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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.

Why the Puppy Biting During Playing?

Hi Everyone,

As my readers possibly know, we rescued a new German Shepherd mix puppy. And the puppy biting is the topic we’ll discuss now. Namely, Lisa is a very lovable, quite agile doggie that discovered her new living environment totally. She is learning very quickly, so for example, the biting bent is reduced by now.

Are you in the same shoes? Did you ever spend some time playing with a litter of puppies?  Then you’ve a chance to be familiar with something similar than handling a school class of piranhas! You may be attacked on every side by sharp little teeth, and they actually hurt!

Possible Reasons of Puppy Biting

Sure, during playing puppies use to bite. Why they do this? I often use to say that the puppies are not any others in their behavior than furry kids. When you’ve ever spent any time observing kids play, you definitely are aware of many behavior types they show.

Let us discuss a) natural to people they hit one another. They cry; they run; they get offended; they titter. And b) they venture upon play, which gets ready kids for issues they faced later in their lives. The majority of similar things are correct with puppies, too.

Once you watch young doggies playing you’ll see them attacking one another head-on. You’ll see them when they’re ambushing each other. You’ll see them taking part in stalking conduct. The majority of these behaviors are customary to dogs.

The hunting conduct also belongs to them. The younger animal shows hunter behavior, and one of the elements is the puppy biting. You’ll experience this once you try to play with them and caress them. Consequently, they have caught you as one other thing only.

In fact, puppies additionally bite once they play as a result of; like infants, they put every existing thing they can into their mouths. They love to chew and taste all the things. At the moment, when they start to get teeth, they prefer to make use of them frequently.

puppy-biting-during-playingBut, mainly, once they pursue play; they’re working towards being grown-up canines. Whether or not they are alone or along with their littermates, they choose to apply their needle-sharp little teeth in playing. Experiences show that puppies may additionally bite due to following causes:

* It may occur that their teeth might hurt or trouble them.

* Each time your puppy will get too excited, it could lose self-control and bite.

* Your pup simply bites and nips you when he wants to have your attention.

* If your little doggie is nasty, cussed, or aggressive, chances are he bites anyone around him.

Ceasing Puppy Bite

Once you take your new puppy home on you, you’ll have to educate the newcomer biting isn’t acceptable conduct. Obviously, his mom and siblings will commence to teach him a few of these lessons. This is also one reasons why not recommended to take a puppy home sooner than eight weeks of their age, anyway.

This teaching happens so that the young puppies will bite and nip each other playfully. That goes until one of them is nipped excessively, and he produces a high-pitched yell. The sufferer will stop taking part in playing, and the other who bit the victim is astonished.

And likewise, he stops playing for getting a while. Of course, in a very short time frame, each puppy begins the playing again. They are wrestling and playing around with each other. If one young doggie occurs to bite one other too hard, the same scenario happens and each puppy is inclined to withdraw for a bit.

This kind of feedback educates the offending pup that his bites could, in fact, damage other littermates as well as humans. So it’s the evidence that this pup makes use of changing his conduct. When your little favorite played too harshly or bit somebody excessively in his dog family, it’s probable that his littermates avoid playing with him.

If the puppy bit his mom, then she in all probabilities bit him back harder. She might have made him weep out. The puppy would get lessons from these occasions that it will likely was far better to behave and play a nice way.

Stop Biting Me

But, the pup needs to learn the something similar with humans. Once I carry our pup home, I use to train him or her anytime it bites me if I’m playing with him/her that I’ll cease playing with him/her for a minute. If she bites me once again, I stop the playing with her for an extended period.

I yelp when she bites me to make her be aware that she damages me. And I stop playing with her if she bites me again. Say I do this persistently then our new puppy will understand the message that I simply will not play with her if she continues biting.

It’s advisable to keep in mind that puppies don’t know any better though they do learn rapidly. Puppies discover ways to play softly and bite cautiously when enjoying themselves along with other pups or humans. That’s why pups need to get the proper responses to their tough play in time.

