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See the long course and widely spaced hair growing around the muzzle of your dog? These are whiskers. This finely tuned and very sensitive sensory structure is scientifically known as vibrissae. Most animals have whiskers. These hairs are not just there to enhance the appearance of the dog. Whiskers serve an important function. The whisker is a sensitive organ of touch that is comparable to the human's fingertips.

We commonly call, the rather long but sparse hairs that grow in the side of the nose, on the upper lip and on the chin, whiskers. But did you know that whiskers are not only found on the dog's muzzle area, but also on its forehead? The hairs above the dog's eyes are also called whiskers although these hairs are a bit shorter than the ones growing on the muzzle. Whiskers are also the first hairs that puppies grow. Except for the size, whiskers are almost the same as ordinary hair. Whiskers are more than twice as large as normal hair.

The roots are also embedded three times deeper. The root of a whisker is set amidst a network of small nerves. The rich nerve supply in the follicle makes whiskers an intricate receptor. These very sensitive tactile hairs receive the vibrations in the air currents and send the message to the brain. The dog can then sense the presence of a predator or an object in its way. Whiskers are equated with eyelashes. Both send messages to the brain that makes the dog automatically shut the eyes when the whiskers are brushed against an object. This protects the eyes from being harmed.

Whiskers serve as a kind of antenna that tells the dog all kinds of information. It is a good navigation tool that is especially useful when the dog is foraging at night and it is more difficult to see. Dogs and other animals feel their way in the dark with the aid of the whiskers. Whiskers inform the dog about its surroundings. The dog's whiskers are considered to be an important hunting tool as well. Of course, dogs are known for their excellent sense of smell, but these very sensitive hairs help the dog detect prey several meters away. Dogs are diggers. They track and follow prey in their burrows.

The whiskers allow the dog to know if the opening is wide enough for it to get through. Scientists also believe that whiskers are excellent mood indicators that are purportedly used by the dog to subdue and frighten a predator.


The Functions of Dogs Whiskers


Getting a new dog is an exciting time for everyone in a household, however, it is important to be properly supplied before your new canine family member settles in. You must have been informed about the brushes, collars, and leashes, but what about the more uncommon pet supplies that are convenient for us to buy? The following are a few that may tickle your fancy.

Strollers - Yes, push-chair as in a pram for your pet! If you are the owner of a little dog that does not like walking too far but loves hanging out with them out in the unpolluted air then this is the item that you want! Prices start at around $60 and are available in a range of different colors.

Pet sun lotion, Hot Oil, and Hand & Feet soap. - Each priced in the region of $35 each - but at least she is going to be looking wonderful for her wedding day!!!

Neuticles - Implants for after the fixing of your dog, so that everything still looks'macho'. Costs alter depending on size and production but are around $100 to $1000.

Pet wedding Supplies - The hippest pet thing to do now is to have your pets married - Pamela Anderson did. Hostels are even getting in on the money by offering wedding planners and locations to conduct the ceremony. Tuxedos and Bridal Gowns are available on the net and can be made to gauge. Costs beginning from $100 for marriage wear and $250 for the wedding rite. Great excuse for a party!

Pet Cell - This is a $300 cell phone that clips onto the collar of your pooch and lets you talk with him/her wherever you are. There is a calling plan price too, of $15 a month.

Fur Coats - from $4500. This seems very not right for me... Putting one dead animal skin/fur onto another bushy small animal?

DVDs - Not for you to enjoy, except for your dear pet. There is a selection of programs made in particular for your dog/cat/bird available to get and provide hours of entertainment for your pet! Be careful though, pet obesity is on the increase and TV is supposed to be used alongside regular exercise!

Here I have listed the most unfamiliar items that are available to buy; I doubt that there'll be a mass in-flow into the shops and online retailers selling these items!

Some of the commoner, cheap or practical unique pet supplies are coats for in the rain, excessive collars and leashes, Nike doggy trainers and sun caps.

There is a lot out there and the pet industry is booming like never before, a $14 billion industry. Pets are now most commonly owned by singletons, unwed couples, or couples without youngsters - therefore that cats and dogs are to be treated more and more like people - babies.
Anything ‘special' for them.

