Dogs are the best kind of pets who take care for you at all the time. Most of the houses don’t treat them as pets but as best friends of them. If you are about to give the best present for your dog, then dog pajamas could be the right thing to do. The pajamas are the right ones which can surely protect your dog from the cold weather without any shivering. The Cute dog with pajamas are made up of wool and other materials which can keep your pet so safe.

Safe at nights

The dog pajamas can surely help the pets to stay safe even on the chiller nights. Don’t you think just the fur is more than enough to cover up the little pet of yours? If you are thinking then you are wrong. He or she out there can get chiller body so it is better to give him the most comfortable pajamas which will never disturb their physical activity.

No shedding of hair

It is always better for pets to stay with the pajamas on because it can protect their hair from falling all around the houses. The hair can keep on falling from dogs and pajamas can surely help with controlling the hair fall messing your classic carpets and fantastic tiles. Make sure the pajamas which you are getting for your pet is on right size and perfect fit. Don’t give him the tight ones because that can make him uncomfortable at most of the times.

 

 

The German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is often labeled an “aggressive” breed, even warranting some insurance companies to increase the premium on your house. Is the breed being treated fairly, or are they the result of bad parenting?

The German Shepherd – A Breed Apart

A German Shepherd’s bond with his master can rival that of a mother and child. GSDs are intensely loyal and decidedly protective. Stanley Coran in his book, The Intelligence of Dogs, rates the GSD third in intelligence for all breeds. Born to work, this agile dog absolutely craves stimulation. In addition, being exceedingly territorial, he will protect his home and hearth fiercely.

Similar to an intelligent teenager left to his own devices, the German Shepherd will act out. Boredom and isolation equals trouble. Of all the breeds that need socialization, training & time, the GSD is number one. It is also not the breed of dog to bring home on a whim. Whether adopting or purchasing, research into the nature and needs of this breed is essential. A lack of knowledge has tripped up many newcomers who do not realize that a German Shepherd is simply unlike any other dog. This breed yearns for interaction and will not thrive if left alone for long periods of time.

Negatives of the GSD Breed

GSDs can be vocal and are often whiny. Highly sensitive, they voice their opinion readily. A good vacuum cleaner is a necessity, as courtesy of a double-coat; Shepherds shed year round. A downy undercoat is “blown” twice a year, whilst the coarse top coat or guard hair, sheds continuously. It is a highly effective coat for cold weather, water and snow. Along with an excellent nose they excel as search and rescue, or cadaver dogs.

Energetic, Shepherds require plenty of exercise. Relishing adventures and challenges, they need both to maintain a healthy mindset. It is this, alongside their biological herding instincts or “drive,” that makes them much sought after for security and police work.

The Shepherd & Socialization

Socialization is an absolute must for the GSD from the day they are born and beyond. A lack of socialization is the number one key factor for aggression in this breed. Being protective and territorial is ingrained in their psyche and unless socialized thoroughly, everything is acknowledged as a threat. It is crucial that during their critical learning period, (between 3-13 weeks, but roughly averaging 6-8 weeks), they be introduced to different and varied situations on a daily basis. A good breeder will begin this process early and recommend that it continues for life.

Training the German Shepherd – A Lifelong Pursuit

Enrolling the GSD in a basic obedience class is an excellent start to what should be a lifetime of training. Widen his experiences by including all family members. Children are excellent at games and should be included in the training to establish hierarchy. A German Shepherd will only ever have one true master, but he will readily accept family members into his “pack.”

Given time, training and socialization, a GSD purchased from a reputable breeder can be the most loyal, attentive, willing, obedient, protective and more importantly, friendly companion there is.

Over 40 million households own a dog as surveyed by the American Veterinary Medical Association. People and animals create a strong bond, and sometimes the pet is considered a member of the family. It is no wonder that products for dogs abound from designer collars to designer doghouses. Christmastime is a great opportunity to buy some of the best holiday gifts for dogs.

Kong Dog Toy

Available at almost every pet store are the Kong line of dog toys. The original Kong is made of industrial-like rubber that is hollowed out. Dogs enjoy chewing on the Kong to satisfy the chewing instinct. Additionally, the Kong can be filled with dog treats, like biscuits or peanut butter. This keeps dogs active.

The Kong comes in various types to appease puppies, normal chewers, extreme chewers, and senior dogs. The Kong also varies in sizes from small to extra large.

