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Why Dogs Lick

One of the more slightly annoying things our dogs do (or most adorable, depending on who you ask) involves their tongue obsessively licking every crevice of every spot possible in pretty much the whole world. From our faces to our furniture to themselves, some dogs are absolutely in love with licking anything and everything. Although it can be cute at first, it quickly gets pretty gross. So why do they do it?According to ​Vetstreet, your pup’s incessant licking is mostly their way of trying to show affection. When we pick up our dogs or give them attention, chances are we kiss or pat their heads, along with petting their fur. Their way to show love back to us is by licking.

However, there are other reasons your dog might be obsessively licking—including as a way to get attention. Licking can be a learned behavior for dogs, as they see that when they lick their owner, they get more attention. The behavior can seem like something humans want which, to an extent, it is.

Licking is also a sensory tool, so if your dog is licking random objects or areas of your home, they’re probably just exploring. It’s easier to get a feel for their surroundings if they can taste everything. But licking objects like your rug or furniture can also be indicative of anxiety or boredom (which can often lead to destructive behavior), and a recent study linked excessive licking of surfaces to certain gastrointestinal disorders.

Another reason for licking is your dog wanting to clean themselves and/or spots around them. They’ve seen it since they were born; animals lick things ritualistically for cleaning and care. If your dog seems to be obsessed with licking themselves or one particular thing, they probably are. (Yes, dogs can have OCD, too.)

As Vetstreet points out, “excessive” dog licking often only seems excessive to the dog’s owner, not the pooch itself. But if it’s bothersome enough to you, a trainer can often help curb your dog’s enthusiasm for giving wet, sloppy kisses. And while strange behavior is not rare for pets, if your dog’s licking seems odd or in any way concerning, there’s no harm in taking your pet to the vet to check it out—even if it’s just for peace of mind.

11 Most Difficult Dogs To Raise

American Pitbull Terrier

1. American Pit Bull Terrier

This dog breed can be aggressive and is considered by some to be vicious. Although many Pit Bulls are loving, friendly dogs, some are quite temperamental. Also, this breed is often used by cruel people who train them to be vicious. This dog has great strength and historically it was used for fighting in the ring. If you are a potential dog owner and you have limited time to train a dog please don’t choose a pit bull terrier. A pit bull terrier requires a person who will have time to train the dog properly. However, with proper socializing and training it can be a good family dog.

Bullmastiff

2. Bullmastiff

This dog breed is massive in size and can weigh up to 130 pounds. A bullmastiff has been known to overwhelm their owner and injure them at times. They have also been known to drool a lot and this translates to a lot of cleaning by the owner. This breed has a strong dislike for some other dogs and this means you cannot keep another dog in his presence. A bullmastiff should not be your choice if you will not have time for training.

German Shepherd

3. German Shepherd

This breed can be difficult to raise because of its enormous size and its enthusiasm for activity. German Shepherds have also been known to attack their owners on occasion if not trained properly. If you are not committed to train this breed, please avoid it. German Shepherds are very intelligent and they know when they are being mistreated and not taken care of. This can make them angry and turn to their owners and attack when they are frustrated. German Shepherds are very delicate when it comes to their health and they may need extra vet care.

Siberian Husky

4. Siberian Husky

Bred mostly in cold weather, this breed is lively and requires dedicated training. It is difficult to keep a Siberian Husky because it can be highly predatory. Historically, it was used to pull sleds in snowy areas; this breed is a working dog. This requires a lot of time for the owner to train them making it a difficult breed for a less committed owner. This breed acts out when it’s bored and this is another reason why it can be difficult to keep.

Chow Chow

5. Chow Chow

The dominating breed Chow Chow can be very stubborn while in training, craves a lot of attention, and can be very jealous. Chow Chow’s can be quite aggressive and sometimes outrageous when new visitors or new pets are around. This breed can be difficult to have as a pet because of the constant attention it seeks and extensive training it needs.

Akita

6. Akita

The Akita likes to prey on potential food, so it’s a good idea to keep it on a leash. You have to be alert when walking the Akita which requires around 30 minutes of walking daily. The Akita sheds heavily and it can be very difficult to train for inexperienced potential dog owners. Also, the Akita can weigh up to and over 115 pounds and with it being such a big dog, it can be difficult to raise.

