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What Everybody Should Know About E-Collars for Proper Dog Training

| Dog Training | February 17, 2011

The world is moving to a new direction by ensuring that everything is attached with technology. And for dog training, there is nothing less to technology. Electronic collars have been developed to enhance dog training by exerting electron shocks that will act as simulation. The device comes with lots of advantages and also disadvantages in some areas have been experienced.

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Teaching your French bulldog puppy tips

| Care Tips, Frenchie Behaviors, Frenchie Owners menu | May 1, 2008

French BulldogImage via Wikipedia

By the time you bring your new puppy home he will probably be around 8 to 10 weeks old and this is the perfect age to start teaching him. French bulldogs are known for their stubbornness so it is important that you start out as you mean to go on from the word go. Here are some of the most important things you should start teaching your new puppy straight away:


The routine

It is very important to teach your new puppy how life will be in his new home, puppies like to feel safe and have some kind of routine to their day and now is a good time to start. Some of the things you should teach him are:

* Where he will sleep.

* Where to find his food and water.

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What to look for in a puppy

| Buyers Guide, Frenchie Owners menu | May 1, 2008

A ten-week-old female red merle Australian Shepherd puppy.Image via Wikipedia

Once you have decided on the breed of puppy you want and the sex of the puppy the next big question you should ask yourself is which puppy you should choose and what to look for when going to buy your puppy. Searching for information on the internet could have led to more confusion, so here are some helpful sensible hints to help you decide what to look for when you choose your new puppy:

Evaluate the litter

You should never feel rushed into making a decision and choosing a puppy, a reputable breeder will give you all the time you need when choosing your puppy, but don’t be swayed by their choice. While the breeder can give you good advice on caring for your new puppy and most will be honest, there are some who might try to sell you those puppies they don’t want to be stuck with, for example the boisterous dominating puppy, while most breeders wouldn’t dream of doing this there is the odd one which might be tempted.

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What to look for in a boarding kennel

| French Bulldog Facts, Frenchie Owners menu | May 1, 2008

French BulldogImage via Wikipedia

However much we love our dog there may be times when it’s just not possible to be together and during this time we may need to place them into a boarding kennel. It will be hard leaving your dog especially if this is the first time and you’ll worry if they are going to be looked after well, will they miss you, and will they get taken for a walk or be comforted if there scared.

These are all natural feelings as your dog will be part of the family and you wouldn’t leave one of the members of your family with just anyone. The same applies to your dog with a little careful checking and looking around you can find a boarding kennel which can satisfy all your questions. Here are some tips when choosing a boarding kennel:

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Finding your lost dog tips

| Frenchie Owners menu | May 1, 2008

Swedish police dogs in action during nationalist demonstrations on National Day, 2007.Image via Wikipedia

Sometimes even with the best care in the world a dog or puppy can become lost or even worse stolen from the home, this will of course be a traumatic experience for the whole family particularly if your dog as been part of your family for many years. Here are some useful tips should the worse happen and you and your pet become separated:
Contact your local animal shelter or animal control agency

The first step you should take when you realise your dog is missing is to contact your local animal control agency and shelter. Provide them with a recent photograph and as much detail as you can regarding your dogs size, colour, weight, and sex, any special or distinctive markings and name of your dog.

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Buy French bulldogs tips

| Buyers Guide, Frenchie Owners menu | May 1, 2008

Red fawn pied French Bulldogs. Paler versions are sometimes referred to as fawn pied, lemon pied or honey pied.Image via Wikipedia

* Make sure that you research the breed thoroughly before you buy a puppy or dog, never make an impulse purchase and buy the first puppy from the first breeder you find.

* Be honest with the breeder about what you’re looking for when you go to see the puppies or dogs, if you are looking for a show dog then don’t tell the breeder you want a pet because you think this will cost you less. A responsible breeder will sell their French bulldogs as pets with limited registration papers and you will not be able to show your dog without full papers.

