16. December 2014

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Pit Bull Comforts Deer Tangled in Fence Until Help Arrives

Pit Bull Comforts Deer Tangled in Fence Until Help Arrives

Gotti is a pit bull, and is proving once again that all a pit bull ever wants is love.  Upon seeing a deer caught in his human’s fence in their backyard, Gotti sprang into action alerting his humans of the situation.  Gotti then stayed with the frightened deer, covering it in kisses.

Gotti’s human came to the spot where the deer was tangled up and eventually got the deer free of the fence.  Gotti still stayed with the deer every step of the way.

When the deer was finally released, it then refused to leave Gotti!  The dog had done so well comforting the deer, it appeared the deer wanted to stay in the backyard with her new doggie buddy.  Animal control had to be called in to relocate the deer to a safer area.

Gotti is living proof that these dogs are a much misunderstood breed.  They are in no way “naturally” violent dogs, but products of violent humans.  All pit bulls ever want to do, is please their humans, and be loved.  Is that so wrong?

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15. December 2014

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5 Tell-Tail Signs that Your Dog is Feeling Pain

One of the biggest downsides of owning a dog is that they can’t really tell you upfront that they’re not feeling well or that they’re feeling pain. Seeing them in pain breaks our hearts, especially since our pets are members of our families.

Even though our dogs can’t talk to us, there are behavior cues that can tell us whether our pets are in pain or not. Below are 5 signs.

Excessive Grooming

Dogs normally groom and link themselves, however if they’re becoming a little too obsessive about this, it could be a sign that they’re feeling pain in that area. if your dog constantly keeps tending to a certain spot on their body, there could be an irritation, a cut, or they could just feel some kind of pain there. Even when there is no open wound or you don’t see anything wrong with that area, you should give it a more thorough look. Remember to inspect the area gently so as not to make the dog feel more pain.
Dog is Feeling Pain
Heavy Panting

Another normal behavior, especially when the dog just went out for some exercise or when it wants to cool off, this shouldn’t be surprising to anyone. However, when this comes out of nowhere and it seems like the dog is already having problems breathing, this is possibly stressed induced. This stress can be from pain the dog is feeling. Don’t take this likely. Take a trip to the vet and have your pet checked to make sure it’s safe.

Lack of appetite

Like humans, discomfort can cause dogs to loose heir apatite. This happens especially when the pain is somewhere in or connected to their digestive track. Some dogs often feel too weak to walk to their food bowl even when they’re hungry. The first sign to lack of appetite needs to be dealt with right away. It’s a symptom to a number of life threatening ailments.

Aggression or Shyness

Another sign of pain is a change on how your dog acts when it comes to other people or other dogs. it might become more unwelcoming and antisocial. They might stop greeting everyone at the dog, avoid getting pet or starts acting up when there are other animals around. You might also notice that they don’t want to be picked up anymore or that they cry when you do carry them. a change of their temperament can be caused by pain. After all, it’s strange that your pet, which is usually very warm and friendly, would turn cold and even aggressive toward you.

General Behavior Changes

Other than aggression and shyness, you might find some changes in their usual behavior. They might not like activities that they usually are very excited about, they might not like to play or take a walk anymore, or they just act weak and lie on their sides all day. Obvious signs like limping are easy giveaways, but there are some behavior changes that are a bit tricky to spot. Be patient and keep a close eye on your pet when they’re acting strange. And always have the vet’s number on hand.

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10. December 2014

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5 Common Behavior Problems amongst Dogs

Even the most experienced dog owners get annoyed or tired with certain behavior problems that their pets have. Some dog owners just don’t fully understand what causes their pet to behave like that. Chewing, biting and barking are just the common behaviors that are usually mishandled and misunderstood. By understanding what causes them to behave that way and a good foundation in obedience training, you can prevent or have a better control on your dog’s behavior problem.

