Should you Breed your Dog? To be a responsible breeder, consider every aspect before proceeding. For the best experience, remember that every dog has physical and emotional needs. Also realize that If you are going to breed, it should only be done for the right reasons. The best reason to breed your dog is to promote a particular breed. There are plenty of mixed breed dogs in the world, and breeding should only be done after careful consideration and discussion with experienced breeders. Only top quality members of a breed should be used. You should also make sure you have homes for all the potential puppies, even before breeding.
If, after plenty of soul searching, you have decided to breed your dog, remember that giving away those puppies can be difficult. Not everyone will provide a suitable home. You will need to interview prospective buyers and ask them about the purpose of having the dog, the set-up for the dog, their lifestyle (for instance, if they travel a lot, who will be the caretaker) and whether they have the time, patience and tools to care for their new family member properly. If the answers tell you that this person is a suitable mama/papa, a new home is found. If not, you will have to turn down the sale regardless how much money is involved. Remember no one can decide whether or not to breed your dog but you. After much consideration, you should make the best decision for your family and for your dog.
Clipping your Dogs toenails: When you hear the telltale "click-click-click" as your dog walks across the tile floor, you know it's that time again - time to trim the toenails. Trimming your dog's nails is not just a part of grooming; it's important for your pet's health as well. You should remember that untrimmed nails can cause a variety of problems including broken nails, which are painful and can bleed profusely. Before you start clipping, determine how much needs to be trimmed. The basic rule of thumb is that the nail, which curls downward, should be even with the paw pad. Whatever hangs over must be clipped. PROCEDURE: Using a nail trimmer for pets, cut the nail below the quick on a 45-degree angle, with the cutting end of the nail clipper toward the end of the nail. In dogs with dark nails, make several small nips with the clippers instead of one larger one. Trim very thin slices off the end of the nail until you see a black dot appear towards the center when you look at it head on. This is the start of the quick that you want to avoid. The good news is that the more diligent you are about trimming, the more the quick will regress into the nail, allowing you to cut shorter each time. Trim nails so that when the animal steps down, nails do not touch the floor.
Should you get another dog? Should you get a "pet" for your pet? This question is often asked of veterinarians, but the answer is not as simple as the question. Many people want to get another pet so the resident dog or cat will have a playmate during working hours. The intentions are noble but sometimes they are done out of guilt and not in the best interest of the pet. In many ways, pets are like people; just putting two together does not mean they'll get along. Cats are especially territorial and not prone to welcoming newcomers. This isn't to say that all cats will hate a fresh companion. Cats that have been socialized with other kittens when young will more likely accept another cat or even a small puppy. Incidentally, don't get a "playmate" for your cat in the form of an animal that she considers prey. Getting a bird or hamster for your cat will very likely result in tragedy. The same goes for dogs. You should be selective in what sort of playmate your dog may enjoy - if he needs one at all. A dog tends to be more accepting, but remember - they are very hierarchal. A dominant dog may try to usurp the resident dog's position. If both are dominant, they may fight it out. The best solution is to avoid the problem in the first place by getting two pets at the same time, while both are kittens or puppies. They'll grow up with each other and consider all of you to be one big family.