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March 7, 2018

Most Common Inherent Disorders In German Shepherd Dogs

The German Shepherd is a relatively new breed, nearly fully developed in the 20th century. As such, it’s prone to a variety of health problems, such as orthopedic disorders, heart diseases and gastric torsion.

In this article we’re going to take a look at the most common orthopedic problems along with a few others. Before we get started, a word of advice. While there are many possible problems, it doesn’t serve to anticipate that your German Shepherd will have any of them. After all, humans are prone to hundreds of diseases, but that’s why we have an immune system.

March 5, 2018

Why Is Hiring A Professional Dog Groomer So Expensive?

There are many reasons why groomers charge you what they charge. They are not trying to rip you off. There is a good explanation as to why pet grooming prices for dog grooming can be expensive. Yes, your haircut does not cost near as much as your dogs can.

Think of it this way, if your whole body was covered with hair from head to toe, your stylist is bound to charge you more for your haircut. There is no comparison when it comes to your dog's haircut vs. yours. Considering some of the services that are required when your dog is being groomed, it's probably a good thing that there is no comparison between your haircut and your dogs.

March 4, 2018

How To Live In Harmony With Your Shiba Inu

Living with a Shiba Inu is tricky business and if you don’t know what you’re doing you’re going to get rolled over by this dog. If you thought you are dominant wait until you see this guy.

First of all let’s talk about vaccines. The Shiba is a very healthy breed and won’t need too many trips to the vet, aside from routine vaccinations. He will also need the occasional teeth cleaning.

Keeping Dogs Outside – Common Misconceptions Regarding Outdoor Dogs

Whether keeping a dog outside is possible depends on many things. First of all you have to consider if you’re going to leave the dog outside all the time or you’re thinking of getting a dog that enjoys a yard. After you decide that you have to consider the climate you are in.

How cold does it get in the winter? How hot in the summer? You must know that different dogs can’t handle extreme heat or cold. For example Bulldogs have a hard time in very hot environments because of the high humidity level. Likewise Husky’s are pretty content to live outside because of their inherent ability to withstand cold, but if it gets too hot in the summer they will have problems.

March 2, 2018

Is The German Shepherd Dog The Right Breed For You?

Is the German Shepherd dog the right breed for you? This is an important question you should thoroughly research and consider before you decide you want a German Shepherd. If you figure out that a couple of things will be difficult for you look for another breed.

Don’t give in to your child’s pleading. Be adamant about it, if the German Shepherd is not the right dog for you there’s nothing you can do about that. I’m stressing this out because this is the most popular breed in rescue centers and it’s because of impulse buying. There are more homeless and abandoned German Shepherd dogs than any other breed.

March 2, 2018

Inherited Deafness In Dogs: How This Affects Your Dalmatian

A degeneration of internal ear structures occurs a few weeks after birth which results in deafness in one or both ears. Inherited deafness is a common occurrence as it affects many breeds. It is most prevalent in Dalmatians.

For most breeds the deafness trait is linked with coat color. This is particularly true in breeds with white, merle, dappled and spotted hair coats. As you can see, the Dalmatian has two of those. So, for him, it’s double jeopardy. Blue eyes also increase the risk of developing deafness.

How To Incorporate Scent Games In Your Basset Hound’s Exercise Routine

Basset Hounds are not built for speed. Their legs are not exactly the perfect design of a speed machine. When you take a look at a Basset Hound the first thing you notice is that big nose. It gives him that distinctive look you just can’t ignore.

It also gives him an incredibly sensible and talented sense of smell. Dogs have a naturally gifted nose for some reason. It’s estimated that a dog’s nose is at least 1000 times more sensitive than a human’s. If you had that great sense of smell, wouldn’t you totally rely on it?