Weimaraner Training – 5 Rules For Successful Dog Training

A Weimaraner is a working breed. That means the breed was bred originally to hunt bear and boar. That makes this dog extremely energetic, high strung, intelligent, and needy. Here are 5 key rules when training a Weimaraner.

1. Engage Your Weimaraner in Vigorous Exercise

The Weimaraner breed has not been watered down since domestication. So its instinct to hunt and dig are still deeply engrained. These dogs have so much energy, they can outlast their master in play any day of the week!

You must tire them out by taking them to a dog run at least 2-3 times a day for an hour each time. Let them jostle with other dogs. This activity alone will wear them out. Another good idea would be to start them on an agility training program.

2. Engage The Weimaraner’s Intellect

Another one of the 5 key rules when training a Weimaraner is engaging their intellect. The Weimaraner is a very intelligent breed. Mental stimulation for this dog is a must.

Agility training will help with both physical stimulation and mental stimulation. In agility training, the dog is trained to go through an obstacle course. This makes the dog have to think on its feet.

3. Alleviate Separation Anxiety

Weimaraners tend to be very clingy to their masters. They become very upset when separated from their masters for very long periods of time. Onf of the best 5 key rules when training a Weimaraner is to slowly introduce your Weimeraner to the concept of your leaving him.

First, let him see you put on your shoes and coat. But then don’t go anywhere. Then, on another occasion, let him see you pick up your keys as if you are getting ready to leave. Dogs know when their masters are going out.

But again, you’re not going to actually leave. The idea is you want to work your way into him getting used to you about to leave so that his anxiety level becomes less and less.

Finally, after doing those two exercises a few times, actually leave him and come back in 5 minutes. The next time you leave him, come back in 10 minutes. This will slowly build his tolerance for his anxiety attacks.

4. Let Him Sleep On His Own Bed

The fourth of the 5 key rules to training a Weimaraner is to let your dog get used to sleeping in his own bed! Many dog owners, myself included, allow their dogs to sleep in the same bed.

The problem with this is, your Weimaraner is already needy. If you allow him to sleep in your bed, you’ll never get him to go into a crate. And, crate training is crucial for the Weimaraner.

5. Crate Train Early

Lastly, crate training for the Weimaraner is crucial. Crate training allows your dog to view his crate as a safe haven. Feeling safe emotionally is what Weimaraners crave.

Early crate training your Weimaraner will also help with separation anxiety. How? Dogs are den animals. Having a cave-like place to go to is comforting for a dog. What better way for your Weimaraner to feel safe in his natural habitat than by putting him in a crate, which replicates a den for him?

Source by Shalisha Alston

16 Essential Oils For Your Dog

Essential oils are able to produce the desired result quicker than herbs. A drop of peppermint oil is equal to 26 cups of peppermint tea. Essential oils have multi-effects where many drugs have usually have only one medical property plus negative side effects.

Applying essential oils to their paws is not recommended by some health care professionals. Pets lick their feet and this could cause possible irritation as saliva is similar to water. Essential oils enter the skin quickly. Compounds like fertilizer, antifreeze and other toxicants could be absorbed more quickly when essential oils are applied to their paws.

I have taken advice from Dr. Nancy Brandt, DVM and used the knowledge in my dog breeding business. She is a holistic vet located in Las Vegas, NV and uses Young Living essential oils in her practice. Most essential oils should be diluted with a base or carrier oil before applying to your pet. For dogs, the recommendation is 1 drop essential oil to 10 drops base/carrier oil and for cats, rabbits and ferrets, 1 drop essential oil to 25 drops of base/carrier oil. You may listen to Dr. Brandt 1/29/2009 lecture on the internet addressing 16 Young Living essential oils that a pet owner should have on hand.

In my opinion the best base or carrier oil is organic cold pressed olive oil, grapeseed oil or fractionated coconut oil. Avoid nut oils if your pet is allergic to nuts. I recommend using V-6 enhanced vegetable oil complex by Young Living as base/carrier oil. The ingredients of V-6 are Fractionated Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, and Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil. Cold pressed olive oil and grapeseed oil are other options to use as a base/carrier oil.

