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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.

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

Should You Exercise Your Dog Daily?

Hello Dog Friends!

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

Why exercise your dog make sense?

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

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

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

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Exercising Your Pet Is Fun

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

All Dogs Need Exercise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walking as an Exercise

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

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

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

Exercising Your Elderly Dog

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Man Exercises Elderly Labrador

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

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

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

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

Supervising His Exercise

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

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

News In Dog Breeding: Cava-Poo-Chon

Hi Dog Lovers!

Are you someone who are dreaming about a doggie remains as cute as a puppy always? People often pay attention to dog breeding to know the perfect designer dog. They’d expect something from the dog such as being smart, wholesome and hypoallergenic. What is more, it would be advantageous for you if his puppy face is remaining all his life. Did you know the new dog breed allegedly possesses that characteristics and more? Then your dream can be achieved with the designer dog breed called Cava-Poo-Chon.

The answer you’re dreamed about

news-in-dog-breeding-cava-poo-chon An American couple, Linda and Steve Rogers are dealing with family dog breeding (like Goldendoodle) in Timshell Farm, in Pine, Arizona. The couple also is dealing with bringing up Monarch and Painted Lady butterflies. And the developing of the latest fashion dog the Cava-Poo-Chon, is also due to them.

As they say, their pooches will satisfy your above dreams and more. These doggies are the result of a triple mixing. The mother of them was a mix of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise (in 50 – 50 %), called Cavachon. A Miniature Poodle was taking charge of the father’s duty. And you can read the followings on their website:

“CAVA-POO-CHONS! Happy, friendly dispositions;
High intelligence;
Lower-shedding coats;
Strong health and longevity from triple-cross hybrid vigor; and
The “Teddy Bear” look (wide face, shorter nose, large eyes, and round heads)”

According to experts, the new puppy can be concurrence for previous popular dog breeds like the Maltese or the Yorkie. The increased interest in them is mirroring in that already 58 families has been returned to buying a second Cava-Poo-Choon in addition to the existing one.

According to Linda Rogers, these doggies combine the best features of their ancestors. Consequently, they might reach their twenty years of age as well. You have the choosing options among coat type and color of Cava-Poo-Chons. Puppy weigh is between teen and eighteen pounds generally.

cava-poo-chon-puppyThe proud breeder also says that their dogs are in demand for hospitals and nursing homes. Already twelve of their doggies are serving as therapy dogs in that places. The Cava-Poo-chon, however, has not come cheap: usually a puppy costs from $ 2275. Anyway, you may sign up for a waiting list against a $ 300 deposit.

You may find more about this dog breed on their website: www.timshellfarm.com

Different Dog Breeding Opinions

“There’s always been a market for these forever-ish young dogs,” is the opinion of Steve Haynes. He is a veteran trainer in Fidelio Dog Works Austin, Texas. He is dealing with first-generation Cava-Poo-Chons contains 50 species. He added: “Until recently, specialized dogs like miniature Yorkies and miniature Maltese were the go-to dogs.”

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Lisa Peterson, the spokeswoman of the American Kennel Club stated reasons why AKC doesn’t admit the Cava-Poo-Chon. “AKC does not recognize cross-bred or mixed breed dogs as official breeds. These dogs are the product of two purebred parents of different breeds, resulting in a litter of mixed breed puppies, not a new breed, according to our requirements.”

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As for a ‘not an expert’ dog keeper long time, I know how much commitment is necessary to do quality dog breeding. So I accept the work the Rogers family invested into their ‘products’. However, let me to say we only know the present achievements.

Any dog crosses are based on the assumption the result will be what we expect. I experienced that you need to have years to develop your envisioned result and avoid the ‘puppy mill’ marker simultaneously. Speaking carefully, time will tell if the new breed fulfills the expectation related longer life, for example.

P.S.: How about you? How do you follow the dog breeding trends? What is your opinion about this now become fashionable new dog type? I’m curious for your comment, please, share it!

Thank you,

Alex

Photos: Timshell Farm

Meet the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel2

Previously, I wrote about the interesting history of the Cavaliers. Now it will take place their appearance, personality, health considerations and my experiences gained with them. Let’s go!

The Look of This Doggie

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is small in stature with lovely eyes along with mild expression. He has been padding underneath their eyes that give him the specially gentle physical appearance to their face.

