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It is essential to train your dog not to jump on you or your family members, friends, and other guests who drop by at your home or greet you on the street when you are walking with the canine. It is not enough to physically restrain the animal when they tried to do it and then forget the incident until it gets repeated. It is crucial to train the canine so that such incidences stop permanently.
Do not punish
Whatever you do, it is advisable not to
punish the dog. Doing this can result in the dog getting anti-social.
It may shy away from visitors and even hide when it sees or hears
someone new coming in its field of vision. Instead, when your dog
jumps on you, turn around and do not pay attention. If you have
multiple dogs, pay attention to the one whose all four paws are
touching the floor. This four paws touching the floor is an essential
lesson for the canine. A dog jumps up to get attention. When it
understands that attention will not be given if it jumps, the dog
will automatically cease to do so.
If you want to train your dog this way,
you should get a minimum of 10 people to practice the same behavior.
Your dog should understand that no human likes to be jumped upon, and
there are no exceptions to the rule. Repeating the “ignoring”
attitude will force your dog to mend its ways. It also helps to
desensitize the dog when someone presses the doorbell. An excellent
way to teach the dog not to jump is to enter the room from outside,
and when the dog jumps on you, exit the room. Let everyone in the
family adopt the same mannerism. Conversely, pay more attention to
the dog when it sits.
While taking a walk
The problem starts when you do not want
your dog to jump on others when you two are taking a walk in the
park. The easy way-but temporary solution- is to use a crack, leash,
tie-back, or gate. It is essential that the dog must not be hurt
during the time of restraining. Take the help of friends to practice
the dog not to jump on strangers. Once your dog jumps on your friend,
the person must go away and not look back. Do not walk the dog
without the leash. The canine must be attached to you with a rope at
If it is the matter for guests, then
tie the dog to something immovable. The length of the leash must be
shorter than the distance between the dog and the guest. Give the dog
treats if it remains calm from start to end.
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A number of Doberman dog owners face the problem of coat and skin issues with their dog. The coats become thin and dull. A few animals are observed to be constantly scratching their skin or even biting it. Take your Doberman dog to your veterinarian and there is a chance that the medical professional will give your canine an Omega supplement. Many dog owners know this, and they do a preemptive strike on their dogs: they give dog food supposedly enriched with Omega 3.
Biologically available supplements
The reality is different. Most dog
foods, although they claim to have Omega-3 as a component, rarely
have any kind of fatty acid which are biologically available to
canines. The term “biologically available” needs a bit of
explanation. When any dog food gets processed, it gets exposed to
heat. The Omega fatty acids are quite sensitive when it comes to high
heat. It means when you finally pour the food into your Doberman’s
bowl; the all-important fatty acids are long gone. Other than dry and
itchy skin, a diet deficient in Omega-3 also leads to several other
problems. The list includes increased time to heal wounds and
allergic reaction effects. The immune system function will be
decreased, and the dog will suffer painful joints. There will be hair
loss and excessive inflammation. Ear infections are common. Excessive
itching and hot spots will arise.
Even if your vet suggests an Omega-3
supplement, be sure to know the exact name of the medicine you have
to buy, This is as not all Omega-3 supplements are the same. The
ingredients which drive fatty acids are essential. One excellent
example is that salmon fish is rich in Omega-3s, but the fish is also
toxin-rich. This is as salmon is a bigger fish and it eats the
smaller fish. If the smaller fish ate from a toxin-rich source, it
follows the big predator fish is also rich in toxins (as it eats the
smaller fish). Since bigger fish live longer, the amount of toxicity
is even more.
The smaller, the merrier
It is thus essential to start with the
smaller fishes in the food chain like anchovies. The ideal Omega-3
source should be a smaller fish with short lifespan. The theory is
correct in the proof that anchovies are rich in Omega -3 but has a
negligible quantity of toxins. Alternatively, you can give your
Doberman artificial chewable supplements. These are made from small
fishes and provide your Doberman with perfect essential oils balance.
These tablets are sold in both small and large, and you can buy them
as you please. You will soon observe your Doberman getting its shiny
coat back once it chews on the supplements.
