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Monday, December 27, 2010

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Dog Health Food Effectiveness

Dog Health Food Effectiveness
 by: Dwight Healer

Guess what these products are, Earthborn Holistic, Avoderm Natural, and Nulo, Here's a hint Nulo's tag line is Nutrition Meets Love. Your fist guess is wrong, it's not fat free yogurt. Nope it's not high end skin cream. So what's the product? These names are all for dog food products. These new products represent a trend that is going to explode as dog owners migrate from their traditional dog food to these new branded foods.

The demand for nutrient dense dog food is being ignited by the same fuel that drives the human supplement industry; people are experiencing real and positive results. To borrow a line from VitaHound's website "Nature intended our dogs to be STRONG and ENERGETIC animals, biologically designed to be vigorous carnivores". These new dog foods are designed to re introduce nutrients lost when the canine diet transformed from all meat to commercial dog food. The critical nutrient taurine, obtained by eating unprocessed meat is being added to several new dog foods. Taurine is responsible for the proper function of every cell in a dog's body, research also indicates it is important to cardiovascular health.

This new revolution in nutrient dense dog food will above all upgrade the sources used by manufactures to produce their product. In spite of commercial dog food's upgraded nutritional value, owners still need to feed their hounds a high quality daily supplement. Imperative nutrient concentrations and combinations responsible for a maintaining a healthy digestive system in canines cannot exist in manufactured dog foods. For this reason owners need to supplement their beloved hounds diet on a daily bases. A dog's health is primarily derived from the nutrients they assimilate from their food. The prevention of many canine chronic diseases is the effect of a healthy digestive system.

A plan of action would be to locate 3 or 4 websites specializing in dog health. With your dog's state of health in mind develop a list of nutrients that will benefit their overall health and well being. Before adding any supplements to your dog's diet, predetermine what results you want to see from its use. Allow 3 months for signs of improvement to materialize, if there a no noticeable effects move on to another product. I will borrow another expert from the VitaHound's site that best describes the reasoning behind this approach. "Biochemistry, molecular biology, cellular biology, and physiology are the detailed sciences of animal structure, function, and growth. The complexity of researching nutrition at these levels is way to complicated for an individual to use in constructing a healthy diet for their dog. The information derived from the different sciences is best implemented by understanding the curative and preventative findings, then employing the use of the appropri!

ate nutrients. Insufficient improvements in your dog’s health may be adequately addressed by simply substituting substances that are not working for other relevant nutrients". In other words trial and error is the best approach to finding supplements that improve your dog's health and well being.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Organic Bullies Educational Series - What To Look For In A New Puppy

What To Look For In A New Puppy
 by: Will Lambert
Getting a new puppy is an exciting prospect. You're about to be getting a new resident in your house, one which will hopefully become a life-long friend. When picking out a new puppy, there are things that you need to be aware of that will help you make the right choice.

First of all, look for a dog that is good at socializing with others. This means that the dog seems to fit in with the group versus being the loner that isn't interacting. This is important, since you want your new puppy to get along with your family and be able to make friends easily with you and any other animals that you might have.

Make sure that your puppy is in the best of health. Look for obvious signs that the animal might not be too healthy. It can be expensive to get a new pet that has some health problems from day one.

Make sure your puppy doesn't show signs of being aggressive. This is normally best seen when it's time to feed. This will be the one that dominates the others and is overly aggressive about things. This aggression can cause problems later on that you want to avoid.

If you are getting a pure breed, be sure you get the puppy from a reliable breeder. There are many health problems associated with pure bred animals. This is why you need a good breeder who has a history of healthy puppies. They should have information on health issues and the dog's vaccination history, if there have been any thus far. Additionally, most will go through a de-worming process with the animal to make sure this isn't a problem.

If you have children, make sure that they also get to be part of the process. It's important that they are involved so you can gauge the puppy's reaction to them.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Leather Dog Collars from Bridle Leather: Your Best Choice

Leather Dog Collars from Bridle Leather: Your Best Choice
 by: Benjamin Moore

Did you know that the natural choice when looking for the most comfortable and strong dog collar is the one made of leather? Indeed, this is true. Your ideal bet for leather dog collars are those made with the use of brass, stainless steel fittings and good bridle leather.

