Clicker Dog Training

Clicker dog training is a style of dog training that combines a small, noise-making clicker with the reward of a treat. It is said to be beneficial in training and can significantly reduce overall training time when used effectively.

Although there are many dog training tools and advice, unsurprisingly clicker training can be useful in a variety of species outside of dogs, such as cats and horses.

This idea of dog training is a form of operand conditioning that uses positive reinforcement to shape canine behaviour. The clicker is used in conjunction with an edible treat, and after a certain period of time the dog will associate the sound of the click as a treat in and of itself.

For example, using click training with a puppy could include something as simple as going to the bathroom outside. When the puppy does his business in a proper fashion, he is immediately rewarded with a click, a treat, and positive vocal reinforcement (i.e. high-pitched voice and verbal praise).

When the treat is then removed, the animal still feels rewarded by the sound of the clicker. The same can be done for teaching your dog tricks. If your untrained dog sits without being prompted, immediately praise with clicker and small piece of food. This will teach him that you approve of this behaviour, and he will get your attention when he obeys.

The purpose of this type of training is to positively reinforce good behaviour, not negatively reinforce or punish for bad behaviour. It takes patience, perseverance, and dedication to the well-being of your furry best friend.

As such, it must be repeated unfailingly in order for the dog to maintain positive behaviour. While some may believe that the clicker can be removed and behaviour will remain consistent, this is not true. Continuous shaping and verbal reinforcement are crucial to using clicker dog training properly.

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Aggression In Dog

Dominant aggression in dog is usually directed towards another dog of the same sex.



It is much more of a problem in males than females, and is most likely to take place when the dog is on its own territory. Some dogs are simply unsocialized social misfits, but more often the problem is sex-hormone-related. Neutering at a young age reduces this behavior in most male dogs.

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Dog Aggression

 

SIGNS OF AGGRESSION

Eye contact

You should intervene the moment your dog makes eye contact with a potential adversary. A raised tail and intense concentration are indicators that a fight might be about to begin.

A fierce challenge

Dominantly aggressive dogs mean business. On most occasions, fighting is preceded by aggressive body posturing and growling. Unless one of the dogs backs down, a fight will ensue. During a fight, a dog is likely to bite whoever intervenes – even its owner.

 

Between you and the dog

Some dogs will aggressively defend their owners. Standing between you and the other dog while pulling on the lead enhances the dog’s feeling of aggression. The dog will eventually associate the feeling of straining on a lead with aggression, while it may show no aggression off the lead.

Tight-lead syndrome

Although you may instinctively try to keep the dog on a short lead when aggressive behavior begins, this will often exacerbate the situation. Forcibly pulling the dog back will increase its aggression. You should turn your dog’s head away, so that it cannot make eye contact with the other dog.

PREVENTION

Anticipate problems

Train your dog to wear a muzzle. Not only does the muzzle physically prevent the dog from biting, it also diminishes the dog’s feeling of dominance. Take a positive attitude to muzzle-wearing, it shows that you are a responsible owner. Look around you when you are in the park; the safest dog is a muzzled dog.

Professional help

Aggression towards other dogs can sometimes be related to a lack of early and continuing socialization with other dogs. This can be difficult to deal with, and you may need the help of behavioral expert.

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Is the Pit Bull the Most Dangerous Dog Breed? The Surprising Truth!

 

It is widely believed that the Pit Bull is the most dangerous dog breed due to its strength and its reputation for aggressive and vicious behavior.



However, a breed is not born vicious, and studies have shown that the environment a dog is raised in plays a significant part in the development of their personality. It has also been proven that the owners of Pit Bulls are considered ‘high risk’ people.

Therefore, an owner that is hot tempered and aggressive themselves will most likely raise a Pit Bull with a similar temperament than an owner who has raised their Pit Bull in a loving and gentle manner.

However, though Pit Bulls now have a reputation for being the most dangerous breed, this was not always the case.

In the 1900’s and particularly throughout World War I Pit Bulls were used on army recruitment posters as mascots for the American military. They were chosen to represent America because of their strength, bravery and loyalty.

The Pit Bull breed was so respected and loved by the soldiers in the American army that they promoted a Pit Bull to the position of Sergeant due to its participation in the war.

This war dog was named Sergeant Stubby, and he was the most decorated war dog to have served in the U.S military. Sergent Stubby was used to warn soldiers of incoming attacks from the enemy and to warn of gas attacks. Most importantly he was used for keeping morale up in camp.

