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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!

The Hungarian Kuvasz Dog Breed

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

How the Kuvasz Story Started?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Appearance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Behavior

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Me and the Kuvasz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Rottweiler Dog as Defender Champion 2

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Temperament of a Rottweiler Dog

The Rottweiler dog is robustious, calm, trainable, brave and dedicated to its handler and family with kids. He’s loyal and protecting, it’s going to defend its household feral way if needed, seemingly resistant to pain. It’s critical, even-tempered, courageous and self-assertive. Thus, this breed wants an owner who is powerful minded, calm, however energetic and capable of deal with this canine’s huge size.

The Rottie is a teachable, natural guard animal with an unstrained, dependable temperament. It’s extremely intelligent and has confirmed its value without question in police, army and customs fields of work during centuries. He also could be skilled for competitive obedience.

Due to its dimension, education ought to start when your canine is a small puppy. The Rottweiler dog breed wants plenty of socialization and leadership. It won’t be blissful confined to a backyard or a kennel.

Your goal in training this animal is to attain pack leader position. It’s an axiomatic intuition for a dog to follow an order in its group. Once we people dwell with canines, we turn into their pack. All the pack cooperates beneath a single leader.

Traces should be clearly outlined and guidelines are set. You and all the other people in your family MUST be increased up within the order than the dog. That’s the solely approach your relationship could be a success.

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If the Rottweiler dog receives constant leadership and is educated, will probably be a great playmate for the kids. It’s going to settle for cats, other dogs and different family pets so long as the dog has been socialized properly. And has an owner who enforces the primacy over the dog.

Buddies and family members of the household are usually enthusiastically welcomed. But unknown persons from whom the canine perceives dangerous intentions can get no further than a certain border.

Upkeep And Maintenance

The Rottweiler dog requires an excessive amount of work or train. They have to be taken to stroll or jog on a day by day basis. Running within the woods and in open fields makes them very glad and so they haven’t feel urge to escape from you.

Working or swimming beside a bicycle tour are excellent activities for this canine and it additionally loves the ball playing. Psychological play and obedience classes must also be part of the daily activity regimen.

By way of residing preparations, the Rottweiler dog can dwell both indoors and outside. If chosen to stay outside, you need to be certain that your Rottie is provided with plenty of shade through the scorching weather. Nevertheless, it’s a recognized proven fact that this canine prefers to be indoors spending a lot of time with its family.

This canine has a desire for chilly climate, the winter months are its favorites. His ability to bear hot weather and humid temperatures is low. The Rottweilers can turn into overheated pretty rapidly if it ran too exhausting throughout the summer.

Anyway, the sleek, shiny coat is simple to groom. You brush it with a though bristle brush and bathe solely when seems necessary. This breed is a median shedder.

The healthy Rottweiler dog can achieve a 11 years average lifespan. The veterinarians recommend particular exams be performed for cardiac issues, hip dysplasia, elbow displasia and vWD.

My Opinion

Due to being in connection with different dog owners I know some Rottweiler dog. So my advices based on my observations. Before you buy a Rottweiler dog or the adoption comes across your mind, it wouldn’t hurt doing a thorough self-examination, and some environmental studies.

Are you really suitable for Rottweilers? Are you able to provide something special living conditions? Are you intended to spend enough time to dealing with it properly? And, of course, it’s not incidental how you will come out with the dog. It may happen you want a Rottweiler in vain for years if neither you, nor your conditions aren’t suitable for keeping this breed.

So, first of all, you must get to know this breed. It’s advisable to read related literature, to consult owners, to talk to breeders. In short, prepare yourself in every respect. At least as important to know yourself, be aware of your capabilities, know exactly why you want a Rottweiler dog.

This dog breed is working basically as a guard dog, his abilities predestine him to that firstly. It has all the necessary basic skills that you can bring to the surface with prudent and competent training easily. Due to its versatility and docility, he’s capable of exploit his values in other fields as well.

However, to achieve these, this dog needs a clear requirement and a strong and firm handed but fair leader. It’s also important that you bring the puppy into his new possible permanent home in its 8-9-week of age.

This way, by raised him beside the owner and family, you can prevent or eliminate many future problems. I firmly believe that those owners are clearly responsible for Rottweiler accidents during the past, who chose rashly and treated without savvy this breed.

