Friday, 6 January 2017

Long life

The shape of a dog’s face suggests how long it will live. Dogs with sharp, pointed faces that look more like wolves typically live longer. Dogs with very flat faces, such as bulldogs, often have shorter lives.[

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Dogs catching poachers

This is amazing.

In South Africa, man’s best friend is now poachers’ worst enemy.
To combat the illegal hunting of endangered elephants and rhinos, the country has trained an elite force of poacher-chasing dogs to parachute into wildlife reserves from helicopters. And the dogs are effective—one caught 115 groups of poachers in 18 months.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Monday, 15 February 2016

Looks like Ozzy.

I found this picture whilst browsing on the internet.  The dog in the picture looks remarkably like Ozzy.  Same size, same tail, same head, same bib.  Obviously a sheepdog. Who are the man and his dog?

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Meaningless Valentine's Day

It’s Valentine’s Day today.   More than 700 $ are spent every year in the US on gifts for pets.  Because Valentine’s Day is associated with love, affection, red roses, romantic breaks, nice dinners, Champagne, perfume, jewellery, fluffy stuff preferably pink - the list  is endless - , we feel we have to shower our pets with gifts too because we fear they might miss out.  But what does a dog get out of it?  The simple answer is NOTHING.
A dog does not know Christmas from birthdays or school holidays or Easter or Labour Day in the US or August Bank Holiday in the UK.  So by giving gifts to a dog on a special human occasion, you are rewarding it but for doing what?  You create confusion. 
When training a dog, you have 3 seconds for rewarding it correctly. 
You ask your dog to sit for instance.  He does so.  Give him the treat straightaway.  The treat can be your most gentle voice saying: “good girl or good boy” or a toy or a crumble of cheese or a dog biscuit or a pat on the head.  Something nice. 
So the dog is rewarded because he has done what you asked him to do. 
Beyond the 3 seconds slot, it has no meaning other than “yummy” I am eating something nice. 
Remember dogs are scavengers.  They’ll eat anything you give them.
A dog does not have human emotions or human feelings or a human time table.  A dog is a pack animal and understands pack rules. 

Friday, 12 February 2016

In the dark ages

During the Middle Ages, mixed breeds of peasants’ dogs were required to wear blocks around their necks to keep them from breeding with noble hunting dogs. Purebred dogs were very expensive and hunting became the province of the rich.