Alaskan Husky Exercise With or Without Snow

Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr

Alaskan Husky Exercise With or Without Snow

Alaskan Husky Exercise With or Without Snow

It’s commonly known that the Alaskan husky exercise with or without snow, and they love to run and run and work is simply an instinct, and in-built mechanism to work is part of the breeds makeup. In fact, most dog breeds love to be responsible for some form of work whether it be carrying, pulling, accompanying, guiding, performing and more.

The inner drive that dogs are born with is to please. They want so much to get your attention and to perform tasks, and this is what a lot of dog owners misunderstand, or do not provide, which can lead to behavioral problems and boredom.

A bored puppy will often become destructive, develop bad habits, become discontent and misbehave out of character, and this is all sourced back to mental and physical stimulation—which is vital to the well-being of your pet.

Alaskan Husky Exercise With or Without Snow

Consider the case of the Alaskan husky in this report below:

A warmer and drier than average winter is causing sled dog trainers to use off-season training techniques in lieu of sleds, according to Sno-Trek Sled Dog Adventures trainer Howard Thompson.

“Simply put we’re running on wheels. We’ve had a tradition for decades actually of preparing our dogs for the winter season by having them pull motor less four wheelers or ATV’s”.

Portion so Central Wisconsin have seen daytime temperatures nearly six degrees warmer than usual in January, and the region is more than 11 inches below normal snowfall levels. Those factors have led to little to no snow pack in areas of unusually snow-covered Wisconsin.

Even areas with snow do not have enough to allow sleds to be used to run the dogs.

Regardless of trail conditions, Thompson says his team of Alaskan Huskies maintains their fitness. His dogs are part of Sno-Trek Sled Dog Adventures, W573 US Highway 10, Mondovi. The team takes tourists for rides through the landscapes of east central Wisconsin.

“Alaskan Huskies are a breed of dog that has resulted from a lot of cross breeding of different breeds in Alaska during the Gold Rush around 1900. They hear better, smell better, and see things that we don’t see” Thompson said.

Thompson says that no matter what the conditions or weather is like, his dogs’ safety comes first.

“You always finish and leave gas in their tank. That’s how you develop trust. They know you’ll rest them before they need rest. You water and feed them before they need those things” he said. Click here to visit the original source of this post

Alaskan husky exercise with or without snow, and this story above shows how important it is for these dogs to know that they can exert and fulfill tasks that they love to do for both mental stimulation and that physical drive that’s bred into them. With the right care and attention the Alaskan husky develops a deep respect for their owner knowing that they are connected and cared for and given responsibility. This can also work for all breeds of dog, although obviously not all breeds are for pulling sleds, but it’s the work, the desire to please that can be used to keep dogs physically fit and given the opportunity to assist in some way—which is their natural yearning.


Articles Against Puppy Mills and Cruelty to Man’s Best Friend

Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr

Articles Against Puppy Mills and Cruelty to Man’s Best Friend

Articles Against Puppy Mills and Cruelty to Man’s Best Friend

The internet is awash with articles against puppy mills and cruelty to man’s best friend. It’s when good people unite that things begin to happen, and although it appears that there are no solid laws to stop some of these practices, if enough people speak out to their local leaders and congressmen, changes can be made. Evil abounds when good people do nothing, and although there are active movements and motivated individuals out there, it’s the changes in law, both on the Federal and State levels that will force these cruel practices to be put to an end.

Imagine your family pet caged for life, breeding in a wire cage like a caged hen laying eggs. Unthinkable isn’t it? Well that’s exactly what happens to these poor animals, and according to existing Federal and State laws, the definition of “puppy mill” is a little grey and herein lies the problem of enforcing laws to prohibit such a practice.

As strange as this may sound, the following article on the ASPCA website outlines the dilemma.

However, I don’t see why it’s so hard to define what a puppy mill is, and we all know what it is, so why complicate the definition!?

I would agree with the Wikipedia definition of puppy mill:

A puppy mill, sometimes known as a puppy farm, is a commercial facility that is operated with an emphasis upon profits above animal welfare and is often in substandard conditions regarding the well-being of dogs in their care.

A legal definition for the term “puppy mill” was established in Avenson v. Zegart in 1984: “a dog breeding operation in which the health of the dogs is disregarded in order to maintain a low overhead and maximize profits.”

Articles Against Puppy Mills and Cruelty to Man’s Best Friend

While the ASPCA defines a puppy mill as “a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs,” there is no official definition of “puppy mill” in the legal world. This is one of the reasons why it has been so difficult to create laws that crack down on puppy mills. Also, it’s important to note that the commercial breeding of dogs is regulated on the federal level and on the state level—but only in some states.

