Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Labrador Retriever - Caring For Your Elderly Dog

Being a dog owner is one of the most fulfilling things you can be. You're responsible for a living creature who relies on you for a home, food, water and love, and they reciprocate by being the most faithful companion one could wish for.

As a dog gets older, their nutritional and environmental needs differ. They may not be able to eat food they once loved, due to their teeth weakening or digestive system changing. They may not want to run around and chase after their favorite ball as much, or they may choose to sleep in a more comfortable place (maybe on your feet!) or sleep for longer.

Caring for an elderly dog is primarily a matter of recognizing when the dog needs adjustments making. A dog owner who's had their pet from young will be familiar with all the dog's traits and habits, so keeping at eye on the animal as they get older should give you an clue as to changes you need to make to their routine and home. Things to watch out for include:

* Not wanting to sleep in their usual spot on the patio or tiled kitchen floor.

* When out walking, the dog seems uninterested in playing 'fetch', rabbit hunting or anything else they used to do.

* Going to the toilet more often, sometimes in the wrong places such as on your living room carpet.

* Appearing to struggle with jumping into the car, climbing stairs or simply walking around.

* Shunning their favorite dry dog food.

* A once-lustrous glossy coat looking dull and feeling dry.

* Snapping at family members if approached quickly or from the side.

* Wounds taking longer to heal than usual.

* Getting startled at sudden loud noises, or conversely not appearing to hear at all.

This isn't an exhaustive list as all dogs are different, but most dogs will exhibit some or all of these signs as they're getting ready to enjoy their geriatric years. If your dog is displaying these signs, try the following steps:

* Provide a soft comfortable dog bed for them, such as in your bedroom or in a warm place.

* Consider closing off rooms which are carpeted, in case of accidents. Let your dog out at regular intervals so they can relieve themselves.

* Take a sturdy piece of flat timber and fix some pieces of 2x4 horizontally onto it at intervals. This can be kept in your car and used as a ramp for your dog to get in and out of the car.

* Invest in a baby gate for the bottom of the stairs to stop the dog attempting to climb them and potentially injuring themselves.

* Buy special dog food for senior dogs – it's softer for their teeth, and more suited to an elderly digestion.

* Brush their coat regularly and take them to the groomers to keep their coat free of knots and tangles which could tighten and become painful.

* If you find your dog is snapping, look into their eyes. If you see that the pupils are cloudy, they may have cataracts. As an elderly dog starts to lose their sight, it's more difficult for them to determine friend or foe if approached silently or suddenly. Make sure all visitors, especially children, know to approach the dog slowly, speaking to them all the while, so the dog knows who they are.

*If your dog's regular exercise places are edged by brambles or barbed fences, consider finding somewhere else to take your dog, like the beach or an open field.

* A dog who's hearing is deteriorating will need a very patient owner, as simply calling them to you won't work! Think of another way to get their attention. A small water pistol can work wonders; it doesn't hurt the dog but it will let them know you're calling them.

A very important aspect of caring for an elderly dog is to keep an eye on their weight. Obesity is a very real danger in older dogs as they don't get as much exercise, although with breeds like Labradors you'll probably find they can still run rings around you even when they should be drawing a doggie pension! Slim dogs live longer than overweight ones, so put leftovers straight in the bin and ignore pleading doggie eyes! If you must give your dog snacks, stick to things like soft fruit and vegetables – mashed potato is especially good for them as it contains carbohydrates for energy as ease of digestion.

If you'd like to help care for dogs who aren't fortunate enough to have an owner of their own, consider taking out one of the Dogs Trust charity credit cards. These cards will donate a portion of everything you spend to the Dogs Trust, which is dedicated to providing safe, comfortable accommodation for homeless and abandoned dogs.

A big thank you to Louise for the wonderful information on caring for your elderly Labrador Retriever.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

$10 Million Gift Establishes Cornell Canine Genomics Program

$10 Million Gift Establishes Cornell Canine Genomics Program
Ithaca, New York

A single donation of $10 million to Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine will establish the world's first canine genetics program.

