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What to look out before buying a gps dog collar?

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Buying a gps dog tracker can be a hefty investment and you could end up spending a lot of money on a gadget that you stop using after a week or so. Here are all the main charactestics you need to be on the look out before making your final purchase:

  • Battery: The last thing you want to do is charging the gps dog collar every day. We all agree, charging stuff is bothersome and you certainly don’t want to add an extra item in your list of things that need daily charging. Generally, the bigger the battery the better. Get a gps tracker with a battery that lasts at least a couple of days.
  • Durability: Most dogs are very active, which has a direct impact on the tracker. The more durable it is the more it will last the test of time. Make sure that the tracker you are about to buy is durable enough to withstand activities like digging, crawling, chewing etc. Buying a water proof device is a must if your dogs likes to swim or play in the rain.
  • Compatibility: Most gps trackers ( in the range of 50-200 $) require the use of an extra device (a pc or smartphone) to be 100 % functional. This secondary device is required to set up the tracker and is also used to show where your dog is located, to monitor activity levels etc. Make sure to check the specs of the tracker you are about to buy to see if it’s compatible with your phone/pc/apple whatever.
  • GPS Interface: This essentially is the software you will be using to track your dog. Most of the time it’s just a simple app that you install on your phone. Some expensive trackers come with a stand-alone handheld unit. Get a tracker with a simple interface that you handle without much of a hassle.
  • Fees and Subscriptions: All gps collars come with a small monthly or annual subscription fee. Sometimes the first year is covered for free. These fees cover the costs of using the mobile phone bands.
  • Setting Up Boundaries: This is a software feature that most modern models have. Still, I think it is very important so make sure the tracker you are about to buy supports it! It comes by under various names, like “dog fence”, “virtual fence” or something similar. Essentially, it allows you to set up boundaries in your home or yard. If your dog exits the area you have specified you are instantly alarmed by email and sms.

This pretty much sums the important features you need to examine and research before buying a gps dog collar. If you came here looking for specific suggestions for a dog tracker you may want to have look over this page.

My Personal Recommendation
If money is not an issue, from personal experience I can suggest you POD 2. It’s a tad expensive but its price is more than justified. I have tried a couple ones in the past and it beats them by a long-shot. It’s super small (small enough even for cats!), comes with 2 long lasting batteries, made of high quality and durable materials, easy to use software with a lot of features etc. Give it a try and I am sure you won’t regret it!

 

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Popular Breeds to Adopt as Family Dogs

Thousands of dogs in shelters all over the country need good homes. They deserve another chance since most of them are usually abandoned because their owners have grown tired of them or can no longer care for them, not because the dogs have behavioral or physical issues. All kinds of dogs can end up in shelters, from purebreds to crossbreeds.

Although crossbreeds can make fantastic pets, some people may be looking for a specific breed when adopting a rescue dog. For those who have families and are looking to adopt a rescue dog, five popular breeds are:

Newfoundland –the Newfoundland breed is a gentle giant to have at home. They are relatively easy to train, are laid back, and patient with children. They are known for their natural ability to swim and have a placid (bordering on lazy) temperament. This makes them perfect for families with growing children. They are huge, cuddly, and gentle with kids.

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Pug – the size of a pug is perfect for start-up families who do not have too much space to spare for a large breed of dog. They are sociable and love being in the company of humans, sometimes even more than other dogs. They can develop strong bonds with children and do not mind playing with them for hours. They are not known to be aggressive and can be a bundle of joy with one-of-a-kind personalities. Pugs are easy to maintain because their coats are short and they also look adorable.

Labrador retriever – this is considered the most popular breed of dog in general. They are known to be the ultimate family dogs. They are quite energetic and will need to be taken out on walks every day or else they will end up hyperactive at home. Labrador retrievers might need obedience training.  Also, they mature late compared to other breeds and will exhibit puppy-like behavior until 3 years old.

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Collie – most of us grew up watching Lassie and perhaps have dreamed of having a dog like her. Collies are ideal family pets and are wonderful with children. Since they are active dogs, they will need to be exercised daily. They have long coats that need regular grooming to prevent tangles.

