Friday, September 30, 2011

Dog Trivia

So you think you know everything about dogs? Here are some facts I dug up to add to the basic knowledge we already know about our pet pals.

From what family do dogs come from?

Dogs, wolves and foxes come from small tree-dwelling, weasel-like mammals existing 40 million years ago.

Biggest Dog?

English Mastiffs, because they normally weigh at least 200 lbs. The biggest English Mastiff currently recorded is Zorba from the U.K. weighing 343 lbs measuring up to 8 feel and 3 inches long from nose to tail.


A close second, when it comes to breed, would be the Irish Wolfhound.

Tallest Dog?

The tallest dog recorded is that of a Great Dane named Gibson. He's as tall as Michael Clarke Duncan standing at 7 feet.


The last I've searched for however is named Giant George (as of 2010). At the bottom is the picture of him meeting the world's smallest dog Boo Boo.

Smallest Dog?

That's a no brainer. When it comes to breeds, it's definitely the Chihuahua. To be exact, the most recent in the Guiness Book would be Boo Boo the 4-inch long-haired Chihuahua.

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Boo Boo and Giant George came to New York's Central park to launch the 2011 edition of the Guinness World Records book.

Most Intelligent Dog Breed?

There's a reason why Lassie was born a Collie. Border Collies are the top 1 in the brains department. Border Collies herd sheep because they're the only breed smart enough to have it in them. These dogs need constant companionship and praise for the hard work.

Due to being extremely adorable, the blogger has been rendered incapable of creating a caption.

Cutest Dog Breed?

As per request, although this has not been verified and will never be verified just to have it as a fact in this blog, the cutest dog breed would be that of the Welsh Corgi.

Because of overloaded viral cuteness, Google is no longer allowing the Corgi flop to be seen elsewhere other than Youtube.

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How far can dogs hear?

250 yards away, that's how far. For sounds undetectable by human ear, the answer would be 25 yards. Dog ears can hear vibrations from frequencies up to 30kHz while cats can hear up to 25kHz.

Do puppies dream?

Yes, they do. If you hear your puppy whimpering and twitching while sleeping, most likely he/she is in dream state. Dreaming is good for them as it helps in the development of their nervous system.

Scent or Sight?

Humans have better visions than dogs. They are, at times, even considered color blind. But the nose knows all. It is a thousand times better than ours. As how a dog senses an object, it is by movement, followed by brightness and lastly, shape.

Anatomy

Dogs and humans are the only species with prostates. A dog's heart beats 70 to 120 times a minute while a normal human heart rate is at 60 to 90 bpm.

Dog Aides/ Service Dogs

A dog has a sensitive nose which is why they are widely used as service dogs for patients with seizures. They can instantly smell chemical changes in the air, especially when the owner is ill or about to have a seizure.

World's Most "Pup"ulated Countries.


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Your Dog's Set of Rules

So I came across a book talking about things a dog must remember. Some of these rules are funny yet true. So in lieu to this, let me just share some dog rules I'd written for my dogs to take into account.

1. I shall not eat cat's food, before and after they eat it. Such rule applies to food I've eaten as well, no more putting it back in my mouth.

2. Diapers, tampons, and dirty laundry are not tasty treats.

"Laundry day is Nom Nom day!"

3. The master's pillow is not a face towel. Neither are the sofa or my master's lap.

4. Car wheels are not rolling steaks. Although they feel like raw meat, they do not taste like it.

5. The mail man and garbage collector are not intruders. They are not there to steal our stuff.

6. The master's underwear is not a tug-of-war toy, neither is it a hanky.

"Oh wait, I forgot to mention that the master's hair is also not for tug-of-war."
7. The act of shaking off water out of my fur is to be done OUTSIDE the house.

"That's right... outside... not inside."
8. I will not roll on the ground where I peed, pooped or where tiny dead creatures are present.

9. When riding in a car, I will try my best to have my head and tongue inside the rather than sticking out... even when my doggy senses are telling me otherwise.

