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When you look at the Bernese mountain dog you could be forgiven for thinking that the breed would be fairly lazy and laid back. The sheer size of the dog makes it look like it would rather lie down all day and just relax. However, the Bernese is actually a working breed and it does tend to have fairly high energy levels. In fact, as large breeds go the Bernese mountain dog is one of the most energetic and that could be to do with the fact that it was originally bred as a sheepdog.
[h]Why the Bernese Has so Much Energy[/h]
The Bernese mountain dog has so much energy because it was bred to herd both cattle and sheep. It is one of four Switzerland sheepdogs and it had to be able to run after sheep and herd them throughout the day. It was only later on as the years passed that the breed was used for pulling carts and that it had to do more strenuous jobs. Even today the breed has a lot of energy and they can be somewhat boisterous until they are three to four years old. [...]
The Tibetan Terrier is a beautiful animal, with its long hair and its loving eyes. Most often, these dogs are medium to larger sized dogs and this often means that they may take up more room than you are willing to spare, but reconsider this. These dogs are larger but they are the utmost in friendly and loving care. You are likely to find them cuddled up next to you on the couch instead of bullying those around them. They are non aggressive, easy to please animals that enjoy being in the presence of their families.
It is important to keep them happy by including them in your daily life. These dogs do need to spend some time walking every day. Physical exercise is an important part of their health and well being. Do not overlook the importance of this. In addition, provide them with exercise and activity throughout the day. Not only does this keep them fit, but happy too. A happy Tibetan Terrier is one that you will enjoy being around yourself. It is very easy to do this. [...]
The Giant Schnauzer is a very athletic dog and therefore needs lots of exercise and stimulation. If they do not receive enough stimulation daily, they will literally bounce off of the walls and will be extremely difficult to manage. They have a great need to expend their excess energy daily or they will not be able to settle in for the night.
The Giant Schnauzer needs as much exercise as possible. They should receive it at a minimum of two times daily. This should be more than just a play session in the back yard. They need to walk or run a minimum of two miles per day. They need and love a play session where they can just run freely.
It would be wise to engage your Giant Schnauzer in some various doggie sports. They love the competition and this provides another form of exercise for them. They are decidedly competitive and possess a natural talent for many of the doggie sports available. [...]
If you have a Tibetan Terrier, chances are your dog does what you want him to do, minimally. These dogs are unique dogs in that they are very agile and very full of energy but they are just as likely to sit on the couch with you as they are to get out and plan. The key to keeping your pet healthy is to keep him exercised. Because they can develop health problems that will shorten their life span if they do not get enough exercise, it is important for all dog owners to provide this to their pets.
The Tibetan Terrier is not known for his working abilities, as he would much rather not be bothered with these things, though he will do them if he is properly trained. It is often said that these particular dogs are likely to easily be trained because of how smart they are, but on the other hand are more likely to train their human! In other words, if you allow them to be lazy dogs, that is what they will become. They will follow the lead that you set for them. [...]
Giant Schnauzers will make great family dogs, but they need proper socialization and training first. They will instinctively protect their family from any harm they sense may be directed at them.
Although they will make a great family dog, they should not be in the same home as very small children. They have a tendency to be very hyperactive in their youth and may inadvertently hurt a small child. The Giant Schnauzer may bite small children. Great caution should be taken with these animals when there are small children around. They will need to be taught that certain behaviors are not appropriate around a small child. There is a steep learning curve here, so proceed at your own risk. [...]
There are a few things you should know about caring for your Giant Schnauzer. After all, knowledge is power and you will need all of that with this dog and then some!
The Giant Schnauzer has a wiry and stiff coat that produces very little shedding. He does not produce a doggie odor. However, he will need to be frequently groomed. This will help to keep his coat free of mats and tangles. You should use a wire brush that is short every week. He will need his whiskers to be cleaned after meals to ensure that the food debris are removed. The hair around his ears and eyes should be kept trimmed and short. He should be professionally trimmed all over at least four times per year. This will serve as a proactive measure to keep the mats down and tangles in check. [...]
Living with your Tibetan Terrier is an important consideration before bringing the dog breed into your home. The good news is that it is readily willing to adapt to its surroundings including living in a smaller apartment or a location with limited room, assuming that you can provide the dog with enough activity. Yet, there are a few other things to take into consideration with this breed of dog. You most definitely want to provide him with the activity and attention he needs and provide him with a safe, secure environment. [...]
