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TRAIN YOUR CANINE BUDDIES FOR FOOD MANNERS!!

One of the most irritating things about dogs is the way they behave like wild animals when food is around. No one likes a ‘jumping on the table’ dog.
If your little friend is begging, scratching, jumping during the meal time, here are a few tips for teaching your Tuffy some table manners:
1. Same Place, Always:
When it’s time to sit down for a meal, lead your dog away from the table to a spot where he can still see you and your family (so he doesn’t feel isolated) and give him commands to sit and stay in that spot. If your dog approaches the table after you’ve told him to stay, calmly lead him back to his spot—do not let him hang around the dinner table! Even if your dog persists and continues to come up to the table, simply repeat the process to show him this is something he MUST do during family meals.

2. Don’t give in:
Giving into your dog after saying “no” the first time only teaches your dog that their begging behavior is working. One of the best ways to show your dog that this behavior doesn’t work is to not give in, ever, once you’ve said “no” the first time.

3. Create a routine:
Let your dog know that he or she gets his or her food at certain times, so that they can learn the difference between their food and your food. You can also distract your dog with their own food by feeding them just before you’re ready to sit down to your own dinner.

4. Never punish:
Your dog will end up confused as he/she won’t understand why they are being punished. You can’t teach your dog not to eat your food or how to eat, it’s your fault.
Don’t punish your Dog

5. Collect the essential supplies:
You’ll need a collar, leash, food and water bowls, food and some toys. It’s important to also pick up a pet cleaning agent and some extra paper towels.

6. Patience:
Lower the food bowl slowly toward the ground. If your dog tries to get the treats, pick the bowl up so he can’t get the treats.

As you can see, meal times can cause dogs to go a little wonky. In the wild they are predators so they do sometimes forget their manners. With a little work they should remember their good behavior.

Always remember “After a good meal, one can forgive anybody, Even if they have been left alone all day.”

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Dogs are their own boss – “Let them be”

Today is 70th Independence Day for India, a day to rejoice the feeling of liberty, the feeling of living in a free country, the feeling of making your own decisions. Yet, for our dogs, it is just another day. However, you can make them a part of your independence day celebrations by taking a step towards making them a little more independent. It can be widely agreed that an independent dog is much more happy than a clingy dog. Their lack of insecurity gives them a sense of peace in life. You can teach your dogs to be independent but it will take some effort in your part.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Let them be their own Boss: Just as humans, every dog has a different temperament. Some dogs are born leaders; they like to take their own lead and not wait for their owners’ commands. On the other hand, there are some who are a little reluctant to go on their own. It is important to understand the temperament of the dog by trial and error method. Unleash them often, let them be on their own, don’t always pamper them. It might take a while, but you’ll thank yourself later.
  • Get out, Get loud: Go out with your pup to as many events, people, dogs, places as you can. Socialization will have the same impact on dogs as it has in humans. It will make your dog more comfortable in social surroundings and they will be less clingy after some time.
  • Home Alone: From the time your dog enters your home for the first time, he should learn to live alone. Training your dog to be alone at home will require some time. Keep his sleep space ready – maybe a crate training will do wonders in such case. Keep his food bowls in place and don’t make a fuss over him whenever you leave or return.
  • The Lap Gap: Dog loves affection, so do we. But is your dog in your lap practically the whole time? It gets a little difficult sometimes. Command your dog to get off you calmly whenever he jumps on your lap uninvited. Teach him to sit at your feet and wait. After a few times, your dog will be more comfortable in his own space.
  • Understand before you Act: Sometimes, dogs become more clingy due to some fear or pain. Try and find out if there could be any possible reason behind that. Maybe some kids are trying to scare away your dog lately? Maybe he is experiencing some sickness? It is okay to pamper your dog when he’s afraid, but don’t stop him from going out. Observe his activities closely and look for possible reasons behind his clinginess.

It is difficult to leave your dog alone and all, but a little independence is good for both of you. You should be there to take care of each other all the time and that’s why, your dog needs to be his own boss, just like you are. 🙂

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Monsoon is Here – Your Dog Needs Your Care!

