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Dog Break Sticks

Dog Break Sticks

A break stick is a tool used to break up a fight between dogs of any breed where one dog has a firm grip and hold on the other dog. A break stick should ONLY be used to remove a dog that has a firm grip on another dog; it should never be placed in the mouth of a dog that is snapping or lunging. Break sticks are also known as parting sticks.

Break sticks may be considered to be dogfighting paraphernalia in some areas so please bear that in mind when carrying one on your person.

The tool is something that you hope to never have to use, but you will be very thankful to have should you ever need it. We highly recommend that anyone with a multiple dog household, regardless of breed, have at least one break stick handy. It often helps to have a few in different locations. I carry mine when walking my dog as well. Even if you only have one dog, a break stick can be used to break up a dog fight with loose dogs that you may encounter on your daily walks as well.

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These can be purchased from Stillwater Kennel Supply http://www.stillwaterkennelsupply.com

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These can be purchased from Stillwater Kennel Supply http://www.stillwaterkennelsupply.com

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Another style of breakstick, handmade by Richard. They sell for $10-$15 depending on what type you choose (he has others) You can order them by emailing bermbaby@gmail.com

 

Q. But isn’t this a tool that dog fighters use?

A. Yes, criminal dogfighters do use break sticks. Criminal dog fighters also use food and water bowls, leashes, collars, and everything else that non-criminals use in the day-to-day care of their dogs. If we refused to use anything that a dog fighter would use, we wouldn’t be able to take care of our dogs at all.

Q: I heard that choking a dog is the best way to break up a dog fight, is that not true?

A. We believe in advocating for the safest possible methods of handling dogs. We would never suggest that anyone choke a dog (or any other living being) to break up a dog fight. While choking may get you the desired result, it may not. You also run the risk of damaging the dog’s trachea or killing the dog if you use more force than intended.

Q: Spraying water on my dog’s face has always worked for me, why would I need a parting stick?

A. Spraying water on two fighting dogs may work if the fight is not serious enough. However, if that doesn’t work, you now have two wet, slippery dogs that you need to separate. Also, consider that carrying around a hose while walking or bringing one inside is not very practical. Break sticks are small, very easily portable, and drought-friendly for us California folks!

Q: I’ve always heard that the “wheelbarrow” trick works wonders. You simply grab one dog by the hind legs and he has to let go. Should I try that first?

A. You can try a number of methods first, but why not try something that is pretty much guaranteed to work? It’s simply not true that if you pick a very determined dog up by his hindquarters that he “has” to let go. Another consideration is that if he does let go, he can readjust and bite again before you’ll be able to stop him. It’s also not safe – it would be very easy for the dog to whip around and bite you so he can get back to business on the other dog.

Q: My dogs have never fought, they even eat out of the same bowl! This is silly and I think you are promoting dog fighting. Why would Pit Bulls Against Misinformation even share this kind of information?

A. If I had a dollar for every time I took a call from a panicked owner who was crying and hysterical because her dogs that had “always been best friends” got in a grisly fight, I’d be a millionaire. Unless you are with your dogs (regardless of breed) literally 24/7, then you really do not know for sure if they have ever been in a scuffle. Yes, sometimes the very first fight between two dogs in the same household is severe and even deadly but more often than not, there have been several much less significant spats over a period of time that finally culminates into a major altercation. Some owners are completely unaware that the tension building is even going on. Pit Bulls Against Misinformation believes an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You may never in your life have a use for a break stick and we sincerely hope you never have to use it. However, we never want to hear the often tragic stories from people who wish they had this tool when they needed it most.

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Q: This looks like something I’ll need to practice with to be able to use effectively in what will likely be a stressful situation. How can I know I’m using it correctly?

A: A simple and fun way to get good with a parting stick is to try it out during a good game of tug with your dog. This is also a great opportunity to work on your “leave it” and “drop it” commands.

Q: Why do I need to use this stick when I can just grab the collar and pull the dogs apart?

A: As we stated above, “a break stick should ONLY be used to remove a dog that has a firm grip on another dog“. A dog that has a grip on another dog has now created a puncture in the other dog’s skin. If you simply tear her off the other dog, you will then force those teeth that are sunk in the skin to pull back which will create a far worse injury.

Think of it this way: you get stabbed with a pitchfork into the top of your thigh. Do you want someone to stand directly over you and pull it straight out, or yank it through the side of your thigh? Which would cause more damage?

Q: Well, how DO I use this darn thing?

A: Here’s a breakdown of one scenario where you are alone with two dogs:

  1. DO NOT SCREAM AND YELL! First things first. Try to remain calm. I know it sounds impossible, but that is your best chance to get the dogs apart. Remember, a break stick is to be used ONLY when one dog has a firm grip on the other dog. You should have the stick in your hand by now.
  2. Wait until the dogs have tired out a bit. You don’t want to get in the middle of the fight when they are thrashing wildly about. They will slow down a bit and it will seem like hours, but it will only take a few minutes. The key is to be focused and confident that you can do this, because you can. Hopefully, you’ve been practicing during a game of tug so you know how to insert the stick beforehand. During these few moments, plan your “escape” route – this is where you are going to back away with one of the dogs.
  3. Straddle the dog that has a grip between your legs – remember, his grip needs to be firm. The other dog may be hollering up a storm but you need to focus. Your knees should be behind his front legs or in front of his back legs. The next steps will be a fluid motion with fractions of a second between them.
  4. If the gripped dog has a collar, grab it. If he doesn’t, scuff him. Do not let go.
  5. With one motion, place the wedge part of the stick at the back of the jaw to separate the gripping dog’s back top and back molars from each other. Do not twist the stick and do not jam it in; the tool is a wedge designed to give you leverage to part the jaw. You may need to shimmy it a bit. 3471878_orig
  6. Once the stick is in, pull it back into the dog’s mouth horizontally while at the same time, walking backwards with the dog between your legs. At this point, you have the stick across the dog’s mouth, kind of like a bit in a horse’s mouth, with you straddling the dog. If you cannot get the stick straight across the mouth, do not worry. The important thing is to not remove the stick and not to push it down the dog’s throat. You simply want to separate the dogs, and prevent the gripping dog from being able to bite down again.
  7. Continue to move both yourself and the dog with the stick in its mouth into an area where there is a notable separation from the other dog. Think the other side of the fence where you can close the gate, inside the house leaving the other dog outside, into your garage or shed, into your car, into a bedroom or bathroom, onto the front porch with the other dog inside – you get the picture. The point is to not only separate the dogs but to make sure once you release the dog, he cannot simply run back and continue the fight.
  8. Now if you don’t already have a collar on, this is the time to get everything in order. You will probably need to go the vet. Check both dogs over thoroughly and get them to the vet as soon as possible.

Q: What do I do with my dogs after they’ve fought and have been to the vet?

