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What to do if you find a stray pet: http://bit.ly/foundstraypet
If you find a stray pet alongside the road, don’t just put a collar on the animal and name it Fluffy. The owners are probably frantically searching for their pet, or vice versa. Even though you can’t
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Thanks for the invite to join the community! Remember to check out (or join in!) the Positive Pet Training Blog Hop this Monday, July 7th. This months theme is sharing training success but any positive based training posts are always welcome!
http://www.cascadiannomads.com/positive-pet-training-blog-hop.html
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Thanks for the reminder!  I'll draft something up! Added it to the dog blogger calendar I use, http://dogthusiast.com/about/dog-blogger-calendar/
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Hi everyone! We just want to let you know that our official app is now live and it's full of resources for keeping your dogs safe. Hope you'll check it out! bit.ly/ASPCAapp   
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Grrreat news, everyPAWdy! A new blog post is up on our website! Do YOU think dogs are better than people? Take the quiz to find out and make sure to read our other blog posts! 
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Does your dog have a dry nose and you are worried about it? Learn potential causes of dog dry nose and when it's time to be concerned.
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Jen deHaan
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A new post with a free giveaway where you could win big! Coupons, dog stuff, etc - enter at the link below!
 
Here it is! A gigantic giveaway with nearly $700 in prizes to win: a gift card from PetSmart brought to you by 19 pet bloggers, a custom prize pack worth $160 from +Stylish Canine or a collar leash set from Karma Collars! Head on over to DOGthusiast and enter to WIN! http://dogthusiast.com/2014/06/08/gigantic-pet-blogger-giveaway-three-prizes-worth-almost-700/. Good luck! http://my-disclosur.es/XGISkV
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#archiveday  for bloggers on Twitter today, found this old #woofwednesday  :) 
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Ken Wiesner

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How fun
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Have a concern about your pet and need a 2nd opinion? Ask our vet for FREE! Check out some of the recent questions submitted and their answers provided by Dr. James Williams DVM.
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We have a spot or 2 available for some doggie guest bloggers on our site at http://www.thehouseofdog.co.uk - Can we interest any of you in a space? Regular doggie contributors welcome. Also happy to have some human guest bloggers if there are any wanting to take a post! Trainers, rescue workers, vets and nurses etc particularly welcome!

We can't pay I'm afraid, and all posts must be unique, but we can link to your doggie business or a doggie charity of your choice with each post :)
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Maggie Marton

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Thanks for the invite, +Jen deHaan! Look forward to connecting with everyone!
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Thanks for joining, so great to have you here +Maggie Marton !
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Robbi Hess

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Thank you for the invitation! 
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#woofwednesday  any woofers going to work this week? :) #bringyourdogtoworkday  #bringyourdog
  This Friday is not only grandad’s birthday but it’s also Bring Your Dog To Work Day! Mum has copied this from the website: Bring Your Dog To Work Day aims to raise money for three wonderful charities that make a huge difference to the welfare of animals. On Friday 27th June 2014, businesses from …
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Great news, guys! There's a NEW POST on our website! Check out these purrrfect pets all dressed up!
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Moses C.

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Today, we are taking part in two blog hops. The two hops are Barks And Bytes Blog Hop kindly hosted by 2 Brown Dawgs and Heart Like A Dog and Thoughtless Thursday by Ruckus the Eskie and Owned by a Husky. I have been a fan of...
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Something a tad different from Time For Poodles And Friends.
http://www.timeforpoodles.com/2013/01/poodles-and-movie-posters.html
Poodles and Movies From the 50's Today, we are taking part in two blog hops. The two hops are Barks And Bytes Blog Hop kindly hosted by 2 Brown Dawgs and Heart Like A Dog and Thoughtless Thursday by Ruckus the Eskie and ...
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Farley Goodman

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What the chain does to their brain.