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How to care for your dogs in monsoon season

It will affect your dog physically and psychologically if he has to stay inside even in the rainy season. Therefore, it is important for you to prepare your dog for the monsoon even if your stay in or go outside. A dog being a creature of habit need to keep the same routine otherwise or it will stress out.
Keep in mind that there is no excuse to keep your dog locked in because it is raining outside. In such situations, all your need to do is take all the safety and protective measures to keep your dog healthy.
Here is a few set of tips that will help you in this case.
Keep your dog dry
Wet or moist the fur is a perfect brooding region for parasites and microscopic organisms. Ensure that:
• You rub down your pooch prior and then afterward your walk or in case, he gets wet.
• To remove the dampness you can also blow-dry the fur.
• During the monsoon season, bathing your dog can turn out to be a messy situation.
• Instead of giving your dog a regular bath, it is advised that you utilize a dry shampoo.
Keep the Paws clean
Paws being exposed to the ground all the time are sensitive part and thus are more prone to infections. You can make your dog wear protective boots in the monsoon season. It will not allow the insects, mud, grass and water to get in the paws.
In case your dog does not use the paw-wear, make sure that you wipe off and clean the dirt after every walk. If you have, long haired breeds that you must consider trimming the fur in this raining season.
Keep the bedding dry
A warm and dry bed is the best pleasure that you can give to your dog in the wet season. Make sure that the bedding and food of your pet are covered all the time. The cold surface can harm the joints of your dog so it is important that you take extra care. Change the bedding often to prevent the accumulation of germs and bacteria.
Conduct activities
In the monsoon season, arranging the outdoor activities will not turn out to be a good decision. The only choice you are left with is to arrange the activities inside the house. The best idea is to play fetch or perform different tricks inside the house or in the garage where the chances of getting wet are the least.
In case you live in an apartment, it will be a better choice to make your dog take the stairs.
Pay attention to the feeding
In the rainy season, the dog might become allergic to some food items. Therefore, you must:
• Add more fruits and vegetables to the bowl
• Reduce the amount of feeding to avoid the dog from getting overweight
• Balance his level of food intake and physical activates
Following these instructions will allow you to keep your dog safe and healthy in the monsoon season.

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WHY DOGS ARE WEIRDLY CUTE

We are all weird at times in life. From mood swings to doing weird things when no one is watching, everyone has a super weird secret of their own. But hey! That’s pretty much a secret.
While you must be going all perplexed about their eerie escapade, our canine friends are pretty normal with their strange manners. You might find some of these uncanny ways cute, while some will completely gross you out.
Let’s take a look at some of the common uncommon behaviors of our beloved fluffies –
1. Chasing Tails.tail2

 

When they run in circles over and over again trying to catch their own tail is the funniest thing you’ll see in a dog’s world. You might often wonder that why on earth would they chase their own tails? But as odd as it may seem, there are a couple of reasons why your dog exhibits this kind of behavior. Their natural characteristic is to chase things. Your pup will look at its tail as an enjoyable play-toy to chase around. This becomes a habit over time. In case your dog is not a habitual tail-chaser, chances are that he has a flea or tick problem that needs to be looked upon.

2. Stop eating! That’s your own POOP!

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Now this surely seems the weirdest of all! How can they eat their own poop!? I mean, is this for real? My little furry baby is so beautiful and adorable, how can he lower himself down into such filth? And adding to this, it has a scientific name too. Coprophagy is the term for eating feces, which is actually quite common in our canine darlings. The reason to this is the survival instinct in them. In order to keep the enemies away, they eat their poop so that they cannot be tracked. We still love them anyway, don’t we?

3. Scratching the Floor before Sleeping

To humans, this may seem weird seeing someone scratch their beds before dozing off. But to our fluffy friends, it is just like fluffing pillows is for humans. Dogs scratch the floor and turn around in circles before plopping on their bed. Strange as it may sound, it is a natural behavior for all dogs. It is meant to create comfort, warmth and claim their bed territory. Makes sense now, right?

4. Butt Sniffing

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Umm. Okay.
So dogs have this habit of sniffing butts of other dogs they meet. They do it turn-wise. It is a way of greeting, just like a handshake is for humans. Weird much? Here’s the reason – by doing this unreal ritual, dogs can find out a list of things about the other dog; their health status, their sex, their diet and even their moods. Call it a superpower (super-curse maybe :/) or whatever, it is known that a dog’s sense of smell is 1,000,000 times more sensitive than humans. They smell and they know. That’s how weirdly cool they are. B-)

5. Licking anything and everything

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Yes, we all know the heights of this habit of theirs. Mostly, with domestic dogs, it is due to affection. But this continues for strangers and even other animals sometimes. Studies show that dogs like the salty taste on their owner’s skin. Also, puppies are licked by their mother as soon as they are out of the womb so as to keep them clean and to make them able to breathe properly. This becomes a habit eventually in all dogs.

These are just some of the weird things our cute furies do. But despite of all the gross and weird behaviors, we are deeply and madly crazy for them.

