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Are You Ready to Have a Dog?

By Christina Graham

There are various reasons why someone would like to have a dog, including you. Maybe you want someone to go with you while you’re out for a run, have someone to sit on your lap and cuddle with you while you’re watching TV. Maybe getting a dog will help your kids learn the responsibility of taking care of one, or simply because you want your kids to have fun and play with the dog. Either way, getting a dog is a huge responsibility. Are you ready to commit to taking care of a dog for 10-15 years? Yes, that’s how long dog’s live, not to mention the expenses incurred while taking care of one. So what makes you think you’re ready to have a dog?

Basic Needs

Just like humans, you should also prepare for your dog’s basic needs. These are food and shelter. Supplying your dog’s food means giving him the food that will provide all the nutrition that he needs. Not only that, but you would also need to give him medications, and vitamins, to cure or prevent certain allergies or illnesses, and help boost your dog’s immune system to fight off other possible sicknesses. Shelter is also another basic need. Having him live in your home won’t be enough. You should also be able to provide him his beddings, and an area where he can run and play around. You should also make sure that you have baby gates to prevent your dog from entering restricted areas around your house.

Physical Activities

You should also be aware that dogs need to get their exercise, and play time as well. Dog’s who don’t get any exercise at all either become moody and lazy or even more hyper around the house. You should get them the provided exercise and play time that they need in order for them to develop a healthy lifestyle as well. Besides play time, you should also have the patience to train your dog. Training your dog will teach him discipline, especially when you have other people around your house or around your dog. You should have the patience to teach your dog how to behave in front of other people, adults and kids included. Training your dog would also help you from the headaches of constantly barking, and using the restroom in places he shouldn’t and so on.

Time and Understanding

Your dog also needs your companionship. You should also always have time to spend with your dog. Some dogs also have separation anxiety from their owners. It is essential for you to train your dog, to alleviate separation anxiety, or if you are going to leave for an extended period of time, make sure you can find a dog sitter who can take care of your dog. And most of all, you should understand that your dog will also make mistakes. He will chew on your shoes, pee in the carpet, and accidentally break your most expensive vase and so on. You have to understand that these things aren’t things that he does purposefully to get on your nerves, he just needs a little bit of your training to teach him what he should and shouldn’t do, most of all, he needs your forgiveness. Just because he made a mistake you shouldn’t abandon your dog. Forgive him and in order for him not to make the same mistake again, teach him.

Christina Graham has been a veterinarian surgery tech and/or dog groomer for over 15 years. And in those years has gained an invaluable knowledge regarding all aspects of dogs. That’s why she created The Daily Pooch, a daily blog dedicated to dog lovers. She posts regular updates on all aspects of your dog’s life from training to health and nutrition and everything in between. Head over to TheDailyPooch.com to see what it’s all about.

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May 24, 2012 | 0 | Choosing your dog, Tips, Understanding Your Dog

10 Great Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Dog

By Emmy E Bill

Many people are unsure if they want to adopt a shelter dog for a variety of reasons. They may not know where the dog originally came from, what breed they are, what their temperament is or why they were given up in the first place. However, the reasons to adopt a shelter dog far outweigh the reasons not to.

1) You will save a life.

It’s awful to think about, but there are so many homeless animals around today that their chances of being euthanized are high. Also, dogs stuck in cages at shelters are more likely to become depressed.

2) Shelters carry many different breeds.

Some say they are looking for a specific breed of dog, which is why they don’t want to adopt from a shelter. However, chances are that you will find the breed you want if you look hard enough. There is a rescue organization for almost every breed so it’s not difficult to find the kind you want.

3) You will save money.

The initial cost is usually less for shelter pets. Buying from a breeder could cost you more than $1,000, depending on the breed. Also, many older dogs in shelters have already been spayed/neutered and vaccinated as well. It’s not guaranteed that it will be cheaper because unexpected things can happen, but it will save you money at first.

4) Shelter dogs have talent, too!

Purebred dogs aren’t the only ones who can compete in dog shows. Mixed breeds and purebred shelter dogs definitely have the ability to be obedient, learn tricks for show or for fun!

5) Some health issues are less common.

Some purebreds are prone to certain illnesses, such as dysplasia. It is known that these problems may be less likely in mixed-breeds. However, this all depends on the breed and where the dog originally came from.

6) You will have more of a selection.

When you go to the pet store or a breeder, you will most likely be looking at purebred puppies. At the shelter you’re going to see a variety of breeds, ages and personalities. Most shelters even have puppies if that’s what you’re looking for.

