Posts Tagged ‘Dog Breeds’

Why is my dog biting?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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.

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Dog Bites Happen

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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Let’s face it, dog bites happen, in fact half of the US population will be bitten by a dog or cat during their lifetime. When training a new puppy you are even more likely to get a nip or bite. The important thing is how you handle it. Since certain diseases can be spread through bites from animals it is important to identify the type of bite and treat it accordingly.

Certain diseases can also be spread through bites from various animals. These diseases may cause flu-like symptoms, headache, and fever. To prevent diseases from entering a wound any bite that results in breaking of the skin will require first aid.
First Aid
1. Calm and reassure the person. Wear latex gloves or wash your hands thoroughly before attending to the wound. Wash hands afterwards, too.
2. If the bite is not bleeding severely, wash the wound thoroughly with mild soap and running water for 3 to 5 minutes. Then, cover the bite with antibiotic ointment and a clean dressing.
3. If the bite is actively bleeding, apply direct pressure with a clean, dry cloth until the bleeding stops. Raise the area of the bite.
4. If the bite is on the hand or fingers, call the doctor right away.
5. Over the next 24 to 48 hours, watch the area of the bite for signs of infection (increasing skin redness, swelling, and pain).
6. If the bite becomes infected, call the doctor or take the person to an emergency medical center.

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When is the right time to Spade or Neuter your dog?

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Given that approximately 3.7 million animals are euthanized at shelters each year, due to lack of willing adopters, most Americans agree it is best to spade or neuter any pet that is not intended for breading. There are now laws and regulations mandating that all cats and dogs adopted from public or private animal care and control facilities be sterilized. If you have decided to adopt from a dog shelter your dog will mandated the procedure. Not only does having your pet spayed or neutered ensure that you will not be adding to this tremendous burden of over population of dogs it also eliminates behaviors and physical changes related to presence of reproductive hormones that dog owners find objectionable. If that is not enough of a reason it also helps to prevent various forms of dog cancers.
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But if you are wondering when the best time or if you will spade or neuter then we have some information for you.
To date no scientist has performed a large-scale study in which female and male dogs underwent gonadectomy (spay or neatured) at various ages and were tracked throughout life to determine what abnormalities developed relative to age at gonadectomy.

The standard age (6-9 months), is when most veterinarians in the United States recommend females and males spayed or castrated. However, this is not based in science; it is based on anathesia procedures during World War II, when increasing pets were becoming popular, therefore, more interested in controlling manifestations of reproductive hormone secretion and very interested in making sure the animal survived surgery. Anesthetic and surgical techniques available at that time necessitated the animal be at least 6 months of age.

Early neutering before 14 months of age has also become popular by some modern vets. Mainly due to a few uncontrolled studies that have shown a link with early neuters and some forms of cancer and joint problems. Both the joint problems and the cancers that they have linked are relatively common in large-boned dogs, so the challenge is to prove whether the early neuter actually caused an increase in the incidence. There have been no studies that prove this.

Pro-early neutering as early as 6 weeks of age has been supported by several good studies to look at different potential complications from early neutering that have found no adverse effects other than slightly longer legs and less “masculine” muscle development. These pro-early neuter studies, however, were not carried out long enough to evaluate the risk of cancer.

Early adult neutering as late as 18 months, has been shown by studies that growth is influenced by the development of re-productive hormones. Taking away the internal re-productive organs at a young age, before the dog is fully grown, was shown to extend bone-growth period, making the bones longer and thinner, with as a result an increased chance on skeleton problems.

In conclusion there is not one answer for all dogs. Work with your vet to determine the best time for your dog breed and size to determine the best course of action for your dog.

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Home Remedies for a Healthy Pup Coat

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Notice your dog’s coat is changing with the seasons or just doesn’t feel as soft as it used to. If your dog has dry, irritated flaky Skin there is something you can do about it. Most likely you have the cure right in your cupboard.

Traditional causes for dry skin are as follows: spent too much time in the sun, you have hard water in your house, your dog has had one too many visits to the groomer with a hot air hair dryer, or the winter season has seen too many days of needing the heat to work overtime its time for some sweet help. Try these home remedies to get his coat back in shape.

High-Quality Food
As with humans, a dog’s diet directly affects his skin and coat health. Transition your dog to a high-quality food with few fillers. Check the label for the AAFCO nutritional adequacy statement to make sure your dog is receiving a balanced diet. Try all-natural or organic brands and look for brands that contain avocado, pomegranate or other natural anti-oxidants.

