Terriers Make Great Companions

Terriers are great dogs. There are many reasons to like them. To start off, they are all small dogs for the most part. There are some obvious exceptions such as Pit Bull Terriers, but many of them are pretty small amongst the terrier dog breeds. This means that they make decent indoor dogs. Some small examples would be Scottish Terriers, Westie Terriers, and Yorkie Terriers which are one of the top 5 most popular dog breeds.

It used to be that Terriers were bred for hunting and killing vermin. Terriers are brave and tough dogs, even the small ones. This is a trait all terrier dog breeds have.  Terriers are courageous and loving at the same time. There are many terriers that are amongst the most popular dog breeds in the world. However, most all of them have a lively and sometimes hyper personality. All it takes is some training and they can become obedient and loving dogs that make great companions. A little TLC and you can have a very sociable and well mannered dog as a companion. Certain Terriers like Jack Russel Terriers can be trained as working dogs. These dogs are all great companions and will enrich your life. Each terrier type seems to have their own distinct personality trait, but in the end, they are all wonderful dogs.

The best part is that they love it as long as you train them right and use rewards as incentive for training purposes. A harsh hand is greatly discouraged since it will only cause fear in your dog. That is why positive reinforcement is best. You can do wonders with a few dog treats and some patience. If you have one such as a Yorkie or Westie, it is fun to pamper them. Getting them a fancy bed, or a fancy collar is always fun. Then you can take them out when the weather is warm and make all the other dogs jealous.

Winter Care And Your Dog

During the cold months of winter you need to be prepared for contingencies. For people that live in southern California, Arizona, or other warm year round climates, freezing temperatures and potential snowfall are not usually an issue. If you make up the majority of people however, it is always wise to be as prepared as possible for inclement weather. Here are some things you can do in preparation to keep you and your dog(s) safe in cold weather.dog in cold weather

Proper Equipment

If you live in a place that usually gets snow then you need to have snow removal equipment. Some states that expect snowfall every year have teams of snow plow drivers and that is good for the roads, but what about around your home? At the very least get a sturdy show shovel to clear away snow from your walkways and a patch of grass so your dog can go potty without having to walk through the snow. If you can afford it, a good snow blower makes quick work of accumulation. One thing you want to avoid is an icy path that is slippery for you and for your dog, so clear the snow as best you can so it doesn’t melt into slick ice if the sun comes out.

Dog Clothes

Dogs can usually handle cold weather better than people, especially if they are a long haired dog. That does not mean that they are impervious to the cold though. Getting a dog sweater or coat can help keep them warm when you take them out for a walk. In very cold weather a pair of dog boots can protect their feet.

Extra Food and Water

Having some extra dog food on hand is never a bad idea. If the weather gets bad enough that you can’t leave your home for a few days then you will be glad that you stocked up.

One more thing. If you keep your dog outdoors, make sure that you have a way to heat their dog house if the weather gets cold. There are not too many dogs that can handle the cold like Huskies can. Evan then, it is wise to have a heat source for those dogs in case you have a severe cold spell.

Hot Humid Weather And Your Dog

This time of year can be strenuous for people that have to deal with hot and humid weather. The same is no different for your dog. When the weather is pushing temperatures past 80 degrees and in some places 100+, staying cool is very important.wet dog

Yes it is true that dogs have a different way to cooling off then people but some fundamental similarities remain. Yes, dogs pant to stay cool because their skin doesn’t sweat like ours. Because they are warm blooded like us, the same things we do to cool off will work for your dog.

Hydration

Just like us your dog needs plenty of water to stay hydrated. The only caveat though is you don’t want to give your dog ice cold water as it can cause severe cramps or worse. Cool water is fine though and they need plenty of it just like we do.

Cooling Off

The same way that we enjoy cooling off on a hot day your dog can benefit from too. Find a nice lake, or even your own swimming pool and bring the dog along. Dogs are inherent swimmers and the cool water is a great relief from the hot sun.

Just remember that when the temperature soars to make sure that your dog stays as comfortable as possible. If they overheat the consequences can be dire.

