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America

10 Sep

Wow. I’ve been gone A LONG TIME. Sorry about that. A lot of things changed since then. For one, I moved to America. I was born and raised in Hungary, and never even set foot in the Land of the Free, so this is a big change for me. And what I wanted to write about today is my experience dog-wise.

The first thing I noticed is that almost everyone has a dog. Mostly small ones, but size here doesn’t matter. What matters, is that people who keep dogs here actually love their dogs more than they love themselves. This is such a refreshing thing to see. Happy dogs. Not just happy because someone loves them, but happy because that someone actually loves herself. In most places people keep animals to fill some kind of hole in their hearts. They keep pets, because their not satisfied with themselves, and they’re hoping, that a dog, or cat, or hamster will make them love themselves. Well, guess what. They don’t do that. They’re not made for that.

California is the first place where I saw, that people make themselves happy before they could make a little baby creature happy. I applaud you, people who identify themselves with this! This is the most noble and mature thing you can do, and nothing makes me happier than seeing these pairs.

You see, dogs look up to an owner who is the ultimate alpha dog. Like Cesar Milan. People who are healthy and happy, and know how to keep themselves that way. People who know what they want, and instead of whining, actually get those things. These are the happy, healthy people. The people dogs look up to. If you’re not sure of yourself, if you don’t have a strict schedule, or you’re self conscious, don’t get a dog just to change yourself. If you need a dog to change, then the dog won’t ever be able to change you. Remember that. I fell into that trap.

If you need a dog to change, than a dog won’t ever be able to change you.

What do you look for in a dog? Manners, potty trained, maybe some cool tricks, sleep through the night, be able to walk without a leash, etc… And of course, when you get the 10 week old fluffball, these things are already typed in his genes. As they were typed into yours too. No. It doesn’t work this way. A dog like this needs work. Hard work. So of course, you look at people with big dogs, dogs who wake up their owners at the morning and stuff, and you think ‘I need a dog to build me a routine’. Guess what. A dog does not know what a routine is. YOU have to tech it to him. And guess what. You don’t know what a routine is either.

A dog can change you. But first, you need manners, you need to be potty trained, you need to know some cool tricks, and you need to live according to a strict schedule. Like kids, dogs look up to those, who know all the things that they’re teaching them.

So before you buy a dog, think about who you are. Your goals. Schedule. Friends. Friday nights. Because guess what. A dog changes EVERYTHING.

Eight Below

10 May

I was thinking about writing about Marley and Me, but  honestly, I hate that movie! So I decided to write about a movie that I do like. And Eight Below is one of them. I didn’t see that movie for a long time, and I kind of forgot the plot, but with a little help from Wikipedia, I can throw something together for you guys.

The movie is about eight sleigh dogs… pulling a sled. But they make it so exiting! In 1993, Jerry Shepard is a guide at an Antarctica research with the crew of the USA research base, and the only way they can get to Mount Melbourne is with “The dogs”.

Maya,

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and Buck.

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The first thing that caught my attention, is that the dogs knew where they were going! They asked them, if they’re going to Melbourne, and the dogs barked, as if they were saying “yes!”. The question is, can they really do that? Do they recognise and know were they are going? The answer is: yes! They can be live GPS’s, and they can navigate you to places. But only, if they know that place. I even have a story to prove it:

My friend lives on a hill, about 2 miles from the city. And he once took his dogs pups to the vet, to have the doc check them out. The vet was about 3 miles from their house, and believe it or not, his dog was waiting outside when they got out! That dog went all the way to the vet all by herself, and waited for her pups to get out.

So dogs do remember places, and streets, and parks. If they get lost, and they want to go back home, they’ll find there way home.

The next scene that I wanted to talk about, was when that guy falls into the ice, and Maya has to give him the rope carefully, because she can easily fall in too.

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The reason I wanted to talk about this scene, is because it was fascinating how carefull she was. Dogs tend to recognise if you are scared, or angry, or happy, from the way you talk. Like if you are scared, then your voice is trembling. Or if you are angry, then your tone is very harsh, and loud. Now in the movie, the dog detected, that her owner was scared, and serious. She heard her demands, and just as her owner, she took it seriously too. However, if you don’t teach this “trick” to your dog, than she won’t know what to do. It would be like you telling her to sit, when she doesn’t even know how to do that.

Of course I have a story to back this up too. It was my second dog, a Golden Retriever, and we were taking her for her very first walk. Now just as we were about to leave house, we saw a fox jumping the fence and aiming at our little puppy. I was horrified, and so was my mom. So she grabbed the dog by the leash and pulled her up into her arms. The dog didn’t even move. It would be likely, that after a movement like that, an impatient pup would be fidgeting or fighting or at least moving around to be comfortable. But no. This dog knew what’s up. And she layed there like stone. And she didn’t even need a command. They just know.

