Friday, December 12, 2008

All I want is a Dog for Christmas

Christmas is a season of giving and you are thinking of giving a pet dogs as a Christmas gift? You might be giving in to your children's demand and pleas for a dog or your promise to your little darlings for a adorable cute little doggie as a christmas present. The idea is with warm thoughts in mind. But are they really a right gift and a good idea?

Pet shops are urging parents to think twice. The reason being that are they really committed to having a dog. Are you prepared for the extra chores that is required? Are you willing to take the dog for a daily walk? Feeding, potty training, cleaning and so on. What if the destroy your precious items? Are you going to punish them to release your anger? Most untrained dogs like to bite at anything.

Having a new dog around the house during the holiday season is totally a bad idea. You will not have the time to look after them when your children is tired playing with them. As mentioned earlier the extra chores during holiday season is very tiring.

Dog food is not cheap. Not to mentioned you need to take them to vets for jabs. What about their toys and accessories? Dog training cost money as well unless you know how.

So before you buy the dog as a present, make the neccessary survey first. If all is thumb up then go ahead with it. If the new dog owner can take care of the new pet, then the dog wont be neglected.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Dog Saves Dog at Highway

Dogs are truly amazing sometimes. This is what we have never seen before. Kinda of make me want to cry after seeing this video. Just happen to come across this video at youtube.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Obamas to Consider shelter dogs

The puppymania has begun for the local pet rescue organizations, lobbying the President-elect Barack Obama who has promised a puppy for his daughters. The family is looking for one of the few breeds considered hypoallergenic.

Animal help groups hope the Obamas to consider shelter dogs as the Obama family's decision to get a rescue dog can change and give hope to millions of animals not only in US but mabybe, yes maybe worldwide. It surely will change the peoples mindset of shelter animals.

The Obamas have said they aren't getting their new dog for at least two more months, until they're settled in the White House. So in the meantime, to all hypoallergenic dogs, get ready, be trained, be groomed and look your best for the big day when you will be chosen. Good luck to the shelter dogs. Which one of you will be adopted by the First Family.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Dog sinks teeth into Bush visitors

Last Modified: 15 Nov 2008
Source: PA News

President George Bush's dog Barney appears to love getting his teeth into White House issues - including visitors.

Boston Celtics public relations director Heather Walker said that Barney bit her wrist and drew blood as she tried to pat the Scottish terrier in September after a White House ceremony honouring the basketball team's 17th NBA championship.

"It was very strange. I didn't expect him to bite me," Ms Walker said.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

How to Measure Your Dog's Smarts

By Elizabeth Wasserman, Studio One Networks

Most dogs behave in ways that may seem downright dumb. Drinking water from the toilet bowl. Eating grass. Sniffing the waste of other canines.

But there are reasons for these behaviors: Dogs prefer cold water over stagnant water that's been sitting in a dish, grass is natural roughage and may induce vomiting if they have a stomachache, and urine and poop are the newspapers of the dog world, communicating who did what where and when.

Dogs may actually be far more intelligent than we think. Stanley Coren, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia and a best-selling author of books on dogs, including The Intelligence of Dogs (Free Press), thinks so. He says that dogs display intelligence in a variety of ways -- reading social cues, learning new tasks, understanding language, solving problems and more. He even argues that you can measure your dog's smarts.

The theory that canine intelligence can be tested still is controversial.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Break the Habit of Jumping


Dogs jump on people for a variety of reasons. They want attention. They want to be closer to you, and jumping gets their face closer to your face. It can be a very pushy friendliness. And it can be a dominance gesture. But this can hurt a child, or an elderly person, during the collision.

If you push a dog away, he is being rewarded by getting your hands on him. If you yell “get down”, that is also attention. To discourage jumping, ignore your dog, also turn your back, or walk away when he jumps.

This removes the reward, and incentive, and prevents jumping from being a successful behavior. When a dog sits, praise him, or give him a treat. Withhold all attention (even eye contact, or speaking), until all four paws are on the ground. Ask visitors to pet your dog only when he sits. This teaches your dog to associate good things: attention, praise, treats, with sitting.

There’s no quick and easy cure. Be consistent. Your boisterous dog will learn to be calmer and more courteous.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What is your Dog Saying?

Shakes toys back and forth in his mouth. This simulates predatory behavior in the wild, shaking the neck of prey to kill it.

Keeps the hair on his back standing on end. Dog’s hairs have little muscles attached, reactivated by fight or flight reactions, to make them look bigger and fiercer. If your dog is very cold, the hair stands up, and traps an insulating layer of air, so the cold cannot get to the skin.

