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Don't make a habit of tying up your dog


July 12, 2010
Sandor Fagyal

So many people feel that a dog belongs on a leash. They either don’t have the time, or patience to keep up with a young dog that’s running around all over the place, so they make the dog stay in the backyard on a leash.

That is just not right. A dog wasn’t made for people to tie up permanently. They were meant to run wild, be free, and explore.

Dog

Keep in mind that tying up your dog for extended periods of time, or as a habit is a sure way to ruin the dog’s temper. They’re not healthy, both mentally and physically. They are likely to get aggressive and bolt at the first opportunity – Wouldn’t you?

Having a dog is a responsibility. If you’ve bought a dog by mistake and realize too late that you don’t have the ability to care for him or her, then at least try and find a good home that will take care of them properly. It’s no shame to you. Everyone makes mistakes. But you must take responsibility to correct those mistakes.

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How to choose a puppy? Look at the Adult Dog, Not the Puppy!


July 12, 2010
Sandor Fagyal

All too often, choices of what dog to buy are based on seeing a puppy picture. The puppy wins over your heart, and your hand steals to your wallet.

But wait! Remember that ALL puppies are cute, and while puppies are a delight to be with, remember that when they grow up, they will lose all their puppy qualities and take over the mantle of the breed they belong to. The puppy you are about to buy will resemble to one or both of the parents. If that is what you want GO FOR IT!

Adult and Puppy

Your choice of dog should depend on many factors including what sort of dog you finally want – large, hairy, playful, aggressive, and whether or not you are ready for one.

Look at your house, your surrounding, your family and your future plans before deciding to commit to a dog which is no less of a responsibility than a baby.

For puppy and adult photos please visit Euro Puppy.

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Ear Cropping


July 12, 2010
Sandor Fagyal

Hundreds of years ago cropping (surgically changing the shape of the ears) was done for practical purposes. For example, to stop the ears being snagged in rough territory and being injured while hunting or working. For dogs that were bred for fighting it gave less for an opponent to grip on to rip off and sure gave a real “don’t mess with me” look. For guarding breeds, it made them look very alert and in tune with everything around them. Some of those purposes have carried on through to today and it’s an important part of the breed’s feature for many people, for aesthetical reasons (they like the look). It can be looked at as a breed’s trademark so to speak and has been said to have even given the upper hand in the show ring on more than the odd occasion. However, nowadays, I must mention that it is becoming less and less popular generally with an ever-growing resistance and controversy to it and even banned in some countries, especially in Europe such as Germany. This is rather interesting, as many of the breeds that typically have the ears cropped, originate from there. In Great Brittan, dogs with cropped ears are actually barred from entering shows.

Types of Crops?
Long Crop: skinny and tapered at the end and here are some typical breeds that experience it. Usually taping, splinting and bandaging will occur with this crop and it is not always guaranteed to hold that perfect erect posture, especially if done poorly of course.

Doberman (pictured)
Great Dane
Schnauzer (GiantMiniature)
Boxer
Miniature Pinscher

Doberman Ear Cropping

Short Crop:

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Correcting your dog


July 12, 2010
Sandor Fagyal

A lot of people I have seen have an inability to properly make their dogs understand when something is bad. If a dog has done something wrong and you’ve found out about it after a while, there is absolutely no good in disciplining them at that time since their brain is such that they don’t understand what they did wrong.

For example, if you come home and find that your dog has chewed up all the papers in the house, and you yell at him, he will not understand why you are angry. Only that you are angry.

Bad Dog

In order to effectively make your dog change their behavior, you need to catch them in the act. Either that, or just as they are about to make their move so that it’s crystal clear what is happening.

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How to Choose your Dogue de Bordeaux!


July 12, 2010
Sandor Fagyal

Many of you may have seen the the sloppy star of an American film named Turner and Hooch, which had Tom Hanks in it. Well, I can tell you that not until this film came out, did this breed attain much recognition outside of France where it originated from many centuries ago (hence its other name, French Mastiff and the region it’s from, Bordeaux). The below information is a guide to help you make an informed decision if seriously contemplating owning this breed.

Who is suited to this breed?

This breed was first used guarding and believe it or not, game hunting, dog fighting and animal baiting. Today this breed is still used for guarding, but more so companionship as is extremely loyal, patient and devoted to those that are close. It does not need so much exercise (A daily walk and a bit of light play is usually sufficient as it’s a heavy breed) and not so athletic, but its messy eating manners, drooling and large size make it a difficult, but not impossible dog to keep inside a home. Ideally a small yard is better suited to it and non-extreme hot and cold weather conditions. A Dogue de Bordeaux can posses formidable traits, such as relentless strength, wariness of strangers and an inclination to intimidate unknown people. This makes it a first class watchdog and has natural instinct from a young age. It is suited to an owner that is prepared to spend plenty of quality time, and has a real enthusiasm for this large, fast learning and impressive looking breed. It is often said for good reason, that this breed is best in the hands of an experienced owner.

Male or female?

This breed can be aggressive to other dogs especially males. A dominant alpha male can be a hard nut to crack. Neutering can settle it down somewhat but may not solve all problems. The French Mastiff needs early socialization and obedience training is recommended whether male or female to alleviate future problems. This is very important! A shy or reserved Mastiff due to lack of socialization could be a big mistake. Many owners will find a female DDB cleaner (not marking its territory on every available occasion) and easier to handle with a more relaxed/submissive disposition. This would make for a possible better family choice, while the male as a courageous guardian. The male being noticeably bigger as a rule, highlights better the true DDB traits, which is a big draw card for some. Some males may even get up to 75kg (165 lbs) as big, lion-hearted and looking Carlo below!

