Dangers for Dogs Pet Safe Home Guide

Dangers for Dogs: Pet Safe Home Guide discusses several safely issues to consider when you are making your home pet safe.Dangers for Dogs: Pet Safe Home Guide discusses several safety issues to consider when you are making your home pet safe. Many of them are also issues you would consider for people and especially older adults, babies & children. The important take away from today’s article is to do the research (begin with the resources provided) and make a list of the dangers in your home, in the yard, or other areas where your dog may be exploring.

Dangers for Dogs will often fall into two categories.

  1. Poisonous Items: Potentially dangerous when in contact with skin or when ingested. “Toxins can enter the body in multiple ways including through contact, ingestion, and inhalation” LA-Blog
    1. Household cleaners,
    2. Medication,
    3. Foods unsafe for dogs (chocolate, raw meat, chicken bones, and so on),
    4. Plants unsafe for dogs, click here for Safe Plants for dogs click here for poisonous plants
    5. Unsafe Toys (small parts, sharp edges, toxic materials, rawhide, and so on).
  2. Dangerous Obstacles: Potentially dangerous as may promote accidents (slips, falls, or entanglement) and subsequently cause your pet harm.
    1. Breakable furniture or collectibles,
    2. Obstructions in the flow of traffic,
    3. Project supplies (hobbies, cooking, laundry, and so on).
  3. Dangers for Dogs Water Safety
    1. Do not allow free access without supervision to swimming pools in your own yard or in the neighborhood.
    2. Teach your puppy/dog how to get out of a pool.
    3. Check water quality before allowing your pet to swim. Click here to read Dog Swimming Safety
    4. Keep standing water down to reduce possibility of mosquito eggs hatching
    5. Keep pool chemicals out of reach.

When a space in the home is problematic and you are unable to remove risks install safety gates, covers, or guards to prevent access.

Dangers for Dogs Resources and References

When to Call the Veterinarian in Addition to Regular Checkups

Simple Tips to Detox Your Home

Dog Swimming Safety

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Before You Get the Party Started

Before You Get the Party StartedBefore You Get the Party Started

Before you get the party started, anticipate how your dog will respond to changing situations. This practice is the basis of a planned socialization routine. Think ahead about the sounds, textures, new experiences, new people, and give your dog time to adjust by practicing before the planned outing or visitors coming to your home. This article discusses ideas about how to plan for changes during holiday parties, guests, changes in the environment, and unexpected changes in the normal routine.

Having a party? Be sure to let guests know your dog is not allowed to have people food. This is especially important when the foods being served are rich (can cause stomach discomfort) and are so often potentially toxic to dogs (can cause serious illness). Is your dog familiar with the people on your guest list? If your dog is prone to difficulty in adjusting to the unexpected (person, child, sounds, or textures) you may need a backup plan.

These are a few ideas you might try if you have socialized (training practice) and when you are unable to socialize beforehand.

  • ✔– Exercise, try exercising before guests arrive (going for a walk or playing with a favorite toy) so she is a bit on the tired side as guests arrive.
  • ✔– Use the crate, if your dog becomes overly excited by the door bell, crate the dog during guest arrival, while the door is busy and the doorbell is causing excitement, and then gradually introduce him to people after they have settled in.
  • ✔– Use sit, stay or wait commands, to give your dog a moment to adjust to the changes. Give him a treat and let him greet your guests after they have all arrived.
  • ✔– Leave the crate door open, make sure your dog has a quiet safe place to retire from the excitement (leave the crate door open for example) so she can leave the group when she is overwhelmed or tired.
  • ✔– Plan to have as much as possible exactly as normal. Avoid moving food, water, bed, toys, and other normal daily routine items while you are preparing for the holiday…unless you have time to plan ahead and give your dog time (many days) to adjust to the change. Because when she is overwhelmed and thirsty it would be easier for her to find water if it hasn’t been moved.

These are ideas to make the changes during holidays less stressful for your pet. If you have ideas please let us know. If you have questions we are looking forward to hearing them. A balanced environment doesn’t mean lack of excitement as much as it means preparation for elevated sounds and moods or changes.

Traveling with your dog? Traveling can also present new environmental elements. Review our guide here.