Oil and water do not mix; water causes the oil to irritate your pet’s skin. If you pet has sensitivity to any essential oil, dilute the oil with base/carrier oil or add more base/carrier oil to where you applied the essential oil. If any essential oil gets into your pet’s eyes rinse with base/carrier oil, never water.

I chose essential oils made by Young Living. They are therapeutic grade and processed correctly. They’re organic and do not contain toxicants, like pesticides. Not all essential oils can be taken internally. Young Living essential oils are one of the few essential oils that can be taken safety internally. There are 42 species of frankincense but Young Living chooses the 2 species with the most therapeutic benefits not the cheapest to make and process. The oils are processed with low heat by steamed distillation or cold pressing. This makes more of the natural properties available. Some of the essential oil brands process their products with a higher heat and as a result their essential oils do not have all the properties plus may contain toxicants. They do cost less and are not as effective.

The essential oil Balsam fir (Idaho) is anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant (stops blood from clotting) and acts like cortisone. It is used for respiratory issues and pain. For breathing issues rub on the chest. For pain issues, rub on the source. I diffuse it in my kennel if I see or hear any signs of colds or coughing. You can combine 2-3 essential oils together and diffuse to get the desired results.

Eucalyptus Radiata can be used as a smelling salt and aids in opening up the lungs when an upper respiratory infection is present. Its medical properties are antibacterial, antiviral, expectorant and anti-inflammatory. As a smelling salt the bottle is held briefly under the nose. For breathing issues, rub on the chest. I use eucalyptus on my dogs’ cloth collars and it works like a bug repellant. I spray eucalyptus on my base ball cap while fishing and the bugs leave me alone.

Frankincense can cross the blood/brain barrier and aid in increasing oxygen to the brain. Frankincense is used for infections and tumors, dissolves lumps & bumps. Frankincense is antibacterial, antiviral, expectorant and anti-inflammatory. It can be applied topically, diffused, or simply inhaled. I have applied frankincense to lumps on my pets and the size of the lump decreases quickly.

Helichysum is great for bruising or bleeding. I use it for when dew claws are removed or tail docking. It speeds up the healing process. This essential oil is not diluted but rubbed directly on the bare belly, be sure to avoid the sexual organs. Apply 1 drop per 1 inch of bare belly up the center of the pet’s belly. Helichrysum medical properties are anticoagulant, anesthetic, antispasmodic, antiviral, liver detoxifier; chelates chemicals and toxins plus regenerates nerves. Choose Helichysum if rat poison is suspected. This will help control internal bleeding while you are traveling to your vet.

Lavender is the universal essential oil and can be used for just about anything. This essential oil is applied neat (not diluted). Lavender is great to heal burns including sunburns. Lavender has great calming effects. Here is a recipe that can be misted into the air: add 2 drops to 1 oz. of steamed distilled water put into a spray bottle, shake before each use. Its medical properties are antiseptic, antifungal, antitumoral, anticonvulsant, vasodilating, relaxant, anti-inflammatory, reduce blood fat/cholesterol, and combats excess sebum on skin. I use lavender to clear tear staining on my puppies while they are teething. Apply only once per day put one drop to your finger and rub it across the nose and under the eyes (avoid the eyes). I like to use it at night since lavender has calming properties.

Peppermint is wonderful for treating diarrhea and vomiting. Be sure to dilute with the base/carrier oil formula. Peppermint medical properties are anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, antiparasitic (worms), antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, gallbladder/digestive stimulant, and a pain-reliever and helps curbs appetite. I use peppermint diluted and rub on the gums or belly to stop diarrhea.

Pine works for respiratory issues and works even better when mixed with eucalyptus. This is a great combination to diffuse during the winter months and smells great. Or it can be rubbed on the chest between the front legs. Pine’s medical properties are hormone-like, antidiabetic, cortisone-like, antiseptic and lymphatic stimulant.

