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Can Dogs Get Colds in Winter Really?

Hi Everyone,

Dogs-related news always attracted my attention. So, I just stumbled upon a news covered pets can get cold appeared on the CBS Las Vegas website. The KXNT Morning News is hosted by Joe Gillespie. He had a guest vet Debbie White, who said noteworthy advices on the subject. Dr. White explained that dogs get colds in chilled weather without your noticing.

She recommended dog owners dress up their dogs with sweaters, particularly if those are short-haired. Furthermore, Dr. White said in the conversation that you should provide your dog a sufficient amount of food and water. But, that’s not enough; you must also pay attention to prevent the drinking water from freezing.

The Cold in Practice

dogs-get-colds-in-winter-easilyI’ve to say I totally agree with Dr. White, based on my experiences. Cold in canines may have occurred and could be attributable to the varied viruses and germs. In this regard, dogs show signs similar to us, humans. Of course, much depends on recognizing the symptoms in its earlier phase.

Our dogs get colds by being around nearness with another, already infected canine, too. Together with this, low immunity levels, stress, and unfriendly climatic conditions could be further contributing factors.

Even so, the majority of dog owners normally have issues distinguish a standard cold from a severe disease. Here is a listing by way of help to make things somewhat simple for you. The list covers a collection of symptom signs that your canine possesses a cold.

Common Cold Symptoms in Dogs

– Runny eyes
– White nose and discharge-flow
– Grumpiness
– Sluggishness
– Coughing
– Sneezing
– Hypothermia

Puppy and Low Temperature

The list of symptoms can be observed in puppies and adult dogs equally. In addition, the new-born dogs don’t even require serious cold to be cool down. They have inherently higher heat demand and their coat is weak. Moreover, they lack the protecting fatty layer under their skin.

The few movements of the newborns and the slower metabolism are also added to the mentioned facts. The process from this point is straightforward: a newborn puppy gives low moaning sound. Then it moves even less, and eventually finishes its life.

After two months of their age, the puppies almost become restless, also they consume more food. Therefore, more and more fat is released within their bodies. Consequently, they are threatened by risk of hypothermia on less and less level.

If You Faced Trouble

In dogs, you have to take the common cold seriously. Namely, if it remains untreated, might have serious consequences. Your dog may exhibit symptoms of the common cold like sneezing, coughing, fever. In those situations mostly health problems – which are weakening the immune system – are behind.

In these cases, the care of the dog’s host is often questionable. Indeed, a puppy who has strong immune system will not get the same disease than his underfed, low-strength mate. By the way, helminthiasis, or other microorganisms also can produce symptoms of the common cold.

Due to the limited energy and liquid reserves, the condition of your dog may be deteriorated rapidly. You, therefore, need to take him to a vet as soon as possible. The speed of the treatment started in time can save lives. Long time dog owners are understandable dread dangerous viruses like distemper and kennel cough.

Elderly Dogs Get Colds

The older dogs get colds easily, terefore, they need protection in winter season. Most of the small, rare-haired old dogs will cool off very easily, especially if they are slim. Unfortunately, the insidious hypothermia goes unnoticed so frequently. Only the increased muscle tone, rigidity will be conspicuous for an inexperienced owner.

If the dog’s body temperature is reduced significantly, malfunction of the internal organs quickly takes place. The most frequent trouble is the renal ceases its service. The liver and the heart muscle is very sensitive to the cold effect. And the rheumatic diseases tend to be worse due to the cold.

As I experienced, you cannot eliminate the damages with rapid warming of the cold animal. The acute inflammation of the kidneys often becomes chronic, and this can be fatal. Therefore, there is no shame in wearing a coat by a weaker or older dog in winter.

Walking on Winter Roads

If possible, avoid walking your dog on the salt-strewn roads. If this is not a manageable option, then smear thick Vaseline or paw protector wax to your dog’s paws before walking outside. This will prevent cracking of the pad’s skin and keep feet away from the salt.

The salt causes burning feeling on the cracked pads, and this can lead to poorly healing wounds. Furthermore, the tiny snow balls and ice pieces sticking into toes also can be a resonwhy dogs get colds in winter. These can be very uncomfortable and painful. So it’s advisable to cut off the hair between the toes in time.

Until next time…

Alex

How to Stimulate Your Dog Mentally?1

Hi Everyone,

As a preliminary point, I inform you that Lisa, our new German Shepherd mix puppy got her second de-worming. Our rescued favorite was 14 weeks old and weighed 17 pounds yesterday. Spending many times together with pets you can stimulate your dog mentally. The two dogs get along very well with each other, the older one (Zizi) almost completely reborn due to the puppy. And today’s topic is the ways to stimulate your dog psychologically to achieve a desired  behavior.

stimulate-your-dog-mentally -jack-russelDoes your dog always bark, chew or weeding the flower in your garden? If whatever your answer is yes, then it’s advisable to reorganize your everyday life with your dog. Namely, behind of numerous behavioral problems – such as barking, chewing, digging, etc. – is the isolation, boredom and insufficient exercise and mental stimulation. Unfortunately, as we’re all getting busier, sometimes less and less time, and energy remains for our favorite.

Despite this, humans expect certain behavior from their dogs in the everyday life, common work, sport and training. You can achieve the realization of this behavior if you provide the physical, mental and emotional conditions equally. Namely, this species (Canis familiaris) is required to fulfill these to be a mentally balanced dog in the modern civilized environment as well.

Our Dog’s Requirements

1) Proper food. The food eaten affects the general health, mood, resistance, physical and mental endurance and the available age. Food has to be tasty, and must comply with the medical and biological requirements are important in the animal development.