7) Training may be easier.

Many shelter dogs are already trained, so you won’t have to go through house training and/or kennel training.

8) You can immediately tell the personality of a dog, for most of them that is.

If the dog is older than 6 months, his personality will be reasonably clear. You will most likely be able to see right away how the dog behaves in general. Keep in mind though that shelters are not always the most natural environments to live in, so a dog might be more active or less active than usual, or possibly a bit confused as to why he is there to begin with. Spend some time getting to know the dogs close up.

9) You don’t have to deal with the puppy stage.

Raising a puppy can be tough and time consuming… if you prefer adult dogs and don’t want to deal with the messes and training that come with puppies, then deciding to adopt a shelter dog might be the best idea for you.

10) You will give a dog a family.

Plain and simple, you’ll be giving a dog not just a home, but a family. Whether you are a single gal or a family of five, when you bring in a shelter dog, you become his family.

If you’re still debating adopting a shelter dog after reading these tips, it might be beneficial to know that most shelters will take a dog back if it doesn’t work out; the goal of a shelter is to find the best home possible for each dog, so they want the right fit too.

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Jan 19, 2012 | 0 | Choosing your dog, Looking for a Home, Stray dogs

5 Reasons Why a Mutt Is Just As Special As a Purebred

by Annelie Becher

To give five reasons for something obvious is a hard to do but I will do my best!

Every dog is special, no matter what he looks like!

Since every dog has his own personality there is something unique, i.e special about him or her.

  • Every dog has the unlimited capacity to love and bring joy to humans. This canine quality is completely independent of breed standards or breeds.

People buy pedigree dogs mainly because they like the looks of a particular breed. Some people buy a pedigree dog because they like the temperament that comes with the breed or the special features like strong hunting instincts or guarding instincts for instance.

But who would judge a book by its cover?

  • A mutt can be just as willing to please as a Golden Retriever or as good at guarding your house and property as a Doberman – what he can do and what he can’t do for you depends on his parents genes and quite a few crosses between certain breeds outperform the breeds they originated from.

Like the Russian Terrier who was once a cross between several guard dog species and is now a super guard dog himself or the cross between Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever who is now a Guide Dog to the blind with the strong points of each breed.

  • No matter what a dog looks like or what his parentage is, it is his ability to love and bring joy to the world that makes him a special being. His uniqueness rests entirely in the eye of the people who love him and care for him.
  • When it comes to love looks and parentage as well as breed standards are utterly unimportant because love is so much bigger than outer features, don’t you agree?
  • A dog who loves his people and who is loved by his people is a happy dog and he can not keep his happiness to himself.

It is your love that makes your dog special, no matter what other’s say.

If you are thinking about getting a dog and you feel that you need a purebred in order to be happy then don’t get a mutt.

If you feel that you want a mutt to share your life, get one!

Your dog’s happiness depends on your affection for him and whether or not you are able to provide a lifestyle which gives him all the things a canine needs to be happy and healthy.

Your happiness depends on the fulfillment of your deepest desires as well as a suitable lifestyle.

To some owning a pedigree dog is the right thing to do because they feel that they can join breed clubs and go to shows etc whilst these things don’t matter to others.

But, when it comes to the specialness of the dog himself there is no difference between pedigree and mutt - it is just a matter of human taste.

M. Annelie Becher at http://www.dogsandhappiness.com where you find helpful ideas and support. As a loving and dedicated dog owner you aspire to do what ever you can to make your four legged friend happy. Protecting him from harm, providing the best possible nourishment and life style as well as educating him well are important for his overall well being. But most important of all is the relationship you offer him or her. Because of that I would like to invite you to get your free instant copy of a simple exercise which will enable you to communicate with your dog at a very deep level. At http://www.dogsandhappiness.com/care-for-the-soul-of-your-dog you will be introduced to a tool which will create a deep connection between you and your canine in a most awesome way.

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Oct 31, 2011 | 0 | Choosing your dog, Dog breed information

Children and the New Puppy

by Wendon Lee

You’ve chosen a puppy breed, named it properly, introduced it to its new home and bought all the supplies it will ever need – now what? For homes with children, now comes the beginning of a rough period between excitement for a new puppy and working hard to keep both puppy and kids happy until the pup gets a little older. Dealing with puppies and children together is sometimes a challenge in several ways. Knowing to watch for roughness, avoid shouting and squeezing, and limiting play time are some great tidbits to keep your home running smoothly, puppy, children and all.

