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Just as with many of the toy breeds which are often misrepresented as snarly, snappy and yappy, giant breeds of dogs also get a bad rap for many aspects of their behavior. In fact, as with any size of dog, the difference between a well behaved, well mannered dog and an out of control pet has a lot to do with how the owners actually handle and train these dogs. If owners assume the responsibility to socialize the dog, provide routine obedience and interact with the dog on a regular, ongoing basis these dogs will be ideal companion pets. [...]
Planning a summer get-away to a farm, rural area or the countryside is a great way to just relax, unwind and enjoy your vacation in a less stressful environment. It is also a great way to spend some time with your dog taking long walks or just giving your pet some much needed outside space and time. While countryside living has its definite advantages, there are some issues and possible concerns that owners need to be aware of before their vacation.
First and foremost is that while your dog is out of the city they are much more likely to engage in more "doggy" type behaviors. [...]
Summer holidays is a great time for getting out of the house, spending time on the road and just getting a chance to unwind. However, in most families at least, you are also required to host other family members, guest and friends that may be traveling to your area. Preparing your dog for other animals, including other dogs, to come onto their turf will require a bit of advanced training and work to ensure the visit goes smoothly. [...]
Although directly related to our beloved domestic dogs, coyotes, wolves and foxes are truly wild animals that are not suitable for domestication. While there are people that have had pets of these animals, this is really the exception to the rule. However, understanding the natural behavior of wolves, coyotes and foxes can provide some insight into why domestic dogs behave the way they do and how they have changed from their earliest ancestors. [...]
There is something absolutely magnificent about the regal, noble and very beautiful wild wolf. In most of North American and Europe the wolf is known as the timber wolf or the gray wolf and is a true wild species, not a feral animal that was once domesticate and has returned to a wild state.
Wolfdogs or wolf hybrids can be defined in different areas based on their heritage and ancestory. Most rescues and animal agencies consider a wolfdog to be any animal that has a wolf or wolf hybrid in the last five generations. This is most commonly used in the United States where the largest number of wolfdogs are found. It is estimate that there are between 300,000 and 500,000 of these dogs currently in the country, with the larger number using the 5 generation criteria for classification. [...]
Within North America there is a type of dog that has long been known as an "Indian Dog". While this may not be a politically correct name, the general overall understanding of this term is very similar to the understanding of the term Pariah Dogs in other areas of the world. In general the dog domesticated and used by the Native American people, also known as First Nations People in Canada, had a definable appearance. [...]
With their unique coat colorations, their amazing intelligence and natural abilities the Australian Cattle Dog is often a dog that is considered by many to become a family pet and companion. While the Australian Cattle Dog is a terrific breed of dog, their temperament, energy requirements and even their high level of intelligence often makes them challenging for many people. [...]
The Akita has a unique temperament that is one of the reasons they have such a loyal following of dog breeders and owners. The Akita is a very loving and steadfast dog, naturally very protective but also independent and capable of thinking things out for his or her self. While they thrive on human attention they are also good when left on their own and are not prone to separation anxiety or destructive behavior provided they are routinely exercised and obedience trained. Akitas can be good outside dogs although they really prefer to be around people whenever possible. [...]
As the most popular dog breed registered with the American Kennel Club for the last several years, it is evident that many owners find the Labrador Retriever to be a great match for their family. However, like all breeds, not every dog and every owner are always the best combination. The Lab, despite all the breeds great and positive attributes, may not be the best fit for several different types of individuals and families. [...]
Any breed of dog will potentially have behavioral issues, especially during their teenage stage that typically occurs between one and two years of age. At this time young dogs, particularly those with more dominant temperaments such as the Weimaraner, will test the human's ability to be the leader of the pack. This testing is usually fairly predictable and includes simply ignoring the owner, refusing to follow commands or showing challenging types of behaviors. This may include play growling at the family during games, attempting to be the leader, and becomes a bit of a bossy dog with the other pets, dogs, kids or people that are not seen as the alpha leader. [...]
There is considerable controversy over the use of dog psychics in the area of training, behavior modification, diagnosis of health conditions and general dog behavior and adjustment. Dog psychics are people that report being able to communicate directly with pets, usually dogs or cats, exclusively through thought channels. Dog psychics should not be confused with animal behaviorists that work specifically with changing animal behavior by recognizing and altering patterns of behavior through structured training and environmental modifications. [...]
While Christmas festivities and opportunities for visiting with old friends and family members are great for people, they are often incredibly stressful for dogs. In reality many people also feel a lot of stress at this time, which is further communicated to their pets through changes in tone of voice, body language and even typical behaviors. [...]
If you have a dog that tends to become bored and destructive when he or she is left alone, one option to help with the problem is to modify the environment. This can occur by creating a dog room or simply confining the dog to a particular area of the house that is safe from any possible damage the dog may do. Increasing exercise and even getting the dog involved in obedience classes can also help a lot with this type of destructive behavior from boredom. Providing toys and puzzles for the dog to play with while you are gone is also another option. [...]