Raising a puppy: Housetraining

Raising a puppy: Housetraining

Raising a puppy: Housetraining

When you get a new puppy one of the first things on the list is house training your puppy. Your canine newcomer is just itching to learn household manners. She wants to please, but she has to learn how. Before the young pup can be trusted to have full run of the house, somebody must teach the house rules. There’s no point keeping house rules a secret. Somebody has to tell the puppy. And that somebody is you. Otherwise, your puppy will let her imagination run wild in her quest for occupational therapy to pass the time of day. Without a firm grounding in canine domestic etiquette, your puppy will be left to improvise in her choice of toys and toilets. The pup will no doubt eliminate in closets and on carpets, and your couches and curtains will be viewed as mere playthings for destruction. Each mistake is a potential disaster, since it heralds many more to come. If your puppy is allowed to make “mistakes,” bad habits will quickly become the status quo, making it necessary to break bad habits before teaching good ones.

Begin by teaching your puppy good habits, including house training, from the very first day she comes home. Remember, good habits are just as hard to break as bad habits. Most pressing, your puppy’s living quarters need to be designed so that housetraining and are errorless.

Confinement will help you housetrain

Successful domestic doggy education involves teaching your puppy to train herself through confinement. This prevents mistakes and establishes good habits from the outset. When you are physically or mentally absent, confine your puppy to keep her out of mischief and to help her learn how to act appropriately.

The more you confine your puppy to her Doggy Den and Puppy Playroom during her first few weeks at home, the more freedom she will enjoy as an adult dog for the rest of her life. The more closely you adhere to the following puppy-confinement program, the sooner your puppy will be housetrained and chewtoy trained. And, as an added benefit, your puppy will learn to settle down quickly, quietly, calmly, and happily.

Housetraining your puppy when you’re not at home

Keep your puppy confined to a fairly small puppy playroom, such as the kitchen, bathroom, or utility room. You can also use an exercise pen to cordon off a small section of a room. This is your puppy’s long-term confinement area. It should include:

  1. A comfortable bed
  2. A bowl of fresh water
  3. Plenty of hollow chewtoys (stuffed with dog food)
  4. A doggy in the farthest corner from her bed

Obviously, your puppy will feel the need to bark, chew, and eliminate throughout the course of the day, and so she must be left somewhere she can satisfy her needs without causing any damage or annoyance. Your puppy will most probably eliminate as far as possible from her sleeping quarters-in her doggy toilet. By removing all chewable items from the puppy playpen-with the exception of -you will make chewing chewtoys your puppy’s favorite habit, a good habit! Long-term confinement allows your puppy to teach herself to use an appropriate dog toilet, to want to chew appropriate chewtoys, and to settle down quietly.

Housetraining your puppy when you’re at home

Enjoy short play and training sessions hourly. If you cannot pay full attention to your puppy’s every single second, play with your pup in his Puppy Playpen, where a suitable toilet and toys are available. Or, for periods of no longer than an hour at a time, confine your puppy to his Doggy Den (short-term close confinement area), such as a portable dog crate. Every hour, release your puppy and quickly take him to his doggy toilet. Your puppy’s short-term confinement area should include a comfortable bed, and plenty of hollow chewtoys (stuffed with dog food).

It is much easier to watch your pup if he is settled down in a single spot. Either you may move the crate so that your puppy is in the same room as you, or you may want to confine your pup to a different room to start preparing him for times when he will be left at home alone. If you do not like the idea of confining your puppy to a dog crate, you may tie the leash to your belt and have the pup settle down at your feet. Or you may fasten the leash to an eye-hook in the baseboard next to your puppy’s bed, basket, or mat. To prevent the chewtoys from rolling out of reach, also tie them to the eye-hook.

Train your puppy to housetrain himself

Housetraining and chewtoy-training will be quick and easy if you adhere to the puppy confinement plan above, which prevents the puppy from making mistakes and prompts the puppy to teach herself household etiquette. If you vary from the program, you will likely experience problems. Unless you enjoy problems, you must reprimand yourself for any mistakes you allow your puppy to make.

Preventing housetraining mistakes

Housesoiling is a spatial problem, involving perfectly normal, natural, and necessary canine behaviors (peeing and pooping) performed in inappropriate places.

Housetraining is quickly and easily accomplished by praising your puppy and offering a food treat when she eliminates in an appropriate toilet area. Once your pup realizes that her eliminatory products are the equivalent of coins in a food vending machine-that feces and urine may be cashed in for tasty treats-your pup will be clamoring to eliminate in the appropriate spot, because soiling the house does not bring equivalent fringe benefits.

is also a temporal problem: either the puppy is in the wrong place at the right time (confined indoors with full bladder and bowels), or the puppy is in the right place at the wrong time (outdoors in the yard or on a walk, but with empty bladder and bowels).

