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Safety in Homes With Dogs and Children

August 8, 2017

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While it is true that most dogs are strongly attracted in a positive way to children, the truth is that a good relationship between kids and dogs is something that rarely comes about without some work. Most children who are bitten by dogs are bitten by the family pet, and while it might be easy to blame the pup, it is actually primarily the fault of the adults who have not provided the leadership and guidance that both dogs and children need.

Small children, especially, have no concept that they might be abusing the dog when they pull on its ears or poke their finger into its eyes. Babies have a grasping instinct that could lead them to inadvertently pinch the dog. Some breeds, including breeds like French and English Bulldogs, and English Mastiffs will tolerate just about any punishment that comes their way from a child, but other breeds will not be so patient.

The adults in the household should teach the children the proper way to behave with a dog, and even babies can be taught (through positive reinforcement) that they should not ever pull or pinch your pet. Any striking of the dog by a child is totally unacceptable, and this sort of behavior should never be tolerated. Small dogs are often looked upon as toys by children who are too young to really understand that the dog is a living being.

Because of the possibility of harm being done to either, it is best not to leave a child under the age of 7 or 8 alone with a dog. Parents should never leave a baby or toddler alone with the dog, even for a few minutes.

It is quite true that children need to learn the proper way to behave with dogs, but your pup must also learn that even the smallest baby is above them in ‘rank’. A dog that believes that it is superior to a human member of the home will simply be more likely to bite than one that views humans as superior. Use positive reinforcement as much as possible when accustoming your pet to its household status, but time out in a crate or correction with a sharp word may also be necessary. A pup that has received obedience training is much less likely to cause problems than one that has not.

In order to prevent problems arising when a new baby is brought into the home, make the dog a part of the preparations. Dogs are just as likely to become jealous as an older child will be when a baby arrives if they are deprived of the attention they have previously been getting. After the baby is born, have the father bring home a blanket or article of clothing the baby has been wearing to let your pet become familiar with the baby’s scent. Let the dog be part of baby care by keeping it close while feeding, bathing, and changing the baby. And, once again, do not ever leave the baby alone with the dog.

Children will often make a beeline to a dog when they see one outside. However, a strange dog is an unknown factor and kids should be taught never to approach a dog they do not know. They should always ask the owner’s permission to pet the dog.

Teach children that a growl means ‘No’ in dog language and to back off if any dog growls at them. Likewise, if a dog rushes at them, they should never run – it will make them into prey. It’s best to stay where they are, lower their eyes, and slowly back away.

Taking a bit of time and effort to train both dogs and children in a home can mean that there will be less likelihood of conflict between them.

Helping Your Dog Get Along With Other Family Pets

August 8, 2017

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If you have, or are planning to have, a multi-pet household, one of the first things to consider will be the breed of dog you want. Some breeds of dog are friendlier than other breeds and include poodles, beagles, cavalier spaniels, and retrievers. These breeds, among many others, will be more likely to accept another dog or pet in the home, while other breeds may present some problems. Always remember that all dogs are individuals and you will find variation in personality in all breeds.

Some dog breeds were developed to participate in dog fights and these breeds may be best in single-pet households – pit bulldog, Tosa, Fila Brasileiro, and Akita are all dog breeds that have a high level of dog-to-dog aggression, and they are often aggressive to other pets as well.

While some hunting dogs, such as Labrador or Golden Retrievers are calm dogs that will accept all pets, some breeds still have a high prey drive and will hunt and chase smaller pets in the home, such as cats, rabbits, and Guinea pigs. Afghan hounds and Dachshunds will never be trustworthy around smaller pets, and this should not be held against them, it is simply their innate nature.

If you are bringing a dog into a household where there are already cats, or are adopting a cat, you should remember that the cat will probably be terrified of the dog, regardless of the dog’s docility. Some dogs have absolutely no interest in bothering cats, while others will look forward to a good chase. However, except in extreme cases, it shouldn’t be difficult to get your dog and cat to at least be respectful of one another.