7 Amazing Pet Supplies You've Never Heard Of



Kim Kardashian may not be able to prevent Kanye from blaming the blacks for slavery, but there is still a man in her life she can control.

Rocky, her dog is the man, the pooch she had neutered, just like any responsible pet owner. Bizarrely, she had bought fake testicles for him… for a whopping £10,000.

According to the New York Times, Kim has spent £10,000 to buy prosthetic testicles for Rocky.

Purportedly, she bought the Neuticles and had them implanted because she wanted to help Rocky's self-esteem.

A few years back, precisely 2012, Kim told The Independent that he did not like big balls on dogs or anything else.

This is a kind of strange comment in general. Some people do not feel comfortable with their dog’s genitalia view, which is a perfectly fine neurosis to have.

It's the "anything else" line that's weirder for her to include. Aside from inconvenience during a couple of sex acts, who cares about testicle size? Whatever. Maybe she was trying to be funny. It was 2012.

Anyway, people assume she bought Neuticles that were smaller than the originals.

According to Gregg Miller, the creator of Neuticles, who does not mince words when advocating for people to purchase his expensive product has these to say, “Some have their dog turned into a eunuch because they don’t care," Miller told The Daily Mail.




Kim Kardashian spent £10K on fake testicles for Her Dog


It has been customary for people to feed a meal's remains to their dogs. But ever since companies had started creating pet foods, through the advances that were made in technology and agriculture, people had been bombarded with lots of different kinds of instant foods for their dogs. With all the colorful and innovative packaging of dog foods, how would you know if you are giving your dog the right kind of nutrition?

A balanced nutrition is a must for your pets, so one must consider carefully before buying pet food products for your dog. Some wrong practices in feeding your dog include allowing them to eat too much food and giving them the wrong kind of food. Overeating will let your dog become fat, and letting them eat foods that are not proper for his diet, will get them sick. Us, humans get sick through these practices, and so do our dogs if they do not have a well-balanced diet on a regular basis.

You must, therefore, provide for healthy and balanced meals that will support the health and growth in your dog. A balanced meal includes carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, lipids, etc. in their proper food amounts. It may be pretty hard to calculate that on the food that you are giving to your dog, but you can always determine if it is just right depending on his weight. You only have to make sure that he is neither skinny nor fat. And actually, too skinny is safer for your pet than being too fat.

You can find some help from books that discuss the caloric needs of dogs. It can be determined by knowing their breed, metabolism, eating habits, and weight. The best dog foods must contain only a small amount of digestible fillers and must provide the nutrient and caloric needs of your dog. It can be quite pricey but it should not be a major cause for concern. Some products may contain the same amount of nutrients but be composed of entirely different ingredients.

One may be made of cheaper ingredients than the other, but both could contain the same ratio of nutrients. For example, most glucosamine for dogs products contain the same exact ingredients. When you have known the specific needs of your dog from the number of nutrients to the amount of energy that they would need, you must then proceed on deciding about which brand of pet food to buy.



Like Human, Dog Need Balanced Nutrition


Dog fleas are an unfortunate but all too common problem that every dog owner must face at least once in his or her life. Dog fleas not only cause dog skin allergies and force your pet to itch and scratch, but they also plague an entire household and can wreak havoc on the other human and animal inhabitants as well!

Some of the most common symptoms of flea infestation on your dog are, excessive scratching or itching, loss of hair, lesions of the skin, reddish raised bumps and flea dirt or flea droppings. If your dog is experiencing some or all of these symptoms then it probably has a flea problem.

The average lifespan of a flea is around 3 or 4 months if that and most dogs only have about five percent of their bodies infected with fleas. This means that the rest of the flea population is usually somewhere in your house or your yard. The cycle goes like this, the fleas lay the eggs on your dogs and the eggs fall off in the areas most common to your pet thus the yard or in the house.

One of the best preventative methods of flea control is to bathe your canine regularly, especially in the summer months. If it is already infected then add either neem oil or eucalyptus to the bath water, both of these is natural flea repellents. Using a flea comb will capture the dog fleas when bathing and they will die as you dip the comb in the bath solution.

Also very effective are flea repellents which come in the form of collars, oils, which you can rub on their coat or powders. It is important to read the labels on these products carefully because some chemicals in these may be harmful to your pet.

