Homemade Beef & Rice Dog Food

11 Sep 2015 | Filed in Dog Food

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When you’re cooking for your favorite dog, you have to make sure his homemade diet includes all the nutrients the animal needs. Homemade dog food is a great supplement or alternative to commercial dog foods. Beef, rice and veggies contain a good combination of the protein, fats and carbohydrates that dogs need to thrive. A recipe with the right ingredients for Duke is easy to put together.

1Dice the carrots so they are about the same size as peas. You can also substitute frozen peas and carrots in place of fresh vegetables. Preheat a large sauté pan over medium heat.

2Add the ground beef to the pan and cook, stirring often to break it up into small chunks, until it is almost completely cooked.

3Add the carrots and peas, and cook until they have softened. Do not drain the beef first, because the fat will help cook the vegetables as well as provide good nutrition for your dog. It should take 4 to 5 minutes for the vegetables to soften.

4Add cooked brown or wild rice to the mixture. Stir until all the ingredients are well-combined and remove the pan from the heat.

5Stir in the omega-3 supplement, which is typically available in liquid form, and allow the food to cool. Omega-3 fatty acids are great for your dog’s skin and coat. You can stir in any other nutritional supplement that your dog may need, but speak to your vet before you give any supplement.

6Portion size will vary based on your dog’s size and activity level, but a basic rule is that they should eat about 2 percent of their body weight in meat per day. If you have a 25-pound dog, this recipe will last for three days.

7Store the leftover food in the refrigerator. You can reheat a portion for 15 to 20 seconds in the microwave before serving if your dog doesn’t like cold food, but don’t serve it hot.

How Many Dog Breeds Come From Germany?

7 Sep 2015 | Filed in Dog Breeds

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Germany is a nation steeped in history and culture. Through its rich history run the bloodlines of more than 30 breeds of dogs. From the magnificent Great Dane to the diminutive Pomeranian, dogs with German origins are remarkably diverse. Every group classification within the American Kennel Club and United Kennel Club contains one or more breeds with Germanic origins.

Working Dogs

Some of the most well known working dogs originate in Germany. Doberman Pinschers, developed in the 19th century by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, are wonderful companions as well as superb police and military dogs. Rottweilers are loyal, alert guard dogs and intelligent, gentle family pets. The rare Leonberger’s ancestors include the Great Pyrenees, Newfoundland and St. Bernard. Loyal and fond of children, they’re excellent family pets and farm dogs. Other working dogs with German origins include boxers, German pinschers and giant schnauzers.

Sporting and Gun Dogs

Weimaraners, dubbed “grey ghosts” because of their speed and distinctive coat color, are strong, efficient hunting dogs as well as treasured family pets that love being part of the pack. As hunting companions, German shorthaired pointers exhibit confidence on land and in water. As family pets, they’re friendly, intelligent and willing to please. Other German sporting dogs include German wirehaired pointers, German rough-haired pointers and German longhaired pointers, small Münsterländers, large Münsterländers and pudelpointers.

Herding Dogs

German shepherds, standardized by Captain Max von Stephanitz in the late 19th century, were first used to herd and protect flocks. Today they’re valued as police and military dogs as well as loyal, affectionate family companions. Although not recognized by the AKC, white shepherd dogs are direct descendents of the German shepherd. The first white shepherd puppy appeared in 1882. These calm and intelligent dogs are primarily kept as companions.

Toy Dogs

Despite their close association to French culture, toy poodles have German origins. Initially bred as water-retrieving gun dogs, they are now almost exclusively kept as pampered family companions. Affenpinschers, affectionately dubbed “monkey dogs” because of their primate-like faces, were originally used as ratters on farms. Today these playful, affectionate dogs are popular companions. Other toy breeds from Germany include the Pomeranian and miniature pinscher.

Terrier Dogs

Miniature schnauzers are most likely descended from crosses between standard schnauzers and affenpinschers. Developed as ratters, today they’re kept primarily as spirited, lively family companions. Kromfohrländers are good-natured, docile little dogs with moderate hunting instincts. Sometimes reserved with strangers, they are wonderfully affectionate family companions. Jagdterriers were developed at the turn of the 20th century. More versatile than most terriers, these sturdy little dogs are adept at hunting, tracking and retrieving.

Hound Dogs

In German, dachshund means “badger dog.” Originally developed to hunt and track badgers and other burrowing mammals, today these courageous, devoted little dogs are popular companions. Bavarian mountain hounds are German bloodhounds, capable of tracking a cold scent for hours, even days. The little known Deutsche bracke was bred to track large and small game, but is highly adaptable as a loving family pet. Other German hound dogs include plott hounds, Hanoverian hounds and Westphalian dachsbracke.

Canine Security Training

29 Aug 2015 | Filed in Dog Training

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Dogs are excellent companions and can be a dependable source of protection when properly trained. Canine security training is a worthwhile endeavor for dog owners who wish to give their dogs proper behavioral formation. Although the beginning stages of security training can be started by dog owners, professional help is recommended for those who desire advanced canine security training.

