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Spotty Swirl

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This is my toy dog Spotty (and my foot).

NYC Candy [131/365]

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14th Street, near 6th Ave., Chelsea, Manhattan, New York.

Boy With Toy Dog

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Photographic studio Corso (A. Houska & K. Manger) in Prague. Cabinet card circa 1910

Gourmet Dog Treats Make a Party Complete

Gourmet Dog Treats Make a Party Complete

A party can never be complete without the gourmet dog treats which is a favorite of all the pets. These dog treats are smart cookies for pets which are designed as well as nicely flavored. The expert chefs have done a lot of testing and experiments to bake such delicious cookies for dogs. The ingredients are also selected keeping into mind the taste and preferences of the pet. These gourmet dog treats are also very healthy to eat as they are baked evenly for your pets to relish every single piece to the best. The main ingredients include wheat flour, honey, vanilla, as well as other flavors like strawberry, chocolate, beef, peanuts, etc. They are truly tempting not even for the pets but also for you as you open the box. The gourmet dog treats are nicely packed in a transparent sealed box so that the freshness can be reserved. The presentation of the treats for your pet is very good and tempting.

As the constituents of the dog treats are very generic they can also be given to your pet in extra doses. The gourmet dog treats are nicely shaped as a ghost, a bone shaped which is loved by your pet in every respect. A box of these treats is full of assorted pieces of cookies in every shape and flavor. This is also a nice way to teach your pet about shapes and bring awareness about flavor to them. As soon as they identify the correct shape of cookie called by you they can be treated with one of those treats. This will encourage your pet to learn more and become a smart pet. The gourmet dog treats are thus a nice way to reward your pet for all the good activities done by them. Whenever you plan a party for your pet and his friends a set of gourmet dog treats is no doubt a sure selection in the menu list. These treats are available with special dips of yogurt and cream on the top and plain at the bottom.

The extra topping of the dip makes the cookies further tasty for your pets. The treats are packed in special reusable cups so that once finished with the food the cups can be used otherwise. The gourmet dog treats also makes a good piece to gift others or even your own pet. They can be given as present at birthday parties or other get together also. Sometimes when you gift your pet with something that smells awesome he will surely love you for the tasty gift. These treats are not only good to look at but also yummy to eat but of course for your pet. The gourmet dog treats are mostly hand baked so that they can be kept fresh for a very long time at every weather conditions. With time there is more and more assortment getting added so that a wide range of flavors are available to keep your pet happy every time they have a treat. Also the dog treats can be consumed by all ages of pets as far as they can chew them. So a new born pup can also have a treat along with his or her mother who has already been relishing over it for a long time.

Marcella is an expert in the field. For gourmet dog treat and for more information on dog treat Please visit:

These Act Natural Gourmet treats are a cool looking and dependable 100% Australian premium health treat for all breeds of dogs easy to use and as you can see in the video, really good for interaction and training. AN video dogs and members are from the South Australian Dog Obedience Club in the Adelaide parklands, a wonderful organization catering for many happy participants at all levels during its 50 year history. Dr John Katakasi is a practicing veterinarian also Adelaide based and believe me all those puppies are his! On our label the popular Australian Cattle dog was chosen rather than a stock image to represent the Act Natural Australian products as an Australian icon brand in international markets for easy recognition by new customers. Pet owners are genuinely concerned about the quality, contents and origin of the foods and treats they are feeding their pets Act Natural Gourmet are recommended by vets and professionals in Australia and New Zealand. Finally check your label no matter what brand you choose – natural pet foods and treats should have ingredients contents and origin fully listed starting with a decent level of lean quality meat, the first five ingredients make up the majority of the product. NOTE many use cereals and vegetable oils to raise nutritional levels.
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Getting Started with Dog Teeth Cleaning

Getting Started with Dog Teeth Cleaning

Ideally, dog teeth cleaning should be a routine part of your pet\’s regular care and their teeth should be brushed on a daily basis, or at least every other day or so. Because dog teeth are just as susceptible to disease and decay as are human teeth, it\’s extremely important keep tartar and plaque at bay to protect your dog\’s precious health.

Diseases of the mouth, teeth, and gums can be very painful for your pooch and because they aren\’t able to tell us when they have a toothache, as pet owners we must be diligent in keeping up with our dog\’s dental care. If left untreated, a tooth infection may develop into serious complication for your dog and affect vital organs such as their heart, liver, or kidneys.

Choosing foods and treats that are fortified and designed to keep their teeth and gums healthy are an easy way to implement dental hygiene into your dog\’s life. Although professional cleaning by a veterinarian is an option, this should only be considered in extreme cases as unnecessarily having your dog anesthetized is not only expensive, but it also puts undue stress on your pet.

