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.
NEW DOG OWNERSDid you ever think about how valuable it might be to your puppy if you bonded with him or her? Bonding allows your dog to develop a special link to you and your family.
CANINE MOBILITYOne of the major symptoms of advancing age is that the joints and muscles begin to show wear and tear.
FIRST TIME OWNERSSo, your mom (spouse) finally allowed you to get a dog! It’s so exciting! How will you choose just one when they’re all so cute?
DOG BEHAVIORDoes your dog hide under the bed when there’s a storm brewing? Try to hide behind you when a stranger is nearby?
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.