their owners!

Training Methods To Deal With Separation Anxiety

Posted: November 27, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

An important part of owning a dog is training him: training him to be obedient, teaching him where in the home he is allowed to go, and helping him to adapt to spending time on his own. While training a dog to be alone isn’t a specific part of their upbringing, most dogs learn to […]

4 Ways To Deal With K9 Separation Anxiety

Posted: November 24, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Does your dog bark, cry and whimper whenever you go out and leave him alone? Do you return to scratched doors, torn cushions and even soiled carpets? If so, you’re dealing with canine separation anxiety. Dogs that have separation anxiety often have a phobia to loud noises, fireworks and thunderstorms.

K9 Storms and Noise Phobias

Posted: November 21, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Some dog owners dread New Year’s Eve, 4th of July celebrations and even summer thunderstorms. They know there will be loud noises and flashes of light, and they know their dog will be terrified.

What is Cushing’s Disease?

Posted: November 17, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

If your dog has thinning hair, a pot belly and is constantly drinking his water bowl dry, he may have Cushing’s Disease. This disease occurs when your dog has too much of the hormone cortisol in his body.

How Does A Dog Get Hypothyroidism?

Posted: November 15, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

The thyroid gland is a small organ in the neck, which produces a hormone called thyroxine. This hormone is involved in regulating your dog’s metabolism, and affects most organs of the body in some way.

How Does A Dog Get Diabetes?

Posted: November 13, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Diabetes is a very common hormonal disorder in pet dogs. It occurs when a dog’s pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin. This hormone is involved in properly metabolizing the sugar in their diet, and if there is a shortage, the result is high levels of sugar in their blood. This can lead to a lack of […]

Causes Of K9 Obesity

Posted: November 8, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

The obesity rate in our pet dogs is rising almost as fast as it is in people. In some areas, up to 60% of dogs are carrying too much weight, and their health is suffering because of it.

The Effects of K9 Obesity

Posted: November 3, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Obesity causes many health problems in our dogs. Not only that, but research suggests that being excessively generous around the middle shortens a dog’s lifespan by as much as two years. So, an overweight dog doesn’t live as long as a lean animal, and their quality of life is significantly reduced.

Managing K9 Obesity

Posted: October 29, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

If your dog is overweight, it can be hard work getting them back down to a healthy weight, however it is worth doing. Here are the steps you need to follow to help your dog to lose weight.

6 Common K9 Eye Injuries

Posted: October 25, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Dogs don’t always have a great sense of self preservation when it comes to taking care of their eyes. They often stick their heads into situations that may result in damage to their eye, and a trip to the veterinarian.

K9 Heat Stroke

Posted: October 23, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Dogs don’t sweat when they are hot like we do; they rely on panting and evaporation of moisture from their mouth and tongue to keep their body temperature within normal limits. This isn’t always effective when conditions are particularly hot, such as inside a closed car. Hyperthermia, or heatstroke, is also a risk if you […]

Socializing Your K9 Puppy

Posted: October 22, 2010 by at Socialization

When your pup is growing up, it’s important that you are aware of the critical socialization periods that they go through. There are three main socialization periods in dogs:

Using Punishment In K9 Training

Posted: October 19, 2010 by at Problem Solving

Many people involved in dog training are confused about what punishment actually means. It doesn’t necessarily mean hitting your dog, or scruffing and shaking them. Punishment is defined as something that reduces the likelihood that your dog will repeat a particular behavior.

Raising K9 Orphan Pups

Posted: October 16, 2010 by at Breeding

Sometimes a bitch isn’t at all interested in rearing her pups, and if that happens, it’s up to you to do the job for her. This can be a lot of work, but is very satisfying to see the pups thrive under your care.

Problems With K9 Pregnancy

Posted: October 15, 2010 by at Breeding

When you are breeding your dog, you spend a lot of time making sure she is in the best of health, and choosing the right stud dog for her. After a successful mating, you should be able to relax and enjoy her pregnancy, shouldn’t you? That’s not necessarily the case, and there are several things […]

Reasons For Difficult K9 Births

Posted: October 14, 2010 by at Breeding

The term “dystocia” means difficult delivery, and it is a common reason for late night phone calls to veterinarians!