Timing is the essence of successful housetraining. Indeed, efficient and effective housetraining depends upon the owner being able to predict when the puppy needs to eliminate so that she may be directed to an appropriate toilet area and more than adequately rewarded for doing the right thing in the right place at the right time.

Usually, puppies urinate within half a minute of waking up from a nap and usually defecate within a couple of minutes of that. But who has the time to hang around to wait for puppy to wake up and pee and poop? Instead it’s a better plan to wake up the puppy yourself, when you are ready and the time is right.

Short-term confinement offers a convenient means to accurately predict when your puppy needs to relieve herself. Confining a pup to a small area strongly inhibits her from urinating or defecating, since she doesn’t want to soil her sleeping area. Hence, the puppy is highly likely to want to eliminate immediately after being released from confinement.

If errorless housetraining is so easy, why do so many dog owners experience problems? Here are some common that help make errorless housetraining work.

Using an indoor doggy toilet

For the best doggy toilet, equip a litter box or cover a piece of old linoleum with what will be the dog’s eventual toilet material. For example, for rural and suburban pups who will eventually be taught to relieve themselves outside on earth or grass, lay down a roll of turf. For urban puppies who will eventually be taught to eliminate at curbside, lay down a couple of thin concrete tiles. Your puppy will soon develop a very strong natural preference for eliminating on similar outdoor surfaces whenever he can.

If you have a backyard dog toilet area, in addition to the indoor playroom toilet, take your pup to his outdoor toilet in the yard whenever you release him from his doggy den. If you live in an apartment and do not have a yard, teach your puppy to use his indoor toilet until he is old enough to venture outdoors at three months of age.

Training you puppy to use an outdoor toilet

For the first few weeks, take your puppy outside on-leash. Hurry to his toilet area and then stand still to allow the puppy to circle (as he would normally do before eliminating). Reward your puppy each time he “goes” in the designated spot. If you have a fenced yard, you may later take your puppy outside off-leash and let him choose where he would like to eliminate. But make sure to reward him differentially according to how close he hits ground zero. Offer one treat for doing it outside quickly, two treats for doing it within, say, five yards of the doggy toilet, three treats for within two yards, and five treats for a bull’s eye.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Holiday Shopping for a Dog

It’s officially the HOWL-iday season! And, with thousands upon thousands of gifts and gadgets for dogs and dog lovers, finding the perfect, unique gift can be a little less than merry.

Read on for some questions to ask yourself when shopping for your furriest family members and a few paw-some gift ideas that are sure to please even the pickiest pets!

5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Holiday Shopping for a Dog

Questions to Ask Yourself When Shopping for a Dog:

1. What is the dog’s style of play?

Like humans, every dog has a different personality and different style of play. Some dogs prefer to take it easy with a soft, plush squeaky toy to carry around and snuggle, while others have a more rough and tumble style and would rip a stuffed animal to shreds within seconds of getting their paws on it. For dogs that are more destructive, look for “tough toys” made especially for heavy chewers, like Kong toys or .

Some dogs love to run and fetch, so a or Frisbee would make their biggest wish come true, while a dog that prefers to watch all the action from his spot on the sofa would enjoy a more cerebral activity, like a .

5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Holiday Shopping for a Dog

2. How old is the dog?

A dog’s age plays an important role in the types of gifts they’ll enjoy. Puppies will love teething toys (and so will puppy parents as these toys can help put an end to chewing on table legs), squeakers, rattlers, and a variety of toys that expose them to different sounds and textures. are designed especially to meet the chewing needs of puppies.

Senior dogs, on the other hand, might prefer a nice new , or a cozy blanket to nap under.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Holiday Shopping for a Dog

3. Are you buying a gift for a dog who also lives in a home with children?

Dogs who live in a home with kids (and the kids they love) will benefit from outdoor dog activities: tennis balls, throwing disks, and other fetch toys will get both the dogs and the kids moving. are fun for dogs and kids to do together.

Another great idea for both dogs and their young humans is a dog training book or video made especially for kids. Training is so important, not just for obedience, but for confidence building, mental stimulation, and exercise. Plus, you can never go wrong giving gifts that encourage kids to be better family members to their four-legged brothers and sisters.