Warm Weather And Flea Season

It is now spring time and with the warmer weather also comes fleas. Fleas are the bane of all dogs and warding them off is a troublesome endeavor unless you take proper action. The truth is that long haired dogs suffer the worst not because fleas like them better, but because they are harder to spot and remove. Therefore, it is best to take action before your dog starts to suffer. The more time your dog spends outside in the grass the faster they will have a problem. Fleas can exist in the winter as well, though it is far less likely for a dog to become infested especially if the weather gets too cold. Lets look at the 2 basic types of solutions for flea treatment and better yet, prevention.dog with cone

Commercial chemical based treatments

A popular solution is to go with one of the popular commercial based solutions you see on TV. They usually work very well and can be effective for months at a time. However, because they are manufactured chemicals they might potentially develop health problems later on as these chemicals seep into their system as they are placed on the skin. Most claim to be safe, but is up to you to decide for yourself.

More natural solutions

There are a ton of more natural solutions available to various levels of success. This is where you can do a Google search and get the opinions of other people that have tried said solutions. There are also some commercial solutions that are natural as well such as diatomaceous earth which is essentially crushed up and powdered rock. I have used it and it works great.

Whatever route you go it is a top priority for being a dog owner as dogs can suffer greatly if left untreated so prevention is the best medicine.

The Misunderstood American Pit Bull Terrier

When describing what kind of dog the Pit Bull is, it is good to understand their ancestry first. The American Pit Bull Terrier is a descendant of the English Bulldog and is a cross between this dog and other Terrier breeds. This selective breeding was done to create a non-aggressive dog with a stable temperament. In the 1800 these dogs came from Ireland and over time they were bred into stockier and larger dogs to the common ones that you see today.pit bull terrier

Though these dogs have a bad reputation it is undeserved. The aggression that is most commonly associated with these dogs comes from improper behavioral training. These cruel and irresponsible owners train these dogs to be aggressive for the purpose of fighting other dogs where bets are placed on the fight for money. Although this is illegal in this country is still happens. Another reason for occasional aggression in these dogs is simply owner ignorance. Any dog that is improperly socialized exhibits negative behavior. The fact is that this dog is known to be especially fond of people and very friendly. The Pit Bull is one of the most popular dog breeds in America and has a pass percent of 84.1% from the American Temperament Testing Society.

Granted, the sheer size of this dog makes them a good deterrent for would be burglars and with the proper training they can make great guard dogs. That does not mean that they can’t be a great family dog at the same time because they can.

To conclude, don’t let the negative reputation that this breed has gotten over the years dissuade you from considering getting one as a family pet. They are a big dog so the cost to feed them is more, but this is a small issue. They are great companions that will give you years of joy and warmth.

Getting A Terrier That Does Not Shed

One of the many considerations that comes up one of the biggest is the fact that most dogs shed. Some people don’t mind and just make it a regular chore to clean up unwanted hair on the furniture and carpet. If you have a smaller dog then most likely they are an indoor dog and therefore they share your space with you. As far as Terrier go, there are some vrieties that don’t shed. Let’s have a look at a few in more depth..boston terrier

Scottish Terrier

Otherwise best known as a “Scottie”, these dogs have a double coat that is soft underneath and more rough on the outer coat. One of the benefits of these dogs is that their coat does a good job at repelling dirt so they don’t nead a bath as often as other dogs with the same amount of hair. The other benefit is that they don’t shed, but like all other dogs that don’t shed they lose hair like a person does.

Boston Terrier

These little cuties are famous for their sparky personalities and short statures. They also have the benefit of having very short hair that doesn’t shed much on a black and white smooth coat.

West Highland Terrier

Otherwise known as a “Westie” these dogs have a soft white coat that is usually about 2 to 3 inches long. Some have a double coat and others don’t. The double coated variety are more common and have coats that are rougher on the outside while the inner coat is soft. They do need regular grooming, but they don’t shed.

Yorkshire Terrier

Also know as “Yorkies”, these small dogs have long soft hair that needs consistent grooming or they will get matted. The coat is usually a bluish tan in color. They have become one of the most popular dogs to own.