What Happens During A K9 Cesarean Section

Posted: October 13, 2010 by at Breeding

If your dog needs a Cesarean section to deliver her pups, you may feel anxious and worried, and rightly so. Any surgical procedure does have its risks, however Cesarean sections usually result in a very positive outcome for the bitch and any pups that are still alive in her uterus.

What Is Clicker Training?

Posted: October 12, 2010 by at General

Clicker training is a way of training your dog without using any force or compulsion. It is based on a system of rewards: the dog does what you want him to and he is then rewarded with a treat, or a game of tug.

Can Behavioral Problems Be Genetic?

Posted: October 4, 2010 by at Uncategorized

Nature or nurture? There is always a debate about whether a dog is born with a behavior problem, or whether they develop it as a result of their upbringing.

Clicker Training Equipment For Your K9

Posted: October 1, 2010 by at Equipment

Clicker training doesn’t need much in the way of specialized equipment. It will only cost you a few dollars to get everything you need to train your dog using this technique.

Benefits Of Clicker Training Your K9

Posted: September 29, 2010 by at General

Clicker training is an effective and enjoyable way of training your dog. It has many benefits over more conventional training techniques such as using check chains or other compulsive methods.

How The K9 Heart Works

Posted: September 28, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

The heart is one of the most important parts of a dog’s body. Its job is to pump oxygen-rich blood to every living cell in his body and must continue to beat for his entire lifespan.

Operant Conditioning Your K9

Posted: by at General

Operant conditioning is a “buzz word” in the animal training world, but what exactly does it mean? It’s fairly straightforward to understand. Operant conditioning is a way of training dogs using positive and negative consequences for their behavior.

How Your K9 Learns

Posted: September 27, 2010 by at General | Must Read | Problem Solving

It’s important to understand how dogs learn, so we can take advantage of that when we are training them. One important fact you need to keep in mind when trying to teach your dog anything is this: there has to be something in it for him. Dogs are simple creatures – if they find something […]

Low Heart Rate In Your K9

Posted: September 26, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

The term bradycardia describes a heart beat which is either normally slow, or is lower than its usual rate. It is diagnosed if a small dog’s heartbeat at rest is less than 80 beats per minute or a large dog’s heartbeat at rest is below 60 beats per minute.

Heart Disease And Your K9

Posted: September 25, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Heart disease can affect dogs of any age, and its symptoms can be debilitating. Coughing, breathlessness and fluid in their lungs and abdomen mean that life isn’t as much fun as it used to be . Let’s look at the most common causes of heart disease in our canine companions.

Aggression In Dogs

Posted: September 24, 2010 by at Uncategorized

Dogs show aggression for several reasons. If you aren’t familiar with dog behavior, it may appear that some aggressive behavior is unfounded. If you can learn why dogs show aggression and start to recognize the subtle signals, it may help you avoid dangerous situations with either your dog or an unfamiliar animal. Gaining some understanding […]

Increased Heart Rate In Your K9

Posted: September 23, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Your dog’s heart rate will vary, depending on many factors. A heart rate of between 70 and 120 beats per minute is normal for healthy dogs. Smaller breeds usually have a higher heart rate than the larger breeds.

Understanding K9 Pack Behavior

Posted: September 22, 2010 by at Uncategorized

Why do we need to learn about dog pack behavior? After all, our dogs are going to be living and working with us, and not with a group of dogs in the wild.

6 Common Reasons Your K9 Bites

Posted: September 20, 2010 by at Bite Work | Problem Solving

Your dog may bite for many reasons. How you should deal with this behavior depends on why he acted in this way.

Health Check Before Breeding Your K9

Posted: September 18, 2010 by at Breeding

It’s important that your dog and your bitch are in excellent health before they are bred. This will give you the best chance of a successful pregnancy and a healthy litter.

Training The Dominant K9

Posted: September 15, 2010 by at Drive | Problem Solving

Many people speak of “dominance” when they talk about dog training. This theory suggests that because dogs in the wild live in packs, you must be the pack leader so your dog will obey and look up to you.