4. Does the pet you’re buying for spend a lot of time alone?

If you’re looking for a gift for a dog with busy humans, a wifi pet camera might just be the gift you’re looking for! has a built-in treat dispenser, so if you check on your dog and he’s behaving and being adorable, you can give him a treat – from anywhere in the world! (This camera also won our top pick for Best Pet Cameras for Dog Owners, among other excellent full-featured choices! )

5. What are the interests of the dog’s owner?

Think of gifts that not only the pet will love, but the owner will love, too! What are the dog owner’s interests? For example, if you’re buying for a dog with a football-loving human, a dog jersey for their favorite team, a team collar and leash set, bandana, or a plush football toy will show you put thought into gift giving.

Do they love camping or travel? How about some new travel gear or a crash-tested vehicle harness? If they’re into fitness, a new backpack for their jogging buddy might be perfect!

Are they into cooking? A cookbook for dogs, pet-shaped cookie cutters or baking trays, or a food dehydrator will be a big hit with both dog and owner.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Holiday Shopping for a Dog

Don’t forget the dog’s mom or dad!

While we’re discussing shopping for dogs, let’s not forget gifting the pet parent, too! Our most favorite gift to give to a dog parent is something that inspires them to enjoy their life with their dog. A book on training, like is excellent for teaching basic dog manners and strengthening the human/dog bond – bundle it up with a cool and a clicker to make a thoughtful gift set!

Inspire your dog loving friends and family to spend time with their dog with a gift card for their favorite dog-friendly restaurant. Or, how about matching activity trackers like a for the human and a for the dog – great for getting out and getting fit together in the New Year!

Still not sure what to get?

Gifts that can be personalized are always extra special, like a collar or ID tag with the dog’s name engraved on it.

Squeaky toys are always a hit with dogs. Check out the new squeaky toys from that only dogs can hear – genius! Edibles are almost always a crowd pleaser, too. Just be sure the dog you’re buying for doesn’t have any dietary restrictions first.

What’s the best gift you or your dog ever received? When gifting thoughtfully, consider your own experiences and what made them so special and memorable.

“For it is in giving that we receive.” – Francis of Assisi

7 Lucky Dogs Who Made it Home Thanks to Their Microchip

7 Lucky Dogs Who Made it Home Thanks to Their Microchip

ByVicki Clinebell

Aproximately one third of pets end up getting lost and one point or another in their lives and sadly only 1 in 10 end up being found and returned to their homes. One of the ways to increase the chances of finding your lost pet is having your beloved furry family member . Meet seven lucky dogs and their happy owners, who were reunited thanks to the pet having that vital microchip.


A much-loved named Dora was living the good life with her family in Frisco, Texas. On the night of July 4, 2012, the loud boom of fireworks frightened her enough that Dora jumped the fence surrounding her backyard. Her distraught family searched day after day, and although they never completely gave up hope, as the weeks and then months went by they feared their chances of ever locating her were fading when Dora got her miracle. Picked up as a stray 18 miles away in McKinney Texas, the local shelter scanned Dora and found a microchip with her family’s contact information. Hesitant at first, it took only minutes for Dora to realize that after seven long months, she was finally going home.


A mom living in Kent, England, and her young daughter and son were desperate when their family dog Lily simply disappeared from their garden the day before her first birthday. Springing into action, they checked shelters and posted pictures of the black and tan . Many sad weeks passed with no news or sightings of this beloved family pet. Nearly 22 months later, the surprising call came: Lily had been picked up as a stray. Her microchip information enabled her owners to be traced. In a heart-melting meeting the young dog raced to her mom, bathing her face in puppy kisses, their mutual joy obvious. Lily’s happiness didn’t dim on her return home as she checked out every room with tail-wagging delight, and finally she had the biggest moment of all, reuniting with the two children who had been missing her so much and for so long.


The animal shelter in Durham, North Carolina sees a lot of strays come in, but B.A.’s story stands out. Some pet owners find their lost animal right away, while others are never seen again. Shelter personnel insist that B.A. had an angel watching over him for the long 7 years he was missing. Picked up as a stray, he was favoring one leg and had possibly been in an accident. In the course of the medical exam, B.A. was scanned for a microchip and the shelter found his contact information, complete with his owner’s name and phone number. Lost in the town of Raleigh when he bolted in fear during a thunderstorm, his worried owner waited all night for his return. It never happened. Fast-forward seven years and B.A.’s owner is now living in Arizona when he gets the unexpected call he believes to be nothing short of a miracle. B.A. had just one more leg left in his long journey, and was flown to his home in Arizona.


A little named Max had a long separation and undoubtedly many adventures before being picked up as a stray by . When the shelter got Max, his fur was matted and it was obvious he’d been living in some pretty rough terrain. Because Max was microchipped, the shelter was able to locate the woman who owned him, a former college student from the area who had moved to Dallas during the time since Max went missing. Max was found about 60 miles south from where his previous home was located. Shelter personnel agreed to meet the relieved owner halfway, driving Max to a reunion two years in the making, all thanks to the information coded on his microchip.


