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Is Yogurt Good For Dogs?

As with us humans, there has been an increasing interest in the use of natural foods and supplements to enhance nutritional balance in dogs. One food that comes up often is yogurt, and there are many who sing the praises of yogurt as a nutritional supplement.

What Yogurt Contains
In addition to being a natural source of calcium, yogurt contains a strain of lactobacillus acidophilus (L. acidophilus) which is a "probiotic," or healthy bacteria. L. acidophilus naturally inhabits both the intestinal tract, and it does several good things for dogs (and us, as well). First, it assists in both folic acid and niacin production, which are both necessary for good health, especially in pregnant dogs. It also helps remove amino acids (protein building blocks) from bile acids in the digestive system. Perhaps the most notable benefit of L. acidophilus, however, is the protection it provides from other "bad" bacteria. As it breaks down nutrients, L. acidophilus releases both hydrogen peroxide and lactic acid, which can destroy or inhibit harmful bacteria. Additionally, since many bad bacteria feed on the same nutrients as L. acidophilus, a healthy digestive culture can simply starve off other bacteria. -Read the whole article
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Irish Terrier
To Train or not to train. for an Irish Terrier puppy, it will be well advised to find an experienced terrier trainer. Balance with proper socialization early on in your puppy's life. Get your puppy accustomed to nail trimming and grooming now. You don't necessarily need to groom an I.T. puppy, but get them used to the feel of a smooth soft bristle baby brush (for example). If you wait until later, it will not go as smoothly.

Irish Terrier
Choosing an Irish Terrier puppy with a sweet temperament is important, but no guarantee forever. Be very wise when introducing to other dogs, make sure they are also very nice dogs. If exposed to aggressive behavior, an Irish Terrier will of course defend itself, and there will be no turning back. Avoid situations where your pup is forced to defend itself. That is your job, to keep your puppy safe at all times and in every situation.

Glen of Imaal Terrier
Recently we rescued of Glen of Imaal from our local SPCA. She is 4 yrs old and is a very focused little girl. A mind of her own, not real affectionate, but very loyal at the same time. She has trained me well.

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Featured Breed -

Beagle

The Beagle At a Glance
Recognized By AKC, CanKC, UKC, CKC, KCUK, FCI
Country of Origin Great Britain
Life Expectancy 13 - 15 yrs
Height Range 13 - 16 in
Weight Range 18 - 30 lbs
Colors Black, white shades of tan or red, alone or in combination
Trainability Fair. Very independently intelligent, but you must work to keep his attention
With Children Excellent
With Animals Good if raised with them. May chase smaller pets.
Climate Tolerates heat and cold well
Indoor/Outdoor l Either. Loves indoors but needs plenty of outside time
Exercise Reqd High. Needs a fence, and should be walked on a leash.
Grooming Reqd Light grooming, with attention to the ears.
Beagle Information
The popular Beagle is a small, pack oriented hunting hound. Although its natural instinct is to hunt, it is highly adaptable and adjusts happily to a suburban backyard, as long as it has regular exercise to keep it fit while providing it with a change of scene, scent, and company - either human or another companion pet. Many families that own Beagles actually own two Beagles, since they are pack animals and are happiest with a second Beagle as playmate companion for those times when the family is at work or school. Beagles also do well with most other breeds and even other types of animals.

Friendly, playful and eager to please, the Beagle can be willful. Possessed of great stamina, determination and a definite mind of its own, this picturesque and personality-plus little hound has a tendency to roam if not obedience trained. Beagles require a well fenced yard, a nice size dog run, and/or obedience training if you live in a residence with neither a backyard or dog run.

The Beagle is lively, active, and extremely intelligent, making a devoted friend and companion. Hardy and resilient, it can be happily kept as either a house-pet or a kennel dog. Beagles have a short, dense, weatherproof coat which comes in many attractive colorings (the AKC officially recognizes 11 different colors for Beagles), and requires very little grooming. Beagles tend to keep themselves extremely clean and have very few health problems that seem to plague many of the larger dog breeds.

Good-natured and steady in temperament, the Beagle has an engaging demeanor which endears it to children and adults alike. A handy size for almost all households, with a handsome appearance and musical voice, the Beagle has something to offer just about everyone.

Beagles are wonderful family pets that are also very popular for dog shows, field trials, bench shows, and many different types of hunting. They are also doing great in obedience, fly ball, agility, and tracking competitions in most registries worldwide. Many law enforcement agencies as well as search and rescue clubs are now using Beagles in search and rescue operations to find people that are lost in the wilderness or to locate people at large disaster sites. The USDA is using Beagles at most international airports in the USA as scent hounds to find illegally imported foods and illicit drugs and is known as the “Beagle Brigade”. Beagles are also becoming popular with several pest control companies because of their ability to smell termites that are hidden deep inside walls, floors, and foundations in both homes and businesses.

Beagles compete in two different height categories in most dog competitions. Smaller Beagles compete in the 13” class which is for Beagles that measure 13” or less measured at the top of the back just behind the shoulder blades. Larger Beagles compete in the 15” class which is for Beagles that measure more than 13” up to 15” in the USA and CANADA and up to 16” in Great Britain. Most Beagle kennels will breed and compete with either one height category or the other for the sake of consistency in breeding for a particular height.

Courtesy of Mojave Desert Beagles

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Dog Question of the Week

Some answers to last week's question:
Do you think dogs can read our emotions?
This Week's Question:
What is your dog's favorite game to play?
Totally... they seem to know when we need their affection the most, or when we are in a good mood and want to play.
Joelle from Kinston, NC, USA
I don't think they so much read our emotions as it is them responding to the way we act or when our routines or way of behaving changes, then they notice something is different.
Will from Aberdeen, TX, USA
of course, body movements are words to dogs, our emotions can show all over us...and dogs read that, have great sense of energy
Debi from pilot mtn., NC, USA
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