Seven DIY Important Steps to Learn For Your Dog’s Physical Examination

It is rightly said that – PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CARE. If every pet parent knows beforehand diagnosis tips before it’s too late when a pet is sick, it can greatly save pet from undergoing too much pain along with saving vet bills. Every pet owner needs to learn a primary physical examination; they would watch their dogs much closer and take them to vet’s examination if necessary.

What Do You Need to Examine?


Eyes speak a lot about your pooch’s health. Look into their eyes with the help of flashlight to see if the pupils are responsive and of the same size. Notice whether eyes seem sunken or the skin under them is pale or discolored. If you find out anything not normal, don’t take it too long to visit a vet.


Check the ears properly. Lift those flaps and look at the skin before looking inside. You should know what is normal for your dog and they should seem normal not smelly and yellowish. When looking into the ear canal, do not put anything inside. If the ear smells, having a discharge or are discolored, clean them with the help of cleanaural drops. And, if it requires clinical care, visit a vet. Ear problems may be annoying but they may not end up into emergency.


Mouth physical examination needs to be performed regularly. Your dog should be used to you opening her mouth and since, she would be used to you not hurting her, will be a smooth process. Look for the gums as they should appear pink and moist. The teeth should be tartar free and white. In case of any changes to the teeth, it is fine you can cover up with the help of regular brushing with Dentipet toothpaste and dental spray gel. But, if the gums seem problematic, immediately take your pooch to your vet.

Chest and Abdomen

Having a pet, it is important to own a stethoscope. It’s inexpensive and takes just a few trials to get used to it. Listen to your dog’s heartbeat and count how many times it’s beating per minute. Find the artery on the inside of the back leg and press down on it to count the pulse (A big healthy dog might have a heartbeat of 60 times per minute, and a little dog at 160). If these numbers are not matching, go ahead and get her checked with a vet.


While you are listening to her heartbeat, run your hand over her stomach and abdomen to feel any lumps or bumps or abnormal swellings. If your dog shows any pain when you are running your hand on the belly, then there is something wrong. You need to get her right to the vet.

Nose and Skin

Check the nose, it should be moist and clean without any running water, the skin should be dry but not flaky. Hydration level should be normal. If you pull your dog’s skin, it should go back quickly, but if it takes time going back slowly, it means your dog is dehydrated. There should not be any lumps or bumps. And, of course no fleas or ticks. Check for any flea dust or ticks that may be found by checking on the fur. In case of parasites, you can use flea and tick treatment to treat the infestation.


Temperature helps to give overall view of your dog’s health condition. Using a digital rectal thermometer find the temperature. Lubricate the end with petroleum jelly and gently insert it into the rectum, about 1 inch for small dogs and 2 inches for large dogs. A normal temperature is between 100º and 102.5º F. If the temperature reads 103 or under 99, your pooch is sick and needs further care right away.

Though dogs may seem active and fine without any health issues, it is crucial for every pet owner to examine and take her to a vet for a regular checkup. Not for vaccines or heartworm test, but for overall physical test to look for any subtle changes that your vet may recognize. Moreover, dogs age very quickly and develop arthritis, obesity, early heart disease or periodontal disease. You may not notice these changes by physical examination but can be identified in a clinic.

Source by Eugene Hix

Benefits of Pet Crate Covers

Many pet owners love the benefits of crate training their dog but are not pleased with the general look of having a large box in their family living space to house their pet. As a result, many purchase a dog crate cover to help camouflage the crate and allow it to blend in more readily with their décor. In their attempt to solve the problem of an eye sore in the home, owners are quickly realizing that the benefits reach far beyond aesthetics.

Most models are constructed of fabric, which leads to a wide selection of fabric styles, colors and patterns. If a pup’s home is located in a place that is drafty, the cover can provide extra warmth. It if is located in an area that receives a good bit of sunlight, it can provide shade. There are even models designed for outdoor use, providing extra protection from the elements. In any case, if the pet’s comfort level is increased, this can impact not only health, but behavior in a positive way.

For a puppy that is recently weaned, a pet crate cover can create an environment that feels particularly cozy and secure. This can help your canine adjust to a new environment and may even help it sleep better through the night.

Some models come with various accessories, adding to the comfort level provided for your animal. It is possible to find pet crate covers that are sold in a set and include a mattress and bumper. Some retailers also offer matching pillows and blankets for purchase. Again, the more secure and comfortable the space is, the more inviting it is to your animal.

