Dog Park Safety: How to Spot Aggressive Dogs

Many dog owners enjoy taking their furry friends to dogs parks. Dog parks allow dogs to get exercise and socialize. Unfortunately, dog parks can also be dangerous both for dogs and dog owners if an aggressive pet is present. This infographic, sponsored by Morris, King and Hodge P.C. explains how you can keep your dog safe in dog parks. It explains how to spot the common signs of aggression in dogs and what to do if you encounter an aggressive pet.

3 Health Benefits of Having a Dog in Your Life

You do all you can to make sure your canine companion is safe, comfortable, and healthy. You take her to the vet for her regular checkups, you make sure she eats a healthy diet, and when she gets older you make sure she doesn’t suffer from pain in her aging joints.

For all we do for our dogs, the unconditional love and loyalty that they offer us is enough. However, you may not have known that dog ownership comes with several health benefits, an often overlooked perk of having a furry friend.

Heart Health

Research has shown that dog ownership decreases several risk factors for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death among Americans. It appears they have this effect because of several factors: Time spent with dogs has been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rates, decrease stress levels, and promote a more relaxed state.

For example, one study showed that time spent with dogs lowers cortisol levels, a hormone associated with stress, while raising oxytocin levels, a hormone associated with a relaxation and calm. Turns out that just spending time with a dog, even if he isn’t yours, can help relieve the stress of your busy life, improving heart health as a beneficial side effect.

Overall Fitness

Several studies have confirmed that dog owners who walk their dogs daily show significantly better activity rates than their non dog-owning counterparts. While going to the gym after work may be “optional,” apparently it is a lot harder to tell our furry friend with big brown eyes that you just don’t have time for the evening walk!

The effects of the additional exercise are significant enough that dog owners have lower rates of obesity, a risk factor for many conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Simply by making a commitment to walking your dog each day, you can improve your overall activity level, and drop a few pounds along the way.

Mental Health

Many people that have the pleasure of a dog in their lives are already well aware of their positive impact on our state of mind. However, it might be surprising to learn that some studies actually show that dog ownership might actually help lower the rates of several mental health problems including depression, feelings of social isolation and loneliness, and anxiety. In fact, the use of companion animals as a form of treatment for these mental health conditions is on the rise.

Now that science has identified a positive correlation, particularly for those suffering from these common mental health issues, we can expect to see more people taking advantage of the benefits of canine companionship. After all – there are no dangerous side effects, drug interactions, or long term health consequences of loving a dog!

A Heart-Felt Thanks to Dogs!

The relationship between domesticated dogs and humans goes back at least 15,000 years. Although dogs once helped our ancient ancestors hunt, heard, and stay safe from predators, they still offer us advantages in the busy modern world. By helping us stay healthy, our canine companions do more than take over the couch! In this world full of buzzing cell phones, endless distractions, and seemingly infinite pressure to perform on a moment’s notice, our fuzzy little friends offer a refuge.

Next time you find yourself worrying over the cost and hassle of that next annual vet check-up, remind yourself of how your dog is showing up for you every day!

Getting to Know The Charming Goldendoodle

Ever since man domesticated the dog, he wondered how to improve his companion so that it is loyal, reliable, and useful. Back in the old days we were mainly concerned about creating dog breeds for a variety of practical purposes, such as hunting or catching rodents, but these days things have changed. We own not just for practical purposes, but because we love them. We see and treat them as family members and they give us in return something that is very hard to find, and that is unconditional love.

Thus, it is possible to say that in present days we are more interested in dogs that are great companions and friends. This led to the appearance of several cross-breeds, or as some may call them, “designer” breeds. This means that two official, pure dog breeds are used for the creation of a cross-breed, with the purpose of obtaining a mix of the best traits both breeds can offer. So the Goldendoodle, the cross-breed you are about to discover in the following paragraphs, is the result of breeding the Golden Retriever with the Poodle, two highly popular dog breeds.