Australian Terrier

These dogs are not surprisingly native to Australia. They have a double coat that is course to the touch and comes in blue and red shades.

Other shedless Terrier breeds include the Border Terrier, Welsh Terrier, Silky Terrier, Norfolk Terrier, and Cairn Terrier.

So you can see that the Terrier has a lot going for it as a breed. Not only do they make great pets, but quite a few of them don’t shed so they are easier to clean up after than other dogs. It is just another reason why the Terrier is the preferred dog of so many homes.

Why Boston Terriers Make Great Pets

Boston Terriers are and excellent choice for a companion and I will explain why. When you are deciding what kind of dog to get, there are some considerations to make. If you are hasty when it comes to choosing your next canine companion then you could wind up regretting it very quickly. Here are some things that make the Boston Terrier stand out in the crowd.Boston Terrier

1. Small Dog

The typical Boston Terrier weighs in at between 10 to 25 lbs. There are some distinct advantages of having a smaller dog. Smaller dogs make for better house pets. They don’t eat as much food, and they are usually easier to clean up after.

2. Excellent Disposition

Though every individual dog will very in personality, the Boston Terrier is usually very pleasant. They make great family dogs, they are great with children, and they are pretty smart as well. Usually the smarter the dog the quicker they are able to grasp training.

3. Easy To Groom

These dogs don’t need a whole lot of grooming. They should be brushed about once per week even though their coat is short. A good bath once per month should keep them clean as long as they don’t take a romp through the mud. Other an that, a periodic teeth brushing, and nail clipping is all you will need to do for these easy care dogs.

As with any dog, they will need some daily exercise. They are very playful by nature, so this is an easy task. So there you have it. The Boston Terrier is a great dog and you will quickly fall in love with their cute antics and playful behavior. They make a great companion for most any family and can adapt to most any lifestyle.

Preparing For Cooler Weather

Now that summer is coming to a close, it is time to start preparing for cooler weather. There is still some time for a trip to the beach with your dog, but it is time to start looking at getting ready for the change in season. Therefore here is a checklist to look over to make sure that you are prepared.cold dog

1. Getting The Proper Supplies For Cold Weather

Perhaps you are of the fortunate few that live in a climate that stays warm even in the winter months. Most people are not in that category though and have to batten down the hatches. That means that you have to make sure that your dog is warm and comfortable in these winter months. Dog clothes have become a fun trend in recent years, but they can have a practical use as well. In colder climates your pooch will thank you for some warm clothes when the temperature dips down to uncomfortable levels. If you keep your dog outside in a dog house, it might be a good idea to at least move them into the garage at night and make sure that the temperature stays at a level that your dog won’t suffer. For those that have the funds, there are some nice heated dog houses that will work for and size dog.

2. Plenty Of Water

Make sure your dog has plenty of water. This should go without saying, except that if your dog spends a lot of time outdoors and it gets cold enough the water can freeze. Though your dog will instinctively eat the ice, it will bring their core temperature down and can potentially kill your dog.

3. Plenty Of Exercise

Exercise will keep your dog moving and therefore keep them warm. Again this is not as important if your dog is an indoor dog, but if they spend any significant time outside then you need to either walk them or play some sort of fetch game with them throughout the day.

Just make sure that you don’t wait around until the weather drops to be prepared. Taking care of things early is the best way to be ready for the change in season.

Repelling Unwanted Dogs From Your Yard

It is a common problem that dogs will sometimes visit your yard unexpectedly and when they do they often urinate or poop in it. It is never fun to have to clean up after a foreign dog leaves a mess in your yard, but there are a few ways to repel them from coming back once the problem starts.

If you own a house and dogs have been using your back yard as their personal toilet, then one of the quickest ways to solve the problem is to put up a fence. This can be a bit spendy, but if you can afford it and don’t already have one it also makes the home look nicer in the process. Just make sure that the fence is high enough to thwart any dogs from getting over it. If there is easy access to the back yard from the front then this obviously won’t work and you will have to use another method.

