Dec 13

Things you should know about Dogs

As much as dogs are mans best friend, there are a lot of things that people don’t know about dogs. This article will feature on some facts about dogs that should be known to the human race.

Don’t be surprised, but dogs have the ability to count just like humans. In fact, they can count up to five. They even have the capability to understand words used by humans. To make it more interesting, dogs have been known to understand up to 250 words. Isn’t this hilarious?

Most are the times you would want to have your dog in your arms; too bad because unlike humans, dogs don’t like to be hugged.

Ever wondered how service dogs do their work? Well, they are usually trained. They know when its time for work and when its time to play. They have a harness that guides them. When it’s on, they get down to work and the opposite applies when the harness is off.

Dogs have a very unique way of identifying and distinguishing smell. The wetness of a dogs’ nose helps it know where a particular smell is coming from!

Have you ever wondered how dogs drink water? They form a tiny cup using their tongue in a backward manner!

Dogs tend to know time. That is, when to eat, play, sleep. They actually know about everything that revolves their owners. When they go to bed and when they wake up in the morning. This is just amazing.

It’s believed that some people are color blind. So are dogs. Well, they aren’t totally color blind. They actually see differently from we do. Blue and yellow are the only colors that a dog sees.

Compared to the sense of smell of humans, dogs’ is much stronger. Far much stronger by 100,000 times!

While a human’s heart beat rate is between 70-80 beats per minute, a dogs beats is 70-120 per minute.

Oct 13

Taking Care of Your Dog’s Feet

Some people don’t pay much attention to their dog’s foot care. Dogs also need to get the proper care for their feet. During those hot days or cold winters, dogs’ paws also get sensitive. Your dog is used to a nice home environment. When he/she steps out on the hot pavement, the paws will get burned. During winter, they have the same problems you have. This is why it is important to make sure that your dog gets the care it needs to keep their feet in good condition. If you can afford it, get pedicures for your dog. Once in a while, they need the same kind of pampering you get.

With a proper pedicure, you can trim those long nails. Overgrown nails are not just uncomfortable for the dog only but for you too. Imagine if you have hardwood floors and your dog is walking around with long nails snagging on the floors. They will definitely damage your floors. You can find out how to best trim your dog’s nails. The fur between the nails should also be trimmed. This is suitable especially during winter. It is to avoid ice balls sticking in the fur between the claws. This can cause discomfort when walking. After trimming the fur, you can clean the pads nicely.

You can also get moisturizer for you dog. Ask your vet the best products to get for your dog. You can also massage the paws to get that blood circulating. A massage will relax your dog. Pay extra attention during the summer. Dogs tend to get their paw pads burnt when walking. Avoid using pavements when walking your dog. You can use anti-bacterial wash if your dog gets burns on the pads. If it’s serious, you should take your dog to a vet. Taking care of your dog’s feet is part of keeping him/her healthy. You must however know how to do it right.

Aug 13

Taking Care of Your Dog

Tracing back to the old days, dogs have all along been considered to be man’s best friends. This is because of the company and protection that they can always offer. Whether you have adopted or even purchased one, it is very important that you know how to care for it. This is the only way through which you can enjoy having it around. There are several activities that are involved in taking care of dogs. One of them is grooming. It is advisable that you frequently brush your dog’s hair in order to keep it looking good and healthy all through.

Medical check-ups are not just recommended for humans. The dog that you have at home also requires to be taken for frequent medical check-ups. This will help in the early detection of any kind of infections so that they can be treated in good time. Even if the scheduled time for check –up is not due but you suspect anything wrong with the dog, it is advisable that you contact your vet immediately.

Most people who own dogs often forget the aspect of exercise. You can find that they lock their dogs for the entire day only to release them at the dead of the night. However, it is very important that you occasionally go out with your dog for a little exercise even around the home. This will keep it fit and also strengthen your relationship.

The other thing that you should note about taking care of your dog is proper feeding. You should always know the right kind of food that is recommended for your dog. Besides, you also need to come up with a clear feeding program for it. It is also ideal that you give your dog proper housing to make it feel more comfortable.

Jun 13

Deworm your Dogs

As a dog owner, you need to be extra careful about the health of your dog and one way through which you can ensure that it is fit is by deworming. Majority of dogs suffer from complications brought about by intestinal parasites such as roundworms, tapeworms, whipworms and hookworms among others. Before you start the deworming process though, it is essential for you to confirm that the dog has these parasites. If it has fleas, visits parks or hunts, then it is highly likely that it has worms.

Same case applies to dogs that are confined in fenced yards or outdoor kennels. More often than not, it is not possible to identify the existence of these parasites by looking at outward signs and it is precisely for this reasons that it is deemed logical to deworm frequently. Note that there are dangers associated with these parasites such as diarrhea, blood loss, malnutrition, vomiting, and lethargy and in some extreme cases, death.

Find a Solution

  • In order to ensure that your dog does not experience any of these problems, it is advisable to consider the possibility of asking your vet for the best deworming solution. There are different types of products in the market to choose from and your dogs vet is the only person better placed to recommend the best option.
  • Ensure that your pets are kept flea free since fleas are known to transmit these parasites.
  • Your dog should be kept clean and bathed after it has gone through the deworming process.
  • You should cover your sandboxed when they are not been used.
  • Dog droppings should be cleaned from your yard in order to ensure that spread of these worms is not encouraged.

If you have any questions or misgivings about deworming your dogs, it is advisable to consult extensively with your dogs vet in order to make an informed decision on the best way forward.

