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Announcement, and Adopted Dog Returned

Dear All,

I’ll discuss today about an adopted dog someone took home and returned it back after a week. But, before that I’d like to make an announcement.

Well, we are all witnessed as 2013 says farewell to us. Can you believe it? I know you’re probably thinking ahead to what you can do in 2014 to make it your best year ever, right? I admit, that’s what I’m doing.

But, we are not beyond the Christmas and year-end festive period yet. In the coming days, I look back on time elapsed from the start of this site. And I also prepare the plan for 2014. Naturally, I spend Christmas with my family.

Thinking about my readers who subscribed so far I prepare a report, the topic is dog related of course. Hoping I’ll be able to send you that by the end of this year. The preparations are underway.

And I want to say to you “Thank You” for your support, questions, or suggestions I got this year. I hope I can count on your activity in the next year as well. I’ll do my best to achieve that.

peaceful-and-merry-christmas!I wish you a Merry Christmas with full of love and happiness, and a New Year loaded of chances and satisfactions. Please, use the coming days to spend quality time with your loved ones and think about those things for which it is worth living.

An Adopted Dog Returned

And now, let’s go to the today’s topic. I anticipate that this story was in the news recently, and I felt inclined to write about an adopted dog returned.

Imagine a singer who is pet friendly person and loves the dogs. He was falling in love with a dog from the supply of a rescue foundation, and gladly took it his home. This is nothing special so far; it could happen to any animal loving people.

He renamed the canine from B to C. It was a good dog and was guarding the house well. But, it seems that the animal didn’t want to accept anyone only the singer in question.

As he said: “We liked him very much; C is really a very nice, good dog and a fine watchdog too. C was in our household for a few days when I left my home, and my wife wanted to give him food. But, she still not reached a bowl, and a dog growled and behaved as if he wanted to attack her.”

“I also wanted to introduce my 15-month-old son to him as well to acquaint themselves. Because C was heard the voice of my son from inside only so far. But, unfortunately, C’s behavior was threatening toward my son too. So I decided not to take any risk and discard the dog for family safety.”

Apart from that, the singer didn’t stop to think that the family expanded with an adopted dog. But, he says he is trying to find carefully the matching dog next time.

“Maybe a puppy would be better from the point of view that it could grow together with the child. For this moment, we are not planning another adoption, because this parting of a dog pretty worn us. A dog is not like a pair of pants that’s replaceable by man…”– added the singer.

The said dog is waiting for his loving new owner again at the rescue foundation presently. One of the members of the foundation said that this canine is a really lovable creature. They are looking for him a definitely strong, competent hand.

“This dog is a five years old, very smart, amiable animal, a true watchdog. We recommend him to a family safely, but in any case, he needs a host who is experienced, knowledgeable, and the dog doesn’t think after a day that he is the pack leader. I’m puzzled that he entered being offensive, because that isn’t his attribute at all. In any event, he is also looking forward to his final master.” – says Clare.

adopted-dog-returned“B is a very kind, sociable, truly charismatic dog, is walking nicely on a leash. He is an excellent watchdog and playmate as well. He requires the love and the occupation with him. It’s spayed, vaccinated, equipped with a chip and now is waiting for the final, responsible owner. After a week-long “guest performance,” B has been returned to us again. We brought him back, although we are sure that it would have been a great fan for the family, additionally an excellent watchdog.”

So far the story. The Noteworthy Lessons:

* As I mentioned in one of my other articles, I worked in a dog shelter as a volunteer. Sadly, the majority of the canines in shelters are located there as they had been the subject of inconsiderate buying. Specifically, certain family member or adult individuals rush to adopt a dog, although they neglected to ponder what keeping a dog involves.

I use to examine the circumstances and members in our family, and myself in addition to my time accessible and select accordingly. I’d say, to find a dog is just your first task, however, a really important one. You have to be believed strongly that you, and the animal will probably be the right match to one another. You have to be certain that your household will be the suitable home for that chosen canine.

* Avoid taking home any dog immediately from a sudden “love.” Dependent on their outer traits only you may make a false decision. Namely, their entire character and temperament might stay hidden for you at that minute.

To be aware of these completely you have to be in everyday interaction with the chosen dog. In order to uncover the correct fellow in one another requires time, similar to a great marriage. I use to take to walk the chosen animal three – four times to experience their behavior.

That is indispensable for the basic cognition, then I decide to take it or leave it.

* Your task is to prepare yourself and your family members to the arriving of your chosen animal. I use to make notices when I heard the information the rescue organization staff announces. This information I give to my family, after all, we all will live together with the dog.

It’s advisable that your spouse and kids are aware who is the newcomer. Furthermore, some dog keeping experience also is useful when you intend to take an adult dog having unknown experiences. Dogs in similar age might have entrenched habits you have to be able to handle as a pack leader.

* It’s advisable not to monopolize the dog for yourself. Dogs rehomed in new circumstances require time to understand the family members. And you should accustom the dog to accept food and drink from others from your family. By hand feeding some food your dog (under supervision) will know the smell of that person, that helps in the accepting.

