Dogs and puppies generaly dont like b aths and they do not sea reason to take it. They dont mind if they are little stinky, they might actually even like that. Because of that, you want to associate bathing with something positive, like treats or toys. Show your dog empty bath at first, give him some treats or toys into it and after he is not that scared add water and start with shampooing and showering.
Be very carefull and dont let the water get into dogs eyes and nose - it is can be dangerous for dogs and it definitely is not pleasant for them.
My last tip is about drying. I always use towels only and after that i let the dogs and puppies dry themself. But if you use blow dryer, be very carefull so you avoid burning puppy skin. Dogs also dont like sound of blow dryers, so i really think, that towels are the best options.
Watch video of my Labrador puppy getting his first bath:
Obesity and its health risks
Overweight and obese dogs have a hard life to live. Excess weight puts stress on your dog’s joints, heart, lungs, and other vital organs. Much like humans, dogs can develop long-term health issues due to excess weight such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and the inability to enjoy certain physical activities that should be easy for them to do. This is largely caused by excess caloric intake without balancing it out with the proper amount of activity.
In order to prevent extra weight in your dog, it’s important to be able to recognize what your pet’s ideal weight should be then be able to tell if they are going over that limit. This will depend on the size and breed of your dog. However, across all breeds you should be able to notice a tapering of your pet’s waist and be able to feel the outline of their ribs and spine when running your hands along their torso while they are standing. On the other end of the spectrum, ribs jutting out or being excessively visible from a distance could be indicators of malnutrition. (More on that later.)
Not exercising can lead to weight gain for your pup. Weight gain can lead to an inability or difficulty exercising, which is necessary to shed unnecessary pounds. This can understandably exacerbate the problem of poor health once it starts. Get in front of this issue before it becomes more difficult to solve.
While giving your pet treats for training purposes is a valid form of behavioral conditioning, taking this to an extreme can harm your dog’s health. Don’t give into those big puppy dog eyes by handing down too much human food from the dinner table. This can damage your relationship with your dog and your dog’s health in the long run. Dogs need a strong leader to follow. Setting rules then constantly breaking them will damage your alpha status just the same as it will damage their long-term health if they gain and are unable to lose excessive weight.
Even when a dog does manage to lose excess weight it has gained, the stress of carrying excessive weight, even for a short time, can have a negative effect on their health. Reducing the number of treats and overall calories you give your dog will help them to lose weight. However, if your dog is overweight, cutting their caloric intake excessively overnight can have negative
effects on their behavior and health as well. A ravenous dog is an unpredictable dog. If you need to reduce calories, start by cutting back on the number of treats you give your dog, then start giving them smaller portions of their regular meals. If you’re hoping to make dramatic changes in your dog’s diet, consult your veterinarian.
One of the best methods of helping your dog to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight is to make sure they get plenty of exercise. Healthy diet is still not enough to maintain a happy and healthy dog. Dogs are social, active mammals that will gain weight and become depressed without proper stimulation. Take your dog for at least two, 15 minute walks each day.
Breeds most prone to be overweight
It’s no secret that certain dog types are more challenging to care for than others. Certain dogs like Huskies, Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, and other herding and hunting varieties, require a lot of activity. These dogs may not be prone to being overweight, but they are very active and intelligent dogs who will become unhappy and destructive without proper exercise.
Exercise is also important for those more sedentary breeds. Pugs and Bulldogs, for example, are two breeds that have been tailor-bred for human companionship, rather than for hunting or herding. These dogs have short snouts (brachycephalic) which makes breathing, and therefore, exercising, more difficult. This predisposition to being sedentary can lead to long-term problems.
Dachshunds, Golden Retrievers, Basset Hounds, and Beagles, while less obviously ill-suited to exercise like a pug is, are still prone to being overweight. The Beagle, for example, has the appetite of a hunting dog (which it is) but also has a slower metabolism. All of these breeds often have mild dispositions which can lead to less exercise without human intervention.
