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Making a Guide Dog

By Audrey Pavia

It's easy to be impressed when watching a guide dog at work. The dog's ability to concentrate on his job, ignore distractions, and provide both safety and comfort to his sight-impaired handler is amazing. The correct breeding, selecting, and training of a guide dog is an art in and of itself.

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Little Dog Syndrome: Keeping Small Dogs Safe at the Dog Park

By Tony Johnson

Small dogs have lots of advantages - less food, medicine costs less, less shedding and they are easily portable for trips with the family. One potential problem with small dogs, however, is their tendency to not look in the mirror and realize that they are small - they have big hearts, full of canine courage and can sometimes take on a foe many times their size with disastrous results. Learn how to keep your pocket pooch safe at the dog park and around town.

Pit Bulls Aren’t Scary

By Stacy Hackett

What do you picture when you hear the term "pit bull"? In today's culture, it seems those words have come to represent an aggressive, bad-tempered dog, but that couldn't be further from the truth. The dog breeds that can be considered "pit bulls" (as there is no single "pit bull" breed) represent some of the hardest working, most loyal animals in the dog world. Here are 5 myths about pit bulls and the real story about these dogs.

Black Cat Syndrome: Fact or Myth?

By Stacy Hackett

Do black cats and dogs get passed over at animal shelters in favor of their more colorful counterparts? It's a theory based on anecdotal evidence, a phenomenon vouched for by veteran shelter staff, and the impetus for special "black cat" and "black dog" adoption events. But is it true?

Breed Info: Poodle Hybrids

By Jim Tedford

Thinking of adding a poodle mix to yoyur home? Learn about the strengths and weaknesses of these breeds.

Mutts vs. Purebred Dogs

By Patrick Mahaney

Should you rescue a mutt or buy a purebred? Are you in love with scruffy beards or mushed faces? Learn about how to choose the pet who's right for you.

Celebrate National Mutt Day!

By PetSafe Guest

Sometimes you won’t know a dog’s history when you adopt him, and there are plenty of products that can help make the transition go well.