The Dachshund is a robust and courageous dog. He has great stamina and a unique character.
The Dachshund is independent, combative, and tries to dominate other dogs.
His habit of barking at the slightest noise makes him a good watchdog .
De Teckel is affectionate and cheerful, but demands a lot of attention and is often jealous.
The short-haired variety is the most energetic , while the shaggy variety has a rustic character and the greatest hunting instinct .
The long-haired variety is the calmest of the three. All Dashondens must be consistently and patiently educated from an early age.
Typical properties of the Dachshund
Due to its origins as an independent hunting and guard dog, the Teckel has a courageous and spicy character. Brave, fierce behavior and barking was useful when Dachshunds had to compete underground with a badger or a fox. The little Dachshund also has great endurance and is intelligent and stubborn.
If he gets the chance, the clever Dachshund certainly tries to play his boss. For example, he knows very well what he can achieve with his cute and touching gaze. In addition, your Dachshund can occasionally be a little jealous; You are his owner and he is your hero.
Even though De Teckel is a companion dog, he is not a typical lap dog. It is important to challenge your Dachshund mentally and physically. The lively and cheerful Dachshund loves to play and is, because of his background as a hunting dog, also very fanatic. Walking through the forest and playing with branches and balls, whether or not in the water, and just snooping around and digging, are good things for Dachshunds. But do you want to fetch fun together? You have the chance that your Dachshund simply keeps the stick or toy with him. After all, he has his own will.
Not only the character of your Dachshund is unique. With its long back, it also has a unique construction. You can easily keep a Dachshund in an apartment, but because of that long back it is wise not to let him walk stairs.
Once decided on adopting a dog, the next step to take is the type of doghouse that you will need. The doghouse depends on the dog breed that you want. Dogs grow very fast and allowances must be taken to ensure that the doghouse will shelter the dog when it is full-grown.
The Doghouse Type
This is a fine time to practice creativity. There are as many doghouse styles as there are houses for people.
For people that want to exercise fun and creativity, doghouse styles could be constructed to look like a miniature single room white house complete with a blue room or just have the blue room instead.
It could even look like the basic structure of your house with the inside looking like your room. It could be constructed to look like a chalet, a lean-to, a box or a cage. There are a lot of choices.
The only must is that the doghouse will fit the dog enough to have him move comfortably and that the roof will not be so hot during summer months. Another very important item is the door. In areas where there are very cold seasons, a door should be opted instead of the usual open hole.
Determining doghouse sizes are personal choices. You could build the doghouse as big as you want.
However, you cannot build a doghouse smaller than this:
Height: to determine a comfortable height that is also enough to ensure good air circulation, add 9 inches to the height of a fully-grown dog of the same breed.
Length: to determine the shortest length for a doghouse, add one and one-half foot from the length of the dog starting from the tip of the nose to its rump.
Width: to decide the narrowest width of the doghouse that would provide enough space for the dog to move around, add one foot to the length of the dog, this is the narrowest space for your width.
Choosing the Location
The ideal area to be chosen as the location for building the dog house is a level ground that is free from water run-off.
Clear the site where the doghouse will be built down to the short grass. Pack the ground tightly before building.
In areas where there are extreme changes in weather, you may need to insulate the doghouse or consider air conditioning. This is more important when you have an outdoor dog breed. There are many choices for roofing but often, a wooden roof is sufficiently cool. For flooring, you may want vinyl or lumber as these are easily cleaned.
For health reasons, the doghouse is usually constructed a few inches from the ground. This also wards off insects and other small animals from entering aside from ensuring that the place remains dry. Then you begin building.
When pressed for time and you would prefer doghouse kits, there are so many varieties that are available that are pre-fabricated and are available in your local pet shops.
Hopefully, your dog may sleep inside your house.
A dog that is allowed to come inside your house will always be a greater family member. Therefore we recommend you to take the dog inside.
If you are scared that the dog breaks anything in your home, then you can use a cage like the picture below.
A dog that sleeps in such a cage has more respect for the owner and the education is a lot easier.
You put the dog in his cage every time when you are leaving the house and the dog needs to be alone.
That’s the most important reason to take a cage. So the dog only can break things when you are home.
