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Issue #04 Vol. #01 - September 2000



Photo Album

Why Adopt?

Adoption Sites

NDRC's Poll

Puppy Mills

Are You Nuts About Mutts?

To Neuter or Not to Neuter?

Breed Index

Link To Us!

Canines Online

October: Adopt a Shelter Dog Month  

Dogs in the Encyclopedia

Dog Facts

Ways To Help When You Can't Adopt

Awards I Have Won

Win My Award

Award Winners

Sign My Guestbook!        

View My Guestbook! 

What Is Rescue?

Your Dog's Age

Quiz: Are You Ready For A Dog?

What is Your Dog Saying?

How to Choose the Right Dog

Preparing for your New Dog


Books and Magazines

Taking Care of your Dog

First Aid Supplies for your Dog

First Aid 

Toxic Plants for your Dog

A Checklist for a Healthy Dog

Warm and Cold Weather Suggestions  

Dog Food


Save a Stray




C A N I N E S   O N L I N E ™
Copyright 2000 Canines Online ™
Issue No. 4, Vol.1, September 1, 2000

   -- Healthy Skin and Fur
   -- Did you know?
=>News Briefs:
   -- Shelter permitted animal drug trials
   -- Dogs destroyed as microchipping fails
   -- Shelter's special dogs have their day
   -- Breeds apart
   -- Barking
=>Book Corner:
   -- The Dog Owner's Home Veterinary
   -- Paws to Consider
   -- Pack of Two
=>Featured Site:
=>Featured Breed:
   -- German Shepherd
=>Product News, Reviews, and Coupons:
Keeping Your Pet Safely Contained 
=>The Tail End

Healthy Skin and Fur
There’s more to your dog’s coat than the soft or scruffy feel of it. Fur insulates your dog from the elements, protects his skin from injury, and acts as a health indicator. Nutrition, illness, and grooming all affect your pet’s coat and skin. Keep your pooch looking and feeling her best by taking stock of these tips:

Breed determines whether your dog is short, medium, or longhaired and whether her hair is coarse or fine, and curly or arrow-straight. But no matter what her fur’s texture is like, all healthy pets should boast glossy, mat-free coats. Lusterless, brittle coats can indicate illness. You should call your veterinarian if your dog’s fur looks dull, breaks easily, or starts falling out excessively, leaving bald spots.

A dog’s skin is a sensory and protective organ that helps maintain her body temperature. And although dogs don’t sweat like us, the many blood vessels in their skin dilate to cool them off, or constrict to hold in heat and keep them warm. Panting helps release heat too.

A dog’s skin is thinner than human skin, and its natural color ranges from pink to light or dark brown to black. When your dog isn’t feeling well, her skin may change color or appear dry and patchy. Dry skin is especially common in puppies; it can result from inadequate nutrition, gastrointestinal parasite infections, or sometimes mange.

Check your pet’s skin by gently separating her fur. Look for anything unusual, including bumps, rashes, or discoloration. Flakes, scabs, odor, or a greasy feel also can indicate a skin problem. If you notice any of these abnormalities, have your veterinarian examine your dog to find the cause.

Also look for fleas or fine, comma-shaped black specks on your pet’s skin. This dust is flea waste, a sure sign your pet has been infested. Fleas make your pet miserable, so if you find fleas or flea dust, take steps to treat him – and his environment – right away. Your veterinarian and his or her staff can provide expert advice on eradicating fleas.

Grooming your dog makes him even more beautiful and keeps her clean and healthy. Your pet has natural oils on her skin, and regular brushings spread those oils throughout the coat and keep it shiny. Brushing also removes loose dirt from your dog’s coat, and it feels great to your furry pal.

Shedding is a year-round event, but you might not notice it until the longer days of spring and summer arrive. Regular brushing keeps the flyaway hairs under control – and off the couch – and prevents matting, which can trap moisture and bacteria next to your pet’s skin and cause irritated, itchy patches.

Grooming your pet also gives you a chance to check for lumps, bumps, and sensitive areas. Call your veterinarian if you find anything suspicious.