Barking

Most dogs while, howl and bark to some extent, but too much barking can be considered as a behavior problem. It’s important to figure out why your dog is barking to start with. It could be its way to alert you or warn you about something, a sign of excitement or playfulness, an attempt to get your attention, or it could be because of boredom, anxiety or when it responds to other dogs. Once you figure out what’s causing your dog to bark, it’ll be easier for you to calm them down. Teach them quiet commands. This might take some time, but you need to be patient and consistent.
Common Behavior Problems amongst Dogs
Chewing

Chewing is very natural for dogs, however an obsession over it is a bit strange. If your dog is a chewer, expect the edges of your furniture to chip off, your shoes to get destroyed and bite marks on anything they can get their jaws on. Puppies often chew because they’re teeth are still growing, which is the same as human babies when they’re teething. Older dogs become excessive chewers when they’re bored and have too much pinned up energy, anxious, or when they’re curious. Encouraging your dog to chew on a chew toy and nothing else is the best way to stop them. Give them a variety of toys and keep your things away from them until they can identify what to chew on and what not to chew on.

Digging

For dog owners who also keep a garden in their lawn or backyard, digging is one of the biggest behavior problems they have to deal with amongst their dogs. Digging is commonly driven by instinct. There are some dog breeds that love to dig, especially when they were historically used for hunting. Some dogs also dig as a way for them to seek comfort, such as pregnant dogs who are looking for a spot to give birth or when they want to cool off. They also dig because they feel anxious or afraid and they want an escape. Giving them more exercise is a good way to minimize their digging. You can also train them to dig in specific areas, like sand boxes.

Inappropriate Elimination

Inappropriate defecation and urination are the most annoying and frustration problem behaviors dogs have. They damage areas in your home, it makes it untidy and your dog may also become unwelcome in other people’s home or even public places. It’s important that heath issues are ruled out first. Once it’s established as purely a behavior issue, identify what causes the dog to do the behavior. Common reasons are territorial marking, attention-seeking, anxiety, and lack of proper training in housebreaking. Although this is unavoidable in puppies, older dogs can be taught otherwise. Serious behavior correction and modification is needed to break them from this habit.

Separation Anxiety

The most common behavior problem, separation anxiety causes a domino effect of behaviors which are all problematic. Dogs who suffer from this commonly begin to act up minutes before their owners leave. They often do things to get their owners attention and even go as far as getting aggressive. This behavior problem needs dedicated training sessions, behavior modification techniques and desensitization exercises. Some vets even recommend medication for extreme cases. However this is a last resort.

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5. December 2014

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5 Indoor Activities for Your Dog

Ideally, we should have enough time to take our dogs out for a walk two times a day, in half hour sessions each. However, our busy lifestyles and the weather are usually never that cooperative. When we don’t have time to take them out or when it’s just too cold or hot or wet outside, […]

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30. November 2014

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5 Common Dog Health Issues

Dogs are our faithful companions and even lifelong buddies. As they protect us and stay by our side, they depend a lot on us to take good care of them. To help maintain a good life, it’s important to be aware of common illnesses and health issues that dogs faces, what their signs are and […]

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10. November 2014

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4 Holiday Items your Dog Needs to Keep Away From

It’s that time of the year where everyone feels really excited about seeing the family and spending dinners with friends to celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of a new one. Though our busy schedules, we tend to give less attention to our dogs. They’re probably as excited as we are with […]

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10. November 2014

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4 Things to Remember When Choosing A Puppy

Picking out a puppy seems easy enough, but it actually matters a lot what you take a few careful consideration before bringing one home. Below are a few tips on choosing the right puppy for you, your family and your lifestyle. Physical Health This is the most important aspect of choosing a puppy. A full […]

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4. November 2014

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10 Plants that can cause harm to your Dog

Dogs love to run and round outside and they can get curious about the plants around them. If you have a garden or yard, you might want to check if these plants are found there. These contain a certain toxic which can cause your dog to get sick. Lilies Although lilies look beautiful in gardens, […]

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29. October 2014

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5 Reasons why you should adopt a Dog

If you’re planning to get a new pet dog as a family pet or a companion at home, you might want to consider adopting one instead of getting a puppy from the pet store. Adopting a dog comes with a number of benefits that are support causes of giving dogs a better life. You’ll save […]

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13. October 2014

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4 Ways to keep your Dog’s Exercise Routine in the Colder Months

During the colder months when the ground is covered with snow and the days are shorter, dog owners find it difficult for them to find ways to give their dogs enough exercise. Exercise is an important routine that shouldn’t stop just because it’s cold out. If your dog lacks exercise, they could have too much […]

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