Knowing that your pet needs to have the best, remember to invest on a well-made leather dog collar. It is guaranteed comfortable for your pet and can last for a long time. Bridle leather is among the coziest materials that can be worn against human skin and of dogs. This is why most of the expensive straps for watches are made with bridle leather.

By using leather dog collars made with bridle leather, you can be assured that the collar’s edges and the strap body would mold into your dog’s particular shape. Make sure that it has been polished and edged, though. In time, as the leather begin absorbing oil from your dog’s coat, it will become much softer, but still resistant to tearing or other forms of damage.

Dog collars made with bridle leather are guaranteed to last a long time, even if soaked in water or exposed in various kinds of temperatures. If the leather collar will be used for your dog’s romp outdoors or even in harsh weather, it can be stuffed with wax during the tanning process to make sure that it last a long time. The protection of the leather and its waterproof features also becomes fortified upon absorbing the dog’s greases and oils. Cleaning it occasionally and treating it with use of leather feed will also ensure its durability. Strong leather dog collars area also those with fittings made of metal like brass or stainless steel since these types do not rust even if immersed in seawater.

Avoid dog collar fittings made with nickel-plated iron since this metal could corrode easily. When shopping for leather dog collars, remember to read carefully the advertising text of the product and check out its features very closely.

Caring for the leather material of your dog’s collar is easy, make sure to do leather feed treatment from time to time. Quality leather feed is made from natural fats and oils like the Sedgwick Leather Feed. Applying it on the collar at least twice annually or once the collar has been dried after a soak in seawater is best. Such care would make the leather collar shed off years of use and appear new again. This kind of treatment will also hide the scuffs that would inevitable appear on the dog collar and prevent its core from drying out. If your collar fittings are made of stainless still or brass, you need not worry of maintaining it at all.

Check out the High Quality Bridle Leather Collars and Leashes at www.organicbullies.com

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Pet Portraits For Pets That Makes A Difference To Our Lives

Pet Portraits For Pets That Makes A Difference To Our Lives
 by: Azalea Wright
Having pets make a difference to our lives. It keeps us happy, patient, loving and let us know how to value friendship and love. These are the good values that our pets impart to us. And it is due that we capture moments of them in a very special way. While we may capture moments with them in a single click of the camera, we can make it more special with pet portraits.

What are pet portraits? Pet portraits are personalized painting of your favorite pet. They are made by hands, originally crafted unlike digital images. Also every detail is captured patiently therefore you can appreciate the effort made by the artist.

Having your pet portrayed in oil and canvas can make your pet very special. The artist can capture the spark of your pet and you can even request to personalize the painting. Painting can be set from several modes such as from photo to painting or by scenario painting where you and your pet can pose.

Portraits can be painted life-like even with the medium of watercolor. If you will hire an artist, make sure that they have been tested by time so you are assured that they are made with a heart.

Most painting services would let you decide if you are going to frame the painting or you will allow them to do it for you since they treat it as a personal decision. Yet, it is a wise decision to leave the job to them as they have the expertise to find the perfect frame that would fit your pet portrait. Enjoy their craftsmanship without too much hassle on your part by hiring professional servicing.

100% handmade, detailed and personal, pet portraits would surely satisfy your taste for an avenue to take pleasure of the moments you had with your pet.

Experience the magic of fine arts and capture your moment with your pet. Pet portraits are a good way to show their value. Bring your pet to life in fine art portrait of oil pastel and canvas and show the world how special your pet is.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Organic Bullies Educational Series - What Breed of Dog is Best For Me?

What Breed of Dog is Best For Me?
 by: Gordie Guide

So you've decided you want a dog. Congratulations! Have you started to look around? Maybe you already have a breed in mind. That's great.

But before you dive headlong into the selection and buying process, it would be wise to step back for a moment. It doesn't matter whether you have strong preferences already or you may still be completely open.

What does matter is for you to fill in any gaps in your knowledge about your future pet now, instead of regretting anything later. So let's do some fundamental research by considering the following questions about choosing the best breed of dog for you.

These guiding questions are based on 60 years of having pets, helping friends and family choose their new dog and my volunteer work at our local Humane Society.

1. Price

What can you afford right now? Remember to consider total costs of having a dog and not just the initial purchase price. Things like food, toys, medicines, vet bills, size and appetite. Calculate a monthly operating expense and include annual checkups, vaccinations, emergencies, etc.

