Breed Spotlight: French Bulldog

French Bulldog

French Bulldog Information History of the French Bulldog Dating back to the 19th century, French Bulldogs were and continue to be used as a human companion. Lace makers from Nottingham, England, bred these toy versions of the English Bulldog with the sole purpose of being a lap dog. After the Industrial Revolution brought lace makers and their miniature companions to … [Read more...]

Breed Spotlight: St. Bernard

St. Bernard

St. Bernard By Cara Lederman History Recognized by the AKC in 1885 and placed in the Working Group, the St. Bernard’s history began in the 11th century with the founding of the famous Hospice in the Swiss Alps, a refuge for travelers crossing the dangerous passes between Switzerland and Italy. The monks used St. Bernards on rescue missions due to their seeming ability … [Read more...]

Breed Spotlight: German Shepherd

German Shepherd

German Shepherd Characteristics According to the AKC Registration Statistics, the German Shepherd Dog (GSD) was the third most popular dog breed in the United States in 2008. The German Shepherd Dog is an energetic and fun loving companion. The GSD is one of the most well-known and beloved breeds. He is the world's leading guard, police and military canine. The German … [Read more...]

Motivating Your Dog

Dog Motivation

How Behavior Drives Can Help Motivate Your Dog In dog training, behavior drives can be defined as the instincts that contribute to making a dog act and react the way he does. Almost everything a dog does (e.g. digging or chasing) can be attributed to a specific behavior drive. Drives are usually genetic and consistent within a dog breed. Most purebred dogs are bred to … [Read more...]