DVDs for Dogs to Watch

A newer phenomenon is creating video especially for dogs. The DVDs do not have plots, per se, but rather include scenes and sounds of interest for dogs. The Dog Sitter series provides footage of squirrels running and dog packs interacting. This type of video excites dogs who will react with excitement.

Another video series, Music Dogs Love: While You are Gone, calm dogs through video and hypnotic sounds. Examples include nature sounds, sonic sounds, butterflies, and wildlife. Videos can be programmed to loop throughout the day, if necessary.

Microsuede Cozy Cave

Dogs appreciate a soft place to sleep. They also enjoy burrowing or going under covers. The Cozy Cave provides both a bed and cover for the dog. Made of microsuede and faux lambswool, the dogs will call this item their own . A slight overhang allows dogs to crawl into the bed and be covered. This will provide security and comfort for the dog.

Buster Cube

Designed to look like a large die, the function of the item is to make the dog work for the treats. The sides of the die are labeled like an ordinary die, except where the one dot is located. Instead of a dot there is a hole where treats can be filled. Dogs must learn how to turn the die over and over again to extract a treat or two. This toy will stimulate the dog’s mind, as well as keep the dog busy for awhile.

Dog Toy of the Month Club

When it is difficult to find the best toy for a dog, the Dog Toy of the Month Club is there to fill the need. Based on the same concept of the book of the month or fruit of the month, this monthly club has three types of membership: bronze, silver, and gold. The higher the level the higher value of the toys received each month. Customers can also choose the type of toy to receive: chew and squeak, fetch and fun, or a mixture of both.

Christmas is a time to give gifts to loved ones, including pets. Many companies cater to selling ideal dog toys. The items mentioned in this article are a sample of some of the best dog gifts available.

October Celebration to Reduce Pet Overpopulation

Rescuing a homeless dog can be a rewarding experience. Dogs are generally good for families with children. Some studies have shown that children who grow up with pets tend to be more emotionally stable. Having a dog can actually help children increase attention span, learn the rewards of nurturance, trust, kindness, and attachment, while reducing stress and anxiety.

Studies of the elderly have found that older people with dogs tend to take less medication, recuperate more quickly from illness, have the lower risk of depression or feelings of isolation, and live longer.

Reasons Dogs End Up inShelters

The fact that a shelter dog is homeless usually reflects more about the former owner than the dog. Most shelter dogs are not there because of their problems but because of their owner’s problems. Shelter dogs are not the rejects of the pet world as some may believe. Most shelter dogs are in need of a forever home due usually to someone’s lack of commitment or planning.

Behavior problems are a small percentage of reasons people take dogs to shelters. Other reasons include:

  • Moving
  • Unwanted puppies
  • Can’t afford preventatives or grooming
  • No time due to new job or new baby
  • Divorce
  • Allergies

Advantages of Adopting a Shelter Dog

There are many advantages to adopting a shelter dog. Adopting a dog from a kill shelter saves its life. Kill shelters must put dogs to sleep who do not get adopted quickly, in order to make room for more. Adopting a dog from a no-kill shelter is still saving a life because it frees up space for another dog from the kill shelter or for a dog who would have been euthanized had there not been room at the no-kill shelter.

Adopting a shelter dog supports rescue work while boycotting puppy mills that, often times, raise unhealthy dogs in deplorable conditions, adding thousands of animals to pet overpopulation in the interest of profit.

Adoption fees, which usually include a health check, vaccinations, deworming, and spay or neuter, are generally lower than selling prices.

One-fourth to one-third of shelter dogs are purebred and their adoption fees are lower than the price that a purebred would be.

Shelters have a large selection and variety of dogs. If you browse through the young, middle aged, old, large, medium, small, black, brown, white, longhaired, shorthaired, playful, and quiet and still don’t find anything suitable, just check back in a few days. Shelters are always getting new animals in and will usually contact a potential adopter if they see a good match.

Shelter workers handle the dogs every day and get to know them well. They can talk with potential adopters and help to match the right dog to the right family.

Shelter dogs are smart. They may be older, more settled, already housetrained or easier to train. Many have gone on to become assistance dogs or drug dogs like Popsicle and movie star dogs like Benji, Some even learn sports and become show dogs.

Things to Consider Before Adopting a Dog

Do I have time to take care of a dog?

Can I afford the cost of proper care for a dog?

