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Extraordinary Announcement – Subscriptions Suspended

My Readers and Subscribers,

I’m fulfilling an unpleasant duty when announce you that I suspend subscriptions to this website expected to be 48 to 72 hours because of reconstructing the subscription system.

The Reason

A technical issue forced me to take this step. I suppose; you have also been experienced in your life so far that something didn’t turn out the way as planned.

That happened to me in the present situation. Due to an unfortunate coincidence, all subscribers signed up during the year of 2013 erased.

Fixing

The steps I took to rectify the problem included switching into another system to keep contact my subscribers. Moreover, I’ll add manually those who subscribed in 2014. Furthermore, I welcome the 2013 year’ subscribers too who consider worthwhile to subscribe again.

Restarting

To restart the subscribing possibility will be available after the issue fixing and testing which will verify everything goes smoothly.

I apologize for the inconvenience my problem caused to you. Another, timely notice about restarting subscribing will be readable here.

Thank You for your kind understanding and patience,

Alex Sparrow

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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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.

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!

When Choosing Dog Gate Be Aware of This

Hi Everyone,

My readers may have noticed that a few days left out of the post-continuity. The reason is simple; I went through some health treatment. As you know, in life, anything can happen to anyone, and I’m no exception. Now, I continue to write articles – hoping – to the satisfaction of my audience.

Thank you for your kind patience,

Alex Sparrow
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dog-gateLots of people love to have their dog in their house with them. But, they still like to have some areas that are off-limits to their canine. You may want to confine your dog to a kitchen and den area, or keep your dog from entering a baby’s room, for instance. I think, a dog gate or baby gate may be the perfect solution in these cases.

Material and Size of Dog Gates

Indoor dog gates typically come in wood and plastic or PVC. They are usually about 2’6” tall to 3’6”, depending on your needs. And they may have slats or wiring across the gate to keep your dog from slipping through.

When choosing a dog or baby gate you will need to measure the doorway where you want to install the gate. Find out if the gate you’re considering installs with springs or if it is a wall-mounted unit. Spring-mounted gates are usually easy to take down and put up.

However, if you have a large, strong dog then it might be possible for him to pounce on the gate and knock it over. A wall-mounted gate is more permanent but it does require you to use hardware to mount the gate into the wall.

Once you’re decided how the gate will be mounted, take the measurement of the doorway so you can determine the gate size you will need.  Make sure the gate will be tall enough so your dog won’t be able to climb or jump over the gate. If the gate has slats make sure your dog (or puppy) won’t be able to squeeze between them.

Options

To facilitate choosing the most suited dog gate you may find the advisable dog weights on the packing of the product. Anyway, most indoor dog or baby gates work very well. There really isn’t any difference between dog and baby gates. So if you can’t find what you want when looking at dog gates, go ahead and look at baby gates.

If you have a very elegant home, a lot of money or if you just can’t stand the thought of having plain dog gates in your house, you may want to consider having gates custom made for your house. It is possible to have wrought iron custom gates made for your doorways. These work the same way that regular dog gates work but they will be professionally made and installed.

dog-gate-on-doorThere are also dog gates for your yard, of course. If you have a fenced yard it’s sometimes a good idea to have it sectioned and put up a dog gate. This is particularly helpful if you have more than one dog, especially if you have intact dogs of different sexes. If you have your yard sectioned off with a good dog gate then you can easily separate a girl in season from a male without the risk of having an unplanned litter.

An outdoor dog gate can be as simple as a chain link fence gate but it should always have a good locking mechanism. Dogs can be very clever when it comes to opening gates so be sure to use a good lock when you are separating dogs.

WARNING! Please, pay particular attention to determine the exact size. Namely, some dog gates are sufficiently big for a small individual to climb through. Of course, they are created for bigger canines. However – except if you possess a Giant Caucasian Shepherd – you needn’t the largest sized dog door.