Alaskan Malamute

7. Alaskan Malamute

A talented artist when it comes to escaping, this breed can be very difficult for new dog owners. This breed sheds a lot and can be at risk for heat injury because of its heavy fur coat. Though it can make a beautiful family pet, it can also be difficult to raise at times.

Rottweiler

8. Rottweiler

A big dog breed, a Rottweiler can be really dangerous when in the hands of the wrong owner. This dog requires a committed owner, hence a great deal of time for training is necessary. A Rottweiler is loyal and can be very aggressive and dangerous while protecting if it’s poorly trained socially. This breed can scare away visitors because of the stories of Rottweilers biting children and adults for no apparent reason.

Chinese Shar-Pei

9. Chinese Shar-pei

Quite the territorial breed, this dog can be very aggressive towards your visitors and other pets and can be very dangerous if poorly trained. Owners with no knowledge about this breed will have difficulty raising them because of the health conditions it could develop. These conditions may be due to its skin fold which might lead to eye and chronic skin issues. This breed can be difficult to raise as it requires a lot of time for training.

Beagle

10. Beagle

A breed with high energy, the Beagle can be a poor listener and it can be very difficult for new owners. When poorly trained they can be very dangerous while protecting their owners or property. Beagles are prone to barking and can be very noisy, as they are known to be leery of an unfamiliar scent. Beagles can have weight issues if they do not get enough exercise which can make things difficult. For a new dog owner with a tight schedule or no commitment, this is not your ideal breed.

Bulldog

11. Bulldog

This breed can be difficult to raise for new owners because of potential health problems. Bulldogs cannot usually swim making it difficult for owners to always keep them away from the pool to prevent drowning. A Bulldog is sensitive to stress, exercise, and heat due to its heavy build. It can also be very stressful for owners with inadequate training time and it is therefore not the easiest dog to have.

These breeds can be difficult to raise because of the time they require to train. All dogs need attention and care, but these dogs tend to require a bit more than the average dog. All dogs require commitment to training, but if you want an easier time these breeds should not be your first choice for a family pet.

This list is from Life In The Golden Years and of course subject to debate. However the common factor in this list, as with any dog or breed is Training. Train your Dog!

Why Your Dog Should Not Sleep With You

© Solovyova/Getty Images Ruff news: Man’s best friend may keep you from fetching sleep.

That’s the takeaway of a small but provocative study titled “The Effect of Dogs on Human Sleep in the Home Sleep Environment” in the September issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Investigators studied 40 healthy adults with pooches but no sleep disorders over five months. Subjects and their dogs wore activity trackers to track their sleeping habits for seven nights.

Researchers found that “humans with a single dog in their bedroom maintained good sleep efficiency; however, the dog’s position on/off the bed made a difference.”

Bottom line: Regardless of breed or size, dogs in the bedroom was fine. Canines actually in the bed, not so much.

“Human sleep efficiency was lower,” researchers noted, “if the dog was on the bed as opposed to simply in the room.”

5 Dog Behaviors Analyzed

This is a good article from Modern Dog Magazine. Besides a better understanding of a dog’s behavior you should come away with a better understanding that Dogs Are Not Humans and should not be treated as such.

Though dogs truly are our best friends, they can sometimes be, well, a bit weird about things. Let’s face it—our partnership with them has only lasted for twenty thousand years or so; before that, they’d had millions of years of experience under their belts. Evolutionary studies suggest that the first identifiable members of the dog family, Canidae, appeared about 40 million years ago during the Eocene epoch, with today’s modern wolf appearing nearly two million years ago. We Homo Sapiens, however, have only been around for about half a million years. The dog’s “pre-human” time created a unique species and unique behaviors that some of us humans might find a bit odd.</p>

<p>I’m certain that things we do baffle them. Traffic jams, fireworks, reality television—we too are an odd bunch. But, as they seem to take us in stride, so must we do for them. And after all, what seems odd to us (or them) can often be shown to be perfectly normal relative to the species’ needs and desires. Let’s take a look at some of our canine companions’ strangest behaviors, and then try to understand them from a dog’s perspective. Most often, there’s a good reason for an odd behavior if you just look closely enough!</p>

<p>Coprophagy<br />

I know; why on earth would any animal eat its own waste or that of another animal? It’s a bizarre behavior from our perspective and one that can sometimes be detrimental to a dog. So then, why would your beautiful little fur ball stoop to such a vulgar level?</p>