Otherwise, they (just like kids) by no means can be taught making the distinction between wrong and right. You possibly can educate your pup not to take a bite you very easily. It’s also wise to make sure to train him this identical lesson when you have kids among your family members.

WARNING! You ought to supervise to ensure that your little doggie doesn’t bite kids during playing since puppies don’t respect children always. However, if you simply specify your pup not to bite, the message will reach for his understanding.

I use to proceed giving our puppy feedback: yelping at that moment and withdrawing after solely mild hard bites. To put it differently, I tighten my guidelines just a little more. When our puppy bites me moderately, I yelp or ignore her for a brief time period.

Then I go back to play after a softer play has resumed. I continue to discourage our pup’s subsequent-hardest bites, and so forth, until she can play with my fingers fondly and manages the pressure of her biteAnd Id recommend doing the same for every new owner to reduce puppy biting.

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

By Underrating the Border Collie You Make a Mistake

Hey Dog Lovers!

I probably don’t tell you an untruth by saying the Border Collie is a smart dog breed. These canines already proved their intellect, and skills in many ways can be seen in numerous videos, picture and study. What is more, their beauty is not negligible either. Anytime you read an article or see a video in which they are the main characters; you look at their performance with smiling.

Experimenting With a Border Collie

Chaser-a-Border-Collie-knows-1,022-wordsAnd the today story also focuses on one of the most prominent representatives of this breed named Chaser. Her owner is Dr. John Pilley, a retired American psychologist who is living in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Canines are a lot smarter than the credit people given them. Dr. John Pilley unfolds the exact process how rapidly they can be taught and given the possibility can connect with us humans.

As we know, the Border Collie is a working dog and having a great deal of affection routines. That’s the reason that without structure within their lives, they are often destructive virtually. They are curious by nature and talented to accept teaching.

The Goal

Dr. Pilley started teaching Chaser gravely when he discovered a study published in 2004. They showed a Border Collie within that essay which learned 200 words. Dr. Pilley set the limit at 1,000 words as a mission, and eventually he published his findings in December 2010.

Those are acquired attention worldwide. The psychology professor taught different nouns, verbs, adverbs and prepositions to his dog. As he said, Chaser’s knowledge is a result of their common work. In beginning, Dr. Pilley educated his canine four hours daily during three years.

The Method

The sessions contained twenty exercises every day, and they repeated a word forty times per exercise. Dr. Pilley tested Chaser’s memory monthly. And he found that his dog could recall things in ninety percent of the cases correctly.

The majority of the phrase Chaser recognizes are toys, and she is capable of distinguish new objects dependent on their features, whether they are toy animals, balls and frisbees.

The Result

It may sound incredible for you, but Chaser already knows 1022 words so far. Scientists discovered that Chaser’s case stands apart from those of other animals with a massive glossary due to that she’s able to be consistent in reasoning.

For example, she was requested to fetch a toy whose name was unfamiliar to her. And she selected the unknown object from a bunch of toys she already familiarized with.

My Addition

I’m enjoying a great dog story happily, and this is certainly a superb news for me. Apart from that, while Chaser herself appears exceptional, possibly she can also be just like all canine, in displaying us what each dog is capable of.

Perhaps only a few dogs can be taught more than a thousand phrases. However, each canine I even have ever possessed could read our heart. And in my opinion, that is the excellent secret between animals and us, people.

Source of story and picture: http://cir.ca/news/border-collie-learns-language-and-grammar

Have a Happy Day with your dog, 🙂

Alex

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!

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 Tails Should Be Docked?

I’m experiencing some debate – especially in Europe – when it comes to dog tails should be docked or not. There are people who feel that it is unnecessary or even cruel to dock a dog’s tail. They think that tails are docked for purely cosmetic reasons, and that practice should be stopped. However, the tails of dogs of some breeds have been docked for centuries for non-cosmetic reasons. Here’s why.

