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Deciding to bring home a dog or a puppy is a big step in most individual's lives, and is not one that should be made on the spur of the moment. A dog is a living animal, that has both physical and emotional needs, just the same as any other type of pet. Dogs, through selective breeding, have become excellent companions, ideal for families, individuals and even for homes with small children. Understanding the complete commitment to having a dog as a pet will help you in deciding exactly what type of dog you will need, or even if a dog is the best type of pet for you and your family.
There are four main areas to consider when deciding if you are prepared to make the necessary commitment to owning a dog. These areas include the emotional commitment you must make, the environmental space and areas you must provide, the training and socialization activities necessary to own a well behaved and well adjusted dog, as well as the dog experience you may or may not have. In order to understand the various aspects of these commitments, it is important to consider them one at a time. [...]
If you're looking for a fun, interactive way to exercise and compete with your Affenpinscher, obedience competition might be something for you to look into. For a long time, it was thought that Affenpinschers were not suitable for obedience competition because of their trademark stubbornness, but Affenpinschers are entering more and more in obedience and finding some success. [...]
Shelties are one of the most intelligent dog breeds. This intelligence makes them prime candidates for showing and other competitions. Two of the types of competitions to which shelties are well suited are obedience and herding competitions.
Obedience competitions measure how well dogs perform the commands as directed by their handlers. The dogs are measured on activities such as heeling, sitting and lying down. Obedience competitions are conducted at several levels.
Dogs begin at the novice level, where they must demonstrate only the most basic commands. The second level, called open, is more difficult, with tasks like heeling off leash, performing figure eights off leash, retrieving, jumping and longer periods of sitting and lying down required.
Finally, as dogs have more training and develop more skill, they move on to the utility competition, the most difficult level. In utility competition dogs must respond to hand signals for basic commands such as "sit", "lie down", "come", and "stand". At this level of competition, voice signals are not used for basic commands. Dogs must also perform scent discrimination tasks, where the dog will be directed to find their handler's scent among a pile of articles. They will also be required to retrieve and return an item to the handler after being directed to do so only by hand signals.
Herding competitions are designed for herding dog breeds, such as the Sheltie, Collie, Border Collie and Sheepdog. These competitions are sometimes referred to as "sheepdog trials". In herding competitions the dogs must move sheep around a field, fences, gates, or enclosures as directed by their handlers. Some farmers use these competitions to teach their dogs proper herding techniques for use on the farm, while other dogs competing are just doing so as a hobby. Herding competitions are gaining popularity in the United States and are sometimes included as part of agility competitions for herding breeds. These competitions have been very popular for many years in hill farming areas, where dogs are still widely used for herding. They are particularly popular in the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
Most places nowadays require dog owners to keep their pet leashed at all times when outside unless it is in their own secure, fenced yard. This law is not only for the dog's safety but also for the safety of others. [...]
American foxhounds are a breed of dog that has a very high energy or activity level. They can run, go for long walks, play ball, hike through fields, run all day, and still have energy left over. Obedience training is not only a great way to socialize your American foxhound, but is important for an active dog. It gives you control over your pet as many active foxhounds are also very excitable and need to understand commands such as sit, quiet, stay, and down. It is easier to obedience train your American foxhound when he is young so you have the knowledge to properly correct any behavioral problems if they occur. [...]
Every dog can have their training issues and the American Eskimo is no different. The Eskie is bright and well aware of its environment, noting any and all changes no matter how subtle. Many owners swear that the Eskie's level of awareness is somewhat eerie, having an almost precognitive energy. However, this is just a sign of their intelligence. [...]
The Australian terrier is a bright, inquisitive, intelligent, self-confident small dog that learns very quickly but often prefers to make up and follow his own rules or ideas. Although they love to please their owners, these terriers do not respond well to severe or harsh training methods or corrections. [...]
When it comes to dog owners, it is said that like attracts like and that people with certain character traits will choose dogs that share their own. Many who choose the Australian Cattle Dog mostly appreciate the breed's supreme loyalty and overall confidence. [...]
The Australian Cattle Dog was bred to have stamina. On top of this, they are highly intelligent. Any Cattle Dog that doesn't have a chance to exercise its mind as well as its body is likely to convey his frustration in less than favorable ways. [...]
With the interest in Australian Cattle Dogs on the rise, many Cattle Dog breeders find themselves seeing and hearing only the most basic of information on their favorite breed. Just about everyone knows that the Australian Cattle Dog is a uniquely bred canine, fiercely loyal and brave. [...]
Bichon Frises are white, small, fluffy energetic dogs with a curly coat a plumed tail carried over their back. These fun, intelligent, playful dogs do best in homes where someone is around most of the time. Although this breed normally requires moderate exercise, some Bichon Frises are just naturally very high energy. All dogs need basic obedience training but a high-energy dog, Bichon Frise included, requires more advanced obedience training so you have control over your pet. [...]
Border Terriers are naturally energetic and like nothing more than working closely with their handlers. It is for these reasons that Border Terriers often find success in the Obedience Trial event. If you are interested in participating in a sporting event that provide both you and your Border Terrier with exercise and the opportunity to meet other Border Terriers and their families, perhaps Obedience will be a good fit for you. [...]
Border Terriers are well loved for their energy, intelligence and even their touch of a clownish streak. But, like many terriers, Border Terriers are independent and have a tendency to run towards dominant personalities. Without the proper training, they can be stubborn, quick to chase, and not afraid to initiate a fight with any other creature that rubs him the wrong way. In order to ensure that our Border Terrier doesn't become the head of your household, proper training and plenty of exercise will be key to showing him who is in charge. [...]
Border Terriers make wonderful pets, are great with kids for the most part, and love nothing more than spending time with their favorite person or playing with their families. However, Border Terriers should never be considered as "sometimes pets" that owners can play with only when the mood strikes them or if they don't have a lot of time to commit to them. There are several factors that make Border Terriers time consuming pets. In this article, we'll take a look at the responsibilities one will have to take on if they adopt a Border Terrier. [...]
The Bouvier des Flandres is a dog that serves many purposes in the lives of the people who own them. They're highly regarded as a watchdog, guardian, and family pet, in addition to all they do as a working dog. They have also been used as a seeing eye dog to guide the blind. They are also used in Search & Rescue, an organization designed to help find missing people, and their assistance in police and military work has been invaluable. [...]