Interesting Facts About Dogs

agony aunt

Greetings Fellow Pekies,

Monday again, which means  it is once again time for your weekly episode of “Aunty Aggie’s Advice & Information Column.

Did you Know that according to  scientists in California, dogs suffer from jealousy and are just as likely to turn into a green eyed monster as humans?

Researchers studied 36 dogs from 14 breeds and found that most were indifferent when their owners ignored them until the owners showered their attention on a stuffed dog.

Then the pet pooches’ behaviour changed dramatically, sparking snapping and snarling.

The discovery shows that while dogs are man’s best friend, they still have the capacity to surprise us.

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Introducing a New Dog to Your Household Pack

agony aunt

Greetings Fellow Pekies,

Monday again and it is once again time for your weekly episode of “Aunty Aggie’s Advice & Information Column.

Most dog-lovers do not only have one doggie, because that is like having just one child; it is simply not enough.

Bringing a new dog into the family is an exciting time for the human “pack” members, but can create stress for the non-human pack.

This is why today we have an interesting article on “Introducing a New Dog to Your Household Pack” 

Remember, depending on where your new dog comes from, they may be shy of people and/or of other dogs, and this may present either as being a bit aggressive or as extremely shy.

Humans need to allow the new dog to come to them when he is ready to. They should not make direct eye contact with the dog or look them straight in the eyes as this can be taken as a challenge. They should turn side-on and place their hand out in a loose fist or fingers pointing down, so the back of the palm is facing the dog and allow the dog to approach them and sniff them at his own pace.

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Is your Dog a Jumper?

agony aunt

Greetings Fellow Pekies,

Monday again and it is once again time for your weekly episode of “Aunty Aggie’s Advice & Information Column.

Today we will discuss “the jumping dog” – why your dog may be jumping up on people and how to stop your dog from doing so.

Dogs should never be allowed to jump on humans unless invited to do so by the human. Many people think that a dog that jumps up on them is “just saying hello” and may even find it cute, but not everyone does.

A dog that jumps on humans of its own free will is a dog that does not respect the person it is jumping on, and many individuals do not like being jumped on by a dog, whether the dog is a small breed or the size of a horse.

A jumping dog is annoying and can also be dangerous, as it can knock someone off their feet, hurt them accidentally with their nails, dirty or even tear their clothing, and can scare children and the elderly.

When a dog jumps on a human, it is not “greeting” the human – it is asserting its dominance over the human; it is the dog communicating that it is alpha and/or wishes to own/control the human.

Sometimes a dog can jump on a person because they want that person to play with them, but even then it is not acceptable and the doge must be taught that jumping up on people is not acceptable behaviour.

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Shampooing Your Dog & Homemade Shampoo Recipes

agony aunt

Greetings Fellow Pekies,

Monday, and it is once again time for your weekly episode of “Aunty Aggie’s Advice & Information Column.

Today we have some interesting facts about shampooing your little four-footed pal so that he or she looks good and smells good.

Dog grooming is a huge business, and while it is great to take your pal for a day at the grooming parlour, not everyone can afford it, especially if it is just for an everyday shampoo and not for “showing” – this however does not mean that your peke should walk around looking disheveled and smelling like a pig’s trough on a bad day.

While there are many commercial shampoos in the marketplace, many of them may hide some serious threats. If the ingredients are mostly chemicals and your dog has sensitive skin, they can lead to itching, discomfort and even flakiness.

it is really not that difficult to make your own “doggy shampoo” at home, and is certainly also much easier on the budget. Most of the necessary ingredients can easily be sourced and purchased locally, and many of them you may even already have in your home.

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What Does Your Choice of Dog Say About Your Personality?

agony aunt

Greetings Fellow Pekies,

Monday, and it is once again time for your weekly episode of “Aunty Aggie’s Advice & Information Column.

Today we have a rather interesting post for you about what the origins, choice of breed, living conditions and appearance of your four-legged best friend say about you.

If you are like most of us, you have at some time or the other made assumptions about a complete stranger’s character based on the type of dog they own… and you were probably quite spot-on.

Various studies have found that a person’s choice in dog is indicative of their personality, as people tend to subconsciously match themselves with pets they share something in common with.

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