This animal possesses lengthy ears, silky and typically wavy coats. And they are occurred in shades of stable ruby, Blenheim, black and tan, and tricolor. That’s chestnut throughout the white background.

In addition, they sport feathering onto their chest, feet and legs. Its tail is usually docked. However, because of law changing in Britain that has been much less frequent, by mainly household dogs.

As for its size, he stands from twelve to thirteen inches at shoulder height. Their weights are between thirteen and eighteen pounds. Males are heavier; they might reach the 25 pounds in weight sometimes.

Regarding their body, they’re barely longer than tall; however, some could be more square in proportion.

I need to mention here the grooming requirements. Considering its coat, it might seem like labor intensive, yet this breed is quite easy to upkeep. You need to brush him a couple of occasions weekly to get rid of unfastened hair. With that activity, you prevent tangles developing and maintain the shining of its coat.

As for bathing, you only have to bathe this animal as essential. However, energetic Cavaliers would require extra frequent washing than the lazier. Trimming isn’t necessary, though some dog owners like to trim the toes for the cleanness sake.

These canines require a reasonable amount of the train daily. You can fulfil that with a few brief strolling or possibly a romp within your yard. This is a dog breed that isn’t supposed to reside outside.

Personality

The Cavalier currently deserves its distinguished name. He’s that kind of small dog that likes if you carry him along with you everywhere. He thank you for this with exemplary conduct, assuming they have received some education. However, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is easy to teach.

cavalier-king-charles-spaniel-as-santaThat’s because one of his most striking features is the impart the like. He makes an effort to cheer us up and hit on us, so this doggie is very welcome and highly easy to learn. It’s being entertained, if he can do something for us. Thus, he is involved in everything with great venturing willingness.

This is a really old-school Prince, whom few can resist. With his open nature, radiated fun and cute look, he wins not only the family, but also friends and even strangers’ heart. Whether it’s child or an animal, the Cavalier is friendly with everybody.

He loves the harmonious co-existence; therefore, he’s the ideal family dog. It’s spirited and fearless, but turns with positive orientation toward all living things. So if it is little, if large, if a stranger or if familiar, he greets everyone friendly.

Health Information

The life timeframe of the Cavaliers may vary between eight on up to fifteen years. The main health issues that could be emerging are CHD, insufficiency in mitral valve, and syringomyelia. Minor wholesome problems embrace patellar luxation and entropion.

WARNING! You must to check the lengthy ears of the Cavalier Spaniel every week for symptoms of infection or redness. Your vet can suggest a solution to apply weekly that can preserve dangerous micro organism at bay. Tooth brushing weekly will help keep gums wholesome and stop unpleasant breath from developing.

My Experiences With Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

I was fortunate enough to collect experiences on a few species of this breed before. When I worked in a local shelter I fostered two of them. They were very grateful for care and attention I provided them. One of the twins was homeless, equipped with parvo. But, it has been treated by our vet.

The other was an unvaccinated dog rescued from a bad house. I cured her nasty open wound filled with exudate at home with Betadine. After a few treatments the wound almost disappeared.

I paid special attention to their ears because of their sensitivity. The ears of nine from ten Cavaliers might be inflamed at least once in their lifetime, particularly if you overlooked it. But, it can be treated easily.

As for exercising, they were hilarious at walking too. And they also endured pretty well the longer trips as well. I kept odd; however, that of one of my friends’ Cavalier didn’t require walking. However, it’s true that he didn’t have enough time.

P.S.: Are you familiar with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog breed? Or maybe, there is one of them in your house? Tell me about your common everyday life, how you are enjoying each other. Thank You!

Choosing a Suitable Dog Nail Clipper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is Context Between Dog’s Health and Water?

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

Water Needs

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

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

Importance of Water

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

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

Water Utilizing Ways In Dog’s Body

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Take on It

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

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

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

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

Why Do Your Dogs Snoring?

Reasons of why dogs snoring are as many than in instance of people. In most cases there is some kind of obstruction of the dog’s air passage.  This causes certain parts of the throat to come in contact with each other in ways that stop air from flowing freely. The result is the sound that we associate with snoring.

