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5 Ways Dogs Say Thank You

dog thankful andreBy Laurie Darroch

Even though our dogs don’t say thank you in words and may not truly understand the concept of giving thanks, they do say thank you to their human companions in their own unique ways. Dogs definitely do show their gratitude for our care, companionship and love. Here are 5 ways dogs thank us.

Licks and Tail Wagging

Although licks may be interpreted as a sign of affection, a soothing habit or a way for a dog to taste whatever is on your skin, licks can also be a way your dog says thank you for coming home or for giving them food, love and attention.

Tail wagging has different interpretations as well, but give your dog attention or a CANIDAE treat, or simply come home from a day away, and they are so grateful and happy to have you home.

However you interpret either physical act, your dog may simply be saying, “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! ” and “I love you too!” while he repeatedly licks you and wags his tail exuberantly.
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In Praise of Dogs

dog praise wagnerBy Laurie Darroch

When writing about dogs here on the CANIDAE RPO blog, we analyze, interpret, explore, investigate and delve into these very special creatures that have bonded deeply with us throughout human history. When I sit back and look at my own interactions with dogs, I often return to one simple thought – they deserve our praise. In so many ways, our dogs deserve our praise and admiration.

To some a dog is merely a dog, a creature no more significant than any other. To those of us who have a connection with a dog, we value them as companions, as family, as friends and as unique creatures that enrich our lives.  They can be challenging and drive us crazy with behavior mishaps. They can make us laugh, make us feel connected, guide us, comfort us, inspire us and teach us. It is a two-way relationship, but one where in essence they give so much more than they ask for in return.

We claim superior intelligence, but in their simple needs dogs teach us that loyalty and love are most important, and that the basics of home, health and sustenance are all we truly need beyond a connection with other living beings.
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5 Good Reasons to Brush your Dog

dog brush taroBy Laurie Darroch

No matter the type of coat your dog has – long or short, thick or thin – it’s a good idea to brush them on a regular basis. Brushing your dog’s fur is part of a healthy grooming routine that will not only help keep them in good condition, but help prevent other skin or pest problems from becoming debilitating. Here are five good reasons for brushing your dog.

Removes Loose Hair

Although some dogs shed a great deal more than others, brushing can help remove loose fur from any dog. Dogs with double layered thick coats are not the only ones who leave fur all over. Short wiry haired dogs shed it as well. This shed fur ends up all over your furniture, floor and your clothing. Routine brushing will help keep the fur from dropping all over the house.
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Five Smells That Dogs Don’t Like

dog smells joaquinBy Laurie Darroch

When your dog is getting into everything, you can use particular smells she doesn’t like to help keep her out of trouble. If she is in a hyper pestering mood, ruining your personal belongings, digging in your yard or messing up any other area, there are smells you can use to deter her. It’s natural behavior for a dog to chew and dig, but with the help of their sensitive sense of smell you can train them to stay away from places or things you don’t want them getting into.


Chili peppers get their kick from capsaicin, the main ingredient that gives them their spicy flavor and smell.  The spicier the pepper is, the more likely your dog will not care for the smell.

My dog hates jalapeno peppers. When she is being a pest, all I have to do is hold one up in front of her to make her back away. It works like a charm and as an added bonus, there is no mess. If she wants attention when I can’t give it to her and tries to get on me or in the middle of something I’m working on, I simply hold up the pepper and she stays away until I’m done. It doesn’t hurt her. Watching her stick her hind quarters in the air and make faces at the dangling pepper always makes me laugh, but it works.
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How to Help a Dog with Stiff Joints

stiff joints fredBy Laurie Darroch

Stiff joints in a dog can be caused by a variety of physical issues, or just simple aging. There are ways to help your dog achieve the best function and ambulation possible, as well as decrease the accompanying pain or discomfort.

Signs of Joint Pain

If your dog’s movement seems slower than normal, or they move in stiff awkward motions, they may be experiencing joint pain. Normal activities such as climbing the stairs or jumping up to a favorite resting spot may be difficult or even impossible. Obsessively licking a sore area, limping, swollen joints, resistance to normal physical activity, slow walking, or joints that are tender to your touch are all signs there is something amiss.


A gentle massage to the sore joints and surrounding areas can help loosen the stiffness your dog is experiencing. Some conditions may cause extreme joint pain. Check with your vet to make sure a massage is not going to damage your dog’s joints further. They can give you tips on how to do it effectively as well.
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“Dog Speak,” a Poem with Dog Related Phrases

dog speakBy Laurie Darroch

It’s amazing to see how much dogs have become interwoven in our speech. Even references related to their behavior and interactions with humans and other dogs make an occasional appearance in our vocabulary and conversations. These loyal companions influence us in every walk of life, ranging from day-to-day living all the way to the military and politics, and everything in between. Dog references appear in expressions about our strengths and weaknesses, in humorous anecdotes, in serious commentaries and light hearted bantering between friends.

Whether you are a dog lover or not, chances are that you have used expressions that harken back to our interactions with these beautiful creatures. This poem is in honor of the depth that dogs have touched our lives. It is written with a touch of humor using just a few of the words and expressions that have become part of our communication. “Dog speak” is a wonderful and colorful part of our spoken and written language.
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