A puppy, naturally, will be easier to train to accept a cat. Because the personality of the pup is still developing, familiarity with cats at an early age will lessen the chances that the adult dog will act aggressively towards them.

Regardless of the age of your dog, however, keep the dog and cat separated to begin with. The cat will probably be frightened of the dog and must be allowed to become accustomed gradually to it. Keeping the animals in separate rooms, but allowing them to sniff at one another through a gate is a good way to promote tolerance, and hopefully friendship.

When the cat and dog actually meet face to face, have both of them on a leash, they will be much easier to control. Make sure that you reward with treats for good behavior, and don’t bother yelling if things go wrong, it will only make the situation more emotionally charged.

If the pets involved will be two dogs, keep in mind that dogs of the same sex are less likely to get along than opposites. A male and a female dog will be more likely to become friends than two females, and two males may actually fight.

The size of the dog will also have a bearing on how the adjustment will go, regardless of whether you are introducing a puppy or kitten. Regardless of how friendly and tolerant the dog may be, large or giant dogs can inadvertently harm smaller pets when trying to play with them.

Dogs can be taught to accept and even be friendly to ferrets, birds, rabbits, and other small pets, but still should never be left alone with them. You should always cage small animals if they are going to be alone with the dog when you are not present.

As it has been scientifically proven that dogs have the same set of emotions that humans do, and that their brains respond in the same way, it’s not too surprising that jealousy is among the emotions dogs can feel. Dogs have been living with humans for tens of thousands of years and have shaken off much of their old canine loyalties and transferred them to people.

Some dogs are so attached to their owners that they will even be jealous of inanimate objects, in much the same way that a child may become jealous of the telephone if mother talks on it too much. Never make light of jealousy in a dog, especially in a large breed, as it can result in attacks on people or other pets.

Proper socialization is helpful in circumventing jealousy – when the dog sees the owner in a number of different situations, it will become accustomed to ‘sharing’. Make sure that the dog receives a treat and a vocal reinforcement when he or she behaves properly. If jealousy problems have already developed, take steps immediately to remedy them. Give more attention to the jealous dog when interacting with the other pet or person, and be lavish with praise when things go well.

There will be times when your efforts to curb jealousy are unavailing, and at this point you should speak to your vet or a canine behaviorist.

Four Basic Commands That Your Dog Need to Learn

August 8, 2017

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There are certainly lots of factors for proprietors to wish a tranquil, obedient and faithful dog. For something, obedient and trained pets are healthier pets, much less most likely to obtain into tussles with individuals or with various other pets. An additional factor is that lots of neighborhoods require that the pets staying in their neighborhoods be well trained. This is especially true for lots of types believed to have aggressiveness and actions problems– dog types like pit bulls and rottweilers as an example.

And certainly, educating your dog well will certainly likewise make they a much better household buddy, especially in houses where there are kids. Many researches have shown that appropriate dog training makes a large effect when it concerns reducing the variety of dog little bits and various other actions problems come across by dog having houses.

When thinking about educating your own dog, or having someone else assist you educate it, there are certain fundamental commands that must be mastered in order for a dog to be thought about really trained. These fundamental commands include:.

Heel– it is important that any type of dog discover to walk beside its owner on a loose lead, neither pulling ahead nor dragging. Reply to words No– words no is one word that all pets must discover. Training your dog to respond to this important word could conserve you a lots of problem.

Sit– Training your dog to sit on command is a vital part of any type of dog training program. Stay– A well trained dog should remain where his/her owner commands, so stay is a extremely important command in dog training. Down– Resting on command is more than merely a lovely method; it is a crucial component of any type of successful dog training program.

Pet dog training does far more compared to merely create an obedient, ready buddy. Training your dog appropriately in fact builds up the bond that currently exists between dog and handler. Dogs are pack animals, and they want to their pack leader to tell them exactly what to do. The trick to successful dog training is to set on your own up as that pack leader.