Time Change Feeding Adjustments

Dog Safe Holiday Basics

Going Green Dog Toys

going green dog toysGoing Green Dog Toys

Yes. Even our dogs can go green with our help. This article about Going Green Dog Toys shows you what to look for, how to set highest standards and one company who won the 3rd place award in the Global Pet Expo Natural Pet Category. We hope this provides you with another step on your journey toward assisting your dog with going green.

What are Going Green Dog Toys

As with other consumer products, going green dog toys are going to begin their life in eco-friendly ways. The materials used (from raw materials to completion) will have traveled a green trail and will be safe for our dogs.

One Example of Going Green Dog Toys

This is a company who creates dog toys out of wool. While the process is green we also like that the toys are durable and come in fun styles dogs are going to love.

  • Eco-Friendly
  • Made from 100% Wool
  • Handmade
  • Durable
  • Safe, and
  • Designed in the USA

Dog Toys Aren’t Usually Regulated

We love that a company will take it upon themselves to meet a higher standard while providing products for dogs. In fact, we look for this quality in everything we use for our dogs. The toys, food, processes, cleaning products, essential oils, and so much more are continually being evaluated for the best, safest, and most healthy options available anywhere.

Le Sharma won the 3rd place award in Global Pet Expo’s Natural Pet Category for new products.

Going Green Dog Toys Click here to visit Le Sharma on Amazon

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New Puppy Perfect Name

new puppy perfect nameOne of the countless questions I hear from new puppy owners is “How do we decide on a perfect name for our new puppy?” There are many great and fun ways to discover your new puppy’s perfect name. I’ve gathered together our Top Five ways to discover your new puppy’s perfect name. We would love to hear your ideas as well. Please leave a comment in the box below with your idea.

The avenues to discover the perfect name for your new puppy are numerous. These are a few to spark your own ideas. Personality, distinguishing features, pedigree, history, seasons, and family favorites are explained more below.

New Puppy Perfect Name Five Name Discovery Ideas

Personality

Puppies are born with their own individual personality. When we have been holding and handling and introducing to foundational socialization, each week we observe and write down our observations on personality, so we can relay this information to their forever family at six weeks.  Names to highlight a personality trait might include: Angel, Harmony, Happy, Halo, or Strider.

Distinguishing Features

At newborn distinguishing features are a bit elusive. We begin to see individual features in appearance and personality as the weeks go by, and we have the opportunity to get to know each puppy a bit better.

When we begin individual time and introduction to socialization features become easier to notice as well. As you look at your puppy you will notice an appearance characteristic which may spark an idea for a name. There are many names associated with color, texture, and distinguishable postures (often linked to personality). Goldie, Snow, or Honor.

Pedigree

When you want to give your new puppy a name, to honor her pedigree, a study of her family history can provide amazing ideas to get you started. At Wisteria Goldens Ranch we have both Sire and Dame family tree names on each of our dogs pedigree pages.

There are many ways to use this approach. One way is to explore the family tree and pick something you like. Another idea is to combine names from different family members such as your new puppy’s mother and father or grandparents. For example: One idea for Ego and Sunny’s  litter, a girl’s name might be “Faith’s Secret” which is a combination of grandparent’s names. Don’t forget to explore both Sire and Dame pedigree pages for both girl’s and boy’s names ideas.

History

There are many names in history (fiction, mythology, and Non-Fiction) which are a great way to combine a learning journey with the family with finding a great name for your new puppy. There are many amazing dogs’ names in mythology, science, history, and literature. Names like Thor and Nike for example are from mythology. You can expand the journey to a long term informational journey or do a few internet searches to get a list of name ideas.

Seasons

The time of year (Summer, April), Geo location (River, Camper), Sports Season (Catcher, Coach), or your personal favorite holiday (Holly, Sunny, Valentine, or Clover) can be a start to discovering perfect name options. Seasonal activities, events, or a celebration can be areas to explore for name ideas. Don’t forget to explore seasonal entertainment as well. You may find the perfect puppy name in a holiday movie or music favorite.

New Puppy Perfect Name Family Focus Group

Family Favorites

Now that you have done a bit of research: Have a puppy naming gathering.

Have a family meet-up to discuss the names each member of your family likes. Just about everyone will want to share something they have thought about. They might have had a favorite character (cartoon or television show) or they met a companion dog at some time and loved his/her name.

Pass out paper and have a formal naming focus group with your family. Nominate the favorites. When the favorites are narrowed down to two or three decide how to make a decision or give your puppy more than one name. Nike’s page may give you some ideas.

