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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.

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

Choose Proper Pet Among Large Dog Breeds

AHA, you have made up your mind to acquire a new dog from large dog breeds? Great! And you simply aren’t certain which breed will perfectly match the size of your home? No problem, but wait a minute, please. Earlier than you end up beating your head against the wall because of an erroneous decision, you ought actually to weigh the volume of area you will be able to offer to your newcomer roommate.

Your household dog is undoubtedly an icon, counting from Snoopy to Lassie and nowadays pets just like the Obama family’s doggie, Bo. However – supposing you do not particularly need a Lassie to guard Timmy off of the well or possibly a Snoopy to fly aircraft tasks on the Red Baron – what could you look for in a household canine?

I do ask this because – taking everyday life – chances are you’ll wish to super size your espresso and acquire additional toppings in your pizza. However, when it’s time to pick your dog, larger doesn’t all the time imply better. Canine breeds aren’t same by heritage in the things they require.

Don’t Fool Yourself by Present Dog Size

Don’t, I say again, DON’T form this choice solely on the lovely little pet you could be cradling within your arms this time. As human children will be grown up after a time, the same applies to puppies too. They are also grown to their adult size, but you’ll be surprised because of the short available time.

Another consideration to related size can be that you simply don’t succeed in getting a canine from large dog breeds now. Of course, you may have expectations about relocating to a larger place later. But, the life can surprise you so plans might be changed.

And it is preferred to hold off until you’ve moved into a much greater house, than to end up along with your mate crowded into a decreasing area (because of his continually growing size).

Space Considerations for Large Dog Breeds

Obviously, the dimensions of your family dog have to complement the size of your dwelling space. One possibility is adopting a little type of dog, which will be more suitable fit. Breeds like Chihuahua, Cockapoo, Poodle, Shi Tzu and some other kinds of terriers are actually nice apartment canines.

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Shih Tzu Isn’t Belong To Large Dog Breeds

They continue to be little and want much less area to goof off if they are indoors. Furthermore, a few of these breeds do require a consistent exercise. However, a pair of every-day strolls across the residential block is good enough to sustain them properly also in pleasant mind.

In case you’ve got a secured balcony with stable, high balustrade, that could be sufficient outside go for your little doggie, complemented with one or more every-day walk outdoor. So, I’d say again you don’t allow canine’s look or temperament to deceive you.

Situated on the flip side, loads of toy canines grab the occasion and use their own closet in small knit sweaters, designer costumes and intelligent playthings. They even have stylish beds, for example, that is French provincial or baldachin. The pooch stuff may take up far extra space in your household compared to the canine does.

Thinking About Activity

Some canine breeds, like hunting dogs are genetically programmed to yearn the unclosed areas and exercising outside. The other breeds such as toy canines make perfect “lap dogs,” experiencing the casual way of life while not having a lot of space or time for them to run and play under the open sky.

When you’re exhausted (or shall I tell lazy?) to provide this beauteous canine the workout session it wants, then you should purchase a security system, rather than a guard dog. A toy canine such as a Bichon Frise or Brussels Griffon is pleased within your flat and needs less out of doors’ time.

The medium-sized canines make excellent household pets due to the fact they have a great mixture of characteristics. They haven’t got the excessive vital energy of little dogs as well as health complications of huge ones. They’re energetic, to a certain extent, however, can be great sofa companions too.

So, you will find a medium to big sizes, which will be satisfied in a smaller place. Take a Greyhound, for example, which is a lovely dog that additionally is very quiet, so is perfect for attached living residences. Apart from that, that mild greyhound should have day by day work out in a sufficient big area available for play and run.

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Greyhound Is One of the Large Dog Breeds

The Greyhounds could operate as much speed as forty five mph. So that you don’t desire them turning your living room into a place for running. Namely, in that situation neither you nor your greyhound might be satisfied by the result.

Watchdogs in Apartment

It is vital to think about the bliss of your neighbors once you shape your decision. For example, a Rough Collie is an excellent watch dog for your metropolis residence. However, it’s essential to provide that canine enough time in a dog park to running and feel lively day to day.

On the other hand, a superb nighttime watchdog could produce a daytime nuisance. In case there is nobody at your home to distract your canine from barking on a passerby, or possibly birds, you’ll likely get complaints.

If you believe your doggie is going to be a barker, be preventative. Search for a doggie day-care option, where you could drop your favorite on the way to work, and collect him traveling home.

Multiple Dogs

It may happen that you have a dog in your household and deciding to bring home more canine. Consider the area and care requirements of every animal if you take one or two extra dog into your household. I mean every dog should have their very own bowls, relaxing place and so on.

