All About Love- Tips for Breeding dogs

When is the best time for your dog to find a mate?

How old is your dog?

How many seasons has she had?

She may be too young; on the other hand she could be too old.

First and foremost, be sure that your female is both physically and mentally mature enough to be bred. Just being in heat is NOT enough to warrant a breeding. A general rule of thumb is 2nd heat or 15 months but this can vary by breed or individual.

As a professional dog breeder, I would suggest that a dog should never be bred before they are TWO years of age, and should never be bred unless they are a PUREBRED who is in the hands of a quality breeder.

find a right mate for him/her (image from kingpupdogwalkers.com)

find a right mate for him/her (image from kingpupdogwalkers.com)

What to do before breeding your dog?

Timing and Planning

You must plan your time to fit around this important event. Apart from the nine week gestation period you will be very busy in the following eight weeks while the puppies are young. Your time will also be spent interviewing prospective owners and caring for the bitch. Remember also that you may not sell all of the puppies as quickly as you had hoped and may need to care from them longer than expected.

Family Commitment

The whole family will have their lives disrupted while there are puppies in the home. The lack of family holidays during this period may be a problem. Visitors must be kept at a minimum in the first days in case infection is introduced – the bitch will also not be receptive to too much interference.

Time of Year

Puppies born in the spring and summer are so much easier to look after. You do not have to worry about the temperature in the whelping room and the little puppies can romp in the garden when they are old enough to go outside.

Find a cool “guy” for your “girl” and give her a peaceful environment

leave her some space

Leave her some space! (image from dogsmating timeline)

When you introduce the male to your female, be sure he and the female have a current brucellosis test (dog version of STD) and you MONITOR the breeding. It’s advisable to leash both dogs and have a human handler for each. Do not allow any other dogs, pets or small children to the area to avoid stress or injury to all involved.(source from eHow)

Welcome the newborns!

For starters, you should know that pregnancy in dogs lasts approximately 63 days (56 to 69 days). Toy breeds may deliver a week earlier while large breeds often deliver later.

While people tend to think that it can seem scary to watch a dog giving birth, it needn’t be. Your dog knows exactly what to do! And your dog needs you!

You’re just there to assist if momma gets overwhelmed or too tired to welcome her puppies to the world.

Stages Of A Dog Giving Birth:

(source from dogs.thefuntimesguide.com)

Stage 1: Contractions begin, and the cervix becomes dilated and softened.

This may take up 12 to 24 hours.  You may or may not even notice Stage 1 taking place.  Some dogs don’t give any indication that they are in Stage 1 labor, while other dogs may pant, whimper, or even try to hide.  If you notice your dog is in Stage 1 labor, now is a good time to get her into the whelping box.

Stage 2: The mother dog actively pushes the first puppy out.

Once the first puppy is out, the mother dog should remove the amniotic sac from around the puppy’s head.  If the she doesn’t remove the sac within a couple of seconds, take the puppy and remove the sac yourself.  This sac must be removed in order for the puppy to start breathing on its own.

Stage 3: Delivery of the placenta.

For each puppy your dog gives birth to, she will also deliver a placenta.  Stage 2 and Stage 3 go hand-in-hand.  Sometimes a dog will give birth to 2 puppies andthen the 2 placentas.

Welcome the newborns! (image from www.globalanimal.org)

Welcome the newborns! (image from http://www.globalanimal.org)

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You are the Sunshine- Guiding Eyes For The Blind

It’s estimated are 3,000~5,000 active teams in the US for Guide Dogs.

Roughly 100-150 new dogs graduate each year from all the schools.

There are nearly 20,000 total service dogs in use currently.(data from answers.com)

movie of guide dog-"Quill"

movie of guide dog-"Quill"- image from Q_fanclub.

What Guide Dogs Do?

Guide dogs help blind or visually impaired people get around in the world. In most countries, they are allowed anywhere that the public is allowed, so they can help their owners be any place they might want to go.