Developing on your own as pack leader is a extremely important principle for any type of possible dog trainer to know. There is just one leader in every pack of pets, and the owner must develop him or herself as the dominant animal. Failure to do so results in all manner of actions problems.

A appropriately trained dog will certainly react appropriately to all the owner’s commands, and will certainly not display anxiousness, annoyance or confusion. A good dog training program will certainly focus on enabling the dog to discover merely what is expected of it, and will certainly use positive reinforcement to reward wanted habits.

Along with making the dog a good member of the community, obedience training is a excellent method to meet a few of the dog’s own demands, including the demand for workout, the protection that comes with recognizing exactly what is expected of it, a sensation of achievement and a good working connection with its handler. Pet dog training offers the dog an important job to do, and an important objective to reach.

Providing the dog a job is more crucial compared to you may think. Dogs were initially bred by people to do important work, such as rounding up lamb, guarding property and protecting individuals. Many pets today have no important job to do, and this could typically cause monotony and neurotic actions.

Fundamental obedience training, and continuous training sessions, provide the dog with an important job to do. This is especially important for high energy types like German guards and perimeter collies. Training sessions are a excellent method for these high energy pets to consume their added energy and simply to enjoy themselves.

Including play into your dog training sessions is a excellent method to prevent both on your own and your dog from ending up being burnt out. Playing with your dog assists to strengthen the all important bond between you– the pack leader– and your dog.

Provide Your Outdoor Cat with a House for More Comfort

August 8, 2017

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Cat furniture doesn’t just have to be for inside your home; it can also be used outdoors. Some cats prefer to be out in the big, wide world, especially in spring and summer while the air is warm and weather dry. However, as a cat owner, you still want to protect your feline, even when it’s not in your house, and this is where an outdoor cat house is coming. Waterproof to protect from the rain, and warm to shelter your cat from the wind, the wooden outside cat houses are made for those moggies who would rather remain outside than indoors on those blustery nights.

Protection from the elements

An accurate stereotype for cats is that they despise water and the rain in particular. The combination of being wet and cold, with water dripping on them, making their fur soggy, chilly and heavy is their worst nightmare. Most of cedar cat houses are waterproof so that if a sudden downpour should occur, your cat will have shelter without having to go into the house. It’s also warm to protect them from the cold and the wind. Usually made of wood, the house is sturdy an secure enough that you don’t have to fret about it being blown over.

Protection from unwanted attention

As curious as cats are, they don’t appreciate having the tables turned on them. Even when another animal doesn’t mean them any harm, if it encroaches on their space, a cat can get extremely territorial. Some custom cat houses are elevated off the ground and have a door that can be closed firmly. Being higher up means the cat can get a good view of their territory in case any other cats or animals, such as foxes, venture into your garden. Your cat can bid a hasty retreat if it wants to, and, if their house is extremely elevated, they can avoid unwanted attention altogether. There are also outdoor cat houses that have doors which require the owner to open and close them. If you know your cat prefers sleeping outdoors, you can be on-hand to close it when your cat hunkers down for the night and let it out in the morning.

Fun in the great outdoors

Some houses aren’t just the self-contained cat house. If your cat is a full-fledged outdoor cat and doesn’t just like to snooze out there occasionally, you can get large outdoor cat house that are akin to mansions. They contain wooden, waterproof levels and chambers for the cat to play, scratch and sleep in peace and safety. Being sheltered from the elements while still being able to play is an outdoor cat’s dream.

Outdoor cats need protecting, just like your indoor cat. Therefore, an insulated cat house is a superb way of caring for your kitty without smothering them and forcing them indoors when they don’t want to be there. It will protect your cat from not only the elements, but other animals and, even if your budget doesn’t stretch to a cat mansion with some platforms even the most simple cedar cat house is waterproof, warm and strong. It is just the safest place for your cat to relax while it’s not inside your home.