2) Socialization. The next requirement for dogs is getting in different social connections of the real world. That means to be familiarized with outer stimuli in their 4 – 16 weeks of age. Namely, those will increase their resistance to stress and determine their lives in the future.

3) Learning. I get questions daily: “Can you teach my dog to …” And sometimes they ask so absurdities, which shouldn’t teach a dog if s/he doesn’t get housing conditions adequate to its race, and wasn’t  socialized from its puppy age. Because to raise a dog should know the best by his owner (pack leader).

4) Movement. For example, a terrier tends to look forever, rushing move from one scent to another. For the greyhound only the real galloping is the satisfactory movement. You cannot expect from northern dog breeds to walk slowly on a loose leash against their instinct. The list could go on.

5) Task. Experience has shown that the reason of significant part of behavioral problems is that your dog is bored. If your dog gets a job, you expect liability from him. If you give him work, then you can increase the animal’s self-confidence, and it can be motivated emotionally, too.

6) Playing. Fun and humor are the two most important components of a dog’s play. With 10 -15 minutes daily common playing, you can enhance your dog’s concentration ability, and intellectual development. As a result of regular, shared player activity your pet well be physically and mentally balanced.

7) Grooming. All dogs require from the owner certain grooming care and assistance throughout his or her life. During the daily exercise or strolling their coats, paws can pick up some grime, dirt, debris. Their eyes, ears, teeth also may require care to prevent illnesses. A well-groomed animal can be healthier, and you can stimulate him mentally easier.

8) Healthcare. Your dog’s health care requirements are constantly changing during his life. The needs differ for a 2-3 month-old pup, an adolescent canine, and your aging four-legged companion, too. Consequently, all dog owners should provide the adequate animal health-care for his canine.

Ways of Stimulate Your Dog Mentally

You may be wondering, why I listed the above elements here. Every above components help you to motivate your dog mentally. They form the foundation of that. I do understand, there are many explanations why you can’t go out with your canine to get some exercise, for instance. Apart from that, you can do many things to keep your dog from going unmanageable nowadays.

A sure way to stimulate your dog mentally is providing him diverse toys. Encouraging your animal to play occupies his attention and this can keep him away from mischief. Be sure to supply numerous various kinds of toys: ropes, toys, stuffed animals and “wear-proof chews,” and alike.

The toys called “interactive” are available in different shapes nowadays. “Interactive” signifies that your furry-friend needs to take some action – get pertaining to that toy – to allow it to be work. For example, there is a toy makes fragrant bubbles in your animal’s preferred scents once your pet presses on various areas of that device.

That’s all today. In the second part, we’ll discuss methods and devices to stimulate your dog mentally according to your goals.

Should You Exercise Your Dog Daily?

Hello Dog Friends!

As we all know, our dogs are pack animals; they require certain activity and a company to be happy. These needs can be solved easily if you exercise your dog daily. And, in contrast to your mates, who could omit a workout session due to appointments, unpleasant weather or additional tasks, canines by no means offer you a justification to avoid exercising.

Why exercise your dog make sense?

When your dog doesn’t receive enough activity, chances are he will get bored, annoyed and unhealthy. The workout tones the muscular tissues, helps the physique and metabolic system to operate correctly, and impounds the mind. 

Everyone who keeps a dog that forced to endure the shortage of physical activity and mental input can tell you that their animal shows destructive conduct frequently. Although, this behavior will cease magically when the canine is starting to get out everyday. 

Therefore, exercising is not only important because it keeps your dog happy. It’s vital for your dog’s physical well-being, as well as his mental healthnot to mention yours.Exercise

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Exercising Your Pet Is Fun

Keeping your dog in good condition is also an excellent approach for you to bond and spend some quality time with your beloved pal. Additionally, when you exercise your dog that’s a great benefit for you personally to stay fit, active, and get your heart pumping. So, all in all, exercise is an activity that can benefit both, you and your dog. And that is part of the joy of being a dog owner.

All Dogs Need Exercise

Studies as well as experience showed that dogs who are getting adequate exercise are healthier and happier. They are also more social when they are in public places. When dogs are given regular exercise, they are calmer at home and are less restless when left alone.

However, just like feeding, choosing the right amount of exercise for your dog is depending on several factors. These factors are the age, size, and type of breed.

Age: Puppies require a daily exercise for proper muscle development. Their high energy levels need to be released in some form of constructive activity. Consequently, giving them their daily exercise is the best way to do it.

Not being able to release their pent-up energy can lead to destructive behavior such as chewing or digging. On the other hand, a mature, aging dog needs less exercise because of their lower energy levels.

Size: Large dogs do not necessarily need more exercise than small dogs. In fact, many huge breeds like the Mastiff or Great Dane would rather relax and sit on the porch all day. But, if the option is given, then they go out for a 2-mile run.  On the other hand, many types of small breeds such as the Jack Russell Terrier or Chihuahua still keep on going even after a three-mile walk.

Type Of Breed: Your dog’s breed is also a big factor on the amount of exercise required. For instance, dogs that were originally bred to herd such as the Australian Shepherd Dog, Border Collie, and German Shepherd need to be exercised every day.

Another example of dog types that requires a daily exercise are those that were genuinely bred to hunt (hunting dogs). Examples of these dogs are the English Beagle, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and German Hunt Terrier.

And finally, sled dogs such as the Siberian Husky, Samoyed, and Alaskan malamute share the same high level of energy as the herding dogs and hunting dogs and therefore, need to be exercised regularly.