Furthermore, some commercial breeders who sell directly to the public—including those who sell puppies online—fall into a large regulatory loophole. The federal government doesn’t require them to be licensed, as it considers these breeders “retailers,” and thus the responsibility of the state—but states often categorize these operations as being primarily “breeders,” not retailers. The result is that no one regulates these facilities. There are no inspections, no standards that they are required to meet and no consequences for providing inadequate care. As Internet purchases of puppies increase, more and more breeders are using this loophole to get around regulation and inspection. Lack of enforcement by the USDA and state departments of agriculture means thousands of dogs are left to suffer in inadequate and inhumane conditions.

The laws discussed below, which concern puppy mill-related standards and rules, are civil laws—they are distinct from animal cruelty laws, which are criminal laws. For clarity, a similar application of civil law is how restaurants are regulated by their state’s health department. Restaurants that violate health codes can be cited, just like commercial kennels that violate kennel standards.

Federal Laws

The Animal Welfare Act

The Animal Welfare Act (AWA), a federal law passed in 1966, regulates certain animal activities, including commercial dog and cat breeding. The AWA defines the minimum standards of care for dogs, cats and certain other species of animals bred for commercial resale and exhibition. It also requires that certain commercial breeders be licensed and routinely inspected by the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA). However, violations regularly go unpunished, and there are innumerable loopholes and faults within the current system. For example, only animal-breeding businesses considered “wholesale” operations—those that sell animals to stores for resale—are overseen by the USDA. The AWA does not apply to facilities that sell directly to the public, including the thousands that now do so via the Internet (Original story here)

With enough articles against puppy mills and cruelty to man’s best friend to indicate the general public’s outrage you would think that we could do more to stop this inhumane treatment of innocent animals. When you consider how sinister this practice has become, and with a commercial mindset at the forefront in the minds of these dog breeders, you’d think it would be a no-brainer to ban such ill-treatment. Voice your concerns to local authorities and question the origin of puppies in the pet store, or if you plan on purchasing online. Research the background of the breeder and refuse to buy pets from puppy mills.



Best Puppy Yorkshire Terrier: World’s Smallest Therapy Dog

Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr

Best Puppy Yorkshire Terrier: World’s Smallest Therapy Dog

Best Puppy Yorkshire Terrier: World’s Smallest Therapy Dog

Best Puppy Yorkshire Terrier: World’s smallest therapy dog has been acknowledged in New Jersey. The amazing thing about this little pooch is that she’s a working dog! Lucy is a 2.5lb working dog visiting needy people, sick and elderly, this little puppy is now in the Guinness World Records as the tiniest assistance dog in the world.

Affectionately known as a Yorkie, this breed was first brought into the USA around the 1870s. The first account goes back to that era where new Americans were following the trends from England, and, as their name implies, these little pooches originally came from Yorkshire in the United Kingdom.

Best Puppy Yorkshire Terrier: World’s Smallest Therapy Dog

A Yorkshire Terrier weighing just 2.5lbs is officially the smallest working dog in the world.

A Yorkshire Terrier from New Jersey in the US has been named the world’s smallest working dog.

Three-year-old Lucy is 5.7 inches high and weighs just 2.5lbs, which is less than 12 sausages. However, despite her tiny size, she still works hard and is a therapy dog with volunteer group Leashes of Love.

She travels around hospitals, special schools and nursing homes in her local area visiting elderly and disabled residents, which earned her the Guinness World Record for being the smallest working dog on the planet.

Lucy’s owner Sally Leone Montufar, 56, stated: “I said I bet she’s not the tiniest, but I’m sure she’s the tiniest therapy dog.”

She also described the moment she found her pet, explaining a woman came into the boutique where she works to see if anyone wanted a dog before they were taken to a shelter.

Lucy was hiding away in a handbag and Ms Montufar claimed it was love at first sight.

“She was so pitiful and lethargic I couldn’t leave her,” she added.

Even if they are not as tiny as Lucy, small dogs still need special care and attention, especially when it comes to their diet.

High-quality food is essential for breeds like Yorkshire Terriers. Because their stomachs are smaller, they eat less and therefore need the right nutrients to stay fit and healthy. Click here to visit the original source of this post

Best Puppy Yorkshire Terrier: World’s smallest therapy dog, and a pint sized pooch needs the right feeding regimen to keep her healthy and to keep those little bones strong. A smaller kibble nutrient rich dog food will provide the goodies the miniature dogs needs for good health and well-being. Extra care needs to be taken with such a small dog, and keeping an eye out to be sure not to step on its little feet, or get too close to aggressive dogs who may not be trustworthy around your Yorkie.


Best Puppy Love Researchers Say Produces Oxytocin in Pet Owners

Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr

Best Puppy Love Researchers Say Produces Oxytocin in Pet Owners

Best Puppy Love Researchers Say Produces Oxytocin in Pet Owners

Best puppy love researchers say produces oxytocin in pet owners. So what is oxytocin and how does it affect us? According to Wikipedia, oxytocin is basically the “love hormone.” It’s linked to bonding and maternal feelings. In fact, the same feelings people feel for their children.

