While most dogs do not generally bite humans, it is still not uncommon to be bitten by a dog. There are roughly 4.7 million dog bites in the U.S. each year, so the chances you will be bit are pretty good. However, through training and proper care most bites are avoidable. Why do dogs bite?
There are extenuating factors that can increase a dog’s propensity to bite. The factors can be related to environmental, condition, past experiences or genetic. 1. Breed – Some dog breeds are more aggressive and have a higher propensity of biting than others. A Cocker Spaniel was the breed that had the most incidents of biting a child. Chow Chows are very protective of their owner and are most likely to bite a stranger. Chihuahuas are most likely to bite their vet. While Pitbulls and Rottweiler’s lead in severe and deathly dog bites in the US. 2. Environment - Puppyhood influence aggressiveness as adults but genetics also plays a key role in this problem. Owner’s temperament highly influences the dog’s behavior. Puppies develop social skills are developed from their 3rd-14th week of life. Negative experiences during this time will affect the dog’s behavior for the rest of its years. Mature dogs do not typically become aggressive unless they are ill or have a sickness. 3. Illness – Many dogs can become aggressive in their older age when if they are suffering from pain or scared from loss of eye sight or other ailments. 4. Territorial/Protective – A large majority of dog bites happen near or on the home property of the dog. It is an innate characteristic for the dog to protect their personal property, home or owner. When are stranger comes in to their territory they can often become aggressive. Additionally dogs my bite to show dominance over another dog or person if they are trying to take away something they own or possess. 5. Fear – Dogs that are uncertain and tentative can become aggressive when put into a new situation. Dogs will also bite out of a fear defense when another dog or person is coming on to attack.
Written by: Kate Voss
Last week we discussed the benefits of small breed dogs for home security. If you have the space and the appropriate living conditions medium size and larger dogs can add even more home security.
Living alone in a big city, I decided to rescue a Chow Chow/Australian Shepherd mix puppy whom I named Margot. Having her makes me feel so much more secure when I am home alone because she can somehow sense danger. She is constantly looking outside the window and if someone approaches our home, she runs to the door and barks. She keeps her eye out for me. However, she is a huge lap dog who wouldn’t actually hurt a fly. She is my friendly watchdog.
There is a difference between a watchdog — one that simply barks when it feels threatened or when it is protecting you — and a guard dog — one that is trained to attack if danger presents itself. Guard dogs and watchdogs can be very different and you must get the breed that fits well with your family and lifestyle, and train your dog well. Below are the top family guard dog breeds that are known for being great protectors.
Large, Intimidating Watchdogs
Larger watchdogs are used a physical threat to intruders — their size is used as intimidation, yet they usually will not attack as most are gentle breeds.
English Mastiff: Remember the movie the Sandlot, where the kids were all terrified of the neighbor’s massive, slobbering dog — but then, in the end, it turns out it was the most loveable dog in the world. That was an English Mastiff, an adorable and powerful breed that is known for their strength. They are very friendly, but will guard their owners when they feel they are in danger. They are great dogs to have to ward off intruders because of their sheer size.
Newfoundland: These friendly, sweet-tempered dogs get up to 150 pounds and 29 inches tall — they are massive. Again, much like the English Mastiff, their size would instantly scare away an intruder. They may look aggressive, but are a very generous and peaceful breed. They would more likely trap an intruder than attack. Newfoundland’s are also very sensitive to your tone of voice and can sense danger. They make great cuddlers and are a perfect fit for families with children.
Large, Aggressive Guard Dogs
Larger and more aggressive breeds are usually highly intelligent and can be trained to be protective and attack dogs. Note, these dogs need rigorous and consistent training as puppies, as they are prone to being very aggressive towards humans if poorly trained.
Akita: These beautiful pups are fearless, docile and need lots of exercise. They may be aggressive towards other dogs and humans that are strangers so you and all other humans must be higher up in the pack to get its respect. They are very loyal to their family but if teased they may bite, so be careful with them around children. Akitas are not excessive barkers, so they are much more suited as guard dogs than watchdogs.
German Shepherd: Known for their work in the military and police force, German Shepherds are highly intelligent, strong and alert and very eager to learn. They remain close to family and are weary of strangers. This breed should not be left isolated for long periods of time — they must be constantly socialized with people or else they may get aggressive. German Shepherds need to have a task at all times, and are a great family companion.
Rottweiler: This muscular breed is very calm and protective of owners. Rotties are seemingly immune to pain, very courageous and needs an owner who is firm in their training. You must be high up in the pack order to get their respect and obedience. Rotties need a lot of leadership and socialization but can be very good with other animals if trained well.