To do this, a guide dog must know how to:(source from howstuffworks-animals-animal facts)

  • Keep on a direct route, ignoring distractions such as smells, other animals and people
  • Maintain a steady pace, to the left and just ahead of the handler
  • Stop at all curbs until told to proceed
  • Turn left and right, move forward and stop on command
  • Recognize and avoid obstacles that the handler won’t be able to fit through (narrow passages and low overheads)
  • Stop at the bottom and top of stairs until told to proceed
  • Bring the handler to elevator buttons
  • Lie quietly when the handler is sitting down
  • Help the handler to board and move around buses, subways and other forms of public transportation
  • Obey a number of verbal commands

Where Guide Dogs Come From?

Breed Matters:

Most guide dog schools use golden retrievers, labrador retrievers or German Shepherds. These three breeds are characterized by intelligence, obedience, stamina and friendliness and so are well suited for the job.((image from Guidedog.org)

breed matters

BREED MATTERS

Even with this attention to good breeding, many puppies don’t turn out to be suited for the job. Some of those puppies, which are not qualified to be guide dogs, are sent to organizations that train other sorts of service dogs — dogs that help people in wheelchairs, for example — and the rest are sold as pets .

Training Matters:

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Guide dogs come out of guide dog schools. Typically, these institutions provide guide dogs for seeing-impaired people at no cost. Most schools are completely non-profit operations, primarily funded by charitable donations. Some training schools specialize in certain aspects of training, but many of them organize just about everything involved in setting up a guide dog with a handler.Guide dog schools breed their dogs very carefully, choosing parents with intelligence and special guiding ability.

How to use a Guide Dog?

It is both exciting and challenging to learn how to work with a guide dog.Each dog should be  matched very carefully to each individual to make the process as uncomplicated as possible. You will have a large number of dogs to select from before getting the one fits you the best. Just remember to make sure that you get the right dog to meet your needs.

It’s a wiser decision to ask for the guide dog training school for help. They consider your gait, your strength, and the environment you want to work your dog in, and then they can choose a dog for you based on your own situation and needs.

Even if you have never used a guide dog, you will be fine after joining in the guide dog training program.

As a part of the training program, the guide dog schools will teach the handler’s how to make the better use of his/her guide dog. The blinds will learn everything they need to know, from simple health care to grooming, feeding, exercising, and working their dogs.

Guide dogs completely change their handlers’ lives!

https://www.guidingeyes.org/

Please go check the website of guide dog training schools to learn more about how guide dogs change their handler’s lives and consider to donate to them. Your simple step also change the blinds’ lives!

Guide dog for Beijing Paralympic Games

Guide dog for Beijing Paralympic Games(image from http://paralympic.beijing2008.cn/)

 


Saying goodbye to your pet- Face Death

The average American and European dog’s lifespan  is 12.8 years.(data from Vetinfo.com)

The reality is that unlike your children–or anyone else you’ve helped raise and take care of–your dog will probably not outlive you. Even more sobering, you may end up facing a difficult decision about when to end the life of this precious friend and family member.(enthanasia)

Handling the death of a beloved pet is never easy, but grieving for that pet is an important part of your recovery.

When it’s time to say GOODBYE:

Sometimes Death is the BEST option (source from Dogtime)

·      Does your dog have a terminal illness?

·         Ask your veterinarian what to expect at the next stage and then ask whether you’re prepared to go there.

·         Is your dog in the kind of pain that cannot be significantly alleviated by medication?

·         Will more treatment improve his quality of life, or simply maintain a poor quality of life?

·         Can you afford treatment? End-of-life care can run into thousands of dollars, and people can end up prolonging their grieving while paying off credit cards.

·         Is your dog so old he has lost most bodily functions? If he can no longer stand up, get down stairs, defecate, and urinate on his own, the quality of his life is pretty poor.

·         Does he still want to eat? Once a dog loses his appetite he’s signaling he’s close to the end.

·         Are his gums pink? When gums aren’t a normal pink, your dog isn’t getting enough oxygen.

Is it in his best interest to extend his life, or are you extending his life for yourself? This last point is the most difficult one for most of us to sort out, but it may well be the most relevant.

How to get rid of the grief?

You might catch yourself getting ready to feed your dog or let him out, only to remember he is gone.

You might come home sometimes expecting your dog to greet you.

