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Traveling with Puppies: Car Travel

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Traveling with our beloved puppies is fun.  Pets, especially younger dogs love going out for adventure and other outdoor activities. Since they are now part of our family, we also need to make sure that they are comfortable and happy for the duration of the trip.

Without question, a travel kennel is the safest and best way for your puppy to travel with you by car. It increases his sense of security and safety aside from keeping him out from under foot. With your puppy in his kennel, unexpected dashing out of the car and getting lost when you stop can be prevented. For car travel, airline-type travel kennels are recommended. They are much lighter than wire kennels and can’t prevent scratching of your car. These kennels can also make your puppy feel more secure and comfortable because they will be more enclosed which helps reduce motion sickness.  Dogs should never be allowed to travel loose in the bed of a truck to avoid injury.

To take care of motion sickness, carry a roll of paper towels and some stain and odor remover in case of accidents since most dogs and puppies drool and even vomit during trips especially when it’s their first time to travel. You can also bring anti-nausea medications prescribed by their vets before the trip.

Your puppy’s leash should be handy for you at all times. It is recommended to make it a habit to snap it to his collar before opening the car’s door. Make sure your dog has identification or ID tags securely attached to their collar with your name and contact numbers in case they get lost.

Having a portable tie-out is good as well. You and your family can enjoy while your dog can rest and relax at a roadside stop with sandwiches of course. J In line with this, don’t forget his food. BUT give him small amounts if water instead of food in short trips.  Freeze ice in a cup with lid on it to allow your pet get some water without drinking too much.

Bring his toys as well. It can keep him busy and occupied for long trips. Don’t forget to bring pooper scooper together with some plastic bags for cleaning up your puppy after he does his thing. Pack his medications and bring with you a copy of his/her rabies vaccination certificate.

Most importantly, your puppy should be trained to follow basic obedience commands together with socialization before the trip. For obvious reasons, this is a must. In other words, your puppy should be at ease around other people and animals he may encounter during the trip.

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Puppy Profile: Affenpinscher

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Affenpinscher “Monkey-Terrier” when translated to German is a toy breed dog that has the impish nature and face of a monkey. This dog loves to act as if he was a big one and proudly struts around.  Its coat is usually black, but there are also some with silver, gray, beige, tan and red coat. The longer hair on the eyebrows, beard and head frames and emphasize more monkey-like expression. Hair on the ears is cut very short. This breed is mostly used to get rid of rodents in granaries, stables and kitchens.

The overall appearance of this breed is far more important than its individual characteristics. This breed mostly described as having a neat but shaggy appearance. Height is approximately the same as its body length from the shoulder to the buttocks, giving it a square appearance. Females are usually longer.

The head is proportion with the body with confident monkey-like expression. Muzzle length is almost the same as the distance between the eyes. The lower jaw is broad enough for the lower teeth to be straight and even. Upper arm length and shoulder blades are about equal. Its chest is deep and broad while the ribs are moderately sprung. The back is level with a strong loin.

Front legs look straight when viewed from any direction. Upper thigh and second thigh length are almost equal to moderately bend with the stifle. The Affenpinscher carries itself with stiff comic seriousness.

Affenpinscher dogs are fun-loving, mischievous puppies. Their appearance, intelligence, and attitude make them good as a house pet, but of course, children, especially babies should always be taught how to handle the dog properly. Their size makes them ideal for apartment living. They are also very active indoors and their exercise needs can be met with indoor activities.

Generally speaking, demeanor is their game. They are inquisitive and alert with great affection and loyalty toward their masters and friends. This breed is generally quiet, but can become violent and vehemently excited if attacked or threatened, but is fearless toward any of its aggressors.

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History of Basset Hound

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

The word “Basset” was first mentioned in an early book about hunting written by Fouilloux in the year 1585. This book was also considered as the first illustration of this dog where a woodcutter showing his sportsman friend going out in his charette de chasse accompanied by “badger dogs” giving them advice on dog training for badger hunting.

