Yes or No to Crate training?

Crate training


A lot of people say, “My puppy doesn’t like it. I do not want to put them in a cage.”

Sure it may feel like a cage to them at first, but the point of crate them is to make the dog have a designated personal space. The crate can also help with other things like potty training your puppy by teaching it to hold in its bussiness. Just make sure to take away their food and water 3-4 hours before they go in the crate, and to also wake up early to take them out to go potty.

Because puppies need to learn to hold their potty I do not suggest getting a product called the puppy apartment. The puppy apartment is essentially a crate that has a pee pad next to your puppies bed but is still in their crate. It is crate that has a bed and potty in it.

I think it is a good idea for dogs with bladder problems, but not for puppies because they need to learn to hold it! Therefore if you give them a potty right next to the place they sleep they will never learn.

Also dogs do not like to potty in their bed or near it, that is why when they are in a confined crate (their bed) they will make more of an effort to hold it.

Professional trainers say to get a crate that is going to fit your dogs adult size, but then to get a divider that will suit their small puppy size.

Lastly I personally would not like my puppy to go pee or poo in their potty side and then to accidentally walk in it and go back to their bed side. That would end up in dirty laundry and more work.

Puppies may cry in their crate at first but that’s because they want to be with us. They are an animas that crave attention and companionship.

Eventually they will love the crate and you may even see them go in there during the day to sleep.

Tips:


Letting your puppy sleep in your bed is not a good idea. If they are a small puppy or maybe even a large one you could accidentally hurt them. Also they may pee in your bed.

Don’t get upset if they poo or pee in the crate they are still learning and just puppies. Eventually they will learn “this is my bed, not my potty space.”

Always use positive reinforcement and try to give them a treat as much as you can when they go potty outside or on their wee wee pad.

I think everyone with a puppy should consider crate training their puppy. Ultimately this will help your puppy in life a lot more than you think it will. Thanks for reading!

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Popular Dog Breeds: Great Dane

 About the Great Dane: 

Each bolded word below is a reason for why the great dane is a popular dog breed and each paragraph below goes into further detail on that reason. This post also shows the history of the great dane breed.


The Great Dane is a popular dog breed because they are gentle giants, they have many different fur color varieties, and they are adorable.

“Gentle Giants”

Although great danes are giant they are very friendly. That is why they are known as a “gentle giant” dog breed.

Fur Color

Great Danes are one of the few purebred dog breeds to have a variety of different coats. Greats Danes can have many different fur coats such as black and white spots, black, and a fawn color.

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Stella Female Great Dane

They Are Adorable 

I mean just look at that face what is not adorable about it?

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Milo (Male) and Stella (Female) Great Danes

History

“Drawings of dogs who look like Great Danes have been found on Egyptian artifacts dating back to 3000 B.C. and in Babylonian temples that were built around 2000 B.C. There’s evidence that similar dogs originated in Tibet, with written reports of such dogs appearing in Chinese literature in 1121 B.C.

The breed is thought to have been taken into various parts of the world by the Assyrians, who traded their dogs to the Greeks and Romans. The Greeks and Romans then bred these dogs with other breeds. Ancestors of the English Mastiff were probably involved in the breed development, and some folks believe that the Irish Wolfhound or Irish Greyhound also may have played a role.

Great Danes originally were called Boar Hounds, because boars were what they were bred to hunt. Their ears were cropped to prevent boar tusks from tearing them. In the 16th century, the name of the breed was changed to “English Dogges.”

Late in the 1600s, however, many German nobles began keeping the largest and most handsome of their dogs in their homes, calling them Kammerhunde (Chamber Dogs). These dogs were pampered and wore gilded collars lined with velvet. Talk about a sweet life.

The name Great Dane arose in the 1700s, when a French naturalist traveled to Denmark and saw a version of the Boar Hound who was slimmer and more like a Greyhound in appearance. He called this dog Grand Danois, which eventually became Great Danish Dog, with the more massive examples of the breed called Danish Mastiffs. The name stuck, even though Denmark did not develop the breed.