Because your pet was an everyday part of your life, even the most mundane tasks can be heartbreakingLittle things like scratch marks on the floor from doggie nails can trigger an emotional response. Items like dog beds, toys, bowls, leashes, collars, etc. are obvious reminders. However, getting rid of all the things that remind you of your dog is not the answer. If you wish to remove your dog’s belongings from sight, simply store them away somewhere. You might want to go back and look at them in the future.

Memorizing your pet:

Doing something special to preserve the memory of your beloved companion can be very therapeutic. Some pet owners even decide to have a small memorial service after the death of a pet. The important thing is to do something from your heart that will help you remember your dog and process your grief.

1.If you were able to make arrangements before your dog died (as in the case of euthanasia), you might have gotten the chance to create a paw print out of clay or ink. A lock of hair might have been collected.

2.If you did not get a chance to do one of these things, save some of your pet’s small belongings. Consider displaying one or more of the items in a window-box frame with a photo of your dog. A small inscription with your dog’s name will complete the memorial. You can even hang it near one of your dog’s favorite spots in your home

3.Another unique way to remember your pet is to create a unique artistic memorial from the cremains. The company Art From Ashes has been creating beautiful handcrafted glass remembrances of pets for many years. Due to high demand, they even began to make pieces from human cremains upon request.

4.Some owners also decide to bury their pet’s body or cremains in their property. After burial, consider having a special headstone or artistic sculpture placed in this area, or grow beautiful flowers there.

Don’t be afraid to cry. It takes time to heal.

 

Promise me that you would never leave me alone!


 

LIVING WITH KIDS AND DOGS

How are they around children?”

This is a question that is commonly asked by people who about to acquire a new dog. This is especially true of couples with small children or who plan to have children in the very near future.

There is so much information and perhaps misinformation that is spread by word of mouth that it is certainly a valid question one would expect directed to a pet owner. Can you imagine that even a dog lover like me has to face such a cruel problem several years later?

  • What if the doctor recommend you to stay away from your pet when you in the family way?
  • When you have to make a choice between your kids and your dogs, what would you do?

If one were truly concerned, I believe that being asked how the dog is around children is only part of the question. What also needs to be asked as well is “How are kids being around dogs?”

In the end, the correct question should be “What do I, as a parent, have to do in order to maximize the relationship between my kids and my dogs?”

As always, Lovely Pet dog is here to offer helps!

Here are two tips for you:

1. Please don’t ignore your pets after you have a baby. To give your dog morning massages, rub their ears, hold onto their paws, just to let them know that they are still being loved.

image from dogster

2. Please teach your kids to respect dogs. Tell them your stories with this dog and let your kids know that this dog is one of your family members.

 

image from welcomedoglovers.com

What Are The Most Popular Dog Breeds For Children?

The breeds most frequently recommended for homes with small children are

  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Beagles
  • Collies

These are the quintessential “American family dogs.”

(Sources from go-pets-america.com)

Dogs can help to teach your kids.

Did you know you can use the family dog as a teaching tool?

For many parents, getting a dog completes their version of the family. In general, teaching the kids about love and care; such as feeding and how to properly with dogs are fairly important.

Ultimately, these teachings will reflect a kid’s ability to emphasize how love and care for something.  Why not to use your family dog to teach as a tool to these things?

Tips for parents: (Paws For A Minute™)

1. Allow your child to be empowered. Ask them to tell you two things that they love about their dog.

2. Include your family dog in story time. This can reflect the significance of the family dog and also give you information as to how your child views having the dog. For example, maybe something has happened that could be a misunderstanding between your child and dog that you may not know about. Bring your dog to the child’s bedroom on a leash. This will help you to guide your dog to relax and learn to chill out during storybook time.

3. Take pictures and create a special photo album for your family. This can be an ongoing project that can become a great family project that your child can write and use their imagination.

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If you are living a life with your kids and dogs, you are the happiest people in the world. Please appreciate what you have and tell your kids and dogs, you love them all, A LOT!

Do You Look Like Your Dog?

Because so many people make comments like, ‘My neighbor Lee looks like his dog Tiger’, there must be some truth in saying.

Do you look like you dog?

If we look further into the phenomenon, a number of reasons spring to mind.  The most obvious effect is that people look at shops or shelters of dogs and pick the one that most looks like them.

In other case, people truly love their dog, pamper it, and start grooming the animal and themselves along similar lines.They think this is the way they can show their loves to them.