Little Charlie somehow broke free from his chain in the backyard of his Fort Wayne, Indiana home and his worried family scoured their neighborhood, posting fliers and searching everywhere for the lost Sheppard mix. Turned in anonymously overnight 6 months later, personnel at the local animal care shelter don’t know where Charlie had been or why someone chose to drop him off. Scanning the dog for a microchip did tell them his name, and provided them with owner contact information. Much to the delight of the Thompson family and to Charlie, there’s a happy ending. Because of that microchip, Charlie is safely home.


Indianapolis resident Mike got his Shih Tzu Bandit as a puppy 10 years ago. One day Bandit became agitated in his crate, so Mike let him out to play in the yard. His last sight of Bandit was of the little dog being put in a car by a stranger who quickly sped away. Despite getting the car’s license number, Mike was never able to recover his dog. Five years later, a local non-profit was having an event highlighting animal welfare issues. They had received a stray and scanned it for a microchip. Within 10 minutes of getting this most unexpected phone call an emotional Mike arrived at the event and was moved to tears when he was finally able to hold the little dog he thought was lost forever.


It was a long two months for the Roberts family of Rogers, Arkansas, after 9-year-old Koda went missing. The family continuously searched their neighborhood and blanketed the area with posters, but they were having no luck locating their much-loved and desperately missed pet. 1300 miles away in received a dog that went through normal input procedures and was scanned for a microchip. Nobody knows how Koda ended up halfway across the country but the chip provided the information necessary for her to be reunited with her ecstatic family. footed the bill to fly Koda home.

Even if you have a microchip in your pet it’s a good idea to ask your vet to scan the chip at every check-up to make sure it’s still reading, and to determine if it’s still where it should be which is on the back near the shoulder blades. Microchips can sometimes migrate in the body.

The world can be a scary and cruel place for a lost dog. The lucky ones end up in a shelter where they have a second chance for a loving home. The very lucky ones have owners who cared enough to have a microchip implanted, increasing the chances that their beloved dog will make it back home.

Prevention Is Key: Keeping Your Dog And Others Safe from Dog Bites

By Tom Moverman

You know your dog better than anyone else. With just a look they can tell you when you are late with providing dinner, when it’s time for a potty break, and you can recognize the difference between a playful bark and a protective one.

Prevention Is Key: Keeping Your Dog And Others Safe from Dog Bites

You spend the majority of your day with your canine companion and hope to bring as much happiness into their life as they do to yours. You love your pet and hope that all that come in contact with your adorable pup feel the same way.

So when it comes to the unpleasant topic of dog bite accidents, no owner wants to think of their pet as being a capable of such a thing.

While uncomfortable, it is something all pet owners should educate themselves on because prevention is key is ensuring you, your dog, and all those you come in contact with are safe and happy.

Pups Are Popular

According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, of American households owned a dog in 2012, making them the most popular pet in the country. The popularity of dogs is no secret. It is difficult to go a day without seeing an adorable pooch whether that is in person or while you’re scrolling through your Instagram feed. This popularity can sometimes work against our faithful companions, by allowing them to be put into positions that make them uncomfortable and ultimately risk their safety and the safety of others around them.

Preventing a bite is far easier than dealing with the aftermath of one, so discover some simple ways to significantly reduce the risk of one occurring.

Prevention Is Key: Keeping Your Dog And Others Safe from Dog Bites

Use Your Knowledge

No one knows your dog’s personality as well as you do. Does Spike tend to get upset around large crowds or cower when he hears certain sounds? A large number of dog bites occur because a dog placed into a position where he or she feels threatened, nervous or unsafe. Think about what makes them uncomfortable and avoid putting them into those types of situations. Read your dog’s body language and be responsible. Any signs of fear or anger mean you need to remove them immediately.

Some body language to be aware of:

  • Anxious/nervous behavior or body language – licking lips, shrinking down to look smaller, slowly backing away, tail between their legs, flat ears, yawning, avoiding direct eye contact.
  • Aggressive behavior or body language – bares teeth, ears pointing up or forward, tail up (sometimes wagging!), fur standing up, growls, barks, lunges.

Prevention Is Key: Keeping Your Dog And Others Safe from Dog Bites

Who Is Most At Risk?

It may come as a surprise to you, but children are frequently involved in dog bite accidents and often with dogs they are familiar with. Many times this is because children do not know the appropriate way to approach or interact with a dog and can end up frightening the animal. Be sure to your children on appropriate behavior with pets.

If you are approached by a child while with your dog, make sure they have a parent with them that gives permission before they touch your animal. Feel free to politely tell the child how they can interact with your dog such as putting out their hand to let them sniff, if you know your dog is friendly with kids.

