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  1. SHERRY DAVIS: A certain breed drawn to dog-sports

    By Sherry Davis
    Friday, Apr 03 2015 11:29 AM

    Although I was unable to attend last weekend's 2015 Kern County Kennel Club dog show, students kept me apprised via text of their triumphs and disasters almost as they were happening and I was able to offer congratulations and condolences as needed.

    Dog sports are generally just like any other sport in that there are going to be winners and losers and it can be disheartening for anyone who feels they have trained hard to turn in a disappointing performance. But add an animal, with its own unique instincts and responses to external stimuli into the quotient, and the potential for things to go haywire increases dramatically. To do well, the handler-dog team must work as one and, to do that, two individual performances have to be crafted and...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Dogs do communicate when they need to 'go'

    A couple of weeks ago while channel-surfing I happened upon the movie "Ted." If you haven't seen it or heard of it, it's a comedy about a guy and his best friend, a foul-mouthed teddy bear. As I watched, it made me think about all the...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Let's go over dog crating basics

    A few days before Christmas I received a desperate call from a former client whose crated 8-1/2 week old puppy's crying and howling at night was preventing her family from sleeping. Since I had worked with Kathleen 12 years ago in the...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Why are so many dogs disposed of by owners?

    A few weeks ago I watched one of the most emotion-provoking programs I'd seen in a long time. Reported by KGET's Rachelle Murcia, the three-part special investigation, "Disposable Pets," was an in-depth exploration of the obstacles and...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Leading dog does not sacrifice love

    "I felt like a parent who had been summoned to the principal's office because of their child's bad behavior," Bobbi told me as she described the day she was called to come pick up her puppy from daycare. Not that Baxter has a mean bone in...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Here's an addition to your dog's first-aid kit

    Here's some valuable information for every pet owner, and I assure you a copy will go in my dogs' first-aid kit. In an article for "Dog Fancy Magazine," board-certified veterinary specialist Justine Lee, D.V.M., a diplomat of the American...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Prevent dogs' yard destruction with proper training

    Barking, hole digging, landscape destruction. When dog owners contact me for help with any of these behaviors, it is never a surprise to hear that their dogs are confined for long periods of time to the backyard. While many owners cringe...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: When your dog has a urinary tract infection

    Great! Nora has a urinary tract infection. I guess I shouldn't be surprised; it seems like every female dog I've ever given houseroom to has had one at one time or another. The common symptoms were there; she was drinking a lot of water...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: With groundwork laid, dog ready for formal education

    It's always great when I'm out and about in Bakersfield and run into readers of this column. The love we share for dogs makes it feel like I'm bumping into old friends. Regular readers often remark about how much they enjoyed a particular...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Service dog fraud is becoming epidemic

    If you're a regular reader of this column, you already know my feelings about people who try to pass their dogs off as service dogs so they can take them into places of business, restaurants or on public transportation. Service dogs...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Weigh evidence when you consider jerky treats for dogs

    The safety of jerky treats for dogs has been in doubt since early 2007, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began hearing from dog owners and veterinarians about animals becoming ill or dying after eating chicken jerky treats made...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Training tips for dogs' potty time

    Emails with a subject line that reads "Need Help for Potty Retraining" are always head-shakers and usually mean one of two things. Either they are about a dog who was never properly housebroken and the owner has finally decided to train it...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Create boundaries, expectations for dogs

    Training continues with my new dog, Nora. A housebreaking schedule has been established with only a couple of unavoidable mistakes made during the worming process. Nora indicates her need to go out by sitting up and tapping her front paws...