Most breed historians give credit to German breeders for refining the breed to be the well-balanced, elegant dog we love today. In 1880, breeders and judges held a meeting in Berlin and agreed that since the dogs they were breeding were distinctly different from the English Mastiff, they would give it its own name — Deutsche Dogge (German Dog).

They founded the Deutscher Doggen-Klub of Germany, and many other European countries took up the name as well. The Italians and English-speaking countries didn’t accept this name, however. (Even today, the Italians call the breed Alano, meaning Mastiff; and in English-speaking countries, of course, they’re called Great Danes.)

Throughout the late 1800s, wealthy German breeders continued to refine the breed. They turned their attention to the dog’s temperament, because Great Danes had aggressive, ferocious temperaments due to the fact that they were originally bred to hunt wild boar, a particularly ferocious beast. These breeders tried to produce more gentle animals, and — luckily for us today — they succeeded.

We don’t know when the first Great Danes were brought to the U.S., or even where they came from, but the Great Dane Club of America was formed in 1889. It was the fourth breed club allowed to join the American Kennel Club.” – http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/great-dane#/slide/1

Sources:

http://www.all-about-great-danes.com/great-dane-colors.html

http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/great-dane#/slide/1

Popular Dog Breeds: Pugs

 About the Pug

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Jumper Male Pug

Each bolded word below is a reason for why a pug is a popular breed and each paragraph below goes into further detail on that reason. This post also shows the history of the pug breed.


Pugs have become a dog popular breed because they are low maintenance breed, they are a small dog breed, everyone loves a cute flat faced dog, and pugs are taking over Instagram which makes it hard to escape their cuteness.

 

Low – Maintenance 

Pugs are a low maintenance breed. Just make sure that your frenchie’s wrinkles are dry and free moisture, in order to keep them clean. But every dog needs to bath and groomed a least every few months (depending on the breed.)

Pugs: a small dog breed

Pugs are a small dog breed, that is what makes the pug the perfect “hand bag” dog. Because of there size they are perfect for people who live in apartments or in the city.

Who doesn’t love a cute flat faced dog breed?

Everyone loves flat faced dog breeds such as, the pug, the english bulldog, the Boston terrier, and of course the Pug. Although many people love the flat faced breeds,  a dog’s flat face can lead to respiratory (breathing) problems.

 

Pugs have taken over the “dog side” of Instagram.

They have really taken over Instagram with their cuteness.

Pugs, french bulldogs, and dachshunds are all over Instagram. Doug the Pug has over a million followers. Roxy the pug has over 17 thousand Instagram followers!

History

“Pugs originated in China, dating back to the Han dynasty (B.C. 206 to A.D. 200). Some historians believe they are related to the Tibetan Mastiff. They were prized by the Emperors of China and lived in luxurious accommodations, sometimes even being guarded by soldiers.

Pugs are one of three types of short-nosed dogs that are known to have been bred by the Chinese: the Lion dog, the Pekingese, and the Lo-sze, which was the ancient Pug. Some think that the famous “Foo Dogs” of China are representations of the ancient Pug. Evidence of Pug-like dogs has been found in ancient Tibet and Japan.

In the latter 1500s and early 1600s, China began trading with European countries. Reportedly, the first Pugs brought to Europe came with the Dutch traders, who named the breed Mopshond, a name still used today.

Pugs quickly became favorites of royal households throughout Europe, and even played a role in the history of many of these families. In Holland, the Pug became the official dog of the House of Orange after a Pug reportedly saved the life of William, Prince of Orange, by giving him a warning that the Spaniards were approaching in 1572. When William of Orange (later called William III) went to England in 1688 with his wife, Mary II, to take the throne from James II, they brought their Pugs with them.

It is known that black pugs existed in the 1700s because the famous artist, William Hogarth, was a Pug enthusiast. He portrayed a black Pug and many others in his famous paintings. In 1785, Goya also portrayed Pugs in his paintings.

As the Pug’s popularity spread throughout Europe, it was often known by different names in different countries. In France, it was called Carlin; in Spain Dogullo; in Germany Mops; and in Italy, Caganlino.

