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Mikähän on Kolmanneks Yleisin Koirannimi Kongossa? (The Third Most Popular Dog’s Name In Congo)

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It’s fried, battered and oh so good

Birthday Girl!

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Two years ago, Emma was born in a shelter and was going to be put to sleep. I’m so lucky to have her in my life.

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Rain Falls, Gas Prices Rise, and Dogs Bark. Stop Dog Barking

Rain Falls, Gas Prices Rise, and Dogs Bark. Stop Dog Barking

There are certain things that can’t be avoided. If you are a dog owner, you will have to learn to deal with some barking, or howling, or baying, depending on your dog’s breed and his mood today. What you should not accept, however, is constant, uncontrolled barking. This kind of thing leads to stressed-out dogs, stressed-out owners, and stressful meetings with your homeowner’s association.

As with any knotty behavior, the Human In Charge needs to begin by figuring out why her dog is barking.

When we acquire dogs, we usually expect them to bark if a stranger comes into the house, if they or we are being threatened. If your dog is doing this kind of barking regularly enough to annoy you, you need a new neighborhood.

Sometimes dogs bark to identify themselves. If they see another dog in the area, or the dogs in the neighborhood are already having a conversation, your dog will just want to join in with a bark that says, “Hey! It’s me and I’m over here!” Usually a sharp reminder from the Human In Charge will stop the conversation, and if not, moving the dog inside the house will usually take care of it.

Sometimes dogs bark to get your attention. This behavior is most common in puppies. It should also be discouraged in puppies, because as your puppy gets bigger, that bark will get louder. If your dog is barking to get your attention, withhold your attention until the dog calms down. If your dog is already large and loud, and the Human In Charge is just now dealing with this, make sure you are on good terms with the neighbors; it could take a while.

Sometimes dogs bark if they get too excited during a game. The barks are often short and sharp. These barks signal that a time out is in order, until your dog can get himself under control.

Sometimes dogs bark because they are bored, lonely, or anxious. At times, this means that they are experiencing separation anxiety. Anxious or panicked barking can be continuous while you are gone, and tends to get higher in pitch as the dog gets more upset. See the article on separation anxiety to deal with this barking, and the other incredibly annoying behaviors that go with it.

Now that the Human In Charge has an idea of why her knotty doggie is barking, she needs to look to some general principles for controlling that barking.

The first step to controlling barking, or anything else, is being able to control the dog. If the dog will stop what he is doing and come when called, the Human In Charge can accomplish great things. If you can call him, tell him to lie down. Dogs aren’t comfortable barking when lying down. If you can just accomplish this one task, you are well on your way to solving your dog’s inappropriate barking.

As with any other communication between the Human In Charge and the knotty dog, consistency and brevity are the key. Pick one word, such as “enough” or “quiet” and use the same tone of voice (your command voice) every time. If you have other helpers in the house, make sure they use the same command in the same manner. When one person is trying to correct the dog, and three others are shouting “Shut up!” at the dog, your dog will not calm down.

Do not attempt to calm a barking dog by hugging him, petting him, or talking soothingly to him. If you do, you have just rewarded your dog for inappropriate behavior. Just stick with a firm, calm command.

When your dog stops barking, reward your dog with good behavior. Words of encouragement or a pat on the head go a long way after he has calmed down. When he doesn’t stop barking, just be patient. Modifying behavior does not happen overnight, and you won’t speed it up by yelling at your dog or by physically punishing him.

It is helpful, if possible, to “stage” a barking scene so that you can control the situation. If a knock on the door gets him going, have a family member or a very understanding friend knock on the door. If someone walking another dog past your house does it, then enlist someone with a dog to do that, or you could just wait until someone’s normal waling time and make sure you are present when the barking starts. Put your dog into whatever situation sets him off, and then practice your command and his response. Practice in short, frequent sessions, if possible, about five to ten minutes each.

Finally, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to talk to your veterinarian. She has information specific to your dog that this website doesn’t, and she has resources that she is quite happy to share.