Watch for Roughness

When a puppy owner thinks of roughness, the first thing that comes to mind is usually a child being rough with the pup. However, watching for roughness by the puppy toward the children is also a key factor in creating a harmonious family situation. Puppies of both very large and very small breeds pose specific dangers for children who do not know better than to “play” and rile their new puppy up. Very small breeds tend to be very excitable and can cause scratching from jumping and pouncing on kids, while larger breeds, without knowing it, can grab onto a child’s arm with its mouth and unintentionally cause harm, playing as if it would with its canine peers.

Shouting and Squeezing

Training and housebreaking a puppy can be stressful and complicated, but even more so with children involved. Though including them in training the pup is a good idea, children tend to think shouting or being rough with a puppy when it misbehaves is acceptable, when it can unintentionally throw training back a few steps. Discourage shouting at the puppy at all costs, as well as squeezing or being rough with it. This can cause stress on an impressionable puppy and sometimes provoke repercussions in the form of a physical response – biting, scratching or frantically trying to escape, leading to more squeezing and possibly an injury to the puppy, child or both.

Limit Play Time

Though encouraging bonding time between children and a family pet (especially puppies) is very important, it is also important to keep in mind how stressed and afraid a new puppy can sometimes be in a strange home with strange companions. Encourage safe and playful bonding time between children and the new puppy, but limit this playtime to 30-45 minutes at a time. This is to give puppy time to get used to the children between play sessions as well as giving it time to sleep and rest in general. Puppies, like very small children, require many hours of sleep to grow and recuperate from heavy play.

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Jun 29, 2011 | 0 | Choosing your dog

Multiple Dogs: Four Things to Consider Before Adding a Second Dog to Your Family

By Kathy H Porter

It wasn’t until I volunteered with a dog rescue organization that I began to understand the dynamics that affect families who live with two or more dogs. After 7 years of placing ex-racing greyhounds into pet homes, I’d learned quite a lot about mult-dog households. I’d like to shorten your learning curve about this topic by giving you four tips to consider before you decide to bring a second or third dog into your home.

Know your pack. If you are a one dog family, consider bringing in a dog of the opposite sex and one that is less dominate than the dog you now have. As an example, when my family decided to add a third dog to our household, we decided that dog number three would have to be female because our male Great Dane was the more dominate of the two dogs we had. He would tolerate another female dog but would have no patience for a male.

That said, one of my good friends lives quite happily with three female whippets. Does this mean that my initial advice isn’t sound? Not at all. The key component is knowing your pack. My whippet friend knows her dogs. Each time she added a whippet, she carefully considered the temperaments of her dogs. Having three female dogs works for her. Make sure that you are discerning enough to know what will work for you.

Be financially responsible. Make a list of all of the expenses you had for dog number one over the past 12 months. Food, vet bills, obedience class, boarding costs, unexpected vet bills, collars, leashes, bedding, toys and anything else that you spent money on. Now multiply all of those expenses by two. Can you afford this? And, be sure you’re in compliance with the number of dogs your city/town legally allows you to own.

Fence Your Yard. Although I have known families who were able to have one dog without any kind of fencing, not having a fenced yard with two or more dogs just isn’t practical. Nor is it safe. Hands down, this will be your best purchase.

Timing. Take the time to evaluate what’s going on in your family and ask yourself if now is a good time to add another dog. If you’re getting ready to move, or have just changed jobs, perhaps it’s best to wait until things settle down.

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Jun 25, 2011 | 0 | Choosing your dog, dog behavior, Understanding Your Dog

When Is My Child Ready For A Pet?

By Tabatha Carithers

My daughter is four years old, and she feels that she is able and ready to take care of a pet. She normally asks me about once a week hoping that I will change my mind and buy a cute puppy for her.

I have a strong belief that any pet should be treated and considered as a new edition to your family. Pets come with basically the same responsibilities as caring for a child or the elderly. All pets need daily care, attention, food, water, and love.Is a four-year old ready to deliver such a resposibility?I wasn’t sure about the answer to that question, so I decided to give her a test.

It was December of 2010 when my mother and I discussed what we were going to do to see if she was ready for a pet. My mother used the same idea that she used for me when I was 9. We bought her a FurReal Friends GoGo My Walkin’ pup. The first two days she was scared of the walkin’ pup.Then when she learned it wasn’t a real puppy, she began to get really rough with the pup. She would throw it around and her one year old brother would drag it on its side while yanking on its leash. Every once in a while they would pretend to give it food and water. By the end of January she was no longer interested in the FurReal Friends GoGo My Walkin’ pup.

