Archive for January, 2011
Monday, January 10th, 2011
One of the factors that is so important when deciding to train a protection dog is the type of breed. The Chow Chow is a breed that was originated in Mongolia around 4,000 years ago. A guard dog needs to be somewhat large and well built, these characteristics help for the dog to be strong and powerful when needed. The Chow Chow does not exactly possess these traits, they are a medium sized breed that is not very strong. The males have a weight that is usually between 50 and 70 pounds. Chow Chows can become extremely lazy if they are not exercised regularly, so it is very important that they are taken for daily walks. This breed would thrive best if they had a lot of land to run on, it would give them their needed enrichment.
Another important factor when considering a breed for the possibility of becoming a personal protection dog, is their health. Unfortunately, Chow Chows are prone to having many different health problems. These problems include things like hip dysplasia, hot spots, stomach cancer and ear infections. All of these will be enhanced if the dog comes from a backyard breeder or untrustworthy pet store. That is why when buying a Chow Chow you should ask for the health history of both parents. Although it is impossible to predict the lifespan of a dog, this breed usually lives from 10 to 15 years old.
Lastly, another important factor is the dogs temperament and nerve strength. Chow Chows are typically well mannered and are a great family dog. They need to be socialized and trained starting from when they are puppies. It is important for the dog owner to start a set of strict rules for this breed starting from the very beginning. Chow Chows are usually a dominant breed and it is crucial for you a owner to stay in the alpha position and not let your dog dominate you. But this breed in no way possesses the overall nerve strength needed to become a good guard dog. In today’s world the the only dogs that have strong enough nerves to do functional protection work is the German Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd, Belgian Malinois.
Friday, January 7th, 2011
If you make the decision to become a protection dog owner, then you must understand that it is not just about loving your dog. Being a responsible dog owner is a serious commitment that you must make for not only yourself, but also as a promise to your guard dog. Along with meeting you dogs basic needs, there are also a few things that are important to know when becoming a dog owner. First, you must understand that when you get a dog you are committing to being the caretaker for the rest of their life, you’re in it for the long haul. This dog has become a part of your family and if you ever go through something like a environmental change, you much take them into account when making your decision.
It is your job as a responsible dog owner to keep them safe. Have an I.D made for your dog, with their name, address and phone number. Keep it on their collar at all times, to increase the chances of them being returned to you if they get lost or run away. If your dog spends some time outside during the summer or winter, make sure that they have a sheltered area. Also a important thing to know is to keep them away from overheated places. Dogs can succumb to heat stress within minutes, so never leave them in the car when the temperature is high. And if they are outside, make sure they have a shady place to lay down and plenty of water. If you ever go away on a vacation, make arrangements for them at a pet-sitter or boarding kennel. Responsible dog owners will be make preparations for their dog, in case of a disaster. Also it is a good idea to trust a family member or friend to care for your dog in case of a illness, or sudden emergency. This person should be someone that has spent plenty of time with your personal protection dog and is someone they are comfortable around.
If your dog is trained and well behaved, it will not only effect you in a positive way but also others. It is a good idea to keep you dog on a leash or in a fenced in yard when they are outdoors, do not let them wander the neighborhood. Also do not leave you dog barking outside, dogs that continuously bark can often be rude and annoying to your neighbors. If you ever take your dog for a walk, it is responsible to pick up their waste and dispose of it properly. As a dog owner it is your responsibility to socialize your guard dog with other people, and pets. Any type of accident, injury or anything of that matter involving your dog, you are the one who takes full responsibility for their behavior. Having a protection dog is a commitment and it takes a responsible person to care for them.
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
In order to maintain your personal protection dog’s hygiene you need to bathe them when necessary. It is important to know some helpful facts and tips before bathing them, in order to make the process easier, faster, and all around more efficient. Do not bathe your protection dog too often because that will take away healthy oils found in their coat and skin, which will lead to scratching and irritation. Also too much bathing can soften your protection dog’s coat and reduce its insulating qualities. The frequency of bathing your dog is mostly determined by the breed and activities the dog is involved in. Dogs that spend a lot of time outside, engaged in activities that are exposed to dirt and bugs will typically require more bathing. Usually every six weeks or more frequently, if they become overwhelmingly dirty. Other dogs only need to be given a bath every couple of months, or less. Also, to help keep your dog clean between baths, brush them thoroughly and preferably daily. By brushing them daily it will benefit their coat, skin and will lead to your dog looking and smelling good.
Being prepared and knowing what to do will help to make the bath much less stressful for both you and your personal protection dog. The bath will go much more smoothly if you introduce your dog to the idea of bathing first. You can do this by letting them sniff the comb, brush or clippers, and praise them once they become less timid around the tools. Also, let your dog become use to the sound of running water. Most dogs will get scared by being in the bathtub, they usually jump around, slip and fall. You will more than likely spend most of the time trying to get them to stay inside the tub, and in the process get even wetter than them. Instead of going through this miserable task, try bathing your dog outside. Since they are most likely a larger dog breed, such as a German Shepherd, this will make the bath less stressful for them because they are not in a small confined space. Simply hook their leash up somewhere, so they do not have a chance to run off and use a hose and a bucket. If it is colder weather, another place that is better than the tub is the shower. This will work especially well if you have a hand-held shower head. Your personal protection dog will feel much less stressed standing on a firm surface rather than in a tub full of water.
Before you begin to bathe your protection dog, there are also some important things to know. One thing is to carefully brush out any mats, or tangles because it will be harder to do this once the fur is wet. Make sure you wash their face with a wash cloth instead of pouring water over their face, because his the inside of his ears shouldn’t get too wet. If you can, use a good dog shampoo that will benefit their coat and skin. After lathering on the shampoo, and making sure they are completely clean, it is time to rinse. Shampoo residue will lead to itching, so make sure that it is all off, and avoid washing it into their eyes. If your are giving your dog flea bath it is extremely important to start with their face and ears, or else tons of living fleas could end up inside the dog’s ears. When you are finished, try squeezing any excess water from your protection dogs fur and then wrap them in a large towel to gently rub dry.
Monday, January 3rd, 2011
The practice of mating selected specimens of guard dogs with the intent to maintain or produce specific qualities and characteristics is known as dog breeding. The person who intentionally mates a dam & a sire to produce puppies is known as the breeder. A good breeder has to have good knowledge when breeding for top level guard dogs. One of the key factors is to make sure that both the dam & sire are proven, and that they have done the work, the work meaning both dogs have been trained in true protection work, and not for sport. One of the other important things to take into consideration is that both parents come from parents that have worked as true protection dogs.
It is very important to make sure that both dam & sire are in good health, and that they have clean x-rays. Another important thing to verify when breeding good protection dogs is that both parents have good bone density, a good head, and good pigmentation. In the case of breeding a good guard dog one has to take into consideration size, when it comes to guard animals, size does matter. A good guard dog has to not only be good at protecting but also look the part. The real key ingredients to producing a great protection dog all leads back to whether or not the dog has strong nerves.
So please remember, before you consider breeding your German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois or Dutch Shepherd be sure that all you ducks are in order to breed good strong protection dogs.
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