What Do Dogs Like to Eat the Most?

If you’ve ever been given the opportunity to witness one of your pets devouring its favorite treat with reckless abandon, then you know how much they enjoy eating. In fact, if your pet is an adult male, chances are he or she has a preferred type of food that they prefer over others. Dogs aren’t picky when it comes to food preferences, but there are certain things they definitely prefer to eat more than others.

 

All animals have different nutritional needs based on life stage and activity level, so while there are general guidelines for what dogs should be getting, every animal also requires specific nutrients that can only be found in certain foods.

 

For example, carnivores (like cats) require protein, which means they must consume meat, whereas herbivores (which includes cows, goats and horses) need lots of fresh vegetation because they don’t process cellulose as well as other plant matter. Omnivores, such as humans, fall somewhere between these two categories.

 

We primarily get our protein from vegetables, but we also need fats and carbs from meats and grains. However, not all animals use all parts of plants to obtain nutrition. Dogs tend to eat more meat than any other animal species, but they still rely heavily on vegetable sources for carbohydrates and essential fatty acids.

 

Meat

 

It may sound sacrilegious for us to suggest that dogs eat meat, since they’re supposed to be vegetarian creatures that subsist mainly off fruits and veggies. Yet, many experts say that dogs actually need meat to stay healthy. The reason is simple: It provides essential amino acids that dogs cannot produce themselves.

 

Without this nutrient, our canine friends would become weak and sickly. Meat is also necessary for proper development and maintenance of strong bones, teeth and muscles, plus it helps regulate body temperature by providing energy needed for physical activity.

 

However, not all “meats” are created equal. It’s important to understand that not all meats are suitable for dogs. If you notice your dog seems lethargic after eating red meat, then it might be time to switch his or her diet altogether.

 

Red meat contains high levels of iron, and excess amounts can cause severe health problems for your dog. Dog owners are often advised to avoid raw beef, lamb and pork products, as well as organically raised poultry and eggs.

 

When choosing …

Health Problems That Haunt Small Dogs

Teeth and Gum Problems

 

Many small dogs have a tendency to develop teeth and gum problems which lead to tooth loss, because they are often fed canned food as an alternative to larger kibble. Although tooth loss in itself is vexing, oral disease can lead to even more serious heart disease, compromised immune systems and other com…

 

While none of the following problems are by any means exclusive to small dogs, they do present extra challenges for small dogs and their owners.

 

Teeth and Gum Problems

 

Many small dogs have a tendency to develop teeth and gum problems which lead to tooth loss, because they are often fed canned food as an alternative to larger kibble. Although tooth loss in itself is vexing, oral disease can lead to even more serious heart disease, compromised immune systems and other complications.

 

Bi-weekly tooth brushing will help prevent this typical small dog health problem. An attractive supply of crunchy treats and chews (high-quality natural ingredients and not too large, please) will also help your pup keep his sparkling smile. Keep your pups paws clean with a Portable Dog Paw Cleaner

 

“Small Dog Syndrome”

 

Even the smallest toy dogs are infamous for their willingness to take on dogs the size of a full-grown man. Your dog may be that brave, but he’s almost sure not to be that lucky. Protect your small dog from his oversized ambitions by picking him up when a larger dog approaches.

 

Injuries

 

Injuries make up more than their share of small dog health problems. Their tiny bones are more easily broken – sometimes, even when a small dog jumps off of the furniture onto a hard surface. As much as possible, try to cushion the normal launch spots by placing carpet and rugs underneath.

 

Small dogs tend to get underfoot more, and unlike the case with a larger animal, those tiny bones can easily be injured if the dog is accidentally stepped on. Many owners find the best solution is learning to “shuffle” around their dog and not lift their feet too high.

 

Illness

 

Although small dogs are typically long-lived, illness has even greater ramifications when it comes to small dog health problems. Many opportunistic illnesses like viruses and bacterial infections can take over a small dog’s system much more quickly, causing them to go downhill rapidly.…

Hidden Cameras For Pets

Why hidden cameras for pets? The fun of watching where the dog wanders might be enough reason, but here are a few more.

You can find hidden cameras for all sorts of purposes now. They come in all sorts of things too. You can get teddy bears with a camera in the nose, to watch the babysitter. A pack of cigarettes that is actually a camera can record your conversations. However, there is one camera invention that I haven’t yet seen marketed: hidden pet cameras.

I imagine it has been done a number of times by those who play with – I mean work with – surveillance equipment. It seems a natural thing to look at the dog one day and say, “Hey, let’s put a camera on Fido.” Now we just need someone to make it into a workable product. A fun soft ball toy will keep your dog busy while you watch.

