We have received a letter from Clark, a Boxer owner, and thought we should share his story with our readers so that you can learn from it. Here goes Clark’s email:
“Hello, I recently bought a Boxer from a local breeder and was wondering if he is a pure-bred boxer. His muzzle is definitely incorrect as it is very long for Boxer standards. I knew this going in. But what about his other features, mainly his head, neck, and body? I would greatly appreciate if someone here who is an expert to provide feedback on what you think is/isn’t up to standard on my new Boxer based on the photos in the link below.. He’s only a family pet and will be neutered as soon as he’s ready to be. I would just like an experts opinion is all.. Thanks very much.”
Even though some of the puppy’s features do not quite meet the breed standard, the puppy seems to be a genuine boxer so we advised Clark not to worry. However, Clark would never have run into this problem had he asked this question before buying the puppy. Even if you are looking to buy a family pet only and have no plans to take it to dog shows and competitions, you should always ask these question before making a decision.
To avoid disappointment, always seek independent professional advice if you are not certain whether you have what it takes to tell if a puppy is purebred and healthy or not, especially if you don’t know the breeder personally.
Of course, if you buy your puppy from a premium puppy finder like Euro Puppy, you have nothing to worry about. You can relax, while our professionals check the quality of the puppy, our veterinarian examines its health and our team handles all the paperwork and shipping. This way you are guaranteed to get what you expect and what you pay for.
Recently, we received a request for a guide dog for a 10 year old child. The family has been trying to locate a suitable seeing eye dog for their daughter but without any luck. They found that responsible trainers don’t allow children under 17 to have guide dogs. The obvious question is, ‘Why can’t my child have a well trained guide dog if she is 10?’
Here is the question asked by one of her parents:
‘My daughter is the one who is in need of a dog. She is almost 10. We adopted her from China when she was 4. You can actually “google” her on internet under “Cricket Bidleman.” In the US, we cannot find a guide dog provider who will provide a dog to any child under 17 years. Cricket is in regular school, and her only difficulty is when she moves from class to class or to the field because even with a cane, she ends up running into things a quite a bit since she can’t see.’
As much as we all would love to help Cricket, training and placing a Guide Dog is a huge responsibility on the owner as well as the dog. It can take years to properly train a guide dog. However, it doesn’t stop there! The blind or visually impaired person needs training as well. This includes learning how to be a responsible and understanding dog owner, how to sense the dog’s signs and messages and how to respond to them.
In addition, to complete their training, the dogs need a “follow up training” with their new family and owner in order to accustom them to the personality of their master.
The best advice I can give you, is to wait till your child is at least 16 years old as she has to learn how to handle a seeing eye dog. Even if someone would provide a guide dog for a child under 16, you should understand that it might do more harm than good.
Question: Dog Cruelty & Injured Pets – Questions from a California Dog Owner
“I know of two possible times of animal cruelty where the dogs have been abused by the owner by kicking, beating with a belt, under-feeding, etc. This really disturbs me as I have always loved animals. I need to take some kind of action if I knew what I could do. I know that the Humane Society might not be of much help in this type of situation, and if they were, might take similar steps to that of the pound. So therefore, I do not believe the dogs would be much better off.”
“My second question is about injured animals. What can I do one sees an injured animal along side the road? Once again, I would love to help but have heard so much about how the city likes to throw animals into pounds and how they fail to treat injured dogs and cats. Do you have any advice on how a person should handle a situation like this?”
Read the answer…
A few years ago, a spokesperson from the San Diego County Human Society and S.P.C.A. replied to these questions with the following quote:
“Humane Societies within the state of California are autonomous organizations, and have no connection with each other, other than most of the major societies in the state belong to the California State Humane Association.”
They go on to say:
“Unless this person had unfortunate experiences with their local Humane Society, I feel it is unfair to presume that they ‘might not be of much help in this situation’. All major humane societies in California have State Humane Officers who are sworn to uphold the laws of the State of California relative to cruelty, and these officers are the logical people to accept and investigate any complaints regarding cruelty to any animal.”
And in response to the second question, the spokesperson explains:
“Relative to the second question concerning injured animals: Section 597f of the Penal Code clearly states that, ‘It shall be the duty of all officers of pounds or humane societies, and animal regulation departments of public agencies to convey, and for police and sheriff’s departments, to cause to be conveyed all injured cats and dogs found without their owners in a public place directly to a veterinarian.’”
“So regardless of what rumors you may have heard, it is perhaps unfair to again assume that the city pound or Humane Society in your area, or any other city for that matter, would fail to treat an injured dog or cat, and until you first-hand knowledge in this matter I think is best that you call for their assistance.”