The “turn” in this movie, is that the dogs are left all alone in the “desert of snow”, and it is too dangerous to go back for them.

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Now these are Huskies we are talking about. The “children of wolves”, and no matter how much you make a pet out of your Pointer, or your Golden Retriever, they still have their instincts in them, and that’s what these Huskies used for survival.

Sniffing, barking, running, hunting, howling, these are all instincts that they can count on when they are in trouble, like these Huskies are.

Huskies are one of the wildest, “non tamed” dogs. They can’t live in apartments, or cities, they need to live in a place close to the wild, were they are free, and were they can be in touch with their instincts.

Walt Disney pictures (my favorite thing in the world) made a movie in 2006 called ‘Eight Below’. This is one of the most amazing true stories ever told about survival, friendship, and adventure. I truly love this movie, and if you hadn’t seen it, then there’s a first time for everything.

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Here’s the trailer for ‘Eight Below’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXkoGlxVbLY

Keys

7 Jan

Today I’m gonna give you the keys to being a hunting dog. First, you’ll need to get your dog to be these: Focused, discipline, he needs to have excellent smelling, hearing, and he needs to have guts (courage). This is going to be a VERY hard work, I’m not gonna lie.

Now let’s jump to the beginning of things, to get the 2nd key, is the key to the shelter, or to an owner. This is the part to choose your hunter. First of all, you have to choose from 2 categories: Water hunter, or normal hunter. First I’m gonna tell you how to choose if you want a water hunter: The most popular of them all are the Golden Retriever, the Labrador Retriever, and the Springer Spaniel. But for you to choose, you have to REALLY look into the breeds. That is why, my next posts will be of hunting dogs. Now for the most popular hunter dogs: I highly recommend the Vizsla, or the German shepherd, or the Retrievers. But next to all those, the most popular hunting dogs are the Brittany, the Beagle, and the Dachshund. From these breeds, you can ind the Labrador, the Goldie, the Vizsla, and the Beagle.

The third key, is to (if you’re dealing with a water hunter) get him used to the water. Take him out to a river, let him swim, and enjoy it. If you’re dealing with a hunter, go hiking. Or go to a forest. Climb mountains! Get her used to her surroundings.

The fourth key is to take them to your first hunt. (After accomplishing all of these goals) – Because if they’re not discipline, or patient, they will always scare the prey away. Get them to sit, get them to stay. Target your lunch, and once you shot it, you can get your dog to run, or swim towards them. After a while you won’t even have to give them commands, they’ll know, if it’s a gunshot, then they’re shootin’ out! You also have to teach them, to bring the prey to you. You can start out with toys. Don’t let them chew them. Teach them to bring it, not eat it. It is your lunch (Maybe as an award you can give some of it to him. 🙂 ) So enjoy your hunt with your terrific hunting dog!

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The Biggest and Smallest Dog in the World

5 Jan

On february 15th 2010 Giant George broke the Guinness Record for being the tallest dog in the world! George i a blue Great Dane He is three-quarter of an inch taller than the second tallest dog, Titan. But sadly they found a taller dog named Zeus who’s an inch taller than George.

George was born on November 17th, 2005. His owner is David Nasser, who bought the dog wen he was 7 weeks old. He currently lives in Tucson, Arizona.

His life at home is more than fantastic! He sleeps in a queen-sized bed, and rides around in the neighborhood in a golf court. When he was traveling to Chicago for his 2010 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show George was given a row of three seat all to him self. During the flight George, his owner and his wife Christine had to sit in the bulkhead, because George didn’t fit in the first class!

Now for Boo Boo the smallest living dog. Boo Boo is a long-haired Chihuahua, who’s height is not more than 4 inch, and she weighs 2 pounds! She lives in Raceland, Ky., with her owner, Lana Elswick. Dow at the photos, you can check out a video about Boo Boo. I couldn’t put the video here, so I just attached a link. Sorry…

http://animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/animal-planet-presents/videos/most-outrageous-boo-boo.htm – Here’s Boo Boo! 🙂

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Air Buddies, and How to Teach Your Dog to Play Soccer, Volleyball, and Basketball

30 Aug

Now, you do know, that dogs don’t talk right? So, I don’t even have to start explaining all the mouth-moving stuff. Although, I found interesting videos about talking dogs, so we might get there someday. Until then:

Today we are going to talk about the movie “Air Buddies”. The main characters of these movies are 5 amazingly cute Golden Retriever puppies, B-Dawg, Buddha, Budderball, Mudbud, and Rosebud.

Each puppy has there own, unique personality. Let’s take B – Dawg for instance.

 “I am the ultimate P-U-P!”

B-Dawg is the type of dog, who is cool, enjoys hip-hop, bling and rap. All you have to do for your dog to be like this, is to get a necklace and sunglasses for your puppy, and tell everybody, that he listens to rap. Pretty simple.

