Welcome back to another edition of the Puppy In Training Blog Carnival. We added a few new rules to try and generate more participation and it seems to be working out for everyone. Of course our goal at the Puppy In Training Carnival is to try and create community and I encourage everyone to visit the links and leave comments on these other blogs.
Puppy In Training Blog Carnival #6
We have four submissions for this edition of the blog carnival. To get things started we have our first post simply labeled Puppy Pictures from the blog A Very Nearly Tea. It’s often times difficult to take pictures of your puppy…good pictures that is. That’s exactly what this article is about: getting the perfect puppy pictures. We had a similar article about taking pictures of Stetson and the difficulty we had getting good shots of him as a puppy. Check out Puppy Pictures to see Copper the Beagle and Hunter the Lab mix.
Our second article comes from Training Fido and teaches How To House Train a Dog – Easy Steps. This article list some of the tell tale signs of when your dog needs to go to the bathroom which is a key part of house training your dog. If you need some hints on how to house train your dog check out this article. One other thing mentioned in this article is consistency which is something we preach and is imperative when house training your dog.
Our next article covers the same subject as article 2…Housetraining A Dog, Potty Training A Puppy. Some more great tips on house training your dog. One thing that is mentioned in this article is controlling food/water intake and knowing your dogs pee/poop schedule. Definitely check out this article if your having issues with doggy potty accidents in the house.
Finally the Dog Training blog covers one of our favorite breeds the German Shepherd Dog Training Essentials. The German Shepherd Dog is one of the most famous breeds around the world and a true working dog. It has also become most famous as a pet dog. They are very easily trained and loves to please their masters. This article describes the
essentials of owning and training a German Shepherd Dog.
Thanks to all the submitters for participating in the Puppy In Training blog carnival. We’ll see you all next time!
We’ve already reviewed Disc 1 and Disc 2 from Cesar Millan’s Mastering Leadership DVD Set. The third disc covers a great subject and something we’ve talked about on occasion here at the Puppy In Training website and that subject is Your New Dog: First Day and Beyond.
All three discs covered different subjects. If you missed my first two reviews then here are links to those reviews:
Disc 1 People Training For Dogs
Disc 2 Becoming A Pack Leader
The third disc is broken up into three case studies based on the three most common way people get a dog:
- Rescue Group
- Shelter or Pound
Here are my hints and notes from Disc 3 of Cesar Millan’s Mastering Leadership DVD set.
Adopting Your Dog From a Shelter
The first case study on Sylvia Ellis who is a single woman living in a condo with specific rules on the kind of dogs that are allowed.
Sylvia’s wishlist for a dog:
- 12 pounds or under
- People often adopt the wrong dog by adopting a dog that they either feel sorry for or has the wrong energy level.
- Be honest with the reason why you are adopting a dog. If you’ve decided to adopt a dog to replace a dog who has recently passed or to help you get over a bad relationship. If you go to pick up a dog when you are in a weak state of mind or have low energy there’s a good chance the dog will quickly become the pack leader. So, when you walk in to a shelter be sure to go in with a calm assertive energy.
- A good way to meet a dog at the shelter is to come in sideways rather than facing forward this way you won’t make the eye contact. This is a non-confrontational position.
- Panting in a dog shows a low level of anxiety.
- Avoidance makes a lot of people feel sorry for a dog, but it’s not a good reason to bring the dog home.
- Pacing is not a good thing that means anxiety and often times leads to anxious barking.
- Looking for a dog with Calm-Submissive energy.
- Once you see a dog you like you need to see how they act outside their kennel.
- Does not matter if it’s a male or female to Cesar he’s most concerned with the energy level. It’s up to the human to maintain a balanced environment.
- Check the food drive to see if a dog is food motivated.
- Once you rescue a dog from the pound don’t give him affection right away, don’t put him in the car right away. Take him for a walk they can release some physical energy and will be more calm.
- Use food as a motivator instead of words and excited energy.
- If using a kennel don’t force your dog in or out of the kennel. Cesar uses food as a motivator to get dogs into the kennel.
- Don’t let your new dog pull on the leash. If he starts pulling in a direction don’t just follow him. Take your dog for a walk around the neighborhood before you bring him into the house.
- Keep the leash at the top of the neck. Don’t let it slide down to the bottom.
- On the walk Cesar has the dog sit and stay facing away from the neighborhood dogs. Make sure you reward calm-submissive energy.
- When meeting another dog get the two dogs in a calm-submissive state before they meet. Make sure you don’t keep a tense leash.
- When bringing your dog in your home first make sure your dog is in a calm-submissive state. Be sure you’re always the first one through a door or threshold. Make sure your dog is patient and calm before he enters a new place or home.