Essential oil blends are a combination of several essential oils having a broader spectrum of beneficial medical properties. Di-Gize helps with alleviating diarrhea and vomiting. It works better than peppermint. Apply the oil to the bare belly and rubs it in a clockwise motion, the way the colon moves. Egyptian Gold aids the immune system and is used for open wounds (dog/cat fight). It is applied to the chest and between the shoulder blades on the back. Joy helps the heart and circuitry system. Apply to the chest and side of the ribs. GLF should be used if your pet gets into anything toxic like fertilizer or advid. Rub on the liver. The liver is located just below the ribs on the right-hand side. Melrose is great for chronic infections like abscesses (wounds) that are difficult to heal. Panaway is for dog bites, bruising, cuts and scrapes. Puricuration is used undiluted on bug bites. It purifies the air and kills the virus, Parvo. It balances electro energies. Use it on your pet’s bedding as a diffuser. Mix 1 drop to 1 oz steam distilled water into a spray bottle. Shake before use and spray the room, bedding, and toys anything your pet touches to disinfect. I recommend this essential to my customers if they plan on boarding their pets to keep their pet’s germ free. Thieves kills bacteria and can be used as a natural antibiotic. Thieves should be used for keeping your pet’s teeth clean. This is a healthier option then putting your pet under at the vet’s to clean its teeth. Apply a drop to your finger and rub on your pet’s upper gums once a week or daily if you detect issues. Thieves is recommended not be used on cats due to their sensitivity to their liver. Valor is chiropractic in a bottle. It aliens the body by balancing energy centers (chakras). Apply to the spine. This is a wonderful essential oil blend for pets who lead active life styles like hunting or trials.

Young Living products can be order from my website on the essential oil product page – http://www.ardyweb.com/-.html

DISCLAIMER The author offers information and opinions, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. It is advised to consult with your vet before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone. Your vet can provide you with advice on what is considered safe and effective for your animal’s unique needs or diagnose your animal’s particular medical history.

Source by Ardy Livermore

Will a Dalmatian Be the Best Pet Dog for You? The Pros and Cons

Learn Why a Dalmatian Will or Won’t Be the Best Pet Dog for You

No matter what you have heard, Dalmatians make excellent pets. They are strong, energetic, smart and noble dogs. They do mature slowly and are somewhat strong-willed so the correct training is a must. Training them does take a lot of patience but both you and your pet Dalmatian will be better for it. Like all breeds, they have certain needs and limitations. With the right start they can become a pet that will be much loved and will make any family proud.

Pros:

Dalmatians are very intelligent. They, historically, were trained as hunters, herders, carriage dogs, firehouse mascots and even circus dogs.

Their short coats make them fairly easy to care for as a daily brushing and bathing them 3 or 4 times a year will suffice to keep them looking and smelling good without a lot of shedding.

Dalmatians are energetic and love to play. Make sure they have plenty of toys to play with so they don’t get bored when you aren’t around.

They love a challenge and do well in competitions, like obedience contests and obstacle courses. Their memories are long and accurate.

This breed loves their families and wants to be with them as much as possible.

Crate training your pet Dalmatian is a good idea as it gives them a safe place to go. It will ease your mind, when you have to leave them behind, to know your pet isn’t getting into trouble.

Usually, Dalmatians get along with other family pets. They especially love horses as evidenced by many pictures of them riding on horse drawn wagons of all types.

Most of the time your pet Dalmatian will be polite and well-mannered, but can have occasional lapses.

If you like to run, jog, or walk, your pet Dalmatian will be happy to go along with you.

Dalmatians are handsome dogs. Their black or liver spotted white coats will make them stand out from the rest of the canines.

Cons:

This breed sheds all year long even though their coat is short and sleek. They should be brushed often.

If you leave your pet Dalmatian alone to entertain itself, it can get into mischief, like digging holes, for instance. Try not to leave your pet alone if you can help it. It might be a good idea to crate it when you have to leave it home.

It takes Dalmatians longer than some other breeds to reach their full maturity. Often they are not truly adults until four or five years old..

If it is cold outside, your pet Dalmatian is not going to be happy. They have short coats, so the cold weather can be really uncomfortable for them.

They need lots of activities. Toys, balls, and chew toys are some good choices to help keep your pet busy.

Dalmatians have been wrongly accused of not being smart. This is not true as they are really an intelligent breed. Because of this, they need patience, consistency, strength of resolve, and unwavering leadership. They want to do the right thing to please their families, so members of the family must take the lead.