Psychology of a chained dog- As living beings on this earth, we all serve to function and fulfill a purpose. What is the function of a dog? To answer that question we must look at where they come from.  Dogs come from wolves.  Through thousands of years of domestication and genetic manipulation, we have created the most diverse species of the planet.  Why did we do that?  The answer is simple.   Every breed was designed to serve a very specific purpose for us!  For example, Dachshunds were bred to fight badgers.  Badgers live in tunnels underground.  It was no accident that wiener dogs are long and skinny.  This applies to EVERY breed.  They can function to protect, hunt, track or even be a fashion accessory.  The point is that they were designed to function!  Fortunately, these animals do not have to function in the way they were designed to function in order to be healthy and happy.  

 What does the chain have to do with all this?  Most of today’s modern domesticated dogs do not function as trackers or hunters. So, what purpose do they serve?  They serve as extended family members, best friends and protectors. Each dog will find his niche on his own.  He knows where he’s needed.  In fact, that is his goal to fulfill his purpose.  In the end, all creatures are biologically programmed to fulfill their purpose. How does it make you feel to be without purpose? When chained, the dog loses his ability to function.  He certainly can’t function as a family member or best friend from here.  He’s useless in protecting his household and family against intruders.  Because both the intruder and the dog know that he can’t fulfill his purpose, the intruder “wins”.  This causes massive amounts of stress for him. Biologically, stress is designed to induce our “fight or flight” response. Whether he fights or fleas, he would have to expend a tremendous amount of energy in order to survive.  When he’s chained, the energy has no place to go. Biologically, oxygen serves as stress reliever.  How do we get more oxygen?  We exercise.  After all the primary goal of blood flow is to carry oxygen to all the organs that need it to function.  This is especially true in moments of extreme stress.  Oxygen serves to keep us alert and alive.  Chaining the dog removes his natural ability to cope with stress and fulfill his function.  It also clouds his judgment.  The “intruder” could be friend stopping by to borrow some sugar.  But in his mind, he still goes through the entire process. This is a toxic cycle.

Now let’s get physical- Let’s first examine the chain and collar.  The collar around their neck shifts every time they move.  It rotates around their neck when fastened to the chain. The constant rotation causes the removal of their hair and eventually wears down to the skin where it causes damage.  As we all know, physical pain can cause us to feel anxious and depressed.  If the dog is chained for extended periods of time, the pain will progress into chronic pain. Chronic pain has a plethora of terrible side effects including out of character aggression.  If we know how pain affects us, why would we expect anything different for “mans best friend”?  

The moral of the story- Dogs become severely depressed and anxious which will result in aggression in most cases.  This is unsafe for humans and dogs.  Since 2003, 379 children were killed or seriously injured because of chained dogs.  This isn’t the dog’s fault. It’s ours.  Make a stand.  Educate through the eyes of compassion.  Remove your judgment jacket when talking with folks on this sensitive subject.  We all have blind spots and need guidance from time to time.  We best receive this guidance through compassionate teaching.  The student is much more likely to implement a behavior when introduced from a positive and understanding perspective.

Farley Goodman


http://www.mothersagainstdogchaining.org/attacks.html

http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org
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Dwaine Jugoz

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This behavioral instinct is not by accident.  The instinct for dogs to sniff is natural; however, it is also an expression of the species basic need. For dogs, I believe, this comes down to created purpose.
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Every product that goes onto our website needs reviewing, so we need YOU to come and join our reviewers community.

 Each product we get for review, we'll post in this community. If you think you can provide it a good home, and a quick review - simply comment below the review post and we'll consider you!

You will need to be over 18 and live in the UK.

All you need to do is video your pet testing the product and submit the video to the Monster Pet Testing Team Community. If you have a camera phone and an opinion - you're sorted! We also ask that you send us the video by email.

The reviews could be used on our product pages, social or even star in our newsletter. They are really helpful for fellow pet lovers when they are looking to buy.
 
We would ask that all reviews are turned around in 1 week of receiving the product.
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