10. The table is not a mountain I need to conquer everyday. I should be given incentives for days I stay on the floor.

11. I will not bury my bone in Mom's flower bed.

"Today, the garden patch. Tomorrow, the world!!!"
12. "No" and "Go" may sound the same but have completely different meanings.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Limping/ Lameness (Dog Tips & More)


Yesterday, I found my dog limping. He looked like a hopping tripod. And yet, even with the sore leg, he still approached me with his body resting on my angled leg. I couldn't help but pat him and give him his favorite body rub to make him feel better. Most of the time, the term limping is hardly used. Most vets and books call it lameness rather than limping.

When this happens to your dog, try not to panic. The first thing you need to check is if there's bleeding or blood on the area where your dog is. The reason why this is important is so that you could narrow down the cause of his limping. He may have something stuck on his paw, a broken nail, a wound or a sprain. A bad fracture can also cause limping, and you have to especially be careful with those.

Here are some things you'll need to check first.

Paws: See if your pooch has a cut foot pad, broken nails, a thorn or broken glass stuck in his paw pad. Also check for gum or other sticky objects that are difficult to remove.

Thorns: If you see a thorn or any sharp object embedded in his paw, try to gently remove it. DON'T FORGET TO MUZZLE HIM FIRST. But if after inspection, you might feel that the cut is too deep, it's always a better option to bring him to the vet rather than play doctor. It may have punctured an artery.

War Wounds: Although cats are more territorial than dogs, seeing dogs fight against each other is nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, that's the reason why my dog got limp in the first place. If your pet comes home limping, see if he has bite or puncture wounds. Once apparent, clean it with soap and water.

Fracture: If you suspect that your pet has a fracture, the most important thing to do is to create an emergency splint to keep it immobilized. Let me just emphasize the term EMERGENCY. Some people assume that just because they have splints previously used for other pets, it can be used on all pets with broken bones. A fracture mostly requires professional help as you don't have x-ray vision nor the proper tools/ materials to help hasten the healing process.

The most widely used emergency splints are the infamous toilet cardboard tube and the "Robert Jones" bandage. The toilet paper roll tube is mostly used on cats and puppies. Always remember to cut it to the size of the leg. After slipping it on the injured leg, use tape to hold it securely in place.


A "Robert Jones" bandage is made of a thick first aid cotton roll. First, unroll it and wrap the leg in as much cotton as you can. Secure your roll by putting an elastic bandage around it. Try not to use tape as it doesn't stick to cotton.


If you don't have any of those two above, try creating a roll with a newspaper and slip your pets leg gently in it. Make sure to use tape to seal the tube snugly on his injured leg.



Lastly, in cases you don't have any of those materials, don't waste time creating the splint. Splinted or not, what's important is to carefully pick your pet up while making it a point to keep his injured leg immobile. Bring him to the vet as soon as possible.


Strained Muscles: The most visible indication of a strained muscle or a sprain would be a swollen leg. To do so, compare it with the other leg to see if it is larger.

Another telltale sign would be Fido always in a guarding stance or defensive position. They will noticeably retract their hurting arm once a person approaches them.

Dos and Don'ts

Seeing your pet is limp, give him some time to rest. He needs to heal his injury so postponing the walk for awhile would be for the best in the mean time.

Give the limping a grace period of 48 to 72 hours. If it still persist without improvement, that's the go signal to see the vet. This grace period is also applicable to how long your dog should rest from his regular walking regimen.

Hot Compress or Cold Compress. Like people with strained muscles, applying cold compress can reduce the swelling and relieve the muscle pain. A cold pack can be used for 5 to 10 minutes, at least 5 times a day.

Placing a hot pack can also be as soothing. However, make sure that it's not too hot as it may cause burns. Try to wrap it in cloth or a towel before applying it to the dog's leg. Never place it directly on your pooch's injury.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Dog Language: Dog to Dog Gestures

Have you ever seen two dogs confront each other and wonder what they're communicating about? How many of us have wished that we could talk to animals like Eliza Thornberry or have a talking dog like the ones we see on TV. Well, I've had it with second guessing. After doing a little research and some observations with my own dogs, here's some things I've taken note of.

