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Recently, domestic dog breeders have an alternative to traditional homemade food. These are prepared dry feeds and canned food for animals. Dry granular feeds have gained particular popularity. However, the number of their consumers and fans among owners, veterinarians, animal physiologists and the dogs themselves is almost equal to the number of opponents.
The benefits or dangers of dry feed cannot be said unambiguously. In Western countries, high-breed animals that have grown and live in nurseries have been receiving extremely balanced branded feeds for 10-15 generations.
The indisputable advantage of dry feeds is their long shelf life, as well as the convenience and speed of the feeding process itself. The need to chew dense granules has a positive effect on the condition of the dog’s oral cavity: the teeth are strengthened, cleaned of plaque and tartar, the gums become healthy and do not bleed. In addition, according to manufacturers, ready-made diets contain everything that is necessary for the growth, development and well-being of the animal. In other words, the owner does not need to carefully weigh and select all the necessary elements in the required proportions – they are already contained in the finished products. Continue reading
The dog’s attitude to its owner is one of the important, and often the dominant, aspect of the animal’s behavior. However, why does one dog obey its master and the other not? How to make the training process effective? How to learn to understand your dog? And how to instill in him the necessary skills?
The answer is unusual, but at the same time simple. In order to achieve mutual understanding with your dog and achieve success in training, you just need to learn how to think like a dog. Our wonderful dogs are deprived of a second signaling system, that is, speech, and therefore cannot tell us in words about their desires, sorrows, joys, pain or longing. However, we can still try to understand them by looking at the world through the eyes of a dog.
Do not hope that at the age of one you will bring your pet to the training site and he will immediately be taught to the mind. Continue reading
Obedience classes with their endless repetitions are considered by many owners to be boring and almost useless. And this is fundamentally wrong. The main task of any training is to achieve dog handling. On the one hand, this is the path to taming the beast, on the other, the development of the body and psyche of the dog, and on the third, the birth and strengthening of that incredibly beautiful and strong mutual feeling that combines love, devotion and responsibility. It should be remembered that neglect of the problem of handling dogs of large breeds is fraught with terrible consequences, and if a dog of this size gets out of control, it can be deadly for both the owner and others.
It is very good if you started training a dog from the “kindergarten” age (see “Initial Puppy Education”). If at the age of 5–6 months the puppy has already mastered the basic commands, then in the future you just have to hone the trainer’s skills, ensuring that the commands are executed “cleanly” the first time and under any conditions. Continue reading