Apr 13

Train Your Dog

The idea of training your dog to be the best guard is considered to be a very important step to make. This is so especially if you happen to live in a neighborhood that is full of insecurity. If you cannot do the training on your own, it is highly advisable for you to hire a professional to do the training for you. However, if you are under a tight budget and you are sure that you cannot afford to hire a professional, then you need to do the training on your own. All you need to do is to follow the below given pointer steps to ensure that your dog is not only trained but trained in the proper way possible.

a)      The first thing that you need to do is to socialize your dog. This means that you need to familiarize her with the surrounding. For instance, you can let her get used to other animals, people and traffic as well.  You can even go ahead to train her to remain indifferent when it comes to other animals.

b)      Ensure that you have taught your dog basic obedience. This means that, at the beginning of the training, ensure that the dog has caught your attention as much as possible.

c)      Teach your dog to bark in case a person approaches the house. There are some dogs that will do this automatically without being taught while others will need to be taught. As such, ensure that your dog knows how to bark especially if a foreign person visits your home.

d)      There are some dogs that have the manners of running after intruders once they have left the house. As such, ensure that you have trained your dog not to do so. This means that you need to teach him or her where the property line ends by walking it around the perimeters of the house.

Mar 13

Tips for Grooming Your Dog

Dog grooming is an activity that can be quite challenging to most people. In fact, it is one of those activities that make most people view dog keeping as an uphill task. However, it should be noted that dogs are great animals that deserve the best treatment in order to offer an ideal protection and company that is required by the owner. When you take good care of your dog, there is no doubt that it will live a healthy and more enjoyable life. There are several avenues that can be pursued in dog grooming. Below are some tips that you should keep to in order to give your dog the best care that is desired.

  • Shave the dog’s coat

This may look so outrageous to most people since the hair is the main source of insulation to the dog. However, it should be slightly trimmed to make the dog look good. When shaving, make sure that you do not penetrate beyond the undercoat. Besides, you should also choose the correct clip to use in shaving the dog.

  • Often take time to clean the dog’s ears

Dogs experience an excessive growth of hair in the ear canal and these must be frequently removed since they trap moisture that may lead to infections, irritations among other complications that may affect the health of the dog. There is a special powder for use in removing the hairs that you can use.

  • Brush the dog regularly

By brushing your dog frequently, you will be able to eliminate dead hair that causes irritation on the skin. When brushing the dog, ensure that you choose the right brush to use in brushing the dog to avoid causing any injuries to the skin. Besides, you should also ensure that the brushing is done along the grain so that the hair looks good.

Feb 13

Connecting With Your Labrador Puppy

In the last article I told you that in order to connect with your labrador puppy you should take him out on long walks in all kinds of different places. I also said some things that you may not agree with, like the fact that dogs are very different from humans in the way they feel. In this article, I want to apply this concept to food. So let’s begin…

The message I want you to get from this is loud and clear: do not feed your dog human food. You probably already know about this from somewhere else, so let’s get a little bit more in depth. What exactly does this mean?

What it means is that you should not feed you lab the food that you usually eat. This includes spicy foods, food with bones in it, etc. So it’s ok to give your dog a steak for example as long as it has no bones and no spices. Many people are getting this wrong and end up feeding their labrador puppies dog food only. Dog food doesn’t always contain all the nutrients a pup needs to grow up nicely. The food that I recommend and many experts recommend is called “Wellness” and it’s known for the fact that it contains the most diverse types of vitamins and minerals and proteins and basically everything that the puppy needs for growth.

This type of food is not very cheap though and it is not available very widely around the world, so you have to come up with a diet where you feed your labrador puppy: meat, vegetables, cereals and plenty of water. Dog food can be included as well, but make sure you read the ingredients list and also look the brand up on the internet to see what people are saying about it.

Now, time for the part where you connect with your dog. You connect with your dog by eating along with him. How do you do this? After you filled his bowl with food, come up close and while he’s eating either move your hand around in his food or lean in and act like you’re eating along with him.

A puppy will usually accept that even if it’s his favorite food and you are taking some of it away from him. But if you don’t take the time to do this while he’s young he will not let you come anywhere near the bowl as an adult. If he starts getting aggressive when you come up close, firmly say no and pull him away from the food and only continue feeding him about 5 minutes later. This is part of the dog accepting you as the pack leader and looking at you with respect and not fear. He has to know that you have the power to give and take, so he will obey.

Nov 12

Love Goes through the Stomach

They say that love goes through the stomach. If that’s true, then getting your cat to be crazy in love with you is easy. The trick is simple yet effective. Make sure you buy it only the best food available on the market and voila, she’s yours forever!

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Oct 12

The Carolina

Otherwise referred to as the American Dingo, the Carolina is one of the oldest natural breed of dogs that you can find. It was discovered and domesticated in the early 1970s. The dog used to live in the wild and in particular in the Pines and Cypress swamps very common in the Southeastern parts of the USA. It is one of America’s primitive dogs and shares similar characteristics with such other primitive wild dogs as Australian Dingos and the Jindo, a Korean natural dog.

A mature Carolina dog can weigh as much as 20 kg and stand at a height of 24 inches. This breed of dog still retains some of its primitive characteristic behaviors. Females in particular sill have the tendency of digging dens in which to give birth and cover the same with sand upon giving birth to protect their young ones. The dog behaves like a fox and employs a pouncing technique when catching its traditional prey, which in most cases happen to be small mammals such as mice and shrews.

A modern Carolina dog is highly efficient as a hunter and is therefore very popular with farmers because of its efficiency in dealing with rodents. Because it is basically a field dog, it is not suitable for keeping as a pet. In any case, it does not get along well with both children and other house pets. This breed of dog has been crossbred with other dog breeds to come up with types of dogs of its type that can be kept as house pets.

The Carolina breed of dog is a hardy dog that can survive in any condition. Because of its hunting instincts, it tends to move away from home into the fields. It is necessary to have proper fencing when kept as an outdoor pet. It is generally a healthy dog with very minimal health challenges.