Is Your Dog A “Digger”?

26 02 2009

No, not that groundhog with a camera that Fox Sports has at all of the NASCAR tracks…  Does your dog like to dig either inside or outside of your home?  I want to start off with a few reasons that we dig, and then I will delve a little further into each of them.

Several reasons that for digging:

  • Out of boredom or due to anxiety
  • To form a den in which to give birth
  • To create a cool place to lay
  • To seek out prey, like rats, rabbits, and bugs.
  • To “help” the pack leader-you.  Dogs see their people dig and plant in their gardens and yards.  Some dogs use that observation, coupled with a strong desire to offer assistance, to dig things for you. Read the rest of this entry »




Spike Says: Vote For Me And Help The Humane Society Spay & Neuter

28 01 2009

This year to celebrate Spay Day 2009, I have begun raising money for a shelter for a local shelter.  To help me help the Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter, you can donate by voting for my picture here.

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How Do I Stop My Dogs From Fighting?

18 01 2009

dogs-friendsA reader from Canada sent me an e-mail asking for help with his two Yorkshire Terriers, who have begun fighting recently.  Both dogs are intact males, and the reader figured out the first step to addressing the problem on his own.  Even with one intact male dog, there is a lot of testosterone in the room, but TWO?!

If you are not planning to have either dog “stud” to make more little Yorkies, then it is imperative that you have both of them neutered as soon as possible.  Read the rest of this entry »





Spike Says: Spay Or Neuter Your Dog!

12 01 2009

Since I saw this story yesterday on BBC News about a Dalmatian who had a litter of EIGHTEEN puppies, I was curious to know how many offspring two intact dogs and their ofspring could produce.  With an average litter size, ff they and their offspring and subsequent generations were never spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their puppies could produce over 66,000 dogs in six years!

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Spike Says: Help Control Animal Overpopulation

29 12 2008

It is not your right or freedom to continue to contribute to the over population of domesticated animals by burdening society with litters born every six months whether the mating is by accident or intentional.  Imagine if you thought it was alright to throw my empty cup out of the window rather than dispose of it in a trash can or recycle bin.  What if 25,000 other people felt the same way about their empty cups?

Spay and/or neuter your pets!

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