Be sure to speak to the retailer about sizes offered. There are a number of standard sizes available, and some retailers also offer custom options. Another consideration is how many doors or openings are included. Some dog crate covers are made with only one door, while others have more. Some models allow the sides to be pulled or rolled up and fastened at the top, offering an opportunity for your pet to have a wider view, and be more engaged in its surroundings. These can then be dropped or zipped back into place for quiet time.

While researching your purchase, it is helpful to consider all the possible benefits, and not focus strictly on the appearance. This will result in something that is pleasing to both you and your dog.

Source by Teresa James

Dog Food Diet

One of the biggest factors that effect our pet’s overall behavior and good health is in what we feed them. Although, there are a great many dog foods available commercially from which to choose, making the right decision for your dogs food diet can sometimes be confusing if not impossible, however, let us tackle the situation nonetheless.

For a moment, let us look beyond the advertisements and the labels and see exactly what our dog food diet does contain. Below you will find a partial list that will enable you to know whether your pet is getting the correct amounts of what he needs for nourishment.

For instance, something could be wrong with your pet’s diet if the animal suffers from constant shedding or is hyperactive or even inactive as well as if your pet has problems with gas such as burping or large smelly stool, perhaps it shows signs of skin or ear infections, even a weak immune system may be a tell tale sign. Occasionally these signs or a combination of them may show up, however a re-occurrence is often a cause of concern. Reviewing your animal’s diet should be one of the first issues you should address.

To function properly your dog requires forty-five nutrients. Separated into several major groups the nutrients consist of water, protein, minerals as well as carbohydrates, fats and vitamins. To be properly digested, as well as absorbed by the body all of these nutrients have to be in their correct amounts.


Keep in mind that any canine, including your dog is a carnivore; this means their body mainly uses meat of its fuel source. In addition, it measures in that grains and vegetables do not have a major contribution to a dog’s diet. Indicated on the packaging of dog food, the amounts of protein you will find. However, determining the total of protein is not as important as knowing from what source the protein comes.

Manufacturers of dog food use a wide choice in sources of protein, from which to use while making their brand of dog food for canine consumption. There are meat products such as chicken, lamb and beef as well as several other sources of meat products like grains such as soy, corn or wheat and other plant life. This is one reason why your dog will safely; eat grass by its own natural instincts.

The manufactured can label includes the ingredients list which determines the sources that are most used in the package of dog food you purchase. There you will find listed by law, the largest amount of ingredient in the mixture, listed first followed by the others as they decrease in amount. There should always be three sources of meat on the first five items listed. Anything less than three is lacking in the proper amount of protein for a healthy dogs diet.


Every dog primarily for energy, however, needs carbohydrates to be healthy, canines do not require a great deal of carbohydrates, as do their masters. The ideal diet for your pet is a diet, which is high in protein as well as low in carbohydrates.

Diets, which are high in carbohydrates, take longer to digest, they also result in large unpleasant gas and stool, since dogs are canines and canines are meat eaters. In addition, their gums may become overly sore and achy from the excessive chewing while their breath develops a smell most reproachful. Therefore, it is in your pet’s best interest, as well as your own to feed them only a diet containing carbohydrate sources such as grains in small amounts.


There are two different types of fat. Animal fat, which is, call saturated and vegetable fat, which is called polyunsaturated. To maintain an optimum good health your pet will need a supply of both as a whole of the essential fatty acids or EFA.

If your animal gets not enough fat in its diet it will cause low levels of energy, skin problems and heart problems. On the other hand, too much fat will result in obesity. Cancers and tumors can also develop. While reading the label, search for a product that offers an equal measure of balance between vegetable and animal fat.


There are also two different types of vitamins. They are fat-soluble vitamins and water-soluble vitamins. Vitamins are a necessary part of a diet as they are required for the release nutrients for the body’s use of food. You pet needs both types of vitamins.

Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat-soluble. They are stored in the body’s fatty tissues and in the liver. Vitamins B and C are water-soluble. Since vitamins are expelled from the body by urine every four to eight hours, too many vitamins will do no harm, and it is for this reason they are required in every meal.

You must essentially keep in mind that vitamins are lost easily in the manufacturing of dog food. As soon as the package is open and the vitamins are exposed to air and light they begin to break down. The vitamins B and C are especially sensitive, and are broken down easily.

