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Recognized by the AKC, the acceptable coat colors for the Bearded Collie are black, grey, tan, brown or fawn with some white markings. When they are puppies, they may or may not have white markings. As they mature, their coat color either fades or changes. The most common colors are black with white or gray with white. Their long, harsh, straight and shaggy outer coat and short, soft, thick undercoat require a daily brushing to prevent tangles. Their nickname is "beardie" because of the long, shaggy hair under their chin.
This energetic, loving, happy-go-lucky breed makes an excellent family pet. They are people dogs and love to be with their family. They are wonderful for homes with children and other dogs and can do well with other non-canine pets provided they have early socialization. They are enthusiastic, outgoing, and lively and require plenty of exercises and play time. They need a yard to run and roam. Having toys on hand is a good idea if you are going to be gone for an extended period of time. Early training is recommended because they have a stubborn tendency at times. They are easy to train.
Dating back over 500 years, the Bearded Collie originated in Scotland. They are considered to be descendants of the Polish sheepdog. They were bred to herd sheep and cattle, thus explaining their collie name which means herding dog in Scotland. They have also been used for tracking. They are still used as sheep herding dogs in some areas.
Friendly to family and strangers alike, the Bearded Collie will greet all he meets with enthusiasm. Because they require regular outdoor exercise and play, they are best with active families who will give them the activity that they need. Homes with other dogs and children can feel confident in adding a Bearded Collie to their family.
Friday, August 17, 2018
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Anytime your cat backs himself up to a door or other object in your house, lifts his tail, and releases urine – you have a problem. This problem is known as spraying and is very common with cats kept indoors. Even though it is a very annoying problem, it’s a problem that can be solved.
Contrary to what many think, spraying isn’t a litter box problem, but rather a problem with marking. Cat urine that is sprayed contains pheromones, which is a substance that cats and other animals use for communicating. Pheromones are much like fingerprints with humans, as they are used to identify the cat to other animals.
When a cat sprays something, he is simply marking his territory through his urine. The spraying is simply the cat’s way of letting others know that the territory is his. Even though it may make you mad and annoy you, getting angry with your cat will solve nothing. If you raise your voice or show anger towards your cat, it can very well result in more spraying.
Cats that are in heat are easily attracted to the odor of urine. For cats in heat, spraying is more or less an invitation for love. Often times cats that spray while in heat results in a litter of kittens that are born in just a few short months. Keep in mind that cats not only spray during the heat, as some will also spray during encounters with other cats, or when they are feeling stressed.
Although spraying is a way of communicating for cats, the smell for people is horrible. The good thing here is that most cats will do a majority of their spraying outdoors. If you have an indoor cat that never goes outside, spraying can indeed be a problem. If you’ve noticed spraying in your home, you should take action and do something about it immediately.
The most effective and also the easiest way to stop spraying is to have your cat either neutered or spayed, which of course depends on the sex. Most male cats that have been neutered will stop spraying the same day they have the surgery. If you don’t want to get your cat neutered or spayed, you should look into other options. If you hope to one day breed your cat, you certainly don’t want to have him neutered or spayed.
The best thing to do in this situation is to talk to your veterinarian. He will be able to give you advice and possibly even solve the problem without having surgery. There may be a medical problem present that is causing the problem, which your vet can identify. You should always do something about spraying the moment it starts – simply because cat urine stinks and it can leave
Thursday, August 16, 2018
|Dogs with injuries for illnesses that affect their mobility use this rear support harness. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Pets suffering from limitations in general mobility, require supportive devices to improve strain and to eliminate restrictions. A rear harness for dogs has been designed to assist animals that are unable to lift the hind legs because of hip and limb problems that can result from trauma and an increase in age. It is proving most helpful for both owners and their pets affected by debilitation in the joints.
A rear harness is an effective option for pets as it best supports the occurrence of weakness and limited mobility in the hips and hind legs. A large number of dogs can be supported with such mechanisms that will protect against further degradation of the joints, soft tissues, and nerves. For pets that are limited by acute injuries or chronic conditions, it requires corrective methods that are not harsh and will improve daily mobility.
The harness is available for a wide variety of breeds that includes maximum support for the hips and the rear legs. Canines can be assisted with the appropriate methods that prevent further difficulties, helps dogs move to relieve themselves, and may include short walks because of the additional support. The mechanism is available to relieve the physical stress that affects the health of joints and tissues.
These types of supports can be bought to securely fit the body size of the canines for increased comfort and protection. These aids must fit snugly around the abdominal area and ensure that all types of lifting motions are performed in a smooth and effective manner. Where pets have to be lifted to move around, it is imperative that the technique applied is safe and gentle on sensitive joints and tissues.
The harnesses have been designed to help pets with issues in mobility that may result from degeneration or acute injuries. It must be raised gently and slowly to assist the animal and to prevent against a fearful response when placing the mechanism around the lower body. It is important to ensure that the correct measurements are taken that will provide snug solutions and not slip off the rear.
The supportive device can best support the health needs of pets and incorporates soft padding for a comfortable feel. The strapping that secures the harness should not interfere with regular movement and must not become entangled in the hair of the animal. The necessary comfort must be provided for healthy canines that will prove most secure and safe for daily use with the affected canine.
The harnesses have been created with additional padding and a strap that keeps the private areas protected. It is simple to slip the item over the rear legs of the dog and to move upwards towards the hips to provide a snug and secure fit. Such support mechanisms can be used for daily walks and general mobility around the house.
Pets affected by sudden injury or chronic ailments can benefit from rear harnesses. The items have been designed to provide maximum comfort according to the size and physical needs of a dog limited in mobility. With the application of a healthy approach, it can deliver maximum joint support and relieve discomfort.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
|West Highland White Terrier puppy (Taegan) laying on the couch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Moving towards "What a good dog!" from "Bad Puppy!" is based on one thing. Your puppy does not know the English language, and the faster he learns it, the better for all because the minute he knows what you want he will DO it. Make it faster and easier for him to learn by keeping these tips in mind:
1. Be consistent in the words you choose to teach him commands. If you say, "Wanna go potty?" in the morning, and "Have to go out?" two hours later, and "Wanna go pee?" two hours later, etc., then that is THREE phrases you have asked him to learn in one day instead of only one. Decide which words to use, and make sure everyone in your family uses the same ones.
2. Use his name in the command if you want action, do NOT use it if you want him restricted from an action. This is very important. Hearing his own name makes a puppy leap into action by his very nature. When you want your puppy to come, say, "Puppy, Come!" [insert his name instead of the word Puppy, of course] When you want him to lie down, simply say, "Down".
3. Do not confuse your puppy with the same words for different commands. If you are teaching him basic obedience, the word "Down" means LIE down, usually followed by "Stay." If you don't want him on the couch, do not say "Down", say, "Off." This word can be used to keep him from jumping up into your lap, onto the couch, chair or bed because it is the ACTION of jumping up you are trying to restrict. Saying "Down" when he jumps onto the couch will just make him lie down on the couch! See the difference?
3. Do not ever hit your puppy, you don't need to. The worst punishment he ever needs to learn a lesson is your sad frown and walking away from him. One or two minutes is the limit though, do not overdo this. After a minute of ignoring him, give a command he knows well and praises, praise, praise, with a big smile.
These three tips, used with gentleness and consistency, will teach your puppy all the words he needs to know to be a happy and obedient companion in a matter of days.