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5 Dog Superstitions


October 13, 2012
steve

1. Most dogs are physically or behaviourally incapable of killing livestock.
2. Greeks thought dogs could foresee evil.
3. Dogs have always been credited with the power of sensing supernatural influences, and seeing ghosts, spirits, faeries or deities which are invisible to human eyes. In Wales only dogs could see the death-bringing hounds of Annwn; in ancient Greece the dogs were aware when Hecate was at a crossroads foretelling a death. Dogs are believed to be aware of the presence of ghosts, and their barking, whimpering or howling is often the first warning of supernatural occurrances.
4. When a dog howls in an otherwise silent night, it is said to be an omen of death, or at least of misfortune. A howling dog outside the house of a sick person was once thought to be an omen that they would die, especially if the dog was driven away and returned to howl again. A dog which gives a single howl, or three howls, and then falls silent is said to be marking a death that has just occurred nearby.
5. In Scotland, a strange dog coming to the house means a new friendship; in England, to meet a spotted or black and white dog on your way to a business appointment is lucky. Three white dogs seen together are considered lucky in some areas; black dogs are generally considered unlucky, especially if they cross a traveller’s path or follow someone and refuse to be driven away. Fishermen traditionally regard dogs as unlucky and will not take one out in a boat, or mention the word ‘dog’ whilst at sea.

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10 Dogs Facts you Might Not Know!


October 9, 2012
steve

1. Puppies can’t control their bladders overnight until they are at least four months old. Until then, cover the floor around the puppy’s bed with newspapers.

2. Dogs are omnivorous. They need more than just meat to flourish.

3. People with more than one dog shouldn’t try to treat them all as equals. Because pack position is important to a dog, this only encourages jealousy games.

4. Dogs chew up your underwear because it smells like you.

5. One in every three US families owns one or more dogs.

6. A one-year-old dog is physically as mature as a 15 year-old human.

7. Dogs’ internal clocks are really magnificent. They know when it’s time for you to arrive home, feed them, or go to bed if you are normally on a schedule.

8. Brush your dog 3 times a week in the spring, and you’ll have a summer free from shedding.

9. When teaching a puppy to come, begin by getting down to his level so he will not be encouraged to jump up on you.

10. If your dog reacts anti-socially toward visitors, put her in another room until she calms down. When you let her out, ignore her. This forces your dog to go to the visitors for social activity.

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7 Ancient Dog Facts


July 17, 2012
steve

1. All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a
weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens. The
Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus, a direct forbear of the genus Canis,
which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog.

2. Ancient Egyptians revered their dogs. When a pet dog would die,
the owners shaved off their eyebrows, smeared mud in their hair, and mourned
aloud for days.

3. During the Middle Ages, Great Danes and Mastiffs were sometimes
suited with armor and spiked collars to enter a battle or to defend supply
caravans.

4. Pekingese and Japanese Chins were so important in the ancient
Far East that they had their own servants and were carried around trade routes
as gifts for kings and emperors. Pekingese were even worshipped in the temples
of China for centuries.

5. After the fall of Rome,, human survival often became more important than breeding and training dogs. Legends of
werewolves emerged during this time as abandoned dogs traveling in packs
commonly roamed streets and terrified villagers.

6. During the Middle Ages, mixed breeds of peasants’ dogs were
required to wear blocks around their necks to keep them from breeding with
noble hunting dogs. Purebred dogs were very expensive and hunting became the
province of the rich.

7.    Plato once said that ”a dog has the soul of a philosopher

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3 Ways to Cool Down in Summer


July 9, 2012
steve

So how does your dog cool down
in the heat of summer? Find a shady spot, drink plenty of water or stay
indoors?

Well not these dogs: 

Shari Morehead Labradors
pictured here are Mongo Pete, Little Pete, Auggie, Odie and Sugar Bear. Shari
calls them her “Lab Team.” On this sunny summer day, the labs found a
large stick in the River and competed to bring it over to Shari “When they
all find one stick, they all want that stick.”

 

Carol Gattis trains a brood
of lab puppies in her backyard pool. Carol says, “At this age, they’re
unable to jump out of the pool on their own.” But it sure makes for a
phenomenal picture!