The next step is to cleanse those areas in your home where you suspect there may be flea infestations. There are flea bombs and sprays that can be purchased, which are effective to some degree but a good through vacuuming is probably the best thing. Vacuum and clean the areas where you know your pet "hangs out" most to include their sleeping area.

If your canine spends a good deal of time outside then it only makes sense to rid these areas of fleas as well. Cedar chips in areas your dog frequents are a natural repellent for flea control. There are also commercial products that can be sprayed on your lawn with use of your garden hose. Keep in mind that you will have to reapply these products after heavy rains.

Finally providing your pet with a healthy diet is a great preventative treatment for fleas on dogs. A healthy diet keeps your pets immune system strong reducing the effects of fleas invading their body. Some say that adding a little garlic or yeast to your dog's food aids in keeping fleas away because the fleas hate the way it tastes. Be careful as too much can be harmful.

The Best ways to Get Rid of Dog Fleas


It's summertime and with it comes celebration. We always enjoy a good barbeque, and so can our canine friend. Visitors come over for the celebration and everyone enjoys a good meal. There are some dangers that you need to help your pup avoid though.

Always make sure the gates are closed: Your yard needs to be secured so that your pup doesn't escape into the wilderness of the world. Make sure that all the gates are closed, and your pup is safe. As you begin to cook, keep in mind that matches and other items should be kept away from your pup. Matches may seem harmless in the paws of a dog, but they contain phosphorous which is deadly to them. Once lit, the grille will be hot and boiling grease will likely drip down.

Burns are another great danger:  Keep your pup away from this. They may smell the grease and want a taste, leading to burns as the hot liquid drips down onto them. Also be sure to keep any trash out of your pup's reach. Bones and plastic utensils can hurt a dog's insides, so be sure your canine friend does not have access to your garbage.

Harmful foods: As you enjoy your meal, it will be hard to keep your pup under control. They smell that good food, and can't always help themselves to want it. Inform your visitors not to feed your pup, as greasy and spicy foods can build up in their pancreas and may lead to an inflammation. Other foods to be very wary of are onions, avocados, grapes, and raisins. These are very toxic for a dog, and you may end up at the vet's office. Most of all, don't give your pup alcohol. It may seem funny, but it is very bad for them. The alcohol can hurt their respiratory system and dehydrate them. Treat your pup like your child, keep an eye on them, and don't let them get into mischief.

Other dangers with common summer items: There are some other dangers that come with a cookout. Things like bug-spray and another insect repellant should be kept out of reach. This is especially true for candles that give off repelling fumes. Fireworks are also a danger to your pup. They may get excited and pounce on them, and the noise can often hurt their sensitive ears. During the day, the summer sun can kiss your pups nose so you might consider applying a dog formulated sunscreen to protect your pup. At night, glow-in-the-dark jewelry is fun for the kids just don't let them leave it around for your pup to chew on. The chemicals within are poisonous. Take care not to leave any other items around that your pup might happen into. With all the family and friends around, it can be tough to keep up with what gets left on the ground, or in a place where your pup can get to.

Having a great holiday is important, but be aware that your pup may find mischief. Keep an eye on them and don't leave anything dangerous where they can reach. They are clever animals and enjoy spending time with you. By keeping your pup safe from dangers, you can ensure a safe and happy barbeque for you and your four-legged friend.



Summer Time Events – Your Dog And Your BBQ



Swimming is another great way of keeping fit for animals, for a dog, a 5-minute swim is equivalent to about a 5-mile run. However it has not yet caught on as a popular pet pastime - you don't hear folks saying 'I'm just off to swim the dog!

Rover, The world’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers has set up the UK’s first ever dog swimming gala, which is taking place in London this month.

The event has been set up to promote the launch of their new website. Dog parent can bring along their buddies to this event and enjoy a range of activities including dog inflatables, dog polo, icy treats, a 20-minute free swimming session as well as talks on general pet care.


The event will take place on 17 July at West Reservoir Centre in Hackney, where humans are invited to bring their dogs to swim, race and have a general muck about.

It’s hot – Proud owners can also enter their dogs into the main event, a 10-meter swimming race, where the winner can receive a month of free dog walks, courtesy of Rover. Check out the more refreshing pictures of dogs in pools.

