Here’s another post from the “Breed Introduction” series! Today we’ll be introducing the French Bulldog also know as a Frenchie. These adorable pups have people very popular recently but there are a few things you should know about them before considering adoption or buying from a breeder.
French bulldogs are a domestic breed which was created by crossing bulldog ancestors in England with popular ratters in France in the 1800s. Bulldogs were very popular in the past, especially in Western Europe. One of its ancestors was the English bulldog. Americans had been importing French Bulldogs for a while, but it was not until 1885 when they were brought over in order to set up an American-based breeding program. They were mostly owned by society ladies, who first displayed them at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1896.
Just like most domestic dogs, Frenchies require a lot of attention from their owners and shouldn’t be left alone for long hours. They have fairly minimal exercise needs but do require at least daily short walks. The French Bulldog is sometimes called “Frog dog” or a “Clown dog”. Frog dog is in reference to the unique way they sit with hind legs spread out. They have a single short coat which means they can become cold very easily. They are very delicate when it comes to extreme temperatures and also shouldn’t be flown in cargo. French bulldogs can also suffer from an assortment of back, disk and spinal diseases and disorders as well as eye issues. All of these disorders should be taken into consideration before becoming an owner! You should also know that they are very happy, friendly, compassionate and patient dogs. When it comes to coat colours, acceptable colours under the breed standard are the various shades of brindle, fawn, tan or white with brindle patches (known as “pied”). You can find much more information online but here are just a few things that are worth knowing before thinking about adding a Frenchie to your family!
Leave a comment telling me what breed we should introduce next!
Continuing with the curiosity of dog’s world, today we are going to talk about dog’s vision.
I think all people, at least once in their life, ask themselves: “Can the dog see?” and “Can the dog see the colors or only black and white?” and again “Which colors can dogs see?”… In this post, we will try to answer these questions and will focus on other aspects regarding dog’s vision. We can start!
Movement vs Detail
Dog’s eyes are more sensitive to the movement than to the detail. In fact, the dog sees up close in a very blurry way. To see the details of an object, the dog has to be at least 50 inches from it. All this has been proved thanks to a test: if the dog owner stands 300 yards away, probably the dog can’t see him, but if the dog owner is on the move, the dog can see him even up to 2 kilometers far. Don’t forget, the dog was born to hunt, so seeing objects on the move is maybe the most important feature of his vision.
Colors or Black and White
Dog’s eyes structure is very different from human’s eyes structure, so that makes the difference in the perception of colors. Dog’s eye has more retinal rod than cone cell, compared to human’s eye. Retinal rod permits to see black and white also in low light. While cone cell permits to recognize the colors even if they don’t appear significantly in dog’s vision. In fact, the dogs can’t see as many colors as humans. Green and red are seen as yellow tones but they can see blue and violet very well.
Field of vision
Dog’s field of vision is more or less 240°, with a binocular visual zone of 80° and two monocular visual lateral zones of 80°. It all depends on the dog’s breed, based on his anatomy.
Many dog owners experience behavior problems based on aggression. Although many people think that these unexpected attacks aren’t based on the current situation, there are many occasions that cause unwanted behaviors.
Let’s learn about aggression.
1. What is it and what is it caused by?
Aggressive behaviors occur in various situations. Dogs are usually protecting their territory, defending their offspring or protecting themselves. Aggression is based on a wide range of behaviors which usually begin with a warning and can cumulate into an attack.
2. Do dogs warn us before attacking?
Many of our pets warn us before attacking. Here is the course of the attack beginning with warnings and ending with painful wounds.
– becoming very still and stressed
– lunging forward or charging at the target
– losing contact with the owner
– showing teeth
– quick and harmless nips
– quick bites that leave a mark
– bites with pressure that may cause bruising and punctured wounds
– repeated and rapid bites
Once we noticed that our pet is showing any signs of attack, we should try to calm him down and eliminate the situation that caused unwanted behavior.
3. Classifying aggressive behavior
Answer a few questions which will allow you to understand what really happened.
– When and where did the attack occur?
– What else was going on at the time?
– What had happened and who/what created a stressful situation?
– What seemed to stop the unwanted behavior?
An accurate diagnosis will help you to classify your dogs behaviors into the following categories.
Some dogs will attack and bite an intruder, whether the intruder is friend or foe.
Dogs may show aggressive behavior when they think that one of their family members or friends is in peril.
Many dogs show the tendency to guard their possessions from others, whether they need to or not.
A fearful dog may become aggressive if cornered or trapped.
Motivated by fear, defensively aggressive dogs decide that the best defense is a good offense.
A dog who perceives herself as high in status may show aggression toward family members.
A dog whos excited or aroused by something but is held back from approaching it can become aggressive.
Redirected aggression occurs when a dog is aroused by or displays aggression toward a person or animal, and someone else interferes.
An otherwise gentle, friendly dog can behave aggressively when in pain.Expand to read more Sex-Related Aggression
Intact male dogs will still vie for the attention of females in heat, and females will still compete for access to a male.
