Off Leash Fun

All dogs need exercise, but they also need off leash playtime and freedom.


Off Leash Tips For Your Dog


  • Your dog needs to understand the “come command” before you can let him go off the leash and expect him to come back when called.
  • Train your puppy at the dog park, provided it’s safe.
  • Used only the fenced-in areas until Fido understands the “come “command.
  • Letting your dog run off leash at least a couple of times a week helps him to de-stress and keep him fit.
  • He can enjoy the dog park at his own pace and possibly make some good friends.
  • Off leash serves well to let your dog exercise aerobically.
  • Running and playing with other dogs when off leash burns off plenty of calories and keeps your dog fit.
  • He’ll be a much happier dog around the house and around other people and dogs.

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Sealyham Terrier. Welsh Dog Breeds.


Photo Credit: Wiki

Country of Origin:Wales


History:The Sealyham Terrier was bred to hunt otter, fox and badger on the Sealyham Estate in Wales.Today, this terrier does well in the show ring and as a companion.

Description: The Sealyham terrier, although small, is powerful.With a rectangular head and body,the Sealyham carries a beard and whiskers.He has small, brown eyes and a large, black nose.The Sealyham has folded ears that are leveled with the top of his head.His tail is docked and stands erect.He is double coated and carries a thick undercoat with a wiry outer coat, that is either all white with an off white/tan, or with brown colored markings on ears and head.

Height: 10.5 inches

Weight: 20-25 pounds

Temperament: The Sealyham terrier enjoys hunting. This is a resilient breed that is very loyal.

Activity Level:The Sealyham terrier thrives on regular exercise and having a good run.This breed is great with a terrier-familiar pet parent.

Special Needs: Positive training, fenced yard, socialization, grooming.

Health Concerns:Allergies,deafness and possibly eye problems


American Sealyham Terrier Club

American Sealyham Rescue Facebook




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Caucasian Shepherd or Caucasian Ovtcharka

Photo Credit: Chepka Dog

Country of Origin:Russia

Georgia,Azerbaijan,Armenia and Northern Caucasus

Group:Guardian, UKC

Alternative Names: Caucasian Mountain Dog, Russian Kavkazskaya,Ovtcharka,Nagazi, Gampr


The Caucasian Shepherd is thought to have originated from the Tibetan dogs ,who at the time traveled with the nomads.They settled in the Caucasus mountains more than 2,000 years ago.This breed remained a pure breed until the twentieth century, when Russia began a vigorous breeding program .This program utilized the Ovcharkas as guard dogs.There are many differences among Caucasian dogs breeds depending on where they originated from.


This spectacular and sometimes aggressive breed is strong-boned and muscular with an even-temper.They are slightly longer than tall. The Caucasian Shepherd has a large, broad wedge-shaped head with high- set drop ears. Traditionally these ears have been cropped, although today many of the modern Caucasian Shepherds are unaltered.Caucasian Shepherds are very large dogs.They have short muzzles, and browny- almond colored eyes, with a nose that is black and large.The Caucasian Shepherd has a double coat with a ruff.This coat can be short, medium, or long.The coat coloring can be gray, white , cream,fawn, or tan.They can also be brindle,piebald, and white with gray patches.Most preferred show-types are the long- coated grey dogs with a few white markings.Black and black-tan dogs are most times not accepted in the show ring.

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Photo Credit: Norsk Kennel Club

Height:Minimum 24.5-25.5 inches

Weight:Although there is no standard weight available, some Caucasian male Shepherds weigh in from 110 Ib to 200 Ib.

Temperament:The Caucasian Shepherd is intelligent, bold and even-tempered , yet aggressiveness does sometimes occur.Although very protective over family, it generally has a calm temperament.

Activity: Medium

Best Homes: This breed needs an experienced pet parent.The Caucasian Shepherd needs a job and socialization with positive training.

Needs:Special grooming, training and regular exercise.

Health Concerns: Hip and elbow dysplasia and cancer.Some of the bloodlines will carry a gene for rear dyspalsia.

Norsk Kennel Club

Kennel Club USA

Caucasian Shepherd Owners Club Facebook

UKC Dog Events


 Caucasian Ovtcharka of North America Rescue Facebook


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Leonberger. German Dog Breeds


Photo Credit- Wiki

Origin: Germany


History:The wonderful Leonberger dog is from Leonberg in Germany, and has been bred since 1846. The breed was developed from breeding the Landseer Newfoundlands, Saint Bernards and Great Pyrenees, so that they could produce a dog that looked like the town’s lion crest.This Leonberger was a great companion dog.Although it was nearly extinct after WW1, the Leonberger survived.


The Leonberger is a strong dog that has a large head.The tip of his  muzzle is black, and he has medium-drop ears with intelligent brown eyes.Tail is long and bushy.The Leonberger has a thick undercoat with a long, weather-resistant outer coat that sometimes is course.The coat tends to be long by his neck, chest and tail and is submerged with gold to reddish brown or a dark, blackish mask.Sometimes, the Leonberger will have black tips and small, white markings in his chest and toe tips.

Height: 25.5-31.5 inches

Weight:105 to 132 pounds

Temperament: The Leonberger was bred to be a companion.He is intelligent, sensitive, gentle, affectionate , and wonderful with children.

Activity Level: Medium to high

The Leonberger enjoys an active lifestyle with positive training and regular exercise.

Special Needs: Grooming, nutrition, exercise, socialization.

Health Needs: Addisons, hip and elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism,bloat , canine cancer and OCD.

Video Credit : Animal Planet. Dogs 101


Leonberger Club of America/Rescue

Leo Clubs Germany


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Network For Needy Dogs. Animal Wellness

Network for Needy Dogs

By: Claudia Bensimoun
As seen in: AWM Vol. 15 Issue 3


For many dog parents these days, the joy of adopting comes with the knowledge that social media helped them meet their new best friends. At the same time, shelters are attributing their success rates over the last few years to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Social media keeps adopters, rescuers and shelters connected and engaged in the rescue and no-kill movement. And it’s a trend that’s growing as more and more people make social media a daily part of their lives.

If you’ve ever wanted to get more involved in dog rescue, but aren’t in the position to do it yourself, you can use social media to make a difference by promoting adoption and ultimately finding homes for dogs in need. Here’s how to get started.

1. Find out if your local animal shelter has a social media presence. If not, start up a Facebook page for them and get active posting. This is especially important if the shelter isn’t a no-kill facility. Take the opportunity to advertise regularly using Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and/or even a blog. By using your social networking skills to advocate for dog adoption, you help raise awareness of the number of animals that need homes and that get euthanized every year – and this benefits everyone, including the shelter.

2. Encourage and inspire your friends and colleagues to share their own photos and stories on your Facebook page. Include success stories rather than tales of tragedy, and show the positive qualities of each dog. Keep in mind that it’s all about sharing and discussing dog rescue information.

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