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Non-Negotiables With Dogs
Which traits are essential?. For those seeking any kind of relationship, it's wise to consider the traits that are preferred, but only some of those are essentialthe so-called non-negotiables. In romantic relationships, we may have a long list of desirable qualities, but usually there are only a few that we can't compromise on.
Jan 18 6:44PM The Bark

Mary Oliver, poet and dog lover, has died
She wrote eloquently about nature and her beloved dogs. Poet Mary Oliver has died at age 83 at her home in Florida. Much loved for her poems of the natural and spiritual worlds, she believed that poetry mustn't be fancy.
Jan 17 9:58PM The Bark

Missing Girl Reunited With Dog
Multiple ways dogs matter to this teen . Jayme Closs of Barron, Wisc. was found 88 days after being abducted, allegedly by a man who murdered her parents to make it easier to take her.
Jan 14 9:26PM The Bark

Dog Groups Help Out Parks During Shutdown
. As the partial government shutdown enters its third week, citizen groups around the country are pitching in to help keep parks open and functioning. America's National Parks and Recreational Areas are being hit hard during the government's partial shutdown, with reports of overflowing trash and waste, unmonitored bad behavior and safety issues as a result of furloughed park staff. As our government inaction rages on in Washington, D.
Jan 11 10:15PM The Bark

The Last Will and Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog
. The death of a beloved dog is a heavy emotional loss. In 1940, American playwright Eugene O'Neill faced that very thing when his faithful old Dalmatian, Blemie (short for Silverdine Emblem O'Neill), came to the end of his life. To comfort both himself and his wife, Carlotta, in their grief, he composed a bittersweet essay of remembrances in the form of a last will and testament.
Jan 11 9:28PM The Bark

Roadside Attraction: Steward of the Soil
. Rising from a nondescript field along eastbound Interstate 80, halfway between the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, is a freestanding 20-by-20-foot mural of a farmer kneeling next to a dog. The shaped painting on wood is by artist Colleen Gnos, a SoCal resident who grew up in nearby Dixon, a small farming community. .
Jan 11 9:00PM The Bark

In Their Voices. The doors burst open at 10 am. Being the longest resident in the shelter, I had the routine down pat.
Jan 11 8:44PM The Bark

Reinforcement Techniques in Dog Training
Fewer treats can help improve command compliance . Positive reinforcement, using food rewards to increase the likelihood a dog will repeat a desirable behavior, is universally regarded as the most reliable method for teaching commands. While the basic concepts of rewardbased training are easy to understand, people sometimes inadvertently inhibit progress by using too manyor too few treats.
Jan 11 8:37PM The Bark

Book Review: City of Dogs
New York Dogs, Their Neighborhoods, and the People Who Love ThemSusan TasakiStories by Ken Foster, Photos by Traer Scott. From the outside, New York City seems monolithic, a fizzing anonymous hive of activity and noise. From the inside, it's much the same any other American city (albeit one with way more people, languages and cultural amenities than most).
Jan 11 7:51PM The Bark

My Life Among the Underdogs: A Memoir
Book ReviewSusan TasakiBy Tia Torres. From wolf hybrids to Pit Bulls to parolees Animal Planet's Pit Bulls & Parolees star Tia Torres rarely takes the path of least resistance. No stranger to dysfunction and controversy, she seems to thrive on engaging with what others might see as intractable problems.
Jan 11 7:46PM The Bark

Book Review: Designer Dogs: An Expos
Susan TasakiBy Madeline Bernstein . Design, the process of determining a subject's look and function, is sometimes elegant, sometimes pedestrian. Occasionally, it's ethically dubious.
Jan 11 7:38PM The Bark

Dog Mishaps On Stairs
Going down is worse than going up. In this compilation, there are a number of dogs who experience their own personal fight with gravity while attempting to negotiate a flight of stairs. There is no obvious sign that any are seriously hurt, but some of them probably ended up with some bumps and bruises.
Jan 11 4:51PM The Bark

Smiling Dog: Molly
. Dog's name and age: Molly, 6 years . What are your dog's nicknames? Mollydog, molls, best puppy dog in the whole wide world . Adoption story: I had found my previous Great Pyrenees mix, Roxy, by signing up for a search on the Adopt-A-Pet.
Jan 10 7:09PM The Bark

Smiling Dog: Harvey
. Dog's name and age: Harvey, 2 years . What inspired the name? The fictional supervillain from Batman, Harvey Dent aka Two-face, due to his face markings. .
Jan 10 6:39PM The Bark

Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Dog
Or should you?. I say with only a little shame that I am guilty of the sin of coveting my neighbor's dog many times over. It's so easy to do, and yet I advise against it because it's unlikely that anything good will come of it.
Jan 8 6:40PM The Bark

Talking with Hero Dogs Author Paul Lobo
Plus read excerpt of how a SAR dog learns to excel. In Hero Dogs: How a Pack of Rescues, Rejects, and Strays Became America's Greatest Disaster-Search Partners (St. Martin's Press, January 2019), co-author Paul Lobo digs into how the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) works its magic.
Jan 7 7:42PM The Bark

Book Review: Hero Dogs
How a Pack of Rescues, Rejects, and Strays Became America's Greatest Disaster-Search PartnersClaudia KawczynskaBy Wilma Melville and Paul Lobo. Have you ever wondered why some dogs seem to be consumed by raw energy and intense drive? Some would say that they are hyper-energized, or even untrainable and irredeemable. Sadly, it is often these hyper dogs who get into trouble; deemed too much to handle, they end up at shelters, passed along to someone else or, in some cases, in even worse circumstances.
Jan 7 7:22PM The Bark

Dogs On Honeymoons
Should they stay or should they go?. When a newly engaged friend of mine began to make wedding plans, I offered to watch her dogs while she was on her honeymoon. I knew that her dogs would be happy at our house, and I hoped that would allow her to leave any canine-related worries behind.
Jan 4 12:06AM The Bark

Smiling Dog: Stella
. Dog's name and age: Stella, 7 years . Stella's Adoption Story: We were walking through the Arizona Humane Society and saw Stella jumping up and down in her kennel. We instantly knew that her crazy self was the perfect match for us.
Jan 3 9:24PM The Bark

If Only We Could Love So Loudly
. Tink is a 4.9-pound Chihuahua, the size of a bread loaf. She pees on a square pad in the bathroom.
Jan 2 11:47PM The Bark