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DOG LESSONS

Have You Chosen a Dog You Can Love?
 
Every dog is lovable to someone. But the dog you will love is the dog that fits in with your way of life, the dog whose personality suits yours.
So many factors must be considered in choosing a dog - the size of your living quarters and your yard, the number and ages of children in the family, the way you live, even your own temperament.

Pedigree Group Lesson:
  Pedigree dogs are those which have been bred to conform to a Kennel Club breed standard. As more foreign dogs are introduced to Britain, additional breeds are frequently added to the Kennel Club's long list. Divided into seven groups, the Pastoral, Gundog, Hound, Utility, Terrier, Toy, and Working Groups.

  In other countries Kennel Clubs also recognize different breeds, although in most countries the majority of breeds recognized in Britain are included in their own official breed lists too. Grouping differs from country to country. In the United States there are seven groups: Sporting, Hound, Non-Sporting, Terrier, Toy, Working, and Herding ; whilst the Federation Cynologique International (FCI), The World Canine Organization, recognizes 329 breeds divided into 10 different groups. In consequence, several of the breeds which belong in a certain group in one country find themselves differently grouped elsewhere. Of course not all dogs are pedigree-bred. There are also cross-breeds and mongrels.

In The Beginning:
 When we look at the dog it is difficult to imagine how it has evolved over millions of years. Early mammals  fed only on vegetation but in time meat eaters came about - they were able to survive by eating the vegetarians.

 History takes us back to mouse sized , flesh eating mammals called Creodonts which lived at the same time as dinosaurs, 54 to 38 million years ago in the Eocene period. Believed to be tree and den dwellers, small with long backs, short legs, and long tails. Several characteristics of Miacis have been passed down to the dogs we know today. 

Dog Anatomy:
 

All dogs have an equal number of bones. It is the length, thickness, quality and their strength which causes breeds to ultimately differ.

A dog's skeleton is similar to humans. The differing attribute is a human's posture is vertical and a dog's posture is horizontal.

Dogs typically shed hair in spring and fall. Other contributing factors are; the increase and decrease in the amount of daylight hours, and their fluctuation in hormones.

All dogs are born blind and deaf. Their ears and eyes typically open up within the first 9-14 days.

In all breeds, smell is a dog's most advanced sense. The average human has 5 million scent receptors, while a dog has approximately 200 million.

An average gestation period (pregnancy length) is 63 days. Puppies are fed solely by their mother for the first 3-4 weeks, and should not leave before the age of 8-10 weeks.

As a general rule, smaller breeds live longer than larger breeds

The pigmentation of a dog's nose can be affected by the weather and or hormonal activity. During winter months the nose can appear pale, while in the hotter months it is darker.

Dandruff can be an indication that more fat is needed in your dog's diet.

Dog Fact: The greyhound is the fastest dog in the world and the 18th fastest land mammal.

A polite dog is a popular dog.

The biggest favor you can do for your new pet is to begin right away to teach him good manners Wouldn't you much rather have him liked than merely tolerated by your neighbors and frineds?
He must know how to keep his behavior within bounds on al occasions, right down to the smallest sniff.
Strict discipline isn't just for show dogs. Nor is rigorous training cruel. All dogs thrive on it. They like to know who's boss. After all, your dog wants to please you and lives for your attention. When you are training him, you're all his.

Anyone can train a dog - coming soon

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