A: It is highly likely that they will fight again. You may need to always keep them separated from each other. Many people do this with a “crate and rotate”; using dog crates to keep their dogs separated and giving each time out of the crate individually. You may choose to rehome one of the dogs as well. While we believe that dogs can be kept perfectly happy in a crate and rotate home, we do acknowledge that this set up isn’t appropriate for everyone. If you need tips on rehoming, please check out our post on rehoming by clicking here

A trainer or behaviorist may be able to re-integrate your dogs to peaceful living conditions again but bear in mind you may also spend a lot of money only to have another fight down the line. Common fight triggers are food, toys, treats, same-sex pairings, sibling pairings, parent/puppy pairings, dogs with a great size difference between the two of them, and outside stimulus such as both wanting to chase a squirrel in a tree at the same time.

Q: Isn’t it true that if I raise my dog right and socialize early and often that I really don’t need to worry about breaking up a dog fight?

A: That is false and here are a few of our blog posts explaining why:

So You Have a Reactive Pit Bull – What Did You Do Wrong?

Breed Traits

Please also note that break sticks can be used to break up a fight while you are walking – they are not only useful with your own dogs in your own home.

Q: Isn’t it true that a parting stick should only be used on a Pit Bull or bulldog-type dog because they grip and hold?

A: It’s false that Pit Bulls and other bulldog-type dogs are the only dogs that grip and hold. A “grip and hold” is what is used when a dog plays tug-of-war. Any dog that can play tug can grip and hold. If they want to badly enough, they can choose to not release that grip and this is when a break stick comes into play. While bulldog romanticists may extol the virtues of the Pit Bull being the holy grail in the world of gripping technique, this does not mean that another dog cannot be just as stubborn with her grip.

Click this photo for a list of indoor games to play with your dog

Click this photo for a list of indoor games to play with your dog

Q: Isn’t it true though that Pit Bulls, because the breed was originally developed for fighting, are also the only breed that you should use a break stick on because they are hard-wired to never turn on their handlers?

A: Any human that intervenes in a dog fight with any breed of dog should fully expect that they may get bitten. While true that the Pit Bull was developed for dog-on-dog combat originally, it is not true that only perfectly stable dogs were used in breeding and fighting (although the vast majority were stable and very people-safe).

Wildsides' Mean Jolene was a great fighting dog - and she'd bite you too if she got the chance

Wildsides’ Mean Jolene was a great fighting dog – and she’d bite you too if she got the chance

Q: Are break sticks only useful to break up a dog fight?

A: Break sticks are also quite popular with people who hunt with dogs, especially hog hunters. They are useful for any time that your dog has grabbed on to something and does not want to let go, whether it’s another dog or a toy.

Q: But…Pit Bulls are the only breed with locking jaws which is why we need this tool to use with them in the first place, right?

A: Sorry, couldn’t be more wrong. Pit Bulls don’t have to lock jaws and a break stick is not a key to that non-existent lock. There is nothing particularly special or different about a Pit Bull’s jaws that warrants the use of a break stick – it is simply a tool to physically get a dog to release a grip on another dog.

We hope this blog has explained the many benefits of investing in a break stick. Just to reiterate, you may never need to have one, just like you may never need your car’s seat belt to save your life. Carrying a break stick is just one more way to be prepared.

All About Pit Bull Bait Dogs

Pit Bull Bait Dogs

There is absolutely, positively, unequivocally, no way to know if a dog was used as “bait” unless you know the intention of the person who abused the dog to begin with.

How to tell a "bait dog" from "click bait" | Animals 24-7Serious injury, fear of other dogs, aggression toward other dogs, scars, filed down teeth, etc. can all be caused by numerous things, many far more likely than “bait”. Simply allowing a smaller, weaker dog to engage in a fight with a stronger, bigger dog does not even mean that the smaller dog was used as bait. It’s quite possible that the person allowing the fight really thought the smaller dog might win. You cannot know unless you know what the person was thinking at the time and the only way you’d know that is with a confession.

It is extremely damaging to fighting dogs, dogs who are victims of abusers, to make a distinction between “pet” dogs used as bait and fighting dogs.

Fighting dogs can be pets. When we see sentences such as, “Vick used pet dogs as bait to train his fighters,” you are essentially saying that fighting dogs are not pets, cannot be pets, and should not be pets.

It is highly unlikely that a spayed or neutered pet will end up in a fighting ring.

Dog fighters want to make money. Money is made both during a match and in breeding and selling the offspring of champion fighters. Despite what you see on Facebook, the vast majority of dogfighters are not going to shelters and rescues and adopting altered pets to start a doggie fight club.

Dog fighters know that what they are doing is criminal.

Because they know that they are breaking the law, and they are likely making money breaking the law, the motivation to keep everything undercover is great.

Rescued Bait Dog Looking For Home In California - The Dodo

It is highly unlikely that you will ever hear a serious dog fighter doing anything to let you know that he or she is fighting dogs. Dog fighters are your co-workers, your neighbors, your home repair people. They come from all walks of life, have all different colors of skin. They have families. They look and behave just like any other criminal does in day-to-day life. They often get away with the crimes they commit for a long time simply because they aren’t boasting about what they do to anyone who will listen.

Dog Fights have rules. Believe it or not, but those who participate in fighting dogs see it as a sport.

There is money to be made, and money to be lost. Like all sports where betting is involved, there are rules. Lots of rules. Dog fighting used to be legal in the United States. And when it was legal, it was seen as a normal thing to do. Here are the Cajun Rules, if you’d like to read them. Many dog fighters to this day still play by these rules.

Conditioning a dog to withstand a fight and training a dog to fight are two very different things.

Dogs used in fighting go through a “keep” where their handlers work to get them into top physical condition so they can perform well in the ring. Crenshaw’s Keep is here; you’ll notice there is no mention of using other dogs as bait.

Unlike human fighters, dogs are not actually trained to fight.

Dog fighters do not instruct a dog on how to grip and hold, when to go after another dog, or where to grab another dog. They do not instruct a dog to do these things because when a dog is fighting, it is in its basic instinct mode and not doing much actual thinking. A dog is either good at fighting, or it is not. This is not something that can be trained into a dog.  You may have heard of gameness. In the fighting dog world, “game” in its most basic sense is a highly-sought characteristic in a dog to not give up, even when faced with excruciating pain or threat of death. Gameness is not something that can be taught. You may be familiar with German Shepherds used in police work. Were you aware that many dogs fail to complete the training? For the same reason that a police force cannot simply pick any random German Shepherd and make him a police dog, a dog fighter cannot simply pick any random Pit Bull and make him into a fighting dog. This is a great article explaining what goes into choosing a dog for police work.

Using a smaller, weaker dog to “train” another dog to fight is ridiculous.

Consider a human boxer, for example. What benefit would Mike Tyson gain from punching a 2 year old child tied to a chair? How would doing that improve his speed, accuracy, or skill? The same is true of conditioning a dog to fight. Engaging in a fight with a dog that is smaller and weaker is not going to help a dog become a better fighter. Remember, dog fighters want to make money. They don’t want to waste money. They don’t want to waste their dog’s energy on anything that will not help them win a fight. Refer to #6 above and read through Crenshaw’s Keep again – everything on that list is to get the dog in tip top physical shape and quickly and safely as possible for the dog. Yes, dog fighting is deplorable on many levels but again, DOG FIGHTERS WANT TO MAKE MONEY, not lose it. Have you ever watched “The Godfather” movies? Think of how the big crime families operated. Did they waste time and resources on things that were not benefiting them? Criminals are criminals are criminals, they do what they need to do to commit their crimes, anything else does not interest them.