Remember, you are in charge of your pet. If you know your dog will be upset by a young child, tell the child that your dog isn’t up for a pet today. If you are in your home with child visitors move your dog to a room where they are away from others and feel safe.

Other Helpful Tips

Some other ways you can reduce the risk of dog bites are:

  • Socialize your dog. – If you are unfamiliar with how to do this contact a trainer or enroll in a socialization class to ensure all are safe.
  • Go to school! – Training is very important for dogs of all ages.
  • Address problems right away. – If you notice any type of aggressive behavior find a behavior specialist or dog trainer to work with you to resolve the issue before it becomes unmanageable.
  • Supervise children with your dog.
  • Keep your dog’s vaccinations and licensing up to date. – In the event that anything does occur you want to be sure the situation is not worsened and you have the necessary information available.
  • Be aware of your dog. – We’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating. Be aware of your dog’s behavior and body language. Remove them from uncomfortable situations that could develop into a problem.
  • Always adhere to leash laws. – Unless you are in a designated off-leash location follow the leash laws put in place for the protection of your dog and others.

About the Author:

Tom Moverman established the with Harry Lipsig and his partners in 1989. The personal injury law firm focuses on products liability, personal injury, construction accidents, car accidents and medical malpractice

Developing More Accurate Tests for the Diagnosis of Canine Hypothyroidism

Canine hypothyroidism is a common endocrine disease that results in symptoms such as lethargy, , and skin and coat problems due to decreased thyroid hormone production. It is seen in of both sexes and is usually diagnosed between four to 10 years of age.

Thyroid hormone secretion is regulated by a negative feedback control system in the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis (Figure 1), meaning that hormone production is decreased when its bloodstream concentration reaches a certain threshold.

Developing More Accurate Tests for the Diagnosis of Canine Hypothyroidism

Figure 1: Hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis
TRH – thyroid releasing hormone
TSH – thyroid stimulating hormone
T3 & T4 – thyroid hormones

Thyroxine (T4) is the main hormone produced by the thyroid gland and circulates in the blood in two forms – attached to proteins or freely in the blood. Total T4 (TT4) testing measures both forms of the hormone. Free T4 (FT4) testing measures only the amount of free thyroxine.

Diagnosing Hypothyroidism

Despite numerous testing options, accurate diagnosis of hypothyroidism is challenging. Scintigraphy (using radioactive dye to highlight thyroid tissue function) and TSH response tests are accurate but expensive methods for definitive diagnosis. Biopsy and histopathology are invasive, and the presence of a lesion does not always mean that organ function is compromised.

The presence of thyroglobulin auto-antibodies (TGAA) in canine hypothyroidism is inconsistent. TT4 levels can be affected by certain drugs and non-thyroid illness. FT4 testing is more specific than TT4 testing, but not as sensitive, meaning there is a greater chance for false negative results.

Commonly, a low T4 along with elevated TSH confirms a diagnosis of hypothyroidism. However, 30 to 40 percent of hypothyroid dogs have a normal TSH level. CHF-funded researchers at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands searched for a way to accurately diagnose these dogs and differentiate them from dogs with non-thyroid illness. The goal of was to investigate new and more accurate methods to diagnose canine hypothyroidism.

New Testing Methods

The first method explored and reported in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine1 was a TRH stimulation test. Instead of measuring TT4, which shows an inconsistent response to TRH administration, researchers measured TSH and Growth Hormone (GH) before and after a dog was given a dose of TRH (Figure 2).

In a cohort of 21 dogs (11 with confirmed hypothyroidism and 10 with non-thyroid illness) with low TT4 and normal TSH, median basal GH levels were significantly higher in the hypothyroid dogs. After TRH administration, TSH remained unchanged in hypothyroid dogs but was significantly increased in the normal dogs.

Figure 2: TRH stimulation test results

Hypothyroid dogs Non-thyroid illness dogs
Basal GH Higher Lower
TRH administration
TSH No change ↑↑
GH No change

This study demonstrated that in dogs with low TT4 and normal TSH, hypothyroidism can be confirmed by measuring basal GH or by running a TRH stimulation test (measuring GH and TSH after administration of TRH).

To further explore more accurate diagnosis of hypothyroidism, CHF-funded researchers also plan to examine the utility of measuring , ghrelin concentration (another hormone shown to be elevated in hypothyroid dogs), and plasma thyroid hormone bioactivity.

Promising diagnostic tests then need to be applied to a larger cohort of dogs to ensure usability and reliability in the clinical setting. CHF and its donors remain committed to finding more accurate diagnostic tests to help prevent, treat and cure canine disease such as hypothyroidism. Support AKC Canine Health Foundation research at .