Basset Hounds are mostly used for trailing rabbits, hare and deer. The Friars from French Abbey of St. Hubert are known to develop the breed by selective breeding from other strains of French Hounds to produce a slow moving dog that can be followed by foot. The word “Basset,” was derived from the French adjective bas, means “dwarf” or “low structure”.

Since hunting was a classic sport in France during the medieval times, small hounds have found their way to the kennels of aristocracy, only to be dispersed with the ever-changing life style brought by the Revolution. However, the basset hounds were not lost. This breed was mentioned again in a sporting book entitled Le Chasseur written by M. Blaze in 1850. During the same year, M. Robert wrote Calibri “The Basset will hunt all animals, even boar and wolf, but he is especially excellent for the chasse a tir (shooting with the aid of hounds) of rabbits and hares.” in his book Chiens de Chasse.

In 1700, Basset Hounds were extensively used throughout France. It is also the same year when George Washington received a pair of this breed as a gift from Lafayette. In 1800, the breed was exported to England and United States.

The Basset Hound was recognized by English Kennel Club in the year 1882, and the English Basset Hound Club was formed two years after. The American Kennel Club followed in 1885, accepting the Basset Hound as a breed. The Basset Hound Club of America was founded in the year 1935, and the breed standard was created in 1964. Today, these dogs are still used for rabbit hunting, but they can also hunt and track anything. The breed’s ubiquitous appearances in magazines, books, movies and mascot for Hush Puppies footwear is a tribute for their continued admiration and popularity.

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Obesity in Puppies: An Epidemic of Fat and Overweight Pets

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention has been monitoring the rise in the rate of obesity in pets by conducting surveys every year. In 2007, 10% of dogs and puppies fall under the obese category. The number rose to 20% in 2010. The percentages of dogs that are obese or overweight reach 45% in United States alone. Feline cats also face the same problem reaching 22% from 19% in the same year. The continuous increase of pet obesity’s rate has been a concern for veterinarians and for those practicing preventive pet care.

Obesity can cause a myriad of health problems for our beloved puppies. Health concerns like diabetes, heart failure, lung, bone and joint diseases are just some of the most common dangers of obesity in pets. Worst pet obesity cases may even lead to some types of cancer and disability.

Obesity in Pets – Statistics 2010

  • An Estimated 54% of Dogs and Cats in the United States are Overweight or Obese
    • An Estimated 93 million US Dogs and Cats are Overweight or Obese
  • An Estimated 21% of US Dogs and Cats are Obese
    • An Estimated 36 million US Pets are Obese
  • An Estimated 55.6% of US Dogs are Overweight or Obese (BCS 4-5)
  • An Estimated 20% of US Dogs are Obese (BCS 5)
    • 43 million US Dogs are estimated to be Overweight or Obese
    • 16 million US Dogs are estimated to be Obese
  • An Estimated 54% of US Cats are Overweight or Obese (BCS 4-5)
  • An Estimated 22% of US Cats are Obese (BCS 5)
    • 50 million US Cats are estimated to be Overweight or Obese
    • 20 million US Cats are estimated to be Obese

Source: Association for Pet Obesity Prevention 2010 Pet Obesity Study

A pet is considered obese when its weight is 10-15% above its ideal body weight. Each cat or dog breed has their own ideal weight. Seek a veterinarian’s advice to know your pet’s ideal body weight and weight management solutions.

There are different factors that contribute to obesity and overweight pets. These are your pet’s breed, regular activity levels, age, lifestyle habits, feeding style and portions, hypothyroidism, insulinoma and Cushing’s disease.

Signs of Pupppy Obesity

How do you determine if your puppy is obese or overweight? Obesity symptoms in puppies can be confirmed by performing Rib, Profile and Overhead check.

Rib check is feeling your pet’s body. You don’t need to see their ribs and backbone but you should be able to feel them easily. Place your thumbs on your pet’s backbone and run your fingers along their rib cage. If you can’t feel their ribs with normal pressure, it may be a sign that they are overweight.

Profile check is done by looking at your pet from his side. You should be able to see his abdomen tucked. If you can’t see it, then he may be overweight or obese.

