As I sit here, my legs are cramped up because both dogs are under the covers in MY bed, laying exactly where I would like my legs to go. So many non-pet people say (in a derogatory tone)that those who love pets do so because they’re making them into child substitutes. Thanks for a great post and some wonderful photos.My son has a golden doodle that looks very similar to yours! From the author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl comes a novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom. Sometimes a dog isn't just a dog - sometimes he's the glue the holds a whole family together.Mr. Despite the title and opening line ("The day my dad said that was ‘just a dog,' my mum punched him"), it soon becomes clear that the enormous pet at the center of this tearjerker of a dog story, first published in Australia in 2010, is anything but "just a dog" to his family. It's a biological fact that there are no non-shedding dog breeds, but some shed less than others. Depending on the breed or the particular mix that constitutes a given dog, shedding is a natural and normal part of a dog’s life.
Small dogs that don’t shed much include, but are not limited to, the Basenji, Chihuahua, Coton de Tulear, Dachshund, Bichon Frise, Chinese Crested, Havanese, Maltese, Miniature Schnauzer, Lhasa Apso, Puli, many varieties of Terrier (Boston, Jack Russell, Scottish, Yorkshire), along with the Shih Tzu and Xoloitzcuintli.
Large dogs that don’t shed much include, but are not limited to, the Boxer, Bullmastiff, Doberman Pinscher, Greyhound, Komondor, Old English Sheepdog, Peruvian Inca Orchid, Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Saluki, and Schnauzer. The amount that a dog sheds isn’t equivalent to the amount of work, maintenance, and care a dog requires. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. While no dog is truly hypoallergenic as all dogs shed some allergens, there are some breeds that are known to be better for allergy-sufferers. Fun Fact: These fluffy dogs were once the companions to Buddhist monks and the guard dogs of nomadic herdsmen. Maltese Terriers are known for their gorgeous white silky coats, but you won't find them shedding on your furniture or clothes.
Fun Fact: The Maltese Terrier is thought to be related to the Tibetan Terrier (above), but their exact origin is not known. Brussels Griffon dogs are known for their watchdog abilities and their friendly disposition.
Fun Fact: The Brussels Griffon is a very expressive dog, which is why they are favoured in movies and TV.
Poodles, coming in three different sizes (Toy, Miniature, and Standard), are one of the most popular dogs in the world. Fun Fact: Aside from not shedding very much, poodles are also known for being virtually odourless.
Affectionately nick-named the Westie, the West Highland White Terrier is a friendly, active little dog with a double-coat. Fun Fact: The West Highland White Terrier was originally bred from the Cairn and Scottish Terriers to create a breed that would not be mistaken for a fox when hunting. Also called the Irish Blue, the Kerry Blue Terrier was bred as an all-purpose working dog, taking on tasks such as herding, guarding, and hunting pests.
Both Hairless and Powderpuff (with soft hair all over) varieties of Chinese Crested are hypoallergenic. There is a new twist to the sport of shed hunting, it is the use of a highly trained dog that can actually scent the antlers and retrieve them for you. A little over two years ago, I decided that if a dog could be used to locate drugs in the gasoline tank of a car, why couldn’t I train one to find antler sheds.
I am always happy to talk with anyone interested in purchasing a dog or anyone that has questions about training their own dog.
I am from Mississippi, and shed hunting with dogs is fairly new to us, but I have a 13 month Lab that I am training to blood trail deer, and wanted to know if starting her on shed finding would interfere with that. Pet supply stores have a dizzying variety of tools and products to assist in dog grooming. A basic home grooming kit for a long-coated dog should include a soft wire slicker brush, a comb that has both fine and coarse teeth, a Universal brush and mat comb for dealing with the tangles that do form, and an oil-based conditioner that is applied before brushing or combing the coat. A kit for medium-coated or short-coated dogs should include a slicker brush or flexible-pin brush. For dogs that get bathed more than once a month, aloe-based shampoos and coat conditioners and foods and supplements with Omega fatty acids help maintain coat oils and skin health. Even if your pet doesna€™t need daily grooming, check you dog thoroughly to make sure there are no cuts, sores, fleas, rashes, bumps, ticks, or hitchhikers in her coat or dirt in her ears. Shedding is controlled by hormonal changes that are tied to photoperiod (day length) and is influenced by level of nutrition and general state of health.
Double-coated dogs that shed heavily are Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Keeshond, Siberian Husky, Samoyed, Norwegian Elkhound, Collie, Great Pyrenees, Kuvasz, Newfoundland, St. Owners should be aware before purchase that a long-coated dog, purebred or mixed, will require grooming throughout its life. Healthy skin is certainly a consideration for a well-groomed dog, and healthy skin begins with a good diet. Grooming is essential for healthy skin, not so much for keeping it clean, but for making the owner aware of any problems that may be developing.
