House-training Puppies In The Winter–Educating Your Puppy In Cold Weather

Is housebreaking puppies in the winter significantly more difficult than at any other time of the year? Should the onset of winter make you think twice about bringing home a new puppy? In my opinion, the answer is a solid “no!” The essentials of housebreaking a new puppy remain the same. Our (my wife and I) dogs have been received housebreaking training during the winter and did just fine. In fact, they love the winter, but you, as owner, must take certain precautions due to the nature of the season.

There really is no need for concern where the winter weather is concerned. As mentioned above, the way housebreaking works does not really change. However, it is important to pay attention to the cold climate and understand that you may need to take extra care to be sure that your puppy is not at risk.

First, never turn your puppy outside by itself. That is particularly true for a very young puppy, but regardless, never leave your puppy unaccompanied. Stay outside with your pet until it ready to come inside.

The second main point to keep in mind is that puppies are much more vulnerable to cold weather than adult dogs. Because of this, the timing of when you take your puppy outside is important, and so you want to observe your dog carefully and notice when it looks as if it may need to go outside. This is important as puppies are especially sensitive to frostbite and hypothermia.

Hypothermia is a condition of too little warmth (hypo=not enough or under and thermia=heat). The puppy’s body temperature falls too low to keep it warm. If you see your puppy start to shiver, take it inside immediately and warm it up. A rule of thumb to follow is that if you are cold so is your puppy. Take it inside.

Frostbite is tissue damage to the skin due to cold. You will notice damaged skin turn pale or white. The most vulnerable areas will be the webbing between toes, the ears, and possibly the tail area.

When housebreaking your puppy, follow these basic guidelines, and you won’t go wrong:

(1)Start puppy housebreaking around 8 weeks old. (2)Establish a regular schedule. (3)Take your puppy outside when it looks like it wants to go. (4)Take the puppy outside approximately every two hours. (5)Be sure to take your puppy out not long after you have fed it. (6)Always stay outside with your puppy. (7)When weather is extreme, do not linger outside.

If you do nothing else but follow the pointers above, you and your puppy will survive a cold winter without problem. Even better, once the weather improves, your dog will continue to use its new skills as a housebroken pet.

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Getting A Shih Tzu

Not everyone is interested in having a Labrador, Beagle or a Puggle as a pet. In fact some people are much more interested in having Chihuahuas, Terriers, Poodles and adorable Shih Tzu’s. The breed mentioned at the last is one that is suited to almost all the people, and it cannot be denied that it has a lot of value among future dog owners.

Of course not everyone looking for a puppy starts off with a Shih Tzu puppy in mind, but when fate crosses this adorable puppy across their paths, it seems to be more than they can do to resist the inquisitive faces, the short upturned nose with the hair fanning out in all directions and the gentle adoring eyes staring at them with patent mischief.

Living an apartment life is something a Shih Tzu puppy can handle very easily; this is because they love being indoors and can be active in small indoor spaces too. A Shih Tzu puppy is also very indolent and more often than not you would find your Shih Tzu puppy lying in various comfortable positions around your home.

This is the reason why you should never over feed your Shih Tzu puppy, as it can very easily become fat and lazy. The best thing is to keep your puppy well fed and fully exercised. If you live in an apartment then it is necessary that you take your puppy out for regular walks. However try not to overtire your puppy by going for long distance walks, as Shih Tzu is a small breed of dog and doesn’t require a lot of exercise. If you are unable to take you Shih Tzu outside for a walk, consider getting a dog treadmill.

You may think about letting your Shih Tzu puppy play and run around in your yard, if you do have a yard. A daily walk is a good option, but in this case your Shih Tzu puppy is having all the exercise it needs throughout the day in small bouts. If you want to let your Shih Tzu out in the yard, an invisible fence is a good way to make sure he stays safe at home.

Shih Tzu’s can also make great watchdogs as they are alert and will tend to bark if aroused by something out of the ordinary. Luckily they don’t normally bark out of turn which is one of the reasons why getting a Shih Tzu puppy is ideal if you live in an apartment. If you find the barking to be excessive, a bark collar is a good way to keep the peace with your neighbors.

