Denise Hutson
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Denise Hutson Aug 6, 2010. 2 Replies

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Norfolk Virginia
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I am a canine behaviorist and the co-founder of the 5th largest therapy/assistance animal training organization in the US....Helping Paws International. I am retired and have a total of 11 dogs, all with issues and all different breeds. I work very closely with retired racing greyhounds and have 2 senior greyhounds.
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Daisy and Penelope are 1 year old. They are very playful, full of energy and run my household. They prefer the human bed to theirs but only when there are no flannel sheets on the bed. They love to sun themselves but preferably in the shade.....they hate the swimming pool but love to take a bath, usually with me without my consent. They love to eat but not dog food, people food. They love all table scraps but hate frozen meatballs. They are very well trained but only when they want to be, they are GREAT therapy animals.

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New Behavioral Post-Interesting doggy facts

Posted on February 20, 2009 at 5:48am 4 Comments

DID YOU KNOW........

Let’s start out with an interesting “factoid”……Those silly looking poodle haircuts we have all laughed about and wondered what drug the groomer was on when they “did the deed” are the actual and appropriate cuts done over several hundred years ago. The poodle was first bred in England for hunting small game, but it was discovered when the dog was wet, it greatly limited the speed and agility in which the dog could perform. So the dog was shaved, but due to the… Continue

Denise Hutsons' Interesting doggy facts

Posted on January 2, 2009 at 3:11pm 3 Comments

Since I am an animal behaviorist, I thought I would start sharing some fun facts about our canine friends. I will do this as often as I can. SO..........


Yes, your dog loves toilet water. Why? Most of your dogs behaviors, wanted and unwanted all relate back to pack behavior. First, toilet water is always fresh and cool. Flushing of the toilet brings in fresh oxygenated water, and the porcelain surface keeps the water cool,… Continue

A visit from the Stork!

Posted on December 21, 2008 at 6:22pm 3 Comments

I have a new baby girl puggy. Her name is Penelope and she is gorgeous! My husband brought her to me for a christmas present, wrapped in a pink blanket..........SIGH!


Posted on November 12, 2008 at 2:57pm 1 Comment

If everyone will look at Makayla Lynn's page, look at her pictures and I think it is the next to the last one, it is a closeup of the dogs face, on the bottom chin area you can see exactly what my pug has, but mine has it all over her chin, and on her mouth area. I am going to post a pic of her asap but this is what she has. Let me know what everyone thinks.