Walking as an Exercise

The slow, gentle movement of walking helps you and your dog in several ways. It tones your muscles, provides oxygen to your heart, and is beneficial to your lungs. If your dog isn’t used to walking, or if he is a little overweight, start him off with a short 15-minute walk. Slowly built up the pace as you see he get more accustomed to it.

Your canine may be the type which loves just to go out for a walk and feel the breath of fresh air. Then a 1-2 mile of a daily walk is all it’s necessary to keep your dog fit. And maybe even more if you take the challenge. Your dog will certainly love it, especially if you have one type with a high level of energy.

However, it may happen you don’t have time for long walks. On the other hand, maybe the idea of strolling for 2 miles is simply not your idea of fun. In that situation, your dog will be just as happy if you can only take him for a quick walk around the block twice daily. Obviously, it is better if you can add a little playing, too.

Exercising Your Elderly Dog

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Man Exercises Elderly Labrador

When our dog has reached his senior years – about 7 years old for large breeds and 13 – 14 years old for small breeds – his level of energy may be lower. If so, I continue with their normal exercise on a daily basis, maybe just at a slower pace. I keep going until I feel that s/he is ready to retire and slow down.

To keep my dog happy and in good physical and mental condition is my duty. Once my canine pal reaches his or her elder age, I use to decrease the amount of exercise I give them. But, I never stop. I may feel that s/he is getting a little slow and requires less activity. Then a stroll through the park or going to bathing in water may be a better alternative for him or her.

A few example exercises that I use to do with our senior dog are: a short or long walk, slow runs in the park, going to the beach, going for a short hike on a trail, or a simple game of fetch. These are activities that our dog can enjoy doing well into his or her old age.

If your senior dog is suffering from a joint or bone trouble, you will need to slow him down. He will still need to move and stay active, but the amount and length of exercise should be kept to a minimum. If I were you, instead of doing a 3-mile  walk, I’d modify it to a 1-mile  walk and do it twice a day. Swimming is another alternative exercise for dogs suffering with a hip dysplasia or other bones disorder.

Supervising His Exercise

I recommend you to keep your eye on your dog during his exercise and make sure that he is not pushing himself too hard.  Dogs love to please their owners, and they will push themselves to the limit if they think that doing so will make you happy.  Watch out for any signs that he needs to slow down. Such signs are: limping, panting, slow in pace, or sleeping for a long period of time after the exercise, which is a sign of severe exhaustion.

WARNING! Keep in mind when exercise your dog that older dogs as well as some puppies can develop joint injuries or foot pad injuries from running on hard concrete. If at all possible, let your dog run or walk on dirt, sand, or grass. If you have no choice but to walk him on concrete, avoid running and slow the pace.

Choose Proper Pet Among Large Dog Breeds

AHA, you have made up your mind to acquire a new dog from large dog breeds? Great! And you simply aren’t certain which breed will perfectly match the size of your home? No problem, but wait a minute, please. Earlier than you end up beating your head against the wall because of an erroneous decision, you ought actually to weigh the volume of area you will be able to offer to your newcomer roommate.

Your household dog is undoubtedly an icon, counting from Snoopy to Lassie and nowadays pets just like the Obama family’s doggie, Bo. However – supposing you do not particularly need a Lassie to guard Timmy off of the well or possibly a Snoopy to fly aircraft tasks on the Red Baron – what could you look for in a household canine?

I do ask this because – taking everyday life – chances are you’ll wish to super size your espresso and acquire additional toppings in your pizza. However, when it’s time to pick your dog, larger doesn’t all the time imply better. Canine breeds aren’t same by heritage in the things they require.

Don’t Fool Yourself by Present Dog Size

Don’t, I say again, DON’T form this choice solely on the lovely little pet you could be cradling within your arms this time. As human children will be grown up after a time, the same applies to puppies too. They are also grown to their adult size, but you’ll be surprised because of the short available time.

Another consideration to related size can be that you simply don’t succeed in getting a canine from large dog breeds now. Of course, you may have expectations about relocating to a larger place later. But, the life can surprise you so plans might be changed.

And it is preferred to hold off until you’ve moved into a much greater house, than to end up along with your mate crowded into a decreasing area (because of his continually growing size).

Space Considerations for Large Dog Breeds

Obviously, the dimensions of your family dog have to complement the size of your dwelling space. One possibility is adopting a little type of dog, which will be more suitable fit. Breeds like Chihuahua, Cockapoo, Poodle, Shi Tzu and some other kinds of terriers are actually nice apartment canines.

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Shih Tzu Isn’t Belong To Large Dog Breeds

They continue to be little and want much less area to goof off if they are indoors. Furthermore, a few of these breeds do require a consistent exercise. However, a pair of every-day strolls across the residential block is good enough to sustain them properly also in pleasant mind.

In case you’ve got a secured balcony with stable, high balustrade, that could be sufficient outside go for your little doggie, complemented with one or more every-day walk outdoor. So, I’d say again you don’t allow canine’s look or temperament to deceive you.

Situated on the flip side, loads of toy canines grab the occasion and use their own closet in small knit sweaters, designer costumes and intelligent playthings. They even have stylish beds, for example, that is French provincial or baldachin. The pooch stuff may take up far extra space in your household compared to the canine does.

Thinking About Activity

Some canine breeds, like hunting dogs are genetically programmed to yearn the unclosed areas and exercising outside. The other breeds such as toy canines make perfect “lap dogs,” experiencing the casual way of life while not having a lot of space or time for them to run and play under the open sky.

When you’re exhausted (or shall I tell lazy?) to provide this beauteous canine the workout session it wants, then you should purchase a security system, rather than a guard dog. A toy canine such as a Bichon Frise or Brussels Griffon is pleased within your flat and needs less out of doors’ time.