The recent anonymous donation of $10 million to Cornell was the largest ever received by the College of Veterinary Medicine. The gift will ultimately fund research that will enhance the ability of scientists to fight cancer and other diseases that affect animals and humans. After hundreds of years of selective breeding, canine genetics is quite unique and holds information not available in other genomes.

"We know that each breed possesses a unique and highly similar collection of genes, which confer susceptibility to certain diseases and constitute a stunning opportunity for gene association studies that cannot be performed in people. These investigations can be done non-invasively in dogs and will inform our understanding of the specific genes that result in susceptibility to some of our most serious diseases," Michael I. Kotlikoff, the Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell, told Cornell's ChronicleOnline.

"The recognition of the commonality of disease between animals and man precedes modern medical education and continues to drive discovery that informs animal and human health. What better gift could 'man's best friend' provide than the information necessary to more fully understand and combat these devastating human and animal diseases. This inspiring gift will have an enormous impact on both canine and human health and is testimony to the vision and generosity of one of the college's most committed friends," continued Kotlikoff.

The initial investment from the gift will recruit a faculty member in biostatistics to lead the comparative genomics effort and then to recruit a new faculty member in cancer biology. The gift will ensure that both posts will be permanent positions.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wet Behind the Ears

Summer can be loads of fun for water-drawn dog, and a day at the beach can seem like the canine equivalent of Disneyland. Ironically, breeds that love to swim often have floppy ears that are prone to infection, especially when moisture gets in. To guarantee maximum summer fun, here are a few tips for diagnosing, preventing, and treating ear infections.


Inspecting your dog’s ears weekly can help with early diagnosis. Look for signs of infection including muck, discharge, and smell. A pussy discharge may indicate an infection, while a dark discharge is a sign of mites. Other indicators of an infection include excessive earwax, redness, scratching, rubbing ears on things, and shaking of the head.


Unfortunately, some breeds are predestined for ear troubles due to the floppy nature of their ears. So dogs such as Spaniels, Hounds, and Labradors tend to have more issues with their ears than breeds whose ears stick straight up, such as Dobermans and Shepherds. To prevent infection, try these tactics:

1. Hair Removal. If your dog has excessive hair in the ear, it may need to be removed (from the root, by plucking) to prevent chronic ear problems. Talk to your vet concerning hair removal in the ear.

2. Drying. Keeping your dog’s ears dry is essential to preventing ear infections. Be sure to swab moisture out of the ear after baths, swimming, and activity in the rain. Even humidity can bring on an ear infection in some breeds.

3. Cleanse and Inspect. Clean your dog’s ears regularly if they are prone to infections. You can buy an assortment of ear cleaners and powders specially formulated for dogs at your local pet store, but talk to your vet before establishing a cleansing routine.

4. Understanding Aggravators. Determine the cause of the infection to prevent further problems. Chronic infections can lead to, are avoidable by diagnosing the cause of the infection early. Talk with your vet to help determine the cause, and avoid repeating treatments that are not effective.


Certain over the counter ear cleansers and antiseptics can be used for some ear infections and mites, but only your vet can properly diagnose an ear infection and recommend proper treatment. Vet treatment usually includes an ointment of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories, which is squirted inside the ear canal, rubbed in, and swabbed out. Oral antibiotics are also available depending on the circumstance.

A big thank you goes out to Amber Blount for providing some wonderful information. Amber is a dog blog writer for Ruff Wear, Inc. and freelance blog writer from Bend, Oregon. For more information about outdoor adventures with your dog, visit, or contact @oregonamber on Twitter.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Housetraining for Labrador Puppies

You finally caved in and picked up your first Labrador puppy. In all of the excitement, you realize that you have no idea of how to properly discipline and housetrain your new pup. No matter how cute his puppy eyes are, it is vital to establish potty training right from the bat. All puppies are different, and housebreaking your puppy could take anywhere from 12 weeks to 5 months. Housebreaking means that the puppy does not have an accident inside the house for 12 consecutive weeks. Even if the pup has an accident after 11 weeks of doing their business outside, the process must start all over again at week 1.

