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Man’s best friend

Posted August 7, 2011 by in Blog | No comments yet

The personal computer has overtaken the family dog as man’s best friend, according to a study.

Researchers found that just 6 per cent of us believe that ‘most people rely more on their dog than they do on their PC’, while 67 per cent think the opposite to be true. Even 38 per cent of dog owners confessed to relying more on their PC than on their dog, although 36 per cent disagreed. And 71 per cent of 18 to 24-year-old dog owners said they relied more on their computer.

But it’s not all bad news for obedient dogs. The family PC has given dog owners access to a wealth of resources and information that can help with the long-term care that a dog needs. From finding the best vets to researching great new walks that all the family can enjoy, the web enables the PC to become a dog’s best friend.

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Bad Dog

Posted April 27, 2011 by in Blog | 2 comments

Biggest dog in the world ?

Posted March 13, 2011 by in Blog | No comments yet

Guinness Records Set By Dogs:

  • The largest dog, presently Hercules, a 282-pound English Mastiff with a 38-inch neck…
  • Bassett hound with 11.5 inch ears, which are insured for $47,800…
  • Zorba, an English Mastiff, went down in history as the heaviest and tallest dog ever in 1989 with a weight of 343lbs and measured over 8 feet from nose to tail.
  • Gibson the seven foot tall Harlequin Great Dane that is 42.2 inches tall and 170 pounds.

Before getting a large dog breed, evaluate if you are the kind of people who love playing with your dogs, combing them and exercising with them? Are you a very active person who is willing to go out and exercise with your dog very frequently? Do you live in a big house or farm with enough space and an appropriate fence for a big dog to stay and develop in a conformable way? Are you the kind of people who doesn’t really care about having things broken at home or hair all over your place?

If you have answered in an affirmative way one or more of these questions, then you may be a suitable candidate to become a large dog breed owner. Believe it or not, this dogs can sometimes be even better for kids because they normally have a more sociable temper, they are more playful and kind. Large dog breeds are also great for service training and serve as assistance for handicapped and blind people because of their good temper, their size and strength and other different characteristics that make these dogs great for these tasks. Some important things you might want to know about these type of dogs, is that they may demand a bigger budget because they need bigger amounts of food and stuff and also more energy from you because they need to exercise more, in order to keep the good shape and the appropriate health.

The most known large dogs breed are the following:  Great Dane Neapolitan Mastiff Saint Bernard Old English Mastiff Dogue de Bordeaux Tibetan Mastiff

10 Reasons Why It’s Great to be a Dog

Posted December 13, 2010 by in Blog | No comments yet

  1. If it itches, you can reach it. And no matter where it itches, no one will be offended if you scratch it in public.
  2. No one notices if you have hair growing in weird places as you get older.
  3. Personal hygiene is a blast: No one expects you to take a bath every day, and you don’t even have to comb your own hair.
  4. Having a wet nose is considered a sign of good health.
  5. No one thinks less of you for passing gas. Some people might actually think you’re cute.
  6. Who needs a big home entertainment system? A bone or an old shoe can entertain you for hours.
  7. You can spend hours just smelling stuff.
  8. No one ever expects you to pay for lunch or dinner. You never have to worry about table manners, and if you gain weight, it’s someone else’s fault.
  9. It doesn’t take much to make you happy. You’re always excited to see the same old people. All they have to do is leave the room for five minutes and come back.
  10. Every garbage can looks like a cold buffet to you.

My dog Willy

Posted December 9, 2010 by in Blog | No comments yet

Reward and Punishment

Posted December 8, 2010 by in Blog | No comments yet

Most training revolves around giving the dog consequences for his behavior, in the hope of influencing the behavior the dog will exhibit in the future. Operant conditioning defines four types of consequences:

Positive reinforcement adds something to the situation to increase the chance of the behavior being exhibited again (for example, giving a dog a treat when he sits).

Negative reinforcement removes something from the situation to increase the chance of the behavior being exhibited again (for example, releasing the tension on an uncomfortable training collar when the dog stops pulling on the leash).

Positive punishment adds something to the situation to decrease the chance of the behavior being exhibited again (for example, hitting a dog to make it stop barking).

Negative punishment removes something from the situation to decrease the chance of the behavior being exhibited again (for example, walking away from a dog who jumps up).

Modern trainers say that they use “positive training methods”, which is a different meaning of the word “positive” from that in operant conditioning. “Positive training methods” means preferring the use of reward-based training to increase good behavior over that of physical punishment to decrease bad behavior.

However, a good trainer understands all four methods, whether or not she can put operant-conditioning terminology to them, and applies them as appropriate for the dog, the breed, the handler, and the situation.

Rewards:

Positive reinforcements can be anything that the dog finds rewarding – special food treats, the chance to play with a tug toy, social interaction with other dogs, or the owners attention. The more rewarding a dog finds a particular reinforcement, the more work he will be prepared to do in order to obtain the reinforcement.

Some trainers go through a process of teaching a puppy to strongly desire a particular toy, in order to make the toy a more powerful positive reinforcement for good behavior. This process is called “building prey drive”, and is commonly used in the training of Narcotics Detection and Police Service dogs. The goal is to produce a dog who will work independently for long periods of time.