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If you own a Maine Coon cat, be assured that this particular breed is a hardy and healthy one. However, this cat breed is vulnerable to a few diseases. One of them is hip dysplasia. This disease is generally common in dogs but not so much in cats. Since the Maine Coon is a large cat, it suffers from hip dysplasia. The males are more susceptible compared to females as they are bigger in size. The ligaments suffer from increased stress, and so do the muscles. This disease may result in arthritis, and in some extreme cases, paralysis may also happen.
HCM and SMA
Although hip dysplasia could be painful
to your kitty, it is not considered a threat to life like the feline
hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or HCM. This is a typical kind of heart
disease in felines. It is frequently observed in Maine Coons, and
typical senior cats or middle-aged felines. The good news is that the
gene which triggers this condition is isolated and it was discovered
that not almost every cat which carries this gene would be affected.
As the name hints, the HCM disease is a fatal one. This is a complex
heart disease where fluid builds up around the animal’s heart and its
lungs. A blood flow constricts the blood flow to the affected cat’s
hind legs, resukting in paralysis. Another notable disease is the
Spinal Muscular Atrophy or SMA. This is also observed in many Maine
Coon cats. The SMA if present in the animal is observed early in
life. You will know it when the kitten reaches three to four months
of age. The SMA is not a fatal one but results in weakened muscle
Maine Coon cats can also suffer from
many other diseases like PKD. These are found not only in Maine Coons
but also among the Persian cat breed. A minority of the Maine Coon
cats are found to suffer from PKD. It does not matter whether your
Maine Coon is a full bred or enjoys a mixed heritage. The animals
could either show the disease or be carriers of those particular
genes which cause the disease. Many tests are available to find the
problematic genetic code. Remember the presence of the gene does not
automatically imply the condition will befall your cat. It is always
an excellent idea to know so that the necessary preventive steps
could be taken. One good aspect of owning a Maine Coon breed of cat
is that it belongs to one of the healthier breeds in the feline
family. If you ensure that you get your kitty from a healthy breeder,
then the genetic anomaly risk is much reduced.
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The principal reason people love Maine Coon cats is their beautiful luscious fur. These kitties are large sized, and the thick fur only compounds their royal appearance. Looking at a Maine Coon makes the observer believe the kitty is wearing an expensive and luxurious winter coat. The reality is that coat actually protects those animals from the harsh climate of their native New England habitat. The bulk of fur is required to survive in those harsh conditions.
The regal appearance of Maine Coon
kitties has made them a sought after breed by cat lovers. The
appearance of this cat breed could only be described as stunning. Do
not be afraid if you are thinking about the upkeep of such cats. Even
with such a thick fur coat, the Maine Coon is much easier to groom
when compared to other similar breeds. It is, however, necessary to
groom a Maine Coon cat. Only with grooming can the coat health could
be maintained. If a cat possesses an unhealthy fur coat, then many
other problems could arise like loss of hair or excessive shedding.
The best case scenario is a daily groom. If this is not possible,
then a weekly routine is a must. Remember you may love to beautify
your cat, but your kitty may hate it. The only way to do fuss-free
grooming is if you start the process when your cat is still a puppy.
The furball will get used to it and allow you to groom its coat
without much fuss.
Grooming equipment and bath
If you wish to do the grooming
yourself, and not entrust the task to a professional cat groomer,
then remember that the fur of the Maine Coon cat, like its brethren
in other cat breeds, is susceptible to matting. To avoid such a jam,
a daily brush is of great help. Get a soft, bristle brush to do the
job. A hard one may scratch the skin of the cat. If this happens
twice or more, the cat may get turned off by your enforced beauty
regimen. You will find it harder to make your Maine Coon cat sit
still so that you can complete the grooming action. If you see the
fur growing on the toes being too long, use clippers to cut the same
so that they will be kept at their proper length.
It is an excellent idea to bath your
Maine Coon cat. Although cats like to keep themselves clean, the
presence of thick fur means you can bath the cat! Some Maine Coon
cats not only tolerate water but loves to bath too. As usual, the
easiest way to make a cat acclimatize to such activity is to begin
the process when the animal is at its puppy stage.
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Ear cropping or ear trimming describes a surgical procedure which involves cutting the ear pinna of a dog and shaping it so that the ears stand erect. The pinna is the floppy part of the dog’s ear. This is a cosmetic surgical procedure done to get a particular appearance which goes with the image desired in specific dog breeds.