The medium-sized canines make excellent household pets due to the fact they have a great mixture of characteristics. They haven’t got the excessive vital energy of little dogs as well as health complications of huge ones. They’re energetic, to a certain extent, however, can be great sofa companions too.

So, you will find a medium to big sizes, which will be satisfied in a smaller place. Take a Greyhound, for example, which is a lovely dog that additionally is very quiet, so is perfect for attached living residences. Apart from that, that mild greyhound should have day by day work out in a sufficient big area available for play and run.

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Greyhound Is One of the Large Dog Breeds

The Greyhounds could operate as much speed as forty five mph. So that you don’t desire them turning your living room into a place for running. Namely, in that situation neither you nor your greyhound might be satisfied by the result.

Watchdogs in Apartment

It is vital to think about the bliss of your neighbors once you shape your decision. For example, a Rough Collie is an excellent watch dog for your metropolis residence. However, it’s essential to provide that canine enough time in a dog park to running and feel lively day to day.

On the other hand, a superb nighttime watchdog could produce a daytime nuisance. In case there is nobody at your home to distract your canine from barking on a passerby, or possibly birds, you’ll likely get complaints.

If you believe your doggie is going to be a barker, be preventative. Search for a doggie day-care option, where you could drop your favorite on the way to work, and collect him traveling home.

Multiple Dogs

It may happen that you have a dog in your household and deciding to bring home more canine. Consider the area and care requirements of every animal if you take one or two extra dog into your household. I mean every dog should have their very own bowls, relaxing place and so on.

Canines that stay open air require their very own doghouses provide protection during sleep as well as unhealthy weather. As you don’t sharing your bedroom with your neighbors, so what are the reasons you anticipate your family dog pass his doghouse for the sake of a new canine?

Example of Maintenance

When we’re speaking about dog size, we need to think about the maintenance. As I experienced, dog owners tend to ignore this – form some reason. Although, that nice, fur balls you just started to admire at the pet shop that barely nibbles pet chow, will grow up.

He will be  transforming into a one hundred twenty-five-pound St Bernard that easily might eat you out from your property. This might sound funny, but I tell you just one example.

To sustain him with eight-ten ladles of top quality pet food day by day, you’ll need to spend the cost of a daily steak dinner. The only incidental fact is that you won’t be that person who’ll eat that steak. And there is another side to things as well.

Your enormous canine additionally pushes around furnishings in your living room as feathers. If you don’t ensure proper workout for him, he rises to the occasion. So, your pet from large dog breeds may deconstruct your home in your absence, merely for revelry.

P.S.: My friend, bear in mind, looking for the perfect canine which suits your living area, life-style, and character, will make your smaller residence an intimate and brighter space to living in. What do you think?

Magyar Agár – The Hungarian Sighthound1

The Magyar Agár (Hungarian Sighthound or Greyhound) is an indigenous national dog breed that developed in Hungary. It was an essential tool before people applied firearms in hunting. They used it for killing the popping-up and running wild. His high initial speed and sustained gallop made him capable of doing that successfully. Let’s look at this dog breed a bit closely.

About Origin of Magyar Agár

Not just any story follows here, my dear reader. The origin of the Hungarian Sighthound – like the Transylvanian Scenthound – is going back to the distant past. When you take a look into the well of history, you need to see a few thousand years.

magyar-agárConsidering the nomads or settled nations, both groups used greyhound-type dogs for hunting in ancient times. The ancestors of today’s Hungarians performed the hunting on horseback. During their migration from Middle-Asia to Europe, a variety of oriental greyhounds or greyhound-type dogs were their helpmate in hunting.

It is believed, the living similar type dog breeds such as the Afghan, Arabic, English, Hungarian, Persian and Russian comes from a common ancestor, the Egyptian Agár. The walls of Egyptian tombs are often decorated with depictions of that type of dog. Moreover, the Egyptians portrayed their god Anubis as a Greyhound-like dog.

Of course, others are on different opinion related the origin. As traditions say, the ancient version of the Magyar Agár was wandering together with Hungarian ancestors into the Carpathian Basin more than 1100 years ago. Then this dog version – in all probabilities – could develop further by crossing with part of the dogs of inhabitants.

The next wave of development was the crossing with similar greyhound-type dogs of Turks after 1526. Archeologists found bones of greyhound-type artefacts in tombs excavated from the Árpád-era or the time of conquest. There were similar dog bones also among the Roman and Sarmatian and later archeological finds in Hungary.

For example, they found a skull in Zalavár, as well as an Agár artefact in Felgyő. The word Agár is involved in the diplomas of the Árpád dynasty too. And even the settlement Agárd founded around that time preserved the name in a diminutive form (“greyhound-kid”).

Anyway, the story goes that in the 19th century, they crossed this breed with other greyhound breeds to increase the dog’s speed. What was the result? Let’s see together.

How the Magyar Agár Looks Like?

Have you ever seen to run the Magyar Agár? It’s a fantastic sight as the tremendous energy indwelling him resurfaces. Casual, yet plastic muscles embossed his tight body make him able to move its lean physique with fast direction changes and explosive dynamism.

The Magyar Agár has a muscular, powerful physique, typical galloping structure. His front, proportions and angulation predestine him for both speed and endurance. Consequently, the overall proportionality of the Hungarian Sighthound is far more important than its size.

He has stronger bones and slightly wider head than the English Greyhound. And his greater and slightly thicker ears are also a distinctive feature. Its skull is strong and broad; the muzzle is also robust but not coarse and not pointed.