Benefits

Security dog training will allow for greater home security. Protection dogs are trained to perform various security tasks. For example, the Global K9 Group Training Program teaches dogs to investigate suspicious noises and check on children, protect property including vehicles, and still be friendly to strangers and guests. Security dog training also encourages bonding between dogs and their owners.

Features

Many types of training programs are available for security dogs, including K9 programs for police and personal use, the Koehler method and Schutzhund training. All types of security canine training utilize the dog’s “prey drive,” which is a dog’s drive to chase, grab and shake objects. This drive comes in very handy for security purposes, but owners must be very comfortable with this behavior and recognize that their dog is simply “playing a rough game of tug.”

Time Frame

Most training programs last for two to three months, or eight to 12 weeks. Many training programs have a designated age for dogs, usually between six months and one year. All dogs should be obedience trained before they begin a canine security training program.

Breeds

Certain dog breeds are better inclined to security dog positions than other dogs. These breeds include the Doberman pinscher, American bulldog, mastiff and bullmastiff, boxer, German shepherd, Great Dane, rottweiler and malinois.

Misconceptions

Security training will not make your dog aggressive; rather, it will teach the dog to channel its natural instincts for the protection of your family. Dogs who complete security training successfully are quite sociable and attached to their owners. Negative behaviors, such as extreme aggression and disobedience ,are normally only found in security dogs who lack affection and companionship from their owners.

Dogs Who Have Trouble Getting Up After Lying Down

26 Aug 2015 | Filed in Dog Problems

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Dogs are very good at coping with pain and mobility problems. This is why it’s often hard to detect problems until they become severe. They shift their weight or alter their gait to make walking less painful, and of course they can’t tell us they’re in pain. So difficulty getting up after a period of stillness is often the first sign that your dog has a problem. By figuring out the cause and putting together a treatment plan, you can help your dog cope with whatever problem is causing him to struggle.

Common Medical Causes

Lameness caused by injury or disease, hip dysplasia and arthritis are common causes of mobility issues in dogs, and if present would likely cause difficulty in getting up. Old age is another cause. A combination of joint wear and muscle weakness can make standing after prolonged immobility painful or difficult.

Other Medical Causes

Lyme disease, which is caused by a tick bite, can cause limb lameness. Obesity, especially in older dogs, can make it difficult to get up after lying down too. Panosteitis (bone inflammation), bone cancer and nerve inflammation can also make getting up difficult.

Other Causes

Injury to the paw, paw pads or legs can cause your dog to struggle when getting up. If your dog’s symptoms are sudden, it is probable that he has an injury rather than a joint or age-related mobility problem. Broken nails, lacerations to the paw pads and ligament injuries will make it difficult for your dog to get up.

Determining the Cause

Look at other symptoms and changes in behavior. For example, an elderly dog who is reluctant to play, less active in general, has gained weight and struggles to get up after lying down is likely to have arthritis. An otherwise active dog who suddenly has difficulty getting up after lying down may have an injury. Examine the paws and legs. If your dog has been urinating more than normal, Lyme disease may be the cause. It’s helpful to give your veterinarian as much information as possible, so be vigilant if you notice your dog struggling to get up.

Ways You Can Help

Gentle massage can help relieve joint pain in dogs. Always consult a professional for advice before giving a massage. For dogs with arthritis, carrying too much weight compounds the problem. Prevent your dog from gaining weight and help him shed some fat if he’s already overweight by monitoring his portion size and reducing it if necessary. Your vet will be able to advise further on weight management. Certain foods also help with mobility problems. Cod liver oil contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids for joint relief. You can also help reduce joint stiffness and pain by making sure your dog’s sleeping area is warm and dry. Keep a close eye on your dog and physically support him when he tries to get up after lying down.

Treatment

A young, otherwise healthy dog with hip dysplasia may be a suitable candidate for a hip replacement. Your vet will determine his suitability by examining his hips with X-rays. For arthritic dogs, an anti-inflammatory drug treatment plan can help.

First Three Months of a Puppy’s Life

21 Aug 2015 | Filed in Dog Life Style

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All puppies go through the same stages of development in their first 3 months. Some individuals develop slightly slower or faster than others of a same breed or even of a same litter. As a general rule, smaller breeds are quicker to develop than larger breeds. By the time a puppy is 3 months old, he should be well socialized.

Early Weeks

For the first week of their lives, puppies sleep about 90 percent of the time and suckle the remaining 10 percent. Newborn pups are dependent on their mothers for warmth. Puppies are born blind and deaf. They have touch reflexes in their heads, along with scent and heat sensors in their noses, so they can locate their mothers and crawl to them. Their mothers will stimulate urination and defecation by licking the pups’ genitals, and then ingest the waste, until the puppies are 3 to 4 weeks old. At three weeks of age the puppies milk teeth start coming through, and she’ll begin to wean them.

