Chow Chow

The Chow Chow, also called a Chow, is a native breed from northern China. Chows are considered one of the first primitive dog breeds after dogs evolved from wolves. RNA test confirm this. Chows probably originated in Siberia and Mongolia and were used as temple guard dogs in Mongolia, Tibet , and China. The Chow was intended as general working dogs. They helped their owners with herding, hunting, and guarding. They also could be hitched to small sleds and made great pullers.

 

Chows are fiercely protective of their owners and suspicious of strangers. Not excessively active, Chows could live well in an apartment setting. They bond strongly with their family, but usually are overly protective of only one or two people. Chows are very stubborn and not easily trained. Extensive socialization as a puppy is required to have a well behaved adult dog. By the time a Chow gets to adolescence, he will ignore most people who have not already earned his respect. Chows have strong hunting instincts and will chase small animals or children. Chows are known for their thick, dense fur. Many think they look like small bears. Unlike most dog breeds, the Chow has a black tongue. In other breeds, this would be considered a sign of illness, but it’s quite normal in the Chow.

 

Chows are not ideal for homes that have small children as they can be aggressive to children thinking they are prey. Chows don’t require a large amount of exercise which makes them well suited for a quiet life or an apartment. Chows are easy going, but a lot of socialization is needed when they are puppies to avoid complications as an adult. It’s recommended that Chows stay in a yard, on a leash when in public, and away from small children or animals.

Never Kill the Dog in a Movie

It’s well known among movie goers- YOU DON’T KILL THE DOG! When film makers use this tactic to develop drama, it usually is received poorly by audiences. Most people can’t stand to see an animal be killed. Here are a few examples of movie makers killing the hear to their films.

Old Yeller

Everyone knows the story of Old Yeller! And everyone knows the worst part of the movie (spoiler alert) is when they kill Old Yeller! This dog saved his buddy from wild hogs and defends the family from a wolf attack.

During the fight, Old Yeller is bitten and contracts rabies. Once the dog becomes aggressive, his owner-friend is forced to kill him. It ruins the movie!!!!

Turner and Hooch

Scott Turner was an obsessively neat police officer. In the course of an inestigation, Turner gets paired with Hooch. Hooch is a drooling, ill mannered doggie sidekick. Turner and Hooch work together to solve a murder.

Spoiler alert! At the end of the movie, the bad guy shoots Hooch, and although Hooch’s sacrifice saves turner, it absolutely ruins the movie! The audience falls in love with this lovable, insanely destructive dog, and the writers killed him in the end.

I am Legend

This is a modern take on the post-apocalyptic future of Planet Earth. The main character, Robert Neville, lives by himself in New York City.

Alone except for the company of his dog, Sam. An infection has caused some people to turn into zombie like mutants. If they bite you, you become infected.

Sam is bitten by a zombie guy during a fight, and although Neville has been trying to develop an anti-serum, it doesn’t work, and he is forced to strangle his beloved dog when she attacks him. Again, the movie is ruined by killing the dog.

Getting an audience to fall in love with an animal and then ripping that animal away is cold hearted, and audiences tend to not react well.

Service Dogs

Like therapy dogs, many dogs can be trained to help people. These dogs are called disability or service dogs.

Dogs for the blind

When you think of service dogs, the main one you probably think of is a seeing eye dog for the blind. These dogs can usually be seen walking next to a person, wearing a special harness.

Seeing eye dogs can help blind people navigate the world. They are trained to signal their owners for many different things. Seeing eye dogs can tell their owner when there is a curb to step up or down; the dog can let their owner know when they need to open a door or turn around a corner.

Many blind people feel much more at ease traveling with seeing eye dogs than by themselves with a walking stick. Seeing eye dogs can be any breed, but they tend to be labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, or german shepherds.

Dogs for the deaf

Service dogs can also be trained to assist a deaf person. The dog can be trained to signal their owner when someone knocks on a door, the dog can signal when a phone rings or an alarm goes off.

Usually the dog will go and physically make contact with their deaf owner in order to alert them.