Therefore, in the 1900’s Pit Bulls were loved for their strength and bravery, so why did their reputation change in later years? did this breed become dangerous?

 

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Gaining a bad reputation:

Pit Bulls continued to be loved throughout the twentieth century and did not garner a bad reputation until around the 1980’s, and this is due in large part to the fault of humans.

Dog fighting became legal again in the 1980’s, and the dog of choice was the Pit Bull due to its size and strength. Pit bulls usually weigh between 16kg to 30kg so they are very strong dogs.

The Pit Bulls temperament also makes them good fighting dogs as they are very determined and tenacious, and some will fight to the death in these matches. It is also well known that Pit Bulls do not like other dogs, and it is usually recommended that they are the only dog in a household.

Therefore, once people began to realize that Pit Bulls were being used for illegal blood sport, many began to see them in a negative light as the Pit Bull would sometimes kill its opponent in these fights, leading people to believe they were a dangerous breed.

However, in these cases, it is important to take into account the fact that the Pit Bull has been put in a ring with another aggressive animal and has reacted the only way it knows how.

Pit Bulls are also incredibly loyal toward their owners and have a need to please them, and this trait is used against them in the ring.

Furthermore, there is also the misconception that all Pit Bulls are aggressive towards humans. However, if this were the case, many Pit Bull owners who participate in these matches would also be attacked.

The owners have to break up the fights eventually so for their own safety they have to ensure that the riled and aggressive Pit Bull does not turn their aggression on them when they intervene.

Are Owners to Blame?

Pit Bulls also developed a bad reputation throughout the 1980’s when they became the go-to dog for many criminals and gangs.

As the Pit Bull had slowly begun to gain the reputation for being the most dangerous dog breed due to dog fighting many criminals and gangs chose this dog solely for this reason which only sullied the Pit Bull name even more.

It is also believed that the owners of Pit Bulls are higher risk owners and this belief was proved in 2006 by a study from the Journal of Interpersonal Violence which stated that vicious dogs were more likely to have owners that had been convicted of a crime from aggressive crimes to minor convictions involving drugs and alcohol.

Again in 2012, a study was carried out in regards to vicious dogs and their owners.

This time, the study was undertaken by the Journal of Forensic Sciences and this study stated that “vicious dog owners reported significantly higher criminal thinking, entitlement, sentimentality and super-optimism tendencies.

Vicious dog owners were arrested, engaged in physical fights, and used marijuana”. (M. Schenk, Allison. L. Ragatz, Laurie. William J. Fremouw.)

Another contributor to the Pit Bull’s bad reputation is the misidentification of the breed.

Pit Bull is a broad term given to three different types of dogs the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the Bulldog and the American Staffordshire Terrier.

Many dogs are misidentified as Pit Bulls as people label any dogs with blocky heads, muscular bodies and pointed triangular ears as Pit Bulls.

Therefore when any of these dogs bite or attack, the media will immediately point the finger at Pit Bulls when in fact it was a different breed that caused the damage.

This is also a prominent reason as to why the breed have gained such a bad reputation.

There is also the myth that the Pit Bull breed has jaws that lock once they bite and also that they have the most powerful jaws of all dog breeds.

These statements are untrue. The jaws of a Pit Bull have no distinct difference than any other breed. Nor are their jaws stronger than any other large dog breed.

This myth most likely stemmed from the fact that Pit Bulls were bred to catch and hold down wild animals such as boar and wild cattle until their owners arrived.

However, when this was put to the test against other large breeds including the Rottweiler, the German Shepherd and the American Pit Bull Terrier the Pit Bulls bite had the least amount of pressure.

Finally, Pit Bulls are loving and friendly dogs when they are treated right.

If they are raised and trained by an inexperienced owner that has purchased a Pit Bull because they have bought into the myth that this breed is aggressive and vicious than they will, unfortunately, raise the dog to fit this description.

It is important to remember that this breed did not always have the reputation of being the most dangerous breed they were once trusted and loyal army dogs for a reason.

Many statements made about Pit Bulls are myths stemming from their participation in dog fights and the growing demand for them by criminals and gangs.

Work Cited

  1. Schenk, Allison. L. Ragatz, Laurie. William J. Fremouw. “Vicious Dogs Part 2: Criminal Thinking, Callousness, and Personality Styles of Their Owners”. Journal of Forensic Sciences 57.1 (2012) Wiley online Library. Web. 29 September 2016.

