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Learning to Train Search and Rescue Dogs

Thursday, October 21, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

If you want to train search and rescue dogs (SAR), you can lay the groundwork by playing hide and seek and working on obedience commands with a dog bug if you really want to train a search and rescue dog, you’ll have to do a lot of training yourself.

Start by working with SAR training clubs. They can evaluate and work with your dog to be sure that he is a good candidate for search and rescue. They are set up to assist with training for all kinds of search and rescue work. They can also help you through the certification process for whichever training that you decide to do.

If you’re serious about SAR training, locate SAR groups near you and learn about  the requirements.

Check out the link below for more information.

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Dogs for a Busy Bee

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

If you have a busy schedule and you are thinking about getting a dog, you may want to choose a breed that likes to lie around, like a couch potato. You may also want to choose a dog that’s low maintenance when it comes to grooming.  For example, a small, short haired dog such as a Chihuahua will not need as much grooming as a long haired Golden Retriever.  Boxers and Beagles are also easier to groom. Their short hair is not prone to mats and you could easily remove ticks if you need to.  Always remember, no matter what breed you choose, your dog will still need lots of attention.  He may not shed as much as a Sheep dog or run as much as a Collie, but he will still need regular walks, exercise and grooming sessions. So when thinking about a dog, don’t forget about that dog leash and frisbee just yet. If your schedule requires that you work long hours or have to travel frequently, consider a cat instead. It’s just not fair for the dog.

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Which Seat Belts are Safe for Your Dog?

Monday, October 18, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

When traveling, would you let your child ride with a seat belt?  If you answered “no,” then why would you put your dog at risk by not securing him in? It’s very distracting when you dog is fumbling around, licking your ear etc. If you stop short or get into an accident, your dog will be a projectile and cause harm to himself and to others.

Before  buying a seat belt for your dog, do your research. Some dog restraints are not safe. The following is an example.

Lindsey A. Wolko, Founder, Center for Pet Safety, had an  experience in 2004. She was driving with her English cocker spaniel, Maggie — secured in her harness attached to a seatbelt in the back seat — when she suddenly needed to break and swerve in order to avoid a collision. The accident was avoided but Maggie sustained injuries to her spine and hip. The harness, in essence, hog-tied the dog from the force of suddenly applying the brakes.

The following information was attained from Care 2.

Testing Results so Far

In 2011, the Center for Pet Safety tested four harnesses via an independent testing laboratory. The same motor vehicle safety standards were applied as are used in testing child safety car seats. A 55 pound test dog — NO live animals are used in testing — was developed because the average size dog in the U.S. is 55 pounds and up. The results were devastating.

Simulating a 30 mile per hour collision, all four harnesses failed! The first one provided too much slack and the test dog was sent crashing into the back of the front seat. The next two harnesses broke and turned the test dog into a projectile. But the fourth was the most surprising. The harness slid up to the test dog’s neck upon impact. “I don’t think that there’s any doubt that those dogs would have been severely injured, if not fatally injured” said Wolko

I believe that dogs secured in a strong carrier that is strapped in will be even more affective in the event of an accident. I always secure my cats in their carrier and fasten the seatbelt around the carrier.

So before purchasing a seat belt and harness for your dog make sure that you do your research!

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Leash Phobia

Sunday, October 17, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

You have a dog who is friendly all of the time.  You clip his dog leash on and he suddenly becomes a monster!  There are lots of explanations for this kind of behavior but it could be a sign of frustration. Your dog is used to expressing himself by the freedom that he is given. When on a leash, his movement is limited and he no longer has the freedom that he enjoys so he gets frustrated.  Proper socialization as a puppy is a key to preventing leash aggression.  Don’t worry, even learned behavior can be changed.  Pulling on the leash and speaking to your dog will only re-enforce the unwanted behavior. You have to teach alternative behavior and utilize the help of a professional. A professional will give you the proper training tips on how to improve his behavior.   If the pulling is really bad, you should consider a  harness or a halter. This is much better for you and your dog. Pulling on a leash hurts your dogs neck and can cause serious problems down the road. A halter will give you more control and your dog will not pull as much. A collar chokes the dog and causes him to pull more. A harness will make things much easier for you.   Good luck, this could be a tough one if your dog wasn’t trained as a puppy on how to behave when his leash is on.