The teeth of this animal are strong and lined regularly in large, muscular jaws. He has complete scissor bite appropriate to the dental formula.  His nose is relative big and black pigmented, and the nostrils are broad. His eyes are medium-sized and dark colored.

The eyes aren’t protruding nor deep set, and their expression is keen and intelligent. This dog has set on at a medium height, well carried rose ears, clinging to the neck at rest. When the Magyar Agár is alert, his ears are erected up.

His big lungs and heart take their places in a distinctive rounded and brisket deep chest. You can see its well arched ridges that sloping far back. The staff of this dog is flat and deep; the belly is tucked up moderately. This animal has a long tail, ending at his hock.

The skin is relatively thick, fitting well all over, without folds or dewlap. His coat is short and close fitting. In winter, he develops undercoat too. His onetime typical color was yellow color of the pea with tabby version. As the times changed, they accepted nearly all dog colors.

Nevertheless, exceptions are here, like the blue and the orda, brown and black and tan. For your information, the orda is a cheese made from whey with a secondary procedure. That’s excellent to eating it freshly, at least for me.

The Size of the Magyar Agár

His size at the withers is varied between 61 – 70 centimeters (24.5 – 27.5 inches).

The weigh is from 22 to 31 kilogram (48 – 69 lb).

Side note: the body of this rare dog breed is longer than its withers height.

To be continued here.

Is Context Between Dog’s Health and Water?

When it comes to the water’s role in health, we know that no live organism can exist, operate without water. That’s how it is, an instance of that is that the water is the main component of the human body. An adult human’s body contains around 60-70% water. For example, if one weights 176 pounds, his body contains about 14,3 gal water. Well, you may find similar rates in our dogs, too. So, there is a straight context between dog’s health and the water.

Water Needs

dog-drinks-waterAs researchers have shown, your family dog’s physique comprises around of 70% water. By losing all the fats and 50% of protein of its body has less impact than he cannot get water for two days or more. It can be fatal for him if the water in your canine’s body is reduced to one tenth.

With a view to survive, an adult canine requires – at a minimum – two milliliters of water projected to each pound weight daily. That’s when considering 1 ounce contains 30 milliliters of water. However, that two milliliters are only enough for your animal to produce urine within his body.

Importance of Water

Without sufficient water vital for urine providing, your family dog or whatever canine won’t be able to live. When you are providing an infinite amount of water, your canine will consume a lot more than that two millimeters required. That is particularly true if you always provide fresh water to him.

Handing your doggie merely the smallest amount of water each day could also be sufficient for him to outlive, although not for long. Shortage in water injures the system and terminates its functions progressively. He’ll ultimately become weak, come down with a disease, and decease.

Water Utilizing Ways In Dog’s Body

The advantage of providing your family dog enough water compared to the smallest amount wanted is that its system can use that multi-mode (just like in humans).

1) The water facilitates the digesting and the process of taking nutrients from the food.

2) Our dog’s system is using the water to eliminate fuel, and that is transformed into energy.

3) You can more easily sustain the standard temperature of your dog’s physique by ingesting enough water as well.

4) Consuming sufficient water replaces the fluids which might be lost in our dog’s body by excretion.

5) The water also requires to mix various kinds of chemical substances within dog’s systems. Namely, the distinct chemical reactions ensure the dissolving and remodeling those components.

6) The water also is a transport device at the same time. It takes the nutrients to the cellular structures and in addition carries poisonous waste material from the cells to the organs for correct processing. With the lack of water, these organs won’t be able to eliminate toxic things off of the dog’s body.

7) In addition, the water is required to control the acid balance within the blood flow.

8) You may know the evergreen saying goes something like “Beauty comes from inside.” This applies to our dog’s mental health as well. Namely, if he or she is happy, and balanced, the vitality is radiating from every pore. That’s can be seen through its eyes, skin, nail, and hair condition too. And the sufficient water consumption has a big role in that as well.

My Take on It

Perhaps you can perceive from the above that the water is nearly always necessary for each function occurs within your favorite’s body. And as a result of its versatility plus the degree to which it’s utilized, water is regarded to be a crucial nutrient that’s needed for all kinds of dogs.

If your animal doesn’t get to water s/he can be died within a few days because of its dehydration. However, he can withstand the starvation; he will only be caught up by the fate when he runs out half its original weight. It’s obvious, there is a significant difference between the consequences of the lack of the two.

So giving my dog anything to eat; homemade food, meat, dry food or canned meals, I make sure fresh water is in front of her always. Especially in the summer when I’m out for several hours, I put enough fresh water in a couple of shaded places to let her drink. I never let the water bowl being empty, and I recommend you to do so as well.

P.S.: By reading this article, I hope you gained some insight related the role of water in your dog’s health. The comment section is open for your remark or question, take advantage of it. Thank You!

How to Survive Dog Adolescence Period?1

It would be incorrect from my part if I’d say the dog teenage period is your answer to your dream. Bringing up a puppy involves a lot of hassles, since the beginning. Similarly, as a small child – your pup almost just eats, sleeps and defecates. Then, you need to be prepared for the constant puppy gnawing and “adolescent” profligacy, too.

Of course, the time flies over the dogs – either quickly or slowly – like as humans. Every puppy reaches adolescence; he is already not a pup but also isn’t an adult. Adolescence is a huge change in not only people’s life, but in dogs developing as well. The irresistible puppy dog has suddenly started to grow on us and becomes a devil from the little angel almost without transition.

Why Now Exactly?