My Remark

It’s worth bearing in mind that you may change a dog gate for a larger one problem free. However, the only way you’ll be able to downsize is simply by changing the complete door.

Having a proper dog gate can make your life much easier. There will always be times when you need to put your dog somewhere and keep him there, or when you want to keep your dog out of a certain area. A good dog gate can be a lifesaver.

However, I’d recommend you to arrange purchasing the dog gate earlier than you bring your favorite to your home. This can help to prevent the occurrence of an unwanted accident.

P.S.: How do you separate your dog from your baby room? How do you provide for your dog the passage between the house and the yard? Share your experiences or ideas in the comments, they may benefit others. 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!

Voluntary Dog Food Market Withdrawals

There are 48 products on the recent list of the Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts of FDA. The complete list is there.

The News

The Purina, Eukanuba, and IAMS are those brands which recall dog food in the U.S. voluntarily now. The recall action started in August this year.

The Details

The Procter & Gamble and Nestle have decided due to salmonella infection possibility, orders to return voluntarily for potentially contaminated products.

They did this although the competent supervisory authority, the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) received no notification of any case of disease.

The Procter & Gamble began the callback line on August 14. This company recalled 11 Eukanuba and 8 IAMS dry dog food variety. These products were belonging to the 14 November-term series.

According to the information has given to the FDA the recall concerns about one-tenth of U.S. production. Furthermore, according to the message, the reason is that chances are these shipments may be infected with salmonella.

On August 30th, Nestle also ordered a recall for a similar reason. Purina ONE beyOnd Our White-Meat Chicken and Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food have October 2014-term expiry.

The 3.5-pound packets were those that assigned to the action. Namely, they found salmonella infection in a single dose.

The Effect

I’m repeating, the American supervisory authority hadn’t registered a single case of the disease so far. But, as usually happens, however, some companies are already riding the opportunity of the hysteria developed for the case.

The JustFoodForDogs just announced the other day that they would launch the “first kitchen of the dogs on the world.” They said, they will produce dog foods from ingredients free from preservatives, which possess the approval of agricultural office.

The firm in question will open their first unit in Los Angeles. That “kitchen” will have special parking lot, and they also will undertake home delivery.

Moreover, they promised that the visitors might see how food is prepared. And if the visitors want, themselves might be moved to work in the kitchen.

My Remarks

Firstly, I’m not affiliated with any dog food company. And I’m not impressed either from a promising and well-paid advertising.

Yet, I find this news as an encouraging signal to trust in firms, which are sensitive enough to their reputation. And they are trying to do everything for that. I wish all companies would behave so.

My second thought is that perhaps there occurred a niche market for a venturesome firm. Time will tell what takes place from the promises and how. Let’s cheer for them!

How to Reduce Dogs Barking Effectively?

It goes without saying that dogs barking, after all, we cannot expect a soft nightingale singing from them. However, if your dog doesn’t make this an appropriate time and place, it can drive you and neighbors crazy. Prior to the cessation of unwanted audio broadcast, the first step is to assess why the dog barks. Let’s walk around the subject a bit.

Find Out Why Your Dogs Barking

I always follow that principle that solving a problem is impossible without exploring the causes. First of all, we have to recognize that the barking belongs to the basic nature of dogs. It’s also clear; the frequent barking can be more typical in some breeds than others.

To say the truth, a surprisingly large number of things might be the reason of barking. I used to ask my family members – if I wasn’t at home – when, under what circumstances, how and until what time our dogs barked. If no one wasn’t home during the day, I inquired the neighbors.

This way, they can see that I try to solve the problem. Possibly, you may record the happenings with a tape recorder or a video camera in your absence as well. Either way, if you manage to find the cause of the barking, the answer is self-evident in most cases.

As you perhaps know, the canines act similarly to your babies and kids. Namely, if a change occurred in their mood or physical situation, your children produce sounds. And you’re able to interpret that signal and do accordingly.

