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Dog Clothes – Don’t Buy Them

Buy Mark Mooney

Dog clothes, simply don’t buy them for your dog if they are not fashionable, very few of us now buy clothes for ourselves simply because they are practical. Almost everything we buy now is either branded or is considered the latest fashion.

Do we buy clothes to keep out the cold or do we buy them to save our dignity. Are we saving the dogs dignity by dressing them in clothes that don’t even cover their naughty bits. As humans it could be said that our main reason for buying clothes is to keep up with the fashion trends, some of the clothes we wear barely cover our naughty bits. If fashion is the primary reason for buying clothes then don’t buy them for you pooch unless they are fashionable.

The fashionable dog clothes industry is starting to thrive especially with the Hollywood set, the designer dog is now all the rage and their isn’t an “A List celebrity”, that hasn’t got a pooch under their arm or has it stuffed in the latest Louis Vuitton pet Carrier parading down the Hollywood Boulevard. These pooches are dressed in what can only be described as main stream fashion. Do we humans dress our children in clothes purely out of practicality, no way! if young mums where to be honest they would say, “we dress them to look cute and to get attention”.

So don’t for one minute think you are buying clothes for your dog for practicality or warmth, admit it you are buying them to be fashionable and to make your little pooch look even more adorable and cute in his or her pink designer Legally Blonde sweater. So give your dog the attention they deserve don’t just buy dog clothes, buy the fashion.

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Dec 30, 2009 | 0 | Dog clothing

Different Types of Aggression in Dogs

By Kelly Marshall

No one likes an aggressive dog; they are a threat to themselves to others and even to their owner. A dog with unchecked aggressive tendencies will more than likely eventually bite and could hurt someone seriously. In order to successfully change a dogs aggressive behavior you have to know it’s cause before you can attempt to dispel the behavior. Here is a look at 6 of the most common kinds of aggression and how best to deal with them.

Maternal Aggression

Maternal aggression is caused when a dog who is about to deliver or has recently given birth feels the need to protect her pups from what she perceives as a threat. The best course of action in this case is to give the female dog and her litter plenty of room and then not breed the female again, as maternally aggressive dogs tend to not lose that trait.

Pain Induced Aggression

If your dog has never shown any signs of aggression and then suddenly starts displaying aggressive tendencies, he may have some medical problem that is causing him pain and causing him to react aggressively. A complete vet check up and treatment will cure this type of aggression and give you back the loving pooch you once had.

Dominance Aggression

A dog that thinks he is king of castle and begins growling and snarling at family members is a real danger. This occurs when the owner did not assert his authority when the dog was a puppy. The best thing to do is to enroll your dog in an obedience training class that uses strong behavior modification techniques.

Inter-dog aggression

When you have two dogs who are in the same household it is only natural that one will assert dominance over the other. In most cases, this dominance will be worked out between the two dogs with no injury to either if you refrain from interfering. Unless there is a real fear of one or other dog suffering serious injury, leave them to settle the matter themselves.

Fear Aggression

When a dog is introduced to new situations that cause them to become anxious and fearful they become aggressive as a means of protecting themselves. The best course of action to take when a dog is being aggressive due to fear is to immediately remove him from the situation and begin a slow program of socialization which will help reduce his anxiety.

Punishment Aggression

Dogs who are mistreated enough, reach a point where they will fight back rather than take any more abuse. Once they have reached this point placing them in situations similar to those where the abuse took place or any sudden movement that makes the dog perceive the threat of abuse will cause him to act aggressively. If you should happen to adopt a dog who is suffering from punishment aggression, you are going to need to tread carefully to establish trust and show your dog he is safe. If the aggression is extreme you may have to reconsider returning the dog for your families safety.

Knowing why your dog is acting aggressively will help you to formulate a plan to change his behavior.

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Dec 27, 2009 | 0 | dog behavior

Dachshunds – Some Interesting Facts About the Breed

By Jane Artisan

Here are some interesting facts that you may not know about your Dachshunds:

  1. Bred and originated in Germany, Dachshunds have become the symbol of the country. During the World War I, these small dogs were “allegedly” persecuted in other places of the world because of their association with Hitler.
  2. Dachshunds were especially helpful with hunting. They have a very strong sense of smell and they use this to track and eventually chase small animals like badgers and rabbits.
  3. In terms of appearance, Dachshunds can sport a variety of looks. Their coats can range from short to long. Although most Dachshunds are only single colored, other varieties can have splotches of white, black or brown.
  4. Despite previous persecutions, Americans now consider Dachshunds, a great family pet because of their unique personality. Some believe that they tend to be a little too brave for their size. Why so? Because what they lack in size they make up for their confidence and guts. When provoked, they can even attack a dog that is twice or even thrice their size. However, despite their seemingly aggressive behavior, they can be very playful and devoted to their owners.
  5. They also make very good alert dogs. Note the word “alert” not guard. Some people have the tendency to disregard them because of their size, but even if they cannot really defend a house per se, they have a loud bark that will be enough to wake the entire household (and even your neighbors) in the presence of unwanted intruders at night. This is also one of their characteristics that make Dachshunds, a great family pet.