Of course, some sadistic morons DO use dogs as bait.

When they do, it’s very gruesome. So gruesome in fact that those dogs very rarely make it out of the situation alive. These people also know how illegal what they are doing is so they are very likely to make sure the dog does not get away. Therefore, the chances of finding a dog that was actually used as bait walking around town is slim to none. I’ll use another example here. You’re familiar with Sex Trafficking, right? You know why it’s so hard to rescue people from those situations? It’s because the criminals who are exploiting and abusing the children, women, and men in the sex trade are very careful to not let them get away. Again, criminals are criminals are criminals. They don’t want to get caught and that includes keeping any evidence that may tie them to their crimes away from the general public.

If you find a severely injured stray dog, PLEASE STOP SAYING IT MUST HAVE BEEN USED AS BAIT!

You aren’t helping the dog’s chances of finding a forever home (many people will not want to deal with that kind of baggage), and you are only continuing to promote the idea that fighting dogs need bait to be good fighters. Guess what? You’ve just signed another dog’s death certificate because those idiots from #9 believe the hype that you are spreading. A dog wandering loose can get into so much trouble, even without the help of all those scary dog fighters that some groups will make you believe are as common as your household roach.

Dogs get in fights with other loose dogs, they get in fights with other dogs when they walk onto their property, they get into fights with crazy big raccoons and they get stuck under fences and cars and tear themselves up trying to escape. Playing the backstory guessing game isn’t doing anyone, including the dogs, any favors at all so please just stop. Don’t let your imagination run wild and mar the future of an injured dog that is living in the present. Do what you can to get her to safety and health, note all her awesome qualities, and focus on making the rest of her years much better than what she went through before meeting you.

So You Have a Reactive Pit Bull – What Did You Do Wrong?

Reactive Pit Bulls

Ah, another myth to battle: dogs that fight other dogs MUST have been trained to do so or mistreated in some way, right?

WRONG

Dog reactivity is surprisingly common in a number of dog breeds and shows up in individual dogs of every breed.

Don’t forget that the Pit Bull is an American Pit Bull Terrier. Terriers as a group tend to be predisposed to dog reactivity. Does this mean that ALL Terriers are dog reactive? Not at all. Although breed traits cannot be denied, each individual dog should always be evaluated on his/her own unique temperament.

Speaking of Terriers, this is from the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America:

Jack Russells …

… are often aggressive with other dogs. Same-sex aggression and aggression towards other breeds of dogs is well documented with this terrier. It is strongly recommended that no more than two Jack Russells (of the opposite sex only) ever be permitted to stay together unattended.

Author and trainer Kathy Diamond Davis have this to say about Terriers and a trait known as “gameness”:

Gameness

Terriers are bred to have a quality called “gameness.” In the conformation show ring this is demonstrated by the judge having handlers allow the dogs to face one another and stand up tall. Skilled handlers don’t allow this to escalate to a fight.

In daily life the expression of terrier gameness can come out in fighting, and because there is no particular reason for the fight, it can become quite serious. The adrenaline rush can prevent the dog from feeling pain, and submission from the other dog doesn’t stop the fight because it’s not about pack order in the first place.

This is why terrier experts recommend that you not keep a terrier with another dog of the same sex. If you enjoy having multiple dogs, you’ll need to consider carefully where a terrier will fit into your group. Having a terrier may place limitations on what other dogs you can safely add to your home. The quality of gameness can also mean your terrier won’t be able to play peacefully with other dogs in settings such as dog parks, especially after maturity. Individual dogs vary, though, and this is only a tendency that in some terriers will never be expressed.

Many of the terrier breeds were originally selectively bred to work around the farm eliminating animals that interfere with farming. Some of these animals eat crops, food still growing in the ground as well as in storage after harvest. Other “vermin,” as pest animals are sometimes called, cause damage by digging holes that injure horses, cattle, and other livestock.

The job of hunting out and killing “vermin” doesn’t call for close teamwork with a human, so it’s not surprising that terriers have an independent turn of mind. The killing action is fast and the dog needs to be quick, decisive, and fearless. A dog performing this work does not wait for the human’s command but gets on with business.

Terrier gameness has also been put to human use (illegal today) for sporting purposes of pitting one dog against another to bet on the outcome. These dogs would fight to the death. Some terriers retain this inherited behavior, which is often at the root of aggression toward other dogs.

It’s important to understand that gameness is not “bad temperament.” Humans produced this trait in the dogs through selective breeding. Humans must bear the responsibility for managing the dogs to protect them from their own instincts, and to protect other dogs, too. The responsibility increases along with the size of the terrier.

Of the Terrier group, the AKC has this to note:

People familiar with this Group invariably comment on the distinctive terrier personality. These are feisty, energetic dogs whose sizes range from fairly small, as in the Norfolk, Cairn or West Highland White Terrier, to the grand Airedale Terrier. Terriers typically have little tolerance for other animals, including other dogs. Their ancestors were bred to hunt and kill vermin. Many continue to project the attitude that they’re always eager for a spirited argument. Most terriers have wiry coats that require special grooming known as stripping in order to maintain a characteristic appearance. In general, they make engaging pets but require owners with the determination to match their dogs’ lively characters

Author Michele Welton writes about the Cairn Terrier:

This breed can be scrappy and bossy with other pets but will co-exist with them more readily than some other terriers. However, strange animals may be a different story, as the Cairn Terrier was bred to hunt and will chase anything that moves.

I found this about Irish Terriers:

Irish Terriers are territorial, their territory being wherever they are. As such, they are frequently aggressive towards other animals, dogs in particular. They need obedience training early when territorial instincts are most pronounced to curb this natural tendency. Irish are easily trained dogs, but need variety and patience in the training process.

And since we’ve established that your reactive dog is not some freak of nature…where do we go from here?

If your dog is already reactive

If your dog is already showing signs of reactivity, we strongly urge you to seek out a professional trainer to work with you on managing the behavior. You may likely never end up with a dog that loves all other dogs, but you can certainly learn techniques to prevent a lunging snarling hot mess display when out walking your dog and another dog passes by.

VERY IMPORTANT: if your dog is not getting along with other dogs, do not force the issue. Do not continue to put your dog and other dogs in harm’s way. Contact a professional trainer and until you have your first session, play it safe and keep your dog separated from other dogs.

If your dog is fighting with other dogs in your home, separate them into other rooms or use crates or baby gates (if your dog cannot get over it). Allowing dogs to fight repeatedly in the hopes that they will “work it out” will not only aggravate the issue, but it is cruel and neglectful on the owner’s part. Dogs are not furry humans, they are not going to sit down and have a heart-to-heart chat about their issues and hug it out.

