Sunday, August 28, 2016

Who really is the BOSS in your house?

People let me tell you ‘bout my best friend, he’s a warm boy, cuddly toy, my up, my down, my pride and joy. People let me tell you ‘bout him he’s so much fun………….

If you’re old enough to remember that theme song – let’s get together for lunch and commiserate. If you’re not, it’s from an old TV show called “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” and you should seek it out on DVD. The point here isn’t nostalgia, though. It’s a cute theme, but it’s not good parenting – of children or dogs.

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Dogs are pack animals and need leadership clearly defined. If you don’t take the lead, Muffy thinks she’s in charge. And Muffy has absolutely no clue how your household should be run. You can be absolutely certain that if Muffy rules the roost, everyone’s going to be miserable. You won’t be able to eat, sleep, or live in peace.

On the other hand, if you’re in charge, Brutus is going to be a happy camper. Teach him the rules and insist that he lives by them. It works. 

The most difficult dog we’ve ever had is a Boston Terrier. She’s a sweet dog, but her wiring is tangled. A friend of mine who works in a social service agency likened her to a child with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. We have developed a strict schedule for her and we stick to it. Given the opportunity, she would play constantly, whine when we didn’t indulge her, and generally make life difficult. 

She does get to play fetch – when we decide it’s time and for as long as we choose. We have a special timer for play sessions and when she sees us reach for it, she sits and cries for her special ball. We get the ball from her special shelf and throw that ball, without interruption, for as long as that timer is going, sometimes just five minutes, or as long as 15 minutes. When 
the timer beeps – that’s it. The ball goes back on the shelf. Playtime is over. It took a while for her to adjust, but now she hears the beep, drops the ball, goes to get a drink of water and then finds a place to lie down.

Our dog is an extreme example – but a valid illustration of the concept. When guests come over, she is allowed to greet them, but not jump on them, harass them, or drown them with licking (unless they invite it). After she’s given the opportunity to say hello, she is confined to a crate in the same room, with chew toys to occupy her, where she can see and hear everything. 

We’re able to have a nice evening with our company and without worrying about the dog ruining the gathering.

It may be easier to “give in” to your dog’s whining, begging or bad behavior. It’s also a recipe for disaster – most dogs who are given up or abandoned lose their homes because of behavior problems. It’s never too late to train a dog – they can always learn new tricks – and the most valuable trick of all may be learning to sit quietly. 

That’s a good place to start. Put on your dog’s leash and collar. Grab a handful of treats. Go sit down at the dining room table. Tell your dog to sit next to you – you sit on the leash. Read a magazine for five minutes. Have someone join you for a conversation. Drink a cup of tea. 

When Zeus is good, say “good quiet” and pop a treat. Ignore him if he whines. Try it for five minutes today. Maybe six or seven tomorrow. Don’t push it too far – you want him to succeed. Reward like crazy when he’s good. It’s a first step in taking control of your dog and your life.



Saturday, August 27, 2016

Taking Care Of A DOG In Its SENIOR YEARS

When you have a dog, you've a best buddy. Millions of dog owners around the globe know this to be true. Nevertheless you are tasked with caring with a dog if you should opt to bring one into your home. That's why you have to have some tips about how to do this. Keep reading for some great dog tips.

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Consider teaching your dog hand signals along with oral commands. Consistency and practice are key to teaching a dog these non-verbal commands. Many owners get annoyed and resort back to oral commands, but a professionally trained dog should understand both. Try utilising only oral commands when the dog is out of the way range, but when close up, only use the hand signals.

Keep on top of fleas. Not only can fleas give rise to infection in your dog, if you are swallowed, your pet can get tapeworms also. Speak to your vet about the best prevention system, but remember that this is not a single shot deal. You will have to continue your efforts over the life of your pet.

If you have got an interest in providing your dog with the healthiest of diets and making positive contributions to the earth's environment, make his food from scratch. You can buy locally grown organic ingredients and provide him all of the proteins, carbohydrates and fats he wants with no preservatives while reducing the waste from packaging too.

Pup

In order to make sure your dog is healthy, be absolutely certain to permit it to have access to clean water at all times throughout the day. Just like with all living beings, water is one of the most vital elements. The sole exception would be that you would want to keep water from a pup for 3 hours before bedtime.

Dogs need frequent check-ups, as well. At regular intervals your dog desires indications of dog worms testing, vaccinations, and general check ups. With a puppy, you're going to need to visit your vet a little more frequently. If your dog becomes unwell or is hurt, don't delay in getting him to the vet.

Owning a new young dog is very similar to having a new baby. Puppies need lots of attention and need to be looked after continually. They are not prepared to be left alone for lengthy amounts of time and need to have a fair degree of attention devoted to them.

Treatment

When taking your senior dog to the vet for a yearly visit, be sure to request senior blood work. A blood panel can help your vet to identify any kidney, heart or vascular concerns. If caught early, treatment is often minimally aggressive and less expensive. This is the best way to keep your pet healthy for several years to come.


