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Training Your New Puppy

I am so excited, overwhelmed, overworked yet very happy!  This is the new edition to our family, an all black Shih Tzu named Prince Nino.  My Nino is smart, affectionate , very energetic and a quick learner and he is only 8 weeks old.   It hasn’t been hard to train him because of several reasons. He listens well and is growing up with three other Shih Tzus in the house . He knows when to eat, and how to ask to go outside to potty.  He even knows to pee on the pee pad. We have had only one accident and that happened on the first day.

Yes, we are lucky but you can be lucky , knowledgable and an expert too with training your new pup. I just want to give some of my tips as well as a professional dog trainers advice.  There are some things that professional trainers believe you should do that I don’t do such as crate training. I am including it because every dog breed is different. So where I don’t believe in it for my shih tzus, it doesn’t mean it is not appropriate for let’s say a German Shepard.



It’s normal for a young puppy to be a little ‘input-output’ machine. Since they are growing and developing rapidly at this stage, they eat more food, burn up more energy and seem to need to eliminate constantly! Puppies have not yet developed bowel and bladder control, so they can’t ‘hold it’ as long as adult dogs.

Puppies need time to developed a “den” instinct to cause them to want to ‘hold it’ and not soil the den, i.e., your entire house. In their litter, puppies just go whenever and wherever they happen to be! Successful house training depends upon your diligent supervision so you can be there to show your pup where to eliminate.

Just so you know, a puppy is never completely housetrained until they are 6 months old. For some breeds, even later. This means that though you may be making tremendous progress housetraining, there will be “mistakes”. Sometimes for reasons you can’t figure out! Don’t fret about it. Stay focused on the progress you are making. Your confidence in the techniques you are using to house train your puppy will ensure your success.

Your Five Rules for House Training

• Give your puppy frequent access to his toilet area – prevent soiling in the house.
• Reward the pup for peeing or pooping in the right place – use a special treat.
• Never punish the pup for housetraining “mistakes” – scolding has dire consequences.
• Put your puppy on a regular and timely feeding schedule – in/out clockwork.

• Know when your puppy last eliminated – keep a diary.

How often do puppies have to potty?

Most puppies have to eliminate about every 30-45 minutes except, of course, when sleeping. Their elimination schedule will depend upon when they last ate or drank water; rambunctious physical activity; and the big unknown – personal preference! That’s right – every pup has their own inherent elimination schedule. The good news is, puppies sleep alot!

The section below on “HouseTraining Taxi Service” will tell you WHEN to give your pup immediate access to her toilet area. For now – keep reading.

If your puppy is not sleeping in her crate or pen, and is out in the house, you must follow her around to know what she is doing: chewing a bone, running circles, getting a drink of water, etc. In fact, don’t take your eye off of her! If you cannot watch her continuously, you must put her back into her pen or crate to prevent potty training “mistakes”.

Regular feedings will house train a puppy faster

It’s very important to put your puppy on a regular and timely feeding schedule; What goes in on a regular schedule will come out on a regular schedule. Every pup is different; some poop immediately after eating; with others it may be 30 minutes to an hour after eating. Unless advised by your vet for some medical reason, do not free-feed. That is, do not leave food out all the time. For two reasons: First, your pup’s elimination schedule will be random at best. And second, she will not necessarily associate you as the provider of her food (see our article on being a pack leader and winning a puppy’s respect and trust).

Always leave water out for your puppy. Check the water bowl frequently to note how much she is drinking and to make sure the water bowl is full.

The best way to potty train a puppy

Confinement to a small area such as a bathroom or an enclosed exercise pen in combination with confinement to a crate works best.

This method is the most effective and flexible. Your pup needs to develop his natural “den instinct” and learn where to eliminate – and where not to. To potty train our puppy we must condition a desire in the pup to avoid soiling the “den” – your house. Confinement and your due diligence in providing access outside the “den” to potty and poop will develop this instinct and eventual desire. When and how to use confinement is described in detail below.

Choose a designated toilet area for House Training

So, where do you want to train your puppy to always potty and poop? The puppy toilet area needs to be accessible very quickly. 

• If you live in a high rise apartment, or a street level apartment or home with DIFFICULT outdoor access, use a bathroom or pen in the home for housetraining. 

• If, however, you live in a street level apartment or home with EASY outdoor access, use a specific, very close outdoor location and use “Housetraining Taxi Service.” You will still use an indoor pen for housetraining purposes, but outdoors will be your puppy’s primary toilet area.

Get the items you need for housetraining and set up the household:

• A few bottles of Nature’s Miracle or similar product to remove urine and fecal stains and odor. Place these in a central or multiple locations in your house with paper towels.
• A crate that will fit next to your bed but only large enough to accomodate your puppy when full grown. I prefer the wire type for a full view of the puppy. Get one that also collapses for easy transporting.
• An exercise pen that your puppy cannot jump out of. Put the exercise pen in a central location where you spend most of your time at home. You may want to put a tarp down first then set the pen on top of it.
• Special housetraining treats (rewards) – something small and special, reserved and used only for a housetraining reward. These treats should be kept close to the designated toilet area.

• An uplifting, cheery, excited tone of voice to carry with you at all times ( do they have that at the pet store? ).

“HouseTraining Taxi Service”

What ? To house train my puppy I have to call a cab? Well, not exactly, here’s the scoop. Puppies will decide to potty or poop instantly, giving you no warning. So many times when housetraining, a puppy is led to the door and on the way they just stop and do their business. This usually happens because the puppy has not developed enough bladder or bowel control yet to “hold it” until they get to the toilet area or they simply don’t know where the toilet area is yet. Not only has the pup made “a mistake,” but you have lost a chance to reward for going in the right place.

The key to house training is preventing “mistakes” and rewarding the puppy for going in your chosen spot.

“HouseTraining Taxi Service” is simply picking the puppy up into your arms, taking them to the designated toilet area, setting them down and praising them for going where you want. If you are going outside, put a collar and leash on the pup immediately after picking them up, unless the toilet area is safely enclosed and escape proof.