It is important that you can punish the dog immediately when he does something wrong. You simply define when you can educate the dog, and when it’s time to rest.
The famous gold rush to the Klondike district in Alaska at the end of the 19th century has brought to light various talented and talented characters.The reputation of the American writer of adventure novels and animal stories Jack London (1876-1916), for example, is inextricably linked to that period. The same applies to the fate of the Siberian Husky . If they had not found gold in Alaska, we would probably never have heard of this dog.But more about that later.
The term husky , or “hoarse,” applied to all sled dogs used by the Indians and Eskimos.
The Siberian Husky breed, which is part of that group of sled dogs, comes from the far north-east of Asia, to be precise, from the Chukchi peninsula.The Eskimo people living there, the Chukchi or Chukchee, were deprived of any contact with Western civilization. Little is known about this people and about the way they bred dogs. What they have managed to find out is that the Chukchchen took the dogs into the family circle and that they applied a real selection.
These Eskimos killed the most bitches shortly after birth, and kept the most robust ones. The males were castrated, with the exception of the specimens selected for breeding. Of course it concerned the bravest males. Because of this use and the extremely strict climatic conditions and the isolation of the Eskimos, a very typified and pure dog population could arise. Finding gold in Alaska would remove the Siberian Husky from its isolation.
In July 1896 huge clumps of gold were discovered at the confluence of two rivers in the Klondike district. The consequence of this was that an unexpected influx of emigrants from all over America came to Alaska. The prospectors soon discovered that it was not that simple to survive in the cold, the dark and the silence of the high North. Because they had no contact at all with the Indians and Eskimos, and therefore did not know the native dogs, they had to seek help elsewhere for, for example, the transport of their loads. Anyone who seemed strong enough and apparently could handle the climate was called in. That meant, among other things, that the carriages were pulled by dogs of all kinds with tools, food and iron heaters.Collies, Sheepdogs and Setters were mainly used for that tough job, but the most sensible chose dogs of the Saint Bernard or Newfoundland type. A few managed to get their hands on indigenous dogs and they showed to be superior when it came to sledging. However, it was not so easy to get these dogs because the locals themselves needed them too badly. Moreover, it turned out to be very difficult to master them. The fact that the local sled dogs slowly but surely managed to secure a permanent place and eventually became generally recognized by the pioneers, was probably due to the fur hunters.
Long before the gold rush took place in Alaska, fur hunters had settled there. They were also referred to as ‘musher’, a term derived from the ‘marche’ command that the French-Canadian trappers gave to their ropes. For English speakers that has become ‘mush’ because of the sound. In the days of these mushers, the robust dogs of the Mahlemuts, an eskimo tribe in Alaska, spread. Because those dogs were able to pull the heaviest loads over the greatest distances, they soon became famous. They also came into the hands of the settlers and they were brought up by the construction of the Malamutes (as the dogs were called) with the idea of crossing them with Saint Bernard. Out of these crossings came the Blossom, a still famous species. Later, they sought more power than speed, and that is why the Malamute was crossed with western dogs that were lighter, such as Setters or shepherd dogs. But back to the mushers. Following the Indians and Eskimos, they conceived the plan to compare the performance of their strains. To this end, they organized competitions between the villages themselves, events that were also firmly bet. It is easy to explain that these competitions expanded rapidly. According to an Alaskan saying, the high North has four seasons: June, July, August and winter. The aim is to indicate that all activities focus on the three summer months and that everyone closes off from the outside world during the rest of the year. The obvious boredom was perhaps the birthplace of the success of the sled races.
It is not surprising that the popularity of the sled games led to the founding of the Nome Kennel Club in 1907. Initiators to that end were the musher Allan Scott and the lawyer Albert Fink, who wanted to give the games a serious basis and a recurring event. wanted to make of it. The name Nome refers to a hamlet on the coast of the Seward peninsula, in the extreme north-west of Alaska. This remote corner owes its existence only to the discovery of clogs of gold on the beach. At first it was not even thought of giving this hamlet a name at the end of the world, and precisely because it had no name (no name) it was called Nome. Nome became the center of the sled races. In 1908 the Nome Kennel Club launched the All Alaska Sweepstakes, a competition over a length of 650 km. As a result, the search for the best dogs and the selection of the best-performing strains were given a new dimension, and the Siberian Husky also came into the picture.
