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Help! My dog's ears are not standing!

July 14, 2008 by sandor.fagyal

Many owners of dogs like the German shepherd panic when they find that their puppy's ears are not standing up. Remember that a dog's ears can take even upto a year to stand up. Sometimes, your dog may be so furry that the weight is simply too much for the ear to stand! Some owners take to 'taping' the ears to encourage them, while others shave them. 'Shaving' is recommended for long hair breeds' such as Biewer Yorkie or the Yorkie (Yorkshire Terrier). We also suggest that you do not caress your dogs' ears.



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Take plenty of pics when the first ear stands up! You will cherish them forever.

A little advice from a dog lover - This may sound ridiculous, but unless you're planning to enter the dog into a show, love your dog for what they are. They have their own personality, and you can get by with accepting their flaws. After all....they accept yours don't they?

We welcome other useful tips and tricks here!


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Neuter your male dog if he bites

July 8, 2008 by sandor.fagyal

Dog biting is a serious offense in many parts of the world. If you feel your dog is getting out of control, and sending him to behavioral school is not helping, you might want to consider neutering him

Neutered male dogs are three times less likely to bite than intact males. It consists of removing the testicles of the male. While some might consider this method excessive, you might find that you have no choice in the case of an uncontrollable male.

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How to caress your dog

July 1, 2008 by sandor.fagyal

Dogs love to be touched, and there are several sweet spots that you can tickle and rub to make your dog happy. You will know you're succeeding by certain signs like a deep grunt at the back of his or her throat, or constant licking of the lips. They will also come and rub their head against you for more.

Hold the head in your hands gently, and using your thumb and forefinger, caress the ears, and stretch them out gently. Or you can use your left hand to hold the snout, and with your right palm, run it over the length of the nose.

You can also gently scratch their throat right where their collar sits. You will know you're hitting the right place by the fact that their head will rise up to give you better access.

Each dog is different, and like different things. As you spend time with them, you will get to know more and more about what they enjoy. Remember, your dog may not like strangers touching or caressing him/her. It is normal, as a matter of fact most people prefer other people not touching him.

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

April 10, 2008 by 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.


Anti-Barking Dog Collars Versus Non Barking Dogs...( Part 1)

April 8, 2008 by ann

All dogs bark. Is that true? Well no. Not all dogs bark, but most do. Owners of a Basenji, an Alaskan Malamute, and an Afghan Hound can take it easy and enjoy the silence around them. However there are dogs that are typically big barkers and these include the Jack Russell, Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese, Mudi, Vizsla, Shetland Dog, Newfoundland, German Shepherd, Dachshund, Beagle, West-Highland Terrier, Toy Poodle, Doberman and the Schnauzer.

So what to do when you have to listen to incessant barking? Not only your sleep, but your neighbors’ nerves will also be affected. Although one understands that barking is natural for dogs, there comes a time when enough is enough. What to do then? Training might help…but an anti-barking dog collar might do the trick as well.

What is an anti-barking dog collar you ask? Well this is special type of collar that triggers a reaction out of a dog…and after repetitively negatively stimulating the dog with every bark, the dog slowly but surely learns not to bark. There are different types of anti bark collars available. There are dog collars that deliver a light shock to your dog as a reaction to barking. There is also a type of dog collar that sprays mists of citronella. This smell is not welcomed by dogs and they sooner stop barking than continue smelling the fumes of citronella around them. This is a more humane solution because it does not inflict pain to the dog.

Anti-Barking Collar for Dogs

So how effective is an anti barking dog collar, you ask?

Now You Can Have a Safe Interaction between Your Children and Dogs:

April 4, 2008 by ann

Dogs are seen as beloved family members worldwide. Yet research shows that young children are at a greater risk from injury resulting from dog bites, than any other age group. Young children are known to treat dogs as playmates and this frequent and close contact can be dangerous at times. Majority of dog bites occur in the home environment while children play with (- cuddling, hitting, kicking, squeezing, massaging, riding, sitting on, tickling, hugging and pulling ears and tails of) their beloved pet dog. Research also shows that young children are not good at understanding the body language of dogs. Children more often than not look at the face of their pet dog and have difficulty in distinguishing between fear and friendliness.