When should you provide “HouseTraining Taxi Service”
• Immediately upon your puppy waking up (morning, noon or night).
• Immediately after they finish eating, get a big drink of water, and after excited play
• When you think they might have to go – about every 45 minutes.
Better too often than too late! 
• When your puppy whines in the crate in the middle of the night or whines in their pen during the day. Take them out to potty, reward for going and put them right back. If they continue to whine, see our article on whining and crying.
• When your puppy is standing at the door to the outside. Why not just let them out, you say? Well, he may not make it all the way to the toilet area, potty or poop in the “wrong” place and you have missed a housetraining opportunity!

For how long should you provide “HouseTraining Taxi Service” ? 
Taxi your pup for about one month (until the pup is about 3 months old as this should give the pup enough time to develop some bladder and bowel control). By doing so, you will prevent many mistakes. At the same time you will train a stong preference in your pup to eliminate in your chosen spot. The pup will also learn that being picked up gets – kisses ! 

If you have a large breed puppy and can’t pick them up, slip on a leash quickly and “rush” them to the potty area, do not stop until you are there !

House Training Warnings – “I’m gonna go!”

Guess what, you get no warning before a young puppy is about to potty! They just squat and do it… in an instant. So, if they potty in the wrong place, you didn’t take them to their potty area soon enough – plain and simple.

However, with a poop you might get some warning – sometimes sniffing; usually circling by the puppy. By paying close attention to your puppy when they are out and about in the house, you may get a heads-up.

What to do if you catch your puppy in the act of a potty training “mistake”…

If pup is peeing in the wrong place… you may be able to stop him. Move quickly towards him when he begins to pee and pick him up. Urgency is key here – you want to startle the pup just a little as you move towards them to pick them up, but you DO NOT want to scare the pup. You are redirecting your puppy to the right spot – not disciplining him. Immediately after picking him up, take him to the potty area and patiently wait. Most pups will finish there. Reward your pup with exuberance!

If the pup is pooping… let them finish. Puppies are not able to shut off a poop like they can shut off a pee. More likely than not, you’ll just create a huge mess by trying to interupt a poop.

As always, never make a big deal about cleaning up after your puppy when an accident occurs.

Housetraining at your bedtime and when you wake up

Just before you go to bed and turn out the lights, go get your puppy, no matter where she may be, asleep or not, and taxi her to the potty area. Reward and praise as always for eliminating. Put her in the crate next to your bed and retire for the night. 

First thing in the morning, take her out of the crate and taxi her to the potty area. Return her to the crate or pen unless you are able to supervise her without distraction. Feeding is usually next up. Feed your pup breakfast around the same time each morning and in the same location.

House Training When you are NOT Home

Confine your puppy to his, ‘puppy-proofed’ bathroom or an exercise pen and paper (or wee-wee pad) the entire floor. Put his bed, toys and food/water bowls there. At first there will be no rhyme or reason to where your pup eliminates. He will go every where and any where. He will also probably play with the papers, chew on them, and drag them around his little den. Most puppies do this and you just have to live with it. Don’t get upset; just accept it as life with a young puppy. The important thing is that when you get home, clean up the mess and lay down fresh papers.

While your puppy is confined to the bathroom or his pen, he is developing a habit of eliminating on paper because no matter where he goes, it will be on paper. As time goes on, he will start to show a preferred place to do his business. When this place is well established and the rest of the papers remain clean all day, then gradually reduce the area that is papered. Start removing the paper that is furthest away from his chosen location. Eventually you will only need to leave a few sheets down in that place only. If he ever misses the paper, then you’ve reduced the area too soon. Go back to papering a larger area.

Once your puppy is reliably going only on the papers you’ve left, then you can slowly and gradually move his papers to a location of your choice. Move the papers a little bit each day. If puppy misses the paper, then you’re moving too fast. Go back a few steps and start over. Don’t be discouraged if your puppy seems to be making remarkable progress and then suddenly you have to return to papering the entire area. This is normal. There will always be minor set-backs. If you stick with this procedure, your puppy will be paper trained.

House Training When You ARE Home

When you are home but can’t attend to your puppy, follow the same procedures described above. However, the more time you spend with your puppy, the quicker he will be house trained. Your objective is to take your puppy to his toilet area every time he needs to eliminate. This should be about once every 30-45 minutes; just upon waking; just after eating or drinking; and just after a play session. Provide house training taxi service to avoid unnecessary “mistakes”.

When your pup does eliminate in his toilet area, praise and reward him profusely and enthusiastically! Don’t use any type of reprimand or punishment for mistakes or accidents. Your puppy is too young to understand and it can set the house training process back drastically.

Don’t allow your puppy freedom outside of his room or pen unless you know absolutely for sure that his bladder and bowels are completely empty. When you do let him out, don’t let him out of your sight. It is a good idea to have him on leash when he is exploring your home. He can’t get into trouble if you are attached to the other end of the leash. Never, ever tie the puppy’s leash to something and leave the puppy unattended.

As your puppy becomes more reliable about using his toilet area and his bowel and bladder control develops, he can begin to spend more time outside his room or pen with you in the rest of your home. Begin by giving him access to one room at a time. Let him eat, sleep and play in this room but only when he can be supervised. When you cannot supervise him, put him back in his room or pen.

Active House Training

The most important thing you can do to make house training happen as quickly as possible is to reward and praise your puppy every time he goes in the right place. The more times he is rewarded, the quicker he will learn. Therefore it’s important that you spend as much time as possible with your puppy and give him regular and frequent access to his toilet area.

The Key To Successful House Training

Consistency and Patience. Never scold or punish your puppy for mistakes and accidents. The older your pup gets, the more he will be able to control his bladder and bowels. Eventually your pup will have enough control that he will be able to “hold it” for longer and longer periods of time. Let your puppy do this on his own time. When training is rushed, problems usually develop. Don’t forget, most puppies are not completely house trained until they are 6 months old.