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Dec 20, 2009 | 0 | Dog breed information

Dog Training Evolution

By Peter Calnen

When we welcome a new puppy into our home as a new member of the family we can sometimes overlook the fact that our dog will grow very large (depending on the dog breed) very soon in the future.

In just a few months your puppy may weigh 40, 50 or even up to 100 pounds. If your puppy ingrains bad habits (such as jumping up) while it is small, he may keep these habits when he is bigger and heavier. Many people allow their puppies to misbehave in ways that will not be acceptable in the future.

If the puppy does not learn how you expect him to behave early into his puppyhood, he may develop these habits for a long time and they may be harder to undo later on.

The modern approach to training dogs is training them as early as possible into the dog’s life. Ideally, training should begin very early into your dog’s puppyhood.

Otherwise, if you leave a few weeks or months without training your puppy, you can run into the problem of having to undo bad habits and behaviors that your dog has picked up during the months where no training was put in place.

The old school training system was more associated with punishment, sometimes even harsh punishment. In the past, many trainers would advise that you do not train your dog until it was six months old. They would not train a dog any earlier than this as they deemed the methods used for correction to be unsafe for the dog.

By the time the canine is six months old he will have learned many bad habits. These bad habits are then corrected using punishment methods that would have being unnecessary if the dog was trained earlier on in his life. When a dog is learning bad behaviors during the first six months he will become more stubborn to releasing these bad behaviors later on.

In this day and age, dog training has evolved into using reward and non-reward techniques. Non-reward does not mean punishment. It simply means that you withhold the praise or food bit while remaining neutral. Then when your dog behaves in a satisfactory manner you reward him with verbal and physical praise or with a food bit.

Positive training methods these days ensure that you have a friend for life, instead of a dog that has being instilled with fear. The dog is trained in a more loving and supportive environment where the trainer is seen as a friend instead of a dictating ruler.

With the rise of positive dog training techniques, owners have begun to train their dog by themselves. More and more owners have taken it upon themselves to train their dog on their own without the use of a professional dog trainer. Modern dog training has evolved into a friendlier and more sophisticated approach.

Many dog owners now use clicker training to train their dogs. Clicker training involves using a small mechanism which makes a clicking sound when you press it. The dog then associates this clicking sound with a forthcoming reward or praise.

The dog soon learns that whenever there is a clicking sound, a reward will be forthcoming and he should repeat the behavior that you have already instructed him to do previously.

Another form of positive dog training involves using the luring dog training method. This method literally lures your dog into getting the dog treat or toy (followed with verbal and physical praise).

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Dec 18, 2009 | 0 | Training

Things to Know About Pomeranians

By Philippa Lane

The breed of Pomeranians was first recognized by the English Kennel Club as the “The Spritzdog”. Pomeranians are beautiful dogs with a very responsible character. They are very beautiful, happy, and lovable dogs. They have acute hearing, are extremely alert, and they make great watch dogs. Many Pomeranians are black, white, or tan in color and have very long fur.

I really believe that God has given many animals’ keen senses, and Pomeranians possess that special quality, they are quick in sensing the mood of their owners. This beautiful breed loves to be close to its owners, is unselfish, and prefers toys and a bed of its own.

Pomeranians are quiet and very well behaved, but they do not like to be left alone. They really like to be close to their owners. They are also very curious animals.

If you are considering owning a Pomeranian puppy, it is important to be sure that you are willing to take the responsibility of training him and caring for his needs. Early training for a Pomeranian puppy is very important.

Pomeranians are very dainty eaters and they take excellent care of their beautiful coat of fur, but even though they take very good care of their coats, they still need extra grooming. Their hair is very long and it does require constant care. A natural bristle brush works best on Pomeranian fur. The coat needs about three or four years to grow, however at the age of one year, it should already have its adult coat.

When a Pomeranian puppy is around two months old its coat should already be long. At three months of age it will lose its coat and may look like it does not have much hair. At five months, the puppy will look like it has short hair after it sheds some more hair and at ten months of age you should be able to see its luscious double coat. The owner will need to spend more time on the Pomeranian’s coat when it is an adolescent. Daily brushing of the dog’s double coat is needed to prevent matting and an un-groomed appearance. Pomeranians shed once or twice a year, but monthly bathing is recommended and it is important to clean their ears, eyes, and teeth regularly.

