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Dognapping on the rise


August 24, 2011
Peter

dognappingAccording to a recent article of USA Today, the number of dogs being stolen has risen dramatically in 2011.

Stealing dogs with the intention of demanding a ransom from the owner is not
a new phenomenon. In fact, the first ever dognapping case was recorded in 1934. The stolen Boston Terrier was returned to its
owner after 5 long months so the story had a happy ending.

Dogs become part of our families. They will be just like a small brother or
sister to the kids. And when they are kidnapped and there is a chance that
money can buy them back, we pay gladly – provided that we have the money
demanded, that is.

Over time, as conformation showing became more popular, show dogs became the
targets of thieves. It’s easy to see that if the owner of a regular dog is
willing to pay thousands of dollars in ransom, the owner of a valuable show dog
might pay tens of thousands of dollars to get his pooch back.

Dognapping – not only for ransom but reselling, experiments and a number of
other purposes – has become widespread in the United States by the 60’s. So
much so that it had actually become one of the most talked about issues of the
time. The public dismay and the floods of letters demanding something to be
done put enormous pressure on the senate. As a result, the “Dognapping Law”,
which became the Animal Welfare Act of 1966 was born.

Almost fifty years later, the situation seems to be getting out of control once
again. According to the AKC, reports of stolen dogs rose by 49% in the first 7
months of 2011. The numbers have been growing steadily since 2008, which is –
to a large extent – due to the economic turmoil the world is going through.

Fortunately, a Euro Puppy dog has never been stolen, but we thought a list
of breeds that are more likely to become the victims of theft could be useful
to our customers as well as any dog owner:

If you have a dog of one of the above breeds, your dog is a more attractive
target for a criminal than most other breeds because of its size, popularity or
both. You need to pay extra attention when going for walks and meeting
strangers. Never leave your dog tied to post in front of a store or alone in a
car.
Unless your dog is very obedient and always comes back when called, never
let him off the leash in public
.

If the breed of your dog is not listed above, that doesn’t mean you should
not be careful of course. Any dog that is left unattended will become an
attractive target of a thief looking for its next victim.
 

Catgegory: Dog Tips
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Boxer or not?


July 14, 2010
ann

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:

Boxer Puppy 

“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.”

Boxer Puppy

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.  

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Ear Cropping


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: Cut rather short and no taping required, but may need a support moulded inside the ear for a while. Even with this cut there is a difference between being good or bad and show judges will look for perfect crop true to set breed standards.

– Cane Corso (pictured)
– Neapolitan Mastiff
– Caucasian Mountain Dog
– Canary Dog
– Dogo Argentino

Cane Corso ear cropping

By whom and when should it be done?

You will hear various different ages for various different breeds. For this reason, it is better to seek good advice from experienced breeders and specialist veterinarians that actually do perform crops on the breed you are considering as they will shed the best light on the subject. Many vets will actually not go near cropping for various reasons. A couple being, awkward after treatments such as infections or complaints about the look. Early puppyhood most will agree on to get the surgery done and let’s say between the tender age of 7-12 weeks old typically to give you an idea. Ear cartilage sets early in dogs so this explains one reason why needed so soon. The puppy goes under general anaesthesia during the surgery (made to sleep), which always poses a risk of the puppy not waking up!

Taping your dog’s ears will be required after the long crop (for Dobermans, Great Danes, Schnauzer, Boxer and Miniature Pinscher). Here is a great blog post on “How to actually tape your dog’s ears!

Do feel free to have your say and leave any comments or advice as it is a huge topic.

Catgegory: Dog Tips

Anti -Barking Dog Collars Versus Non Barking Dogs… ( Part 2 )


ann

Earlier this week, I tackled the topic of anti-barking dog collars; what they are; and how effective they are. I would like to continue with the topic a bit.