The question is appropriate. Namely, the first six – teen month is perhaps the most important milestone in dog life. That’s depending on breed’s specificity, the earliest date usually associated with the small stature dogs. This cycle is called the period of imprinting.

surviving-dog-adolescenceHe lived as “outside of ranking in the flock” to this time point. You may know, that among the wolves – and so the dogs – the puppies aren’t included in the pack hierarchy. And, there is much more allowed for these youngsters.

They don’t have to fight for the food, for position, for respect of other flock members. However, they have to start to live a hard adult-life after puberty. Which is a natural consequence of the first trial and error with a pack for their position.

From this period onward they aren’t surrounded with puppies and adults. The peers may be the same, but those are males and females who are couples and rivals simultaneously. The youngsters need to learn the correct behavior toward their own and to the opposite sex. The game suddenly is no longer just a play, but a measure of the force of others.

Furthermore, it’s the time to attempt to select the right pair for them as well. And after all of these, are there someone who says that dogs don’t like us humans? 😉

Forming of Dog-Owner Relationship

We can remember back to our kids’ teenage changes. Depending on our temperament and genes, we can think back how much trouble these changes caused for us in our parents-kids relation. Just think about, how much patience is necessary besides rules for harmonious common living.

The child must learn that there is a responsibility for our actions. They also need to learn where their place is in your family, where are the limits and to how far they can go? These things are definitely taking place, but it matters how; easily, or with many hassles.

You got it? Then you’ll understand; the same takes place also for wolves and dogs. This era is perhaps the most important period of the dog and owner relationship formation and further existence as well. The youngster’s behavior changes suddenly, almost from one day to the next.

Not so experienced dog owners are standing at a loss to know why the behavior of their dogs changed to such an extent quickly and often  radically. Because what is happening? A fierce, often aggressive-looking behavior erupts suddenly from a meek, uncertain puppy.

This can be measured in terms of the fact that the task – has been well-practiced before – as if had been cleared from the dog’s hard drive. The dogs suddenly become casual deaf for your command when they are busy with other, for them is more important thing.

And if you do not pay attention to these signals, later will be much harder to rectify them. So the time has come for you to regulate your adolescent dog (if this has not happened before).

Let’s Be Consistent

Consistency is all over! If we said in connections with puppies that consistency is important, then in an adolescent dog’s life this is essential and crucial. This era will decide ultimately what is allowed and what is not, where is their place in the pack and who does what?

We often fall into the mistake to overlook something once in that period of our dog. Namely, we don’t think that it will be 100 times harder to fix that than in their puppy-hood. Any behavior that we don’t like, it must be considered disrespectful just as in the case of teenage kids, and we must correct immediately.

Let’s think about what that behavior is that a flock can tolerate and what it will not allow. So we need to praise, and discipline measured to that extent. Just be strong. If you prohibited something a nine occasion, you do not allow it at tenth time, even you have labored in it.

Conclusion

This period does not last long. However, it requires the more energy and stamina from your part, but it’s worth it. If the hierarchy is formed properly now, then we can make our dog to approve that we are the pack leader. Then an aggression or even unmanageable fear – which reflect back the inadequate control – generally will not occur in the future.

Next time I’ll deal with a particular phenomenon which is typical for this age, and a mistake most owners tend to commit.

So long …

What are dogs chasing tail meaning?

One of my dog walking acquaintances asked me recently: “Why do dogs chase their tails?” She has a five and half months old German Shepherd pure breed puppy. Her pooch is clever and performs several commands. They’re dealing with two hours a day. Her dog is chasing tail rarely, about once every two days. She asked me if it is a disease or a behavioral issue. Let’s see that more closely.

As far as I know, every puppy prone to chase their tails at some stage. The tail chasing for puppies is as frequent like your toddler spinning around. Puppies appear to get conscious that they possess tails and, subsequently, that is something they’re attempting to catch.

Dogs Chasing Tail Due to Boredom

dog chasing tailImagine who hasn’t experienced a fun by his pet spinning around wanting to catch his tail? It could be a joyful behavior, and canines appear to enjoy it really. However, also it might be an indication that your animal is bored and is seeking a way to amuse himself.

Of course, it may be quite possible that this behavior troubles you. This issue can be solved by supplying your pup or adult dog with numerous enjoyable toys and secure things to chew on. This way, he will have a possibility to choose other entertaining options instead tail chasing.

Chasing Tail for Awareness-Raising

It’s conceivable that some canines go on to chase their tails once they became adults since it entertains their owners. They got to know that chasing their tail will get them heed and results in their homeowners to titter and let them have affection. Thus, to obtain the benefit of this constructive attention dogs chase their tails.

In the event, you don’t want your puppy to chase his tail it’s not essential to punish your doggie and also to be rough with him. The solution is merely to cease giving him the constructive reinforcement. Stop to laugh at his harlequinade.

Hearten him to perform something else you want to do. Have fun with him with some more toys. As an illustration, throw a ball for your favorite, play frisbee, tug of war, or hide and seek with him.

Chasing Tail Because of Physical Reason

There are canines that might chase their tail, in case there is some form of bodily problem regarding their tail. In a case like this, it seems to be similar to your puppy who’s chasing his tail for amusement. But, for instance, your puppy could have a flea chew at the bottom of his tail, and it certainly is driving him mad.

He might spin to make an attempt to reach the itching place. However, he cannot attain that. So, it seems like he chases his tail. You’ll be able to solve this situation by examining what’s disturbing him. This type of rotating and chasing really doesn’t similar to tail chasing.

With its tail-chasing, your puppy or adult dog is attempting to capture the tip of his tail (in general). If there is a physical drawback, your pet is commonly trying to catch the base of its tail or its body. You could assist him by striving to note the distinction and figure out the bothering issue.