In the beginning, it is a good idea to confine your dog to a small space indoors where it will not have a chance to wander and start bad habits around the house. Having a crate to put the dog in when nobody is watching is a good way to control where it may roam. The most important aspect of housetraining your Labrador puppy is keeping it on a schedule. As a young pup, the schedule should be set at every two hours to accommodate the dog’s undeveloped bladder. As the dog matures and gets used to the schedule, a gradual extension of one hour at a time will help train the dog to hold it longer. Eventually, your Labrador should be able to wait eight hours between bathroom breaks.

Aside from establishing a dog potty schedule, the process of training your Labrador involves awarding the pup for good behavior. You will want to put your dog on a leash and take him to your designated dog potty spot according to your schedule. Using a phrase such as “Go Potty” and repeating it before and immediately after the dog goes to the bathroom will help your dog learn to go on command. When your dog is successful, praise him and possibly give him a treat. Knowing a treat is the reward of going potty will be an incentive for them to go faster next time. Leave your dog outside for another 10 minutes, just in case they weren’t 100 percent successful the first attempt.

When you bring your puppy home for the first time, it is very important to take it directly from the car to the designated potty location and establish the command. If the dog doesn’t need to go, let him eat and drink and then return immediately to the same spot. Do not let the dog run freely until it has successfully gone potty. When your dog does have an accident inside the house, the only effective punishment is a stern “Bad Dog”. Only punish the puppy if you caught it in the act and know for sure it didn’t try and warn you by waiting by the door earlier. Clean up the mess quickly and don’t let the dog visit that spot unsupervised; he is likely to repeat his business and start a bad habit.

A big thank you goes out to Amanda for sharing some wonderful housetraining advice for Labrador Retriever puppies.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Exercising your Labrador Retriever: Keep Him Happy and Yourself Healthy

Labrador retrievers have got quite a special reputation within the pedigree world: they are known for their friendliness and their loyalty, their temperament and their unique character, and for being eternal buddies. Indeed they are one of the most popular breeds of dog, and they are a staple of virtually every community in the country, gracing parks and backyards from coast to coast. Yet, as a large dog, a Labrador retriever is in need of frequent exercise and proper care in order to stay in good health, and ironically the very things that you will need to do to accomplish his health will also help you keep your own health where you want it. There can be no denying that a happy Lab is the necessary counterpart to a healthy owner, so make sure you’re taking proper care of your dog and start getting out there for a good bit of regular exercise.

Let it be clear: constant exercise isn’t just recommendable for Labrador retrievers, it is necessary. Black Lab FetchLabs are highly energetic dogs, and therefore their bodies absolutely must be given constant stimulus through exercise, much more so than with tinier dogs, for example. The very friendly and playful nature of Labs makes it easier to fill this exercise quota, thankfully, and all sorts of games can be played.

As their name implies, they are great for playing fetch, whether it be with a ball or with a Frisbee or just the classic old stick you find in the park. This playfulness means that all members of the family, the kids in particular, will be able to help in keeping the dog in good shape and happy as can be. A great purchase for Labradors is one of those tennis ball launchers, take one down to the park and your lab will be happy for hours.

An excellent habit to get into for the sake of your Lab’s happiness and your own health is to go on daily long walks or jogs. Play and games aside, this is the key, the foundation on which you will be able to accomplish the goals you have for your Lab and for yourself. Ideally a jog or walk of several miles should be taken every day to really live up to your obligations in this regard, and you should consider changing up the route of your walk/job to keep it interesting for yourself and your dog. WalkingOf course, as your Labrador begins to age you are going to need to change things up, going on slightly lighter and shorter outings to prevent excessive stress on the joints and muscles of your dog.

If you have a young Labrador and want to try some outdoor cardio exercise, you could purchase a running harness for your dog and go out for a jog together. The harness means that your hands are free for running, but you’ll need to have a pretty well trained lab who will run with you rather than drag you around the route!

As with humans, sufficient exercise needs to be accompanied by a proper diet, both of which will help keep your Lab’s weight in check. Be sure to check with your veterinarian as to which kinds of dog food products are appropriate for your Lab, taking into account its age of course. The proper food will ensure that your dog has got the strength and the nutrition to do the necessary exercise, helping it stay happy and helping yourself get in shape!