Skin irritations and infections can crop up overnight, so keep a close eye on the situation.
Dog nails have a quick that can be seen as a darkening of light-colored nails but is invisible on dark nails. Include an examination of the dog's feet into a grooming session to make sure there is nothing stuck between the pads. If you decide that you have neither the time, inclination or physical ability to groom your dog, there are dozens of professional groomers who can do the job. After getting some recommendations, make a few telephone calls and ask questions about services and costs, pick-up and delivery, and use of tranquilizers to calm the dog. Dogs are just like humans, they have personalities, humor and intelligence way beyond what most people give them credit for. My heart still gets sad when I think of the death of my childhood dog and it has been 3 years! But, Corky Porky Pie (that’s the dog, not the kid)is a clown who brings laughter and love into my life. Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site.
The deep-felt emotion surrounding Dad's statement and Mum's reaction surfaces at the end of the novel, which is narrated by Moe's young owner, Corey, in neatly linked anecdotes. Warm, fuzzy, and funny moments abound, but the going gets rough in the last few chapters, when life and love prove just how messy and painful these feelings can be. Some folks are looking for the mythical allergy-free dog; others want a companion that is compatible with the allergies they do have.
These photos show that dogs that don’t shed come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and coat lengths. In the main, dogs that shed often, frequently, or voluminously do so for a variety of reasons. Certainly, if you were to fashion a Venn diagram of dogs that don’t shed and so-called hypoallergenic dogs, there are a number of breeds that would overlap.
Just as hypoallergenic dogs still produce allergens, including dander, which increases as a dog ages, shedding, even among non-shedding dog breeds, is situation and lifestyle dependent.


These larger dogs that don’t shed much vary greatly in terms of their coat length, energy levels, and grooming needs.
However, these dogs come in a variety of hair lengths and hair consistencies, and many dogs that don’t shed require regular grooming and maintenance to prevent problems like matted hair and infectious agents that can get trapped in short but thick coats. Whether allergies, cleaning, or other reasons factor into choosing a low-shedding dog, due diligence is always recommended. You should regularly clean and disinfect all parts and rooms of your home where your dog spends time, including the dog’s bed. With dog allergies so common, many pet lovers are seeking hypoallergenic dog breeds - sometimes paying thousands of dollars to get them. They make our list because they shed minimally, but this bushy breed still requires a lot of grooming.
They've been known as Roman Ladies' Dogs and were suspected to be used to catch rodents in ancient and medieval cities.
The most popular Brussels appearance was probably alongside Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets.
Their coat sheds very little and they are considered a hypoallergenic breed, but the Portuguese Water Dog still requires regular grooming. Bo was President Obama of the United States' gift to his daughters when he became inaugurated.
These intelligent dogs are known for their skills in agility, obedience, tracking, and even animal-therapy. Loyal to their owners, Westies are also hardy, make great watchdogs, and are hypoallergenic. After Chinese traders let the dogs board their ships to hunt vermin, they were renamed the Chinese Crested.
Add to that a low-shed, hypoallergenic coat and minimal grooming and you've got an all-around great pet. I used four of my young dogs, that had not really been used in a natural setting and we found 21 sheds in a short three hour hunt. Most of the sheds found by the dogs were in areas that a human could never have found them.
It is truly a family sport and you don’t need a gun, or a license and it has no limit on the season. My new pup has already stated to show interest in my collection, probably more as a chew toy then anything at this point. I live in Pike County, Illinois and I am an avid shed hunter and I have never used a dog but yet I find a good number of antlers every year.
I would love to train this pup to be a great companion along with a job ( Shed Hunting ) I plan to order your DVD today if your christmas deal is still available. One of my setters got ahold of one of my shorthairs (who was not supposed to be fertile) after having a litter of 8, we found great homes for all but two of which I decided to keep out of couryosity. If you don't think it would be a problem, I need to know what I should do to start the process, and what material is availabe to me.
I have antlers all around my house which they love to play with and was wanting to train them to find the sheds on our land. I own 2 labrador retrievers and began working with them searching for an antler in the yard and was amazed that they would pick it up everytime. I love the idea and with the help of a friend of mine (master trainer) will be working with many different dogs for purpose of shed hunting and many other ideas.