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Top 10 essential dog caring tips

| Care Tips, Dog Training, Frenchie Owners menu | May 1, 2008

maggie_girlImage by Bill in Ash Vegas via Flickr

Your dog is your companion who will give you many years of love, friendship and loyalty in exchange for loving care, safe shelter, clean water and decent food. They also rely on you to provide them with health care when they are ill and regular exercise and grooming to help keep them fit and healthy. Listed below are 10 essentials for keeping your dog fit and healthy for many years to come:

1. make sure that you give your dog a collar and that it includes an identity tag with your name and telephone number on it, or even better have an electronic tag fitted just under your dogs skin, this makes it easy to track your dog should it get lost or stolen.

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The French bulldog’s tail – how short?

| French Bulldog Facts, Frenchie Owners menu | May 1, 2008

CarreraImage by Conson via Flickr

When you look back at some of the first ever French bulldogs you notice one thing straight away, the length of their tails. French bulldogs back then had much longer tails than the dogs of today, however there is no doubt that bulldogs selected for breeding did have the shortest tails or that tails were docked for one of the following reasons:

* As a way to avoid paying tax.

* To strengthen the back and increase the speed.

* To help prevent the tail being bitten while the dog was “ratting”.

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French bulldog breed standard

| Breeds, Frenchie Owners menu | May 1, 2008

An American Cocker Spaniel with its ears wrapped in preparation for a dog show. The ears are wrapped to prevent them from getting into the dog's food and water. Photo taken at the American Kennel Club World Series at Reliant Park in Houston, Texas, USA.Image via Wikipedia

If you are thinking of showing your French bulldog then you will have bought the puppy from a reputable breeder who has strived to raise show dogs and whose puppies come from winning show dogs. The breeder will have given you advice when choosing your puppy and the puppy will have all the appropriate papers needed for showing. There are certain criteria which the show dog must posses in order to become a champion and these are set out as follows:

General appearance – the body should be sturdy, compact and solid with good bone, the coat should be short, smooth and good overall balance is essential.

Characteristics – full of courage with clown like qualities, the ears should be bat like and the tail should be short but not docked.

Temperament –
deeply affectionate and intelligent.

Head and skull – the head should be square, large and broad while being in proportion to the dogs size, skull should be almost flat between the ears with a domed forehead. Loose skin around the muzzle should form symmetrical wrinkles with the muzzle being broad, deep and set well back. The muscles of the cheeks should be well developed with black nose and lips. The lower jaw should be deep, square, broad and slightly undershot; the nose should be extremely short and black with clear nostrils. The lips should be thick and meet in the centre.

Eyes – the eyes should be dark in colour and match, they should be moderate in size, round and be neither sunken nor prominent. They should be set wide apart and low down in the skull.

Ears – the ears should be bat like and of medium size, they should be wide at the base and round at the top. The should be carried upright and not too close together.

Mouth – slightly under shot with teeth that are round and regular, the tongue must not protrude.

Neck – the neck should be powerful with loose skin at the throat, it should be well arched and thick without being too short.

Forequarters – the legs should be set wide apart, straight boned, strong, muscular and short.

Body – short, muscular and well rounded with deep wide brisket, wide at the shoulders and narrowing at the loins, the ribs should be well sprung.

Hind quarters – the legs should be strong, muscular and longer than the forelegs, the loins should be raised above shoulders.

Feet – small and compact.

Tail – short but undocked, thick at the root while tapering to the tip.

Coat – fine, smooth, short and close.

Colour – brindle, pied or fawn.

Size – ideal weight for dogs is 28lb, bitches should be 24lb.

Dogs: Purebreed vs. mixed breeds

| Breeds, Frenchie Owners menu | May 1, 2008

w:Mixed-breed dog littermates, mother an Australian Shepherd.Image via Wikipedia

While you might have in mind the exact breed of puppy you want many people have to make this decision when thinking of buying a puppy, there are so many different breeds to choose from each possessing qualities of their own. However there is also another option available when buying a puppy and this is buying a mixed breed puppy.

A mixed breed puppy can be just as beautiful as a pure bred and they are just as intelligent, a mixed breed is a mixture of two different breeds of dog somewhere down the line. Depending on if it is a first generation mixed, for example the mother could be a Labrador and the father a German Shepard then the puppy could look very similar to either of its parents and have the traits associated with both.

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