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Are certain dog breeds dangerous?

Is it fair to label certain breeds of dogs dangerous? Should we be labelling owners or dogs and what is best for all in this?

This can be quite a contentious debate among the public and it’s obvious to see why. On one hand you have people who have been bitten or attacked by a dog and on the other you have owners who claim that it’s the fault of the owners – basically the nature vs. nurture debate.

The nature of dogs

Certain breeds of dogs are trained to do specific tasks and behave in a certain way. Farm dogs like Kelpies and Blue Heelers and Border Collies are naturals at working and herding animals, it comes naturally to them. Others are excellent hunting dogs due to their ingrained nature to sniff out, retrieve and chase and at times kill, this includes Pit Bulls. Other dogs like Huskies are born to run, so does that mean others are born to fight and pose more risk to humans. Yes and no.

Although there are certain breeds with a greater disposition to hunting, biting and blood sports this does not automatically mean that they are to blame. Dobermans, Rottweilers and Pit Bulls are commonly in the spotlight and labeled as dangerous dogs. However, an argument in their defense is that the number and popularity of these dogs dramatically increased in a short space of time, meaning more attacks occurred compared with in the past.

It is more the upbringing of a dog that is going to shape it’s behavior in later life. A bad owner will do more than a ‘bad breed’. If you love one of these so called dangerous breeds, there are some pointers that will help you along the way.

  • Neuter your animal – 80 percent of attacks occur from dogs that are not neutered
  • Don’t let your dog bite your hand in play, train them to only bite toys
  • Socialise them with other puppies from a young age
  • Be aware of signs of aggression from an early age

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Should You Dress Your Pet in Winter Clothes?

We are into the Autumn months here in Australia, and it’s a sad season. We all start to put away our summer clothes and break out the winter jackets and scarves. But what about our pets, what are the options for them as the colder weather approaches. Should you be worried about their welfare and rug them up with dog jackets and kitty mittens too?

It tends to be dogs that people worry about dressing up the most. Cats tend to be inside minding their own business, keeping warm on window sills as the colder weather rolls in. They’re not silly. Our furry canine friends can feel the pinch a little more. Now depending on the breed, age, size and thickness of coat of your pooch there are going to be different cases. Also do they live inside or in a dog house?

Some breeds just aren’t cut out for the cold. Their thinner coats do thicken up, but sometimes it’s just not enough. Older animals who can get arthritic and weary boned and are less mobile, give them a hand. Toy breeds and smaller animals tend to require warming too. It can be just as much the owners wanting to look fashionable that leads them down this path anyway…

Pet Fashion for Fashion’s Sake

Sometimes we wonder whether dogs are more of a fashion accessory than a pet at times. The lengths these owners will go to to make them and their dogs look in vogue can be next level. We’re not against it, just saying that’s all…

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Are you this type of dog owner?

The choice of whether to dress your pet in a winter woolies is a logical one.

  • Are they shivering after medium to long periods outside?
  • Are they reluctant to go outside to the bathroom?
  • Are they less excited to go on walks?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then splash out and keep your dog comfortable this winter.

Some tips on Training Your Pet

It is essential to begin educating your brand-new pup when you take them home. You can do it yourself or choose to use a pro. Local canine training courses are often offered. Ask a local vet for some advice regarding sourcing an instructor or check the local paper for one in your area.

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There are 2 sorts of training: behavioral and obedience.

Behavior training stops as well as or addresses naughty traits that your dog could create or already does. It is essential to be constant during the training procedure. As an example, do not allow your new puppy on the couch unless you are preparing to allow it on the couch when it’s fully grown. This will puzzle it, creating issues. Making the effort to learn organic canine behavior as well as satisfying the dog’s all-natural reactions in addition to proper workout will certainly aid you to communicate to your dog and also could suggest the difference between success and also failure.

Obedience training is educating the pet to comply with particular commands such as rest, stay, come and also teaching it to heel. Educating sessions should be regular yet brief to prevent your dog from ending up being burnt out; ten to fifteen min sessions, 2 or 3 times a day will be sufficient.

Just before commanding your pet, use its name to get its interest; With commands like “come,” “rest,” “sit” or “heel.” You will most likely need to do this several times over. Never utilize negative reinforcement. Do not call your canine ahead to you for punishment due to the fact that this will associate negative connotations with having their name called. Make certain to keep any type of aggravation. If you feel yourself coming to be frustrated, pause. Your pooch can notice this as well as will start to connect training with your misery. You can’t conceal your stress from a dog.

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How to Maintain your Cat’s Shiny Coat

Generally speaking, cats are great at taking care of themselves. Provided they have a healthy diet and are living in a stress free environment (as much as cats can be stress free), they will more often than not have a healthy coat.

But if you have noticed that your feline friend is lacking that certain sparkle or they have lost their blingy appearance, there are a few things you can do to help them get their mojo back without spending $100 at the vet. Here are a few natural options you can look into that might help:

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Grooming Helps

How to Help Maintain a Shiny Coat for your Cat

Fatty Acids aka Omega-3

Humans need them and so do cats. These are found in fish and most pet foods will contain some, but not the highest quality. If you want to supplement in some occaisional fresh fish into their diet, they will love you for it, and so will their coat.

Wash Less

Excessive washing of your cat in not needed. They do it themselves, and unless there is a special circumstance – i.e they are really dirty, then you won’t need to do this often. Flea collars and drops should take care of fleas, so avoid excessive washing if this is your reasoning. When you do, ensure you are using a gentle pet shampoo.