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Can Dogs Smell Cancer and Low Blood Sugar? Exciting Experiments On Dogs.

Exciting Experiments On Dogs: Dogs Can Smell Cancer, Diabetes, and Low Blood Sugar Level on Human Body.

Every year we hear of new studies that universities and medical institutes are undertaking to determine whether or not dogs can smell cancer and low blood sugar in humans.



Some studies have concluded that because a dog’s sense of smell is so much stronger than humans that they can, in fact, detect certain changes to a person’s body. A dog’s nose has twenty-five times more smell receptors than we do and their olfactory cortex is forty times larger than that of humans. Also unlike humans, dogs have what is essentially a second nose called Jacobson’s organ which is located in the back of their noses. Therefore, it is, of course, easier for them to smell unique scents that diseases like cancer and diabetes emit.

As cancer develops in the body, the cancerous cells will release different metabolic waste than that of a healthy cell, and it is this waste product that produces a scent that dogs can detect. To put dogs to the test, there have been various studies done in the past decade to determine whether they can, in fact, smell cancer and low blood sugar or whether it is just a coincidence. We commonly hear that many dogs have drawn attention to a particular part of their owner’s body which happened to be the area where cancer cells were detected. However, statements like these need to be tested.

The first study to be done was in England in 2004, and its findings were published in the British journal of medicine. This trial revolved around six dogs who were trained to detect urine samples that belonged to patients with bladder cancer. Though the result of forty-one percent success rate was not fantastic, it was still surprisingly high as many researchers were skeptical of a dog’s ability to scent cancer.

However, after this trial, in 2006 the Pine Street Foundation in California trained dogs to detect lung cancer and breast cancer in patients. However, unlike the previous study, dogs would smell the breath of patients suffering from cancer rather than urine samples. This change proved much more successful as it had an eighty-eight percent success rate with breast cancer and an even higher success rate with lung cancer at ninety-seven percent.

Therefore, it is clear that each trial proves even more successful than the last, but so far this talent has only been used for research purposes, and dogs most likely will not be used to detect cancer anytime soon but for now they are being used to help with other issues such as diabetes.

There have been studies done to discover whether they can detect low blood sugar or hypoglycemia, in diabetes patients. It turns out that they can, in fact, recognize dropping blood sugar levels thirty minutes before the patient displays any symptoms, and this is why we now have diabetes assist dogs.

dog-can-smell-cancerThese dogs are trained from when they are a puppy to be able to detect a particular smell on a human’s breath that is a symptom of their blood sugar levels dropping. This process produces a particular kind of smell as a result of chemical changes in the body. This chemical is isoprene, which naturally occurs in the body and the amount increases when blood sugar levels begin to drop. It is a scent that only a dog’s nose can identify. They are then trained to alert their owners by touching them with their paw or nudging them as a signal to check their blood sugar level and to inject themselves with insulin. These dogs usually wear a backpack that identifies them as an assistance dog and in this pack, they often carry medical supplies like a sugar source and medical and emergency contact information.

When they are young, a puppy is evaluated to see how strong their nose is and to determine whether they are willing to work. If they present the traits needed to be a diabetes assist dog they are then trained until they reach eighteen months of age. During this time they go through obedience training, and they are also socialized very young as these two traits are vital for an assistance dog to be good at their job. They will accompany their owner everywhere and therefore they will need to be able to work in hectic environments and be able to remain calm and do their job regardless of who and what’s around to distract them.

Diabetic assist dogs are crucial to their owner’s health as sometimes it can be difficult to check your glucose level in certain situations such as driving and sleeping or you may just forget to check. However, forgetting or being in a position where you are unable to test your glucose levels can have dire consequences. Therefore, having a diabetic assist dog to remind you takes away this danger especially when you are sleeping as many people living with diabetes have to wake numerous times throughout the night to inject themselves with insulin. However, this can have its challenges as you may easily sleep through an alarm or simply fall back to sleep. This is a very dangerous possibility as people with diabetes run the risk of falling into a diabetic coma while they are sleeping. However, having a diabetes assist dog will help with this as they are trained to alert you up once they smell your glucose level dropping. And unlike an alarm, you cannot turn a dog off.

Therefore, it is clear that dogs are becoming very useful in the medical field. From being able to detect certain types of cancer to assisting those with type I diabetes. Because we are now aware of how dogs can help with these ailments and research is continually being done to discover how dogs can do this, it opens up the possibility for new ways to detect for cancer and diabetes, ways that can mimic what a dog can do without the need for a dog.

