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Dogs And Old Age

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Now that you’re dog has shown you so much love and
brought you so much joy throughout your many years
together, it’s time that you return the favor when the dog
reaches his elder years. Caring for an older dog is much like
caring for an elderly person. Knowing how to do that will
help comfort your dog immensely.

What’s old for a dog?

The first thing that you’ve probably heard is the seven-year
rule (that your dog ages seven times faster than a human).
While this is pretty much accurate, some dogs (or breeds of
dogs) show signs of aging earlier than others. So, you’re
going to have to know what signs to look for to ascertain
whether your dog has officially reached his “golden years.”

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not cheap. On average you can expect to pay $2,000-$3,000 for one.

However, if you’ve socked away your “puppy fund” and are considering buying a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, or “Cav” as enthusiasts call them, there are five things you might not know. Before you fall under the spell of the big eyes and floppy ears, a few tips from a Cav owner…

1) While Cavs slow down as they age, don’t take this as an excuse not to walk the dog. They love walks, even though they may seem to sleep most of the time when at home. As your Cav turns seven or eight, regular walks become more important, and the exercise will keep you moving too.

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Causes of Snoring in Dogs

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It is not unusual to see pet owners let their pets sleep with them at night. In fact, 1/3 of pet owners have at some point, allowed their pets to sleep on their beds. Dogs provide a companionship that can’t be given by any other breed of animals. But this doesn’t mean that it is unlikely for some to let their cats and another pets sleep with them.

Dogs have a sleep pattern that is much like ours. Dogs often resign with complete trust on their masters, which make them a bit more relaxed during the night. This explains why most dogs fall to sleep more easily and later on, enter into deep sleeps where REM sleep activities can occur.

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Animals Are Forever

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Throughout the course of my life, I’ve encountered my own share of dogs. From early childhood days, I recall having several dogs that stayed temporarily with us until my dad’s next military assignment. Though my parents took good care of our animals, military life was unsuitable for animal adoptions as in most cases, animals were not permitted to go back overseas with us; thus we were inevitably forced to find homes for our pets.

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There is nothing more adorable than a new puppy. Large adoring eyes, and unconditional love pave the way for a new attachment. Yet many new puppy owners quickly learn that their adorable little pets come without a whole lot of knowledge about what is expected of them. Clicker training for dogs, an easy system of positive reinforcement, can turn that clueless puppy into an obedient delight.

The clicker is a small, hand held device that literally ‘clicks’ when you press it. Made of lightweight plastic and metal, it is small enough to fit in a pocket or purse for easy accessibility. Some dog owners like to keep a few clickers on hand, placed strategically throughout the house, so that good behavior can be instantly rewarded with the click.

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Top 20 Dog Quotations

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Get to know your beloved dog better with these insightful quotations all about your best four-legged friend…

  1. ” A wise man associating with the vicious becomes an idiot; a dog travelling with good men becomes a rational being.”
    –Arabian Proverb
  2. “You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, `My God, you’re RIGHT! I NEVER would’ve thought of that!'”
    – Dave Barry
  3. “A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.”
    – Robert Benchley
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The Doggie Diet

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It goes without saying that your dog needs suitable nutrition to remain healthy. Vets and pet food manufacturers often have differing views on appropriate nutrition for your dog. Although commercial pet food manufacturers are motivated in large part by profits, commercially prepared foods are routinely recommended as part of an adequate, or good, diet for your dog. Sometimes your vet or dog breeder may approve of commercially prepared foods as your dog’s sole diet. Many experts, however, tend to prefer a largely natural diet which for dogs is invariably comprised of meat and bones. Raw is preferable to cooked, as some of the minerals are definitely lost in the cooking process.

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Did you know that dog toys are actually good
for your dog, and not just an indulgence on the
part of the owner?

There are all kinds of uses for different types of

First, starting as puppies, toys give your dog
a distraction from other would-be toys like
your couch or your favorite pair of shoes.

My dogs all love ropes. Every single one of them
that has ever had one played with them until they
were tiny pieces of thread.

Ropes serve a couple of great purposes, in addition
to keeping your dog from chewing your house up
like termites.

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Have you ever wondered what a dog thinks, or if he dreams? Canine companions, by far, are amazing creatures of habit. If you’ve ever adopted one, your life has been enriched by the spirited side of nature.

Deep, within their childlike eyes is the innocence of perpetual bliss. These fury friends live to satisfy you and you alone. They soothe us with their undying love and devotion, come to our aid in a moment’s notice, anxiously await our return and fill our hearts with years of joy and laughter.

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While your friends and family are amazed that you’re
raising such an amazing dog, you notice that they flinch
when the dog gets too close. They may shrug away or not
bend down to pet him as they once did. While they may not
say so directly, it could be due to your dog’s killer breath.
While this situation is all too common, hopefully you’ve
noticed your pooch’s halitosis before anyone says or does
anything to cause you (or your poor dog) embarrassment.
As stated, your dog cannot tell you that he has a sticky,
plaque taste in his mouth that won’t stop. It’s your job to
understand that he, like you, needs his teeth brushed and his
gums attended to regularly.

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