Rover.com Present the UK's first dog swimming gala in London


You love almost everything about being a dog owner, but you still haven't reached the point where taking your dog for walks in the rain or snow, or late at night, are fun for you. Yet there your dog sits, eagerly awaiting a romp and a chance to stretch his or her legs. But the weather is bad, sickness, or time issues, having a dog treadmill will give you a convenient dog exercising alternative. And keeping your dog fit is what's important.

In addition, if you are priming your pooch for a show, having a dog treadmill can be a real advantage. Watching your dog's gaits as it moves on the treadmill will give you an idea of how it will appear to the show's judges, and if the animal does not appear to be moving properly, you can fix the problem before it gets worse.

Your Dog Treadmill Options


A dog treadmill can be either motor or dog-powered, and the dog-powered ones will cost the least. Dog-powered treadmills have been around as canine training and fitness tools for a very long time.

There are, however, some dog owners who like the features offered by a motor-driven dog treadmill; these machines have a built-in incline and speed adjustments, and some of them have even more advanced features.

You can choose a dog treadmill which has "bait" which hangs in front of your dog's face and keeps Fido interested in the chase, or those with protective walls which keep Fido from tumbling off. You will also find dog treadmills designed with dogs of particular sizes and temperaments in mind, so talk to your dog's trainer or veterinarian for suggestions on how to narrow down your choices.

Getting Doggie To Use The Treadmill

Many dogs will be reluctant to hop on a motorized dog treadmill for the first time because such machines tend to be noisy. But your dog will eventually get used to the noise.

While the machine is idle, let your dog take as much time as it needs to sniff it and get accustomed to its presence. After a little while, signal your dog to jump onto the dog treadmill the way you signal him or her to jump into your car. You can even put the dog on a leash and walk it back and forth along the treadmill for a couple of minutes.

When you decide to operate the machine, stand in front of it and continue to hold onto the leash, so that the dog will have an impression of being led. Look straight into your dog's eyes and use an encouraging tone of voice.

Having a dog treadmill in the house will solve the problem of those rainy. Cold, or snowy days, and give you a way to add to your dog's exercise regimen without extra inconvenience. You can find a good selection of dog treadmills at your local pet center, or from your dog's trainer.

Dog Treadmill - A Raining Day Solution for walking your Dog



Dogs are born to sniff. The part of the dog brain that is dedicated to analyzing scent is 40 times better than that of the human and dogs can identify smells at least 1,000 times better than we can. Although dogs also have the propensity to dig and roll on something that seems to have died months ago and made the owner give the dog a good bath.

When you see your dog sniffing the grass, the plants, sniffing the food, sniffing each other behind, sniffing you and other people, did you ever wonder why they do? The dog's nose is considered to be their most excellent "equipment". The nose is one of the reasons why primitive dog survived in the wilds. Apart from scenting the prey, the excellent sense of smell enables to the dog to avoid danger.

Dogs sniff a lot as by doing so they can understand other dogs well. Have you noticed a dog sniffing other dogs backside? This is done to identify the dog. The dog has a personal and unique smell. This is the counterpart of the human's fingerprints. Through sniffing the dog identifies if the other dog is friendly, one he can play with or a threat that he should be wary of.

The dog is said to be man’s best friend. They are loyal and would give their lives to protect the master. But aside from this, dogs can empathize with the emotional state of the human. The outstanding olfactory capability enables the dog to tell the difference between tears of joy and tears of pain and sadness. Notice how your dog would lean on you, would snuggle at you when you are sad. The dog is offering comfort. Dog sniff other people to identify if they are not a threat. When you let a visitor enter your home, the dog would immediately sniff the stranger.

A dog can tell if a pooch is pregnant by sniffing but did you know that our furry friends can also tell if you are not well? This ability is not due to a sixth sense. This is possible because the dog has a sense of smell that is several million times better than human. Merely by sniffing, a dog can tell if a woman is pregnant. Studies conducted have verified the ability of the dog to tell if a person has a certain kind of cancer. This is also true with some other kinds of ailments.

Sniffing dogs have become excellent partners of the police force. Because of the excellent smelling ability, the dog has become an invaluable helper in search and rescue operations as the dog can find people buried in rubble and in the snow. Dogs have excelled in narcotics and bomb detection because of their excellent scenting abilities.