  1. Pijnacker T, Kooistra HS, Vermeulen CF, et al. Use of basal and TRH-stimulated plasma growth hormone concentrations to differentiate between primary hypothyroidism and nonthyroidal illness in dogs. J Vet Intern Med. 2018;00:1–6.

Newest AKC Museum of Dog Has Modern, Pop Culture Feel

Manhattan to Missouri to Manhattan. Sounds like a Major League baseball double play, doesn’t it. In a nutshell, that’s the 37-year history of the , which opens its doors — at 101 Park Ave. — Feb. 8, the outset of .

Founded in 1982 in the New York Life Building (51 Madison Ave.), the museum remained there until 1986. A year later it was moved to the historic Jarville House, located in Queeny Park, West St. Louis County, Mo., where it was housed until 2017.

“This is a showcase like no other in honor of our four-legged friends,” says Alan Fausel, AKC director of cultural resources. “Appropriately, our first exhibition is entitled ‘For the Love of All Things Dog,’ which combines selected pieces from AKC’s own collection and that of the museum.”

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So what brought the museum ?

“It just made sense,” answers Fausel. “Available space in the building in which AKC is headquartered; close proximity to Grand Central Station; the opportunity to draw bigger crowds; added income from admissions; greater exposure in the media and dog-owning public.”

Newest AKC Museum of Dog Has Modern, Pop Culture Feel

While this isn’t the first AKC Museum of the Dog, it’s the first time the AKC Museum of the Dog and AKC Collection are both on display together.

AKC has donated more than $4.5 million since the museum’s inception to ensure its growth.
While the bulk of the institution’s features are historic art, it bridges the time gap with interactive exhibits such as “Find Your Match” and “Meet the Breeds,” designed to appeal to the entire family.

“The dog is an important part of our family units and these hands-on features are aimed to help everyone make an informed decision as to which breed best suits their lifestyle, plus giving them a historical perspective of all breeds and varieties recognized by AKC,” Fausel emphasizes.

After nearly two decades of conducting “Dogs in Art” sales for Doyle New York, followed by Bonhams (2005-2016), a privately owned international auction house, he sees a changing landscape in the field to the focus on the active family dog – with sports like , , , etc., from the early day field hunts in United States and England. Hence the interactive displays showcasing the versatility of the species.

AKC’s collection has a strong focus on dog portraits, with works from noted artists James Ward, Sir Edward Henry Landseer, and John Sargent Noble.

Future Dog Exhibits

Fausel would like to add exhibits centering on the human-animal bond. “I want to have one centering on fashion and dogs. Every year Westminster coincides with in New York. It would be nice to complement that with an exhibit that showcases how dogs were used in fashion and which breeds were fashionable when. I also want to look at Hollywood dogs. Basically, I want to add a little bit of popular culture.”

Other themed future exhibits will feature dog art by women (such as Marguerite Kirmse, Maul Earl, Lucy Dawson, and Diana Thorne), individual breeds, service dogs and those in war. “They will all be designed to show the versatility of the dog,” Fausel says.

to Fausel. “I have learned to appreciate it more by pausing and trying to see each piece through the artist’s eyes. Each offers a unique perspective when you take time to study it.”

As for acquisitions, AKC has not purchased anything since the move from St. Louis. “We will be very selective and concentrate on breeds that are underrepresented in the collection. Also, we may want to look at works by Continental European artists, as most of our collection is focused on works by British and American artists.”

Newest AKC Museum of Dog Has Modern, Pop Culture Feel

Alan Fausel says he hopes the mix of art and modern exhibits will get younger people interested in dogs.

Who is Alan Fausel?

The museum’s operation is headed by Fausel, who works with a board (prominent breeders and fanciers) of up to 19 members, which votes on policy. That membership will be changing, however, since several are from facility’s former home area, St. Louis.

Prior to joining the AKC in February 2018 and while at Bonham’s, Fausel organized an annual sale of art. “Dogs in Show & Field: The Fine Art Sale,” was held in New York City and scheduled around . These were major fund-raisers for AKC affiliates.

And just in case you’re wondering: Is he a dog owner? The Montclair, N.J., resident is a lifetime owner and recently lost the family’s 14-year-old . He now owns a young .

Plan Your Visit

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and $10 for students, seniors, youth and military veterans. You can also for unlimited admission and more. There is one exception to that schedule: The museum will be open Monday, Feb. 11 for the many Westminster visitors in town.

A Closer Look at Your Dog’s Most Useful Feature – His Nose!

Take a closer look at your dog’s amazing sense of smell – and keep those awesome olfactories in tip-top shape through nose care, training, and confidence building!