Share your New Puppy’s Perfect Name or Name Finding Idea

Which of these ideas to name your new puppy sound the most helpful to you and your family? We would love to hear your ideas and how you have discovered your new puppy’s perfect name.

 

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The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

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Penn Hip vs. OFA and What Wisteria Golden’s Chooses

Penn Hip vs. OFA and What Wisteria Golden’s Chooses  http://wisteriagoldens.com/2016/11/penn-hip-vs-ofa-wisteria-goldens-chooses/ #wisteriagoldens #Blog #englishcreamgoldenretriever #doghealth #hipdysplasia #pennhip #OFACanine hip dysplasia (CHD) affects many preferred breeds, including Golden Retrievers. Several methods test for or are used to diagnose, both CHD as well as degenerative joint disease. The most popular are the tests called PennHip and OFA. Although the information on the Internet is readily available, dissemination of inaccurate information is also rampant. I’d like to explain our decision to use PennHip here at Wisteria Goldens.

When we first started breeding and researching what health clearances were required to be responsible breeders, we ran into the controversy between OFA and PennHip, so we decided to do both. What we didn’t think through is; what do you do when there is a discrepancy between the two? Which one do you decide to use? If either?

The majority of the challenges with using OFA we’ve researched (and we seldom find challenges against PennHip) occurred because the vet did not line up the dog’s hips correctly. A PennHip evaluation not only reports as dysplastic those dogs with bone and cartilage abnormalities but also points to the risk of the dog developing such radiographic signs later. While PennHip does measure laxity, it also looks as the integrity of the joint for dysplasia. (See hip evaluation report here.) If a dog’s hip joint’s femoral head looks tight and round on an OFA film but shows considerable laxity on the PennHip view, it’s viewed as having a future risk for degenerative joint disease.

This is precisely what happened with our first male, Aspen. OFA scored our boy FAIR and PennHip scored him in the 100% with DI (Distraction Index) of .36 and .25. The OFA report also showed Aspen had Elbow Dysplasia. Our vet was shocked at the OFA report and said, “No way; they had to have mixed up the x-rays.” He stated even though he was not a radiologist, they were some of the best hips he had ever seen and he didn’t see any problems with his elbows. We called OFA and asked them about the differences and if there was a possibility they were misread and what could we do?

We were distressed, overwhelmed and dismayed at the rude response received from OFA’s radiologist. Being new to the breeding world and wanting to do the “right” thing, we called three different vets and explained the situation and asked for guidance. All three of them told me to take PennHip over OFA.

No one suggested we send the x-rays to get a second opinion from an independent lab. (Which at the time the only copies were at OFA. We now receive digital copies. We didn’t know getting a second opinion was possible. (We were novices in a big dog world.) We chose to go ahead and use Aspen as a stud with the information we had, and the advice of the vets we consulted. Plus we had Aspen’s parents’ scores; dam’s OFA score is Good and his sire’s is Excellent.

Having the experience we did with OFA and with the research we did, we decided on using the Penn Hip testing as it incorporates a new method for evaluating the integrity of the canine hip, by also giving a laxity score for potential risk of the develop of CHD. It is accurate in puppies as young as 16 weeks of age. It has great potential to lower the frequency of canine hip dysplasia (CHD) when used as a selection criterion. Hip screening using the Penn Hip method showing hip laxity were judged OFA certified for breeding. We feel relying on this criteria misrepresents the animal’s true health to the new owners. Relying only on OFA certification could be misconstrued as “less-than” or deceptive.

In a JAVMA article “Evaluation of the relationship between Orthopedic Foundation for Animals’ hip joint scores and PennHIP distraction index values in dogs”, the authors concluded that young dogs with significant laxity were judged as OFA certified for breeding despite significant laxity and failed to identify osteoarthritis susceptibility in 80% of the dogs in the study that were judged phenotypically normal by OFA.

In a VRUS article titled “The Effect of a Technical Quality Assessment of Hip Extended Radiographs on Interobserver Agreement in the Diagnosis of Canine Hip Dysplasia”, a conclusion was made that inter-observer agreement on dysplasia/non-dysplasia and final scoring remains low even among experienced observers.