- Maintain rules. Don’t immediately let your dog off the leash when you get home. Make sure he knows your rules, boundaries, and limitations.
- Condition your dog with the door bell before you have actual company come over.
Dog Adoption Checklist for a Shelter
- Know why you’re getting a dog and know that your getting the dog for the right reasons.
- Visit the shelter with a calm assertive energy
- Don’t confront the dog directly come in sideways so they can smell you and sense your energy.
- Look for a dog that matches your energy and lifestyle. If your not an active person then don’t pick the most hyperactive dog there.
- Don’t pick up a dog because you feel sorry for him.
- Try to see what the dog is like outside the cage you might see a big change in the dog’s behavior and energy.
- Make sure the dog has all the proper shots and is spayed or neutered before you go home.
- Take the dog on a walk before you get in the car to begin establishing yourself as the pack leader.
- Make sure you enter your home first and you determine when and where your dog can visit in your house.
- Be committed to exercise discipline every day which means you have to be calm assertive forever.
Adopting Your Dog From a Rescue Group
- Basset Hound
- Good with other dogs
- Good with cats
- Adopt from a Rescue Group
- When you’re rescuing a dog breed you need to do your research and that doesn’t just mean looking at one dog, or reading a few pages on a website. Visiting a rescue group you can find out many things about the breed that you won’t find on a website.
- Most research says that a Bassett Hounds are lazy dogs and lay around. That might be true of some of them, but Bassett’s are hunting dogs and scent dogs and are high energy.
- The main reason Basset Hounds end up in a rescue is because people think they’re adorable as puppies, but they don’t realize they are getting a 60 pound drooling shedding dog that needs to be in doors. You can’t just stick them in the back yard and ignore them.
- They can howl, dig, and become aggressive with humans if they’ve been ignored.
- Bringing a dog in should be very easy as long as you don’t bring in a higher energy dog. That will create friction right away. Therefore the new pack member should have lower energy than the rest of the pack.
- If you don’t drain your dogs energy, you can create a frustrated dog.
- Enter the rescue with calm assertive energy – no touch, no talk, no eye contact rules when first entering the rescue. If you implement these you won’t create instability when entering the rescue.
- If you come into the rescue with excitement then your will create a riot among the dogs.
- Take notice of the dog’s energy during first meetings.
- A pack walk – make sure the dogs walk behind you and you are the pack leader and keep a calm assertive energy
Dog Adoption Checklist from a Rescue Group
- Make sure they are reputable – check there non-profit status or their business record.
- Check www.petfinder.com or www.pets911.com – help find rescue groups
- Make sure dog has all the necessary shots and has been examined by a vet. If not make sure the dog see’s a vet and gets proper medical attention
- The dog should be spayed or neutered
- Many rescue groups will have you fill out an application and some have you sign a contract
- Try to find out any background information the group has about the dog
- Don’t feel sorry for the dog while you’re visiting the rescue group. Your weak energy can affect your relationship with the dog.
- Take the dog for a walk before you leave the shelter and before you take the dog in your house
- Don’t feel bad if you don’t find the right dog for you the first time out.
Getting Your New Dog From A Breeder
Families Dog Wishlist:
- Purebred German Shepherd
- Good with Children
- Read up and do your research when choosing a breed. Base your choice on your energy and match that energy with the dog you choose.
- Advantage of getting a dog from a breeder is they know the DNA background of their dogs. Some will breed for high level energy and some for low level energy. Dogs that are bred for Police work or drug dogs are higher energy because they have to do 8 hours of work.
- We’re looking for a low to medium energy dog for the family.
- Before taking your dog into the house take your dog for a walk around the neighborhood.
- A dog does not naturally live behind walls that’s why it’s important to take him on walks beyond those walls
- Where to put a crate? You want to choose a room that is calm and relaxing. Don’t put the crate in an area of excitement such as a transition room or they area where the family eats. Provide a piece of clothing with scent on it. Make sure the dog has a positive experience with the kennel. Don’t force her into the crate. Wait for the right moment to close the door. Try to control your dog with silence this keeps the excitement level down.
- Affection is the reward for a calm state of mind.
Checklist From a Breeder
- Make sure the breeder has a good reputation.
- Learn about the breed.
- Make sure all your family members are on the same page about getting a dog
- Make sure you have the proper time and commitment for your dog. The includes one and preferably two walks a day.
- Look at as many dogs as you can to find the dog that finds the dog that best matches your dogs energy.
- Before bringing the dog in your home take the dog for a walk around the neighborhood to establish a calm assertive energy.