Overhead check is defining your pet’s “hour glass” figure by directly standing up over them while they are standing. If you can’t see the figure, it is highly possible that they are overweight.

Puppy’s Obesity Management

When your pet is obese, it is very important that you start a weight management plan for him as soon as possible. Severe obesity conditions may cause serious health problems to your pet.

Obesity management for pets incorporates one or more recommendations. The veterinarian may suggest reducing his fiber and calorie intake. In some cases, reducing overall calorie intake alone is recommended.

How to prevent your Puppy from being Obese

Prevention is always better than cure. This also applies for your pets. In fact, preventing your pet from being obese is much easier than any weight management plan for him.

Take him to a walk at least three times a week. Long walks help combat weight gain and it can also maintain your pet’s active lifestyle. Walk him on smooth paths and soft lawn grass. This can also help improve your pet’s emotional health.

Help him burn calories by exercising 20-50 minutes twice a day. Aside from weight loss, it can also help to boost his immune system. Regular exercises can help your pet’s system function properly.

As on owner, you are responsible for the meals of your pet. Give him low calorie but fiber and protein rich diet. Feed him with meal amounts prescribe for his breed. Don’t overfeed. Smaller portions of meal two to three times a day is enough to keep your pet satisfied and active.

The staggering statistics of obesity in pets have caused different advocacy campaigns about the issue. Don’t let your pet be a part of the statistics. Recognize obesity symptoms and manage it as soon as possible.

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Grooming Puppies

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Grooming and healthy hygiene are important for puppies like how they are important for us humans. For obvious reasons, practicing proper puppy hygiene is essential. Unfortunately, the importance of it is often overlooked and even forgotten.  For example, clipping their nails need to be done as early it start to grow. If these nails are not clipped regularly, it may snag with the fixtures inside the house. When this happens, their nails will break and there will be wounds on their hands and feet.

Ear cleaning is also essential for your puppy. Breeds like Cocker Spaniels, Golden Retrievers and Basset Hounds are prone to chronic ear infections compare to others and cleaning their ears can help them a lot, doing this routine regularly can prevent their ears from getting infected. Swab a regular-size cotton balls dip in an ear-cleaning solution inside their ears to start the routine. The materials you need can easily be bought in local pet stores.

Most puppies, especially long-haired ones, shed. Yes, there are breeds that don’t shed all but they need their hair to be cut and groomed regularly as well, whether they shed or not. Haircut and brushing their coat can make them look good and feel clean at the same time. This routine can also help puppies have healthy coat.

Bathing is considered as the easiest yet most beneficial of grooming routines for your puppies. Bathing your puppy regularly can help give them a cleaner and healthier skin and coat. It can also prevent unwanted and excessive shedding. NEVER try to use human shampoos in bathing your puppy because it has high PH content that may cause irritation on their skin. Puppies should be wash and bathe at least once every four to eight weeks interval.

Proper dental care in form of brushing their teeth is important for puppies too. This practice should be introduced to puppies as soon as they start to lose their first teeth or as soon and early as possible.  It is highly recommended to brush their teeth after each meal. Never use human’s toothpaste in brushing your puppy’s teeth because it is dangerous for them.

It is your responsibility as their owner to keep your puppy groomed regularly. Proper grooming is very important for your pet not only to look good, but for him to be healthy as well. In general, your puppy needs to be well-groomed and clean all the time. Practicing this routine can benefit your puppy as well as you and other members of the family.

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Choosing Stud Dogs

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Deciding to breed dogs and taking into account the time and cost required is easy. But once the decision has been made, choosing the right stud dog is the next step. This may look complicated but it’s not. With the existence of different stud dog directories in the World Wide Web, it is easier to find the best suitable one for the female dog. What are stud dogs?

Stud dogs are male, pedigree dogs that are purposely reserve for breeding purposes. Dog breeding is a very demanding task, both financially and emotionally. Therefore, choosing the right stud dog makes the breeding process all worth it.

