Happy 10th Gotcha Day, Tiki + DogTipper Blogiversary!

It’s hard to believe, but 10 years ago today we adopted Tiki at what is now Texas Humane Heroes! Tiki had been found by shelter staff when they arrived at work one morning; she was just sitting…



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New Red Ball

Anka likes this one. It’s durable and it squeaks.

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Famous war dog Stubby is the star of “An American Hero”

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Super sniffer dogs crack down on illegal ivory poaching

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Very good dog rides the train like a human

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Win a $100 Gift Card! #Giveaway

We’re celebrating around here! The coming days mark not only the 10th anniversary of DogTipper (wow, how did that happen already?!) — but also the weekend of the POP Cats show where…



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Fitness Tracker for Your Dog

Now that I work from home, I can see that my dog, Penny, spends most of her days sleeping on the couch. Of course, she’s 12 years old, so that’s probably pretty typical. If you have a younger dog and want to get a good idea of how much exercise he or she is getting, […]


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Official State Dogs

It’s a travesty! Only 11 of our 50 states have adopted a breed as the “official” dog of their state. I mean, all 50 states have an official bird. A bird, for crying out loud? And not a dog? See if your state made the list: Alaska: The Malamute. No surprise there. In probably the […]


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This man has spent about $14,000 for a memorial to his late Chihuahua

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Well-behaved doggy

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Today was the first time I’ve been complimented on how well-trained Anka is. The fellow who owns the car dealership across the street has seen me out working with her, and he was just so impressed with her.

Now, I still believe she’s mostly in the raw, and we’re working on making her even more dead solid. She’ probably better behaved than most random dogs you’re going to come across, but she’s no top IPO dog, that’s for sure.

I am not a particularly good dog trainer, but this animal and I have just clicked in a very profound way. She is one of those dogs that loves to play ball, but she’s also one of those dogs that really hates to make her owner cross.

And I guess that’s how it works. I have to have a ball crazed nut to build the relationship, because I do not do well with dogs that require constantly cuddling and treats to form the bond.

I wish I had been able to start with her as an 8-week-old pup, and my guess is she didn’t have a perfect life before I got her.  But she is a dead solid German shepherd, with lots of drive and great nerves. She also has defense drive, but it having a brain and good nerves tempers all of it.

Genetics does play a big role in creating the dogs we have. I wish I could have had her as a little puppy so that I could bring about a very strong foundation on what really is an awesome dog.

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