Why Do Dogs like to Sniff Everything?



Holiday time is coming up, and what could be better than bringing your furry four-legged friend with you! Pups love to be with their owners and many people like to take their beloved pets out in the car with them. This is a great way to get your dog out for some exercise and used to other people and environments. Your dog will love the car journey as it is fun being out and about, seeing new places and people. Although it is great to load the dog into the car and simply drive off, you need to ensure that you remember the basic safety issues of your dog being in the car.

If you decide that you want to take your dog in your car you need to remember that it is very unlikely he will want to sit down. The whole experience will be very exciting and this will lead to your dog jumping and leaping around. Your dog potentially is a lethal weapon on your backseat, he can go from a 50-pound dog to a 100-pound missile if you suddenly have to brake or swerve. If your dog flies forward and hits you or one of your passengers then it can be fatal. Also, dogs love to sit with their heads out of the car window, if they get the opportunity then they will often leap from the car whether it is stationary or not.

Would we put our children in the backseat of our vehicle without strapping them in safely? Of course not! So why then would we let our dog run free around the vehicle? In a collision at speeds of only 30mph, a 15lb dog can exert a force of up to 300lbs! Between 3 million and 5 million pets are killed each year in auto accidents, many of which could have been prevented by simply securing them in a safety restraint. The best thing to do with your dog ensures that they are wearing a dog seatbelt. Just like any other passenger in the car, the best thing for all is for everyone to be secured and safe in the car. Your dog will get used to the feeling of being secure and will soon get used to the seatbelt and will often lie down and go to sleep.

Ensure whatever type of dog seatbelt you purchase it is designed not only for the size of your dog but also the vehicle. There are several different sizes and styles that you can buy and depend on the size of your dog will usually determine the price. The best way for your dog to get used to wearing a dog seatbelt is when they are young, if they have worn one since they are puppies then they won't think anything of it. Try very short journeys with the seatbelt at first and let your dog get used to the way it feels. Ensure you treat your dog every time it behaves well while wearing the seatbelt, this will put a positive spin on the whole experience.

Safety Tips For Traveling With Your Dog in a Car

        
It's natural that you want to take care of your pooch so he will be by your side for years. The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to care for your dog. If you just added a dog to your family, congratulations! You've just signed up for one of the best experiences life has to offer--the love of a dog. To keep its tail wagging perkily and its eyes shining brightly the following are the tips for caring for your dog that will reward both of you with years of happy times with a loyal companion.

Keep Wellness Appointments--Schedule an appointment with a veterinarian at least once a year. If this is your first dog, ask others whose dogs look healthy for a recommendation.  Any pet store or a park where there are a lot of dogs will be sure to put you in close contact with owners who will be more than glad to give you the name of someone good.

Regularly scheduled visits to the vet help prevent problems like heartworms, conditions that result from fleas and ticks, as well as baseline numbers provided by having blood work done. Checkups also keep shots up to date which helps avoid diseases that are preventable. This ounce of prevention is way less expensive than a pound of cure and makes for a happier life for your dog too.

Groom Regularly--Different breeds require different amounts of grooming. Long hair generally requires more brushing and untangling than does short hair. Stick to a schedule of brushing and bathing that lets your pooch look and smell its best. Dogs like to look beautiful too; and remember, a clean dog will help your home look and smell clean too. Check with a veterinarian for shampoo and a schedule that will keep skin healthy rather than drying it out.

Feed a Healthy Diet--If you have a puppy, consult with your vet about what you should feed, and how much and often. Because they are still developing their nutritional requirements are very different from a mature dog. If you have an adult, find out what your breed's weight should be and stick to it. Unless your dog is a working dog on a farm or retriever that hunts with you often, the portions on many brands of dog food will lead to obesity very quickly.

Food that is low in additives and fillers is best. Try adding small portions of fresh vegetables, meats, pasta, and bread. You will find your dog has more energy, that you can see a waistline, and feel (not see) his ribs. Controlling weight from the beginning is one of the best things you can do to avoid joint problems and diabetes.

And of course, making sure fresh water is available constantly is crucial. Some will prefer toilet water. If so, make sure that you flush after each use and avoid using self-cleaning toilet bowl cleaners.