Even if your dog is no longer a puppy you can train them to accept having their teeth brushed with some patience and perseverance. Both dogs and puppies alike can be acclimated to having the toothbrush in their mouths simply by starting out using your finger and a dab of peanut butter.

Your pet will lick your finger (and the peanut butter). You can start rubbing their teeth and gums while praising your dog. After a few days you r dog will become accustomed to this and you can start trying it with a piece of gauze wrapped around your finger. Rub the teeth and gums with your finger just as you would with a toothbrush. When your dog gets used to this procedure, you can start using a real toothbrush.

You should not use toothpaste which is made for humans, as this will cause your dog to have an upset stomach. There is toothpaste designed for dogs which have a taste and smell which appeal to your pet. Let your dog lick a little off of the brush and then add more and start brushing.

Lift your dogs\’ gums so that you can reach their teeth, especially the canines. Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle for the best result. This lets you clean the gums and teeth at the same time. Brush using a circular motion and don\’t forget your dogs\’ back teeth, which are more susceptible to disease and decay.

Dog teeth cleaning should always be a happy, positive event. However, you will want to remain upbeat, but also low-key to keep your dog on the same wavelength and from becoming overly excited. Usually no more than one minute or so is long enough before your dog loses interest, but after practicing for a bit, you\’ll find that that\’s all it takes to keep your dog\’s teeth clean, keeping them happy and healthy.

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Would you smack a stranger dog on the street for stealing from her hand your daughters cookie?

Question by Nutsack Nunya: Would you smack a stranger dog on the street for stealing from her hand your daughters cookie?
Some old hag was walking her dog this morning and the sidewalk was to narrow at one spot for us both to walk down due to a flower display by one of the shops on the street. So I stopped, moved my stroller to the side and waited for her to slowly make her way down and then pass me. Instead of walking past me she stopped in front of me and said “Am I holding you up?”…”It’s too narrow for us both, no problem though”, I said with a smile. She kept standing there, looking down toward her dog. My daughter likes dogs but she doesn’t like a big dog right in her face and was making that fact quite clear. I said, “Kay! she doesn’t like that, EXCUSE me!” As I was saying that her dog took from my daughters hand her cookie, so I smacked it right on the nose and said NO!. The woman lost her cool and said she ought smack my daughter because her dog is her babby blah blah blah. “How would you like it” she said.
What would you have done?

Best answer:

Answer by safari
i would have done the same thing dont worry

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

Q&A: In YOUR opinion- what breed of dog is the smartest? *YOUR* opinion- not based on “fact”.?

Question by royrox: In YOUR opinion- what breed of dog is the smartest? *YOUR* opinion- not based on “fact”.?

Best answer:

Answer by missourim43

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Dog Separation Anxiety

Dog Separation Anxiety

One of the greatest joys of dog ownership is the tight bond we experience and encourage with our dogs. However, if your dog becomes too reliant or dependant on you, dog separation anxiety can develop.

Dog Separation Anxiety is an enormous problem to an estimated 10% of all puppy’s and older dogs. Somewhat ironically, it is the major cause for dogs ending up in animal shelters. I wish I could say dog separation anxiety is easily fixed , but the truth is it can be a very difficult and time consuming problem to turn around.

Let’s take a look at separation anxiety from your dogs perspective. You are the most important thing in your dogs life. Dogs are very sociable creatures and thrive on company for many reasons. If your dog had a choice he/she would spend every bit of his time with you. So it’s only natural that when you go out, your dog can experience varying degrees of distress and anxiety. He becomes confused, vulnerable, doesn’t know where you are going, why he can’t be with you and if you will be coming back to him. When you are separated all he wants is to be reunited with his pack – which is you.

Punishment is never the answer to treating dog separation anxiety!

Does Your Dog Suffer From Separation Anxiety?

There’s every chance your dog is suffering from a Separation Anxiety disorder rather than another dog behavior problem if:

1. Your dog gets really worked up and anxious when you are preparing to leave the house. Things like picking up your car keys or putting on your coat can trigger the behavior.

2. Your dog engages in inappropriate behavior only when you are separated. I expand on this topic further down the page, but behavior such as urinating inside, excessive barking and destructive behavior are common symptoms of Separation Anxiety in dogs.

3. Your dog follows you everywhere you go and immediately becomes distressed if he can’t be near you.

4. When you arrive home your dog is over the top with his greeting and takes a while to calm down.

Why Do Dogs Suffer From Separation Anxiety?