The dogs also send a sound message to us people for similar reasons. The things may be a little more difficult with them because your pooches doesn’t communicate that notice toward you in your human language. But, if you devote time to observe the intensity and the pitch of barking in different situations, you are doing a great step forward.

Solutions to Cease Dogs Barking

Different-dogs-barking-distinct-wayMy friend, be aware that our dogs don’t perceive their barking as some reprehensible act. The truth is that they are making the effort to communicate with us and other dogs. Behind their barking is a well definable reason always.

Your dog might be alerting you to some happening; he interprets as a possible threat against you or your property. Alternatively, they could indicate to you their pleasure, fear, sorrow or boredom. Or merely they are thirsty because their water is out of stock. And let’s face; it can easily happen in the current summer heat.

Is your doggie inside a strong fenced yard or linked with lead closely to something disruptive? I mean heavy traffic, deafening kids, construction, car racing track, airport or maybe a train might be distracting for your animal. And finally, he believes it’s essential for you to hear his warning.

Another option is that he may be antagonized against your neighbor’s noisy children. Whatever these outside sources appear to be the issue, you need to try locating your pet off of the irritating area. Then keep him in a special section of your yard. Another option is keeping him indoors throughout times when outdoor activities brin about issues.

My friend, before you begin the cessation of unnecessary barking, start the education of your dog with the basic commands. I mean to teach him such commands like “Sit” or “No” and similars. You can start to perform obedience exercises in occasions when your dogs begin to bark.

You cannot be successful without these. Please, do not jump plunge into the middle of things immediately. If your dog knows and performs these perfectly, then go for the cessation process!

WARNING! Never yell at your dog if your goal is to stop barking. Your shouting means the “human barking” in his eyes! With this reaction, you will emphasize that you agree to this method of communication and accept it. The result will be more barking, and that’s not what you would like.

For example, if your dog is barking wildly to the postman get used to “sit” and apply positive reinforcement if behaves right. With sufficient investment of time and patience, most dogs can be trained to bark only with permission or just in specific circumstances.

Those dogs that bark while guarding, normally become silent after the threat had disappeared. Some dog “protects” the house because he isn’t sure to whom the arrival of visitors depends. In such cases, it is important to teach your dogs; you are controlling the visitors (although the protecting behavior of your dog remains if he is home alone).

Another example: the attention-seeking dogs barking to be noticed. And when someone is approaching them, they stop the bark. It can be particularly troublesome if a dog is barking when you are talking to someone. The reason for this is that your dogs feel excluded at this time.

Stop Barking Devices

In the case when not one of the previously discussed stuffs caused the issue, you might be forced to apply a bark collar. Although you can find plenty of variations and manufacturer company names, three main types of bark collars exist out there.

There are so called “spray” collars, and they are a well-liked device. The working system is the following: you put the collar with the spray device on your dog’s neck. The spray device contains around 3 ounces of spray and works with a 6 Volt battery.

When your dog barks, he gets a bad smelling (for himself) skirt from the device. Most of the dogs – like us, people – doesn’t prefer bad smelling thing skirted to under their chin. The skirting will terminate or decrease the unpleasant barking.

This handling just isn’t inhuman or grievous for your doggie. Apart from that there’s some controversy. Namely, there may be some obstinate canines, which might be mulish enough to realize what’s happening, neglect the spray and bark further.

The next group in the row of the barking reducing devices is the ultrasonic collar. Many dog owners prefer this tool. It generates a tone and a vibration together to warn your dog. The tone is audible only to dogs because its range not reaches the human hearing level.

It’s automatically increasing the intensity of the vibration and the sound to a level that is sufficient for the canine to stop barking. Using this method is humane and doesn’t harm your dog. But, I’ve to say, the success with this device is reckoning on the willful of your pet. In other words, it’s either working or not for your dog.

Another barking stop equipment group is the so-called ‘shock’ collars. These devices have a metal contact with the dog neck. When the dog barks, the collar emits a slight, non-hazardous electrical stimulation to him. Its operation is as gradual like the sonic collars. If the dog doesn’t stop barking, the device increases the intensity of the shock in multiple levels until he discontinues.