Now let’s see Buddha.

 “Be one with the ball”

Now he’s harder. Buddha likes yoga, basketball and meditation. I looked it up, and I’m not sure if dogs can actually do regular yoga that is for people, but there is yoga for dogs! Here is what I found: “During doggie yoga, owners go through stretches and try to put their dogs into some yoga poses.” That’s not so hard. But dogs don’t actually do it by there selfs like Buddha, so this is excluded. The next is basketball. Teaching your dog to do silly tricks is easy. And I think that throwing a ball in a hoop for a dog, is a silly trick. And here’s how you do it:

1 – materials: You will need bite sized treats, a clicker, a toy basketball, a toy basketball hoop, and of course, you will need your dog. (You can find them in most dog supplie shops, online, or in sport shops – small sized basketball hoop, for kids… Except for the dog. I’m assuming you have that already. And you can buy mini basketballs in toy stores.) But keep in mind, that these materials were not made for dogs, so make sure that the set you buy does not cause choking hazards and make sure the basketball is not filled with air. But is entirely out of hard plastic, so your dog can’t chew it apart and swallow it.

Clicker – The clickers use is also called shaping a behavior. This means, that when a dog preforms an action all by him self, you use the clicker for him to be aware of his upshot. But remember to click the clicker at the exact moment your dog preforms something right. And always give your dog a treat alongside the clicking.

Now set up your basketball set, and let’s begin!

1. Click and treat your dog. (He doesn’t have to do anything for it) You’re just letting him know, that when there’s a click, there’s a treat! This step is very easy. Although it can get harder. Also, make sure to add a command of your own to each steps, so your dog can do it whenever you tell him to

2. In this step your dogs job is to simply look at the basketball! Click and treat your dog just for looking at the basketball. Once your dog is able to do this step several times, you may go to the next step. But remember, the click and treat has to be perfectly timed. If it’s too early or too late, the dog may not know why he’s getting the treat. Misunderstandings can occur and that’s never good. So always treat your dog while he’s looking at the ball. This step doesn’t need a separate command, but is an important step.

3. Next, click and treat your dog for picking up the basketball in his mouth. Once again, you will have to repeat this step more times to move on. After this, he should be able to know that he’s getting a treat for this step. Make sure that the dog spits out the ball right after he hears the clicker. It’s best if you have a command for this step, for then your dog will pick up the ball anywhere it is. Not just when you put it in from of him. But sooner or later he’ll love the game so much that he’ll pick it up on his own.

4. Now you want the dog to drop the ball voluntarily for the treat. This should not be that difficult after the 3rd step, but can be challenging depending on the breed of the dog mostly. If he doesn’t let the ball go, make him open his mouth by pinching either side of his jaw, forcing his mouth to open. When the ball falls, give the treat, whether you made him or he did it voluntarily. When he lets go of the ball voluntarily for about the third time in a row, then you can move on.

Keep in mind, that most dogs are too impatient to learn for that amount of time at once, so this can’t be done in one day. When you see your dog getting tired, take a break, let him play or sleep or eat.

5. Put the hoop on the ground, and only treat him when he drops the ball in the hoop. This may be one of the most difficult steps. You may find your dog doing all sorts of stuff with the ball in order to find out what the task is. Once the dog drops the ball in the hoop (because this WILL happen) wether it takes hours or days, you may move on to the next step. If it’s really hard and he doesn’t do it once, you can lure him to the hoop with a treat with the ball in his mouth, and make him drop it above. Or you can show him that you drop it in. To learn this will take one day, don’t overdo your poor dog.

Remember: Only click and treat your dog for dropping the ball IN the hoop. Not next to it, not almost, but inside the hoop.

7. Now you will get the hoop a little higher. Not 2-3 feet higher, but like 10-20 inches higher, and teach him to throw it in there, and then higher, and higher (of course with clicking and treating). And then eventually you will get it on the top, and he will be able to shoot just like this:

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But I hope not the last one 🙂 . If you did everything right, it should look like the 2nd video

Now I guess you know, that dogs can’t actually meditate, because they probably don’t even know what it means, so I won’t even start. Let’s just move on too… BUDDERBALL!

 “Never skip a Pizza meal”

Budderball loves food, football, and when he gets his paw pulled…. well, he farts. Well, I guess I don’t need to get into the food loving part, bacause that’s normal, but maybe the football part: I looked it up, and it looks like football is too difficult for dogs to understand, and it has no point if you don’t understand it, so they don’t really teach them. That leaves the last behavior, or more like a sickness of Budderball: Pull My Finger: I looked it up, and some really stupid things came out, like “how can you fart whenever you want”, “Can you control other peoles farting?”, “the top 1000 awesome things” which I didn’t dare to open if it has pull my finger in it. So, that leaves us with one ordinary dog, who can do the Pull My Finger trick perfectly.

