Monday, January 27, 2020

HUSKY Training

Husky
Husky (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you want to find the best Husky training information and advice, you really need to start by looking at yourself. The first key principle in training your Husky is understanding that your Husky is waiting for leadership and will react to you. Although Huskies are very smart, it's wrong to assume that they are waiting to outsmart you. Being a pack dog, Husky wants to belong to 'your pack' and will do what it needs to do to be accepted. 

Keep in mind that animal instinct should not be confused with disobedience. Negative behaviors by your Husky are what you will probably want to address first. The best method that you can use when adjusting bad behavior is to focus on molding how their natural instincts come out in behavior. Losing your cool and yelling at your Husky will do nothing to change their behavior. Remember your Husky is looking for a strong leader, not a bully.

Core Husky Training

There are a number of basic Husky training methods that a Husky owner should consider when beginning to train their cute, but an often mischievous fluffy friend. These methods can make your life a lot less stressful as far as training your Husky goes.

Crate Training - Crate training provides your Husky with a territorial space or home that it can call it's own. Crates should not be used as a form of punishment. Initially when you are crate training your husky to make sure you never leave your Husky on his own. The more time you spend with your Husky when crate training the better the transition. Crate training can provide a good foundation for housing training, reducing barking and preventing anxiety type issues.

Leash Training - If you are coming up against a few hurdles when walking your dog on a leash, you should take a step back and make sure that your Husky is behaving calmly before heading off for a walk. This may require some waiting when you are first using this technique. Once your Husky is calm, the likelihood of a good response to your command on your upcoming walk is greatly increased. The majority of dogs with leash issues simply are not aware that it is not acceptable behavior. If your dog pulls on the leash, pause and makes them sit by your side calmly before walking off again. Eventually, your Husky will associate them pulling with the walk being stopped. This technique works in the majority of cases.

The Alpha Position - As you may well be aware, Huskies are working pack dogs famed for their endurance while working in a team. Definitely the most important training tips I can offer relate to putting yourself in 'The Alpha Position' in your home. It is up to you to teach your Husky that you are the leader of the pack and have control in your home. Once they know you are the leader and will offer them protection, your Husky will feel a lot calmer making learning and training a lot easier. Training your Husky will take time and the earlier you get this started, the less frustration you will face down the track.

Obedience Training - I personally recommended taking your Husky to obedience training classes or at the very least puppy school. You will be able to teach your Husky basis commands without too much problem but Huskies really need social interaction. A training session led by an experienced dog trainer will also teach you as an owner how to be firm but fair and to stay in the alpha position. If you have an older dog that has become stubborn overtime or who has not got rid of annoying behavior, formal obedience training is a very good option.

Husky Training in a Consistent Way
A common thread in all dog training tips is the need to stay consistent in the way you are treating and training your dog. For example, if you do not want your Husky on your bed, but you sometimes allow your Husky on the bed first thing in the morning, that is very confusing for your dog. Dogs are smart to a degree, but they always respond best to a consistent environment where lessons are repeated in a firm but fairway. Develop rituals like always sitting before crossing a road and maintain these habits. This creates a willingness to comply with your Husky. Make sure that everybody in your home knows the ground rules for your Husky to avoid mixed messages. The best way to achieve consistent husky training is to seek out the best husky training information.

At HuskyTips.com you will find quality Husky Information. The best place to find Husky Training Information and other Husky advice on health, obedience, temperament, and many other important topics.



Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about GOLDEN RETRIEVER

A 15 year old Golden Retriever dog, unusually ...
A 15-year-old Golden Retriever dog, unusually old for a larger breed such as Golden Retriever. The dog's name is Spencer.
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Wikipedia)
Golden retrievers are one of the most popular breeds of dogs today.  You've probably seen them in the park joyfully fetching a tennis ball.  But what do you really know about this dog?

The Golden Retriever was developed during the 1800s in Britain.  The breeder, Lord Tweedmouth, wanted a dog that was loyal, kind, spirited, and energetic. He also wanted a dog with a love for water and the ability to retrieve. Golden Retrievers are the embodiment of beauty and brains.

Categorized as a sporting dog, the typical Golden Retriever male weighs between 65-75 lbs. and the female slightly smaller at 55-65 lbs.  As adults Golden males stand 23-24 inches and females stand 21.5-22.5 inches.  Goldens' coats are various shades of gold.

The Golden Retriever has a water repellent and weather resistant double coat. The firm, a resilient outer coat can be wavy or straight. The tail and legs are feathered with longer hair while the undercoat is dense and soft in texture. The coat color varies in shades of cream to gold and is rich and lustrous. The Golden is a heavy shedder.

The Golden Retriever is a large, and energetic breed making them the world's foremost family pet and companion. They are sturdy, well proportioned, and are well known for their hunting capabilities on land and in the water. The Golden is a perceptive and agile breed that trains quickly.

