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Providing your dog with a well balanced diet is part of being a responsible dog owner. Be sure that you include foods with protein, carbohydrates, and good fats. By providing your dog with a well balanced diet you are making sure that she has a long, happy, and healthy life. A proper diet will also provide her with a beautiful coat and bundles of energy.

The question that many people have is… What is the proper balance for my dog’s diet? Follow this general rule of thumb…

2 – 25% protein
20 – 35% fat
40 – 60% carbohydrates
Along with these essential nutrients you should also provide your dog with vitamins and minerals.

However, keep in mind that dogs have very different needs than us. B1 vitamin is one of the most important supplements that they need. This is because dogs are not very good at storing vitamin B1 in their bodies and it is absent from many dog foods.

Feeding your dog only lean meat will not provide them with all the necessary nutrients. In nature, dogs eat their entire prey which contains everything they need. As good owners we have to try and imitate their natural environment as closely as possible.

Studies have been done to look at the habits of dogs and what they eat. These studies have shown that dogs prefer cooked and mushy food over those that are raw and meaty. However, dogs are not usually very picky and many will eat almost anything we give them. So it is our job to make sure we are giving them what is best for them.

Most dog owners tend to feed their dogs commercial dog food. These are often fortified with essential vitamins and minerals. The manufacturers know that the dog food must be stored easily so they package them in convenient ways such as bags or cans. Dog owners just love that. The downside is that usually the more convenient and attractive the packaging, the more expensive the food. Wouldn’t you agree?

This is why many dog owners are turning to home cooking for their dogs. The problem here is that it can be hard to provide our pets with the proper balance in their diet this way. The things that we eat and cook for ourselves are not good for them.

The key is to do some research and make sure that you are providing your dog with the best possible source of her nutrition to ensure healthy pets.

Things can go wrong if we are not careful with what we are giving our dogs. For example, too much milk powder in their food may cause scouring because some dogs have a hard time digesting lactose. Instead of creating your own recipes a better way might be to search for recipes that have been time tested.

Another consideration is to be careful of bones. Try and avoid most bones, although your dog does enjoy a good bone. Small, cooked bones are more likely to splinter posing a risk for your dogs. You should try and stay away from cooked chicken bones, lamb chops, and especially fish bones. Fish bones are probably the worst of all.

You will learn what is best for your dog over time. You can note any food that she avoids since this may indicate a food that she does not like. Just keep in mind that you should follow the unique requirements of a dog’s diet and you should be fine. This will ensure that your dog is happy and healthy.

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Some Reasons for Grooming Your Pet

Good grooming practices are essential for maintaining health and happiness for you and your dog. Healthy skin, hair, nails and teeth are what define a well-groomed dog.

Dog-grooming is the practice of caring for the appearance of a canine for personal or showing purposes. Dog-grooming rituals include washing, hair clipping and cutting, nail clipping, powdering, hair styling and teeth cleaning.

Grooming is important for your pet and is aesthetically pleasing to owners. It helps cut down on shedding and smelling, but will also lead to healthy skin, hair, nails and teeth for your dog.

Grooming is also a great way to cut down on allergies and infections for both pets and their owners. Grooming is sometimes difficult. Cleaning, brushing and clipping your dog while also trying to keep them calm can be a challenge for any dog owner.

However, sometimes a good set of grooming tools can make the job much easier. Look into a good dog brush that thoroughly brushes as well as trims out excess hair. This will help you get two tasks done at once.

If you don’t feel up to Grooming your pets yourself, there are hundreds of dog groomers who would love to pamper your pooch for an afternoon.

But it’s better to do and do your own pet grooming. This is a great way to bond with your pet as well, and if they like the whole grooming thing then they’ll be your slave every time you even bring up mention of the words pet grooming.

It is a special bonding time between you and your dog. You can also use this time to check your dog’s health. Look carefully for signs of fleas, ticks, skin irritations, lumps or painful spots. Check your dog’s eyes, ears and teeth regularly. Consult your veterinarian if you find anything unusual or concerning.

It’s important to get him used to it from an early age. Many dogs learn to see their routine brushing as an alternate petting, another source of affection and attention. Good quality Dog brushes and comb will help you with your dog’s coat, but also remember that your dog’s eyes, ears, and nails require attention as well.