Vitamin C is required to build a strong immune system for fighting disease as well as for healthy gums and teeth. Although dogs are capable of producing their own vitamin C, it is not enough for their best health and is therefore required in their diet. Vitamin B is required for breaking down carbohydrates and protein as well as for fueling energy.


Minerals are an essential element in a dog’s diet, however in most formulated dog food products they make up less than two percent. It is highly recommended that you add mineral supplements to your dog’s food, since more than half of the minerals necessary are lost in the process of manufacturing.


A clean, fresh source of water supply is necessary to maintain the proper body functioning for your pet as well as aiding the body while breaking down foods such as meat, which is hard to digest. Your dog needs water.

Regardless of whether you buy your dog food, or make your own, it is essential to include all the proper nutrients and in the right amounts while feeding your pet. It is the effort you put forth that leads your pet to a happy and healthy life while being your companion. Little things mean a lot.

Source by Ken Mathie

My Male Dog is Humping Another Male Dog – Should I Be Worried?

Possible Causes For Mounting


Mounting, also known as humping, behaviour can be an attempt by a male dog to initiate procreation. If a female dog is in heat in the surrounding area this need to procreate can often be displaced to the nearest dog, in the case of this article another male. This is nothing to worry about and will pass as the female in the area finishes her season. Castration is the best option to eliminate this behaviour.

Social Repertoire

Mounting or “humping” can also be a vital part of your dogs social repertoire by allowing them to express and determine rank between dogs. Dogs will often put their paws on each others backs, hold their head over the neck of another dog or in some cases mount the other dog. The gender of the other dog is irrelevant as the behaviour is not intended as an initiation for procreation but as a way of dogs achieving status and asserting their rank over the other dog. The dog that is doing the humping can often be the dog that ‘rules the pack’ and is clearly stating their place in the pecking order.


This is probably the most common cause for mounting behaviour seen in dogs and is especially common between males. This is due to the hormonal increase when dogs reach this age. Larger dogs such as retrievers tend to hit adolescence at around 7-10 months, whereas small dogs such as Jack Russells are likely to reach this stage at around 4 months old, due to them having a quicker maturity rate.


Another common cause is excitability. When a dog becomes overly exited by a certain stimulus be it that of another dog or simply being out and about in the park, they can displace their excitement in the form of humping another dog. Again whether the other dog is male or female is irrelevant, it is simply a redirection of excitable behaviour as opposed to jumping all over you, or pulling or biting on the lead.

Attention Seeking

Sometimes dogs can hump other dogs simply to get a reaction. If your dog humps another dog and you make a huge fuss then it can be quickly recognized as a means to an end. If you are ignoring your dog and the usual bringing you a toy or jumping up at you does not work they may turn to a behaviour that definitely gets your attention and humping often will.

Source by Louise Gradwell

My Lab Pepper, Part 1 of Three – The First Year

I was living in North Texas in the early 1970’s when I became interested in Labrador Retrievers. My family had always had small/medium sized dogs and never owned a large pet. I began searching the classified section for inexpensive Lab puppies. The normal price range for Lab puppies at that time was $150 to $200 (remember, this was 1973). After a couple of weeks, I found a Veterinarian/Breeder in a neighboring city that had one female for $50. I learned that she was not considered “show stock” because she had an underbite. Other than that, she was a perfect representation of her breed in all other aspects and one of an American Kennel Club registered litter. She came home with us that afternoon and we shortly registered her as “Texas Black Pepper”.

Shortly after that, my company transferred me to Kentucky, which meant we would be making a 985 mile journey with a small pup that was still not used to being away from her mother and litter mates. The first night at a motel was anything but restful. Pepper was not house broken and could not be trusted to freely roam the room. As we were settling in for the evening and Pepper was asleep, I put her in the bathtub with an old blanket, hoping she would sleep through the night. Not on your Life! After about a half hour, she began howling at the top of her lungs. I got up and held her for a little while and she was back asleep so I put her back in the bathtub, hoping she would be content to sleep through the night. You guessed it, this went on until about one AM, so I finally got a pillow and a blanket and crawled in the bathtub with her. After that, we “slept” the rest of the night without incident.