K9 Genetic Testing Of Breeding Stock

Posted: September 13, 2010 by at Breeding

These days, puppy buyers are more aware of potential health issues that are associated with their breed. This means that breeders of pedigree dogs are expected to test their stock for any genetic diseases. By doing so, they can inform their puppy buyers of any disease risk in their new four legged family member.

K9 Separation Anxiety

Posted: September 10, 2010 by at General

Some dogs just don’t like being alone, and become anxious and distressed whenever their owner leaves them behind. They may scratch at the furniture, destroy the cushions and defecate on the carpet. It’s not pleasant for the dog or their owner.

Understanding K9 Body Language

Posted: September 7, 2010 by at General

If only they could talk! You may be surprised to know that your dog can communicate with you very well, but he just doesn’t use words. He speaks “body language” and by watching his eyes, ears, mouth and tail, you can learn to interpret what he is saying to you.

4 Important Steps To Caring For A Pregnant K9 Bitch

Posted: September 1, 2010 by at Breeding

Although most bitches breeze through their pregnancy with no problems, you can still reduce the chances of things going wrong by caring for her correctly.

3 Reasons Why Your K9 Barks

Posted: August 25, 2010 by at General

A barking dog can be very annoying, even if it is your own dog that’s making all the noise! It’s important that you work out why your dog is barking before you try to stop it, because if you take the wrong approach, it won’t work.

Caring For A Newborn K9 Puppy

Posted: August 20, 2010 by at Breeding

When it comes to raising puppies, being a mom is instinctive for most dogs. This means you may not have to be actively involved in caring for your new litter, but you do need to keep a close eye on the K9 family to make sure everything is okay.

Training A K9 To Bite On Command

Posted: August 15, 2010 by at Bite Work | Law

The most common question I get is. How do I teach my dog to bite on command? Training a dog to bite on command is very easy. The hard part is getting your K9 to let go.

K9 Cesarean Sections

Posted: August 12, 2010 by at Uncategorized

There are times when, in spite of your best efforts, your dog has trouble giving birth to her babies. If this happens, she may need a cesarean section.

K9 Whelping

Posted: August 11, 2010 by at Breeding

When it’s time for your dog to give birth, you need to be prepared for all eventualities. Prepare a whelping kit which includes clean towels, surgical gloves, a hemostat, clean scissors and some clean cotton thread. Don’t forget to keep the phone number of your nearest emergency vet handy, should your bitch need help to […]

The K9 Pregnancy

Posted: August 10, 2010 by at Breeding

New breeders often feel a little anxious when their dog is pregnant. They want everything to go well, and watch carefully for any sign of a problem. Fortunately most dogs have uneventful pregnancies, and there is no cause for concern.

Choosing A Stud Dog

Posted: August 9, 2010 by at Breeding

When you breed working dogs, your aim is to produce offspring that are healthy in body and mind, and can be trained to do their job well. To do this, you need to start with healthy parents.

Choosing A Breeding Bitch For Your Working Dog

Posted: August 8, 2010 by at Breeding

As a breeder of working dogs, your bitch is your future. Her ability to conceive and produce a litter will ensure the future of your breeding program. This makes it vital that you choose your breeding bitch carefully.

Mating A Male And Female K9

Posted: August 7, 2010 by at Breeding

When it comes to mating dogs, some breeders put their male and female dog together and just let nature take its course. This can be a bit hit and miss. As a breeder of working dogs, you want to maximize the chances of a successful mating and to do this, you need to supervise the […]

The 2 Most Common K9 Behavioral Problems

Posted: August 6, 2010 by at Uncategorized

Behavioral problems are one of the most common causes of euthanasia in dogs. There are two main behavioral conditions that veterinarians are regularly asked to deal with, and these are aggression and separation anxiety. Let’s look at them one by one.

5 Common K9 Injuries

Posted: August 5, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Dogs go through life as if they are invincible; however their owners are well aware that they are not! Injuries do happen, and they can be as minor as a cut to the skin, or as severe as a fractured bone. These are the most common injuries that your dog will have to contend with.

