If you are looking for a watch dog, make sure you understand the difference between guard dogs and watch dogs. Whereas watch dogs will alert you to strangers on your property, guard dogs will actually take care of the problem.
The ideal watch dog is smart, loyal, and vocal. Because you are not relying on a watch dog to chase down or attack strangers, the size of the dog is irrelevant. Rather, you need a dog who will alert you to the presence of threats to your person or property so you can take steps to ward off a potential attack.
If you live with a watch dog, you must commit to spending the time it takes to train him. A dog who barks at everything is not a watch dog; he is merely a nuisance. Your dog must be able to distinguish between normal noises and threatening noises, not an easy skill to teach.
Some of the best breeds for watch dogs are those that are reasonably laid back, but able to spring into service at the first sign of danger.
TRAININGMany Huskies have become lost or met untimely deaths from chasing game, pursuing livestock, or simply dashing across a busy road to check out a dog on the other side. They should therefore always be kept on a sturdy leash when outside of a well-fenced property.
TRAININGSiberian Huskies are not ordinary domestic dogs. These dogs, like the other sled dog breeds, need to be with owners who can manage them in an appropriate, firm and non-violent “pack leader” manner.
DOG HEALTHIt is absolutely essential to ensure that you understand everything to do with vaccinating your puppy before you jump straight into buying one.
DOG HEALTHWe all know dogs love to have their bellies rubbed, but did you know they might also appreciate an all-over massage?
DOG SAFETYOooh, baby! It’s cold outside! In many parts of the country, the winters are long, wet, and cold, and they can even be dangerous for both you and your dog.
TRAININGDogs have been known to escape, run for miles, and stay gone for several days. It’s scary, and may seem like an unsolvable problem, but there are some tried and true ways to deal with that.
DOG SHOWSAside from the requisite ball gown or tuxedo for Westminster, have you ever wondered what it takes to be a dog show judge?
HOLIDAYSAlong with the holiday season, we tend to introduce a lot of new stuff into our homes that could be hazardous to our dogs. Here's how to manage the holiday fun, food, decorations and guests to keep your dog a safe part of your festivities.