These days there are many dog bite prevention programmes aimed at teaching children how to behave around dogs, and how to understand them better. Prevention starts at home…and the first step is to educate the parents to create a safe environment for cohabitation between children and dogs. It is important to focus first and foremost on teaching not only children but their parents as well on how to recognize and understand those situations which can be potentially dangerous in a household.

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If you have young children as well as dogs in your home, it is highly advisable for you to look up organisations which can help you teach your children about their canine playmates. Because this is more complex than one would think, a team of behavioral veterinarians, Pediatricians, child psychologists and teachers form the Netherlands have united to tackle this seemingly innocent, yet very grave problem. There are now organizations in Australia and the UK as well. Look up these organisations in your country and make an effort. After all it is about the development of you child and the safe handling of your dogs as well.

However, it is also important to note that rules are meant to be broken, as children would like to believe and therefore increased knowledge does not necessarily increase behavioral intelligence. Ultimately efficient parental supervision is what is needed as a basis and this –together with correct and ongoing education- can lead to long term results. Good luck! Euro Puppy supports the safe interaction between children and dogs!

Every Dog Should Have a Point of View...

March 7, 2008 by ann

Ok, so you live on a property with a high wooden fence? So what happens when your furry friend gets cabin fever? I mean seeing the proverbial 4 walls day in and day out, is FRUSTRATING!!!! Well, Euro Puppy has found something awesome....a solution....

Every dog should have a point of view and now, with the PetPeek™ window, the problem of cabin fever can easily be remedied. The PetPeek™ window is a durable, clear, hard acrylic dome 9.5 inches in diameter, with a black trim-ring and all necessary hardware that is easy to install into any wooden fence. It is an attractive addition to your fence and your curious dog who loves to know what's cooking on the other side will love you for it! They can now satisfy their curiosity and make it possible for them to take a peek at the places beyond what they know as their entire universe.

Isn't that just really, really cool? At Euro Puppy we reckon a dog with a point of view, is a happy dog...

Petpeek...a dog's window to the outside world



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10 Tips To Help You Take Better Dog Photographs!

March 5, 2008 by ann

While not all of us like starring in photos, we all love to take photos of our beloved puppies and dogs. But can you really say that you can take exquisite photos, just like a professional photographer? Well, there are certain ways you can improve the quality of your dog and puppy photos. They can be more effective and hence more beautiful. Euro Puppy would like to share some tips with you, so you yourself can be the expert pet photographer that you always wanted to be.

1. You should aim for natural light, when taking a photo of our dog. If the photo is taken in bright sunlight, the fur of your dog will reflect the sunlight. The best option is to go for natural light, where there are equal amounts of shade and sunlight.

2. The best thing is to always use a flash, even when it is relatively light outside.

3. It is best to stand at a distance of 3m from your dog when taking the shot. By zooming in – even from that distance - the photo will be much more effective. The background will become fuzzy and the image of your dog will be sharp. This will create a gorgeous contrast.

4. If at all possible, let your dog act as natural as possible. He will seem tense and unnatural if he is forced to do something that he is not used to doing. After all….your aim is to catch him in his element; in which he is his most natural self.

5. Before you want to take a photo of your dog, clean and brush his coat so that it shines.

6. Try your best to have your camera on the same level as the head of your dog. Don’t take photos from above. A shot taken from below or on the same level will ensure that the photo will be much more effective and beautiful.

7. If you have to take the photo inside your flat or house, then don’t take the photo standing opposite a window. Too much light will pour in from the outside and no matter how much you want to improve the light source by using a flash, the photo will not look good.

8. Try to get a light- or colorful background for the photo. Often dark backgrounds don’t work well, because the dark fur of a dog may wash into the background, and no contrast will be created. The surrounding area and the environment should be suitable before you endeavor on becoming an expert pet photographer!

9. The quality of your camera is important. You can’t expect a stunning photo if your camera is not of the kind of quality that will produce a high-quality photo.

10. Try to capture unusual moments. These are the photos that really capture the character of your dog or puppy and will give you many happy memories.

Capturing those special moments are important for all dog lovers. Creating an album of your very own dog photos or puppy photos will give you wonderful moments that you can share with your loved ones and cherish forever. So take many photos and enjoy…

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Small Dog Breeds.....Great For Apartment life...

