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Change my view- No such thing as "mastiffs"
  •  ·  Tony
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First of all, the site looks great Gary. This is Tonedog from back in the day. I decided to just randomly see if molosserdogs was still around, fearing the worst, but wow, looks good.  Maybe some controversial debate will help liven the place up a bit? lol Over the last few years I've been continuing my recreational research into dogs and dog history (which has now spanned many decades), and I've stumbled onto a realization that "mastiffs" basically don't exist and never did.   Hear me out...  I believe the mastiff category is merely comprised of retired dogs from various other functional types. They have no real genetic foundation making them a group and no real ancestral function. If you n
1949, Mastín Español from Seville, Spain
  •  ·  Gary Admin
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The Calgary Model   The animal control bylaw in Calgary, Alberta, Canada has been hailed by many as a HUGE success.  While other cities and provinces in Canada are banning breeds, Calgary is choosing education program and stronger enforcement.  What's the end result?  By all accounts, reports and statistics, the bylaw is working!   Not only that, the bylaw works so well and the results are so highly praised, Calgary is inspiring animal control officials outside of Canada to use the bylaw as a model for their own animal control ordinances.     The following is written by Dana Grove:   The bylaw officers in Calgary have taken a stand against breed banning, and responded to dog bite concerns w
From signs and symptoms to what to do if your dog's been diagnosed, get the important dog cancer information you need.Posted: May 29, 2014, 2 p.m. PST While too many dogs still get diagnosed with cancer each year, new research and treatments are helping increase the quality and quantity of life for dogs with the disease. Education also works as a powerful tool in preventing and dealing with canine cancer. In observance of Pet Cancer Awareness Month in May, the staff at The Veterinary Cancer Center in Norwalk, Conn., offers information on the disease that can benefit both you and the dogs in your life. Do Dogs Get Cancer?Answer By Gina Olmsted, D.V.M.Not only do dogs get cancer, but cancer is
  •  ·  desiree
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These 33 Dogs With The Most Unique Coats On Earth Took My Breath Away. My Favorite Is #7! These amazing dogs have such unusual colors and markings that once you see them, you’ll never be able to forget them. Some of these markings are a result of a rare genetic variations or conditions, but all of these dogs are undeniably beautiful. Of all the adorable and stunning dogs on the Internet, collected and specifically chose the following 33 as the dogs with the most memorable and gorgeous markings!   This sweet husky has a natural little mask. This puppy also wears a mask! Everyone *nose* that this puppy has a lot of love to offer! This is Puck. He’s beautiful A
Beware! Plants Poisonous to Dogs Know which plants and foods are no-nos for your dog. By DC Editors | Posted: Mar 19, 2013, 3 p.m. EDT People are often surprised to learn that there are actually hundreds of plants potentially poisonous to dogs many of which could be in your home, or yard. The following is a list of some plants, trees, flowers, and foods that are poisonous to dogs: American bittersweet roots, leaves, berries Apple seeds, in large amounts Apricot seeds Autumn crocus -  Its active ingredient, colchicines, triggers an anti-metabolic effect that can cause rapidly dividing cells, shedding of the gastrointestinal tract, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. Learn more>> Avocado l
June 14, 2011 The Science Diet website now has a page titled “The Truth About Pet Food Ingredients Pet Food Myths Answered with Facts”.  Here’s what Science Diets says and of course I have some follow up… The Science Diet webpage starts off like this… “The TRUTH about pet nutrition.”  They go on to say “It’s important to understand what is myth or fact when making choices about what you feed your pet.”  I agree Science Diet, it IS important for pet parents to understand what is myth or fact when making choices about pet food.  So, let’s see what Science Diet’s myths and truths are… “Myth 1:  Corn is just filler.”“Fact:  A filler is an ingredient providing no nutritional purpose.  Corn is NOT
There are those that believe that everyone should not use any aversive when training a dog or doing behavioral modification.  They believe operant and classical condition is the only way to go. Others prefer to use force corrections. They use tools like check chains, pronged collars, e-collars, etc. There are also those that call themselves balance trainers. Instead of trying to train a dog or modify its behavior by force only or positive reinforcement only they believe nature teaches us that you need to have a balance between both in when dealing with dogs. I'm curious as to what other preference are? Where do you stand on this subject. I won't condemn anyone for their methods of choice
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R.I.P. Pallada
  •  ·  Gary