There are many theories on this one. In some cases the cause or trigger can be pinpointed to a particular event, but often there appears to be no explanation for the Separation Anxiety to commence. What I can say is that Separation Anxiety in dogs regularly occurs:

– Straight after a change in routine. Such as your work hours changing or a family member leaves home. Remember dogs are creatures of habit and any changes can be very unsettling to them.

– If you have been on vacation or unemployed for some time and have been spending heaps of time with your dog. When you go back to work your dog becomes anxious and distressed.

– Unfortunately dog’s rescued from animal shelters contribute a highly disproportionate number of Separation Anxiety cases.

– After your dog experiences a traumatic event while on his own. If a thunderstorm lashes your home while your dog is alone, this can trigger Separation Anxiety in the future.

– If your dog is rarely left alone and becomes overly reliant on his pack.

– When you move house to a new neighbourhood.

How Does Dog Separation Anxiety Manifest Itself?

– Barking
– Whining
– Licking
– Destructive Behavior
– Chewing
– Howling
– Panic Attacks
– Digging
– Inappropriate Urinating
– House Soiling
– Self Mutilation
– Escaping
– Diarrhea
– Loss Of Appetite
– Excessive Salivation
– Vomiting
– Jumping Through Windows
– Crying

What Can You Do To Help Your Dog Overcome Separation?

The treatment administered to your dogs separation anxiety problem depends on its severity. You will find lots of theories and suggestions regarding the correct way to treat separation anxiety – I’ll just inform you of what’s worked for me.

The 4 Step Program I Used To Fix My Dalmation’s Separation Anxiety Problem

My dalmation Harrison developed Separation Anxiety seemingly for no reason when he was about 7 years old. He would start digging and crying as soon as I left the house, even if my other family members were home. My Veterinarian suggested this training process, it achieved the desired result but took plenty of time and patience.

Aside from the 4 step program listed below, I continued to practice the general day to day duties of responsible dog ownership. By this I mean things like providing a safe and comfortable bed, plenty of exercise and obedience training.

Harry would start to get anxious (his whole body would shake) at the very first sign of me leaving the house. This typically would be putting my shoe’s on or turning off the TV or heater. It became a real problem for Harry, myself and the rest of my family, this is how we eventually solved it:

Step 1

Since Harry was always by my side when I was home I had to slowly teach him that he didn’t always need to be close to me. I started out by ignoring his attention seeking behavior (jumping up, barking etc.) and then did some solid practice of his down stay. Little by little we extended the time and distance we spent apart, until he was happy to be alone for up to 30 minutes. Of course, we still spent lots of fun time together.

Step 2

The next step was to get him used to being outside when I was inside. Again we started off with very small periods apart and gradually lengthened the time over a couple of weeks. If you try this Separation Anxiety treatment make sure that you don’t just leave your dog outside to get all worked up and stressed. The trick is to start out leaving your dog out for a few seconds, then going out and reuniting before he shows any signs of Separation Anxiety. Give your dog a treat or dog toy to keep his mind off missing you. Only initiate contact with your dog when he is calm and quiet.

Step 3

The next step in fixing Harry’s Separation Anxiety problem was to eliminate the distress caused by me getting ready to leave the house for work. What I did was write a list of all the triggers that started Harry’s anxiety. I then set about desensitizing him to these triggers. I’d put my shoe’s on, and not go anywhere. Put my coat on, then sit down to read the paper. Pick up my car keys and just carry them around with me, jangling along as I went about my business. After a while (about 3 weeks) Harry barely offered a sideways glance at my shenanigans.

Step 4

When Harry was completely calm in situations that would have unsettled him in the past, I left the house. At first I just stepped outside, shut the door and came back inside within 20 seconds – before he made a sound. Again this was a slow process, similar to step 2. I extended the time outside the front door and then graduated to starting the car, then driving around the block before I came back inside. You can provide a tasty treat to your dog on your way out the door, something that he can work on for a while. Harry’s favorite was a frozen Kong stuffed full of peanut butter and a few liver treats, this eventually kept him occupied for hours. Remember that when you return home, don’t make a huge fuss. Come inside, get changed, pour yourself a nice hot coffee, then greet your calm dog.

This process did prove effective for me and my anxious dalmation. All up the 4 steps took about 5 weeks to work through and fix Harry’s Separation Anxiety problem. My Vet suggested that I supplement this training with some medication. I didn’t go down that path, but it would have been my next step if required.

Whichever method you choose to treat dog separation anxiety, be sure to stick with it and don’t expect any immediate results.

Chris Smith is a dedicated dog owner and creator of

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