Friday, November 17, 2017

The Basic Needs Of TOY POODLES

Toy poodle トイプードル ショコラ
Toy Poodle - Photo  by Yasuhiko Ito 
Many people and families consider having Toy Poodles to share their life with. But every owner or soon-to-be owners of dogs should realize that dog ownership requires ten to 15 years or more of commitment. Just like humans, Toy Poodles as well as other dog breeds, need food, water, shelter and nurturing to survive.

Proper nutrition.
Look at your dog's diet and see if there is something you can do to improve it. Look for dog foods and dog food companies proven to use high-quality ingredients. There are also pet foods specifically formulated to dogs with a certain health condition like obesity and diabetes. If you prefer to give homemade dog foods, ask your vet's advice for the ingredients that are appropriate for your furry friend. When switching dog food, remember to do so gradually to prevent gastrointestinal upset and other digestive problem.

Physical maintenance.
As much as it is important for humans, exercise is also vital in keeping your dog fit. Toy Poodles are active little dogs who need a daily walk - be it around the block or in the park nearest to you. Behavior problem such as chewing, digging and urine marking inside the house can be avoided with daily as well as playing ball and fetch. But remember not to over-exercise your dog, allow exercise that is only appropriate for your dog's age and breed.

Grooming and cleaning.
Grooming doesn't necessarily mean dressing your dog up. Grooming is one way of making sure that your dog is clean and doesn't look and smell dirty. A Toy Poodle needs regular bath and clipping every six weeks. Clean the ears, the teeth, and the gums. Dog shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste and other cleaning and grooming supplies are available at most pet supply stores.

Dogs have natural den instinct. They need a space they can call their own, their shelter and home. Make the shelter - be it a kennel, crate or bed comfortable as much as possible. The bed or the crate must be appropriate for your dog. It shouldn't be too small to allow movements.

Training is an important part of a dog's life. Even if you do not intend to have your dog appear in dog shows and rings, training is still necessary. Remember that a well-trained dog is pleasant to be around. Less accident in the house, less trouble!

Providing your dog the above-mentioned needs will certainly create a long, happy and healthy life with your furry friend.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Karelian bear dog during dogs show in Katowice...
Karelian bear dog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I first met the Karelian Bear Dog in 1997, and when I saw this beautiful breed with its excellent conformation and color contrast, I fell in love with it.

This breed is an Arctic breed from Finland originally and because of wars, later a breed of Russia. Like many far Northern Breeds the dog is hardy and has a thick coat that keeps it warm in severely cold weather. Different from many Northern Breeds like Malamutes or Siberian Huskies, the Karelian Bear Dogs' coat is short (in comparison) but dense. This breed can be strong-willed and yet very willing to please and they are extremely quick to learn anything. They pick up obedience training very fast, much faster than many other breeds, and do well in competitions. They are not seen very often in Obedience Competition because they are a rare breed.

This breeds' fame lies in that it is a natural protector of property and has the courage to move bear or large animals out of its area. The KBD is a natural hunter and is very devoted to its owner. The Karelian Bear Dogs are rare worldwide, and there are not many even in the United States.

The Karelian Bear Dogs are a rare, and unique animal, originating in the areas of Russia, Finland, and Siberia. They are considered a National Treasure in Russia and Finland and were not exported to other countries until just a few years ago.

The KBD was bred for hunting both large and small game. As their name indicates they were used for hunting bear, and also elk. In our nation, they are used in our National Parks to move the bears away from campgrounds and other people populated areas. The dogs are serving people by protecting them in such a manner.

The Karelian Bear Dogs protect their humans from any predators. For people who like to hike in the woods or mountains, these dogs are especially excellent. They are brave, courageous, obedient, and protective to their death, yet the Karelian Bear Dog is gentle and loving to their family.

The dog is friendly to anyone approaching them unless they mean harm to the master. And they seem to know the difference. Karelian Bear Dogs are extremely intelligent and excel in obedience training and tracking.

They are deeply devoted, especially to one person, who they give their heart, but they are still loving to the whole family. The Karelian Bear Dog craves human attention and they do not stray from the house, but stay faithfully close to home.

They are a dog that takes a gentle hand in training because they are such an intelligent and sensitive breed.

Our young daughter hooks her Karelian to her sled and the dog pulls her endlessly. She stops when commanded, but runs back to cover her young friend with doggy kisses. Such is the Karelian Bear Dog, brave and courageous, but sweet and loving.

Monday, November 13, 2017

BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG - Dogs of the World

Bernese Mountain Dog - Dogs of the World

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Dog Training Harness – A Great Training Aid

Dog Harness -  Photo: Wikimedia
As they say, dogs are man's best friend. Unfortunately, not all dogs are sweet and friendly. We often forget that dogs are still beasts which, when untrained, may cause harm to others. This explains the importance of training them. And one great tool to use is the dog training harness.

The harness is most useful if you want to take the dog for a walk. This is one perfect bonding activity that you and your dog can do. It provides you and your dog an opportunity to exercise and get some fresh air. For quite some time, the more common equipment used is the collar. Unfortunately, this material may pose a danger to your pet.

Collars, while placed around the neck, may cause your dog to choke or get hurt as you tug the leash or as the dog tries to break away. Also, your dog may find it difficult to bark because of irritation in the neck area. The same cannot be said of harnesses since the pressure lies on the upper body such as the shoulders and ribcage. There is also a lesser chance for the dog to experience irritation since the harness does not rub against the neck.

But just the same, a harness may hurt your dog if you do not know how to handle it. That is why it is important for you to learn how to train using this tool. Upon purchase, check the packaging for instructions on how to handle and take care of the product. Read training guides and manuals on dog training. And get to know your dog well. Dogs, like people, have different behaviors and attitudes, so you must be able to know that.