The main reasons for daily grooming include:
• Enhanced health of the skin and coat
• Reduces the chance of various health problems such as thrush, scratches, and other skin problems
• Make the dog hygienic
• Allows the groomer to check the dog’s health, such as looking for cuts, heat, swelling, lameness, or a change in temperament (such as depression) which could indicate the dog is sick
• And the important reason is it helps to form a relationship between dog and owner.

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How Much Should A Puppy Be Fed

Puppies require continual nutritional support in order to maintain a healthy growing body. To keep up with their needs they should have food available to them throughout the day.

There are three popular methods for feeding your new puppy.

Mealtime Feeding

Portion-Control Feeding

Free Feeding

Mealtime Feeding – This methods is idea for young puppies who are being housetrained. This technique usually involves mixing solid food and canned food. Your puppy gets her meals at different times throughout the day. Most dog owners prefer to feed their puppies three meals a day, but there are some people who opt for four meals a day.

It doesn’t really matter if you are feeding your puppy three or four meals a day. The key is to remember to divide their food in equal portions across your chosen number of feedings. It is also more convenient if you schedule the feedings so you do not have to wake up during the night to feed your hungry puppy.

If you choose to feed her three times per day then every eight hours is a good schedule. If you decide on four meals a day then feed her every six hours instead. Keep in mind, however, that you should not reduce your puppy to two meals per day until she is at least five or six months old.

So what is the proper amount of food to feed a puppy?

Portion-Control Feeding – This is probably the most common method of feeding your puppy used today. This is especially helpful for those people who need to work during the day, leaving their puppy home alone.

In this method, you calculate how much food your puppy needs depending on her age, and type of breed. This amount of food is left in her bowl at the same time everyday, usually in the morning before you go to work. Remember to adjust the amount of food you are giving your puppy as she gets older.

By using this method your puppy will be able to nibble on food throughout the day as she gets hungry. Most puppies will only eat a small amount of food at a time. Some puppies will empty their bowls all at one time. However, studies have shown that puppies raised using this feeding method are less likely to overeat when they mature into adult dogs.

If you are having trouble house training your puppy then this method will probably not work for you and is best avoided.

Free Feeding – In this method you make sure that there is always food available in your puppy’s bowl. She is then allowed to nibble on it throughout the day whenever she likes.

This is of course the easiest method to follow since you just make sure you keep filling her bowl. However, it is the method least recommended by vets and breeders. Using this method to feed your puppy makes it harder to housebreak her since you are never really sure when she eats. You also do not have a good idea of how much she is actually eating on a daily basis.

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How To Pick The Best Dog

If you are thinking about buying a small dog as a pet, remember that for the most part, they aren’t much different to a larger version. Having said that, there are certain points they need to be made aware of when looking after a small dog. Illustrated below are some points you will need to consider for the daily requirements for a tiny breed of dog.

Choosing a Dog

Feeding:

Naturally you’re going to feed your dog daily, but the standard-size kibble at the grocery store may be too large for your dog to eat comfortably. Make sure that your dog gets a kibble which suits his tiny mouth and you could get these along with the premium brand of dog foods. Although if you feed you dog with canned food this should not present a problem.

Good Dogs as Pets

Methods of containing them:

Every dog needs the following: regular exercise, an outdoor place for his potty needs, and an enclosed area which provides the animal with security. You need to be careful here as the large fencing used to protect a larger dog may just be too big for a small dog, since there are convenient gaps below and in between making it easy for the smaller dog to kneel down and escape through it.

It may seem bizarre but it has been known for very large birds to actually take tiny dogs from their gardens. A simple answer to this problem is to construct an enclosed play area which should stop this from happening.

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How to train the dog:

While tiny dogs aren’t any harder to train than large dogs, the consensus of many pet experts is that many of them end up spoiled. Be it a pocket or purse-fitting dog, remember that the small dog still belong to that species of animals which follow pack behavior, and incidentally the dog and not the owner leads the pack. It’s a wise idea to make sure your pet is thoroughly house trained, no matter how small and inconsequential the mess might seem when he misses.

Dog experts also suggest you make your dog work for you, to keep him responsive to your rules. Never reward a dog with goodies or a meal till he has perfected your command for doing tricks or even simple jobs like sitting or fetching.

Grooming:

Keep in mind that grooming a small dog is slightly different to larger ones and cater for this.