We had rented a house in Kentucky in the country that was to suffice until we could buy some land and built a house. This house was built in the early 1900’s and had large rooms, high ceilings, an oil-fired furnace and no air conditioning. After getting settled, I spent a great deal of my time with Pepper “training” her to fetch, sit, stay and all the basic commands one normally gives a dog. She (and I ), learned very quickly that so ingrained was her desire to learn and to please me, that she would do about anything I showed her how to do. In the Spring, after we had been in the old house for about nine months, I found that the back yard was crisscrossed with mole tunnels. I did not take me but a few minutes to get her to find and dig up moles and quickly dispatch them. Unfortunately, I couldn’t teach her to fill the holes where she had dug.

The yard was fenced, but it had some openings big enough that Pepper could squeeze through. Being a water dog, she would sneak off to the newly discovered creek across the road. This meant that somebody had to be out in the yard with her, especially in warm weather. There were no underground/wireless dog fences in those days.

Source by Tim Hancock

Dog Travel: 5 Tips for a Great Road Trip!

So you’ve decided to take a trip and this includes your four-legged friend. Now what? There are many things to consider before leaving and planning ahead can make all the difference between a very fun and memorable vacation or a disastrous one! The following are some tips that will help the both of you travel in comfort and ease your mind about your dog’s safety.

  • Riding Shotgun – Safety First! This is really simple. The safest way for your dog to travel in your vehicle is either by crate or a dog safety harness. This will ensure you’re not distracted while driving and not allow your dog to sneak out of an open door while at a rest area and go chase those squirrels! By riding in a crate or dog safety harness you can also rest assured your dog will be less likely to be injured if in an accident by not being thrown through the windshield.
  • Leash and Tags – Necessary Accessories. Keep your dogs leash or lead close at hand so when you do make a pit stop you can quickly jump out and allow your dog to stretch his legs and relieve himself (remember to clean up after your dog) or if in an emergency there’s no panic to find his leash in a hurry! And obviously you want to make sure your dog is wearing a collar with a tag just in case he does get away from you – it’s a good idea to provide your cellular number rather than your home number so you can be contacted while on vacation if he is lost.
  • Emergency Numbers – Local Veterinary Hospitals. Do your research ahead of time & locate animal clinics and veterinarian hospitals not only at your destination but along the route to your destination just in case something unexpected happens. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to also bring along your dog’s medical records.
  • Water Break – Don’t forget the Bowl! Not only should you stop frequently to give everyone a break (four-legged and two) but don’t forget to pack a bowl and give your dog a drink during these stops. You and I can keep ourselves hydrated while riding in a vehicle but our dogs cannot…so just imagine how thirsty he might get if you don’t make frequent stops.
  • Enjoy Your Stay – Hotels for Dogs. If you don’t make reservations ahead of time, make sure you do your research on which hotels are dog friendly in the area you will be vacationing at! Some hotels have size and breed restrictions so it really is important to plan ahead on this one! Remember that a lot of dog friendly hotels offer amenities just for your dog! So ask and take advantage of these. These amenities can range from: special dog beds to dog spa services including grooming and doggie daycare.

Being prepared for any situation by planning ahead can make your vacation a memorable one! Unfortunately emergencies can happen but advanced planning can eliminate the added stress. So think about these tips while planning your next road trip & enjoy. ‘Bone’ Voyage!

Source by Jennifer L Franklin

10 Questions I’m Most Asked about Dogs in Heat

1. What is heat?

Heat is more properly called the estrous cycle. During this cycle, female dogs may get pregnant. It’s equivalent to human menstruation.

2. What are the symptoms?

Females bleed from the vagina sometimes with swelling of the vulva and increased urination. Don’t expect bleeding comparable to a human female.

For small dogs, it’s usually not much and you may need to pay close attention to your puppy to identify her first cycle. Other than the bleeding, the most noticeable symptom may be

male dogs hanging around your house.

3. When does a dog come into heat?

The average female dog has her first cycle about six months of age. A few dogs start earlier and few dogs later, even as late as 14-months.

If you have a new female puppy, you should watch her and note when she has her first cycle. If she’s 14-months old and still hasn’t’t been in heat, you should take her to a veterinarian.

4. How long does the heat cycle last?

The average is three weeks or 21-days. In some dogs, it lasts only two weeks while others go four weeks.

5. How often will she be in heat?

Most female dogs have regular cycles usually every six to eight months. It’s quite typical to be in heat twice a year.

6. When can she get pregnant?

She can get pregnant only when in heat. Some breeders

test for progesterone levels to identify the most fertile days but the rule-of-thumb is that the most fertile days are 11-15 of her cycle.