If you have small children, they must be very gentle with Pomeranians, because their bones are very delicate and are tiny dogs, not only as puppies, but also as adults. In fact Pomeranians can fit in a very small space and are easy to carry with you wherever you go.

Pomeranians make wonderful pets and can be beautiful show dogs. They are loveable, amiable, smart, kind dogs and great companions.

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Philippa Lane has been an entrepreneur for 20 years and she has enjoyed meeting and helping many people online and offline. She is also a book reviewer and freelance writer. She enjoys teaching and helping others achieve their dreams and fulfill their God given destinies. http://rejoice4life.blogspot.com/

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Dec 17, 2009 | 2 | Dog breed information

How to Make a Christmas Collar For Your Dog

By Karen Friesecke

With Christmas around the corner, why not make a cute Christmas collar for your dog? Since this collar is made with an elastic band, you can also make it for a cat, ferret or rabbit. This tutorial will show you how to make a holiday pet collar with ribbons.

Tools and Supplies

The supplies needed for this project are pretty minimal. You will need any kind of fabric ribbon, some elastic (like the kind used on sweat pants), bells, a pair of pinking shears and a flexible measuring tape. You don’t really need the pinking shears, but they do scallop the edges of the ribbon to prevent them from fraying after they have been cut.

STEP 1 – Measuring Your Dog

Measure your dogs neck in a spot where you would like the collar to sit.

STEP 2 – Cutting The Elastic and Adding The Bells

Cut about three or four inches more elastic than you need. Now string the bells onto the collar, you can use as many as you want. Take your dogs neck measurement, subtract one inch, measure out the elastic and knot it closed. Trim the excess elastic.

STEP 3 – Cutting The Ribbon

Ten inches should be okay for a medium sized dog.. A smaller dogs collar will probably be fine with five inches. Cut the ribbon you have and place it into piles if you have different colours of ribbon.

STEP 4 – Knotting The Ribbon Onto The Collar

Secure the ribbon onto the collar with a very simple knot. Keep adding ribbons to the collar, using the colours randomly. Occasionally check the spacing of the ribbons and move them around if some spots on the collar are too sparsely decorated.

Karen Friesecke is the author of Bloggie Stylish a new blog dedicated to recipes and free projects for dogs. Please visit Christmas Dog Collar to see this tutorial, complete with pictures.

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Dec 15, 2009 | 2 | Tips

Choosing a Boarding Kennel For Your Pet

By Beverly Frank

If you’re planning on going out of town for a while, choosing your pet’s home away from home while you’re gone is one of the most important decisions you will have to make for them. Choosing a boarding kennel is one way to have your dog taken care of while you’re gone. However, with that in mind there are several different things to consider in leaving your dog in the care of someone you don’t know well. Choosing the right kennel takes some research and time.

Advantages and disadvantages to using a boarding kennel

You wouldn’t leave your child in the care of someone who was neglectful, cruel, and irresponsible would you? Of course not, so why should your pet be any different? They are part of the family now and finding the right accommodations while you’re away is important. There are advantages and disadvantages to using a kennel. Here are a few to consider:

Advantages:

· It can make your trip less stressful especially if you have a long car ride or plane ride ahead of you.
· Putting your pet in an overnight kennel gives them a comfortable place to stay where they are welcome (unlike most hotels).
· They will probably receive more attention at a kennel than left behind while you are traveling and sight seeing.
· If they happen to have a health or medical problem there is qualified staff to attend to it immediately.

Disadvantages:

· Some pets act up when they are placed in a strange and unfamiliar environment
· Staying with so many other pets puts them at a risk for being exposed to other health problems.
· Finding a kennel that accepts more than just cats and dogs.

Now that you know some of the advantages and disadvantages of using a boarding kennel, let’s talk about how to choose the right one. Here are some tips and things to look for in your search for the right boarding kennel:

Tip #1: Take a tour of the facility

Once you have found a list of boarding kennels to choose from you will want to take a tour of the facility. Call ahead of time to ask if they give tours or not; this will be a good indicator of whether or not you send your pet there. A good overnight kennel will let you see all of their facilities and everything they have to offer. Things to look for in the facility are how it smells, cleanliness, knowledgeable and caring staff members, sizes of indoor and outdoor run and exercise area, litter boxes, etc.

Tip #2: Will the boarding kennel let you bring your own food?

This is something you will want to ask before you drop your pet off. If they allow it, make sure there is no fee for doing so; some will allow it without any extra fees.

