Join us in spreading the word and raising awareness about the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (also fondly called duck tollers, toller dogs, or simply tollers by their owners), an unusual breed of dog fast gaining in popularity and prestige. Learn more about duck tolling retrievers and connect with toller breeders. Glean valuable advice on dog training and how to build a better repore with your toller. Share photos and toller videos of the burgeoning canine love of your life while you browse articles on a variety of topics ranging from dog allergies to new puppies. Peruse the toller forum for anecdotes and advice from other toller dog owners, all the while developing a stronger relationship with your dog. All this from a site bearing the Verisign Trust Seal, an indication of a site you can trust.
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
~ Roger Caras
Dogs over time have been generically blanketed with the reputation of being “man’s best friend” which, while often true, doesn’t account for the nuances and idiosyncrasies associated with differing breeds. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has these in spades.
Our dogs are so in tune to us, we often respond and interact with them in manners often reserved for people. But beyond this emotional connection, we often forget that much about their physiology has to parallels to our own. In fact, a 2003 study found them to be similar even on a genomic level, with many of the more than 350 genetic illnesses they can suffer from mimicking similar conditions in humans. It’s no surprise then that dogs can suffer from allergic reactions in the same way their homosapien counterparts can.
In an ideal world, we’d all win the battle of willpower and take care of our bodies while maintaining a healthy diet. Dogs have no such luck and look to us, their owners, to provide a diet that keeps them fit and happy. The market for pet food is a multi-billion dollar industry with numerous nutritional options dotting the store shelves. However, there may be debate as to whether these are truly nutritionally balanced options. In response to these concerns, there is a subset of dog owners who have taken to the option of creating their own nutritional regimen for their pets in an attempt to better meet their canine’s needs.