Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Dog Health Certificate Form

George asks…

What are the best dogs for seniors?

My grandpa wants a dog. He wants a medium to large sized dog that doesn’t need much exercise. He wants it to be almost like a family pet just for him. The dog should not shed much and should be a real friend. Any suggestions on what type of dog he should get. Thanks!
The budget is 1000 dollars per year and please give a explanation why you think so.

Yahoo Answers answers:

Go to the library or the book store & look for books on choosing the right breed. A sample would be THE PERFECT MATCH: A DOG BUYER’S GUIDE by Chris Walkowicz, but there are others. Read each one with a pad & a pen, write down breeds that interest you & why. With the next book, check those breeds when you get to them & make sure any new information is incorporated.

Eventually you’ll have a “short list.” Go to & click through to the national breed clubs & read up on your breeds in more detail. Libraries and bookstores also carry single breed books, such as Paul Stang’s COMPLETE BOOK OF THE GREAT PYRENEES. Read up on your breeds. Shorten your list more.

Go back to & search the events calendar for shows you can attend. There is no substitute for meeting dogs in person. Speak to the owners about their dogs. I’ve found that asking a fancier to talk you out of their breed can be very fruitful, even if you both know it’s just a conversational gimmick. ;)

Eventually, the right breed will be obvious. It may take a while; don’t be impatient: this is rather like adopting a baby. You’re choosing a family member who will be with you & a part of the family for the next decade. Take the time to make sure the choice is the right one.

Now you have to pick a breeder.

Do your research: check out what the breeder(s) you are dealing with are breeding, and how: every breed has a medical challenge or two, & any conscientious breeder is trying to eliminate those challenges from the breed by screening the breeding stock & not using animals that are afflicted or carry the genes for affliction.

Most breeds should have hip x-rays done at age two & sent to OFA for evaluation; only Good or Excellent are suitable for breeding.

Most breeds should have annual eye exams by a certified veterinary ophthamologist, results submitted to CERF for a certificate testifying that the dog is currently showing no signs of the congenital forms of blindness.

Some breeds have ongoing issues with hearing and so a BAER test by the veterinarian is a good idea for Dalmatians and white Boxers, for example.

Each breed’s parent club website will have a health page where they discuss the work they are doing to make their dogs more healthy. Read it & make sure your breeder is working on those issues.

Each breed’s parent club has a Code of Ethics, & most will have a list of breeders who have signed it. I would, personally, confine my puppy hunt to those on that list. There is also a new award at the AKC, the Breeder of Merit list, which is obviously a COE breeder who has excelled over a significant period of time, making tangible contributions to their breed. Puppies from a Merit breeder will be hard to get; one of the ways they earn that award is by spending time on planning & raising each litter.

Don’t pick a breed by how cute the puppies are; dogs grow up fast.

Have fun at the research; it can be a blast. There’s no reason to hurry: you’re considering adopting a personality that will be part of your family for more than a decade. Take some time making sure you’re making the right decision. Remember, once you’ve picked the breed you want, you don’t have to commit to a puppy; sometimes purebred rescue is a great resource for young & mature adults who need homes. Most rescues don’t have facilities & maintain their dogs in foster homes. The fosterers are a great resource for you: they’ll know if the dog is a chicken killer, a couch potato, hates mailmen or kids, whatever, so you can match the dog with your personal circumstances.

Good luck!

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Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Can’t Teach Old Dogs New Tricks

Chris asks…

How do I stop my cockatiel from biting us?

I am a new owner of a 10yr old male cockatiel. I have had him for two months an sence day one he has biten us. He also land on our head and pulls our hair. We dont force him out of his cage or make him go anywhere. He come to us and just bites, he hasn’t broke skin yet but he keeps biting harder. He dose know how to step up, but will bite the entire he is on you r hand. We have gotten to the point that we only use a perch to put him in his cage. We cant use treats to reward good behavoir because he wont eat anything but seed, evrything esle he throws out of his bowl. What can we do? I would really like to live peacefully with him,but we can’t handle his biting, I dont want to get rid of him.

Yahoo Answers answers:

The bird is 10 years old and probably set in his ways… Sometimes we can’t “teach an old dog, new tricks”.

There is one trick i always used with young birds i was taming, and that was:

when the bird bites, quickly raise your free hand with index finger pointed out above his head and say “don’t bite!” firmly but you don’t have to yell.

Your finger will distract the bird and he will likely stop biting for the moment. Just keep doing this when when he bites.

That’s my best advice.

About diet — they need more than seed alone, but if this bird was raised on just seeds it might be difficult to get him to try new things. Dark green leafy vegetables such as endive, romaine lettuce are very good for the bird (regular lettuce has little nutritional value). Shredded carrots and other vegetables in small amounts are good too — keep offering him different things (in very small portions, after all he’s not that big..).

My birds liked eggs too — small bits of cooled scrambled eggs, hard boiled too. And they liked chicken and turkey, believe it or not.

You can give him the “people food” first thing every day and don’t offer seeds for an hour or two. Maybe this will encourage him to try something new? But sometimes, you can’t get them to try anything, especially at his age.

If you offer these things to your bird, and he doesn’t eat them in a few hours, remove them from the cage so they don’t attract flies, or go sour…

I wish you all the best.

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Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Puppy Training Biting

Ruth asks…

What is wrong with my beagle puppy?

My beagle puppy bites my two children. Last night she bite my 4 year old in the face. Does she not like kids? Does she need to be a hunting dog and not a pet? PLEASE HELP.

Yahoo Answers answers:

Hi Heather,
Biting definitely is wrong and you don’t want your children to get nipped too hard and cause injury. When choosing this kind of dog you have to remember what type of personality he has and this type of dogs needs. He is very active and has alot of energy. He is a hunting dog by instinct. Everyday be sure and take this dog for a goooood loooong walk/run. He has tension in his muscles that needs to be released. If he is an indoor dog then he must have this everyday. If you work, you can take him out in the morning (which will help him be relaxed during the day, to not bark, chew up things, etc.) If not, walk him first thing in evening when you come in. Take the kids and work out everyones muscles by a brisk walk for 15 mins. Or so. You’ll find your pet will be much more relaxed and be less aggressive. When he does bite or chew, nip, etc. Immediately, using a deep growly throaty voice say “No” or “Baaa”, then use 2 fingers to push his neck back away from the child. This is what the mother dog would do to correct her baby. She would use her teeth and a deep growl. This only takes a few times to train the dog that this is wrong behavior. If your dog is still overly active and you are busy getting dinner, etc. And can’t stop to train for that moment, don’t ever feel bad about crating the dog for the time. This gives him some “down time” to relax (even if he doesn’t) and some security. Just like your children who need closeness and warmth and less “in your face” activity, this dog too should respond positively to these easy changes. :)

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