The Wirehaired Fox Terrier is an active, fun and energetic terrier. They are extremely playful especially with children. Wirehaired Fox Terriers need to be taken for a daily walk. If you have a fenced in yard, play can take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, you still need to walk them. Dogs who do not get to go on daily walks are more skittish and likely to have behavioral problems. If it is possible, let them run free in a safe area. Keep this dog on a leash if there are small animals around. The urge for these dogs to hunt is strong and they are likely to take off after cats and small dogs. The Fox Terrier will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard.
Price always seem to be the big question when it comes to this breed. Most people don’t seem to understand the cost and time devoted to producing and raising these fantastic dogs. The females need to be artificially inseminated and usually they need to have a cesarean section. It is possible to naturally give birth for some females although very rare. The pups head and shoulders are very wide and very difficult for the mother to pass the pups on her own. The operation is also performed to safely produce healthy, prime quality puppies. You also have to take into account, the veterinarian bills, de-worming and food which all get quite costly. Breeders of these great animals devote much time to producing bulldogs puppies that are very healthy and try to give them the possible life.
Start out just clipping the hook part of the nail until you get more comfortable and confident and you will be less likely to cut to far back and hurt your dog. Trimmer size is very important; select a pair that’s right for your breed and size of dog. And please spend the money and get a good quality pair! You get what you pay for.
Let’s also pay attention to this important detail when it comes to dog nail trimming. Make sure you take the time to get your dog relaxed and as calm as possible. This isn’t something that needs to be rushed. Take your time. I know you don’t want to put your dog through this any longer than necessary but lets face it, if you hurry I guarantee you will be looking up an article on how to stop my dogs paws from bleeding! Because you screwed up and cut to deep. You will do just fine if you just research the proper clippers, take your time, make sure your dog is calm and just take off a little nail at a time while you are learning. And remember you can just clip a nail or two one day and if you need to try again another day. That’s ok to, just make sure it gets done!
Keep in mind that starting these basic grooming procedures such as dog nail trimming when your dog is a puppy is always the best scenario because they will grow accustom to the routine, and if you do cut and draw blood please don’t pass out like I would do. Put some pressure on the wound and the bleeding should stop. And if you do draw blood, make sure you keep an eye on it and keep it clean! Ok now off you go, happy clipping.
Bichon Frise Dogs would be considered by most people to be “high maintenance”. This means that a lot of care should be given in order to maintain the stature of these adorable little dogs. So how do you care for your charming and intelligent new friend? Caring for and training your Bichon Frise can be quite a bit of work. However, with patience, your efforts will be rewarded.
Let us first talk about the coat. This is one of the most distinguishing characteristics of Bichon Frise dogs. Their coats can be solid white or white with apricot, cream or gray markings. With their extraordinary coats, they also make outstanding show dogs. . Their curly coat needs regular brushing and clipping to keep it free of mats, because mats can form easily and quickly without brushing. A bath is needed at least once a month. The coat doesn’t shed and is one of the best breeds for allergy sufferers. However, human sensitivity to dog fur and dander varies considerably. Besides the coat, you should also take care of the nails and teeth of Bichon Frise dogs. In case you do not know what to do by yourself, you might want to hire some professional dog grooming services to do the job for you.
Another aspect that you should concentrate on is the training. Remember to train your Bichon Frise dogs as early as possible in order to establish the basics of proper behavior. And, be consistent with your teaching. Do not use different commands in order to get the same response as this will only serve to confuse your Bichon Frise dogs. If you need help with the training of your dog, there are some resources available to help you. You can always go to your library and take out some dog training books. There are also different programs available that deal with training dogs.
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For active families who are looking for a versatile pet, German shepherd dogs must be on top of your choices. They can be a house pet and at the same time they can also be a working dog as guard or police dog. It is known to all that German shepherd dogs are popular police dogs and rescuers. However, their gentle character is one of the reasons why they can be great pets to kids, too. With the right training, they can blend well with people in a household and even perform the duties of a guard dog at the same time.
This is quite contrary to the common impression that German shepherds are fierce dogs. The characters of a German shepherd dog would generally say that this breed is extremely intelligent, quick to learn, and loyal to his master. If you are well-versed about this breed, you can maximize this dog’s potentials to your benefit. Choosing a German shepherd as your family pet may depend on the type of lifestyle that you live and your purpose of getting a pet. They need ample of daily exercise to release their energies. If they are not given enough time to exercise outdoors, they tend to be overexcited and restless.