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Being overly indulgent towards dogs. How is the BOSS???


July 12, 2010
Sandor Fagyal

I love dogs and always view them with respect and friendliness. But there are some ground rules. You must never let any doubt remain in the dogs mind as to who is master. A dog who is unsure of who is master is likely to push you around and take advantage of your weakness.

It is important you instill a sense of leadership in yourself as far as your dog is concerned. Basic rules for your dog like “It is unacceptable to show aggression to any kind of human, no matter how small”, can keep a dog from bossing around or even frightening a baby just because it is small and weak.

Funny Dog Photo

We must never forget that dogs are still animals who have been domesticated. They need to have a leader to follow, and you must provide that leadership. Otherwise you will face unwanted and undesired behavior

Loving your dog doesn’t mean you have to get overly indulgent. Otherwise you may find out that you’re not the leader anymore!

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How to Choose your Neapolitan Mastiff!


July 12, 2010
Sandor Fagyal

Okay, you’re seriously thinking about buying a Neapolitan Mastiff, but before you do, you might want to take some of the following points into consideration to make sure you get the one that is the most suitable for you. After all, it’s a big decision, and the better informed you are, the easier the choice.

Who is suited to this breed?

This breeds originates from Italy a very long time ago (Antiquity) and was first used for dog fighting and livestock guarding. Today this Mastino is mainly used for companionship and security. It does not need frequent exercise and not so athletic, but its messy eating manners, drooling and sheer size make it a difficult dog to keep inside a home. It is better suited to a small yard with an adequate doghouse or property such as a place to protect as it is excellent at this task (you may not find much better). It is suited to an owner that is prepared to spend plenty of quality time, and has a real enthusiasm for this large, intelligent and beautiful breed. It is often said for good reason, that this breed is best in the hands of experienced dog handlers.

Male or female?

This breed can be dominant and this especially applies to males! A dominant alpha male can be very tough case indeed. Neutering can settle it down somewhat but may not solve all problems.

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How to select safe dog toys!


July 12, 2010
Sandor Fagyal

I wonder how dog owners buy dog toys for their beloved furry friends. Honestly, I never really paid attention whether a toy is safe for a dog or not. The primary aim has always been that my dog should enjoy playing with it. One of the most popular games is “throw and fetch”. A tennis ball will do it. Yet, there are several custom designed dog balls out there. Would you believe that some of those toys can kill your dog?

I recently stumbled upon a fellow dog fancier’s blog – EuroDogTraining Blog – and read an article “Dangerous toy“.

“a 10 year old labrador mix named Chai was playing with this toy when his tongue got stuck in the hole of the ball, leading to the amputation of his tongue. While chewing on the toy, a vacuum was created which sucked his tongue into the hole of the ball.”

Please read the story above by following the link. Next time, you go to buy a toy for your dog you will remember to research which are safe toys for your dog.


on a personal level: I recently spent 4 days in Brussels and enjoyed it. Beautiful city with excellent restaurants, food and hundreds of good beer! Sorry, I didn’t taste any famous Belgian Chocolates…

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Should I pet dogs on a leash?


July 12, 2010
Sandor Fagyal

Many times while walking along a road, you will come across a cute or handsome dog being walked by his owner, and you will want to go upto them and pet them.

This may be dangerous. First, look at the dog. Does he look happy, or afraid? A dog can be nervous of strangers and can react oddly out of fear. It usually helps to ask the owner – “Is he friendly?”, and if she says yes, you can usually go ahead and make friendly overtures – but not too friendly if you sense that the dog isn’t ready yet.

dogs on leash

Interestingly, I find that the dogs in countries where there are a lot of humans around like India, are more friendly than countries where contact with humans is more restricted. In India, there are people all over the roads and in the vicinity all the time, and this seems to make them more comfortable around humans in general. I have found most of the dogs on a leash in India friendly and apt to wag their tail and joyously make for even a stranger when I see them approaching…..not in America, where the canines seem more cautious.

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How to Choose your French Bulldog!


July 12, 2010
Sandor Fagyal

Okay, you’re seriously thinking about buying a French Bulldog. But just before you do, you might want to take some of the following points into consideration to make sure you get the one that is the most suitable for you. After all, it’s a big decision, and the better informed you are, the easier the choice.

Male or female?
Men are from Mars and Women from Venus, the gender issue. Although usually clownish and sweet, this breed can exhibit same-sex aggression. This is more likely to be with 2 intact and full-blooded males, but not totally limited to them. If you already have a male in the household you may think of getting a female, especially if he is a little dominant. This makes it not easy, but early socialization in the puppyhood will help to alleviate future problems whichever sex you decide on. Of course if there is a female and the male unneutered, you may have to keep them apart for certain times of the year if you catch my drift. As you know or will learn quickly, turn your back on them and they will take full advantage of the situation (Frenchies are opportunists).

Generally, males (even more so if intact) are a little more rambunctious than females. This suits many people as could be argued as having more character and get up and go. They are also considered as being nicer in look as the typical French bulldog traits are more pronounced (you will read more about this below).

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