Parasites in Dogs

August 8, 2017

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Diseases such as distemper and parvovirus can have a serious impact on your dog’s health, but your dog can also be affected by external and internal parasites. Parasites are creatures that derive their living from feeding on the blood or tissues of a living host. These creatures, generally small in size, can weaken your dog’s system and make them much more likely to become ill, and can also cause a great deal of damage to the dog’s body themselves. A visual check for external parasites should be made daily, and periodic testing to make sure your dog is not supporting a multitude of freeloaders can keep your companion healthy.

Few dogs go throughout life without experiencing some of these parasites, and the effect on the health of the dog can be slight or profound.
Fleas are insects, and good indications that your dog has these small, but pestiferous insects will include frantic scratching, flea dirt (the bloody flea feces), and irritated patches of skin from severe infestations. Fleas will be happy to feed on you and your family, too. Large populations of fleas on dogs can actually cause anemia and, if eaten during grooming, fleas can give your dog tapeworms.

Ticks are deeply-dyed villains that can carry dangerous illnesses such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Babesiosis. Dogs should be checked after being outside during tick season and the ticks removed as quickly as possible – the longer a tick is biting your dog, the greater the chances of infection.

Mange mites can infest a dog’s ears or the coat in general. These mites can cause extreme irritation and inflammation if untreated. Ironically, most pooches carry some mange mites on them from birth, but the creatures will simply live quietly on them in their hair follicles. However, if the body’s balance is upset, the mites will gain the upper hand and cause discomfort and irritation. Body mites can cause large portion of the body to lose hair and ear mites can cause swelling and intense itching. Treatment is available for mites that can return your pup to normal.

There are preventives such as flea collars and anti-tick treatments that can help to keep your dog at least relatively free of external parasites. Take your pet to the vet if he or she shows any signs of illness as a result of a tick bite – treatment is available.

As serious as external parasites of dogs can be, those that dwell inside your dog are probably even worse. Internal parasites can literally suck the lifeblood out of your pooch, leaving it weakened and unable to fight off illness. The only good news about internal parasites is that there is treatment available that will kill them.

Tapeworms are less likely to cause serious harm to your dog than other internal parasites. These segmented worms suck less blood out of the dog’s body, and are visible in the stool or on your pet’s bottom as resembling flattened grains of rice.

Roundworms are very common in dogs, and puppies often contract them from their mothers while still in the uterus or while nursing. Dogs will sometimes vomit up roundworms, and they can also cause diarrhea. Puppies are most at risk from roundworms and a bad infestation can actually be fatal. Roundworms can be spread to humans, especially children.

Whipworms can seriously impact your dog’s health as these worms embed themselves in your dog’s colon. Bloody diarrhea is a good sign that your dog may have these worms, and dehydration can occur.

Hookworms are among the most serious internal parasite that can infect your dog. These worms live in the small intestine and not only suck large amounts of blood, but also leave wounds that continue to bleed because of the anticoagulant in the worm’s saliva. Hookworms can cause not only bloody or tarry stools, but also anemia, and can kill the dog, especially younger ones. Humans can, in rare cases, pick up hookworms from infected dogs.

As it is impossible to absolutely prevent infestation of internal parasites, it’s a good idea to have your vet check out a stool sample twice a year, even if your dog is showing no symptoms. Any dog showing signs of internal parasites should be seen by the vet immediately.

Tips for Litter Box Training a Dog

August 8, 2017

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Smaller dogs obviously have smaller bladders. That means that they have to go outside more often than their larger counterparts. One way to avoid frequent trips outside is to teach your small dog how to use a litter box much like a cat.

Be aware that your dog’s won’t have a cat’s natural instincts when it comes to using a litter box or burying waste. Therefore, it will take a lot of patience when it comes to litter box training a dog. The following tips should help somewhat though.

