Amy Brannan

Amy grew up in England and in the early 1990's moved to North Carolina where she completed a bachelors degree in Psychology in 2001. Amy's personal interest in writing was sparked by her love of reading fiction and her creative writing hobby. Amy is currently self employed as a freelance writer and web designer. When she is not working Amy can be found curled up with a good book and her black Labrador, Jet.

Extinct Dog Breeds: What Are The Numbers?

English Settler

England is facing a significant drop in native dog breed registrations, so much so that one breed in particular is facing extinction. In this article we will take a look at the dwindling registration of native dog breeds and the increase in exotic breed registrations that are currently taking place in England…

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Dangerous Dogs Act: What Breeds Are Covered?

Beware of Dog Sign

The dangerous dogs act was a law passed in the United Kingdom in 1991 aimed to try to reduce the number of dog attacks by specific breeds.Parliament stepped in to create this Act after a slew of incidences where serious injury or death resulted from dog attacks of a particularly aggressive breed that were uncontrolled. This legislative response was designed as a way to protect the people; however, over time many have come to see this Parliamentary Act as being discriminatory and ineffective. Let’s discuss some of the specifics regarding the dangerous dogs act and whether or not this was an effective response to a societal concern…

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Dog Name Ideas For Every Type of Dog

Cute Boxer Dog

Bringing home a new member of the family is always a fun and exciting time. Many families already have a name picked out for their new dog when it arrives but some prefer to wait to see what characteristics the dog has before picking that perfect name. There are a number of ways to pick the perfect name for a dog, picking favorite literary characters, picking more predictable dog names and naming the dog after certain characteristics. For some dogs and dog owners only the cute names appeal and there are certainly plenty of these to choose from. Cute dog names can originate from a wide variety of places and depending upon the dog’s origin you may find that the originating country has as much to do with selecting a name as the meaning of the name itself…

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Preparing Your Dog For A New Baby

Baby laying next to dog (caption: Preparing Your Dog for a New Baby)

Many couples begin their family together with a dog and while this dog is their first child they often become concerned when they decide to add a human child to their family. Understanding how to introduce your dog to the newest member of the family is key…

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Why Working Dog Breeds Work So Hard

Sheep Dogs at Work

While the American Kennel Club has classifications for certain breeds of dog that determine them as working dogs the fact is that a dog does not have to feature in one of these classified breeds to act as a working dog. While working dogs tend to be particularly large and adapted to the rugged life of a working dog, the term working dog can also be used to refer to any dog with a job. In this article, we’ll describe some working dog breeds as well as the specific jobs they’re tasked to….

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Doggie Profile: The Italian Greyhound

Gray Italian Greyhound

The Italian greyhound, known by lovers as an “I.G.” or an “Iggy” for short is a well loved sight hound that makes the record books as the smallest sight hound in use today. This toy breed of dog may be a small and slender dog but it certainly possesses quite a talent for hunting as a result of their perfect stature. The Italian greyhound isn’t just loved as a sight hound; however, this miniature relative of the greyhound is loved for being a perfect companion dog both for individuals and families as well!

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Large Dog Breeds: Is Bigger Better?

Large Dog Breeds

When talking about large dog breeds the first breeds that often come to mind are those of the Mastiff, the Great Dane and the Saint Bernard. While these over-sized dogs certainly classify as large dog breeds there are a variety of other large dog breeds which fall in to this category. There is no specific weight or height limit that sets a dog in to the large dog breed category, however, in general a dog that stands at around 26” at the shoulder and / or weighs in at 100lbs or more is a dog that fits the bill.

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The Choke Collar: The Right Choice For You?

Puppy in Park on Leash

Choke collars are used in many of the same training situations as pinch collars, for the most part in maintaining composure outside the home and with aggressive dogs. Choke collars can be helpful with larger dogs or dogs with aggressive tendencies; again they should not be used on small or fragile necked breeds….

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The Dog Training Collar: Your Options

Curious Boston Terrier

Whether you’re trying to teach obedience, prevent excessive barking or help your dog learn their boundaries, these training collars may be able to help. There are 7 types of dog training collars which can help address an array of training needs. Each collar works differently, which means training will vary…

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