Tips For Keeping Your Dog Healthy and Happy

The best thing you can do to insure a happy addition to your family, is to choose a dog that is a good match for your home and lifestyle. If you have a young and active family, it makes sense to have dog that loves exercise and has lots of energy. If there are no children in your household, and you are not physically active, you probably want a smaller dog that requires less activity. Some dogs require a lot of attention and want to be with the rest of the family as much as possible. I learned how important this is when I ended up with 3 Dobermans. This is a breed that will not do well if left home alone on a regular basis, or tied up in the yard by himself. Dobermans are known as “velcro dogs” for a reason.

Maintaining your dog at a healthy weight is something you can do that will improve the quality of his life. Overweight dogs, just like overweight people, have more health problems. Arthritis and joint pain, diabetes and heart trouble are common in overweight dogs. Older dogs and less active breeds obviously require less calorie intake. On the other hand, puppies and young, active dogs will need to be fed differently. Growing puppies need to be fed several times and day, eventually tapering off to 2 meals a day. A high quality meat based diet is best and a human grade, quality pet vitamin is a great way to supplement your dogs diet, providing important nutrients, such as omega fatty acids and antioxidants that most commercially available dog foods do not have.

An important ingredient for happy dogs and happy dog owners, is learning some manners. You should enroll your puppy in a basic obedience or puppy kindergarten class. This will go a long way in keeping harmony in the house! Socializing your puppy or even your new adopted adult dog is also crucial. You want your new family member to be familiar with your kids friends as well as your neighbors and your neighbors pets.

Exercise, both physical and mental will go a long way in keeping your dog happy and healthy. Exercise should be fun for your and your dog. Its a great way to get out and meet people and gives your dog a chance to explore all the different smells he comes across. This may not sound very exciting to us, but your dog will love it. The amount of physical activity required is dependent on the age and breed of the dog. Working dogs in particular require adequate physical activity, but they also thrive on mental challenges. They are intelligent and like to learn, especially to please their owner. The best exercise for your four-legged friend can be as simple as running around and playing in the yard with the kids.

Routine vet appointments for keeping shots up to date, toys to chew and play with, and lots of love and affection from you will guarantee your dog will live the good life and bring you years of devotion from your furry family member.

Source by Joseph M Sabol

Dog Knotting – The True Definition

A dog knot can mean very many different things. Some of them rather perverse, others more useful. This article is specifically about the true definition of a canine dog knot or dog knotting and what exactly it is.

When a female dog is in heat, and a male dog is in her vicinity, the two will breed. Usually the positioning is that the male mounts from behind. The female moves her tail to the side if she is ready. The male’s penis penetrates the vagina and the bulbous glandis (erectile tissue part of the penis that is at base of the shaft) expands causing the two dogs to lock together. The standard term for this process is that the two dogs are “tied” together. It is also referred to as a “dog knot” or “dog knotting.” After he has ejaculated, he dismounts but the two dogs are back to back, still connected by the male’s penis. This “deflation period” can last up to 30 minutes. The two dogs are almost impossible to separate during the dog knot. This is the process that the breeder has to be patient with.

It is important for the breeder to make sure that the situation is calm. You don’t want the female to get excited and roll around or pull the male, or vice versa. This could result in a breeding failure. One old-school, substandard, unguaranteeable practice for impatient breeders was to ice the dogs’ genital areas to get them apart.

After the tie (or dog knotting), inspect the male and make sure that his penis has retracted properly, and isn’t stuck in his hair. For the female, it is good to hinder her for urinating for several minutes in hopes that the sperm will be able to penetrate her eggs.

While it is totally logical and natural, there has been a lot of scrutiny on the dog breeding process and dog knotting in particular. In the simplest terms a “dog knot” refers to two dogs mating, and the processes involved. This is also a term known as “being tied.” There are many definitions (including a rather valid use by engineers) for the term but the true meaning behind it all has to do with the way dogs breed.

Source by Peter Demmon

Should You Choose a Shih Tzu? Pros and Cons

Shih Tzus can be a joy or a pain depending on your situation, and like any breed there are pros and cons. Here are a few things to consider:

Pro: They have the ideal temperament for singles or couples with older kids are people dogs – outgoing, confident and alert. While they may appear somewhat arrogant on sight, the breed usually possesses a sweet-natured temperament. can go from being the ultimate TV-watching couch potato companion to playful pet at the dangling of a toy or toss of a treat. These little guys seem to know they’re irresistible and enjoy being treated like royalty. But all the spoiling their owners lavish them with is returned a hundredfold with their fierce loyalty.

Con: They are not always good for babies or young children

Because are used to being the center of attention, they can get jealous of babies or young children who constantly need adult supervision. And an older Shih Tzu may snap if bothered by boisterous kids who are not respectful of its space. But some are more tolerant, and if pup and child are introduced properly at an early stage, they may get along swimmingly.

Pro: The breed requires minimal exercise

Unlike other action-loving breeds, are usually content with a short walk around the block or indoor play sessions. If you have a yard, letting your out for brief periods during the day will thrill him, but this breed is also well suited for apartment dwellers.

Con: High maintenance when it comes to grooming

The is a long-haired breed, and without regular brushing, it can become a matted, knotted mess. If you can’t commit to setting time out daily to comb your dog’s fur, you’ll have to make regular appointments with the local dog groomer for frequent trims to keep his coat short and clean. also require a weekly bath and nail clipping.

Pro: A storied history

If you want a piece of history ambling about your house, look no further than the. Based on the breed’s appearances in ancient Chinese paintings, it is thought that have been around since 624 AD and while the breed’s origin is a subject of much debate, they were known to be part of the Chinese court.

Con: A history of health problems

While generally healthy creatures, Shih Tzus are subject to a kidney disease called renal dysplasia. Also, because of their short faces, this breed has to be handled with more care than some other breeds – a Shih Tzu’s respiratory system is compromised by his short nose, so don’t smoke or use strong chemical cleaning products around him. Also, short-faced dogs have a high risk of heatstroke, so minimizing your dog’s outdoor activity during the summer is essential.

Pro: All the cool kids have

Because are awesome, they have been a staple in the American Kennel Club’s Top 10 Most Popular Breeds since 2004.

Con: All the cool kids have Shih Tzus

The burden of any popular breed is abuse by puppy millers and backyard breeders, who damage the gene pool by mass mis-breeding dogs for profit and not for the betterment of the breed.

So if you feel a Shitzu is for you, please start your search with a breeder referral from the AKC or a breed-specific club (in this case the American Shih Tzu Club) – these resources will steer you in the right direction. Never buy a puppy off the internet with a “buy it now” tab. Instant gratification is all good and well until you find your puppy is replete with health problems from poor breeding.

Source by Katrina Wagner