Naturally, as with any things in life, there is some debate around the shock collars. There are people who believe that giving this kind of ‘shock’ to their dog – even it’s harmless – is morally objectionable. I think; a consultation with your vet and dog behavior specialist can eliminate your doubts on to use them or not.

We, as the owners hold the responsibility to look for why they’re dismal and assist in easing their concern. We have to learn how to teach them in situations when their anxieties aren’t established. So, consider the bark collar as your usable training device.

Conclusion

I’d like to recommend you to start with discovering the reasons of barking. If you have related knowledge and time as well as patience, then teach your dog not to bark if it’s not necessary.

In the absence of those, or if I’d have aversion toward barking collars, I’d consult a proficient trainer or my veterinarian to gather related advices. Moreover, I wouldn’t miss the possibilities of socialization and obedience classes provided in dog schools.

P.S.: Has the topic attracted your attention? What are your thoughts about reducing unnecessary dog barking? Want to share your own tips? The comment section is perfect for you to do that, NOW. Thank you!

The Hungarian Mudi Dog Breed

Would you like to live together with a dog that’s a great hiking companion? Possibly, you want a canine which gets along well with children? Alternately, you’d require that your pooch live in peace with other pets (Guinea pig, cat, etc.)? What if I tell you about the Mudi dog breed that covers these requirements?

The Origin of the Mudi Dog Breed

Hungarian-Mudi-dogThe Mudi (pronounced “moodie”) dog breed has an attention-grabbing historical past, blended with some guess. Because I had Ficusa rescued male Mudi for years – I felt like to look after some things from the history of this breed. Here’s what I found.

The Mudi’s development as a breed related back to the European history of XVIII – XIX centuries. According to historians, the trade of slaughter and breeding animals experienced its golden era between Hungary and other European countries at that time.

People herded these animals on foot to the destination country – namely rail or truck didn’t exist. And the people accompanying the cattle were using dogs as their assistants. Evidently, these herding dogs had chance to mixing each other a spontaneous way.

So it happened that the erect-eared Spitz type German shepherd canines herded Merino sheep to Hungary. (The Racka was the original Hungarian sheep with a coarse wool, but that wasn’t suitable for all purpose. Thus, they imported the Merino sheep, because that had finer wool.)

It’s quite natural that these foreign dogs – while herded the sheep – felt in love with a Magyar herding dog, the Puli. These blending resulted in the Mudi dog bred’s evolution – roughly 300 years ago.

Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon was a French naturalist, and the leader of the Royal Botanic Garden. He discussed the kingdoms of animals and minerals in his ‘Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière’ work in 1773. And he primarily mentioned and depicted the Mudi as a sheepdog – in his work.

Furthermore, Ferenc Pethe (1763-1832), a journalist and economic writer was the next person who mentioned the Mudi dog breed within his “Természethistória és mesterségtudomány” (in English: History of Nature and Craft Science) book in 1815.

The breed documentation continued by Lajos Méhely (1862-1953) in 1902 as well as by Otto Herman (1835-1914) in 1912. Regardless of these, his organized breeding began later than the other herding types of Hungary. And presumably, this fact led to that people wasn’t distinguished Mudi species from the breeds of Puli and Pumi for a long time.

I’ve to mention Dr. Dezső Fényes – the museum director of Balassagyarmat, Hungary. Dr. Fényes took the bulk part of spreading this dog breed. He purposefully bred them in the first half of the twentieth century. Then he launched a few Mudi in a breeding animal fair in 1936.

At the same time, Dr. Fényes also submitted the primary standard of this breed – co-operating with Dr. Csaba Anghy. The Evaluation Committee agreed on the description, along with the ‘Mudi’ breed title. The Second World War thinned the Mudi breed largely – like other Hungarian species – so it was close to extinction.