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A Shetland sheepdog is not a “mini-collie” but a distinct separate breed that actually has roots in the Border collie. A native of the Shetland Isles in far northern range of Scotland he was a dog developed to help on crofts, or small farms, where there wasn’t much food to be had. A small dog was needed for that reason, yet a tireless worker in all kinds of weather which gave rise to selection for a durable coat and a loyalty to their owners.
Shelties are also thieves – they’ll steal your heart slicker than any pickpocket! They are commonly sable, black and white, tri color and blue merle. They can be barkers without patience and training but are a loyal, observant dog. Their intelligence and trainability make them among the most successful obedience breeds.
The sheltie coat does require regular grooming to remain tangle free and prevent it from becoming matted. There is a double coat with an outer layer that is more harsh and straight and an undercoat that is very dense. This can help shed rain from a working standpoint and enough harshness to the coat to resist tangling. For pet dogs you must be committed to thoroughly combing a Sheltie a couple times per week. It is not advisable to shear or close cut a Sheltie’s natural coat.
From a show standard point the Sheltie is 13-16 inches tall and of course show dogs are bred for that glorious coat. Dogs over or under height can excel at herding, agility, obedience and many other tasks where intelligence and their work ethic is valued.
Some Shelties are very nervous, some very friendly and some reserved. One sheltie came to a new home at five months old and was very stand offish initially, almost timid. After a week or so his new owners noticed he was observing EVERYTHING in the household. From washing clothes to cooking dinner to hooking up speakers on the stereo the young Sheltie was observing as if taking notes on human behavior. Once he was satisfied in his mind things were fine he became a constant companion and irreplaceable part of the household. He had his little quirks and routines – he loved to be outside but let one rumble of thunder roll and he wanted inside pronto! He would patiently stand to be combed and brushed until the camera came out when he would primp and pose like the most arrogant of film stars!
Shelties are above all people dogs. They’re intensely loyal and affectionate with a high drive to please their owners. They should move as a working dog with purpose, without up and down hackney action. They are wonderful dogs for those who have a small area or need a small dog due to housing requirements. They are a big dog in a small package and often have a hero worship for the people lucky enough to own one.
There are health considerations that warrant attention in the Sheltie. Among them is hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, von Willebrands disease, dermatomyositis, collie eye anomaly, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy and Addison’s disease are among those to watch for. Many of these can be tested for including eye disease, epilepsy and hip dysplasia.
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Most dogs learn their biting reflexes from their mothers and from their siblings. When your puppy gets excited, whether it is during nursing or playing, the puppy’s mother will find a way to solve it.
Unfortunately, this does not always naturally occur for puppies. Often this is because many puppies are taken away from their mothers while they are still young. This makes the new dog owner responsible to do something about it.
Letting your dog spend time with other dogs is one of the better ways and more effective ways to teach your puppy the appropriate behavior. One way of letting your puppy socialize with other pups is to take him or her to a puppy obedience class if you are financially able or you could always let your puppy play with a friend’s dog as well.
The reason why putting your puppy with other pups is a great way to solve the biting problems is that the other dogs will correct the issue right away if it happens. Keep in mind that puppies will bite one another while playing but it is only when it becomes rough that the other dogs will take corrective action. Experts recommend that you let your puppy socialize with other dogs before the age of 12 weeks.
As well as introducing your puppy to other pets, you should also introduce your puppy to a wide range of people too. This includes small children, seniors, men, women, and people of different ethnic backgrounds. This will help your dog learn to be people-friendly and to be less aggressive to other people.
Socializing your puppy with other people and animals is not the only way to prevent any unwanted aggression from your dog. Give your puppy toys that he can play with so he can control his biting. Provide chew toys, ropes, and other toys that your puppy can chew on because this allows him or her to take out any anger or just bite on something else. As well, keep his teeth polished and do not let him chew on things that he shouldn’t, even if it means punishing him.
Make sure that no one in your family or that visits your home encourages your puppy to bite because training your puppy not to bite is a process. Even if only one person lets him or her chew on something that everyone else does not, this will send the puppy mixed signals and they will think that it is okay to do. However you plan on helping your puppy stop the biting habits, you have to remember that it takes patience!
Thinking about getting a new puppy or currently own a little puppy? Then this information will come in handy. House training your dog is one of the first things you should be doing. It is the most important aspect of training your dog as a puppy. While this process is usually not hard, take it seriously. You should always remember to take it slow because it will not happen immediately. If you rush the training process you may end up having to restart the whole process.