Canines that stay open air require their very own doghouses provide protection during sleep as well as unhealthy weather. As you don’t sharing your bedroom with your neighbors, so what are the reasons you anticipate your family dog pass his doghouse for the sake of a new canine?

Example of Maintenance

When we’re speaking about dog size, we need to think about the maintenance. As I experienced, dog owners tend to ignore this – form some reason. Although, that nice, fur balls you just started to admire at the pet shop that barely nibbles pet chow, will grow up.

He will be  transforming into a one hundred twenty-five-pound St Bernard that easily might eat you out from your property. This might sound funny, but I tell you just one example.

To sustain him with eight-ten ladles of top quality pet food day by day, you’ll need to spend the cost of a daily steak dinner. The only incidental fact is that you won’t be that person who’ll eat that steak. And there is another side to things as well.

Your enormous canine additionally pushes around furnishings in your living room as feathers. If you don’t ensure proper workout for him, he rises to the occasion. So, your pet from large dog breeds may deconstruct your home in your absence, merely for revelry.

P.S.: My friend, bear in mind, looking for the perfect canine which suits your living area, life-style, and character, will make your smaller residence an intimate and brighter space to living in. What do you think?

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!

Magyar Agár – The Hungarian Sighthound2

I dealt with the history, development, and appearance of the Magyar Agár (Hungarian Sighthound or Greyhound) previously. I think it’s appropriate to use the Sighthound name instead of Greyhound. Reason is that this dog uses his eyes in hunting, predominantly.

Usability

magyar-agár-on-meadowBased on the overall impression, the Magyar Agár embodies the strength, endurance and speed. He is a real chasing dog with sound organizational structure, who is a disease resistant. Unlike the English Greyhound, he equally copes with plowing, stubble or frozen ground.

He can be chasing the matured buck rabbit throughout many miles. Moreover, the bigger wild is not a problem for him. He’s able to catch the deer up and pulls that down. This dog can catch the foxes and rats as well. Several dogs can oppose to the wild boar as well.

The Magyar Agár is chasing its prey with eye watching. His smell is a bit poor compared with the other dogs, but that doesn’t require at runtime. His vision is sharp; he searches with his eyes. You might say he is the falcon of the dogs. Nowadays, the people use this dog for racing instead hunting.

He is reserved a bit, but rather I would call this some aristocratic aloofness. However, this dog has open nature with great intelligence. It is a loyal dog but his owner have to win its favor. In case of improper treatment he can get away, which is difficult to prevent.

Namely, he’s able to fly through above 2.2 yards fence without touching. What is more, he also can chew his leash within seconds.

Teaching Agárs for Hunt

The hunting with Agár dogs was in fashion over the past. The Hungarian Sighthound has proven extremely valuable help in killing game before the appearance of firearms. The hunting style of these dogs – uniquely – is based on the vision and speed.

They are weighing the popping prey in a split-second, then take an explosive start and begin the chase it in a frantic pace. Their peak speed is breathtaking; it may reach up to 44 – 50 mph (70-80 km / h).

That is considered the speed of the world’s third-fastest land animals, behind the cheetah and the gazelle Thomson. In addition, it should be noted their persistence in chasing the prey. The unbridled pursuit of prey holds to its exhaustion, or to grasp it.

People commenced to teach the dog before his age of one. The habituation him to “chasing,” “string,” “saddle” was very important. Dogs in twos or threes strung together needed to go on right always, whether people lead them by foot or on horseback.

An experienced and older sighthound was in the strings always. They required to practice themselves in grassy and poor in wild plain. Namely, when the popping-up wilds jumped the string out, the dogs weren’t able to help each other.

The man holding the dogs showed the rabbit popped-up 50-step ahead and let the sighthounds lose, with a shout “go for it” he jumped them after the rabbit. The young and inexperienced sighthound followed the older one.

The first Agár reached the rabbit and hit it; the rabbit is reversed; the second dog took it. They rotated this way, so that one finally “caught,” squeezed and executed the rabbit. After the chase, they took the sighthounds string again and were returning home.

Magyar Agár as Pet

The Magyar Agár makes an enjoyable and dependable fellow, excellent for people and households that take pleasure in an energetic lifestyle. Nevertheless, this isn’t a breed that suited for everyone. He requires a whole lot of early and consecutive socialization in an effort to be properly-rounded, blissful and mentally balanced.

When you correct to train and socialize it, the Magyar Agár could make an exquisite family pet. They are typically very warm of kids and get alongside nicely with other canines within your home. These animals are very fond and dependable to their families and likewise, make wonderful watch dogs. Of course, you cannot compare his ability to a Doberman, but he indicates with barking.

Though pleased to spend a big ration of the day resting around the home, this sighthound wants loads of common exercise. If you’re in search of a dog that’s satisfied with a fast quarter-hourly walk across the block, then you’d better give up it.

