Best Helpful Dog Links and Resources

Pet’s are wonderful and that is why you need this helpful dog links and resources to take care of your special pet

There are tons of advantages to having a pet such as a dog.

It is therefore not suprising that dogs are usually reffered to as man’s best friend.

So if you are looking to own a dog or you already have one as a pet, then you will find this helpful canine links useful.

In it, we curate the best resources for dog owners

A Dog Overview

Dogs has an history of long association with man dating back to pre-historcal period when dogs are useful for hunting, protection and much more. Thier loyal nature has made them a perfect companion for man.

If you are ready, here is a list of dog helpful links

Choosing A Dog

Dog Breeds

Growing up with dogs

How to take care of your dog

How to Introduce dogs to Babies or new dogs

Best Dog Training Tips

How to Adopt A Dog

The Common Dog Diseases You Should Know About

Dog Behavioral Problems

Recommended Dog blogs

There you have it. A list of helpful dog resources. If you think we missed a beat, please send your recommendation to critters@gmail.com

Dog Grooming- A Beginners Guide to Grooming Your Dog

Do you want to learn some dog grooming tips?

Yes, it is possible for you to groom your dog without having to take them to your vet clinic.

In this article, we will share some of the best grooming tips everyone should know.

Dogs are called man’s best friend for a reason.

They are fun to be with, sensitive, sympathetic, loyal friend, faithful and even protective.

But it is not just enough to keep a dog and enjoy all these benefits, we have to be ready to take up the responsibility that comes with being a dog owner no matter the breed of dog you have.

As humans, we need grooming to stay clean and healthy and that is true for a dog as well.

A dog can fall ill if it is not kept in a clean environment that encourages good health but it could also affect your home too if your dog is not properly groomed.

There is a difference between grooming a dog and grooming a dog properly. If you are a new dog owner, there is a high probability that you are yet to get a hang of things.

You will find in this piece dog grooming tips that will help you properly groom your dog.

5 Dog Grooming Tips for Beginners

#1: Bath Your Dog

This is without saying that you need to bathe your dog. Some people erroneously think that because they are animals they don’t need bathing. Well, they do because they get dirty just like we do and they need to be cleaned just like we do.

Dogs, however, don’t need bathing as often as we do so you can get away with once in one or two months. Sometimes, your dog might need a bath is it rolled in something or it is prescribed by the vet due to a medical condition but otherwise, it doesn’t need to be often because bathing them frequently can actually dry out their skin and cause problems.

Note that dogs generally do not like bathing, so you have to be ready to train your dog to enjoy it. How do you train your dog to enjoy bathing?

  • Start slowly. Don’t just go all out expecting the dog to react positively to bathing. That is, you can start by introducing your dog to the tub; other equipment you will use in bathing it even before the day you decide to bathe it. Then on the main day, you can start from the paws, then gently ease your way to the legs and then continue to its body.
  • Pet and stroke the dog so the dog can feel loved at that particular moment
  • Praise your dog for letting you bathe it. Once you apply water and the dog allows you, praise it and when you apply shampoo and brush the dog, give them praises too. Dogs cherish praise from their owners because they usually want to please their owners. So giving praise will communicate to the dog that it is doing something right and the dog will want to continue doing that.
  • The way to a man’s heart is through its stomach, the same can be said for a dog. Give it treats as it stays to be bathed.
  • Get your dog busy doing other activities before the bath time, so it doesn’t have as much energy to try to fight you off.
  • If the dog is really upset, you can put it off and try again another day. The trick is to gradually ease it into it.

The shampoo used for dogs is different from that of man because our skin PH is different from that of the dog. You can ask your vet to recommend a good shampoo and conditioner for your dog.

When bathing the dog, it is advisable to use a hose so you can control the water direction and also not drown the door. If you are not, then keep the water in the tub or bowl on the surface level. Avoid getting water into its ears and rinse it thoroughly to make sure the shampoo is not still on its skin or furs. Get a very heavy towel that can absorb water to dry it and preferably, allow the dog dry naturally with the sun. Avoid using the dryer as much as possible, but if avoidable, keep at good heat level, not too close to the dog and away from its head.

#2: Brush Your Dog

Brushing your dog is equally important because it helps to remove all loose hair and debris that might have accumulated on the dogs’ coat. It also helps prevent knots. Brushing the dog removes dead skin and spreads natural oil all over the dog hair.

Depending on breed and coat, a dog generally needs brushing twice or thrice a week. Dogs with shorter coat require less brushing than those with longer coats. However, it is advisable not to follow a rigid rule and just brush if the dog requires it. Monitor your dog’s coat and brush as much as there is a need to.