Furthermore, the jealousy related their food, bone or toy is a normal practice for dogs. Of course, with love, patience and persistence you can cease that conduct after a time. And teach your family member to forget anxiety when dealing with. The dog might sense your fear and can be growl or attack.

* Lastly, but not last, older animals don’t like to share their owner’s attention, and love. It occurs many times that these dogs become a so called “one owner only” dogs. Having said that, we have arrived again to the point that we should get to know all info about the dog before we’re taking him home.

Introducing Your Baby To a Dog is not as simple as showing to your cat. When you are ready to present the baby to your dog, please consider the following tips:

Ask someone to hold the dog leash while you take place in a chair with your child into your arms. Put your hand on the baby’s head. (This gesture shows the protection of your baby and at the same time prevents it from being bitten by the dog.)

Do not place the baby on the floor and never hold over the dog’s head, because doing that you compel the dog to jump.

Use a balanced, calm tone when talking to your dog, and sometimes caress him, to feel safe in itself.

If you don’t perceive any aggressive behavior such as growling or tail downward, slowly afford for him to take a closer look at the baby – but do not lick it. The licking is unhealthy might serve as a prelude of biting.

Make sure that your dog’s leash tight enough to be pulled back if necessary. If your dog shows any negative behaviors, answer to him a definite “NO” and command him to move away or drop out of the room. If he listens to your command and goes off independently, reward it.

Even if all goes “smooth,” it is recommended to keep the dog on a leash whenever it is approaching the child, at least the first three weeks still you manage to study his behavior.

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What’s up to Plaque Forming on Dog Teeth?

Hi All!

There is a health issue many dog owners tend to be ignored, for some reason. Specifically, I mean by this the plaque forming on dog teeth. I’ll give you an example. I mentioned you; we rescued a German Shepherd mix puppy earlier. Lisa is a brown colored, very lively little animal, and got her first shot recently.

At the Vet Office

While we were at the vet’s waiting room, obviously, I was talking to other dog owners there. Four dogs were waiting for their turn, including ours. The physician was busy to remove the plaque and some tartar from the teeth of a Pug under anesthesia.

Among, one lady was waiting there had a little stature (approx 6 pounds) Chihuahua doggie. They followed the Pug, and the pooch went through his yearly health check and also got the annual shots. The vet said the lady that there is some plaque on the pooch’s teeth, so it likely requires a dental treatment next time.

But, the lady didn’t want to be subjected her tiny dog to that process. She applied Plaque Off earlier and forgot to buy more when it ran out, thus the plaque had time to develop. The little animal is on a xxxx small kibble nutrition, that’s the only manageable size by his small teeth.

Note: I deliberately didn’t write the name, because I don’t promote that product. But, what can be the solution in case like this? Can this be prevented at all? Well, here are some related tips you can choose from.

Healthy Chews for Dog Teeth

Healthy canine is unthinkable without fit dog teeth. In my experience, much depends on what type of dog food he or she consumes, how much and what your dog chews on. I observed that, tartar developing is come out more frequent for dogs eating canned food compared to those consume dry kibble. Another observation is that a not varied nutrition also helps the formation of plaque on teeth.

carrot-prevents-plaque-forming-on-dog-teethIn case you didn’t recognize so far, the carrot is an excellent chewing for humans and dogs equally. Eating carrots and other raw vegetables can be known as good for general health and specifically organs such as skin, eyes, gastrointestinal system and teeth.

Carrots are ideal for oral health, due to the fact they assist in removing meal particles. This way, they are reducing the risk of bacterial colonization. The carrots help to forestall tooth decay because they kill the possible dangerous bacteria around the dog teeth.

Frequent carrots consuming could improve the looks of skin, furs, nails and so on and likewise enhance dog eyes health. A significant advantage of chewing on carrots would be that they massage therapeutically your dog friend’s gums and improve blood flow within the gum tissues.

And, the carrots comprise vitamin A, which is certainly vital for sustaining wholesome tooth enamel.

Dog Dental Bones

The dog dental bones are a great option for oral well-being dietary. You may find a big variety of dental treats available on the market, so it is hard to choose just one particular model or type. Some depend on all-natural materials, and that’s an explicit plus when chemical compounds are a typical practice in canine related foods.

You can even find some that use a number of techniques for keeping teeth clean, together with an outer coating that surrounds a rawhide bone. If your furry pal has a susceptible stomach, make sure you’re knowledgeable with what their dental treats comprise. It may occur that aren’t what they look like at first sight.

Rawhide Bones

The rawhide bones known as the traditional method to assist brush the teeth of your dog. It is making the most from the dogs’ conventional chewing motions. Once you do provide your canine a goody of any type, be sure you keep constant observation. And take care not to allow them to swallow large items complete, because that could cause digestive problems.

I’d also mention chewing on cattle chew bones as a teeth cleaner I use for adult dogs. But, these tiny doggies possibly cannot do anything with it due to their little mouth.

Turning Into Raw

Another solution can be and works for many to give chicken wing. You may feed the tiny dog with cooked chicken breast at beginning. And gradually reduce the degree of cooking until you can give a raw chunk.

Perhaps, tiny canines needn’t be permitted to eat it wholly if you think the chunk is too big. But, a periodic good chewing on one piece would hopefully perform the task. It ought to be uncooked because bones within a cooked piece are far too sharp and fragile.

