. Adoption Tips : Pets make wonderful companions and give us unconditional love. But bringing up pets is not an easy task. It requires a lot of time, energy, willingness and money on your part. Before adopting a pet consider these things so that you do not have to repent your decision later
Decide the breed
. Adoption Tips : Once you have decided to get one in your house, do some research on the general behaviour of different breed of dogs, also understand the size and care required for your choice and last but not the least , work out the expenses involved and adjust your budget accordingly.
. Adoption Tips : Apart from a suitable place for your pet, other items include food and water bowls, safe chew toys, grooming tools, a collar and leash, an identification tag, bedding and towel. For food, try to buy the same brand which dog is already eating. If you want to change foods, make the switch gradually, mixing old food with new, over a period of a few weeks.
. Adoption Tips : Some of the most common activities to be divided among family members are , to take your pet out for a walk in the morning and evening, feeding the dog, taking dog to the vet, and last but not the least, every one must love your dog and take care of it well.
Identify Vet Clinic
. Adoption Tips : Find out the vet clinic near your house, and bring your dog to the vet for a wellness examination within one week after adoption. Make this first appointment even before you bring home your new pup.
. Adoption Tips : Find out about your community?s dog licensing rules in your area and apply for a license. This information can usually be found by visiting your state department's websites. You can also ask your local shelter for information about the rules.
Take care of Rivalry
. Adoption Tips : This is applicable when you already have a pet in the home and wish to get another one. Before you introduce the new member in the family, ensure you get one more set of items like : food bowls, bones, toys and beds. Even if your dog has never exhibited possessive tendencies, it is best to exercise caution.
Set the ground rules
. Adoption Tips : Before your loved one comes home, decide things such as: Is your pet allowed on the furniture? What kind of food to be shared, What behaviors to be encouraged, and what all is forbidden? Consistency is the key to giving good culture to dogs, so make sure everyone sticks to enforcing the new system.
. Adoption Tips : One of the important aspects is training the dog as this will ensure the behaviour you expect from your pet. Dogs can get confused when one member says ?down? and another says ?off? when, for example, they jump on visitors. Then there?s ?down? versus ?lie down,? and ?paw? versus ?shake?. Be Consistent with the terms you plan to associate with various commands. Better yet, write out a vocabulary list of the words that everyone will
. Adoption Tips : Adopt a healthy pet, which is not suffering from any deadly disease. Before adoption get your pet examined by a veterinarian and get your pet vaccinated against deadly diseases. Adopt the pet from an authorized center/agency and complete all the legal formalities required
. Popular Breeds : The Labrador Retriever is a muscular dog. Its very affectionate, lovable, and good-natured pet. It loves to play, has an excellent temperament and is very friendly with children. It craves human attention and needs to feel as though it's part of the family. A Lab can stay in aprartments, it is a big eater and needs regular exercise and moderate rations to avoid a tendency to become overweight. Life span is around 10-12 years.
. Popular Breeds : German Shephards are handsome and very strong dogs. They are fearless, cheerful, obedient and eager to learn. Known for their tremendous loyalty and courage, they have a high learning ability. This breed needs his people around and should not be left isolated for long periods of time. They need bigger space since they love strenuous activity preferably combined with some training. Life expectancy is around 13 years.
. Popular Breeds : The Golden Retrievers are beautiful and sturdy dogs, They are lovable, well-mannered and intelligent.They are easily trained, are always patient and gentle with children. Golden Retrievers enjoy pleasing their masters, so obedience training can be fun. They need daily exercise and likes to play with balls and other toys. Be sure to exercise these dogs and do not over feed as they tend to put on weight easily. Life span is of 10-
. Popular Breeds : The Pugs have a square, and compact body and are small in size. They are extremely sensitive to hot and cold weather, so they should be kept indoors at a comfortable temperature. Pugs are good for apartment life. Extremely friendly and family dog, Kids just love them but they need a lot of attention and care. The life span is about 12-14 years.
. Popular Breeds : The Boxer's body is compact and powerful, they are happy, highly energetic and quick learner. The Boxer is a good dog for competitive obedience. Constantly on the move, have strong bonding with the family. Loyal and affectionate, Boxers are known for the way they get along so well with children. They can stay in a apartment if sufficiently exercised, life span is around 12-14 years.