Brushing will remove dead skin and shed hair, so it is not advisable to do it indoors on a rug, cushion or bed; brushing outdoors is preferable. However, if outdoor is not possible, then do it on a hard floor where you can easily sweep or vacuum off when do.

Your dog will probably not at first agree to brush, so you can ease it into brushing by first petting and stroking the dog around the part you want to brush, then use the brush to touch it instead of immediately brushing. You should also have treats and praises ready to reward it for good behaviour.

#3: Trimming its Hair

Some dogs may also need their hair trimmed besides brushing them. Some dogs grow hair more than some and it could begin to serve as discomfort for the dog if not trimmed. Hair around the eye, around the anus blocking the anus from excreting faeces, the chin and lower jaw and areas around the body where there are hair mats and tangles,

As always, ease the dog into it and reward with treats. Be careful when trimming around the eye area and don’t point the equipment directly at the dog.

You could also contact your vet so a professional can take care of it.

#4: Clean its Teeth

Yes, a dog needs to keep is teeth clean too. It prevents plaque, gum infection and disease and keeps the teeth generally healthy. It is important to clean the teeth once or twice a week. Apart from cleaning the teeth, giving your dog something to chew on such as dental chews or dog chew toys helps to the strength and health of the teeth.

You should not clean a dog’s teeth with a human toothbrush or toothpaste. Get a dog’s toothbrush and ask your vet to recommend the toothpaste for you to use.

Start introducing your dog to cleaning its teeth by running your hand through its gum, then introduce a short cleaning session before gradually increasing it. Remember to reward the dog with a treat after every session.

If there is a sign of blood, it is normal but a lot means that you are either brushing too hard or your dog has a gum disease that you need to see a vet for.

#5: Clean its Ears

Dogs with long ears are more susceptible to ear infections but all dogs can get ear infections if their ears are not regularly and properly cleaned. Generally, after once is a good time to clean the ear and every two weeks for breeds with long hairs except there is a doctor’s prescription stating otherwise.

Signs of ear problem in dogs include scratching the ear or shaking of the head, watch out for this and take them to the vet.

Hair could grow in the ear, so start by removing matted hair growing in the ear. If it is too much, contact to vet to get professional help in removing it.

Don’t put anything that is not prescribed down the ear canal. Put a prescribed ear solution into each ear, gently rub the bottom of each ear and then let your dog shake to get rid of the solution and whatever dirt will come with it.

When that is done and the solution is cleared, clean the outside of the canal (never inside the ear canal) with a cotton bud/ball.

#6: Trim its Nails

Regularly check the condition and the length of the nails. If it is too long, then it should be trimmed. The time to clean the nail depends on how fast your dog grows its nails so it will differ from dog to dog. If you leave the nails untrimmed, it could cause pain or a broken toe, so it is important to trim it.

The dog dewclaws should also be trimmed if it hasn’t been removed.

The main point is to trim and not to cut because cutting too short is also problematic. You can consult professional help to get it done.

To introduce your dog to trimming, you can let it sniff the trimmer or the filer and also run it through its body. Get treats ready to treat it once you successfully trim one nail.

Others (Eye and Paws)

Trim every hair that could obstruct the sight of your dog. Make sure you do this carefully or consult a professional.

Consult your vet if you notice redness of the eye, discharge or squinting.

Check the paws regularly for cuts or abrasion or debris.

Dogs are wonderful creatures and they deserve to be properly taken care of. Groom them properly and you will avoid some common dog diseases.

The Top 10 POPULAR DOG BREEDS

Do you know the most popular dog breeds?

Man’s best friend though they are, they come in different breeds and while some are smarter, others are closer to man than others.

It is normal to educate oneself about the different dog breeds that exist because then, you can make an informed decision when getting a dog and also if you are ever around one.

Some dogs are better as pets and others are great for security or as police dogs. These categories of dogs are the most popular kinds because they fit into these useful roles as pets or security.

So in getting a dog, apart from making sure they fit your family lifestyle and taste, what you need the dog for should also come into place.

