We all know those eyes after the paper towel got destroyed or the flip-flops got chewed on. We ask then, why do they keep doing it? They know it’s wrong! They give us the puppy eyes and try to be cute! They know what they did! Do they? Or is it just a reaction to our not very positive emotions and raising the white flag instinctively to avoid confrontation?
You notice your dog’s nails when it’s time to trim them, and whether your dog dreads those pedicures or not, you may have never really given those nails much thought. Dog nails are more than just sharp protrusion from your dog’s paws. They are there for many reasons and there are many things to discover about them.
Vets are the experts, but most of us are not lucky enough to have a vet-in-residence 24/7. Even if you live in a house with other people, odds are that when the dog cuts a paw or chokes on something you will be home alone and it will be after veterinary hours. That’s why it’s so important that pet parents know how to jump to the task to help their doggo feel better before rushing to the emergency clinic!
While Canine First Aid is by no means a replacement for competent veterinary care, there are some things you can master to help care for your pet until they can get proper medical attention. If you know these things, you can help your vet better help your pet – you’ll be working as a team.
30,000 years ago, humans were still hunter-gatherers, long before humans settled down and long before agriculture started; human settlement started ≈12,000 years ago (Larsen, 1995). So a likely scenario, then, would be that wolves probably followed humans during hunting and were scavenging their share of the meat or simply fed on the leftovers (Thalmann et al., 2013).
Canine locomotion can be compared to a symphony orchestra playing a composition.
“All parts must blend into a harmonious pattern, from gentle sway of the head and tail for balance to the coordinated efforts of each limb and body muscle to accomplish its special function. Conversely, alsi like an orchestra, if all movements are not attuned to the whole, a major fault should be evident” (William E.Roy D.V.M, 1971).
Dogs definitely see the world differently than people do, but it’s a myth that their view is just black, white and grim shades of gray. Dogs eyes are dichromatic. They have two cones and their eyes only detect two wavelengths of light: blue and yellow. They also see some shades of grey. Also, dogs are more sensitive to light. They have more rods and a bigger pupil that allows in more light. Find out more in the article!
How many taste buds do dogs have? More or fewer than humans?
Like us, dogs can taste sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami (umami what?). However, unlike us, they have a fifth set of taste buds specific to water. And dogs also have a set of taste buds dedicated to helping them find meat. And although dogs don’t crave salty snacks – probably because they get enough salt from the meat they eat – we do know that, like us, dogs crave sweet foods!
Dogs are amazing observers of their human companion and surroundings. All actions are cued with the outcomes. Their bond and structure of communication plays a crucial role in overall well-being of both. Dogs may not be able to understand a discussion of politics, but they are highly tuned in to humans in the ways that count. They are using not your words, but their sounds and context, your habits, gestures, intonation and emotions to tune in to what’s important to you.
You probably know the feeling when your doggo’s wet nose suddenly touches your skin. Also, if you’re a dog parent, you have for sure cleaned many nose prints from the windows of your car. But why is your dog’s nose wet? The answer is not as simple as you might think. Read about your furry friend’s super sensitive and incredible part of their body! The Nose!
It’s MAGIC time!!!
You may wonder how MAGIC fits into dog training…you are right, it doesn’t. Dog training is a journey and most definitely not quick fix or remedy for an issue. We wish we had that Magic Wand! POOF! All concerns are gone and will never come back. The magical ingredient, believe it or not, is YOU! Yep, you read it right. YOU, more precisely your understanding and patience, is the magical ingredient. So, what can I do? You may ask…