Did you know?…
In 1999, The American Animal Hospital Association sent a survey to pet owners in the United States and Canada. Here are some of the results from the 1,200 respondents:

bullet46% allow their pets to sleep with them in their beds - 2% of pet owners surveyed said that their pet has his own bedroom.
bullet53% play music for their pets
bullet65% sing or dance with their pets
bullet44% have taken their pets to work
bullet63% consider their pet’s birthday notable
bullet53% have taken some time off of work to care for their sick pet
bullet94% display a photo of their pets either at home, in their wallet, at work, on a screen saver or mouse pad, or in a photo album
bullet67% think that the dog will be the most popular pet in this new millennium
bullet84% refer to themselves as their pet’s “Mom” or “Dad”

Shelter permitted animal drug trials
KNOXVILLE, TN -- One of the country's oldest local humane societies has allowed veterinary students to conduct drug experiments on shelter cats and dogs before they were put to death. For more info:

Dogs destroyed as microchipping fails
AUSTRALIA -- Just consider this: you've microchipped your pooch. One day it runs away. But the call to collect your best friend from the pound never comes. For more info:

Shelter's special dogs have their day
GRAYSLAKE, IL -- Hard-to-place pooches audition for adoption. These 16 dogs are not typical dogs that get adopted on the spot: They are the shelter's special-needs dogs. For more info:,1575,SAV-0008290308,00.html

Breeds apart
Purebred dogs inherit many genetic diseases, but scientists are trying to develop tests to minimize the perils. For more info:

How do I make my dog stop barking up a storm? You don’t. Barking is a dog’s natural reaction to changes in his environment. He should be allowed to indulge himself as long as he’s reasonable. However, if your dog annoys you or the neighbors with his barking, there are some steps you can take to minimize the nuisance. The solution could be as simple as a change of scene for the dog or as complex as the development and implementation of a behavior modification program.

Barking can sometimes be controlled by providing chew toys, and increase in exercise or providing animal companionship. If these things do not work there are other solutions.

Some dogs bark at everything they see and hear. Some dogs will stop barking if they cannot hear or see the what ever is making them bark. If your dog is an in-the-house noisemaker, put him in the kitchen or laundry room with a crate or bed, away from windows, common walls, and hallways, and turn on some music before leaving the house. Classical music may work best. Radios may cause barking because of commercials with doorbells and other noises. Make sure you confine him in the room with baby gates in the doorways, not by closing doors, so he doesn’t panic.

If your dog barks while you’re gone because he is outside and wants inside or if he’s an outside dog and a habitual barker, change of scene could work as well. You could bring him inside the house or build a run in the basement to keep him in an area without so many distractions to bark at. The radio will help mask the sounds and confinement to a small area may help him settle down.

If your outdoor dog has been banished from the house because he is destructive, you may find that he has outgrown his destructive stage. If not, or if you are afraid to find out, a crate or a basement kennel may be the answer.

Some Methods
One method has the owner leaving home as usual, then sneaking back and watching the dog from a hidden vantagepoint. When the dog starts barking, the owner makes a brief distracting sound to catch the dog’s attention. The dog is not praised for stopping his noise, but the distraction is repeated if he starts barking again. When the dog settles down, the owner goes about his daily routine.

Instead of making a distracting noise when the dog barks, re-enter the house or yard, shaking the dog by the scruff, and repeating “NO, NO, NO” in a commanding tone. After the correction, the owner should calmly leave again, wait out of the dog’s sight, and repeat if necessary.

The owner must judge the applicability of these methods for himself. Some will find them useful, others will not have the patience or the fortitude to carry them out, and still others will find that their dogs bark more, not less, because the noise brings attention.

When you’re home
If your dog is bossy or suspicious, he may bark when you have a visitor, when joggers go by, when the kids get off the school bus on the corner, or when the next door neighbor gets a UPS package or has the landscapers in the yard for three or four days – even when you are home.

A bossy dog is often easier to cure than a suspicious one because he may simply need to be reminded that he’s not in charge. It takes longer to get the message across if you have ceded your authority in any fashion, but it can be done by making the dog work for every treat and cuddle and love tap he gets. He should sit or lie down or do a trick on command before getting anything he wants.

Teaching a suspicious dog to bark on command so you can then teach him to stop on command works as well. The trick here is to know what triggers the barking so you can get it started yourself, then, just before initiating the noise, saying the name of the command.

Here’s how it works. If your dog barks when someone knocks at the door, repeat “speak, speak” just before you knock on a wall or other hard surface. Tell him he’s good and give him a treat. Repeat several times a day until he understands that “speak” means bark. This process focuses his attention on you and gets ready for the next step – teaching him to quit barking.

When you tell your dog to speak and give him his reward for doing so, follow it with “Enough” or some other word that means “knock-it-off!” Once he gets the idea that he must stop barking after the treat, you can begin to use “enough!” when he barks at real interruptions.

