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Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:59:00 -0500Bullmastiffs comprise a breed of large-sized dog originally bred in England in the 19th century. They were first bred for use as guard dogs, and were put to work assisting wardens and gamekeepers. Bullmastiffs were first created by crossing English Mastiffs with Old English Bulldogs, with Mastiff heritage being more present in the ultimate product's genotype than that of Bulldogs. The Bullmastiff was first recognized as a breed in the early to mid-20th century.
Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:00:00 -0500Boxers comprise a breed of dogs belonging to the molosser group, which originated in Germany in the 1850s. They were initially bred from relatives of mastiffs and Old English bulldogs
Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:00:00 -0500Great Swiss Mountain Dogs comprise a breed of large-sized dog, the origin of which is not known for certain. One theory regarding their origin suggests that Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are descended from an old mastiff-type breed. An alternate theory suggests that their ancestors are an unknown breed of large dog that was brought to Switzerland by the Phoenicians in 1100 BC.
Wed, 8 Jan 2014 09:00:00 -0500The Whippet dog breed originated in the 17th or 18th century, when greyhounds that were too small to hunt deer were bred together exclusively by peasants who could not legally own hunting dogs. These early Whippets were bred to capture rats and hunt small prey such as rabbits, primarily using their vision to hunt. Once the breed gained popularity, Whippet racing became a popular sport, and people began to breed Whippets for racing.
Wed, 1 Jan 2014 17:09:31 -0500The papillon is a breed of small dogs belonging to the Spaniel family. The breed may be traced back to its likely origin in Italy at least as early as the thirteenth century. The breed has been long associated with royalty and, in part because of this esteemed association, it has been documented in artwork throughout history. However, the breed has undergone several changes over the past several centuries before arriving at its distinct modern appearance, and was not recognized by the American Kennel Club until the early twentieth century.
Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:52:13 -0400The Newfoundland dog breed originated in the Dominion of Newfoundland, territory that is now a part of Canada. in the 18th century. Newfoundlands are likely the product of breeding the naturally occurring St. Johns dog breed with Portuguese mastiffs, and were bred to help fishermen haul in nets. Newfoundlands are particularly well known for their tendency to rescue people from water, often without being prompted to do so by humans. Due to their skill at and propensity for this task, they are often employed in human-directed water rescues, as well.
Mon, 1 Jul 2013 12:49:08 -0400Dachshunds comprise a breed of small dogs of the hound family, the name of which literally translates from German to badger dog. The breed is thought to have originated from ancient Egypt, and has since been bred from a variety of hounds and terriers in Germany for the purpose of hunting badgers, as their name suggests. The time at which dachshunds were bred for the purpose of hunting badgers is the subject of debate, but they are known to have existed in their modern form by the 18th century.
Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:47:05 -0400Italian greyhounds are a small breed of sight hound. The breed is believed to be thousands of years old, and originated in regions that are now the modern countries of Turkey and Greece. Though the dogs most likely occupied Italy before the first century, AD, their name derives from their extreme popularity as a companion breed during the Italian Renaissance.
Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:44:05 -0400Dogs have been found for years, in some of the most popular cartoons.
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:42:37 -0400Dogs have been found for hundreds if not thousands of years, in popular works of literature and stories.
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:36:18 -0400Given that it is difficult to measure and rank the objective intelligence of dog breeds, there is controversy over which breed is the smartest. Many factors may be assessed in determining a dog's intelligence; some working dogs are able to memorize specific tasks, while other breeds may learn more quickly, but may also become distracted more easily. In spite of this difficulty, there are several breeds that are generally held to rank among the most intelligent dog breeds.
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:29:59 -0400There is nothing worse than having allergies if you are a dog lover. However, those with allergies find that non-shedding and hypoallergenic dog breeds aggravate their allergies far less. Most people who experience these allergies are allergic to the dander that dogs produce rather than the actual dog fur. Hypo-allergenic dogs produce less dander than dogs who do not hold this title, causing those who are sensitive to pet dander to have a weaker reaction. Many hypo-allergenic dogs also shed less, which helps prevent the onset of allergy symptoms because the shedding of hair facilitates the spread of dander.
Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:26:00 -0400It is thought that dogs who devour grass only to throw it up actually cause themselves to vomit on purpose. A dog who partakes in this behavior usually does so because they have an upset stomach, and deliberately devours grass without completely chewing it. As they swallow this grass, in-tact blades of grass tickle the dog's esophagus, causing them to vomit and, oftentimes, providing the dog with relief.
Mon, 20 May 2013 09:39:48 -0400You have a new puppy, and as excited as you are, you may be struggling to find the perfect name for your new puppy. There are many factors you may want to consider while choosing a name.
Thu, 9 May 2013 09:37:08 -0400Therapy dogs first came into systematic use in the 1970s when a nurse, Elaine Smith, observed that patients responded particularly well to visits from a man and his golden retriever. After making this observation, Smith pioneered the development and use of training programs for prospective therapy dogs.
Tue, 7 May 2013 09:00:00 -0400Some dog breeds thrive when they have a job to do. Working dogs have been successful in a variety of capacities including search and rescue, police dogs, and therapy dogs.
Mon, 7 Feb 2011 09:00:00 -0500Researching dog breeds before adopting is an important step in the process, and should not be overlooked. It is crucial to pick a breed with the qualities that you desire. While this in no way guarantees you the perfect dog, certain breeds commonly have certain characteristics. The following is a list of some of the most common dog breeds.
Wed, 2 Feb 2011 09:00:07 -0500Australian Shepherd Dog Breed Profile
Sun, 30 Jan 2011 18:40:12 -0500The Old English Sheepdog is prone to the following health conditions:
Tue, 19 Oct 2010 09:00:00 -0400Dog are often more than just pets -- they are frequently considered to be an important family member. Celebrate your love for dogs with unique dog gifts. Dogs, aptly known as man's best friend, are creatures of comfort. They often boast qualities we look for in our closest two-legged friends, from loyalty to dogged determination.
Mon, 4 Oct 2010 09:00:00 -0400The Australian Cattle Dog breed originated in Australia in the 1800s.
Mon, 27 Sep 2010 17:16:03 -0400The Old English Sheepdog dog breed originated in Great Britain in the 1800s. The Old English Sheepdog is also known as the Bobtail. The Old English Sheepdog was initially bred to herd sheep.
Mon, 20 Sep 2010 09:00:00 -0400The Australian Shepherd originated in the United States, despite the name the Australian Shepherd originated in the United States in the 1800s.
Mon, 10 Dec 2007 09:00:00 -0500There are seven types of dog classifications. One of the seven types of dogs is a Terrier. Dogs classified as Terriers are small dogs and are pest killing dogs.
Tue, 27 Mar 2007 09:00:00 -0500Obesity is on the rise for canines. The reasons for this influx are similar to those that humans experience, too much food and too little exercise. The results of obesity are similar for your canine friends too. Studies reveal that 25% of overweight dogs experience severe joint problems. This effects there daily activities such as walking, standing and sitting. It also increases pain and makes jumping up or down off the bed difficult. If a dog is overweight its lungs cannot function properly- the extra fat pushes against the lungs and diaphragm and makes breathing more difficult.
Tue, 5 Dec 2006 09:00:00 -0400For anyone who may balk at the price of good pups nowadays, or who may think to himself, “At those prices I should become a breeder!” let me assure you that breeding does not make millionaires. There are a lot of bad reasons people breed their dogs, but there are only a few good ones. If you don’t meet all three of the following conditions and you still want to breed your dog, take a long, hard look at the situation in our crowded shelters across the country before you decide to contribute to the problem.
Mon, 27 Nov 2006 09:00:00 -0400There is a right and a wrong way to pick a pooch. The process is a little like dating. The few who find fulfillment in love are those who use their hearts and their heads. There is a special kind of nirvana when a person connects with their canine soul mate. They weren’t fooling when they called dog “man’s best friend.” But such unions don’t happen by mistake. A little careful preparation will go a long way. And to simplify your search, we have five suggestions. we’ve borrowed a little Hollywood lingo to make the tips more memorable.