Dogs are great companions can be ideal protectors for you, your family and your home. Depending on what type of home security you are looking for — a dog who would simply warn you if someone was in the home, a dog who would scare away intruders, or a dog that would attack if needed — make sure you learn about a breed’s characteristics before you adopt to make sure your new dog is a perfect fit for you and your family.
Written by: Kate Voss
Dogs are our best friends, our loyal companions, and can be our protectors too. They are there to welcome us home with a big lick on the face and to cuddle with us before bed.
Burglars only spend an average of one minute attempting to get into a home. If there is an obstacle, such as locked doors or an intimidating dogs, chances are the burglar will leave your home and try a different one. Dogs’ sense of smell and hearing make them the first the notice if something is wrong, usually long before a human could. So although installing a home security system is always a good idea, if you train your dog to guard your home and family, and also train it to be a gentle dog, you will find yourself with the perfect burglar alarm – and one that loves you back!
But not all dogs come in the same package, today we will explore the best “Small Breed” watchdogs:
Small, Yippie dogs
These breeds simply scare away intruders with their constant and high-pitched barking.
Maybe best known as the dog in the Taco Bell commercials, the Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog available, and quite possibly the yappiest. They are loyal, affectionate, and very energetic. They are not recommended for children due to their pack leader aggression and their “small-dog” attitude. They get up to six pounds and love to bark. Because of this, they can act as a great watchdog for warding off intruders. Their shrill bark is guaranteed to wake up family members, maybe even neighbors, in the case of a home invasion.
Miniature Schnauzer: These pups are stocky and strong with high intelligence and obedience to owners. They are great hunting dogs and their loud howl is a great way to protect your home. If trained correctly, they will be well socialized and affectionate, so they would make great family dogs. They are also great for apartments because they can remain calm indoors if they get enough exercise.
Beagles: Much like the movie Shiloh, Beagles are known for their affection and loyalty to their family. They were originally used for hunting, so they should be in households only with dogs and no other animals. Their distinct hound howl is what makes this dog a great
watchdog. Beagles also have a great sense of smell, so they can protect your yard from
intruders, or even alert you of a fire.
Referenced from WebMD
In his bestselling book, The Intelligence of Dogs, neuropsychologist Stanley Coren, PhD, focuses on trainability as a marker of intelligence.
The University of British Columbia psychology professor relied on the assessments of 110 breeds by more than 200 professional dog obedience judges who scored breeds based on working/obedience tests.
The top dogs absorbed commands in less than five repetitions and obeyed them 95% of the time or better. Here’s the list along with a breed description by the American Kennel Club: 1. Border Collie: A workaholic, this breed is the world’s premier sheep herder, prized for its intelligence, extraordinary instinct, and working ability.
2. Poodle: Exceptionally smart and active. Bred to retrieve things from the water. The miniature variety may have been used for truffle hunting.
3. German Shepherd: The world’s leading police, guard, and military dog — and a loving family companion and herder.
4. Golden Retriever: Intelligent and eager to please. Bred as a hunting companion; ideal as a guide and as assistance with search-and-rescue operations.
5. Doberman Pinscher: Known for its stamina and speed. Bred to be a guardian and in demand as a police and war dog.
6. Shetland Sheepdog: The “Sheltie” is essentially a miniature working Collie. A rough-coated, longhaired working breed that is keenly intelligent. Excels in herding.
7. Labrador Retriever: An ideal sporting and family dog. Gentle and intelligent.
8. Papillon: A happy, alert breed that isn’t shy or aggressive. Known as Dwarf Spaniels in the 16th and 17th centuries, they reach 8-11 inches high.
9. Rottweiler: Robust and powerful, the breed is happiest with a job. Suitable as a police dog, herder, service dog, therapy dog, obedience competitor, and devoted companion.
10. Australian Cattle Dog: Happiest doing a job like herding, obedience, or agility. Energetic and intelligent.
Dear fellow Yorkie lover,
We know that Yorkies are adorable, cute little dogs that many of us have fallen in love with. How can anyone resist? But, as cute as they are, it’s a well known issue that smaller dogs have a more difficult time with potty training than larger dogs. So, we’re here to help you. We answer questions about potty training puppies almost every day because we created the best indoor dog potty system on the market. It’s the ONLY APA (American Pet Association) approved product of it’s kind. So we know what we’re talking about.
Learn about yorkie training and potty training puppies with our useful information below. Here are some general things to know before you begin the process of potty training your yorkie puppy.