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25 Dangerous Dog Breeds

Start telling people their dogs are dangerous and you’re likely to begin an uproar; the fact is, however, dog attacks do occur and even against the dogs’ owners.
Many insurers will often not provide homeowner’s insurance coverage for several of the dog breeds listed below.

The following twenty five dogs are among the most dangerous breeds evidenced by statistics that include attacks on the owners.


1. American Pit Bull Terrier

These dogs repeatedly make headlines for attacking people. Their aggressive temperament matched with their strength historically saw them bred as fighting dogs. While dog fights are illegal, many of the dogs still exhibit the traits of fighters. These dogs were also used for baiting both bulls and bears so their genetic makeup is rather fierce.

Pit bulls have been known to attack children, the elderly, their owners – anyone that happens to be in their path. If the dog feels provoked or startled, it has been known to bite. Many owners swear that their pet would never attack them; however, this breed has led to more human fatalities than any other.

The sheer volume of Pit Bull attacks have prompted many insurers to deny coverage associated with homeowners insurance. Many owners have to seek a special policy for coverage liability protection where their pet is concerned. Of course, some don’t bother to tell their insurer about their new pet and this could lead to problems, especially if the dog does bite or injure someone.

It’s essential for pet owners to understand the nature of the breed they choose to bring into their home. While it may be true, indeed, that many of these canines have become revered members of the family, it also cannot be denied that this particular breed is responsible for more fatalities than any other type of dog.

2. German Shepard


A favorite breed for police and military units among other professionals who require the use of canine squads, German Shepherds are well known for their intelligence.
While they are popular pets, there are many cases where the dogs have turned on their owners or someone in the household.

They are aggressive and self-assured dogs that often exhibit protective behaviors for their human family. Even so, some poorly socialized German Shepherds have been known to attack and even kill.

Just this year a thirty-five-year-old woman was attacked and killed by the family German Shepherd. Statistics show that these dogs are among the top five most likely to bite.

While these dogs are extraordinarily smart and alert, they were originally bred for work. As working dogs, they have been used and trained by the military and police for various occupations in their line of duty. While they may be suited to their jobs in the line of duty, they may not always be suitable for the role of family pet.

Though they can be fun-loving and loyal, people should not ignore the fact that they have the capability to do harm as some have discovered. In fact, their energetic and fun loving nature can easily make the leap to excitable and aggressive depending on the situation they are faced with.

3. Rottweiler


This breed is often used as a police dog or guard dog. As an old breed dating as far back, according to historians, to the Roman Empire, Rottweilers have also been used as herding dogs.

Their aggression and strength makes them dangerous, however, even for households where they are called pets.

While they can be obedient and lovable canines, they have been responsible for fatalities as recently as this year.

Many experts advise Rottweiler owners to seek professional training for their dogs as their strength is an inherent risk, particularly for children. If you choose to have one of these dogs, be sure it is properly socialized and always remain vigilant regarding its temperament.

Would-be Rottweiler owners should keep in mind that stated that from 2005-2013, 74% of all dog bites could be attributed to Pit Bulls and Rottweilers. Frequently employed as guard dogs or police dogs, Rottweilers’ fierce reputation is not built upon thin air. They have proven numerous times that they can be dangerous and even deadly.

Even when purchasing a Rottweiler from a reputable kennel, owners must certainly weigh the pros and cons of bringing this dog breed into their home. Also, it’s a good idea to check with your homeowner’s insurer to see if they’ll even cover it as many will not.

4. Doberman Pinscher


Sure it looks like it would be right at home guarding the gates of hell, but looks aren’t the only scary feature of this dog breed.

The Doberman Pinscher was bred in Germany and remains one of the most distinctive looking breeds-particularly when its ears are cropped.

These working dogs have been called ‘ferocious’ to the lament of their owners who revere them for their many fine traits.

Though these dogs make great guard dogs, their bite and strength makes them a hazard, nonetheless, as evidenced by the attacks they have been involved in. Studies show that these dogs are more likely to bite another dog than a human, but they have been responsible for human fatalities as the result of attacks.

Dobermans have been called fearless and exhibit strong traits of loyalty toward their owners which is why so many deem that lifelong friends. Yet what if the dog is mistaken and believes someone with no ill-intent has designs on its owner? While these are noted to be intelligent dogs, is it smart enough to know the difference from friend or foe 100% of the time?

These dogs may be revered by many dog owners, but they were initially bred to be intimidating to would-be trespassers. Owners should also check with their homeowner’s insurance provider before bringing one home.

5. Wolf Dog Hybrid


Wolves are, of course, rather controversial figures in the wild. Though many work for their conservation, many a farmer has lamented their presence so near humans.

The wolf’s notorious reputation has, not surprisingly, also attended the wolf-dog hybrid. These dogs are regarded as having considerable potential to do harm.

While many hybrids that involve dangerous breeds are also responsible for attacks, this is not an indictment against mixed breeds.

The wolf mix, however, is one to avoid and such pets are typically never going to win the insurer’s favor. Wolf-dogs exhibit many wild traits and are not likely to be tame. By the end of the last century, there were roughly 300,000 known wolf-dogs in the United States.

With behavior traits that are difficult to predict, the wolf-dog has proven a danger to owners as well as other humans that come in contact with the breed.

The fact is that one generation removed from the wild wolf isn’t enough to breed out the aggression and dangerous elements of the animal. The wolf, while majestic, is a survivor and uses all of its power to survive and dominate its foes. Moreover, if the wolf is bred with another especially aggressive breed, the outcome could be a highly volatile and dangerous mix.

6. Bulldog Mastiff


This dog’s sheer size is often deemed a hazard especially around children. Yet these dogs were also initially bred to work as guard dogs on large estates in England.

These dogs can be trained and many people find that they make excellent pets, yet it only takes one poorly trained or poorly socialized dog to make an unfortunate headline.

