6 WACKY DOG BREEDS WE LOVE

In the market for an unusual pooch? Check out these canines who are ready to prove there’s a dog for every taste, no matter how exotic. Some might make you laugh, others might make you gasp, but one thing is certain—once you meet them, you’re not likely to forget them!...

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BENTLEY'S NOSE KNOWS As a behavior consultant, I wish I had a penny for every call I get that starts with, “I just adopted a rescue dog from (insert southern state here) and he/she is afraid of (insert triggers here). There are all sorts of reasons for dogs to be shy, in general, or fearful of specific things, noises, people, other animals, etc., including genetics, lack of early positive socialization, negative prior experiences and learned behaviors.  Sadly, this can leave these dogs ill-equipped to handle the many typical daily experiences common to being a pet dog...  

BENTLEY'S NOSE KNOWS

As a behavior consultant, I wish I had a penny for every call I get that starts with, “I just adopted a rescue dog from (insert southern state here) and he/she is afraid of (insert triggers here). There are all sorts of reasons for dogs to be shy, in general, or fearful of specific things, noises, people, other animals, etc., including genetics, lack of early positive socialization, negative prior experiences and learned behaviors.  Sadly, this can leave these dogs ill-equipped to handle the many typical daily experiences common to being a pet dog...

 

MESSAGES FROM HEAVEN It is very difficult when our animal friends leave their physical body and leave us here on earth without them. They form such a deep and healing bond with us that once they’re gone, they sometimes leave a hole and void in our homes and hearts. It is important to remember that animals come to us for healing and teaching as much as we go to them. More and more people are sharing their experiences, visitations and dreams of their animal companions coming back to them in the spirit form to say hello and make their presence known...

MESSAGES FROM HEAVEN

It is very difficult when our animal friends leave their physical body and leave us here on earth without them. They form such a deep and healing bond with us that once they’re gone, they sometimes leave a hole and void in our homes and hearts. It is important to remember that animals come to us for healing and teaching as much as we go to them. More and more people are sharing their experiences, visitations and dreams of their animal companions coming back to them in the spirit form to say hello and make their presence known...

THE 7 PERSONALITY TYPES OF DOGS: BONUS QUIZ!

Until the end of the 20th Century, most scientists believed that animals didn’t have personality traits, emotions, or thoughts—at least in the same way that humans do. Then Dr. Samuel Gosling, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas, began digging deeper into the animal kingdom, finding that even introverted octopuses will stay in their dens during feeding and attempt to hide by changing colors.

The findings confirm what dog owners have known for roughly 15,000 years: Dogs fall into seven different personality types, often showing more than one type. From the fearless Adventurer to the sensitive Loner, knowing your dog’s personality type can help you create an environment that he’ll thrive in, as well as ward off any behavioral issues—so you’ll never have to take him to the pound...


SHIBA DOES WHAT SHIBA WANTS

The Japanese use three words to describe the Shiba Inu or Shiba—a national monument in Japan—and their most popular dog breed.

FIRST WORD: "Kan-i"—refers to the Shiba’s spirited confidence, alertness and bravery.

SECOND WORD: "Ryosei"—means good natured and loyal.

THIRD WORD: "Soboku"—describes easy, natural good looks.

Indeed, Shiba Inus exhibit all of these magnificent qualities as well as a couple interesting behaviors unique to them. But more about that later...