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Top Dog Quotes To Live By

2 May

These are a few of the best quotes about dogs to live by! Please feel free to comment or share any of them with your friends.

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Foods that are Poisonous to Dogs

17 Jan

As a pet owner it is our responsibility to make sure our dogs stay healthy. The following list contains some of the most poisonous foods for dogs that every pet parent should be aware of!

Chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that is a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic.

After the dog has eaten a large quantity of chocolate, many dog owners assume their pet is unaffected. However, the signs of sickness may not happen for several hours, with possible death within a few days. A dog who ingested a large quantity of chocolate will exhibt symptoms that include staggering, labored breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, tremors, fever, heart rate increase, arrhythmia, seizures, coma or death.

Cocoa powder and cooking chocolate are the most toxic forms of chocolate to a dog. A 10-kilogram dog can be seriously affected if it eats a quarter of a 250gm packet of cocoa powder or half of a 250gm block of cooking chocolate. These forms of chocolate contain ten times more theobromine than milk chocolate. Thus, a chocolate mud cake could be a real health risk for a small dog. Even licking a substantial part of the chocolate icing from a cake can make a dog unwell.

Semi-sweet chocolate and dark chocolate are the next most dangerous forms, with milk chocolate being the least dangerous. A dog needs to eat more than a 250gm block of milk chocolate to be affected. Obviously, the smaller the dog, the less it needs to eat.

Onions and Garlic contain the toxic ingredient thiosulphate. Onions are more of a danger.
Dogs affected by onion toxicity will develop haemolytic anaemia, where the pet’s red blood cells burst while circulating in its body. Symptoms include Hemolytic Anemia, labored breathing, liver damage, vomiting, diarrhea, discolored urine.

The poisoning in dogs occurs a few days after the pet has eaten the onion. All forms of onion can be a problem including dehydrated onions, raw onions, cooked onions and table scraps containing cooked onions and/or garlic. Left over pizza, Chinese dishes and commercial baby food containing onion, sometimes fed as a supplement to puppies, can cause illness.

While Garlic also contains the toxic ingredient thiosulphate, it seems that garlic is less toxic and large amounts would need to be eaten to cause illness in dogs.

Mushroom toxicity does occur in dogs and it can be fatal if certain species of mushrooms are eaten. Amanita phalloides is the most commonly reported severely toxic species of mushroom in the US but other Amanita species are toxic. Symptoms include Abdominal pain, drooling, liver damage, kidney damage, vomiting diarrhea, convulsions, coma, death.

Raisins and Grapes.  Few as a handful of raisins or grapes can make a dog ill; however, of the 10 cases reported to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), each dog ingested between 9 ounces and 2 pounds of grapes or raisins. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and lethargy.

Macadamia Nuts are another concern, along with most other kinds of nuts. Their high phosphorus content is said to possibly lead to bladder stones. Dogs develop a tremor of the skeletal muscles, and weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters. Affected dogs are often unable to rise and are distressed, usually panting. Some affected dogs have swollen limbs and show pain when the limbs are manipulated.

Stay tuned as this list will be updated with additional blogs on Poisonous plants and how Marijuana can affect your dog!

Quiz: What kind of Dog Breed are you?

3 Mar

There are more dog breeds than almost any other species on the planet.  And thanks to human science, specialty breeding and consumer choices of what we look for in a choice member of the family, dogs come in every shape and form.

So dogs are not too different than humans? Well the truth is dogs are a lot more like their human companions than we think.  Sure they are all uniquely different in terms of dog socialization, dog training and experience. But science has put genetics to the test and determined different categories of dogs, depending on looks, temperament, color, markings, intelligence and physical ability.

There are a few ways to look at different breeds, which can change depending upon the observer.  Personal preference, status, and popularity of certain breeds change often with society’s perception.  So what breed of dog do you love the most?

If you were a dog, would you be a Pitbull Terrier? A feisty Chiuaua? An English Sheepdog? A border collie?  I was surprised to find out that I’m a Golden Retriever.

What Dog Breed Are You Most Like?  Take the Quiz

10 Dog Breed Categories:

  1. Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs
  2. Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid Breeds
  3. Terriers
  4. Dachshunds
  5. Spitz and Primitive types
  6. Scenthounds and Related Breeds
  7. Pointing Dogs
  8. Retrievers – Flushing Dogs – Water Dogs
  9. Companion and Toy Dogs
  10. Sighthounds

The Kennel Club (UK), the world’s original and oldest standing kennel club,  organizes dogs into 7 groups.

Learn what wikipedia says about each breed after you take the Quiz. Can you figure out which group you belong in?

  1. Hound Group
  2. Gundog Group
  3. Terrier Group
  4. Utility Group
  5. Working Group
  6. Pastoral Group
  7. Toy Group

Post your Breed in the comments and share the quiz with friends. Let’s see how many different breeds there are of human!

Pittie Love to all…

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Top Myths of Dog Aggression Part III

20 Feb

People tend to do away with the things they fear, instead of facing them and overcoming the fear. This incites violence, abuse and inhumane treatment in millions of animals around the globe everyday, many leading to unruly death and ultimately, extinction.  In an effort to dispell myths of dog aggression and replace fear with understanding, here are the final two myths about dog aggression:

MYTH #4:  LITTLE DOGS ARE HARMLESS, THE BIG DOGS BITE FOR GOOD
Perhaps the farthest from the truth! There is a big difference between a dog that nips at the air and a dog that breaks skin or sends someone to the hospital. Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Ian Dunbar has created a helpful and simple to understand bite scale which ranks the severity of bite incidents on a scale from 1 – 6. It does not matter what the size or breed is of the dog.

