Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Worlds Smartest Dog Breeds #1 Border Collie

The Border Collie comes in at number one. Because of their extraordinary intelligence and high energy, it is essential to give Border Collies an occupation or purpose, or you may well find your home wrecked upon your return from a long day at work. They have an intense connection with humans, making them ideal work and home companions. However, keep this in mind: Border Collies invariably will not do well unless they are with people who are as high energy as they are; they do best with humans who can participate in dog sports with them. Also, because of their background as herding dogs, they may be frustrated by small children, as their inability to herd the children as they deem fit is confounded. For the right human, the Border Collie is well behaved, exceptionally good at learning, and a true-blue companion.

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Worlds Smartest Dog Breeds #2 Poodle

Easily trainable, steadfast, and sharp-minded, Poodles flourish in human company. Even with the frou-frou hairdos, Poodles are sometimes made to endure and can be quite effective as guard dogs, especially the standard sized Poodles. In fact, the “poodle clip,” was created specifically for the working Poodle, so that it could swim more effectively, while still having fur to protect its organs as it went about the business of hunting and retrieving. The Poodle excels at training and obedience, and also loves creative play time. This is what made them so popular as circus performers. But, this can be a drawback as well. If left alone to boredom, Poodles can be creative about finding ways to amuse themselves, sometimes finding trouble along the way.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Worlds Smartest Dog Breeds #3 German Shepherd

The German Shepherd was originally bred specifically for intelligence. Smart, courageous, and protective, the Shepherd is one of the most dependable of companions. They learn tasks after only a few repetitions, and obey first commands nearly always the first time it is given. They are eager to learn new tasks, as this gives them direction and purpose—very important for a Shepherd. Besides being used for herding animals, they are often used as guard dogs, police dogs, search-and-rescue dogs, and have even been trained by the military for parachute jumps

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Worlds Smartest Dog Breeds #4 Golden Retriever

A very affectionate and popular breed, the Golden Retriever is highly regarded for its intelligence. They can learn well over 200 commands, making them indispensable companions, both in the home and in the workplace. Loyal, loving, and patient, with a willingness to please and a love of learning, this is a fabulous companion pet to bring into your family.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Worlds Smartest Dog Breeds #5 Doberman

Due to an inborn fearlessness and deep stamina, the Doberman is one of the most popular of guard dogs. Smart and assertive, they can easily be trained for dominance or docility. Because of their past as war and police dogs, they may appear fearsome, but they are actually quite gentle. Their loyalty and acuity make Doberman’s great additions to the family.

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Worlds Smartest Dog Breeds #6 Shetland Sheepdog

Another herding dog, the Shetland takes this ability into the home, showing the same commitment and protectiveness over its human “herd” as the farm raised version does. Highly intelligent, the Sheltie handles life with great efficiency and diligence, learning new commands with little repetition, and making sure that all of the family is safe, sound, and in place. They show great devotion to their families, and are happy to live just about anywhere.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Worlds Smartest Dog Breeds #7 Lab

The Lab, as it is affectionately called, is the most popular breed chosen by families. Another member of the working class of dogs, the Lab is best known for its intelligence, affection, patience, and gentility, making them perfect companions for households with kids. They are easily trained, and, in fact, are one of the top dogs chosen for search and rescue, assisting the disabled, and police work. They are also known to self-train, observing behaviors in humans and repeating them—a great asset in emergency situations.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Worlds Smartest Dog Breeds #8 Papillon

This deceptively cute, butterfly-eared dog is smarter, tougher, and stronger than it appears (it’s like the bionic dog). Often described as big dogs in little bodies, they have the athletic stamina to keep up on long walks, and the bravura of a canine ten times its size. The Papillon is a true companion and watchdog. Although they can be ferociously protective over what belongs to them, their keen intelligence makes it possible to take them anywhere. Let’s not forget they can be litter trained, a big plus.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Worlds Smartest Dog Breeds #9 Rottweiler

Another herding dog, the Rottweiler began in Germany as a true work companion. They are still primarily used for work as guard dogs and as police dogs. They are well known for their stoicism, keen perception, courage, and unflagging loyalty. They make an excellent addition to the family.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Worlds Smartest Dog Breeds #10

Top 10 smartest dog breeds in the world. 1 each day.

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Yes, that Australian Cattle Dog from Down Under. A working dog that is traditionally occupied with controlling and herding cattle, its qualities are exceptional intelligence, alertness, resourcefulness, and a fiercely protective loyalty over its property and people. They are agile, strong, active dogs, both physically and mentally, which revel in new experiences. The flip side is that they bore easily and will unintentionally find trouble while looking for activities to occupy themselves with. The Cattle Dog is very organized; many are known for putting their own toys away after playing.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Changing the Name of your New Dog

Changing the Name of Your New Dog

Sometimes adopting a dog means adopting a dog with a name you don't particularly like. Actually, it's easy for your newly adopted dog to learn a new name. Don't feel that a dog cannot learn a new name, and don't feel that a dog can't even learn a name completely dissimilar to his previous name. A dog or puppy of any age can learn a brand new name within a few days. Here's how:

decide on any new name you wish for your newly adopted pet

for the first few days, carry a pocketful of treats

every once in a while, and also specifically when you do want your dog's attention, call out his
new name and then immediately smile, praise heartily, and feed a treat

even if he doesn't turn to look at you when you call out the name, do the above any way, and
soon he will know that hearing that word means great things are coming, and he will respond as
if that word is his own!

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Ingredients that are bad for your pet

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Making homemade treats for your pet can be beneficial with natural ingredients but there are alot of recipes out there (& KITS from places like petsmart or petco) that has ingrediants that can cause vomiting... diarhea ... even death!

Here are some things to avoid!

Chocolate... Hopefully this is well-known, but NEVER give an animal chocolate. It's the most dangerous human food for an animal to ingest and can lead to death.

Sugar ... I was in PetSmart yesterday and noticed that most of the mixes to make your own pet treats contained sugar. It's extremely important to never give your pet sugar. There are some animals who benefit and even require sugar, but dogs and cats should never ever have sugar. Short-term, the sugar can make them sick and cause diarrhea and vomitting. Long-term, dogs and cats develop diabetes much easier than humans.

Milk is another thing that needs to be avoided with animals. Even though it might be tempting to give your cat a dish of milk, the lactose can cause horrible diarrhea. There are several different companies that make lactose-free "milk" specifically formulated for cats and kittens. Most of them contain vitamins, too.

Grapes are toxic to dogs, even in small amounts. Therefore, raisins are even more dangerous, since a dog could conceivably eat more in a shorter period! Grapes and Raisins can cause kidney failure

Onions & fresh garlic are also poinsonous to dogs.

Nutmeg can cause seizures, nerve damage and death

Macadamia nuts are toxic -Dogs develop weakness, depression, vomiting, difficulty walking, tremors, abdominal pain, lameness, stiffness and/or pale gums. The signs usually dissipate in 12 to 24 hrs. However it can kill smaller dogs and cats.

Coffee and Coffee beans can cause caffine toxcicity

Mushrooms are toxic to pets

Salts are also bad... this includes onion salt & garlic salt. Small amounts of granulated or poder is OK