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Canine Longevity

Saturday, October 16, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Unfortunately, dogs do not live as long as humans or even indoor cats for that matter. The lifespan of a dog depends on the breed, size, and gender. In general, the larger your dog, the less time it will live.  If you are considering a dog with a longer lifespan, consider the smaller breeds or mixed breeds.  The average lifespan of a purebred dog is between 10 and 15 years. A Golden labrador Retriever lives only between 10 and 12 years.

Chihuahuas can live up to 15 years or more. It’s not unusual to see a 17-year old miniature poodle. Any dog in the giant breeds — dogs weighing more than 100 pounds — is considered geriatric at 6 to 7 years.  Dogs that weight less than 30 pounds live the longest.  What matters in determining lifespan is the weight not the height of the dog. Short dogs like the English Bulldog can weigh 60 to 70 pounds therefore they will have a shorter lifespan.

Pure breed dogs can have genetic problems which can cut down on their lifespan. When considering a purebred dog, it’s a good idea to find out what kinds of illnesses run in the breed.  Breeds such as Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Dobermans tend to suffer from hip dysplasia.  Cancer is the most common cause of death among older dogs. Some breeds, such as Boxers, Golden Retrievers, and Rottweilers, have unusually high rates of cancer. As many as a third of all Bernese Mountain Dogs die of cancer.

There’s lots to think about when choosing a dog with a longer lifespan.

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The Fantastic Maine Coon Cat

Friday, October 15, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Maine Coon cats have been a topic of conversation in our household lately. My partner loves them and we are talking about the possibility of adopt one sometime down the line. There are some drawbacks and the main one for me is their life span. Their average lifespan is between 9 and 13 years. Currently our cat Millie is 16 1/2 and still going strong so longevity is a priority for us. has put together some great information on the Maine Coon cat that I will share with you now.

A sweet tempered cat, the Maine Coon is a highly adaptable to any environment and features a heavy, but silky coat.

The Maine Coon cat is considered the only longhair breed native to the U.S.

Weight range:

Male: large: >12 lbs.
Female: medium: 8-12 lbs.

Eye color:

Copper, Green, Gold, Odd-eyed


Longevity Range: 9-13 yrs.
Social/Attention Needs: Moderate, High
Tendency to Shed: High


Length: Long
Characteristics: Straight
Colors: White, Black, Blue, Red, Cream, Brown, Silver, Tortoiseshell, Bluecream, Golden
Pattern: Solid Color, Tortoiseshell, Bicolor, Tricolor/Calico, Tabby, Smoke, Shaded
Less Allergenic: No
Overall Grooming Needs: High

Club recognition:

Cat Association Recognition:
Prevalence: Common

The Maine Coon is medium to large, and males are larger than females. The body is long and rectangular and the tail is also long. For these reasons, she may look much larger than she is.

The Maine Coon is a heavily boned, muscular cat. Originally she was an outdoor cat, and later became a working breed who kept barns and homes clear of rodents. The head is large with tall ears. The profile shows a slight dip under the large eyes. The chest is broad, and the legs are thick.

The coat of the Maine Coon is heavy but silky. An interesting characteristic is that the coat is shaggy and drapes longer on the stomach and behind the legs (britches) but is shorter over the shoulders.


Despite her size and history, the Maine Coon cat is sweet tempered and gentle. She loves her parents and adapts to any environment as long as she has some exercise room. When she runs, she can be quite loud but her soft, quiet voice reassures you that this lion is truly a lamb.

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The Maine Coon’s nutrition should be carefully controlled. This breed has a tendency to become soft or overweight if not carefully monitored.

The Maine Coon must have adequate exercise. Cat trees and perches should be available and she needs adequate running room. She loves interactive play and she will play with every family member. Being a larger and heavier cat, she can knock things over without meaning to do so.

The Maine Coon’s coat needs daily attention. She should be brushed to make certain that her fur does not tangle, and she should be combed to smooth her coat. Usually this grooming is easy to do if she is trained at a young age that this is fun.


The Maine Coon cat is considered the only longhair breed native to the United States. This breed probably was introduced by seamen who sailed into New England. The cats they carried on their ships most likely left the ship either permanently or just for a little shore leave, bred with the existing native cats, and ultimately created a breed of their own.

The show career for the Maine Coon cat began in New York in 1895 when the best cat award was given to a tabby Maine Coon named Leo. Leo kept winning at the Boston cat shows until 1900 when he was defeated by his own son.