No matter how strange and unreal they get, we can never live without them. Because when it comes to loving your pet, UNCONDITIONAL is just an understatement. 🙂

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Breeds and the Masters :: PUMI

The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.
—George Graham

ORIGIN : Hungry
HEIGHT : Maximum is 20-22 inches.
WEIGHT : 10 to 15 kg (Dog)
8 to 13 kg (Bitch)
LIFE EXPECTANCY : Averagely 12-14 years.

THE DOG THAT CANNOT KEEP QUIET. This is how it is defined. They are damn mouthy. These Hungarian small sized herding breed of dog is energetic, high spirited and very vocal. They are also very restless and love to move around. Most owners say that its impossible to tire a Pumi because these dogs are naturally inquisite and they make an excellent watch dog. To represent its alertness and happy character it carries its tail high and ears ever alert. The compact hind feet are set back from the body. The chest is deep and ribs are somewhat flat. The feet are strong, with elastic pads and hard nails. They are vigorous and barks every time even on the slightest noise.

TRAINING:
Pumi’s are very protective to their own family and very reserved to the strangers. They are active and lively hence easy to train as they are intelligent and obedient breed. These breeds imitate their mother and companion even as a pup. They are known to display unlimited talents when trained properly. They have won world championship records in obedience competitions.

TOYS:
Frisbee’s and tennis ball are their favorite and when he has decided to play you have to be ready to play. Who can say no to a demanding pumi. Hardly possible. They have a tendency to hang on high to find out the activities going on around him. They can even be treated as a lap dog but as they come to sense something more interesting going on around them, they will leave you deserted.

COAT AND HAIR:
They have a thick and curly coat with medium length fur i.e. approx. 7 cm long. They have soft undercoat and harsh undercoat. They require maintenance. They need to be combed every few weeks and even trimming is required every 2-4 months. This puppy sheds almost no hair. But removal of excess hair from ears is recommended whenever required.

EXERCISE:
Super active breed needs a lot of exercise. These are outdoor dogs and are well deserved to be kept on entrance as watch dogs and guarding dogs on farm. For their urban settlement you need to find a good replacement to keep this puppy very occupied which may include walks and jogs. When walks are considered make sure you make them walk behind you so as to make him realize that a leader needs to lead the way and it has to be a human.

COLOUR:
Most Pumis are gray, and any shade of gray is accepted in the show ring. Gray Pumis are born black but puppies usually start graying at the age of 6 to 8 weeks, and the shade gradually lightens. The final shade can be predicted by the color of the parents. Other accepted colors are black, white, and maszkos fakó, which is cream to red with a darker mask. Other colors are possible, but not accepted for shows. Black and tan, brown, blue, and wolf-colored puppies are born occasionally.

DID YOU KNOW???

  • First Pumis were imported to Finland in 1972.
  • The word “Pumi” had its first mention in 1815 describing a variety of a Sheep Dog.
  • Its origin place is Hungary and this place had more than 2000 registrations 1990s.

CAUTION:
If you want a dog who could just sit on a sofa and let you relax, this one is definitely not for you. But for other reasons you may owe one and shop for him on waggytaggy.com, your official puppy partner. 🙂

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Breeds and the Masters :: GOLDEN RETRIEVERS

“Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.”
—Cesar Millan (dog trainer)

ORIGIN: United Kingdom (Scotland)
HEIGHT: Maximum is 20-22 inches.
WEIGHT: Maximum of 25-30 kgs.
LIFE EXPECTANCY: Averagely 10-12 years.

LARGE and SMART:

These two words hold almost entire of their description. These large sized and strongly built breed of dogs are very friendly and confident. They are not just one-man dogs, they are equally compatible with the strangers as well and this characteristic make them a poor watch dog. They are one of the brightest breed in terms of intelligence. They are popular because of their high level of socializing, their calmness and importantly their willingness to learn. They are very easy to train and their focus of the given task is highly appreciable.

BASIC CHARACTERISTICS:

WATER LOVERS: They just love to be around water. Born with water repellent water coat, they have dense inner coat to provide them enough warmth in outdoors. So next time when you are out to play with water take them along to have an awesome companion to hang out with.
COMPATIBLE WITH HUMANITY: Every dog is compatible with their master but this one has an exception. They are even compatible with the strangers. They crave human attention and they know how to grab it.
HIGH ENERGY LEVEL: This breed is very high on energy and so need to have enough outdoors to utilize the same. Enough exercise is also important to maintain their energy and keep them fit.