Tooth Brushing

Next tip is the common tooth brushing; it must be carried out no less than weekly, 3 times weekly is better anyway. Needless to say your dog’s body is not the same as humans, so it’s advisable to use dog tooth paste to keep your favorite pet healthy. Fortunately, you might discover a large number of tooth brush types available to perform the process simpler for each of you.

You may have that kind of small canine with little mouth as the lady has above. Then you’ve two choice. The first option is to use a baby’s tooth brush with logic oral pet gel. It really has a fairly little head on the brush, less than the dog tooth-brushes I’ve come across.

Anyway, to use a baby’s toothbrush has another benefit: you’re able to get around the back teeth as well. If that solution is not your cup of tee then you may use the other solution; the finger brush. Every finger brush is two sided; an extra knobbly along with a soft fine facet.

If the finger brush doesn’t work for you, then no panic. You can opt for a micro-fibre tooth cleaner. Actually, it has 12,000 times more fibres than any toothbrush. It removes the plaque and bacteria equally as the manufacturer says.

Bottom Line

I recommended the lady in question to start the frequent tooth brushing. My savings tip: try a kind of old-fashioned cotton plaster. Sticking it in your finger also does the job and the breath also will be fresher than before. Additionally, your four-legged mate will adapt to you poking within their mouth.

P.S.: My Friend, would you mind telling us your proven method preventing plaque forming on dog teeth? Which is best for you? Maybe I missed something, but I’m not ashamed to learn from people smarter than myself.

Thank you,

Alex

Can Your Dog’s Cost Be Lower?1

Greetings my readers, I hope you’re after a relaxing sleep. I’m pleased to tell you that Zizi (my older dog) and Liza (the new puppy) are in good health. The little rescued German Shepherd mix got the de-worming tablets and her first vaccination on Monday. The next is due after three weeks. As she isn’t perfectly protected yet, I wouldn’t bring him in direct close to other dogs. She has good appetite and is very nimble and docile. But, let’s get to the today’s topic.

I dealt with to be caring dog owner means frequent cash outflows here. I also indicated there that I’ll discuss about saving options on expenses we spend on our dogs. So, I grab the today’s occasion to meet my promise.

What Kind of Saving Tips Are Here

To lower costs isn’t easy, but there are possibilities to reduce our monthly dog expense effectively. I am in a position that I can give my dogs they require. However, there may be loving dog owners who are on budget. And yet they keep their dogs as their essential and devoted companions.

The following tips are primarily for those of you, but others can also benefit. But, first of all, I’ll tell you that saving on pet costs doesn’t mean in my interpretation to withdraw any necessary expenses vital to keeping our dog healthy. Far from it! I like the dogs better and appreciate all caring owners than to suggest such a thing.

The American Pet Products Association estimates pet owners will spend $55,53 billion on their animals this year. And the  food, supplies and veterinary costs make up more than 68 percent of this. The rest is divided among a variety of services like boarding, day care, grooming, pet hotels and pet sitting.

Let’s see what and how can we reduce on our dog’s expense.

At the Start: Getting a Dog Companion Fits to Your Budget

lower-dog's-cost-choose-the-right-breedVarious elements are to count on when you decide which kind of dog is best to take into your household. Starting from the right lengthy walks and exercising a bigger canine requires. And continue with our lifestyle possible proper for a smaller dog instead. Ask yourself: are you ready to handle the everyday food and health issues (and bills) that might come up?

Additionally, it’s useful to know what to count on when the annual expenses come to mind? You need to anticipate paying no less than between $1,315 and $1,845 for your dog. Obviously, the amount will vary by the size of your animal. A bigger canine usually could cost more. He is eating more, needs greater dog house, larger outdoor place and alike.

The same applies when choosing between purebred dog or mixed. You have to be aware that purchasing a purebred dog can cost you even thousands of dollars. Of course, among the purebred dogs, you can find frequently occurring and rarely seen species equally.

Naturally, you have to pay more for a dog which is a rare breed. I tell you just one example: a Cava-Poo-Chon puppy price can reach the $3500 tag. And you have to sign up for a waiting list and put down a $300 deposit; moreover, when your dog arrives depends on others.

However, perhaps, doing an excellent deed can be a matter of principle for you. Then why don’t you contemplate about adopting a dog over your local animal rescue organization? You’ll pay only the small adopting expenses (around $30 – $50) for a devoted and loving companion.

Just make sure to perform your record searches: Your chosen doggie has got all the necessary shots? What’s the typical life span of s/he? What are the medical tests s/he went through? Ask to see the related veterinary data. Based on those you will learn about any pre-existing circumstances that might increase in bills in the future.

Saving on Foods and Toys With Coupons

lower-dog's-cost-use-dog-food-couponsLuckily, you can find many deal websites on the Internet providing pet promotions and freebies. For instance, on MyPetSavings.com, you can find coupons on anything from dog food to household items that get rid of pet smells. And you also can subscribe via emails or RSS to get announcements on free things.

