Archive for February, 2015

Dogs are truly man’s best friend. They greet us each day with wagging tails and slobbery tongues, hoping for a walk or game of fetch. They love snuggling up on the sofa and they may even bring your shoes over when they want to go outside. Dogs are loving and affectionate creatures, so it is important that we reciprocate. Thankfully, dogs aren’t like humans in the sense that they hold grudges or talk behind your back; making dogs happy is actually quite simple. Here are some ways you can boost your reputation with your own dog and canines the world over.

Wear a Treat Utility Belt

If there’s one thing we know about dogs, it’s that they love to eat. Anytime, anywhere, they’re always ready to chow down. If you’re familiar with the DC Comics superhero Batman, you know he has a utility belt filled with gadgets to help him fight crime, such as the Batarang and grappling hooks. Like Batman, you should have your own utility belt to help you fight hunger for doggies. If you’re on a walk, have a couple for your dog(s), but also be ready to give some to dogs you meet along the way – you’ll make a new friend for life!

Know Your Dog Breeds

You don’t need to be an expert on every dog in the world, but it doesn’t hurt to know some basic breed facts. For example, if certain dogs tend to be more aggressive toward strangers, you know not to approach them if it’s the first time you’re meeting, or to make any abrupt movements that may alarm them. If you know that certain dogs need a lot of exercise, make sure they get it. Think of how much you appreciate when someone knows you and all of your preferences – it means a lot to you and you value that individual. Dogs feel the same way when you comprehend and acknowledge their needs.

Set Aside Snuggle Time

Dogs love to cuddle! Don’t deprive your buddy of one-on-one love and affection. You can’t realistically do this all the time because you have your family, work, social life, etc., but you should always make time for belly rubs and ear scratches.

Walk Frequently

This is a given, but it’s worth mentioning. Dogs need exercise just like humans do. Develop a schedule and stick to it so your dog gets to release energy and has something to look forward to.

Be Spontaneous

Instead of your normal evening walk, head to the dog park. If you have a greenbelt nearby, walk there instead of the usual neighborhood route. Head for the hills and have a picnic on your day off. There are a million different things you can do – make it fun! You don’t want to do the same things over and over and over again, and neither does your dog.

Now that you know how to treat your canine companions, go and do! If you continue to nurture your relationship, you’ll create a strong bond and many lasting memories.

Ron Rutherford loves dogs, fresh peach pie, and a rousing game of pinnacle. He writes for Havahart Wireless, manufacturers of invisible electric fencing for dogs.

We all love our dogs and we love giving them treats when they do something good. But we may not know what’s in those store bought treats and if it is good or bad. It doesn’t help when there are recalls for dog foods and treats as well, that end up worrying dog owners more than anything. So when you want to give your dog a special treat, what do you do? Well, here are two do-it-yourself gourmet dog treat recipes that you can easily make at home:

Natural Greenies Treats
Greenies is a brand of dental dog treats that helps to freshen breath and clean teeth. Here is your recipe for natural Greenies treats at home! You’ll need: 3 ½ c organic brown rice flour, 1 tbsp premium activated charcoal, 4 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 egg, ½ c packed fresh mint, ½ c packed fresh italian parsley, 1 c chicken broth, 1 tsp Swanson GreenFoods Liquid Chlorophyll.

Heat your oven to 400 and then line a baking sheet with either parchment or spray with non-stick spray. Then mix the flour and the charcoal and put to the side. Now, you’ll want to finely chop the mint and parsley and mix it with both the oil and ¼ c of the broth so that it makes a paste. Once you have your paste made, add in the chlorophyll and mix well. Carefully add the paste mix to the flour and knead like a bread recipe. You’ll want to add in the remaining broth carefully, mixing well in between each addition. If you find that the recipe is getting too stick to knead or roll out, you can add in a bit more flour or dust the area that you’re working with it. The dough will not be green, in fact, it will be a dark gray color normally. Once you have your dough completely mixed and kneaded, roll it out and use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Let them cool and then store in an air tight container in the fridge.