What To Do If Your Dog Gets Hit By Car

Posted: August 4, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

It is every dog owner’s worst nightmare. You hear the screech of brakes followed by a thud, and rush out to see your dog lying injured by the side of the road. Your distress can make it hard to think straight!

What To Do If Your K9 Gets Cut

Posted: by at K9 Health & Fitness

When your dog sustains a cut to its skin, it can bleed profusely, and give you the impression that the injury is more serious than it actually is. Fortunately, most skin lacerations aren’t life threatening and you can easily learn how to manage them.

Why The Pit Bull Got Banned

Posted: August 3, 2010 by at Law

You wouldn’t ban Thoroughbreds if you were against horse racing because there is no logic to this. So where is the logic in banning the Pit Bull?

10 Must Have Items In Your K9 First Aid Kit

Posted: August 2, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

This is a list of suggested contents of a dog first aid kit, and some general advice on how to use them. It’s a good idea to have a first aid kit for your dog within easy reach. After all, you don’t know when your dog might injure themselves, and you don’t want to waste […]

3 Steps To Treat A Poisoned K9

Posted: August 1, 2010 by at Drills & Tactics

There are three main steps to treating poisoning in dogs. Your vet will use some or all of them, depending on the type of poison and how long it has been since your dog was exposed to it.

4 Main Reasons Behavioral Problems Develop

Posted: by at Uncategorized

It isn’t always easy to work out the cause of a dog’s behavioral problems. It also takes a lot of hard work to resolve them. Because many dogs are euthanized due to such problems every year, it makes sense to try and prevent them in the first place.

You Can Groom Your K9 At Home

Posted: July 31, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

There is no reason why you can’t groom your dog at home. This will allow you to save the money you would otherwise spend on a groomer. Perhaps you could spend it on a new toy for your dog or a special treat for them!

8 Common K9 Illnesses

Posted: by at K9 Health & Fitness

Dogs are hardy creatures. If they are given the basic necessities of life such as a nutritious diet, good parasite control and regular vaccinations to prevent disease, they usually remain in good health. However, sometimes things go wrong and they do become unwell, and need veterinary care.

Has Your K9 Been Poisoned?

Posted: July 30, 2010 by at Drills & Tactics

When a dog becomes ill with symptoms of poisoning, their owners tend to look for someone to blame. Although there are occasions where dogs are deliberately poisoned, it’s more likely that their exposure is accidental. Their curious nature leads them to eat things they shouldn’t, particularly if they taste good!

Chronic K9 Vomiting

Posted: by at K9 Health & Fitness

Vomiting is one of the most common reasons for a dog to visit their veterinarian. It is usually associated with irritation or inflammation of your dog’s stomach and small intestine, and has many causes.

6 Useful Home Remedies

Posted: July 29, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Before modern veterinary medicine, dogs were treated with home remedies for any illnesses or injuries. These home remedies are still used today, and in many cases they are just as effective today as they were in the past.

Why You Need Privacy

Posted: July 28, 2010 by at Must Read | Personal Security

It’s not about having something to hide it’s about having something to keep.

6 Items To Properly Groom Your K9

Posted: by at K9 Health & Fitness

Here are the six tools you will need to do a good job of taking care of your dog’s coat. Don’t forget to look for injuries while your’re at it.

What To Do When Your K9 Vomits

Posted: July 27, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Dogs can vomit for many different reasons. They may have eaten something that didn’t agree with them, or they may have a mild infection in their gastro-intestinal tract.

Home Remedies For Your K9’s Skin Problems

Posted: July 26, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Many dogs suffer from itchy and inflamed skin, and it can really affect their quality of life.

Treating A K9 Knee Injury

Posted: July 25, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Stifle (or knee) injuries are a common occurrence in dogs, particularly if they are very active. Depending on the type of injury, it can take weeks or months for them to recover.

4 Common Causes Of K9 Cough

Posted: by at K9 Health & Fitness

Coughing is one of the most common reasons for a dog to visit their veterinarian. It’s distressing for them, and it is worrying for their owner.

Caring For A Retired Combat Dog

Posted: July 24, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Life in a combat zone is stressful for our soldiers. They are far from their home and loved ones, and their lives are at risk every day.