Note – when she’s in heat, the average dog will permit any male

dog to mount her. Few females, however, will accept a male when

they’re not in heat.

7. Can she get pregnant her first cycle?

Yes. However, responsible breeders generally would not breed a dog that early. For one thing, you need to do genetic testing and some serious problems such as hip conditions do not show up until a dog is approximately 2-years of age.

8. Can I take her on walks during this cycle?

Yes with care. She has no problem with the exercise but she’s a walking magnet for male dogs.

Even the best trained and behaved female dog will succumb to hormones. You can’t trust her off a leash or out of your control. Never let her outside by herself even in a fenced yard if there is any possibility of male dogs nearby.

For walks, if there are male dogs in your neighborhood, it’s a good idea to take your dog in your car and drive to a remote area. Take her for the walk there and drive back home. Otherwise, the scent of her urine and vaginal discharge will blaze a trail to your home.

9. When I can have her spayed?

The answer to that one has changed continually over the

25-years I’ve been in the dog business. People used to be told to let their dog go through at least one cycle or let them have one litter.

Today, veterinarians are doing it much earlier. Some vets spay as early as 6-weeks of age! Talk to your veterinarian about your dog and the vet’s preferences. The state of veterinary medicine also is much improved over the past 25-years.

10. If I don’t have her spayed, will she go through menopause.

No. Her fertility may decline but she will not go through menopause comparable to a human’s. She won’t lose her ability to become pregnant even as a senior so if you don’t want to her to have any (or more) litters, she must be spayed.

Source by Louise Louis

Does Secrets to Dog Training Work On Stubborn Dogs?

Is Secrets to Dog Training effective on really stubborn dogs? If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you’re at your wits’ end with your dog, who insists on making his own rules.

He controls your behavior. He eats when he wants. He barks until he gets what he wants. He jumps on your furniture. He jumps on you when you come through the door. He jumps on your guests.

And he chews the heels off your favorite shoes.

In a nutshell, he’s making your life a living hell!

Desperate Measures

In desperation, you typed into Google’s search, “Secrets to Dog Training” or “Secrets to Dog Training Review” because you’d heard about this book and were wondering if it’s really an effective dog training book for stubborn dogs.

What Is Secrets to Dog Training?

Secrets to Dog Training is a 256-page, downloadable eBook written by professional dog trainer, Daniel Stevens. It’s unusually detailed and jam-packed with ideas and techniques all the professionals use. It teaches you how to prevent and deal with some of the most common behavior problems like:

  • Aggression with Other Canines
  • Food Aggression
  • Aggression with Children
  • Pulling on the Leash
  • Barking
  • Biting
  • Chewing
  • Jumping on People
  • Separation Anxiety

But wait. I digress.

How did I find out about Secrets to Dog Training?

I’ll tell you a really short, but true story. When I got my first dog Lily, I was clueless. I didn’t know she needed to be trained. I didn’t know I was supposed to make rules. I didn’t know Lily was supposed to follow my rules. I didn’t know she was supposed to actually obey me.

My dog Lily walked all over me – until I got desperate.

I looked online for dog training books, but I didn’t know what “training” my dog needed. I knew she barked all the time when I left the house. She “talked back” to me when I would tell her to get off my bed.

She jumped on my furniture, chewed my shoes and decided when she would eat. Basically, she ran the house. She was the leader and I was the follower.


Back to my Secrets to Dog Training Review.

Who Wrote Secrets to Dog Training?

Secrets to Dog Training is written by Daniel Stevens, a veteran dog trainer. The book is published by Kingdom of Pets. The tips and advice Daniel Stevens gives are time-tested.

What Does This Product Do?

This book teaches you how to take command and make your dog respect you. It teaches you first and foremost how to be the alpha dog – which gives you confidence. It also trains you to behave differently with your dog so that he listens to you – not sometimes – but all the time.

Downloadable 30 Minute Video

Because this book comes with an easy-to-follow 30 minute video, you get to experience real-life examples of dogs behaving badly, and the principles of Secrets to Dog Training being put into action.

The video gives you real solutions to specific, difficult problems created by stubborn pets. Videos are always best because you get to see if you’re implementing the techniques correctly.

How is the Book Layed Out?

The book starts off by providing new dog owners with advice on how to choose a puppy and from where to adopt them. It also guides the new or prospective owner on how to select a breed, breed information, how to proof your house and house training. It also talks about what to expect on your first vet visit and how to prepare for your visit.

