Volume 12 | Number 3
Luvk9s March monthly newsletter
The coronavirus is on everyone's mind and dog owners are worried about their beloved pets. There appears to be some misinformation about whether or not dogs can catch the virus and/or transmit it to humans. According to The Whole Dog Journal, there is no evidence to indicate that dogs (or cats) can carry or transmit COVID-19 . The one widely spread report that the pet dog of a COVID-19 patient in Hong Kong tested "weak positive" for the virus was most likely environmental contamination as there have been no further cases reported. Check out our QUICK CLICKS section for more information.


How old is your dog in human years?
Dog owners often use the “seven-year-rule” to calculate their dog’s age in human years - simply multiply your dog’s age by 7. This would make my 13-year-old Labrador retriever 91 years old in human years.

This calculation is not supported by science, so how did this calculation evolve? The most common explanation is that in the early 1950’s, when this calculation became popular, the average life expectancy of a human was about 70 years and canines about 10 years; thus the 7:1 ratio became a logical (and easy) way to calculate a dog’s age in human years.

But new scientific research suggests there is a more accurate way to calculate your dog’s age in human years.    

Breed of the month: Basset Hound
Image by Sebastian Molina Bullirich, Pixabay 
The Basset Hound was developed in France to hunt rabbits. But did you also know that:

  • Basset Hounds are known for their incredible sense of smell, beat out only by the Bloodhound?
  • They hold the record for the longest ears, which helps them gather scent on the hunt?
  • Their short legs bring their nose closer to the ground to capture the scent?
  • They make wonderful family pets but can be difficult to train?

Upcoming group classes
Luvk9s is now offering Saturday classes
(in addition to our regular week-day classes!)

Red Barn Kennels in Dawsonville (Big Canoe)
  • Puppy class (starts Thurs., March 26)
  • Basic obedience (starts Thurs. March 26)
  • Agility (starts Weds., April 15)
  • Enrichment class (starts Weds., April 15)

Ball Ground Hounds in Ball Ground
  • Basic obedience (starts Sat., April 18)
  • CGC - Canine Good Citizenship (starts Sat. April 18)

Luvk9s continues to offer private lessons in North Georgia as well as Canton, Ball Ground, Woodstock, Marietta and surrounding areas.
Dogs love learning!
Image courtesy of Dreamstime.com
"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog."
Sydney Jeanne Seward