Your pet Dalmatian will need to have regular veterinary visits as they can develop diseases and disorders such as Skin Allergies, Hip Problems, Bladder Stones and Arthritis.

Deafness is a real problem with Dalmatians. It’s estimated that up 12% of all them are born deaf. Many of them are deaf in one ear which they can learn to compensate for but the totally deaf ones should not be selected to be your pet.

Because the Dalmatian is such a beautiful dog and because they have been popularized in movies like 101 Dalmatians, some families have decided to purchase Dalmatians without understanding the unique needs of this breed. It’s not a good idea to get puppy from a pet store as they likely came from a “puppy breeding mill” and won’t have the proper background to be easily trained. At times you can find a full grown dog that has already been trained. This will save you a lot of time and possible heartaches.

Many times a family will give up on training their pet and either abandon them or send them to the pound. Some of these may turn out to be trainable if you have lots of patience. If you don’t have the time and patience to devote to a Dalmatian it’s probably a good idea to choose a different breed of dog.

If you select a Dalmatian from a reputable kennel and properly train it you will find they are smart, obedient and loving. It is important to remember that not only does the pet need to have the proper training, so do the pet’s owners. When the owners are fully aware of how to train their pets, the families and their pet Dalmatians will be perfect matches.

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Source by Don A Levy

Is a Basset Hound the Best Pet for Your Family? – The Pros and Cons

Find Out Why a Basset Hound Will or Won’t Make a Good Pet

Basset Hounds are a favorite breed because they are so good-natured, laid-back, even-tempered and calm. Even with all these great attributes there are a number of things that aren’t so great. No matter how many bad things people bring up, a Basset Hound owner will be able to overlook them and say their pets are the best in the world. Below you will find the good points along with the bad ones so that you can make up your own mind whether a pet Basset Hound will be right for your family.

Pros:

Bassets are independent problem-solvers and are quite clever, likely due to their hunting genes. They love the outdoors and are perfect for a family that enjoys hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities.

They are a social, good-natured breed not only with people, but also with other dogs and cats. Your pet Basset Hound will enjoy being physically close to their humans and with proper training they are good with children.

Their coats are easy to maintain even with all their shedding. Brushing every day will be keep the shedding to a minimum and will be something they look forward to. Generally, Basset Hounds are a healthy breed.

Having fun appears to be their favorite pastime as they happily go through life.

Cons:

Bassets cannot swim because of their heavy torsos and short legs. They are short, but, because of their long bodies, they can reach things on tables. Their long ears can lead to ear ailments, while eye disorders are possible because the folds under their eyes can accumulate dirt and cause infections.

A pet Basset Hound likes to just lie around so you must exercise them regularly in order to maintain a healthy weight. This breed has a tendency to drool, which is messy, and can cause yeast infections around the mouth if not kept clean.

Since they are trackers, finding a scent and following it is what they do best, which means it may be a challenge to control them because they are so strong. When walking you pet Basset Hound you must keep it on a leash. If they find a scent they like they will take off and not hear a single command to come back. Shedding is an on-going situation with Basset Hounds but can be controlled with regular brushing. Their doggy odor is a turnoff to some people.

House training can be a real challenge, especially as puppies, but it must be done. Crate training is the best way to do this as it gives them a safe place to be while you are away. Overall training will need to be done with much love and patience as your pet Basset Hound can be stubborn and independent. Don’t discipline them as they will get their feelings hurt and then sulk. Many times the best way to train them is with food.

You shouldn’t leave your pet Basset Hound outside by itself as they have a tendency to bay or howl when lonely. The neighbors won’t appreciate this and many won’t tolerate it. Bassets can be dumpster divers. Keep your trash covered at all times.

If a fast walk with your dog is important to you, a pet Basset Hound may not be the proper choice. Their short legs and tracking instincts can make a walk with them a slow activity. Because they are long and low, they can have back problems and may need help getting into a high space (an automobile, for example).

While Basset Hounds are a healthy breed overall, one major problem they can have is Thrombopathia (a bleeding disorder). Normally buying your pet through a reputable breeder will minimize this problem along with any others.