Aside from the time and money it may cost, there are different things you need to consider in choosing the right stud dog. First of all, you need to consider the attributes of your female dog. The main characteristic of the stud dog should compensate on the weaknesses or limitations of his partner. You should also be honest in making sure that they list down all the flaws of their female dog, doing this will let them realize all the characteristics they need in finding the stud.

Also, you should choose a healthy stud. For obvious reasons, breeding an unhealthy stud is not practical. Aside from this, the stud should be physically fit as well. You should also ask the stud’s owner about his medical history so as to know if there is a possibility of transmitting any hereditary health problems to the offspring. No one would want a sick puppy anyways. This process can also help determine the vaccinations given to the stud.

If it is possible, you should see the stud personally before the actual mating process. As they say, nothing beats personal instinct. If you think that there is something wrong, then don’t settle for that one and find another.

Choosing the right stud dog may be a complicated task.  But taking into consideration the things and factors mentioned above can make the breeding process successful and a worthwhile experience. After the process, you will surely have a healthy and lovable puppy on your side.

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More than just a Bite

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Puppies are very affectionate and energetic creatures. They hug, kiss and even bite us because of excitement and their way to show how they feel about us. This bite may look simple but it can be fatal in some cases. Being bitten by a puppy can be extremely dangerous especially if they have rabies.

Rabies is a transmitted virus from an infected animal. If your puppy gets bitten by an infected puppy or other animal, there is only 15% chance that it will get the virus. However, once the virus is transmitted, it can be carried in your puppy’s body for the rest of his life. This means that even though your puppy may not suffer the fatal effects of the rabies virus, the dog may pass the virus on humans or other animals if it gets the chance to bite them, consciously or unconsciously.

The transmission of rabies virus can only be diagnosed by an autopsy of the puppy’s body after death. At the moment, there is no available way to identify whether the puppy is possibly infected or has been infected.

Fortunately there are puppy vaccines that can prevent the rabies virus from infecting your puppy’s body. Also the transmission of rabies virus can be prevented through limiting all possible exposures of your puppy to others. Vaccinations should be given to your puppy when they reach their sixth week and anti-rabies vaccines are given to them on their fifteenth week after they get their first booster shot. The duration of the vaccine may lasts up to one year. You can choose to give them another shot after a year or once every three years.  After the second rabies shot, you should take your puppy for regular check up to determine if his body is experiencing some side effects from the shot.

Transmitting the rabies virus is indeed more than just a bite. Taking proper precaution for your puppy is very important. With this, you can surely enjoy all the quality time you spend with your pet.

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History of Puggle

Friday, June 10th, 2011

The first ever puggle puppy was first bred in 1990s by Wallace Havens. The name is a portmanteau following the naming of the designer dog’s crossbreeding trend. Havens is a Wisconsin breeder who coined and registered “puggle” breed to the American Canine Hybrid Club an organization that keeps track of new hybrids of dogs.

Puggle puppies are crossbreeds from a beagle and a pug parent. Although puggles have only been around for less than ten years, not much information about them is available. There were probably at least a few puggles back in the years that they were just considered as mutts. But now, being an offspring of two popular breeds, puggles have become very popular not only in Hollywood but also as a household pet.

Although puggles are not purebred, they can generally be sold for more than the price of a beagle or a pug. This is because they are rather unique breed of dogs in the world. Not many Puggles get bred compared to Pugs and Beagles, so they are limited in numbers. The demand for Puggle puppies is continuously increasing because more and more owners want unique pets.

These puppies are highly recommended as indoor pets and have the capability to adapt themselves in a small place or apartment. A puggle puppy is notoriously stubborn but it can be trained with some love and perseverance. Feeding requirements include at least two small to medium meals a day and decent amount of water to drink. Puggle puppies are also prone to obesity, dog diet featuring high-quality premium dog foods are highly recommended.

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Water Safety

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

I feel compelled to write this article due to an experience one of my dogs had recently whilst swimming, he’s fine I hasten to add, a little shaken but still as daft as ever!