This is extremely interesting to me, and I often hear dog owners say, “He won’t bite. He never bites anyone,” and the dog turns around and bites a visitor for no apparent reason. I’ve experienced this myself when I called on a client to discuss business and after much assurance that the Rottweiler wouldn’t bite, and that it was safe to enter the house, the dog exploded like a demon and flew at me in uncontrollable aggression.

The owner of the dog was mortified that his darling Fido had done what he described as “uncharacteristic,” and “completely unexpected.” I could see the fear in the dog eyes, and my gut feeling was that he was not to be trusted. There are more complicated aspects to that sort of behavior, but I’m focusing here on the much the same response a parent would have about their child. It’s that protective, maternal and blinded-by-the-bond relationship that can often cause a pet owner to underestimate their dog’s response.

Best Puppy Love Researchers Say Produces Oxytocin in Pet Owners

The following story describes such pet/owner relationships:

BULL terrier breeder Norm Jessup dotes on his dogs like children. They sit on chairs beside him and nuzzle into his shoulders seeking affection while he sips a cup of tea.

These dogs once held a fearsome reputation with their sloped ”Roman noses”, sunken eyes and powerful jaws – attributes bred over generations for fighting bulls. He embraces his animals with a father’s warmth.

Research has proven that in these tender moments dog owners produce a hormone called oxytocin – the same hormone which helps parents bond with their children. But experts, such as animal behaviorist Dr Linda Marston, believe this bond can blind owners to their dog’s dangerous potential.

”It’s like that rosy glasses effect,” she says. ”People see their own dogs, generally speaking, in a much more positive light than other people might see them because they love them.”

Researchers at Azabu University in Japan found that a dog’s gaze is enough to increase their owner’s oxytocin level.

And that feeling is probably mutual. Dr Marston says dogs experience similar feelings in the close company of their owners. ”When your oxytocin levels go up so do the dog’s.”

Jessup keeps his six dogs in a secure network of cages at his Pearcedale home on Melbourne’s outskirts. He watches closely when he lets them out.

Jessup says the bull terrier breed has suffered from bad publicity and insists they are friendly and gentle. ”They are a strong-looking dog and I can imagine people being a bit scared. But their nature isn’t that way unless they’re in the wrong hands,” he says.

Animal behavior experts believe irresponsible owners of dogs with a violent heritage may be incapable of judging when their animal is a threat due to their close relationship.

Let’s face it, there are dogs that look intimidating, especially when they’re being led down the street by an outwardly aggressive looking owner who allows his dog to lunge at people, growl and bark incessantly at people passing by. If oxytocin is playing a part in this unhealthy relationship between dog and owner, it raises the issues that won’t go away despite all efforts to try to sell people on the idea that a Pitt Bull is a cute and cuddly puppy.

Unfortunately, these dogs have been demonized mostly by the owners who train them to be aggressive and encourage that sort of unruly and frightening behavior.

More often than not, the problem lies with the owner, and not the dog. I’m sure you’ve seen a vicious Chihuahua, and you may also know someone with a Pitt Bull who wouldn’t hurt a flea. It all depends on the input, the training and the environment in which the dogs lives.

Dr Marston opposes banning particular dog breeds but believes owners must understand the purpose for which their dog, including the bull terrier, was originally bred.

”They had to go in and hang on to a bull’s nose even though it had a rampaging huge animal attached to the end of it until they brought the bull down by effectively suffocating it.”

He admits the dogs evoke fear in others. ”Sometimes I see people move away. I’ve even overheard a parent say ‘don’t go near those dogs they’re dangerous’,” he says. ”I just think they’re misinterpreted.”

Brimbank Superintendent Graham Kent says some criminals treat aggressive dogs as status symbols and use them to terrorise people in crimes such as enforcing drug debts.

He has supervised investigations of dog attacks and instances in which vicious dogs were used as weapons. ”We sometimes see people walking around the suburbs with these dogs. They’ll have their dog on display and they’ll have their tattoos on display. It’s a bit about a show of force and intimidation,” he says. ”You can’t help but think it might be a status symbol.”

Jessup fears ”incorrect publicity” about bull terriers will result in them joining Victoria’s dangerous dogs list alongside pit bulls. ”The bull terrier over the years has carried the tarnished name that it’s an aggressive dog but it’s not,” he says.

Jessup and Vartanian insist their bull terrier breeds make great pets. But Jessup says owners and breeders should have to meet rigorous standards of education and safety. ”In the wrong hands any dog can be an issue,” he says. Click here to visit the original source of this post

Best puppy love researchers say produces oxytocin in pet owners, and that’s often because people like to treat their dog like a person, and the relationship develops into an imbalanced and unnatural bond. I’m not saying we shouldn’t love our dogs, it’s hard not to as they grow as part of our families and lives. The point is that to ignore all the dog’s attributes as an animal is going to potentially backfire. Loving our puppies is human and we should love and care for them, and it’s our responsibility to train them well—much like you need to parent your kids. Oxytocin should, however, be controlled by remembering that your dog is a dog and not a person.