Even with this long list of faults the typical Basset Hound owner will tell you the good traits far outweigh the bad ones as far as they are concerned. The first time you look into their eyes is probably when you decide this might be the ideal pet for you. Before you decide one way or the other visit a local breeder and some owners. You will likely come away with a new found love of these unique pets. If you are an active family with the will power and good humor needed to train them, then a pet Basset Hound just might be what you are looking for.

Source by Don A Levy

Kennel Cough: Is a Natural Treatment the Answer?

The consensus is still out on what the exact cause of kennel cough is but if your dog is suffering from it, you´re probably more interested in finding a treatment that is both fast and effective.

While some experts believe it is caused by a virus, others blame the bacteria Biordatella Bronchiseptica. Fact is, this illness is responsible for causing minor irritation of the trachea leading to that loud, hacking cough that can be so worrisome.

Luckily, the symptom is worse than the disease itself. If your beloved pet is suffering from kennel cough, you want to make sure she gets the treatment she needs. This basic information can help:

  • Please be aware it is extremely contagious. This means it can spread easily from one dog to the other, so keep your pet away from other animals while she is sick.
  • It can affect your dog, no matter what her age may be.
  • Whether or not your dog can be affected has nothing to do with her breed – however if her immune system is weak, she could be at higher risk of getting the disease.
  • Once your dog comes down with kennel cough the only way to have a peaceful home again is to get your dog the treatment she needs – and make sure she is healed completely.

Treatments

Most dog owners tend to look for home remedies when it comes to treating kennel cough. And while some people question whether these natural remedies are truly effective, often the problem lies in whether you are applying them correctly – or not.

Before you choose a treatment to use, do the proper research ahead of time to make sure you have the information you need to be able to apply the remedy successfully.

  • Astragalus is an herb used to support the functioning of the lungs, stimulate the growth and regeneration of bronchial cells and enhance the immune system. It is frequently used in Chinese medicine.
  • Esberitox is a fast-acting Echinacea that is known to directly attack the disease-causing agents once they are in your dog´s body.
  • Oregano oil is chock full of antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Like Esberitox, oregano oil also directly attacks the kennel cough bacteria, helping your pet successfully fight and conquer it!
  • Herbs like licorice root and marshmallow can help soothe and suppress a cough naturally, while slippery elm helps soothe sore throats.
  • Raw honey can help ease the discomfort of coughing
  • Vitamins C & E are both well-known for helping build up the human immune system and can do much the same thing for your dog. Together they can help your dog´s body resist kennel cough more easily if it is exposed to it.
  • Nosodes is a homeopathic remedy that comes from a pathological specimen being injected to help give your dog´s immune system a boost (much like your being given a flu shot with a small dose of the bacteria that causes the flu). This way, your dog´s body is prepared to fight off kennel cough if it comes into contact with it. Kennel cough nosodes have proven to be especially effective.
  • Essential oils like lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus all have antiviral and antibacterial properties; chamomile has a calming effect… all of these are great for helping a puppy with kennel cough breathe more easily.

Just check before using any natural remedies to make sure they will not negatively affect any other medication your pet may be taking.

Also keep in mind, that even if you are successful in finding a natural remedy for your dog´s cough, you may still need to use antibiotics to make sure the disease is cured completely. The fact is, if it goes untreated for too long, your pet may need anti-inflammatory medication to relieve any pain she may be suffering until the infection clears up.

And before you consider using the traditional kennel cough tablets to treat your pet, please be aware that these tablets are made of chemicals that can actually do more harm than good. Natural herbs, free of chemicals, are always a better alternative for treating the canine you love.

Source by Jenny McDonnel

Husky Separation Anxiety Solutions

Dealing With Husky Separation Anxiety

Husky Separation Anxiety is the cause of most husky behavior problems. In turn behavior problems are the main reason why huskies end up at rescue shelters. This is very sad because in nearly all cases separation anxiety can be prevented or cured.

Husky Separation Anxiety can be both frustrating and heart breaking if your husky is howling out of sadness whenever you are not home. What can follow is very destructive behavior such as barking, aggression, biting, jumping, chewing and escaping. If your husky is proving to be a major nuisance with obedience problems there is a good chance that they are suffering from separation anxiety.

