7 of the best dog facts

Spiked collars have been fashionably worn by tough dogs, burly dogs, strong dogs and punk rockers. They’ve been seen in magazines and made the rounds in literary tomes. Spiked collars have been around since Ancient Greece. They were originally designed to protect dog’s throats from wolf attacks.

The most dogs ever owned by one person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kublai Khan.

The American Kennel Club, the most influential dog club in the United States, was founded in 1884.
The most popular male dog names are Max and Jake. The most popular female dog names are Maggie and Molly.
The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in seventeenth-century England. During heavy rainstorms, many homeless animals would drown and float down the streets, giving the appearance that it had actually rained cats and dogs.
During the Middle Ages, Great Danes and Mastiffs were sometimes suited with armor and spiked collars to enter a battle or to defend supply caravans.

Pekingese and Japanese Chins were so important in the ancient Far East that they had their own servants and were carried around trade routes as gifts for kings and emperors. Pekingese were even worshipped in the temples of China for centuries.

5 of the deadly disease of dogs

1. Parvovirus

Puppies in breeding facilities or shelters are most at risk of coming in contact with an infected dog. Most dogs contract parvo by coming into contact with the poop of a contaminated dog, either directly or indirectly, like on a shoe.

Symptoms include severe diarrhea and weight loss, vomiting, and lethargy.


this can become complicated if the stomach also turns. This prevents fluid and air from escaping the stomach, which prevents the dog from belching or vomiting.

Symptoms are sudden but noticeable:

Retching and the inability to vomit
Enlarged stomach area
Restlessness Salivating

3. Heartworm Disease

you live in a heartworm endemic area, which is an area with mosquitoes, heartworm prevention is a must.There are parts of the country where mosquitoes aren’t prevalent and therefore heartworm prevention isn’t used as frequently.”

It used to be dry climates were considered safe from heartworm

4.. Chocolate Poisoning

Pretty much everyone knows dogs can’t eat chocolate. But surprisingly, a good number of dogs still manage to get their paws on it, and it remains of the most common causes of poisoning in dogs.
Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, pacing, panting, and shaking. More serious cases could cause an irregular heart beat, seizures, heart attack, or even death. If you think you dog has eaten any chocolate, do not wait to take him to the doctor.

The amount your dog eats and the type of chocolate are the two main issues.


There are all types of canine cancers, and they seem to be on the rise. A staggering 50 percent of dogs aged ten and older will develop some form of cancer, and it’s the leading cause of death of dogs in this age group.

The faster you find and treat cancer, the better the chance of survival. If you notice a change in your dog’s behavior or habits, mention it to your vet right away.

Common Dog diseases

Animal Infections Rabies (hydrophobia) is a fatal viral disease that can affect any mammal, although the close relationship of dogs with humans makes canine rabies azoonotic concern

Canine parvovirus is a sometimes fatal gastrointestinal infection that mainly affects puppies. It occurs worldwide.

Canine coronavirus is a gastrointestinal disease that is usually asymptomatic or with mild clinical signs. The signs are worse in puppies.

Canine distemper is an often fatal infectious disease that mainly has respiratory and neurologic signs.

Canine influenza is a newly emerging infectious respiratory disease. Up to 80 percent of dogs infected will have symptoms, but the mortality rate is only 5 to 8 percent.

Infectious canine hepatitis is a sometimes fatal infectious disease of the liver.

Canine herpesvirus is an infectious disease that is a common cause of death in puppies less than three weeks old.

Pseudorabies is an infectious disease that primarily affects swine, but can also cause a fatal disease in dogs with signs similar to rabies.

Canine minute virus is an infectious disease that can cause respiratory and gastrointestinal signs in young puppies.

Top 5 qoutes on dog

Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.

If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.

Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go

A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.

Things your dog hates

Excessive eye contact

Some dogs might read excessive eye contact as an act of dominance or even aggression, especially if you are unfamiliar with the animal. MNN recommends approaching dogs you don't know at an angle and limiting eye contact.

