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.
DOG HEALTHOne of your most important jobs as a puppy parent is to properly socialize your new little bundle of joy.
BREEDERSThere are literally thousands of dog breeders in the United States, and it can be hard to know who is reputable and who is not.
ADOPTIONOut of every 100 dogs taken to an animal shelter, about 15 are reunited with their families, 25 are adopted, and the remainder – about 60 – are put down.
PUPPY TRAININGAs if the pain of a puppy bite weren’t bad enough, one of the problems with puppies who nip is that they often grow up into big dogs that bite.
PUPPIESMost of us know that when puppies are born, they have their eyes closed and they don’t know where to go to the bathroom, but do you know anything else about how they grow and develop?
NOVICE OWNERSThe good folks at VetStreet recently polled 218 veterinary professionals to find out which dog breeds they thought were best for new owners.
EXPERIENCED OWNERSNo one is saying that any of these breeds is bad; however, they do have some character traits and physical differences that make them more challenging than some of the other breeds.
HEALTHPeople are often forced to leave their pets behind when they lose their housing after losing a job, or they may surrender the dog to a shelter because they can no longer afford to care for him or her.