Life Of A Dog

Life Of A Dog As Man’s Best Friend.

The life of dog has always been close to humans like our children. It has provided people with companionship since it was first attracted to human habitation at least 12,000 years ago. Before the 20th century, this was a minor role for the dog – it was used primarily for work.

However, today the dog is most valued for the companionship it offers. Although mass urbanization in Europe, North America, Australia, Japan, and the great cities of Asia and South America has cut many people off from the natural world, the dog has accompanied them to the cities. Its future is secure as an important member of both urban and rural households.

MUTUAL BENEFITS

life-of-dogIt is only by happy accident that after the last Ice Age, the Northern Hemisphere’s two most successful predators learned that they could not only survive better, but also actually thrive in each other’s presence. Dogs are content to be our companions because they need to be guided by a pack leader, appreciate the simple availability of food, warmth, and comfort, and thrive on the knowledge that they have a defined territory to defend.

We also offer them simple play (which provides them with a lifelong pleasure) and physical contact. We ourselves gain a great deal of companionship. Dogs make us feel loved, secure, and important, and they make us laugh. We enjoy stroking them because touch is pleasurable. We like talking to them, although most of us realize that their ability to understand what we are saying is very limited, but the more it makes the life of dogs more comfortable.

We also like talking about them – describing something we love is probably good for our health. We feel content when we watch our dogs play, and we certainly feel loved when a dog comes over and and gives an affectionate greeting. We feel immensely satisfied when we feed, groom, exercise, and care for our dogs in a variety of other ways.

AN EMOTIONAL BOND

Recently, science has investigated the role of dogs as companions. The companionship of dogs is not just a manifestation of a middle-class affluence. Dogs are the world’s favorite companions, regardless of the culture or economic wealth of the region. In Zimbabwe and South Africa, over 40 per cent of all households keep dogs as companions. Anthropologists’ reports from all the world’s continents show that pet keeping is an international human phenomenon.

Scientists state, for example, that the Athabaskan Hare Native people in the Canadian Northwest Territories are “repressed, contained, and restrained”, except in their relationships with children and puppies. Their puppies are spoiled, sheltered, given choice food, played with, and very rarely punished or scolded until they reach adulthood, when affection virtually ceases. Observers say that being in contact with a constant flow of puppies creates an outlet for natural, dormant feelings that are culturally repressed.

The great emotional satisfaction that dogs provide may well be mirrored in a number of more affluent societies. In Europe, the northern cultures of Scandinavia, Great Britain, northern France, and Germany are less comfortable with visible shows of human emotion than the southern cultures of Spain, southern France, Italy, Greece, and the Middle East.

Yet dog ownership is taken more seriously in northern Europe than in southern Europe. Dr. Aaron Katcher, an American psychiatrist, has written that touching and stroking dogs, and speaking to them affectionately, are acceptable ways by which people – men in particular – can give and receive affection in public when it is culturally unacceptable to show emotion or affection to other people.

Every dog owner should understand the obligation, that with the companionship of a dog come responsibilities for its health and welfare to make life of dogs more enjoyable and long lasting.

Dogs and Chocolate – Is Chocolate Bad For Your Dog? | Life Of Dog

Dogs and Chocolate: Why is it dangerous?

We are constantly warned that chocolate is bad for dogs. It is one of the first things you learn as a new dog owner.



Though we are cautioned against giving them any, many dog owners break this rule and cave in the face of their beloved pet, thinking they deserve a treat.

Vets now name chocolate as one of the most common causes of dog poisoning. This is because dog owners are uninformed and are unaware that the consequences of their actions could be fatal.

dog-and-chocolateThe reason chocolate is toxic to dogs, in particular, is due to components in chocolate called methylxanthines, specifically theobromine which is a stimulant.

This substance is okay for humans to ingest as we can easily metabolize it.

However, this is not the case for dogs. Though they can process it, it is at a much slower rate than humans and because of this slow process, the substance can build up within their systems reaching a toxic level that can be fatal.

Symptoms and Remedies for chocolate poisoning in dogs

If your dog has found some chocolate without your knowledge, they may only have ingested a small amount which may result in an upset stomach which does not warrant great panic.

However, if they have ingested a significant amount of chocolate they can suffer from the following symptoms; vomiting, diarrhoea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate and seizures.

If your dog has these symptoms they have clearly consumed a large amount of chocolate and you should immediately see your vet.

