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Sometimes a dog’s behavior and actions can leave us completely baffled. This is especially true for new dog owners. So, here is a little guide to help you figure out why your dog might be doing the weird things that he does.

1. Why does my dog keep eating the cat’s poop out of the litter box?
While this particular dog behavior seems to be among the most bizarre, there really is a simple explanation for it. Your cat’s diet consists mostly of protein, so his stool has a high protein content as well. Many dogs simply crave the protein located there. Try using a litter box with a cover or one that automatically scoops litter after each use.

2. Why does my dog try to eat pantyhose and socks?
Most likely, your dog starts chewing these items from boredom, frustration or anxiety. Then, once the chewing starts, his natural instinct is to continue the process by swallowing the object. In other words, it might just be a mistake. Once you know which clothing items of yours are your dog’s favorites, keep those and similar items tucked away in a drawer.

3. Why does my dog love to chew up my shoes?
Your dog chews your shoes up for one of two reasons: your dog is a puppy who is teething or he just loves the attention that such an act brings. If you have a teething puppy on your hands, provide him with some appropriate alternatives in the form of store-bought chew toys. If your dog is an adult, try not to react by chasing him around or making a big scene. This is exactly what your dog wants (your attention) and doing so will simply reinforce the behavior. Keep your shoes in a safe place and give your dog more of the good attention that he obviously craves.

4. Why does my dog like to dig holes in my yard?
Digging is an instinctual act for dogs, especially among certain breeds. The dog could also be trying to bury something or could simply be trying to reach the cooler soil beneath. If you determine that your dog is simply digging for no apparent reason, you can train him to dig in a designated spot in your yard instead of all over. Do this by spraying protected areas with a non-toxic dog repellant.

5. Why does my dog jump up on anyone who walks through the front door?
Your dog is simply attempting to affectionately greet you and your visitors. Puppies do it all the time, but they are hardly ever corrected because the animal is so small and the behavior, especially for a tiny puppy, can be pretty cute and endearing. Once the animal grows up, however, the behavior can be uncomfortable and threatening to both children and adults. The best thing to do is to train your dog not to jump up on people from the time he is a puppy.

6. Why does my dog like to ride with his head sticking out of the car window?
Your dog likes to stick his head out of the car window for the fresh air and the inundation of new smells and sights. While this behavior seems harmless enough, the potential for road debris to cost your dog an eye or head injury is fairly great. For your dog’s safety, keep the windows rolled up and the air conditioner on.

7. Why is my dog afraid of thunder?
Many dogs that are normally brave and outgoing creatures will cower and whimper at the first crack of thunder. The most likely reason for this behavior is the dog’s feeling that he cannot escape the looming danger that thunder (or any loud noise) represents. Their first instinct is to run from the danger (which would explain why so many dogs run away in reaction to July 4th fireworks); however, if they are confined, distress at their inability to escape can take the form of pacing, whimpering, howling and crying.

8. Why does my dog like to roll in the smelly dirt?
Your dog likes to roll in the dirt, especially after a bath, in order to mask his scent. This is an instinctual behavior that no amount of training is likely to change.

9. Why does my dog chase his tail?
A little tail chasing every once in a while is a perfectly normal dog behavior. If the tail chasing becomes excessive, however, it could be that your dog is craving your attention. If you laugh out loud, clap, or show other positive reactions whenever your dog chases his tail, then you may be encouraging him to repeat the action over and over again. Give your dog attention in other ways and make sure that if he does start chasing his tail, he is in no danger of injuring himself.

10. Why does my dog eat grass?
Eating grass is normal for a dog. Some dogs just develop a taste for it no matter what the effect is on their digestive system (i.e. vomiting, diarrhea). If you can’t dissuade your dog from eating grass by offering him treats, make sure that the grass and plant matter to which he has access are not toxic to animals.

Dog Article courtesy of I-Love-Dogs.com

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The male is the one w/my hand in the picture and the rest are females. They are 3 weeks today and doing exceptionally well. $200.00 deposit to hold the pup til they are 8 weeks old. To view contracts and to get in touch w/me you may visit my website at http://www.wendtworthcorgis.com.

Merry Christmas from our home to yours.

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This is HUGE news, GREAT news!

From a press release from the office of Rep. Brian G. Williams:

COLUMBUS – The Ohio House of Representatives today approved a bill sponsored by State Representative Brian G. Williams (D-Akron) designed to protect animals from abuse and stop abusers from continuing their violent ways.

“Current penalties in Ohio for animal cruelty are weak and do little to prevent future acts of violence,” Rep. Williams said. “House Bill 418 is a first step in correcting that glaring discrepancy in our criminal statutes.”

The legislation features several provisions aimed at preventing animal abuse:

• Requires evaluation by professional counselor for any minor convicted of animal cruelty

• If the evaluation recommends counseling, the judge, at his/her discretion, can order such counseling to take place

• Increases the penalty for animal cruelty for a second or subsequent violation from a second-degree misdemeanor (the same penalty for a first violation) to a first-degree misdemeanor

• Enhances penalties for torturing a companion animal (probation in addition to the fifth-degree felony charge for each subsequent conviction)

• Allows court to include companion animals in a petitioner’s residence when issuing civil protection orders

“Research shows that minors who abuse or torture animals not only are more likely to continue that behavior as adults, but will often turn their aggression to humans,” Rep. Williams said. “This bill is a way of ensuring the safety of animals and people alike.”

HB 418, which received unanimous support from the House Criminal Justice Committee, passed the full House today by a vote of 92-1. It now goes to the Ohio Senate for its consideration.

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Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The 2009 Corgi Calendar is now available for order and we will start shipping on the 23rd.

100% of the profit will go to Corgi Rescue.

You may purchase the calendar here:

http://www.mycorgi.com/page/1150197:Page:223963

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Wendt Worth Corgis made the month of April. We are thrilled! Congratulations to all of the winners!

Please order yours today…it goes for a wonderful cause for such a beautiful dog.

Let’s not forget to thank MyCorgi.com for their hard work in putting this all together for a great cause.

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Have you seen the news out of Knoxville, TN, about a groomer who has had several dogs die in his care?  Most recently, Moxie, a five-year old Beagle, died after being bathed at Happy Tails Grooming.   While the groomer says the dog had a seizure, an autopsy showed heat exhaustion as well as broken ribs and a punctured liver.

According to the groomer, Moxie was always difficult to care for, and she bit the groomer when he attempted to lift her out of the tub.  He denies flinging the dog, saying, “I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t love these [pets].”  The groomer also denies using cage dryers, which in the past have been associated with heat exhaustion.  He states that the establishment uses only handheld units.

To read the full article click on the link below

http://doggies.com/blog/2008/12/04/do-you-trust-your-dog-groomer/

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