In a day and age when veterinarians are calling for evidence-based medicine, perhaps we should start following the medicine we have evidence for and stop recommending OFA certification in young patients. Perhaps we should put the following disclaimer out to pet owners before we perform an OFA evaluation…~ Dr. Matt Wright’s blog

Here is an article showing that dogs judged as “normal” by the OFA can have clinically important passive hip joint laxity as determined by the PennHIP method. The results suggest that OFA scoring can underestimate susceptibility to osteoarthritis in dogs, which may impede progress in reducing or eliminating hip dysplasia through breeding.

While doing our research in regard to OFA vs. PennHip, we found stories of English Cream Breeders not passing clearances of OFA being due to them writing “cream” color on the applications, while this cannot be verified, we, as well as other breeders, have noticed since using the description “Light Golden” on our test submissions, we have not had any problems at all with any elbow clearances. There are also several stories of breeders resubmitting OFA x-rays again and again until they get “good” ratings for their dog. (Not sure this is good practice for improving lines or health in the Golden Retriever or any breed — sure these are not considered responsible breeders either.)

A breeder friend had elbows marked as DJD from OFA and took the x-rays to an independent lab and they stated they were clear there was no DJD. We found this out AFTER we had retired Aspen. We have kept several of Aspen’s puppies and have not had any issues with DJD or HD. The lowest PennHip score we have ever received from any of Aspen’s pups is 60% from our own testing or families that have sent us their dog’s score. We know of another breeder that has been so discouraged with OFA she now sends her elbow x-rays and has them read by BVA for all her health clearances.

We spoke with a service dog organization who for years tracked all their dogs and puppies with OFA and PennHip scores and in their breeding program, the PennHip method helped them to produced the best hips. We spoke to a vet a few months ago and asked what he thought about PennHip vs. OFA and he stated, “If I was a breeder, PennHip would be my choice. I have a German Shepherd breeder that has bred hip dysplasia out of his breeding program.”

After researching articles, studies, talking to vets and other breeders, we chose to ONLY do PennHip testing for our breeding program. We have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, generation puppies from Aspen’s line (4 generations counting Aspen) with the lowest score being 60% and the highest being 90+%. Out of the last 10 girls we have tested our results are: 1 – 60%, 1 – 70%, 2 – 80% and 6- 90% (one of those being 90+%) The other families that have contacted us have reported 80% and 90% from matings that included Aspen’s lineage.

With our record keeping and breeding we have done — we believe that PennHip vs. OFA for our program leaves PennHip winning hands down. We would not be getting 100% elbow clearances and these AMAZING hips scores if OFA were correct in their reading. We believe this backs up and supports our decision to use PennHip and Aspen in our breeding program. Our goal has always been to continue to maintain and improve the health of the Golden Retriever with an emphasis on improving the hip scores of the adults in our breeding program in order to produce the healthiest puppies possible.

Ramp Training Guide Socialization Exercise Step by Step

 

Ramp Training Guide Socialization Exercise Step by StepRamp Training Guide Socialization Exercise Step by Step

The training tips in Ramp Training Guide Socialization Exercise Step by Step are designed to allow your pet to become comfortable with an incline as well as the ramp. This is suited for puppies over 10 weeks old and dogs of any age.

Ramps are good for a dog who:

1) Needs assistance climbing steps,

2) Is in training for obstacle courses, or

3) Needs assistance getting in and out of vehicles (the back of an SUV for example).

Ramp Training Guide Safety

Make sure the ramp is secure before prompting the dog to get on it. Read all instructions. Check the ramp each time you begin training to ensure no foreign objects are present and the ramp is secure.

Ramp Training Guide Exercises

1. First Step: You will walk your dog on the ramp (end to end) while it is lying flat on the ground. You can prompt, assist, use a collar, etc. You may also give her verbal cues such as ”Walk Up” or “walk down” (thinking ahead to the time when the ramp will be at an incline – choose the command to fit the ramp design and take note of Which side will be ‘up’ later on).

If you have used a collar, remove the collar and practice without it awhile as well.

2. Next, Second Step: Now you will use a sturdy object to prop up the ramp about six to eight inches. This will create a slight incline. Repeat the exercises you practiced while the ramp was laying flat.

Resume using a collar (and short lead) be careful the dog doesn’t step off of the ramp to avoid injury or become startled.

Keep in mind each step of the training may take a few practice sessions over several days. Don’t move to the next step of the training until your dog is comfortable with the step you are currently on.

3. Third Step:

Raise the ramp between six to eight inches higher. Repeat the practice exercises.