Schedule Exercise--Dogs (like humans) were never meant to be couch potatoes. So a schedule of daily exercise is good. It can be a walk with you or retrieving a Frisbee in the backyard, or a romp in a favorite park with other doggie friends. Exercise is not only good physically but will serve to strengthen the bond between you and your dog.

Know Your Dog' Habits--Part of the bonding process involves getting to know each other. Just as you will come to know what its likes and dislikes are, it will do the same for you. You will start to anticipate each other with just a look or a smile. This is a good thing because when your dog's behavior, appetite, or disposition changes it can often mean that there is a physical problem at the root of it.

Don't try to diagnose a significant change in your dog's routine. See your vet immediately. Waiting to see, rather than going for immediate advice from a professional often gives a problem time to grow.

How to Help Your Dog Live the Good Life



Allergy to dogs and cats and other pets are also very common. Irritation to the throat or feeling suffocated is the most common allergic reaction that can be seen in the person allergic to animals. The most common allergic reaction, which is Hay fever, is caused by pollens and dust which end up in your nose and throat. During seasonal changes, trees and plants release pollens in the environment. Symptoms of Hay fever are frequent sneezing, clogged nose or a running nose. Also, itchiness in the eyes, nose, and throat are also seen in certain cases.

Many people suffer from pet allergies and pets themselves can be allergic to a myriad of things. Understanding more about these allergies and their causes can help us to reduce allergic reactions in both us and our pets.

A very relevant piece of information for pet owners to know is that, unlike humans who generally just get red eyes, runny noses and sneezing attacks, cats and dogs with allergies and hay fever may well get unbearably itchy.

The following are 5 pet allergy facts that may well surprise you
 
Think you are allergic to cats fur? Think again: People that are allergic to cats are not allergic to the cat fur-they are allergic to an allergen known as Fel D1. Fel D1 is found in the saliva of cats and kittens and is released onto the cat's fur and skin when the cat grooms itself. The Fel D1 becomes an airborne threat as it travels on the dried skin, saliva and secretions that fall off the cat through petting, jumping and general shaking.

Bathing your pet in cool water can help soothe itchy skin: A five to ten-minute cool water bath can help, but warm water must never be used as this can exacerbate the condition. Bathing a pet also reduces the dander (dried skin) secretions associated with many pets to human allergic reactions.

Allergic to pets? Pets can be allergic to people: Human dander (dried skin) can contain allergens that promote allergic reactions in pets. This does not mean that you have to part company with your pet as your vet can give your pet oral drops or an allergy shot that contain tiny amounts of the problem allergen and this, in turn, can retrain your pet's body to ignore the allergen.

Another reason for a good flea prevention routine: When a cat or dog suffers a flea bite some may develop a reaction to an element contained in flea saliva that causes a condition known as flea allergy dermatitis. This condition often leads to hot spots, especially in dogs and a thorough flea treatment routine that involves the cat or dog and its entire surrounding environment can go a long way in preventing this condition.

Cat litter-there is a difference: Cat litter brands contain various fragrances and dust and can promote allergic reactions in both cats and dogs. Consider changing your brand of cat litter should a particular brand promote a reaction in your pets.




Dog and Cat Allergy Facts That Will Leave You Frozen


With the Fourth of July coming soon, you may want to take some precautions for your dog. Loud fireworks hurt dog's ears and all the commotion and loud celebrating can be very stressful. Remember that dogs have much better and more sensitive hearing than we humans do. The loud rapport from multiple fireworks can be painful to them.

In the United States, the fourth of July marks the national holiday of Independence Day. For your dog, this can mean a day that is not very pleasant at all. If you are thinking about leaving your dog alone on the 4th of July, here are some things to think about that might change your mind.

Fireworks can be loud and frightening. Your pet needs some extra care and attention to ensure this day is not damaging, either physically or emotionally. The booms, cracks, and pops of fireworks, even from distances far away from your home, may have a strong effect on even the most docile of dogs.

Dogs can get so anxious that they become frantic, and they can then start becoming very destructive. Some dogs jump through plate glass windows, tear up drywall and doors, and look for anything to destroy. The destruction of property is in addition to the injuries they can sustain during this time.