Alternatively, you may visit the Savings Center of Wag.com that gives discounts. At present, you can obtain 25% off pet food on your first order (Code: 25FOOD). Alternatively, for example, you can buy Wellness Complete Health Small Breed Adult Turkey & Oatmeal with 30% savings.

Furthermore, it’s worth having a look to PetSmart.com. Today I saw their actual offer to save 30% off $150, 20% off $100, 15% off $60 on your online order. And the free shipping is a plus, over $49.

If you’re going shopping at retailers like Petco.com, watch out for coupons and request to being a partaker in their reward’s projects.

There is another saving tip that I prefer always. I use to buy dog food in bulk, and you also can do that.

For example, at PetSmart, the dog food called Nutro Natural Choice costs $14.99 per a 5 lb bag. However, if you purchase the 30 lb bag for $52.99, then you spend less than $9 per 5 lb.

Expensive toys, gourmand treats and meals, and also stylish dog garments can certainly increase your expenses. Even so, no one has demonstrated that these items are vital to the happiness of our dogs.

And, when you’re on a spending budget, think about leaving the dream extras and go for easy ways to satisfy your dog’s need. I experienced that they prefer to have fun with you compared to a tricky toy.

Going back to the dog food; I cannot emphasize enough the timely feeding and accurate administration. I’m saying this because I know a dog owner who random provide the nutrition quantity. She has a remorse because she leaves her dog alone and by coming back she put her canine much more than necessary.

This way, she is inefficient in animal feed, and her German Shepherd is frequent patient at her vet. And this leads to the higher expenses, although it could be lower. Anyway, next time I’ll continue with dog treats and in the third part I’ll discuss about how you can reduce your vet bills.

Caring Dog Ownership Costs Money, Too

When it comes to dog ownership, you might find yourself in a situation like a boat owner. I’m saying this because that position comes with a never-ending money spending. One example: already the purchase of the dog itself is concerned on quite a wide range of costs. Namely, it may have a price varying from a $30 pet adoption charge to three thousands dollars and over for purebred and trendy canines. And you ought to pay that amount before you get your pet.

Feeding Costs

First, you have to have the right type of dog food. Food choices are age-graded so that what you feed a puppy differs from what you give an adult dog. There are even foods for both puppies and older dogs with extra nutrients to match their unique needs.

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Caring Dog Ownership Provides Quality Food

It turns out from a Consumer Reports survey that dog owner individuals spend typically around $36 per month for canine food. CR also says that a major portion of the nationwide pet-meals spending nowadays pertains to the so-known premium and super-premium dog food versions.

However, your conscientious veterinarian will most likely inform you that the common dog doesn’t want expensive food. For wholesome grownup canines, a medium-priced dry kibble can provide good diet so long as it carries certain labels. You need to first search for “complete and balanced” on the label.

That signifies the food items offers sufficient amount of nutrients to be your family dog’s solely way to obtain meals as outlined through AAFCO. Then search for a declaration situated on the bag which claims the food meets the standards of the Association of American Feed Control Officials.

Is Your Dog Inside or Outdoor?

A canine living outdoor requires a spot to rest and sleep that’s saved off of the weather. Merely putting your dog into a fenced kennel isn’t suitable. Of course, that solution would be somewhat better than a prison.

But, a caring dog ownership is not about that. On a serious note, your outdoor canine wants a strong doghouse with insulated sides, floor and roof – to bearing extreme climates. These insulated dog houses can be available from $250 – $300 for small doggies.

The upper limit can reach or exceed the one thousand dollars for bigger canines. Providing an air con or possible heating unit to the doghouse outdoor for the price of the unit plus installation can be another solution.

For dogs living inside you may also acquire an interior doghouse. That can supply a feeling of privacy to your small or medium canines. A captivating indoor doghouse made from rattan is generally available in smaller sizes for not much than $200.

Required Supplies

Obviously, your dog also requires the proper bowls for drink and eating. The bowls for young puppies are nearer to the ground and made durable to avoid a fall over. These are not particularly large items in your budget. For example; a stainless steel bowl is available for fewer than five dollars now.

After that you’ll need a sleeping area for your puppy. Depending on your conception and purses that may start from a discarded winter coat. The other extreme may be to use a completely decked mattress within a box that is more expensive than your own bed.

Anything between the two is imaginable. The point is which one will be suitable to your canine. I have seen cases where the dog preferred the cheaper solution.

Equipments like a collar or leash is a one-time investment (except loss or ruined by chew). I’ve discovered a set contained the collar and leash under $20 online. Of course, I’m talking about that fulfills the modest needs. Extra demand requires more money, as always.

Dog Clothing

I have written about that previously here and here. Apart from that, in chilly and moist climates, dog raincoats and sweaters are reasonable items. The small canines really want some additional warmth provided by a sweater.

The tendency to dress dogs start from swimsuits to celebration costumes for Halloween or high fashion shortly runs the tab for a brand-new wardrobe that you simply love, however, don’t count on each animal to prefer that idea.

Dog Toys

I do realize that the toy part is just a bit small compared to what you may discover in department stores for your toddlers. Dog toys can start from cheap bones and chew objects. The line is continuing to toy squirrels, frogs or cats anyway.

That may set up the sense of your canine the mastery over other animals. Anyway, earlier I dealt with choosing chew toys for our dogs here.

