Poodles

Elegant, clever and kind. Poodles are very impressive dogs, many of them are seen as winners in dog shows. Behind the Ribbons and impressive hair do’s, is an affectionate dog with excellent characteristics. Poodles seem to be looked upon as a luxury animals, do not be fooled. They are capable of so much more. Beside being in the show rings, these dogs were used as a water retriever, a job that requires jumping into fresh water to fetch water fouls of hunters. Continue reading

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K9’s

Dogs do not only serve us as a companion, but they also serve the law enforcement. A K9 is a dog that is specifically trained to help the law enforcement personnel. Their duties include: searching for drugs and explosives, locating missing people, finding crime scene evidence, and protecting their handlers. Police dogs must remember several verbal cues and hand gestures. The most commonly used breed is the German Shepherd and Belgian Malinoi.  Continue reading

Collars

Other than using a standard collar when walking your furry companion there are also dog harnesses. Dog harnesses are easier on your pet, as the place little or no pressure on the throat, depending on the style.

You can find harnesses for dogs that distribute pressure over the chest, the shoulders, or even the rear end. Like dog collars, harnesses might be made of nylon, leather, suede, or sports mesh. Some are even lined with faux fur.  Continue reading

Car rides with your dog

Off to the coast, with kids an all, but worried about how your dog might handle the trip? Whatever the destination might be, having your dog come along for the ride, makes the trip even better. Dogs can be great travel companions!

But before we get to excited, there is a couple things you can do to make your dogs trip in the car smoother, safer, and more enjoyable for everybody.  Continue reading

Harnesses

Other than using a standard collar when walking your furry companion there are also dog harnesses. Dog harnesses are easier on your pet, as the place little or no pressure on the throat, depending on the style.

You can find harnesses for dogs that distribute pressure over the chest, the shoulders, or even the rear end. Like dog collars, harnesses might be made of nylon, leather, suede, or sports mesh. Some are even lined with faux fur.  Continue reading

Dog fleas and how to get rid of them

Has your dog ever had a visit of un-invited fleas?

As dog owners, we dread this situation; but our furry companions dread it even more! It is more common during the summer time, that this happens. These small dark brown insects prefer temperature from 60-8 degrees and humidity levels of 75-85 percent.. so for some areas of the country they are more than just a “summer” problem. Dogs often get infested with fleas through contact with other animals or contact with fleas in the environment. The strong back legs of this insect enable it to jump from host to host or from the environment onto the host. (Fleas do not have wings, so they cannot fly!) The flea’s bite can cause itching for the host but for a sensitive or flea-allergic animal, this itching can be quite severe and leads to hair-loss, inflammation and secondary skin infections. Some pets, hypersensitive to the flea’s saliva, will itch all over from the bite of even a single flea! Continue reading

Grooming

Dog Grooming is important, if you own a dog that requires much attention in this category you know that it is important to do it early and often. Some dogs might not love going to the groomers, but if you set them up at an early stage they will become more used to it as time goes on. If you adopt an older dog, you might run into some problems but no need to worry everything takes practice and patience.  Continue reading