Essential Fatty Acids
Deficiencies in essential fatty acids including omega-3 and omega-6 are common in dogs who are on a low-fat diet, resulting in a dull coat and flaky skin. Fortunately, adding a small amount of oil to your dog’s diet will effectively supplement these deficiencies. According to WebMD, you can supplement omega-6 with sunflower oil or safflower oil and flaxseed oil and fish oil give plenty of omega-3 in the diet. If you purchase a fish oil in a gel cap you can puncture the supplement and squirt directly on food.

Honey
Massage a generous amount of honey into clean, damp fur, let sit for up to 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. You can also add a little bit of olive oil to loosen the honey for easier application. If your dog licks a bit of the honey there is nothing to worry about

Coconut Oil
Adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet will help make his coat shinier. It helps to clear up skin conditions including eczema, allergies, yeast and fungal infections and itchy skin. You can also apply coconut oil topically to his skin to help heal skin infections and moisturize dry skin and fur.

Lemon Olive Oil Treatment
To fight dry skin brought on by any number of factors in your dog try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture for their coat and skin. The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp the dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the [newly exposed] skin on your dog’s body.
Mix equal parts lemon juice, olive oil, and water and massage thoroughly into your dog’s skin and coat. Let mixture sit for no more then 10 minutes at a time. This treatment should only be done inside (you don’t want the lemon juice to come into contact with the sun or heat lamps which will interact with the pigmentation of your dog’s fur. Rinse well and lather shampoo into coat well to get rid of any lemon juice before your dog is allowed outside again

Grooming
Regular brushing will improve the condition and shininess of your dog’s coat by removing dead hair and skin. Bathing your dog regularly with a shampoo formulated for dogs will help keep his skin and coat clean. Don’t over-bathe your dog as this may dry out his coat and make sure you rinse all the shampoo out of his coat before drying your dog. Also, consider using conditioner or a finishing spray formulated for dogs.

Check with a groomer or veterinarian to determine how often you should brush and bathe your dog. Some dogs, especially those with thicker and longer coats, need grooming more often than short-hair dogs.

A shiny coat on a dog is a sign of good health and improves his appearance. Each breed will have different coat appearance because of the thickness, length and type of fur. But regardless of breed, proper diet and grooming will create a shiny coat.

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Is your little furry friend a character?

Friday, September 13th, 2013


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Awesome Celebrity Doggy Daddys

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

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!

Ryan Gosling

#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.

Justin Timberlake

#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.

Prince William Duke of Cambridge

#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

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The Best Dog Breeds for City Life

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

If you are looking to share your home with a dog, and your home happens to be in a large metropolitan city, you would be wise to do a little research before you bring any old pup home. Some dogs are not suitable for city life, either because they have a strong need for outdoor activities like running and playing, they are prone to barking, or because they are simply too big to be comfortable in a small apartment or condo.

So what dogs are good for city life? Below is a list of top dogs for the city, but be sure to look into any breed you want to take home to make sure you can provide them with a happy and healthy home.

Dachshunds are great small dogs. They are usually well tempered, and even though they are energetic, their small size doesn’t require a large space to run. Just be sure to give this dog some exercise and watch the liver snacks, because they can easily become overweight. This dog is commonly referred to as a wiener dog or a sausage dog.

Pugs are very popular today, and are perfect for even a family living in the city. They are very affectionate, well-behaved, and they generally don’t demand much exercise. Another one to go along with the pug is the French Bulldog, a smaller breed than the better-known English Bulldog. Both the French Bulldog and the pug are pretty sedentary dogs, but they are loving and fun to watch and interact with.

The Basenji is a less common dog, but because it does not have a bark, it is growing in popularity among city dwellers. Originally trained for hunting this hound will compliment any family by providing some lively energy to the home. They can be trained easily, hence the reason they’ve been used for hunting. They are very passionate and loving dogs and we highly recommend these young pups.

The Whippet is a shy dog that looks like a miniature Greyhound. They are smart, affectionate, very playful, and with regular walks they could be a great asset to city life. They average anywhere from 25 to 40 lbs depending on age and gender. These dogs are quick so if you’re out of shape and can’t keep up, I’d stay away from this breed (laugh).

If you have your mind set on a larger dog, there are a few large breeds that are not very active, but they do come with their share of challenges. For example, the Newfoundland and the Mastiff are great big, friendly dogs that don’t require much exercise. However, you should expect these dogs to weigh over 100 pounds, they both tend to drool, and the Newfoundland will need regular grooming because of its long coat.

In addition to those listed above, there are a few more breeds that are worth mentioning. These breeds are great all-around dogs, but can be especially good for city life. These dogs are generally very smart and easy to train, and while they might require daily walking, they won’t run circles around your apartment: Toy Poodle, Miniature Poodle, Bichon Frise, West Highland Terrier, and Shih Tzu. Below are some sample pictures of the small dog breeds mentioned above:


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