The Mudi is a real working dog, almost relentless and the herding is in his blood. It would have been a shame to let this dog breed disappear. Fortunately, there were people who devoted enough to value the Mudi’s abilities and prevented them from that fate.

The seeking out the remaining species and involve them in breeding is due to several Mudi enthusiastic fans. Mr. Zoltán Balássy was that person who indited the new standard in 1963 and the FCI accepted that.

Appearance of the Mudi Dog

Speaking about the Mudi, I’m saying I like the music. The Mudi dog actually doesn’t possess a specific look. And its appearance is most similar to the soft flute music. Why am I thinking so? On my opinion, the beauty of the flute music lies just in its simplicity and purity.

It is known that the flute – besides the bands – also was the instrument of shepherds. They are often uttered it while guarding the flock. I was lucky enough to hear my grandpa’s flute play while the sheep glazing, in my childhood. And the Mudi is just like that flute sound.

The compact, harmonic structure, impish face, wavy coat, curly tail lends an unspoiled, natural appearance to him. Moreover, besides the traditional black bold color variations, he exists in white, cream-colored, bluish and flashy (marbled) variations. These colors deservedly take up to compete in diversity and spectacular of other similar species.

It has a well-defined withers and a short, straight back. This pooch comes with a cleat-shaped head, upright ears, mediocre bones. The concise corpus develops a top line which goes through slope. He has short, smooth hair on its face and the legs’ front side. The remaining coat is longer in certain extent.

Temperament

It is important to all living creatures to see themselves and their own role in the world properly. A dog should know what’s expected from it in different situations, what is right and wrong behavior. Furthermore, it should be aware of whom to belong and whom to obey. It has to learn the proper behavior with people, other animals, and other dogs.

The Mudi is a rare dog, belongs to the herding group. This is an exceptionally intelligent dog breed, even its owner is often surprised by his behavior. There are other types of working dogs, which pick up a thing at 10 – 15 sessions in dog schools.

But, the most Mudi is perfectly able to do it without fail after only 1-2 occasions. He learns incredible quickly, because he watches its owner with its one eye and half-ear always. So you quasi cannot mess up him. Unless if you are too lenient, because Mudi soon realizes where the limit is.

The Mudi is so versatile dog that people used them for many purposes; hunting beasts as well as weasels and mice, guarding flocks, herding cow and sheep, and alert dog equally. He’s able to herd his flock of 500 or 1000 sheep on his own by co-operating with the shepherd.

Of course, if he accustomed to dealing with the rough Hungarian Grey Cattle and a cow want to combat, one Mudi isn’t enough to do the tasks. This is even truer in the case of the bull, where at least three dogs are necessary to reimburse that animal to common sense, so to speak.

He always likes to stay close to you, his owner. But, even in your apartment, he isn’t in your way, he hides not to interfere you. For example, my Mudi hid under chairs, table, etc. and watched my moves from there. He was almost unstoppable hanging on me, but wasn’t intrusive.

If it was necessary, my Ficus could lie in one place for hours. However, a low snap was enough for him to jump up to sit in front of me. He was waiting for a command with glowing cheeks and shining eyes. He did all activities with such enthusiasm that was incredible.

The breed takes a lot of movement needs. This dog can still keep fit not only our minds, but our bodies as well. It  loves kids, mostly reconcilable with other animals, cats too. But, if you’ve a male canine with dominant character, he might look for conflicts with other male dogs easily.

To avoid problems, it’s advisable to socialize your doggie as early as possible.

Keeping Requirements

The Mudi feels himself well outdoors where there is enough space to running around as he wishes. He isn’t very demanding type of canine; you can keep it outside without problem. The shepherds in Hungary are using it as their herding assistant these days, too.

This dog is a very loyal companion to his master, and prone to adhere to someone in your family. It is a kid loving animal, and you can experience the protective behavior towards your children in their relationship.

These working dogs are extraordinarily obedient in direction to their owners. They’re reserved; however, touchable by strangers if their master is present. The shepherds like and by some means respect their canines, but additionally give them as a tough life as themselves are alive.