February 11, 2008 by ann

Just because you live in a small home or apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have a dog. There are a lot of small toy and companion breeds that can make excellent pets for people with small flats or homes. However, you should remember that even small dogs like variety and exercise, so be prepared to take your small dog for walks. Once you have made that commitment to yourself, you can choose which breed of dog is most suitable to you and your lifestyle.

Small dog breeds make the cutest puppies, and one of the cutest small dog puppies around is the Maltese. This popular small dog breed usually only grows no more than six or seven pounds in weight. It has a beautiful white coat. The Maltese is a very ancient dog breed and has a strong constitution. However, don’t keep it in very hot areas, due to its thick coat. This is a very playful little dog. A Maltese makes a great companion if you like lively little pets and enjoy the grooming chores as well.

Another very cute long haired small dog breed is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel . This lovely small dog is as elegant as its name and weighs about twice as much as a Maltese. The Cavalier is a friendly small dog that gives a lifetime of loyal attachment. This is the ideal dog if you prefer to lead a quiet life.

Top of the line in long haired small dog breeds is the Lowchen. If you enjoy spending long hours brushing, and don’t mind the hefty price tag of this little dog, then the Lowchen is for you. The beautiful `Little Lion’ dog can cost anything from $1000 and upwards. The Lowchen is a true indoors and it also seems to suffer from`separation anxiety’ so don’t get this dog breed if you are away for long hours every day.

If you prefer a little dog with a shorter coat,

4 Problems Associated With Body Language And Dog Training:

February 4, 2008 by ann

You must have noticed that sometimes your dog flinches away when you hug him. Sometimes, no matter how wide your welcoming arms are, or how coaxing your voice is, your dog will not come when called. The problem may not be due to bad breeding, lack of consistency, or lack of training time. You may simply be sending your dog the wrong body language messages. Some examples of these and how to overcome them:

• Our body language vastly differs from the body language of canines. As humans, we try to catch someone’s attention by leaning forward or towards a person. Translated into canine body language this means dominance. We may put our hand on each other’s shoulders. This is a simple sign of affection for us, but for a dog this equates with expressions of dominance again. It is simply interpreted as pushiness. When a dog has the habit of urinating submissively, it is advisable not to lean forward and pat the dog on the head when greeting it. A dog or puppy will feel less intimidated and won’t urinate submissively if he doesn’t see or feel dominant body language. For some dogs, who have an inherent dominant or submissive character, being stroked on the head is not a welcome gesture. It is advisable to stroke them on their chests.

• A common problem comes from the “come” command. An effective remedy for a dog that will not come when called is to alter your body language. Don’t lean forward, but rather crouch down. This is a calming signal; a gesture that is inviting. Dogs will greet each other in a similar way; by turning their backs to each other and sniffing the ground before getting playful. If that doesn’t work, then start running away from your dog, with your back turned. This will invite him to follow you. Clap your hands and say “come.” The staccato rhythm of clapping hands or clucking, what we do with horses to encourage them to speed up encourages a dog to move as well, and this body language encourages it to move in your direction.

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Watch your body language as you train, and be aware of what your dog understands. Does he comprehend the spoken command or the body language you use? Some dogs become so used to getting a treat that they never really learn the verbal commands. Do you snap your fingers or point for the sit command? None of these gestures are wrong; it’s simply an example of your dog learning first from your body language. You can, however, “fade” a gesture by using the verbal command first, waiting, and only afterwards showing the gesture. Eventually you can do half the gesture, then eventually, if you work on it, your dog will learn the verbal command and won’t need to be prompted.

• Primates also use their voices very differently than canines. A dog that is calm and controlled is usually silent. Dogs bark to defend territory or when excited. Puppies tend to bark and use their voices more than dogs do. On the other hand, we humans associate a loud voice with command. In a dog’s world, someone who yells is behaving like a puppy or sending out an alarm. So when you get frustrated that your dog isn’t listening to you, and you yell at him, you are essentially going to be associated with a puppy, not someone in command. So it is important in training to use a firm, low voice. You will be more respected and your dog will learn to listen to you much better.

Adjusting your body language to that of the canine world will improve your training and your relationship with your dog. We carry with us the subconscious habits of communicating like the primates we are, so it takes a very conscious effort to change our inherent habits in training. But once you get the hang of it, it will come naturally to you to gesture towards your dog in a way that will make sense to him, and both of you will be happier for understanding each other.