 

Phil Carlson’s four dogs were
enjoying some sun and relaxation in the backyard pool in Denver, Colorado. (But
then the dogs realized they had no way out of the pool.)

Our thanks to MNN for helping
us with these great pictures.

Do you have any pictures of
your puppy or dog keeping cool, if so please send to Euro Puppy

 

 

 

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5 facts you didn’t know about Vizsla dogs


May 7, 2012
Peter

Vizsla puppy

Fact #1 

In a way the Vizsla has more in common with cats than other dogs. No, it doesn’t purr and meow, but it’s a self cleaning dog and has very little of the odour most other dogs possess. So the Vizsla is an ideal match for those with a sensitive nose and no desire to bath their dog every week.

Fact #2

The Vizsla breed does not have an undercoat, therefore it should not be kept outside during wintertime.

Fact #3

The Vizsla is sometimes mentioned as one of the so called “Velcro dogs”. The term refers to the fact that Vizslas are very sociable and prefer to be around their humans, and it plays on the clinging ability of the Velcro hook-and-loop fastener.

Fact #4

The Vizsla breed has a known history of more than 1000 years, but the breed almost became extinct under the communist occupation of Hungary after World War II.

Fact #5

The Vizsla excels in retrieving game on all sorts of terrain, including water. It has a natural instinct to be a great gun dog. No hunter could wish for a better companion. 

vizsla puppy

If you are considering adopting a Vizsla puppy, you should know that these dogs need at least an hour of exercise every day to preserve their health. If you can fulfil the Vizsla’s need for exercise, you’ll have a very special new friend in your life. 

Although the Vizsla is a great gun dog, it is also one of the most affectionate ones. Vizslas thrive on human attention and bond very strongly with their owners. They prefer to spend all their time around their human family, which includes nights. If allowed, they will happily sleep under the sheets in the same bed with their owners. 

 vizsla puppy

Due to its loving and affectionate nature, the Vizsla is also a great match for families with small children. Vizslas will engage in playful games and all sorts of fun activities with children and can be fully trusted not to hurt them. However, the long wagging tail of the dog (unless docked), may unintentionally slap children on the face, which might result in tears. 

Vizslas themselves cry occasionally if left alone for long periods of time. The breed is not recommended to people, whose jobs require them to leave home for several days in a row.

We’d be pleased to hear your stories if you have a Vizsla dog of your own! 

If you’re thinking about getting one, visit our Vizsla puppies for sale

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Causes of Seizures in Dogs


April 3, 2012
Peter

Many dog owners experience their dog having some sort of a seizure at some point of their lifetime. Being aware of the possible causes might make all the difference. This guest post from our friends at seizuresindogs.net will help you identify dangerous situations.

Canine seizures may be caused by a number
of different things. Some causes of seizures
in dogs
may be from an unknown illness, where as some may actually be
hereditary. Regardless of the causes of seizures, it is important to seek
treatment from your veterinarian as soon as your dog has seized. Your
veterinarian will be able to tell you what the cause of your dog’s seizure was,
and can assist you in choosing the right medical treatments and therapies.

To determine the exact cause of seizures in
your dog, there are a number of different tests that may be performed. Some of
these tests may include MRI scans, fecal tests and cerebrospinal fluid taps.
Seizures are actually not uncommon in dogs, but they can be very serious if the
cause is life-threatening.

The most common causes of seizures in dogs
include:

Poisoning – Household
products and chemicals may cause seizures in dogs. Food such as chocolate can
cause chocolate poisoning in dogs, which can lead to serious side effects such
as seizures. Rat poisons and antifreeze may also cause seizures if left
untreated for too long. These are very serious and often lead to death if left
untreated.

Heat stroke – Heat
stroke is a common cause of seizures in dogs. Heat stroke can be very dangerous
and requires medical attention as soon as possible. Look for other symptoms of
heat stroke such as thick saliva, bright red tongue, fever and heavy panting.
Heat stroke may occur if your dog is left outside in the sun with no shelter,
as well as if he is left in a car for too long in hot weather.