Your coaching methodologies should only use positive reinforcement. The promise of reward or praise will incentivize your dog faster and agreeably than domination or force. This form of training will give you numerous benefits in the future for your dog. Therefore , be kind when coaching your dog and revel in the great end result!

Don't bathe your dog once you have applied a flea or tick medicine. Some medications tout that they are waterproo, but they only mean against rain or swimming. They will mostly wash away with a dog shampoo, rendering the treatment ineffective. If you've got to wash the dog after a treatment, employ a soap free shampoo.

Not only do you have a chum when you have a dog, you've also got a responsibility. It's important that you do your utmost to ensure that your dog is well-fed, healthy and happy. You need to make certain that you use the tips here to help so you and your dog both enjoy a good life.


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Friday, August 26, 2016

A Brief Look at the ALASKAN MALAMUTE Breed of Dog

Alaskan Malamute">Alaskan malamute breed is a rather large dog that can weigh up to 90 pounds, and measure up to 25 inches in height. They have a thick gray, black or white coat, and are best known as working dogs, pulling sleds in Alaska. Their ideal habitat consists of cool climates where they can keep them cool, even in the heat of summer. 

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These dogs have a shiny and coarse outer coat, and a soft inner coat, which almost feels like wool, especially designed for living in cold weather. In the event that you are caring for an Alaskan Malamute in warmer climates, you should make sure to provide a place in the shade with plenty of water available at all times.

The coats on an Alaskan malamute come in various shades of grey, black, white, and even red. Specimens, who show mixed colors, will predominantly be white on the extremities. The American Kennel Commission only accepts white as a solid color.

These dogs show a high degree of independence, and loyalty. They show a lot of energy as puppies, and mellow down a little as years go by. They will chew on anything they can find, dig a hole wherever they please and play dog games all day. If you don’t want it destroyed, better hide it from them. They make a bad choice for an apartment dog, or even the pet for a small home. In houses with limited space, the owner will need to make precautions with the fence in order to prevent him from escaping. This breed loves the outdoors and playing games, they would be especially good for older children until they mellow down a little bit. Malamutes which are trained, and given some sort social behavior classes will handle themselves well among other animals, and even work together with them. However, if left up to their own instincts, they can turn aggressive towards other animals and consider small ones as prey to be devoured and eaten.



This breed of dog is native to Alaska, and dates back over two thousand years. Originally, these dogs where trained to work, pulling sleds in the Alaskan Malamute Eskimo tribe. Besides being a great companion to any family, these dogs are still used for pulling sleds in racing events and assisting families who live in arctic regions..

For families living in cold and snowy weather conditions, such as the Eskimo tribes in Alaska, these dogs are of crucial importance for their survival. It is important for aspiring pet owners to consider the design of this dog before opting for him as a pet. The two different coats in the dog’s fur are not made for aesthetic purposes, but rather to provide a lot of warmth in an otherwise inhospitable environment. Getting this dog as a pet, and condemning him to live in the warmer regions near the equator, would only become a permanent form of torture to a dog not equipped to live in such conditions. In other words, it would be like leaving a fish in the sands of the dessert.



Thursday, August 25, 2016

AMERICAN SHORTHAIR - Cats of the World

American Shorthair - Cats of the World


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Meet The BEAUCERON

The Beauceron is a large dog that weighs between 75-110 lbs. Their height ranges between 24" to 27 ½". Loyal, protective and territorial, the Beauceron makes an excellent watchdog that will ward off any intruders or those that they perceive as a threat to their family and home.

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Although the Beauceron is not currently recognized by the AKC, an application for recognition has been filed. Acceptable colors for Beaucerons include black and tan or tri-color (black, tan and grey). They are double coated with a medium length, dense, coarse and straight outer coat and a dense undercoat. Their coat is easy to care for and requires minimal grooming.

This large, energetic dog is extremely protective of family and territory. They can be aggressive with animals they don't know or strangers. However, when raised with other dogs, pets and children from puppyhood they can do well. Because of their size, they are recommended for older, well behaved children. When outside, they should be in a secured yard. They can be calm with their family, but are an overall energetic breed that requires plenty of exercise, play and time to run. Early training is recommended as they can have a stubborn streak. Once trained, they will follow their master's commands. With a strong herding instinct, they have a tendency to herd family and other pets. They like to be with family.

Dating back to 16th century France, the Beauceron was bred to herd sheep. They are also known as Berger de Beuce and Bas Rouge (Red Stocking) for the markings on their legs. They were used during WWI and WWII to detect land mines and find the wounded. Their high trainability makes them excellent at this job as well as in police work. The Beauceron has a natural guarding instinct and has also traditionally been used as a guard dog and watchdog. 

With such a high instinct to protect their home and family, the Beauceron makes an excellent guard dog. Homes that can appreciate their loyalty and protective drive are essential. They are also very energetic and work well with families that enjoy outside activity.