Snoring Due to Narrowed Nasal Passages

Your dog’s size and the shape of his face and nasal passages also have a lot to do with whether or not he snores. Dogs such as Boxers, Bulldogs (English, French) and Pugs are often champion snorers due to their short nasal passages and the shape of their heads. These dogs were subjects of a genetic manipulation only that their breeders did over the centuries.

But, this does not mean that only these breeds snore. There are other dogs like Lhasa Apso, Pekingese, Shar Pei, Shih Tzu that can be loud stertorous, too. Any dog with a pushed-in face or brachycephalic head can be more prone to snoring. Namely, they can have more problems with breathing in general than others.

I remember Doris, my Boxer; she also could produce snoring. And when I took Zizi to the regular medical examination, there was an English Bulldog in the clinic waiting for a surgery. The vet said that the dog’s respiratory system was blocked heavily on occasion. Therefore, he will eliminate a particular tissue which inhibits breathing.

If feasible, it can be a solution to have your canine sleep in a separate room when the loud night breathing is absolutely unbearable. Make certain you bring your dog to your vet in the case the snoring becomes worse. Do that also if further noises are included besides the snoring like rattling or breathing wheezily.

Snoring Because of Overweight

overweight-people-snoringYou may have heard already that people who overweight are excellent in snoring. When it comes to why dogs snoring, I remember back to one of my fellow soldiers. Both of us were standing in a row in front of the draft board fifty years ago. He shadowed me because he was tall and 283 pounds in weight.

Before we had got to the Committee’s table, he whispered to me in confidence that he will not be a soldier. I thought, surely there are some high-ranking patrons behind him. A physician recruiter asked him if he has any illness? He replied: Yes, please, I snore. The laughter erupted, and he was declared fit. (The roommates told during training that he snores desperately. A year later, he was only 167 pounds. Wink)

But, back to the dogs. So, being obese, dogs are also more likely to snore because of their overweight. Namely, they are more likely to have extra tissue in their throats to obstruct their air passages. If humans or dogs lose weight, they will lose some of this extra tissue. Consequently, their snoring will decrease.

Allergy and Medicament Reasons

Dogs can also snore for veterinary medical reasons. For examle, if your dog has an allergic reaction to a food, a medication or to some other allergen. In that situation, his nasal and throat passages could become constricted which would cause him to snore.

When you actually have a dog suffer by respiratory obstacles, don’t smoke near your canine. Additionally, retain your furry friend from smoke of tobacco as far as possible. This way, you can prevent irritation that the tobacco smoke causes to her or him.

Your dog could also have excess tissue in his throat for other reasons. Your vet can make a thorough examination of  your dog’s nasal area and throat to determine what is causing your dog’s snoring.

Bad Sleeping Position

dog-snoring-on-her-backA temporary way to solve either human or dog snorers can be if they change their lying position. As I experienced, when my Boxer slept in curled up position she snored much less compared to lie flat out.

Furthermore, I altered her mattress to a spherical bed, and her snore reduced to some extent, too. In the end, we got to the point that I put a small pillow under her head, that also helped her breathing.

What Your Vet Says

If you are concerned about your dog’s snoring you should take comfort in the fact that the snoring probably isn’t bothering your dog at all. As long as your dog is sleeping well and seems alert and happy the next day, chances are that your dog’s sleep is not being disturbed by the snoring.  (Your sleep, on the other hand, is another matter, right?)

If, however, your dog’s snoring is consistently loud and lasts all night long, it may be bothering your dog, too. If your dog seems tired and irritable the next day then it’s possible that he also suffer by snoring. That’s also a sign that your dog’s sleep is being disturbed by the snoring or by other sleep problems.

Try giving your dog a new bed to sleep on or encouraging him to change his sleeping position. If you think that your dog is having problems with allergies, work to find out what your dog is allergic to. So you can eliminate it. If your dog is overweight, help him shed a little weight.

There are cases where minor surgery can relieve your dog’s snoring. However, make sure that you talk to your veterinarian about all of the possible risks and consequences of any surgery before agreeing to it.

It is possible that the risks of surgery may outweigh the benefits of getting rid of your dog’s snoring, depending on your dog’s age and general health.

Whatever is causing your dog to snore, talk to your vet about the problem and you may be able to improve the situation. This can help both you and your dog sleep a little better at night.

P.S.: Does your dog snore sometimes or continually? In this case, do you put a pillow over your head to prevent to hear that? Or do you have another solution? Share it in the comments. Thank You!

