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Every Pooch in its Place!

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Sometimes it’s handy to have a place that your canine chum can go to where you know they’ll be safe and happy but out from underneath your feet for five minutes! This is especially true with young puppies that seem to possess an incredible knack of always being right where you’d rather they weren’t!

Now I’m not talking about sending a naughty pooch to its bed or corner of the room type of place, more of a safe haven for them and a location that they don’t associate with punishment.

Puppy Training Classes

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

There’s always been a debate regarding the age of puppies starting training classes, what’s right and what’s wrong? Many training schools won’t accept puppies under the age of 6 months for obedience work.

Don’t panic though as prior to that time you can begin training your pup yourself, this is always a great idea even if you’re going to attend classes because you can turn up with the advantage of a head start! Personally, I would advise classes as they offer so much more than pure and simple training. A good puppy class will teach owners about grooming, handling and general health.

Doggy Fears

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Many dogs have fears it’s how we deal with those fears that’s important. A common phobia observed in dogs, as many owners know, is the fear of fireworks. To many dogs, and their owners, this is the worst time of the year.

Depending on the level of your dog’s fear, there are numerous methods of approaching their phobia. If your dog displays a mild worried state rather than a completely panic stricken one then your best bet is to act as calm as you can and take your dog’s mind off the noise, turn the TV up, put some music on and basically let your dog do whatever he/she feels is best. If they decide that diving underneath the bed’s the very best option for the duration, then so be it, the less fuss you make of the situation the easier it’ll be for your pooch.


Taking Care of Bulldogs

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Taking care of bulldogs may look complicated since they may require a lot of attention, time and care. But when you know how to do it, you will surely have a healthy and adorable bulldog puppy.

First and foremost you, like other puppies, have to feed your bulldog regularly. Feeding him at least three to four times a day is recommended. The appetite of the bulldog puppy will determine whether if you need to leave him food out at all times. As for example, if your puppy is a picky eater, it is recommended to leave the food out but if it is the other way around, feed him at four separate times. It is also a good idea to stick with the same type of dog food; otherwise your puppy may get sick from eating different kinds of dog food. It is always best to ask your veterinarian about the best food and diet to give your puppy.

Clean your puppy’s wrinkles regularly. Bulldogs are known for their wrinkled faces. Make sure that they are cleaned and groomed at all times. Younger bulldog’s wrinkles are not as deep as those on adult bulldogs, but they still need to be cleaned several times a week to avoid infection. When bathing them, use mild dog shampoo to wipe through the wrinkles and wash away the dirt from it. When drying, gently wipe the wrinkles using a soft towel. Dabbing an amount of petroleum jelly on the wrinkles can keep it away from moisture.

Bathing doesn’t need to be done every day but you should wash them at least four to five times a year. This should be good enough since bulldogs possesses oils needed for their skin and bathing can help wash away these oils. Brushing the bulldog’s coat daily can also keep them clean. If your pup is younger, you may need to bathe him daily with mild puppy shampoo to prevent fleas. If your puppy has some, they will surely scratch a lot and too much scratching may cause fungus spots and infections on his skin. This may lead to scabbing and your puppy will need to be treated. Have his veterinarian recommend a cleaning solution to help get rid of these spots. REMEMBER: Fleas are more difficult to deal with for puppies compared to older dogs. Most solutions may require your puppy to be at least six months old for application. Prevention is always better than cure so make your home flea-free for your bulldog by replacing his beddings regularly.

You also need to give attention to your bulldog puppy’s tail and eyes. Their eyes can get irritated easily and may turn red on windy days. As the bulldog grows into adulthood, the crease will become deeper. It is best to get the puppy used to such grooming techniques before she becomes an adult.

Lastly take your puppy for a veterinarian check-up. Choose the one who loves and understands bulldogs to make sure that your puppy will receive the best treatment he deserved. Keep his vaccine shots up to date.

Bulldogs are prone to conditions like arthritis, bloating/gastric torsion and hip dysplasia. An annual blood test can determine the possibility of him being affected by these conditions. This test can also detect if your puppy has an enlarged heart, which many bulldogs tend to have. If your veterinarian knows a lot about bulldogs, he will know what to look for and what to do if your bulldog puppy has any of these problems.

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Puppy Profile: Basenji

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Basenji dogs are elegant and posed hunting dog from Africa. They are commonly known as “barkless dogs” because they will not bark or make any noise unless they feel excited. Basenjis can also “woof” when they are startled and can shriek loudly when they are in pain. Basenji dogs are commonly referred to as the shrieking dog, or screaming child dog. Basenji’s coat may vary from brindle or pure black, and chestnut red. Most of them have white chest, tail tip and feet.

Basenji dogs are naturally small in body built. They are short haired with erected ears and curled tails. Their physical appearance is always compared to a deer. Both young and old Basenji’s dog forehead is wrinkled.  They have almond eyes that give them a seriously squinting appearance. Most of these dogs weigh 11 kg (24 lbs) and stand up to 40.6 cm (16 inches) at the withers. They are considered as a “square breed” of dogs that literally means they are long as they are tall. Basenji dogs are confident and graceful dogs. They are also deceptively powerful for their size.