"Nothing beats the heat like a snow dog on the beach."

Mouth Open, Tongue Hanging Limply, Soft Droopy Eyes, Ears Forward - "Chillax!". Relaxed Doggy

Low Moaning or Barking with a Low Whining Growl- "Anybody there?". Anxious Doggy

Loud, Repeated Barking, sometimes with a Growl- "Get away from me or I'll bite You". Aggravated Doggy

Screaming Whine- "Ouuuuuuuuccchhh," or "Okay okay! You win!". Beaten doggy by other doggy

Belly Showing after Rolling Over- "Don't hurt me, Big Daddy!" or "Rubby Me Tummy! (if Fido does it in front of his master)". Deference Postured Doggy

Looming Over Another Dog with a Wagging Tail- "Do as I say!". Dominant Doggy

"You might be tall and pretty but I'm cuter. Kiss my paw, or I'll pee on you!"

Long Howling- "Dooooooooon't leeeeeeave meeee heeereee alooooone.". Lonely Doggy due to Separation Anxiety

Head Low, With Booty Up In the Air, High Pitched Bark or Soft-Playful Growl- "Bring it on. I've got ball.". Doggy in Play Mode

Head Down or Turned to Side- "You are the boss of me.". Submissive Doggy

Yawning- "Boooored" or "Stressssed". Stressed Doggy

Eyes Watching, Teeth Bared, Ears Flattened, Tail Horizontal Wagging Slowly- "Come here and I might give you the bite treatment.". Intimidating Doggy

Head or Paws Resting on Paw Pal- "I'm your boss.". Dominant Doggy

Skipping or Hopping- "Hellooo.".Excited Doggy


A mix between excitement and fear. A cupcake is a marvelous specimen to behold, but a puppy... with eyes as expressive as this one is priceless.

Wide Open Eyes or Staring Sideways, Jaws Tensed or Tongue Licking Lips, Panting, Tail Tucked Under- "I'ma scared.". Fearful Doggy

Fur Raising at the Back or Neck- "Bring it on. I gonna beat you to a pulp!". Threatening Doggy

Low not so Threatening Growl- "You're in my territory. Now, I'm giving you a chance to get out.". Territorial Doggy

Low Whine or Short Barks- "Alert! Alert!" or "Danger! Danger". Wary Doggy

Head Raised, Tail Raised Up Straight, Body not Moving- " Ooooohhhh, What does this button do?" or "What was that!?!". Interested Doggy

Now that you've read the basics, all we need to figure out next is how to read their minds... or at least figure out which of them stole the juicy steak on top of the table awhile ago.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bad Breath: 11 Ways to Clear it

Some dogs and cats alike really have bad breath. So instead of giving them a kiss or exercising them til they pant, we avoid these activities. We don't even allow them to lick us at times.


If your pet's breath is bad, chances are the culprit is plaque. Like us, our pets also need a little brushing. Although I've been blessed with dogs who hardly have bad breath, I think it would be a good idea to tackle this problem and place in some tips for those owners who can't stand their pet's "air".

Brushing. Some pets require tooth-brushing like adults. And like people, the most highly recommended number of times of brushing is twice a day. Before you complain that that's quite a tedious task, read my next advice.

Start brushing early. When we were kids, our parents used to brush our teeth for us. Although we can't just ask our dogs to brush for themselves now that they're old, the same concept of starting them young is important. Before you go rushing to the pet shop to buy minibrushes, begin by gently handling and stroking your pet's mouth gently. Once he starts to get comfortable with it, lift one side of his lip and begin brushing in a circular motion on the exposed teeth with a piece gauze (thin cloths will do) on that finger. After a few days, you can start using that minibrush you've been dying to try on.