Traditions

Throughout history, the tails of some breeds have been docked for different reasons. At various times some dog owners were taxed by their governments depending on how many dogs with tails they had so dog owners docked the tails of some breeds in order to avoid paying the taxes.

pointer-dog-with-docked-tailEven after the taxes were repealed, owners continued to dock the breeds they had begun docking for other reasons. A great number of breeds were and are docked to prevent injury. This applies particularly to hunting dogs.

Health Aspects

Dogs who work in the field are prone to collecting burrs and foxtails in heavy cover as well as hurting their tails while wagging. This leads to wounds, pain and infection. Docking the tail prevents these injuries.

For other breeds, tails are traditionally docked for the sake of cleanness. People want to keep feces from becoming attached to long fur. For some guarding and herding breeds, tails have been docked to prevent injury while working.

In virtually every case where a breed standard calls for tail docking there is a reason for the docking relating to concern for the dogs’ welfare.

Controversy

Opponents of tail docking claim that dogs today could be allowed to have long tails or could be bred to be tailless. Dog owners, breeders, and plenty of veterinary surgeons are an opponent of this opinion. They share their point of view that if docking discontinued, the canines would be forced to suffer.

As for breeding dogs without a tail, here is an example. In one breed, the Braque du Bourbonnais, French breeders tried to breed for taillessness and ended up with an extinct breed. They are only now trying to bring their breed back from extinction by breeding half-bred dogs.

They were so focused on breeding for dogs with no tails that their numbers dwindled to zero. The same thing can happen to any breed that becomes fixated on one trait.

The Tail Docking

Tail docking is done on puppies when they are just a few days old. So, there is no evidence that they feel any more pain from tail docking than puppies feel from having their dew claws removed.

The American Kennel Club states the further supports tail docking, as well as ear cropping and dew claw removal. In breeds that call for dogs with docked tails, individual parent clubs decide whether or not dogs with long tails are allowed to be shown at dog shows.

In the UK tail docking is banned except for working dogs used for their traditional job of work.  Any dog is a working canine if a vet has certified that the animal is likely to be used for work. That relates in connection with the following law enforcement, armed forces’ activities, emergency rescue, lawful pest control, and the legal shooting of animals.

The Canadian Kennel Club, like the AKC, supports the practice of tail docking when performed on young puppies. So, around the world numerous Kennel Clubs acknowledge approximately fifty dog breeds docked traditionally.

My Observations

boxer-with-docked-tailI dealt with Vizsla and Doberman, and Boxer dog was in our household too. I experienced they wag their tails very intensively because of being hyperactive. These dogs’ tail develops without hair, so there is nothing to protect it. Moreover; the skin is thin there. Due to these things, they are quite vulnerable.

The animal smashed its tail to something, and at best, it became “only” bloody by beating up to the bone, at worse it will be broken. Unfortunately, I have seen more of these cases during decades. That tremendously hurt the adult dog, after all – by medical recommendation – the cutting was applied.

Similarly, to us humans, that wound is much painful, and the healing takes considerably longer. In contrast, newborn puppies have soft cartilages, and nervous system isn’t developed, so they feel nothing. I have seen that the shepherd cut the tail of newborn little lambs.

The little newborns didn’t notice that, namely they didn’t squeak at all. They romped around as if nothing had happened to them. Albeit, they’re more developed at their birth than dog puppies. And I’m an advocate of the “rational” animal protection.

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How to Survive Dog Adolescence Period?2

Hi again!

In the previous part of this article, I discussed why is important to pay attention to the dog adolescence period. I described the emerging difficulties we may face and their reasons. I also mentioned how this process takes place in humans, wolves and dogs’ packs similarly. I promised to talk over a phenomenon and a mistake too. Let’s begin with a possibly unprecedented (or not so) thing.

Is My Adolescent Dog Sex Obsessed?