Can I commit to the care of another living being for the next 10 or 15 years?

Celebrating

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month may be a good time to bring a special canine friend home for the holidays. However, for families who already have one or more dogs, there are other ways to celebrate in October. Consider volunteering a few hours at a local shelter or hold a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to a local shelter.

Treatments to Care for Your Pet’s Pads

Dog walks in towns, cities and the countryside can present many hazards for dogs’ feet. These can include hot pavements in the summer months, broken glass, grit salt in the winter months and sharp rocks or uneven ground. Dogs that pull excessively when on the lead are also at a higher risk of having sore front paws in particular.

How to See the Signs of Sore Dog Paws

It can sometimes be a few hours after a walk that a dog will start by licking his feet or limping when walking. It is helpful to always check a dog’s feet after a walk, even if there is no sign of soreness or injury. Sore pads will often appear quite pink in colour and will sometimes show signs of broken skin and/or bleeding. Claws should also be kept at a reasonable length as sore paws can also indicate a broken or split claw which can be very painful for dogs when walking.

How to Care for Sore Dog Paws

There are many treatments and prevention for maintaining the health of an animal’s feet. First and foremost is to take a dog to the vet if it is necessary. Some wounds can turn serious if left untreated or not treated correctly.

If dogs are very active, such as working dogs or agility dogs then it is advisable to prevent the damage before it occurs. This can be done easily by investing in a set of dog boots. There are many available types and sizes available both in stores and online. The boots often have a leather, cushioned sole that moulds with the feet and are held in place by Velcro higher up the legs.

Balms or creams that are specifically for dogs can help to soothe and heal blistered and sore pads. Care should be taken when using human creams on pets as some of the ingredients may not be suitable or beneficial for animals. Diluted salt water can often be used in minor cases to soak sore paws as it also has antiseptic properties.

Natural and Homeopathic Remedies for Dogs

Aloe Vera is an excellent natural remedy for soothing and healing sore dog paws. It is best to use the 100% pure gel instead of mixed blends, which may contain other added ingredients. Aloe Vera is safe to apply directly to pads and is also safe if a dog licks it afterwards. It has many beneficial properties including being anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-septic.

Tea Tree Oil diluted in a 1:3 part solution with water is excellent for sore paws, especially where frequent licking is a problem. With both anti-fungal and anti-septic properties, Tea Tree is an ideal natural remedy for minor dog sores and wounds.

If your dogs are part of your family there is nothing more exciting than seeing them rip the paper off the presents you have bought them, or pull things out of their “doggy stockings.”

If money is no object Harrods, the famous Knightsbridge store, has a wonderful pet department where there is an amazing range of pet gifts and accessories for your four-legged friend. But be prepared to take out a mortgage to pay for most of them. It is possible to buy rugby shirts and other coats there for your pooch at prices you can afford and it is certainly worth visiting the store at Christmas, especially the pet department.

For those with a limited budget you can buy a wide variety of gifts online for under £10, as well as the more expensive items like dog beds.

Under £5

PetPlanet

  • “I Believe in Santa Paws” T shirts.
  • “Gift Unwrapper”, “Santa Don’t Forget Me” and Elf Hats
  • Clinch-it collars, bright new range of colours with a safety lock.
  • Green velvet bell collars and green velvet collars with white trim
  • Plush Puppies Rhinestone Collars

Pets@Home

  • Squeaky ho hoho bones
  • Reindeer Loofah “12”
  • Christmas Pudding Tennis Ball on a rope
  • Christmas squeaky toys
  • Rawhide Snap Cracker
  • Christmas cracker dog treat.

Under £10

PetPlanet

  • Boutique Armitage star collars
  • Festive sweaters
  • Festive Christmas Coats
  • Santa dog coat and hat
  • “Outward Hound” designer cool-it bandana

Pets@Home

  • Red plastic dog bed
  • Three Peak Crass Mat
  • Microwave Puppy Comforter
  • Fleece Blankets
  • Oval Cushion beds

For those pampered pooches whose owners do not mind what they spend on them there is a great range of “personal” gifts at Pressies4Dogs.

  • Personalised dog cakes
  • Personalised fleece coats
  • Personalised warm towelling dog bath robes
  • Personalised dog food spoons and forks
  • Personalised dog food and water bowls
  • Personalised dog scarves and hats.