THE DO’S AND THE DONT’S:

  • CONSISTENT AND PATIENT: They are easy learners but learning takes time. Let your Golden feel secure enough to obey your commands. Praise when he is good and sometimes ignore the bad one. Give him enough space but do not confuse them by making corrections.
  •  ATTENTION: Golden’s love attention and he will do anything to please you for that. Give him enough to make him feel like family. They love to be loved and even love to love.
  •  TRAIN AND PRAISE: Make a training schedule and train them accordingly. Very importantly, praise them. They react amazingly when you praise them. Treat them often when he makes you happy.
  •  TRAINING PERIOD: Take it easy. It will take time. Don’t make it long enough and ruin the fun because after a certain period of time even your puppy will start losing its interest.
  •  AVOID YOUR MOODS: Don’t bother your pooches when you are in bad mood. Avoid the training session when you are in your negative state and wait till you feel positive enough to pass on that positivity to your pet.

 

QUICK FUN FACTS ABOUT GOLDEN RETRIEVER:
1.They love to swim and are always ready for a game in lakes.
2. Their keen tracking ability and strong sense of smell has made them a part of search and rescuer teams.
3. They are a good therapy dogs.
4. Their origin took place in late 19th century in Scotland.
5.  They are ranked #4 in smartness after Border Collies, poodles and German Shepherds.
6. There are three types of GR i.e. British type, American type and Canadian type and they differ in color and size.
7. They are even known to take care of other animals including cats.
8. They feel sad and depressed if left alone for long period of time. According to experts, they should not be left alone for more than seven hours.

PERFECT FAMILY DOG is waiting for you. Allow him to enter your world. They are not our whole life, but they can definitely make our life whole. I am certain that the love dogs have is the closest you’ll ever come to experiencing God’s unconditional love here on earth.

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Breeds and the Masters :: Pom Pom POMERANIAN

“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.”
―M.K. Clinton

ORIGIN: Germany and Poland
NICKNAMES: Pom, Pom Pom, Deutsche Spitze.
HEIGHT: Maximum is 11 inches.
WEIGHT: Maximum of 7 pounds.
LIFE EXPECTANCY: Averagely 14 years.

“The little dog who thinks he can”. Someone defined it right. This cutie falls under the category of companion dogs or toy dog breed. This tiny creature is very active and is suitable to be a family friend. They are playful being intelligent at the same time, extroverted and sociable. When it comes to colors, they come in various colors apart from black and white like grey shaded, tan and orange. Although they are very energetic, they still need to exercise. Taking them on short walks can be good for him and you can also have a companion at the same time.

BASIC CHARACTERISTICS:

WATCH DOGS: It may seem a bit crazy but yes these dogs can be very good watch dogs also. They are very affectionate and loyal. They love you with all their hearts. So strangers need to be very careful.

ATTENTION SEEKER: just like we humans, they demand attention. Not particularly in terms of food and exercise but all they demand is love and you will have it reverted to you just in no time. WOW.

GOOD LEARNER: this intelligent puppy is very eager to learn all the time but yes one need to be very patient. You need to devote when you expect the best from them.

ACTIVE AND ALERT: this tiny creature just love to troll around in the house and explore almost everything with its sharp little nose. They love to know about new place and people.

HEALTH IS WEALTH:
Pomeranian’s have certain health issues which need to be taken care of.

DENTAL ISSUES:you need to have their teeth cleaned regularly because of their good diet. They do not have the strongest teeth. MIND IT

SOFT SPOT: Just like a kid, pom pom is also born with soft spot. Like kids it closes with their age but sometimes in case of these puppies, it never shuts down and may remain forever which is not actually fatal but need to be just taken care of so they may not get hit on those certain soft spots. TAKE CARE

LIVER SHUNTS: it’s something very complicated to actually define but it may be summarized to have some internal issues which hinder the protein production of their body. It leads to hamper the growth of puppies and this disease basically affects the tiny breeds REMEMBER REGULAR CHECKUPS

SO GO AND GET ONE FOR YOU. NOTHING IN THIS WORLD WILL MAKE YOUR DAY MORE AWESOME THEN TO HAVE A LITTLE ONE ALWAYS WANTING TO LOVE YOU…..