Can you prevent reactivity?

Genetics is strong but so is individual personality and certainly, the environment cannot be discredited in shaping a dog’s reaction to other dogs. Early and proper socialization can go a long way to helping your dog associate good things with other dogs when he/she is older.

So what can you do to help? First of all, if you are adopting or purchasing a puppy, avoid taking the pup from it’s mother before 8 weeks of age. Even better is if pup can stay with her litter for 10-12 weeks. Puppies learn a lot about playing nice from other puppies and their mother will intervene if things get out of hand. Moms can be great teachers.

If you acquire a very young puppy, look for puppy playgroups in your area. Contact local shelters and rescues with foster programs and ask if they’d be open to allowing play dates with other puppies. Meetup.com is a website designed to allow folks to gather over common interests and you can often find dog owners groups on there, some of which offer puppy playgroups or even create your own. Craigslist.org is another website where you can post for free and ask if others are interested in forming a play group. Your veterinarian may have suggestions as well.

It’s very important that your dog’s interactions with other dogs is always positive. Even one negative interaction can scar your dog for life and contribute to reactivity later on. For this reason, we highly advise against the use of dog parks as your dog will be exposed to strange dogs who may or may not play nicely with others. Small controlled play groups with other dogs and owners that you know are a much safer way to socialize your dog.

When you do meet other dogs, be sure that you are following polite doggie greetings.

Here are some great links to help you learn how to identify appropriate and inappropriate greetings:

Dog Park Etiquette by Dr. Sophia Yin (note that we do not advise using dog parks, but this has great info nonetheless)

Properly Socializing Your Canine for Dog-to-Dog Introductions by the Whole Dog Journal

Of course, your dog doesn’t HAVE to play with other dogs to be happy either!

Some dogs simply prefer the company of other humans and there is nothing wrong with that. For those that feel they have tried everything and are becoming frustrated, please check out this blog post:

You Can’t Fix It All… And That’s Okay

Is your dog reactive? How did you handle it?

Orijen Dog Food Review By An Expert And Pet Lover

Orijen Dog Food Review

Best of the Best, Orijen Dog Food

Being healthy is never easy, watching diets and taking time to work out, it’s a chore we all love to hate. Yet, maintaining a healthy body by eating right is an extremely important task and a central pillar in overall health care. The same can be said of your dog, and their diets are solely dependent upon you.

Everyone wants the best for their pet, buying whatever they can to help their furry friend live a long and healthy life. Though, do you really know what’s going in your dog? Reading the label of your local store brand could be compared to reading that of a Big Mac, you know you’ve heard of some of this before but not quite everything. Questionable, it’s best to do your research! Knowing what you feed your dog will aid in creating a long and happy life with you, and cut down on vet bills.

What Makes It So Great?

Created by Champion Petfoods, Orijen offers a unique and natural way of delivering your pet with everything he or she needs. High in protein, Orijen foods promote canines’ instinctual carnivore diet while also providing the nutrient necessary from fruits, vegetables, and other botanical foliage.

All ingredients can be classified as organic with free-range beef, free-run chickens, and fresh ocean fish; as well as local regional vegetation. Every food created by Orijen is steamed in its own natural juices, not diluted with added water. The process is cone right in Canada and is never outsourced.

Created by animal lovers, for animal lovers, Orijen is the best have for those wanting nothing but the best for their dog. With each purchase, you will see the benefits of this six-star dry food.

Biologically Appropriate

This means that the natural ingredients used are formulated to provide your pet with everything its wild cousins are eating, and what mother nature intended. Focusing on the high protein, limited carbohydrates, and grain-free ingredients; all Orijen foods are passed as “fit for human consumption” and steamed in their own juices, not water. Biologically appropriate on the label ensures the consumer that they are getting the best of the best for their pet!

  • Fresh local meats
  • Rich in meat and protein
  • Carbohydrate limited
  • Free of grains
  • No plant oils
  • Regional fruit and vegetables
  • Botanicals
  • Mineral balanced

On the Fence?

Try it before you buy it

It’s hard to make the leap from the norm to something new, especially if your pet is a picky eater. If in doubt, why not try one of the smaller sizes of Orijen? Available in all ages, trail pouches are a great way to slowly adjust your pet to something new, as well as try out new flavors!

Starting Off Right – Puppy Food

There’s no denying that puppies are a bundle of wild and crazy fun, wrapped up in a small and adorable body. A body that, in nature, would be fueled by a mostly meat diet. Orijen Puppy food provides this carnivore diet with a rich blend of 80% meat ingredients, like free-run poultry and whole eggs, 20% regional fruits, vegetables, and botanicals.

It is in this 20% that the young canines are delivered vital vitamins and minerals to support healthy coats and teeth. As always, there is no grain within this product, which is represented by the 0% located on the bag. Biologically appropriate, as dictated by the ratios located on the front of the bag, Orijen Puppy or Large Breed Puppy food is guaranteed to provide your dog with everything they need to grow up big and strong!

Fun for All Ages – Adult Food and Other Flavors

Origen Adult food continues to provide your dog with everything needed for a long and healthy life. Broken down into the same 80%, 20%, 0% ratio of the puppy food, this continues the fine nutrition necessary for any canine.

Carbohydrate-limited, as dogs metabolize meat proteins and have no carbohydrate requirement so that your dog’s natural intended diet is maintained. A heavy diet of carbohydrates, that break down into sugars, causes the body to create an influx of insulin that can cause diabetes or obesity.

Also listed below is Orijen 6 Fish and Regional Red, both formulated for all ages. Always created with high meat ingredients, these additional flavors provide your dog with variety. Further, Regional Red’s ingredients are infused with DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids to provide additional care to skin and coats.

For Old Bones – Senior Food

Much like the two foods before it, Orijen Senior food is biologically appropriate to provide your aging friend with all the things they need. The older dogs get, the harder it becomes for their bodies to metabolize vital proteins. Maintaining high levels of this protein is essential for ensuring health.

Orijen Senior Dry Dog Food, 29.7-lb

Broken down into 75% meat ingredients, 25% fruits, vegetables, and botanicals, as well as 0% grain; this product delivers everything your aging canine would want and need in a natural wild diet. Highlights of this blend include glucosamine and chondroitin for joints, high fiber, multiple sources of protein for max absorption, and chicory root to reduce the risk of worms. A must has for any old-timer!

Ultimate Dog House Training Guide

Ultimate Dog House Training Guide

What Is the Ultimate Dog House Training Guide?

This manual tackles perhaps the most prevalent, complicated, and exasperating issue faced by many dog-owners: house training. Has any aspect of dog ownership ever been so widely misunderstood and generally feared? Most dog owners are anxious when it comes to a dog’s house training.

This neat handbook contains a lot of materials – both short tips and in-depth details. You can discover an absolute torrent of contradictory points of view almost anywhere you choose to look for information on the subject, whether it’s online, at your local library, through a call with dog trainers, or through the (less trustworthy but nevertheless fruitful) ranks of “fraud dog trainers”, those people who claim to have credentials, but with enough arrogance to fool us owners and lovers of canine pets into handing over our hard-earned money.