The Husky lived in Siberia, but in fact it is not that far from Alaska. The Beringstraat that separates Alaska from Siberia is no more than 100 km wide.Moreover, Alaska had ties with the Asian continent, if only because a large Russian colony lived in Alaska. He had settled there before 1867, the year in which Tsar Alexander II sold Alaska to the United States for seven million dollars. As the sledge races continued to expand, a fur dealer of Russian origin, William Goosak, first came up with the idea of getting some Huskies from Siberia. He intended to use these dogs in the All Alaska Sweepstakes. Initially they were a bit skeptical about these sled dogs, because they were smaller than the others. However, it was not long before they were taken seriously, because the team of Siberian Huskies finished third.
The result was that a well-to-do Scotch collected no less than 60 Huskies from the Chukchens on the Anadyr River. He entrusted a team to John Johnson, who made a name for himself in 1910 by convincingly breaking the match record. Johnson, also known as “iron man” or “the iron man,” repeated his performance in 1914. Then it was Leonhard Seppala ‘s turn to win the game for three consecutive years. This Norwegian was without a doubt the greatest musher of all time and with him the most glorious period in the history of the Siberian Husky came. The stock of the breed was formed by the very valuable import of Huskies from Siberia. The last time dogs were introduced in that period was in 1930 and came in the name of Olaf Swenson.
In 1925 a dramatic event ensured that the Siberian Husky’s reputation reached the whole of America. In January of that year, Nome became the victim of a diphtheria epidemic. The only doctor of the then only 1450 inhabitants had no more than a few doses of diphtheria anatoxine and they had been there for five years. So outside help was urgently needed. The necessary serum was quickly sent from Anchorage via the new railway line (from Anchorage to Fairbanks) to Nenana. Nenana, however, was still more than 1000 km away from Nome. Due to the usual weather conditions at that time of the year, the old planes that were available could not take off, so there was nothing left but transport by sled. To get the precious medicine to the destination, 19 teams of Huskies alternated. They were met by Leonhard Seppala, who left Nome, and who in turn was relieved by Gunnar Kasson. Eventually the leader of his team managed to reach the dog Balto Nome, and that in the middle of a snowstorm, in the freezing cold and in almost complete darkness. This ‘match against death’ had all taken 127 hours, so about five and a half days.
The news of heroism soon became known throughout America. They even erected a statue for Balto in New York’s Central Park. The admiration and interest in Siberian Huskies were so great that Seppala and his dogs toured the United States. From the dogs he gave up during that tour, a part of the American population of the breed has emerged. The Siberian Husky was recognized as a breed in 1930 by the American Kennel Club. That apart from the sled dogs also the sled sport gained popularity, is evident from the fact that in 1932 sled races were allowed as demonstration sport at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics. The Siberian Husky Club of America, founded in 1938, established the first official standard, although a first impulse had already been published in 1932. In 1939 the Canadian Kennel Club also admitted the breed. Everything went well, except in Alaska itself. Life in Alaska started to look different from the 1920s. The era of the small prospectors was almost over and was followed by the industrial era. This also had consequences for transport. In addition to the train, people increasingly made use of the aircraft. Today, one in every 30 residents of Alaska has a pilot’s license and one in 50 owns a private plane.) In addition, a first economic recession in 1923 forced the last adventurers to flee. That was a foretaste of the great world recession that arrived hard in Alaska in particular. The transport by sled therefore decreased, and with it the use of sled dogs, although there were still exceptions here and there. For example, the famous Hudson Bay Company would use sleighs to deliver the mail until 1963, while the Canadian police would continue to use the dogs until 1969. The Indians and Eskimos in Alaska, however, still use sleighs and still hold matches between the villages.
After a period of neglect of sledging, a revival took place in 1946, when the “Fur Rendezvous” of Anchorage was established. But there were clear changes in the sport. It was no longer about the famous races from the hero era, but more about speed races over distances of a few tens of kilometers per day. As a result, the dogs also changed. Native American mushers such as the famous George Attla still used Huskies, but others soon realized that they could get much faster dogs by crossing Siberian dogs with hunting dogs and even Greyhounds. Such crossings took place so many times that many “Alaskan Huskies ” could no longer be called northern dogs.