It’s so easy when we send our canine chums off into the water to fetch a toy to be complacent and not to worry about any consequences as our dog has done it so many times before and been fine. It’s just as easy for things to take a downward turn very quickly though when it comes to dogs and water activities.

Most dogs are natural swimmers, even those not that keen on the water can generally swim if they have to. Don’t take it for granted though that your pooch can swim and throw their toy into deep water, always have several test-runs first in shallower water then build gradually to deeper water. Never simply place your young puppy in deep water and hope for the best. Puppies need to be encouraged and reassured about the water, they need to take their time and not be rushed. If a puppy is scared at a young age, in any situation, it will remember the episode as it grows up. Puppies minds are like little sponges that absorb everything and anything, good or bad, so a frightening experience with the water at a tender age will remain with them.

Don’t force a puppy or an adult dog into the water simply because you think it’ll be ‘cool’ to own a dog that swims, if your pooch chooses to just paddle its paws then so be it at least they’ll remain safe.

If however your dog takes to it like a duck then great but there are still simple rules to think about. Always ascertain that the water is safe, check the current flow and the base underneath the body of water, if there are rocks that your dog has to stand on then bear in mind that these will probably be extremely slippery and may prove to be problematic for your pooch. Don’t leave your dog in the water for long durations of time even on hot sunny days when you naturally think the water will cool them off, yes it will but too long in the water could also cause them to catch a chill. Always either dry them off when they come out or let them run it off before heading back home.

Now when it comes to toys suitable for the water always check they float and float well. This was the error with my dog’s toy it was supposed to float, and had been, but then it suddenly sank, as did my dog to retrieve it! Unless you’re 100% certain your dog’s toy will stay afloat don’t throw it in the water. Just apply some basic commonsense and your dog can happily and safely enjoy the water.

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Teaching Your Puppy Tricks

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

There’s nothing more impressive to see than a puppy performing tricks. Now I’m not talking about parlour game, type tricks but tricks that show your puppy has been well trained and is completely focussed on you.

Of course, adult dogs can be taught too but it’s especially good to see puppies that have been trained at such a young age. Once your pup has learnt the basic commands such as ‘sit’ and ‘down’ you can progress to more elaborate things. Many owners watch the dogs on shows like Crufts and One Man and his Dog and never think their pup/dog would be capable of such things, in truth most dogs can be taught an array of commands and tricks it’s all down to the bond between the owner and dog.

One that most of my own dogs have learnt very quickly is how to turn when asked. Start with your pup stood in front of you, facing you, pop a small ‘puppy friendly’ treat in front of their nose and slowly move it away from them. Draw an imaginary circle with the treat going anticlockwise. Your puppy should simply follow the route that the treat takes; therefore they’ll naturally travel in a circle after the treat. Say the word ‘turn’ and prefix it with your puppy’s name so for instance, “Murphy turn.” When they reach the end of the circle, their reward will be the treat and a lot of praise from you. There’s no real benefit to be gained from teaching your pup how to turn but all training in itself is beneficial as it strengthens the bond between owner and pooch and allows you some control of your puppy/dog.

Circling is another command that’s relatively easy to teach and for your pup to learn. The principle of teaching is the same as for the ‘turn’ command, the concept is for your puppy to follow a treat, but this time the treat will travel a route around you.

Begin with your pup stood in front of you and show them a treat, slowly move the treat around the back of you whilst still facing forwards. Your pup will move from in front of you, circle behind you and finish sitting by your left side. Whilst they’re following the treat say, “Murphy circle” obviously changing the ‘Murphy’ part!

Many of the dogs you watch dancing to music with their owners are taught with the same basic method, if you observe the owner’s hand and the dog’s focus of attention you’ll notice that it’s gaze remains on their hand most of the time. The trick to this is that the owner probably has a tiny, tasty treat hidden in their hand or that they’re indeed carrying the dog’s favourite toy as part of their dance routine! So although the dog is beautifully trained and completely tuned into their owner you’ll probably discover they’re actually tuned more into their reward than their actual owner.

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