What Sets This Book Apart?

After an increasingly frustrating time scanning through the field of contradictory knowledge on the subject, it was with an exciting combination of joy and near-tearfulness that I found an online book entitled “The Ultimate House Training Guide”, by Martin Olliver. As the title suggests, exactly all aspects of the subject are exposed, and in a way both friendly and instructional – it’s kind of like having a sociable conversation with a well-informed canine behaviorist (with the added advantage of being able to revive your knowledge of it at any given time, simply by skipping back to the relevant section!)

The pitch of the book presents a welcome contrast to the irrationality so widely available elsewhere on the Net: it’s hassle-free, enlightening, and above all, useful! No gimmicky suggestions, poorly-disguised advertising tricks, or too-short Q& sessions here. You don’t have to be knowledgeable in canine conduct or bull dog training, for example, to see that this guy knows what he’s talking about… and did I mention that he’s a vet?

What’s Actually Included?

There’s a quick-to-read section on the tools of the trade (endurance, perseverance, steadiness, and rationality) along with some advice that can boost your morale on how to maintain your temper through the training course, and then it’s directly into the meat of the matter: the fundamentals on how to house train, with a thorough section (one for pups, one for older dogs) on each of the three techniques suggested (paper-training, crate-training, and the direct method.)

Familiar house training troubles are exposed – this is very useful! A vast variety of concerns are covered – from territorial marking to poop-eating; and on top of that, each setback comes with a case study – a real-life situation which you can relate to in a practical way, which helps you to put the information into practice.

Next, health for dogs related problems are exposed in some depth but I guarantee that you won’t be scratching your head while reading this – it’s jargon-free and very readable. There’s a section on innate problems (problems your dog was born with); a section on the disease-related problems that build up later in life; and a section on other problems related to house training, like unsuitable outdoor elimination, or lawn-burn from urination.

Lastly, there are the Top Ten Tips for trouble-free dog house training, which is basically a recap of the most useful and essential behavior modifications, sensible tips, and useful chunks of wide-ranging information that will come in most useful in your dog’s training.

Just Because It’s Comprehensive Doesn’t Mean It’s Confusing!

Sounds handy, doesn’t it? It’s also very reader-friendly. Not only is this book packed with healthy, sensible recommendation, but the entire thing is laid out in a very reasonable and self-explanatory format: the tone is light and non-threatening (no baffling terminology or bizarre gaps in logic here!) and it flows in a rational manner from step to step, with the help of useful how-to diagrams from the book’s charming mascot (a pooch called Spot-Less).

Troubleshooting

In my view, one of the finest parts is this: a free-of-charge, custom-made email session with the team at the Kingdom of Pets. If you’d like supplementary help with your own dog’s toilet-related headaches, just send them off an email and you’ll get a personalized expert opinion on how best to manage the problem – plus any extra tips and strategies essential to get your dogs house training under management.

The Verdict

Dog house training is a nerve-racking job for most people, but the author’s wisdom and advice is encouraging; and he’s definitely been able to present it in a way that appeals to every dog owner, young and old.

In addition to the major sections cited above, there are lots of appealing extras integrated to make the course as trouble-free and efficient as possible, such as checklists, do’s and don’ts, how to properly deal with accidents, even an inventory of useful equipment!

In my opinion, when everything is put together so well and is full of such reliable tips and techniques that’ll have your dog house trained in no time, you really can’t go wrong!

Bull Dog Training – Effectively Training Your Bulldog at Home

Bulldog Training

The bulldog is a breed originating in England that was originally used for baiting bulls – where dogs were placed in a ring to fight the great big beasts. Years ago, they had smaller heads and a more muscular, strong build. As you can imagine, there was a great deal of bulldog training involved in creating these prizefighters – so they are very susceptible to training. However as the years passed by, bull baiting was considered illegal as the sport exploited the dogs – in turn, the breed became calmer, friendlier, and has become a popular choice among pet lovers.

The appearance of the bulldog can be very intimidating because of its solid build and wrinkly face that gives you the impression of toughness. Adding to their typical characteristics, they have quite a broad head, rose ears, and a lower jaw that is undershot and upturned. They are usually short, with the length of their body slightly longer than their height.

Bulldog Behavior

But don’t be fooled by the menacing impression they give, (or the recent spate of bad dog behavior news stories in the US). They are one of the gentlest breeds of dogs, they are sweet and very good especially with children. They are very affectionate, trustworthy, and loyal, also they can be an outstanding guard dog to have in your home. They love to seek their master’s attention which can make them hardheaded and stubborn at times.

Most of the time we’ll probably find their efforts at getting noticed endearing and cute, but guaranteed there will be those days when it’ll just annoy us. Besides their determination, a common irritating problem is that they tend to bite and chew on everything they see – they develop this habit from a young age and it stays with them until maturity unless trained out of them. But these should not be a reason to punish them. Bulldogs are intelligent, and they can be easily trained at a young age. The correct bull dog training methods are more than capable of preventing these undesirable behaviors – leaving you with a wonderful and happy pet.

Bull Dog Training

Most bulldog owners would want to train their puppy by themselves. This is good because training your own pet is one form of bonding activity that is essential in building a relationship with them. Taking them to a professional trainer can not only waste your time and money, but the result might also not be what you expected. Since most of them still use the method of employing fear to get your puppy to follow commands, your dog will behave well as long as the trainer is in control, and will return to its willful and frisky behavior once they are dealing with you.

So when and where should you start training your puppy? It’s best if you begin as soon as possible. The younger you begin bulldog training the sooner the results. During their first few weeks at home, you’ll want to concentrate on potty training and basic commands.

Bulldog Potty Training

  1. Providing them with their own crate is an excellent way to give them their own place in the house, as well as learn how to control themselves. They usually don’t mess up in their bedding, so when it is time to get up in the morning you should lead them outside. Do this regularly and they will soon understand to empty their bladder and do their thing outdoors.
  1. After they have eaten their meals, have your puppy relax for around 15 minutes then take him out.
  1. Allot a specific amount of time for them to eat. Say, allow them to have 20-25 minutes to consume their food and then removed the bowl so the potty time will be regular.
  1. Designate a particular spot and take them to that spot every time they have to go.

Basic Obedience for Bulldogs

  1. Stay– To stay is to have your puppy stop bouncing around and sit still. To instruct him to do this, sit or stand in front of your dog, and say “stay” in a firm voice as you put your palm in front of his face. Step back with your right foot. Take only two steps and then face him again and repeat saying the word “stay” a few times. The process may take a few sessions but your dog will eventually understand and wait for you. Remember to give a lot of praise when they do well.
  1. Sit– Place your puppy somewhere he cannot go back any further, such as against a wall. Have a small treat available in one hand and show it to him, then with your hand signal for him to sit. Say “sit” in an authoritative voice, close your hand around the treat and move it closer and above his head so that he must sit back in his haunch position to follow your hand with his nose. Since his back is against the wall, he will not be able to get it unless he sits down. And when he’s in the sitting position, you can now open your hand and offer him the treat.
  1. Heel – You can begin by using a leash. Place a snug collar around his neck and take him for a walk. Make sure that he maintains his pace alongside you. When he appears to be lingering or walking ahead of you, place a little force on his collar to control the pace, saying ‘heel’ as you do so. Patience is key here, as angry shouts will not be nearly as effective as consistent training.
  1. Come– Flash your puppy with a toy or a treat. Then call him by saying “come” and his name cheerfully. He will then come to you, and as he approaches you, retreat for a couple of steps. When he finally reaches you, affectionately pat his head and give him the treat or the toy you are holding.