Baking Soda

A simple solution of 1 cup baking soda per gallon of water sprinkled on the lawn should repel dogs from doing any of thier business in your yard. It will also help to grow back any grass that has been dried up from dog urine.

Wet Grass

It has been observed that most dogs will avoid wet grass if they can help it. If you have a decent sprinkler system you can keep the grass wet if you have an idea when the canine culprit makes their entrance. This works if you have observed that the dog comes at a predictable time each day. Otherwise you can wait for the dog and simply chase them down with the garden hose and scare them away.

Water Containers

By filling containers with water such as bottles or other containers you can set them at various places in your yard. Dogs usually don’t go to the bathroom near water so it is just another way you can try.

Chemical Or Electronic

There are also chemical sprays and so forth that you can use. If you do go with this option it is best to use ones that are not only lawn safe, but won’t hurt any dogs either. Last you can use one of the advertised electronic motion devices that are meant to repel dogs. These devices emit a high pitched sound that only dogs can hear. It will usually deter a dog, but won’t cause them any harm.

Teaching Your Children Responsibility With A New Dog

It is nearly impossible to go into a pet store with dogs inside and not have your child ask you for one. The age of your child partly determines their maturity level, but even a more mature child is likely not ready for the responsibility of caring for a puppy. If your child does talk you into getting that cute little pooch (they often win) you will no doubt go over the rules with them as they nod their heads emphatically. They will say whatever it takes to have that cute puppy. It usually turns out that they will do good on the rules for a week or 2 and then begin to slip. Most of the time this means that the parent has to take full responsibility for the dog, but is doesn’t have too.

One way to make sure that your child fulfills their part of the bargain is to insure a stiff penalty for repeated failure. Forgetting to feed the dog or take it out potty once in a while is dismissible, but when it becomes a problem of negligence it needs to be addressed.

One rule that should ensure your child follows through with their responsibilities is to let them know that there are penalties for not complying with the care schedule you set up in the beginning. One way is to start with the normal disciplinary actions such as grounding, loss of privileges, etc. Ultimately, if they do not want to remain responsible for their part in caring for the dog then they should expect that you will find another home for the dog. That is a last resort, but should ensure that they will keep up with their responsibilities.

Kids can easily shirk their chores but if there are no consequences to their actions they will never learn. Getting a dog is a great way to teach them responsibility, but if you don’t make sure they fulfill their obligations, then they don’t really learn anything but to pass off responsibility to others which is not good.

When Your Dog Gets Pneumonia

As most dog owners would agree, you want your dog to be healthy. Not surprisingly dogs can get many of the very same illnesses that people get. One of these is pneumonia. This is more commonly found in young puppies under 1 year of age, but sometimes older dogs can get it as well. If not treated quickly it can be deadly.

Symptoms

The major symptoms are productive coughing, nasal discharge, trouble breathing, fever, dehydration, appetite loss, lethargic behavior, sudden weight loss, and an increased heart rate. You might also see that your dogs lips are protruding out when they breathe. It is getting severe when the lungs start to fill with fluid and the oxygen supply to the rest of the body is reduced. You can tell if they are getting less oxygen by looking at their tongue, lips, and gums. If they are blue or gray in color (if they are not normally this color) then you have a big problem.

Causes

There are 3 main causes for pneumonia. These are either bacterial, fungal, viral, or are caused from parasites. When it comes to dogs the most common way is from bacteria. Most often it is through inhaling these bad bacteria that they contract it. Contributing factors are a reduced immune system, they can’t eliminate waste very well, malnutrition, and bacterial infection.

Diagnosis

If you notice any of the above mentioned symptoms, call a vet immediately. Your vet should immediately look at the dogs lungs and their heart. When the dog breathes if there is wheezing or strange noises they should be able to hear it through a stethoscope. It might even be heard without one. It shouldn’t take long for your vet to properly diagnose the problem.

Treatment

If your dog does get pneumonia then depending on the severity, your dog may need some hospitalization. When in treatment your vet should be able to confirm the type of pneumonia. If it is bacterial, then they will give the dog antibiotics. They also might use treatments such as humidified oxygen to loosen the buildup in the lungs. The key is to get your dog in immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.

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