The ear cropping procedure is a skilled one and needs precision from the surgeon. The ears must appear to stand up after the part gets completely healed. The dog must be put under general anesthesia before undergoing this procedure. Puppies aged between eight weeks to 12 weeks are put under the scalpel. Post surgery, the ears get propped and bandaged, and they heal in an erect position. This is termed “posting”. A few veterinarians prefer to wait for the incisions to heal before they post the ears. The bandages are generally changed once every week. The ears continue to remain taped until they could stand by their own. This recovery process takes anytime between four weeks to eight weeks
Any breed of dog can be subjected to
this procedure. A few dog breeds get the ear trimmed as per breed
standards. The Doberman breed is one of the more popular breeds of
dogs to get their ear cropped. Other breeds subjected to this
procedure include Schnauzers, Pinschers, and Great Danes. These breed
standards were developed on the basis of the historical use of such
breeds. Canines with cropped ears were one time used only as working
dogs. The ears were trimmed to prevent issues which could result from
possessing a floppy ear and improve hearing. Only in rare cases did
ear trimming were deemed necessary medical procedures due to health
conditions. The breeder or the dog owner generally make the decision
to cut ears.
Debate on the procedure
When it comes to whether you would crop
your dogs’ ears or not, the subject remains a controversial one, and
many think this action to be excessive if not cruel. Others regard
the procedure as a harmless one. Most veterinarians will decline to
do the procedure solely for aesthetic reasons. However, many medical
professionals hold the view that ear cropping in certain select
breeds could be an acceptable procedure to define the breed character
and preserve it. Good health is also enhanced. It is to be remembered
that dogs both with natural ears and cropped ones can participate in
dog shows. Many European countries forbid ear cropping. Animal rights
activists want the ear cropping procedure to deemed illegal in North
America. Crop your dog’s ears only for medical reasons and not
aesthetic. The ear cropping affects the dog’s quality of life too.
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Cats do sweat. Yes, their popular image is that of a fluffy ball either always sleeping or jumping here and there. However, felines do sweat but not in the way humans do. When your cats sweat, it does not do so through the armpits, but from their paws. The paw pads of the cat have sweat glands, unlike humans whose glands lie all over the body. This is the reason cats leave wet prints during extremely hot weather. If this happens, your cat is sweating buckets. Cats sweat not only due to high temperatures but also if they suffer from anxiety or stress. Now you know why your cat leaves patches of wetness at the vet. Those are not pee, but sweat.
Scientists also hold the opinion that the function of the
cat paws is more than keeping the body temperature of the cat down. A number of
theories proclaim that the cat paws deposit pheromones. These are cat-specific
signals which the felines use to communicate with each other.
The function of cat sweat is the same as humans and other
animals. The process helps to regulate the body temperature of the animal.
There is one problem though: since cats have only four small paws to sweat, the
area of sweating may be insufficient. The felines then seek out other methods
to cool themselves. You will see your cat seek out a shady place to sleep.
Lying down and sleeping means less energy is expended and thus, the body
temperature does not move up. It is, therefore, a smart move for cats to sleep
all day long.
Dogs pant in hot weather.
Cats, however, do not slack. If you see a cat panting, it is an abnormal sign.
A feline pants only when it is in pain or extremely afraid. A panting cat
signifies a respiratory or a metabolic problem. When a cat pants, it is blowing
extra carbon dioxide to maintain its body’s acid-base balance. A typical,
healthy cat does not pant in hot weather. Instead of only relying on her paws
for internal temperature regulation, the feline also grooms itself. Many think
the cat is vain, but it is not so. Your cat grooms itself by licking, and as
the saliva evaporates, the heat is taken away, and the body temperature of the
animal is kept at acceptable levels. This is yet another heat management tactic
adopted by kitties to keep themselves cool in blazing hot weather. Do keep in
mind that scientists continue to study the weird habits of cats and there are
many things which continue to puzzle them. One of them is why cats like to lick
the sweat off humans. There is apparently nothing to be gained by this action.