Epilepsy – This
is often known as idiopathic epilepsy, which means there is no known cause for
it. These seizures seem to be inherited. Many breeds are known to be prone to
epileptic seizures. These include Golden Retrievers, Poodles, and Beagles.
Idiopathic epilepsy is the most common cause of seizures in dogs.

Canine Distemper – Canine
distemper is a serious condition that a dog may contract if he is not properly
vaccinated. When canine distemper goes untreated for more than two weeks, it
evolves into the nervous system, which is when seizures may occur. Distemper is
related to grand mal seizures. Look for other symptoms of distemper such as
extreme drooling, aggression and head shaking.

Brain tumors – Brain
tumors put pressure on the brain. This pressure can cause seizures in your dog.
Often times, seizures are a small symptoms of brain tumors. Look for other
symptoms such as aggression, drooling, and loss of coordination.

Head trauma – If
your dog has had any accidents involving the head, these injuries may later
cause seizures. Sometimes these seizures will not appear for months, and some
may be as soon as weeks after the head injury. Head injury related seizures are
most common with concussions.

Hypoglycemia – Low
blood sugar may cause seizures as well. It is known that small dogs have a
higher chance of hypoglycemia if they are not fed a balanced diet. Dogs who
have diabetes may get seizures if they have been given too much insulin as
well.

Disease – Certain
medical diseases may cause seizures as well. This is most often in older dogs.
Some diseases that may cause seizures include Lyme disease, encephalitis,
Cushing’s disease and liver and kidney diseases. Some diseases may be treated
once, or require lifelong treatment.

 

Treatment for seizures in dogs

The
cause of your dog’s seizure will determine the exact treatment and therapy options.
Sometimes, seizures can be treated with one dosage of medication. Often times,
however, seizures are a life-long ailment that requires constant treatment.
Your dog will likely need to be tested regularly and medications may change
over time. This means that medications may be given more often, or less, or the
type of medication may change.

Diet
and exercise are also important when dealing with seizures in dogs. Diets high
in fat and sugar will need to be changed, and exercise to help with weight loss
and simply to stimulate the nervous system will also be required.

 

For
more information about seizures in dogs, causes, symptoms, treatment options
and more, visit http://www.seizuresindogs.net

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5 Facts about Caucasian Mountain Dogs


March 26, 2012
Peter

Caucasian Mountain Dog

Not sure if you are seeing a dog or a lion? Looks and ill-deserved notoriety can be deceptive. Let’s look at some facts.

Is the Caucasian Mountain Dog inherently dangerous?

No. The Caucasian Mountain Dog, also called Caucasian Shepherd, is not inherently dangerous. The breed has been used as a shepherd dog to guard flock for hundreds of years. It is very suitable for this job, because its robust built and enormous power enables it to fight off volves or even bears if necessary. But it would never attack the sheep it was supposed to guard. The same is true for a well trained CMD in the family. It would never attack the people he regards as family, the same way it would not attack its sheep. 

Is the Caucasian Mountain Dog a family pet?

While the Caucasian Mountain dog can live in a human family, it is not your typical family pet. The CMD is an extremely large dog, and because of its inherent herding instinct, it may seem to chase children around, while it is actually only trying to keep them in the flock. This my be misunderstood by children and sudden, unexpected reactions may surprise the dog. To sum up, the CMD is not recommended to families with small children. 

Should I get a Caucasian Mountain Dog?

Yes, provided that you are not the first time dog owner. In fact, you should be a very experienced dog owner to be able to keep the alpha role to yourself. It is also an advantage if you have a strong phisique if you want to handle this giant of a dog. You should also keep in mind that this dog requires lots of exercise. Only get a CMD if you can devote quite some time to this special breed. 

Does the Caucasian Mountain Dog make a good protector?

Yes, the CMD makes a perfect watch dog and guard dog. It needs no special training to become a good guard dog as its protective instincts will guide him. It can differenciate between the people who it regards as family and everyone else who may try to enter the property. Friends of the family need to be introduced one by one and need to be accompanied by a trusted family member until the dog has fully acquainted himself with the stranger.   