Hi! When your dog just doesn’t sit down; instead just lies down…or when you say lie down and it sits down instead, what can be done?
Training a dog or pup to respond to commands often takes time and patience. The first and most important thing is that he or she has your attention. For this it is best if he/she is wearing a choke collar and is leashed. Gentle pulls on the leash will almost always get their attention. If this particular dog has never responded to these commands, then you need to start from scratch.
First, while holding him close with the leash, tell him to sit with a firm but non-threatening voice. If he does not respond, then you should repeat the command. This time you tug down on his rear until he sits. Once he accomplishes this, you praise him well in words and perhaps even a doggie treat. Walk him for a bit then repeat the command. Again, if he does not sit, do the same motions. This may take some time until he gets the point.
For down and stay, it is the same procedure. If you tell him to sit down and he lays down, you tug on the leash and make him sit. Praise him well when he does. For him to lay down instead of sit reverse the process. There is no perfect training procedure set in stone. Each handler or trainer has his or her own tricks and ways to teach dogs. However, what I have just stated above involves basic training.
Please feel free to contact us for further advice and tips.
Can you train Cavalier King Charles Spaniels as Bird Dogs?
Thank you for visiting Euro Puppy and for your query. Concerning Cavalier King Charles Spaniels as bird dogs…let me explain a few things, before I can answer your question…
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an interesting breed since it is first and foremost a companion dog. Even the FCI registers it in the 9th group, which is designated for companion dogs. All the other spaniels belong to 8th group as designated by the FCI. This group is for the spaniels that are more hunting / bird dogs. A Cavalier, however is in its element if it is around people and family members. Therefore it is a companion dog. However, like all Spaniels, the Cavalier also has a genetic background of being a hunting dog…or a gun dog /bird dog since it was used to retrieve birds and game.
Of all the Spaniel breeds, the original Cavalier is the only one that developed into a lap dog and therefore its hunting instincts have quite drastically been hindered. The other Spaniels, like the Springer Spaniel or an American Cocker Spaniel are also great family dogs, but their hunting, bird dog instincts are far greater, since they are still today used for such activities. Cavaliers, however have been known to catch small birds in mid-flight that fly too close to the ground. Such behavior is a result of their earlier use as a hunting dog, and as such, they can develop habits that predispose them to chase small animals such as chipmunks, squirrels, etc. Because of this, it is recommended that care should be taken when walking a Cavalier off-leash, as they can single-mindedly chase a butterfly or squirrel onto a busy road or other dangerous situations without regard for their own safety if not properly trained.
The energy of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel comes from its hunting genes and latent hunting instinct. Although it is a perfect companion dog, because of this very same energy and drive, it needs to be exercised just like other Spaniels.
So, to answer your question… yes, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel may be able to learn how to be a bird dog, due to its latent hunting instincts. However, it is a companion dog first and foremost. Other Spaniels and hunting breeds, like Vizslas and Pointers make perfect bird dogs. Therefore it is advisable to rather keep the Cavalier as a companion dog, and if you are keen to have a bird dog, then choose a bird dog, that is really a bird dog in spirit, in habit and in genetic make-up as well.
Hope this helps!
I was wondering: what is the best way to get over the biting of a Bull Terrier? Everyone says they have the same problem. I was hoping you could give me some insight because I know you have dealt with some pretty wild dogs. She is crazy…no, not to crazy, since she has learned to sit, stay somewhat and she is pretty good about going potty-ing outside.
The best way to stop that biting is to each time she tries, to hold her mouth shut, shake her head firmly and say the word NO! If she continues, do it again and again until she gets the point. Most of this is play, but you must teach her to stop before it becomes a real nuisance. This behavior is quite typical of all young pups. Let me know if it works. There are other methods. Though this is the one most commonly used.
Yes Mario, I agree it is just play but when I hold her muzzle she thinks it’s a game. I have tried pinning her down and trying to make her submit but she just doesn’t see it like that. The only thing that has been working so far, is the bitter apple spray. Whenever she bites I put some on my finger, let her bite again and then touch her tongue with my finger and say ” Don’t bite’. She doesn’t use her canines really but when you say “no” she growls and gets vicious, while jumping up to bite my face and stuff. I know its not going to stop right away but it needs to soon with all the young children around my house.
You can also try timing her out by putting her in a small confined area for thirty minutes. Such as the crate she came in. If she comes out biting, repeat the holding of her mouth shut, the use of the word NO and put her right back in.