1) Puppies are like children. And just like children, they do not know right from wrong. They have to be taught.
2) The Age Of Your Yorkie Affects The Potty Training Process
a) The general rule of thumb is that for the first 5 – 7 weeks of your Yorkie’s life, you will need an indoor potty training system is necessary and should be used in conjunction with the housebreaking process.
b) The most important time in potty training puppies takes place between the first 8 – 16 weeks. This is when it’s important that your training be consistent. That means using the same techniques and keeping to a time frame. Be aware that at this age, puppies can generally hold their bladder for as long as 2 hours. So, consider then when setting up a time frame on how often to take him out.
c) By the time your Yorkie is 16 weeks old he should be able to hold his bladder for as long as 4 hours. Your home dog training process should continue but of course by now, your puppy should be quite well trained. You can simply change your time frame now from taking him out every 2 hours to taking him out every 4 hours.
d) By the time your beloved Yorkie is 6 months old he should be able to hold his bladder for 5 – 6 hours. Most puppies are housebroken by this time, although there may be the occasional “accident”, depending on factors such as changes in the environment and of course any infections or illnesses.
If you suspect an infection or illness please take your Yorkie to your Veterinarian immediately.
Tips On Potty Training Your Yorkie Puppy
Potty train your Yorkie puppy the easy way with 7 easy to follow steps.
1) Never, ever physically punish your puppy. It’s cruel and it eventually results in bad behavior from your dog. Many dog owners make this mistake when potty training puppies so don’t make this same mistake.
2) You want to catch your Yorkie “in the act” and immediately pick him up and take him outside to where you would like him to go. Use a stern voice, enough to let him know that what he was doing was not acceptable. It’s important to catch him “in the act” because it can be confusing to your pet when you’re scolding him and he’s not sure why. You want to potty train a puppy to go outside but it takes time and patience.
3) You want your puppy to learn where it’s NOT appropriate to relieve himself. Notably in the home, near food and sleeping areas. You can do this by using a crate and an indoor potty system. Although it may seem cruel to put your beautiful Yorkie in a crate the truth is, it offers a sense of security for him. It’s “his” place. It’s important to note that he should only be confined in the crate for a short period of time. It’s not meant to be a jail cell. You can put your puppy in the crate when you’re away from home but make sure to note the recommendations we have given you regarding the age of your puppy and how often they need to relive themselves.
Crates can be metal or wood or even plastic. These days, they come in a large variety of shapes and materials. Make it comfortable for your Yorkie by making sure it’s large enough for him to turn around in and be comfortable, but not so large that they can roam. In general, dogs do not generally relieve themselves in their immediate territory so you want to keep the space small enough to avoid him “going” in his crate.
4) Consistency is the key factor in potty training puppies. Not only in timing how often to take your puppy outside but also in location. When you do take him outside, make sure to take him to the same spots. For an indoor dog potty system, make sure it remains in the same area in your home. Keep to a feeding schedule as well. Use the same language and the same tone of speech each time you are going to take him out. The more consistent you can be, the better it will be for you and your beloved dog.
5) Don’t wait to begin the house training process. As soon as you bring your new puppy home, start right away. To potty train a puppy, you need to establish your house rules as soon as you can.
6) Make sure to reward your pet by praising him when he does the right thing. Just like children, puppies need to know that they’ve pleased you.
7) A little tip that may help in the first 6 months of potty training puppies is to put up the puppy’s water bowl during the night. This will keep him from drinking throughout the night which will help him (and you) to sleep through the night!
Follow these tips and you will successfully potty train a puppy!
Well, we hope that these tips on how to house train a yorkie puppy will help you and your new family member to become the very best of friends for many, many years.
What makes an awesome doggy daddy? Taking your dog out for two long walks each day. Giving tons of affection and love. Providing them a constant, stable routine. Making sure they are socialized and friendly to others. So, can you be a hot famous celebrity and still be a good doggy daddy? UGODOG thinks these guys are doing pretty good!
#1 Ryan Gosling
4-legged Companion: George Breed: Mixed Breed-Wired Hair Pointer (we think) Who is he? Began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse Club (1993–95). Now most famous for Ides of March, Gangster Squad, Crazy Stupid Love and The Note Book. He is a supporter of PETA, Invisible Children and the Enough Project and has travelled to Chad, Uganda and eastern Congo to raise awareness about conflicts in the regions. Why he is an awesome doggy daddy: George is 13 years old Ryan has had him since a pup and says he likes apples and he is well traveled. Ryan has been photographed walking his dog on the streets, parks, red carpets, even on talk shows.