The influenced anal sacs or challenges with worms can even trigger dogs chase their tails. The tail-chasing also can happen after some physical injury, surgical procedure or ailment. German Shepherds and Bull Terriers appear to be extra susceptible to tail-chasing compared to other dog breeds.

Tail Chasing Cogency

Quite often, the tail-chasing could become a cogency, for example, an excessive constraint behavior. I read about it that Turkish veterinarians performed a research related to tail chasing. There may be some proof that this tail-chasing conduct could also be connected with high cholesterol within the nutrition.

Canines with nervousness issues can also pursue coercive tail-chasing. Considering the dog population, around 2 % of them have chance to get compulsive untidiness.

If your puppy or adult dog does grow this coercive tail-chasing habit, you ought to consult with your vet. He might suggest drug remedy regarding the issue. The most frequently used therapy for dogs is applying Prozac.

You also have to work together with your canine on behavior amendment. If you happen to suppose this is excessive, doggies who chase their tails compulsively might achieve this for many hours per day. So it certainly is critical to assist them.

My Experiences

It’s not everything being identical why dogs chase their tail. The tail chasing is a behavior disorder in many cases (but not always!). Reason why it’s not good if it becomes a habit is because if he has a problem to the environment, rather than “to speak” us, he consoles himself with that can become an obsession.

Obsessive behavior means that the dog compulsive performs a series of movement, which becomes its habit sometime. With the given movement, they burn their energy, which is a kind of relief for them. For example, the tail chasing is suchlike behavior for dogs.

In this case, the dogs are obsessed to chasing their tails around – while ignoring the world around them. Sometimes they caught it, causing bloody damage. But, – for them – the chasing itself is the most important part of the activity.

We need to create an environment that our dog finds exciting. By exercising and playing more with him, buying toys for him, we provide a better daily life. All with those we can eliminate the causes of obsessive behavior.

P.S.: Have you ever perceived as your canine chasing his tail? What was the reason? Did you ask for advice from your vet? Speak your mind in the comments. Thank You!

The Hungarian Kuvasz Dog Breed

It doesn’t develop a flattering picture about the Kuvasz dog breed in public mind. And without good reasons, I believe. Aggressive, vicious, unpredictable – you may hear these mostly from those amateurs who don’t know enough about this breed. That opinion is based on their misunderstanding – I’m sure. This dog only does his job which people bred him for: to protect his owner, his family and its values. Let’s look at him a little closer.

How the Kuvasz Story Started?

The Kuvasz is one of the ancient Hungarian sheepdog breeds. According to history, the Komondor, the Kuvasz, the Puli and the Magyar Agár (Hungarian Greyhound) was probably the loyal companions of Árpád’s people settled in the Carpathian basin around the 895th year. The Magyars used this dog to guard their flock against wolves and robbers.

Ergo, this incorruptible, brave and hard dog breed is the part of the Hungarian heritage. At least, a thousand year’s past circulates in his veins. How old this dog breed can be, is a basis of different theories.

Nevertheless, one thing is certain. Archeologists – led by John Matolcsy – found a fossilized, 9th century Kuvasz-type dog skeleton at Fenékpuszta by Keszthely, Hungary in 1978.

The interesting thing is that the formal appearance of the discovery is almost same than the modern Kuvasz. This archeological find proves that this dog can be identified as one of the most ancient canine breeds. Namely, the existence of few breeds can be a little earlier than the 9th century only.

Of course, excavations have been carried out elsewhere, too. For example, bone artifacts are derived from Northern Iraq area already from the 7th millennium BC. Those finds refer for the existence of a strong structured sheepdog similar to Kuvasz at that time.

The guarding dogs were almost the same size as Kuvasz existed on the Eurasian steppes in several color variations. But, most researchers consider the white version of the most ancient form. The same Central Asian environmental impacts and natural selection aspects resulted in a sheepdog breed with similar internal and external properties.

The migratory flows started at different times from the Asian steppes toward West. Naturally, the dogs marched with their tribes as well. The way of life of dogs was very hard like the nomadic tribes. The successful survival required a solid body, strength and probably certain wildness.

Why were these dogs essential for the semi-nomadic Hungarians at that time? On one hand, the public safety wasn’t perfect then – to put it mildly. Moreover, the Hungarians have cattle, horses and other flocks for which other people yearn. On the other hand, don’t forget the wolves and other predators as well.

The two large and white shepherd guard dogs (the Komondor and the Kuvasz) protect people, herds, studs and flocks from predators and robbers. Namely, the shepherd alone wasn’t able to perform this task because he wasn’t sufficiently vigilant, nor strong enough.

Let me mention the hunting as an important use of the Kuvasz from the age of Árpád to the beginning of the XX century. It proves his versatility that this dog was also used to bison hunting. Moreover, he had to survive the wild boar as well. So, we can conclude, it isn’t just any kind of dog breed.

Appearance

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It belongs to the strong, curly-haired, big sort of dogs. Its coat is straight or quite wavy and mostly white or ivory colored. Nobility and strength that his pleasing appearance beams to the outside world. The landscapes of his body are proportional, not elongated and not squat too.

Its body length slightly exceeds the height. His back is a medium length. Its loin is short and strong. The rump is broad, robust and somewhat sloping. Its rump is equipped with rich fur, so this animal may seem a bit overweight. The withers is longer and higher than the back.

Its hanging tail is set low, continued to its hocks, and the end is slightly curved upwards. His chest is deep; the front part of his chest is rising due to the muscles and the sternum. This dog’s belly is slightly tucked up.