Huskies are by nature very pack orientated. Your husky sees you and your family members as his pack. If your husky is left alone they may feel lost, scared, abandoned and isolated from the pack. Husky Separation Anxiety often shows itself as howling and destructive behavior. Your husky is in a bad state of mind and this is how these feelings come out. The good news is that by the time you finish reading this article you will be armed with the knowledge to help your husky on the path to wellness.

What Causes Husky Separation Anxiety

The root cause of Separation Anxiety is the difference in nature of humans and pack dogs such as the husky. Huskies are very social and have a strong inner desire to live in a pack and interact in a pack. A dog in the wild would do absolutely everything in a pack. This includes eating, hunting, sleeping and travelling.

Humans on the other hand due to our modern lifestyle operate as individuals in society a lot of the time. While you are at work your dog is at home pining for its pack leader. It goes against every fiber of a huskies being to be away from the pack.

Five Husky Separation Anxiety Symptoms

  1. When you are preparing to leave your home, your husky begins howling, whining and demanding extra attention.
  2. Catching your husky in the act of bad behavior when you are departing or arriving at your home is another indicator that your husky may have separation anxiety.
  3. If your husky refuses to be physically apart from you when you are home this can indicate fear that you will leave.
  4. Physical symptoms include but are not restricted to whining, howling, crying and trembling.
  5. A fully house trained husky starts going to the toilet in the house.

Basic Husky Separation Anxiety Solutions

Relationship Building – There is a fine line between creating trust and creating over reliance from your husky. You need to develop a relationship where your husky is dependent on you without being so dependent that they can’t function when you are not around. Be firm but fair with your husky and do not smother your husky.

Basic Dog Obedience – By teaching your husky basic dog obedience training you will be able to overcome many of the negative behaviors associated with separation anxiety. Basic commands as well as social interaction for your husky will help your husky to overcome separation anxiety.

Separation Training – Your husky needs to know you will return when you go somewhere. The best way to do this is to go through a planned process of leaving for a few minutes and then returning. Place your husky in a room where they feel safe for this. Incrementally increase the amount of time that you are away. You will notice that if you do this over time your husky will be a lot calmer. Make sure you praise your dog for waiting patiently. Medication is an absolute last resort if separation anxiety training is not successful.

Crate Training – Crate Training is a good way to prevent separation anxiety in a husky especially when they are a puppy. Slowly introduce your husky to a room where they feel secure. Place a favorite play toy and an item that carries your scent to help with making your husky feel at ease. This is a precursor to crate training.

Be A Good Owner – Give your husky all the essentials that they need prior to leaving. This includes water, food, shelter, territory and favorite play toys.

Regular Exercise – Your husky will be a lot more relaxed and content with regular exercise. Much the same as humans, huskies who exercise regularly have reduced stress levels.

Patience – You need to give your husky time to get used to you not being at home. This is even more relevant if your husky is a rescue dog. Your pet husky needs feel safe within a pack and they can’t help feeling anxiety. There is absolutely no reason to put down a pet because they miss you so much. Stay patient with your husky and you will both benefit from a great relationship.

Source by Kurt Tully

Desktop Pet – Good Alternatives For a Dog Or Cat

Pets are fun and they have been proven to reduce stress. Some people, due to their living situation, are unable to own pets like dogs and cats. However, there are some pets that will fit on a table to even your desk at work.

Desktop pets are a great idea to add scenery to your desk or your small apartment. Believe it or not, there are many pets that fit in a small tank or habitat. These pets typically require little care, and are fun to watch.

Before you consider a pet at work, make sure it is allowed. Some places may have rules in place preventing any pets. Also, make sure that your co-workers will not be nervous having your chosen pet around. You do not want to cause tension at work. Your goal is to make a positive impact with your tiny pet.

As you might have guessed, a fish is one of the most popular desktop pets. Some fish can fit in a tiny vase or glass. Ask someone at the pet store how much space the fish needs to swim around. You want to make sure that your fish will be happy and safe in the environment you provide. Beta fish or goldfish are both colorful and easy to care for. They are not pricey and typically do well in smaller fish tanks or other containers.

