Fun Fact Friday! Whiskers

Posted on October 14, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

Purpose Of Dog Whiskers 

up close dog face

Have you ever gazed over at your canine companion’s whiskers wondering “what are those long toe ticklers really for?” Fun fact, those strange looking coarse hairs around your dog’s muzzle, chin and eyes are actually packed with nerves. These particular hairs are very different than the rest of the fur on your dog's body. They play an important role in sending sensory messages to your dog's brain, much like the way our sense of smell, touch, sight, sound and taste send feedback to our human brains.

A dog’s whiskers aid him or her in determining the shape, size and speed of nearby objects, helping your dog with overall spatial awareness. They are also able to feel vibrations and subtle changes in the air through the follicles at the base of the hairs. This can be especially helpful in sensing danger approaching, providing an extra keen awareness of the surrounding environment. This is part of why dogs seem to have excellent medical intuition.

It is important that we understand the role whiskers have in our dogs lives, since some people find it tempting to trim whiskers for cosmetic reasons, but please don't. It will cause severe confusion for our pups, like losing one of our own five senses would.


Source (Image): Psychology Today 
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Reading Dog Body Language

Posted on October 12, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

It is important that we know how to read dog's body language. This can help us to determine if it is safe for us or our canine companions to approach another dog. Below are some helpful descriptions of dog body language. 


dog body language


  1. Ears up 
  2. Head high 
  3. Mouth open
  4. Loose stance 
  5. Tail down and relaxed

Playful and Excited 

  1. Pupils dilated
  2. Ears up
  3. Mouth open (tongue may be out)
  4. Front end lowered (like a bow)
  5. Tail up 
  6. Looks like they are ready to run


  1. Eyes wide 
  2. Ears forward
  3. Smooth nose 
  4. Tail high
  5. Body tense
  6. Mouth closed
  7. Slight forward lean

Dominant  Aggressive    

  1. Ears forward
  2. Nose wrinkled
  3. Lips curled
  4. Teeth visible 
  5. Mouth open and C-shaped
  6. Stiff stance
  7. Hackles raised
  8. Tail raised

Fearful Aggressive  

  1. Ears back 
  2. Head can be raised or slightly raised
  3. Pupils dilated
  4. Nose wrinkled
  5. Lips curled 
  6. Hackles raised
  7. Body lowered
  8. Tail tucked (or raised if just being aggressive)


  1. Yawning 
  2.  Lip licking 
  3. Brief body freezing
  4. Head turned 
  5. Shaking
  6. Drooling
  7. Lack of focus
  8. Sweaty paws 


  1. Eye contact brief
  2. Ears back 
  3. Mouth closed 
  4. Body lowered and crouched
  5. Tail down


  1. Eyes partially closed
  2. Head turned to avoid eye contact
  3. Ears flat and back
  4. Rolls onto back
  5. Tail tucked 
  6. May pee 
  7. Corners of mouth back

Before you approach any strange dog, look for signs of relaxed or playful body language and always ask the owner if it is ok to approach.

Source: Modern Dog
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Fun Fact Friday! Determining Your Dogs Age in Human Years

Posted on October 07, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

Dogs VS Human Aging 

dog lifestages

There are many myths that float around about dogs, one of the biggest being about the way dog's age in comparison to humans. It has been noted that for every year a dog is alive, it equivalents to 7 human years. This is inaccurate! It is true that dogs age much faster than humans, but the rate in which they age is dependant on their size. Small dogs (<20 pounds) age the slowest and large dogs (>90 pounds) age the quickest. 

Every dog is considered a senior by the age of 7-8 years old, but the difference in human years between a small and large or giant breed is significant. Therefore a giant breeds life-span is said to be much shorter than one of a small breed. 
Below you can see the comparison between small, medium, large and giant breeds aging vs humans. 


dog aging chart


Source (Image): Science
Source (Image): Pet Health Network
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Chocolate Toxicity In Dogs

Posted on October 05, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

Chocolate And Dogs

dog eating chocolate

As we move closer to chocolate infested holidays - you know, Halloween and Christmas - it's super crucial to think about hiding places for your chocolatey treats. Most dogs will take any opportunity the eat something sweet if they can access it, so you need to ensure that everyone in the household understands just how bad chocolate is for our furry friends. Chocolate Toxicity is not a myth - it is a certain recipe for severe consequences.

Chocolate contains a substance called methylxanthines (caffeine and theobromine). The level of methylxanthines in chocolate varies based on the type (dark, milk, white chocolate). Theobromine is similar to caffeine as it is medicinally used as a heart stimulant, blood vessel dilator, and smooth muscle relaxant. Theobromine toxicity can result in very severe clinical signs if it is left untreated. Symptoms include:

Increase in body temperature
Increase in reflex response
Muscle rigidity
Increased heart rate
Decreased blood pressure
Heart Failure

Basically, chocolate is a huge NO for our dogs. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is. This makes baking chocolate and high-quality dark chocolate the most dangerous. Toxic doses can be as low as 20 mg of chocolate. If your pet ever ingests chocolate, it is crucial that you contact your veterinarian as well as the Pet Poison Helpline @ 1-800-213-6680 immediately.