Dogs for the physically disabled

For people who are physically disabled, or perhaps bound to a wheelchair, a service dog can be a great asset. Service dogs can be trained to turn lights on and off, open doors, retrieve items for their owners, and much more.

These types of service dogs can allow people to live on their own who otherwise would be unable to due to their physical limitations.

Dogs for the mentally disabled

People who have psychological disorders gain huge benefits by having a service dog. The dog can be trained to touch their owner when they are having an emotional episode, or they can provide emotional support and physical contact for people who for some reason cannot connect well with other people.

Therapy Dogs

Therapy dogs come in many shapes and sizes. The labrador retriever tends to be a popular breed, but any breed will do so long as the temperament of the dog is calm and kind. There are many different uses for a therapy dog.

Children

Many children suffer from various types of psychological problems or from an abusive past. Many of these children fail to connect socially or emotionally with other people without significant amounts of counseling and time.

But they bond and open up much more readily to dogs or cats. These therapy dogs are invaluable in helping doctors reach children that have some sort of psychological trauma.

The dog’s calm, non-threatening presence allows children to remain calm and connect to another creature that doesn’t want anything from them except love.

Adults

Adults can suffer from psychological disorders as well. Many adults also suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Many military members come back from war too traumatized to properly re-integrate into society without significant therapy and counseling. Like the children, these adults have trouble connecting with other human beings.

The dog wants nothing except love and company. This pure and openness gives people a safe way to connect to another creature, a small step on the road to recovery. Therapy dogs can shorten the recovery time for an adult dramatically.

Elders

Being in a nursing home or a hospital for a long time is no fun. But there are several organizations that have formed to bring therapy dogs to nursing homes and hospitals where they visit with older people.

Many of these people had dogs or pets throughout their life, and now because they live in a nursing home or hospital, they are unable to keep pets.

These therapy dogs are very helpful and a welcome visit every time they arrive. Therapy dogs can bring a smile to everyone, brightening their day.

Beds for Small Breed Dogs

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Small dogs have different bed needs than large dogs.

All dogs deserve their own sleeping arrangements. Luckily, if you have a small dog, this can be a very easy thing to arrange. Small dogs can sleep on many different types of beds.

When considering what bed to get your dog, take into account your dog’s personality, his needs, your preferences, and where the dog will be sleeping. The bed needs to be big enough for the dog and thick enough to keep them off the hard floor.

Small dogs also tend to get cold rather easily, so having an extra thick bed can keep them up off of the cold floor.

What type of dog bed you get depends on many factors

Beds are available in many shapes, colors, and designs. If you want to spend a lot, you can get a custom made dog bed that looks like a small house or just a simple pillow. If you have more than one dog, you might consider getting a bed that is large enough for dogs to share, though some dogs prefer to sleep by themselves.You can buy your best bed for small dogs here: http://bestdogcratesandbeds.com/product-reviews/best-orthopedic-dog-beds-reviews-2016/ – they have the best dog bed reviews.

You know your dog best! Different fabrics are available for dog beds. It’s important to clean or wash the bed frequently to prevent your dog from getting skin problems from sleeping on dirt or fleas.

Beds can be made of cotton, microfiber, canvas, leather, and much more. Since small dogs are far easier to accommodate, many dog owners end up using a regular house hold pillow as a bed or you can even use a cat bed! It’s nice for the dog to have a place that is all his own.

Dog bed location is important

Dogs can be territorial and given them their own space works well with a dog’s instinctive nature. Some people choose to keep their dog’s bed in their bedroom while others opt to keep the dog’s bed in another room of the house.

It’s best to place the bed in a corner, next to the couch, or along a wall. Your dog will want to be near you when you are home. Placing the bed near enough to you when you are home will ensure the dog actually uses the bed.

Heated Dog Beds

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Why get a heated dog bed?

There are many reasons your dog may need a heated dog bed. Some smaller dog breeds have little to no body hair or body fat. In cooler climates, this means you have to provide some external source of heat for the dog. A

heated bed is a simple, comfortable way for a dog to stay warm while he sleeps. As a dog ages, they may begin to suffer from arthritis or other physical problems. Just like us, when they get cold, their joints stiffen up.