Does It Address Stubborn Breed Problems?


The advanced section covers hard to solve problems with certain breeds (hmmm… think Jack Russell Terrier) like aggressive behavior, dominance, chewing, digging, barking and jumping.

After dealing with tough to solve issues, the book then thoroughly discusses dog health care, such as what to do about allergies, fleas, heat stroke and more. Finally, the book covers advanced commands and tricks in masterly detail.

Does it Cover Dog Whispering?

To my surprise, yes.

The best part about this book is that it covers Dog Whispering in detail. In fact, there’s an entire section dedicated to this method of training. In case you’re not familiar with the concept, dog whispering is a method of dog training based on the philosophy of clear communication and mutual respect.

It’s a newer method of dog training. But it’s one of the most humane methods of dog training – right along with clicker training. You get step-by-step instructions for basic commands like sit, come, down, stay, quiet, etc.

But Does it Work on Stubborn Dogs?

Absolutely! Like I said, I now have 2 Jack Russells and I’ve used all of the techniques on my dogs. Jack likes to bolt out the door. This caused a dangerous situation, until I started implementing the strategies in Secrets to Dog Training. I use the techniques on Jack and Jill all the time.

It works like magic.

And everyone knows how difficult Jack Russells can be to train due to their independent, bossy streak. I highly recommend this book. But there’s one more thing I need to tell you about this product.

You Get Useful Dog Training Freebies

Sometimes people include free bonuses to enhance their product, which aren’t useful at all. However, that’s not the case with Secrets to Dog Training. With this product you get useful freebies.

You get 4 bonus books on:

1. Advanced house training (troubleshooting including crate and paper training methods)

2. How to Stop Canine Aggression

3. How to Groom Your Dog (including a section on information on coat care for specific breeds, dental health care, nail clipping)

4. Dog Security Training (a beginning guide to train your dog on how to be a security dog)

5. A 30 Minute Dog Training Video (showing you live examples of dogs behaving badly and how to correctly give commands so that they listen)

What’s more, you get a personalized email consultation with a dog professional from the Kingdom of Pets team. The team members are professional dog trainers who will take the no-fuss approach to helping you solve your dog obedience problems.

Here’s the kicker.

The book itself only costs $39.95. For this price, you get a complete and detailed manual on training your dog, preventing and handling behavioral problems, and a whole bunch of general-knowledge tips and advice.

Secrets to Dog Training Review In a Nutshell

All in all, I’m impressed. Like I said, my first dog, Lily, was really a handful. And now, I have 2 Jack Russells that I trained using Secrets to Dog Training. And I’ve never had to hire a professional trainer because everything I need to train my dogs is in this book. I highly recommend it.

Source by Shalisha Alston

Dog Temperament Quiz

Perhaps your hyper dog is well-socialized and well-trained but still reacts adversely in certain situations. This may indicate a temperament problem, or it may indicate that she isn’t as well trained as you think she is. This quiz should help you evaluate the nuances of your dog’s temperament-and, in the long run, help you gain control over anything troublesome you discover.

As you go through it, keep a few things in mind:

* Even consistently “stable” responses may warrant special handling in certain circumstances, to guard against any of these behaviors escalating into potentially dangerous acts.

* It’s not uncommon for a dog to be adorable in all situations except one-being aggressive with food or toys, for instance, or insecure around strangers.

* Most dogs will eventually display the entire temperament spectrum to some degree, depending on the situation. For instance, even very timid dogs can sometimes become domineering, and ordinarily domineering dogs can occasionally shrink into a corner.

* As her director, your goal is to respond appropriately to the behavior your dog is displaying at the moment-not to her “normal” behavior.

The sentences in parentheses below will give you an indication of the probable cause of each reaction-and a head start on addressing any problems related to temperament. It’s definitely a thinking person’s game!

1. Sensitivity to noise

When there is a thunderstorm or fireworks, my dog:

a. Jumps in the bathtub, drools, and shakes. (He’s noise-sensitive, but if this behavior is strictly situational, it may not be a problem.)

b. Sits by the door waiting to run out and jump into a puddle. (A stable response-your dog must be a retriever!)

2. Emotional sensitivity

When I watch football games on television, I yell a lot. My dog:

a. Runs for cover. (It’s time to give your dog a break and quiet down.)

b. Waits for me to dump the popcorn bowl. (This is a stable reaction and also demonstrates that your dog is an opportunist.)