Tip #3: Ask about giving medications and monitoring health

Some pets take certain medications every day so it’s important to ask and make sure that the facility will offer this option. Some facilities will charge and extra fee and others will do it for free. Monitoring your pet’s health is also important, especially if you’re going to be gone for a long time. Make sure staff members are friendly and attentive and are aware of what’s going on around them.

Tip #4: Paying for services

Make sure you have everything in writing before you leave. You don’t want to come back and have a bunch of extra fees to pay that you didn’t know were part of the service.

Choosing a boarding kennel for your pet is simple; choosing the right boarding kennel for your pet is a little more difficult and will take some time on your part in researching and finding the best facility for your pets needs.

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Dec 14, 2009 | 0 | Dog Boarding

Dog Language

By Ardy Livermore

Let’s look at how your dog views the world. First there should be one leader and if you don’t take the role your pet will. Areas to establish power and control, who gets to eat first… the leader of course. Who sleeps in the best spot, again the pack leader. Who greets and checks out newcomers… me, the leader. Doorways, gates, entry/exits shall be controlled by me, the gatekeeper.

It is very important to understand that your dog is NOT a little human in a fur coat. Your dog can not make sense of our confusing human order and if YOU do not become the alpha/leader, your pet will have behavior issues that can be very annoying. Some issues can become dangerous.

Teach your dog that you are the leader of your pack and your pet is last in line of ALL family members.

1. Do the roll over technique even when your pet has done nothing wrong. Simply roll your pet over on its back; your dog needs to remain submissive for at least 3 seconds. No resisting, barking or crying, just calm, waiting for you to say OK. Then it can stand up.

2. Put the harness & leash on and let it drag behind your pet in the house when you are expecting visitors. When the doorbell rings step on the leash. Make your pet sit and wait when you greet your guests first, now let your pet say hi.

3. The leader goes in and out of doorways, gates, etc. first, not your pet. Use the harness/leash combo or simply block your pet from going first.

4. Never feed your pet at the same level as a human. Do not make a place setting for your pet or feed it from the dinner table and if your pet demands food while you are eating put it in its’ kennel, outside or in another room. Feed only from its dish or where you do not eat.

5. Sleeping with your pet is allowed but your dog should not have your pillow. Your pet should sleep at your feet. Teach your pet to get down and get up on command if you are going to allow it to be on the furniture. Your pet needs to understand it is by invitation only.

6. Humping is a dominant act. There is no humping of humans. Your canine is trying to be the boss/alpha. Do the rollover technique. Humping of toys is allowed and you can toss them into another room when company is present.

7. If you find that your puppy is urinating instantly in the presence of a certain person, it is showing that it is being submissive to that person. If you feel that there is no danger from this person, teach your pooch not to fear them by having playtime with this person. Bring the puppy outside to keep your home clean when greeting this person and have them give treats to your pet. Soon your dog will learn all is fine and will stop urinating at the sight and smell of your friend.

You will be amazed how great a pet you will have if you follow the rules listed above. Put off disciplinary actions, neglect training and watch the show begin. It’s like being a parent who understands what to give and limit to their child. Many problems areas disappear when you understand the needs and nature of the beast. Enjoy the knowledge.

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Dec 13, 2009 | 0 | Uncategorized

How to Prevent Excessive Shedding in Dogs

By Samantha Markham

All dogs, even the hairless breeds, shed. It is a natural necessity and cannot be stopped. However, excessive shedding can be indicative of an underlying health problem. Therefore, if you feel that your dog is shedding too much or too regularly, there are steps that can and should be taken.


Reasons For Excessive Shedding

Possible reasons that your dog is shedding too much fur include:

  • Lack of grooming
  • Poor diet
  • Presence of skin parasites
  • Anxiety or stress

In some cases, the cause of your dog’s shedding may be a combination of these things. However, by addressing the reason for a dog’s excessive shedding the problem can be dramatically reduced.
Dietary Problems

Symptoms that indicate your dog may not be getting all the nutrients required for a healthy coat, include dry and/or flaky skin and dull fur. Of course, there may also be indicators in the dog’s general health, such as listlessness and dull eyes. Using a vitamin supplement will not only reduce shedding, but it will also boost your dog’s wellbeing and general health.

There are many vitamin supplements available for dogs, if in doubt over which to use, it is wise to seek the advice of a veterinarian. However, according to many owners, one remedy that can be prepared at home is simple olive oil. You can soak a piece of bread in the oil and offer it to your dog with his, or her, meal. Alternatively, you may prefer to mix a couple of spoonfuls of olive oil into your dog’s food.