It’s actually fairly easy to do bulldog training correctly as they are highly intelligent and really want to please their owners. Even older dog training is not impossible with these animals, but admittedly it can be tougher. Although at times they may not follow every command – they do have a lazy streak – see to it that the training session will last no longer than 15 minutes. If it takes longer than that and it’s not engaging they may get bored and walk away. And don’t forget the treats. Reward them and appreciate their ability to keep up with the training and doing a great job.

10 Bad Dog Breeds for Families with Kids

bad breeds with kids

Some of the dogs you see in movies are on the streets seem to be cuteness itself you can’t help but would love to have such an adorable companion little do you know that some of a beautiful and cute dog breeds are bad for families with kids.

10. Akita Inu

Akita Inu dog became famous worldwide after the movie “Hachi – A Dog’s Tale”, you can find numerous memes on the Internet where a lot of guys play the main role. At the same time, Akita Inu dogs are surprisingly challenging in everyday life.

They are suspicious of strangers and don’t like kids they don’t know, adult Akita and new dogs can be aggressive towards other animals especially representatives of their own breed.

As a result, they can suddenly attack other dogs ignoring any size difference, according to the intelligence of dogs rating the Akita Inu is in 104th place out of 138, this rating reflects how easily dog breeds can learn commands and how obedient they are.

9. Dalmatian

The movie “101 Dalmatians” served as the perfect ad campaign for this beautiful dog breeder however the creators of the movie sugar-coated Dalmatians.

Dalmatians are big extremely strong and overactive even if your dog is socialized in use to children’s attention you should closely watch its interactions with kids, don’t leave them alone even for a minute.

Not well training these dogs will make bad dog breeds for families with kids, a Dalmatian needs serious training to prevent the animal from crowing up a loose cannon, their position in the intelligence of dogs rating is 62.

8. Russian Toy Dog

This dog breed is a gentle and very loyal dog but you should remember that it has a truly sensitive nature, if there are active kids in your family this dog will be constantly stressed this tiny pooch will soon become timid and fearful and this can lead to aggression.

The Russian toy are well known for their fragility, you mustn’t grab them too tightly squeeze them or drop them even from a small height, breeders typically recommend these dogs for single people and families with grown-up kits.

7. Doberman

These dogs are exceptionally good hunters with perfect obedience skills which is why families with kids often think of adopting one as a pet.

On the one hand, it makes sense as these dogs have well developed instinct to protect pups on, the other hand they also have a strong desire to dominate.

It’ll take a lot of training to make the dog remember that your kids are masters just as you are and that they need not only protection but also respect.

You need to choose a young dog for adoption with great care as this breed has suffered greatly from unscrupulous breeding. Dobermans are in fifth place on the intelligence of dogs rating.

6. Husky

If you adopt a Siberian Husky be ready to get another child who is most even energetic and demands tons of attention and hours of walks.

This dog breed isn’t aggressive at all but this doesn’t mean you can leave such a pooch alone with your little kids. A Husky is a strong big playful dog and can express its emotions by jumping at a kid.

This may hurt or scare a young child so you’ll need to teach the dog to show its feelings in the proper way you should think carefully before adopting a dog of this breed into a family with little kids or buying a husky as a first dog, the Huskies position and the intelligence of dogs rating is 7 out of 138.

5. Basenji

The other name for this Booch is African barkless talk at first sight, it’s an ideal pet, it doesn’t smell, it doesn’t make noise and it’s easy on the eye.

Unfortunately, this coin has another side the senses are unstoppably curious and highly intelligent as a result they are prone to disobedience.

These dogs occupy the second-to-last place and the intelligence of dogs rating dog breeders state that this pup may know all the commands perfectly well.

However, every time you give a command the dog decides whether it wants to obey or not in addition these dogs are unsurpassed in the art of escape they can’t even be stopped by fences climbing over them with practiced ease

Before adopting this dog you need to consider whether you’ll be able to pay the animal as much attention as you do to your kids.

4. Alabai

The Alabai (aka Central Asian shepherd) dog looks like a fluffy white bear, but don’t let yourself be fooled this is an exceptionally strong and big dog.

The dogs of this breed make perfect protectors but at the same time they tend to dominate, this is why an alibi who is taken into a family with little kids will need a full training course, it’s a necessary step to teach the dog the hierarchy in the family.

Alabai can be pretty slow to obey commands and if the pooch has for, example, not your kid down it may take time before the pet reacts to your shout if you’re an inexperienced dog owner dreaming of an animal that looks like a fluffy bear up for a Newfoundland or st. Bernard.

3. Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is considered to be the smallest breed these dogs are usually aware of their fragility and that’s why they don’t particularly trust children.

a small kid can perceive this dog more like a toy than a living being besides, most dogs of this breed are like children themselves they attached to one owner and become really jealous if someone else appears in their master’s life.

If a chihuahua isn’t trained it may start to bite and its teeth while tiny are very sharp, this dog’s place and the intelligence of dogs rating is 125.

2. Pekinese

The most prominent feature of any Pekinese is its self-centeredness, most Pekinese dislike children who make too much noise and try to touch or cuddle them A Pekinese won’t stand for such behavior.

If its owners haven’t bothered with training the dog can even bite you may get lucky and have a pup with a different character but if you want a pet that will definitely love your kids consider another breed, Pekinese dogs are 132 in the intelligence of dogs rating.

1. Corgi

They say a Corgi is a small Shepherd dog who believes it’s big any conscientious dog breeder should warn you that this breed isn’t the best where families with kids or soft-hearted people who will spoil the pup.

Young corgis can easily become aggressive after they have tested their boundaries and realize that they can get away with a lot because these pups are so sweet.

This is especially true for male dogs it’s pretty hard to change this behavior once the dog is used to an absence of authority. Corgis are Shepherd dogs so your pet may develop a habit of gathering kids and herding them someplace they consider safe, this looks cute unless you know that the dog herds the little ones by biting their legs.

Naturally, this may scare your kid however corgis are pretty high on the list of the intelligence of dogs they occupy 11th place out of 138.

Finally, you should that these dogs in this list are born not good for families with kids.  But you can own them if you have kids, it’s about how you train the dog and it depends on the personality and behavioral teaching of your dog.

Top 10 Most Kid-Friendly Dog Breeds

Best Kid-Friendly Dog Breeds

Top 10 friendliest dogs with children

Are you one of those people who get scared when a dog approaches? it’s definitely because you haven’t met any of these sweet dogs yet.