Considered by some as the perfect mix…

While cross-breeding is meant to produce better dogs, not all combinations are always 100% successful. But in the case of the Goldendoodle, it appears that nothing can go wrong. They are dogs with an incredible temperament and adorable personality. Goldendoodles are gentle, playful, friendly, and very smart. Thus we can say that it is an ideal family dog. Properly socialized, the Goldendoodle will get along well with people of all ages, other dogs, and animals as well.

Another advantage of owning a Goldendoodle is that it has an adorable appearance, but without being small and fragile. Because one of the parents is the Golden Retriever, the Goldendoodle will grow to be a medium-sized dog. So it won’t be too large or too small. If you are worried that small breeds are way too sensitive or incapable of withstanding your kids’ activity level, this designer breed will have what it takes to become a loyal companion for children of all ages.

It is not that easy to find…

The Goldendoodle is also a dog breed suitable for those that want a dog that is a bit more special. It is a cross-breed that has emerged in recent times, which means that there are relatively few dog breeders that can provide Goldendoodle puppies. Also, it is not an official dog breed, which further explains why these dogs are not widely available.

If you want to enjoy a healthy Goldendoodle as your companion, you should choose your breeder well. Cross breeding two dog breeds is not easy and in order to produce quality pups, the breeder must have sufficient experience. Take the time to perform proper research when looking for Goldendoodle puppies, as there is a chance you’ll come across a breeder looking to get a profit more than offering healthy and loved puppies.

They are hypoallergenic while having a teddy bear look…

Luckily the Goldendoodle inherits the Poodle’s hypoallergenic coat, which means that they will shed very little. So besides the fact that you won’t see too much dog hair around the house, these dogs are recommended for people with mild dog hair allergies as well. Due to the fact that there isn’t that much dog hair and dander in Goldendoodles, there is very little possibility for an allergy to manifest.

What about Goldendoodle coat colors? The most common colors for Miniature Goldendoodles are apricot, golden, red, white, and yellow. This is the result of mixing a dog with a coat that has various shades of yellow, the Retriever, with a dog that can be quite colorful, the Poodle. Besides these colors, it is also possible to find Goldendoodles that are black, dark brown, or gray, depending on the coats of their parents and how much these traits transfer to their pups.

Another aspect worth noting about their coats is that they can be found with three different coat textures as well. A Goldendoodle can have straight hair, wavy hair, or curly hair. Again, it depends very much on how the inherited traits manifest.

They are among the friendliest dogs in the world…

If you want a dog that has displays zero aggressiveness, a Goldendoodle is the one. These dogs are extremely friendly and when you think about their parents, you realize that it could be no other way. Both the Golden Retriever and Poodle are amazing dogs precisely because they are friendly, gentle, and tolerant of everyone. A Goldendoodle will want to befriend anyone and anything, so with proper socialization that starts at an early age, this dog can even be socialized with cats and other animals.

If this information about the Goldendoodle has charmed you, it is worth knowing that you are not the only one. These dogs have managed to win the hearts of many with their incredible charm and amazing character, becoming a beloved member of their owners’ families. For anyone interested in Goldendoodle puppies, Premier Pups provides all the required support. Working only with responsible dog breeders, Premier Pups promises to deliver only healthy pups that will provide love and companionship for many years.

Konya the Anatolian Shepherd

Konya was the pick of the litter and we got her when her first home didn’t work out. The seven year male Anatolian Shepherd in her new pack didn’t accept her. When she came to us we noticed two things right away: She is a big love, and she likes to bark. At first it was at anything that moved or made a noise: cars, cyclists, leaves, wind chimes, etc. Now she barks when she feels like it, which is often. However it is short-lived once we thank her for her service, after all, she is a guard dog. We even have one neighbor that said he liked it when she barks when someone goes up our road since it’s a dead end road and no one should be there but us!

She also loves her brother, Aslan, who incessantly eggs her on to play, which she does, but when she’s had enough she puts him in his place, so I guess you could say she’s the boss. I brush her every day and remove gobs of hair and she still has such a thick coat, which makes it extra fun to hug her, which she loves. Oh, and she likes to give tons of kisses as well. She’s such an awesome dog. Submitted by Danna P.