Tue, 21 Nov 2006 09:00:00 -0400There’s something different about you. People sense it the moment you walk in the door. Is it in your smile, or the way wear your hair? Truly, there are countless manifestations of your canine obsession. Here are the top ten:
Mon, 13 Nov 2006 09:00:00 -0400Every year 5 million dog bite reports are filed. Over $1 billion are paid in losses. Reacting to complaints, city councils are passing ever more ordinances that affect dog ownership. Neighborhood, rental complexes, and home owners associations are including rules for regulating pets within their boundaries. Even insurance companies are putting in their two cents worth when it comes to our furry family members. While it’s not always a top concern for many dog owners, it’s definitely in your best interest to be aware of the legal implications of owning a pet.
Mon, 6 Nov 2006 09:00:00 -0400Disney left a life-long impression on me when, as a youngster, I viewed the dog pound scene in Lady and the Tramp. Mournful mutts howled out a pitiful rendition of “Home Sweet Home,” which nobody but the most callous could sit through dry-eyed. The pound was portrayed as a cruel place manned by heartless dog-catchers. I vowed never to step foot in one, not even to save the life of one of the rejected creatures. Adopting a pet under such sad conditions would certainly place a cloud over the day. Could I ever leave completely happy with the dog I chose, knowing that dozens were left behind in misery?
Tue, 24 Oct 2006 09:00:00 -0400Calling all dog-lovers! Dogs have made some of the most unforgettable characters in literature. It’s not uncommon for children to become as attached to a dog in print as the real thing. Puppy love comes in all forms. In fact, I believe I can trace my canine-cravings to my earliest days of reading, when I fell in love with Old Dan and Little Ann (from Where the Red Fern Grows). Below, I’ve compiled a list of five famous dogs you must bring home for your littlest children! (Good news…you won’t have to clean up after these champions!)
Tue, 17 Oct 2006 09:00:00 -0400Dogs don’t come perfect out of the package, and raising a dog, whether you bring it home as a puppy or an adult, is much like raising a child. Below I’d like to share five common mistakes new dog owners make.
Tue, 1 Aug 2006 09:00:00 -0400Also a great recipe collection for creating concoctions that cure dog ailments
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Tue, 10 Oct 2006 09:00:00 -0400No actor wants to share the stage with a dog, for he will undoubtedly be upstaged. It’s all but impossible to watch a dog movie without falling head over heels into puppy love.
Mon, 2 Oct 2006 09:00:00 -0400If you're thinking of getting a Labrador Retriever as a pet then remember that their natural instinct is to retrieve everything and anything! Young Labrador Retrieversup to about three years old, romp and jump with great vigor, and things can go flying, including people.
Mon, 25 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400The origin of the Saint Bernard Dog is tied to the mountain pass and the monastery of the same name. Dogs then were relatively smaller than they are today, so the Saint Bernards of the past were probably much smaller. The direct ancestors of the St Bernard were the large farm dogs common in that region. By 1900, the Saint Bernard had gained popularity and is still one of the most popular of the giant breeds.
Mon, 18 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400The poodle comes in three different varieties; standard, miniature and toy; however, the only difference is the size. The standard or largest size is thought to be the original Poodle. The standard poodle, classified in the nonsporting-dog group, stands over 15 inches in height. A miniature poodle is 10-15 inches in height and the toy poodle, which is classified as a toy dog, stands up to 10 inches in height at the shoulder and weighs around 10 pounds. .
Mon, 11 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400A cheerful, intelligent dog, the golden retriever makes a wonderful pet . Many of the top obedience competition dogs in the country are Golden retrievers.
Tue, 5 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400The German shepherd dog is very intelligent, easy to train, powerful and elegant. The German shepherd dog is medium to large size with erect pointed ears, a long body, and a weather resistant coat. A thick stiff outer coat covered by a softer inner one makes the German shepherd readily able to withstand extreme climates. German Shepherd's range in color from black and tan to black and red, while the white German Shepherd is being seen more often these days.