Firstly, as they do not get the same type of outdoor exercise that a larger dog does whereby their nails are trimmed automatically, tiny dogs require their nails trimmed on a more regular basis. Tiny canines do not get the same sort of regular outdoor exercise on rough surfaces that controls their nail growth like a larger dog so they will need to be trimmed more often. As they are eating more canned food, their teeth will need to be brushed more regularly (at least twice per week) to eliminate unwanted and harmful deposits.

The above makes it clear that it does not matter whether you are taking care of a small dog or a large dog the methods are pretty much the same. These may seem like inconsequential points but they can and will make a big difference to your pets health and happiness.

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The Maltese is a small dog, with a shoulder height of about 9” to10″ and weighing only 4 to 7 pounds. The characteristic silky white coat is long and straight and can reach to the ground if left untrimmed. The long hair is parted down the middle, from the nose to the tail.

Adding to the attractiveness and “cuteness” factor of the typical Maltese are the dark brown eyes and black nose that stand out against the white fur.

Many owners, particularly in warmer climates, will keep their Maltese clipped, trimming the fur to a length of one to two inches. This is known as a “puppy cut” as it makes the dogs look like Maltese puppies. Our gallery of maltese dog prints features these attractive pets with both long coat and puppy cut.

While the origins of the Maltese dog are shrouded in mystery, their roots are ancient and art objects going back 5000 years show dogs with similar looks. It’s a recorded fact that Maltese were popular with the Greeks and Romans, who kept the animals as lap dogs and carried them around with them – much as owners do today.

Although tiny in size, Maltese are renowned for their courage and show little fear of larger dogs. They make very good human companions as they’ve been bred for centuries as companion dogs. They thrive on love and attention and value time with their owners, which makes them suitable house pets also able to be kept in urban apartments. Because they are playful and active, their exercise needs are minimal, adding to their appeal as urban pets.

Maltese, being both intelligent and alert, are excellent watch dogs. While not given to excessive barking, they will generally sound the alarm at noises in the night.

Maltese dogs are known to be affectionate and, as a result, form strong bonds with their owners who likewise become big fans of the breed. If you’re one of those – and even if you’re not an owner – our Maltese dog prints gallery is definitely worth a browse.

How to Stop Your Dog from Getting Bad Habits

Dogs are indeed man’s best friends, but they may also be your worst nemesis if you don’t bring them up right. It is important that you teach a puppy good habits the moment you bring him home. Old habits are very hard to break, especially among canines.

You do not have to hire a professional to keep your dog behaved though. I trained my dogs alone and didn’t have a single problem with them since. Here are some tips to get you started.

1. Familiarizing the Environment
Teach your dog the different spaces of your home as soon as he arrives. From my car, I make it a point to take my dog to the area where I want him to do his stuff, usually the front lawn is the most ideal spot for me. That should at least help me keep my mind of wet spots and more on my Howard miller clocks. If you have a crate at home, it is suggestedthat you take your pooch to the spot after he marks his initial territory. Try to associate your dog’s sleeping and feeding quarters by leaving a bowl of fresh water, together with chew toys.

Places that are off limits should be reinforced. The best approach is to give verbal commands that will alert your dog that he is entering forbidden territory. The only two places where I don’t allow Bruce is my bedroom and the library where I keep all my Mantel clocks. If your dog happens to enter off-limit areas, simply give him a “ssshh” or say no then take him out to the front lawn or his favorite place.

2. The meaning of No
Whenever you tell your dog “No”, it is important that you reinforce this so that your dog will associate the word with something unpleasant or annoying. For example, you may use a clicker then click as you say no whenever your dog does something you do not approve of. It is recommended that you only say the word once. Also do not say no together with your dog’s name always or he might associate it negatively.

A little tug on the leash or collar or firmlypulling back the skin at the nape is a good reinforcement action with no. You should be able to do this consistently so that the dog will relate the bad deed as a prohibited one.

3. The meaning of praise
Equally, you should also reward or praise your dog for good habits. That way, he can be more consistent in the good behavior. Positive reinforcement is very good. However, you should be careful not to give rewards too often like treats. The bestmethod according to experts is to simply pat him on the head and tell him “Good dog!” in an enthusiastic tone.