Teaching Off Command to Your Dog

Do you remember how cute it was when your puppy first started jumping up on you? He probably wasn’t very big and even though it was bad manners, you figured it couldn’t hurt anything, right? Now that cute puppy is 85 pounds of brawn and muscle and when he jumps up on you it’s not so cute anymore! That’s why your dog needs to learn the “Off” command.

The self-management  is basically an important ability your doggie must learn. And it will be a method that’s needed a couple of times daily. Your canines are anticipated to hold back themselves from jumping up on you or your guests. Now I’m discussing about this.

How to Begin

teaching-off command-stop-jumping-up-on-youTo teaching your pet the “Off” command isn’t contain difficulty. You’re basically educate your pooch not to lifting his feet off the floor. He will realize that keeping his paws down the ground resulting in getting praise and treats. However, if he jumps up you or his paws leave the ground, then you’ll ignore him.

You can begin the process by placing your favorite in a scenario where he is enticed to leap up on you. That may be similar to once you stroll through your home door. Your family dog might be joyful to perceive you walk throughout the door. Thus, you come through your door and look at him out of the corner of your eye how your animal reacts.

If he leaps up on you tell him the “Off” command and turn your back toward him. You can praise him and give him a treat in case your favorite’s paws are on the ground afresh. Of course, you need to practice this session several times. If that goes without any problem, you can make it a bit difficult for your canine.

Raise the Bar

I’m doing it in such a way that I set the dog in front of some temptation. I stimulate him with some tasty food in my fist to jump up nearly and talking a gladsome tone. However, once the dog in question begins to jump up then the “Off” command is said.

In the moment the dog is getting the sound of the “Off” command I’m going ahead and add the “Sit” command over the process. So, when I give the “Off” command the “Sit” command follows that this way:  “OFF” and after that “SIT.”  And your dog must keep all his four paws on the ground and sit right away.

Of course, this isn’t going to go that way within five minutes. However, this is a proven method and will go flawlessly with enough practice. The “Off” command is an effective order to application for attaining your pet to place his paws on the floor.

The reason is that it could’t be mistaken for every other order. In the event you say your canine “Down” or “Get Down,” of course your dog might intermix it using the “Lie Down” or “Down” order.

Namely, you don’t want your dog to lie down when you are trying to tell him to stop jumping up on you. The “Off” command can also be used to tell your dog to get off another person if s/he has jumped up on them.

Using “Off” In Other Situation

It can furthermore be used if your dog is putting his paws up on a kitchen counter. Or, if he is popped up in your favorite couch when he’s not allowed to do that. This “Off” command may also work outstandingly well to convey your dog to remove his paws from another person if s/he has jumped upon them.

It will take practice in each of these situations for your dog to know what you want. It may occur that your dog might not always connect “Off” with your wanted action. Please, he isn’t a human so don’t be offended with your animal when he doesn’t create the association initially you utilize command in unknown scenario.

Both, you and your canine ought to consider the “Off” command like “knock it off!” order. And it’ll assist you and your partner within your teaching. Don’t forget to praise and reward your pet for fare through if you get requested him to perform whatever thing.

Even though you are moderating his conduct, he continues to be studying, and he must be awarded when performs well.

teaching-off-command-halt-chew-baby-toy(Anyway, the “Off” command is also useful when your animal is intended to pick up a forbidden thing when seems like nearly reach. I think examples such as: Caroline’s stuffed plush toy animal, a lifeless bird, little Jimmy’s last child soother, poultry bone, dog faeces and so on.)

Of course, you might set up your training in another way from what you read above. Namely, these are only directions and instance simply meant being a method purely. Needless to say your intention would be to ensure the simplest possible way your dog grasp “Off” properly.

P.S.: How did you teach the “Off” command to your dog? Are you satisfied with the results? Share your story in the comments. Thank You!

Small Canine, But It’s Even Dog

Hi,

I always knew I wasn’t perfect, but I tried to approach that status. Among other things, it’s also one of my weaknesses that I always attracted to the medium and large dogs. I had only a few small dogs in my household, not to mention the puppies born here. Apart from that, I know several breeds of them by visiting dog shows, talking with other dog people and vets. And I know personally small canine owners and their dogs as well.

small-canine-shih-tzu-in-gardenYou can see and hear interesting stories by consulting others. Some say that her little Shih Tzu asleep in her bed and eats from the table. Another small dog owner showed me the collar studded with rhinestones she just purchased. She said that her Papillon shrills if left alone and screams seeing another dog.

