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.
Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Owning a Bichon Frise
german shepard puppy

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.
Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Guide to Owning A German Shepard
lab puppyl

Labrador puppies are more than just adorable and cute. They are a very affectionate and charming breed. They can easily blend in your family if properly trained. Housebreaking a Labrador is not a difficult task if you know how to implement the right methods on them. Labrador puppies are said to have a special mental trigger that you need to use in order for them to follow your commands. So, if you aspire to own one of this breed, you need to have a prior knowledge on how to train this breed.

Choosing a puppy is a decision that needs a careful thinking. There are responsibilities that a dog owner must learn before getting a puppy. Preparing one’s self is very essential in order to raise a good breed. There are certain methods you need to follow on how to properly feed, train, and care for the breed of your choice. When you are in the process of looking for a Labrador puppy, don’t get too excited or be impressed of puppies that seem to be aggressive at the first instance. Aggressive ones tend to be domineering and difficult to train in the long run.

It is better to pick out the puppy that is more calm and gentle. These pups do not tend to be aggressive the first time you see them. However, they first observe you before they eventually get comfy during your meeting. They have greater potentials of being obedient and easy to train. However, be cautious of pups that are too shy or too nervous among people. They have greater tendencies of snapping out too easily and becoming a scared pet. Surely you do not want a very timid dog because all your efforts in training him will just be put to waste.
Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Guide to Labrador Puppies
highland terrier

The following are some of the basic facts breeders would really love to know about Westies: Category: Terrier Living Environment: indoors (highly recommended); outdoors (fenced yard) Coat: about two-inch coarse and wiry outer coat and soft, dense, and furry undercoat Color: white Height: between 10 and 12 inches Weight: between 13 and 22 pounds Temperament: Naturally, they like to bark and dig they are not as willful like most terriers they love companionship When properly trained they can become fairly friendly towards strangers they develop close affinity with behaved children they love to chase cats but they do not hurt them they can become a very good watch dog they can become very lively Breeders should note of the following health issues: Chronic skin problems Perthe’s disease (hip problems) Jawbone calcification Cranio mandibular osteopathy (lion jaw) Patella luxation, a disorder in the kneecap Liver ailments Deafness Congenital heart disease

Care and Exercise: Their coat should be brushed regularly using a brush with stiff bristles. They should bathe only when necessary. Their whole coat should be stripped at least twice a year and trimmed every four months. The fur on the eyes and ears should be trimmed using blunt-nose mirrors. They will surely be more agile and healthy after regular sessions of play and/or walk.

Origin/History: As noted, they share the same lineage with Cairns and Scotties (from Skye terriers), and even with the Dandies. This trio was developed in the Isle of Skye, which was one of the highlands in Scotland. It was noted that white whelps were chosen from the wiry-coated Cairns, Scotties, and Dandies to produce the variety that were known as Poltalloch terriers.

Following are some items in the history that show the Westies’ reputation of being owners’ favorite companion dogs. Records in the history mentioned that around 1620, King James 1 of England requested some small white dogs from Argyleshire in Scotland. Colonel Malcolm, who was considered as the originator of Poltalloch terriers, that are very similar to the Westies of today, accidentally shot his terrier (a dark one). From then on he vowed to have only white terriers.

Comments Off on Care And Training of the Highland Terrier
shetland sheepdogs

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.
Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Care and Training of Shetland Sheepdogs
basset hound

Although we are unable to identify the exact time period in history when the Bassett Hound was created, some historians have noted that the first mention of this type of dog was found during 16th-century text that made mention to “short-legged dogs used for badger hunting.

We also know that comparable dwarf breeds that had short legs were used during the ancient times, but it is very difficult to focus in on exactly when and why the Bassett Hound was intentionally bred.

The word “Basset” is French and is derivative from bas, which means “dwarf”. We know that short-legged dogs were normally used for slow paced hunting during the French Revolution. History of this dog breed indicates a much clearer snap shot after French Revolution.

During this time period that Basset Hounds became a whole lot more common as a hunting companion. Many Hunters needed a dog that was intelligent enough with its scent ability to hunt prey and at the same time was slow enough so that they could be followed and hunted with guns. This is where this animal received its small dwarf-like body; it became the perfect hunting formula for these needs.

Ultimately, there are four different variations of the short-legged kind were created. One of these variations is know as the Basset Artesien Normand. The Basset Artesien Normand is what closely resembles today’s Basset Hound. In the late 1800s and then again around 1930, crosses were developed with Bloodhounds to bring up their size. The first Bassett Hounds were sent to England and the United States during the late 1800s.


You will discover that the Bassett Hound is one of the most calm and relaxed dog breeds alive today. They are very good-natured with nearly every other animal and human they come into contact with. The Basset is enormously suited for kids and is well behaved even in the company of other strange dogs. Even though these dogs are considered high in affection levels and friendliness, do not underestimate its watchdog capabilities. In addition, these Hounds made great watchdogs.

Taking Care Of A Basset Hound

Basset Hounds need a dose of daily exercise, but not an over dose. One or two walks each day on the leash around your blog will suit just fine. But, like any animal, it is always good for extra playtime and games when possible. Bassett Hounds should sleep indoors with the family during the evening. During the day, having these dogs should have access to an enclosed yard. There’s no need for that much grooming. Just a little brushing and bath times throughout the week will be fine. Also, make note that these dogs tend to drool frequently.

Health Information

Basset Hounds have a live around 9 and 12 years, sometimes they live longer, it all depends on their health. Big health concerns are ectropion, vWD, CHD, gastric torsion, OCD, thrombopathy, otitis externa, and elbow dysplasia. Minor health problems may include patellar luxation. Obesity is a common issue with these animals when owners overfeed them. Make sure that you place caution on how much food you provide.