Many veterinarians prescribe sedatives to pet owners to help their dogs remain calm. These sedatives lower the dog's blood pressure and help to mellow them out. But drugs are not always the best solution to this situation.

Your dog may attempt to jump the fence in a panic just to escape the noise, and many dogs go missing when they run away out of fear. Another option is to care for your dog by placing them in a kennel during the holiday festivities.

Fireworks are just one part of the dilemma. While the noise is a major concern, the heat can also be potentially deadly to any type of pet. Your family may leave the house to enjoy the day and leave your dog in the backyard. In this kind of heat, it doesn't take long for them to become overheated. Dogs can die of heat stroke or may need to be rushed into the emergency room of your veterinarian's office.

Animals that need to be left outside for the holiday should be provided with plenty of cold water, as well as some shade, so they can escape the heat and not get dehydrated. Add some ice cubes to the dish of water so that it will stay cold longer.

If you are planning on having a party to celebrate the 4th, the BBQ can be a place of injury for dogs. Objects popping off the grill, such as hot dogs and corn on the cob, can cause burns and another injury. Eating a lot of fatty foods, like chicken skin, can cause pancreatitis and make your dog extremely ill.

Other precautions include cleaning up any leftovers from your fireworks. The cardboard may contain potentially deadly gunpowder. Any flames from the cooking or the fireworks are dangerous as well. The best advice is to not leave your dog alone on this holiday.

How to Care for Your Dog on the 4th of July Holiday



This is a very good question that people with little or no experience with dogs should but often do not ask. If you are finding it tough to get your dog attention, this article is for you. One of the most common problems I see among dog owners is the issue of how to get their dog to pay attention to them. You can be the best trainer in the world, but if a dog won't look at you, who cares? Here are some tips on how to engage your dog and make training much simpler.

1. Reward your dog correctly and frequently. There is a chain of events that I see all too often in the context of human-dog interactions and it goes a little something like this: Dog does something bad, owners calls dog over, dog comes to owner, the dog is reprimanded for bad behavior. Perhaps this seems like a reasonable chain of events, but what is actually happening here is that the dog is being punished for coming to the owner and paying attention - not for the behavior that the owner thinks he is reprimanding. Over time, the dog learns that "Dog! Come here!" means "I am mad and something unpleasant is happening!" and the dog chooses to ignore requests for attention. Obviously, this is not good or what we have intended. Instead, if you want a dog that really pays attention and comes when called, it is essential to make it rewarding each and every time. This can mean food rewards if you desire, but praise, affection, and play will also suffice. Just make sure that whenever your dog responds to your command for attention, you make it worth his while.

2. Be something that your dog WANTS to look at. Easier said than done? Quite possibly. But it's so important to remember that we are always competing with the environment for our dog's attention, and if we are not making an effort to be interesting, most likely the environment will win that battle. When I am working with a dog, I communicate as if I am talking to a child - with enthusiasm, purpose, and wonderment!! I am so excited by the world! Simply changing my tone of voice will often be enough to get a dog's attention, but I also use body language and movement as well.


3. Practice engagement training. Engagement training is exactly what it sounds like - training your dog to engage with you. I love working on engagement training... it is a lot of fun for handler and dog alike. Some dogs are just naturally attentive and engaged with their owners... but most aren't! And though many people will spend massive amounts of time teaching a dog a library of commands, they don't spend time training the dog HOW to be engaged, which is the most important part of dog training in my opinion. This kind of training teaches the dog to check in with you frequently, and that it is more rewarding to pay attention to you than to the environment.

4. Set it up for success. Don't expect your dog to give you rock-solid attention at all times without taking the time to train and cultivate it. This means starting your training in a low-to-no distraction environment and working up to more and more distractions. Don't start in the middle of a crowded dog park and expect your dog to be 100% engaged. Time and training are required!


5. Put it on cue. Though we hope that your dog is already checking in with you frequently and giving you lots of eye contact, it is still important to have a solid "watch" command for emergencies and whatnot. Take the time to train this command reliably in your dog. And don't overuse it! I see it all the time - the owner is begging the dog to "watch... watch... watch! WATCH!!!! WAAAAATCHH!!!!!!" and the dog is completely oblivious. If that is happening with your dog, then your dog does not know what this command means and you need to start training it again from the beginning... preferably using a different word as a cue. The word "watch" has become synonymous with "ignore me".