<p>Several reasons exist for a dog eating what would seem to be such a poor food source. If you have ever raised a litter of puppies, you’ll know that their mother will normally clean up after them by eating their feces. This is not only a sanitary solution, but an age-old survival mechanism. In the wild, predators hungry for a bit of puppy could locate the den simply by the scent of feces. It became necessary, then, for the mother to get rid of this evidence. Good canine mothers today do the same thing, even though those nasty predators are by and large no longer a threat.</p>

<p>Additionally, in dirty kennels, puppy mills, or overcrowded shelters, the waste of puppies and other dogs can lie around for hours; the curious puppy will often eat the feces, which still contains some scent of food. This behavior self-reinforces over time and when the puppy goes to a good home, the nasty habit often goes with them.</p>

<p>Another cause of coprophagy is poor diet. If a puppy or adult dog is eating a nutritionally deficient diet or is not being fed enough, it will instinctively seek out another food source. This often means feces in the yard or dog park.</p>

<p>And then there’s the litter box, a distinct issue from the above as most dogs adore the taste of cat poop. This is most likely due to feline food (and therefore feces) containing a higher percentage of meat than dog food, as well as flavorings different than what dogs are used to. Cat feces can be in a litter box or dispersed randomly outdoors; with the power of your dog’s nose, it’s nearly impossible to stop him from finding these delicious cat leavings.</p>

<p>To prevent coprophagy, keep your dog’s environment perfectly free of any waste. Pick it up right away! Try not to leave a dog with this habit alone in a yard or dog run for any length of time, as he will eat the waste and self-reinforce the behavior. Be sure to feed the best food possible, in amounts suitable for your dog. If in doubt, consult your veterinarian on this. Then, whenever you’re walking your dog, let him sniff around only in spots where you know there is no other waste present. That means you decide when he gets to defecate or urinate! Lastly, if you have a cat, locate litter boxes in areas your dog cannot access—either high up or inside a room with a door propped open only a few inches, allowing cat access, but not dog. And try and get your neighbors to clean up after their outdoor cats!</p>

<p>Humping<br />

It’s an awkward moment when your dog saunters over to another dog at the park and starts humping away. Even more awkward is when it happens to human guests in your home. Why is this happening?</p>

<p>Though humping is a sign of sexual excitement and is often paired with signs of physical arousal and a desire to mate, it’s not that simple. The motivations for humping/mounting are varied. Though unneutered males are the most likely culprits, any dog—male, female, young or old—can develop a humping habit. Often evolving out of play, puppies will often hump each other, as will older dogs. The anxious, isolated dog can evoke this behavior as a stress release mechanism. Status confusion among a group of dogs and/or humans can result in a dog humping sequential “victims,” in an attempt to clarify his/her standing. Some pushy dogs will do it simply as a way of controlling others, while the un-socialized dog just might not know any better, because no other dogs taught him or her the finer points of getting along. Lastly, humping can become an obsessive-compulsive behavior; like barking or tail chasing, it can self-reinforce over time and be nearly impossible to stop.</p>

<p>Solutions to humping are comprehensive. First, make sure your dog is getting enough stimulation. Exercise, play, socialization, training, and routine are all vital. Obedience train, as it teaches your dog to think, calms him, and gives you a way to control and refocus. For instance, instead of letting two dogs hump each other all over the yard, put them both through some obedience exercises such as down/stays, paired walking, or recalls.</p>

<p>Neuter or spay your dog at the appropriate time to lessen sexual urges. Keep a strict routine in the home—feedings, walks, training, play—to create anticipation and focus. And if a dog compulsively humps people, employ a plant spray bottle filled with water. A mist in the schnoz and a “Quit” can be effective in shutting down the behavior. Ignoring compulsive humping won’t work, so consider the spray bottle in severe cases, as well as keeping a short lead on your dog to guide him away from a potential “victim” before it happens. Put him in a down/stay, then reward with a treat after a few minutes. We disagree with this type of correction. With that said, we do agree Obedience Training will address this behavior, once you understand the correct method to address this. Read articles on our site, www.TeachYouToTrainYourDog.com regarding ‘treats’ and training. This alternative can minimize the compulsion.</p>