Comments Off on Basset Hound Training and Care

Basic Chihuahua Care

chihuahua puppy

Caring for Chihuahuas can be a lot of fun and if you do it right you can greatly increase the quality of life your Chihuahua has. Basic Chihuahua care is not difficult and with a little knowledge about what to do, you can keep them healthy for a long time.

Today Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dog recognized by the American Kennel Club. Because of their small size when caring for Chihuahuas you have to careful when you are bathing them. Since they have such a small body mass, they have trouble maintaining their body heat when wet, so as soon as you get done bathing them be sure to thoroughly dry them off with some towels.

Also after bathing them it is a good time to trim their toenails. After bathing them their toenails are softer than normal. The best way to trim a Chihuahua’s toenails are with a guillotine type toenail clippers. You can get this type of clipper from most pet stores. Also while trimming dog nails you will want to have a bottle of Kwik Stop powder available in case you trim too far back and hit the quick. The quick is an area of the toenail where there is the blood supply to the nail. If you cut into the quick there will be bleeding. By directly applying the Quick Stop powder you can stop the bleeding rapidly.

When you first get your Chihuahua it is also a good idea to pet proof your house. To start this, survey your house, garage, and yard for anything you think might be a danger for your dog. Wrap electrical cords or hide them out of the way. Cleaners and chemicals should be stored in a closed cabinet. Plants that are toxic to dogs should be placed in an area where the dogs cannot reach them. Remember Chihuahuas are very curious animals and are constantly exploring their environment, so be proactive when pet proofing your house. Also when caring for Chihuahuas, once a month it is a good idea to give them a quick little physical exam. You don’t have to be a veterinarian to be able to do a rudimentary physical exam. Start at the head and examine the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth for signs of redness or drainage, which could be signs of infection. Run your hands all over the body to check for any lumps or masses. By doing this simple little physical exam every month you will learn a lot more about your Chihuahua.

Chihuahuas may be one of the oldest breeds of dogs but they are also one of the most delicate despite their temperament. Take caution when caring for Chihuahuas and they can live a long healthy life.

Comments Off on Basic Chihuahua Care

Tips For Pomeranians


Pomeranian dogs are what you are looking for if in case you want a small lap dog as a pet. Generally, this breed of dog have a bright personality and easy to get along with. However, they can be temperamental, commanding, and outgoing. That is why it is discouraged to have them with very young children in a house. They can snap when they are teased. On the other hand, Poms are affectionate, gentle, and loyal. Pomeranian dogs are ideal for pet lovers who live in a small house or apartment. But they can also adapt well in a wider area.

This breed is perfect for dog owners who have a small yard. Outdoor activities are okay for Poms. They may be lap dogs but do not hesitate in letting them get a good exercise. Pomeranian dogs can actually endure taking long walks since they belong to an active breed. It is easy to teach them with tricks as long as you are patient and determined enough. Looking after Pomeranian dogs requires ample time and attention from you. Their grooming requirements are quite complicated since they have two coats of fur that need special grooming. Poms have a short, fluffy undercoat and a straight topcoat.

Their coat needs to be brushed at least once a week but not too frequent because it can be damaging. In addition, Pomeranian dogs need a good dental care because they are prone to loss. That is why it is highly recommended that Poms eat dry food to help keep their teeth and gums healthy. Another distinct characteristic of Poms is that they give high value to their personal properties like food, toys, or beds. They do not want their properties to be shared with other dogs or pets. Despite of this high sense of ownership, Pomeranians are not quarrelsome dogs.

It is recommended that Pomeranian dogs be trained as early as possible. In particular, they can bark relentlessly if their barking is not controlled. They are headstrong little dogs and can become rowdy if not properly trained or disciplined. By having them trained, you can set out rules for them to follow. Your Pomeranian will show its love and appreciation to you after you have trained it well. Remember that they will not learn proper discipline if they won’t be trained. Poms are said to be quite difficult to housebreak, but if you remain consistent in training them, they will eventually learn proper potty training.

This breed of dog is especially independent and they don’t cling to their handlers. However, it is important that the owner is firm when he disciplines or deals with a Pomeranian. Otherwise, his dog will not listen or obey his commands. If not properly contained, Poms can be very demanding. Pomeranian dogs are ideal for people who desire to take care of small dogs. Poms are considered to be kind hearted pets that can easily adapt in your household. Poms are excellent little dogs. They may be fox-like in appearance but they are affectionate. If you are thinking of owning a dog, just make sure that you familiarize your self with all the information about the dog breed.

It will help you know what are to expect from your chosen breed.

Comments Off on Tips For Pomeranians
border terrier clothing

The Border Terrier is eager to please and this usually helps in basic training. The best training method is to always use positive reinforcement, and remember, be patient and consistent.

The Border Terrier is a good-tempered, affectionate, obedient and easily trained dog. They are active and agile. Being a high energy breed, the Border Terrier needs lots of exercise and enjoys such activities as ball, agility, tracking, and obedience competitions.

Borders generally get along well with other dogs as well as cats if introduced at a young age. Caution is advised, however, around other small animals such as gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, birds and cats, as they may be viewed as the enemy because of the Borders strong hunting instinct.

Comments Off on Border Terrier Tips

Guide To Training Your Pug

pug clothing

Pugs are very smart and stubborn dogs. They can be trained with a little persistence and patience. Pugs will do pretty much anything for food, so training with a treat or a toy and lots of praise seems to work the best. Start training right away when the pug is a pup. Instead of training in one long session that can get boring and frustrating to the dog, train in short 5-10 minute sessions throughout the day. This keeps training fun for your pug.

Comments Off on Guide To Training Your Pug