Below are some helpful charts from PetMD outlining the different types of chocolate and the amount of theobromine/caffeine per serving.
Common Household Items Serving Theobrominea Caffeinea
Ice Cream Rich Chocolate 1 cup ( 148g) 178mg 5.9mg
Peanut M&M's 1 cup (170g) 184mg 17mg
Ready to Eat Chocolate Pudding 4 oz (108g) 75.6mg 2.2mg
Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar 1.55 oz (43g) 64mg 9mg
Hershey's Chocolate Syrup 2 Tbsp (39g) 64mg 5mg
Hershey's KISSES (Milk Chocolate) 9 pieces (41g) 61mg 9mg
Hershey's Semi-Sweet Baking Bar 1 Tbsp (15g) 55mg 7mg
Cookies, brownies, commercially prepared 1 Square (2 –3/4” sq x 7/8") (56g) 43.7mg 1.1mg
KIT KAT Wafer Bar 1 bar (42g) 48.7mg 5.9mg
REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups (2pk) 2 cups (45g) 32.4mg 3.2mg
Doughnut, cake-type, chocolate, sugared or glazed 1 Doughnut (3' dia) (43g) 12.6mg 0.6mg
Chocolate Chip Cookies , made with margarine 1 Cookie Med (2 1/4" dia) (16g) 20.3mg 2.6mg
Milky Way 1 bar (58g) 37.1 mg 3.5mg
Generic Hot Fudge Sundae Topping 1 Sundae (158g) 77.4mg 1.6mg
REESE'S PIECES Candy 1 package (46g) 0mg 0mg


Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened, processed with alkali [Dutch cocoa] 1 cup (86g) 2266 mg 67.1mg
Baking chocolate, unsweetened, squares 1 cup, grated (132g) 1712 mg 106mg
Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened 1 cup (86g) 1769 mg 198mg
Baking chocolate, unsweetened, liquid 1 oz (28g) 447 mg 13.2mg
Puddings, chocolate flavor, low calorie, regular, dry mix 1 Package (40g) 238 mg 7.2mg
Desserts, rennin, chocolate, dry mix 1 Package, 2 oz (57g) 242 mg 7.4mg
Puddings, chocolate flavor, low calorie, instant, dry mix 1 Package, 1.4oz box (40g) 189 mg 5.6mg
Syrups, chocolate, HERSHEY'S Genuine Chocolate Flavored Lite Syrup 2 tbsp (35g) 68.3 mg 2.1mg
Cocoa, dry powder, hi-fat or breakfast, processed with alkali 1 oz (28g) 685 mg 20.2mg
Candies, chocolate, dark, 70-85% cacao solids I bar (101g) 810 mg 80.8mg
Cocoa, dry powder, hi-fat or breakfast, plain 1 Tbsp (5g) 92.6 mg 10.3mg


Source: PetMD
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Dog Meme Monday!

Posted on October 03, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments


dog peeing on dog

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Fun Fact Friday! Do Dog's Sweat?

Posted on September 30, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

Do Dog’s Sweat?

dog in swimming pool
Have you ever wondered if dog’s sweat? If so, how do dog’s sweat? The answer is tricky! Dog’s don't “sweat” like we do but they release heat. Dog’s lack the normal sweat glands that humans have. Dogs have a few interesting ways of cooling down.

  1. They primarily release heat through panting. Panting works by allowing heat from the inner chest (the hottest part of the body)  escape through moisture made the mucous membranes of the mouth, tongue, and throat. As a dog breaths out the moist air, evaporation occurs and cools down the dog.
  2. They secondarily release heat through a process called vasodilation. Vasodilation is a fancy term for dilating the blood vessels. It helps to bring the hot blood to the surface of the skin which allows blood to cool down before taking a trip back to the heart.
  3. The third way they release heat is through the small sweat glands in their paw pads (this is not a reliable source as they release a very minimal amount of heat this way).

It is important to know how to recognize the signs of overheating. Excessive panting, bright or dark red colored gums, flushed skin, warm to the touch, vomiting, increased drooling, glazed eyes, weakness, and collapse.

Keep in mind that dogs don't just overheat from being outside in the sun. They can also overheat from extreme excitement, confinement, panic, true fever, stress, lack of water, over exercising, and laying near hot objects (camp fire).

Keep them cool and prevent the excess drool!

Source (Image): Primal Canine 
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Choosing The Right Dog For Your Lifestyle

Posted on September 28, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

Right Dog For The Right Home 

Line of different dog breeds

Owning a dog is a long-term commitment, regardless of the size, shape, and temperament. It is no secret that their everlasting companionship and unconditional love is well worth the sacrifices you make, BUT are you ready for those sacrifices - that responsibility? Not everybody is, despite the idea of having a furry friend to cuddle with.

The responsibility of meeting a dog’s needs can be overwhelming, but making sure that you pick the correct breed for your lifestyle can help ensure both your pup and you will lead a happy life. A few important questions must be considered to make an educated decision for your lifestyle:

  1. What size dog are you interested in and why?
  2. Does the size dog that you are interested in seem realistic for the space that you live in?
  3. How energetic do you want your dog to be?
  4. How much time are you able to devote to exercising your dog?
  5. How much time are you able to devote to playing with your dog?
  6. Are you looking for a very affectionate dog?
  7. Do you have other pets? What have their reactions been towards other pets in the past?
  8. How much time are you able to devote to training your dog?
  9. Are you looking for a protective dog or one that just loves everybody?
  10. Do you have children? Is the breed that you are considering good with children?
  11. Are you able to keep up with the grooming needs of the breed you have in mind?
  12. Do you live in a primarily hot or cold climate? (it is important to consider this before bringing home a dog who can not adapt to the climate that you live in)

Once you have answered all of these questions, look into breeds that are the closest match to your answers. Doing your research before bringing a new furry friend into your home will ensure you and your new pup will live a happy life together.


Source (Image): Canine Kids
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