People buy clothes for their dogs and push them to wear the clothes when taking them out without thinking about whether their dogs love to be like that or not.

Some pet owners keen on dying their pets’ fur and making them a fashionable outfit.  They love dogs in their own way, which would be a disaster to their dogs!

What’s up with dog hair dye?

picture from "Hubpages.com"

People do it. They really dye their dog’s hair. Crazy colors- pink, blue, orange, purple, whatever…

Crazy people want their dogs look unique. Some people want their dogs to participate a competition and win the prize for them. This is ridiculous! Dogs have nothing to do with colored hair as humans do.

Dog’s aren’t people.

Dying their hair can:

  1. Irritate their skin.
  2. Stress them out during the process.(Even our human beings feel stressed or even anxious during this process. The process will take 3-10 HOURS.)
  3. And, yes, believe it or not, cause them to be a little self- conscious, making them hide more.

Believe it or not, dogs can actually notice that something different. This simple change(no matter color or outfit change) can cause your dog’s self-conscious and end up with anxious or even depression.

Do you want your dog to hide from you? I don’t.

There’s no reason to dye your dog’s hair.

So, please think twice before dying your dog’s hair.

LOVELY PET DOG is not a place to denounce people. I’m here to offer helps. So if  you really want to dye your dog’s fur in order to make him/her unique,

Here are 2 tips for you:

  • Choose food coloring as a safe dye for your dog’s fur. Be sure to use something that is safe for the dog to lick and ingest. (source from eHow.com/how to dye a dog’s fur safely)
  • Never use a hair dye marketed for humans to dye your dog’s fur. Many  hair dues contain toxins that can be very harmful to your dog! Dogs are not build the same way people are. I mean, they can’t even use our shampoo, so there’s no reason to you human hair dye on them.

 

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I still can’t understand why people do that!

In conclusion, I would say, if you really want to participate the competition and win the prize—— You Look The Same With Your Dog, I strongly recommend you to dye your own hair instead of your dog’s.  It won’t hurt you that much.

Please love your dog in its way. Dogs aren’t people!

DO YOU WANT A BETTER BEHAVED DOG?

I was in the PR Publications class this morning and saw a sample of last semester’s students’ work of  Brochure. He did a very good job on introducing a DOG TRAINING company-SmartDog Trainer. His brochure inspired me and I know it’s time to blog on some practical tips, so there you go.

To begin with, i’d like to share some common BAD dog behaviors with you. I’m pretty sure that most of you are quite familiar with those bad behaviors and are wondering how to get rid of them everyday.

The top three bad behaviors are: Digging, Barking and Chewing.

When the peace and quiet of the home environment is suddenly disrupted by your dog’s bad behaviors, it’s not time to get frustrated and lament how this can be. You may ask why they didn’t cover digging in obedience class or excessive barking or shoe chewing. But you can find the answers to these mishaps right here. I’m glad to tell you that the 5W Model helps here!(5w model analysis sources from Dogster)

What – What exactly is he doing?

When – When did this behavior start? Does this behavior occur at a certain time of day or during the week?

Where – Has there been any change in my dog’s environment, big or small? Does it always occur in a certain room or outside or in a new space?

How Often – Is the behavior consistent or does your dog just misbehave when something is different, such as having guests over?

Why – An analysis of these questions will give you a “why.”

Consider ruling out an illness before you begin your strategy.If the behavior occurs at a specific time each day, consider what goes on during that time.

Is it when you leave the house or come in?

Is it when the trash truck comes?

Also, consider your dog’s environment where it occurs.

Has there been a rearrangement of the furniture in the living room?

Or new plants in the backyard?

Here are the STRATEGIES AND SOLUTIONS:

Digging:Determine what is going on in your dog’s environment outside. If he’s reacting to noise or heat or the neighbor’s cat, take him inside and correct him(how to talk with your dog will be discussed later). To keep a dog from digging to get out, place patio stones along the fence. And to thwart a scenthound, cover areas in cedar to distract his nose.(source from DogTraining Academy)

Barking:Sometimes іt’s difficult tο find a grеаt solution against your dog’s barking behavior bесаuѕе іt’s such a natural instinct fοr a dog.Thіѕ іѕ something thаt аlmοѕt еνеrу dog’s owner hаѕ hаd tο struggle wіth аt ѕοmе point. Fortunately, Sunny(my dog) is such a good babe that would never bark after midnight(that’s good enough for a pet owner).