Keeping the leash too tight

Nobody likes being yanked around by their dog, we say it's also important to communicate calmness to the dog by allowing at least a little slack. Hopefully the sense of ease will go both ways, and your dog will stop pulling as hard

 When you’re angry

Dogs’ ability to pick up on our moods means they experience fallout from our negative emotions. If a dog lives with someone who is constantly stressed or angry, they can become anxious too.

Using your voice more than Expressions

Dogs have evolved to better understand your body language than the words you say, Mother Nature Network says. Try to go a day using solely gestures and body language to communicate with your dog.

Being treated like a baby

There are two parts to this: one is that using a higher-pitched baby voice with your dog will wind him up and put him in a permanent state of agitation. The second is that dogs really need to know their place in the family. Dog whisperer, Cesar Milansays, “Your ‘baby’ is also a pack animal and needs the structure and discipline in her life to feel fulfilled and not become frustrated. There is nothing wrong with showing your dog love, but remember: first exercise, then discipline, and finally affection.”

Pat On the head and face

Have you ever noticed that your dog pulls away slightly when you reach for her face? If so, it’s a sign she really doesn’t like it. Another place most dogs don’t like to be patted is on the top of the head – can you imagine being thumped on the head by a giant? It would quickly get on your nerves!

How to train your dog

  • absolutely no cruelty or harsh "old school" dog training techniques. i certainly don't believe you have to "break a dog's spirit" in the training process.hen he’s doing the right thing. Let him know when he’s been a good boy. That’s the time to be extra generous with your attention and praise. It’s even okay to be a little over the top.
  • Changing behavior takes time. You need to have realistic expectations about changing your dog’s behavior as well as how long it will take to change behaviors that you don’t like. Often behaviors which are “normal” doggie behaviors will take the most time such as barking, digging and jumping. You also need to consider how long your dog has rehearsed the behavior. For example, if you didn’t mind that your dog jumped up on people to say hi for the last seven years and now you decide that you don’t want him to do that anymore, that behavior will take a much longer time to undo than if you had addressed it when he was a pup. Remember it’s never too late to change the behavior some will just take longer than others.
  • The idea of using treats to train is often equated with bribery. Truthfully, dogs do what works. If using treats gets them to do what you want, then why not? You can also use the world around you as a reinforcement. Every interaction you have with your dog is a learning opportunity, so when you think about it, you probably don’t use food very often except during active training sessions. So why does your dog continue to hang out? Because you reinforce him with praise, touch, games and walks. Just remember, the behavior should produce the treat; the treat should not produce the behavior.
  • To work with your dog's natural drives and instincts, not against them.

How to get your dog out of depression

A beloved pet is a part of the family. That's why it's so difficult to see a pet become depressed and listless. Moving, adding a new pet or a new baby or experiencing the death of another pet can all cause depression in a pet.
Some of the best ways to help your depressed dog feel happy again include:

Some extra attention: Just a little extra attention can go a long way with a depressed dog. Sit with them often, showing you support and care for them as much as you always have. This can be especially helpful if you think the root cause of your dog’s depression is due to being lonely throughout the day while you are at work.Try going outside more often: Sometimes we forget that dogs were originally wild animals who love nature and the outdoors. This is still rooted into our dog’s instincts so his depression could be linked to lack of outdoor activity. Try getting your dog to go on more walks or to play fetch with you in the yard. If this seems to cheer him up a bit, then do this periodically throughout the day and you are sure to see long-term improvement.
Visit a veterinarian for depression medications if rewarding positive behaviors and spending more time with your dog is not working. Medications for depressed dogs are the same as for depressed humans, which include Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft. It can take two months for depression medication to work on dogs, but dogs should be much improved after 6 to 12 months.
Spend more time with your dog to try and get him out of a depressed mode. Spend more time playing games with your dog and doing things he enjoys, like walking, exercising or even riding around in cars. Also, spend more time just petting or cuddling with your dog.