Sherry Davis

  • SHERRY DAVIS: A certain breed drawn to dog-sports

    Although I was unable to attend last weekend's 2015 Kern County Kennel Club dog show, students kept me apprised via text of their triumphs and disasters almost as they were happening and I was able to offer congratulations and condolences as needed. Dog sports are generally just like any other

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Dogs do communicate when they need to 'go'

    A couple of weeks ago while channel-surfing I happened upon the movie "Ted." If you haven't seen it or heard of it, it's a comedy about a guy and his best friend, a foul-mouthed teddy bear. As I watched, it made me think about all the clients who express frustration that their

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Let's go over dog crating basics

    A few days before Christmas I received a desperate call from a former client whose crated 8-1/2 week old puppy's crying and howling at night was preventing her family from sleeping. Since I had worked with Kathleen 12 years ago in the training of her beloved dog Magic, she was familiar with

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Why are so many dogs disposed of by owners?

    A few weeks ago I watched one of the most emotion-provoking programs I'd seen in a long time. Reported by KGET's Rachelle Murcia, the three-part special investigation, "Disposable Pets," was an in-depth exploration of the obstacles and frustrations facing those who rescue and

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Leading dog does not sacrifice love

    "I felt like a parent who had been summoned to the principal's office because of their child's bad behavior," Bobbi told me as she described the day she was called to come pick up her puppy from daycare. Not that Baxter has a mean bone in his body, but it seems the young (10-

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Here's an addition to your dog's first-aid kit

    Here's some valuable information for every pet owner, and I assure you a copy will go in my dogs' first-aid kit. In an article for "Dog Fancy Magazine," board-certified veterinary specialist Justine Lee, D.V.M., a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Prevent dogs' yard destruction with proper training

    Barking, hole digging, landscape destruction. When dog owners contact me for help with any of these behaviors, it is never a surprise to hear that their dogs are confined for long periods of time to the backyard. While many owners cringe at the thought of using a crate during the housebreaking and

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    SHERRY DAVIS: When your dog has a urinary tract infection

    Great! Nora has a urinary tract infection. I guess I shouldn't be surprised; it seems like every female dog I've ever given houseroom to has had one at one time or another. The common symptoms were there; she was drinking a lot of water and started urinating more frequently, followed by

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    SHERRY DAVIS: With groundwork laid, dog ready for formal education

    It's always great when I'm out and about in Bakersfield and run into readers of this column. The love we share for dogs makes it feel like I'm bumping into old friends. Regular readers often remark about how much they enjoyed a particular column while others offer suggestions for a

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Service dog fraud is becoming epidemic

    If you're a regular reader of this column, you already know my feelings about people who try to pass their dogs off as service dogs so they can take them into places of business, restaurants or on public transportation. Service dogs require years of expert training to perform specific

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Weigh evidence when you consider jerky treats for dogs

    The safety of jerky treats for dogs has been in doubt since early 2007, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began hearing from dog owners and veterinarians about animals becoming ill or dying after eating chicken jerky treats made in China. After several years of searching for a

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Training tips for dogs' potty time

    Emails with a subject line that reads "Need Help for Potty Retraining" are always head-shakers and usually mean one of two things. Either they are about a dog who was never properly housebroken and the owner has finally decided to train it before replacing his/her urine-soaked carpet. Or

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Create boundaries, expectations for dogs

    Training continues with my new dog, Nora. A housebreaking schedule has been established with only a couple of unavoidable mistakes made during the worming process. Nora indicates her need to go out by sitting up and tapping her front paws on the crate pan. Although still escorted in and out of

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    SHERRY DAVIS: My new dog needed me to need her

    If a week ago the world's greatest psychic had predicted that I would be getting a new dog, I would have told him that he should seriously consider another line of work. Bringing in a new dog is something I give a lot of thought to, and for the last few months I've had more pressing

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    SHERRY DAVIS: The most popular dogs -- and what we spend on them

    It's always interesting when the numbers come in for the American Kennel Club's registration statistics listing the most popular purebred dogs for the previous year. While there are never any big surprises, the list is noteworthy in that it often shows certain trends. For example, for

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Ensure dogs have plenty of clean water

    The importance of water cannot be taken for granted, especially in these hotter months. Water is essential to maintaining your dog's body functions and preventing dehydration, overheating and heatstroke. I witness too often this heartbreaking scenario or one similar: a dog accommodating its

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Prepare your pet before a disaster strikes

    At least twice a year I make it a practice to update my dogs' records file, which includes verifying upcoming vaccination dates, updating microchip contacts and purging any unnecessary or outdated paperwork. Recently as I performed that habitual process, I decided it was as good a time as any

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    SHERRY DAVIS: When dogs become possessive of food

    Lynette writes that her sweet and affectionate 4-year-old toy poodle has "suddenly" become possessive of food. Incident No. 1. "About a month ago she got into the trash and got hold of a cooked pork bone. When I tried to take it away, she growled and snapped at me, Startled, I