Many people are surprised to learn that there are litter boxes designed especially for dogs. However, you can still use those designed for cats. Just make sure that it’s one of the largest that you can find so that your dog doesn’t have space issues.

Your little one won’t just go running to the litter box whenever it’s time for him to go to the bathroom. You will need to pick him up and take him there instead, at least until he gets used to the process. This means that you’ll need to keep a watchful eye on your canine.

Dogs typically start walking in circles or sniffing the ground whenever they’re about to go. Dogs also have to eliminate whenever they wake up in the morning, so take him to the box then too. A few minutes after he eats is another time that he needs to be taken to the litter box.

You may not want to go about litter box training a dog right from the start. The old method of using newspaper will help considerably. Once your dog gets used to going on the paper, you can just switch it out to a litter box.

As with any type of training, you will need to be patient with your dog. Whenever things go right, make sure that you praise him for it. Give him a nice treat or two whenever he successfully uses the litter box too.

Conversely, make sure that your dog gets the message whenever he messes up. Don’t worry about scolding your dog if you find an accident at a later time, since doing so will do no good. Catch him in the act and reprimand him, just not physically.

When there are accidents, make sure that you’re prepared. You will need to clean up messes thoroughly. Dogs have an amazing sense of smell, and will be drawn back to spots that they’ve eliminated on in the past.

Litter box training a dog isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do. However, it will save you a lot of trouble if you can do it successfully. Good luck.

Things to Consider Before Getting a Dog for the First Time

August 8, 2017

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Are you thinking about getting a dog for the first time? If so, then hopefully you have thought the decision through thoroughly. There are a few things that you may not have considered yet. Keep reading to learn a few things to consider before you make your decision.

Dogs aren’t goldfish. You can’t buy one and expect to be rid of it a few weeks later. Although various breeds have differing lifespans, dogs live approximately 12 years. This is a lot of time to take care of something.

You need to realize that you’ll be making a huge commitment before getting a dog for the first time. Dogs need to be fed and walked daily. Don’t forget about other tasks such as brushing teeth and hair, especially for longer-haired breeds.

Owning a dog isn’t for everyone’s lifestyle. Do you spend all day at work? Your dog will get lonely without attention from you. Also, if you frequently travel out of town, you would need to make arrangements for your pet’s care.

Before you get a dog, you need to think about your family’s situation. Is everyone in the household fine with bringing in a canine? After all, they will likely care for and love him too. However, if there are small kids around, certain breeds won’t be suitable.

The amount of space you have to offer is something else that you should think about before you get your first dog. This is especially important if you plan on getting one of the larger breeds. However, small dogs need space to run around too, since they’re often more energetic.

Even if you have a big enough yard, it’s best that it also has a fence around it. Not only does it keep your dog from getting out, but it keeps other animals from coming into your yard to bother your dog too. Living in close proximity to a dog park will come in handy for daily exercise.

Even if you have adequate space to accommodate a dog, you need to consider the community that you live in. Not all of them are pet-friendly. Your apartment manager or home owner’s association may have something to say about it. It’s vital to understand the rules that apply to pet owners before you go about getting a dog for the first time.

Owning a dog can be relatively costly, so make sure that you have enough room in your budget. In addition to standard items such as food and toys, your dog may need medication for some reason. In fact, flea and heartworm medication on a monthly basis is often recommended.

Keep in mind that you don’t always have to get a cute little puppy as your first pet. Older dogs are in need of rescue too. There are plenty of benefits like not having to go through the housetraining process.

Five Tips for Selecting the Best Cat Tree

August 8, 2017

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One of the best ways to satisfy your cat’s curiosity and keep in shape is to provide her with a cat tree. Since there are many such trees offered in the market, you should spend enough time understanding a few things before purchasing one for your beloved pet. Many pets need enough amount of stimulation to prevent them from getting bored, and cat trees are definitely one among best cat furniture that will keep your cat active through the day. But before making decision which tree is best for your feline friend you should consider some things.

