Would You Put Pink Dog Collars On Your Dog

Would you put pink dog collars on your dog? Many people, like Paris Hilton, would do such a fashionable thing to their precious pet without even thinking about how this might affect the way people look at their dog.

While pink does match well with the typical colors of dog’s coats, it goes against the stereotype of the jobs that most dogs are bred and trained to accomplish. For example, a Fox Terrier is bred to dig and track for small animals. Do you think that a dog digging in the dirt would look better in a pink dog collar? I don’t think so! Perhaps a spiked dog collar would be a better match for a dog of this breed.

Usually a person who wears pink is thought of as being a princess and leads a pampered life. Lavished in luxury and a life if being maintained is expected. He or she would certainly have manners and act proper on certain occasions. Dogs on the other hand don’t really know too much about manners. Courtesy isnt something they get much of now-a-days. They simply do whatever it is that they feel like doing at any given moment. I have seen dogs pee on people’s legs and eat their own feces.

These actions are definitely not considered to be proper by any means. Finally, the dog owners who would put a pink dog collar on their dog are usually those who deeply care about their image and want others to think about them.

The fact is that many people think dogs with pink dog collars look ridiculous. This could even lead them to think that the dog’s owner is ridiculous for putting the collar on their dog in the first place. However, most of the dogs who do wear pink dog collars rarely even need a collar because their owners prefer to tote them around in personalized purses.

Pink dog collars, just say no! Unless it really suits who you are. So many people have so many opinions. Sometimes you just need to follow your gut instinct on a decision. If your gut says “Hey, my dog will enjoy pink dog collars in their life.” then don’t hesitate. Get them their pink dog collars. Your dog will be able to appreciate it no matter what because they can tell that the pink dog collars, or rhinestone dog collars or spiked dog collars were gestures of love and affection, and that is what really matters.

Muzzle Training – How To Put A Muzzle On A Dog

Muzzle training is clearly essential for a dog prone to aggressive behaviour towards dogs or people but it also something which may be useful for any dog. There are a number of situations which might put even the most relaxed of dogs under stress such as veterinarian visits or trauma where wearing a muzzle may be essential to stop possible biting. A muzzle can also be used to prevent a dog from eating things it shouldn’t while outside walking.

Muzzle training a dog is essential for the dog to accept the muzzle as something good (or at least acceptable) rather than a punishment

What kind of Dog Muzzle do I need?
You can select from cloth or mesh muzzles to basket muzzles made of leather or plastic. Muzzles are available to fit both long and short nosed dogs. If your dog will be wearing the muzzle for any length of time, for example during walks, a basket muzzle is the best choice as it allows the dog to pant and drink without problems. Ensure that the muzzle fits your dog well, not too tight that it hurts your dog but not too loose so it can be pulled off easily.

How to start muzzle training your dog
For your dog to feel comfortable wearing a muzzle, muzzle training should be done slowly and with patience.

Dog muzzle training part 1
First put a piece of food the dog likes in the muzzle and let the dog put its nose in and eat it. Don’t attempt to do the muzzle up yet. Practice giving your dog treats from the muzzle in the way for a few days until the dog views the muzzle as a food dispenser.

Dog muzzle training part 2
When the dog places its nose into the muzzle to get the treat the following time pull the muzzle straps up behind its head just for a few seconds then release. Once you dog is happy with this move on to the next stage.

Dog muzzle training part 3
The muzzle straps can be done up the next time the dog puts its nose in it to get the treat. Leave the muzzle on for a few seconds before you undo it again. Gradually increase the time that the muzzle is left on the dog, you can if needed feed some additional treats in through the muzzle.

Be patient with your muzzle training
If the dog gets stressed or acts uncomfortable at any time just go back a step and wait until the next muzzle training time until proceeding more. A muzzle needs to be viewed as a positive thing by your dog and not as a punishment.

A muzzle not only keeps other dogs and people safe, but if your dog can’t be aggressive it can also aid you, the owner to relax more.

Finding A Vet For Your Labrador Retriever

If you are a pet owner then youll know one of the most important and possibly one of the most difficult things to do is find a Vet. A lot of pet owners obtain referrals from family or friends, but if youre new to this it maybe difficult where to start.

A place to begin from would be to make a list of potential vets in your local area from the phone book, include any referrals offered from family or friends and make an appointment to meet each one. Explain to them that youre looking for a vet and would like to ask a few questions about your Labrador Retriever or even see if you can bring your dog with you to meet them.

The next thing you might like to consider before meeting the vet are about their office and waiting areas. Are they clean; is the staff friendly to you and your pet? Does it resemble a friendly environment for puppy and others in the waiting room?

Things to ask the vet could be any or all of the following:
Are same day appointments possible?

What are their fees and service structure or policies, do they have special services if you know your Labrador Retriever requires them. Are you able to have a fee schedule? Do they offer or accept pet insurance? Are you able to pay fees by credit card?