If you plan on buying a harness, take into consideration the comfort of both you and your dog. As a trainer, you must be able to control the dog's movements by a slight tug. The dog, too, must be able to move well without hurting himself when doing so.

The size of the dog is also another major factor to consider in your choice of a harness. Bigger dogs require a thicker, more durable harness. Otherwise, it may easily break or tear with the slightest pull. For smaller dogs, an average-sized harness would be sufficient, since it cannot pull that hard. 

The most common type of harness is the one used for walking or tracking. Here you will find a wide variety of designs and materials, all making the harness more durable and fashionable at the same time. You now see harnesses made of softer leather. But for those of the large breeds, harnesses must be made of tough-wearing leather. Most of them are also padded, making it more comfortable for your pup to use.

There is also the no-jump harness, designed to restrict the dog's movements. This will teach the dog not to jump at you or other people when provoked.

In choosing the right harness, there are several things to consider. The good thing is, there are limitless choices available. Whatever dog training harness you prefer, there is one to fit that need.

The key is to know where and how to find them. Check the internet or your local pet shop and see the many designs and styles that you can choose from.

Saturday, November 11, 2017


Newfoundland (Black) from 1915
Newfoundland (Black) from 1915 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ok, so everyone who stays on top of the show dog world knows that a Newfoundland won Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show in 2004. That was a shock to many of the traditionalists who think that the smaller and more assertive dogs are the ideal and drool does not belong on the show floor. The win also caused an inflation in the price of Newfoundland puppies, which was bad for the average income household, but good for some dog breeding operations. 

Despite the Westminster win, the Newfoundland breed was not elevated to the "Most Popular Breed" spot with the AKC. Which was a relief to many Newfoundland lovers who take to heart a deep responsibility for the well-being and protection of the breed?

So what is a Newfoundland dog all about? There are 3 main recognized color types of Newfoundland dog, also affectionately known as "newfs", or "Newfies". They are Bronze, Black and Black/White (Landseer). Which color to choose from?

Unless you are going to dive into the serious side of breeding and showing, it doesn't matter! Enjoy whatever color comes with your new, big, floppy bundle of happiness.

There is no base personality difference between the three color variations of Newfoundland dogs, however, some breeders will maintain that the Landseer is a breed unto itself and should be classified as such.

Newfoundland dogs are big, getting up to 150 pounds and more. They are not for everybody as they require a different level of care, more space and more companionship than the average sized dog. Contrary to what many may think, a newf will not eat you out of house and home. Their metabolism is slower and feeding them too much will compromise their health. A fat newfy is a very unhealthy newfy!

Their double layer coats require a regular grooming routine, and supplementing their chow with certain vitamins and minerals is recommended to help ward off some joint problems common to newfs.

Overall, anybody who is contemplating the addition of a Newfoundland dog into their home should keep in mind some of the following important points:

  • Thier coat is double layered and requires regular grooming to keep it healthy and clean. If you live in a part of the country where it gets just plain hot, make sure you are prepared to provide a comfortable environment for your well-coated friend.
  • Newfs love water. They love water so much that even their feet are webbed! This is a fact and should give a prospective owner an idea of which activity their new friend is best suited for - swimming. An active swimming session can be loads of fun for all and it's well suited for their heavy body mass.
  • All dog breeds crave the attention of their human partners, however, the Newfoundland goes beyond this a little in that they need to be around humans to stay healthy and happy. Newfoundland dogs were bred to be a constant companion and assistant to humans, particularly in the areas of water rescue and fishing along the coastal communities. It is in their genetic makeup to be partnered with humans. To kennel or chain, a newf away from regular human contact would have the same emotional impact as if keeping a child confined in his room day after day.
  • A newf is a better house dog than even some of the toy dog varieties available today. Sure, when they bump into something it goes flying, but for the most part, a newf will adapt to house rules rather quickly and they learn to navigate gracefully around the home in short order.
  • Newfs drool, but it's a happy drool! And besides, that's what they make drool rags for. It's really not that bad once you get into the swing of it.
Newfoundlands are the gentle giants of the canine world with courageous hearts of gold. Careful consideration should be taken when deciding to bring one into your family. They are family dogs and have a noble bearing along with a seeming awareness of their heritage and responsibilities. They deserve to be treated as a full member of the household and not relegated to the backyard, or worse, a chain and kennel run.

If you decide that a Newfoundland dog is for you and your family, and have the proper environment to accommodate a larger dog, then the next step is to look for a reputable breeder. Using the Internet to find a purebred Newfoundland can be risky. Keep in mind that a dedicated newf lover and breeder will be able to spout off a long list of ancestral information, medical history and will require an in-depth interview with you. Some breeders will refuse to airship a Newfoundland puppy, stipulating that you or a designee will need to personally pick the little fluffball up. If an online breeder is willing to just take your money and put the puppy on a plane, then you will be setting yourself up for the heartbreak of receiving a puppy bred for profit and not for soundness, health, or a long, happy life.

The first place to start looking for a Newfoundland is through your local Newfoundland dog club. If that is not available, then go online and visit the AKC or UKC. They will have a list of approved breeders in your state.

If you don't care about papers, showing or breeding, then you may want to find out about adopting a Newfoundland from a rescue organization. The best site I've found to date which deals with just Newfoundland dog rescue can be found at

Yes, it might be cool to own a newf, but, like all animals, they should not be considered a fad and disposable when out of favor. They are beautiful beings with an intelligent mind and kind soul who only ask for love, a few tasty morsels and lots of human companionships. In return, you will have a trusted family member, a dedicated worker, a protector and a warm friend to cuddle up to on cold winter nights. That is what a Newfoundland dog is all about.