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Cats do both nature and nurture when it comes to affection. As humans, it is the upbringing and the personality of the cat which determines how much affection it can have and show it. Both nurture and nature have equal weights when it comes to importance. The first four months of the cat matters the most to the animal. It is observed that a cat raised with a human family tends to be more attentive and affectionate. Feral kittens, in contrast, are scared. They are not affectionate as they never enjoyed human interactions before. However, with love and the passage of time, even these feral kittens grow up and love to make contact with humans. The personality of cats depends on individual canine.
Socialization and trust
The early socialization stage of a cat plays a vital role.
If you adopt a feral, stray cat, do not forget to give it toys so that the
kitten can play with it. The owner should love not only cats but also respect
them. Do not hesitate to introduce your cat to all your friends as it grows. It
is the responsibility of the owner to teach the cat that it is not permissible
to nip and scratch humans. Kittens do this as it is ingrained in their hunting
nature. If you do not forbid your cat to do these when it is a kitten, then it
will grow up to be an aggressive feline.
It is important that you earn the trust of your cat. This
element is essential to build an excellent bond and encourage mutual affection.
There is no need to be caring all the time. Do not be pushy and stay calm when
interacting with the cat. The feline will associate you with good things and
you gain the cat’s trust when all the conditions are met. Remember, if the
cat’s innate nature is to like people, it will overcome all negative situations
to do so. A few cats trust only one or two humans and distrust all others.
Adaptable canines Cats are extremely adaptable
and you can teach your senior cat new tricks. To do this, you should gently
handle the cats and also reward them with treats during the bonding time. Doing
these things will also help with the grooming and veterinarian visits of the
kitty. The overall interaction will be much more improved. Do not touch the cat
if it does not want to be touched. A few cats may run away as they may have
suffered discomfort or felt afraid when they were being held. A cat will go to
any length to avoid such situations. As an owner, you should pay particular
attention to the health of your kitty.
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Frozen cat food mimics the food which a cat would generally find in the wild. A number of cat food manufacturers now sell such products. The consensus among cat owners and as per cats’ behavior, Stella & Chewy’s frozen offerings are the best at that price range. Their cat food contains real raw meat which has been freeze dried. As an owner, you simply have to add the prescribed amount of water and serve to your cat. One flavor-the Duck Duck Goose one- is comprised of about 98 percent meat, grounded bones, and organs from cage-free birds are particularly popular among felines. Taurine and many probiotics are added to the product for the cat to enjoy better overall healthy digestion along with better muscle function. This cat food has no fillers, hormones, antibiotics, or grains.
Chicken and turkey
Another winning frozen cat food product is sold by Nature’s
Variety company. Its Instinct Raw Market Nuggets comprise of 90 percent premium
quality chicken with the liver. Vegetables and fruits made up the remaining 10
percent for added minerals and vitamins. All ingredients are organic and the
chickens get raised cage-free. To serve this product, simply crumble the
ingredients and add water. All nuggets are free of grain and gluten.
Want to serve Turkey to your kitty? Look no further than the
Feline Turkey Formula sold by the Primal Pet
Foods company. The food is not only delicious to your cat but also
contains quality protein too. This frozen cat food contains 93 percent turkey,
bone, and organs. The remaining seven percent is made of supplements and
products for a balanced meal. The birds used to make this product are raised
sans any added hormones or antibiotics. The turkey formula has no grain soy,
gluten, corn, and wheat. The list of other ingredients includes squash, organic
collard greens, sunflower seeds, pumpkin, coconut oil, quinoa sprout, cilantro,
and kelp. Blueberries, almonds, and cranberries are also present.
Mixers and fish
The Nature Variety company has another winning product:
Rawboost Mixers. The latter makes excellent Kibble add-ins. These give the cat food
a highly desirable extra element of protein and flavor. The frozen bits come in
rabbit and chicken flavors, and both are real meat. Vegetables and fruits are
added for extra minerals and vitamins to guarantee a better immune system and a
healthy coat. These bits contain no wheat, grain, by-product meal, potato, and
corn. There are no preservatives or artificial colors too. If your cat loves fish,
then give it the Essentials product made by the Cat Man Doo Life company. The
sole ingredient in the frozen packet is Salmon. No preservatives or additives
are added. This product is best given as a treat.