The Magyar Agár needs no less than an hour to stroll daily – more is better – and advantages from further working, for example, running beside your cycle. That’s the reason I haven’t one among others, although I could love it.

Conclusion

All in all, to keeping the Magyar Agár not requires any specialty. He’s undemanding, and due to his toughness its maintenance is simple. He very well endures the Hungarian domestic climate, but he also may live inside the house, as your best friend.

P.S.: Did you know the Magyar Agár dog breed before? What was your experience with it? Please, leave me a comment letting me know that. Thank You!

Magyar Agár – The Hungarian Sighthound1

The Magyar Agár (Hungarian Sighthound or Greyhound) is an indigenous national dog breed that developed in Hungary. It was an essential tool before people applied firearms in hunting. They used it for killing the popping-up and running wild. His high initial speed and sustained gallop made him capable of doing that successfully. Let’s look at this dog breed a bit closely.

About Origin of Magyar Agár

Not just any story follows here, my dear reader. The origin of the Hungarian Sighthound – like the Transylvanian Scenthound – is going back to the distant past. When you take a look into the well of history, you need to see a few thousand years.

magyar-agárConsidering the nomads or settled nations, both groups used greyhound-type dogs for hunting in ancient times. The ancestors of today’s Hungarians performed the hunting on horseback. During their migration from Middle-Asia to Europe, a variety of oriental greyhounds or greyhound-type dogs were their helpmate in hunting.

It is believed, the living similar type dog breeds such as the Afghan, Arabic, English, Hungarian, Persian and Russian comes from a common ancestor, the Egyptian Agár. The walls of Egyptian tombs are often decorated with depictions of that type of dog. Moreover, the Egyptians portrayed their god Anubis as a Greyhound-like dog.

Of course, others are on different opinion related the origin. As traditions say, the ancient version of the Magyar Agár was wandering together with Hungarian ancestors into the Carpathian Basin more than 1100 years ago. Then this dog version – in all probabilities – could develop further by crossing with part of the dogs of inhabitants.

The next wave of development was the crossing with similar greyhound-type dogs of Turks after 1526. Archeologists found bones of greyhound-type artefacts in tombs excavated from the Árpád-era or the time of conquest. There were similar dog bones also among the Roman and Sarmatian and later archeological finds in Hungary.

For example, they found a skull in Zalavár, as well as an Agár artefact in Felgyő. The word Agár is involved in the diplomas of the Árpád dynasty too. And even the settlement Agárd founded around that time preserved the name in a diminutive form (“greyhound-kid”).

Anyway, the story goes that in the 19th century, they crossed this breed with other greyhound breeds to increase the dog’s speed. What was the result? Let’s see together.

How the Magyar Agár Looks Like?

Have you ever seen to run the Magyar Agár? It’s a fantastic sight as the tremendous energy indwelling him resurfaces. Casual, yet plastic muscles embossed his tight body make him able to move its lean physique with fast direction changes and explosive dynamism.

The Magyar Agár has a muscular, powerful physique, typical galloping structure. His front, proportions and angulation predestine him for both speed and endurance. Consequently, the overall proportionality of the Hungarian Sighthound is far more important than its size.

He has stronger bones and slightly wider head than the English Greyhound. And his greater and slightly thicker ears are also a distinctive feature. Its skull is strong and broad; the muzzle is also robust but not coarse and not pointed.

The teeth of this animal are strong and lined regularly in large, muscular jaws. He has complete scissor bite appropriate to the dental formula.  His nose is relative big and black pigmented, and the nostrils are broad. His eyes are medium-sized and dark colored.

The eyes aren’t protruding nor deep set, and their expression is keen and intelligent. This dog has set on at a medium height, well carried rose ears, clinging to the neck at rest. When the Magyar Agár is alert, his ears are erected up.

His big lungs and heart take their places in a distinctive rounded and brisket deep chest. You can see its well arched ridges that sloping far back. The staff of this dog is flat and deep; the belly is tucked up moderately. This animal has a long tail, ending at his hock.

The skin is relatively thick, fitting well all over, without folds or dewlap. His coat is short and close fitting. In winter, he develops undercoat too. His onetime typical color was yellow color of the pea with tabby version. As the times changed, they accepted nearly all dog colors.

Nevertheless, exceptions are here, like the blue and the orda, brown and black and tan. For your information, the orda is a cheese made from whey with a secondary procedure. That’s excellent to eating it freshly, at least for me.

The Size of the Magyar Agár

His size at the withers is varied between 61 – 70 centimeters (24.5 – 27.5 inches).

The weigh is from 22 to 31 kilogram (48 – 69 lb).

Side note: the body of this rare dog breed is longer than its withers height.

To be continued here.

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!