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Opinion or fact? Dog Buffs

dogbuffsFinding good advice can be difficult, regardless of subject.  Since the advent of the internet, information is readily at our fingertips, but now the challenge can be determining if the information is opinion or fact.  An example of this quandary can be seen on the website, Dog Buffs, where they have a page dedicated to the topic of Nutro dog food.

At first glance, the page seems like a news article about the benefits of feeding Nutro.  But reading further into it, the author compares Nutro brands against each other and then to outside brands – then finally the author “ranks” them.  The article is posted anonymously, leaving the reader with no idea of the expertise level of the writer.

The site is a great place to start your nutrition or training research…but for in depth information and to answer the “why?” factor, you will have to search elsewhere.  For example, on the puppy foods page, the statement “dry puppy foods are generally healthier and more economical” might in fact be a true statement, but the article doesn’t justify the author’s position or tell the reader why they should trust their judgment.

Dog Buffs does contain a lot good tidbits of information on clicker training, puppy socialization and behavioral problems.  The website is clear, easy to navigate and an easy read.  But, it did leave us wanting for more.  We really would like to have seen clickable links to the products or websites referred to in their articles or reviews.  It can be quite a
pain to have to copy/paste into a new web browser to see what the
author is talking about.

Dog Buffs claims it wishes to be “the authoritative online encyclopedia for dogs and puppies”.  While the site has made a good start towards that goal, it needs to add a lot more content & provide the background on the authors before it can begin to fulfill that claim to it’s readers.  Dog Buffs has the right idea and their hearts are in the right place – wanting to give dog owners the best information.  The site just needs to do a better job convincing it’s readers who they are & why their information can be trusted.

We as dog lovers must not believe everything that is posted on the internet is accurate.  When researching information on your pet’s health, nutrition or training, it is best to do your homework.  Read as much as you can & from as many sources as possible on the topic and then consult a professional.  Your vet and respected professional trainers are your best source to determine if all the conclusions you have reached are based on fact or opinion.

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Breeding Master

Breeding dogs is part art, part science.  A responsible breeder keeps meticulous, detailed records of every dog involved in their program; past and present.  But it can be easy to misplace information & loose track – especially if you are running a large, multi-dog operation.

The folks at Breeding Master have developed software to help dog breeders consolidate any and all information related to their dogs.  It might seem a little daunting to those of you accustom to paper files, but once you spend the time inputting the information, you will find that the software has some very handy features.

The software organizes & tracks individual dogs, tracks pairings & resulting offspring, kennels you network with, show results & points, awards & photos – even vaccination records.  It also has a section for “human” information, broken down into “breeders” and “owners”.  Wouldn’t it be nice to track all your puppy buyers and business contacts in one place?  Now it is quick & easy to find the phone number of the person who bought that potential show pup from you last year.  With a few clicks, their contact information is displayed & you don’t have to rummage through stacks of contracts.

The pedigree generator for an individual dog goes back 5 generations (which users might want to see increased).  But, the pedigree can also be easily printed – a nice thing to pass along to puppy buyers or other potential breeders.

The only thing we wish we saw was a back-up feature.  We don’t recommend relying on any computer or software as their only repository for their important information.  Computers & their parts sometimes break or, god forbid, a fire or flood takes out your home.  Backing up computer information is important & it would be helpful to capture the information files to disc for back-up storage elsewhere.

Breeding Master uses the Windows Office® platform & was super easy to install.  If you are familiar with Windows Office®, you will find using & navigating the software simple & intuitive.  Even better, Breeding Master encourages customers to submit software upgrade suggestions for future version releases – a nice touch.

Bonus: Breeding Master has a 30 day free trial.  But even so, it is very reasonably priced at $35.00 and upgrades are free.  Give Breeding Master a try…what do you have to loose?

Link: Breeding Master

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FURminator meets Sheltie…

Written by guest author & Sheltie Nation member, Jorge Hurtado.

Luna likes to go to the local dog park here in Gainesville.  Over the past couple of weekends, Luna’s friends kept talking about a grooming product called the FURminator.  Crystal (my fiancée) and I had never heard of the FURminator.  We went in to the dog park gift shop where they had a few on sale. We had to check out what this latest craze was.

FURminatorThe FURminator is a grooming tool which resembles a fine tooth comb.  It looked promising until we noticed the price on the FURminator.  The smallest tool (the tool we eventually purchased) is a 1.7 inch edge FURminator with a hefty price tag of $35.00.  The medium (2.6 inch edge) and the large (4 inch edge) went for $42.00 and $49.00, respectively.  We’re college students so the price tag was somewhat steep for us.  Since everyone was raving out the FURminator, I went ahead and did a bit of research on the web.

First, I headed to the FURminator website.  On their website, they showed pictures of dogs (and cats) after a session with the FURminator.  Globs and globs of loose fur laid around the dogs.  The site itself was very informational with pictures and a video as to how the FURminator works.  It almost seemed too good to be true so I went ahead and did a little more research on sites such as Amazon and Petsmart.  For every 100 reviews on the tool, I could only find one or two which may have been considered a negative review.

I went ahead and searched around for the FURminator on the internet.   I was able to find the cheapest price on Amazon.  At the time of purchase, the small 1.7 inch tool (we figured that would be best for Luna) went for $25.99, about $10 less than most places we searched. We ordered one for Luna and waited a few days for it to arrive.

Sheltie about to be groomedA few days passed and UPS arrived with our new grooming tool.  After coming home from work, we opened the box and inside was a plain plastic bag sealed with a FURminator cardboard tag.  Inside the plastic bag were directions on how to use the FURminator.  The first thing we noticed in the directions was the following:  Because the FURminator deShedding tool will extract an abundance of hair, position your dog or cat in an area that is easy to sweep or vacuum. We decided to take Luna into the bathroom since it’s tiled and easy to vacuum.  Here’s Luna preparing for a date with the FURminator.

Sheltie furball after groomingLuna’s always been a good dog when it comes to grooming.  (It does help when you start at an early age.)  After 30 minutes of brushing with the FURminator, here’s Luna wondering where it all came from.

The FURminator claims that as a result of regular brushing (twice a week for about 20 minutes each session), shedding is kept to a minimum and as a result your vacuum (or broom) will love you for it.  After using the FURminator for a week, I can confidently say that the amount of hairballs and loose hair on our carpet and inside our cars has definitely been much less than normal.  It’s very easy to know when it’s time to brush again because your seats begin to turn sable (or blue/black for those with more exotic Shelties!). 

Luna loves the FURminator.  She stands and laughs during the whole process.  Luna has dry hair along her back legs and tail but since using the FURminator her hair’s been much more smooth and healthy looking.  The rest of her coat feels almost silky and has a nice glow to it.  Mind you Luna is a smaller than average Sheltie so the amount of fur will vary between her and your Sheltie, but the amount of fur we still removed was incredible.  The price of the FURminator was more than worth it.  My only regret is not knowing about it until now (I believe it’s been out a year already).

Overall, the FURminator’s a wonderful tool to help curb shedding.  It won’t stop it completely, but it has helped tremendously.  The amount of hair not on our clothes, couches, car seats, floors, etc. has decreased considerably.  We’ve been able to vacuum our apartment without having to change the bag multiple times!  If you need help with your Sheltie shedding, try the FURminator.  The price is well worth it (and if you don’t like it, it does come with a 30 day money back guarantee!).

Thanks Jorge – we would be interested to hear other members comments on this product too!

If you are interested in purchasing a FURminator – Amazon has the best pricing.