Dogs


DIY: Dog Crate Pads

Christina is making some crate pads for Saint Francis Service Dogs www.saintfrancisdogs.org out of fleece. Saint Francis Service Dogs is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to assist children and adults with disabilities become more independent and self-sufficient through partnership with a professionally trained service dog.


Puppy Socialization: Human Socialization Period

The Carter family hosted “Rose”, an 8 week old Labrador Retriever, for one week  to give her a good head start in socialization. Social animals like dogs have critical periods, which are developmental stages where the nervous system is hypersensitive to certain environmental stimuli. The critical period Rose is in is called the Human Socialization […]


Are Wolves or Dogs Better at Problem Solving?

Domestic dogs appear to have lost some of their problem solving skills since they have become so attached to humans. There was a paper published by Monique Udell, a researcher with Oregon State University, where she describes a study that she conducted on why she believes domesticated dogs may have lost some of their natural problem […]


Dog Stories – Fabio Andreozzi

Fabio Andreozzi is a life long dog person. He and his family have had many dogs and bred several litters over the years (primarily German Shepherds). Fabio shares his knowledge, expertise and a few great stories about his relationships with pets over the years with Christina Carter.


Animal-Assisted Therapy: Dogs as Healers and Helpers

  Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) is increasingly being accepted in healthcare clinical settings as well as private therapy practices. Among those benefiting are seniors, students, patients in recovery, people with intellectual and physical disabilities and those approaching end of life. Therapy dogs and assistance dogs are being recognized as a valuable part of human society. Helping […]


Sandy Barbabella: The Woman Who Reads to Dogs

  Meet Sandy Barbabella, a resident of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania who volunteers at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society (WPHS). Among the things she does is reading to shelter dog. Barbabella gained internet notoriety when a reddit user by the name puglife123 posted a picture of her reading and comforting the shelter dogs. “I just thought it was the […]


How Dog Shows Work

Christina Carter outlines the process of showing a pure bred dog at the Salem Civic Center. The dogs being shown are Newfoundlands. Newfoundlands are large working dogs, that can be black, brown, white and black or gray. In Canada the the only correct colors are black and white and black. Life span: 8 – 10 […]


Hot Spot Care

Our pets can be susceptible to hot spots for many reasons, but it seems more noticeable in the summer. It may be due to more frequent baths, bugs, or just plain itchy skin, but whatever the cause, it can be serious and is usually painful. Consult your veterinarian on the best course of action for […]


Socialization is Key For a Successful Partnership

Socializing older dogs can sometimes be necessary. CoCo is a rescue dog and her history was largely unknown. She arrived very pregnant and stressed from long distance travel. The first priority was to get her socialized to the family environment she would have to deal with, which included adults children and cats. Because she was […]


Can MY Dog Ever Go Off Leash?

Not all dogs can work off leash, but most dogs can. It takes lots of patience, training, and perseverance. Without all of those things, you won’t get far, but the benefits of putting the time in early on are HUGE! Exercising them is easier, there is more trust in the bond with your dog, we […]