If  possible, come home οn your lunch brеаk tο visit уουr dog, thіѕ allows thеm tο feel thаt уοu аrе nearby thеm аnd allows thеm tο nοt bе left fοr such large time periods five days a week.

Another strategy is to make sure that уοu аrе taking уοur dog fοr regular walk еνеrу day. Like us human beings, thеу need tο release energy tο feel relaxed аnd a hарру dog.

Chewing:  How do I stop my dog from chewing everything?

To provide your dog a chewing alternative is no doubt the best solution. And here are some tips when choosing a proper chewing alternative for your dog.

1.Neither too big, nor too small. To ask the professionals before choosing the dog bones for your dog.

2. Dog bones and chewing toys are all good chewing alternatives. Change them regularly to make your dog’s life happier.

If you are so confused about your dog’s weird behaviors and having problems to communicate with them, think about choosing the best training school to change your little “evil” to an “angel”.

SmartDog Trainer is a professional dog training organization. Their professional trainers are all concentrate thinking like a dog; therefore achieving a lifestyle that both the owner and family pet will be comfortable and most of all happy with. They offer group classes as well as private lessons.The in-home training program is the most popular course of Smart Dog Trainer.

Too busy to train your dog but still want a better behaved pet?

SmartDog can always help you with the problems that you’ve struggled for long.

At last, I want to share a video that helped me a lot when I was struggling with puppy poo! I hope it can help you a little bit as well.

Dog Training – Training Your Dog To Pee And Poop On Command

Choose a right food for your Puppy

An average dog should have a diet that is 50% vegetable, 40% meat and 10% grain. Grown dogs need a minimum of 18% protein on a dry matter basis, whereas puppies require at least 22%. All dogs also require some fat, amount dependent on their level of activity. Dogs also need approximately 4% of their diets to be fiber. (statistics from PetEducation)

The choices in dog food can be overwhelming. There’s food for small dogs and large dogs, thin dogs and fat dogs, and even food specific to a breed. But, if you want to insure the best nutrition for your dog, choosing dog food from the array of healthy foods available is the best course.

What does the “healthy” dog food mean?

It’s a food that contains a dog’s basic nutrition needs, a good source of protein, and adequate fat, fiber and moisture. Any dog food must meet the safety regulations of the FDA. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) defines what goes on dog food labels but some feel this is inadequate considering that the AAFCO is not governed and includes people in the pet food industry who benefit from certain guidelines. So, we as dog owners are left largely to ourselves to find a safe and healthy food for our dog.

How to choose a right food? 

  1. Look for natural ingredients. A dog food package with “Natural”  or “Organic” stamped on it.
  2. Avoid corn, cornmeal, soy and wheat. These are healthy food for human beings but are fairly difficult for dogs to digest and can cause allergies.
  3. Depending on your dog’s ability to digest. For example, fish is more digestible than muscle and organ meats.
  4. Avoid animal byproducts which may contain heads, feet, and other animal parts.
  5. Avoid preservatives and additives – they have been shown to cause health problems in dogs.
  6. Look for Vitamin E and C. They are natural, healthful preservatives. Look for Omega-3. It’s good for your dog’s fur.

What is the best dog food on the market?

There is no one best food for ALL dogs. The very fact that there are so many types and brands on the market shows that there are hundreds of options.

Some dogs need higher fat and protein than others; some prefer canned over dry. Feed what is appropriate for your pet: dogs need dog food, and puppies need puppy food.

Here are some tips:

  1. Do not switch brands every month.
  2. Do not be afraid to switch brands and find the right one that your pet does well on.
  3. Use the guaranteed analysis, ingredients listings and feeding guidelines to help guide your decision.
  4. Watch out for the names and description on the package of dog food. For instance, a product called “Doggy Dinner with Liver Flavoring” might have only a small amount of flavoring since a certain percentage is not required(This tip is  from Dogster).

People regard food as their prime want and so do dogs.

Feel free to leave your “Paw Print” here and share your puppy’s favorite “dish” with us:)

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