It was not until the 1970s that it was realized that the dogs became faster due to the crossbreeding, but that this was at the expense of their robustness and endurance. Alaska’s Huskies did not become true polar dogs again until the Iditarod was introduced in 1973, a competition over a distance of 1800 km to be completed in 11 days (with one day of rest). Of course the Siberian Husky had lost its homogeneity in the meantime. He had actually become one of the Huskies who descended from Native American, Eskimose and Western dogs. The Siberian Husky, however, has not completely disappeared from Alaska, because his blood still flows through the veins of many Alaskan Huskies. He is also still able to compete as a pure breed, as the breeder and musher Earl Norris have proven. The progressive development of sled sport and the related selection of competition dogs have only recently emerged in Europe. The first impetus was given by enthusiasts who went to watch competitions in Alaska and the United States and then took very high-performing Huskies to Europe. Yet the Siberian Husky was already on display in France during the First World War. It turned out to be impossible at that time to supply certain strategic positions in the Vosges with ammunition and food via horses, mules or people. After all, people were under intense gunfire. That is how the idea of using dogs was born. Among the approximately 400 dogs that were brought from Nome and Canada for this purpose, there were about 100 Siberian Huskies. They were trained by the famous musher Scotty Allan. The rest of Europe did not become acquainted with the breed until the 1950s, first in Switzerland and Norway, and later in the other Scandinavian countries, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The Siberian Husky was recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in 1966. Since then this dog has achieved enormous success, of course because of its appearance, but certainly also because of its sporting qualities.
It is certain that the wolf-like appearance of the Siberian Husky has attracted attention. Distorted blue eyes are of course an attractive aspect.Moreover, because much attention was paid to the breed by the written press and the necessary movie stars, more Husky admirers were added every year. Everyone wanted to have such a special dog. It was soon realized that the rather unusual appearance of the Husky matched its equally unusual character. And since pulling sleds turned out to be his specialty, they naturally also came up with the idea of holding competitions.
The Siberian Husky is often complained because he has become a companion dog, but that is not always necessary. Many owners realize that this dog has a special character. They still use and train him as a sled dog and put him in front of the sled in the absence of snow.
Not every breed made its American debut with as big a splash as the Siberian Husky. A team of these lean, fast sled dogs, originally developed by the seminomadic Chukchi people of Northeastern Asia to pull sleds over long distances, proved just what they were made of while racing across the frozen Alaskan wilderness to deliver life-saving diphtheria serum to remote Nome, Alaska, in January 1925. Some of the dogs were taken on a tour of the Lower 48 after news of the courageous men and dogs spread, and they were met with wild acclaim. From that day on, the Siberian has been popular.
For those looking for a calm dog to settle with on the couch in the evenings and maybe enjoy a short stroll around the block a few times a week, the Siberian Husky isn’t a match. The same goes for those looking for a devoted companion who lives to please and hangs on his owner’s every word.
But for people who want a dog to be a partner and friend, who will love children, greet guests, and get along with other dogs — and most importantly, for those ready and willing to provide consistent leadership and plenty of vigorous exercise every day — then a Siberian Husky will be a joy.
Although they usually get along well with other dogs, Siberians have a strong predatory streak and may consider small animals, including cats, prey. Those with multispecies households need to be extremely cautious with this breed.
As should be expected from a breed developed for snow country, the Siberian sheds year-round, but more so in spring and fall. On the upside, his short, thick coat requires little care, and frequent brushing will curb the shedding.
Siberians are not usually barkers, although they’ll often howl, especially to a siren. They are adept escape artists and have been known to climb over and dig under some pretty serious fences. Neutering may lessen the sense of wanderlust, but don’t count on it: Siberians should be microchipped and have an ID tag on their collars at all times if you want to help ensure their safe return after an escape.
Although working Siberians often live happily in kennel situations because they get lots of exercise, relegating a Siberian to the backyard isn’t a great idea. He’ll easily become lonely and bored, and that means he’ll become destructive. Siberians are world-class diggers when they’re not jumping fences and wandering for miles.
Finally, if you are looking for a dog who focuses only on you or will protect your home, choose a different breed. Siberians do not grasp the concept of strangers and may instead greet all with enthusiasm. A Siberian does not a good watchdog make.