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Hot days have come back, and it is time to buy your dog its own fan. This item is essential as canines cannot sweat, and it is hard for these animals to stay cool. You can help your dog to stay cool by adding an external cold element. The canine will begin to pant so that it can inhale cooler air. The problem is that such a solution does not cover the entire body. This is the reason dogs like to lie down on a cool surface. It will also drink cold water if you give it.
Do not buy a standard floor or table fan to cool your dog.
This is as the blades could injure your dog. You can use a bladeless fan like
the Dyson models. A number of tower fans are dog-friendly too. Other than a dog
fan, you can help your canine to cool down by installing a cold water fountain
at home. Whatever you do, it is not a good idea to use a standard issue floor
or table fan. They are unstable and could be tilted even by the smallest
animal. The blades will hurt the dog even with the presence of the safety grid.
The dog’s hair may get tangled with the rotating blades.
It follows that bladeless fans are the only fans suited for
dogs and other pets. Bladeless fans are called in the market as air
multipliers. Their working technologies are different than standard fans.
Bladeless fans could be either floor, tower, or table fans. Choosing one is
your personal decision. The common choice is a tower air multiplier. In case
you own a bigger dog, a low fan makes a better choice as it will nor tilt
Silence is important
Before you buy a tower air multiplier, make sure that the
device is a silent one. The ideal fan is a compromise between blowing power and
quietness. The fan should not only continuously blow air but also keep the room
it is in quiet. Most bladeless fans are more silent as the technology itself
has noise reduction built in. The sole drawback is that these bladeless fans
are more expensive than the regular ones. Dyson is the leading manufacturer of
bladeless fans, but they are costly. If you prefer cheaper
bladeless fans, go for Lasko. The Wind Curve Tower model makes for a superb fan
for your dog. It has a timer so that it will give the dog a temporary wind flow
and stop by itself even if you are away. It is quiet and will not wake up the
dog when you turn it on. Users have three settings to choose from, from a
gentle wind to a high-velocity blow.
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Dog paws are surprisingly sophisticated. The paw of a dog is of a particular design to serve that specific breed’s historical requirements. The paw of your dog is functionally equivalent to your hands-only much better. Your dog can walk without shoes on surfaces which you can never touch with your bare hands or feet. Canines can do this as they have many paw pads with a filling of fatty tissue. An average dog paw has a total of six pads for every paw. Four digital pads are present in one toe along with metacarpal pad and carpal pad.
Other than natural insulation, the pad network provides
acceleration, shock absorption, terrain intel, braking, rough surface
protection, and sure-footed navigation. An individual paw has its temperature
control system due to the positioning of sweat glands below the skin’s
outermost layer. The sweat glands keep paw pads moist and thus temperature
Unlike you, the dog
cannot wriggle its toes. They, however, serve identical functions of movement
and balance. Walking is their primary task. Your dog walks on its toes and not
on its nails or paw pads. The nails of the dog help the animal to grip the
surface. Many dogs possess a “dewclaw”-which is an evolutionary
memory of a thumb. It is only found on the canine’s front paws. A few dogs
possess dewclaws on both their back and front paws. A few dog breeds even
possess double dewclaws in their back paws.
Dow claws and clippers
Dog nails are colloquially called dog claws, and they are
equivalent to a human’s toenails and fingernails. These are created from cartilage
and are dead. Blood supply, however, is made through “dog nail
quick,” a small blood vessel. This blood supply is something which the
nails of your dog to grow continuously. Almost all dogs possess four toes, and
each has its corresponding nail, on every paw. For those dogs which possess
dewclaws, those small claws found a little higher in the paw could bring the
number of toenails to five in each paw. When it comes to dogs which possess
double dewclaws on rear paws, this means the two paws will each have six nails. It is thus essential to
choose the correct toenail clippers for your dog. If you are a newbie to dog
maintenance, buy scissor clippers. Guillotine clippers sold by many pet shops
works by sticking the canine’s tail inside a particular hole in the clipper
center and squeezing the handles. The nail tip then gets chopped off. Many dogs
are afraid of guillotine clippers, and for such dogs, standard scissor tip
clippers work fine. If your dog is a large animal, then buy bigger sized dog