. Popular Breeds : The Bulldog is small in size with a thick, massive head. it is among the gentlest of dogs. It is described as a very affectionate and dependable animal, gentle with children, but known for its courage and its excellent guarding abilities. Bulldogs are very much a peoples dog seeking out human attention and loving every bit it can get. A lot of human attention is required for the breed's happiness. This breed is an indoor dog. Bu
. Popular Breeds : The Yorkshire Terrier is small size dog, this little dog is highly energetic, brave, loyal and clever. Affectionate with its master, it has true Terrier heritage. They do best with older, considerate children. Yorkies are easy to train, although they can sometimes be stubborn. The breed is demanding and dependant and needs a lot of human attention. The Yorkie is an excellent watchdog, and are very active. This breed likes warm cl
. Popular Breeds : The Pomeranian is a tiny, fluffy dog with a wedge-shaped head and pointed erect ears. It is a lively little dog. Intelligent, eager to learn, very loyal to its handler and family. It is an excellent watchdog with a resounding bark. Poms have a tendency to be reserved and bark at strangers excessively. Poms have a delightful nature and do not cling to their handlers. Proud and happy, they are good at learning tricks, but need a fi
. Popular Breeds : he Dalmatian is a medium-sized dog with superior endurance. A picture of elegance, the Dalmatian has the lean, clean lines of the pointer, to which it may be related.They do not like to just sit around all day with nothing to do. They are playful, happy-go-lucky, extremely sensitive and loyal. The Dalmatian needs human companionship, without which it is likely to become depressed. This breed need to be outdoor most of times since
. Popular Breeds : The Doberman Pinscher is an elegant, muscular and very powerful dog. The Doberman Pinscher is intense and energetic with tremendous strength and stamina. Versatile, highly intelligent and very easy to train, loyal and affectionate with the family. It likes to be physically close to the family members. Devoted and watchful, this is a very people oriented breed. Dobes are cold sensitive and life span is around 13 years.
. Popular Breeds : The Saint Bernard is large, strong, muscular dog, with a powerful head. They are extremely gentle and friendly and very tolerant of children. The Saint Bernard is slow moving, patient, and obedient. Extremely loyal, this breed wants to please. Since this dog is so giant, be sure to socialize it very well at a young age with other people. It is highly intelligent and easy to train, however training should begin early, while the do
. Popular Breeds : Basenji are small, elegant, athletic dogs. The Basenji is alert, affectionate, demanding, energetic and curious. It loves to play and makes a good pet, as long as it is handled regularly from an early age. It is very intelligent, responds well to training with a strong desire to please. Basenji is happiest when it is kept with two or three other Basenji; they will not fight among themselves. Life span is around 10-12 years.
. Popular Breeds : The Brittany is a hearty, vigorous, medium-sized dog with a fairly short, lightly feathered single coat.The Brittany is intelligent, and easy to handle and train for hunting. It is a loving and gentle animal; obedient and always eager to please. This breed is a very active and enthusiastic hunter. They love exercise and happy being outdoor, the life span is around 10-12 years.
. Popular Breeds : The American Eskimo is a beautiful, snowy white Spitz-type dog.The American Eskimo is a charming, affectionate and loving dog. Hardy and playful, they are excellent with children. Highly intelligent and willing to please. Alert and easy to train, they are naturally wary of strangers, but once introduced, they become instant friends. Life span is around 15-17 years.
. Popular Breeds : This toy sized dog is a wonderful breed that has plenty of personality. He is a spirited and energetic dog that has, surprisingly, a large amount of fortitude when it comes to exercise. He loves to play with adults and children alike and love to please their owners. This breed does very well living in both apartments and homes but they do require daily exercise through walks and a good romp in a secure area.
. Training Tips : Daily walk is must for your dog, in fact research shows that dogs are actually perfect personal trainers for their masters as well. And, unlike your friends, who may skip an exercise session because of appointments, extra chores or bad weather, dogs never give you an excuse to forego exercising.
Bowel Movement 1
. Training Tips : Accompany your puppy outside and reward him whenever he eliminates outdoors with praise, treats, play or a walk. It?s best to take your puppy to the same place each time because the smells often prompt puppies to eliminate. Some puppies will eliminate early on in a walk. Others need to move about and play for a bit first.
Bowel Movement 2
. Training Tips : If you catch your puppy in the act of eliminating inside, clap sharply twice, just enough to startle but not scare him. When startled, the puppy should stop in mid-stream. Immediately run with him outside, encouraging him to come with you the whole way. Allow your pup to finish eliminating outside, and then reward him with happy praise and a small treat
Bowel Movement 3
. Training Tips : Always remember that puppies don't have the endurance level of an adult dog. They find it difficult to control their bladder and bowels for a long time. So, give them some time to develop outdoor potty habits. Don't 'paper-train' your puppy during those initial days of potty training. Once you paper-train him indoors, you will have to train him all over again for outdoor potty habits
Get accustom to environment
. Training Tips : Once your puppy is house trained in your home, he may still have accidents when visiting other's homes. That?s because puppies need to generalize their learning to new environments. Just because they seem to know something in one place does NOT mean that they?ll automatically know that thing everywhere. You?ll need to watch your puppy carefully when you visit new places together and be sure to take him out often
Get familier first
. Training Tips : The training of your dog depends upon his basic inherent nature. It is also important for you to understand that your dog will take time to be familiar to you and your family, so if your dog is new to your family, he may show some traits of anxiety but all this vanishes with time.
Training with Rewards
. Training Tips : Reward your pet with his favorite food to motivate the learning habbit. For making your dog understand the commands, you will have to do some effort. First of all, use positive strengthing methods to teach your dog, simple commands life Sit, Stop, Go, Shake and Stand to start with. Allure him with things he likes and then ask him to perform your commands, before you meet his demands.