These dogs have been involved in attacks on owners as well as their families. A bullmastiff with an aggressive personality can very well be a significant risk in the home or on one’s property.

The Bullmastiff’s solid build is particularly formidable. It is a powerfully built animal to say the least. Because the Bullmastiff is a born guard dog, it can aggressively if it believes its human family is in danger. It can also be confused or agitated if kids or teens are rough-housing or wrestling. The dog could act out and someone could easily be hurt if it does.

Also, such a big dog lumbering about can get in the way or accidently knock a child or elderly adult down without intending to. While this true of any big dog, the Bullmastiff’s power makes it a worthy of concern. All family members should take care around so powerful a pet.

7. Cane Corso


The Cane Corso breed hails from Italy and it is renowned as a guard dog as well as a reliable hunting companion.

A muscular dog that typically bonds with its owner, this dog can occasionally become unruly as can any dog if poorly socialized or ill-treated.

The Cane Corso has been involved in attacks so it frequently makes lists of dangerous dog breeds.

The breed has been favored as a ‘catch dog’ for hunters of boars and cougars. It is quite athletic and strong so if it does attack, injuries are likely to occur.

Experts suggest that novices or those unfamiliar with this breed avoid it as it is a dog that needs intense socializing–ideally with someone who is familiar with the breed. Puppies require considerable leadership and regular training to be molded into well-socialized pets.

Cane Corso dogs that react even when unprovoked or in situations that do not call for aggression may pose a considerable risk. Though the dog can pose a loyal bond with its owner, it should be watched with care when visitors come over–especially children as their play or rough-housing could distract and agitate the dog.

Anyone contemplating this dog as a pet should do more substantial research to be sure it’s the right pet for them.

8. Great Dane


This dog’s immense size makes it a risk for homes where there are children. Originally bred in Germany, this large dog is one of the tallest breeds on the planet.

While they are often known for their friendliness, they can also be dangerous.

Though known as ‘gentle giants,’ the Great Dane that isn’t properly socialized could pose a hazard especially if it exhibits fearful or skittish traits.

This dog’s immense size makes it a risk for homes where there are children. Originally bred in Germany, this large dog is one of the tallest breeds on the planet.

While they are often known for their friendliness, they can also be dangerous.

Though known as ‘gentle giants,’ the Great Dane that isn’t properly socialized could pose a hazard especially if it exhibits fearful or skittish traits.

Calling this particular breed dangerous, however, will cause many Great Dane owners to argue as overall these dogs do tend to be gentle and loving; the idea is to remember that the capability is there in the rare instances these animals aren’t properly socialized.

Also, like other big dogs, the Great Dane may not know its own strength. If young children get caught under foot, the dog could easily trample them or simply knock them over. People should take extra care if they live in homes with stairs if they share their home with a Great Dane.

The dogs also prefer familiar environments. If faced with a new and unfamiliar situation, the dog could become uncomfortable or even disturbed. A disturbed dog can be momentarily unstable which can always pose a risk.

9. Tosa Inu


This Japanese dog may be rare, but it was originally bred as a fighter.
This dog can weigh as much as 135 pounds and exhibits many aggressive qualities that were traditionally prized in the fighting ring but not so much in the living room.

In some places it is illegal to own this breed of dog; Australians cannot import the dog and UK residents are required to obtain special court permission before they can import this breed.

In fact, it has been banned in major international cities like Hong Kong and Dublin. Don’t let its calm face in photos fool you; this dog is regarded as quite dangerous around the world.

In fact, the dog is still employed as a fighting dog in various parts of the world even where dog fights are illegal. The Tosa Inu has exceptionally powerful jaws and a powerful build which bolster its performance in the ring. In the home, however, powerful jaws can be a detriment for the people who live there.

Though many attacks have been attributed to a dog’s poor training or lack of socialization, some attacks have involved long-time pets. Many owners will even state that “the dog never did anything like that before” after a bite or attack.

10. American Bandogge


This dog looks scary, but then that’s often a criterion among many dog owners that want to own a guard dog or a breed that will make people think twice before they cross the home’s threshold.
This dog is bred from Neapolitan Mastiffs and American Pit Bull Terriers. Its formidable appearance is dangerously complemented by an aggressive temperament.

Intensely muscular, this dog is nothing to trifle with if it happens to have an attitude problem. Like many other dogs on the list, if it is poorly socialized or suffered abuse, it may pose a danger to new owners who adopt it.

Experts warn that these dogs can become unruly for owners who do not enjoy dominance over the dog. Like many breeds, some dogs like the American Bandogge can become extremely unruly for some owners. Often a problem occurs when the dominant owner leaves the home and the dog is then under the care of a spouse or older children.

The dog must be trained to obey all family members or it can pose a risk. Dogs that are overly aggressive and remain hard to control may simply not make acceptable pets particularly where children or the elderly live.

11. Dogo Argentino


Bred to hunt boar and puma, this dog is no Golden Retriever. Another dog that looks as dangerous as it is, the Dogo Argentino certainly fulfills an important role for hunters.
While it can make a great companion, it has not been bred to play with the family out in the backyard. It is an extremely powerful animal with a fierce bite.

Should it get overly excited or momentarily decide to turn on its owner or someone in the home, the results could be serious, indeed.

Sometimes known as the Argentinean Mastiff, this dog requires an owner that knows how to take command. Yet many families must address this question, “how will the dog behave when the owner with the proven command is absent?”

Too often one member of the family seems to have the knack for controlling the dog while the rest of the family does not. This can be a genuine problem if the dog is presented with an unfamiliar situation and becomes agitated or unruly. The rest of the family may not be able to control the animal and, too often, this leads to problems.

Because of its fearless temperament and intense stamina, this dog can be a danger if it becomes unruly.

12. Pero de Presa Canario


Sometimes referred to as Dog Canario, this breed has a dangerous reputation.

Noted for its muscular body and strength, this dog from the Canary Islands has a massively broad head and sharp teeth.