Dog Ownership Also Means Vet Costs

I mention this item nearly at the end of this list because it could be the greatest among all costs. To my mind, the health of the dog is something that we shouldn’t be stingy with. The veterinary costs may also depend besides inherited predispositions that how healthy our dog is, how we take care of his health.

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Caring Dog Ownership Contains Vet Care

Moreover, included here the costs of mandatory shots, deworming, sterilization costs, defense against parasites and the micro-chipping expense. Therefore, to boost your spare money already from the start isn’t a silly thing.

Namely, as the time has passed, it’ll be necessary to think about unexpected expenses. Your main recurrent spending might be upkeep with vet exams and possible treatings. Your budget also should be capable of bear the grooming expenses if a pro performs that.

Conclusion

Finally, you’ll additionally discover an eternal supply of canine training books as well as videos. Dog grooming programs, private training lessons for your pet and dog exercises also require some money. And I didn’t even mention the costs that may be necessary for the preparations for dog competitions and exhibitions, the related travel and supply and the like.

I hope, I was able to demonstrate that you do not hold the dog for free. So, I tell you again, put aside money in reserves. You’ll also require it when making the annual photographs of your furry friend being on Santa’s lap!

Obviously, the above-mentioned things don’t mean that you cannot keep a loving and devoted dog companion. My article basically intended to highlight the dog keeping responsibilities. The point is to do not tamper lightly into one relationship without seeing the things behind.

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Dog Ownership Includes Rescuing Animals

I firmly believe, providing a chance of a happy and healthy life for a dog is well worth the money. Among other things, this is also the reason that I rescued a puppy (left) from the street yesterday. Anyway, in one of my following posts, I will give you money-saving tips, related to dog ownership.

Do Dogs Recognize Their Siblings or Parents?

Due to the heavy rain, I postponed the walk with Zizi today. Sitting in my den, I read my post-it notes and my eyes fell on one of them. One of my friends said that her year-old male dog met with its mother when walked unleashed. The mom dog also wasn’t leashed, and – as it turned out – was fired. So, her male dog mated with its own mother. She, as a newly dog owner, just stood and looked at this action due to her surprise. Hence is the interesting question within the title.

puppie-siblingsObviously, different people have distinctive answers for this question, depending on their own experiences with their dogs. And a newfound dog owner can answer this only after a certain period of time. Those who have a long experience with dogs, knows that this is possible, under certain conditions.

Influencing Factors

I’d say – based on my experiences – that this thing is very similar to us, humans.

Imagine two young families where children born at the same time. One mother – for some reason – gives her child to adoption three months after giving birth. The baby is unable to build deep relationship with the mother and brothers/sisters and will not remember them later, either.

The other child was living within his family until his ten-year ages. He had a chance to get to know his parents and brothers equally. Accordingly, he has deepened his relationship with them. What do you think, will he recognize them a year later? I’ll bet anything that he will do.

This applies to dogs as well.

Some people have had dogs that seemed to recognize and know their mother or siblings when they met them again later. Other people have had dogs that didn’t know family members when they encountered them after a time.

It’s certainly true that a lot depends on the individual dog and their experiences when they are young. If a puppy is removed from its mother at their early junior age, in all certainty, it has fewer chances to form strong bonds. That puppy may be less likely to remember his mother and siblings a year or two later.

On the other hand, If a puppy spends a long time for his mother and littermates and doesn’t leave home until he’s three or four months old, it may be much more likely that he will remember them all his life.

Adjusting to the Pack

As I experienced when I bred dogs before, puppies learn many things from their dam and littermates. This is their first pack. This is the period during which they learn how to be a dog at all.

So it only stands to reason that the longer they spend with this particular group, the more likely they are to remember the lessons they learn and the individual pack members.

It’s also important to realize that dogs think less in terms of family, i.e., mother, brothers, sister, and more in terms of “pack.” They are conscious of being part of a group.

mom-and-siblingsA puppy probably has no sense of being related to a certain dog, but he will know where he stands in relation to the pack hierarchy.

He will know that his mother must be obeyed, and that he can goof around with his brothers and sisters. He will learn the social rules of the group, but he probably doesn’t consciously think, “This is my dad, so I have to do what he says.”

He just knows that there is a bigger, stronger dog and things go better for him when he does what he’s supposed to do.

Moral System in Dogs

I’m not surprised by it, but many people are shocked by the idea that a dog would mate with his mother, or a dog would mate with his daughter. In fact, dogs do not have any kind of moral system similar to human systems. “Incest” is a humane idea, and it’s completely alien to dogs.

When dogs are in season, the only important issue is who is healthy and fit enough for breeding. Furthermore, who has the proper status within the group to have the right to breed. This approach is based on thousands of years of evolution, and it has helped dogs survive.

If you have two related dogs, there is nothing to stop them from breeding unless you intervene to prevent it. That’s one of the reasons why most pet owners do have their dogs spayed or neutered unless they plan to have puppies.

Conclusion

As we have seen in the foregoing, there are factors that influence whether a dog recognizes its siblings or parents later. I experienced so, which has the possibility of spending their young weeks and months with its dog family can do that later. The time spent with conspecifics affects the kind of relationship developed. This is another reason for not to separate the puppy from his family too early.

