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 Q:  I've always heard that dogs age 7 yrs. for every 1 of ours.  Then someone told me that dogs are 24 after 2 years, then age 4 yrs. every years after that.  Which is it?

 A: The Canine Aging Chart, breaks aging down by weight.  For example, a 10 yr old dog  weighing up to 30 lbs is 56 in dog years.  That same pooch weighing 21-50 lbs is 60, and if it is 51 lbs or heavier, it's 66.  In a dog world, it's tough to be a dog.  By the way dog's are considered adults by their 30's, seniors by their 50's, & geriatric by their mid-60's.  Therefore, sometimes, one can put a dog on a diet & take that same animal from geriatric to senior.  Then again, as dog reverse-ages, don't starve him.  There's always a catch.

                                                                                                   Scott Craven, Pet Editor
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                                DOGS - They Make Us More Human - Linda Valdez, AZ Republic

Dogs kept the wolves from the sheep, pulled sleds thru the snow, ate our scraps & guarded the                 treasures.  They guide the blind, help the hearing impaired, warn of impending seizures & bring                 compassion to victims of post-traumatic stress syndrome, abused kids, the sick, the old & the dying.  

Their lawyers could produce evidence to back up the argument that they will bring happiness along       w/ all that fur on the side of the couch.  Dogs are wired to cooperate & please - even as puppies.             And this isn't just syrupy sentiment - science shows dogs enrich the relationship w/ humans.                    


Interaction w/ dogs can increase a human's level of oxytocin - a hormone sometimes called the               "cuddle chemical".  Oxytocin is released when mammal mothers nurse their babies.  Researchers             said elevated levels of oxytocin found in humans after activites w/ dogs suggest humans & dogs               may have a common style of attachment, which may primarily explain why dogs can adapt to human         society.

There's a reason you feel good after playing w/ your dog - it's biological - measurable - & mutual.

Researchers said both human & canine subjects showed a burst of oxytocin in blood samples taken       after people spent time petting a dog. The mutual "peak of oxytocin is similar to what we see in                 breast feeding mothers."    Cozy.  And possibly more reqarding than some stress-inducing human-to-       human relationships.

Wendy Hultsman, associate professor for Parks/Recreation for AZ State University, has done                     research on couples who participate in dog sports which require intense dog-human interaction.               "The bond is sometimes much stronger between people & dogs than it is between some members of        the family."  

Dr. Nancy Bradley, Dir. of Med Srvcs, AZ Humane Society has seen some of the worst of the worst             of animal abuse cases.  She said some dogs who have been abused have a "sheer innocence" &             willingness to trust - forgiveness is another thing they offer.  They are non-judgemental & utterly               accepting of our faults.  when it comes to deciding who contributes most to the human-canine                   partnership, Bradley has no doubts "Dogs give us much more than we give them." 

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Crate bedding can get pretty gross - pretty fast.  Try to remember to launder dog beds weekly.  
                                             

Sometimes, you can walk into your home & get a whiff of "doggy smells" lingering - owners may get
used to it, but guests can pick up on it right away.  Refresh furniture, beds, pillows - even your car.
                                             

While CC's are considered to be one of the cleanest of pets, wet feet, sloppy eating, soggy chewies
contribute to odors.  An occasional gobbling of food may cause small amount of vomiting, quietly
camoflauged in bedding.  Launder, don't just cover w/ spray that may mask odors.

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Most dogs are calm in home situations, uneasy in others. It's typical for a pup to remain calm in 
day-to-day environments, but exhibit anxiety in others.  Problems develop when everyday is a 
struggle w/ nervousness or anxiety.  Stress exhibits itself as:

                                               trembling, shivering, shaking
                                               whining, panting
                                               restlessness
                                               destructive behavior 
                                               self-destructive behavior such as licking, chewing, biting (selfmutilation)

Continued anxiety impacts general health - homeopathic & chemical treatments are available.

Pheromones are emitted by a mother dog to her pups - a natural chemical that communicates
a peaceful environment, keeping babies calm.  Products are commercially marketed containing compounds that emit a similar response.  


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Dull coat?  CC's are definitely an indoor pup, but love their jaunts outdoors.  As we know from 
dusting our own homes, desert dust gets in EVERYWHERE, making a mess.  Dust/dirt can build
up on your pups' coat/skin, making it dull or not so smooth to touch.  Occasionally, rashes occur.

A dull coat could well begin w/ imbalanced nutrition - lack of vitamins, nutrients or fats.

Use a good shampoo, expensive doggie formulas NOT a must - add conditioner.  Wash as often as
necessary - only worry about stripping natural oils when logical signs show on skin/fur.

Good brushing w/ soft brush, regularly, sends them to heaven.  Many CC's are fretful when
brushed on feet/tail - probably because of bone angles - lighten touch in these areas.

Good nutrition is not always the most expensive dog food.  Remember the big brand names have to
pass off giant marketing costs to customers.  Our ranch has run the gamut from cooked salmon or
chicken diets to bagged foods of every name.  We currently use Kirkland - a VERY balanced food
sold at Costco - w/ additives of cottage cheese & yogurt.  Our pups are shiney, energetic &
exhibit good growth & sturdy bones. 

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Small paws, big hearts............

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Beware of coyotes who effortlessly leap 6 ft. fences & carry off your tiny fluffy friends


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Small dogs are quick & wiry - able to fit thru small fence openings & take off for greater
opportunities.  Fences are not always constructed w/ a teeny escape artist in mind.  

Birds of prey, owl, hawk, etc. - are able to snatch a CC up & away, without a sound.  

Small dogs nails grow faster - keep clippers handy.

They are closer to the ground - pick up grime & dirt easier - keep them bathed.

Small pups may have faster metabolism - require food relative to weight & may burn thru
nutrition faster.  Some pups may need 2 to 4 times more energy intake than larger dogs.  

Small dogs become dehydrated faster.

Some small dog digestive systems may be inefficient at digesting certain grains (fillers).

Some kibble size is too large for a small dog jaw to effectively use grinding teeth.

Some small dogs have the biggest hearts - and will love you like no other............


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