<p>Reverse Sneezing<br />

Your dog suddenly sucks air into his nose, while making a snorting, choking sound. He extends his neck and head and seems to be choking on something. After a few moments, the event is over, and he seems fine. This is the “reverse sneeze,” one of a dog’s most bizarre behaviors.</p>

<p>Technically known as “paroxysmal respiration,” reverse sneezing sounds awful but really isn’t. Reverse sneezing can be caused by an irritant in the air, by eating or drinking too fast, by a foreign body or hair balls, or even a nasal infection. The resultant irritation of the palate or throat causes a spasm, resulting in quick inhalations of air into the dog’s nose. The trachea can narrow, causing difficulty in air movement. The condition is more common in older dogs.</p>

<p>To reduce the chances of reverse sneezes, minimize chemicals, cleaners, rug deodorizers or other potential irritants from the home. Groom your dog often, and vacuum up hair very day. If a nasal drip is present, see the veterinarian.</p>

<p>During a reverse sneeze, try rubbing your dog’s throat to ease the spasm. Very briefly cover his nose to encourage swallowing, which can dislodge a foreign body. Look into his mouth if need be, to see if anything is obstructing his throat. If so, remove it. Though a disconcerting experience for you and your pooch, it’s nothing to worry too much over, though if this happens all the time, it never hurts to see your vet.</p>

<p>Tail Chasing<br />

The sight of a dog whirling around in a circle with his tail in his mouth might be one of the funniest scenes in dogdom. I suppose if we had long, fluffy tails and could chew on them, we might even give it a try. It’s a behavior that often starts early on; a puppy, barely aware of his own individuality, sees the tail and begins to whirl around after it. It’s fun, and serves some deep-seated need to chase something. Of course when humans see this, they laugh, and often encourage the dog on. And so the behavior slowly becomes engrained.</p>

<p>Other dogs go for their tails because of a flea, tick or worm problem; they try to chew on it to relieve the itch. Dermatitis or dirt can also initiate the need to bite the tail. Still other dogs begin the behavior out of boredom, or because of underlying stress.</p>

<p>Tail chasers often slip into an obsessive-compulsive mode. Some will literally spin and spin until dizzy, or until their nails or pads wear down from the constant friction.</p>

<p>To prevent obsessive tail chasing, be sure to keep your dog as pest-free and clean as possible, thus preventing tail biting spurred from infestation or dirt. Remove tangles from his tail fur, use a flea/tick preventive prescribed by a veterinarian, and get dermatitis diagnosed and treated. Exercise your dog and provide enrichment to prevent boredom and anxiety resulting from isolation. Socialize and train and never encourage the spinning. Usually dogs with another dog around won’t tail chase; it’s almost always an “only dog” issue, so consider a second dog or play dates.</p>

<p>If your dog tail chases, ramp up obedience training to divert him into more appropriate behaviors. Use a “Quit” command when you see him begin to spin; match this with a soda can filled with pennies tossed nearby if the behavior has become obsessive. If you can divert and redirect him quickly the moment he begins the spinning, you can eventually extinguish the behavior.</p>

<p>Rolling in Stinky Stuff<br />

Why would a perfectly normal dog choose to roll around in garbage, dung, or rotting corpses? Like it or not, some do, and seem to get great pleasure out of it. And it’s rarely the dog’s own mess; rather, it’s nearly always something else’s putrid leavings. Go figure.</p>

<p>Why? One theory claims that dogs want to mark over a strong scent with their own smell, rising to the olfactory “challenge.” Others posit it’s a holdover from when dogs wished to camouflage their own scent in order to sneak up on prey. Or it may simply be that dogs to whom scent is everything, simply revel in the fragrances emitted by gross things. To dogs, what we find horrid is actually interesting. Think teenage boys wearing cheap cologne.</p>

<p>To prevent your dog anointing himself with eau de rotting seal keep things as clean as possible around home and property. While on walks, make sure you decide when your dogs stops to relieve themselves, or investigate. Keep an eye out for garbage, dead animals, or generally stinky stuff. Work on the Leave it! command, as well as a reliable recall command to stop an off-leash dog from rolling in stink. If needed, use a loud clap and a verbal Leave it! if you see him going for that flattened squirrel. Otherwise, you’ll be spending a lot on dog shampoo.</p>

Signs A Dog May Be About To Bite

Signs a Dog Might Bite© Flickr user theaspiringphotographer Signs a Dog Might Bite As much as we love dogs, and we really, really love them, there are some dogs that just don’t love us back sometimes. Be it from stress, fear, or whatever else, sometimes dogs want to lash out, because after all, they are animals. Thanks to Erin Askeland, seasoned dog training and behavior expert at Camp Bow Wow, we have a quick list of signs that a dog is likely to bite. Familiarize yourself with these signs so that if something comes up, you can be ready to back away.

