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Leonberger. German Dog Breeds


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Origin: Germany

Group: UKC.Guardian

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.The Leonberger was a great companion dog. Although nearly extinct after WW1, the Leonberger survived and is still a very popular breed today.


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 is sometimes course. His coat tends to be long around the neck, chest and tail areas, and is filled with gold to reddish brown, or a dark, black mask. The Leonberger can also have black tips and small, white markings on his chest and feet.

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.

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December 18th, 2013 by 

Hanrob Pet HotelsBy Claudia Bensimoun

Whether you’re travelling this holiday season and have to leave your furry best friend behind, or just need to a few days boarding during the hectic holiday season, Hanrob Pet Hotels is the latest concept in dog boarding. If you bring your dog along on a pet vacay but have plans that may not be pet friendly, Hanrob Pet Hotels can also be used for short-term boarding in either Melbourne or Sydney.

Hanrob Pet Hotels Luxury Boarding

Hanrob Pet Hotels takes on a whole new personalised approach that is dedicated to ensure the safety and comfort of your pets. When it comes to travel, pets and their pet parents have two things in common: Safety and Comfort. According to a recent survey by Hanrob, 51.6% of pet parents were concerned about their pets running away. Hanrob founder Andrew Biggs explains that safety, comfort, play, nutrition and the wellbeing of your pets are the number one priority here. This luxurious pet hotel not only offers a wide range of packages to suit even the most discerning pet parent, but also offers a man-made beach for your dogs’ enjoyment. Australia’s most pampered pets are resorting to exclusive and luxurious tailored boarding packages for their furry companions. Luxury pet services include a fleet of air-conditioned pet shuttles and limousines, doggy spa day with aromatherapy grooming, aged care and gourmet dining.


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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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Make It Stop.Sound Phobia in Dogs. Animal Wellness.

Sensitive to Sound?

By: Claudia Bensimoun

As seen in: AWM Vol. 15 Issue 5

You know dogs have a keener sense of hearing than we do. What you may not know is that some canines are extra sensitive to sound, and can develop fearful behavior because of it.

Karen adopted Penny from her local shelter. Sensitive to every sound, the shepherd mix was almost too fearful to go for walks. Determined to find a way to help Penny overcome her sound phobia, Karen first consulted her veterinarian to check for any medical issues. The next stop was a veterinary behaviorist, who used desensitization and behavior modification to help Penny regain confidence and generally overcome her fear of noises.


Sound sensitivity, though more common in herding breeds such as German shepherds, border collies and Labradors, can affect any dog at any age. Think of the terrier mix who hides cowering under the coffee table during a thunderstorm, or the poodle who gets the jitters every time a transport truck rumbles by.

A new study has gained insight into how domestic dogs react to noises. “Our results suggest that the characteristics of dogs, their early environment, and exposure to specific noises are involved in the development of fear responses to noises,” says Dr. Rachel Casey, who led the study at the School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol.

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What is Petiquette?

Does Fido Behave Around Guests & Food?

By: Claudia Bensimoun

As seen in: AWM Vol. 15 Issue 6

The house is decorated, the gifts are wrapped, and you’re ready for visitors – but is your dog? Check out this training advice for holiday “petiquette”.

Your dog loves to say hello when friends and family come to visit. He barks, leaps up on people, gets under their feet, or gives them big sloppy kisses.

There may be some embarrassing moments, such as inappropriate sniffing, or a tampon pilfered from someone’s purse and used as a chew toy. Or maybe your dog doesn’t like visitors at all, and responds with growling, fear or even aggression. Either way, he’s not as well-behaved around guests as you’d like him to be. By understanding your dog’s mindset, you can help ensure he’ll observe proper “petiquette” during the holidays, or any other time visitors are expected. “A goal is to make yourself, your guests and your environment ‘boring’,” says renowned positive trainer Victoria Stilwell. “If the dog feels it’s no big deal when someone new comes through the door and sits on his favorite couch, or when there are a lot of people around the dining room table, he won’t feel a need to respond.”

The key to a dog that behaves well with guests is to plan ahead, she adds. “Work well in advance on your dog’s greeting behavior, and get him used to seeing new people in the house.”


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Brain Food. Animal Wellness

Brain Food

By: Claudia Bensimoun

As seen in: AWM Vol. 15 Issue 1

Did you know your dog’s diet can have an influence on his behavior and intelligence?

If you’ve ever felt lazy after eating a big meal, or hyperactive following a sugary treat, then you have an idea of how what we eat can affect our behavior. The same applies to dogs. In fact, scientists now believe it’s possible to change the neurological and physical aspects of a dog’s brain, thus directly affecting his behavior and intelligence, through nutrition.

Good nutrition vital to puppies

The best evidence that nutrition may play a critical role in brain function and behavior comes from studies conducted at the University of Toronto by a team of researchers and behavioral neurologist, Norton Milgram.These studies showed that gross development of the canine brain is extremely rapid during the first four weeks after birth, then slows considerably until the pup reaches adulthood. “Inclusion of fish oil rich in Omega 3 fatty acids in maternal foods has been shown to increase learning ability and ERG-assessed retinal function in growing puppies,” says Dr. Milgram. Feeding fish oil rich in DHA improves how quickly a puppy responds to training, and also enhances his cognitive development.

Linolenic (Omega 3) and linoleic (Omega 6) fatty acids play an important part in a dog’s diet. Dogs require both, but fat sources differ greatly in their concentrated amounts of Omegas 3 and 6. Both continue to be a major focus of study when it comes to behavior and nutrition. Omega 3 is found in high levels in fish oils. It is also found in flaxseed, what germ, canola and soybean oils.

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