A heated dog bed can help keep older animals warmer so they don’t get extremely stiff while they sleep.

Benefits of a heated dog bed

 

Heated dog beds can make your dogs life much more comfortable. On cold nights, your dog can snuggle down in his heated bed and remain consistently warm all night.

A heated dog bed will keep a constant temperature and make it easier for you to keep your pet warm without a lot of effort. Heated dog beds come in a range of sizes and colors to accommodate all of your needs.

Problems with a heated dog bed

Just as with heated blankets, heated dog beds can get too warm for the dog. This may prompt the dog to leave the bed and go sleep somewhere not as toasty warm.

Heated dog beds are also more expensive than the average dog bed, and they do require connection to an electrical outlet. Some owners move the dogs bed from room to room and this can be more difficult with a heated dog bed that must be plugged in while in use.

These beds can also be heavier than the average dog bed. If the dog requires heat all night long, then the heated dog bed will need to remain on all night.

Like any electrical item, this can pose a fire hazard if the electrical outlet is covered or somehow sparks.

Beagle

 

Beagles are originally from England. They are a scent hound, primarily used small game like hares. Beagles weigh between twenty to twenty five pounds. They have a great senses of smell and are frequently used as detection dogs for immigration locating foreign agricultural food substances. Two types of Beagles were developed for the modern beagle: the rough coated and the smooth coated. Only the smooth coated variety survives today. Beagles have one of the best senses of smell of all dog breeds. In one study, a mouse has put in a one acre field. The Beagle found it within one minute. It took a Fox Terrier fifteen minutes, and the Scottish Terrier never found the mouse. Beagles are better able to follow scent on the ground then they are in the air.

 

Generally Beagles are even tempered and kind. They are not particularly aggressive or timid. Beagles enjoy company, and though they may be initially unsure with strangers, they quickly become friendly. This makes them very poor guard dogs. Beagles are intelligent, but because of their tracking history, Beagles are single minded and will follow a scent until they find the source no matter how far it takes them. They are great with children, but are prone to separation anxiety. They are generally brown and black with patches of white. Some are just brown with white.

 

Beagles do not demand a lot of exercise, but they have excellent stamina so they do not tire very easily with exercise. Beagles make great family dogs, but do not do well when left alone. They can be very destructive or work very hard to escape. Beagles are known to be great escape artists. There are many videos online of Beagles scaling impossible fences, wedging themselves between trees to scoot their way to the top of a fence.

Dalmatian Dog Breed Info

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Origins of this Dog

The Dalmatian originated in Croatia in a region formerly known as Dalmatia, which is how they got their name. Their original purpose was as a carriage dog. They would run along beside or underneath the carriages. When the carriage stopped, the Dalmatian’s job was to keep the horses from leaving. This skill is what led to their use on fire carriages. Firemen would have a Dalmatian with them so that when they got to the fires, the dog would take care of the horses while the men went to fight the fire. In addition to being a carriage dog, they were also used as a guard dog. Even to this day, the Dalmatian has an instinct for guarding. The Dalmatian is immediately identifiable by their white coat with either black or brown spots. When born, a Dalmatian has no spots! Their coat is completely white. As they start to grown and age, their spots appear.

Temperament

The Dalmatian has a lot of energy. This is what allowed them to keep up with horse drawn carriages. Due to this breeds history as a guard dog, they do best when socialized early to other dogs, other animals, and people. Without early socialization, Dalmatians can become over protective of their owners or families, being very unfriendly to strangers. They tend to weigh between 40-60 pounds, and they shed their short coat year round, so bring a brush.

Best lifestyle for the breed

Because of the breeds high actively level, they tend to get bored and become destructive very quickly. The Dalmatian also does not like to spend long periods of time alone. Due to these qualities, they do best in a situation where they will be included in all the family activities and not segregated and left alone. Their high energy also makes them a poor choice for a family with small children as they can run a kid down without even slowing down. To do make great activity companions, enjoying running, hiking, or bike riding.