After this, the love affair with the Persian began, and the Maine Coon cat dropped into second place in popularity. This ranking has changed once again in recent years and the Maine Coon is now once again “America’s Cat.”

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You may have heard this before but in general, dogs should never have sweets. Certain artificial sweeteners are extremely toxic to dogs even in small amounts. Make sure that these products are stored safely in a place where your dog can’t reach them. The American Kennel Club has put together a list of these products. Save them and refer to them often.

This list of common artificial sweeteners below will help you decipher what is dangerous and safe. Remember to always READ THE LABELS of the food in your home. Often times, dangerous ingredients such as Xylitol are found in products you wouldn’t expect.


This naturally produced sweetener is found in many “sugar-free” items such as ice cream, candies, pastries, gums, yogurts, juices and more. Xylitol is HIGHLY TOXIC and potentially fatal if consumed. Even in small doses, it can cause seizures, liver failure, and death.


This non-caloric sugar alcohol is considered safe for dogs but in large quantities, gastrointestinal symptoms may occur.

Stevia (green packet)

This is a naturally produced sweetener from the stevia plant. Stevia is safe for dogs to consume, but in large quantities, it can cause diarrhea.

Aspartame (blue packet)

There are no serious health effects aside from minor gastrointestinal problems. That being said, it is in no way a healthy product for dogs to consume.

Saccharin (pink packet)

Saccharin is safe for dogs, but can cause gastrointestinal issues, and long-term effects have not yet been tested on pets.

Sucralose (yellow packet)

Sucralose is generally safe, but can cause diarrhea in dogs.

Monk fruit

Monk fruit is a newer sweetener on the market. It is similar Stevia, and generally safe if consumed by dogs.

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Cats are not big fans of change.  If they could chose, they would prefer to stay where they’re already comfortable and settled in. You should try to make the move as stress free as possible, It can have big benefits including house soiling, excessive meowing and crying, hiding, escape attempts and aggression. There are three basic components to moving to  a new home with a cat. The first is pre-move preparations, then the move itself and finally settling into your new home with your cat.  Here are some tips to remember.

  • Make sure that your cat is used to his carrier. Put the carrier out, open the door and put some food outside the carrier. Then eventually move the food inside the carrier.  Make her feel like the carrier is part of her home.
  • Put out your moving boxes a couple of weeks before you begin packing.  If your cat is nervous while you’re packing,she’ll probably be happier closed in a quiet room, away from the activity and the noise.
  • Try to keep your cat’s daily routine as stable as possible.  Stick closely to her regular schedule for feeding, play and attention. A feeder with a timer can be helpful to make sure your cat eats at the same time each day.
  • If your cat is very skiddish, speak to your vet about some anti-anxiety medication.

The following information was provided by Web MD

The Move

  • To prevent your cat from dashing out the door while movers are going in and out, close him in a bathroom with food, water, a bed and litter box. Place a sign on the door asking the movers to keep the door shut.
  • Feed your cat a very small breakfast on moving day to reduce stomach upset.
  • While in transit, resist the urge to open your cat’s carrier to soothe him. A scared cat may try to dash out. Only open the carrier in a secure area and when absolutely necessary.
  • Carry a roll of packing tape in case the carrier needs emergency repairs along the way.

Allow you cat to wander around your new home. Show him where his food and litter box is and before you know it, she will be just as comfortable as she was in your old home.

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I know you are so anxious to buy that dog leash, dog bed, dog food and all of the necessities before even going to the shelter to adopt a new best friend. There are things that you must find out before taking home your new friend.  Ask if the dogs at the shelter have been tested for any behavioral problems. Next tell the staff the dog traits that your family is looking for. If you have children, you’ll want a dog that interacts well with your child.  If you’re not looking for a high energy dog, make sure you tell the shelter this. Make sure that you request to visit with any dog in a quiet enclosed area. Every person in the family should pet every part of the dog. Lift paws, tug gently on ears, etc. Is the dog okay with that? Is there anyone in particular that the dog reacts to? Will the dog play? HOW does the dog play with you and his dog toys (IE is it rough?) Can you get the dog to STOP playing? In general. you want a dog who’s curious of both people and their surroundings. Chose a dog that won’t hesitate to come to you and will allow you to touch him anywhere without becoming aggressive. Watch out for fearful dogs – dogs that won’t approach you or that run and hide are likely not a good candidate for adoption unless you have a quiet household and some canine experience. Watch out for aggression – if a dog gets tense, nervous, or shows any other sign of aggression while being petted then also likely not a good choice.