CompanionNot only will a healthy diet and regular exercise mean that both you and your beloved pet will feel better, spending more time in activity together also means that your bond will be stronger than ever. So go out there and have fun!

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

DERMagic Lemongrass Skin Rescue Shampoo Bar Review and Giveaway

Recently, I've had the pleasure of trying out the Lemongrass Spearmint Skin Rescue Shampoo Bar, the newest product from DERMagic Skin Care. I'm so lucky and grateful to DERMagic, as they let me try out their products and I've never been unsatisfied. This one being no different from any of the amazing products they produce.

Now, my two Labrador Retriever girls are pretty healthy, no problems like mange, hot spots or yeast infections. Occasional dry skin here and there, but nothing else to report. Proper nutrition, bathing and brushing take care of that, along with a few special products that I like to use to help along the way.

So then, why would I do a review of DERMagic Lemongrass Skin Rescue Shampoo Bar? Because I know their products, have used their products and anything I can do to make my two lovable Labradors more comfortable, the better it is for all of us!

DERMagic's Lemongrass Skin Rescue Shampoo Bar is the first step in treating dogs with serious skin conditions such as mange, hot spots, alopecia X, and yeast infections. DERMagic utilizes sulfur and Neem oil to naturally kill mites, bacteria and fungus (including yeast), and lemongrass and spearmint for their fresh-smelling, flea repellent qualities.

"Initial users are dubbing this the 'healing bar' for its instrumental role in resolving even the most serious skin conditions in dogs," said founder of DERMagic Dr. Adelia Ritchie. "Our organic Shampoo Bars contain no preservatives nor sulfates and other harsh chemicals, providing the perfect first step to restoring a dog's skin to good health. We're thrilled to offer this safe yet powerful cleansing bar to our line of grooming and skin rescue products for furry family members."

After trying the DERMagic's Lemongrass Skin Rescue Shampoo Bar, I'm pleased to report that they have another exceptional product on their hands. Now, as I stated, my Labrador Retriever girls don't have problems with mange, hot spots, alopecia X, or yeast infections, but one can never be to careful. After receiving the Lemongrass Skin Rescue Shampoo Bar, I was more than happy to give my two Lab girls a bath (even though they might not have been).

First off, the fragrance of the bar was fantastic, with it leaving my two Labs with a wonderful clean, fresh smell! Knowing that my Labrador Retrievers were being bathed with organic vegetable oils and ingredients that include coconut, olive, castor, sunflower, neem oil, aloe vera and more natural ingredients, was a blessing.

I saw no after itching associated with other soap based products for dogs and was more than happy to know that my Labrador Retrievers would be getting the extra protection benefits from the DERMagic name. It produced a rich lather, which is something you don't see from many dog soap bars and provided excellent cleansing agents for my Labs. Another outstanding products from DERMagic!

DERMagic was also generous enough to let me do a giveaway for your chance to win a bar of their Lemongrass Skin Rescue Shampoo. If you would like to win DERMagic's Lemongrass Skin Rescue Shampoo Bar, here's what you have to do:

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This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only, 18 or older and will end at 11:59 PM EST 9/18/10. The winner will be selected by random generator and the entries verified. The winner will then have 48 hours to claim their giveaway prize. If the winner does not claim their prize within their 48 hour period, a new winner will be chosen.

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Disclaimer: I would like to thank Revolution PR on behalf of DERMagic for the opportunity to review the Lemongrass Skin Rescue Shampoo Bar. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. I was not compensated in any manner, other than the product to review. My reviews may not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Please conduct your own research before purchasing products.

Congratulations to Heather for winning this giveaway!

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Hartz Mountain Corporation Recalls Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats

Another recall due to salmonella health risk.

This time the Hartz Mountain Corporation is recalling a specific lot of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for dogs. The concern being that one or more bags have been potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Consumers can contact Hartz at 1-800-275-1414 at any time with any questions.

