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What to look for in Insulated Dog Houses

This winter has been surprisingly cold and has conferred an unusual amount of snow. I guess it shouldn't be surprising, after all, I do live in North Idaho, but the fall was so warm and lasted through November. Also, where we live in Idaho, often it snows a bit during the night but warms up enough to melt by midmorning (unlike 2 hours north of us where winter is colder and longer). We have had multiple winters when we never had to shovel! Last year was different, the kids had a total of about 14 snow days and had to make up many of them during the spring, but who expects two unusually bad winters in a row? Well, December came, the temperature dropped drastically, the snow just kept falling and the dog moved into the house.Our dog is old enough and well enough behaved now that having him inside is fine, but about 10 years ago that was not the case. We were living in a colder climate and renting a house where indoor pets were not allowed. We had a young German Shepherd that was facing his first winter and we ne...

 


Could Your Dog be Trying to Tell You Something?

Is barking a form of language among dogs with precise significance, or just playful noise? Dogs exchange information among themselves less by voice than by a wide range of facial expressions, body postures and gestures, as well as by various scents. Dogs, who bark at night, are probably working off excess energy or announcing their presence, and this is undoubtedly the only message conveyed to other dogs within ear shot. When a dog goes to his owner and deliberately barks, it is simply meant to attract attention. You must try to guess his general behavior, rather than from the circumstances and his general behavior, rather than from the particular form or pitch of bark he makes. The howling or baying of hunting dogs is an instinctive hunting cry informing the pack that the dog is on a trail. Barking at strange noises is a warning as well as a threat display.A lonely dog who bowls may be sending out a gathering cry to other dogs nearby. Wild dogs on the other hand, never back, they only howl. Could the barking...

 


Teaching Your Puppy Proper Socialization Skills

Teaching a puppy or a dog proper socialization skills is vital to the safety of both your dog and other dogs and people with whom he comes into contact. A properly socialized dog is a happy dog, and a joy to be around for both humans and animals. A poorly socialized dog, or one with no socialization at all, is a danger to other animals, other people and even his own family. Socialization is best done when the puppy is as young as possible The socialization lessons a young puppy learns are difficult to undo, and it is important to remember that the socialization skills the puppy learns will affect his behavior for the rest of his life. A dog that is properly socialized will be neither frightened of nor aggressive towards either animals or humans. A properly socialized dog will take each new experience and stimulus in stride, and not become fearful or aggressive. Dogs that are not properly socialized often bite because of fear, and such a dog can become a hazard and a liability to the family who owns it. ...

 




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