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20 Essential Facts Dog Lovers Must Always Remember!

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Shorkie Puppy Talks To Baby

Too cute!

Shorkie Puppy Talks To Baby

Annie All Bundled Up

This is how I am spending my day because it is below zero!

This is how I am spending my day because it is below zero!

Even Bing, our Bengal, is cold today!
Even Bing, our Bengal, is cold today!

Yorkie Personalities

Found this interesting and true about my yorkies!

Personality Traits of Yorkshire Terriers

Some personality traits are very common among Yorkshire Terriers, but every dog is unique. Knowing your Yorkie’s personality traits and understanding how to use them to your advantage will help you train your dog more efficiently.

Generally, Yorkshire Terriers are energetic and love to keep busy. Your Yorkshire Terrier might be a couch potato or scared of his own shadow. For such little dogs, Yorkies have a lot of personality, possessing many, if not all, of the traits described in the following sections.

  • Intelligent. Yorkshire Terriers are smart in the things that matter to dogs. They’re alert, curious, and quick to figure out how to get what they want. Their natural smarts and their devotion to their owners makes Yorkies easy to train (provided they want to learn what you want to teach).
  • Independent. Like most terriers, Yorkies have an independent streak. If you aren’t consistent when you train your dog, your Yorkie’s going to make up his own rules.
  • Spunky. Yorkies are spirited little dogs who’ll want to run after any little critter that crosses their path (a natural reaction from an animal originally bred to chase and kill vermin), and they don’t shrink from a challenge.The single-minded little Yorkies can be oblivious to dangers around them while they’re happily chasing whatever critter caught their eye. You need to teach your dog to obey some fundamental commands and to come when she’s called in order to keep her safe.
  • Courageous (in a cautious sort of way). Because of Yorkies’ territorial instincts, they don’t hesitate to challenge dogs and other animals that invade their space, and they don’t shrink from a fight. Yet, for all their bravery, Yorkies are naturally cautious around strange people and unusual sights and sounds.Thanks to his feisty nature, be especially vigilant when you introduce new pets to your household or when your Yorkie is around strange animals (at the park, for example).If you don’t socialize your Yorkie or if you reinforce her fears (for example, by trying to soothe her when she’s upset), you may end up with a dog who snaps and bites.
  • Affectionate. The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the most loving breeds and thrives on interaction with and affection from their humans.
  • Determined (some would say stubborn). Remember, Yorkies are terriers and terriers are vermin-dispensing dynamos — a trait that requires determination (to stick with the task until it’s done, even when the prey fights back). This determination means that what you want him to do must be more compelling than what he wants to do if he’s going to obey.
  • Full of common sense. They may look like high-society dogs, but Yorkies come from a working-class background, and they like their lives to be simple and straightforward. Too much pampering and you spoil the independent, vibrant nature that makes them so appealing. And don’t we have enough neurotic beauty queens in this world already?
  • Full of joie de vivre. Although they may snap when they’re surprised, mistreated, or scared, Yorkies are, on the whole, good-natured, happy dogs.

16 Dog Cold Weather Care Tips

16 Dog Cold Weather Care Tips

The weather outside is frightful but your dog will be safe and happy when you follow these cold weather tips.

By Kathy Salzberg, NCMG | Posted: Dec 11, 2012, 11 a.m. EST

french bulldog in coatFor those of us who love to ski, ice skate, go sledding and make snowmen, winter weather brings lots of outdoor fun but it also brings some safety concerns for dog owners. Caring owners realize that winter presents additional challenges to their pets. Follow these cold weather care tips to keep your dog happy and safe.

1. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can neglect your best pal’s grooming. Dogs need a well-groomed coat to keep properly insulated from winter’s cold, wet weather. If a matted coat gets wet, it can take days to dry. Keep on top of grooming care at home or making regular grooming appointments with a professional groomer. Winter Dog Grooming Tips>>

2.  If you usually keep your dog in a short trim, let his hair grow a bit longer in winter. Keep it well brushed.  It’s a dog’s way of layering.

3. Short- or smooth-haired dogs may mind the cold more than our bushy dog breed babies, so they really do need a sweater or coat to be comfortable.  Boots are also available.

4. Long-haired canines should have the excess hair around their paws trimmed to ease snow removal and cleaning. At the grooming salon, we usually shave out the footpads with a #10 blade to get rid of dirt, ice balls, sand and debris.  If you do this job at home when you trim your dog’s nails, be careful not to cut the dog’s pads while you’re at it.

5. Keep your dog warm, dry and away from drafts. Towel or blow-dry him if he gets wet from rain or snow. Dry and clean his paws too. In the colder months, be sure to dry your dog completely after bathing before letting him go outside.

6. Adequate shelter is a necessity. Don’t leave your dog outdoors for long periods of time. Remember that the wind chill factor makes days colder than the actual thermometer readings.

7. Frostbite is a winter hazard for dogs as well as humans. Most susceptible frostbite areas are dogs’ ears, tail and feet.

8. Be extra careful when walking or playing with your best friend near frozen lakes, rivers or ponds. Your dog could slip or jump in and get seriously injured and your own safety would be at risk if he fell through the ice.

9. If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors or is a working animal, feed him additional calories; it takes more energy to keep his body temperature well regulated in the winter.

10. Don’t leave your dog alone in the car without proper precautions. If the engine is left on, the carbon monoxide could endanger his life and, if it’s left off, the car will get too cold for comfort.

11. Provide plenty of fresh water. Your dog is just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as he is in the summer and eating snow is not a satisfactory substitute. Left outside, water can freeze within an hour when the temperature drops below freezing. Many pet stores carry heated bowls for water and food.

12. Dogs can lose their scent-sensing ability in snow and ice so keep your pet on a leash when you are outside and it is stormy.  Make sure he’s wearing ID tags with your current info in case he gets lost. Microchipping is also a great way to make sure your dog gets back home if he should wander off and end up at a shelter.

13. Rock salt used for melting ice may irritate your dog’s footpads. There are now pet-safe ice melting products widely available for use on walks, steps and driveways.  Just to be on the safe side, rinse off your dog’s feet when you return from a winter walk outside your yard.

14. Tiled and uncarpeted floors may become extremely cold so during the winter so place blankets and pads on your floors in these areas.

15. A soft place to sleep will also prevent calluses from forming, especially on short and smooth-haired pets. Large dogs are more susceptible but any dog that sleeps on hard surfaces can get them. Although they are mainly considered a cosmetic problem, they can develop into pressure sores or skin infections.

16. Some of the household products we commonly use in winter are dangerous to our dogs. Antifreeze smells good and tastes sweet to them but it’s highly toxic. Less than 4 teaspoons can be lethal to a 10-pound dog. If you suspect your dog has consumed antifreeze, it is imperative to contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-4-ANI-HELP) immediately. Please note, there is a fee for contacting the poison control center.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

Great info for dogs!

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