Circles before going to sleep. Dogs in the wild create a safe spot to sleep in. Dogs today are genetically programmed to create a nest.

Whines. Dogs whine if they are cold, hungry, or separated from their pack. Dogsare born pack animals. They want to be with their pack. They can be taught, by brief absences, to cope with being alone.

Licks you. Licking you is an attention ­seeking gesture. It can be a submissive gesture, to demonstrate that they accept you as the leader.

Sniffs other dogs’ behinds. Hormones generated from the anal
glands let another dogs know the sex, mood, and sexual status of another dog.



Sniffs around to find the “right spot” before eliminating. Eliminat­ing is more than urinating for a dog. It is a communication to other dogs, after sniffing to “read” their communications.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Special Edition - Royal Mail Dog Stamp

A series of Special Edition stamps was launched to celebrate the roles performed by working dogs in the UK.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Tips for the First Night Home

Tips for the First Night Home
The first night may prove to be a challenge as puppies often cry and whine throughout the night. Also, he probably will need to go out to toilet. Just as the daytime routine is important, so is the evening routine.

• Use the crate and bedding at night. As difficult as it is, avoid letting your pup sleep with you or any other family member. It could lead to behavior problems down the road.
• Your puppy’s sleeping arrangements should be in a central location in the house. If you let your puppy sleep in your room, you may have trouble catching any shut-eye.
• Tough love should be your motto. Usually, a puppy takes a few nights to feel safe at night. Take him out to toilet every 4-5 hours. Other then that, he will need to get used to sleeping on his own.
• If your puppy still has trouble sleeping at night, hide a ticking clock in his bed. The sound imitates the heartbeat of the mother and can sometimes soothe an anxious puppy. To simulate the warmth of his littermates, place a warm water bottle or oversized stuffed toy in his crate for added comfort.

Tips for the Future

• Picking a trainer can be a daunting or confusing task. Consult your veterinarian or visit www.BarkBusters.com for the best training options for you and your growing puppy.
• Keeping your puppy healthy starts with a visit to a veterinarian. Usually, a yearly exam and the vet-recommended vaccinations will keep your puppy in tip-top shape.
• Exercise your puppy regularly. A walk in the neighborhood or a trip to the park is good for mind and body—for both you and your dog. Be careful not to over do it with young pups.
• Be consistent. Puppies learn through experience and association. The more consistent you are, the faster your puppy will learn and the better he will perform.

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About Bark Busters
Bark Busters, the world's largest, most trusted dog training company, started in Australia in 1989 and came to the United States in 2000. Since inception, nearly 400,000 dogs have been trained worldwide using its dog-friendly, natural methods. With 240+ franchised offices in 41 states and more than 400 offices in 10 countries, Bark Busters is continuing its mission to build a global network of dog behavioral therapists to enhance responsible dog ownership and reduce the possibility of maltreatment, abandonment and euthanasia of companion dogs.

Tips for the First Day Home


Tips to “Puppy Proofing” Your House and Yard
In addition to the essential supplies mentioned above, ensure your home and yard are safe for the exuberance of a new puppy.

• Remove potential hazards—anything that would make an enticing chew toy—such as power cords, window blind cords, potted house plants, children’s toys, coins, batteries, shoes and clothing, garbage bins, and anything “bite sized” that could be ingested by a curious puppy. Outside, remove bite-size rocks, sticks, fertilizers, gardening tools and equipment. Also, be mindful of toxic household and garage items, such as antifreeze, detergents, mothballs and tobacco products. (See a complete list of dangerous items on our home page at BarkBuster.com.)
• Large and unstable objects should be moved out of harm’s way. These objects could potentially fall on your inquisitive puppy as he explores his new surroundings.
• Move anything cherished or breakable to higher ground. Puppy tails have a way of sweeping a coffee table clean.
• Get on your hands and knees—at the puppy’s view—to look for potential problems. If you think an item could be a hazard, remove it. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Tips for the First Day Home
Your pup will be excited and anxious in his new environment. It is your job to make him feel safe and comfortable.