Use tasty toothpaste. Most toothpaste for pets come in a variety of flavors your pet would love, so start them with those. NEVER EVER USE HUMAN TOOTHPASTE THAT FOAMS. This is dangerous to pets as swallowing it will give them an upset stomach. This should also answer the question if they spit or not.

Give 'em the crunchies. Feeding dogs with raw carrots and fruits they might take a liking to can help as mild tooth cleaners. My dog loves mango and apples so that's probably part of the reason they don't have bad breath.

Minimize the canned food. Dry meals are good for pets since most kibbles can help in scraping the surfaces of the teeth.

Stricken his eating time. Some pets eat really slow. So make it a rule to make sure your dogs eat up his entire meal within an hour. If there's food left, pick up the bowl. Having to chew on food the entire day promotes bacterial activity.

Rice, Rice, Rice. I think this is one of the reasons why my dogs don't get bad breath. I feed them rice with cooked viand because canned food are more expensive. The good thing about rice and whole grains is they move faster and more readily in the pet's digestive tract.

Say goodbye to scraps. This is a big no no. Feeding pets scraps isn't healthy, diet wise. And it can also promote harmful bacteria activity in the mouth once done often than the allotted meal time.

Paint it black. Of course, it'd be stupid to paint all biscuits and treats black. But if you were caught between the dilemma of choosing a specific color and black, choose black. Most black treats have charcoal in them. Charcoal is a binding agent that can absorb bad odors. But don't go haywire on charcoal, being a binding agent also makes it absorb other nutrients your pet may need.

The following tips below are exclusive for dogs.

Give the dog a bone. Giving dogs bones or rawhides are good at clearing up those plaque build-up. So if you ever get a chance, don't forget to give Fido a big juice bone.

Rope Flossing. Those rope toys sold in pet shops are not only fun to play with but they also create a flossing action that can dislodge bacteria and plaque buildups in our dog's canines.

A plaque-less dog is a happy dog. This picture is just proof.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

4 Tips on Handling Dog Aggression

My dogs have been driving me crazy these past days because of the constant nightly growls, barks and even violent confrontations. The problem with dogs who aren't neutered is they tend to have hormonal imbalances like humans especially during mating season.

At the moment, my dog Shark is always barking and baring his teeth to my other dog named BD (BD is an acronym for Brother Dog. An odd name for a dog, but it does fit him well because previously I had to other dogs who I called Sister Dog and Mother Dog.)

Little Dog says, "Stop or I'll bop your head with my bone!"

Unlike in the past, dogs no longer need to compete for their food. In a pack of dogs, there's always the alpha dog. These dog usually gets the best pick and the best girls. Although, I currently don't own any bitches (that sounded inappropriate), I think my dogs are fighting for pack leadership which is why Shark, is always growling and barking at BD, since BD is currently the big kahuna.


So before all hell breaks lose and someone gets injured it is important to remind your dog that you're the boss. The next time your pet growls, barks or bares his teeth. Try to stop his action by saying a firm "No!". Shouting is different from saying it firmly. Therefore, make sure you don't look terrifying. When a pet lowers its body submissively, this is an indication that your "No" was effective.

Catch him in the act. Some dogs are smart enough to wait for you to turn around before they do it again. So make sure that when he becomes aggressive again, you need to scold him within a few seconds of the misbehavior.

Ground him. Surprisingly, some owners find it effective to ground the dogs by giving them time outs by putting them in one room. Dogs hate being alone so doing so might just be the thing to make your pooch learn that his acts are not acceptable.

Sound the Alarm. Dogs hate loud noises. As I've said in my previous article, the shaker is a very effective way of making them stop what they're currently doing. The shaker is made of an empty soda can filled with a couple of pennies or pebbles capable of making it sound like a low tone tambourine. When he starts to act aggressive to his fellow pet pals or anybody, you need to jingle the can for him to get distracted.

Let us maintain an aggression-free dog family. If all comes to worst, seek advice from a professional. Owners should be smart enough to know when home remedies are no longer enough.
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