Obedience training during its puppy years is a must; otherwise, this breed could be risky to own especially around kids.

Essentially a pack dog, these dogs can be led astray by poor-leadership. For this reason, training is especially important so that dogs will learn early on to respect their human leader.

Of course, many families have members that may not be respected by the dog as a “human leader.” Often an attack occurs when the respected human leader is away. Without its guiding human, the dog may become unstable and unruly for the people left behind to supervise it.

Attacks can begin simply. For instance, a dog may grab a child’s toy and when the human comes along to retrieve it, the dog reacts. Poorly socialized dogs or dogs that are often aggressive may be dangerous to have around the home. In fact, families that have young children may want to opt for a different breed altogether, one that is known to enjoy children and is not known for aggressive behavior.

13. Chow Chow


Don’t let its fluff fool you! The Chow Chow is an irritable dog known for its bad attitude.
These dogs may not be as dangerous as a Pit Bull. They do turn on their owners or anyone else that happens to rub them the wrong way.

Moreover, they have been involved in human fatalities so while they don’t appear as muscular or fierce looking as Dobermans or Rottweilers, they pose a threat that often has them ranked on lists of most dangerous dogs.

The key with this breed is to socialize them early and think twice before introducing it to a home with young children.

The Chow Chow’s teeth meet with a scissors-like bite that many have had the misfortune to endure. A rather ornery dog, it isn’t known for its sweetness. The Chow Chow does not always tolerate strangers well. The dog has a natural dominance and it tends to flaunt this around people it doesn’t know.

While typically well-mannered, the provoked or disturbed Chow Chow can nip or bite with authority. This isn’t an ideal dog for a passive owner. The ideal Chow Chow owner takes authority and is respected by the dog that may then follow direction well.

14. Gull Dong


Bred to fight, this breed is known to be very difficult to control.

Bred in Pakistan, this breed is definitely a fighter and is often adopted because owners believe it will protect them from thieves or criminals.

However, this dog can turn on its owner. The key to training this dog is to start when it is a puppy.

Adopting a Gull Dong as an older specimen could be risky without knowing its background. These dogs need to be intensely trained and socialized; they can be great pets that are loyal and loving, but there simply is no denying their dangerous abilities as fighting animals.

The Gull Dong resembles an American Pit Bull which may be enough to make some people back off when they encounter it. Backing off from an unknown dog is always a good idea, but is especially so when it comes to this particular breed which can be extremely excitable and aggressive.

Intense training usually occurs as soon as possible with puppies if the dog is to be housed as a pet. Trainers must work to minimize the dog’s natural tendency toward aggressive behaviors. This takes continuous training and, of course, constant vigilance.

15. Siberian Husky


Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, but the elegant husky can also be skittish and wild-especially in its youth.
Again, these dogs make some of the best pets, but some examples have been involved in human fatalities.

It’s important to remember that of all the dog breeds, the Siberian Husky is the closest dog relative of the wolf.

In fact, the Husky is often chosen to breed with wolves among people who desire to own the dangerous wolf-dog. Huskies are admirable work dogs that pull sleds like nobody’s business; yet they can be dangerous for some owners and under certain circumstances.

Every potential dog owner should take time to research a breed before choosing to own it. Huskies require plenty of exercise. Without access to exercise, it might become unruly in its quest for freedom to run. Huskies, particularly mature dogs, can also be loners. This means they like their independence.

Children who pester the dog may not always be welcome or endure with much grace. These majestic dogs also require a firm hand that can inspire obedience. When it comes to puppies, early training is always a good idea as aggressive behaviors can be tampered down in favor of more family-friendly behaviors.

16. Rhodesian Ridgeback


The ancestors of this South African breed were introduced to southern Africa by European pioneers that settled throughout the Cape Colony located at the tip of the continent.
These dogs have also been referred to as African Lion Hounds, which tells people something about their use. This breed has historically been relied upon to keep lions at bay until their hunters can kill them.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a reputation as an excellent guard dog. It can behave quite ferociously, which is one reason why many people behave with caution around these dogs.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback takes its name from the ridge of hair that grows down its back. Males typically weigh at maturity around 80 pounds. In order to hold back lions, the dogs must demonstrate their fierce aggression and know-how. These dogs tend to be highly cautious around strangers, which is why they are adept guard dogs.

Many owners find that they make good companions, however, and enjoy this breed. Even so, obedience must be instilled as this breed is intelligent and apt to develop its own brand of dominance if left to its own devices. Many examples of this dog also demonstrate a fun-loving side when they are housed in friendly situations that complement their good nature.

17. Boerboel


Another South African breed, the Boerboel is a type of mastiff that has been bred as a guard dog.

Agile and strong, these dogs have not simply been employed to guard against human trespassers; they are also posted to guard against big cats such as lions and hyenas.

Early farmers relied upon this breed’s strength and bravery to fend off wild animal attacks.

Known for their incredible loyalty and family-friendly demeanor, it’s a shame to include these dogs on this type of list; however, the capability exists for danger.

It only takes one maltreated example to lead to tragedy. These dogs are capable of inflicting serious damage on anyone or anything they care to attack.

Because of this capability and their great strength, the Boerboel must be raised with care so that its loyal traits are encouraged. It can be quite obedient and friendly in family situations. For this reason, the Boerboel is greatly loved in its homeland and revered for its companionship.

Owners, however, must encourage socialization from a young age as with other large dogs. Undue aggression must not be tolerated. Dogs must be trained for obedience to avoid any negative tendencies. When content, these dogs will happily lounge around the house and nap.

18. Pharaoh Hound


This unique dog makes its home in Malta and is a relatively rare breed in spite of its age.

Legend has it that these dogs are descended from ancient Egyptian breeds; however, DNA has not supported the claim.

Even so, these Maltese hunting dogs appear similar to dogs painted on Egyptian tomb walls. It’s possible that the dogs could have traveled from Egypt to Malta with Phoenicians who were well-known ancient mariners.