That told me a lot about how a one and four-year old would treat a real puppy. This test quickly made me realize they wouldn’t be ready to take on the responsibilities until they were a bit older.

It is said, that a child this young can’t completely take care of themselves yet, which only concludes they will not be able to completely take care of anything else. I will definitely test her again in about five to six years from now. by then she will have learned to be more responsible, loving, caring and can better take care of herself.

Although the pet test was done with a “fake” puppy, it still served the same purpose and got me the answer that I needed. If your child is constantly asking you to get them a pet, get creative and give them a pet test to find out if your child is ready for a real pet or not.

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May 30, 2011 | 0 | Choosing your dog, Looking after your dog, Puppies

How to Choose the Family Dog for Kids

By William Williford

In case family members have made the decision to introduce a safe and friendly K9 into the home, it can be an amazing rewarding experience. One will discover a number of types of canines to choose from however, he or she should focus on gentle and sociable dogs. Even though the majority of puppies appear to be sweet and lovable one should take the proper steps to access the breed of interest to avoid conflict between humans and other pets. Kids frequently push and strike at dogs or puppies and pull on the tails. Children may not fully understand that they are hurting the dog. For those that have a loving pet dog that will not bite the kid that pokes or tugs on them. The dog or pup will nevertheless attempt to run from the child. In most instances the dog or puppy will put his or her tail between their legs. This permits acknowledgement that the pet does not want to hurt the kid it merely desires the child to stop. He or she will discover on a number of instances that this loving pet family member will nip or bite at a youngster in seeking out to flee from the child.

In the attempt to educate the child on proper socialization skills. He or she should stress that poking as well as yanking or pulling at the dog or puppy is not the correct way one should interact with a pet. Teach a child early in life to stroke gently the top of the head and rub it’s ears. Also on the first few occasions in which the child and dog meet. Another good idea is slowly to approach the animal and let him or her smell the child’s hand. Listed here one will find examples of some of the most well-liked, loving, and kid-friendly dog breeds to choose between:

 

  • Labrador Retriever: AKC’s most registered breed over the past 10-plus years. The Labrador Retriever rates as one of the primary leaders in kid-friendly breeds of dogs with regard to numerous factors. The Lab is regarded as one of man’s most loyal dogs with the desire to please. This canine is extremely loving and energetic. Additionally, Labrador Retrievers are mellow in personality and are extremely tolerant of adolescents. This particular species of dog should and desire to be around people of all ages. These guys show a very extremely, affectionate prominence and also consequently tend to be very energetic particularly when they are under one year of age. A Labrador Retriever needs certain requirements met every day including physical exercise to permit them to release their energy. If Labradors are never able to burn out their level of energy they may show several mild behavioral issues.
  • Golden Retriever: The Golden Retriever possess most of the same characteristics and traits as the Labrador Retriever. The most major time-consuming difference in a Golden Retriever is the grooming process, A Golden needs special grooming attention giving to the dog’s longer coat. Other than grooming, this kid-friendly breed requires the same special attention as the Labrador Retriever. This family favorite enjoys walks, fetch, swimming, etc.
  • Maltese: The Maltese are loved and praised by many of their owners as loving dogs. They are superb in existence with kids. Maltese are caring k-9s that are tremendously affectionate. The furry companion adores being together with kids and easily may frolic along with him or her continuously. They are ready to essentially provide any son or daughter with plenty of involvement. The Maltese are thus lively within, these furry friends tend not to really need to always be walked every day. This groom friendly companion must be groomed at least once per week in order to have the ability to preserve the healthiness of their beautiful coat.
  • Boxers: Boxers possess a status to be harsh however, in actuality they are unbelievably enjoyable canines to have around. This semi-slick coated breed appreciates the fun within a backyard with all of the kids as well as possibly safeguarding the children. The Boxer is considered tender, loving dogs too with wanting to assist and be by one’s side. Boxers are extremely tender with younger children and may perhaps endure the poking and pulling in the case young small ones frequently do. Boxers should be groomed daily in order to preserve his or her coat. They are active dog’s and usually do not require humans to exercise with them as the boxer may be outside entertaining simply by his or herself merely by exploring the entire backyard.
  • Collie: This particular welcoming as well as pleasant breed is really an excellent addition to many families. Collies are very well-known with regard to his or her loyalty toward mankind. They are quick to teach and if acquired as for instance a puppy, you might desire to send him or her for behavioral training to have your pet properly trained with special attention to one’s own cherished children. Any collie is really a superb defender regarding youngsters and also can keep up along with him or her virtually all day. Collies are in need of grooming every day because of their thick coats. A collie additionally needs a good amount of physical exercise each day.