You might want to know that although Shih Tzu’s are quite friendly with children, especially older children, but they can be quite aggressive in certain circumstances (like when its tail is pulled) and might not be a suitable dog to have around young or very young or mischievous kids.

A Shih Tzu puppy is also an ideal option for the dog lover who is allergic to dogs, or rather dog hair. Shih Tzu’s shed almost none to very little fur which makes them a great candidate for allergy sufferers.

You might be surprised to know but Shih Tzus’ make very good show dogs. A little bit of grooming can make your very own Shih Tzu a champion show dog.

Top Ten Dog Breeds of 2009

Every year, the AKC releases the list of the most registered dog breeds. More or less, that list ranks the breeds in order of popularity. With the order of the top ten “usual suspects” slightly shifted, 2009 brought no surprises. Check out this list of the top ten dogs breeds of 2009 according to the AKC dog breed registration statistics and see if your favorite breed made the top ten. Is your breed not on the top ten?

1. Labrador Retriever

There’s no surprise here. The Labrador Retriever has held the number one spot for 19 consecutive years, and for good reason. This energetic, fun-loving retriever has “family dog” written all over it. Loyal and affectionate, the Lab wins over the hearts of just about everyone it meets. For over 200 years, the Lab has been treasured for its loyalty, intelligence and athleticism. The breed is often seen working as a service animal or gun dog, but remains a favorite among those looking for an all-around canine companion.

View the full list to see where your dog placed.

Greyhound Training

The following article is about do’s and don’ts in the field of greyhound care and greyhound dog training tips. But a good thing to keep in mind is that not all those adopting will need this article; in fact, some do not have experience the usual issues at all! On the contrary, some are simply blown away by the breed’s simplicity, laidback temper, and quiet disposition.

But in order to reach such a near-ideal stage, potential grey owners need to know the facts. Rehomed Greys live most of their young, active years in a crate eighteen hours a day. So it’s no metaphor that this breed needs to be assisted to feel familiar and secure in the home.

But is there any way to know if a dog is feeling particularly stressed? Just some of the signals that a dog will send to say it is not relaxed is a dripping nose, diarrhea, sweaty paws, whining, panting and restlessness. But owners must not get bogged down by these details; keep working on gaining the dog’s trust, and in three to five days the dog’s stable personality will show, and it will trust you. The following ideas are the essentials in greyhound training.

1. Keep the lines of communication open with the Greyhound

If owners want to get better in taking care of their dog, they will need to understand how racers think and respond.

For example, a few trips to the dog’s rescue group will reveal that Greys tend to be skittish and wary of very new things in their environment, and to makes matters more complicated, rehomed greys are pressured to learn new things while living with their adopters. What owners can do is to present new experiences from positive and enriching angles.

When other dogs get frustrated, they turn noisy and restless; not so the Grey. It will turn rigid, watching. At this point when the dog refuses to absorb anything, an owner does well in backing off and giving the dog breathing space.

Another “Greyhound” thing to know is that they startle easily and will steam full-speed away from the perceived threat. Be careful about properly securing your grey with a good-fitting greyhound collar and a strong leash.

2. Keep in mind that Greyhounds are students forever.

This means all of the dog’s waking hours, and all of the events in the dog’s day, are moments that it absorbs things and learns. Try to take advantage of all these moments to teach the dog something.

But what’s to be done with the Grey that keeps on doing something that’s a no-no? An observer of this will need to figure out how this negative actions is being unwittingly “approved” and “condoned,” especially if by you! Naturally, if an owner wants the dog to do good, he/she will need to check out how to reward that instead.

3. Owners must put up a winning relationship.

Training is of course, far beyond obedience and manners. At its core and heart, training is establishing a good relationship and keeping the “lines of communication” open.

Note that Greys learn a lot from a human’s actions and moods. If there’s a way to wear out the dog in the bad sense, it would be through harshness and through making the dog think you’re unhappy with it. A grey in statue mode is unhappy and is fed up with how things are.

And a last greyhound training note regarding canine sensitivity: especially malicious and unsavory events may leave a deep scar, so keep control over situations that may scare the dog. There are a number of dog training collars that will help you with properly training your Greyhound.