Archives for April 2011

What are the Best Puppy Adoption Locators Online?

Thanks to the online environment, locating the exact breed and age of puppy online is no more difficult than shopping for most other items on the web.  Additionally, there are many of the same problems with puppy adoption online as there is with online shopping, disreputable sellers and scams, for instances, but by sticking with a few recognized outlets, and checking the reputations and histories of breeders and sellers yourself, you can avoid most problems.

Locating Puppies Locally

Every major city and most of the surrounding suburbs have more than one local chapter of the Humane Society, various rescue shelters offering puppies for free, and many independent adoption outlets online.  Finding these outlets can be difficult, with the number of outlets online, but outlets like Adopt-A-Shelter-Puppy and Puppy Find, make it quite easy.  Outlets like Craig’s List and Back Page are also great outlets for local adoptions, with many outlets offering Chihuahua and Pomeranian puppies for free, with only the shots, vet bills, and often a small adoption fee which helps run adoption shelters.

National Listings

The same outlets above have national listings for just about any breed imaginable, from Maltese puppies for free to English bulldog puppies, with options for filtering by particular region or breed.  Checking outlets like the AKC and UKC websites for breeders and adoption outlets are also great resources for locations all over the country.  Regardless of whether you are looking for Chihuahua puppies for free or just a cute fur-ball to add to the family, these outlets can help tremendously.

Checking Provider’s Reputations

It doesn’t matter where you decide to get your puppies from, a pet store or a shelter, checking the reputations and histories of each one is essential to ensure the health, happiness and overall well-being of a new dog.  These steps are also necessary to ensure that you are not contributing to any puppy mills or sellers that buy from them.  Checking the status of providers with the AKC and UKC registrations, as well as their histories with the ASPCA and the Humane Society, are the best ways to do just that.

Are Bully Sticks Good For Dogs?

One of the most popular dog treats on the market today are Bully Sticks. Also know as beef pizzles, pizzles, and pizzles sticks, these all; natural dog treats have caused a debate amongst pet owners. While these pet treats are an all natural snack, many people are still wondering if bully sticks are good for dogs? Bully sticks for dogs are in fact a great treat for your pet. They are an all natural pet treat so you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals or by-products being an issue. They promote dental health and they are also great for teething puppies or dogs who bore easily.

All natural pet treats have simply taken the pet industry by storm. Because of all the pet food recalls, more and more pet owners are very concerned with what their pets are eating. Bully sticks are 100% beef and they completely edible. You won’t have to worry about your dog not being able to digest any part of this treat. Bully sticks are actually made from the private parts of a bull. There aren’t any additives used when making these treats. they are simply stretched and then dried. the only problem that could possibly arise with bully sticks is that they may come from animals that haven’t been USDA certified. It’s a good idea to check the dog treats packaging for this certification. Merrick bully sticks for dogs are one of the most popular brands because they are in fact USDA certified.

Bully sticks, like many other types of dog bones, promote positive dental health. When your dog chews on a bully stick, the chewing action actually scrapes away unwanted tartar and plaque build up that can cause dental problems down the line. the chewing action also massages a dog’s gums while they chew, which can be very helpful to a teething puppy. Bully sticks come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The braided bully sticks for dogs are one of the most popular because they seem to do best job on a dog’s teeth.

Giving your dog, especially a young dog or puppy, something to chew on will also help eliminate unwanted behaviors. A lot of teething puppies will chew on anything that they can get their mouths on to help relieve their pain. Bully sticks are one of the best types of dog bones that you can give teething puppies. Bully sticks are also good for a dog that becomes bored easily. These all natural pet treats are very durable and they last quite a long time. They will defiitely keep a dog very busy for hours.

Stop Your Dog’s Barking

Barking can become a nuisance if not taken care of for both you and your neighborhood. You may not be particularly annoyed when your dog barks but I can guarantee you that at least one of your close neighbors will be. This is especially true if you live in an apartment building. Just like you might be annoyed when someone turns their music up too loud, it is harder to notice if you are the one doing it.

A problem with a barking dog can be solved in many different ways. One quick and easy way to to get a citronella dog collar. This collars go on your dog just like a normal dog collar except when the dog barks they get sprayed with a little bit of citronella spray. It is the same stuff in Avon’s Skin So Soft we use to repel mosquitos so it is harmless to your dog unlike shock collars which you would never put on yourself. All it takes is a few times for your dog to realize that their barking is what is setting off the citronella dog collar and they will stop.