Marie Antoinette had a Pug named Mops before she married Louis XVI at the age of 15. Another famous Frenchwoman, Josephine Bonaparte, had a Pug named Fortune. Before she married Napoleon Bonaparte, she was confined at Les Carmes prison. Since her beloved Pug was the only “visitor” she was allowed, she would conceal messages in his collar to take to her family.

In the early 1800s, Pugs were standardized as a breed with two lines becoming dominant in England. One line was called the Morrison line and, reportedly, was founded upon the royal dogs of Queen Charlotte, wife of George III. The other line was developed by Lord and Lady Willoughby d’Eresby, and was founded on dogs imported from Russia or Hungary.

Pugs were first exhibited in England in 1861. The studbook began in 1871 with 66 Pugs in the first volume.

Meanwhile, in China, Pugs continued to be bred by the royal families. When the British overran the Chinese Imperial Palace in 1860, they discovered several Pugs, and brought some of the little dogs back to England with them.

Two Pugs named Lamb and Moss were brought to England. These two “pure” Chinese lines were bred and produced Click. He was an outstanding dog and was bred many times to dogs of both the Willoughby and Morrison lines. Click is credited with making Pugs a better breed overall and shaping the modern Pug as we know it today.

Pugs became very popular during the Victorian era and were featured in many paintings, postcards, and figurines of the period. Often, they were depicted wearing wide, decorative collars or large bows around their short, thick necks.

Queen Victoria had many Pugs, and also bred them. The queen preferred apricot-fawn Pugs, whereas another Pug fancier, Lady Brassey, made black Pugs fashionable after she brought some back from China in 1886.

Pugs were introduced to the United States after the Civil War, and the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885. At first, Pugs were very popular, but by the turn of the century, interest in the breed waned. A few dedicated breeders kept breeding and, after some years, the breed regained popularity. Founded in 1931, the Pug Dog Club of America was also recognized by the AKC that year.”  – http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/pug

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post on pugs and their popularity.

Links to learn more:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/ianxcarlos/pugs-on-instagram?utm_term=.akaMq8PLp#.mc7Ybz7Px

http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/pug/

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/pug.htm

http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/reviews/pugs.html

Popular Dog Breeds: Poodles

The poodle above is a mini poodle.

 About the Poodle: 🐩

Each bolded word below is a reason for why a poodle is a popular breed and each paragraph below goes into further detail on that reason. This post also shows the history of the poodle breed.


The poodle is one of the most popular dog breeds in America. Poodles are a great dog to get because of hair, size, color, smartness, athletic ability, and a interesting history.

Hypoallergenic 

If a member in your family has allergies a poodle is a dog that doesn’t shed. Poodles unlike most dogs don’t have fur. Poodles have hair which means that the hairs keep on growing and growing. If you go to an a allergist for hypoallergenic dog breeds they might recommend the poodle. Unfortunately no dog is 100% hypoallergenic because their dandruff will shed.

Comes in 3 different sizes

Many people complain about dog sizes. Some people may so “Awww, that dog is super cute, but way to large for my tiny apartment.” Well your in luck if that’s the case because poodles come in 3 different sizes. One size is a standard poodle the biggest size a poodle comes in. Then next is the miniature. Lastly the tiniest type of poodle the toy. If you live in a open space and have a backyard with space then the standard poodle is for you. If you want a lap dog that is not to big or not to small, then a miniature sized poodle is for you. If you want a tiny dog that is still, active but also a lap dog and a dog that can be in the city then the toy poodle is for you. Poodles also are called tea cup poodles when they are extremely small. The teacup poodle isn’t an official poodle size.

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Miniature Poodle
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Toy Poodle
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Standard Poodle

Poodles come in about 4 colors: tan, brown, black, white, and even gray. But they can also come in many other colors theses are just the most common. The poodle has a large variety of colors and sizes which is a good thing. The problem with tan and white is the colors are light enough that you can easily see the poodles tear marks. When you get a black poodle you might not be able to see its eyes. So I personally think black, brown or gray, would be the best choice for poodle coloring.