However, if they have ingested a small amount, and you promptly get them to a vet before they start displaying any symptoms there is an excellent chance that they will recover after appropriate care is given.

If your pet exhibits mild signs of poisoning such as vomiting or refusing their food, there is also a high chance that they will be perfectly fine.

However, if your dog has ingested a large amount of chocolate and they display signs of severe poisoning such as seizures and collapsing, their survival rate is, unfortunately, very low.

Therefore, it is paramount that you try and avoid the problem altogether by keeping them away from all chocolate in the first place, just to be safe.

However, there is no antidote for theobromine so your vet will most likely need to induce vomiting to ensure the chocolate is out of their system.

They may also administer intravenous fluids to help with dehydration from the vomiting, and certain medications may be given to control their heart rate and prevent any seizure activity.

It is wise that you get your dog to a vet immediately if you think they may have ingested chocolate, do not wait and see will they develop any symptoms. It will also be helpful to your vet if you take note of what kind of chocolate your dog has eaten and how much they have consumed as this will help in determining the best course of treatment to take.

Types of chocolate

The type and the amount of chocolate your dog has eaten are also crucial pieces of information to have, as certain types of chocolate contain a higher percentage of theobromine making them much more toxic to dogs.

Cocoa powder is the most toxic variety as it contains the highest proportion of theobromine. Cooking chocolate follows this is terms of toxicity.

Chocolate which is darker presents a greater risk to dogs as it contains a higher percentage of this toxin than milk chocolate.

However, because it is found in the cacao plant and is, therefore, present in cocoa powder, many assume that white chocolate is safe to give to dogs as it contains no cocoa powder.

This belief is not necessarily true as it does contain trace amounts of theobromine. However, poisoning is unlikely due to the small amount present. However, theobromine can be added to chocolate so it is important that you are vigilant.

How much chocolate is toxic to dogs?

The volume of chocolate your dog has consumed is also important as small amounts to a large or medium size dog most likely will not do them any harm.

However, to a smaller breed, it can be toxic as they are unable to digest it. It is crucial that you monitor your dog for any signs of poisoning regardless of their weight just to be cautious as it is hard to determine how much they have eaten and how much theobromine is actually present in the type of chocolate they have eaten.

As any pet owner knows, dogs are crafty and will find what you want to stay hidden, and chocolate is no exception.

To avoid this, you should ensure that any chocolate in the house is out of reach of your dogs. It should be stored up high so there is no chance of ingestion. This also includes drinking chocolate mix.

It is also important that you inform any guests or family members that chocolate should not be used as a reward for good behavior or as a treat as the consequences could be dire.

Dogs are also like hoovers and will inhale anything that falls to the floor so it is wise to teach them when they are young that chocolate or anything that falls to the floor is off limits to them.

You can do this by training them with a particular command like “no” or “leave it”. These steps should help with keeping your dog away from any chocolate in the house.

Therefore, it is crucial to your pets health that you keep them away from chocolate. There are many other options for dog treats, and chocolate should never be used as a substitute.

Instead, you should give them treats that are specially produced for dogs as you know that they are one hundred percent safe for them. There are now hundreds of varieties of treats to choose from so there is no need to give your dog food which is toxic.




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7 Exciting Facts That Prove Dogs Are Better Than Cats!

Are Dogs Better than Cats?



It is not surprising that dog owners argue that they trump cats in every way, and this belief is not only due to bias on the owner’s behalf, but cats are also known to be the most indifferent of the two. Dogs have even gained the title of “man’s best friend”, due to their loyal and loving nature. However, this phrase is never attributed to cats, and for good reason, as they are commonly known to lack the loyalty and affectionate nature of dogs.

Loyalty:

Dogs are renowned for their loyalty whereas cats are not. It is well known that cats are independent creatures who, for the most part, make it very clear that they do not need you. They can disappear for hours on end and only return when there is the prospect of food. Cats come and go as they please which is the opposite of dogs, who depend entirely on you, they love attention and affection, and they will be happy to sit by you or even be in your company.

Dogs, will sit and patiently wait for their human to come home, no matter how long they have been alone, the length of time does not matter to them as they react as if they have not seen you for years. Their response will always be the same, joy and excitement that you are finally reunited.

Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats?

Cats on the other hand probably won’t even notice if your gone and most likely will not care that you’re home. They may show you affection just not to the same extent as dogs do. Dogs are the loyal companions who love you while cats tolerate you. This is why we hear stories of dogs as hero’s. Many have saved their family members from dangerous animals like snakes and bear’s all out of love and loyalty. These types of stories are commonly associated with dogs and not cats.