Is it easy to train a Caucasian Mountain Dog? 

If started at a very young age, it is not so difficult. The later you start training, the more resistance you’ll experience as is the case with all dogs. The specialty of the CMD is that it needs lots of early socialization to become managable as an adult dog. A Caucasian Mountain Dog that never met other people and animals as a puppy and young dog, can be extremely difficult to keep under control as an adult. 

If you think you have what it takes to look after a CMD, visit our Caucasian Mountain Dogs for sale

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Proof: owning a dog makes you more attractive


March 6, 2012
Peter

walking dog

There are plenty of good reasons to own a dog. They make you happier, help you lose weight, entertain and give you company, help your children learn responsibility, but above all they give you unconditional love that is so hard to get from humans, except your mother perhaps.

If all those reasons are not enough for you to get a dog, it is now scientifically proven that owning a dog makes you more attractive to the opposite sex.

According to a recent survey conducted by Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare society, 60% of the 700 respondents said that owning a dog can make people more attractive, while 85% believe that people with a dog are more approachable.

Furthermore, almost all the respondents (95%) said they would feel more comfortable talking to a stranger if they had a dog. When asked why, 2/3 of the respondents said that people who have dogs seem friendlier, more trustworthy and approachable. 

Clarissa Baldwin, CEO of Dogs Trust comments:

“The results of this research come as no surprise to Dogs Trust, as we hear stories every day of people meeting new friends or a partner through their dog. Put simply, the world is a friendlier place when you have a dog.

This research shows that not only are dog owners perceived as more approachable and friendly, but that having a dog can make you more attractive. With canine companions making such great ice breakers too, they really are the 21st century cupid!”

And she is so right. Imagine this scenario: you are walking in the park enjoying the morning sun and see a member of the opposite sex that you’d like to approach, but don’t really know how to so you just forget about the whole thing to avoid potential embarrassment. Now if that person has a dog, you don’t hesitate, but simply approach the dog!

On top of assuming that someone owning a dog is a friendly person, people also assume a couple of other things. For instance someone, who is affectionate with an animal, is also likely to be affectionate and caring with their partner. Similarly, everyone knows that having a dog is a long term commitment, so a person who is mature enough to commit to a dog is also more likely to be a good long term relationship material.

If chatting up strangers in the park doesn’t seem like your kind of thing, there are plenty of other ways your pooch can help you find romance, including dating sites for dog lovers, speed dating and many more.

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Top 5 dog breeds you definitely need pet insurance for


February 27, 2012
Peter

dog broken leg

Taking out pet insurance for your dog is becoming an essential part of being a responsible dog owner, at least according to the RSPCA and similar organizations. People somehow seem to think differently, at least that’s the impression you get if you look at the number of dogs insured. Apparently only 3% of dogs are insured in the US, while the UK is doing much better with 20% of all dogs being insured. If you take into account that nearly 50% of all dogs need veterinary treatment for sickness or accident every year, the proportion of insured dogs seems much smaller. 

Most people think pet insurance is just like car or house insurance. What they tend to forget is that if your car or house is damaged, your potential loss is always smaller than the value of your car or house. So if your car is worth $20 000, the repair will never cost you $40 000 after an accident.

But with a dog it is all different. Your French Bulldog puppy may have cost you $2000, but vet bills will not necessarily stop there. If your dog needs a complex operation, it may cost you anywhere between $2-10 thousand. In addition, while you can easily dump your car or move into a new house, your French Bulldog is a member of your family, so you can’t just say “I can’t afford the operation, let’s get a new dog instead”.

A lot of dog owners try to avoid taking out pet insurance by choosing a generally healthy, low maintenance breed. However, this logic only goes as far as breed specific, or genetic diseases are concerned. Every dog can be hit by a car, can be bitten by other dogs, can fall off the stairs and so on. So when you are making a decision about whether to purchase pet insurance or not, please always differentiate between breed specific health issues and accidental coverage. In essence, you should insure your dog regardless of the breed, but with certain breeds not insuring your dog means taking a huge risk.