Renowned for their sleek athleticism, these dogs are incredibly intelligent; however they are also known for their stubbornness. They are also muscular and must be reigned in to instill obedience or they could become overly aggressive.

While most of these dogs do make fine pets and are popularly owned as hunting companions, they require a good deal of exercise so they do not grow bored and adopt negative behaviors. Early Maltese hunters bred dogs for independence and many examples still exhibit the ability to think for themselves.

This quality owes to their natural intelligence, but they can also become unruly if they are not adequately socialized while young. The Pharaoh Hound blushes when it is excited; strangers may want to keep this in mind when they approach these dogs.

19. Akita


This Spitz dog breed originated in Japan. Today there are two strains–the American Akita and the Akita Inu, primarily raised in Japan.
Akitas are well known for their dominant temperament. Because they have a mind of their own, they can exhibit unruly behaviors which may make them risky in some situations.

For this reason, the Akita requires a skilled owner who takes time to instill this dog with obedience.

Akitas were originally bred to hunt deer and bears in their native Japan. They are bred for strength, endurance, and courage. As one of the world’s oldest native hunting breeds, the Akita still enjoys this pursuit and requires a good deal of exercise and mental stimulation to avoid boredom. A bored Akita is likely to find a negative pastime to occupy itself.

Akitas boast thick double coats and don’t mind cold weather like other Spitz types of dogs such as the Siberian Husky. The breed is extremely territorial when it comes to its property. This is one reason why many people prefer the breed as it helps deter trespassers.

Akitas can make excellent companions. Although they can be aggressive, with the right owner and family, they can make great pets. The idea is to provide an environment that allows them to thrive.

20. Caucasian Ovcharka


The Caucasian Ovcharka is a well-known breed in the Caucasus Mountain region in nations like Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia.

These dogs are known to be problematic around people they don’t know. For this reason, they pose a risk to others; however, they can also turn on their owners if not properly socialized.

Even when well-trained, however, these dogs are known to be incorrigible when it comes to discipline. They often exhibit traits of dominance and aggression simply because they happen to be “in the mood.”

Most Caucasian Ovcharkas are kept as solitary pets because they do not get along with other animals. They are mainly revered as guard dogs. Because of their ferocious temperament, they are feared by would-be trespassers. People rely on them to protect their homes and even large-scale properties like farms.

When the dog is not on duty, it has a tendency toward laziness and is happy to lie around its home. On patrol, however, it can certainly be relied upon to perform its job well. It’s important to note that some types are more vicious than others. Many people find this dog to be an important member of the household. However, dogs that exhibit ferocity must be supervised at all times around other animals, children, and even the elderly.

21. Boxer


This dignified-looking dog is known for its distinctive head.
Revered for bravery and stamina, the boxer can make a great family pet; however, owners must be diligent when raising their boxer to be obedient and must also curb aggressive tendencies.

The Boxer tends to be loyal and loving to its family; yet, again, proper socialization must be provided.

Intelligent and generally tractable, the Boxer can make a great family pet, especially when positive reinforcement is employed during training.

By nature, Boxers are not known to be vicious or overly aggressive as some breeds are. However, these negative tendencies may occur in neglected or mistreated dogs. For this reason, it’s important to get to know an adult Boxer well before introducing it to a family situation.

Boxers are quite strong and may inflict serious injury if they choose to attack. Many trainers have insisted that Boxers boast above-average intelligence. They are very trainable and will reward their owners with loyal and even temperaments when induced. When obtaining a Boxer puppy, it’s important to provide adequate socialization.

Though the breed was developed in Germany as a hunting dog, it is today typically employed as a companion or family dog. Some Boxers are used as guard dogs.

22. Staffordshire Bull Terrier


The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was originally bred, not surprisingly, to bait bulls. While these dogs are known for their friendly demeanor and loyal disposition, they have been involved in attacks.
These stocky dogs are muscular and intelligent. However, they are also fearless and not likely to back down in a fight.
Even though this breed appears to be intimidating, they are also rather enamored of people. It’s not entirely in their nature, therefore, to be aggressive toward humans.

Even so, members of this breed can differ substantially in temperament. Without consistency, it is difficult for people to know which ones are most people friendly. For this reason, care should be used around this breed.

Examples that make best pets and companions tend to be cared for with diligence. Obedience training is important for this breed as is early socialization. These dogs are quite active and enthusiastic about their need for human interaction. Even when trained, they may jump and lick without reservation. Many people confuse this breed with Pit Bulls.

In fact, experts worry that some attacks dubbed as “Pit Bull attacks” may actually have been committed by Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Families with elderly household members or children should take care when introducing this active breed into their home.

23. Saint Bernard


This working dog of the Swiss and Italian Alps is world famous for its rescue abilities.
Sometimes referred to as the Alpine Mastiff, this breed is remarkable for its great size and friendly disposition. Though the dogs are no longer employed in Alpine rescues, they are popular family pets.

Due to their size and fearless temperament, owners must properly socialize these dogs to prevent them from becoming unruly.

They can inflict injury without even trying because of their size. Obedience is important for keeping this big dog in line once it reaches maturity.

Saint Bernards can be aggressive as well as territorial. This is what makes them somewhat of a risky pet to own. On the other hand, when properly socialized, this dog can make a wonderful family pet that brings a tremendous amount of joy to its households. Loyal and affectionate, this dog is not typically prone to attack–especially its owners.

However, because it has happened and because these are such enormous dogs, it’s important for owners to be vigilant about discouraging untoward behaviors. Many people love to own these dogs because they are so intimidating. Intruders would have to definitely think twice about crossing a full-grown Saint Bernard.

24. Alaskan Malamute


Alaskan Malamutes are known for their resemblance to Siberian Huskies.
Sometimes referred to as Alaskan sled dogs, these energetic dogs have long been used to haul freight as well as sleds.

Similar to various Arctic breeds like the Samoyed, the Alaskan Malamute may weigh upwards of a hundred pound

Although some of these dogs are still used for mushing or sledding, most are employed as family pets where they tend to be beloved by their households.