This dog has a relatively short-haired coat and his shedding isn’t significant. The Mudi does not bark for any reason. Of course, there are exceptions, but, with proper teaching most of them decrease that.

This dog breed is smart and willing to learn. The shepherds train them one by one, and they don’t train a puppy or an adolescent or adult dog together at the same time. Because they all have to learn different things.

Nowadays, the so-called ‘agility’ and ‘dog dancing’ competitions spread, and many Mudi are the partaker in these, with great success.

About the Breed’s Health

When you want to buy a working dog – besides excellent internal properties – it’s increasingly important the health characteristics’ knowledge of it. In this aspect, the Mudi is between the luckiest. This dog breed is practically free from hereditary diseases in his homeland Hungary.

My Opinion

Who I would NOT recommend this breed for? The Mudi isn’t suitable to a person

– who doesn’t like to move,

– who isn’t lucky to have enough time and commitment to dealing with it,

– who seeks a real guard dog (but the Mudi is excellent in alert).

If you’re seeking a lively, agile companion and family dog, but don’t want to be a ball throwing servant for a hyper active canine, the Mudi can be your best choice. He is indefatigable in sports, games, work, but if you’re looking forward to relaxing, your Mudi is laze beside you happily.

Nevertheless, you need to keep in mind that this dog breed wants to be there always where the owner resides. That’s the reason the Mudi expressly suffers if you don’t care about him, you only toss him to the rear of your garden.

Of course, we mustn’t forget that the herding is the original occupation of Mudi, and he has independent decision-making ability. He isn’t a servant spirit rather self-willed.

So depends on you how you control him and are able to live with that trait. If you are able to find the balance with this great and intelligent dog, you will be happy for long years.

Dehydration In Dogs and Consequences

When I wake up from sleep with dried mouth, I drink some water from the glass standing on my bedside table. A similar thing happened even then, when I was a feverish patient. Then I consumed more water or tea or fruit juice to replace the lost fluid volume and to avoid dehydration of my body. When it comes to dehydration in dogs, many people are uninformed about realize this serious problem in time. This article makes you better prepared to avoid the dehydration.

What Is the Dehydration Actually?

The human dehydration is the shortage of fluids in your body. That’s a process that starts when your body gives off more water than your intake. The dehydration usually causes an increase in the sodium level in your bloodstream.

Vomiting, diarrhea, excessive heat, fever, and decreased water consuming for any reason, is resulting in dehydration. The symptoms of dehydration in children may be a dry mouth and tongue, crying without tears, lethargy, and skin dryness.

Dehydration initially stimulates thirst center in your brain. This causes that you want to drink more fluids. If your water intake cannot keep up with the water loss, the dehydration becomes severe in your body. In this case, your body reduces the perspiration, and produces less urine.

If the fluid loss continues on the same extent, the drying out of body tissues will start. The cells begin to shrink and operate erroneously. The brain cells are most susceptible to dehydration include such major signs of severe dehydration of consciousness, coma is increased.

Refreshing-will-prevent-dehydration-in-dogsDehydration in dogs is most frequently the fluid loss involves together with minerals and vitamins such as chloride, sodium and potassium; collectively known as electrolytes. Dehydration in dogs also may be a consequence of some sickness, particularly if your doggie suffers by fever.

Consequences of Dehydration

The effect is similar when your pooch experiences excessive warmth, and some other elements. Our dog friend’s natural act is panting when he feels heat. That causes fluid loss. And that may lead to dehydration if – for some reason – he doesn’t consume water.

Namely, we need to bear in mind that our canines lack sweat glands (unlike the people) to minimize the risk of heat. They pant in order to help to regulate their physique temperature. So, your pooch (panting with his hanging tongue) is a warmed animal.

Whether it’s attributable to sickness, contact with heat, or plainly insufficient fluid consume, you should address the dehydration promptly. If you don’t handle it right away – it’s overlooked often as I observed – the chance of organ fiasco or death in your dog can be multiplied.