When the owner is not at home, the puppy should be placed in a small room at all times and all of the floor should be covered with paper. It is very important to puppy-proof the room , which means that you should remove any items that could cause injury to your puppy. At first, the puppy will likely dispose of waste at a random spot in the room and they will likely play with the papers, chew them etc. This is normal and you should not punish your puppy for it. Always clean up any mess that the puppy makes each day and place new ones down.
While the puppy is in the small room when you are not at home, due to using the paper training method he will began to get used to using the bathroom on the papers. After some time goes by he will choose to try other places to use the bathroom. When he establishes a favorite spot you should slowly take away the paper from there. Start to remove papers that are farther away from that spot then move on to laying down just a few papers. If your dog misses the paper when using the washroom it means that you need to make the area a little bit bigger as you reduced the spot too much. After your puppy is comfortable with doing his business on the same spot all the time you can most the papers to a area of your choice. Only move the paper up to an inch a day. If the puppy misses the papers, it means again that they are not ready to make a little move from spot to spot. It is important to not rush this process. If this happens then you can just move the papers back and wait a while.
The more time that you are able to spend with your puppy, the faster that he or she will be house trained. The main goal should be to bring your puppy with you to the toilet area to use the bathroom every time that he needs to go. Most of the time, your puppy will either need to go every 45 minutes or in most instances, right after each time he plays, after he just wakes up, or right after he eats or drinks.
When your puppy gets used to the toilet area and he starts to improve his bladder and bowel control, he will be able to spend longer time outside and a longer time on his own or playing. It is important that this transition is a slow process and that you don’t rush anything. Do not leave the puppy alone unless he is in his the originally specified room.
Going outside with your dog can lead to more than just a healthier lifestyle and a better bond with your pet — it can lead to romance. “I wanted to have social opportunities with my dog,” said Angie Gwiazdon, owner of K9-Connection, a Minneapolis-based canine networking program. Gwiazdon created a program that allows dog lovers and dogs to meet like-minded people, share some food and get to know one another in a no-pressure, fun atmosphere.
Where To Meet Dog Lovers
Wood offers a bit of advice to men seeking women who love dogs. “Shelters are full of kind women who volunteer their time. It’s paradise for a single man,” she said. You can also meet like-minded people at the dog park, doggie day care or simply around your own neighborhood.
Let Your Dog Lead The Way
Your dog can help you meet someone if you take a daily walk and see someone on a similar excursion. “Start moving in the direction of the other person,” said Gwiazdon. Your dog will then be able to lead you the rest of the way to the individual. Dogs are very good at picking up subtle changes in your path. “Compliment the dog, not the owner,” said Gwiazdon. That canine compliment can get the ball rolling for some human interaction. It helps avoid the awkwardness that can sometimes follow a compliment between two unacquainted people. As you chat, it becomes easier to let someone know that you’re not only interested in the dog but seeking to learn more about the owner as well. You may even get a phone number out of the exchange.
“Their saliva is much cleaner and if you have a cut or anything, if they lick it — it’s healing,” one woman told “20/20″ while being interviewed in New York City.
To find out just who has a cleaner mouth, we asked veterinarian and fellow dog lover Marty Becker, author of “Chicken Soup for the Dog Owner’s Soul,”. “They raid the garbage can. You know, we give each other a peck on the cheek when we say hello, they give each other a peck on the rear end,” said Becker. “All you got to do is look, watch, smell and you’ll realize that that is not true.”
He thinks the myth that a dog’s mouth is clean stems from their practice of licking their wounds. “And they’ll be licking that wound and you’ll notice that the wound heals very fast – what that tongue does is it gets rid of the dead tissue,” said Becker. He compares that tongue lashing to the work of a surgeon who cleans out a wound, and said the licking also stimulates circulation.
If you want to give your pooch a kiss, it may be safer than kissing another human. Becker says many of the bacteria in the mouth of a dog are species specific, so it won’t harm its owner. “So a staph or a strep for a human is not transmissible to a dog, if you were to kiss it, and vice versa,” said Becker.
Bottom line – you’re more likely to get a serious illness from kissing a person than kissing a dog. But since dogs do transmit some germs, Becker has some advice: “Keep the vaccines current. Good external parasite control, good internal parasite control. You’re going to be good to go.” And then, he says you can kiss them all you want.
[Source: ABC News]