A Closer Look at Your Dog’s Most Useful Feature – His Nose!

Nature has provided dogs with a nearly perfect sense of smell. If you have a dog, you probably already know that your dog will smell something long before you can. In fact, the average dog has over 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses (compared to a relatively tiny six million for humans). That means, your dog’s sense of smell is over fifty times greater than your own!

Another interesting fact about your dog’s nose is that while many noses look alike, no two are the same. The lines, shapes, bumps, and valleys on the surface of your dog’s nose are as unique as a fingerprint!

And, as their most important body part, your dog’s nose serves several purposes in addition to sniffing out snacks!

A Closer Look at Your Dog’s Most Useful Feature – His Nose!

Caring for Your Dog’s Nose:

Your dog’s nose is generally relatively maintenance-free. But, you should watch for a few symptoms that could indicate an underlying issue. There’s an old wives’ tale that says you can tell when a dog is sick because his nose will be dry. This is actually a myth! A healthy dog’s nose will quite often be dry to the touch.

However, you’ll want to keep an eye out for extreme dryness, flakiness, scabs, sores, redness or any textural changes that may occur on our around the nose as these could indicate a problem. If your dog eats from a plastic bowl and you notice changes in the texture, color, or dryness of his nose, simply switching to a stainless steel bowl can resolve those issues for many dogs. Plastic bowls can harbor harmful bacteria that irritate the delicate skin in and around the nose.

A Closer Look at Your Dog’s Most Useful Feature – His Nose!

If your dog’s nose seems excessively dry, consider keeping his sniffer in tip-top shape with a . Nose balms are skincare products specifically designed to keep your pet’s nose soft and pliable, which helps them to use it more effectively.

Another nose-related symptom to watch for is a runny nose. Dogs don’t catch colds like humans, so a runny nose is a good indicator of an underlying illness or allergy. It could also indicate a foreign object in the nasal passageway – all reasons for a trip to the vet.

Sneezing isn’t usually cause for concern unless it’s excessive and very frequent. Some dogs actually sneeze as a way to release stress, so you may see them sneeze when they’re anxious, excited, or very playful.

Lastly, just like human noses, dogs’ noses are susceptible to sunburn! If your dog spends a lot of time romping and playing in the sun or splashing in the pool, especially if he’s a light-skinned dog, it’s a good idea to apply a before heading outdoors. Not only will it protect against sunburn, layering-on an SPF can protect against skin cancer, too.

A Closer Look at Your Dog’s Most Useful Feature – His Nose!

In addition to caring for your dog’s nose physically, it’s important to provide care in the form of mental stimulation, like training and confidence building exercises, that put your dog’s nose to work!

Using Your Dog’s Nose During Training:

Your dog’s sense of smell can be incredibly useful in training!

When housetraining your dog, his sense of smell is one of the most useful tools you can use! To stop inappropriate urinating, the most important step is to eliminate any trace of urine to prevent your dog returning to that spot. If your dog currently potties where he shouldn’t, turn off the lights and shine a UV flashlight, also known as a , in the area where he’s going. Dogs use their noses to sniff out the right place to potty and generally return to places where urine is detected. Any traces of urine will glow under the UV light. If you can see it under the flashlight, your dog can most certainly smell it and will likely continue to return to that spot. Use an enzymatic cleaner to eliminate any traces and it’ll be much easier to prevent repeat offenses!

On the other hand, if you want to designate a specific area of your yard for your pup to do his business, putting down an attractant will encourage your dog to use that spot simply by sniffing it out!

You can also use your dog’s sense of smell to your advantage while training basic cues like sit, lay down, or shake. With a treat in your hand, you can lure your dog into the desired position, then reward him.

A Closer Look at Your Dog’s Most Useful Feature – His Nose!

Building Confidence Through Sniffing:

Because your dog is so naturally adept at smelling and sniffing, providing him with fun new ways to use his sense of smell is an excellent way to build confidence.

Instead of feeding your dog out of a boring old bowl, put his food in a or food puzzle to make mealtimes more fun. Snuffle mats are similar to super-shaggy carpet and require your dog to sniff and search for their food. Food puzzles can be simple mazes that require your dog to use his nose to push his food to the point where it can be accessed and eaten, or they can be complex brain-building exercises that require problem-solving and figuring out a series of behaviors that make food accessible. Both are excellent for providing mental stimulation that builds confidence and both serve double-duty to slow down a fast eater.

You can also build confidence through participating in fun new sports that harness the power of your dog’s amazing olfactories. Nosework, tracking, and barn hunt are three such sports that can be played and practiced in the comfort of your own backyard or can be played at the competition level for an added level of fun and excitement for you both! Check with dog training clubs in your area for information about joining one of these exciting, growing canine sports, or check out a book on , tracking, or barn hunt to determine if they’re a good fit for you and your dog.