It is much easier to train a puppy not to bark excessively than it is to change the habits of an older dog. Even if your dog is set in his ways already, excessive or inappropriate barking is something that can and should be dealt with. Your family will appreciate it, your dog will be more relaxed, and your neighbors will begin speaking to you again.

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Dog Pregnancy – Signs and Care

Dog Pregnancy – Signs and Care

Being puppy is the cutest stage of a dog, it’s so lovely to see how this little innocent angel moving around, learn to play, eat so well, run around and perform his agilities, and become little cute monster that messes things around. Then we will think about health, petsafe and future. There are still terrible canine over-population problems so it is better to be part of solution rather than to be part of the problem. Responsible owners who want to breed their dogs must pass all required registrations, accreditations, health screening, etc.

A female dog, correctly referred to as a bitch, can only become pregnant if she is bred during her heat cycle. The pregnancy generally lasts about two months or 56 to 69 days from the date of the first breeding, although this period may be slightly shorter or longer. Small breeds may deliver a week earlier while large breeds often deliver later. Over ninety-eight percent of all dogs deliver their puppies without assistance or complications.

For the first three weeks or so of pregnancy, you may not notice any changes in the bitch. Some females will become more demanding for attention, their nipples may enlarge slightly, and some may become hungrier. These are not a guarantee of a pregnancy, but are good signs. Bitches can show the same signs during ‘false pregnancy,’ a hormonal abnormality, which may occur after a bitch has been in heat. Decreased appetite is usually one of the earliest signs that your bitch might be pregnant. Not all females go through this doggie version of “morning sickness”, but a small percentage will eat less during the first few weeks of gestation, usually making up for it later in the pregnancy. Further indication is a sudden decrease in activity, the nipple growth is noticeable, breast material will develop beneath the nipples, which will also increase slightly in preparation for eventual milk production. Behavioral changes such as increase in affectionate behavior or an expressed desire to be left alone. But beware, dont give any vitamin supplements in the first month of her pregnancy, the birth defects will be develop from too much vitamins A, D and calcium, all she need is high quality diet. No vaccinations should take place during pregnancy, they may harm the fetus. Vaccinations are prior to breeding. Always visit the vet to consult for her condition, from approximate 21-25 days, endocrinological tests detects pregnant dog hormone, relaxin. Puppies hearth beat can be detected after 25 days using ECG but its difficult to test their number. X-ray can pick up puppy skeleton from around 49 days and can determine the number of siblings, but X-Ray is not advisable to use because of radiation danger and damage.

In fourth week, the increase in appetite and gaining weight are changes of progress signs of pregnancy, the abdomen will thicken, and gentle examination of the belly will reveal a firm, rather than fat feeling to the area. The bitch should continue to have regular, but not strenuous, exercise to help her maintain her muscle tone and not become overweight. Exercise involves a daily run to make sure all her muscles, including her uterine muscles, are in top condition. She really needs enough sleep on her dog crate, at week 7, its advised to increase her meal about 25% and another 25 % on 8th week. Closer to the delivery date, your bitch will probably start to express her nesting instincts, scratching at the floor or in her bed, and displaying signs of increasing restlessness.

During the first stage of labor the cervix begins to dilate and uterine contractions begin. These contractions are painful and perplexing to the dog. She will appear quite uncomfortable and restless – pacing, shivering and panting. She probably will not eat and she may even vomit. Some dogs whine persistently. Others occupy themselves building a nest. Take her temperature rectally twice a day, the normal dog temperature is about 100.3F – 101.3F. It will normally drop to about 98 degrees Fahrenheit, 8 – 24 hours before the onset of labor and she will refuse to eat or drink anything.

During the second stage of labor uterine contractions begin in force. As this stage progresses the placental water sacks break and a straw-colored fluid is passed. Placentas are expelled after each puppy or sporadically during labor. Pups usually appear every half-hour or so after ten to thirty minutes of forceful straining. As the pups deliver, the mother will lick the puppy clean and bite off the umbilical cord. It is important to let the mother do this, if she will, because through this process she bonds with her puppies and learns to recognize them as her own. The rough licking of the mother stimulates the puppies to breathe and improves their circulation.

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