Other methods
Training is the best way to correct unacceptable behavior, but other methods are available. Faced with seemingly unsolvable problems and threats of lawsuits or court action, owners have used no-bark collars and vocal cord surgery to stop their pets from making excess noise.

The anti-bark collars come in two types, radio and herbal spray. The radio collars deliver a mild shock when the dog starts to bark. The collar has prongs that must touch the front of the dog’s neck so the vibrations of the barking trigger the shock. The herbal spray collars work the same way, only the vibrations trigger a mist of pungent citrus-scented fog into the dog’s face. The mist startles the dog and interrupts the barking.

There is also debarking surgery. A veterinarian must do debarking. The procedure actually muffles barking but doesn’t eliminate it – but it is a humane alternative to the options of giving away a beloved pet, suffering the wrath of neighbors, or facing legal action.

The Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook By: James M. Giffin Liisa Carlson
Our Price: $19.56
Retail Price: $27.95
This 3rd Edition has all new and updated material to explain the latest

bulletFlea control
bulletVaccine protocols
bulletCancer treatments
bulletGenetics and the role it plays in disease
bulletDiseases of the internal organs, especially the pancreas and liver
bulletCanine dental care
bulletHealth problems of older dogs
bulletTreatment of arthritis
bulletDiagnostic tools and procedures
bulletPuppy socialization and training

The Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook is the most comprehensive, up-to-date dog care book available anywhere. The book has been completely redesigned to make it more appealing and easy. to use, and many new photos and drawings have been added. The 2nd Edition has sold almost 150,000 copies since 1992.

Paws to Consider: Choosing the Right Dog for You and Your Family By: Brian Kilcommons Sarah Wilson
Our Price: $16.06
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Are you thinking of adopting a dog? Do you know which good-natured breeds adore kids—and cats? Which ones grow into loyal "one-man" dogs? Which courageous canines challenge intruders—and friends dropping by? Which "cute" breeds can turn into demanding pests? At long last here is the only guide to selecting a dog that looks at your lifestyle, takes your needs into consideration, and helps you choose accordingly.

Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs By: Caroline Knapp
Our Price: $10.36
Retail Price: $12.95
At the age of 36, Caroline Knapp, author of the acclaimed bestseller Drinking: A Love Story, found herself confronted with a monumental task: redefining her world. Eighteen months to the day after she quit drinking, Knapp stumbled upon an eight-week-old puppy at a local animal shelter, took her home, and named her Lucille. Now two years old, Lucille has become a central force in Knapp's life. In Pack of Two, she brings the same perception and talent to bear on the rich, complicated terrain of human-animal relationships. In addition to mining her own experience with Lucille, Knapp speaks to a wide variety of dog people - from animal behaviorists and psychologists to other owners whose dogs
have deeply affected their lives - about this emotionally complex, sometimes daunting, often profoundly healing alliance. Throughout, she explores the shift in canine roles from working partners to intimate companions and looks, too, at how this new kinship, this wordless bond, becomes a template for what we most desire ourselves.

Since 1866 the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has been committed to alleviating pain, fear and suffering in all animals. Founded by Henry Bergh, the ASPCA is the oldest humane organization in America, and one of the largest hands-on animal welfare organizations in the world. The ASPCA believes that humans have the ability and the responsibility to provide all animals in our society with an existence that is as peaceful and respectful as possible.  For more on the ASPCA go to:

Keeping Your Pet Safely Contained                                        
Crates, carriers, doors, and kennels . . . all are designed to keep your pet safe and secure. You have a number of choices available, depending on your particular needs.

Choosing Just the Right Size
When choosing the right size crate or carrier, it should be no more than one and a half times the size of the dog. There should be enough room for the dog to lie down flat, and to stand up straight and turn around. There are many options in canine containment, including:

Hard Carriers — These are generally made of a high-density polypropylene, are durable and are the only type of crate accepted on airlines. These make excellent indoor homes for your pet because the pet feels safe and secure inside it. Padded, washable foam pads are available to make the crate a little more comfortable.

Soft Carriers — These are made of a softer, more flexible material and are used for transporting small pets. They are equipped with handles and have "windows" for the pet to see out. Some airlines allow pets to travel in the main cabin under your seat, and these soft carriers are ideal for this. Make sure you allow adequate space for the pet to stand up, move around, and be comfortable.