At about 10 to 14 days the puppies’ eyelids open but their sight is poor. By 12 to 14 days the external ear canals open and puppies hear for the first time. The puppies’ vision, hearing and balance are fully developed by about 4 weeks. At 2 weeks, puppies can sit up as touch reflexes develop in their front legs; a week later they can stand as touch reflexes develop in the hind legs. It takes a few more days for the mind to coordinate all four legs into walking. Newborn puppies can feel pain, but it takes several seconds for it to register in the brain. Around 3 weeks, pups’ brains and nerves register pain as quickly as adults’.

Five to 12 Weeks

Puppies’ facial muscles develop at about 5 weeks, when facial expressions, important in canine communication, can be seen. Reflexes, coordination and balance all continue to develop, along with the puppies’ confidence as they explore their environments more and play with their littermates. Mother dogs will spend less time with the puppies, having started weaning. They’ll continue to occasionally nurse until about 8 weeks.

Socialization

Between ages 3 weeks to 12 weeks, puppies usually easily accept new experiences. Up to about 7 weeks, it’s usually the breeders’ responsibility to provide plenty of appropriate experiences, exposing puppies to a variety of sounds, floor surfaces, objects and people. Puppies start going to their new homes generally no sooner than age 8 weeks. That’s when house-training can begin. From this point on, it’s important they continue to be introduced to lots of people and animals, places and situations they are likely to encounter as adult dogs.

3 Months to Adulthood

Puppies’ adult teeth start coming through at 4 to 6 months; they will need plenty of appropriate things to chew on. This age is when they start to become more independent and test out what is allowed. Between 6 and 12 months, puppies reach the adolescent phase and reach sexual maturity. Females can have their first estrus, and males will experience changes in their hormones and exhibit behavior such as cocking a leg to urinate, marking territory, interest in females and squabbling with other males. By a year to 18 months, puppies reach physical maturity, but it will be up to 3 years before some dogs are socially mature and their characters fully developed.

What Are the Health Benefits of Chia Seeds for Dogs?

18 Aug 2015 | Filed in Dog Health

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As pet parents begin to adjust their dogs’ diets to be healthier, they consider features like nutritional value, shelf life, quality and taste of food. One superfood, chia seeds, checks all the boxes. Chia seeds have a shelf life of four to five years. Preparing meals for your dog is as simple as sprinkling the flavorless seeds onto his food. Perhaps the leading feature of chia seeds is their abundant health benefits.

Health Benefits

Chia seeds were once used by the Aztecs and Mayans as a staple food. The seeds contain B vitamins, antioxidants, fatty acids, protein and fiber. The nutrients in chia seeds support your dog’s skin, joints, vision, immune system, brain development, blood sugar levels, healthy digestion and weight maintenance.

Using Chia Seeds

Since chia seeds are very absorbent, a little goes a long way. Lots of water should be available to your dog to help the seeds go down more easily. Sprinkle a dash of dry chia seeds, or chia seeds soaked in tap water, into his food bowl with each meal; one quarter of a teaspoon is sufficient for every 10 pounds your dog weighs.

Grooming Standards for Golden Retrievers

16 Aug 2015 | Filed in Dog Gooming

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While the beautiful double coat of the golden retriever serves as protection from weather and outdoor elements, it also makes grooming necessary—and time-consuming. Creating a weekly routine for grooming your golden helps promote a healthy coat and gives you additional bonding time.

Brushing

The golden retriever’s double coat requires brushing at least once a week to keep shedding at bay and distribute natural oils that create a shiny, sleek coat. Using a good-quality bristle brush and undercoat rake, as recommended by the Absolutely Golden website, helps remove dead hair and dander. Brush his coat with a bristle brush first and remove any mats with a metal comb. Follow up with an undercoat rake that removes loose hair from the second coat. Finally, go back over his coat with the bristle brush and notice how easily it moves through the coat.

Bathing

After removing any mats and tangles, giving the golden a good bath helps keep her skin healthy by removing harmful bacteria. A quality dog shampoo formulated for long hair works well. When washing a golden, wet her entire coat and add a line of shampoo down her back. Next, massage the shampoo into her coat and skin. Rinse the shampoo out completely until the water runs clear, and follow up with a light conditioner for long-haired dogs. Allow the conditioner to set for about two minutes, and then rinse it out. Use a clean towel and dry the retriever. Finish up with a hair dryer on a low setting, or allow her to dry naturally.

Show Standards

The American Kennel Club show standards for grooming the golden retriever call for a natural, untrimmed coat. The coat should lie in a natural line, with the head, front legs and paws trimmed slightly shorter than the body hair. The feathering of the legs, neck, back and underside of the tail are desirable traits of the golden retriever.

Trimming

Only a few areas of the golden need regular trimming. The toenails should be inspected and trimmed as often as necessary. Also, the hair around the ears, feet and tail grows faster than the body hair and requires a quick trim about once a month. Ear care is important in the golden retriever, as in any breed. Inspecting and cleaning the ears with an over-the-counter solution helps remove bacteria that may cause a foul odor.

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