Safety Matters a Lot!

It should be the very first thing that you need to consider, when shopping for a cat tree. Not only should you provide safety for your cat, but also for you or anyone who comes close to that tree. Cat owner should know what their cats can do, and if there are risky areas in your home, the pets are going to explore it for sure.

The manufacturer is responsible for making a well-constructed cat trees, but the owners are equally responsible for making good judgment in terms of selection. Ensure that the design of the tree does not compromise on safety. Some of them could be made of cheap materials and could collapse under the weight of your pet. You may also want to buy a tree, which will not trip over when your cat takes a flying leap, lands on side or top of the cat tree. The lighter and smaller trees are not the best option if you have big or heavy cats at home. Check the stability of tree before making the purchase. Some of the manufacturers use toxic chemicals, glues, and dyes in the making process, and it is strictly not recommended to go for such ones.

Accessibility

Ensure that the kitty cat tree you intend to buy is accessible to your cat or kitty. Cats should be able to climb tree in all situations. You pets many be overweight, old, have health problems, or declawed. If you’ve bigger cats, take trees that can accommodate properly. The cats should be able to get down or up the tree very easily.

Durability

Some cat trees at local stores are made with cheap materials, so stability should always be checked. Many use cardboard as the main support, which is not that safe, especially when the cat is climbing the tree.

Don’t Overlook the Visual Appeal

The cat tree not only should appeal to your pet, but it should also be great addition to your home décor. If you’ve spent $2000 on a new sofa or furniture, you wouldn’t of course want to see ugly tree placed in the middle of living room. So, make it a point to choose something that complements your furniture, design, and style of the room.

Price

It is not about buying some cheap or expensive kitty tree, but purchasing something that offers great value for money. Have some budget in your mind and buy a tree that will satisfy both you and your cat.

Keeping all these things in mind, now you can choose a secure, well-balanced, and stable cat tree, and keep your pets happy.

Lifestyle & Yin-Yang Food for YOUR Unique Pet with Custom Pet Food

August 8, 2017

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As summer heat approaches, it brings to mind a traditional Chinese food philosophy of yin and yang – certain foods have a “heaty” or heat-inducing quality (too much yang) vs foods with a “cooling” or chilling effect (too much yin) on the body and its organ systems. When heat-cold is out of balance, the body is more susceptible to developing health problems.

The concept of “Chinese Food Therapy” is described in the Huangdi Neiji, the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine (500 BC). Eating too many “heaty” foods such as chili peppers or lobster could result in rash and dry skin while eating too many “cooling” foods such as watermelon could cause GI upsets and lower immunity to viruses.
In the summer, cooling foods are believed to have an effect of clearing heat and toxins. Some cooling foods are apples, watermelon, alfalfa sprouts, seaweed, eggs, and barley. Examples of heaty foods are mango, guava, pumpkin, butter, venison, and shrimp. Neutral foods include berries, peas, carrots, and sweet potato.
Pet parents face special risks during hot weather. Depending on the lifestyle of the dog and cat, the following are good to keep in mind during the summer months.

Heat Stroke: One of the most serious and often fatal conditions commonly occurs in summer months as a result of prolonged exposure of pets to excessive heat. Prevention is the best cure – avoid direct sun exposure (especially for dark coats), never leave pets in a car, beware of sun burns from shaved or thin/short hair, check the surface temperature to prevent paw burns, and adjust walk and exercise times to cooler temperatures and shade. Short-faced breeds have a hard time keeping cool as it difficult for them to pant.

Water & Safety: It is essential to have available cool, fresh water to drink at all times. Wading pools are great for cooling off. If a pet swims, ensure that there is a means to get out of the water (steps/ramp for pools and boats), personal flotation device if needed, and never leave unattended.

