One thing we have steadily become more and more aware of, and more and more proud of, is the way we realize a good deal of intelligent dog owners come to our site and this blog to have some questions they may have about dogs answered. We like to think we have covered many subjects, from the informative to the surreal. But sometimes we realize we miss the basics. We come in swinging for home base and manage to miss first. In this case, the simple question, how much water should a dog drink a day?
There is a fine line with people when it comes to how much they love animals. In one sense, you hear about people who take in every stray they can, and you may think it is a good thing, but you should not take in or care for dogs if you can’t give them the proper love and attention they require. So is there such a thing as owning too many dogs, and how do you know what it is? Well, we have a simple way to look at it.
Someone came up to us last week and asked us a really good question at an event we were at with some friends. How can you tell if a dog is happy? We know the short answer is “its tail is wagging”, but we immediately knew what they were asking us. Like, how do we tell if a dog is really happy, long term. We thought about it a bit before answering, even though we knew the answer right away. The truth is simple, and it is the reason we started this business. A healthy dog is a happy dog.
You will often hear stories of female dogs who took to helping a young baby animal that may not have even been from her species. It blows the mind to think an animal whose instinct sometimes has them preying on smaller animals, to suddenly protecting them. Many people have wondered why this is, and what drives a mother or female dog to help take care of another animal that may not even be in her species. Well, there is some really interesting science behind it.
You guys all know we have a big box of letters and whole folders of emails on our computer from people taking the time to thank us for what dogPACER has done for them and their dogs. Usually, they are about the same things. But this letter we got last month from Jane Weiss was completely different. A thank you we had never heard before. So, even WE learn new ways we can help, and we do that with the help of you guys. We owe you as many thanks as you think you owe us!
When it comes to dogs, some people just really need a snuggle buddy. The problem is, some people who buy dogs for that reason don’t know which breeds they should lean towards because they have not done their research. Well, how about we help them and do the research for them? Like we have said before, remember, there is a perfect breed for every kind of person. One of the things we love so much about this gig is helping people find out which breed would be perfect for them. Here, for your consideration, the five most affectionate breeds of dog.
When dog owners are ignorant to the type of dog they have, this gets us a little peeved. We understand some people buy and adopt dogs just because they are cute, but there is so much knowledge and so many differences between each breed, to not know and be aware of those is to limit the kind of enjoyment you can get from your dog, and your dog can get from life. Allow us a moment to cite some examples to better explain ourselves.
Most dog lovers seem to know all the basics when it comes to dog tricks. Sit, roll over, crawl, and so on and so forth. But if you use clicker training, the truth is, there are thousands of tricks you can teach your dog, and most of them will blow people’s minds. Remember, these work with the basics of clicker training, so make sure you already have worked that out. Once the dog recognizes the click noise, literally anything is possible.
I think it is safe to say we all give our dogs different levels of exercise. While it may be safe to assume that we all get our dogs out a couple times a day at least, the truth is, it is very different depending on many things. Where you live, what you do for work, what kind of breed you have, outdoor weather, and so on. But many people ask us the question: how much exercise should my dog get each day? The truth is, there is no uniform answer. But what we honestly think is, if you are asking, your dog is probably not getting enough.
So you know someone who wants a dog or two, but they don’t know how they should get the dog. Should they look into breeding? Should they adopt a shelter dog to give it a second chance? Or should they buy a dog? Well, there is no one correct answer for everyone. The answer is dependent on what kind of person they are, what kind of dog they want, where they live, and many other factors.