The Chinese Shar-Pei – Are They More Trouble Than They Are Worth?

The Chinese Shar-Pei

In 1978 Time magazine reported the Chinese Shar-Pei to be one of the world's rarest dogs. That situation has changed and, right now, according to the American Kennel Club, right now, the Shar-Pei is the 61st most popular breed in the United States.

The Shar-Pei breed originated in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. The Shar-Pei is a very old breed which predates most of the modern breeds which were developed in the 19th century.

They were originally developed as a hunting dog and we used to hunt wild boar.

Later they were used as fighting dogs and even today they are still used for this purpose in Tibet. Their wrinkled skin is an advantage in dog fighting because if they are grabbed by their opponent, they can still wriggle inside their skin and bite back.

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The Alsatian Dog – Is This A Real Breed?

Alsatian Dogs and German Shepherds – Are They the Same?

Alsatian Dog Name Change.

Am I An Alsatian Or A German Shepherd

In many parts of the world the Alsatian dog is just another name for the German Shepherd dog. It is only in the United States where there is a separate breed known as the American Alsatian.

In the United Kingdom during the First World War there was an anti-German feeling was strong. This resulted in the changing of many German Sounding names to more anglicized names. Even the Royal Family changed their name from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to Windsor. Leading up to the Second World War there was again a rise in ant- German sentiment and it was during this time that the name of the German Shepherd Dog was changed to Alsatian Dog. Strangely enough, it was British soldiers returning from Germany that helped popularize the German Shepherd Dog in Britain.

The UK Kennel club continued with the name Alsatian with the name German Shepherd in brackets. In 1977 the two names were reversed so the breed became known as the German Shepherd (Alsatian) In 2010 the word Alsatian was removed from the breed name altogether.

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Is Benadryl Safe For My Dog?

The short answer to this question is “yes.” Benadryl is safe for dogs. It is one of the few drugs that is recommended by veterinarians for over the counter use. It is reasonably safe but, as with any drug, it is a good idea to find out the dosage levels, the benefits and side effects before use.

What is Benadryl?

Benadryl is the trade name for the drug diphenhydramine. Diphenhydramine was discovered at the University of Cincinatti in 1943 and was the first antihistamine registered in the United States. Antihistamines are drugs which inhibit block histamine and are used in humans for treating colds, hay fever, insect bites and stings and hives.

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Can Dogs Read Our Minds? – They Understand More Than You Think

Can Dogs Read Our Minds

Those of us who are lucky enough to have a dog in our life, understand the unique bond that exists between us and them. Nobody knows our dogs quite like we do. Some dogs are halfway out of the back door, wagging their tails and barking excitedly if we so much as pick their lead up from the table. Others know exactly what time their dinner should be ready and sit patiently by their food bowl in the kitchen, sending mournful looks your way until you get around to filling it for them. Some dogs love the postman’s daily visit, greeting him with a wagging tail; others are suspicious of him and his intentions with that big van and satchel full of letters.

Yes, we know our dogs inside out – their funny little habits, what makes them squeal with excitement, what makes them fretful, anxious or on-edge. It’s a relationship built over a lifetime of familiarity and companionship and you probably feel that no-one can read your dog’s mind better than you can – and you are most likely right!

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Taking Your Dog on a Car Trip – Preparations and Precautions

Taking Your Dog On A Car Trip

For many families going on a long car trip with their dogs is unthinkable. However, with a little bit of planning, traveling even long distances with your dog can add a lot of enjoyment with a minimum of fuss. There are some preparations before the trip which will help make things run smoothly.

Things To Do Before You Leave.

You don’t want your holiday interrupted by canine health issues so a week or two before you plan to depart bring your dog to the veterinarian to get checked out. Any issues can be cleared up before you leave.

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Classroom Dogs – Are The Benefits Worth The Hassle?

Classroom Dogs - Are They Worth The Hassle?

Classroom dogs may seem more of a distraction than a benefit, but more and more studies are showing that having almost any kind of pet in class can bring significant benefits to students. A major study conducted jointly by the Pet Care Trust and the American Humane Society published in 2015 found the top three benefits to students from having pets in the classroom were improved learning outcomes in the areas of care and compassion, responsibility and science and nature.

The main school-wide benefits were improvements in classroom social interactions, classroom behavioural issues and class participation.

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Teach Your Dog The Sit Stay Command – A Step By Step Guide

This training method uses a clicker and rewards to teach a dog to sit and stay. The dog is first taught to associate the clicker with a reward. You click and then reward. The click is used immediately the dog performs or approximates the required action. This removes any confusion in the dog's mind about why he is being rewarded.

Step 1: Lure Your Dog Into Position

Step 1 Lure Your Dog Into Position

The first step in the training is to lure the dog into position. If you hold the treat above his head he is likely to lower his butt and move his head up. As soon as he does this click the clicker and give him a treat.

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