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The Finnish Spitz is one of the most sought after household pets. However, this breed of dogs also has certain characteristics which the potential owners should essentially know. [...]
In many ways, Great Swiss Mountain dogs are wonderful choices for pet owners, particularly those with experience training and handling dogs and/or those needing work animals which maintain a strong bond with their owners and double as companion animals. Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs aren't the best choice for novice or inexperienced people purchasing a dog for the first time. For experienced pet owners who have time and the skills necessary to diligently and consistently train and exercise a dog, the Great Swiss Mountain Dog, or Swissy, can be a fantastic family companion animal. [...]
Many times when people get a dog, they will choose that particular one because it looks cute or for some other reason. However, for every dog a person gets, there is a reason.
Most often when people get a Kerry Blue Terrier it is either for a work dog, or a show dog. However, there are people that get a Kerry Blue Terrier for a companion. No matter what the reasoning is, it will still need to be cared and loved for, and that is what matters.
One of the many things that people find out about the Kerry Blue Terrier once they get one is how hard some of them can be. By that, they will learn by investigating them that they may be a troublesome breed of dog. However, a lot of this mostly depends on how they are raised. In fact, most of the people that are new at getting a dog have no problems loving the dog, and that is one thing that the Kerry Blue Terrier needs, to be shown that he/she is part of the family. [...]
There are many different reasons why buying your puppy from a reputable breeder is critical to both puppy health and temperament, but there are even more reasons to avoid buying from either a pet store or backyard breeder. Before getting into the specific reasons, it is important to define what a backyard breeder is. A backyard breeder is not the same as a small kennel owner, or a devoted dog owner that has one or two purebred or mixed breed dogs that they cherish and love and take excellent care of. These conscientious private breeders are often as knowledgeable and caring of their dogs and the promotion of the breed as the larger breeders. They may or may not enter their dogs into shows or competitions, however, they do put the needs and health issues of their dogs and any potential puppies above the profit they may make from the sale of puppies. [...]
One of the many miracles of nature is the way that mothers of any species are able to understand how to respond to their newborns and take care of them. Female dogs are no different, they are able to respond to their puppies and understand what they are needing and wanting. Breeders that have dealt with a lot of puppies seem to also be able to deduce what puppies are needing based on the type of sounds they are making. Puppies normally communicate through sound with their littermates as well as with their mothers simply because they are not able to see at this time since their eyes are still closed. [...]
Once the puppies are born, it is amazing how fast they grow and mature. It is not uncommon for puppies to change behaviors almost overnight, so clearly understanding the various stages that puppies of all breeds go through is important. As a general rule, smaller breeds of dogs will mature more quickly than larger breeds. Giant breeds of dogs often take almost twice the time to fully mature (both physically and emotionally) than the small breeds. There are also some breeds that stay very playful and puppyish even into their senior years. The following information is a general guideline to the specific and identifiable stages of puppy development, but keep in mind the actual ages they occur in may vary from the numbers listed here. [...]
To understand how owners can help their puppies develop into well socialized and well behaved adult dogs, it is important to stay active in your puppy's development throughout the stages of their life. While some stages require more attention and some require a bit less, the overall effect of positive human dog interaction is widely known by experts on dog behavior. Puppies that are not socialized will mature into dogs that are nervous and anxious, timid or aggressive, and do not bond with their families. In addition, dogs that are not well socialized will be more aggressive towards other dogs and are more likely to have problematic behaviors as they mature. [...]
It is important with all breeds of dogs to start training as early as possible. With some breeds, particularly those dogs that tend to be dominant, this is absolutely essential to prevent aggression and stubborn or dominant behavior during training. Starting your puppy off with positive reinforcement and training in very natural type situations is the very best option.
There are several key factors to consider when training the puppy. The first is that they are just like babies and toddlers and they will need lots of practice as well as lots of opportunities to learn a new behavior or to respond to a command. Puppies do not learn by harsh punishments such as spankings and shaking, and they certainly don't do well with people yelling at them. Puppies that are treated harshly either by physical reprimands or harsh verbal correction will either become very aggressive, defiant adults or will become very timid, shy and fearful of people, neither option being desirable. The best possible option for puppy training in the first few months is to use positive reinforcement for a job well done as well as use a simple "no" and ignoring for correction. [...]