This is a question I received from a young couple. Her 8 months old Beagle began to carry out mating movements on their legs. At first, it was fun but by now has become an annoying situation. But what is it all about?

Quite a few owners will meet first time with the mating movements of their doggie in this era. And this thing is appearing the same way with not only males but females as well. Your pet dog may choose almost anything as ” associate ” for himself.

He or she may starting from a variety of stuffed animals to the table leg and your sofa. You know what? I would not worry about that dog behavior; that’s quite natural. It shouldn’t be confused with an 8-10-month dog ‘s mating movements for the same behavior of an adult dog.

The adolescent dogs only “exercise” and prepare for the future mating ritual. But, in the case of the full-grown dog does that, that’s one of the determinative signs of dominance. I leave him or her to indulge him-/ herself in that activity to some extent.

But, if he or she tests his or her new ability on me or other people as well as other dogs, that’s another question. In that situation, there is no tolerance at all. If that’s happening, I strongly tell him or her NO and grab the pooch at its neck skin, lift up and shake it.

If that happened during walking in dog park, I use to yank its leash vigorously but not roughly. From that, the dog will understand he doesn’t do a right thing at the time.

Training Adolescent Dog

training-adolescent-dogFor the aspect of training this period is something many dog owners overlooked. That’s a mistake! I observed the majority of dog owners can commit most errors here. Everything goes smoother for you if the relationship between you, and your canine is 100%. When I do training I pay attention to give him the time totally that I intended.

I’m not on the phone, don’t contemplate what will be for lunch, and what errands wait for me further that day. I have long since realized that the dog detects on end of the leash what I do. Many owners take away the dog’s appetite for joint work at this age – due to such mistakes.

When you get to the point that you can to deal with your dog daily 15 – 20 minutes (except walking), then you can start the training. By this time, he can pay attention longer than a puppy. However, you need to keep in mind not over forcing him. Furthermore, you shouldn’t expect anything from him, for which he is not capable yet.

You must reward your favorite for every task done well. That will help him not to lose his interests in learning. As you can see his attention begin to wander or become tired, stop the training immediately (but in any case, finish the given task)! And release him with a little playing or walking.

I cannot emphasize enough the principle of gradualism and the consistency! If I realize that he has forgotten something that he knew before I’m not panicked. That is also one of his first attempts to find out the end of my patience.

Being nervous in that situation is not practical at all. I simply go back one grade and start over the education again. But, you should never let your dog to “win.” If he is not in any way willing to perform the task, even though he could have used, you can do two things.

If you perceive that the 15 – 20-minute exercise is too long to him, you can divide that two or three parts. But, if the case is that he doesn’t perform because he is lazy, you simply compel him with proper motivation.

That’s because if you leave him not to perform the task, your work to date will be lost. He will continue not to respond to your command, because the last time he also hadn’t to do that task.

Reward – Discipline

It is important that these two things firmly and clearly distinct from each other. If you get angry, for some reason, then give it your dog to know that fact without smile and high-pitched voice. I experienced that if one take it lightly the dog will not take that person seriously.

If your dog does something that you don’t like (for example, he growls toward the other dogs or barks if he wants to achieve something or possible chew on the leash, etc.), then it should be prohibited immediately and decisively, in a low voice.

You need to be angry seriously with the behavior in question. That’s because your dog feels if it just an act of scolding and there is no real disapproval behind. On the other hand, when he or she does things that you may expect in their adulthood, that’s different.

I mean he comes back when called, sits on the kerb on his own, drops what’s in his mouth for command. In that situations, you need to reward him enthusiastically, praising him a high voice. You need to caress him with treats that he should distinguish easier what is good and what is not.

Bottom line

My friend, do not panic, adolescence can quickly pass over your dog. The point in the education is the consistency and sturdiness. If you are bound by these principles, then a few months later, everyone admires you what kind of young, but smart is your dog! I know this feeling, and that’s available to you as well.

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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 …