Give your dog lots of playtime and attention. Dogs that are give simulation often are usually the most behaved. In a matter of 2 to 4 weeks, you should have no problem keeping them off your Travel alarm clocks.

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Bathing The Dog.

The rules on how often you should bathe your dog are different from one dog to the next. Various breeds as well as various types of coats determine how often the dog should be given a bath.

For example, the Poodle should be bathed every four or six weeks. On the other hand, the Pointer can go three or four months between baths. Other breeds which have harsh long coats, such as the Pomeranian, Samoyed, and the Norwegian Elkhound require less frequent bathing because it tends to soften the coat. However, dogs that are kept in the house most of the time have to be bathed more frequently to keep them clean.

Bathing the dog is important in order to keep the coat and skin clean and healthy. The coat should always be brushed thoroughly before the bath. This will help to remove all dead hair and all mats from the coats of long-haired dogs.

The next step is to prepare the materials you are going to use before the bath. The following is a list of supplies you will need:

1. Shampoo (regular or special shampoos for conditioning, color, coat, etc.)

2. Bristle Brush

3. Sponge

4. Rubber Tub Mat

5. Two Thick Bath-size Towels

6. Chain and Choke (to secure dog)

7. Spray Hose

8. Cream Rinse (long-haired breeds with the exception of the Poodle and Terriers).

Always remember to secure your dog safely in the tub. A chain and choke is necessary for this, giving the dog about a foot and a half of slack. This will make sure that the dog cannot jump from the tub and injure himself.

Using a spray hose, wet the coat thoroughly with warm water. Next, apply the shampoo to the dog’s coat with a sponge, paying special attention to the ears, rectum area, and pads of the feet. These three areas are usually neglected by most groomers when bathing the dog.

A small bristle brush may be used to scrub the head, ears, pads of the feet, and other extremely dirty areas of the coat. When the coat is thoroughly soaped and scrubbed, rinse it with warm water.

When rinsing, place the thumb over the ear opening to keep water out of the ears. Also keep a hand over the eyes to prevent any soap from getting into them. Since every dog should have a double bath, repeat the soaping and rinsing process. On the last rinse be sure to get all of the soap out of the coat.

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Dogs are considered very valuable by their owners. Over the years dogs have gone from being just a pet to being a member of the family. Of all the pets out there, the dog is the most popular.

One of the reasons for this is that dogs are trainable. By just knowing some hand signals for dog training you can give your pet the proper training. Dogs are very smart, well maybe with a few exceptions, but if you teach your dog some verbal and hand signals commands they can easily grasp your message.

Dogs are very good at reading body language; if you have any doubt on that, just think about how your dog reacts when you are upset. Because of their ability to read body language they can very easily learn hand signals in addition to the verbal commands.

You will find that there are several different approaches for dog training from using punishment techniques to a more positive, rewards based approach.

There still remain many schools of thought when it comes to dog training, and a great many veteran trainers will use a specific system that suits them as well as their customers. The current trend is a move towards more of a rewards based method.

Another factor is your dog, and its background. Is it a puppy, or a rescue dog with their inherent concerns? What is your desired outcome from training–basic obedience, as a pet for the family, show, tracking, or any other dog activities?

Once you have established your training goals and you have your dog’s personality in mind, make a list of all the local dog obedience schools information that you can find. Then check out their web pages. You can check with other dog owners to see if they have a good dog trainer. Also contact your local veterinarian or kennel for suggestions.

Trainers who use positive methods are your best bet. Always check references of the trainers. Some trainers do work with you and your dog in your home, however your dog will be missing out on important socialization. You may want to observe one of the beginner classes. Do not go if they use any harsh techniques, such as, choke collars.

When you new puppy is still young, you should enroll him in either a puppy kindergarten class or a play group. This is because early socialization is key for your puppy’s development. On the other hand, if your new dog is a rescue dog who has developed issues with aggression, you may need to hire a certified animal behaviorist to help you rather than just a dog trainer. Aggression in dogs is an issue never to be taken lightly. It is best to address it immediately.

Although there is a small percentage of dogs that will require a pinch collar for training purposes, a “Gentle Leader” head collar is often just as, if not more, effective for most dogs.

If your dog isn’t required for his first training session, don’t be shocked — it’s a good thing! Clicker training (or any positive training) needs a training session for owners so you learn to properly use the tools and to communicate effectively with your dog.

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How Do I Potty Train My New Puppy?