These dogs are energetic, alert, and curious. They are affectionate for their owners but are reserved for visitors and strangers. Basenji dogs have the possibility to become emotionally attached to a single person in the household. Their relationship with other canines may not be as good as their relationship with their owners. It can be described as speedy, frisky, tireless at play, and teasing the owner into play.

Basenji dogs don’t like wet weathers. They enjoy activities like climbing where they can get over wire fences easily compare to other dogs. Aside from this, they know how to make a way in order to achieve or get something they want.

Basenji dogs like to stand on their hind legs, like a meerkat, by themselves or leaning on something; this is their very common behavior that is often observed especially when they are curious about some things. Basenjis reveal their animal-of-prey nature by chasing after fast moving objects that cross their paths.

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Puppies for Sale

Monday, June 27th, 2011

It’s always good to have dogs and little puppies in our house. Aside from being effective guards, they are very loyal companions as well. Owners have the capability to train to what we wanted them to be. But, training big dogs is not that easy. It is highly recommended to train them while they are still young. But for most dog lovers, finding where to buy puppies may be a very complicated task.

Although there are different pet stores worldwide, finding a specific store where to buy puppies is not easy. There are many things you need to consider in choosing where to buy puppies for sale. Whether you are going to buy puppies online or in a local pet store, it is very important for soon to be owners to be aware of these factors before choosing and buying the puppies they want. These factors are personal preferences, store location, condition of the puppies and how they take care of them, kind of seller, shipping method, price, and services offered.

In choosing a store or place where to buy puppies, it is important to decide whether to buy the puppy online or buy it personally from a local pet store. If you are planning to buy a puppy online, you should consider the shipping method. How will they ship your new puppy? Also you need to consider the location where the shipper or seller is for very obvious reasons. If it’s a local pet store, ask them if they offer services like courses on how to take care of puppies. If you’re a new owner, it is very important to have at least some basic knowledge in how to take care of your new puppy.

It is also important to consider your personal preferences of the pup you wanted to buy. If you don’t like the store, then find another one. Don’t worry you won’t run out of choices. Follow your feelings. Follow your instinct. After being decided on one store, make time to check the puppies and other animals inside. Are they well fed? Are they healthy? Ask them how they take care of the puppies. You will not want to buy sick and dying puppy anyway. The condition of the puppies and other animals inside can greatly reflect how they are being taken care of.

Next thing to consider is the price of the puppy and the shipment if you choose online purchasing. Ask yourself of how much are you willing to spend in buying that new puppy? When you finally found one, make sure that the price is not more than enough of what you have kept for buying it. Set a realistic budget. If you are planning to buy a rare breed of puppy then don’t expect that it will be same cost as the regular ones.

Choosing the right place where to buy puppies is a very important for owners. Where you buy your puppies can greatly affect how your new puppies will be when they are already in your house. Some may think that they can just buy puppies anywhere and do not take these factors into consideration and end up failing. Taking into consideration the factors mentioned above into consideration, you will surely be able to buy a healthy and lovable puppy.

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Potty Training 101 for Puppies

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Let’s face it. Our puppies are not born with more than enough knowledge to understand everything. They are not aware that soiling around the house is generally unacceptable. It is up to you as responsible pet owner, to teach and tell them the right place where they can do their thing.

The first step in potty training puppies requires some clues that you need to understand as their owner. These clues are sniffing the floor, restlessness, or but not limited to them returning to their previously soiled spot. Keep in mind that your puppy needs a potty about 5-20 minutes after eating, sleeping or playing. If you take your puppy outside for potty, try to bring him to his previous soiling spot. Don’t let him play and be disturbed by others.  As much as possible, keep him focus on what he needs to do. As soon as your puppy potties, praise enthusiastically.

Use the power of rewards if you can. Give your puppy a small treat to reinforce the positive behavior. This will increase the chance of letting him know that he is doing the right thing and you like it. Be enthusiastic after your puppy is done.

While potty training your puppy, keep him close to you all the time so that he won’t have any opportunity to fail even though it may mean that you need to follow him.  Alternatively, you can attach a leash to your puppy while you’re holding the other end so that you will still have him at your reach while giving him a little “sense of privacy”.

If it’s not possible for you to watch your puppy all the time, put him inside a kennel. You can also let him stay outside if the weather is good. The kennel is one of the most preferable potty training tools. A young pup 7-9 weeks old should be in a kennel for no more than two hours at a time because if it takes longer than that, they may not be able to control themselves longer than that and may cause chaos.

Keep in mind that each puppy will learn new skills at different rates. It will definitely take time for him to develop a firm understanding of where it’s acceptable to potty and where it is not. It will also take time for him to consistently understand what potty training is for.

Puppies need to relieve themselves regularly. There are puppies that needs to potty as often as once an hour. Expect that there will be accidents especially during the first stage of training. Never ever lose your temper, and always try to use simple yet consistent one or two word commands. If you do not, your pup will be either be frightened or confused about what you expect and your training will be more of a failure and nightmare more than a success.