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Bulldog – this is one of the breeds that have a lot of character. Bulldogs can snore, fart, snort and can be extremely lazy. You may have to force them to go out for a walk. But they are docile, loyal, and great with growing children. They also get along with other household pets. You will have to watch their diet because they can quickly gain weight.

 

Dog Owners Live Longer!!!

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One more reason to own a pet dog is that, aside from experiencing the bond, joy, and the unconditional love with each other, owners are more likely to live longer. Research has long proven that having a pet can make owners happier and less stressed out. Studies also show that dogs in particular have more positive influence compared to any other kind of pet, including cats.

Research Shows Owning a Pet Makes People Happier than the Average Person

Dr. Deborah Wells, a psychologist from Queen’s University in Belfast, analyzed numerous research papers which discussed the health advantages of having a pet. Her research confirmed that owning a pet makes one happier than the average person. It also suggested that in some areas, an animal’s impact to an owner in terms of social support is even stronger than that provided by another human.

Dog Provide Great Positive Influence to Owners’ Health

The health benefits of dogs to humans cannot be denied. The study also shows that people who own dogs usually have lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Compared to owners of other kinds of pets, dog owners also experience fewer major and minor medical problems.

For quite some time now, dogs have been considered to be great help to people who are recovering from major health issues like heart attacks and strokes. They have also been found to be so sensitive as to know when a health crisis is about to occur such as a seizure. Other studies have even shown that dogs can detect lung cancer after sniffing human breath.

Dogs Buffer Us from Stress

Although Dr. Wells is not completely certain why dogs are such a strong positive factor in an owner’s good health, she explains, “It is possible that dogs can directly promote our well-being by buffering us from stress, one of the major risk factors associated with ill-health.

“The ownership of a dog can also lead to increases in physical activity and facilitate the development of social contacts, which may enhance both physiological and psychological human health in a more indirect manner.”

Pet dogs are such a positive influence in many areas of an owner’s life, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Through all the health benefits that studies have shown dogs can provide, it is safe to say that dog owners lead happier and healthier lives, and have a greater possibility of living longer while caring for their dogs.

Caring for a Pregnant Dog

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The care and maintenance of a pregnant dog is quite different from one that isn’t. You have to monitor the dog’s fluctuating hormones, nutritional needs, and behavior changes. You also have to keep the mom safe while making sure that the puppies will come out healthy and strong.

Be Aware and at the Ready on the Estimated Due Date

Always keep a record of the first breeding. It will serve as a guide for the estimated due date. The average period of pregnancy is 56-69 days. Count 56 days from the first breeding and mark that day as the potential due date of when your dog will give birth. Never leave your dog alone from the 56th day onwards and take its temperature regularly. The dog’s average temperature is 101-102.5 °F. If it drops below 100°F, she could go into labor within 24 hours.

Lay Low on the Calcium

Do not feed your pregnant dog foods that are rich in calcium or calcium supplements especially during the last two weeks of its pregnancy. They can get sufficient calcium from the dog food. Too much calcium in the pregnant dog’s system can make it suffer eclampsia or milk fever. You can go back to feeding the dog calcium supplements once its pups are born.

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Puppy Food

During the first few weeks of pregnancy and if the pregnant dog needs to gain some weight and strength, you can feed it puppy food. However, stop feeding it this type of food around 10 days before it is expected to give birth. Remember to introduce the new food gradually.

Exercise and Medications

You can stick to the pregnant dog’s routine exercises such as by having it go on its scheduled walks. This will help keep the dog strong and healthy. Avoid strenuous exercises in the latter part of its pregnancy. If it is not in the best of shape, you can keep the exercises light to avoid complications.

If you must, you can give it a dewormer specifically for pregnant dogs but it is advisable to deworm your dog before it even gets pregnant. Flea and tick treatments should be stopped during this time. Also, live vaccinations should not be given to the pregnant dog.

Monitor Your Dog

As the pregnancy progresses, the dog’s body will change and it will begin to get heavy and big with its puppies. The dam will start shedding tummy hair, you can begin to see the pups move around in her belly, and she can start to produce milk around the 50th day. Keep an eye on your pregnant dog at all times, and once you see her nesting, it is a sign that it is nearly time for her to give birth.

