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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.