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Guess the Breed and Win a FREE Orvis Dog’s Nest!


Written by: Eric Rickstad

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This breed (which is NOT pictured below) looks similar to a foxhound but is shorter with softer and longer ears. It has a superb sense of smell for tracking. The modern breed was bred in Great Britain circa 1830 from the Talbot Hound, the Southern Hound, and other breeds, possibly even the Harrier.

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Murph Training: Stealth


Written by: Eric Rickstad

No, I’m not training Murph for black ops missions, nor am I training him in secret. Actually stealth training refers to training Murph when he doesn’t know he is being trained. This is not a revolutionary concept by any means and good trainers do it all the time, but it’s worth talking about. A lot of amateur trainers (such as myself) tend to focus on the training session and forget about the rest of the day. First of all this sends an inconsistent message to the puppy and secondly, it is a lost opportunity.

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Did you just call my dog fat?


Written by: Eric Rickstad

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Logan’s ribs and hips stuck out when we first adopted him
photo by Eric Weissleder

We make a big deal (pun entirely intended) about being fat in this country. Truth be told, we’re not exactly a svelte nation. You can blame cheap fast food, advertising, or your grandmother’s pot roast, but the fact remains that obesity in adults, children, and yes, even dogs and cats, has become front page news.

I bring this up because of a brief conversation I had with my father the other day. I had left my Lab mix, Logan at my parent’s house for an afternoon. We were holding my three-year old son’s birthday party at our house and the excitement would have been too much for Logan to handle. Heck, it was almost too much for me. Logan enjoys his visits to their house, mainly because he gets to romp around with Kodi, my parent’s mildly insane golden retriever. I say mildly insane in the nicest way – she’s a lovely dog, if you prefer jumping, barking, drooling maniacs. But she’s clearly Logan’s type; he can’t get enough of her.

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Murph Training: Murph’s Rebellion


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Murphy has entered his first rebellious stage, which I knew would come eventually. It can be frustrating if you let it; so don’t let it, because it’s also pretty humorous. The key is to eliminate the opportunity for this response and take a step back for a few days.

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Murph Training, Week Three: Murphy Figures it Out


Written by: Eric Rickstad



Murph’s learning curve is so steep now I’m not sure where to begin. We continue to build on sit and stay, and now responding to his name and heel have been added to the mix. I am working Murph twice a day now for about 10 truly focused minutes each, once by himself here at work and then when I get home with Pickett added to the mix. But what’s important is that in every interaction with Murph, work or play, I try to make sure I am reinforcing a good habit and not accidentally instilling a bad one. I try to think through everything we’re doing.

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Dog Walks to Fight Canine Cancer are Springing Up


Written by: Eric Rickstad

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Goliath Takes a Break in the Sun
Photo by James Hathaway

Spring is right around the corner and it’s never too early to start planning your outdoor activities with family and friends. Each year, more and more, dog walks to help find cures for canine cancer are “springing” up, like the one at Elk Grove National Park in Elk Grove, California.

If you’re in the area, join Morris Animal Foundation and Northern California dog lovers on Saturday, May 7, for the 3rd annual Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk at Elk Grove Regional Park in Elk Grove. The event will benefit the Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign, an initiative to fund research to treat, prevent and, ultimately, cure cancer in dogs. To participate in this year’s K9 Cancer Walk, register at K9CancerWalk.

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Dog Days with Toby!


Written by: Eric Rickstad

There are many reasons I appreciate working at the Orvis Home Offices in Sunderland, Vermont: The upland cover and brook trout fishing just outside the door; the conservation work we support; the view outside the window; and the good people who are as committed to outdoor pursuits as I am. But on days like today, hands down the best reason has to be the love of dogs among associates and the dog-friendly atmosphere.

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