5 Common Injuries To Combat Dogs

Posted: July 23, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

We are all well aware of the risks to our soldiers who have been deployed in combat zones around the world. There is another group of military “personnel” who are often forgotten, and these are the Military Working Dogs.

Springer – The Essential User’s Guide

Posted: July 22, 2010 by at Equipment | General | K9 Health & Fitness | Must Read | Springer

I wrote this book when people started to ask me how I got my dog to turn on command and follow the bike without any confusion or resistance. This book downloads in digital format only. There is no hard copy available for purchase. 60 Day money back guarantee $19.95

6 Household Poisons That Could Kill Your K9

Posted: July 20, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Your home can be a danger zone for dogs, with many household products and even foodstuffs being poisonous to them. Here are six things you are likely to have in your home that can make your dog very sick indeed.

K9 Skin Care

Posted: July 19, 2010 by at Uncategorized

Although most people groom their dog to keep them clean, it is also a great opportunity to keep an eye on the condition of their canine companion’s skin.

5 Things You Need To Know If Your K9 is Injured

Posted: July 18, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness | Must Read

Every dog owner hopes their beloved dog is never involved in an accident, and does their best to keep them safe from harm. However, accidents do happen and you need to have some basic first aid knowledge to help your dog if they are hurt.

How To Use A K9 Tug Like A Pro

Posted: July 17, 2010 by at Bite Work | Drills & Tactics

Every dog has its favorite toy or treat or game or something that just drives them wild.

A Tip For Introducing Your K9 To Dogs Off Lead

Posted: July 16, 2010 by at Socialization

It’s hard to feel sociable when you are forced into a corner. It’s much better to meet and greet on even and neutral grounds, where both parties are free to leave at any time.

Elite K9 Handler – Watch And Learn

Posted: July 14, 2010 by at Drive

In this video you will see a truly impressive display of K9 handling. The moment I’m referring to is at 43 seconds. Although the handler shakes off the pain, I have no doubt that he has a broken bone in his hand somewhere and deep tissue damage.

Springer Dog Jogger Tweak

Posted: July 13, 2010 by at Springer

I’ve been asked why my Springer Dog Jogger is positioned on an angle and how I set that up. Well it was really easy. After tweak

Springer Dog Jogger Harness Tweak

Posted: July 12, 2010 by at Springer

Trying to find the perfect Springer Dog Jogger harness can be a waste of time. You can simply modify your existing harness for under $10.

The Biggest Mistake Made With A High Drive K9

Posted: July 11, 2010 by at Drive

Being told your mistaken and punished all the time does nothing for your confidence other than slowly wear it away. Your dog is the same. It’s all about confidence. So how do you correct your dog without deteriorating confidence?

How To Correct Your Dog

Posted: July 10, 2010 by at Problem Solving

It seems that these days the measure of your skill as a handler is dependent on the way you deliver a correction. So how do I deliver a correction?

The Best Time For Corrections

Posted: by at Problem Solving

Corrections are a vital part of your dogs learning and conditioning process. Your dog will never completely ‘get it’ to the point that you never again have to correct unwanted behavior.

The Truth About Drive

Posted: July 9, 2010 by at Drive

You will hear the word ‘drive’ spoken no doubt, when in the company of serious K9 enthusiasts. But what does it really mean in a practical application. I mean, what good is having drive?

I Want A Dog With Huge Drive

Posted: by at Drive

That’s what I hear from people who have familiarized themselves with the security dog world and have learned the language or the K9 handler.

Chores And Opportunity With A K9

Posted: July 8, 2010 by at General

Most people think cleaning out kennels and grooming as a laborious task, as something that interrupts their day or other plans.

The Best Breed For A K9

Posted: July 7, 2010 by at General

I’ll tell you straight off the bat. There isn’t one. There are a few.

Getting Your K9 To Listen

Posted: by at Problem Solving

There is an old saying. “If you want to he heard then say little”.