Hidden Cameras On Collars

Most likely, the cameras would have to be attached at the collar of either dogs and/or cats. The weight isn’t an issue now, since there are cameras that weigh an ounce out there. Hiding the camera might be the real challenge. Perhaps a flower or bow on the dogs collar might do the trick, with the lens in the center.

Of course, the camera would have to transmit the image to a remote monitor or recording device. The range on these types of cameras is enough now to get a clear image from around the neighborhood.

Why Hidden Cameras For Pets?

Novelty value is a start. Just strap the camera on Spot, and let him go wander the neighborhood while you watch the show. Just don’t tell the neighbors you saw what happened in their backyard. Naturally, all the surveillance enthusiasts out there would have to add this invention to their collections.

With a trained dog, you could use this system for more specific spying. It has probably been done before, whether or not such a camera has been marketed yet. The first such use might be for a reporter’s expose of the conditions in dog kennels.

Now the people at PETA might not like this next idea for these hidden cameras, but it is a natural. In a war zone, dogs could go into areas that are too dangerous for soldiers, and provide a view of what’s going on. There might …

Hollywood – Gone To The Dogs?

There is no question that people in America love dogs. One look at popular culture in our country will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Americans have a love affair with dogs. Movies and TV shows about dogs go in and out of popularity and stories like Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows are considered timeless classics. Only in America, however, do dogs manage to achieve celebrity status.

 

Rin Tin Tin

 

Rin Tin Tin was Hollywood’s first recognizable canine star. T…

There is no question that people in America love dogs. One look at popular culture in our country will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Americans have a love affair with dogs. Movies and TV shows about dogs go in and out of popularity and stories like Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows are considered timeless classics. Only in America, however, do dogs manage to achieve celebrity status.

 

Rin Tin Tin

 

Rin Tin Tin was Hollywood’s first recognizable canine star. The German Shepherd was featured in 26 films for Warner Brothers Pictures and is generally credited with having saved the studio from bankruptcy during the silent film era. The original Rin Tin Tin died in 1932 at the age of 13, but his bloodline and his fan club exist to this day.

She loved her Crab Rubber Chew Toy that she got after the movie was done.

Lassie

 

Ask someone to name a famous dog and you will probably get the name Lassie every time. The star of several television series, many movies, and the subject of countless books, Lassie is probably the most recognizable canine star in American TV and movie history. Interestingly, all of the dogs to portray Lassie over the years have been male. The original collie to portray Lassie was actually named Lad and was the star of the memorable original television series as well as several movies, most memorably the original version of Lassie Come Home.

 

Benji

 

In the 1970’s a would-be filmmaker named Joe Camp started pitching a “dog movie” around Hollywood. He was told repeatedly that the film would never work, so he decided to produce the film independently. Once the film wrapped Camp had new troubles because no distribution company would release the film. Again, Camp relied upon himself to distribute his family movie worldwide. Camp’s …

Having Fun With Online Pets

The popular phrase “it takes all kinds” is usually applied when a person is distinctly odd, a bit strange or just downright wierd but can easily be applied to other aspects of life, such as pets.

The popular phrase “it takes all kinds” is usually applied when a person is distinctly odd, a bit strange or just downright wierd but can easily be applied to other aspects of life, such as pets. Your dog will have a blast with Wobble Wag Giggle Ball Toy

 

Pets are generally concieved to be adorable, loveable creatures that offer warmth, companionship and unconditional love. They are generally concieved to be living creatures. But in recent years all that seems to have changed. Pets can now be intangible. You no longer need to buy one of those bags to carry your dog or cat in, you can just hang it from your keychain or let it sleep on your hard-drive in your computer.

 

Tamagotchi is the name (or race?) of a new breed of pets. It lives in a small plastic receptacle that can be the color of your choice. It is battery operated and can be with you at all time to keep you company since it can simply be added to your keychain and put in your purse or pocket. The animal that lives within, the Tamagotchi, does require some attention on the owner´s part: it must be fed, of course, it must be given an education and it must be given love. These obligations are remarkably like those a parent must see to with a child and any of these obligations is overlooked by the owner, the pet suffers and could possibly die. So even though its natural habitat is a small squarish plastic thing and it can only be seen on a tiny screen, it is considered a living thing that must be taken care of and looked after.

 

The same idea prevails on computer pets. A person can register online on especially designed websites, select the pet that most catches their fancy and then proceed to care for it, all through the computer of course, some on websites, others on your desktop. As with physical pets, these virtual ones must be looked after, fed, played with, nurtured in order to grow and lead a happy existence. A wide variety of possible computer pets can be found on …

How Can I Stop My Dog’s Incessant Barking?