Dog Chicken Jerky
Every dog loves meat, so why not make them and organic treat that they can gobble up? Here is a recipe for organic chicken jerky for your furry baby. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 package lg organic boneless chicken breasts, and a pinch of sea salt. (Pretty simple, right?!) Preheat your oven to 200 degrees and cut the chicken into very thing strips, cutting with the grain and removing all fat. Very lightly sprinkle sea salt onto the strips, not too much, just enough that your dog thinks they are getting human food. Now, lay the strips on a baking sheet or rack and bake about 2 hours at 200 degrees or until the meat is dry, but still soft (like jerky). If you’re not sure that it’s totally done yet, you can leave it in for another 20 minutes or so, checking it often. You basically want to make sure that they chicken is done all the way through.

When it’s finished, let it cool and then store it in an air tight container in the fridge. You can also use a dehydrator for this if you have one, but the oven version does make the chicken a little softer for your dog to chew. And hey, why not try some for yourself while you’re at it? Although, your dog may get a bit jealous.

Popular Dog Breeds: Rottweilers

The powerful Rottweiler makes a devoted companion but he is also renowned as a police dog, herder, service dog, therapy dog, and an excellent obedience dog. While these muscular, protective dogs can strike fear in the hearts of intruders, they are often clownish and fun-loving at home with their families.

 

History

The Rottweiler has a long and distinguished history. Their ancestors were the drover’s dogs that were used to herd the cattle and other herds the Romans brought with them into Europe 2000 years ago. The Germans recognized the superior herding and guarding instincts of the dogs and bred for these traits. The result was a dog developed to drive cattle to market in the Rottweil region of Germany. The dogs were also useful to butchers and were used to pull carts. This continued until the mid 19th century when cattle driving was outlawed. The number of Rottweilers declined drastically after this time since there was no work for them to do. After 1901 the Rottweiler began to be favored as a police dog and the breed’s fortunes improved again. The Rottweiler was admitted to the AKC studbook in 1931 and the breed parent club was formed in the U.S. in 1971. Today the breed is very popular in the U.S.

 

Temperament

Rottweilers are devoted to their owners and their families but they are a protective breed. They will protect their territory and they do not welcome strangers unless they are properly introduced. They are generally loving and even comical at home with their loved ones. It’s very important that Rottweilers are well-socialized from the time they are puppies so they will not be overly mistrustful of people. Obedience training is also recommended for Rottweilers. They are large, strong dogs and they should always be obedient to their owners.

 

These dogs are calm, confident and courageous with a self-assured aloofness. They are very self-confident.

 

Rottweilers do require regular daily exercise. They are active dogs and they need exercise and play as outlets. They love having a job to do and they like to work, so if you can do obedience, agility, or another activity with your Rottweiler, he will be very happy. Rottweilers are very intelligent dogs and they learn easily. They require a minimum of coat care.

 

Appearance

Rottweilers are medium-large robust and powerful dogs with a compact and substantial build that denotes great strength, agility and endurance. They have a black, short-haired coat with rust to mahogany markings. They stand 22 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 77 and 130 pounds. They are double-coated and the coat is short, hard, and thick.

 

Health

Rottweilers are considered to be a relatively healthy breed. However, they are not an especially long-lived breed. According to breed surveys, the average lifespan of Rottweilers is approximately 9-10 years. There is currently research being done to learn more about the Rottweiler’s lifespan.

 

Rottweilers can be prone to hip dysplasia, like many larger, heavier dogs. Osteochondrosis Dessicans (OCD) which is a joint problem affecting the shoulder or elbow, can also occur in Rottweilers. Better breeders usually x-ray the hips and elbows of breeding stock before breeding.

 

Rottweilers can also have eye problems with entropion and ectropion (eye lid issues). Full dentition (having all of their teeth) and a proper scissors bite are also issues in the breed. If you are thinking of getting a Rottweiler you should talk to the breeder about these issues.

 

Rottweilers also seem to be prone to some kinds of cancer which is a common cause of early death in the breed. Rottweilers, along with other black and tan dogs, seem to be more susceptible to parvovirus. This is a highly contagious disease that occurs in dogs, especially puppies and young dogs. Vaccination against this disease is very important, starting when a puppy is a few weeks old.

 

Rottweilers usually enjoy eating and they can tend toward obesity. If you are getting a Rottweiler you should manage his meals appropriately and make sure that he gets plenty of exercise throughout his life. Do not overfeed your dog.

 

Training

Rottweilers are very smart dogs who like to work and enjoy having a job to do. They are usually easy to train. Early socialization and lessons in basic obedience are recommended. Many Rottweilers are also food-motivated which also helps with training. Rottweilers can excel at many activities including obedience, agility, herding, rally, and other dog sports.