- Find a quiet place for your dog to sleep
- Teach your dog rules boundaries and limitations from day 1
- Reward with affection only when your dog is behaving the way you want
- You don’t always need to direct your dog with your voice. Energy and body language are the best tools to establish the pack leader connection with your dog.
Those are my notes from the disc 3 of Cesar Millan’s Mastering Leadership DVD Set. It’s a great disc if your thinking about getting a new dog. Cesar give you tons of great hints on the things you should do before, during, and after you get your new dog.
Hopefully my notes are legible, but if not please feel free to leave me a comment below.
Today I was thinking about the top 10 dog breeds and if you do a search in Google you’ll see tens even hundreds of articles about the top 10 dog breeds. The most commons lists you’ll find are hard numbers done by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The AKC produces a list each year wit the top breeds registered to the AKC.
Top 10 Dog Breeds As Voted By The Internet
I wanted my top 10 list to be slightly different than your average list. So, I came up with my own way to calculate the top 10 dog breeds. I’m somewhat of an analytical person and like to use numbers when calculating most of my lists. Here’s what I did to find my top 10 dog breeds list:
- I went to the AKC website and found this list: http://www.akc.org/reg/dogreg_stats.cfm
- I took the top 50 and typed the breed into Google search using the following formula: “Breed Name” + Dog. An example of what I would type into Google is “Labrador Retriever” + Dog
- I used the singular for each dog breed and used quotation marks around the breed name (this does an exact match in Google)
- After clicking search, Google returns a number in the top right corner indicating the number of web pages returned for your search.
Disclaimer: Let me just say that this is a very inexact science. The Google search engine is constantly re-indexing pages and the results from my search changed within minutes. Basically this is just a snapshot and if you conducted a similar experiment your results would vary drastically from the results you see here.
Top 10 Dog Breeds
||AKC 2007 Ranking
||“Individual dogs will differ, but they are generally
intelligent, independent and courageous” – Wikipedia
||“German Shepherds are highly active dogs, fearless, but
not hostile and often are described in breed standards as self-assured
and never shy” – Wikipedia
||“Boston Terriers have friendly, very strong, lovable,
unforgettable personalities” – Wikipedia
||“The Shih Tzu is characterized by its long, flowing
double coat; sturdy build; intelligence; and a friendly, energetic,
lively attitude” – Wikipedia
||“The temperament of the Golden Retriever is a hallmark
of the breed and is described in the standard as ‘kindly, friendly and
confident’” – Wikipedia
||“Cockers are renowned for their demon like behavior, but
they are easily trained and make a good medium-sized family pet.” -
||“The Beagle has an even temper and gentle disposition.
Described in several breed standards as “merry”, they are amiable and
generally neither aggressive nor timid” – Wikipedia
||“Dachshunds are playful, fun dogs, known for their
propensity to chase small animals, birds and tennis balls with great
determination and ferocity.” – Wikipedia
||“Pomeranians are typically very friendly, playful and
active. They are very intelligent as toy breeds go and are easily
housebroken and trained.” – Wikipedia
||“The French Bulldog is a gentle breed that typically has
a happy-go-lucky attitude.” – Wikipedia
Other Notable Breeds
11. Labrador Retriever – #1 on the AKC list for 2007
22. Boxer – #6 on the AKC list for 2007
36. Poodle – #8 on the AKC list for 2007
A couple things that surprised me after creating this list. First, was that the Labrador Retriever did not make the top 10. I might be biased, but this is such a popular breed not just as a pet, but also as a working dog.
The Beagle was another breed I expected to contend for the number 1 position. Beagles have received a lot of attention over the past year with Uno (a beagle) winning the Westminster Dog Show Best In Show. The Beagle did finish seventh on our list, but that is below his 2007 AKC ranking of fifth.
What do you think do you own a dog that’s on this list? Do you think your dog breed should have been in the top 10?
Can a litter of puppies have more than one father?
I’m not sure when I first heard about a litter of puppies having more than one father, but I do recall hearing that it is a true statement…A litter of puppies can most definitely have more than one father.
Why was I thinking about this? Well, last Saturday at the pet adoption I saw two puppies at the Cuddly Canines booth that looked totally different, but were said to be siblings. Here’s a picture:
Chow Chow Labrador Retriever Mix
Koa and Sequoia
Picture from Cuddly Canines Website
Here are some photos I took at the Orange County Super Pet Adoption:
These precious baby boys were born around June 1st to what appears to be a Chow-Lab combo. They are indeed brothers, although they look nothing alike. Koa looks like he just hopped out of the clothes dryer after a quick spin through the fluff cycle, and Sequoia has beautiful short flaming red hair! Both boys are sweet & cuddly.