3. Sociability with people

When company arrives, my dog:

a. Is closeted in another room because I fear for my guests’ safety. (She is anti-social.)

b. Jumps on them and licks them all over if I give her the chance. (She’s a stable dog.)

c. Is suspicious and leery and growls if they attempt to make friends with her. (She is potentially insecure, potentially aggressive.)

d. Is suspicious and leery and runs away if they try to make friends with her. (She is insecure and lacks confidence.)

e. Seems just fine at first but can turn on a dime, for no apparent reason. (She’s definitely aggressive-unpredictably so.)

4. Sociability with other dogs

When I take my dog for a walk and we encounter another canine, my dog:

a. Always goes nuts, pulling, barking, growling, staring or lunging at her foe. (She is aggressive-perhaps dangerously so.)

b. Is fine unless the other dog is excited or has certain physical characteristics that seem to set her off. (More aggressive behavior. Just as in scenario a, it’s time to seriously work on control around distractions.)

c. Wants to investigate and play or acknowledges them and just keeps ambling along. (Good, stable dog!)

d. Wants to run away. (She’s timid and lacks confidence.)

5. Sociability with children

Around kids, my dog:

a. Is aware of them but shows no sign of uneasiness. (She is one sound canine.)

b. Tries to escape, her eyes big with fear. (Her confidence has deserted her.)

c. Barks and lunges at them. (She’s aggressive and must be controlled.)

d. Wants to jump, play, and lick schmutz off their faces. (She represents the epitome of stable dogdom.)

e. Seems fine but may jump or snap at them without warning. (This is potentially dangerous instability.)

6. Possessiveness

When my dog is around her toys or food and I approach, she:

a. Willingly relinquishes them to me. (She’s of sound temperament in this situation.)

b. Tenses up and uses her body to cover her most highly prized possessions. (She is territorial.)

c. May charge at me. (She’s aggressive and unstable.)

7. Reaction to strangers

When my dog encounters a stranger, she:

a. Won’t allow the stranger to touch her. (She’s aggressive and unstable.)

b. The harder the person tries to befriend her, the more suspicious she becomes. (She exhibits unstable tendencies.)

c. Accepts the person unquestioningly, just as she does my family and friends. (She is a stable pooch.)

8. Road trips

When my dog is in the car, she:

a. Barks with interest at the passing scene. (That’s stable but obnoxious and begs for reform.)

b. Charges if someone approaches the car. (This could demonstrate aggressiveness and territoriality.)

c. Bites at the windows during travel. (This, too, could indicate aggressiveness.)

9. Reaction to the environment

When encountering certain inanimate objects-street grates, open staircases, garbage cans, etc.-my dog:

a. Is unfazed. (She is stable.)

b. Hesitates, looks at the object, and continues on her way. (She’s cautiously stable.)

c. Barks and backs away with her hackles raised. (She lacks confidence.)

d. Stops dead in her tracks and will not proceed. (No confidence here at all.)

Source by Amy Ammen

Dog Health Care

Health is a matter of concern to everyone, and dogs are certainly not an exception. Their health is also very important. A healthy dog is very useful at all times. To have a healthy dog one must have enough patience to take care of its necessities. All the basic necessities, from the puppy stage to the grown up dog stage it has to be attended regularly without fail.

One has to note changes in the behavior of a dog. To note the behavioral changes one has to understand the symptoms of changes in a dog. His health should be given priority and one should take care with proper knowledge. Proper medication will ensure proper health of the dog. A regular veterinary doctor should be in contact to attend to the ailments required.

Dogs do show signs of discomfort. They have some symptoms to indicate that they are not healthy. One symptom is choking; the sound and gesture will be obvious. When a dog cries, trembles or has heavy breathing it is a sign of acute pain in the abdomen. If there is a bad odor from the ear, then it is ear infection or ear mites. Such symptoms should be noticed and medications should be done immediately. A dog’s normal temperature is 101 to 102 degree and the heart beat is 100 to 150 beats per minute. A dog’s health is comprised of everything from head to toe. It has to be taken care with intense love and affection.

One cannot tame a dog without proper knowledge. Dogs expect every attention from their masters. So the master should take pain to know about dogs, their habits, diets and possible health disorders. Sensing the difference in its health, one should guess its problem and explain it to the doctor and get the right medications.

Source by Alison Cole