Other Quick Facts
Siberians can have blue eyes, brown eyes, eyes that are a little of both, or one of each color. There is no relationship between eye color and eye disease in this breed.
The Siberian’s passions include digging and running. These are not behaviors that can be trained away.
The Siberian has a strong prey drive and probably isn’t the greatest roommate for cats and other small mammals.
The Pomsky is a cross between two different breeds, the Siberian Husky and the Pomeranian. Opening your heart and home to a crossbreed, also known as a hybrid, is like opening a beautifully wrapped package on your birthday: You never know what’s going to be inside.
It’s often assumed that a crossbreed will combine the best of two or more breeds, but genetics don’t always work that way. The manner in which genes combine and express themselves is not always subject to the breeder’s control — even less so when two different breeds with such disparate sizes and temperaments are crossed.
That’s why you can’t always predict how big that cute puppy will eventually become. It would be difficult, though, for a Pomsky not to be charming.
Because the hybrid is relatively new, there frankly aren’t enough data to predict which aspect of the parents’ temperaments will be dominant. Both of his parent breeds can be affectionate and playful, although the Pomeranian is more likely to be a one-person dog. The Siberian Husky, on the other hand, tends to have a more independent nature. What you get depends on both nature and nurture.
A Pomsky can be a fun-loving playmate for children — preferably kids who are are at least 6 years old. Because some Pomskies can be extremely small, younger children should be supervised carefully any time they are with a pup as small as a Pomsky. If they accidentally fall on or drop the dog, they could hurt him. Adults and children alike must watch their feet when a Pomsky on the small side is around; it’s easy to accidentally step on him.
Pomskies typically require a moderate activity level that can be adaptable to their owner’s lifestyle. They need a short to moderate walk or active playtime each day, like any dog. If the dog’s overall health is good (your veterinarian can help determine that), a Pomsky can often be athletic enough to participate in such dog sports as agility, nose work, obedience and rally.
Pomsky puppies are adorable, and it’s one of the reasons they’re so popular. Cute puppies sell, and that makes the Pomsky a favorite of commercial breeders. There are breeders who are working to make the Pomsky a recognized breed, but as of yet the dogs are few in number and sell for big bucks — think $2,500 to $5,000.
If you do choose to buy one, select a breeder who has done the health testing to help ensure that her puppies won’t carry the genetic diseases common to both Pomeranians and Siberian Huskies. And while there are no guarantees in life, it may help minimize the possibility of certain big veterinary bills in the future.
Other Quick Facts
The size of a Pomsky can vary dramatically, from toy size to medium size. Like their parent breeds, the dogs can come in many different patterns and colors, such as grey/white, brown red, blue merle, blonde and more.
A Pomsky typically has a soft, fluffy, silky coat, prick ears and a furry tail that swishes over the back.
The Pomsky is usually bred from a Siberian Husky female and a Pomeranian male. Breedings are usually done through artificial insemination because of the size difference in the two breeds.
These days, the dog is increasingly regarded as a member of the family. This brings them more and more into contact with small children. We know about 350 recognized dog breeds, but which are best suited as a child-friendly family dog? We look at our top 10 with you.
Important characteristics of family dogs
So many people, so many dogs wishes. But what makes a dog suitable as a family dog.
A family dog has a number of characteristics that make the dog ideal within a family, with or without small children.
We find the most important characteristics:
A dog with a bad background such as a trauma will more easily come up unexpectedly. This is certainly not recommended with children. Therefore buy from the breeder.
Even a dog that is too active is not recommended. Just think of the countless YouTube videos where children are knocked over by a dog.
The younger you bring the dog into your home, the better. They then get used to his new situation with children more quickly.
The personality of the breed is very important. But certainly also the individual, which every golden retriever naturally does not have the same personality.
The most important thing for a family dog that is good with children is the upbringing.
You can teach bad or good manners to any dog or breed. So make sure you always raise a puppy in a friendly way.
Also involve your children in the education of your puppy if possible.
NO puppy is an aggressive puppy.
Yes ok, puppies can bite, but this is unconscious behavior. The puppy does not know that he is doing badly, this must be taught by the owners.