This article describes two ways by which you can end your dog’s incessant barking. First, you can use an electronic bark collar. And second, you can opt for a surgical procedure called “De-barking.”. Here, you will find a detailed summary of the features you should look for in an electronic bark collar and the consequences of the “De-barking” procedure. When properly applied, either technique can be a humane alternative to giving your dog away.

Is your dog’s barking getting out of control? Does the barking get worse when you leave your home? Are your neighbors at their wit’s end? Are you contemplating getting rid of your dog? Bark collars can stop barking dogs quickly, easily, and humanely. When used properly, the electronic bark collar can stop your dog’s barking completely within a matter of few days. If all else fails, however, surgery might be a reasonable alternative.

Most electronic bark control collars employ sound as the basic stimulus because it is well established that animals learn more quickly and retain a better memory when the desired behavior is associated with a sound. The more advanced models progressively increase the sonic stimulus as barking persists. Some models employ gradually increasing electric shock stimulus along with the sound to stop even the most stubborn barkers in a humane manner.

 

The more sophisticated electronic bark collars sense the vibrations in a dog’s throat that happen only during barking. By doing so, they prevent false corrections from other loud noises and from other dogs barking.

 

The drawback with some “barking dog collars” is that they may detect barking with a microphone and activate on sound; these can be set off by other noises or by another dog’s bark. Some Barking Dog Collars use only vibration; these can be set off by motion or jostling.

 

Stay away from the following types of bark collars:

 

1) Bark Dog Collars the project a spray mist which startles and confuses the dog’s olfactory senses, causing him to stop barking. These mists may cause allergic reactions and hypersensitivity in your dog.

 

2) Independent devices that have a built-in microphone tuned to the sound of your dog’s bark. They emit a loud correction to startle the dog so he stops barking. They automatically stop and reset themselves after each auditory correction. The dog feels no correction with this type of bark stopper and can simply …

Caring for Dogs that are Hypoallergenic for Humans

Hypoallergenic dog breeds have special needs because they are usually smaller in size and have temperaments that may be difficult to handle sometimes. When you first bring your new dog home, you should allow it to roam around to get an idea of its surroundings.

Hypoallergenic dog breeds have special needs because they are usually smaller in size and have temperaments that may be difficult to handle sometimes. When you first bring your new dog home, you should allow it to roam around to get an idea of its surroundings. If you have other pets, you should put them in another room while the dog is investigating the area. Depending on the breed of dog, they may be very scared at first. They may not want much human contact, so you should be careful about handling them too much during the first few days they are in your home.

 

Once you new dog becomes comfortable, you should develop a feeding and hair brushing routine that you and your dog will follow. If you have allergies, brushing your dog every day will reduce the amount of allergens in the air. This will reduce the allergens on your carpets, furniture, clothing, and walls. Buy a steel comb with wide teeth that will help trap hair and get out any knots that may be in the dog’s fur. If you purchased a Mexican hairless or other breed that does not have hair, you should make sure that its skin is not dry. If you notice flaking, you should visit your vet who will prescribe medication or lotion that you can use.

 

Making sure your hypoallergenic dog gets plenty of exercise is important for their health and also for controlling allergens in your home. Walking your dog at least once a day and making sure it sleeps through the night will keep the dog on a routine. Dogs that are awake at night time may want to be with you. Allowing your dog to sleep on your bed could increase your risk of an allergy attack.

 

Your dog should have a designated place to sleep during the night and during the day. Buying a soft bed or giving the dog an old blanket will help keep them warm and safe when they are sleeping. You should wash their pet bed often to prevent allergens from being transferred to carpeting or clothing. …

How Can I Stop My Dog from Chewing Things?

You love your pet pupper. He’s friendly, lovable and oh-so-adorably cute. But every once in a while, you notice those big white teeth coming out of the sides of his mouth. What gives? Why does your pup bite down on anything that moves? And why do you get so mad when he chomps on a pair of your favorite shoes?

 

First off, let’s talk about what dogs actually chew. They’re omnivores like wolves, which means they eat meat as well as plants. Dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years, and their natural instincts include eating meat and other animal products.

 

However, it’s important to note that this doesn’t mean your pooch should go around biting people with no provocation. All animals need to feel safe and secure, including your canine buddy. If you don’t take care of these needs, you could end up with an angry dog who has nothing left to lose.

 

Dogs will also chew because they’ve got something else going on inside that causes them to want to gnaw away at whatever happens to cross their path. For instance, some dogs are simply moody individuals. When they aren’t feeling happy or content, they tend to look for outlets for their anger by chewing on stuff. Other dogs may be bored, lonely or anxious.

