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Not long ago I wrote about the breeds I miss seeing, those that used to be more popular but no longer caught the fancy of the general public. It wasn’t an argument for those breeds to start filling the veterinary offices again — raging popularity has never been good for any breed — but rather a nostalgic yearning for the wonderful pets I saw more of at the very beginning of my veterinary career.

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In the past, there was no way to identify the genetics of mixed breed dogs except by their markings and behavior. However, with the advent of dog breed DNA testing kits, owners can now solve the mystery of their pet's heritage.

Dog breed DNA tests can be ordered from many different companies and the reliability of the results may hinge on how many different dog breeds the companies have in their DNA database.

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James Kohout has always loved animals, especially man’s best friend. He attended college to become a veterinarian, but discovered a different calling along the way — to train dogs.

According to Kohout, after seeing many dogs put down for aggressive behavior, he wanted to help those animals heal and grow.

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SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a leading school for guide dogs, is asking residents of central and southern Westchester to open their homes to raise future guide dogs.

The nonprofit organization will open its lower Westchester puppy-raising region by launching an orientation series for prospective raisers on Tuesday, Oct.

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SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a leading school for guide dogs, is asking residents of central and southern Westchester to open their homes to raise future guide dogs.

The nonprofit organization will open its lower Westchester puppy-raising region by launching an orientation series for prospective raisers on Tuesday, Oct.

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SAN ANGELO, Texas - Registration is open for dog/owner teams for the next six-week block of AKC Canine Good Citizen classes starting Sept. 2 and S.T.A.R. Puppy classes beginning Sept. 8 at 507 W. 47th St.

Canine Good Citizen class teaches basic obedience and good manners and is open to mix breeds and purebred dogs.

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Susan Wyatt, The Pet Dish 6:59 p.m. PDT August 25, 2014

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Small dog(Photo: Trupanion)

While small dogs typically have long life spans, they also are prone to a number of unique health problems.

The folks at Trupanion, a medical insurance provider for cats and dogs, looked into its database to find the top five health conditions that affect small dogs more frequently than large dog breeds.

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EL DORADO, Kansas – Dozens of residents told the El Dorado City Commission Monday that they do not want the city to use a “dangerous dog breed” list as a way to allow pit bulls back in city limits.

The list was one of several proposals city staff presented to the commission at Monday night’s meeting, and it drew plenty of fire from residents.

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"People think cages are cruel. Yet, a 'cage' – the impolite word for 'crate' – is an ideal hangout when the dog is learning how to behave."

DOG JUMP FEATUREA boxer huffs and puffs his way over a jump during a dog agility competition. Good dog training starts with house breaking, and using a crate helps.
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By Dr. Marty Becker

BigstockphotoLast year I wrote about the five breeds I miss seeing, those that used to be more popular but no longer caught the fancy of the general public. It wasn't an argument for those breeds to start filling the veterinary offices again - raging popularity has never been good for any breed - but rather a nostalgic yearning for the wonderful pets I saw more of at the very beginning of my veterinary career.

Read the full post here