P.S.: Imagine, you’re now reading your dog instead for the better understanding and a happy, longer living you together. I hope you enjoyed today’s topic and picked up some food for thought. Don’t forget to share your opinion in the comments. Thank You!

Choosing a Suitable Dog Nail Clipper

I got the following question from a dog owner the other day: “What’s the difference between the cat and dog nail clipper? I’d like to know is it possible to shorten my dog’s clap with cat nail clipper? Namely, I’d not go to see the vet only for that. It’s true that we should clip it, because it has been long enough.”

I asked back about the dog breed and size. It turned out that she has a Siberian Husky mix which is weighing 44 pounds (20 kilograms). So I recommended her to buy a nail clipper corresponding to the weight of her dog and do not attempting with a weaker cat nail clipper.

Anyway, I use nail clippers designed for shortening dog claws. The correct nail length is when your dog puts his paw on the ground, and the nail doesn’t touch the ground. However, be careful, we only cut from the hollow parts; the core part is prohibited!

dog-nail-clipperAs with most canine grooming products, there are several different kinds of dog nail clippers. Your choice for your dog will primarily depend on his size and how he reacts to have his nails trimmed.

The first type of dog nail clipper is based on a scissor style. These small clippers can be used on very small dogs who have small nails. They’re easy to use and work just like a pair of scissors.

The second kind of dog nail clipper is based on a guillotine-type style. The dog’s nail fits through an opening and the clipper, using a guillotine action, cuts the nail. These clippers can work well for dogs that don’t move around or struggle a lot and for small to medium-sized dogs.  However, the blade isn’t usually big enough to cut very large or thick nails.

The third kind of dog nail clipper is based on a pliers’ design. They can be held on one hand and usually have a safety guard at the top, behind the cutting blade. These clippers can be used for both small and large dogs. Used appropriately, the safety guard can help prevent you from cutting the core of your dog’s nail.

They come in both regular and heavy-duty versions so you can use them on even the biggest dogs. Those are the basic choices as far as dog nail clippers go. There are also other kinds of dog nail trimmers. These take the form of sanders, though they may be called different things.

They are ranging from pet nail trimmers to a Dremel tool from the hardware store. They all operate in basically the same way. Sanders are rotary tools that have a small sanding drum that fits on the bottom of the tool. Some of them are electric, and some are battery-powered.

They are all relatively high speed tools that sand off fragments of your dogs nails when you touch the sander to the claw. Used properly, the sanders are painless to your dog. They are applied at the outside of the nail and shouldn’t come in contact with your dog’s core nail.

However, depending on the speed used, they can work quickly, so it is possible to remove a too big piece also fast unless you’re careful. Some pet nail trimmers come with assorted accessories designed to make the products safer.

These trimmers are usually slower than professional trimmers or Dremel products. And some owners complain that they don’t work well on large dogs with thick nails. You may need to use a pro pet nail trimmer if you have a big dog with dense nails.

clipping-dog-nailWhichever dog nail trimmer you decide to use, be sure to trim your dog’s nails regularly. It’s better for your dog to take off a small amount at each trimming than to try to take off a lot at one time, and it’s safer, too. It’s always a good idea to have a little bottle of styptic powder on hand just in case you accidentally do cut your dog’s nail core. This will stop any bleeding quickly. Just be more careful as you continue.

My last recommendation would be for you is to get informed before you begin the nail clipping. I recommended to the asking lady to visit a professional groomer. And ask permission to observe how s/he is operating with these devices. This way, she could avoid causing pain – and possible infection – for her doggie.

P.S.: I hope you take out some useful things from this post. Are due to that you’ll be able to cut your dog’s nails problem-free, independently. Many successes!

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!

Dog Food Can Result In Dog Aggression?

One of my acquaintances read on a net forum that the pet food available in stores can cause dog aggression. There were different opinions of forum members about it and also were recommendations contained to switch on to raw food or vegetarian meal. She is a bit confused in the matter as the fly in the spider’s web – figuratively speaking. I told her that I knew and recommended her to call and ask her vet as well as visit authoritative science websites.

Meantime, I also performed what I suggested her to make myself certain 111% in my knowledge. My vet gave me negative answer to the question related direct correlation between the two things. I went further and visited a few science webpages in this topic. The explanations are very similar to what I read on here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8575968

Yes and No

There isn’t any straightforward connection between dog food and dog aggression. It’s most likely impossible to point towards just one specific dog food. So, claiming categorically that you shouldn’t nourish it as it’s going to make your family dog extra aggressive becomes false in this form.

dog aggressionApart from that, to feed your dog a typically needy food plan could be an assenting element of dog aggression. You will find research, which has instructed that nourishing your furry pal weak quality meals can lead to aggression.

Some preservatives and sugar in canine food could also can be connected to hyperactive conduct, which might enhance the chance of aggression. Synthetic coloring using some foods happen to links with conduct issues, hyperactivity, studying barriers, timidity and such.

Inadequate cholesterol within the diet plan can be a contributing element for several dogs considering it’s necessary for correct brain functionality. Weak meals also can trigger allergic reactions, which might improve the probability of aggression. But, only in that situation if your doggie has contained whatever physical phobia.