Is your precious 4-legged friend more of a deliquent than a well behaved pooch? Has training gone awry and you’re going more bald with each day? I assure you that your dog is not trying to be mean, vindictive, or even a deliquent by not following house training!

Wrong! The common misconception that your dog is trying to be vindictive and countermine your house training efforts by refusing to follow the rules is a complete myth.

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Dogs only have the capacity for simple, direct emotions, such as being happy, sad, or scared. Their minds are not capable of plotting ways to seek revenge for that swat on his rear, or how you scolded him an hour ago.

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So take a deep breath and acknowledge that some dogs do however make associations with past experiences. Perhaps your dog has associated something negative with going to the bathroom on the paper or going outside. Perhaps there is some sort of anxiety that is preventing them from doing what they need to do. Don’t forget, your dog by nature, wants to please you and it’s family!

In other words, lets say that you punish your dog for urinating on the front porch. If you continue to scold him for this behavior then eventually your dog will become fearful of using the bathroom outside. All he knows is that he is “outside”, not on the front porch. Your efforts will countermine your house training goals.

Here are some tips for helping with house training. Your dog is going to have accidents, so never punish or yell at your dog when he uses the bathroom inside the house. Most housetraining problems actually stem from owners who completely instill fear in their pets when they go potty on the floor. This creates enough trauma to completely unravel all your efforts into successfully training your dog.

The key is trying not to react. Instead, remove your dog from the room and take him outside in a very calm and relaxed manner. Be sure that he does not see you cleaning up his mess. Quietly clean the area and be sure to use an enzyme-containing house cleaner. Vinegar or liquid soap will do just fine as well. By completely removing all of the older, this helps reduce your dog’s need to urinate and mark the same spot over and over.

Tip: Avoid using ammonia because the smell is very similar to that of a dog’s urine and can stimulate him to pee in the same area.

When all else fails, schedule a visit with your veterinarian so that the doctor can do a complete health checkup of your dog to make sure that there is not a health-related reason for his inability to become house trained.

If your dog is still having problems, then it’s time to call in the professional and take your dog to the vet! There could be some underlying problem such as a sickness or disease or other health condition that might be hampering their ability to be house trained.

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When it comes to the first time that you choose to get a puppy and bring it home, you may wonder as to whether having the new puppy will be a positive experience or not. The truth is that if you have never had a dog before, then having a new puppy in your home will be nothing less than that of a rewarding experience. It does not matter if you are single, have small children ion your home or even if you are retired, adding a dog to your home is a great way of sprucing up your lifestyle. You will need to learn How to Train Your Dog first.

If you are considering buying a puppy for the first time and are not sure whether or not bringing a pet into the house will be a positive experience, just ask around and I can guarantee that you will never find a dog owner who was not happy. Puppies are a great addition to any household, regardless if you have children, whether you are retired, and even if you are a busy young adult going to school or just getting started in life.

If you are retired…

Let’s face it, when it comes to being of retirement age, this also means that there is no longer any kids living in the house which just leaves you and your partner. A dog is a great way of bringing back some life into your home well after you retire. Tending and caring for a puppy is just like having young children in your home.

It is important though that you remember to do your research on the various dog breeds to determine which one will be right for you. When you are retired, you do not need a large dog that easily gets overly excited you need a dog that is usually well mannered and quiet. For every person out there, there is a perfect dog for you.

Getting out on your own…

You don’t have to be retired or even have a family in your home for a new puppy to make a positive change in your life. You could be a young and single adult, maybe even one who is still attending school for a new dog to change your life. It is important to remember certain points of interest and determine if you are able to offer these to your dog without hesitation to determine if getting a puppy is right for you.

1) For starters, a new puppy or even a full grown dog need to receive one on one attention from you on an almost constant basis. If you are not really able to offer this to your new puppy then perhaps you should wait until you can.

2) Taking care of a dog costs money. You have to pay for food and veterinarian visits among many other things. If you are wanting to bring home a new puppy, make sure that you can afford to do it first.

3) Dogs are not temporary friends, they are friends for life. Will you be able to give 5 or even 10 years to your dog without hesitation? Do you think for any reason that you may have to get rid of the dog in a couple years? Bringing a dog into your home is a long-term commitment and make sure that you are able to fully commit before accepting a new dog into your home.

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