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How smart is your Dog?

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Yes, dogs are smart too. It’s not unusual to hear a dog owner shout ‘clever dog’ to their pet.

Intelligence is an elusive quality. Animals, as well as humans, learn how to solve different problems by interacting with their environments. Using trial and error or observation, an intelligent individual can learn to predict the outcome of his actions accurately and deal with it in the most appropriate manner. Measuring problem solving skills can help us assess and determine the intelligence quotient or IQ of a certain individual. Persistent individuals will try to make several attempts before giving up, thus, creating more opportunities to learn and higher chance to succeed. For this reason, persistence and intelligence are both complimentary traits in evaluating an IQ.

Canine intelligence is the ability of your dog to learn, understand, think and solve problems. Dog owners as well as dog trainers, experts and researchers find it difficult to agree on a specific method for testing canine intelligence. Experiments and tests are formulated by different individuals with different perception of what they believe is a smart dog.

Many people believe that dogs think the same way as humans do but their brains may function differently when it comes to data processing. For example, while humans pay a lot more attention on the details of physical features, canines, most specifically dogs, focus less on these details and give more importance on processing motion and scent.

If you want to determine how smart your dog is, there are different tests available online to give you the results you wanted. These tests are mostly composed of questions about your dog’s behavior and each option has a corresponding point to it. Of course, you need to answer it for your dog. Like human IQ test, there is no right or wrong answers. These questions are purely formulated to determine dog’s IQ.

These tests can be considered as logical and scientific explanation of your dog’s behavior. Results may be positive or negative. But we as their owners are the ones who can truly understand out pet’s behavior. Keep in mind that being disappointed with the results is not good for you and your pet as well.

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Benefits of Nutritional Supplements for Puppies

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

There are different nutritional supplements for puppies available in the market.  These supplements may come in form of vitamins, capsules, sedatives and neutraceuticals. Like humans, puppies need health supplements in order to boost their system and improve their current health condition.

What are the different nutritional supplements for pets?  What are the benefits of these supplements for your pets?

There are antioxidants, probiotics, digestive and enzymes supplements for pets. These supplements help in maintaining and improving overall health of your puppy.

Antioxidant supplements are one of the most used in pets, especially for treatment of cancer. Antioxidant nutritional supplements are given to puppies to help prevent and cure cancer symptoms. It enhances the natural immune responses of your pet at the same time decreasing the toxicity of cancer treatment. These supplements can also decrease thereby potentially reducing the morbidity and mortality. It is considered essential for cell development and honing up the efficiency of all body functions.

Probiotics are supplements that provide beneficial bacteria to your puppy’s intestinal track. These microorganisms inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria that causes a wide array of health problems in pets. These supplements restore bacterial balance in your pet’s body for their natural defense mechanism to work properly.

Enzymes are digestive supplements that help your puppy absorb the necessary nutrients that are present in the food. These are active proteins that speed up the process of digestion. This compound is very important for your pet’s digestive system. Aside from its benefits in their digestive system, it also helps boost their immune system and help cure lethargy and diarrhea.

Nutritional supplements help counter the harmful effects of inadvertent exposure to toxic environment if you are living on one. These supplements together with proper care and diet can surely make your pet feel and look even better.

Keep in mind that it is always recommended to ask for a veterinarian’s opinion about your puppy’s health. These nutritional supplements may cause some disadvantages and dangers if taken without proper knowledge and precaution.

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Puppy Exercisese

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Just like humans, puppies need exercises too. In fact, doing this routine regularly can benefit your pet in many ways. If you plan on taking care of a puppy or you already have one, it is your responsibility as their owner to take into consideration of your pet’s exercise schedule for different reasons.

As for example, walking – regular walk is the simplest form of exercise you can give your dog. It counts as cardiovascular exercises as well. Cardiovascular exercises for pets can strengthen their body muscles, lung function and immune system too. Proper routine exercises can help improve puppy’s energy level as well. Since their stamina is being challenge, more energy is stored after each “session”.

This routine flows into the other benefit of puppy exercise – attention.  Giving your puppy the adequate attention it needs will surely have different positive impacts as they grow into a dog. The first thing it can do is make your puppy become and feel more social therefore avoiding behavioral issues in the future. This attention brought by a one-on-one exercise routine can also be bonding time between you and your pet at the same time. This will come in extremely invaluable when you plan to start training your puppy. Tunnel exercises routine for puppies can also develop their strength and agility.

Exercise for puppies can also reduce anxiety symptoms making them less nervous and rest calmly when left alone. Lack of exercise in puppies may lead to heart ailments, poor muscle tone, bone disorders and obesity. There are times when it may even lead to serious emotional and behavioral problems.

Generally speaking, dogs that don’t exercise have higher possibility of developing both emotional and physical disorders compare to dogs and puppies that exercise regularly. It is our responsibility as their owners to keep them healthy and happy at the same time, therefore puppy exercises should be part of our pet’s daily routine.

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