There is a Chihuahua owner who complained her doggie squawks loudly if it doesn’t get what it wants. I haven’t any doubt why these little build canines behave this way. I always tell that to mess up the puppy upbringing is the easiest.

Now I would like to improve this claim: the education of small breed puppies is even easier to mess up. And based on my experience, unfortunately, that’s what happened quite often. Consequently, by the time the dog reaches adolescence it’s fixed to the undesirable habits.

 A Small Dog Isn’t Dog?

I find it appropriate to ask, why there are so many small dog behavior problems? Maybe they are impossible to teach them in the same way? Or small dogs cannot be able to do the same as their larger counterparts? To search for the answer we don’t need to exam the dogs, but their owners, I think.

Because of their animal’s small size, the owners often cannot (and often not even want) to regard them as dogs. A small dog can fit into your pocket, don’t bother in your bed, easy to pick up if you happen to think … Obviously, to do these will be more difficult with a 99 pounds Rottweiler or a Komondor.

In earlier times, these little dogs (or at least their ancestors) had their own duties as, for example, a shepherd or guard dog breeds. Today, however, these doggies are not dogs as many people think. It might as well call them the supplement of children.

Alternatively, you can name them (on a humiliating manner) for cats, because, unfortunately, many people tend to treat them that way. But, apart from that, the dog still stays dog … with a lot of unwanted and poorly entrenched behavioral problems.

Puppy Ages of Small Dogs

It may be unbelievable for someone but a Yorkie or a Maltese puppy has the same puppy-hood completely than a Saint Bernard or an Amstaff. And if you want a physically and mentally healthy, well-balanced dog, you need to try to raise him into awareness of this right from the start.

You should pay attention to the same problems and educational principles with a small dog like a bigger bodied peer. In this article, I only want to point out two mistakes that are typically use to commit owners of small dogs.

Snacking … a Piece of Me, a Piece of the Dog

I mean a small bite of the main course, a little dessert, a piece of chocolate, a bit of potato chips. It wouldn’t come to mind the consequences while we meet the eager eyes begging for bites. Although, we build a fundament of behavioral problems and also endanger the health of our favorites.

The dog (the little dog, too!) is a prey oriented beast. Her stomach isn’t evolved for purpose of processing a variety of nutrients in half hourly. Not to mention the fact that – especially in the development phase of puppies – we can cause serious damage doing this kind of spoiling.

In addition to the constant snacking, your pooch will not get its own need to enter the standard feed specifically designed for him. Which is resulted in a not only picky, but an ill-nourished, unhealthy dog. The composition of the human food doesn’t meet a doggie in development, but also not for your adult dog.

So, often in their puppy-hood they develop various developmental disorders – due to inadequate feeding. In addition, you lose your authority  in the eyes of your puppies. As a pack animal, your dog will never respect you as a leader when his own will prevails already in his puppy times.

The Importance of Teaching Your Small Dog

Unfortunately, I rarely see a small dog who – at the first word – could walk without a lead beside the owner’s foot. I could additionally mention the actions of Sit, Down, etc. or even Come back to the owner when the command is said at first occasion. Again, the fault is also can be searched not in the dog’s ability …

Although, a small dog is capable to learn the same training commands such as their larger conspecifics. But, for some reason, many owners devoted much less time to that in their case. However, the dealing with dogs, the consistent training is equally important from the outset, as the right nutrition.

You need to find time for your dogs! It isn’t sufficient if he is watching TV when sitting in your lap. The same is with that you go down twice daily for a ten-minute walk with cell phone in your hand. Our dog does need to be both physically and mentally tired sufficiently.

Conclusion

My friend, take the trouble to teach your small dog at least the basic training commands. Play a lot with him and find out challenges suitable to their psychique. With these activities you prevent not only your home deterioration, but those also help to build a more robust dog-owner relationship between you. In addition, you could walk with your doggie much prouder if you don’t have to worry about time s/he running out in front of a car.

P.S.: Has the topic attracted your attention? What’s the size of your furry pal? What are your thoughts about dealing with little dogs? Please, speak your mind in the comments. Thank You!

Alex