Another helpful trick to curb your dog’s barking is to crate train them with a cover on their crate. Dog crate covers create a soothing environment for your dog and help the feel safe and protected as well as cozy so they can sleep. Dog crate covers are available in pretty much every size and even can be custom made from the fabric of your choosing. When your dog feels like their crate is their nest they will want to go into their crate and not bark when you leave them in their crate if you need to leave your house.

If you want a peaceful neighborhood make sure your dog is quiet and your neighbors will be quiet as well.

Make Your Own Chihuahua Clothes

There is certainly no shortage of clothing options for small dogs and Chihuahuas. But have you thought about making your own? For those with a little know how or creative flair, or even just wanting to give something new a go, this could be a great project.

Making clothes for your pet can really help show their personality, as well as protecting them from the weather. If you are ready to start making clothes for your pet there are many places you can find discount fabric online.

Creating your own Chihuahua clothes allows you to fit the clothes to your own pet rather than have them fit into the mould of someone else’s. Often store brought pet clothes can fit in some areas of your pet’s body and not in others. It is most important that they are comfortable, and how much more comfortable can you get than tailor made Chihuahua dog clothes?

There are lots of different ways to go about this and once you’ve started you’ll no doubt come up with ideas yourself.

A really simple first project is to make a sweater vest using the sleeve of an old sweatshirt or kid’s sweatshirt. Cut the entire sleeve off the sweatshirt and then down the seam, but don’t cut through the cuff, leave that intact. Careful pull your cuff over your dogs head to ensure it fits well as a collar and mark where you will make holes for his arms. Remove the sleeve and cut the arm holes then hem all the cut edges. Sew on a button or suitable clasp to secure the sweater vest. This can all be done without a sewing machine but takes a little longer doing it by hand.

Perhaps look online or at a sewing shop for cute dolls clothes or patterns for dolls clothes. You could either cut up existing clothes then tailor them to fit your little friend. Alternatively you could find a pattern that is similar in size to your Chihuahua and make it using a fabric that you think suits their personality, and is warm. The same pattern can be used over and over again with different fabrics and you can tweak the design to suit. Fabric pens and other embellishments can be used to accessorize or decorate your outfit.

Even if you are completely inexperienced with sewing or tailoring this is worth trying just for the fun of it!

Large Dog Cages for Bigger Dogs

Dog owners that have just recently acquired their pet can greatly benefit from using a dog cage. These are available in varying dimensions; some are created for teacup dogs, while others are created for Great Danes and other big dogs. There are also cages created for medium-sized dogs, and these cages are created using materials of varying types, like steel or plastic. Cages for bigger dogs are ideal for poodles that are of average size, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, as well as Collies.

Since the beginning of time, canines as wolves, coyotes and foxes have stayed inside caves or dens. Caves were important in warding off harm and intruders, as well as harsh weather, and caves were also used by female canines to nurture offspring. Domesticated canines also behave well when they have an abode that functions like a cave, and these can serve to keep them protected.

Large dog cages also serve other purposes. These cages have also proven to have high utility value in the event of a house intrusion. The very first domesticated dogs were also trained to relieve themselves outside of their den, and later generations of dogs – as the dogs that we have in this day and age – still do this. In the event that you will be making use of a dog cage for this very purpose, go with a cage that will snugly accommodate the size of your dog; nothing too big or too small. Just as with the very first domesticated dogs, contemporary ones do ‘other things’ away from the space where they nourish themselves or rest.

Apart from serving as a safe den in the event of a house intrusion, cages for bigger dogs provide dogs that are bigger in size a safe haven for whenever they experience anxiety. A sheet can also be used to further enhance the security of the cage.

At the same time, dog cages serve a purpose when dogs are at home, by themselves. Once a dog gets used to staying in its cage, it will be less likely to destroy property, even when no one is looking.

Dogs must be cage trained at the soonest possible time. Even though it is possible, dogs that are of age are more difficult to train. Endurance and regularity will need to be employed to properly train a dog, but all efforts should pay off in due course, and this will be apparent as you notice how energetic, secure and vigorous your dog is. As a dog owner, it is your duty to provide your dog a safe abode that is regularly kept dirt-free. In using cages for bigger dogs, you will be providing a modern day cave or den for them.