By the way, I looked today and these two are still up for adoption. If you’d like to adopt one or both puppies go to the Cuddly Canines website and fill out an application.
Now I’m going to go out on a limb here, but I think these two puppies may have had different fathers.
Another Multiple Father Example
Here’s a picture of a litter of puppies we rescued from the Riverside Shelter a couple years ago:
These puppies were German Shepherd mix, but two of them looked more like Labrador Retriever then German Shepherd. Once again I think there were multiple fathers involved with this litter. DNA test anyone?
Answers From Yahoo Answers
I read this on the Yahoo Answers site and also on many other sites across the internet:
A female dog can have as many different fathers for her puppies that bred with her. Dogs can release multiple eggs and they can be fertilized by whichever dog’s semen is present. If more than one male bred her, that’s how many fathers the puppies can have. the main reason everyone gets a fair shot at the eggs is because the semen wait a day or two before fertilizing the eggs.
When a dog ovulates the eggs are not totally mature. They finish maturing as they enter into the uterine horns. Then whatever dog’s semen is present releases from the uterine lining and heads for the eggs.
Now one single puppy cannot have two different fathers. Each puppy will get half of it’s DNA makeup from Mom and one Father, but since often dogs have litters it’s possible for two puppies from the same litter to have 2 different sires.
Have you had or seen any litters of puppies with multiple fathers? If you have some stories or photographs please send them to me. I’d love to post them to my blog.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) released it’s 2007 popularity rankings and the Labrador Retriever still reigns supreme (Labs have been number 1 for the past 17 years).
Three out of the top four breeds on the AKC’s popularity rankings are dogs used extensively in many guide dog programs around the world. The Yorkshire Terrier is stuffed between the three GDA breeds: Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds. Somehow I don’t see the tiny Yorkshire Terriers entering the Guide Dog programs any time soon.
The AKC Top Ten Most Popular Dogs
- Labrador Retriever
- Yorkshire Terrier
- German Shepherd
- Golden Retriever
- Shih Tzu
Guide Dogs Of America’s Breeds
Guide Dogs of America uses three breeds in their program:
- Labrador Retrievers – 70%
- Golden Retrievers – 15%
- German Shepherds – 15%
The Labrador Retrievers make up the majority of our dogs because we have found them to be the most successful breed used for guide dogs. In fact, the Labrador Retriever is the dog most often used for guide dog programs throughout the world. – Guide Dogs of America
Interesting AKC Regional Variations
From USA Today with comments by me in bold:
- Labs were knocked from first place in three states by beagles: Mississippi, West Virginia and Kentucky.
- Beagles are my nemesis. Two live across the street from me and they bark and howl all day and sometimes at night when I’m trying to sleep. I’m sure they’re a great breed, but my neighbors are giving them a bad name.
- Siberian huskies showed up in the top 10 in three states: Alaska, Vermont and New Hampshire.
- My Aussie mix Linus might be part husky…he has a husky like tail.
- Brittany spaniels were among the top 10 in three states, all in the northern tier of the nation: Montana, Minnesota and North Dakota.
- We had a Brittany spaniel in our training class and he was a wonderful dog.
- Golden retrievers didn’t make the top 10 list in four states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Oklahoma.
- We have Golden retrievers in our Guide Dog training classes…beautiful dogs and they make up 15% of the dogs bred at GDA.
- Pembroke Welsh corgis appeared among the top 10 in two states: South Dakota and Wyoming.
- An adorable dog, but what happened to their legs…I think it’s good for burrowing in holes to flush out vermin.
Bulldog Makes the Top 10
The Bulldog made it into the AKC’s popularity rankings top 10 for the first time since 1935.
…the bulldog, which AKC breed specifications describe as a 50-pounder with a “dignified” demeanor and a “loose-jointed” and “shuffling” gait, is no surprise to bulldog lovers. AKC’s Lisa Peterson described the dog as “docile and adaptive” and an “all-around family pet who does well with children.” – USA Today
The Bulldog may have become more popular thanks to it’s popularity in Reality TV shows like MTV’s “Rob and Big.” If you haven’t seen Rob’s Bulldog Meaty on the show then check him out riding a skateboard on YouTube. The clip is not as good as some of the clips seen on the MTV show.
The most popular breeds can often be subject to overbreeding. The popularity of a breed often coincides with more puppy mills and backyard breeders churning out puppies by the hundreds/thousands with no regard for meeting high quality breeding standards. If you are interested in owning one of these top breeds please be sure to research both the breed and find a good breeder.
Tell me what you think about this article. What do you think about the AKC’s top 10 breeds?