Somewhere to Roam

Sun, fresh air and space to move outside are the basics any cat needs to keep healthy. If you are going on holiday, consider placing your cat into boarding to help them fight holiday boredom and stay healthy.

Grooming

Brushing your cat more often can help to stimulate the hair follicles and distribute oils. As kitty gets older (also a cause of loss of shine to their coat) brushing can help maintain the shine.

Over Eating

Fat cats can’t reach all areas of their bodies and can’t clean all of their coat. Over half the cats in the U.S are estimated to be overweight! When you think about it, it makes sense. Can you reach your toes when you are overweight? Ease up on the portion sizes for kitty and that could help aid the cause. Consult your vet on your next visit about their weight if you are concerned.

Benefits of Owning a Dog

We all love our pets but they may be giving you back more than you expected in terms of health benefits and quality of life. Here are a few of the main ways your pooch is helping you out.

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Happiness

Interacting with animals and sharing your life with a dog is a proven way to increase happiness and reduce stress levels. We’ve all experienced it, when you come home from a long day at work it’s hard not to be happy when you see a big smile and wagging tail welcoming you through the front door. Of course, they can cause stress of the other kind when they eat your favorite heels or Air Jordans, but all is forgotten sooner than later.  Animals are widely used in old peoples homes and hosppitals to cheer up and improve the quality of life of the patients.

Get Sick Less Often

If you are raised in a house with dogs and other animals, you are less likely to develop allergies to animals and less likely to develop eczema when you are older. Being exposed to germs helps builds children’s immune systems, dogs can certainly aid in that regard around the house.

Cancer Detection

Dogs have the ability to smell cancer in the human body. This does not count for all breeds or all dogs at all, but there are numerous cases of pets prodding, nudging and sniffing at areas of their owners bodies that have undetected tumors. It’s seems like an amazing act of intuition and caring from our furry friends, but we still don’t know exactly why they are doing it, but some can be trained to sniff out cancer.

Keeps you Healthier 

Owning a dog that likes to go for walks is a sure fire way to keep you, the owner fitter and healthier. Typical dog owners walk their dog once a day, sometimes twice. Research shows that 30 minutes of activity a day is beneficial to our health and an ideal minimum activity level for adults. When it’s cold outside and you would normally not head out…you pet is the one that cracks the whip to keep you in shape.

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Tips for Keeping Your Pets Cool in Summer

Australian summers can be long and hot, especially for man’s best friend. Imagine living through summer in your warm winter coat, it would be unbearable. It’s a good idea to think about how you can keep your pet cool over the hot summer months too. We all love to swim in the pool, sip a drink under the umbrella and enjoy watching sport in the comfort of an air conditioned house, and so does your dog.

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But dogs are more prone to overheating because they have heavy coats and can’t sweat. Some breeds don’t have an off switch and will play fetch all day in the sun.

Here are some pointers to help keep your pooch from overheating this summer:

 

  • Set up fresh water bowls around the property in shady areas. Change them daily and try to make them steel, not plastic.
  • Set up a paddle pool, you can buy them at Bunnings or Homehardware. This is the single best way for your dog to cool off.
  • Don’t ever leave your pet in a vehicle because the temperature level inside can shoot up rapidly to deadly temperature levels – just 2 minutes is all it takes.
  • Freeze some water bottles, cover them in a towel and position them near their beds
  • Make some frozen treats (you can use lots of meals things such as dog food, stock, leftovers and just freeze them in any old container).
  • Hang some damp towels to develop a basic air cooling unit.
  • Dog beds that are raised off the ground promote airflow – these are great.
  • Use outdoor ceiling fans to keep the pets cool too.
  • Try not to go for walks in the hottest part of the day, 10 – 4pm

These tips should help you and your pet have a happy and safe summer together. If you head away on holiday, be sure to choose a safe and secure place for your dog to stay while you’re on vacation. http://smileypets.com.au/sydney/ has a range of options for pets of all shapes and sizes.

How to Build a Dog House

If you have decided to undertake the project of building your dog a new house, congratulations, this is a good investment for you and man’s best friend. What you will need before you jump straight into it is some instructions to ensure you buy the right materials and undertake the correct steps. Here is a step by step guide to help you along the way:

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DIY Dog Kennel

1. Choose the Right Materials

You are going to need untreated wood. Head down to your hardware store or timber yard and let them know what you are doing. You don’t what chemically treated timber to come into contact with you pooch. Ensure that all surfaces…the floor, walls and ceilings are not chemical treated.

 

2. The Base

You will need 2×4 boards for the base. Remember, measure twice and cut once. If you’re super organized you might just have all the measurements laid out and get the cut to size for you by a friendly timber professional.

3. The Walls

Same width as the base, give your dog enough standing room, but not too much that the heat escapes (this is more important than too much room) and remember to include a stud in the middle of each wall. So that makes 5 lengths of 2×4 for each wall, 20 lengths in total for the walls (12 will be the height of the wall and 8 will be the width).

4. The Roof

To the uninitiated it might seem tempting to be lazy and to whack on a flat roof, don’t do this. We are looking for a nice A shaped roof to keep off the rain, snow and leaves. Tile the roof, shingle it or add roofing iron for a nice year round weather proof solution for your dog.

5. Creature Comforts

Why not paint it or add a name above the door. Sure, Rover will hardly notice but if your kids are anything like mine, they’ll end up playing in there for days on end, so you might as well make it look nice.

Now you have yourself a great little dog shelter that will last for years. When you head off on vacation, an easy option is to check your dog into a pet boarding kennel for peace of mind and security. Smiley Pets have some great options for dog and cat owners of all budgets and for all length of stays.

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