In no particular order, the 10 most popular dog breeds include:

  1. Labrador Retriever: Labrador Retriever is a very family-oriented, lovable dog. It is most likely very popular because it is affectionate and loyal and since many people get dogs as family pets, it naturally draws the heart of many towards it. The fact that they can also double as guard dog amidst the tummy roll is a very huge attraction for many.
  2. Golden Retriever: This dog is also a very popular and preferred breed because they are loyal, very friendly and patient, therefore, great with kids. They are known to be particularly liked by kids. Like the Labrador Retriever, they are also good service dogs, so they can double as guard dogs.
  3. German Shepherd Dog: This breed of dog is popularly used as a police and service dog. Their intelligence and activeness make them a favourite of the force. They, however, also have a very affectionate side with their loved ones, therefore, they can be gotten for the house too. Although they can be quite difficult to control if the owner doesn’t make it known early enough who is in charge but they are very loyal. You can trust a German Shepherd to protect and defend the family.
  4. French Bulldog: French Bulldog is a very adorable dog because of its large ears that make it constantly look like a puppy even though it is growing. Their cute wrinkles also call to people. They are very perfect for the family because of how cute and sweet they are.
  5. Bulldogs: With a stocky frame and known to sleep a lot and said to lack swimming skills, a bulldog is built tough and looks tough but also very affectionate to its loved ones. They are quite independent and might find it hard obeying commands unlike many dog breeds, but they are home-loving and loyal.
  6. Beagles: If you are looking for a dog breed with an incredible sense of smell, a beagle is one. It can be used to smell trouble if you used by the force but also uses its incredible smell for mischief around the house. Stocky as well, beagles can carry on dog conversation incredibly with the hilarious sounds that come out of them. They are also great family dogs.
  7. Rottweiler: Due to its size, the Rottweiler can be very intimidating and many labels it as a dangerous dog, but it can be really affectionate as well. The dog is great as a guard dog and as a family dog. But it needs to be trained strictly and taught structure because that is not something it is naturally used to.
  8. Chihuahua: Chihuahuas are known for their small size but their size doesn’t keep them down, they are also confident. Their size makes them attractive as pets and they are a great companion, known for nipping when they feel harassed, however.
  9. Boxer: This dog breed is active, energetic and playful. They are good as guard dogs and also great with kids because of how playful they are, kids can relate to their playfulness and vice versa.
  10. Poddle: This dog breed is one that unknown to many is very intelligent. It has a soft appearance but actually strong. They are very popular among humans, get along well with other dogs and also very good at entertaining.

As much as we love dogs, the breeds of dogs mentioned in this post are the most popular ones. Hopefully this article has opened your eyes to why some of these breeds are popular.

Now over to you. Which one of them do you love and why? I will like to read your comments

How to Choose The Right Vet Clinic for Your Pets

Do you know how to choose the right vet clinic for your pets?

As humans, we always make sure to be careful when making a decision about the doctor to consult for our health issues.

This is because we understand how sensitive and important being in good health is. It is clear that we will give the same consideration to our pets and as the guardian or “parent”, sometimes, making a decision on what’s best for your pets can be overwhelming.

Veterinary doctors are not as prevalent as human doctors, so it is expected to find it even more difficult to make the right decision on who to consult for your fur friends.

You don’t have to stress anymore about it because these pointers will help you know what to consider and the right questions to ask to make the right decision of the vet clinic for your pets.

9 Top Factors to Consider When Choosing A Vet Clinic in Nigeria for Your Pets

Accreditation: It is important to find out that the clinic is accredited or licensed to practice. You never know the number of quacks masquerading as actual doctors out there. So it is important to be sure an actual doctor is the one tending to your pet.

Experience: It is not enough to have graduated as a Veterinary Doctor and be licensed to practice sometimes experience matters. The number of years of practice can make a difference between how two doctors or two clinics will relate and treat issues. You can find these out by simply asking. There is really nothing wrong in asking, especially to be certain of the person who would be in charge of something as sensitive as health. However, years of experience might not always matter because some doctors who are fresh out of school might be just as brilliant, so you should consider other factors as well before making your conclusions.

Speciality: Hopefully, your pet never becomes too sick it would need a specialised doctor but it is better to be safe than sorry. Some Vets go further to get certifications so they can be specialised in other areas beyond the basics. You should find out how many vets the clinic has and if they have specialists in the clinic as well.

Emergency: It is important to use a clinic where the hours are flexible and you wouldn’t be left out in the cold just because it is after office hours, especially if it is an emergency. Find out how they deal with emergencies both during and after office hours. Do they have provisions for emergencies or not?

Services: This is also important to find out the kind of services they offer in choosing the right vet clinic. The extra service offered could be a reason to pick one vet clinic over the other. For instance, home service is a very good service that some vets offer and you could consider if, for instance, you have a tight schedule.