Golden Retrievers are loveable, polite, and highly intelligent. They are sweet, eager to please, and devoted family companions who are always gentle and patient with children.  They exude charm and confidence however they do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time and may become mischievous and destructive. They have a tendency to be overly exuberant and easily distracted.  They are friendly with other pets. In fact, they are friendly to everyone. They tend to bark as a form of greeting. The Golden Retriever is not well suited for a two career family as they require an inordinate amount of human interaction and companionship.

The Golden Retriever is one of the easiest breeds to train. They excel in obedience and are popular therapy and service dogs. They have many talents including competitive obedience, narcotic detection, agility, and performing tricks.

Caring for a Golden Retriever can be time-consuming.  The heavy coat of Golden Retrievers requires daily and thorough brushing with a firm bristle brush. They should be dry shampooed regularly and bathed only when absolutely necessary with a mild shampoo to keep from drying out their skin. Also, they are prone to hip dysplasia, cataracts, and skin allergies so regular veterinarian check-ups are essential. They do have a tendency to gain weight so it is important not to over feed the Golden Retriever. 

Golden's will do okay in an apartment dwelling provided they are sufficiently exercised. The Golden Retriever requires daily exercise and they enjoy play sessions with their family, retrieving balls and other toys. Golden Retrievers are moderately active indoors and do best with a medium to large sized securely fenced yard.



Golden Retriever puppies should be purchased from reputable Golden Retriever breeders who should be able to provide documentation from the American Kennel Club or similar registry organization.  Ideally, you should be able to view the parents.  An alternative to purchasing a puppy is to adopt a Golden Retriever from a Golden Retriever rescue or other rescue organization like the Humane Society.

Now you know everything you ever wanted to know about Golden Retrievers.  Remember that like any pet, owning a Golden Retriever is a long-term, significant commitment.



Saturday, April 20, 2019

SILVER GERMAN SHEPHERDS

A male white German Shepherd Dog.
Sorry, NO picture of a Silver German Shepherd.
The Picture Shows A male white German Shepherd Dog.
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Wikipedia)
One of the most popular pets in the world is the German Shepherd dog and they come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. The largely known and general appearance of the German Shepherd is large, strong and good-looking.  It can also have a long or short coat, usually with a double fur in colors of cream and white, but can also be of solid black. The less popular colors of the German Shepherd include white and silver.  In most dog shows, German Shepherds with white or silver fur are disqualified.  However, there are some enthusiasts who like these "color challenged" dogs.

History of the German Shepherd

The German Shepherd came from a line of the sheepdogs originally meant for herding sheep and as a faithful companion to the shepherd.  With industrialization taking place, the need for herding sheep became less and less and other potentials for dogs in helping humans with their work were speculated on.  In the late 19th century, it was Captain Max von Stephanitz who saw the potential of developing a breed of the sheepdog to maximize its potentials. He came upon one very strong, intelligent, and beautiful dog which he named Horand v. Grafrath.


This dog was registered as the first German Shepherd.  He created an official governing body that restricted breeding dogs to only those who came up to standards. This allowed the rapid development of the German Shepherd breed. After World War 1, British and American soldiers were very impressed by the breed that they took some of them home to their own countries.

Color genetic

Today, breeding between German Shepherds is maintained to protect the breed.

There are now different lines such as the International Working Line, International Show Line, and the North American Show Line. However, "mutations" within the breed still do happen like in the case of German Shepherds with white or silver fur. Some purists do not consider these "mutations" acceptable and they argue that the white and silver-furred German Shepherds should not be considered pure.  In most dog shows, white and silver-coated German Shepherds are disqualified because their fur is seen as a genetic "fault."

There are clubs who try to support these kinds of German Shepherds like the White and Silver German Shepherd Club. They lobby for the white and silver-coated dogs to be recognized as a standard. Color is widely genetic. White and silver fur usually comes from the line of tan and yellow. However, color genetic and pigmentation in dogs are not yet fully understood.



Friday, April 19, 2019

The Different Coats and Colors of FRENCH BULLDOGS

French Bulldog
French Bulldog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Compact, bat-eared, snub-nosed and has a muscular body, the Frenchy or the French bulldog is one of the topmost choices for many families as the perfect pet for them. They can be very extremely playful and are also great watchdogs. But, do you also know that they are also revered for their shiny coats? As a matter of fact, French bulldogs come in a variety of colors, some of which are strictly prescribed by different kennel clubs and included in their stringent standards for show dogs.

In this article, we will discuss the different guidelines that the American Kennel Club has set forth as the standard for French bulldogs that are allowed to compete as show dogs. If your French Bulldog doesn’t meet the standards this doesn’t mean that they are of lower standards, they are still considered as purebreds, they just can’t compete in show dog competitions. They are also still able to show the many characteristics that make the French bulldog a lovable companion.