Eliminate Digging Habbit
. Training Tips : Digging is an inherent quality of a dog. If you are a dog-owner, you probably have asked yourself these questions many a times, ""Why does my dog dig""? ""What exactly does he look for while he digs""? Here are some tips which can curb this habbit :-Give him adequate exercise and play time, so that he remains physically and mentally stimulated.Provide your dog with a proper shelter and regulate it with the various climatic changes
Stop a puppy from biting
. Training Tips : Managing and controlling puppy biting problems can be a major challenge for dog lovers. Puppy biting or nipping starts out as a bit of fun, but needs to be controlled quickly. Some of the tested methods are; 1. Spray your puppy with water every time he starts nipping. 2.Fill up an empty can with rocks or coins. Each time your puppy starts biting, say NO and give the can a shake. Apparently puppies hate this rattling noise.
. Training Tips : Dogs love to bark. It's a perfectly natural thing for your dog to do, just as it's normal for us humans to speak. It's when our dogs bark excessively that it becomes a problem for all concerned. To control the excessive barking, as a thumb rule Praise or reward when your dog does something you want, to encourage and create a negative association when he does something you don't like. For example spraying water on him or scolding w
Water for life
. Health Tips : Water should never be substituted with milk, although the latter is an essential fluid in the balanced diet for dogs. The pet should be fed with moderate quantity of milk, because it's over consumption may cause diarrhoea. Ensure that your dog gets a good supply of clean water
Carbohydrates for energy
. Health Tips : Cereals, pasta and rice are rich sources of carbohydrate, an essential nutrient required for the supply of energy to the dog. Complement the food with fibrous food, as to improve the smooth bowel movement of the pet.
Feed at regular interval
. Health Tips : Feed your dog with food at regular interval. You may serve measured meal, twice a day. Feed your pet on scheduled timings.If your dog is habitual of being rewarded with treats frequently, then you should be careful not to overdo it.
No to waste food
. Health Tips : Avoid feeding your dog with table scraps, because it develops the bad habit of begging in the pet. Moreover, table scraps do not find any place in the balanced diet and may cause harm to your pet's smooth bowel movement.
. Health Tips : When you bring a new puppy home; the most important thing is to get him vaccinated. You can either take him to a veterinarian or give him the required shots easily at home. Vaccinations make the immune system detect and respond to various infections and diseases, before they can cause any form of serious harm to the body.
. Health Tips : Since rabies is an incurable disease that can even inflict humans, administering a rabies vaccine to your dog is required by law. A rabies vaccine is given when the dog is between 16-18 weeks of age. An additional jab is given after one year, after which boosters are given every three years.
Distemper Combination Vaccine
. Health Tips : This vaccine covers diseases like Distemper Virus, Parvovirus, Adenovirus and Parainfluenza Virus in a single injection. This vaccination should be administered to the puppy after 6-8 weeks of age. A booster should also be given every 3-4 weeks, till the puppies are 16 weeks old
. Health Tips : Bordetella vaccines fight against the bacteria called Bordetella Bronchiseptica that causes kennel cough in dogs. It should be generally administered to puppies that come in contact with other dogs (during grooming or training classes). It can be taken either annually or semi-annually, depending on the requirement and the level of risk the pup is open to
Lyme Disease Vaccine
. Health Tips : Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete called Borrelia Burgdorferri. Ticks carrying the bacteria may spread the disease in dogs through tick-bites and it might lead to various cardiac, kidney and neurological disorders. Two shots of this vaccine should be given three weeks apart and then boostered annually to resist the disease.
Trimming of Nails
. Health Tips : Nails of all the pets should be regularly trimmed as they have a scratching habit. When trimming the nails, be careful not to cut them too short and cause bleeding. Cut the nails until you see a dark circle appearing in the center of the nail. This is the edge of the quick or blood vessel in the nail bed.
. Health Tips : Prior to bathing and clipping, the pets need to be brushed out to make sure there are no knots in the furnishings. Knots are big problem in dogs and more so in longhaired breed. Brush the beard, legs and underskirt to make sure there are no knots using the Pin Brush. Brush upwards (against the natural lay of the hair) starting at the top of the leg and proceed downward as you are brushing
. Health Tips : Pets need to be bathed from time to time. While bathing make sure that the temperature of the water is not too hot. Be careful not to get water and shampoo in the ears, eyes and mouth when bathing the pet. Put cotton balls in the pet's ears to help prevent water from getting in the ear canal.
. Health Tips : While towel drying the legs and beard, don't rub but squeeze out the excess water to help prevent tangling the furnishings. You can also use a drier. Brush the beard and eyebrows down. Brush the legs up, starting with the pin brush and moving to the slicker brush when the leg is almost dry. Slicker brushes tend to rip out hair when used on a wet leg.
Long hair for winter
. Health Tips : Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regular winter wear
Precaution in snow 1
. Health Tips : Thoroughly wipe off your dog's legs and stomach when he comes out of the snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice
Precaution in snow 2
. Health Tips : Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during winter than during any other season, so make sure you put ID tags to identify your dog.