Sunday, August 2, 2020

BRUSSELS GRIFFON

English: 1yo Griffon Bruxellois (Brussels Grif...
Griffon Bruxellois (Brussels Griffon). red with the black mask. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Brussels Griffon breed is in the toy dog category and is described as a Star Wars Ewok. The head is large with a round domed forehead. It has a very short muzzle that has the appearance of being pushed back, with a small short nose. This breed has an overbite with a hanging tongue. The eyes are prominent and widely set with long black eyelashes. The ears are high set and can be cropped or left natural. The natural ear is carried in a semi-erect position. This breed has straight leg bones of medium length. The tail is set high, and in some countries docked. This breed has two types of coat, rough and smooth. On the smooth coats, the fur is short, tight, glossy, and straight. 

On the rough coat, the fur is dense and wiry. It is to be noted the short coats are easier to groom. Coat colours include red, brown with a little black on the chin and whiskers, brown coloured dogs usually have a black mask as well. Black and tan come with a reddish-brown marking under the chin, above each eye, and on their legs. This colour is also seen around the ears and around the vent.

History: The Brussels Griffon dog, as the name suggests, came from Brussels, and were first shown at the Brussels exhibition of 1880. In the 17th century, this dog was kept by cab drivers, to rid the stables of rats and mice. This breed then went on to become a companion dog. There is a large mix of other breeds, to name just a few, we see English toy spaniel, Yorkshire terrier and Irish terrier. Somewhat rare the Griffon may be very difficult to find.

Temperament: The Brussels Griffon breed has a happy disposition, and is intelligent. This makes for a great personality and a fine companion dog. They are good with other dogs and cats. This breed is very affectionate lively and loves everybody. They make good watchdogs and can be taught to do tricks. Care is needed to help the dog know their place in the family, or they can suffer from small dog syndrome. It is not a good idea to treat this dog as you would a human baby, as this will cause the dog to wish to take over the home, and you will have a dog with behavioural problems.

This can cause obsessive barking, over-demanding, separation anxiety, snapping and even biting. If you remember this dog is a dog. With enough mental and physical exercise, they are a good companion and do not become highly strung, moody or oversensitive. This dog may be small but still needs good leadership, with consistent rules that they must follow, to become a well-balanced dog.



Health issues: The Brussels Griffon breed can have eye and respiratory problems, sensitivity to heat and prone to slipped stifle.

Grooming: As mentioned earlier, the coat of the rough variety requires a lot of grooming. Grooming will need to be done at least every other day. The Brussels Griffon breed sheds little to no hair.

Living conditions: The Brussels Griffon breed is good as an apartment dog. They can be very active indoors, but it is important that the dog is walked daily to fulfil their needs.



Sunday, July 26, 2020

Obese PET DOGS

Huffing and Puffing
Photo by swong95765
Unfortunately, increasingly more dogs are becoming too heavy. Overweight dogs live shorter lives and often develop other related health problems. What can you do in case your dog is gaining weight?

The first thing to do is to have a look at how you interact with your puppy.

Do you feed the dog family table leftovers? Does he have between-meal treats? Does your dog have chips along with you while you are watching television?


These items can certainly be eliminated. Only feed your dog at his meal times. Your dog doesn't need to have all those excess calories. You don't need to be terrible, but you will have to cut down the number of doggie snacks he receives every day.

Observe just how many dinners you're providing him and examine your dog food content label carefully. You may be overfeeding the family dog. The majority of family pet foods list on the label precisely how much food a dog needs to be given each day. Be certain that you are adhering to these guidelines. Quite a few owners learn they have switched brands and didn't bother to read the content label and discover that the canine is receiving an excessive amount of food.

Do you have to give your puppy a treat to make him obey? If you do, you have to spend time training your furry friend. Dogs want to delight their masters and can work for praise by itself. Keep the canine guessing. Ask the pup to perform a trick but just reward him every second time. Provide the dog lots of compliments and pets as soon as he does respond correctly. Continue doing this and bit by bit eliminate the need for a food reward.

You also should look into the amount of exercise your furry friend is actually getting each and every day. Leaving the puppy outside in the backyard is just not adequate. Not many pets will workout on their own. They may be in the garden however they are probably not getting rid of unhealthy calories. It's good to get out and have fun with the dog or take him for a walk.



When the weather conditions or perhaps your situation doesn't allow for plenty of walks you have to consider various other workout solutions. Retain the services of a walker, find ways to get the dog active indoors, but get your four-legged friend active.

As a dependable pet owner looks at what and how the dog eats and your companion will live a lot longer and healthier lifestyle.



Sunday, July 19, 2020

How much should I FEED my DOG?

A beagle puppy
A beagle puppy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Many people will give different types of answers based on their experience with their dogs.  However, the scientific facts related to the feeding aspects in the case of dogs need to be given emphasis during the feeding activities maintained in the case of dogs.

Usually, the puppies should not be separated before they are eight weeks old. However, some times the orphaned puppies may exist. Usually, about five percent of the body weight may be taken as criteria for the quantity of food to be given to the puppies.  However, the amount that is consumed by the dog varies with the size of the dogs also.  

However, one can have a thumb rule of feeding the puppy goes until you see visible fullness of the abdomen to a moderate degree. If you are going on feeding the animal without giving emphasis to the animal’s stomach appearance, then the puppy may experience some kinds of digestive upsets and diarrhea may occur in them.

This may cause many inconveniences to the owner as well as the puppy.  Unlike adult dogs, the puppies need to be fed with restricted amounts of food but in more frequencies. However, once the age advances, the amount may be increased to some extent but the frequency of feeding is often decreased on many occasions. 

A dog on a raw diet may consume only two to four percent of their body weight.  Just observe closely the feeding pattern of the dog and the body condition of the animal. If the dog becomes obese, just reduce the quantity of food and if the dog becomes thin, then have an increase in the feeding items.  

As mentioned earlier, puppies and adolescent dogs eat more than adult dogs.  Likewise, the geriatric dog eats less than the adult dog due to the reduced movements of the dog. However, remember to restrict the amounts of protein during the feeding of diet to the aged dogs.



Sunday, July 5, 2020

Is Your CAT BEHAVING Badly?

A young European cat. Porto Covo, Portugal.
A young European cat. Porto Covo, Portugal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If your cat is anything like mine then he or she loves to scratch at all kinds of things, things that you really do not want to see scratched up. Cats are one of the most amazing and wonderful pets to own but they can wreak havoc if you let them. You need to learn some techniques to keep the cats from their bad behavior.

Male cats tend to be the most troublesome of the species because they are the ones that are prone to spray. Spraying is one of the most terrible of all cat behaviors. This is a process of literally peeing on anything and everything. They spew urine out behind them in order to mark what they feel is their territory. The best way to treat this behavior is before it starts. The younger that you get your cat neutered the less likely he is to spray as he gets older. People are getting their cats fixed as early as 12 weeks.

If you are worried about getting your cat fixed this young talk to your vet and do some good research online. This is the age that the SPCA is getting this done on the cats that have taken in. This is the best way to nip bad cat behavior in the bud, especially spraying.



Of course, the most common cat problem of all is scratching. If your cat is scratching the furniture and you, and you have tried just about everything else you should give nail caps a try. These are little tiny caps that go over the end of the nails. They glue on like Press on Nails and they do not hurt your cat in any way. They do not even interfere with the claws' ability to withdraw into the paw. They are the perfect and painless way to keep your cat from doing any damage with his or her claws. Of course, these are only for indoor cats.