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In this article I have explained about different breeds and training of dogs. I have given some tips to buy a dog. I have added the list of food items which are dangerous to dogs.
Dogs are good companions to human beings. Dogs can be domesticated. It comes from the family Canidae. Dog is one of the earliest animal to be domesticated by human beings. In early days dogs had been kept for hunting purposes. Nowadays dogs are kept for companionship, helping handicapped persons, , herding and pulling loads, used in police force and in military .
Dogs vary by colour, weight, height ,coat and belong to different breeds. Some dogs look like wolves and foxes. Hounds are types of dogs which are used for hunting. While breeding, the male is referred as a dog and the female is referred as a bitch. A dog's lifespan varies by breed.
Dogs are used as pets by human beings. The bonding between dogs and human beings have increased. Dogs have been given a permanent place in our houses. Human beings have shaped dogs to adopt their behaviour and personality to the surroundings of human beings . Products like soaps, tablets, vaccines, powders, shampoos, groomers are available for dogs. Trainers and breeders are available to train the dogs.
Measures to be taken before buying a dog:
Don't buy a dog in a haste. Research before you buy a dog.
2. Proper Breed:
When you plan to buy a dog choose a breed that suits your surroundings , requirements etc.
Eg: If you want your dog to be a watchdog don't go for miniature or toy breeds.
Make sure you have enough money to spend for your dog. After you buy a dog, you need to spend for vaccines, collars, leash, medicines(tablets),soaps, shampoos, food etc.
A dog needs a reasonable amount of space to play and spend time. It is possible that you can bring up a dog even in an apartment. Make sure you provide some space to the dog.
5. Breeder and certificate:
Buy your dog from a good breeder. See whether if he can answer your questions. Ensure that the surroundings in which the puppy was raised is clean. If possible see the parents of the puppy. Make sure you buy a purebred dog. See if the puppy has been vaccinated and dewormed. Register your dog with the club of your country.
For eg: If you are in India you shall register your dog with KCI(Kennel Club of India). This ensures you have a purebred dog and it shall help you during the mating of the dog and in making your dog participate in competitions.
Make sure you can spend enough time with your pet. You need to spend time for exercising and grooming your pet.
Some breeds can cause allergies to human beings. So be careful in choosing your breed and groom it in a proper way.
Adopting a dog:
Same requirements apply for adopting a dog. But you need more of mental strength to adopt a dog. Because the dog might have faced some problems . But adopting a dog gives you more pleasure and it ensures that you have helped a life of a dog.
Breeds found in India:
9.Chinese crested dog(rare)
10.Cocker Spaniel (English & Amercian)
14. Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff) (rare)
15. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff) (rare)
16.French Bull dog (rare)
18. German Wire-Haired Pointer
22.Irish Setter (rare)
24. Lhasa Apso
27. Miniature Pinscher
28. Miniature Schnauzer
31.Pit Bull Terrier
39. Shetland Sheep dog
40. Shih Tzu
41. Siberian Husky
44. Tibetan Spaniel
45. Tibetan Terrier
Some of the breeds listed are very rare in India and they are imported from other countries. So buying it might be difficult.
Breeds which have their origin in India:
2.The Mudhol Hound
6.Himalayan sheep dog
7.Rampur greyhound etc .
After you buy a dog:
1. Food for dogs:
Feed your dog according to the advice of the veterinarian. Make sure you give proper water when feed it with dry food items.
2.Don't leave your dog unattended for a long time.
3.Vaccinate and deworm your dog at regular intervals. Visit the veterinarian annually and check the health of the pet.
4.Insure your dog to meet the expenses of illness or any unexpected injuries.
5.Train your dog properly.
6.Give your dog proper exercise.
7.Groom your dog regularly.
Training is an essential part of a pet dog's life. In order to keep it in our houses, we have to train it personally or we can take the help of the trainers. We should train the dogs properly to domesticate them.
Process of training should start within the age of six months of the dog. Incase of improper training dogs may face behaviour problems such as leash pulling, uncontrollable barking, biting, jumping up on people, chasing other animals, destructive chewing ,ignoring commands and begging for food.
It is recommended that you start training your dog as soon as you bring it to your home. A dog should be properly trained by teaching the basic commands like sit, stay ,fetch ,come, standing up etc. When it performs a command correctly reward it. One should never punish pets because dogs cannot understand our language easily. Patience is very important to train a dog. The intelligence of the dog varies by breed. The time required to learn a command depends upon the breed of the dog. Incase of training by trainers it is important that the owners practice and inculcate the commands regularly which is taught by the trainers. Never get frustrated or agitated during the training. Train your dog properly and happily. Police dogs are trained accordingly. You can also use choke collars, pinch collars, prong collars with the proper advice of trainers.
5.Chocolates contains theobromine which can cause heart attacks.
6.Coffee and caffeine products.
9.Grapes and raisins
19.Spoiled food etc
Never feed your dog with these items. They can cause problems or even prove fatal.
I hope you enjoy this article and be happy with your dog.
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|Author: Surjit Ningombam 10 Apr 2011||Member Level: Silver Points : 1|
|Thanks for sharing knowledge, I have a dog call Milo. I have never seen such a clever dog before in my life, he wants a life of a human. needs a bad, cry when my mom scolds him,and will never take food until and unless my mom feeds him. Every day when my mom returns from the office he surely wants a ride. In the morning he always goes for a walk and after dinner too. if not he will never agree to what we say. Sometimes when falls sick my mom used to carry him on his back where my mom is doing work,every one used to say what happen to your child and my mom replies my son is ill,so i am taking care of him.|
what i want to say is that ,if you love your pet they show much more love than what you ever expects. they are loyal to their master,Show love and care to them they will respond much more.
|Author: Nirmal 11 Apr 2011||Member Level: Gold Points : 0|
Thank you for sharing your story with us.
|Author: Mahalakshmi T 11 Apr 2011||Member Level: Gold Points : 1|
|Giving training in basic commands at the arrival of the puppy at your place will be very much useful and this will make the dog to obey and follow our commands. |
|Author: Bushra Ismail 18 Apr 2011||Member Level: Bronze Points : 1|
|Wow thats a long an detailed article. Good for dog lovers. I am new to this place, still learning and I am a cat lover. Can you write an article like this on cats too?? Thank you for the article, Mirmal.|
|Author: Nirmal 18 Apr 2011||Member Level: Gold Points : 1|
|Hello Bushra ismail,|
Since I'm a dog lover and I have a dog,I took interests to write this article about dogs. It was easy to write since I already knew a lot of information. I will try to write a similar article about cats.Since I have no knowledge about cats, it might take sometime.