All puppies should be taught to sit, stand, or lie down to have their bodies checked over and their hair combed. In the wild, wolves and other canines groom each other as part of the social interaction of the pack or family group. There are combs with fine teeth, combs with medium teeth, and combs with coarse teeth, combs with handles and without. In fact, frequent baths can dry the natural oils in canine skin and lead to constant scratching that lead to bacterial infections and oozing hot spots. Some dogs, particularly hard-coated terriers and Poodles, hang on to their dead hair requiring special grooming to remove it.
In addition to natural biennial shedding, a dog may drop its coat after surgery, x-rays under anesthesia, and whelping puppies. Bernard, English Toy Spaniel, Pomeranian, Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Tervuren, Australian Shepherd, German Shepherd, Smooth Collie, Shetland Sheepdog, and American Eskimo.
If the inclination to groom or the time to do so is not part of the plan, provisions should be made for professional coat care for the dog. Dogs with droop ears are especially susceptible to fungus and bacterial infections and should be checked at least weekly. A dog that wiggles during toenail clipping will sooner or later be nipped to the quick, and the next time the clippers come out of the closet, he'll head for the hills. The quick has a nerve and blood supply; nicking the quick not only hurts the dog, it causes profuse bleeding, so keep a quick stop product on hand or use flour or cornstarch to stem the tide. Seeds from some grasses can stab into the pad, pebbles can get stuck, chemicals used on lawns can burn, and fungus can cause irritation, which leads to licking, which can lead to hot spots and infection. Dogs naturally groom each other to reinforce pack behavior and show subordination, and you can take advantage of this behavior.
If your veterinarian is not associated with a groomer, he may have a list of recommended groomers.
Most groomers will not use tranquilizers; however, they will handle a dog that has been tranquilized by the veterinarian or owner if they know that the drug has been given. Make sure the shop is well-lit, that the groomer and assistants handle the dogs gently, that old or arthritic dogs are treated with special consideration, and that the shampoos and flea and tick products meet your needs. Teach the dog to stand on command and to accept the attentions of a stranger without cringing or growling. Comb Mango regularly to prevent tangles and mats or schedule more frequent visits to the groomer. For those of you who have never had a dog, and sadly, even for some of you who do, none of what Richard Biby wrote here will strike a chord with you like it did with me. Also, I have never felt such a connection and love as when I brought home my own dog, Mila, who taught me not only to be obsessed with Pugs, but how very wonderful it is knowing that I am the one she relies on for surviving! Moe's energy, affectionateness, and (it must be said) demise easily bring to mind John Grogan's Marley. The narrator is young Corey Ingram, and thanks to Bauer's adept style, the book reads very much like a boy's endearing, rambling recollection of misadventures with a beloved pet.
He grew up with two dogs, Penny and Kim (and Kim’s nine puppies), and includes many of their stories in JUST A DOG.
Others seek low-maintenance dogs with wiry or shorter hair, or even hairless dogs, who are easier to manage, groom, and clean up after in the home. Non-shedding small dogs are not simply those with short, wiry, or little hair; many have long, thick, or double coats. Whatever reason we seek out dogs that don’t shed, as dog owners we need to keep in mind that the onus for controlling or managing dog hair in the house is as much our responsibility as it is a factor of dog genetics. If you have hardwood or tiled floors, regular sweeping, swiffering, or mopping will help; for those with carpets or rugs, regular vacuuming is the order of the day. While they tend to bond with one person more than others, Brussels Griffon dogs make excellent pets for families with children. With my back ground of training bird dogs and having worked with some of the leading drug detection dog trainers, it was just a question of which dog would work best for the job and putting my scent training methods to work.


It was so exciting to watch the young dogs go right to work, just as if they had been in the field for years. With the use of a trained Antler Dog, just look for a field or wooded area that has potential deer population and go hunting. I know that I might not be able to fully train my Aussie but does my Bloodhound puppy have potential? I live on 5 acres and was amazed that when they would come to within 50 feet or so they would stop put their noses in the air and follow their noses right to the antler.
I am 17 and have been archery hunting at our home farm for 4 years now and just came across some sheds myself on a walk though the woods. Dog incisors (the front teeth) are an effective comb; the little nibbles they etch on the bodies of pack mates stimulate the skin and have a calming effect. Remove embedded ticks with tweezers or protected fingers and drop them in a vial of alcohol. Otherwise, a dog that can do with a lick and a promise is a better choice as a family pet. Use a fine-toothed comb to check for fleas, and then flick the tiny insects into a container of warm, soapy water.