The Australian Shepherd Dog Breed

The Australian Shepherd – or otherwise named Aussie – is a courageous, fond, stylish and dynamic breed within the Herding Group. These medium-sized doggies have a physically strong construct. They are capable of work exhausting all day. And they don’t victimize endurance and pace by that. That is due to their sturdy body and marvelous agility. This article is devoted to this wonderful breed.

Australian Shepherd History

Little is known precisely about the historical past of this dog. People bred the Australian Shepherd dogs to protect their stock. And this inherited herding instinct is prevailing in their lives to present days. However, thinking the name refers to their origin you’re far to the truth.

In fact, this dog never wasn’t original Australian. Their developing happened between France and Spain in the Mountains of Pyrene – in all probabilities. The story is dating back to their Spanish principal ancestors. Those were working together with Basque shepherd dogs.

Those dogs herd Merino sheep people exported to Australia at the beginning of the colonization. This export activity expanded to the United States, too. These dogs arrived to the States from Australia where their task was herding sheep. They continued the same work in the States as well.

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And this breed evolved the kind of form we know today there. The American farmers were ecstatic by this hard-working, middle-sized dog. They began to use them because of the ability of work than visual appearance.

The Australian Shepherd showed its excellence via coarse terrains in each Australia and America’s western parts. They had been crossed with several other dog breeds. And were principally stored under the radar when it comes to fashionability.

Throughout the 1950s, the breed won great  publicity. Namely, they had been seen in numerous film and canine trick shows. Just a few among the names this dog earned during the past: California Shepherd, Blue Heeler, Bob-Tail, New Mexico Shepherd and Spanish Shepherd. These denominations also confirm its versatility in agility, herding, guarding, narcotics perception, search and rescue, etc.

People shaped the Australian Shepherd Club of America in 1957. The AKC formally acknowledged this breed in 1993. As we speak these dogs are still working as herding assistants of shepherds. Besides you might see them as winners in herding trials.

Temperament

Australian Shepherds are straightforward-going. And they remain pup-like – even in their grownup era. The nature of this breed can vary.  They can be too playful with its owners sometimes. However, they are a dignified and brave watchdog towards break ins. They’re usually pleasant in direction of other canines and pets. However, Aussies are reserved against strange people.

Aussies are wonderful with kids, even with a lively little one. They’re devoted, loyal buddies and protective by their nature. Tender-hearted, very energetic, attentive – they’re desperate for your please. Aussies have a sixth sense to figuring out what their owner wants. Although he is aggressive in working with livestock, it is mild with his human mates.

Keeping the Australian Shepherd

This breed should have an active train every day, each mentally and physically. And it has light training capability and excessive intellectual ranges. Therefore, the Australian Shepherd is the proper applicant for advanced training of obedience.

These doggies thrive on human contact. And usually they aren’t meant for lying around your home all day. Consequently, I wouldn’t recommend this breed for living in an apartment. They appreciate a large yard for running possibility. And, this dog also fond of practicing their herding talent.

The Aussies are able to endure both cool and hot climates. However, you shouldn’t keep them on open air entirely. The best dwelling arrangement is to provide him entry to a secure outdoor space through the day. However, they prefer to spend the night inside. They are pleased sleeping together with the family.

Grooming

The Aussie’s coat has a medium texture, from straight lined to barely wavy. It contains an undercoat and is climate resistant. The length of its pelage is reasonable. The climate where he is living sets the amount of his undercoat. The coat color can be black, blue merle, and liver. Additionally, occur strong red with white markings or without, and copper pointed.

His coat is thick, so you need to brush that frequently. You can apply a dedicated firm bristle brush. Repeat this process 2 – 3 times every week. This way you can satisfy his grooming needs. Anyway, they are shedding orderly turn.

Well Being Considerations

The Australian Shepherd can be your companion generally between 12 – 15 years long, in good health condition. Sadly, these dogs may have several minor or main health issues. Therefore, I’d suggest you to undergo your Aussie regular medical checks.

Conclusion

Australian Shepherds will not be the type of canine to lie around your lounge all day. And, he also doesn’t stay pleasantly within the backyard with a 15-minute walk solely. They want the way more train than that. Additionally, you need to occupy their thoughts each day. Otherwise, they are going to get boring. And that leads to critical conduct issues.

They want sufficient bodily and mental exercise and a firm hand of a real pack leader. Without those, they’ll change into nervous and destructive if left alone. You should socialize them properly to forestall turning into fishy of strangers. Some prefer to nip folks heels trying to herd them, and this habit must be corrected. By educating your canine that people aren’t should be herded, you’ll get a wonderful companion.