• Be patient. Although accidents will happen, do not reprimand your puppy during the first 24 48 hours while he is acclimating to the new environment. But do praise him profusely when he does something positive. This will start you both off on the right foot.
• Structure is a must. Have a planned schedule from the day your pup arrives—especially when trying to housebreak. Take your puppy outside frequently, and stay with him so that you know he has toileted.
• Getting acclimated will take him some time. Show your pup where he will be eating, sleeping and toileting. As your puppy adapts to his new surroundings and routine, he will feel more comfortable.
• Naps are important for a puppy. Be sure to give him the space and time he needs to relax. Try not to overwhelm your puppy. He is like a new baby, and will need frequent naps throughout the day.
• Start training early. Dogs are pack animals and seek authority and reassurance from the pack leader. Providing this leadership is key to managing a dog’s behavior. For additional behavior and training tips, please visit www.BarkBusters.com.

Tips for Bringing Home a Puppy


PRLog (Press Release) – More than a million puppies will be given as gifts this holiday season. To help new pet parents prepare, Bark Busters, the world’s largest dog training company, has compiled a series of essential tips based on the experience of the company’s worldwide network of dog behavioral therapists.

“The love and laughter that comes with a new puppy epitomizes the joy of dog ownership,” says Liam Crowe, CEO of Bark Busters USA and master dog behavioral therapist. “But while puppies are cute and cuddly, accepting the role of guardian for a new pup comes with significant responsibilities. Be certain that you or the recipient is ready for such a commitment.”

Tips for the New Arrival
Before you bring home your puppy, have these supplies on hand:

• A crate is an invaluable tool when housebreaking a puppy. It also provides your young dog with a sense of security when you are busy or away. However, never leave a puppy in a crate for longer than 4-5 hours.
• Bedding should be thick enough for comfort and sized appropriately for the breed. Be aware that some puppies that are left unattended for too long may chew their bedding.
• Baby gates serve as a great training tool in that they can be used to block off “restricted” areas of the house and help to teach your puppy what areas are off limits.
• Dog-appropriate toys, like the puppy-sized Kong™, are the smart choice. Although children’s toys look cute, they can prove hazardous. Never use old clothing or shoes as toys; a puppy cannot differentiate between your old and newly bought items. Stick with size-appropriate toys for your breed. Always supervise your puppy when he is playing with toys that contain squeakers as they can be a choking hazard.
• Two dog bowls: one for fresh water and one for quality dog food. Consult your veterinarian for food recommendations.
• A well-fitted collar and leash are a must for training and safety during outdoor excursions. Avoid chain leashes; a soft cotton leash is a better alternative.
• A pet ID tag allows your puppy to find his way home should he roam. You may also want to microchip your puppy at your next vet visit.
• Brushes and dog shampoo will eventually be needed for every breed.
• An odor and stain eliminator is a cleaner you will want on hand for those inevitable housebreaking accidents.
• A veterinarian should be researched and chosen beforehand. You will want a contact should an emergency arise. Introduce your new puppy early to the vet and learn what vaccinations he will need.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Dog And Child




Choosing a Dog For Your Child


Not only are dogs loyal, empathetic and wonderful companions but they also teach your child responsibility and administer huge doses of unconditional love. Children and dogs seem to naturally fit together and can often form a lifelong bond that is even stronger than one might imagine. It can be extremely hard to choose the right dog for your child as there are so many different breeds and temperaments to choose from. Most of us simply go to the pet store and choose the cutest "doggie in the window" which may not be the best option.

1. Understand that owning a dog is a huge emotional and financial responsibility. Dogs require a lot of care and although your child will likely assist, it will ultimately be up to you (the parent) to properly care for the new canine family member. So, be prepared to handle the majority of your new dog’s care.

2. Conduct an online research dog breeds or ask your local veterinarian or shelter for recommendations. It is extremely important to involve your child in the selection process. Make choosing a dog family affair and all family members should research dog breeds and or temperamental traits.

3. Make sure that the dog's temperament matches your child's temperament. For instance if you have a rambunctious child, you should never pair him with a shy dog. On the same token, you should never pair a shy child with an aggressive dog. By carefully matching temperaments, you set the stage for a positive human/canine relationship to develop without strife or strain.

4. Ensure that the dog that you selected does not have aggressive tendencies.

5. Let your child interact with the dog and see how the chosen dog might respond.

6. Encourage your child to respect all dogs at all times.

7. You should teach your child that dogs have a natural tendency to bite when startled or frightened. Teach them not to play tug-o-war or other aggressive games with a dog. Also, teach your child never to bother a dog when the dog is eating.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sniff Sandman


Sniff Sandman, a yellow labrador retriever, is led on an exercise to sniff out a "find" by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agent Tom Gehlert at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona Jan 14, 2008. Dogs trained to detect explosives will help secure next month's Super Bowl, the biggest event in the U.S. sporting calendar, law authorities said on Monday. - Reuters

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