Take your time and chose a dog that will give you lots of love and affection for many years to come!

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Entertain Your Dog While You’re Not Home

Monday, October 11, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy


I found a very good article written by Bark Busters Home Dog Training regarding keeping your dog entertained while your at work or away. We always worry about our furry friends getting lonely or even getting a little revenge while you’re away. This article covers it all!

If you had a hidden camera in your home, what would your dog be doing while you’re at work or away from the house? Would he be sadly waiting for you, sitting by the door or window expecting your car to pull in and minute? Or maybe he gets into trouble, suddenly deciding that your tennis shoes are a tasty treat.

If you make sure your pooch doesn’t get bored while you are away, you can reduce bad behaviors. You’ll feel less stressed knowing your dog is busy and your dog will be more content. A tired dog is a happy dog! Boredom can lead to excessive chewing, barking, digging, and other destructive behaviors.

As a pet owner, you have many options available from treat toys and tech gadgets, to outside help like doggie day care and dog walkers.

Entertaining Toys
If your dog suffers from separation anxiety and likes to be mentally stimulated, the GameChanger is the ideal toy to keep him engaged. Treat toys can keep your dog’s mind preoccupied for long periods of time and will keep him chewing on the toy versus something inappropriate. Developed by Bark Busters, the GameChanger Is safer for your dog’s teeth than hard toys that can potentially chip or wear teeth down. Made of Flexa-Pure – a soft but sturdy, washable, durable non-toxic PBA-free polyurethane material. It is a quiet toy if bounced around because it is made of the soft material – great if you live in an apartment or have hard wood floors. As a pet owners all you have to do is open up the two sides, fill it with your dog’s favorite treats or kibble, and your dog will go to work trying to get the treats to dispense from the toy.

Another great toy is the Kong which can be filled with peanut butter. There are even some great DIY toys you can make from items around your house like the great dog bottle game. According to studies dogs get bored with the same old toys. To keep your dog interested in his toys only give him access to a few at a time.

TV or Radio for Your Dog
Many dog owners play the TV or radio while they are gone. Believe it or not there is a TV channel just for dogs called DogTV. In fact, classical music has been shown to help ease anxiety in dogs. Similar to DogTV, there is even specially designed music for dogs which is believed to help reduce stress. This can help distract your dog from focusing on noises outside the house. Or leave on a fan or white noise machine to help cover up other noises, which can help reduce barking.

Hire a Dog Walker
If your dog’s home alone for long periods of time consider hiring a dog walker. If you don’t want to hire someone see if one of your neighbors, relatives or friends would be willing to stop by every once and a while to let your dog out for a nice walk or game of tug.

Pet Monitors
Nestcam and PetCube let you watch and communicate with your dog from afar with a pet camera, 2-way audio and a link to your smartphone.

Enroll in Doggie Day Care
Benefits of day care boarding include socialization, exercise, and relief from boredom. Doggy daycare also offers one-on-one care and attention for your pet. You can leave your pet in a group play setting or with a private dog sitter during the day through companies like DogVacay.

Provide a window or open door
Open the curtains or blinds to a back window in your home so that your pooch can watch whatever is going on outside your back door. If you have a small dog or a toy breed, set a cushion or chair by the window so that your pup is comfortably able to see out.

Give Your Dog a Brother or Sister
As Bark Busters trainers, we are often asked if two dogs is better than one to keep each other entertained. Our answer is always the same: only get two dogs if YOU really want two dogs. Adopting or rescuing another dog as a companion to your furry friend can help both animals. You give your existing animal someone to socialize with during the day and you save a life. Reputable rescues will often allow you to foster first, and then adopt the dog of your choice to make sure the animal fits well with your family.

Remember that dogs by nature are bred to perform a job such as herding, helping us hunt, watching over livestock or ridding the property of rats. When dogs don’t have an occupation, they may act bored or lethargic – sleeping all the time and not showing interest in life – or they may act out, usually in ways you don’t like, such as nuisance barking or eating the sofa.

It’s up to you to provide the most entertaining and comfortable experience for your dog while you’re away.

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