Well Mario, I have put in many many hours on vigorous training with Celine. I was skeptical at first and when I got her I wasn’t happy but now everything has paid off. She is doing great in the house and not many accidents have occured. When she did do something wrong it was most likely my fault. She knows her name well, she comes on command, sits on command, shakes hands, is working on laying down and staying. She is tracking very well too. She understands “no”. I am going to the vet tomorrow for her next round of vacc. so I will get a clean bill of health then. He said she is the best bull terrier he has ever seen. Other than the worms, she is in top shape and health. He also said he would recommend Euro Puppy to everybody he knows!
On my puppy’s potty training how do you find it best? Just rewards when he goes outside? Also how do I get him to start going to the door to let me know? I know it’s a work in progress. What do you suggest?
Each one is an individual and will learn at his or her own rate. The fundamental way to get started is to take him outside right after he has eaten or drank his water. If he does do his business, praise him well. If he does not go, then either put him in the kennel we shipped him in until he cries to get out, then at that time take him outside again. Repeat this until he does go. Then you let him run the house. I have found that the “Wee Wee pads” work very well to train them to do on paper versus anywhere in the home. You may need to place a few down in different areas at first. But as he learns you can get him used to one spot only.
If he does go in the house, scold him with a firm NO. Never hit him. This only makes him hand shy and it could lead to him to be so scared of hands that each time one is raised around him her will pee on himself from fear. I have found that patience, love and repetitive use of the same methods work wonders with any breed. Frenchies in particular are quite comical and aim to please their owners. Start training right away and the rewards will be endless.
Do contact me with any questions. Keep me posted on his progress and please share pictures of him with us.
I noticed that Norman has small bald spots near his elbows about the size of a nickle that is kind of rough in texture. Is this a callous? Also, will the hair ever grow back? Let me know. Norman has chewed up his last $50.00 bed, and we wanted to wait until he grew up a little before we got him another one. I just hope these callouses will heal and have his hair back. It’s super hard to notice, but I rub and pet him often.
What Norman has are callouses. This is quite common for the large, heavy breeds when they do not have a smooth soft surface to lie on. My suggestion would be to get him a heavy duty indoor/outdoor carpet as a sleeping/resting spot. This will solve the problem. In the meantime, you may want to rub the callous areas with either petroleum jelly or some other sort of moisturizing salve. This will speed up the healing process and his hair will grow back. Keep up the great work you have being doing with this gorgeous Tibetan and do contact me with any other questions you may have. I am here to assist you.
Let me introduce myself. My name is Mario and I have been with Euro Puppy for over two years now. I run the US division of this widely-recognized company. My love for all animals and dogs in particular has taken me far and wide. I currently have 40 dogs, and over 30 years’ experience in caring for and raising different breeds. Apart from dogs, I have – and have had- all kinds of wonderful exotic animals as well; including primates, tigers, lions, hawks, eagles, crocodilians, etc. Our goal is to educate the public about the importance of preserving different species that may very well become extinct in the wild in the future. However, my number one passion remains dogs. I would like to offer my knowledge, to assist you in caring for and raising your puppy. If you may have any questions regarding the health or training of your puppy, please do not hesitate to contact me. As part of Euro Puppy’s unique post-purchase service, we are here to make your life with your furry friend the best it can be. With my experience and expertise, caring for your puppy will be smooth-sailing. So Ask Euro Puppy USA… (Just fill out the contact us form)
I just got the result from the animal hospital. Abby is fine. So, I want you to know that. Also, give me any tips or advice about taking care of this dog. She is a little crazy… she bites everybody… cute… but it hurts so much. So, I’m thinking to send her to a dog training school – something like that. Is a dog training school good? Or is it good to find a private dog trainer??
First you need to get her well acquainted with you and everyone else that lives in the home. But you cannot allow her to nibble on people or objects who/that can be damaged by her. You do this by holding her by her muzzle and saying NO with a stern voice. If she continues, you must again repeat the procedure and continue to do so until she gets the point. Maybe raise your voice a little each time; but never scream. This may take a little time, but she will learn. After a while she will respond simply to the word no. Never slap or hit her. This will create fear and often animosity. You want your pup to look up to you and love you. Not respond to fear. Treats like rawhide bones or flavored biscuits as rewards when she does the right thing is an excellent way to train her.
You have not told me if she is housebroken. Let me know what you are doing for that. The kennel she arrived in would be good for this. Before you hand her over to a trainer, it is of utmost importance that she is well bonded with you first. Even then, unless you want her to become a fully trained dog, it is best that you take up training classes where you actually are with her. These are more economical and in my opinion more effective. When you give your dog over to a trainer for a period of time to then get her back, there is a transition period to deal with. Plus often the dog will not respond the same way to her owner as she would to the trainer. She is a very young and eager to please pup. I am sure you can make her into exactly what you want her to be.