There is a nice selection of soft dog beds for you to choose from from £14.99 on NetPetShop

To many people the family pet is as much a part of the family as their human owners and their presents are put under the tree like all the others. They also have their own canine stockings which are hung up and filled by Father Christmas. If you want to give your dog chocolate at Christmas buy some of the special dog chocolate items that are available at all good pet stores. Ordinary chocolate contains caffeine which is poisonous to dogs and can kill them. In the same way nuts are very bad for canines, so do not give these to your pets. They can have a small portion of your Christmas Turkey or goose as that will not cause them any harm.

Regularly feeding a quality, balanced diet is important for the health of your dog. However, on occasion, a special treat prepared lovingly with your own hands in your own kitchen adds that something extra to your pet’s life. While you’re indulging in your favourite comfort foods, your dog can chow down on his too. The following dog treat recipes are simple and fun to make.

Dog Biscuits

  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp honey

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour and baking powder. Stir in milk and then add the peanut butter and honey. Mix well. Knead dough on a floured surface, and then roll out into a ¼ inch thickness. Cut into bite sized pieces and bake on a greased cookie sheet for approximately 20 minutes or until brown.

Doggy Banana Pudding

  • 1 banana
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • ½ cup plain yogurt

Mash the banana with a fork. Fold peanut butter into the banana, and then mix in the yogurt. Serve as a doggy dessert!

Baby Food Dog Biscuits

  • 3 (2 1/2 oz.) jars of baby food lamb (check the ingredients for onion which is toxic to dogs)
  • ¼ cup powdered milk
  • ¼ cup oatmeal

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Roll into bite sized pieces and bake on a greased cookie sheet for approximately 15 minutes or until brown.

Doggy Casserole

  • ½ lb ground turkey
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp instant potato flakes

Simply scramble ground turkey, eggs, and potato flakes together in a frying pan. Serve mixed with crumbled cornbread or on a hamburger bun or even with dry dog food.

Cheezy Bites

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 Tbsp canola oil (or safflower)
  • 4 Tbsp water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Knead into dough and roll out into a 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut into bite sized pieces and bake on greased cookie sheet approximately 10 minutes or until brown.

A Few Words of Caution

When feeding homemade dishes to your dog, be sure to avoid foods such as chocolate, grapes, macadamia nuts and others that are toxic for canines.

Sudden changes in diet can cause digestive upsets. Be sure to introduce new foods slowly.

Treats should be kept to a minimum to avoid weight gain. Obesity is a serious health risk to dogs.

Individual dogs have different nutritional requirements due to health issues and life stages. Ask your veterinarian about the best food for your dog.

Male & Female: Cute Puppy Names for German Dog Breeds – Boxer, Doberman, Dachshund

There are so many smart and cute dogs of German ancestry and, well, it’s quite a bit of fun to give little puppies the “richtig” name that matches their German lineage. Dogs really respond to German names and commands. If any pup won’t obey his/her master’s command to “sit”, the owner should try barking, “SitzenSieHund!” like a commandant. Somehow, the dog will understand Deutsch. Hey, German is not the language of romance.

German Dog Breeds

Here are just a few of the breeds of dogs that originated in Germany:

  • Affenpinscher (Affe means monkey)
  • Boxer
  • Dachshund
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • German Shepherd
  • Schnauzer
  • Great Dane
  • Pomeranian (and even the Poodle)
  • Rottweiler
  • Spitz

German Dog Names for Males

Here are some tough-guy-to-the-max names for German dogs of any size. Pick a few of these and try them out to see if the pup perks up at the sound:

  • Axel (father of peace), Adler (eagle), Arno (the eagle rules)
  • Barrett (brave as a bear), Bismarck (a royal family), Blitz or Blitzer (lightning), Bruno (brown), Bronson (brown’s son), Bing (from kettle-shaped hollow)
  • Falko (means falcon, name of pop singer on “Der Kommissar”)
  • Gerhard (brave spear, pronounced GARE-Hart), Gunter (warrior, pronounced “goon-ter”), Gunnar (battle), Gustav (royal staff, GOO-stoff)
  • Hacket (little hacker), Helmut (means helmet, pronounced HELL-Moot), Heinrich (home ruler, HIGHN-rick with a bit of spit at the end), Heinz (pronounced High-ntz)
  • Kaiser (king, KIGH-zer, and a great German Shepherd name), Karl (free man, or maybe free dog), Klaus (victory of the people, Klow-ss), Kolton (coal town, good for black dog), Kolby (dark haired)
  • Luger (gun, pronounced LOO-gur), Ludwig (famous fighter, LOOD-vig)
  • Max (greatest), Manfred or Manfried (man of peace, MAN-fred in English or MAWN-freed in German), Meister (master, MIGH-ster), Milo (merciful)
  • Otto (wealth)
  • Panzer (panther)
  • Ruger (type of gun, ROO-gur, nice Rottweiler name), Rainer or Rayner (advisor warrior), Rolf, Rudy, or Rudolf (famous wolf), Rupert (shining)
  • Siegfried (peace through victory, SEEG-freed), Saxon (dagger)
  • Wagner (wagon-maker, VOG-ner), Wolfgang (wolf path, pronounced VOOLF-gong in German)

German Girl Dog Names

Many German names for girls just don’t translate well into English. The sound is too large and harsh. On the other hand, Berta is just so darn cute and suited to a big Rottweiler, Boxer, or Schnauzer.

  • Berta or Bertha (famous and bright, in English pronounced Burr-tah or Burr-thah, in German both are BEAR-tah), Binga (from the kettle-shaped hollow), Brunhilde (battle armor, pronounced BRUN-hill-dah)
  • Dagmar (dear, great), Dina (spear ruler, Deena), Dotzi
  • Elke (noble, pronounced ELL-kee in English, ELL-kuh in German), Elda (warrior)
  • Frieda (peace, pronounced FREE-duh)
  • Gretchen, Greta or Gretel (pearl)
  • Heide (noble one, pronounced HIGH-Dee), Helga (holy), Hilda (battle, war)
  • Petra (stone, pronounced like pet), Pawla (small, Polish/German name)
  • Trudi (spear maiden, short for Gertrude), Tildy (battle mighty)
  • Ulla (to fill up, OO-la), Ursula (little she-bear)

Cute Cool Small Dachshund Names

These names (actually, all the names on this list) can be used for huge dogs or tiny pups. However, the following names (and nicknames) can be especially awesome, adorable, or funny on a Standard Dachshund, Miniature Dachshund, Mini Schnauzer, Pomeranian, or any other small pooch.

  • Adolf (noble wolf, sometimes this can be a funny name for a dachshund, because he’s a little German guy who thinks he’s a big-shot), Arnold (eagle ruler, like Schwartzenegger)
  • Baldwyn or Baldo (brave friend, good for hairless bald dog), Bettler (beggar), Bratwurst (for a Dachsund or a bratty pup), Bruder (brother, pronounced BREW-der), Bitte (please, pronounced bittah)
  • Danke (thanks, pronounced DON-kuh)
  • Frankfurt (excellent Dachshund puppy name), Freitag (Friday, pronounced FRY-tog, as in “Thank God it’s Freitag!), Friedrich (peaceful ruler, pronounced Freedrichk, try to gargle a bit when saying the “r” sound, his nickname would be Fritz), Fritzi (girl’s version of Fritz)
  • Hans or Hansel (nicknames for Johan, pronounced Hawnz), Hündchen (means doggy, HOOND-chen)
  • Kleiner (shorter, pronounced KLIGH-ner), Klinger (lives in valley), Kringle (pretzel)
  • Lump or Lumpchen (rogue, scoundrel), Liebe (love, pronounced LEEB-uh), Lulu (pronounced Loo-loo), Liebling (lover, sweetie, pronounced LEE-bling, often for boys)
  • Mitzi (nickname for Mary or Miriam), Morgen (morning)
  • Schnapps (dry liquor, shnops), Schnell (faster, quickly, active, pronounced shnell), Schatzi (darling or sweetie, say it as SHOT-zee), Schnitzel (fried steak), Strudel (pastry)
  • Winken (wave hello, pronounced VING-ken auf Deutsch, though cool in English pronunciation, too), Waldo (nickname for Oswald, Waldemar, etc.)
  • Zeiger (pointer, TZIGH-ger), Zucker (sugar, pronounced TZOOK-er)

A dog doesn’t have to be a German breed to have a Teutonic name. Some dogs just respond to the bark-like quality of Germanic pronunciations. On the other hand, many German Pointers, German Shepherds, Dachshunds, and Rotties feel quite at home with their mother tongue.