  • Lip licking, yawning, wide eyes, and spiked fur: These are all are indicators of a stressed dog. It is important to always asses the exact situation. If a dog is lying on the couch by itself and licks its lips, most likely it is not stressed. If a dog is being hugged, tugged on, etc. and begins to emit warning signs, this is a clear indicator that he/she is now stressed.
  • Growling and snapping: Never try to get a dog to stop growling; we WANT it to growl, as it lets us know that he/she is uncomfortable. If a dog gets in trouble for growling, it will stop and can immediately go to biting.
  • A stiff wagging tail: A dog that is experiencing stress will wag its tail in a stiff manner (a telltale warning sign that it might bite). Look out for a tail that is pointed high and moves even more quickly back and forth.
  • Averting their gaze: Avoidance behavior indicates that the dog is not comfortable with the particular situation.
  • Cowering or tail tucking: This behavior indicates that a dog is fearful. It doesn’t necessarily mean the dog will bite, but it could if the dog’s fear continues to increase.
  • Backing away or hiding: Whether the dog backs itself into a corner or tries to hide (under a chair, table, bed, crate, etc.), this is a clear indication that the dog is uncomfortable and trying to escape. It is important to leave dogs that are exhibiting this behavior.

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Dogs Could Come From Two Separate Places

Quincy, the dog, waits while Tammy and Tim Kelly enjoy cupcakes at the Frankenmuth Dog Bowl in Michigan. Two researchers argue that domestication of ancient wolves to modern day dogs happened in both Asia and Europe.© Josie Norris/The Saginaw News, via MLive.com, via Associated Press Quincy, the dog, waits while Tammy and Tim Kelly enjoy cupcakes at the Frankenmuth Dog Bowl in Michigan. Two researchers argue that domestication of ancient wolves to modern day dogs happened in both Asia and Europe

Scientists have done well in scouring the DNA of humans to track our origins to the African continent.

But the ancient origins of an animal that is an honorary member of many human families has remained in doubt: We still don’t know where dogs came from.

A group of scientists who are in the middle of a grand examination of canine fossils and modern DNA proposed Thursday to turn the whole conversation on its head.

Suppose dogs didn’t evolve in one place, they suggested, but two. What if domestication of ancient wolves happened in both Asia and Europe — different wolves, different people?

Laurent Frantz and Greger Larson of Oxford University and an international team of scientists who are all part of a dog domestication project run out of Oxford, made the new argument in a paper published in the journal Science. They make clear that although they think their explanation best suits the available evidence, more evidence is needed to confirm it.

Scientists who were not part of the study agreed on the need for more evidence.

“It’s an intriguing hypothesis,” Adam Boyko, a canine geneticist at Cornell University, said.

John Novembre, a geneticist at the University of Chicago, described the idea as “very provocative”

“It’s a hypothesis,” was as far as Peter Savolainen, a geneticist at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, would go. Dr. Savolainen has argued strongly, with limited support from other researchers, that dogs originated in East Asia, which, he noted, fits with at least half of the paper’s conclusion.

The notion of a dual origin of dogs is something new for geneticists, but Dr. Larson said archaeologists have long considered the possibility that dogs were domesticated more than once.

Separate domestications have occurred with other animals. Dr. Larson and Keith Dobney of Liverpool University found that wild boars were domesticated twice, once in China and once in Anatolia, part of modern Turkey.

For the new study, Dr. Larson and Dr. Frantz obtained DNA sequences from 59 ancient dogs and a complete genome from a 4,800 year-old-dog fossil found at Newgrange, a well-known archaeological site in County Meath, Ireland. They also analyzed other DNA evidence.

They found a deep split between two groups — modern East Asian dogs and those from the Middle East and Europe.

They calculated mutation rates based on the known age of the Irish dog and considered archaeological evidence of migrations as well.

They said the overall picture could be explained two ways — by dogs originating in East Asia and then migrating west, or by dogs originating in Europe and Asia. They said there was a lack of archaeological evidence for an early, steady spread of dogs from an Eastern origin. And, they said, dog fossils from Europe dating to 15,000 years ago predated known migrations.