Some pet dogs show classic canine predatory behaviors, including chasing and grabbing fast-moving things.
4. Can aggression be cured?
I came across and article from the ASPCA which inspired me to write this post and they’ve nailed the answer to this question.
“Pet parents of aggressive dogs often ask whether they can ever be sure that their dog is cured. Taking into account the behavior modification techniques that affect aggression, our current understanding is that the incidence and frequency of some types of aggression can be reduced and sometimes eliminated. However, theres no guarantee that an aggressive dog can be completely cured. In many cases, the only solution is to manage the problem by limiting a dogs exposure to the situations, people or things that trigger her aggression. Theres always risk when dealing with an aggressive dog. Pet parents are responsible for their dogs behavior and must take precautions to ensure that no ones harmed. Even if a dog has been well behaved for years, its not possible to predict when all the necessary circumstances might come together to create the perfect storm that triggers her aggression. Dogs who have a history of resorting to aggression as a way of dealing with stressful situations can fall back on that strategy. Pet parents of aggressive dogs should be prudent and always assume that their dog is NOT cured so that they never let down their guard.”
I also highly recommend to work with a behavior specialist, or trainer who can help decrease unwanted behavior and possibly “cure” your dog. Just like the quote written above says, you can never let your guard down even if there are no signs of aggression for years. You never know when someone/something triggers your pet.
I really hope that this post helped you understand you pet more! The next post will include tips on training your dogs and help them to live happy lives!
Here’s another post on dog training for beginners. Dog training can be a long and hard process, especially when you’re working with an older dog who has been taught wrong manners or hasn’t been trained at all. This post is mostly addressed to people who have rescued or bought an older dog and are beginning the process of teaching their pooch some manners. This post isn’t on teaching actual command or tricks but shows you how to have an easier and more effective training session!
Set rules and boundaries! If you want to have rules remember to set them from the start! Since you don’t want your pooch sitting on the couch, never let him on it. Dogs don’t understand maybe or sometimes. They can either do something always or never, otherwise, they don’t obey your commands. You have to be very strict about following the set rules and never let those big, beautiful eyes fool you 🙂
The timing is key! We all know when to correct our dog but we often forget to praise when he is doing something right. Be sure to remember to praise your pup right after it is corrected. The correction and praise should be impeccable!
Be the leader! You should always be firm. Tell your dog what to do, don’t ask him if he’s feeling like doing it at the moment. If he’s not up for it then show him what you want and tell him once again. Remember, being firm doesn’t mean being rude or aggressive.
Remember to praise! We as dog owners, often focus on correcting our pup and often forget to praise him while he’s doing something good. It’s really important to build a close connection with your dog. It’s really easy to get frustrated with your dog and hard to remember to praise him! This is an observation made by numerous dog trainers. When you’re having trouble with your dog coming back to you, don’t get angry. Instead of being frustrated, praise him once he actually does what you’re asking for. If your do is quietly lying on the floor and chewing a bone or toy, be sure to tell him what a good dog he is!
Stay fair and take it slow! Be fair to your dog. If you’re expecting him to learn a trick or command, show him what you want and help him understand. Once you’re sure that you and your pup are on the same page, begin training! If you see that training isn’t bringing any progress try again. Remember to take things slow, a fast and intensive pace won’t help you with training. Everything takes time so be patient and know that you may need to re-teach some things if you go too fast!
We’ve released a new album called Relax and Calm Down Your Animal Companion (Calming Music & Nature Sounds for Dogs and Cats, Pet Therapy Ambient). It’s made up of 30 tracks which are meant to calm and relax your pets. These songs are perfect for relieving stress and preparing your pet to sleep through the night. Be sure to listen to the album on Spotify and if you enjoy it, be sure to download!
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I would like to introduce the first cat breed on our blog! The cat breed I chose to write about today is the Persian breed. I have a Persian kitten myself so I think I’ll be able to say more about the breed and their behavior.
The Persian cat is a longhaired cat breed characterized by a round face and short/flat muzzles. They are a domestic breed which is available in a number of coat colors. They are pretty affectionate with family members, quiet and sweet kittens. They are not the most playful pets but enjoy some activity. Persians are also okay for families with other pets but may adapt a little longer than other cats who are more friendly or playful. Since Persians are pretty calm cats I wouldn’t recommend them for families with small children since they may be stressed and may show unwanted behavior. They are fairly easy to potty train and always wanting to learn tricks for snacks!
When it comes to health problems one of the biggest ones is breathing. Since they have such a short muzzle they tend to breathe loudly and snore. Sometimes the breathing problems can get more intense and need vet care. They also have excessive tearing caused by their short noses and need daily care around the eyes. There are several eye drops and cleansers available at pet shops which are perfect for Persians. Another important topic is their longhaired coat. They tend to shed a lot a require daily brushing to keep their fur looking healthy and shiny! Some people may need the help of a groomer when it comes to brushing and cutting knots out. I usually bathe my cat every 2-3 weeks and it tends to be a long process because of drying and brushing. Leaving wet fur may cause skin problems and fungus as well as knotting. I also recommend using dry shampoo after drying and brushing out the fur because it decreases knots. You should also be prepared to cut your kitty’s nails and clean his ears. I clean the ears about once a week using a special cleaner bought at my local pet store.