Wire Crates — Metal wire crates are well-ventilated, provide the best visibility, and are collapsible for easy cleaning, transporting, and storage. They are particularly helpful when housetraining or for limiting a pet to a small area when you leave the house. Metal wire-type crates are not airline approved. Placing a crate pad inside will make it more cozy for your pet.

Cardboard Carriers — These are typically used for cats, but they may be used for transporting very young puppies a short distance, for example, to the veterinarian.

Conditioning Your Dog to its New Home
Getting a pet used to his new shelter can be an experience in and of itself. If your pet is not crate trained, and not used to the "den environment", then do not try to force him into the home. You want the experience to be a positive one, so you'll need to entice your dog inside the home gradually, and give him encouragement and praise. You may have to work on this over a period of a couple of days.

To coax your dog inside, try one of these ideas to help the pet to feel more comfortable in his new house: Put a treat, chew toy, or your pet's favorite blanket in the home. This will encourage him to enter the home on his own. Try putting something with your scent in the home, such as an article of clothing. If there is a small child in the family, they may be able to crawl inside the home and entice the pet to come in to be with them (of course, this should be done under supervision). Feed your pet inside the home so they begin to associate their home as a positive and special place.

Breed: German Shepherd
Popularity: 3rd in the US
Country of Origin: Germany
AKC Group: Herding
Function: Herding, protection
Life Span: 10-12 years
Appearance: Strong, muscular
Color: Black and tan, golden or gray with black
Coat Type: Course, shedding
Grooming: Weekly brushing
Height: 22-26 inches
Weight: 60-110 pounds
Activity Level: High
Watch Dog: Excellent
Protection: Excellent
Intelligence: Very high
Trainability: High
Good With Children: Good
Good With Pets: O.K.
Good With Strangers: Suspicious
Character: Cautious, suspicious
Home Environment: Fenced yard
Best Owner: Active, strong leader
Potential Problems:
Behavior: Separation anxiety, biting, timid, aggressiveness
Physical: Hip/shoulder dysplasia, gastrointestinal problems

The German Shepherds: Everything About Selection, Care, Nutrition, Diseases, Breeding, & Behavior By: Horst Hegewald-Kawich Matthew M.
Vriends (Editor) Gyorgy Jankovics
Our Price: $5.56
Retail Price: $6.95
Everything about purchase, care, nutrition, breeding, & training of the German Shepherd.

Dog Breed Handbooks: German Shepherd By: Bruce Fogle Michael C. Keith Robert L. Hilliard
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A complete illustrated guide to the history, temperament, and physical characteristics of each breed, this handy paperback series includes full profiles on cocker spaniels, dachshunds, German shepherds, golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, and poodles. Each volume also has expert advice on every aspect of dog care, including day-to-day well-being, behavior issues, training, grooming, health, and exercise. Bruce Fogle, DVM, is an internationally recognized veterinarian, writer, and expert on animal behavior. He lectures throughout the world and has appeared on television and radio. Dr. Fogle is the author of many widely acclaimed DK titles including Know Your Cat, The Encyclopedia of the Cat, Know Your Dog, and The Encyclopedia of the Dog.

Your German Shepherd's Life: Your Complete Guide to Raising Your Pet from Puppy to Companion By: Audrey Pavia
Our Price: $11.99
Retail Price: $14.99
Your German Shepherd's Life presents the crucial information owners need to establish a healthy, happy, and successful relationship with their German Shepherd—for life! From selecting the perfect puppy and socializing him properly to making sure he has the correct food and care, this book examines the critical issues owners need to consider in making a German Shepherd part of their family.

Rescue Groups:
Chicagoland Shepherd Rescue (IL)

German Shepherd Dog FAQ rescue organization list

German Shepherd Dog Rescue (MS)

German Shepherd Dog Rescue Referral (TX)

German Shepherd Rescue (US)

German Shepherd Rescue of Illinois (IL)

German Shepherd Rescue of Los Angeles (CA)

German Shepherd Rescue of Maryland (MD)

German Shepherd Rescue of New England (New England area)

German Shepherd Rescue, San Diego (CA)

German Shepherd and American Staffordshire Protection League (MA)

Michigan German Sheperd Dog Rescue (MI)

Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue (MD)

New Jersey German Shepherd Dog Rescue (NJ, PA, NY)

Northern Utah German Shepherd Dog Rescue (UT)

Oklahoma K-9 Academy German Shepherd Rescue (OK)

San Francisco Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue (CA)

Southern Wisconsin German Shepherd Rescue (WI)

"When a dog wags her tail and barks at the same time, how do you know which end to believe?"
-- Anonymous


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