Travel: Air travel is not advised in the summer and many airlines will not ship where and when the temperatures are too high. For car travel, do not leave pets unattended. Also be conscious of the temperature in and around the crate. Cool tips include using frozen liter bottles of water, placing sunshades on the windows, and providing a means of drinking water during the trip at all times.

Summer Diet: Adjust the pet’s diet to match lifestyle activities during the summer and the amount of time spent in the heat. Decrease the caloric intake if a pet will be spending more time relaxing indoors, Increase the caloric intake if a pet will be more active outside in the pool. If possible, increase more cooling foods in their diet.

Petbrosia diets are convenient as each formula is customized and also contain cooling (apples, seaweed, egg) and neutral (sweet potato, carrots, peas) food ingredients that will help balance the Yin-Yang needs for the dog.

Choosing a Dog That Fits Your Lifestyle

August 8, 2017

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Other than serious behavioral problems, such as aggression, the reason most dogs wind up in shelters is because their owners find out that they have just chosen the wrong dog for the way they live. Dogs have evolved with humans over the course of thousands, maybe tens of thousands of years, and as they shared our homes and lives, they have been bred to fill specific roles.

Besides the innate personality of the breed, there is also the dog’s adult size to take into consideration. That fluffy little St. Bernard puppy that fits so well on your lap now could grow into a 200 pound giant in over a year. If your house or apartment is simply not big enough, at some point your dog is going to outgrow its living space.

Regardless of the breed, all dogs require some exercise during the day. While some breeds can have their exercise requirements met with indoor play or a short walk, other breeds will need to run every day to satisfy their energy demands. Another thing to consider is the grooming needs of the dog; some dogs have a carefree coat that requires no maintenance to keep it looking good, while others (especially those with long hair) will need intensive grooming to keep the coat free from tangles, debris, and external parasites.
If you are unfamiliar with dog breeds in general, and are considering adding a puppy or dog to your life, do some research not only into the different breeds. You also need to determine why you want a dog, and how much time you will have to spend with the dog. Always keep in mind that nearly all dog breeds will want to interact with their humans – dogs have emotional needs, too.

If you are looking for a lapdog or companion, choosing a smaller breed is often a good idea, but make sure you understand the different energy level of different breeds. Jack Russell terriers and Westies are small dogs, but they require enormous amounts of exercise, otherwise they can develop personality problems. Breeds such as French bulldogs, English bulldogs, Chihuahuas, Japanese Chins, and Papillons are all excellent choices as well, although all of these dogs will need a lot of attention from their owners.

Hunting dogs combine great personality with the high energy needed for hunting. Those who enjoy taking to the field and woods during hunting season will want to focus on such dogs as Labrador or Golden retrievers or one of the spaniels, such as English or Cocker Spaniels. A laid back hunting dog that works well even in an apartment is the Clumber Spaniel. Vizslas and pointer breeds also are a good choice for hunters. Remember that these breeds will still need plenty of exercise outside of hunting season so be sure to take them for walks or runs daily.

Many people are worried about home security and will use a dog to guard the home. In one respect, nearly every dog breed is a guard dog, but some breeds are more protective than others. When you looking for a guard dog, you should look for a breed that will be easy to train, passive with the family, and have a defensive rather than an aggressive nature. Dogs like English Mastiffs, Bullmastiffs, and Schnauzers are good with members of the family, but do not possess the hair-trigger attacking instincts of dogs like Dobermans, Pit Bulls, and German Shepherds.

Flock guardian dogs are often important to those who live in rural areas and keep livestock. These dogs tend to be more aloof with people than other breeds and tend to concentrate their attention, and affection, on the sheep or cattle they guard. These dogs can be difficult to train as they have been bred to think independently and are best employed in more isolated situations where they will not have to interact with people.

Being a responsible dog owner isn’t restricted to how your dog gets along with other people and animals, it also means that you have chosen a dog that you will be able to take care of properly and that will be able to live out its life with you in comfort and dignity.