Creating A Super Focused K9

Posted: July 6, 2010 by at Must Read | Socialization

Understanding what the competing forces in the immediate natural environment are extremely important. If you were just about to wash your car and a UFO landed in front of you it would be fair to say that you would probably stop what you were doing and focus on the UFO.

K9 Security for Women – FREE Report

Posted: by at Drills & Tactics | Drive | General | K9 Health & Fitness | Law | Must Read | Personal Security | Problem Solving | Socialization | Springer

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The Best Training Tool For Your K9

Posted: July 5, 2010 by at Drills & Tactics

There is so much hype out there as to which training tool is the best. The simple answer is, they are all good. And, I mean all when used humanely. Train with your heart.

61 Essential Points To Remember When Using The Springer

Posted: July 4, 2010 by at Springer

Follow these 61 points and you can’t go wrong.

How To Correct Disobedience Without Diminishing Drive

Posted: July 3, 2010 by at Drive | Problem Solving

Everyone knows that timing is crucial when correcting your K9 but few people realize they are also correcting wanted behavior as well as unwanted behavior at the same time. So how can you single out the reason for the correction and make it clear to your dog why the correction was delivered?

53 Points You Should Know About Personal Protection Dogs

Posted: July 2, 2010 by at Must Read | Personal Security

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General History Of Dogs

Posted: July 1, 2010 by at General

Here is an article that I found on the history of dogs. I didn’t write it and don’t know who did. However, it is interesting.

The Biggest Mistake You Will Ever Make With Your Puppy

Posted: June 30, 2010 by at Must Read | Problem Solving

When you bring your puppy home for the first time your puppy will be extremely overwhelmed. The new smells and sights and the separation from mother and litter will be traumatic for your little friend.

The Truth About Kids And Dogs

Posted: June 29, 2010 by at Drills & Tactics | General | Law | Problem Solving | Socialization

I’m asked frequently, “Will my Personal Protection Dog be ‘Ok’ alone with my kids?” This is a topic that all dog owners have an opinion on. This is my opinion, if you disagree then click away.

How To Create A Fearless Dog

Posted: June 28, 2010 by at Drills & Tactics | Must Read

I remember hearing a line in a movie once. The bad guy pulled a gun and pointed it inches from the hero’s nose.

Raw Food vs Commercial Pet Food

Posted: June 27, 2010 by at K9 Health & Fitness

Myth – With a raw diet you know exactly what you’re feeding your dog. You don’t know what you are feeding your dog unless you have raised the livestock yourself in your ‘organic’ backyard along with your ‘fruit and vegetables in your ‘organic’ orchard.

The ‘OUT’ Command

Posted: June 26, 2010 by at Drills & Tactics

When the dog is sent on a bite then latches on the offender with tight jaws sometimes the dog doesn’t get a very effective bite.

The Best ‘Attack’ Command

Posted: June 25, 2010 by at Uncategorized

The best command is one your dog understands. This may sound obvious but you will be surprised how many times I’ve seen handlers suddenly yell the ‘Attack’ command and the dog just reacts to the tone of the handlers voice, gives a few excited steps forward and then doubles back looking at the owner as […]

The Best Supplementation For A K9

Posted: June 24, 2010 by at Uncategorized

The best supplementation for a K9 There is very little that a premium commercial dog food is lacking so additional supplementation is really not necessary for most dogs.

How Much To Spend On Dog Food

Posted: June 23, 2010 by at Uncategorized

How much to spend on dog food. I pay around $100US for a 17kg bag. I could pay more but I wouldn’t get better. Brand is not important, quality is.

Two Kinds Of Attack Dogs

Posted: June 22, 2010 by at Drills & Tactics | Personal Security | Problem Solving | Socialization

There are essentially two kinds of attack dogs. One will attack when you decide and the other will attack when it decides to attack.

How To Apprehend An Offender With Your K9

Posted: June 21, 2010 by at Law | Personal Security

You’ve set your dog onto an offender. The offender has buckled under the strain of the bite and the weight of the dog. What are you going to do now?

The Best Attack Dog Command

Posted: June 20, 2010 by at Drills & Tactics | Personal Security

The best Attack dog command a dog can learn is the ‘OUT’ command. This is a command to release the bite. Why is this so important?