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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. [...]
When it comes to showing the Giant Schnauzer, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. You will want to present your Giant Schnauzer in the best light possible. This is a dog you want to be noticed for more than its sheer size.
The first thing you will want to do to prepare your Giant Schnauzer to be shown will be to have him professionally groomed. You will want to find a professional groomer who has experience in preparing a Giant Schnauzer to be shown. A groomer who does not have the necessary experience could prove to be an expensive mistake! The coat of the Giant Schnauzer can be tricky to prepare in the best of cases. You do not want a dog that will look funny because of a lack of experience on the groomer's part. [...]
The allure of owning a Great Pyrenees can be strong for some and many believe with enough obedience lessons, handling this large breed of dog will be an easy task. While obedience lessons are a good start it is important to remember that the Great Pyrenees is first and foremost a working breed. They will not always necessarily make the best of family pets. In general, working breeds tend to have a certain personality that can be non conducive to the expectation most dogs tend to fit. Working dogs are bred for certain helpful characteristics with companionship coming in last on the list. In this case, the Great Pyrenees' main purpose was to guard animals such as cattle and sheep on farms.
Throughout their development, working breeds were typically made to look out for themselves. This meant finding shelter and food was largely the dog's responsibility. Without this dependency on their owner, most working breeds have a fully developed sense of self reliance that sometimes comes off as stubborn or willful. [...]
As with any type of pet, there are costs associated with owning a dog. Not surprisingly, the cost of owing a larger dog is higher than the cost of owning a small breed, simply because the larger the dog, the more food they will typically consume. Regardless of size, the basic costs will be the same with regards to spaying and neutering, providing play things, bedding, housing as well as training and routine health issues. In addition, many owners now choose pet insurance, which is an excellent way to reduce vet bills by purchasing a small monthly or yearly insurance policy for your dog. [...]
Follicular dermatitis is a skin condition where the actual hair follicle becomes inflamed and produces a swelling, often with a pus like discharge similar to an ingrown hair or a pimple that a human may have. While the condition is not usually serious; it is actually more unsightly and annoying than dangerous, if the bumps become infected or if the condition becomes widespread on the dog's body there is always the chance of hair loss, serious skin infections and the possibility of a weakened immunes system for the dog. [...]
No matter what type of dog you have from a hairless variety such as the Chinese Crested through to a long haired, ringlet style coat of the Komondor, there are some grooming supplies that are just basic. As with most things that you will buy, the most expensive is not necessarily better than the mid price range, but if you buy cheap products you will have to replace them more often, resulting in an overall greater cost in most cases. The basics of good dog grooming include three basic types of supplies and these include brushes and combs, scissors and clippers and bathing supplies. [...]
There are different techniques for grooming a dog depending on the breed of dog that you have and the coat length and type. Since using the right grooming technique will make grooming faster and more pleasant for both the owner and the dog, using the right grooming supplies and methods is very important.
There are literally thousands of websites, articles, online demonstrations and tutorials on how to groom your dog. The more information and ideals you have the better you will be able to find the techniques and methods that meet your needs as well as your dogs. Probably the two biggest issues to consider is if you have a single coated or double coated breed, and the length of the hair. Single coated breeds have one type of hair over their body. Some of the terrier breeds are single coated as are most of the dogs with a very short coat such as a Boxer. Many of the dogs with long, flowing coats such as the Maltese also have single coats. [...]
Bathing a dog the right way takes time, organization and a lot of work in most cases. The larger the dog the more of a challenge bath time will be if the dog is not properly trained to get into the bath, stand still, and then get out of the bath on command. Many people with large and giant breeds rarely if ever bathe their dog, which is often the best possible option for the dog's coat and skin.
Unlike people, dogs don't sweat through their skin so they typically don't have lots of odors. A doggy smell, especially when the dog is wet, is due largely to dander that is built up between the skin and the hair, and this can be removed with regular brushing. Even most dog hair will repel both water and dirt as it contains natural oils that are there just to provide this protection to the hair. Bathing a dog using shampoo and conditioner does strip these natural oils. [...]
Anal glands are two, very small secretion glands that are located just to the outside and bottom of a dog's anus. These glands were used to allow a dog or cat to mark its territory by secreting a thick, mucous substance that has a very strong and unpleasant odor. Most dogs no longer do this, but the anal sacs or glands still remain. In normal conditions the glands empty when the dog has a bowel movement with the contraction of the anus forcing the mucous material from the glands. In some dogs the anal glands become stopped up and do not drain with a bowel movement or with natural friction, resulting in a painful condition known as an impaction. [...]
Caring for a dog's teeth is a routine that many breeders have used for years, but that is just now becoming common with dog owners. Just like people, different dogs and different breeds of dog will have stronger and healthier teeth than others. In addition some foods, especially soft foods such as canned and semi-moist foods may not provide the scraping action needed to remove tartar and plaque from the teeth, resulting in poor dental conditions that can result in early tooth loss, problems with infections in the mouth, gum disease and even digestive disorders. [...]
Taking good care of your dog's nails and feet is an important step in assuring overall good health of your dog. A dog's nails that are too long can cause lameness and even an unwillingness to move, painful walking or moving, plus can also be dangerous to humans and other animals, not to mention flooring and furniture. Nails that are trimmed too short will also be extremely painful for the dog and may result in the same type of dog behaviors as found in situations where the nails are too long.
Most dogs' nails do not grow as fast as human nails, but each dog will have their own nail growth rate. It is often very dependent on the type of food that the dog is eating as well as the areas that the dog naturally exercises. [...]
If you have a dog with a specialty coat or if you are just looking for that cool item that will make grooming simple and easy you may want to do some browsing around on the internet. With the increase in dog grooming salons and businesses as well as the ability to buy almost any product online getting the latest in grooming supplies isn't difficult, and it usually isn't all that costly either. [...]
Just like human skin, skin on a dog can become infected, can develop rashes and lesions, and can also become dry, flaky and irritated. Sometimes the first sign of serious health conditions and diseases is noted in the skin and coat condition, so carefully examining the dog's skin during routine grooming is essential as an overall health check. A healthy dog's skin will be smooth and free from large amounts of dander or flaky dead skin, free from lesions or abrasions, have normal coloration and be elastic and healthy looking. Skin that is flaky, dry, does not snap back into place or has excessive moisture, hot areas or lesions is a sign of an unhealthy dog. [...]
When you are entering your Belgian Riding Pony in a show, there are a few things that you will want to do to prepare before you enter the arena. Your pony will need you to do a few things for him so that he can put his best hoof forward.
The first thing that you will need to do is to give your pony a bath. You will need to get each and every part of him squeaky clean. For best results, you will want to give your pony a bath a few days prior to the show. This will allow plenty of time for the natural oils in his coat to return and make him shine and gleam. If you can't do this far enough in advance, then you can use a shine enhancing formula on the coat of your pony after he is dry. You will want to be careful when you use this around the saddle area. Too much product could cause the saddle to slip while you are performing in one of the jumping classes.
Next, you will need to clip the feathers on your pony's legs. These should be clipped closely. You will also need to clip the hairs that are long on your pony's face, muzzle, throat and ears. [...]
The very appearance of the Swedish Warmblood is of a highly competitive horse that has a substantial frame, athletic appearance and ideal movement and gait. The average height of the Swedish Warmblood is approximately 16.1 to 17 hands, so they are a tall and very balanced looking horse with clean lines and excellent conformation. The very body style of the Swedish Warmblood requires little in the way of artificial enhancements such as flashy tack or highly decorated horses, rather the natural beauty, grace and ability of the horse is what should be most obvious during competition. [...]