 

They’ll turn to the nearest available object for comfort if they’re having trouble coping with life. In short, there’s really no reason to punish your dog for chewing. It’s normal behavior. That said, if you’d rather your furry friend didn’t gnaw on your favorite dresser drawer, then here are some tips to help you control his bad habits.

 

Why Your Dog Chews

 

There are lots of reasons that dogs chew. Some dogs are born with behavioral problems that cause them to bite objects. Others pick up on bad habits from other dogs or even humans. Still others are just plain old grumpy. Whatever the case, most dogs eventually learn to associate certain behaviors with reward.

 

For example, let’s say you train your puppy to sit using food treats. Every time he sits, you feed him a treat. Now imagine that you start giving your puppy a bone instead of a treat. Eventually, he’s going to figure out that sitting gets him the best rewards (treats). This is called operant conditioning. Operant conditioning refers to any type …

What Should You Do When a Dog Aggressively Advances Towards You?

If you’ve ever been in a situation with an animal whether it was a cat stalking you or a dog barking at you aggressively then you know that animals can sometimes come across as very threatening.

Whether it’s a small pet like a puppy or a larger one like a large breed dog, pets can have big personalities and strong feelings about people. They’re also typically more protective than most of us give them credit for. And just because we don’t understand why dogs act the way they do doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be prepared to deal with it. The following tips will help keep you safe and won’t escalate the situation into something worse.

1. Stay calm

It’s important to remain calm during any interaction between yourself and another person (or animal). You never want to provoke an angry response from either party. It can lead to other problems later down the road.
When dealing with an aggressive dog, it’s especially crucial to stay calm. Dogs pick up on subtle cues from humans and respond accordingly. If you start to get nervous, this could cause the dog to become even angrier.

2. Keep your distance.

This goes without saying, but it’s still worth mentioning. The closer you stand to the aggressor, the further he’ll need to move back in order to avoid contact with you. Remember, dogs have natural territorial instincts. They aren’t always going to react well when someone encroaches upon their space.

3. Don’t make eye contact.

Avoid making direct eye contact with the aggressor. This sends a message that you’re challenging him, and it gives him the upper hand. Your best bet is to maintain eye contact with the ground so that he has no idea who you are looking at.

4. Stay away from weapons

You probably already know not to touch anything sharp or pointy, but don’t assume that means you’re free to use firearms or other objects that might harm the animal. We live in a time where many homeowners carry guns around with them for self-defense purposes, but it’s dangerous to assume that others will do the same.

In the case of an aggressive dog, you have to remember that the animal isn’t necessarily trying to physically attack you. He may simply be trying to intimidate you in order to scare you off. In this instance, a firearm could easily be used …

What Are the Things You Need to Know Before Getting a Dog?

­If you’ve ever had a dog, then you probably already know that they’re great companions. And most people who haven’t had pets would agree that it’s nice to have one around even though there are some very good reasons why you might not want one. Dogs are messy, smelly and expensive. They eat lots of food and destroy furniture. They chew on electrical cords and run away from fences. And sometimes they bite people (like assholes).

But those aren’t the only reasons to avoid owning them. There are also health issues associated with having dogs as pets, including but not limited to canine hepatitis, distemper, rabies and parvo. If you have allergies, or asthma, you should think twice before getting a pooch. It may seem like an easy way out, but you could end up living with a cat instead. Or maybe just take care of a ferret.

Why Get a Dog?

As we mentioned earlier, dogs are really cool. You can play with them, teach them tricks, give them baths, feed them and cuddle them. Plus, they lick themselves clean after accidents. That’s pretty sweet. The downside is that dogs eat and defecate often, making their presence around the house annoying.

Most people don’t start looking into getting a dog because they love dogs so much. Instead, they’re attracted by the idea of being able to walk Fido outside whenever he wants. For many, this is really all they need. Others are more concerned with the fact that dogs require more maintenance than cats do, which include cleaning litter boxes, feeding, bathing and grooming.

There are also safety concerns with dogs. Many experts point out that kids shouldn’t have dogs because they’re too unpredictable. Their owners say that the same thing goes for teenagers. Some schools ban them altogether. When kids have dogs at home, they can become aggressive with each other and with strangers. This isn’t necessarily true, however, since dogs in shelters tend to be more aggressive toward humans than those owned by their owners.

On top of these issues, dogs are generally more expensive than cats to own. This doesn’t mean that you should never get a dog, but it does make you think harder about whether you really want one. Here are some other questions you should ask yourself: Do I have enough room in my apartment/house to accommodate a dog? Can I afford to …