 

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May 23, 2011 | 0 | Choosing your dog, Dog breed information

Greyhound Adoption

Did you know they Greyounds make great pets? They have had an awful life and need love.. once they are no good to be a racing dog they are not wanted! they can be in cages for years and yet they are beautiful gentle gods.. I mean dogs..

This video is one example.. they say:

“Where do greyhounds go after their days on the track are over? Long Island Greyhound Transfer (LIGHT) is finding loving homes for these speedy pooches.”

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Dec 19, 2010 | 0 | Choosing your dog, Dog breed information

How To Choose Dog Names For Your Puppy

By Athena Andris

If you just added a new puppy or dog to your family, one of the first orders of business is naming your pup. Your dog’s name is an important part of how he will be perceived by others and the way they react to him, so the name you choose is important. Just think about it this way….

You are at the dog park and in the off-leash area you hear an owner call out to his dog: Bruiser, Dagger, or Lucifer, come here. Now ask yourself, would you think twice about going into the area with your little Snowball?

So just how do you go about choosing a great name for your dog?

5 Steps for Choosing Dog Names

  1. Type of Dog – What breed of dog do you own? Search the breed traits to help narrow down your choices. If you have a strong, bold, fearless breed you can lean towards a name that fits those traits like Hercules and vice versa.
  2. Physical Characteristics – Use your dog’s physical features to help you decide on a name. Does your new dog have any distinguished markings? For instance, a white dog with black fur just around his eyes could be named Zorro!
  3. Personality – Watch and play with your new puppy a few days to see what his personality is really like. A super playful pup could be called Zippy, whereas the pup that just wants to sleep all day could be called Slumber.
  4. Sex of dog – You can narrow your choices down further depending on whether your dog is a male or female. Or you can decide on a unisex name for your pet.
  5. Command sounding names – Stay away from names rhyming with commands. A dog named Shay might confuse his name with the command Stay.

A few more tips to naming your dog

Make it a family decision: If you have children in your family, have everyone suggest names for your new dog or puppy. Once everyone contributes, vote on the names as a family to narrow down to the final name. Your dog’s name should be one the entire family likes.
Get inspiration from your favorite things: There are lots of different sources you can use to get inspiration for names. Try your favorite comic book heroes, celebrity names, city names, or choose your favorite clothing designer’s name or brand names, like Gucci. The possibilities are endless.

Just remember whatever dog name you choose for your new family member, you will be using it quite often each and everyday, so be sure you like the name and it is one your dog will easily respond to.

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Dec 18, 2010 | 0 | Choosing your dog, Puppies, Rescue Dogs, Tips

Top 3 Reasons To Adopt A Dog

By Matt LeClair

Have you been thinking about getting a new puppy? Are you looking to bring a new companion into your home for your children to play with? If you want to get a puppy for you or your family, then you might want to consider adopting a dog instead of purchasing one from a breeder. Both methods are perfectly fine for acquiring a new puppy, but adopting a dog has a number of great advantages.

1. Save a dog from a bad situation

Sometimes puppies have the misfortune of being raised in poor living conditions whether it be due to the irresponsibility of the breeder or the lack of any proper home whatsoever because of abandonment. Regardless of the circumstances, dogs can sometimes be left in unfavorable situations which can be turned around by those caring enough to bring them into their homes. To adopt a dog that is born into a bad situation or has no hope is an act of kindness and good faith.

2. Raise a dog that would not otherwise be cared for properly

Often times people bring dogs into their homes with the best of intentions, but later realize that they are just not able to be the most suitable dog guardian and cannot provide the best care that it needs. When owners cannot properly care for their pet, sometimes it is best to let someone else adopt a dog in order to provide a better life for it.

3. Form a long lasting companionship

You most likely have heard the old saying “A dog is a man’s best friend”. This really is true and one reason that you might want to adopt a dog is to be able to have a companion that will love you unconditionally, which is all that a dog in need wants to do.

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Nov 17, 2010 | 0 | Choosing your dog, Rescue Dogs