Even those these dogs do not want or need to run around as much as a Husky, still need plenty of movement. They need their daily walks. If you don’t have the time in your day to go on multiplewalks, you might want to look into hiring a dog walker to help out. Get your pup moving!
The other side of the coin: Lack of appetite and malnutrition
Lack of appetite in a dog can be more indicative of an immediate need to be met. If your dog skips a meal here and there, this might not be cause for serious concern. However, sustained lack of appetite should be taken very seriously. Dental issues, various bacterial or viral infections might have a part to play. If you think that something is seriously wrong with your dog, take them to their vet as soon as possible.
Emotional and environmental stressors can also lead to lack of appetite in your pup. A move, sudden change in ownership, redecoration, or a vacation can throw your dog’s routine completely off course. This can be very confusing and stressful and can lead to them losing their appetite. Maintaining what semblance of routine you can during these transitions can help. Feeding your dog at its regular meal times, taking them for walks, and giving them their toys and beds with the smell of their homes and people can be very important to make them feel safe.
Balancing your dog’s food intake with proper levels of activity are the two easiest ways of keeping your dog at a healthy weight. Take Fido for walks, toss a ball around for catch, and keep the unnecessary treats to a minimum. You love your pup which means setting boundaries and making sure they get the exercise they need.
Sense of smell is the best sense of dogs. Nosework is a dog sport, where they can use it to full potential. If you have a dog that loves to sniff around all the time, Nosework might be the right sport for you.
There is no doubt, that dogs have amazing sense of smell, but what is the Nosework sport. Nosework is sport based on team work, which is made up from the dog and his handler. The dog looks for specific smells, in situations similar for professional police, army or rescue dogs. It is new and modern dog sport, first competition took place in 2009 in USA.
This sport is not played on points or time, the important thing is, if the dog did or did not found the smell. In this sport, every dog can become a hero and every handler will learn to listen to his dogs friend.
Watch our video about this interesting dog sport:
Crisp mountain air, broad open fields, and clear crystal lakes all provide a wonderful trip image for man and his dog. The chances for bonding over fresh fish are tough for the dog enthusiast and nature lover to miss. Not all getaways are as canine friendly as this one. The image of that same dog that would have so gladly loped across the beach restricted to a hotel room or in a car for 3 days on a coast to coast trip is not almost as attractive. If you are intending on taking a holiday in a spot that would disagree for your pet, it may be a good idea to think about boarding them while you are away.
Numerous boarding kennels function across the nation. The personnel at these centers have made a profession from their love for animals and would enjoy to supply a momentary home for your canine buddy. Anywhere from 10 to one hundred dogs may be in residence at any provided time, depending upon the size of the center, and expenses differ by location. The kennel will supply feeding meals, bed linen, toys and a place to sleep throughout of your pet's stay. Just like many childcare centers, dogs are typically asked not to bring their personal ownerships with them in order to prevent the possibility of them being taken or harmed. All grooming devices and materials will also be offered.
The day-to-day regimen of a boarding kennel will consist of feeding upon a regular schedule (if your dog has particular nutritional needs this must be gone over with the director prior to positioning your dog), grooming services, consisting of however not restricted to shampooing, nail clipping, and cleaning of eyes and ears, and set up and unscheduled rest times for the dogs, as needed. A lot of play time is offered, with one on one time with the personnel, independent play and group activities with the other pets in residence. Some kennels may offer time with a trainer too; however, this is not ensured and need to be gone over with the program director.
An excellent kennel ought to have a veterinarian on call at all times, in addition to qualified personnel to handle any emergencies. When choosing a kennel, make certain to completely take a look at the centers firsthand. The animals ought to have lots of personal sleeping space in an area where they are secured from the components, along with room to play within and out. The premises need to be without litter and waste, along with any possible threats to the dogs. This ought to consist of harmful plants, sharp things, or any electrical threats.