Intelligent 

Poodles are one of the intellect dogs. Since they are smart they can learn tricks easily. Also since they love to please people, they are good for seeing eye dogs, therapy dogs, and lastly service dogs. Disabled people would be best with a lab, German Shepard or a poodle.

Poodles are energetic dogs and have great athletic abilities. Poodles have long legs and because of that they can do more tricks.

History

Poodles were originally a hunting dog in Northern Europe. The name poodle comes from the German word which means puddle because poodles are surprisingly water retrievers. The poodle has poofs of on the ankles and lower back of the poodle, because back then and it was meant to keep the poodle warm when playing in water or hunting. Poodles have many different cut styles. The most popular is the continental clip. The poodle is known as more of a fancy dog because of its looks.

 

In conclusion poodles are really great dogs for anyone! They are meant for anyone and everyone. They are also pretty cute!

 

Links to learn more:

http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/poodle#/slide/1

http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/dogs-101/videos/poodle/

http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/poodle/

http://www.adoptapet.com/s/adopt-a-poodle

 

Popular Dog Breeds: Introduction

Popular Dog Breeds


There are over 300 different purebred dog breeds, such as the poodle, the french bulldog, the great dane, the pug, and many many others. But that is not even counting mixed dog breeds, such as labradoodles, golden doodlesmaltipoos, and puggles.

A majority of mixed dog breeds have part poodle, because people think that they will get a *hypoallergenic dog. For example to make a labradoodle you need poodle and labrador DNA in the dog to consider it a labradoodle. The labrador is a shedding dog while the poodle is *hypoallergenic, so when you cross them the puppies **should turn out *hypoallergenic. Many people love poodles or poodle mixes because they are usually *hypoallergenic.

If you are allergic to dogs but you want one you should consider a poodle mix, or a poodle.

We will be writing about the most popular dog breeds, and not just the purebreds, but the known mixes, and maybe even a few mutts too.

Each post will be titled for example: Popular Dog Breeds: French Bulldog

Thanks for reading this post! We hope you enjoy our popular dog breeds posts.


*Dogs that are hypoallergenic still shed dandruff.
**If the dog is mixed with many other dog breeds then it may be hard for the poodle gene to be “seen” in the dog.  Because it is cross with many many other dogs breeds the poodle gene may be lost in the dogs DNA; therefore the dog will probably not be hypoallergenic.

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Isabella the Maltipoo

Isabella is a female maltipoo. I photograph Isabella a lot because she is my best friend’s dog. Isabella is a rescue adopted from a Flordian rescue. She is going to be 1 year old today!!!

Happy Birthday!!!!!

Here are some photos I’ve taken of Isabella

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Animal Post: Chick Cruelty Is Coming to An End

Photo from: http://media.photobucket.com

Because of serious and graphic (writing) content I suggest you not read this post unless you are 12 years or older.


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Good news for baby chicks!

Now you might want to know what the good news for baby chicks is. Well The Humane League approached United Egg Producers earlier last year with a request to work on eliminating the practice of chick culling; which is the process of killing newly hatched chicks (specifically males) for which the farming and meat industry have no use of; according to the United Egg Producers a group that represents 95% of all United States eggs says that male chicken culling will be eliminated in 2020.

There is really no explanation of why people should be allowed this in the first place. But here is why cruel people who do this think it’s ok. Which it’s obviously not. According the article the business logic (money making) behind chick culling is hard to get around. They say there’s no reason to keep the male chicks alive; they’re not useful for meat; and so on. Which I think is an extremely ridiculous and not a morally right statement. What I read about what they do to these poor chicks was horrifying. They use gassing and brutal killing machines to destroy poor baby chicks.

But thanks to “in­ovo egg sexing”; which is an amazing new technology that can determine the gender of the chicks before they can even develop inside their egg, this problem can be solved! This process enables egg producers to terminate the male eggs and potentially even use them to help make cell based vaccines or for even pet food. Obviously most humans would probably be grossed out by cooking/using fertilized eggs.