Here are the top 10 friendliest dogs with children and therefore with you:

10. Vizsla

It is the best company for active in energetic children with which they will have hours and hours of games and fun, it has an obedient intelligent loyal and active temperament so it is advisable to have it in open spaces.

The Vizsla was used as a hunting dog it is medium and tends to be heavy and can measure between 20 and 26 inches in height and weigh up to 56 pounds it’s estimated lifetime is 12 to 15 years.

This breed needs lots of daily activity and mental exercises, it is also necessary to keep in mind that it can be too energetic for very young children. So it is necessary for it to receive good training so that it does not become a disobedient dog.

9. Beagle

The beagle is best known for Snoopy cartoons. he is very affectionate intelligent, cheerful, and has great energy to play with children.

This small baby has a good lifetime between 12 and 15 years can reach measurements between 13 to 16 inches and weigh between 20 to 24 pounds, which makes it ideal to grow with children.

Another characteristic that makes the beagle ideal for the smallest in the family is that it is easy to take care of because if you want to keep it happy, you only need to give it a few hours of daily play and an adequate amount of food since they are prone to suffer from obesity.

The only problem of this breed is that although these adorable companions are friendly and like to be close to the people they don’t usually get along with other pets in the house and even less with smaller animals because these dogs have been raised as hunting animals.

If you have a rabbit at home it will most likely end up being considered a gift and not its best friend but don’t worry because the beagle is easy to train and if you educate it well it may get along well with all the animals it has to live with.

8. Cocker Spaniel

It can’t be overlooked that the Cocker Spaniel is a happy, affectionate, playful, social will breed with adults, but especially so with children.

It comes from Spain and was used as a hunting dog the life of this adorable dog varies between 12 to 15 years and can reach up to 28 to 33 pounds and measure between 15 and 16 inches and adapts very well to the family environment but being a very active dog.

It is necessary for it to live in a large space in which you can draw all of your energy or take it to the park repeatedly otherwise it will probably develop a bad temper but without becoming very aggressive.

This is why if you live in an apartment and plan to adopt this breed you must have time and commit to keeping it active always it does not like loneliness and can suffer from anxiety if it stays alone for a long time because it loves being with its owners.

7. Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a good option for children, they are playful and charming because they have the appearance of a cute white stuffed animal.

This breed can have 15 years of life does not measure more than 12 inches or weigh more than 9 pounds this makes it ideal for younger children.

It is also very active, playful, and affectionate in both its young and adult stage is not left behind either because although it is calmer he always likes to run around with its owners.

The only drawback with this small baby is that if you live in a very small place like an apartment and you cannot take it out for a walk or run.

They can have behavioral problems due to portal, in addition, it is necessary to take good care of it because it is prone to suffer from allergies cataracts or liver disease.

6. Poodle

Poodles are onsidered one of the most intelligent breeds it is active, easy to care for, and ideal for children with allergies. since you can keep its coat very shorts or even shave.

It has a high capacity for adaptability learns quickly and it’s very sociable so it will quickly integrate with any type of family.

Something curious about this breed is that it is very sensitive and can detect your mood it knows when you are sad or angry and will do everything possible to make you feel better which is why it is highly recommended for people suffering from stress.

The poodle has a life expectancy of 17 years can reach between 9 to 24 inches in length and weigh approximately 26 pounds.

It is important to give this pet well-dosed meals and a lot of time to get him to exercise since he is prone to becoming overweight.

5. Boxer

Despite its somewhat sad appearance, boxers are known as the eternal puppy because even when it reaches adulthood it will continue playing with inexhaustible energies making it an excellent playmate for children.

It is even very likely that people get tired before the dog, it has a cheerful, affectionate, playful character, and is very intelligent. it was used as a messenger in war and also as a guide dog.

It adapts very well to families and may not be a great home Guardian but it has a great protective instinct that takes good care of children and can even become aggressive on behalf of their master if necessary.

It is one of the dogs that has saved children from drowning the most times, this charming puppy has 10 to 12 years of life can reach 26 inches in height and weigh between 44 and 66 pounds.

Due to the great vitality of this breed, it is almost obligatory to take it out for exercise and walks so it is necessary to give it a lot of time in good care because it tends to suffer from various diseases such as cardio my poppy skin allergies, epilepsy, tumors, or back problems.

4. Collie

This breed of dog is characterized for being intelligent and very protective. Collies can reach up to sixteen years of age weigh between 44 and 66 pounds and measure from 22 to 26 inches.

A collie is ideal to play with children and the best thing is that you will not have to be so aware of your children because of the Collie ax practically like a guard dog has a great protective instinct and can predict bad intentions it will undoubtedly protect your people and warn you if something goes wrong.

This adorable companion is easy to train and is clean and can also coexist quietly with other animals in the house, however, because it is protective it is also very suspicious of strangers and is not friendly with them so it is necessary to be careful and not show a very confident attitude if you’ve never seen it before.

3. German Shepherd

German Shepherd is a good breed for children it is very versatile intelligent and obedient by nature. Ideal for any family because it’s easy to train it can learn many things including how to behave in play and also likes to do all kinds of activities.

The German Shepherd can live up to the age of 13, the only problem is that it is big and heavy because they can weigh between 49 and 89 pounds and measure from 22 to 26 inches so it can’t live in very small spaces.

It is also a good caretaker and companion so it can protect children from any danger perceived which is why it is also used by police and rescue forces.

Sometimes it can become somewhat suspicious of strangers but if it sees that its owners show signs of trust towards the other person there will be no problem and this dog will also accept that.

2. Labrador Retriever

Intelligent, affectionate, obedient, and educated by nature. The Labrador is good playmates and one of the best breeds for children it is considered one of the most beloved breeds in America according to Dogtime.

It has a good character and it likes the family environment gets along well with other dogs and even with smaller animals, in addition, it is very receptive and is often used in therapies for children as a guide dog or in the police forces.

The Labrador Retriever can live between 10 and 12 years long despite being 56 to 80 pounds and measuring 22 to 24 inches while it does not need much care.

It has a strong resistant race that requires a lot of physical exercise and a strict diet so that it does not become overweight it is also prone to hereditary diseases.

1. Golden Retriever

The golden retriever is a good playmate is characterized by its beautiful fur being friendly, playful, learning easily, and is also excellent for bringing and carrying objects.

This breed can live between ten and thirteen years old weigh up to 75 pounds and measure 20 to 24 inches, it has few health-related problems and does not require much care.

In addition, although it is a large and heavy dog, they are careful especially with children. It is the perfect choice for both children and the whole family because it adapts easily to them.

It is obedience and quiet it can have a laid-back attitude around the house but when it steps out and transforms and is very playful it is also capable of capturing the needs and feelings of children and adults.

No doubt this adorable dog will always be attentive to its owner, in addition, a very good property keeper and very sociable even with other dogs.

What did you think of these kid-friendly dog breeds? surely you’ll now dare to adopt one of these adorable puppies if so tell us which one you would like to have?