  • Level 1– Dog growls, lunges, snarls-no teeth touch skin. Mostly intimidation behavior.
  • Level 2- Teeth touch skin but no puncture. May have red mark/minor bruise from dog’s head or snout, may have minor scratches from paws/nails. Minor surface abrasions acceptable.
  • Level 3– Punctures ½ the length of a canine tooth, one to four holes, single bite. No tearing or slashes. Victim not shaken side to side. Bruising.
  • Level 4– One to four holes from a single bite, one hole deeper than ½ the length of a canine tooth, typically contact/punctures from more than canines only. Black bruising, tears and/or slashing wounds. Dog clamped down and shook or slashed victim.
  • Level 5– Multiple bites at Level 4 or above. A concerted, repeated attack.
  • Level 6– Any bite resulting in death of a human.Yeah, little dog bites CAN kill.

Bite inhibition training should begin early in puppyhood and should be cemented both through social interactions with appropriate dogs and direct intervention from the handler.

The moral of the story is that all dogs can bite,  and it’s very important to teach them to use their mouths as gently as possible in case such a situation arises.  Dogs that bite low on the scale can move up levels on the scale if prompt intervention protocols are not implemented – biting, like any mechanical skill, improves with practice.  The more dogs practice biting, the better they get at it.

MYTH #5:  PEOPLE AGGRESSIVE = DOG AGGRESSIVE
Let’s face it, people are human, dogs are canine.  We don’t smell like dogs.  We don’t look like dogs.  We don’t play like dogs.  We don’t eat like dogs.  We don’t sniff butts to understand our neighbors better.  There are plenty of dogs who are reactive to people or other dogs but not both. People don’t like everyone they meet, so why should you expect your dog to? The way dogs react to one another is not relative to how they will react to a human. In fact, there are many dogs who only like certain dogs of a specific size or breed. Some dogs are human aggressive but they love other dogs.  Redirected aggression, where a dog cannot physically reach the object of his aggression and so vents his frustration on the nearest available person or familiar dog is not uncommon, so these dogs will need to be monitored when they are around triggers.  Some dogs may be reactive to both dogs and people, but generally, people and dog reactivity are not related and are separate issues needing to be addressed in separate treatment situations for dogs that exhibit both.

This completes the Top Dog Aggression Myths series. Next time we will look at dog fighting more closely and how to channel that energy in a positive way for a balanced pet.

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Top Myths of Dog Aggression Part II

17 Feb

Dog aggression is a common problem, just like aggression in people.  It doesn’t matter what nationality you are and it doesn’t matter what breed the dog is.  Aggressive tendencies are linked mainly to social environment, upbringing, and training in both people and dogs.  Here are some myths associated with aggression as it relates to dogs. Awareness is key to understanding how to train your dog and teaches us how to deal with other dogs on a daily basis.  So what is all the fear about anyway?

MYTH #2:  AGGRESSION IS BREED-SPECIFIC
Let’s re-invent segregation and discrimination against dogs because of what they look like. We can call it breed specific legislation. Government agencies, landlords, insurance companies have found a new way to create a virtual holocaust of canine victims. Proponents would like you to believe that only pit bulls, German Shepherd Dogs, Dobermans, Rottweilers, Chows, etc. are aggressive dogs and that Labs, Goldens, Beagles, and other “nice” dog breeds would never bite.  This is inherently and patently false. Socialization history, the ability of the owner to manage the dog, how well the dog has been taught bite inhibition, and the dog’s life experiences are far more likely to determine his bite risk than his breed.  Don’t believe everything you read. Punish the Deed not the Breed.

There are pit bulls functioning as service dogs.  German Shepherd Dogs are famous for their work with law enforcement, as are Rottweilers, Dobermans, Belgian Malinois, etc.  There are also Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, and Basset Hounds who have sent folks to the hospital for bite treatment.  Dogs of any breed can and will bite.  Some dogs may do more damage than others, some dogs may be more tolerant of the precursors for aggression (see above), some dogs may be more genetically predisposed to having soft mouths, etc., but all dogs can and will bite in a “perfect storm” situation.

MYTH #3:  SMALL DOGS ARE HARMLESS AND SAFE AROUND CHILDREN!
People laugh when a small dog growls and bites.  Oh, a Chihuahua?  Biting? It won’t hurt. Small dogs are better around children because they are virtually harmless.  Wrong!  All domestic dogs are equipped with teeth made for biting and tearing prey.  Though a larger dog may have a more powerful bite, small dogs are often times more likely to attack mainly because owners often don’t see a potential threat and fail to properly train them.  It is also easier for a small dog to bite more delicate areas of the body, and attack a child that is more at its level.

Small dogs are picked up and carried around a lot.  This only makes aggression worse! Owners do this to for a number of reasons – they may want to make the dog feel safe or see it as a way of protecting their guests and other dogs from those tiny but razor-sharp teeth.  Little dogs are generally more insecure and imbalanced as a result – think of it as the Napolean complex. If a dog feels insecure, it will bark, growl, and bite in response to its own fears.  Small dogs are often products of puppy mills and inbreeding and poor puppyhood social experience, which makes it even more important to train these dogs and avoid treating them like a child.

Stay tuned for Part III on Dog Aggression Myths coming in a few days….

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