Facility: A clean environment cannot be overemphasised. Check to see every nook and cranny that is open to non-staff so you can vet how clean they keep their environment. It is public knowledge that germs breed in a dirty environment. It is dangerous to have your pet treated or cared for in a dirty environment. Make sure there is no bad smell and everywhere is well-maintained and kept clean.

Price: Note that quality care should always be more important than fees but you can also hardly go beyond your income for services rendered. What this calls for is a balance. Don’t go for low quality and you don’t necessarily need to break the bank. What you need to do is look around more and find a place that can offer you quality at an affordable price, trust me they are available.

Location: In case of emergency and even for your convenience, the clinic should not be too far from your home. It should be somewhere you can access easily.  Also, the area where it is located should be something to consider. Is it a safe neighbourhood or a rough neighbourhood where you are at the risk of being mugged? You should put all these into consideration

References: This might just be the first point to consider. Ask your neighbours, friends and family who have pets to refer you to the vet clinic they use. When you have gathered a list of vet clinics, then you can vet them based on the factors listed above before making your final decision.

Note that it is necessary to find a vet clinic for your pet even before your pet falls sick and also go for periodical check-ups just like regular check-ups are important for humans.

Make an appointment to go to the clinics to examine their operations and ask all the necessary questions, so you can make a decision before taking your pet around different clinics and doctors to evaluate.

Dog Intelligence Breed – Top 18 Smartest Dogs in the World

Which breeds are the smartest dog breeds in the world?

Dogs are considered the most loyal friend of man; this particular animal has a connection with man than any other animal. Many have testified to the intelligence of their dogs, while some are considered to have surprising intellect, some are reported to have astonishing brain power.

Man has always bred dogs based on the physical and mental traits best suited for the work expected of them, for example, the giant mastiff types used as watchdogs and warriors and the sleek Greyhound types bred to chase fleet-footed prepare two primordial examples of dogs bred for specific jobs.

Each breed’s model physical traits, movement, and temperament are recorded in a written document called a “breed standard.” For example, the breed standard sets forth the traits that make a Purebred Irish Setter a Purebred Irish Setter and not a Cocker Spaniel.

While there are over 340 dog breeds known throughout the world, The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes only 192 breeds. Some of these breeds among the top 27 breeds according to the American Kennel Club (AKC) will be considered according to their level of intelligence.

#1: Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a huge, impressive canine. At an average adult weight of up to 100 pounds, one might be tempted to think it is clumsy and dim-witted, but that isn’t the case at all. Like other large breeds, the Bernese Mountain Dog needs a lot of exercises. Their intelligence makes them ideal for outdoor training.

#2: Affenpinscher

This breed is considered one of the great comedians in the dog family, belonging to the Affen people and fondly called their little monkey dogs, the dense, harsh coat dog is loyal, affectionate, can be willful and domineering but they are always entertaining. They are not considered breeds that should be trained but befriended as a man.

#3: Alaskan Malamute

Mals is characterized by heavy bone, deep chest, dense coats made to withstand all weathers and powerful shoulders, it stands 23-25 inches at the shoulder and weighs 75-78 pounds. It is a heavy-duty worker but also loves snuggling with humans, it’s considered kid-friendly, playful and affectionate. It is advisable to start its training in early puppyhood.

#4: Old English Sheepdog

This breed is characterized by a body and face full of fur and looks very cuddly, but apart from being cuddly, it is bred to keep flocks of herding animals at bay and this makes this breed fit right into the rural area like a farm and also due to its love of open spaces, although, if well trained, it can settle into the city life also. It doesn’t only follow commands well, it also executes them independently.

#5: American Eskimo Dog

This breed is fondly referred to as the ‘beauty-and-brains’ package. It comes in three different sizes- standard, miniature and toy- standing as tall as 19 inches at the shoulder or as short as 9 inches. Distinct traits consist of a thick, sparkling white coat with a lion-like ruff around the chest and shoulders; a smiling face, with black nose, lips, and eye-rims that express a keen, intelligent expression; and a plumed tail carried over the back. It combines striking good looks with a quick and clever mind. It is not overly shy although it can be reserved when making new friends neither is it aggressive. It’s considered alert and kid-friendly and does not like to be ignored.

#6: Jack Russell Terrier

This Terrier is notoriously known as an actor because of its receptiveness to repetitive commands, they are small and snappy dogs and surprisingly agile for its stature. It is characterized as extremely athletic, fearless, intelligent and vocal dogs.