Sad to say, but dehydration in dogs can occur extremely easy. It is much simpler than quite a few animal owners think. But, be calm about my friend, it’s also easy to forestall this with sufficient attention. You just need to observe your doggie’s behavior and take steps you can towards treating.

Treating Dehydration In Dogs

If you think that your amazing dog is dehydrated, obtain some water instantly. And you should get him to your veterinarian without delay. Indications of dehydration can encompass improper resiliency to the skin, sunken and dry eyes, dry nose, along with a lack of saliva. Dogs are dehydrated may even end up with a slowdown of their capillary reload time. And the result can be the lassitude – as my vet said to me.

I propose a method to bring to light if your dog is dehydrated. You don’t have to do other than fondly pull your canine’s lip abstain from his gum. Then press your finger contrary to its gum so that the area becomes whiter. Take away your finger and see: the color of gum area should go back to the original nearly promptly.

If you see a slowdown in the color restoration, then that’s a sign of dehydration in dogs. The other checking method is grabbing the skin on the neck of your canine and squeeze it up a bit. If it remain wrinkled and will not recede into the normal mode, your animal is dehydrated.

Letting your dog drink water is the greatest way to replace the lost fluids. However, you shouldn’t allow your severely dehydrated dog to absorb lots at once. It may lead to vomiting and an additional loss of fluids. Instead make sure your dog drink tiny amounts in a period of time.

You can use a hydrating solution to replace the missing electrolytes. The Pedialyte (electrolyte and water combination) is a proven solution for babies in case of their dehydration. And, it also is appropriate for our dogs.

In fact, if your canine refuses to drink or appears dehydrated, you should show him to your vet. Your veterinarian will establish the diagnosis and recommend the right treatment. That step is very important because the dehydration can be a signal of another illness.

If your pet isn’t drinking voluntarily, you need to apply a clean, needleless plastic syringe. Administer the hydrating solution drink in small doses at once to the mouth. Make sure that your doggie ingests that little amount always.

I suggest you consult your vet if symptoms persist, if your animal is deteriorating, or if the condition became serious.

How Am I Preventing the Dehydration In My Dogs

Prevent-dehydration-in-dogs-by-providing-fresh-water I always had the basic principle; prevention is much better than handling any developed problem. Ergo, I always strived to give my dogs enough and fresh drinking water. If you visited my dogs, you would realize that at least one bowl is full with fresh water all the times.

We have quite a large yard and garden. Consequently, I don’t keep our dogs in a kennel, and they aren’t chained as well. And there are four different places giving a nice shady spot for our dogs in the summer heat. Those also help them to check equally the gates and doors and the life outside the fence.

And the water bowls are under the shadow as well. Despite that, we change the water oftentimes to make sure coolness. Furthermore, I use to wash their bowls daily to avoid developing bacteria. I think; the frequent cleaning  is particularly important in summer’s heat.

When I change the water I observe the amount they consumed. Usually, the average daily water consumption of my dogs is around one-ounce water per their pounds in weight. Anyway, observing water consuming is particularly essential if your pooch is recovering from ailments like vomiting or diarrhea.

When I go to walk with them or exercise, I bring along a water bottle in the warmer periods. I use to drink from that and give water to my dogs in a collapsible bowl. When we are traveling, I put enough home water into our car that caters to the needs during the trip. This way, they aren’t forced to drink a who knows what kind of water on the go.

Fortunately, dehydration in dogs is a unknown concept before me because I keep myself to my principles. In my last advices, I’d speak to those of you who are living in a hot and dry climate zone. If your dogs are sensible breeds, keep them air-conditioned-inside as much as your circumstances allow.

My other suggestion to prevent the dehydration in dogs is to supply them moisturized foods. I’m following this practice for quite a long time with success. I do wash their eating bowl after every feeding. You know; doing the little work is worthy to keep my dogs in good health.