Tips for dogs and children
What really are “child-friendly dog breeds” now depends primarily on the education of children and dogs. Teach children to caress the rule of 3 when stroking:
Before stroking the dog, the child must request permission from the boss.
The child must request permission from the dog. That is, the child lures the dog and waits for the dog to indicate that it wants to be caressed. Children are not allowed to extend their hands themselves but have to wait for the dog to come to their hands.
Then the child can stroke the dog, but this must be done in a way that is not threatening to the dog. No stroking on the head or back, but under the chin or chest.
Teach children to behave quietly in the vicinity of dogs.
This small, sturdy dog is one lump of energy. Moreover, a French Bulldog is intelligent, loyal and patient with children.
Unlike the English bulldog, we breed French bulldogs. The breed is stronger and healthier than an English bulldog.
This breed is on this list of the best family dog. Moreover, they snore when they sleep, that will certainly make the children laugh.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises, so only choose this breed if you have a lot of time to walk or play.
The Golden Retrievers are energetic, intelligent and cordial. They do not have highly developed watch instincts (but can sometimes be watchful), interact easily with other animals, and are good with children. It is an alert yet sensitive species. This breed can be enthusiastic and temperamental, while other dogs are more reserved.
This dog is considered sweet and impulsive. The Golden Retriever is a pleasant dog. They are quick, have an excellent sense of smell and are strongly active in any terrain and climate.
This gentle breed won’t hurt a fly. They are loyal, kind and good with children.
One of our smallest dogs, with the biggest heart
or, instead of Pomeranian, a size bigger: the Keeshond
Poodle as a family dog
One of our smartest dogs, ideal for children with allergies.
If the children respect him as their friend, it will also become their most loyal friend.
Very intelligent watchdog, can be with children if they consider him a friend.
Hatchi, we know him from the movie. Faithful to his owner and the children. However, disciplined upbringing.
There are 3 types of Dachshunds: shaggy, short-haired and long-haired. The short-haired is the softest in personality of the Dachshund types. Highly recommended for children.
Our Beaglets, very tolerant of children. And sporty!
Not immediately everyone’s friend, but once he has won your trust: your best friend, also from the kids!
A buddy in between, a cross between 2 intelligent varieties!
Do you want to buy a Dachshund? Are you interested in a Dachshund puppies or are you looking for an adult Dachshund? Do you want a short-haired, rough-haired or long-haired? A boy or a girl? Do you want a dog from a shelter or do you choose a breeder of a Dwarf Dachshund? This website provides useful information if you are looking for a Dachshund puppy from a trusted Dachshund breeder
Dachshund puppies or adult dog Are you looking to buy a puppy? Do you like Dachshunds and would you like to buy a puppy from an Approved Dachshund breeder? Then keep in mind that you need time to train these puppies. If you want to buy a puppy it is intended that you pay enough attention and time to the upbringing. Are you looking for adult dogs for sale? If you are more interested in an adult dog, there is a chance that the dog may need a re-education because he may have learned something the wrong way. A dog school is then an ideal solution.
Look at pictures of our Dachshund puppies
Buy healthy Dachshund dog! The most important thing is that your Dachshund is healthy. Do you know the horror stories of sick puppies and exhausted breeding females that are exploited by bread breeders? Caution and common sense are not a superfluous luxury if you want to buy a nice, healthy Dachshund. Choose a recognized breeder. Visit Woefkesranch, specializing in Dachshunds. Buy your Dwarf Dachshund with puppy guarantee.
There are different categories of Dachshund Breeders: • occasional breeders (a maximum of 2 litters of dogs and 2 litters of cats per year), which must not be recognized at this time • from 3 litters of cats or 3 litters of dogs per year: the hobby breeders, the professional breeders and the breeders-traders, all of whom must be recognized. Always ask for a puppy guarantee when purchasing your puppy. This is a two-year warranty period. If your dog falls ill or dies within a period of two years, the seller is obliged to reimburse you (since 2004 in accordance with the Civil Code). If the seller does not want to give you a 2-year guarantee certificate, then definitely do NOT buy the animal from such a seller.