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How to Welcome Your New Rescue Dog

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Once you have adopted your rescue dog, it will need to feel welcome in its new home. A new environment can be a cause for stress, which is something that you’d not want your new dog to feel. Make the transition as easy and smooth as possible by following these useful tips:

Set limitations and boundaries – as soon as you bring your new dog home, do not give it free rein. Do not let it jump on top of your furniture or chew on your items. Do not let it enter rooms that are off-limits. Be consisted with showing it its boundaries.

Make sure your dog is healthy – ideally, you should take it to the vet for an exam even if the center has already done preliminary checkups with your dog. Make sure its vaccinations are up to date and that routine tests have been made.

Establish a routine – dogs are creatures of habit and find security in routine activities. Feed your new dog at regular times and at the same spot in the house. Take it out for daily walks and exercise at a specific time in the day.

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Get to know your dog – shelters and rescue centers can only provide a certain amount of information about your new dog, such as its basic characteristics according to its breed. But each dog is unique and has its own endearing qualities that you will only know once you spend time with your dog.

Gradually introduce your rescue dog to the household –introduce your new dog first to your immediate family members. If you have other pets, do not be hasty with the introduction. Allow your dog to sniff around while you keep your other pets away. Once it is used to its new surroundings, including the family, slowly introduce your other pets so it won’t feel overwhelmed.

Make your dog feel secure – rescue dogs may initially be skittish, especially if they had a bad history with their previous owners. Make your dog feel safe in its new home. Give it a bed space that is comfortable and quiet where it can feel safe and sound.

Anticipate your dog’s potty break – always assume that your rescue dog is not yet house-trained. Take it out for frequent potty breaks, usually after meals. This will establish a potty break routine and at the same time, let it know that it has to do its deed at a certain area.

Take your dog to obedience classes – even if your dog already knows the basics of good behavior, it is still ideal to take it obedience class to establish the proper etiquette, especially around other people and animals.

Be patient – always give your dog time to adjust. Do not expect too much from it and always remember that a dog is never too old to learn something new as long as you are consistent and follow through.

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Dogs Can Be Influenced by Human Body Language

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A new study indicates that the body language of a human can trick a dog and influence its actions. Published in the journal PloS ONE, it deals with the ability of a dog to want to follow to cues projected by humans. The research involved 149 dog owners who were asked to bring their dogs to University of Milan’s psychology laboratory.

The head of the study, Sarah Marshall-Pescini, and other colleagues designed a number of experiments that consisted of giving dogs choices between two bowls of food. In some scenarios, one bowl had only one piece of food while the other had six pieces. Other experiments involved dogs having to choose between two bowls with the same quantity of food. In some instances, dogs were allowed to choose which bowl they preferred.

There would also be times when a person would be present before the dog was given the opportunity to choose the bowl. Sometimes, the person would favor one of the bowls by staring at it. Other times, the person would talk to the dog while showing a piece of food from one of the bowls. These interactions of a person between dog and food were varied.

The study showed that in majority of the trials where no human was present, 73% of dogs made the obvious choice of favoring the bowl with more servings. But in scenarios where a person was involved, the dogs would generally pick the bowl favored by the human even if this had the smaller portion of food. The study showed that the most convincing gesture that would influence the dog’s decision was the hand to mouth action by the person.

In one situation, dogs favored a smaller plate when a person approached the food, held a piece over her mouth, and then put it down again before leaving. In another scenario, a person did the same thing but she also talked to the dog while holding up the food. In the third situation where the food was held up and placed back in the bowl by utensils behind the curtain which hid the person, the dogs were not more inclined to choose that bowl.  This suggested that the dogs took cues from human actions.

According to the researchers, “the current study adds to a small but growing literature showing that social learning is not necessarily always the best strategy and provides an experimental paradigm which may potentially be used to explore when an animal will rely on private vs. social information.”

A quick introduction to pugs..