The bones of the Kuvasz are strong, without coarseness. This animal has lean muscles and dry joints. Nonetheless, he isn’t bulky, and he is light-footed and nimble compared to his size. The appearance of this dog reflects his tireless workload anyway.

His head is typical wedge-shaped, in harmony with the body, attractive and noble. The skull is elongated, even so, never pointed. His lips are black and tensed, with a scalloped edge at the corner of the mouth. He has been regular, strong teeth with complete scissor bite closing. In optimal case the palate has dark complexion.

The dog’s eyes are slanted, almond shaped as well as dark brown colored. His ears are on top of the head from the continuation of a straight horizontal stems. The top third withdraws from the head slightly, then they’re flat completely.

The ears of the Kuvasz are forming a V shape. When the canine is in observing position, his ears flapped. However, his ears do not standing up and don’t cork-screwing.

The skin of this animal has a lot of pigment, and is tight. The color of the dog’s skin is slate gray. His nose, and the eye-lids are black. The pads are black or slate gray colored.

How big is this dog? The Kuvasz is a large and powerfully built breed.

Height at the withers:    Males: 71-76 cm (28 to 30 in)    Females: 66-70 cm (26 to 28 in)

Weight:             Males: 48-62 cm (100 to 115 lbs)    Females: 37-50 kg (70 to 90 lbs)

Behavior

The Hungarian Kuvasz is a courageous and fearless dog breed. He protects the persons and properties entrusted to his care, whether at the cost of his life. He is self-respecting, thus in case of abuse it turns into coarsened. And that is NOT the dog’s fault.

He is loyal, reliable, loves his surroundings and his owner. It requires a large place, due to the size of him. This canine is undemanding; his care is simple, and he can face up to the harshest weather. Like us, humans, this dog is grateful for the love and care.

He is a shrewd, docile breed; you can train him to the guard-work easily. I’ve to mention here that due to their high pain threshold and reliable character, these canines tolerate very well the company of kids. But, due to its strength, size and independence, I don’t recommend you to consign the care to your toddlers.

Moreover, you should be aware that the Kuvasz is eager to protect all the people and animals of the family. That also means that he protects your children against foreign children who might hurt yours. So, be careful!

He is distrustful to strangers because of his protective character. But, I assure you, if someone provokes him, he’ll attack almost immediately. Of course, this behavior may be familiar to you from the human world, I think.

He behaves as a dominant with other dogs, and would never let a challenge go unanswered. But, this dog breed is good with other pets if they’re raised together.

Many think; the Kuvasz is an unpredictable, aggressive dog. However, I don’t share this opinion based on my long experience. He’s a normal, manageable, kid-loving dog, if someone gave him ordinary treatment. And I also know that the people are those who don’t choose a right dog for themselves or ruin that animal they brought home earlier.

The intelligence of the Kuvasz is above average. Contrary to popular belief, this dog is gentle and kind, though usually only to his owner’s family. This famous Hungarian sheepdog relaxed than its close relative, the Komondor.

I would say, this animal is not for everyone, mainly not for an inexperienced, first-time owner. This dog requires hard but fair and not coarse treatment just as the Rottweilers. This animal doesn’t bark unnecessarily, but if he barks, it’s advisable to look after the reason.

He feels good for himself in the outdoors; it’s best with a big yard. Because of his need of movement, he is the ideal jogging fellow to you for example. Besides the physical exercises you need to provide him mental challenges as well.

The Kuvasz requires a balanced, calm, clear and consistent teaching. It is not for everyone; the prospective owner should be mentally and physically strong. However, this doesn’t mean that the education methods should be violent.

On the contrary! This dog can learn easily in a harmonious environment, at hand of such a person who doesn’t stifle the canine’s own initiative. The relationship between the Kuvasz and you, the owner will be balanced only, if it is built on the mutual respect and trust.

The condition of that is that you need to spend a lot of time on the rearing and care of the given animal. I don’t recommend you to keep him inside. One reason is the aforementioned desire for freedom; this dog needs enough space.

The other reason is that you probably wouldn’t be happy with the intensive hair losing in the molting period. Anyway, it has normal grooming need, but you can neglect a little the frequent stripping and trimming if you don’t take him to shows.

Typically, it’s not specific medical condition afflicting these large dogs. The exception is the hip dysplasia, which can occur in them. Anyway, they are not really prone to be ill.

Me and the Kuvasz

This animal is one of the dogs of my childhood. I remember a beautiful white female Kuvasz dog; Swan was her name. My family possessed different domestic animals, and I found pleasure to look after them. This also was good in that aspect that I learned liability as a child.

It belonged to my duties to clean the bowl Swan used for eating and drinking. I observed as my Mom prepared Swan’s meals and contributed sometimes, too. Of course, I cleaned up her potty, and checked the texture as I taught.

I remember, how Swan and I played together with a piece of string or a stick. Running in the big yard and rolling on the meadow belonged to our common fun. She had enough energy to weary me. Swan took care of me, and I taught by the parents not to be rude in the game.

Unfortunately, as I grew up, she had aged too. I felt very bad when Swan left us. The loss affected me so deeply that I decided I will no longer have this kind of dog.

But, I didn’t become completely unfaithful to this breed. Because I regularly meet and talk with other dog people and there is a Kuvasz owner among them as well. When I discover Kuvasz dogs on dog shows, they always remind me to my childhood friend.

Anyway, two doors down there is a female Kuvasz dog, it’s two years old now. We have got to know each other already, although I’m not a member of that family. And I often consult with the owner. Maybe I’ll get one doggie from this breed in the future. Who knows?

Finally, I hope, by reading this entry you have come closer to understanding what these precious animals might mean for you during their 10  –  14-year longevity.

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