Do they offer 24 hour emergency services or linked to an animal hospital near by.

Ask about their experience and educational background, perhaps relating to Labrador Retrievers and any issues theyve seen in this breed. What are their views on spaying or neutering and at what age?

Is the vet able to answer all your questions without rushing you out the door?
If you bring your puppy with you, perhaps observe the interactions between your puppy and vet. Do they get along; do they seem interested with each other?

After interviewing each vet youll need to make a decision about which one covered all or most of your requirements. Remember finding the right vet for your puppy is much like finding a doctor for yourself or family, you need to feel comfortable with them, someone that has the qualifications youre looking for and have a genuine caring nature.

The vet you choose will know what is best for your Labrador Retriever and possibly extensive knowledge about the breed. Theyll know what shots they need and any other treatments they may need during the course of their life. Youll know after a few months whether youve made the right decision and if they have relieved any of your concerns. Its ok too, if it doesnt work out you can always find another vet. If your Labrador Retriever is an extension of your family then it pays to look for the right one for your pet.

Portuguese Water Dog Training House Training, Marking And Submissive Urinating

One less-discussed (but just as unnerving) house training concern is the dog that marks territory indoors. This is a concern that is usually linked with male dogs who are displaying dominant behavior or have a strong tendency to mate. Another reason why this problem pops up (sometimes in tandem with dominance or the urge to mate, sometimes alone) is due to a general anxiety felt by some dogs.

Dogs that feel threatened give in to the instinct to warn others through scent marking that a house (or a territory) is already off-limits. For dogs, scent posts are just as effective for keeping intruders away as fence posts!

Overtime, scent marking can grow into a problem that will test all your attempts as dog-owner to correct, but it is possible to make the corrections. The first important thing to remember is that a male dog always need to be neutered. The next thing that is needed is that the dog be taught to eliminate on command; in case the dog is male, he needs to be taught to relieve himself on the designated scent post. In case the dog is relieving on the wrong spot, you will have to catch the dog in the act of eliminating on that spot, so that the dog will take your correction in its proper sense. Better yet, correct the behavior, and never the dog! If its a Portie that you have, why not get him some portuguese water dog training?

A temperament issue that is sometimes mistaken for a house training problem is submissive urinating. If your dog pees when tense or nervous, or upon ushering visitors, or when you are angry, your pet can be said to be prone to a submissive urinating problem. A dog with this issue must never be punished when it commits accidents. Otherwise, the problem will get worse, and both you and your dog end up with frayed nerves.

So what’s to do? One, you need better communication with the dog. This includes doing away with emotional greetings, avoiding eye contact upon greetings (until the dog is trained for eye contact), and eliminating dominant stances relative to the dog. If you have an extra-smart dog like a portie who has this problem, things would go faster with some portuguese water dog training.

Try also to win the trust of your dog through various touch-games that can help affected dogs to loosen up a bit. Not to be dispensed with is a well balanced obedience training program.

Indeed, come to think of it, any dog with a house training problem will benefit a lot from potty training.

Top Ten Biting Dog Breeds

All dogs have the propensity to bite; it is in their nature. Some breeds, however, seem to have a tendency to nip and bite more than others. My list of the top ten biting breeds will surprise you; not containing the breeds commonly thought of to be the most aggressive.

In July 2008, the journal of Applied Animal Behaviour Science published a study done by researches at the University of Pennsylvania. They surveyed and discussed with over 6,000 dog owners their experiences with aggression in their dogs. The researchers compiled a report containing 33 dog breeds most likely to bite. Here are the dog breeds with the greatest percentage of bites and bite attempts on humans.

Dachshund. Yes, the sausage dog is most likely to bite strangers and its owners.
Chihuahua. These are big dogs in a little package, and none are afraid to tell you so. Chihuahuas are very likely to bite strangers and owners.
Jack Russell Terrier. These feisty little dogs are also quick to nip. They have a tendency to try to nip at strangers and family members.
Australian Cattle Dog. This breed is great to have around the home, but you must be careful; they are herding dogs, which means they are very likely to nip family and strangers.
American Cocker Spaniel. A common breed in many homes in the United States, this dog does have tendencies to nip and bite at owners.
Beagle. Another family favorite, beagles seem to nip and bite at their families.

There are other breeds, like the Akita and Pit Bull Terrier, which are more prone to trying to nip or bite other dogs or animals.

It must always be kept in mind that small dogs often go un-reprimanded for biting. Many owners find it cute. It is also the only way a small dog has to get people to back up. Remember, you are a giant to him!

There are many breeds of dogs, like Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and Mastiffs, who often get a bad reputation for biting. These dogs have been bred to be protective dogs, plus their size makes them do serious damage when they do bite. Because of this, more stigma is put on the breed.

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