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Nose Work (Scent Work)

Ever wonder about if your Samoyed could be a drug detection, bomb detection, etc. dog? Well, they could – however; it’s much more fun to just do the sport of Nose or Scent work with them. No drugs around, no bombs around – just birch, anise, clove, and a few... (Continued)

Barn Hunt

In 2013-2014 the new dog sport of Barn Hunt originated and trials began. All Barn Hunt is overseen by the Barn Hunt Association (BHA) that registers dogs to participate, keeps all the records and issues certificates on line. Barn Hunt is a fun sport where the dogs use their noses... (Continued)

Trick Dogs, not Circus Dogs

When I started doing tricks with my Samoyeds - powerful, magnificent, spirited creatures dripping with animal grace and intelligence - the goal was not to dress them in pink tutus and make them unicycle around a ring or jump through hoops of fire. I stumbled into trick training through basic... (Continued)


Some useful resources related to showing, rescuing and owning Samoyeds are listed in this post. (Continued)


What is bloat? Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) is also known as bloat, stomach torsion, or twisted stomach. Bloat should be considered a life-threatening emergency! There are no home remedies for bloat, therefore DOG OWNERS SHOULD GET THEIR DOG TO AN EMERGENCY VET AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE IF THEY SUSPECT THEIR DOG... (Continued)

Household Plants Poisonous to Dogs

Some garden-variety plants can send your dog to the vet. (Continued)

Household Medications For Pets

The following is a list of common household human medications that can be used on pets. (Continued)

Dangers of Heat

It’s Hot Out!!! Boy has it been hot recently and more than likely more to come in the next days and weeks. Our double-coated guys can really suffer in this weather if we aren’t careful. The good news is those thick white coats also help protect from the heat. My... (Continued)


A big sounding word. Some of you may know of this as Pano, or maybe as Growing Pains. Basically it is an inflammation of the outer lining (periosteum) of one or more long bones. It is more common in the front legs but can occur in back legs as well.... (Continued)


Herding dogs have long been important in livestock industries. They are used in many countries of the world in day to day activities on sheep, goat, and cattle ranches. Today there is an increased interest by ‘weekend herders” (who live in cities and don’t own livestock) interested in working with... (Continued)


Many of us have walked into a nursing home or hospital to visit a friend or volunteer some time cheering up patients. Ever thought of taking your dog? It’s wonderfully rewarding, but not for all dogs. (Continued)


What is rally? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) pamphlet, it is “a companion sport to AKC Obedience. Both require teamwork between dog and handler along with similar performance skills.” What is fun about rally is you move at your own pace, just you and your dog. You don’t... (Continued)

Pack Hiking

If you like the outdoors and want to get away from it all with your Samoyed, pack hikes are great! Pack hikes, when completed according to the Samoyed Club of America Working Samoyed Program requirements, earn you 10 points for each mile of distance walked. Since 5 miles are required... (Continued)