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Help Faith Find a Dog Named Kat

Help Faith Find a Dog Named Kat
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How to Stop Dog from Barking

How to Stop Dog from Barking

A dog will bark for many different reasons. Dogs may bark to warn you that a stranger is approaching or an intruder is breaking into your home. Dogs that are in pain or frightened will also bark. Dogs also bark to get their owner’s undivided attention or to frighten their owner or other people.

Whatever the reason, we are all in agreement that it can be extremely annoying and look for ways to stop dogs barking. Many dog owners with dogs that bark constantly are charged with disturbing the peace. Thankfully, it is possible to stop dogs barking without just cause.

The best way to stop dogs barking is to train your dog when it is appropriate for him to bark. A number of options are available, the best being the reward/reprimand technique. This method is both humane and effective.

As an alternative to this method of training, some dog owners choose to use an electronic collar, also known as a bark collar. The collar is worn by the dog, which is then activated when he starts to bark. The dog is startled when the collar emits a small electric shock. Eventually, your dog will stop barking as he connects discomfort with his barking. In my opinion, bark collars are a cruel way of training dogs to stop barking.

There are many reasons why electronic collars should never be used, the least of which is that some dogs don’t connect the pain from the shock with their barking. Some dogs are able to tolerate the shocks so the barking continues. Also, dogs with thick coats may not feel the electric shock if the prongs on the collar are not in touching the skin. In addition, just using an electronic collar to stop dog barking hardly ever works. Usually, optimal results are obtained by including dog obedience training.

Although electronic dog collars don’t really hurt dogs, some people think that they could be discouraging to dogs. For this reason, citronella collars are the choice of some people. Citronella collars emit a mist each time the dog barks. Most dogs hate the smell. Once your dog understands that the foul smell is emitted when he barks, he will stop barking to avoid the smell. They are probably just about as successful as electronic collars.

The vast majority of vets and dog trainers believe that, although shock collars can be useful, they are no substitute for good dog training. Obedience training is effective for most dog behavior problems, not just dog barking. It also helps with other dog behavior issues.

Surgery is the most drastic and, in my opinion, barbaric option to stop dogs barking. In order to stop dogs from barking, a portion of the larynx is removed. It is not unheard of for the dog’s bark to return, voiding the surgery. Happily, the majority of vets are against surgery as a way to stop dogs from barking.

In conclusion, I hope we have convinced you that obedience training is the best way to stop dogs barking. You should bear in mind that, if your dogs stops barking by using a barking collar, he will also not alert you to an intruder in your house. By providing your dog with good obedience training, he will protect you and your family but he will also understand when barking is appropriate.

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How To Decide If A Dog Is Right For You

How To Decide If A Dog Is Right For You

Early morning walks, cold noses waking you up. Are you really ready for all that a dog needs? Do you know where you local veterinarian is? What kind of dog do you want? Are you ready to play pick up maid? Do you really like those shoes? How about that new white carpet you just put in? Are you very attached to it staying white? These are all things you must think of when you go to purchase or adopt a new member of your family.

A dog can be a great addition to your family as long as you are all in it together. A dog needs lots of attention and training in order to be a joy instead of a pain. Also think of the type of dog you wish to get. Do you live in an apartment? House? Condo? Do they even allow dogs? If they do then what type of dog do you want? If you live in an apartment I would not suggest getting something like a German shepard or a Newfoundland, both breeds are large and demand more room out of your small space. Think extra warm bed hog!

Does everyone in your home wish to get a dog? Who will be souly responsible for this new pet? I am guessing you since you are the one reading this. If this is the case make sure you are prepared. Giving a pet as a gift whether it is a new puppy, kitten, ferret, or bunny rabbit is never a good idea.

If you are a loving grandparent, aunt, or uncle who wishes to do so make sure you speak to the parents first, as they are most likely to end up taking care of this new addition to their family. Just remember just like children puppies grow up to be adults also. So when you buy your nine year old that new puppy finally, remember that the puppy will grow up with your child and when your child moves away to start their own family you very well may still have a dog living with you.

Dogs should not be left alone for long periods of time during a day. Going to work should be fine as long as you have a crate, but remember your dog had physical needs also. So make sure any extra curricular activities either include your dog or work around your dog. Dog walking and exercising is a serious need that most of us tend to forget about as a dog gets older. Do you have a good place to walk your dog? How about to play Frisbee or tug of war? Your dog like you and your children need exercise.