Your local vet needs to have the ability to help you in finding a high quality boarding kennel in your area, or you can get in touch with the American Boarding Kennels Association. Once you have found a great boarding center you can enjoy your holiday, safe and secure in the knowledge that your pet is being well took care of.
If you ask a cat (or a dedicated cat person), you're likely to be summarily informed there's nothing at all mysterious about dogs. Cats have, however, been known to prevaricate for reasons known only to cats. That's not to say that cat people share the same proclivity.
Dogs do have their mysteries -- some of the more interesting ones revolve around the origins of different breeds. With the science of DNA now available, those questions are beginning to be answered, and more found to be asked, but DNA identification is still a relatively infantile technology and the databases available for reference have not yet become broad enough to arrive at definitive answers to many of our questions about where our dogs' true origins lie. In 2004, when researchers announced the determination of the “14 ancient breeds” they were working with DNA from only 85 of the more common breeds -- out of all the hundreds of known breeds.
One of the most intriguing mysteries revolves around the Pharaoh Hound, an elegant hunting hound that closely resembles the Egyptian god of the dead, Anubis. Ironically, the breed has often been characterized as being “as clean as a cat.”
For generations, it has been believed that the Pharaoh Hound is an ancient breed dating back to the time of the pharaohs. Images of dogs closely resembling the modern Pharaoh Hound found in Egyptian tombs and glyphs have seemed to support this belief. Egyptian artisans depicted dogs with the characteristic long, narrow nose, the large, pointed ears, the attentive stance, narrow waist and deep chest of the modern Pharaoh Hound. The tomb of Antefa II, dated at about 2300 BC is graced with a particularly striking drawing.
But now we have evidence that changes this supposition. And Anubis wasn't known as the “hound god,” but as the jackal god.
The dog images from ancient Egypt are now believed to be of a truly ancient and now extinct breed, the Tesem. Our Pharaoh Hound appears to be a comparatively modern breed whose origins can be traced back to Malta and the Ibizan Hound, whose origins are ancient, most likely descended from the Tesem, brought by the Phoenicians around 645 BC to the island of Eivissa (that's EIvissa, not ELvissa, home of the Ibizan sighthound, not Elvis sightings).
In spite of significant evidence to the contrary some breed clubs, breeders, registries and commentators at the most prestigious dog shows in the world continue to claim the Pharaoh Hound that we know today is one and the same breed portrayed thousands of years ago as a companion and hunting partner to the pharaohs. It is not unusual to read or hear the breed described as tracing its origins back to 5,000 BC, becoming known to the Mediterranean world after the Romans invaded Egypt two millennia ago and the Phoenician traders transported them to Malta and the Balearic Isles where they were prized for hunting small game.
We even “know” that the boy pharaoh, Tutenkhamen, owned one named Abuwitiyuw. Maybe that's why we call them Pharaoh Hounds? Problem is, the evidence now points to the Ibizan being the older breed with the Pharaoh Hound being a later offshoot of the Ibizan rather than the other way around.
In Malta, the breed is known by the name Kelb tal-Fenek and is considered an indigenous breed to the island, the national dog of Malta. The first recorded mention of the hunting dog of Malta was written in 1647 by the Vice Chancellor of the Order of St. John (more familiar as the Knights of Malta): “There are dogs called 'Cernechi' esteemed for the hunting of rabbits , and as far as France are in demand primarily for stony, mountainous and steep locations.” “Cernechi” or “Cirnechi” translates literally to “Rabbit Dog.” Ironically, the Kelb tal-Fenek -- the Cernechi -- didn't become known as the Pharaoh Hound until the mid 20th century, when Dr. Eugen Seiferle dubbed the group of similar dogs “pharaonenhunde.” This designation further confuses the question as to whether the original rabbit dog of Malta was what we now call the Pharaoh Hound or better fit the standard of the Ibizan. Or perhaps another variant breed.
And the mystery and romance of the Pharaoh Hound continues. Which to choose to believe? Glyphs and drawings, myths and legends from ages past or hypothesis supported by fairly compelling although admittedly incomplete scientific evidence.