#7: American Foxhounds

This hound is considered a rangy hunter known for its speed, work ethic and tolerating nature, its legs are longer and finely-boned than its cousin; the English Foxhound and it boasts of large, soft eyes with an expression of pleading and gentle, yet, they have a downside, they can become easily depressed and destructive if not given lots of exercises, therefore, it can be a handful for novice owners.

#8: Weimaraner

A type of German bred dog hunting, the Weims are considered smart but occasionally stubborn, they are fast learners and excel at retrieving and other hunting tasks. Also known for its physical endurance and stamina with a strong instinctive prey-drive, it is advisable not to leave your cat at home with it because it tends to follow its hunting instincts rather than tolerate the cat.

#9: Irish Setter

This big, sleek red-haired dog also makes for a good hunting companion. Beyond instincts which comes in handy during bird-hunting, it also has a strong mental capacity and is considered therapy dogs in schools and hospital settings as children enjoy reading with the dogs in a relaxed setting.

#10: Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Corgis are fondly referred to as the ‘Queen’s own dog’ and the reason is not far-fetched; the Queen of England is known to have a herd of these dogs following her around in the palace and for good reason too. It is stress-free to train because of its inborn and responsive intellect. It is characterized by its short legs and functions also as a watchdog due to its alertness and tendency to bark only when necessary.  They are well-behaved and mostly friendly with people especially kids.

#11: Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is much like its relative across the Bering Strait in Alaska. Like other Huskies, the Siberian’s smarts are obvious in its relationship to other dogs. They don’t make great guard dogs due to their less-dependency nature on humans, and therefore they are less protective. These dogs often have a preference of being outside in the cold rather than laying at your feet and can be human-independent.

#12: American Leopard HoundDog

This breed is a medium to the large-sized dog and comes in three patterns: Solid, Leopard and Brindle but a greater percentage are of solid-colors.  The breed is very flexible in hunting a variety of game species comprising, but not restricted to; squirrel, cougar, raccoon, bear, bobcat, and any other tree-oriented game. As an expressly tough breed, they also fare enormously well in extreme weather, both hot and cold. Intelligence is projected as one of the American Leopard Hound’s very finest attributes. The breed is loving and affectionate toward their family and they are particularly protective of children. American Leopards are one of the oldest tree dog breeds in the U.S. and have extremely strong tracking abilities, often able to track prey for miles.

#13: Collie

Once characterized in a movie called Lassie as an extremely high intellectual dog, communicating danger to the residents and helping people out of ominous situations, the Collie’s characteristics are not far-fetched from its depictions in the movie. They are highly intelligent, adept at obedience training and deeply loyal to their family. With great health record, they are able to play all day without tiring easily and they display an acute sense for any given task and are instinctively highly motivated as well.

#14: Great Dane

The name befits the dog as it is indeed ‘great’ in size and its size equals its brain matter. It is a family dog that can be very protective, it loves couches and sitting on laps, that’s why it’s considered as the ‘world’s biggest lapdog’. It is very accommodating and adaptable although it loves spacious places. It is also kid-friendly.

#15: The Beagle

Either 13 inches at the shoulder or 13-15 inches, they are projected as sturdy and solid. They come in exciting colors of red and white, lemon and sometimes tricolor. It is widely known for its adorable, cute face and it’s big brown or sometimes hazel pleading eyes set off by long, houndy ears set low on a broad head. It is commonly described as lovable, happy, merry and make great companions especially outdoors which is why it is rated as the most popular hound dog among American pet owners. They are full of energy, clever and curious and demand lots of playtimes.

#16: Rottweiler

Rottweilers can be scary dudes, but they are amazingly intelligent. Their smartness presents a chance to tame their strength into positive activities. They are used as service dogs and sensitive to their owner’s moods. They are gentle but can be fiercely protective of their families.

#17: Doberman Pinscher

This breed is popularly known as the “Police Dog”, it is characterized by aggressiveness which if well channeled or if they are well trained, can become a tool especially in protection. It is muscular, powerful and fast, with a height of 24-28 at the shoulders. It has a substantial sleek body covered with a glistening coat of black, blue, red or fawn. They are considered royalty in the canine kingdom.

#18: Golden Retriever

A hairy, Scottish gundog of great beauty, famously known for its lustrous coat of gold, the Golden is considered a breed hallmark, moving with a powerful gait. They are smart, lovable, loyal and they depend greatly on their owners for guidance. They excel in hunting and fieldwork, in search-and-rescue and they prefer to stick with a family rather than go hang out by themselves. They always crave a purpose and function which makes them great both indoors and outdoors. They are also remarkably trustworthy, relatively easy to train, outgoing and eager to please.