Mon, 28 Aug 2006 09:00:00 -0400The big day has finally arrived, a new member of the family will be joining your ranks. When you bring the little one home, you want to know you have made the right decision, are they going to fit in well with the other family members, will they be kind to everyone, will they be too rambunctious or too big? Of course by little one I am referring to a new dog in the family. These are questions that often come to mind when bringing home a new pet. While there are no guarantees that whatever dog you choose will connect instantly with your family and most important your children, considering a few different things will better ensure a proper match.
Mon, 21 Aug 2006 09:00:00 -0400Obedience training is the foundation for establishing a better relationship between you and your dog. Obedience training helps establish the owner in the role of "pack leader", and will lay down clear behavior guidelines that your dog can follow. A well-behaved, obedient dog is more than just a pet of pride. The difference lies largely in the training, and good training can save a dog's life.
Mon, 14 Aug 2006 09:00:00 -0400Repition, consistency, practice and correction are what it takes to train a dog to be happy and responsive. If you follow these simple steps you will find that your puppy can grow into an obedient well-adjusted dog.
Mon, 7 Aug 2006 18:54:46 -0400Play training remains important right through the training and trialing stages. Puppies are distracted easily and can try your patience, but you must remember the time you spend training your puppy now will pay off when you have an adult dog. The aim is to help you give your puppy, adolecent and elderly dogs a better, more enjoyable dog life. Just get your pup familiar and comfortable wearing a collar. A simple buckle collar is fine for this purpose. If your puppy is rolling around or trying to scratch the collar off, don't take it off him at this time.
Mon, 31 Jul 2006 09:00:00 -0400Before bringing your new puppy home, select a veterinarian and set up an appointment for a checkup. Your puppy will need to have regular checkups, and immunizations to protect him from common canine infections.
Mon, 24 Jul 2006 09:00:00 -0400While rewarding work, it should be noted that most search and rescue personnel, ground pounders in SAR terms, are volunteers and not paid for their work. In times of disaster, SAR dogs are looked upon as sources of hope, courage, and comfort. It takes a special kind of animal to be a SAR dog, one who is obedient, agile, and above all, eager to please.
Tue, 25 Apr 2006 09:00:00 -0400Animals like to be left alone and are not very comfortable when someone touches them. Hence, in the beginning, dogs don't generally respond positively to the grooming routine. In order to make the process easier teach the dog early on to allow all parts of his body to be touched, handled, and groomed without objection. The goal is to teach the dog, first that such touch does not hurt, then that touch must be accepted, then later, that such touch is actually pleasant.
Mon, 17 Apr 2006 09:00:00 -0400What is the best dog food? Veterinarians are often hit by that question from scads of anxious dog owners. Every dog owner wants to feed their dog with the best that is available. However, the sheer variety of dog foods and the conflicting views on the best dog diet can leave you quite perplexed. While some experts assert that home made food is best for dogs, others argue that commercial dog food is better. Anyway, we have witnessed a shift towards commercial dog food, owing much to the fast paced life that we all lead.
Sun, 9 Apr 2006 12:15:58 -0400Teaching the down command can be a dawnting task if you don't use the proper techniques. The method that I've used to quickly train my dog involves three steps. First you must make sure that your dog understands what it must do when it is given the "down" command. Second, you must be certain that you have practiced the down command 3X a day for 5min. each time for a period of 1 week.. The last step is to use a technique I learned from Winnifred Strickland to teach your dog the down command by signal rather than by a verbal command.
Wed, 5 Apr 2006 09:00:00 -0400Dog grooming may sound simple, but it is more involved than just washing and drying your canine friend. There are some important health benefits that can be obtained by either learning the proper techniques or visiting a professional dog groomer on a regular basis. Not only do you address their fur but you also address their paws, ears, and other important senses.
Tue, 21 Mar 2006 09:00:00 -0400There are many reasons for teaching proper dog behavior, and teaching such behavior has many benefits for both the human and canine partners. Dog behavior training is vital to such life and death issues as preventing aggression, controlling dog on dog aggression problems and teaching dogs to interact properly with both their handlers and with other members of the family.
Tue, 14 Mar 2006 09:00:00 -0400"What are the most popular dogs?"