2. Purchase Location

Where will you get the dog: a rescue shelter, pet shop, breeding farm or humane society?

3. Training

How will the dog be trained? For example, will you send your dog to Crate Training or Obedience School? How smart does your dog need to be?

4. Age of Dog

How old will the dog be? Should you get a puppy or a mature, trained dog? Puppies can be a lot of fun, but a lot more work. What is the expected lifespan of the dog?

5. Size of Dog

How big will the dog get and how much space do you have for a dog, in your apartment, house, yard, or car? Puppies grow up quickly and you'll want to give them a happy spacious environment.

6. Activity Level

How much energy will the dog typically have? How often will it need to be walked and/or run? How much playtime? Some dog breeds require more maintenance than others.

7. Attention Needs

The American Humane Society deems it animal cruelty to leave dogs tied up or left in a small space for long periods of time. They have found that dogs abandoned in this way become depressed, anti-social, ill and even aggressive.

How long will the dog be left alone? What will the dog do while you are not home?

Many an owner has come home to a mess because their dog was lonely, angry, sick, or just had to 'go' and couldn't wait any longer.

How much time will you need to spend on walking, grooming, training? Having a dog is a responsibility of time, energy and finance. Be sure you can make this commitment.

8. Physical Characteristics

How soft a fur do you want your dog to have and what color? Can you tolerate seasonal shedding? Are there any allergy concerns in your family?

9. Friendliness

What are the socialization skills for this breed of dog? Will the dog be compatible with people, kids, neighbors and other pets? Ideally, you want the dog to fit into your lifestyle and get along with everyone.

Will the dog be protective? Will the dog bite? Dog breeds do differ, and will adjust somewhat to their environment. Be sure to consider this when determining what breed of dog to get.

Remember to do your homework before you fall in love with a dog that may not be a good fit for you and your family. Make it a decision of both your mind and heart, so you'll enjoy years of comfort and love with your new best friend.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Basics of Puppy Care

Basics of Puppy Care
 by: Grace Temple

Are you a novice when it comes to pet care, specifically dog care, but you’re dreaming of adopting a puppy? You need Puppy Care 101. Taking care of a puppy is a huge responsibility. You are promising to provide for another life in the hopes of receiving companionship and loyalty. How you care for your puppy will determine your future relationship with your dog. Puppies are like children in that they require tons of attention and learn through interaction with their environment. You need to keep curious puppies safe and growing puppies well fed.

For those who are new at this, Puppy Care 101 will give you all the information you need to be a successful dog owner. These are general tips. Some breeds may need added care, specifically in regards to grooming and training. Puppies love to explore but they don’t know how to stay away from danger. As a dog owner, you need to keep your puppy safe. Clear your home of any hazards, such as electric cords that can be chewed through or pulled on. Make sure you are keeping an eye on your puppy at all times. They can easily get trapped behind furniture or fall while climbing stairs.

Puppies won’t stay small very long. They grow quickly. This is more noticeable in large breeds. Puppies need nutritious foods to help with their growth and development. Many brands offer specially formulated dog food for puppies. Check the bag for information on how much dog food to feed your puppy. You should also consider creating a feeding schedule for your puppy. Feeding schedules help with house-training and also keep your dog fit and trim.

Always take into account the amount of time you will be able to spend with a dog before bringing a new puppy home. Dogs, especially puppies, do not like to be confined for hours upon hours every day. They need to play and exercise. Some breeds may require more activity than others. Playing is important because it helps you bond with your puppy. When choosing a breed of puppy, compare your lifestyle with the characteristics of the breed. If you love to throw around a Frisbee, a Golden Retriever or Lab may be the perfect dog for you.

With these Puppy Care 101 tips, anyone can be prepared for dog ownership. Getting a puppy is a long-term commitment. The average life span of a dog is twelve years. Many live longer than that, so take this commitment seriously. Before welcoming a puppy into your home, make sure it is a safe environment. Buy dog food with lots of nutrition specifically designed for the type of puppy you have. Consider your energy level and the energy level of the puppy you want to adopt. If you think carefully about all these things, you will make a happy home for you and your puppy.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Organic Bullies Educational Series - How to Stop Your Dog from Biting

How to Stop Your Dog from Biting
 by: Marcus Doyle

Stop a Dog from Biting: Ways to get it Done

For the many bad behaviors a dog may well display, you would want to make sure that you simply learn how to stop your dog from biting, given that you definitely do not want your dog to hurt you or your kids or someone else that could be a visitor in your home. Whether your pet is a brand new puppy which you have only just taken home or perhaps a dog which you have had for many years, if you have a problem with this dog biting then you will definitely need to put a stop to it forthwith, stop your dog biting forever!