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It is with great sadness that we have to report the loss of our wonderful Caucasian Ovcharka bitch, Pallada Ruski Izvor. Pallada suffered a neurological event that had her go from running to the fence line and patrolling our property to being unable to stand and walk. This happened in the space of three day as she was up and about on Friday and had to be relieved of her pain and discomfort yesterday when she was PTS by our vet. Pallada enjoyed the run of 10 acres of land in Texas and was an excellent guardian of our property and animals. We are proud to have shared our lives with her and gave her a home where she could live a full and healthy life. Happy hunting on the other side dear Pallad
ATMA Propose Changes to the Tibetan Mastiff Standard
  •  ·  Gary Admin
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The proposed standard revision of the Tibetan Mastiff by the parent club in the USA could set the stage for the breed to separate into two variants as has happened to the Akita.In this article on one of my favorite dog sites Denise Flaim of Modern Molosser, beautifully describes the events surrounding the revision of the #Tibetan Mastiff (#Tibetan Do-Khyi) Standard by the American Tibetan Mastiff Association (ATMA) a member club of the American Kennel Club (AKC)."MY MARVELOUS MUTT is the story and DNA reveal of a rescued dog. Sir the marvelous mutt of Peter and Catina is a wonderful dog. He has far surpassed the expectations of his adopted family. In this video Peter and Catina will learn the genetic make up of this wonderful pound puppy, they have grown to love so much. Please support the Channel by checking out my affiliate links!!!Become a Dogumentary TV Channel member!!!/ @dogumentarytv""The Cane Corso, an ancient Italian breed, captures the hearts of dog enthusiasts for various reasons. First and foremost, their striking appearance leaves a lasting impression. Their robust, muscular physique exudes strength and athleticism, while their regal stance and sleek coat radiate elegance.Beneath their impressive exterior lies a loyal and devoted companion. The Cane Corso's unwavering loyalty to their family is unparalleled, making them exceptional guardians and protectors. Their protective nature extends to children and other pets, making them gentle and trustworthy in a family setting.Furthermore, their intelligence and trainability make them a pleasur
Paws & People - est. 2003 - is an integrative training business that focuses on the whole dog - socially, emotionally, physically, and nutritionally "George Moore and colleagues at Purdue University studied the number of adverse events associated with canine vaccines within 3 days of administration in 2005 that spanned a 2-year time period. That study of the raw data gave a much needed impetus into companion animal vaccine research and helped frame vaccination guidelines for the past two decades.They concluded in 2005, “4,678 adverse events (38.2/10,000 dogs vaccinated) were associated with administration of 3,439,576 doses of vaccine to 1,226,159 dogs. The VAAE (vaccine associated adverse events) rate decreased significantly as body weight increased. Risk was 27% to 38% greater for neut
  •  ·  Gary Admin
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Here are some tips to keep your dog cool in hot weather:Make sure your dog has access to clean, fresh water at all times, ideally in a large bowl filled to the brim. You can also add ice cubes to keep water cold.Limit exercise to early morning when temperatures are lower.Keep your dog indoors during the hottest part of the day. If you have an outdoor space for the dog provide cooling or appropriate forced ventilation.Provide shade for your dog when outside.Use a cooling mat or wet towel for your dog to lie on.Use a battery-operated fan or cooling vest to help keep your dog cool when outside.Avoid hot pavement or sand as it can burn your dog’s paws.Never leave your dog in a parked car.Provide
"We have been SUP'ing all around, and three of my dogs have what I refer to as pond slime goo eyes. I am positive this is not technical terminology, but it describes what it looks like perfectly. With any sign of budding infection - redness, goo, and obvious signs of irritation - I go to work treating this so it does not become full blown.I use a combination of colloidal silver and chamomile tea to rinse my dogs eyes about 3-4 times per day, as well as making sure my dogs eyes and surrounding fur is clean of goo so I wipe with warm water throughout the day.You can search on line for any of these solutions if you are looking for more natural care - here is just an example CHAMOMILE - I take 4
Treat Training - Does It Really Work?
  •  ·  gsicard
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I got an article popped up in my news search robot today and in reading through it, it seems that the author was on a rant about another author who wrote about "treat training doesn't work". So I did a quick search and found what may be the article and read that also. What bothered me about the criticism the most is that the author seem to challenge assertations of the original article because the credentials of the author and references were not provided.I do not believe the credentials and references are any basis for refuting the the validity of the article. That should be done with counter points to the positions proposed by the original author.If I wanted to know about the use of dogs t