Another fun option is a frog. Many companies sell baby frogs, or tadpoles, that will change into a frog. The tadpole often comes with its own habitat and food. You may be able to find these at pet stores, too.

Hermit crabs are a fun way to bring the beach to your desktop! These pets are cute, cheap, and easy to care for. You can purchase a fun, painted shell for your crab and change it out as they grow. They live in a fairly small box that will take up a small amount of space.

If you are feeling adventurous, a tarantula is another example of desktop pets. You may scare off some friends and family with this choice, however. Before you bring home such an eccentric pet, do your research. Make sure your furry guy is in a container that will stay closed and that you know how to care for him.

Hamsters, mice, and rats are great small pets, although if you plan to keep several of them, you will need a larger space. Again, make sure that you have a good, secure habitat for them, as rodents can be escape artists!

As you can see, no matter what your space limitations, you can have a pet. Desktop pets are a great choice for those who live in apartments or who want a pet at work. Just make sure that you know how to take care of them and that you are ready for the commitment.

Source by Gary Pearson

How to Tell If Your Dog Has an Illness

Many people consider their dogs part of the family. However, unlike other members of the family, dogs are incapable of communicating when they are feeling ill. Most dog owners are able to easily identify when their pet is acting strangely. However, it can be difficult to know when a trip to the veterinarian is in order. Luckily, there are a few obvious warning signs that you can look for to help determine when your dog might need a professional examination.

Like humans, dogs can act abnormally for a variety of different reasons. Sometimes, dogs can become temporarily lackadaisical due to fatigue or depression. In this case, some simple TLC can be a suitable cure. However, there are certain symptoms and behaviors that should be taken seriously. If your dog demonstrates any of the following symptoms, you should immediately take him or her to a veterinarian for a proper examination.

Physical Symptoms

The skin, ears, eyes, nose and mouth can tell you a lot about whether or not a dog is ill. If you notice redness, swelling, crust or discharge coming from either the eyes or the nose, your dog might be suffering from a viral or bacterial infection. In this case, a veterinarian might be able to prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection and provide drugs that can relieve uncomfortable symptoms.

The ears can also give hints to how your dog is feeling. If you notice drainage or foul odors emitting from the ears, you should be suspicious of a possible infection. Also, unusual twitching, scratching or shaking of the ears can point toward feelings of discomfort caused by a potential illness.

The skin and mouth should also be checked for strange, foul odors. The dog’s tongue should be checked for dryness or strange coloring. Flaky, dry or red skin also represent warning signs as these could point to a potential fungal or parasitic infection.

Behavioral Symptoms

Most people have a good idea of how their dog normally behaves. If your dog is acting differently, it may just be a faze. However, if he is not eating or drinking water at the usual rates, this is generally a cause for alarm as this can be a sign of a variety of illnesses. Rapid weight loss, scratching, sleeplessness or sleeping too much are also indications that something might be affecting his or her health. Trembling, stumbling or falling should prompt immediate action as this could point to serious, advanced illness.

For many, their dog is more than just a pet. More than a few homes are full of photo albums peppered with images of the family canine. A lot of people consider their dogs an integral part of their family life and can’t imagine life without them. By knowing what to look for, you can help keep your dog healthy and get him the proper attention he requires if he falls ill.

Copyright © 2009, Ian White pet-sitters.biz

Source by Ian White

Brave Dog Names

In many cases, the dogs display such brave, fearless, and courage attributes. Dogs bravely protect the home, compound, territory, and master. Here are good names that relate to brave, fearless, and courage.

The sight of hesitation, sound of heartbeat, and smell of stress hormone are signs of fear. With the combination of sight, hear, and smell sense, the dogs pick up the sign of fear. Once the detection of fear, the dogs bravely go after the target.

Some of the brave dog names are Baldwin, Gallagher, Maynard, Reynard, Valiant, Willard, and Wyatt. The names literally and closely mean brave, strong, mighty, noble, and courageous.

Baldwin and Reynard does not exactly mean brave. Baldwin means brave friend, while the Reynard means brave counsel. Both names came from German origin. And, both are mainly for male dogs.