The Hartz Mountain Corporation Recalls Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk.

"SECAUCUS, N.J. - September 3, 2010 - The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs due to concerns that one or more bags within the lot may have been potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Hartz is fully cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration in this voluntary recall.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, all of whom are at particular risk from exposure and should avoid handling these products.

Salmonella symptoms may include fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea in both dogs and humans. Anyone experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek immediate medical attention. Owners of dogs exhibiting these symptoms should also seek veterinary assistance.

Hartz Mountain Corporation is recalling 74,700 8-oz bags of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs, lot code BZ0969101E, UPC number 32700-11519, which were imported by Hartz from a Brazilian supplier, Bertin S.A., and which were distributed to a number of customers in the United States. While regular testing conducted by Bertin (prior to shipment to the US) did not detect the presence of Salmonella in any packages of this product, random sample testing conducted by FDA did indicate the presence of Salmonella. Hartz is aggressively investigating the source of the problem.

Although Hartz has not received any reports of animals or humans becoming ill as a result of coming into contact with this product, Hartz is taking immediate steps to remove the product from all retail stores and distribution centers. Dog owners having purchased this product should check the lot code on their bag, and, if the code is not visible, or if the bag has lot code BZ0969101E imprinted thereon, they should immediately discontinue use of the product and discard it in a proper manner.

Consumers can contact Hartz at 1-800-275-1414 at any time with any questions they may have and for information on how to obtain reimbursement for purchased product."

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Is Coffee Safe for Labrador Retrievers?

Have you ever spilled your coffee and your Labrador Retriever has licked it up? Wondering if giving your Labrador Retrievers a little coffee will give them more energy (like they really need energy)?

Bethany Ramos guides us along the way with this guest post:

Is Coffee Safe for Labrador Retrievers? Find Out How to Keep Your Dog Healthy!

As a coffee lover, you may have read recent research about the health benefits of your cup of Joe, namely that it prevents aging and a number of diseases when enjoyed on a regular basis. Still, as a coffee lover and dog lover, it is important to keep in mind that coffee is not anywhere near as beneficial to your Labrador retriever!

When consumed in excess, caffeine is toxic for dogs, which is one of the main compounds found in coffee. This does not mean that coffee is necessarily poisonous, so if your dog accidentally has a sip, there is no reason to panic. Still, it is important to be vigilant in keeping your dog away from cups of coffee sitting out or even from digging into trash that contains coffee grounds.

Unfortunately, when you check out this topic in many forums online, numerous pet owners freely admit to letting their dogs drink from their cup of Joe! We are all familiar with the fact that chocolate is a no-no for dogs because it is toxic, and coffee for pets should also be strictly off-limits. The caffeine within both chocolate and coffee will stimulate the central nervous system, which could cause side effects in your pooch of an upset stomach, increased heart rate, or even a seizure.

To continue to keep your Labrador retriever safe, avoid any products that contain caffeine and steer clear from feeding your dog onions, garlic, grapes, and tomatoes. Onions can cause anemia or difficulty breathing in dogs, garlic has the same effect, and grapes can cause potential kidney failure. If your dog eats tomatoes, that could also cause toxicity in the form of difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, or cardiac issues.

So what is the lesson we have learned today? Coffee is a wonderful and healthy treat for humans, but keep it away from man's best friend!

For a great selection of Bunn coffee makers, check out Bethany Ramos' website, The Coffee Bump.

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Weather Petcast is offering a new free service called Personal Petcast to determine how your dogs will fare in the expected weather for the next few days.

The Personal Petcast service is very easy to use. After typing in your dogs size, length of hair, age and zip code, you will be presented with the PetCast for location.

Features of the Petcast features include:

Dog Comfort Index - estimates how comfortable your dog will be outdoors in forecasted weather conditions.

Flea Activity Graph - shows graph with past weather data to illustrate when fleas are most likely to be active in your area.

Dog Care Guide - provides expert advice on how to keep man's best friend healthy and happy.

Other features include best time to walk your dog, mosquito activity, dog videos, dog weather maps, park locator and daily tips.