Let’s see the breeds that in our experience you should definitely insure:

  • Bulldogs (English and French)
  • Mastiffs (Neapolitan and English)
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Great Dane
  • Dalmatian

 

You may come across other lists on the internet that focus on the number of claims by breed or something else. We listed these breeds, because in our experience on top of accidents, these breeds are the most likely to require expensive surgery for breed specific health issues. 

When choosing your pet insurance, the most important thing is to do your research thoroughly. Make sure you consider all the features and only get what you need thus keeping your costs down. Some policies for instance include lost pets, theft, emergency boarding fees, vet helpline, travel insurance and legal fees in case your dog bites the postman. You also want to read the small print, because some policies don’t cover certain health problems above a certain age and these may be just what you need. Most policies don’t cover normal vet expenses such as spaying or castration and vaccinations, so make sure you know what is covered before you buy to avoid surprises.

We highly recommend that you take out pet insurance especially for the above listed breeds and also suggest that you choose your policy very carefully.

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Top 5 winter dog breeds


November 28, 2011
Peter

Chihuahua

Source

While most dogs, like us humans, prefer a warm climate, some of them thrive in cold weather and definitely don’t need to be dressed in winter. In this post, we are introducing 5 dog breeds that we think are best suited for cold climates.

1. Siberian Husky

Our number one breed must be the Siberian Husky, a dog made for enduring cold weather and harsh conditions. Huskies were bred in Northeastern Asia to pull heavy loads over long distances, which made them indispensable to their people. Admiral Robert peary for instance trusted Huskies with his life in search for the North pole in the early 20th century. Siberian Huskies are beautiful dogs, sporting a dense double coat and a peculiar pair of eyes in ice blue, dark blue, amber or brown colour. Heterochromia is quite common among Huskies, so don’t be surprised if you come across with a brown and blue eyed specimen. The Husky is a very intelligent and agile dog, which makes it the perfect candidate for obedience trials and sled-racing. Although a pair of glowing, ice blue eyes might seem irresistible to some potential owners, we only recommend the Siberian Husky to people who can provide the dog with lots of mental and physical stimulation.

2. Alaskan Malamute

Second on our list is the Alaskan Malamute, which is just as good at enduring cold weather as the Husky, but its working abilities are limited to pulling heavy loads over shorter distances. If you were looking to get an Alaskan Malamute as a pet dog, you should be aware that they are one of the most difficult breeds to train. Over the centuries of living in the harshest environments, they had to rely on their intelligence and resourcefulness to survive and are not so keen to obey orders. At the same time, Malamutes are particularly fond of people, which makes them great family pets, even if they get stubborn at times.

3. Bernese Mountain Dog

The only European breed on our list is the Bernese Mountain Dog. It is a heavy dog with a distinctive tricolor coat and a white “Swiss cross” on the chest. Berners have historically been used for guarding property and herding stock in the Swiss Alps, but today they are mostly sought for their friendly nature and good companion qualities. This easy going and kind hearted breed is recommended to any family with children, provided that they are prepared for loosing their pet in only 7 years, which is the average life expectancy of the Bernese Mountain Dog.

4. Akita Inu

The Japanese Akita is another great choice for a cold climate. A large and powerful dog, it is not recommended for the first time dog owner. However, they make perfect family pets: the breed is supposed to have a natural affinity with children, just like retrievers have one with sticks and balls. The best way to illustrate the Akita’s devotion and loyalty to its family is the story of Hachiko. Hachiko used to accompany his master to the train station every day and come back to meet him again in the afternoon. One day the master never came, but Hachiko waited and returned every day for the rest of his life.

5. Chow Chow

If you are looking to have a somewhat smaller dog, who still doesn’t need to be dressed in winter, the Chow Chow may be your best bet. Its dense double coat protects it from the coldest weather and gives it the look of a lion, which is probably why the Chinese call it Songshi Quan, literally meaning “puffy-lion dog”. Being extremely protective of their territory, Chow Chows make perfect guard and watch dogs, but may not be appropriate for the first time dog owner.

Many other dog breeds will do just fine in cold weather, but with the ones on this list, you’ll definitely save the money you’d spend on your Chihuahua’s winter wardrobe. 

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