Can you afford a dog? Veterinarian bills, food, new shoes for you because you bought a puppy who likes to chew? These are all things that you need to take into account. Also do you have the time to spend on a new dog? Personal time with your new dog is always good. Get him used to you and vice versa. So you have decide that YES! You want a dog. This is great news. Did you think to check your local animal shelters? There are a lot of dogs that need to be saved and they usually come already vaccinated and either neutered or spayed.

This is always a bonus because then you do not have to pay for these services. The shelter can also steer you in the right direction, unlike a lot of pet stores, they will help you in choosing a dog best suited for you and your living situation. Maybe you have chosen to have a purebred dog. Make sure you use a reliable breeder and get all the paperwork necessary for showing your new dog at shows. You can always use your purebred dog for breeding also.

Do you choose a male or female dog? If you find your male dog is trying to dominate your household and he is unneutered, take him to your veterinarian and have him neutered. This should stop the aggressive behavior also. If your neighbors or friends have dogs this may help decide a sex for you new pup. Dog arguments have a way of spreading to the owners.

Paul Duxbury writes extensively on Pet Care. You can read more of his articles at Dog Care and Training and Pet Care Centre Download Your Free Dog Training Report

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Q&A: What is the Gaelic word for “sheep dog”?

Question by davidjglover: What is the Gaelic word for “sheep dog”?
Can anyone tell me the Scottish Gaelic word for “Sheepdog”

I have just adopted a 14wk old border collie and I am looking for a good name. If you do or dont know the Gaelic for “sheep dog” can you suggest any other names?

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What Are The Most Popular Dog Names?

What Are The Most Popular Dog Names?

Are you ready to start choosing dog names for a new puppy in your life? Dog names aren’t hard to find, especially if you want to keep up with the Jones’ and choose from the most popular dog names. Believe it or not, Rover and Spot aren’t even on the list of the most popular dog names in the United States today.

Animal Shelter (.org) tells us that the most popular dog names these days are people names. Pet owners are shying away from naming their dogs cute names. More than half of dog owners today are choosing dog names much like they would their children’s names, whereas only about one fifth are using traditional dog names like fluffy or blackie, or names that depict the dog’s breed or looks. The top 10 names on Animal Shelter’s list are:

For Boy Dogs

Max, Jake, Buddy, Bear, Bailey, Shadow, Sam, Lucky, Rocky, and Buster.

For Girl Dogs

Maggie, Bear, Mollie, Shadow, Lady, Sadie, Lucky, Lucy, Daisy, and Brandy.

It seems that the wonderful people at the Pet Place agree about popular dog names going to the humans (pun intended). Here are he most popular dog names according to Pet Place:

For Boy Dogs

Max, Buddy, Jake, Rocky, Bailey, Buster, Cody, Charlie, Bear, and Jack.

For Girl Dogs

Molly, Maggie, Daisy, Lucy, Sadie, Ginger, Chloe, Bailey, Sophie, and Zoe.

The New York Department of Health released the all important list of the most popular dog names, and even in a place as diverse as New York, the dog names are right on track with the rest of the country.

For Boy Dogs

Max, Jake, Buddy, Lucky, Rocky, Sam, Buster, Casey, Charlie, and Cody.

For Girl Dogs

Maggie, Molly, Lady, Daisy, Sadie, Lucy, Ginger, Chloe, Abby, and Bailey.

Of these very reliable sources for popular dog names lists, Max, Jake and Buddy top the list for boys, Maggie, Mollie and Sadie for girls. Did you find the popular dog name that you like best? I’m sure you’ve at least considered some of these names, but you may not be able to use them because all of your neighbors and families pets already have the best ones taken. If that is the case, you’ll have to be creative and come up with your own dog names.

A few tips to finding great, but maybe not the most popular dog names are to keep the name short and easy to say, one or two syllables is best. Stay away from names that sound like commands that you will be giving your dog. Try not to rhyme your dog’s name with sit, for example. Okay, maybe that’s a bad example, but you get my meaning. When you think you’ve found a name you like, go ahead and give it a try for a day or two and see how it feels after that. If you still love it, keep it. If not, then move on to the next, but don’t wait too long or your puppy will get confused. If your dog is adopted, try to keep his or her given name. The very best dog names are the ones that will have your dog come running when you call it.

Ryan helps you pick a dog name and gives you a list of popular dog names.

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