Without a doubt one of the most enjoyable aspects of having a puppy is the boundless energy and curiosity that they bring to the family. Making time to play with your puppy is probably the single most important aspect of helping your puppy become a well-adjusted, well-behaved dog. Playtime is when the puppy learns to trust their owners, when the bonding occurs and when the puppy learns how to interact with people. Puppies that are not played with and handled in positive and loving ways grow up to be aggressive or timid dogs, shy or very defensive and even vicious. Puppies that learn that people are kind, loving and safe will be calm, loving and social pets. [...]
The importance of socialization for dogs and puppies cannot be stressed enough. Puppies and juvenile dogs that are not provided enough socialization in early years can develop high levels of aggression towards other dogs, other pets and even people. Other dogs that are not properly socialized may become very timid and easily frightened, which also can lead to aggression if these dogs feel cornered or trapped.
[h]Birth to three months[/h]
Puppies actually learn their first socialization lessons from the first day that they are born. They learn to communicate to their mother and littermates through vocalization and physical contact and come to find comfort in being with and a part of the litter. This is very important especially before the tiny puppies open their eyes and are able to move about a bit better. [...]
Some dogs, in particular some breeds, are prone to anxiety and stress problems especially when it comes to being separated from their owners. This is more than just an annoying habit the dog needs to learn to correct, this is actually a very serious emotional and behavioral problem that dogs can develop that may lead to the dog needing to be put down if it cannot be managed. Typically dogs that are well-trained and socialized from puppies will not develop anxiety or separation disorders, however if a traumatic event happens in the dog's life it can develop even in previously well-adjusted dogs. Often a dramatic change in the family such as a new baby, a death of a close family member to the dog, a child moving away to college and especially a rehoming experience can often bring out anxiety and stress related behaviors in some dogs and breeds. [...]
There are two aspects that are important to consider in biting and mouthing type behaviors in dogs. The first component is the age of the dog or puppy, and the second is the reason that the dog or puppy is engaging in these behaviors in the first place. There are several normal reasons why a dog or puppy might chew or bite, and then there are some abnormal or serious issues that may be causing this behavior. One of the most serious of the health related issues for dogs biting and mouthing includes a condition known as Pica. Pica is defined as the eating of inedible objects and may be related to nutritional deficiencies, bad habits, boredom or attention seeking behaviors. It is important to take your adult dog to the vet if you notice pica type behaviors and have a full check-up completed to see if there are any health related conditions that may need treatment. [...]
All breeds of dogs have the potential to become aggressive if not socialized, properly trained or treated appropriately either as puppies or as adult dogs. Some breeds are also more prone to aggression than others and in particular more prone to being dog aggressive. Dog aggression is defined as a particular dog being violent or vicious to other dogs, without provocation nor while in defense of its family or property. A dog that is trained as a guard dog is not aggressive, it is defensive and protective, but does not attack unless someone or something is invading its area or territory. Guard dogs are trained to bark and take an aggressive stance before actually moving to the attack as a last resort. [...]
If you are thinking about adopting an African Boerboel, you may be concerned about how this breed gets along with other pets, whether you already have pets or are thinking of adding to your animal family in the future. The truth is, in many cases the Boerboel will do fine with other animals under certain conditions. Here we'll take a look at how the Boerboel will fare with other pets and what you can do to make sure your new dog and the other pets in your family will get along.
The first thing to keep in mind is that the Boerboel is among the most dominant of breeds and they do need a firm hand in training. Many believe that these dogs do better with owners that have experience with the breed or others that belong to the mastiff family (bulldogs and the like) which absolutely require consistent training with no overindulgence. [...]
The German Pinscher is a breed that needs to have regular, structured socialization right from the first day that you bring the new puppy home. Socialization can be as simple as learning who is a member of the family and how to play with people without biting or nipping, right through to older dogs learning how to interact with other dogs, pets and visitors. Since a German Pinscher is a natural protector and hunter, not socializing the dog correctly can lead to significant problems for the owner as the dog matures.
German Pinschers can also be very dominant and possessive of their things, toys and food. With proper early and consistent socialization the dog will learn to share without becoming possessive. Possessive behavior is a real problem, especially if children are in the house or family. Often a possessive dog will snap or bite at kids that are just trying to play, resulting in the dog being sent to a shelter or rescue after there is an injury to a child. Most of the time this can be prevented by the adult owner working with both the dog and the child to develop good socialization skills. [...]