How Can I Get My Dog Attention?


There are many different types of dog breeds available and bringing home the right breed that fit your situation especially in families with children. The combination of anticipation and excitement makes it a very happy and memorable occasion for any child. Sometimes the kids get so excited it's hard to pry them away at bedtime, more so if the dog is a puppy.

Indeed it's a time full of love and excitement but all too often it can end in eventual disaster. Sometimes through lack of obedience training, but usually because the minimal research was done before selecting a dog breed that was suitable for the environment in the home and the lifestyles of the owners. It can even be because the financial burden of a pet hasn't been calculated properly.

Larger dogs, in particular, can eat quite a lot and naturally are more expensive to feed. Also, some breeds may have prepositions to certain medical problems and not researching and knowing what to look for has meant the new owners have bought a dog with inbred defects. German Shepherds, for example, can have hip problems and if not bought through a reputable dealer, these problems can show up quite late and be expensive to repair, if impossible. Sadly many dogs end up in shelters for these reasons. This article is to help you make the right decision about the breed of dog you bring home in the hope it gives you and your dog the best hope of a happy, loving and long-lasting relationship.

Environmental Considerations.

The first consideration is the living space the dog and you will be sharing. Do you live in a house, an apartment or on a property such as a farm?
A house is easy of course as most houses have a yard which is normally big enough to accept even the largest breeds, but even then, you will be perhaps best to avoid a breed which loves to run, such as a greyhound, a whippet or an Afghan hound as these would be best suited to not only a farm but someone who is quite active as these breeds need a lot of exercises.

A house dog can be anything from a Jack Russell to an Irish wolfhound and all breeds in between but you can imagine how challenging it would be to have a larger breed in an apartment. Almost impossible and unfair to both the dog and the owner. Personally, I wouldn't own a dog if I lived in the apartment but through the correct breed selection and good training, people keep dogs in apartments quite successfully. A small dog like a miniature fox terrier or a miniature poodle would be well suited. They can also be trained to use litter just like a cat would and this eliminates the need to frequently go outside. Not that you would keep a pet inside all the time though, as just like you and I they deserve to be out in the fresh air from time to time as well.

Should your furry-friend be Inside or outside?

 
To me, a dog is a part of the family and I let my dogs share my living space but not all people share this view and I can completely understand that. Keeping a dog mainly inside does mean more work grooming, cleaning up dog hair, deodorizing etc., but there are benefits too. Inside your dog will spend much more time with you and the bonds become much stronger. They are also easier to train when you take more time to interact with them more regularly and letting them inside allows you to do this. Also, there is no nicer feeling than when you are relaxing and watching TV of an evening and your dog is laying with his head on your foot just because he likes to be with you. I do draw the line at letting my dogs on the bed or on certain furniture and I will train them to use their own bed, or rug or a chair that is their own.

If you do keep a dog outside, at least be sure to take plenty of time each day to interact with it. Inside or outside please walk them every day. Just as it is with us, exercise for your dog is very important and like other activities shared with your dog, walking will become a most enjoyable habit for you both.

Personality is another very important thing to consider when you buy a dog. If you are a quiet person the boisterous and playful attitude of a Jack Russell won't suit you at all but the gentle temperament of a Labrador will. There are so many breeds, and they have so many personality traits that listing them here is beyond the scope of this article. What I would suggest is doing further research after you have used the size criteria already mentioned to narrow things down a little.

The following are a few of my favorites


Labrador: Some say they are the most intelligent of all the breeds. Very loyal, easy to train, playful and boisterous at times but quiet and calm when needed too. It's like they have a sixth sense and they are very in tune with the feelings of the people around them.

German shepherd
: Intelligent, easily trained, loyal, fearless, protective, fierce when required but kind and gentle as well. A wonderful family dog and highly recommended.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier
: Very strong in both the body and the jaws, these dogs need to be socially trained properly from an early age, or they will fearlessly attack any animal that moves. Don't let that put you off, any dog can attack. However, a well-trained and socialized dog is very unlikely to, so please take the time to train your dog.

How to Choose the Right Dog Breed