Pet Care for Kids

Dog Care for Kids

Teach Your Kids About Pet Care

Teaching your kids about pet care is important whether you have pets or not. Regardless of the type of pet you have or plan on having, there are a few things that your kids to need to know about. Many parents think that teaching their children to properly care for a pet is unnecessary, but teaching your children how to care for pets is beneficial for the pet, your children, and you!

Teaching Communication and Respect

Teaching a child to care for a pet is much like teaching them to care for another person. Children will have to learn and understand how to care for the pet and learn how to figure out what it needs. Every pet has its own way of telling their owner what they need. The more a child knows about the pet, the better they will be able to care for them. This is the best way to keep your child and your pet safe.

Teach Your Kids About Pet CareMany pets are injured easily and require special care. For this reason, children should learn how to handle the pet without hurting it or themselves. One of the best things to do, especially if you plan on getting a dog or cat, is to teach your child the pet’s name. Calling a pet’s name before you approach is the best way to approach them, and help them learn their name.

Educate Yourself and Your Children

Educating yourself and your children about the pets you plan to have is the best way to provide proper care for the new addition to your family. Owning any type of pet is a major responsibility, but this responsibility is not noticed until the pet is already in the home.

Before you purchase a family pet, you and your children need to know and understand what to expect. Having and caring for a dog will not be the same as caring for a cat. You should conduct extensive research about the pet you plan on introducing to your home and teach you what you have learned. This is one of the best ways to let your children know their boundaries with the pet.

During your research, make sure you know how to feed the pet, how to bathe it, and what to feed it. Most pets interact with children without a problem, so you may want to research a few toys to purchase for the pet.

To take things a step further, explain to your children about veterinary visits and the importance of them. Children young and old can relate to going to the doctor and being in good health. Many experts suggest that parents should involve their children in the health care of the pet to help them cope with their own doctor’s appointments.

What Do You Expect?

Teach Your Kids About Pet Care_AChildren sometimes have unrealistic expectations of their pets due to popular children’s movies, such as Airbuds, and Cats & Dogs. To prevent injury to your children and pet, help them set realistic expectations for the pet. Try to help your children understand that dogs and cats cannot fly and they do not talk. As far as responsibility is concerned, make sure that you do not overwhelm your child with responsibilities regarding the new pet, as this could cause resentment. A 2-year-old may be okay and ready to feed the pet, but bathing it may be a task for an older child who is 5 years or older.

Playing it Safe

When you have a pet in your home, it’s always best to play it safe. If you are unsure about something, call someone who knows what to do. Teach your children the foods that your pet can and cannot eat. It’s tempting for a lot of children to feed a dog or cat food from the table, but table food is not best for their diet. As far as safety is concerned, young children should be accompanied when they are walking the dog or another type of pet that can overpower a child.

These few things can keep children, pets, and their owners safe. Having a family pet is a joy, but you need to make sure that everyone in the home is safe and practices safety care measures at all times.

8 Obscure Dog Breeds

Rarest Dog Breeds in the World

Rarest Dog Breeds in the World

On the other side of the debate over mixed-breed rescue vs purebred for specific human needs, we present some obscure dog breeds who still have a job to do. As a practice that’s been going on for literally thousands of years, the purposes of dog breeding have evolved along with human civilization.

Whether it was for hunting, helping fish, herding sheep. Dogs have been bred to do and perform extremely specific tasks. Their very own specialties.

Some dogs have very sensitive noses while others have ears that can hear for miles. Their very genetics have been altered over the years to help with many different tasks around homes and farms.

Some of these dogs are quite interesting looking, while others make you want to saw “aww.” Regardless of the breed, you just can’t resist a cute dog.

Check out these interesting, specifically bred dogs – you might be surprised at what some of them were bred for. I know I sure was!

Pharaoh Hound

This handsome fellow shown below is a Pharaoh Hound. His ears are almost antlers, aren’t they? This breed is five thousand years old and has changed little during that time. Pharaoh Hounds were the hunting dogs of kings.

The pharaohs may have hunted gazelles with them. Pharaoh Hounds are the national dogs of Malta – an obscure dog for an obscure little country!

Afghan

If dogs were to find an owner lookalike I am pretty sure this Afghan would choose Cher. Come on! Tell me you can’t see the resemblance! One of the oldest hound breeds, the Afghan is named for the mountains where he originated.

His long fine silky coat is hypoallergenic and keeps him warm in a cold climate. This old dog breed with its thick double-layered coat served as a companion and watchdog on the barges and boats on the canals and rivers of Holland in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Chinese Crested

The little dog shown below is a Chinese Crested. Doesn’t he have a face you have to love? He’s the perfect dog for a senior or invalid as he basically just lies around…and yes, except for that incredible hairdo and leg/tail accents, he’s hairless!

Komondor

The Komondor with his corded fur is a Hungarian Sheepherder. This highly athletic dog is fast and powerful. Its instinct is to leap at any intruder to drive it off or knock it down. They are active, courageous, strong and dignified.

Komondor

With all the press surrounding new hybrid dog breeds, some “pure” breeds are falling further into obscurity. Have you seen any of these rare dog breeds? Here are some in the next pages I bet you’ve never heard of!

It’s almost like once the Labradoodle came out – everyone wanted a hybrid dog! Especially those teeny tiny ones with the cute faces and tiny little bodies. Okay, I digress.

Turkish Pointer (Catalbarun)

But people seem to have forgotten about many pure breeds out there. I suppose it could also be because these breeds are so rare and some are only found in certain areas.

After you scroll through these next pages, you might find yourself on the hunt for one of these purebred beauties. They are pretty hard to resist.

Read on to find out what they are. But be careful! You might have a very hard time pronouncing some of these crazy breed names.

Appenzeller Sennenhunde

The Appenzeller Sennenhunde resembles a short-haired Bernese Mountain Dog. This practically unheard of breed loves to go running. He is great with kids and is a very efficient herd dog. Doesn’t his name even sound like fun?

Azawakh

Here’s another breed with a fun name. The Azawakh looks like a greyhound except he has the cutest curly tail! His floppy ears and deer-like shape make him a dog you want to keep safe during deer hunting season.

Bergamasco Shepherd

Still aching to learn about this dog and his funny nose? He’s next on the list below of these interesting breeds!

Catalburun

The Catalburun, or Turkish Pointer, is a mystery to anyone who has not spent time in Turkey. His most distinctive feature is that cute but odd split nose. The story goes that this unique nose is the result of inbreeding. However, it was originally believed that this unusual nose gave it extra sensitivity to smells, a primary reason it was chosen as a hunting dog.

Bracco Italiano

This breed is Bracco Italiano but he might more appropriately have been called a beagleblood or a houndgle. For he looks like a cross between a beagle and a bloodhound. This cute, smart, active dog is impossible not to adore.

Caucasian Ovcharka

As you might expect from its name, the Caucasian Ovcharka comes from the Caucasus Mountains of Russia. He’ll protect you from bears if you ever need that to happen. Otherwise, he is a cute, cuddly, big, old companion.