If you have been thinking of getting a new dog, have you considered all the options available to you? The obvious choice people make, when considering a new dog is to go to a specialized dog breeder. A good dog breeder will be able to sell you a puppy that has been checked for genetic problems, diseases etc and will very often provide you with a high-quality pedigree dog that should be free from problems that plague a lot of dogs.
This is ideal for a lot of people but of course will come at a price. There is an alternative – adopting a puppy or adult dog.
There are lots of dogs that are without homes at animal shelters or humane societies. These animals are often a victim of circumstance. Either an owner has died, or an elderly person cannot cope any more. Sadly through no fault of their own, they have ended up homeless. Adopting a dog, may be a great way to offer a loving home to one of these dogs.
A lot of people are concerned that they may end up with an unhealthy dog, or a dog that may be aggressive by getting one from a shelter. Most animal shelters will check a dog for good health and good temperament, so if there are any problems you will be told about them. Also, a lot of shelters offer in-house training to increase the chances of a dog finding a new home. Which is great for everybody!
The best way to go about adopting a dog is to pay a visit to your nearest animal shelter. Explain to the staff there, what kind of dog would suit you and your family. Bear in mind that if you have very small children, getting a large dog may not be a good idea. Similarly if you have an apartment, maybe think about getting a small dog that doesn’t require vast amounts of exercise. A bit of forethought before you arrive will make finding the perfect dog for you that much easier.
When you bring your new dog home, try and imagine things from her perspective. Your new dog has probably been through a lot in the past so bringing her to yet another new home may well be overwhelming. The best thing to do is keep her on a leash at first, and gradually introduce her to your home letting her sniff each room until she has got a feel for her new surroundings. Also, take her to relieve her bladder outside if she has been on a long car journey with you. Once she has settled down, allow her to walk freely off the leash inside your home (not outside off the leash yet). This will give her a chance to find ‘her’ spot. By this I mean her favorite place. We all have a favorite spot where we like to go, dogs are no different. If you have bought a new dog bed or blanket for your new arrival, this may be the place to put it. She will naturally go to that spot so having a comfy new bed there will help her settle in.
Your new dog may be very quiet for the first few days but don’t worry, this is part of the settling in process. After a short while, your dog will be fully settled as a new member of the family.
Adopting from an animal shelter is a great way to get a new companion and a great way to make a new and happy future for your dog.
If you’re a dog owner, chances are you really don’t think much about your daily walks. But in the summer, there are some things you might want to consider to make your dog walking as safe and healthy as possible.
Summer heat poses some risks. Here are some tips for taking your dog walking in hot weather.
Every dog is different. Experts suggest customizing your walk to suit your dog’s physical type and endurance level. If your dog is slightly overweight and you’re starting an exercise program, then three or four short, 10-minute walks might work better than one long one. For a more energetic, younger or thinner dog, a longer walk might work fine, but a brief rest and drink every 10 minutes helps keep your dog cool and hydrated.
Small dogs have to work harder to cover the same distance that might be a mere hop and a skip for a larger dog. Remember your dog’s size as you customize your walk. And dogs with snub-noses are more prone to respiratory distress in hot weather, sources say. It’s a little harder for them to cool themselves effectively, so walking in the morning or evening may be better for these types of dogs.
In the summer, you aren’t as likely to run into antifreeze in water on the street. Nonetheless, puddles should not be water sources for your dog during your walk, sources warn. They can harbor parasites and other road chemicals such as motor oil.
What to Bring
For a safe walk this summer, here is a checklist of things you might want to bring along to make your dog’s walk successful, healthy, and safe.
-Cool water should be taken along (for you, too!). Consider a backpack with an ice pack (a slim gel pack from your freezer will do fine and won’t add too much weight). Put bottles of water for both of you in the pack.
-A collapsible water bowl can be slipped into your backpack too.
-Treats are good to bring along for reward and to sustain your dog.
-Tweezers can be handy for removing ticks.
-Flea and tick repellent should be applied before your walk.
Go for Grass
Whenever possible, try to get your dog to grass or vegetation during the walk. Hot concrete can burn his paws. If you can, a walk in the woods or park with shade is a good choice.
Know the Signs
Watch your dog for signs of discomfort and agitation. Excessive panting is also a sign that your dog is getting overheated. If you see signs of heat exhaustion, get your dog to an air conditioned car or building as soon as possible, and call your vet.