There are few things as awe inspiring in life as the energy of a Giant Schnauzer. He is truly an animal that will keep going and going, no batteries required!
The Giant Schnauzer truly needs as much exercise as possible. If he does not receive enough daily stimulation, he will literally bounce off of the walls and will be extremely difficult to manage. A Giant Schnauzer has a great need to expend his excess energy daily or he will not be able to settle in for the night. This is not a scenario that you will wish to experience. If you do experience it, it is almost guaranteed that it will only happen once.
A Giant Schnauzer should receive exercise at a minimum of two times a day. They need to walk or run a minimum of two miles per day. The Giant Schnauzer will need a play session where they can just run freely off of a leash. This should involve more than just a play session in the back yard. They need room to stretch their legs and run to their hearts content! [...]
Agility training is a wonderful opportunity for dogs and owners to learn how to work together, get lots of exercise, and become more in synch with each other. Dogs that compete in agility events must be intelligent, athletic as well as very attentive to the handler. They must be able to block out distractions such as crowd noise, other dogs and even movement and activity on the sidelines. Agility training involves teaching a dog to go through a set of obstacles in a specific sequence within a set time frame. Agility competitions were first exhibited at the Cruft's International Dog Show in Birmingham, England in 1979 and continues to be one of the most popular events from a spectator and competitor point of view. [...]
Many dogs are in great shape, they are athletic, healthy and within the weight range recommended for the breed. There are many dogs, however, that are simply obese based on both their individual size as well as their ability to be athletic and active. Obesity in dogs is more common than most owners think, and is not usually due to how much the dog is eating at meals, but rather due to the amount of human food, table scraps and even treats that the dog is receiving between meals or on top of the dog food they are eating.
A good rule of thumb is that treats and snacks, designed specifically for dogs, should only make up 5% of the total daily food intake for the dog. This five percent should also be subtracted from the total food amount for day, so the total food amount stays the same, it is just spread out more. Obese dogs are often fed 10-20% of their daily food intake amount in high caloric treats that contain sugar, lots of carbohydrates in various forms, and very low fiber. In addition these dogs then receive 100% of their food ration at meals, and often some table scraps added in for an extra treat. [...]
Foot injuries can be particularly problematic for dogs since it is so very hard to immobilize a dog or limit the movement and pressure on the pads of their feet when they walk. A dog's foot is designed to uniformly and evenly balance the weight when the dog moves, not like a human foot where we can voluntarily shift our weight from the front to the back or from side to side. Dogs can limp or they can just touch down on the tip of the pads for balance, but that is about all the movement options that they have. Responding to foot injuries and providing treatment as soon as possible is key to prevent long-term damage to the foot. [...]
Evaluating your living conditions is an important part of deciding which breeds are best for you. It's simply a fact of life that some breeds need more space than others in order to live a happy, fulfilling life and African Boerboels are no exception. Unlike other members of the mastiff family, these dogs are extremely energetic and need plenty of room to run around and exercise. It is for this reason that they are not considered to be appropriate for condominium or apartment living. Here we'll take a brief look at the Boerboel's background and why these big dogs need plenty of room to roam. [...]
Just as your house and living space says a lot about you, the breeder's kennel says a lot about them and how they care for their dogs and puppies. Most breeders are very happy to have prospective buyers come through their property and look at the kennels, whelping areas and to see the adult dogs in their environment. Breeders that seem to avoid having potential owners to the kennel area may be concerned about either the condition of the kennels, the condition of the adult dogs, or possibly other issues that may be occurring at the kennels. The more open and honest the breeder is, the easier it will be to work with them in the future. [...]
Dogs, just like their human companions and owners, love to have the chance to get out and see and do new things all the time. Since this is part of ongoing socialization combining exercise, which all dogs need, with new activities is a great way to provide both mental and physical stimulation.
It is important for dog owners to keep in mind that any type of training or exercise routine can get boring over time. Switching routines or alternating between different types of exercise can really help to decrease the predictability factor and can add enthusiasm to that same old walk, jog or hike. [...]
Everyone knows how important exercise is in staying physically fit, helping our bodies fight off diseases as well as minimizing the results of aging. It turns out that dogs also need to have routine, regular exercise to stay healthy, maintain their weight as well as help their bodies stay as strong and active as possible right into their senior years. Unfortunately many dogs either get far too little or exercise or get a kind of exercise that is likely to cause problems for the dog either due to muscle and skeletal stress or other issues. [...]