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A Closer Look at Your Dog’s Most Useful Feature – His Nose!

Take a closer look at your dog’s amazing sense of smell – and keep those awesome olfactories in tip-top shape through care, training, and confidence building!

10 Famous Artists & the Pets that Inspired Their Success

It’s no secret we’re obsessed with our doggos here at Dogington Post, but did you know many famous artists were as equally obsessed with their furry counterparts?

10 Famous Artists & the Pets that Inspired Their Success

Andy Warhol, between 1966 and 1977. Image: Andy Warhol by Jack Mitchell/Wikipedia

It’s true, everyone from Andy Warhol to Ernest Hemingway had a beloved pet (or two or three) who inspired their works and acted as their best friends. Some were more obscure (along with Mexican hairless dogs, Frida Kahlo had a fawn, monkeys, parakeets, and many more), while others were loyal pups that followed them to interviews, photoshoots, and appeared in many of their famous works.

created a fun infographic on and how each served as inspiration for their masterpieces. See how their furry friends brought them life, love, and most importantly, cute subject matter!

10 Famous Artists & the Pets that Inspired Their Success

Much like the creatives above, the love, companionship, and beauty of a pet has the ability to inspire creativity in all forms. So, the next time you’re in need of a little creative kick, turn to your four-legged companions for inspiration, just like the greats did!

Common housetraining mistakes

Common housetraining mistakes


If you don’t seem to be making any progress with check your methods. It’s easy to make mistakes that don’t seem important to us but have a big impact on a .

Here the two biggest mistakes people make:

  • Keeping your puppy in the yard, instead of in the house in her makes house-training much more difficult. You’re basically teaching her it’s okay to eliminate anywhere and anytime she wants. So she’ll go ahead and do so when she comes inside.
  • Rubbing your puppy’s nose in the mess, smacking her with a newspaper, and similar misbegotten advice can derail all your efforts. These punishing methods can make your poor dog too frightened to eliminate in your presence. If your pup is scared to go when you’re around, she’ll learn to hold it on walks and relieve herself only after you’ve left the house.

If is still dragging on and you can’t figure out why, check with your . Your pup may have a physical problem, such as a urinary tract infection, that makes it hard for her to hold it.

Hero Dog Saves Mama Dog And 10 Sick Puppies

Hero Dog Saves Mama Dog And 10 Sick Puppies

ByBonnie Brae
Hero Dog Saves Mama Dog And 10 Sick Puppies

Mama dog and 10 puppies all survived! (Photo Credit: Dallas Dogrrr)

(rescue, rehab, reform) is a group of dedicated animal loving volunteers that are helping get stray dogs off the streets of Dallas.

Dallas Dogrrr rescuer Marina Tarashevsce and dog behaviorist John Miller had been doing rescue work near a park when they say the black dog (who had eluded them for weeks) was now barking at them. Marina said it was not his usual bark, and behaviorist John agreed. The dog seemed to be asking them to follow him, so they did. It was a particularly icy night and Marina and John thought that maybe he was injured, so they slowly approached, but each time they took a few steps toward the dog, he would back up a few steps.

This happened over and over again, every time they would take a few steps toward him, he would bark and back up.

This continued until they were in a densely wooded area and then they heard the sound of PUPPIES!!!!

This incredible dog led his rescuers Marina and John to a malnourished, very weak mama dog and 10 very sick puppies.

It is unknown if the hero dog who led them to the bushes is the papa, or the uncle, or just a friend, but he is responsible and fully credited for .

Upon rescue the hero dog was aptly named Hero and the mama dog was named Mona.

Hero Dog Saves Mama Dog And 10 Sick Puppies

Hero guards Mona and pups. (Photo Credit: Dallas Dogrrr)

Hero has found his forever home. He is king of the empty nest and pampered like a hero deserves to be. He loves toys, dog parks and walks with his new family.

Hero Dog Saves Mama Dog And 10 Sick Puppies

Hero, Mona and the pups thriving! (Photo Credit: Dallas Dogrrr)

Mona is in foster care. She was most likely born feral, in the park and is warming up to her foster and learning that she no longer has to fend for herself. She is getting some much needed love, affection and time to acclimate.

Hero Dog Saves Mama Dog And 10 Sick Puppies

3 puppies are still looking for homes! (Photo Credit: Dallas Dogrrr)

7 of the 10 puppies have been adopted and the other three are in foster care eagerly waiting to meet their forever families. if you’re interested in adopting one of these little survivors!