Here is a quick description of how the eggs can help create and improve vaccines. This production process begins with egg-­grown vaccine viruses per FDA regulations. Manufacturers mix the vaccine viruses with cultured mammalian cells and leave them to replicate for a few days. Then the virus­containing fluid is collected from the cells and the virus antigen is purified. The manufacturing process continues with purification and testing. Next, the manufacturers put doses into vials or syringes while waiting for FDA testing and approval to release.

Unilever, the food manufacturing giant that owns Hellman’s mayonnaise, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and other global brands was the first major corporation to take a stance about this nonsense in 2014. They did this declaring their intention to use in­ovo egg selection to avoid chick culling in hatcheries where their hens lay eggs.

“The Humane League executive director David Coman­Hidy stated that the UEP commitment “Will virtually eliminate this practice in the American egg industry. … It is clear that chick culling will soon be a thing of the past in the United States.”

If sharing my article made you want to be a vegetarian then, good for you. After reading sad stuff like this I sometimes wish I was a vegetarian too.

Sources

These links are NOT intended for kids to click on under the aged of 12. 

Even if you are an adult I suggest that you do not watch any videos on the sites. 

The Humane League-Blog – Blog Post 

Vox.com Article

Which one to choose: Purebred or Mutts?

When it comes to choosing if you want a purebred dog or a mutt there are pros and cons on both sides.

PUREBRED

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Huntress Female Manchester Terrier

Pros:

  • You know for sure what their breed is
  • You have a better chance of determining their size
  • You can know for sure if they are hypoallergenic or not

Cons:

  • Costs more money than mutts
  • You won’t have the fun of guessing their breed
  • If you don’t get a purebred from a shelter then you won’t be saving a dog’s life

If you want to pay less for a purebred dog then you might want to check out your local shelter. Did you know that 1/3 of dogs surrendered in shelters are purebreds?

MUTTS

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Cisco Male Lab Shepard Mix

 


Pros:

  • You can have fun guessing your dogs breed
  • You have saved a dog’s life if you adopted it
  • You have a mutt, the combination of many dog breeds, that is very unique

Cons:

  • You don’t know the dogs ancestry for sure
  • You probably don’t know the size your dog will be
  • You don’t know if you may end up being allergic to them or not

Thanks for reading!

 

40 Things Your Pet Shouldn’t Get Their Paws On

We want your pet(s) to be as safe as possible! That’s why we create this blog post, to let you know that the following items, wether it’s food, cleaning products, or plants, can be dangerous to your pet. Even some foods that fine for us to eat can hurt your pets tummies. That’s why we disapprove of feeding your pet(s) table scraps. Not only does feeding your pet table scraps enforce negative behavior such as begging, but like we said before it can make your pet(s) tummies hurt. 

 

  • Sources ASPCA, Humane Society, and National Geographic
  1. Bleach
  2. Carpet Fresheners
  3. Carpet Shampoo
  4. Essential Oils
  5. Fabric Softener Sheets
  6. Febreze
  7. Grout
  8. Swiffer Wet Jet
  9. Toilet Cleaning Tablets
  10. Vinegar and Water
  11. Adderall
  12. Petroleum Jelly
  13. Aspirin, Baby Aspirin
  14. Avon Skin So Soft
  15. Bar Soap
  16. Face Wash
  17. Breath Fresheners
  18. Cigarettes and Nicotine Patches
  19. Grapeseed Oil
  20. Ibuprofen and Naproxen
  21. Kaopectate and Pepto Bismol
  22. Mosquito Repellent
  23. Pseudoephedrine (and other nasal decongestants)
  24. Sorbitol
  25. Topical Creams/Ointments
  26. Grapes
  27. Onions
  28. Macadamia Nuts
  29. Chocolate
  30. Coffe
  31. Citrus
  32. Coconut and Coconut Oil
  33. Raisins
  34. Garlic
  35. Chives
  36. Yeast dough
  37. Aloe Plant
  38. Mushroom
  39. Raw Eggs
  40. Persimmons

Thanks for reading!

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