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Great News : Medals for Canines and Horses

It is not new to see military men being honored for their bravery and selflessness. But to see four-legged soldiers being honored for the same is a very heartwarming move by the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). This is the first time Indian security has decided to mint a special medal for canines and horses who accompany our army men in combat zone.

This concept is not new in the global arena. The PDSA Dickin Medal was instituted in 1943 in the United Kingdom by Maria Dickin to honor the work of animals in World War II. However, in India, ITBP has taken recognition of the exemplary work by canines and horses to the next level.

The initiative has been taken by Sino-India border guarding force ITBP which has instituted an ‘Animal Transport’ and a ‘K9’ (canine) medal and has chosen its workhorse ‘Thunderbolt’ and female dog ‘Sophia’ for the maiden decoration to be awarded to them during its forthcoming 55th anniversary celebrations.

This step by ITBP is an example of how important it is to be grateful for other beings who actually walk shoulder-to-shoulder with our army to the borders and never fail their loyalty for the nation.

We, Team WaggyTaggy, salute all the soldiers; humans and animals, who shed their blood and sweat for the country and who never fail to protect it even if it is for the cost of their lives.

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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.
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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.”

You can look for some healthier and tastier treats for your pet at waggytaggy.com/treats

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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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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.

So Praise him, love him and then pamper him with waggytaggy.com

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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…..

Pamper your little pom pom with various gifts from waggy taggy…your pooches 24*7 care taker.

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INTERESTING FACTS BETWEEN DOG AND CAT LOVER

  1. Many recent studies show that ‘Dog people’ and ‘Cat people’ really are different in terms of their personalities.
    There are a lot more canine friends than feline friends out there in the world and there are few who like to keep the both. However, some prominent differences between dog parents and cat parents are worth a read.
    Check them out:
    Dog people are considered to be more lively and outgoing than cat people. Cat people are more introverted and sensitive.
    2. Cat owners scored high on intelligence than dog owners. *No Offence*
    3. It is found out from various surveys that Dog people seek companionship. Dogs themselves adore companionship too. On the other hand, Cat people just seek affection from their cats. They are not afraid to be alone. In fact, they enjoy their own space and solitude.
    4. It is said that dogs are less clumsy than cats. Dogs seem to be more obedient and so are the dog people. They tend to follow rules and Cat people, on the other hand, are kind of rebels and ‘make their own rules’ type of people.
    5. One more interesting difference found in researches and surveys is that Dog people trust people more easily than Cat people. They have wonderful listening skills and high trust levels. But when I comes to Cat parents, they are often more skeptical and they do carry their own set of trust issues. However, this makes them less prone to being cheated upon.
    6. It is also found out that Cat people are more creative than Dog people. Their unique and creative ideas astonish everyone around them and they often pursue their sense of creativity as their career choice. It doesn’t mean that Dog people aren’t creative. But studies show that most of the Dog people sometimes fail to exhibit their creativity. Exceptions however, always exist!
    These were some common differences between Dog people and Cat people. Studies show that people believe that their own personalities are similar to those of the pets they keep. This gives a lot of insight to the behavior of people.
    Interesting! Isn’t it?
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HOW TO HOLD A LEASH

>Walking around with your pet dog is a great pleasure. For this purpose, you put a leash in the collar of your dog. However, there are several wrong methods of holding the leash that can lead you to have major injuries. When you let your dog drag you wherever they want to go then holding the leash in the wrong way can be dangerous.

You might fall and have severe injuries like the breaking of a bone, scratches around the body and much more. Therefore, it is important for every dog owner to learn the manners to hold the leash. It can lead you to walk your dog in a safe and controlled manner.

How to hold the leash:

Hold the leash with the following given methods and you will be safe to walk your dog anywhere.

Slip your thumb:

You can slip your thumb through the handle of the leash. It is a safe method when you are taking your dog for sniffing. Use a long leash if your dog does not pull or chase your hand.

Loop the leash:

If you want your pet dog to stay closer to you, simply loop the leash over your thumb and then fold the leash many times around your hand. When it reaches your desired length then you can walk your dog around with safety.

Shorter leash:

Sometimes regarding the conditions, the dog might get aggressive or overexcited. In such situations, controlling the dog is very difficult. So you must have a small leash to fulfill the requirements of safety and control on the dog.

Bottom of the hand:

For the maximum protection and safety of the dog, when you have folded the leash around your hand, make sure that the extra part comes out of the bottom of your hand near the pinkie finger.

Put your feet:
In the public when you are talking to someone or you, want your dog to have a break. Make sure that you put your feet on the leash. You can also hold it with two hands near your belly button as if you are holding a basketball. This will protect you as the dog will not be able to drag you with him.

Dog is pulling hard:

When your dog is pulling you hard the safest method is point one hip in its direction of the pull. Keep both your shoulders and legs apart. This firm your hold on the ground and the dog will not be able to pull you towards itself.

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If you want to give your dog a long leash, simply open and close your hand. All the folds will be opened and your dog can have the freedom to move easily. This will help you to keep you hold on the ground and at the same time, your dog can enjoy.

Use these tips to walk with your dog and keep it safe. Also share with people around and make a hassle free walk.

You can also get some exquisite leashes and other canine accessories at WaggyTaggy

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PUDGY PETS -SHOULDN’T BE TAKEN LIGHTLY

Just like humans, pets too have a tendency to gain weight. Yes, that’s true! Your pets can become obese too.
Obesity is a nutritional disease which is defined by excessive body fat. Dogs or cats when over nourished and with lack of exercise tend to gain weight and suffer the risk that comes along with obesity.
What causes obesity?
• Eating more than they can expend.
• Studies show that obese owners are more likely to have obese pets. It is because they are less likely to take their pets for exercise. Another reason may be that they tend to over-feed their pets just like they do with themselves.
• Female dogs are more susceptible to obesity.
• Obesity is a common thing among older dogs.
• There are various health related problems too that can cause obesity – arthritis, depression, etc.

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There may be several other reasons for pet obesity, but the risks that come along with it are quite horrifying. Some of the risks associated with obesity are:
• high blood pressure
• osteoarthritis and faster degeneration of affected joints
• cancer
• heart diseases
• bladder stones
• diabetes
• respiratory distress
Apart from this, obese pets are more likely to lead an inactive life. They may be lethargic all the time and it has always been accepted that heavy dogs lived a shorter life span than lean dogs.
So you may like your dog to look a little chubby and cute, you may like to feed him with his favorites all the time, but this kindness sure is leading him to a path full of health problems.
However, it is not difficult to plan a weight loss strategy for your pet. Here are few tips –
• Consult a vet and choose a weight goal for your pet.
• Change your pet’s food to a low calorie diet. Depriving him all of a sudden of food may make him malnourished, so choose appropriate quantities with low calories.
• Consider special diets that contain high fibre to ensure that your pet feels full.
• Replace tidbits with healthy snacks. Carrots, green beans as well as air popped popcorn make excellent snacks.
• Exercise your pet! It is as important as changing diet plan. Take him out on long walks; engage him in playful activities that involve jumping or running.
• Keep a check on your pet’s weight every week. If nothing seems working, consult your vet as the underlying problem may be something else.
Remember, once your pet reaches an ideal weight, it is important to continue these healthy tips to ensure that your pet stays away from regaining the weight.