So they concluded that dogs most likely originated both in Europe and in Asia. The Asian dogs then migrated with humans to Western Europe and the Middle East.

Although the new explanation may seem to complicate an already tangled discussion, Dr. Larson says it actually clears up confusion by explaining two competing ideas, the western and eastern origins of dogs.

Because of the dog domestication project and other ongoing studies of ancient DNA, this is one scientific dispute that may well be solved.

“It’s really an exciting moment,” said Dr. Savolainen.

We may soon know where dogs come from. But not just yet.

House Breaking

I get a lot of people asking me about house breaking or potty training their puppy or dog.

One couple lived in a house but ‘she’ didn’t want poop all over the yard. I guess picking it up was not an option, I don’t know…I didn’t ask.

Anyway, they have a fenced area within the yard where the dog is expected to go. Ok, if that’s what you want. I told them the way to do this takes quite a bit of patience and time. The dog will do anything you want him to do, if he understands what is expected of him.

This is crucial not only in dog training, but in dealing with other people. If they don’t understand what it is you want from them it will be nearly impossible for them to deliver! Pretty simple.

Again, there is no magic to training a dog. Make sure the dog understands what is expected.

This couple needs to take the dog out to the designated area and wait for the ‘event’ to happen. When it does, slightly praise the dog. Don’t overdue the praising, this shouldn’t be a big deal…after all he’s just going to the bathroom. Then take him back inside.

If he doesn’t do his business within an appropriate amount of time, take him back inside and after awhile, take him out and try again.

I also use a ‘command’ when out with my dog. For example, I use ‘Good Spot’ when Raji is outside and I think it’s time. She associates this term with going to the bathroom and will, if she needs to, do her business.

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Retractable Leashes Are Bad!

You see them all the time, owners walking their dogs with a retractable leash. You know the one that ‘extends’ to around 15 feet.

The idea is to allow your dog the ‘freedom’ to walk where he wants while still keeping him under control.

Here’s the problem…’allow your dog the ‘freedom’ to walk where he wants…’

Remember, dogs need a leader of the pack. They don’t want to be the leader, but will take over that role when no one else does.

Wake Up America!

When the dog is allowed to make decisions on where they will walk, who is leading?

11 Most Loyal Dog Breeds

Dogs have been close friends of people for a very long time because of the strong bond that can be cultivated. Dogs have been incorporated in many homes and have become part of our families. There are various dog breeds with different origins, but almost all have strong sense of loyalty to their owners and family that makes them to be adored by many. Such dedication has seen some dogs be able to save lives of their owners and other people in the family. Let’s take a look at 11 dog breeds that are quite loyal:

German Shepherd

 

1. German shepherd

The German shepherd originated from Germany and was known as early as in 1800s. It is considered active and always willing to learn when being trained and also ready to serve. The dog is commonly used by the police and the military and is considered to be very loyal and protective to their masters.

Rough Collie

 2. Rough collie

Considered a sheepherder for some, this breed is an active and intelligent dog and is friendly to other animals and children. The rough collie is a herding dog that originated from Scotland. Sometimes the dog is wary of strangers and can bark at them. Also the dog has amazing skills that can help you in therapeutic way. When trained, the dog is able to use its sense of smell to know if you are going to have seizure. They are very loyal.

Kuvasz

3. Kuvasz
Originating from Hungary, the Kuvasv is known well for being a friendly house pet and has a good sense of humor. The breed is considered to be intelligent and they like to seek attention from their family, as do many dogs. They are suitable as guard dogs due to their large size and strength, and they are quite loayl.

Labrador Retriever

 4. Labrador retriever

This dog breed is one of the most popular dogs due to their happy mood, good energy, loyalty, and gentleness with children. With a North American origin, this family dog is very affectionate and provides good companionship, making them good family pets

Golden Retriever

5. Golden retriever
The Golden retriever is a lovable dog that you’ll see loving on children and adults alike. They are quite the family dog and known to be happy and ready to please their family owners. They are fun loving, patient, trainable and able to be trained to do plenty of things. The dog is among popular breed that is considered popular as a family pet and as therapy dog. Their loyalty is huge!