It is important that the dog is not “bribed” to perform. In dog training, the term “bribery” means that the dog is aware of the presence of the reward before he is asked to complete the command. Experienced trainers will hide the reward from the dog, and only produce the reward once the dog has already complied with the command. The goal is to produce a dog who will perform even on occasions that the handler has no reward to offer, since the dog’s training has taught him that the handler may have a reward even if the dog cannot see it.

Punishments:

“Positive punishment” is probably the consequence that is least used by modern dog trainers, as it must be used very carefully. A dog is generally only given this type of punishment if it is willfully disobeying the owner. Punishing a dog who does not understand what is being asked of him is not only unfair to the dog, but can make the dog a fearful or unwilling worker.

Punishments are administered only as appropriate for the dog’s personality, age, and experience. A sharp No works for many dogs, but some dogs even show signs of fear or anxiety with harsh verbal corrections. On the other hand, certain dogs with ‘harder’ temperaments may ignore a verbal reprimand, and may work best if the reprimand is coupled with a physical punishment such as a quick tug on a training collar. Trainers generally advise keeping hand contact with the dog to positive interactions; if hands are used to threaten or hurt, some dogs may begin to behave defensively when stroked or handled.

Avoiding Punishment:

Keeping a puppy on a leash in challenging situations or in his crate or pen when not closely supervised prevents the puppy from getting into situations that might otherwise invite an owner’s harsh reaction (such as chewing up a favorite pair of shoes).

Man Marries Dog in Australia

Posted December 6, 2010 by in Blog | No comments yet

Man marries dog in Australia

Joseph Guiso married his dogAn Australian man has surprised friends by getting married — to his pet dog of five years, a yellow labrador called Honey !

We are committed to our pets, but this is too much ;-)

Twenty-year-old Joe Guiso said the “marriage” ceremony performed by a friend in the Queensland town of Toowoomba was simply a creative and light-hearted way of bringing together family and friends. The wedding took place during a glorious sunset ceremony in Toowoomba, Australia’s Laurel Bank Park, where 30 friends and family members looked on. Joseph and Honey even sealed the deal with a big, wet smooch.

“This was just an event for my friends and I to get together,” he says. “It really was fun. We all dressed up in suits and everything. “But you can’t actually marry a dog.”

Guiso, who revelled at a stag night at a friend’s house before the event, says while he loves his dog, it is “just Plutonic love.” “There’s nothing sexual,” he said, adding that he hoped no one was offended by the unconventional dog partnership. “It really should be taken lightly.” Well, that’s a relief. As you might imagine, the couple skipped the traditional “’til death do us part” vow, opting for a more heartfelt, species-appropriate exchange. “You’re my best friend and you make every part of my day better,” Guiso said to his bride.

Dress at the wedding was semiformal, with Guiso in a suit and tie and the Labrador in a white cape. The pair has been together since Guiso rescued his bride five years ago. Guiso describes himself as a “religious guy” and simply felt guilty living with Honey out of wedlock.

What do you think? Would you attend a canine/human wedding? Share your opinion !

Dog Blood Bank in India

Posted October 22, 2010 by in Blog | Comments Off

Hot Dog became the first dog to donate blood as Tamil Nadu opened the India’s first blood bank for dogs. The facility, started by the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) and whose inauguration coincided with World Veterinary Day, holds out hope to owners of dogs who have found themselves in a fix when it came to their pets requiring blood urgently.

“There is a dire need for the facility because every week there are at least two cases that require blood transfusion,” said TANUVAS vice-chancellor Dr P Thangaraju.

So far, there was no blood bank for veterinary patients in the country, and lack of equipment for blood-typing, blood collection, storage, and also lack of donors were big hurdles for animals in need.

“Earlier the constraint was in blood typing, because just like in humans dogs too have various blood types and even a universal donor type. But now we have the equipments to do the blood typing so the facility is all set to draw and store blood for use,” said Dr S Prathaban, director of clinics, Madras Veterinary College in Vepery, who is in charge of the blood bank.

Blood transfusions are needed in cases when a dog suffers from Ehrlicia canis infection, which destroys the red blood cells. Doctors assure that for any surgery to be smooth and for the patient to recover quickly, blood transfusion is necessary. They say that dogs constitute a major portion of patients visiting the hospital on university premises and that half of the 60 to 70 dogs that come for treatment suffer from hypoproteinemia, a condition that requires blood transfusion.

Rottweiler Mia comes back from the Dead !

Posted October 15, 2010 by in Blog | Comments Off

A Detroit man tried to have his dog Rottweiler Mia euthanized, only to find her the next morning in the garage where he’d left her body—standing on all four legs !

“Are you still my dog?” he said to her.

Officials at the veterinary center he brought her to Saturday speculate that the dosage Rottweiler Mia received wasn’t strong enough. All is not happily ever after, though: Matt Olivarez, 27, decided to euthanize Mia because the 11-year-old dog has spinal problems that make it so difficult to walk that he must feed her by hand; he’s also facing foreclosure and doesn’t have the money to properly care for her condition. After the botched attempt, however, “I don’t know if I could do it a second time,” he says, adding that he is trying to find her a new owner.