Of course, these dogs, like other Arctic dogs, have a high prey drive. They must be watched with other small pets in the home. Due to their size, they should also be supervised around young children.

As high-energy dogs, these animals are most likely to thrive and exhibit best traits when they have been properly socialized and have access to the exercise they need. It’s never good for Alaskan Malamutes to be caged or kept from mental stimulation.

Although strong and intimidating, Alaskan Malamutes do not make very good guard dogs since they tend to like people. These dogs seldom bark so they aren’t likely to alert family members if an intruder slips through. Although attacks are not common, they have occurred making this dog one to keep your eye on in family situations.

25. Czechoslovakian Vlcak


Originally bread in 1955, the Czechoslovakian Vlcak is a cross between German Shepherds and Carpathian wolves.

Of course, any breed so closely related to wolves is apt to exhibit aggressive and independent tendencies in some cases.

Breeders hoped to create a breed with the muscular physique of the wolf and the trainability of the German Shepherd.

The result is a breed with a wolf-like appearance and turns heads wherever it goes. Many examples of this dog are actually quite revered in spite of its wolfish background. However, it only takes a few bad apples to spoil the bunch. These dogs should be properly socialized or they could become a significant danger.

Noted for their speed and strength, Czechoslovakian Vlcaks also boast great endurance. They often exhibit loyalty to their owners, but require strong leadership in their owner. A strong leader is apt to inspire obedience in this unique breed. Because these dogs are relatively new on the dog scene, they are still rare. Given the right situation, these dogs can make good family pets.

However, care must be taken with small children. Moreover, these dogs may never become completely safe to have around smaller household pets that could become lunch or dinner for this canine.

The Scary Truth About “Free to a Good Home” Dog Classifieds

Written By Brandy Arnold


The Dogington Post is one of my favorite websites to read . They have a wealth of information on pets. This is an extremely important article for people who in good faith are either looking for a new pet or needs to re-home a pet. It bothers me a lot , the number of animals that are killed by evil people. So please share this article to help cut down on the number of pets that are used and murdered on a daily basis.

Every responsible dog owner or pet parent knows that getting a dog is a life-long commitment. From the moment you open your heart and home to a loyal dog, you’re in it for the long haul, through sickness and health, ups and downs, good and bad, through snuggles on the couch to picking up the pieces of yet another pair of shredded shoes.

Responsible dog owners make decisions with their dog in mind. We don’t move to a new home without making sure the furkids are welcomed in the new community, we don’t spend frivolously without making sure the dog is cared for first, and, when times get tough, we’ll skip a meal so that the dog still gets his.

Unfortunately, not all dog owners are responsible. Close to 4 million dogs enter rescue shelters each year in the United States alone, with about 60% of these facing euthanasia. Shelters and animal rescues are busting at the seams as a direct result of irresponsible pet ownership.

Still, even responsible dog owners can sometimes find themselves searching for a good home for their beloved pet. Unexpected circumstances, illness, injury, death, economic collapse. Things happen.

Because our rescues and shelters are packed full, responsible pet owners have an increasingly tough time finding a good home for their pets and are turning to direct-to-consumer classified ads, like Craigslist or the local newspaper, thinking that they’re doing the right thing for their dog. Sometimes, a good Samaritan finds a stray dog and, rather than call animal control and risk the dog being euthanized, will put up a classified ad to find a new home.

We visited Craigslist’s pet classified section and contacted several dog owners offering “free to a good home” dogs on the site with questions about their dogs, their reason for re-homing them, and their decision to use a classified ad for their precious dogs. Most advertisers ignored us, but a few responded. Here’s what we found:

A military family was deploying overseas and couldn’t take their pitbull-mix; a single mother was having another child and could no longer afford to care for her Catahoula-mix; another was re-homing his deceased father’s beloved Beagle. Though most of us would find ways to keep our dogs in each of these cases, none of them are particularly terrible reasons to re-home an animal.

All 3 were genuinely concerned for the well-being of their dogs and felt they were doing the right thing. All 3 listed their pets as “free to a good home” because they didn’t want to profit from a “sale” of their pet, but ultimately only wanted to find a loving home for the pets they cared for. All 3 respondents above claimed to have contacted shelters and/or rescue groups before using Craigslist but were denied any help due to overcrowding and felt they had no other options.

All 3 pulled or modified their ads when we explained what really happens to “free to a good home” pets.

So, what really happens to “free to a good home” dogs?

– Last year, Jeffrey Nally Jr. was charged with 29 counts of animal cruelty because of the massive number of dead animal found on his West Virginia property. Nally had obtained at least 29 animals through “free to a good home” Craigslist ads, just like the ones we responded to.

– Patricia Hervey of Texas, is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of animals at her Bexar County home. Hervey prowled Craigslist for “free” animals, claimed to run an animal shelter near San Antonio, took money from dog owners to use to re-home them, then shot and killed them, dumping their bodies in a lake behind her home.

– Dogfighting circles use free Craigslist dogs as “bait dogs” for training their own dogs to fight without risking injury, or they take in free dogs and train those to be fighters as well.

– Other groups, called “Bunchers” scour classifieds for free dogs, then sell them to laboratories for animal research and experimentation.

– And, sometimes, a free ad for re-homing a purebred, unaltered dog will result in the former family dog being picked up by a puppy mill breeder to spend the rest of her life as a caged, malnourished, unloved breeding machine.

The people looking specifically for “free to a good home” dogs will go to great lengths to appear legitimately interested in providing a perfect, loving home for the dog. They present themselves as well-to-do, responsible dog lovers. They often bring children along to meet the dog and owner to avoid suspicion. They will make up elaborate stories about previous pets, a perfect home and yard, and promise to provide a loving forever home to the helpless animal.
If, for some reason (and it better be a good one), you must re-home your pet, there are some steps you can take to ensure he goes to a good home. offers up some wonderful tips for pet owners facing this challenging dilemma.