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DANGEROUS DELIGHTS FOR YOUR POOCHES

Although dogs are companions to mankind but the food that is healthy to humans can be dangerous to dogs. Here is your guide to what not to feed your pooches, no matter how awesome it seems:

  1. GRAPES: This tiny juicy fruit which is a healthy snack to mankind is dangerous to dogs as much that it may lead them to loose their appetites. Dogs may even show the symptoms of diarrhea, depressions etc. this may lead to their kidney damage. Raisins being the same category is equally toxic. So next time when you are with your dog and having grapes do not think of giving them one.
  2. ONIONS: what can a human have if it doesn’t have onions. But stop! Say a big NO when it comes to dogs. Onions contain thiosulphate, a substance that causes your dog’s red blood cells to burst in a condition called hemolytic anemia. Raw or cooked both are dangerous.
  3. COFFEE AND TEA: Due to caffeine content it is very popular with humans and due to the same content it is dangerous for your pooches. It relieves humans of their stress but at the same time it may lead to hypertension or even seizures to your dogs if consumed in ingesting moderate amounts. “BEWARE”, now little spilled coffee or tea may not harm him but quantity can.
  4. CANDY: Dogs are children’s playmate and children loves candy. Its kind of normal if your kid offers a candy to its dog and he grabs it. But are you aware that consuming such a high sugar fatty candy can lead your dog suffer from pancreatitis?
  5. CHOCOLATES: You may think that dark chocolates may not harm but you are mistaken. Chocolates are the WORST kind of candy your dog can have. Chocolates contain theobromine which is somehow similar to caffeine and rest is already understood.
  6. COOKED BONES: Bones and dangerous? Yes it is. Cooked bones lead to extra calories and they are harmful for your pet. Whenever you are feeding him with bones, make sure it is RAW.
  7. FISH AND MEAT: Consumption of raw fish is highly dangerous especially salmon and trout. Raw meat is high in protein but it carries risk of microbes and parasites. So if you are feeding you pet with raw meat, ensure that you get the best quality possible and serve it FRESH
  8. SALT AND BACON: Salt poisoning is very acute as it may lead to death. Options of salt can be served like rock salt or salt water. Bacon is dangerous because of its high fat and sodium content.
  9. DAIRY PRODUCTS: Surprised?? But that’s true. When they are pups they may be happily consuming their mother’s milk but as they grow and become adults they may fail to produce enough enzymes to digest the lactose content in milk. Cheese is safe if served in little quantity as lactose content is less than milk.

SO NOW YOU HAVE SO MANY DON’Ts FOR YOU PETS. FOLLOW THEM AND HELP YOUR POOCHES MAINTAIN PROPER HEALTH AND WEIGHT. 🙂

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Have a real bonding time while camping with Your Dog

If you are the owner of a dog you must be familiar with the hardships that you have to face while planning to go on a camping trip and making the decision of taking your dog with you or not. It is a fact that several species of dogs do not prefer trips and therefore they might not be a very good companion.

So if you are ready to have a special bonding time with your dog through a camping trip then consider the given tips to have a successful and fun experience:

Know before you go:

The first thing that you have to make sure is, will your dog be a good companion on the trip. To understand this you have to look for a few habits and signs in your dog’s behavior like when you take him outside and tie him if he is readily excitable with loud vocals and hate when tied then it is better you keep him home.

If your dog is peaceful and easily follow all your commands then you two are going to have the time of your life.

Make your dog comfortable and train him:

Before taking your dog directly on a camping trip, it is better to train him first and make him comfortable with the environment. Take your dog for a few hikes to make him familiar with the wild atmosphere. Make sure you observe his behavior. It should be calm and positive.

Once your dog is comfortable with the wild, train him a few commands that he should respond to quickly like:

  • Sit
  • Stay
  • Down
  • Come
  • Leave it

It is important to keep the behavior of your dog checked so you can deal with any kind of situations.

It is time to pack and prepare:

Once your dog is approved of going on a trip following are the essentials that you must prepare for and pack before leaving:

  • Assure that pets are allowed on the camping sites
  • Get your dog vaccinated and apply the pest preventives. Keep his medications and flea treatment with you.
  • To avoid him getting lost, get a microchip inserted in his collar
  • You must have a 10 to 20 feet leash for tying and 6 feet leash for walking
  • Dog food, water, poop bags, first aid kits and dog’s bed are the essentials you should not forget to pack.
  • Do not forget to keep his favorite toy with you.
  • Keep your dog well-hydrated and warm
  • Keep him engaged with different fun activities
  • You must have your name and cell number tagged with the collar of your dog. Therefore, if you get lost him, his finder can contact you.

With these simple planning and preparations tips, you can have a memorable time with your dog under the shelter of Mother Nature. So use your common sense, get prepared for the best adventure of your life, and have a blast with your four-legged partner.