Let’s move on to Mudbud.

 “When things get a little dirty, dive in!”

You know exactly what he’s like by his name. He’s a mud-lover dog. And that is not a very extra personality with dogs. Mud is a good thing. But Mudbud has other personality’s too, like chillin’ out, and playing volleyball. Chillin’ out is like the same thing as B – Dawg and the Hip-Hop music. You walk on the street, and tell everybody, that your dog loves to chill out. But the volleyball! Now that’s something! What you have to do for a step 1 is to put the ball right in front of him, and when he pushes it, give him a treat. When he did that several times, throw the ball right in front of him. When the dog goes to get it, give him a treat. Next, bounce the ball on his nose. But not like a basketball, just drop it on his nose. You have to get him used to that feeling. If he’s used to that, then you can upgrade the ball to a basketball. (But be gentle, the basketball can hurt him) Then get him to go further away from you, and try to throw a lighter, softer ball on his nose. Then call him back, and dropp it on his nose again, but this time when you catch it (because I hope you’ve been catching it) treat him, and then he’ll sort of know what he’s supposed to do.

Now that’s it for Mudbud, let’s finish this post with Rosebud.

 “Girl power!”

 

Rosebud is the only girl, but just as vivid as her brothers. She likes soccer, fashion, and Brad Pittbul. Ok. So we all know, that Brad Pittbull is not real right? Teaching a dog to play soccer is easy. You just make them role the ball with there nose, into the net. Thats it! But don’t forget the treat. Rosebud is like the logic between the pups, and when they don’t know what to do, usually  Rosebud does.

So these are the Buddies, and for a big finish, I would like to tell you, that Bud, the super dog is actually a real dog! He can play hockey, soccer, basketball, football, and baseball. You can teach your dog how to play these, from a video called: Buddy the Wonder Dog’s Instructional Exercise Video. I found it online while I was browsing, and I think it’s cool.

 

 

 

 

 

A Törpe Schnauzer

2 Mar

A Törpe Schnauzereket Németorságban tenyésztették először, patkányvadászatra (furi mi??? 🙂 ).Ebből kifolyólag a teste is kicsi, nagyon energkius, hallása éles, és szöglete pofáján található kis “szakáll” pedig megvédte a patkányok harapásától 🙂 ebben az is segíti, hogy a Törpe Schnauzer egy drótszőrű fajta.

De ezektől függetlenül nagyon játékos és vidám kiskutya 🙂 . A termetükhöz képest sokat kell enniük, mert könnyen és gyorsan letudjá mozogni. (De ez eltérő lehet a kutyák személyíségétől) A schnauzerek inteligens kutyák ezért könnyen taníthatóak.

Ezeknek az édes kiskutyáknak lehet szív vagy szem betegségük 😦 , de ami a legfontosabb, hogy nagy tér ell nekik, mert nagyon energikusak. Ezek a kutyák nagyon édesek, szeretnivalóal, játékosak, és nagyon szeretik a társaságot. Kisgyerekeknek remek karácsonyi ajándék 😉 . (Én nagyon örülnék egynek. Ha szeretnétek megmondom a címemet 😀 )

Köszi, hogy olvastátok, remélem meg lett gondolva a kutya választás!

Csövi 😀 😉

Hunting Dogs

20 Feb

When history was going threw the time where people where hunting for food, or just to have „fun”, they had a helpful loyal partner, the hunter dog. This honor was only for people who had money, good house, good garden, good job… But the people who didn’t have these needs were strictly prohibited from having one of these rare breeds!

For breeds who are needed in water, need to have rich, waterproof coat. There are plenty of hunter dogs on the planet, and each of them hunt in a different kind of way: For instance, the pointer when he sees the animal, stands like a statue, and lifts one of his front legs. The setters act very similary, only they „kneel down”, or take a running position in case the animal starts running. Some hunting dog chases the animal right to his person. Like the Terrier or some Pointers.

The hunting dog was the first dog breed ever, that is why you can train any dog into being a hunting dog. The people have big use for hunting dogs, in fact a hunter can’t work without one! They use it for either looking for animal, in the sky or the ground (there are different dogs for that too! 😀 ), or tracking down the dead one, and NOT eating it 😀 !

You know, I have ceveral hunter friends, and it’s hard work! They’re the one, who told me, that a hunter can NOT work without a loyal, well trained hunting dog. So, we bought a german small dog, to be honest, I don’t know it’s breed in english, but I know it in german: Dachshund, and it was my step-brothers job to train it. And it was horror 😀 ! Eventually, he gave up on him, and because of that, he’s still really annoying! It’s like a puppy, it’s hiperactive… And it’s 2 years old! That wasn’t a good choice, but we love him! So be sure to raise your dog wisely, esspecially when it comes to raising a hunting dog!

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