Although there are different clubs and organizations all over, most of them would agree on the most common standards that are required for the coat of a French Bulldog. These most common coat color standards include brindle and white, and color combinations of all-brindle. Plus, the colors white, fawn, and colors that are not considered disqualified by the rules set by a particular competition.

Most colors of French bulldog coats that clubs, organizations, and competitions disqualify include a coat that is solid black, without any white or brindle marks, black and tan, mouse or liver color, black with white markings or vice versa. If your French bulldog’s cot has these color combination, it can still be a good house pet, but they can’t compete in contests.

Aside from the color of the coat, many competitions also set standards for the color of the nose and the eyes of the French bulldog. Commonly, a show French Bulldog should have dark colored eyes when the canine is looking forward, there should not be any white color in the eyes. But, if the dog is light colored, the eyes and nose are accepted if they have a lighter shade. But, a black nose is commonly preferred more by judges, especially the strict ones. Consulting breeders from your area will help you get the blue ribbon all the time.





So if you are planning to buy a French bulldog, you must determine whether you plan to enter them in any contests or just keep them as household pets. The former would cost more though. But remember, it’s not the color of their cots, eyes, or nose. French bulldogs are popular because they are very loyal, are good companions, playful to the kids, and generally pleasant.

Their coats would not change that. Check with your local breeder about the available Frenchies in your area. And it is also important to remember that French Bulldogs need so much attention, so be prepared before owning one.



Monday, April 1, 2019

CAT CLAW Survival Solutions To The Rescue!

Cat using scratch pad made of corrugated cardb...
Cat using a scratch pad made of corrugated cardboard/fiberboard. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Cats can be ill-tempered and mean on their worst days, but even the most annoying problems have a remedy somewhere. If your cat is clawing your furniture, your carpet, and your legs with the same ferocity, understanding the how and why behind the behavior can help you redirect your feline friend’s clawing instinct to be expressed in less destructive ways.


So why IS your cat clawing everything in sight?

Here’s the jaw-dropper: a cat’s claws never stop growing. Let me repeat that: They NEVER stop growing. When I found that out, a big light went off in my head. Just like a pet hamster that constantly needs to knaw on wood to keep their teeth from growing too long, what cats are actually doing when they sharpen their claws is removing the outermost layer of their claws. O.K. Kitty Cat, we finally get it!

So what to do? What to do?

The first thought bubble that forms is to scoop kitty up for a little declawing action at the nearest vet’s office. But before you take such a drastic step, keep in mind that once those claws are gone, they’re GONE. Take away those claws, and you’re taking away your pet’s primary form of defense. Even if you have an indoor cat like I do, chances are, sooner or later, a window of opportunity is going to open up just long enough for your cat to slip outside and be vulnerable to attacks from other animals and people.

O.K. So now you know why your cat is actually using you as a scratching post. Let’s move away from the word “using”. In a way, it’s kind of flattering. That doesn’t make it hurt any less. Let’s get your cat to branch out. It’s time to get a REAL scratching post so that your pet can get into the habit of using it instead of YOU, whenever those claw sharpening impulses may strike.

So how do we get kitty to break her bad habits and start to use the proper place where she can scratch to her heart’s content?


The answer lies in you.

That is of course IF you are your cat’s favorite person in the family.

If so, then try hanging an article of clothing that belongs to you on your virgin scratching post. The idea is to make the area smell familiar. A day or two should be enough for your cat to become accustomed to its’new scratching outlet.

Don’t want to part with something from your wardrobe? Time to get a little sneakier then. Catnip can be your secret weapon. Sprinkle catnip over the scratching post and watch what happens. This one may be even worth breaking out the video camera for.

This next option sounds a little weird, but believe me, it WORKS!

Try sprinkling the post area with powdered chicken bouillon. The idea is to get the cat to feel friendly enough toward the scratching post to attack it.

While your cat is making the transition to a designated area for scratching, there are several ways to make your cat’s favorite scratching areas a lot less attractive. This will help ease the transition from the old spots to the new.

Sprinkle fresh lemon juice over them. Cover or wrap the areas in aluminum foil. Remember what it felt like when your fingernails went down the chalkboard? Ever try it again? Cats will experience the same thing and be deterred from using the areas. Finally, clean the areas well to eradicate any cat odor. This will go a long way toward removing the aura of familiarity that creates the habit of using the space. Also, just keep the doors closed to make those places inaccessible to the cat.

Now that you know more about the how and why of your cat’s clawing instinct and behavior, take these simple steps and you’ll soon see a resolution to the cat clawing issues in your household. With a little time and patience, your cat’s claw sharpening activities should be limited to its’favorite spot: the scratching post!