So teach the dog to stand or sit still and offer his paw, clip a tiny bit off each nail a couple of days in a row, or have the vet or groomer do the job. Spend 10-20 minutes every day or two, depending on the dog and the season of the year, and you'll increase the bond with your pet immeasurably along with insuring that you'll keep his skin and coat healthy and be aware of any subtle changes in condition. Other sources of recommendations include friends who own pets, boarding kennels that don't have their own grooming service, pet supply stores, shelters, and purebred breeders. Obedience classes are wonderful for this good manners exercise, which is an integral part of the Canine Good Citizen test. Matted hair can cause great pain to the dog and to the groomer who gets bitten because Mango's in pain from tangled locks. If, in spite of all you can do, Monkey hates grooming and is likely to bite, tell the groomer so she can take precautions.
You should maximize your chances of satisfaction by teaching the dog to accept the attentions of strangers and keeping the coat free of mats and tangles.
I also know a dog owner or two who probably should be kicked as well for the way they treat their dog.
There are well-crafted light moments, too: Corey's sister decorates Moe with markers, the dog shreds a stuffed Pink Panther that has a funny backstory, and Moe learns to fetch the family's newspaper (as well as those delivered to neighbors).
There is also plenty of lived experience and evidence to prove that even dogs who supposedly don’t shed much somehow manage to leave quite enough hair behind them around the house. Shedding is also a consequence of completely natural, if irregular, stresses such as giving birth to puppies, travel, illness, and allergies.
By the same token, it is important to remember that low-shedding dogs are not the same as low-maintenance dogs.
Dog shedding is a big problem for many pet owners, but it's another strike off the list for owners of hypoallergenic dog breeds. Many outfitters are finding the use of one of these dogs, can truly expand their hunting season. Who knows maybe she doesn't have it in her, I trained hounds for a number of years for coon and squirrel had average luck with tha. Also I read that teaching a dog to find sheds is bad because they will learn to "chase deer" is true?
We have found a number of antlers so far this year and its a great feeling knowing that with the 2 of them in the field your not just going for a walk in the woods! With that being said, I know many people that would love to spend the man hours looking for them but they just don't have the physical ability to do so.
A nubby glove or coarse rag is suitable for grooming faces and for stimulating the skin and conditioning the coat on short-coated dogs. Double-coated dogs generally drop their soft undercoats twice a year and lose their guard hairs once a year, although some individual dogs might shed constantly or only every 10-12 months. If you own a Poodle or a terrier, the selection may be a bit more difficult, for these breeds have special grooming requirements that take more time and expertise.
If routine vaccinations, including Bordatella, are not required, be aware that Cactus may bring home more than a new hairdo. If Peanut is tranquilized for the session, if she has a heart problem or is subject to seizures, if she has arthritis, or if she is extremely fearful, tell the groomer so she will be prepared. Sobering entries describe the events leading to Moe's decline and death, as well as Corey's father's downward spiral after losing his job.
Mosely is a Great Dane mix, a well-intentioned bull in a china shop entirely devoted to his people. Lower-frequency and less common reasons for shedding include injury, trauma, and malnutrition. Each dog, and every dog breed, is distinct with regard to size, temperament, disposition, and activity level. You can train an adult dog for this job as long as he has not been used to hunt live game and has the required attitude for hunting sheds.
What would be the best dog to get to hunt not only whitetail sheds but mule deer and elk especially.
Carefully remove vegetative matter such as grass awns, seed casings, or thorny twigs with fingers or comb.
Treat the house for fleas as well; modern controls for these pests use genetically altered natural insecticides, growth inhibitors, and drying agents that are both environmentally friendly and less toxic to people and pets. Not only is the dog painfully uncomfortable, he may cause a hematoma by breaking a blood vessel while shaking his head in response to the discomfort. Like you said, if you make the commitment to have them in your life, you better make them a priority in yours.
Reading like a heartfelt eulogy, Bauer's (Don't Call Me Ishmael!) book will be particularly moving for anyone mourning the loss of a pet.
The heartbreak begins when Moe is hit by a car; he recovers, but the accident itself and the moments after are gut-wrenching.
Dogs that don’t shed, or shed much, likewise run the gamut when you consider maintenance and grooming needs that vary based on coat consistency and thickness. During this exam, check your dog's feet and ears, look at her teeth, and feel for cuts or tumors. A warm bath helps accelerate the process and daily (or twice-daily) grooming can help control clouds of hair that scurry into corners and under furniture. The hematoma may dissipate on its own if Rover stops shaking his head or it may grow and require lancing and stitching. Moe later succumbs to cancer, and the family's efforts to care for him in his last days are strikingly tender. At the same time, Corey's parents are having struggles of their own, and the tension comes to a head in the backyard over the dog's body. Corey recalls Moe's serene personality and vows that he, too, will wait and hope for good things to come.



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