Continue to raise the ramp gradually until it is the incline you want your dog to be using (Will the ramp be placed over steps or used to get into a vehicle or another purpose)

Ramp Training Guide Buyer’s Guide

Choose a ramp which

  • Is designed for a weight over your dog’s full grown weight. In other words at least 50 lbs over your dog’s expected adult weight.
  • Has slip resistant surface,
  • Has a good design so it will not move while the dog is climbing up or down,
  • Is retractable so it can be adjusted for multiple uses (stairs, vehicle, etc.), and
  • Has a good customer review record. You can look up reviews for just about any product on the market today. When a review has a low score be sure to read what the customer said about it…it may simply be not suited to their needs.

Where to buy a ramp.

This is one ramp which meets the criteria we would use to buy a ramp. Solvit Deluxe Telescoping Pet Ramp 

 

 

 

Companion Service Dogs Children With Autism

Help us make some noise about the Good Dog Autism Dog Training campaign to get the word out.The Good Dog! project, Companion Service Dogs for Children With Autism, has been testing and implementing remarkable possibilities. After discovering how much their own child improved, when he received his first companion dog, they couldn’t wait to make a difference for other children with autism.  The experience has been life changing for at least 16 more children with autism.

They have helped to improve the quality of life for these children because the service dog was available, trained and ready, to address the specific challenges children with autism have.  “The dog is like a bridge to connect the child with the world” said the founder of Good Dog! He expressed gratitude for the improvement in his own son’s life and is dedicated to help other children and their families as well. This is where we can all help the Good Dog vision become a reality.

Companion Service Dogs Children With Autism Fundraiser.

Good Dog! Solutions, a service dog project, is doing a fundraiser to buy and train service dogs for children with autism.

The project has a great network of professionals to help them understand the child’s needs, train the puppy to help the child, and to train family about the dog. Service dogs are companion dogs that have specialized training. This project is focused on filling the needs of autistic children and selecting puppies to work with them.

With the right funding this project can get more dogs trained and into the program and ultimately into the families they will help sooner.

Companion Service Dogs Children With Autism Wisteria Ranch

We have had two different families with an autistic child come and get a puppy from us. It was such a wonderful experience. We loved watching how much of a difference it made in a short period of time to their children having this special connection with their puppy.

One family came to select a puppy with their daughter. We had three older puppies available and we (Billy & I) and the parents watched how the puppies interacted with their daughter. It was amazing to see one of the puppies make a visible connection with her. He would go lay by her when she lay on the floor or across her chest. It was intimate and words cannot describe how touching it was to watch the process. We have seen many puppies ‘pick’ their families over the years, but this was different, this was an intuitive spiritual process that we were honored to be a part of.

Companion Service Dogs Related Links

Good Dog Autism Home

Good Dog Autism Fundraiser 

Companion Dogs Blog Posts 

 

Blind Veterans Service Dogs

Blind Veterans Service Dogs

Blind Veterans Service Dogs

We have discussed several assistance dog topics over the years and this time we are going to focus on More Jobs for Dogs – Blind Veterans Service Dogs. We did some checking into a service for Blind Veterans to find out if there are programs to assist them with getting a service dog.

According to the resources found here at Prosthetics.va.gov,  there are assistance programs to help blind veterans in the process and ongoing expenses of getting and caring for a service dog. The site explains what kind of expenses may be covered under Veterans assistance programs, and which expenses are not covered.

The article on prosthetics.va.gov also describes how to apply for assistance with getting a service dog for a blind veteran.  Other important information includes the difference between a service dog and a companion dog.

We hope you will also explore the articles (listed below in the Previous Articles list) which we have created to explore the varied skills a service dog may acquire with training. When you are looking for a service dog or helping a family member or friend look for a service dog, start a list of the tasks during daily living which are most challenging for the person.

We are still amazed when we hear of a new task a service dog has been trained to do. Not exactly surprised, as we know our dogs are brilliant, but we are amazed and proud of the handlers and trainers for thinking outside the box and developing training exercises to communicate the task they are asking the dog to do.