Mon, 6 Mar 2006 09:00:00 -0400The first necessary and often unrealized initiation into dog training is when a person or family decides to get a puppy in the house. Puppies are not only demanding in terms of craving affection and a play partner, behaviorily they can push the patience of the calmest people on the planet.
Mon, 20 Feb 2006 09:00:00 -0400There's always been some controversy over whether you should give treats.
Mon, 27 Feb 2006 09:00:00 -0400I frequently get asked the same questions by different clients all the time. Here are the questions and the solutions.
Thu, 16 Feb 2006 09:00:00 -0400Most humans are not aware that some of their body postures when greeting an unfamiliar dog are perceived as a threat in the dog world.
Tue, 24 Jan 2006 15:40:10 -0400My best friend is incredible! She's one of those rare types who hangs on every word you say. She's content to be quiet when I need stillness, even though she's one of those high-drive types. All I have to do is call and she's there in an instant, no matter what she was doing before. She puts me ahead of all her other friends, never fails to make me feel special, and is a redhead just like me.
Tue, 7 Feb 2006 09:00:00 -0400When expecting a new puppy addition to the family you want nothing but the best. You check out the best day-care facilities, kindergarten and schooling.
Tue, 7 Feb 2006 09:00:00 -0400There are many things dogs can be trained to do but, of all the tasks a working dog can perform, search and rescue ranks the highest for needing qualified, professional trainers. A Search and Rescue (SAR) dog's performance, quite literally, can determine life or death to a human in need.
Mon, 6 Feb 2006 09:00:00 -0400Before I discuss the tricks used to remove matts on your dog I must emphasize a few things. If your dog is badly matted or the matts are close to the skin I strongly recommend you take your dog to a professional to have him groomed. I also recommend a professional if your dog is elderly or can not tolerate being brushed.
Thu, 2 Feb 2006 09:00:00 -0400The most important things in dog training are consistency, keeping dog's attention and understanding your dog.
Wed, 1 Feb 2006 09:00:00 -0400Puppy house training, which includes litter training, is one of the first things we all must do with our new pets. That is, unless we are lucky enough to get a pet that has already been housebroken! Along with housebreaking puppies some people must also litter train their new dogs. Why?
Tue, 31 Jan 2006 09:00:00 -0400The pure bred dog, no manner the breed, is truly a beautiful animal to look upon. These are animals that have been refined, over the centuries, to reach their pure and unadulterated state as found today. The pure bred dogs have also been bred for temperament and bloodlines from the earliest of times. Yet there is another kind of dog that goes back in history even further than any pure bred dog! What is this unique breed?
Mon, 30 Jan 2006 09:00:00 -0400Most areas have a dog training school that takes puppies and more mature dogs alike and if you are in the early stages of obedience training then taking your puppy or dog to one of these schools is a very useful step.
Mon, 30 Jan 2006 09:00:00 -0400Good police dog training is important for any dog that is potentially going to become a member of any police force. Selecting the right dog for police dog training, and practicing proper police dog training techniques is extremely important.
Fri, 27 Jan 2006 09:00:00 -0400When you first get a new dog it may seem a little overwhelming the amount of things you have to buy. You will have to buy food, a bed, bowls and toys to mention just a few and it is also a very sensible idea to get some dog training equipment.
Fri, 27 Jan 2006 09:00:00 -0400Let's face it, dogs run away. It's a fact. They'll dart out the front door the minute it's opened, curious to explore their world. They'll chase other dogs, squirrels, and cats. They'll bolt when loud noises frighten them or aggressive dogs threaten them; and they'll never watch for traffic--they'll run right into the street.
Wed, 25 Jan 2006 09:00:00 -0400What can you do to improve the health of your dog, its coat, and its skin that is cheap and effective? Grooming that's what! A small investment of time and money for grooming can yield numerous benefits for your dog's health!
Tue, 24 Jan 2006 09:00:00 -0400Here are tips that one should keep in mind to train his dog more easily.
Mon, 23 Jan 2006 09:00:00 -0400Keeping a dog healthy and happy involves feeding them well and providing them with mental and physical stimulation. Some dogs are not happy with just a simple walk and they would be much happier with more strenuous exercise.