#2 Justin Timberlake
4-legged Companion: Buckley, Brennan and Billy Breed: 2 Boxers and a Pitbull/lab mix Who is he? JT is an American actor, businessman and singer-songwriter. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. Timberlake released his solo studio albums Justified (2002) and FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006). Has debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 and produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “SexyBack”, “My Love”, and “What Goes Around… Comes Around”. He has held starring roles in the films The Social Network, Bad Teacher, In Time and Friends with Benefits. He has donated $100,000 from takings to Australian tour to Wildlife Warriors founded by Steve Irwin. Why he is an awesome doggy daddy:Buckley, Brennan and Billy always home to greet Justin when he comes back from tour
When he or Jessica are not at home, his cousin Rachel takes good care of the pack. Actor singer claims the best kiss that he ever received was from his pooch Buckley.
#3 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
4-legged Companion: Lupo Breed: Cocher Spaniel Who is he? He is the eldest son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and his late wife, Princess Diana of Wales. His paternal grandparents are Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He is second in line to succeed his grandmother, after his father. Prince William was educated at four schools in the United Kingdom and obtained a degree from the University of St Andrews. He also completed training as an officer (eventually being commissioned as a lieutenant in the Blues and Royals Regiment), and a pilot (earning his wings by completing pilot training at Royal Air Force College Cranwell) in the British military. Why he is an awesome doggy daddy: Despite having a newborn baby boy George, Prince William considers Lupo a priority. He is seen with them out on walks and even was included in a recent family photo.
Barack Obama and dog Sunny and Bo
#4 President Barack Obama
4-legged Companion: Bo and Sunny Obama Breed: Portuguese Water Dog. Who is he? He is the 44th and current President of the United States, the first African American to hold the office. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. Why he’s an awesome doggie daddy: We all know President Obama is arguably the busiest man in the world, but he sure loves and trusts First Dog Bo. This lucky pup has been seen doing his fair share of work around the White House while the president’s away. By “work,” we of course mean
Teaching your dog to ‘wait’ is a great way to help him or her learn some impulse control and can be used in training fun things as well. “Wait” will mean for your dog to stay in a particular spot, and “OK” will tell him he can get up and move.
To start, you can have your dog in a doorway (on leash if the doorway leads to a street) have him/her sit, give a reward (‘yes’ and treat) and take a step back. If he stays put, say ‘yes’ and deliver another treat. Take two steps back or one step and pause for another moment. If your dog stays put, say ‘yes’ and reward again. If he moves towards you, say ‘uh oh’ and use your body to get him to move back to his original spot. Ask for a sit again and reward for attention and compliance. After your dog is successful sitting there for a few moments, say “OK” and toss a treat on the floor ahead of him. OR, say “OK” and let him come to you through the doorway (that can be the reward!). Once he get the idea of sitting in a spot until you release him with “OK” add the cue of “wait” after you have asked for a sit. Other applications for this behavior:
• Before getting out of the car (it may be dangerous for him to just jump out when you open the door). Use your body to block him from jumping out, reward for staying until you give him the “OK”. For the dog, the reward is getting to get out of the car! No food treats are needed.
• Before getting to eat their food. What a huge jackpot for a simple 3-? second ‘wait’!
• Before getting to search for a toy or treat you may have hidden for him—a fun way of getting some mental stimulation!
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How to help your anxious dog feel better about being home alone
Being left ‘alone’ can be very anxiety-provoking for many dogs that are not accustomed to it. Dogs are social animals and enjoy being around the other members of their group, whether you have two legs or four! PREVENT this from happening by having your puppy spend short periods alone in his/her kennel while you are in another area of the room, and eventually in another area of the house, keeping time in the kennel short at first, with gradual increases. Ignore any whining, and provide some yummy chewies in the kennel to make alone time easier and more pleasant. Let your puppy out BEFORE they finish their treat.
If your dog already has a mild case of separation distress (NOT full blown separation anxiety) these tips will help:
• Exercise your dog before you leave—a tired dog is more likely to sleep while you are gone.
• Put on some background noise, such as a TV or radio to mimic the house’s noises when you are around.
• Keep comings and goings LOW KEY—ignore your dog for the first few minutes you get home and before you leave. You may be inadvertently contributing to the problem!
• Toss your dog a stuffed chew toy or goodie as you walk out the door-now your dog anticipates your departure as something GOOD, not something bad
For more information on Separation Anxiety, or to get some help on working through this difficult problem, contact me at email@example.com.