Beagle

 6. Beagle

The modern beagle has their origins in Britain, though it is believed to date back from the ancient Greeks. The dog is commonly used for hunting. They are gentle and make wonderful family pets. Loyalty is a big attribute.

Brittany

 7. Brittany

Bred first in France in 1800s for hunting birds, the Brittany is known to be loving and loyal to their families. They are known to be sensitive, easy to train, and good for companionship. The dog is very friendly with other family pets and also good with children. They are very intelligent and love to lavish love and attention on their owners.

Boxer

 8. Boxer

This German bred dog has been used as a hunting dog at times. Boxers are very loyal, fun loving, and harmless around family members. They are wary of strangers, making them suitable watchdogs as they can easily alert the owners. Boxers like to be outdoors often and will bring your family great joy.

Dachshund

9.  Dachshund
The Dachshund were mainly used to hunt small prey like badgers because of their strong legs and strong paws to burrow. Dachshunds belongs to the hound family and are known to have lively, playful and a courageous temperament. You will find them to be quite loyal.

Yorkshire

 10. Yorkshire

Though the breed is small, the dog is considered as loyal and trustworthy because they are protective of their owners and they are leery of strangers. The dog is known to be loving and affectionate toward their owners. The dog is easy to care for due to their small size and hypo allergic coat. The dog is popularly used as companion and show dog.

Bulldog

11. Bulldog
Originally bred in Britain, the Bulldog is considered to be intelligent and have good stamina and speed. They are known for having a docile and graceful temperament. They are good with children and are considered to be quite loyal. Bulldog owners come to love their dog’s unconditional love and happy disposition.

Just about any dog can be super loyal, as dogs really are considered man’s best friend. Where else can you go away for vacation and come home and have an abundance of love lavished on you when you walk through the door? You can simply be gone for one day of work and your dog will be all excited to see you when you get home. Yes, dogs are very loyal and these 11 breeds are super good choices for a family pet.

Walking Your Dog And Why It Is Important

Sadly, many people feel when they turn their dog loose in their fenced yard the dog has plenty of room to run and play. However, this concept is not healthy, either mentally or physically, for their dog, for several reasons.

The dog gets no mental stimulation. It is the same thing every day and is boring for the dog. It would be like placing yourself in an exercise room for hours at a time and being told to ‘have a good time’. Sure, for a little while you would be ‘entertained’ but in a very short time you would become bored.

There is no structure. Structure is something dogs not only like but it is a requirement for a healthy and happy dog. Dogs don’t really like to make decisions and when you ‘expel’ them to the yard, particularly with no intervention from you, they have to make all of the decisions on what they are going to do.

Typically, they will lay down and do nothing. Worse than that is if they begin ‘Fence Fighting’ with the dogs next door. Fence Fighting will bring out aggression in the dogs and must be stopped. They may bark or charge the fence at people who are walking by your yard. They do this partly because of boredom and largely because there is no structure, no well defined what is acceptable behavior.

Birds Fly, Fish Swim, and Dogs Walk. That’s what they do. They are nomadic creatures, if you will. That is not to say they don’t want to be with you, quite the opposite, what they really want IS to be with you.

Walking your dog, correctly that is, allows you to become the Pack Leader who directs the activities of your dog. This one of the times when obedience training is reinforced. How? Because when you don’t let your dog pull on the leash you are directing your dog to follow your lead. When you don’t allow ‘tracking’ you are showing your dog what is acceptable behavior. When you stop, your dog stops…because you are the leader, the parent, the Alpha.

You must remember dogs need a leader, they don’t usually want to be the leader. But in there mind there HAS to be a leader. If you aren’t in the leader role, they will take over that role. You then become the follower, or a weaker member of this two individual member pack!

Humans have been taught all of our lives to get along with others. Dogs instinctively know to follow the leader…when one is present. When one is not present, they unwillingly assume that role. This is the point where bad behavior begins. Not in the walk, although it can be a great contributor, but in the whole ‘who is in charge scenario’.

Walking your dog allows their desired companionship plus a reinforcement of the parent – child relationship.

In our eBook, Teach You To Train Your Dog, we show you how to correctly walk your dog and to stop pulling on the leash in less than 10 minutes. We provide a complete step-by-step set of instructions on the basic commands. Further, we give you information on different topics, such as, how to greet another dog, how to pass another dog, feeding, and many more. We discuss other training methods and discuss the pros and cons of our methods and theirs.

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