The heroes, warriors, soldiers, and knights often depict brave and courage. We hear the courageous acts in books, stories, histories, myths, and legends. So, we look to them for example of braveness.

The war tests the level of courage and braveness in soldiers, warriors, and knights. Here are a few names that relates to war. It may be appropriate for the brave dog.

Dustin is a male and English dog name which means brave warrior, fighter, knight, or soldier. The common variations of Dustin are Dustan, Dusten, Duston, Dusty, and Dustyn. Warriors may also exhibit high intelligence and fairness. Caedmon is an Irish and male dog name. It means wise warrior. Now, Findlay, Finlay, and Finley are Irish dog names that mean fair warrior.

The Chevalier and Ritter are names which mean knight. A shorter variation of Chevalier may be Chevy. In French, Chevalier means horse rider. In ancient times, the horse is the main transportation. And, the knight knows how to ride a horse. In German, Ritter is a name. It means knight as well. The name is more common for male dog.

Valiant is another word for brave. With the word valiant, we can come up with Conley, Gallagher, and Reilly. The names mean valiant in Irish origin. Except for Reilly, Conley and Gallagher are male dog names. On the other hand, Reilly works for male or female dogs.

Courage is another strong word for brave. Eyal and Tormod are good dog names that relates to courage. Eyal is a male and Hebrew dog name which means courage. As for Tormod, the names mean the mind and courage of Thor. He is the god of thunder in German Mythology. Tormod is most popular in Norwegian, German, and Dutch region.

Sometimes, we compare the dog and bear. During the hunting season, the master brings companion dogs to help hunt. Rarely, they will encounter bear. And, the companion dogs fend off the bear with his masters.

Bernard is a German dog name which means brave and strong as a bear. The variations are Barnard, Bernadette, Bernardine, Bernardino, Bernardo, and Bernie.

The brave attribute of the dog charms the pet owners. The dogs are always loyal to the master. And, the dogs will bravely defend and protect the master and territory. In many cases, the dog saves the life of the master with every ounce of brave and courage.

Source by Dennis Estrada

Do Changes in Barometric Pressure Affect Your Dog?

Weather Pressure and temperature and how it may effect your dogad_1]

Barometric pressure is atmospheric pressure measured by an instrument called a barometer. That pressure peaks and troughs, causing the changes in our weather. High pressure is pressure greater than the pressure around it. It couples with clear, cloudless skies and drier air. Low pressure is pressure less than the pressure around it. Lows couple with wind, atmospheric lifts, warm air, clouds, humidity, rain, thunderstorms, tropical storms, cyclones, and/or tornadoes.

Studies on humans, have shown differences in barometric pressure cause numerous physical, emotional, and behavioral changes. They include, headaches, mood variations, and complaints about more aches and pains. Perhaps you, or someone you know, claims they can predict the weather better than the weatherman, simply because you feel changes in your body or mood.

So, how do these atmospheric changes affect your dog? Science isn’t quite sure. However, dog owners, especially hunters, and those with scent hounds as companion dogs, have noticed as barometric pressure drops, their dogs change the way they track. This observation leads them to believe their animals change how they follow a scent, to compensate for the changes in the way scents travel.

They also noted their dog tends to hold their head higher in drier air, to catch scents as when the atmospheric pressure is higher. If it is exceptionally windy, their dogs have a more difficult time following a scent; most likely because the direction of the scent changes. When the barometer drops, and winds die down, indicating a low has moved in, their dogs tend to hold their heads lower to the ground when following a scent.

There are those astute owners, who are particularly bonded and attentive, who have reported they are alerted there will be a change in the weather, by watching physical and behavioral changes in their dogs. They included restlessness, panting, trembling, whining, and drooling. A number of them find their animal has a need to hide; others find their dog has a need to be exceptionally close to them.

There are owners of arthritic dogs who claim their pets often appear stiffer and have more difficulty getting up or walking, when the barometric pressure is low. They may be correct. Why can’t dogs feel the added pressure on their joints, as we do?

Bottom line – If you are conscious of the changes in your dog, that’s terrific! If you aren’t, maybe now you will pay more attention, because you’ll know what to look for. Your dog may be trying to tell you something, in the only way they know.

Source by Karen Soukiasian