As we have said before…

“Training curriculum for assistance dogs includes a wide range of skills including; obstacle identification, response, socialization, personality and behavior, and communication ability. Goldens are naturally well suited because of their desire to be companion dogs and to assist. They are also well suited as guide dogs because they are strong enough to communicate with body language.” English Cream Golden Retriever Guide Dog

And, regarding therapy dogs…

“The training is specific and relatively similar to other therapy dog program certifications. When your dog becomes a registered therapy dog the scope of the service you can provide together is astonishing. “English Cream Golden Retriever Library Jobs

Previous Articles

Service Dogs Selection Training and Communication

Mobility Service Dog

Companion Service Dogs Children With Autism

The Healing Power of Dogs

Important Jobs for Companion Dogs

English Cream Golden Retriever Therapy Dogs

English Cream Golden Retriever Library Jobs

English Cream Golden Retriever Disability Companion

English Cream Golden Retriever Guide Dog

 

 

 

 

 

Finn (Halo/Ego)

Finn (Halo/Ego)

Finn (Halo/Ego)

I am once again emailing to brag about my dog and thought you’d like to see an updated picture of Finn. He is a hunk of solid muscle, 75 lbs and flat gorgeous.  Finn’s temperament is about as good as it gets.  He is so calm most of the time that it’s hard to believe he’s still technically a puppy.  He is also exuberant and VERY playful and is always ready and available for a walk, fetch or tug-of-war.  When he plays, a switch flips on and he is all boy, wildly enthusiastic about it, but he will ultimately take on whatever mood we ask of him. He is so loving, affectionate and happy and he brings us pure joy. He is also perceptive and tuned in to us. In fact, last month he and I were playing tug-of-war when the news came on about the Dallas police shootings.  I sat down and shed a few tears; Finn dropped his toy, calmed instantly and put his head down in my lap. I believe he has the internal temperament of a therapy dog and while I’m not going to pursue that, he could certainly be that dog if we worked with him on developing that part of his personality. He is so pleasant to work with and picks up on his training quickly.  (plus, therapy dogs can have early mornings and he is NOT a morning dog) He still has his impish moments, but he’s growing out of them bit by bit.  Ultimately, he is calm and relaxed; as he matures, he’s showing us what kind of adult he’s going to be.   Susan

Finn’s temperament is about as good as it gets.  He is so calm most of the time that it’s hard to believe he’s still technically a puppy.  He is also exuberant and VERY playful and is always ready and available for a walk, fetch or tug-of-war.  When he plays, a switch flips on and he is all boy, wildly enthusiastic about it, but he will ultimately take on whatever mood we ask of him. He is so loving, affectionate and happy and he brings us pure joy. He is also perceptive and tuned in to us. In fact, last month he and I were playing tug-of-war when the news came on about the Dallas police shootings.  I sat down and shed a few tears; Finn dropped his toy, calmed instantly and put his head down in my lap. I believe he has the internal temperament of a therapy dog and while I’m not going to pursue that, he could certainly be that dog if we worked with him on developing that part of his personality. He is so pleasant to work with and picks up on his training quickly.  (plus, therapy dogs can have early mornings and he is NOT a morning dog) He still has his impish moments, but he’s growing out of them bit by bit.  Ultimately, he is calm and relaxed; as he matures, he’s showing us what kind of adult he’s going to be.   Susan

Zeke (Harmony/Thor)

 

Zeke (Harmony/Thor)Zeke (Harmony/Thor) is beyond a doubt the best pet of any kind we’ve ever owned!  Zeke is soon to be 8 months old and there is nothing we ask that he will not do.  He leashes perfectly, he sits on command, he will down and stay until given the free command (so far 25 minutes,) he will fetch and return ball after circling and sitting at left side, he walks close on all sides, and he does about turns quickly.  He wil sit with objects thrown to distract his attention and will not move until given free command.  He has never used the bathroom in our home…never!  From the beginning, he comes to you and gives one of two signals when he needs to go outside for a potty break…this we did not teach him.

He sleeps at the foot of our bed at night or in his kennel….just say kennel and he will go straight into his quarters.  When visitors come to our house…he is excited to greet them…after introductions, say quiet and he lays down.  This dog loves to learn.  He is remarkable by any definition…he is a member of our family…he loves our grandkids and they love Zeke.

Finally, he is worth every penny we paid and he can’t be bought at any price.  Our vet says he is the best behaved dog that visits his clinic and by far the most beautiful.  We walk or work with him daily…in the park or pet store people gravitate to him and ask if they can pet him…Zeke eats the attention up.  It’s as though he knows when we are talking about him…he’s a remarkable friend and member of our family.  To our eye, he is a clone of Thor.

Neal & Linda P.