At this stage, a few of these connect between nutrition and aggression have solely been assumed. You will probably notice little scientific information to confirm the statements. However, low quality meals have the opportunity to make usually worse temperament issues and health.

Other Side of the Coin

None of these assumptions – concerning direct links between aggression and dog food – adjusts the truth that all canines must be brought up with firm and mild loveliness. The puppies must be properly-socialized in their early age and launched to plenty of different pleasant individuals and dogs.

However, canines also need to be fed a superb food contains all the necessary nutrients. The dogs usually must have an eating plan that starts with numerous named sources of meat. You need to keep away from meals, which contain corn gluten meal. You need to keep off from meat by-products and digest.

By all means I avoid synthetic preservatives like BHA, BHT as well as Ethoxyquin. I want to look for meals don’t include synthetic colors, sweeteners and sugars. I’m searching for nutriment comprises the least grains. I try to buy foods that satisfy AAFCO requirements.

I’m firmly believe, in case you comply with these recommendations then you will discover good foods for your pet on the market. Common sense says the following: if there happen to be whatever reality to the concept dog meals can redound behavior issues and then to dog aggression,  these food types will certainly be more unlikely acquire a positive effect.

Misconceptions

One concept that ought to be unmasked is the idea providing your animal meat results in aggression, or nourish him or her vegetarian food regimen is going to make him / her extra peace-loving. A family dog is in all certainty a carnivore within the overall sense.

He is definitely an omnivore in routine – something belonging to scavenger and in a position to consume a lot of various types of food. Apart from that, physically, he or she  wants meat protein to outlive and feel wholesome. By feeding your family dog meat or diets, which might be based upon meat protein don’t trigger aggression from him/her.

Those simply satisfy his or her dietary requirements. Alternatively, to nourish your four-legged friend a vegetarian food plan will lead to weak nutrition. Your canine is just not a vegetarian in any aspect or form. Anyway, I mean here the main meal for them and not the motivational treats. I also use to give my dog carrot and apple bites.

One of the main reasons that you simply so frequently hear corn together with other grains blasted for his or her pet food is since they’re mostly vegetable-based and, due to this fact, tougher to digest for your canine.

This is especially true for vegetarian-primarily based dog meals. They’re more durable to process in your dog system. And so they are free from the meat protein that your home guarding dog health requires. Moreover, they don’t keep your canine more peace-loving or do whatever thing to forestall conduct issues. In reality, by redounding weak diet plan, pure vegetarian nutrition is inclined to make behavior habits worse due to the missing elements meat contains.

P.S.: You know; my principle was always to feed my animals for the longer living with us together. I was succeeded in that during the past sixty-five years. So, I hope you picked up some food for thought from today’s entry. What do you think? Share it in the comments. Thank You!

Thanks to Talk Our Dogs Readers & Subscribers!

Hi everyone!

I’m writing this post on Friday – the day before the weekend. The weather is spoiling us with brilliant sunshine. We deserved that because we saw the rain clouds only during four days. I decided this article will be other than most of the previous. The reason is twofold. Firstly, I’d like to say to thank you for my subscribers publicly for their support. Secondly, I intend to give you here some additions to my “about me” page.

Saying Thank You

To start from the beginning, it wasn’t easy for me to unbosoming myself to the world. I’m not so extroverted like a celebrity who shares even their bedroom affairs with the universe. And I do not declare myself an expert. I just love the animals and that feeling started sixty-five years ago – at least, so I recall.

And believe me, I’ve seen a thing or two during this period. I like to write about dog topics occur in dog owners’ everyday life. Due to that concept, you may find fewer chit-chats in my articles, although I’m not an opponent of building relationships.

Far from it! Nevertheless, only so much time is in a day for me besides other commitments I’ve. However, as I experienced, you, my readers and subscribers appreciate the meat in an article. I tried to write about dog-related topics I had the pleasure to get to know so far. But I try to keep up with the latest trends as well.

I also got several feedbacks on this in emails and comments, and now I’m saying a Big Thank You for your kind support!

About Choosing Topics

As for the choice of subjects, before I started this site, I was thinking about pre-programmed, themed topics. Not much time elapsed, and I found it is better for the readers – and myself, too – if I’m dealing with the problems arising daily. Due to that, I have no shortage of subjects. And that’s the reason if one or other category contains more or less articles.

For instance, you meet different dog persons during walking with your canine. You can do discussions when you’re purchasing dog food, toys, equipments, etc. for your favorite in stores and markets. I often got topic ideas when meet other canine owners in a club.

Moreover, I’ve to mention the dog races and shows I visited occasionally. Furthermore, my habit is to discuss with vets and staff of a shelter I worked as a volunteer before. One of my engagements is reading pet-related news on the net.

Of course, my dog owner or prospective canine keeper readers also suggest topics which they are interested in. I ask you, my readers and subscribers, keep this good habit in the future, too. Please, do not hesitate to ask, I’ll try to do my best to answer your questions.