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The pug is one of the oldest breeds of dog and is said to have origins tracing back to 400 B.C. Some researchers believe that pugs originated from Asia and are descendants of the short-haired Pekinese. Others theorize that pugs are the result of a cross between a small bulldog and a small form of French mastiff. The AKC recognized the pug breed in 1885.

Appearance

Pugs have a small, stocky build, a large head, and a short, blunt muzzle. They have an undershot bite and huge prominent eyes. Their ears are small and thin, and are button or rose-shaped. Their faces have deep wrinkles. The pug’s tail is set high and curled at the back but double curls are preferred in show. Its coat is short, fine, soft, and smooth. Colors include black, silver, fawn, and apricot. A pug’s average height is between 10-14 inches, and weighs between 13-20 pounds. They can live an average of 10- 15 years.

Temperament

Pugs are spirited and affectionate with an endearing and loyal streak. They make wonderful family pets for children and grownups alike. They are very intelligent and can get easily bored if not given the proper mental stimulation either through training and toys. They can easily pick up the tone of your voice, such as when you are praising them or reprimanding them. Pugs look up to owners who are confident, consistent, calm, and firm. Generally, they are not excitable dogs but they make excellent watchdogs. They can get along with other people and pets. Pugs that have weak human leaders are prone to jealousy and can develop guarding or possessive behaviors. Be sure not to allow your pug to take over by being a confident pack leader.

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Health Issues

Pugs are susceptible to extreme weather conditions. They can quickly catch a cold or feel hot. They often get skin allergies and are liable to develop chronic breathing problems because of their short muzzle. More often than not, they also snore and wheeze. They may also develop Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE), an inflammation of the brain that usually occurs during adolescence. The cause of this is still unknown. It is not easy to whelp pugs and they usually give birth via C-section because of the size of the puppies’ heads. They are also susceptible to keratitis, the inflammation of the cornea. Their eyes tend to tear up quickly and they easily gain weight. Be careful not to overfeed your pug.

Grooming

The pug’s grooming requirements are fairly manageable because of their short coat. Routing brushing and bathing is enough. Dry them thoroughly after the bath so they don’t get cold. Make sure the creases on their face are also clean and dry because this area can emit odors and harbor bacteria.

Preparing Homemade Meals for Your Dog

dog-mealPreparing homemade dog food can be one of the healthiest ways to feed your dog.

It certainly is more economical.  It will guarantee that your pet is not getting any unhealthy additives and you can cater the ingredients to your dog’s specific health needs.

When preparing the dog food, you can make use of seasonal vegetables and available meats. You can also make one batch that can last several days and just store them in the freezer.

The Basics of Economical Dog Food

Healthy grains such as oatmeal, buckwheat, brown rice, and barley can be used as the base of your dog food. This should be about half of your dog’s diet. Your dog’s digestion of the food will be better if the grains are cooked well and run through the food processor.

Good quality proteins from meat should make up 25% of a well-balanced canine diet. When initially feeding your dog homemade meals, cook the meat well and as your dog’s body gets used to the food, gradually lessen the cooking time. The flavor of meats added to the grains makes it more appealing to the dog.

Fresh vegetables and fruits can complete your homemade dog food. Green leafy and cruciferous vegetables are ideal ingredients. These include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and spinach. You can give raw vegetables, which has more nutritional value, but some dogs have difficulty digesting these. When giving those, cut the vegetables finely or mash them up since some dogs don’t bother chewing. Avoid onions and garlic since they can cause anemia if ingested in high amounts.

You can mix and match the ingredients and make them into stews or casseroles. You can use a variety of other types of ingredients so that your dog will not get tired of always eating the same kind of food. Also, make sure that your dog is not allergic to anything you feed it. Giving it the same food all the time can trigger allergic reactions or obesity.

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How to Introduce your Dog to a Homemade Diet

If your dog is not used to eating the homemade dog food, introduce it gradually. You can start by mixing dry kibble with some homemade dog food. Do not use anything spicy, add seasoning, or include cured meats. Gradually increase the amount of homemade food and lessen the kibble until your dog is used to the homemade dog food.

Useful Links
– Both photos of this article are taken from this great homemade food recipe 🙂