Heading outdoors with your Labrador Retriever? Visit the Personal Petcast to see how you lovable Labrador will fare in the weather.

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Monday, September 06, 2010

Free Dog Toy from Homesense Savvy Paws

HomeSense is offering a coupon for a Free Rubber Dog Toy.

The Free Dog Toy coupon is limited to one per customer while supplies last. Available to Canadian residents only.

Just click on the above link, print the free rubber dog toy coupon and visit your local Homesense store.

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Free Pet Exam at Banfield (PetSmart)

We have had the Free Pet Exam at Banfield posted on the All About Labradors blog before. I'm posting it again for I receive many e-mails asking about free pet exams and for those of you that missed out the first time.

From Banfield: "Since 1955, Banfield has been committed to bringing human quality care and medicine to your Pet, affordably. At Banfield, we understand that Pets are part of the family which is why we offer exceptional health and wellness care. Discover the difference of comprehensive veterinary care for your Pet."

TO get your Free Pet Exam, complete the form on the Banfield website to get a printable coupon. Print and bring the coupon to your Pet's first scheduled exam at your local Banfield (located in PetSmart), and the exam is FREE!

This offer is only valid for residents of the USA. Find your local Banfield Hospital located inside PetSmart.

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Friday, September 03, 2010

Celebrate AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days With Us This September

-- Nearly 550 Events Will Be Hosted Nationwide; Also Have a Dog-Gone Good Time Online During Virtual AKC RDO Days --

Americans have embraced dog ownership for centuries, and many people today view their dogs as cherished members of the family. That’s why AKC hosts AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days each September – to shine a spotlight on the commitment it takes to have a canine companion!

This month, dog owners and dog lovers everywhere will join hundreds of AKC-affiliated dog clubs across the country for the AKC’s annual celebration. Nearly 550 events are being held in local communities this year open to all current and future dog owners. All AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day events are listed at

"AKC is proud to host AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days for the eighth time as a reminder about the care our canines deserve," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Our flagship event, as well as the events around the country, will feature educational and entertaining activities, and we encourage families to find an event to visit with their dog! Those with busy schedules can also participate by sharing an "Act" of responsible ownership online as part of our new AKC Virtual RDO Days."

Each AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event is unique but many include obedience/agility/rally demonstrations, low-cost microchipping clinics, breed rescue information, therapy dog/service dog/police dog demonstrations, safety around dogs for kids presentations, giveaways and other entertaining and educational activities. Attendees can speak one-on-one with experienced dog breeders and trainers that are active in AKC shows, clubs, and rescue groups. Those looking to show their neighbors that their dog is an upstanding member of the community can take the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test – a 10-step test certification that rewards well-mannered, obedient dogs.

On Saturday, September 25, AKC will hold its flagship event in Raleigh, N.C.In addition to all the festivities mentioned above, more than 30 AKC-recognized breeds will be on hand for "AKC Meet the Breeds®," including rare breeds such as the Azawakh, Berger Picard, Cirneco dell’Etna, Portuguese Podengo Pequeno and Pumi. Visitors will also be able to greet AKC Canine Partner "Tracker," the station dog for WRAL-TV and

For the first time this year, we’re also celebrating Virtual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days! To participate, share an "Act of Responsible Dog Ownership" with us via your smart phone, iPad or home computer any time during the month of September.
Volunteer at the local dog park or give your dog a good grooming? Tell us on Facebook or tweet about it. You can also "Like" the AKC’s Daily Act of Responsible Dog Ownership, which will be posted every day on Facebook, and sign the AKC Responsible Dog Owner Pet Promise at

Post a description, photo or video of your "Act" on:

* Facebook
* Twitter at @akcdoglovers
* E-mail at
* YouTube
* Flickr

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days are sponsored by Invisible Fence® Brand, ADT Security Services, Inc., Hill's® Science Diet® Small & Toy Breed Dog Food and Motel 6. These organizations will be highlighting their commitment to responsible dog ownership this September by working with event-hosting organizations across the country to provide resources and information for pet owners and participating in our flagship Raleigh event.

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