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At 3:34pm on August 22, 2010, Matthew Hernandez said…
Hello Denise!!! Hope you've had a great weekend!!! Dolce Dog had a great day at the dog park and she is done for the rest of the day! Lol. CoCo Belle has her vet checkup in the morning so here's to hoping it goes well! Cheers. 
At 3:29am on August 10, 2010, Helena Brown said…
Hi Denise, I wish I could help with Penelope's surgery but as I said I am completely unhelpful in that way. I know that nearly all have been fine after it. Roisin in Ireland with Isla has had it done twice her diagnosis was not the best because they discovered that she had stage 3 larygeal collapse and she was not happy because her own Vet had told her she was fine there. Isla is doing well though with care, but the shortening of the palate seems to go quite smoothly. I know I would be just like you if it was Hektor. I am very much the worrier, maybe a little less than I was with the other two but I am off to the Vet ASAP when I feel it is needed. On the subject of Dunottar Castle, isn't it funny that you and Elaine both have memories of the place. My Husband wanted to show me there so many times and when Henry and Angus were still alive we went up. It was a dreadfully hot day and we were too early to get in and we moved on, so when we were between Pugs we visited on what was a perfect spring day as you can see in the picture. It is one of my favourite pictures and I wanted to show Brent the very best of my country that I could. I hope that Penelope continues to improve and doesn't give you any more worries. Helena
At 10:55am on August 9, 2010, Helena Brown said…
Denise How is Penelope doing since her operation?
At 7:47pm on January 16, 2010, Pug Chick said…
Just found you and enjoyed reading all your interesting canine facts. May I pick your brain so to
We have 2 pugs and they are the loves of my life, but my ? is not about them. I was wondering what advice you might have regarding a 6 yr old female Jack Russell Terrior we just rescued from deplorable conditions. She belonged to my husbonds uncle who died in July 2009. Now comes the heartbreaking part ( I'm looking for info on how to socialize her and help gain her trust etc.) I expect for all her life she has been kept inside with very little if any socialization. I know for a fact that the past year she has been locked in a nasty rat infested, recently condemed home. Where her only contact with people was this guy the uncle knew who would come by to feed her. She was not even taken out to do her business, but living in it. Covered in fleas, she has chewed off most of her fur on her hind side and legs. Anyhow we rescued her Friday Jan 15. She was extremely scared and snarling and biting. The guy who had been feeding her put her in a crate for me and I immeadiatly took her to my vet. Amazingly health wise she is not in to bad of shape. Got her cleaned up and given flea capsule etc. She is beginning to trust me, but is a major mentle case. Her health issues can be easily treated, it's her mentle issues I'm looking for advice on. Sorry this is so long but I felt you would need as much info as you could get. Let me know if you need any other info and any advice you can offer is much appreciated. Oh I posted pics of her on my page.
At 8:29am on December 20, 2009, Pugman! said…
As an addendum: SOCIALIZE: To take part in social activities or behave in a friendly way with others.
At 11:08am on December 19, 2009, Pugman! said…
I'm thinking...this of course is a thought provoking question requiring careful placement of words and ideologies. I too enjoy stimulating conversations. So many things can be learned from both sides. I possess absoluely none of the professional background you have acquired (something I should start researching now that my time is mine). And what better place to start...conversing with you....hope you will bear with me on this.

The ideas I hold stem from having been in the show arena first, and then everyday life, and of course questions I have asked through the years of people that I considred having a much broader knowledge base than me.

Episodes of misbehaving are going to occur, this can not be avoided, whether it be in the humon arena or between our four legged friends. This is an indisputable fact.

With regards to the show arena, this behavior is frowned upon and depending upon the severity of the behavior, the perpetrator can be removed from showing and any points acquired during that show can be removed for that show. Again depending on the severity of the bad behavior the animal can possible face permanent disqualification from showing. A rare occurance, but still there.

Having said this, for me the following hold great importance .With proper and even intensive training (if deemed necessary) this behavior can be minimized and even irradicated. A dog showing aggesive behavior should be a warning flag of potintual disaster at a future time. Necesitating appropriate interventive actions by the owner or handler. An aggresive behavior can lead to devestating consequens both to the aggresor and the potintual victim. In closing how can it be an acceptable behavior in humans or domesticated animals? I underline the work acceptable. I egarly await your response, I have a feeling I am about to broaden my knowledge base.
At 5:58pm on December 18, 2009, Denise Hutson said…
Humm.....interesting ...... Let me put this to you-are you talking aggression being socially unacceptable behavior in a human arena or an animal arena?? I know what you initially meant, but loving to have mentally stimulating conversations such as this can become, I am interested in your thoughts on the above comment.
At 5:12pm on December 18, 2009, Pugman! said…
You really have me thinking about my platform. That being: Aggression is a behavior, aggression is not a socially acceptable behavior hence aggression is a weak link in the socialization process. I defer to your expertise, is my thinking in error? I left out the tie between social and behavioral traits in my last comment to you.

And thank you so much for your compliment on my gang of gangsters. I kinda love them just a wee bit.
At 4:21pm on December 18, 2009, Pugman! said…
I have read your bio, and am impressed, still I remain confussed as to which of us your comment pertains too. My position is aggression is not something to be taken lightly, and has a great and imidiate need to be corrected. Again, how can aggression not be a behavioral issue as has been stated by another. Is it I that am way out in the prerverbial left field? If so then my ignorance shines through and I am duely embarrassed.
At 1:49pm on December 18, 2009, Pugman! said…
I need clarification it me you disagree with, if so please guide me to the right path. I am always open to better ways of accomplishing things..Brent

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