Parasites and Fungal Infections

If your dog has parasites or a skin infection, he, or she, will display many of the same symptoms as dogs with dietary problems: dry, flaky skin, dull coat and dull eyes. However, with parasites and infections you will notice itching, which can cause sore and even bald spots on your dog’s skin. Parasites and fungal infections are, obviously, very uncomfortable for your dog, so if you think your dog may be suffering from either condition, it is wise to deal with it immediately.

While some parasites, such as fleas, can be treated at home. It is always beneficial to visit a veterinarian, as he, or she, can rule out the possibility of allergies, dermatitis or other conditions.


Shedding Caused by Anxiety

Just as it is believed that stress in humans can cause alopecia, stress in dogs is known to increase shedding. A brief instance of anxiety, such as a visit to the vet, is nothing to be concerned with, as the excessive shedding will only last for a day or two. However, if your dog is experiencing daily stress, due to separation anxiety for example, the shedding will become more problematic. In addition, a dog that is under consistent stress will experience problems with general health.

Therefore, if you believe that your dog’s excessive shedding may be caused by stress, it is important to seek the assistance of a vet who may put you in touch with an animal behaviorist or professional trainer to deal with the underlying issues.


The Importance of Grooming

Even if your dog is not experiencing excessive shedding, it is important that he, or she, is groomed and bathed regularly. Ideally, dogs, even short haired breeds, should be groomed every day. Owners will notice that brushing a short haired dog daily will dramatically reduce the number of hairs that are shed on the furniture.

Bathing is also important, as this will improve the quality of the coat and health of the skin. Subsequently, the amount of shedding is reduced. Typically, to ensure that a dog’s skin and fur are kept in pristine condition, an owner will need to bathe the animal two or three times per month.

Shedding is, of course, part and parcel of dog ownership. However, excessive shedding should not be ignored, as it is often a symptom of a more serious health issue.

Samantha Markham is a professional freelance writer. Currently, she is working for Remmeer.com, a high quality online supplier of pet products. Remmeer.com has a range of items for dog owners and their pets, including gifts for pet lovers and dog elevated feeder bowl stands.

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Dec 12, 2009 | 1 | Dog grooming, Dog health

Dog Arthritis – Simple Steps to Comforting Dog Joint Pains

By David LeAche

Arthritis in dogs is a quiet common condition. While older canines are more susceptible to joint conditions, more and more pets as young as six years old are suffering from arthritis. Just as arthritis in humans, the pain caused in your pet’s joints is caused from several different factors. Once you have identified the problem, you can begin carrying out measures to treat and alleviate the discomfort felt by your canine. In addition to pet medicine and surgery, there are several simple tasks that pet owners can take to make life simpler and easier for their arthritic dog.

Special Sleeping Arrangements for Comforting Dog Joint Pain

When your dog sleeps well at night, its body has time to complete some repair and well needed rest for better functioning in the morning. Cool drafts and hard floors are bad sleeping conditions for sore joints. Choose soft and thick orthopedic dogs beds for your pet’s comfort. If the pet is keep outdoors, ensure that you have an insulated doghouse that will prevent your pet from getting too cold. Consider letting your dog sleep indoors during winter months.

Controlling Arthritis in Dogs through Diet

Excessive weight only adds more pressure on already aching muscles and inflamed joints. If your pet is overweight, cut back on the amount of treats that you feed it. Look for foods specially designed for dogs that need fewer calories. In addition, be cautious about feeding your pet table foods. A good healthy weight can help reduce sore joints and increase your dog’s activity level.

Reduce Dog Joint Pain with Exercise

While your canine may be reluctant to get up and play, low impact exercise is good for establishing blood flow in inflamed joints. Increasing muscle tone will also help support the weaker arthritis joints. Place your dog on a regular exercise schedule through walking it or some other form of pet and owner interaction.

Special Treatment for Pets with Arthritis

There are a few special actions that you can carry out to help make life easier for pets. Whether it is arthritis in cats or dogs, simply being aware and attentive to the special needs of the animal can go a long way. Try measures such as raising food and water bowls so that the animal does not have to bend over as far. Place ramps connecting the ground and high areas in which your pet likes to reach. Carpeted stairs next to couches and chairs are also a great way to give your pet independence. Allow your animal to use a ramp to get into and out of the vehicle.

In addition to pet medicine, pet owners can carry out a variety of treatments to soothe the aching joints of their arthritic animals. The goal of successfully managing the arthritis of your pet is to lessen as much of the joint pain as possible and give your animal a happy quality of life. Try to create conditions that allow your dog to carry out all of its favorite activities despite of its condition.

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Dec 11, 2009 | 0 | Dog health