Don’t advertise “Free pet”
Spay/neuter the animal to avoid attracting backyard breeders or puppy mill operators
Charge at least $25 to discourage resale of pets to labs and others
Ask each prospective owner for his/her veterinarian’s name as a reference and check it.
Ask for identification in the form of a photo I.D. Write down the information, or scan/photocopy it if possible
Ask for a phone number and explain that you’d like to check on how the animal’s doing. An honest person will gladly share the information with you.
Have the person sign an “adoption” contract concerning your pet stating that they will not go to research. Having this in writing gives you legal recourse.
Ask to visit the place where your pet will live before your release the pet to the new owner.
If a dog owner truly cares about the life and well-being of the dog being re-homed, taking the steps above to ensure he goes to a good home are worth the time and effort.

What should you do if you find a “free to a good home” dog classified ad?

Whenever possible, contact the dog’s owner and warn them of the dangers of giving away their dog for free. As we discovered, not everyone will listen. So, if the ad is on the internet, contact the site owner to request that they disallow the posting of ads for free animals on their site.

Bookmark this page and send the link to anyone trying to give away a free dog.

These dogs are depending on us.


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5 Poisonous Plants That Can Ruin Your Dog’s Holiday Season

By Liz Acosta – Dogster


Holiday plants can bring festive color to your home … and they can bring sickness to your dog. Check out our infographic and make sure to spread the word.

Some of the plants we bring into our homes for the holidays can be deadly if consumed. And we know you’re not planning on eating them, but you can’t really tell your dog friend, “Hey, dog friend, don’t eat that poinsettia unless you want to be really sick,” because we still haven’t figured out how to communicate directly with our canine companions. (Bummer, I know.)

We’ve put together a handy infographic of plants to avoid and listed why they’re potentially deadly.

  1. Poinsettia: This red-leafed plant doesn’t actually live up to all the hype — it’s actually only mildly toxic. However, even mild toxicity can be fatal when combined with other conditions. Better safe than sorry.
  2. Mistletoe: While the mistletoe may be a symbol of merry-making, it’s toxic if swallowed — but not as toxic as once believed. Again — better safe than sorry!
  3. Holly: Holly berries may be the most attractive to dogs, but the leaves, bark, and seeds are just as poisonous. The effect of holly on dogs is similar to that of caffeine and chocolate.
  4. Amaryllis: Less common than the other plants on this list, amaryllis causes abdominal pain and convulsions, so keep an eye out for it!
  5. Pine needles: Probably the least of your concerns here, pine needles may cause harm if swallowed, puncturing intestines or stomach lining. The tree oils might irritate mucous membranes, but just keeping your tree area tidy should prevent any problems.

Signs of poisoning may be:

If you suspect your dog may have been poisoned, please seek immediate medical attention.

Happiest holidays! Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a bright and warm celebration!

A Message From Our President at Flint River Ranch Natural Pet Foods

As a distributor of Flint River Ranch Natural Pet Foods, Happy Walk Happy Dog brings this message from our President, Jay P. Margedent.

We’ve had a lot of calls & emails of concern about the recall by Natura ™ (bought by Proctor & Gamble the other year) products and what’s happening in this industry. Obviously, there is still a lot of fear in the pet community about origin of ingredients, bacteria and salmonella, in particular. For those who don’t know, Natura ™ has issued a recall last week on their product line(s) due to salmonella contamination. This recall affects all of their product lines (EVO, Innova, Karma, Healthwise and California Natural) with an up expiration date going up to March 24th, 2014. They want it all discarded. I don’t know if Natura’s issue is just with chicken-based products. I believe that they are pulling a lot of products so that they get every product that could present a contamination issue. Their goal is to insure pets don’t get sick, and the purchasers of their products don’t either. Bacteria; in slight amounts, can actually be handled by a healthy pet fairly well as pets hold food in an acidic gut for a good period of time before it gets passed into the rest of the digestive tract. Bacteria will be destroyed by digestive acids in the stomach and not cause a specified risk to a healthy pet. Humans on the other hand digest food quicker than pets, constantly put our fingers to our faces & mouth and we’ll get sicker from the residual salmonella that is still viable when it gets into our digestive tract.

Now, I’m not saying that this recall isn’t necessary, or that we should be content with salmonella in our pets’ products and not be reactive. Quite the contrary, we should all be vigilant about bacteria around our food preparation area and the proper handling of all pet food products and treats. Flint River Ranch has been active in insuring that all of our products are provided from certified sources and we test ingredients and monitor all aspects of our production and maintain its cleanliness. To date, Flint River Ranch has not been part of any recall and we continue to try our best to make sure that we don’t ever have an issue like this happen (we don’t wish this issue on any manufacture, much less their customers). I guess it’s the nice part of being one of the “little guys”; we’re not trying to jam a million pounds of products out into the market. We focus on small batches of established, holistic formulas. We’re not trying to be all things to every possible customers. We focus on the quality of our ingredients and foods, not on how much we could produce.

In all, manufactures do not want you to get sick from handling their products, which is the main reason for these recalls; to prevent human illness from handling these products. No illnesses have been reported; either human or animal, with this current Natura™ recall, yet the public frustrations at continued recalls is apparent. I am posting an article for proper food handling on our company Facebook page (click on the link above). Please review it just to insure that you’ve got all your practices handled when it comes to feeding and dealing with your pet on a daily basis. Maybe something in that article will prompt a different method of handling your pets food and help keep your pets and family free from illness.

Thank you for being involved and your support of our little company!

Jay P. Margedant, President
Flint River Ranch


Kiss Me, I’m Irish! Meet 7 Popular Irish Dog Breeds

Whether it’s the luck of the Irish or the magical powers of the leprechaun, some of the greatest dog breeds stem from the Emerald Isle. For St. Patrick’s Day, take a moment to honor these 7 popular Irish dog breeds. To continue reading click here : Kiss Me, I’m Irish! Meet 7 Popular Irish Dog Breeds