About My Love for Dogs

As you may know from the above, my parents familiarized me with animals as a little kid. There were different domestic animals in our household, among dogs as well. Furthermore, my grand dad dealt with flocks at that times, so I met shepherd dogs, too.

In the household, I spent my childhood, there was a Hungarian Kuvasz called Swan. She was a very good sidekick, and allowed me a lot. I loved to be with her, and my parents educated me being responsible to Swan. I took part in her feeding, watering, cleaning and exercising.

Due to the bonding developed between the two of us, I was mentally down when she passed away. I became bedridden. Medicaments were ineffective. One of the sheepdogs of my granddad was the right medication for me. I often think back to that fur balls with love; he was Curier, a Puli. 🙂

How It Continued?

In my further life, I met many kind of dog breeds. Some of them lived in my kennel, others I met in the shelter mentioned above. I’d be in a big trouble if I should have to count their numbers. Apart from that, there are quite a few breed stood close to me.

Just name a few besides above mentioned:

Lobo – Bernese Mountain Dog

Doris – Boxer

Bear – Komondor     

Courier – Puli

Roll – German Shepherd (rescued)

Manu – Siberian Huski (rescued)

Ficus – Mudi mix (rescued)

Nero – Mixed breed (rescued)

Tik-tak – Wirehaired Foxterrier (rescued)

Zizi – Labrador / German Shepherd mix (rescued)

Anyway, they are those canines I wrote about in my book, too. Of course, dealing with different dogs wasn’t cloud-free always. The solution of problems from time to time helped my progress in dog keeping as well. So, what I know about dogs nowadays, I collected from living with them.

And now there are few pictures from the city I live: (pictures open in new window)

This is the County House – main entrance

The City Hall

This is the Art Gallery

The Theater Szigligeti

View from the walker bridge

P.S.: I hope I could give you some addition to know who I am. But, if you’ve any question, topic proposal, constructive critics, etc. please put hesitation aside and speak your mind in the comments. I’ll do my best to satisfy your needs. Thank You!

Which Party Gets the Dog in Divorce?

A divorce is a very tricky matter, not just for the people involved, but also for the family dog. The process unavoidably bring the sharing of material goods two people possess. What both of you bring into the connection from the start is divided now. This is natural when it comes to properties. However, do you know what happens whenever you possess a dog collectively?

Determining what you should do with a household pet that you just owned with your ex together generally is a tough and emotive combat. Even though it’s quite simple to state that you’d like to get your Poodle yourself, it’s better to keep in mind your canine’s interest when arbitrating its post-splitting destiny.

Every circumstance is different when it comes to separating a dog from someone or giving to. There are cases every day in which these matters are subject to judgment before the court. Fortunately, there are several ways of proceeding. Now I just pronounce these as I heard from a divorce judge the other day.

If a Dog Is a Gift

Assuming that the dog has not been included among the assets to be divided by the divorcing couple. Then the first way of looking at things is based on the simple facts of the law: who gave what to whom? If someone gave a dog to the husband, but he gave the dog to the wife, whose dog is it?

which-party-gets-the-dog-in-divorceIn a case like this, the law would determine that the dog belongs to the wife because the husband gave it to her as a gift. A court could also decide to look at a case from the point of view of what was in the best interests of the dog.

What’s the Dog’s Interest?

It may happen that Mrs. X actually owned the dog but the animal was clearly devoted to Mr. X. In this case, the court could decide to award the dog to Mr. X based on the bond between the dog and Mr. X.

An evolving body of law, however, has been deciding who gets the dog based on a different standard. They have been asking, “Who cares for the dog?”  In other words, who is the person who feeds the dog, bathes the dog, and takes the dog to the vet?

This may be how the court determines what is in the true best interest of the dog. They can award the dog to the person who has shown that they are capable of providing care for the dog and bear the costs.

Other Considerations

So, deciding who gets the dog is not a black and white matter in courts. It will depend on which standard a court decides to use. It may depend on who wants the dog more. It may depend on negotiations and bargaining behind the scenes.

What effect this fuss may have to the dog’s life in the future? Undoubtedly, the dog may be somewhat confused to have his routine upset. And in addition, it loses one of the regular people in his life. An outside observer would not be able to judge without knowing the facts.

However, the picture will have a tinge if there have been ongoing fights and tensions within the home. In that case, the dog may be better off living with just one person in a more harmonious situation.

My Remark

Who knows? Perhaps a judge could award joint custody and the divorced spouse would be able to occasionally visit the dog. You possibly watched the film “The Awful Truth” where Irene Dunne and Cary Grant go to court to decide who gets Mr. Smith, their Wire Fox Terrier.

What happened was that Irene Dunne cheated and used a toy to get Mr. Smith to come to her. Apart from that, Cary Grant is allowed to visit the dog. There was a relative happy ending. However, life might bring that not all divorces have happy endings.

My friend, I must state that I’m not a lawyer. This entry is the result from the conversation I made with a dog owner who is coincidentally a divorce judge with 38 years experience. Apart from that, I find it good that at least courts are trying to place dogs in the best situations.

P.S.: Imagine, you’re now reading your dog instead for the fair housing him in divorce. Hopefully, you and your dog are not a subject of such a court matter. Please, share the impact this post evoked in you in the comments. Thank You!