There are also shorthaired Persians known as the exotic cat. The also have a very flat muzzle and are bred in similar fur colors. They are much easier to manage when it comes to grooming and hygiene. They also tend to have a similar personality but are more playful since the don’t get hot so quickly. Persians weight from 7-12 pounds and have a lifespan of 10-15 years.
I hope this blog post helped you meet this cat breed! Let me know if you like the series in the comments below and write what breed you’d like to read about next! Thanks, friends!
Today’s post will be about preparing for a new pup! Even if you’re adopting a senior dog or buying a tiny puppy from a breeder, there are a few things you’ll need. In my opinion, it’s best to prepare everything before the dog arrives since meeting a new family and home is a very stressful process. There are tons of new scents and sounds which may scare the dog so let’s try our best to bring him into a calm environment.
Dog bed/Dog Crate – Based on your dog’s needs buy a bed or a crate and create his corner. The bed should be placed in a spot which will allow the pet to be safe and pretty close to the owners. If you are crate training your dog than try to make it as cozy as possible. The crate should be a happy and relaxing place for your dog. You can make it nice by adding a dog mat or a blanket and pillow. You can also place your pup’s toys on the bed so that he has even more positive memories with his corner!
Bowls – Be sure to 2 bowls for your pup. One for food and one for water. Some people also prefer to own 3 bowls (dry food, wet food, and water). I would recommend buying the size of the bowls based on your dog’s breed and needs. The water bowl should be bigger since you loved one should always have a supply of fresh water and shouldn’t be made out of stainless steel since it may leave a metallic taste. In my opinion, ceramic bowls are the best since they are heavy and hard to move around, pretty durable and usually have cute designs, which is always a plus!
Leash and Collar/Harness – A leash is a must for everyday walks, but not all dogs suit a harness. In my opinion, a harness works wonders for small/medium sized breeds but it all depends on the way your work with your pup! Especially if you’re adopting I honestly recommend sticking to what your dog knows already. Stronger and larger breeds walk better in collars since it’s easier for you to manage the dog. The next question is if you should buy a retractable leash or a regular one. This also depends on the size of your dog and the way he is trained or will be trained. If you’re just starting out on walking your dog I would buy a regular leash which isn’t too long so the pup learns to walk close to you. As you make progress try giving the dog more and more space but if it’s pulling than go back to the shorter one. Big breeds should also have a regular leash since the retractable ones usually have a weight limit. There’s always a bigger chance that a strong breed will break the retractable leash and run away or get into a dangerous situation. Try consulting the breeder/adoption center and ask what they recommend for your dog.
Food and Snacks – This is only based on the breed of your dog, his medical conditions and what method is best for feeding you pup. Try to do some research online based on the size, breed and what the breeder/rescue center told you about the pup and it’s diet. Don’t forget to get some snacks as well!
Toys – You won’t be with your pup 24/7 so be sure to leave him a few toys. He also wants to have fun while being alone! I recommend buying a Kong since it’s a toy that makes you dog think and work on to get the treat! You should also have some fetch toys for playing outdoors and maybe a pull toy which you can use with your pup!
Brush and Comb/Toothpaste/Shampoo – All of these things will help keep your doggy clean and healthy! Be sure to shampoo your pup and brush his teeth! This will really help keep their teeth nice and healthy! Also remember to brush his fur at least once a week! If you have a longhaired pup you should brush daily 🙂
These are just the basic things you should prepare before welcoming a new member to your family in order to make him comfortable! I’m sure you’ll meet your pup’s need along the way but I think this is pretty helpful for the start. Let me know in the comments below!
“How many lives does a cat have?” is a question that, at least once in the life, everybody asks to himself.
Maybe for his agility and his ability to not fall, in a lot of Countries, people think that cats have more than one life.
But how many lives does the cat have actually?
It depends on the Country. In the Catholic-Christian Countries, they have 7 lives while, in Great Britain and others, even 9!
I’m going to explain the reason of these number.
“7” is considered as the number of perfection, universality, and equilibrium. In a lot of cultures this number has a high esoteric value and symbolisms:
– for the ancient Egyptian, it was life symbol, in fact, pyramid had built by the meeting between a square (4 sides) and a triangle (3 sides)
– Plato linked this number to the concept of eternity
– for Pythagorean people, 3 symbolizes “humanity” and 4 “divinity”. So 7 meant meeting between human and divinity
– in the Middle Age, 7 were Fundamental Sciences
– in Christian Age, 7 has a lot of references
– for Buddhist people, is the number of fullness
Moreover, this number is linked to the moon. Moon Cycle is made of four phases, each one composed of seven days.
But why do English people consider cats has nine lives ?
Because 3 is the number of perfection, and three times 3 means “absolute perfection“.