Part IV: When it isn’t an Infection

  Non-Infection Irritation Could your dog have no infectious organisms in his ear, yet still be inflamed, red and itchy or painful? Have you taken your dog to the vet and been shocked when the vet told you that your dog does not have an infection? Is that possible? Yes, it happens all the time, […]

Dog Food Myth #1

Dry Kibble is Good for Dogs’ Teeth Myth: Dry dog cereal type commercial food/kibble is good for your dog’s teeth. Don’t feed a wet food diet because that is bad for your dog’s teeth. I remember repeating that over and over again to clients, as instructed to by the veterinarian I worked for. I remember […]

What is a Hybrid

I often read critics of new or developing (and improving) dog breeds state that dogs like the Cockapoo are not hybrids, as they are not the cross between two species of animal. Unfortunately, this particular belief regarding the definition of the word ‘hybrid’ is quite incorrect. To help you (and any critic who may choose […]

Ear Health Part II: Preventing Ear Infections in Dogs

Have you read “Ear Health Part I: All About Ears” ? Proper ear cleaning is critical to avoid common ear ailments. My mother always said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and, as always with the maxims of mothers, this is worthy advice. With occasional maintenance and a few simple steps, […]

The Perfect Dog

I have worked with many different dog breeds over the years but ultimately I chose this medium sized hybrid dog. Why did I select this dog for a breeding program and all my fascination? Easy I just picked the dog that is, in my opinion anyway, the perfect companion dog. The Cockapoo makes an amazing family pet for […]

What is a Cockapoo Anyway?

An American Cockapoo is a hybrid (cross) between an American cocker spaniel and a poodle. This cross can be achieved by crossing two purebred dogs or by crossing two Cockapoos. The most consistent, reliable Cockapoos have Cockapoo parents and a Cockapoo-only pedigree for several generations. To learn what the Cockapoo should look like, weigh-in at […]

Are dogs Carnivores or Omnivores?

Question: Are dogs carnivorous or omnivorous? Answer: This seems like an oh-so-simple question which requires an oh-so-simple answer. Unfortunately, it is not that simple of an answer. Very simply, dogs are carnivorous. Wild dogs and their cousin wolves have never EVER been found in corn fields, stripping away ears of corn, shucking them, tearing off […]

What to Buy for Puppy

Wondering what to buy for a new puppy? You don’t want to leave anything out and yet there are a million supplies out there. What is necessary, what is just extra? What do I recommend? Below is my “ABC puppy list”. I have made an effort to make this basic suggested supply list as simple […]

Hypoallergenic Dogs

Question: My wife and I are thinking about bringing a dog into our family. However, my allergies are very sensitive. Recently, my wife’s parents purchased an F2 cockapoo. I can tolerate this dog much better and I was even able to hold the dog. Although my allergies did not bother me as much as when […]