Health Benefits:

dogs are better than catsAnother positive aspect of being the proud owner of a dog is the health benefits. There is a reason why you don’t see people walking their pet cats; cats tend to be more skittish than dogs and prefer to be able to hide quickly and escape to higher ground rather than be stuck on a lead in a strange environment. Because of this, owners do not tend to walk their cats. However, dogs are the opposite and love walks. This will keep your dog in good health and will benefit you also. This is one advantage of owning a dog as it ensures that you cannot avoid exercise, as dogs will make it very clear when they want to go for a walk and will not stop until they get their way. However, this benefits you in the long run as it will keep you healthy and motivated.

Comfort:

Furthermore, dogs are better than cats as they provide comfort for their owners. Though the owners of cats will argue that they do this as well, dogs still win in this category as they have been proven to be able to determine their owner’s moods and decipher our body language. They can tell when you are sad or stressed or in need of support. They will lay with you to provide comfort and show you that they are interested. It is this trait that makes them perfect for nursing home companions, and it is also why they are used in colleges for exam times, as they offer comfort and relieve students of stress.

Training:

It is also proven that dogs trump cats in regards to training as they are easier to teach new things to in comparison to their feline counterparts. We rarely see cats that do tricks such as playing dead, giving handshakes and even sitting. Cats take much longer to train as they lack the eagerness that dogs have. However, many dog breeds love to please their owners which also makes them easier to train as they will do anything to make you happy. This is why we have seeing eye dogs and rescue dogs rather than cats as they pick up commands much better than cats.

Protection:

Though cat owners will argue that cats are usually the alpha of the house, they are still smaller and less threatening than dogs especially in comparison to particular large guard dog breeds such as the Alsatian, Rottweiler, Doberman and Boxer. Even small dogs are prone to bark at strangers which will perturb any thieves. Though cats can be vicious, they can also be skittish and may hide when a stranger enters the house making them unreliable guards.

Cleanliness:

Another reason why dogs trump cats is the fact that dogs do not need to have a litter box sitting in the middle of the kitchen. With a cat, you are tied to cleaning a litter box every day which is never a pleasant task and if you do forgo cleaning for even a day there will be an unpleasant odor all around your house. Though dogs also require you to pick up after them, especially in public areas like parks and public paths it is a much easier task compared to cleaning a litter tray, as it is less messy and requires less effort.

Adaptability:

Also, dogs are the better pet as they deal with change better than cats. You may have to move multiple times throughout your dog’s life, and you will introduce new people to your dog many times throughout its life also. However, dogs are usually happy to do so and are more attached to you as an owner than the environment they are in. They also take cues from their owners and if you appear comfortable in a new environment or around new people they will relax and accept the new situation happily. However, cats are the opposite of this and are wary of new situations and new people.

Though either a cat or a dog will make a great pet, most people prefer one to the other. Therefore, most dog owners will not be swayed from the belief that dogs are better than cats. As not only are they considered “man’s best friend” but their loyalty and playfulness make them the better pet every time.

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The Beagle Dog As A Pet

The beagle, a small to medium sized dog, is a member of the hound group. The breed known as the modern beagles was developed in Great Britain in the 1830s as a combination of the Talbot Hound, the North Country Beagle, the Southern Hound, and the Harrier. The modern beagle is, specifically, a scent hound, and is an exceptionally popular hunting dog, used for tracking fox, rabbits, and other small game. This excellent sense of smell and sharply honed tracking instinct has also earned the beagle a place as a detection dog, employed in airports and cargo depots around the world to scent illegal agricultural imports and prohibited food.

beagle dogThough the beagle is an excellent working dog, its size and good temper make it a very popular family dog as well. Beagles are not aggressive, neither are they timid. They may be slightly shy with strangers, but are easily won over and quick to become comfortable with people. Their gentle nature makes them the perfect dogs for families and additionally the best pet dog for kids.

Beagles are highly intelligent, but can be very stubborn, and not easy to train; as a result, they do have not historically featured well in obedience trials. Beagles do respond well, however, to food reward training, though they can become bored and easily distracted.

The breed is not prone to inherited health problems, however it is very susceptible to weight gain, which can be warded off through regular exercise. They have a natural level of energy that means they do not easily tire during exercise, and do not need to be exercised to exhaustion.