The last thing that you'd need, is should you be out exercising your pet or they could actually escape by themselves in some manner and wound up biting an individual, because then they may in fact end up being destroyed which is often enforced by law. Because of this , you must make sure that you understand the best ways to stop your dog from biting.

Tips and hints to acheive it

There are many different tips which will help people to stop a dog from biting although there are some particularly that usually tend to work very well. An example may be to give them a chewing plaything. Seems easy enough, doesn’t it? Well many dog owners don't recognize just how easy it is. If your dog doesn’t have a chewing plaything, then they will look for other items to bite and chomp upon.

You must also make certain you start with your training pretty early on. However if perhaps you already have a dog that is an adult, of course you're not able to return back in time and train them as a puppy, nevertheless, you will still would like to get the necessary training done without delay rather than leave it any longer than you certainly need to.

The sooner on that you choose to start with the training of your dog, the better off you'll be as well as the less difficult it will likely be for the dog to understand.

Another idea to stop a dog biting can be to place a muzzle on the dog until they learn not to bite. A lot of people think that this can be cruel, however it does not do any kind of harm to the dog in any way, the point is actually simply to let them know that they have to avoid opening their mouth and biting somebody.

These are excellent ideas to help your dog to stop biting and to be certain that they turn out to be the well behaved dog they should be.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Organic Bullies Educational Series - How To Socialize Your Puppy

How to Socialize Your Puppy
 by: Linda Betarno

Socializing your new puppy is a fun and entertaining process. You must proceed with caution, however, as these first introductions may affect your puppy’s social behavior for some time to come. A puppy who is allowed free reign in a new introduction may be hard to control, whereas one who is bullied by another dog or frightened by tail pulling children may become nervous in future situations.

The first step to socializing your pup is to take him on regular walks where you will have leash control but he can make some friends. A walk around your neighborhood can help your puppy to meet your neighbors, their children and their dogs. Having your puppy on a leash for these introductions will help you to keep him close, while he explores. If at any time you feel like the situation is frightening for your puppy or if your puppy becomes overexcited, head home for a puppy break.

The next introduction place for your puppy is your local park. Avoid letting strange children pet your puppy unless their parents are right beside them. You never know if a child has allergies or even if that child may pull your puppy’s tail. You should also know that your little guy may try to bite and play with children as he did with his litter mates. For this reason, you may need to put a muzzle on him if you are at all worried about this activity.

Many parks have a dog park within them. These dog parks are sometimes divided into larger and smaller breed areas. This keeps smaller breeds from getting hurt from playing with the larger dogs. Although your puppy is small, if he or she is of a larger breed, you should socialize in the big dog area. After all, your puppy will be playing with these more energetic dogs when he or she is full grown.

Whether the dog park area is joint for big and small dogs or separate, be sure to keep an eye on your puppy at all times. You will have to clean up after him, and you will also need to make sure he does not eat anything that could cause harm. You may even want to walk the dog area over to be sure there are no lurking dangers.

If you have close family members with children, you should set up a special time for those children to come and meet your puppy. Make sure their parents are present and make sure you always stay with your dog around children. Also, don’t let the children feed your puppy as this can cause him to beg and become a nuisance to you and to the children when they visit.

Play dates are a great idea for new parents as well as new pet parents. Meet regularly with one or two friends with dogs. These doggy play dates are a great way to develop some one-on-one puppy friendships. This will also give you an opportunity to discuss puppy specifics such as vets, foods, toys an and training methods.

Every puppy and their pet parent can benefit from a great dog training class. Training classes are a good place to meet other new pet parents and their new pups. These classes will also help you to work with your dog on some basic commands including sit, down, and stay. Teaching your puppy these commands in a public environment can help to foster them listening to you even with other commotions happening. It will also allow the dogs in the class to follow the example of one another.

Socializing your puppy is an important part of his development and training. When in doubt about any puppy behavior, ask your vet.