Although I briefly mentioned which breeds are the quiet representatives, I would like to continue with this thread. This is also an important factor when choosing a dog or a puppy. The amount of barking depends on three things: Firstly, the environment in which the dog lives influences his behaviour. Secondly it is genetic. Some dog breeds have been bred to be more quiet than others. Thirdly, canine physiology also holds answers. The Basenji breed for instance…ancient as it is, originates from Africa, and it has under-developed vocal cords. It cannot bark, because of a shallow larynx. It can give out sounds like yoddeling though. Some other more quiet breeds include:

-Golden Retrievers
-Newfoundland dogs
-Boxers
-Alaskan Malamutes
-Saint Bernards
-Bulldogs
-Collies
-Afghans

Of course they do bark, but in moderation. Dogs that are big barkers have well-developed vocal cords. New dog owners often don’t consider both training and dog breeds when selecting a dog and this can result in problems due to barking.
Barking Dogs and anti-barking dog collars

If you have done your research before buying a dog, good for you! An anti-barking dog collar is not needed if you are an owner of a quiet breed. Research into choosing a dog is imperative. However, if you are a loving owner of a rather roudy dog, then you may just have a problem there and an anti-barking dog collar in this case is a great possibility and solution. According to dog trainer and author; Ty Brown: ” I get tired of people who don’t do research and call these collars mean and cruel without realizing how humane they can be when used right. ” With an anti-barking dog collar, slowly but surely, your roudy dog can become a quiet pet as well; much like the other non-barking dog breeds.

Please do bear in mind that puppies tend to be more enthusiastic and loud. A lot depends on the individual personality of your dog as well. If your dog has spent his early weeks among very enthusiastic barking dogs, don’t expect him to be silent, no matter what the dog breed is. Regardless of which dog breed you end up choosing, don’t overlook the importance of good training. Good training – although often requiring extreme patience and professional help; combined with an anti-barking dog collar- will ensure a happy home environment for both dog and owner. Silence is Golden. Start with an anti-barking dog collar.

Catgegory: Dog Tips

Dog Lamps # 10: Wacky or Tacky?


ann

Every week Euro Puppy portrays 2 dog lamps. Is one wacky and the other one tacky? Are both wacky? Or both tacky? We will leave it up to you to decide. While having our own beliefs about them, we would love your comments…are they wacky or tacky? Enjoy….

Dog Lamp # 1: These Tiffany Candle Dog Lamps are the creations of Mountain Stained Glass. They can design a lamp based on any dog photo you give them. They are 10 inches tall each and have an Oak base.

Mountain Stained Glass Candle Dog Lamps

 

Tiffany Candle Dog Lamp

Dog Lamp # 2: This Farm Friends Dog and Paws Lamp is a cute addition to any child’s room. It is a fun and functional accent lamp that has hand-painted details and a metal socket pole.

Farm Friends Dog and Paws Lamp

 

So? Wacky or tacky? What do you think dear Dog lover?

Check out more wacky and tacky dog lamps that Euro Puppy has collected, under our category called: Dog Lamps.

 

Catgegory: Dog Lamps

Dog Lamps # 7: Wacky or Tacky?


ann

Every week Euro Puppy portrays 2 dog lamps. Is one wacky and the other one tacky? Are both wacky? Or both tacky? We will leave it up to you to decide. While having our own beliefs about them, we would love your comments…are they wacky or tacky? Enjoy….

Dog lamp # 1: This is a 15″ tall, solar energy dog lamp carrying a 4″ lantern. The light turns on automatically after dusk to add a colorful fun accent to your porch, patio or yard. It needs no wiring; it is powered by the sun; it is fast and easy to install; it is energy saving and it is ideal for areas where conventional electrical supply is not available. It comes in all colors…..uhmm….and breeds!

Boxer Solar Energy Dog Lamp

Dalmatian Solar Energy Dog Lamp

Dog Lamp # 2: Abercrombie, the Dog Lamp from the Night Time Buddy™ collection adds a friendly, welcoming smile to any room and are great gifts for animal lovers of all ages. When illuminated, the Kumo paper emits a soft, colorful glow, making the lamps ideal for any child’s room. This unique novelty lamp features a metal frame, six foot cord with an in-line switch, and takes a 25 watt candelabra bulb.

Abercrombie The Dog lamp

So? Wacky or tacky? What do you think dear Dog lover?

Check out more wacky and tacky dog lamps that Euro Puppy has collected, under our category called: Dog Lamps.

Catgegory: Dog Lamps