Friday, February 24, 2012

Purebred Breeders presents the Dogs of Mardi Gras

Purebred Breeders can vouch for dogs loving to be a part of our lives and the holidays are no different. Mardi Gras is officially over but the one thing you may not know about the holiday is that dogs have a lot of fun partying too.

On Saturday, February 18, Passion for Pets, a pet store in Newton, Kansas hosted a Mardi Gras party for dogs, where the canine attendees claimed their beads, shared treats and celebrated the festival. The experience is great for dogs and a good opportunity to practice their socialization skills, just be sure that your dog is fully vaccinated before bringing him or her to other dog events.

In Sandestin, Florida, on Sunday, they held their 9th annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade, where more than 50 dogs participated. Many of the dogs were costumed in everything from lifeguard outfits, swimwear and surfboards to match this year’s theme of “Cruising Canines: Fetch a Wave.” The judges graded the dogs based on personality, theme and other criteria. The star of the parade, Brody, a Westie sat completely costumed in a remote-controlled car that drove through the parade.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Purebred Breeders: Can your dog be a therapy dog?

Purebred Breeders:  Can your dog be a therapy dog?

Your dog makes a big impact in your life but does your dog have the potential to help others as well?  Purebred Breeders knows that dogs have many benefits to their dog owners apart from being adorable companions.  Being a therapy dog is great, for both your dog and for the patients whose lives will be impacted by their presence.  Therapy dogs can be separated into two categories of what they do, this helps to better define which you think would be better for your dog.  

There are some requirements that a dog needs to meet before it can become a therapy dog.  For starters the dog should be well-behaved and obedience trained.  The dog should be well-socialized as it will be interacting with different people constantly.  Part of their training will be to get accustomed to being around wheelchairs and medical equipment as well.

Animal-assisted activities

This includes visits to nursing home or hospital wards and interacting with the patients.  Purebred Breeders and dog owners alike know that dogs can bring happiness to their owners and they have this same effect on medical patients as well.  They can be involved in group activities or spend time with the patients individually contributing to ‘quality of life’ benefits.  

Animal-assisted therapy

Animal-assisted therapy is when the dogs are part of a formal treatment program.  This can include anything from helping with a physical, speech or cognitive impairment. 
After your dog undergoes evaluation, training and certification, you can find volunteer opportunities for your dog or have your dog join a therapy program.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Purebred Breeders: Do-It-Yourself projects for dog owners!

With the economic downturn, more dog owners are looking for DIY solutions for their pets.  If you’re looking to lead a healthy and more frugal life with your family, four-legged friends included, Purebred Breeders scoured the Internet and found some of these helpful tutorials for dog owners:

Having a puppy or dog with special needs can take a toll of the family, both emotionally and financially.  Being able to provide our disabled pets with the life they deserve can often prove to be too much for the family.  These dogs can end up in shelters and are likely to be euthanized as they might be considered unadoptable.  With this tutorial you can build your own wheelchair for your dog, allowing it to be content and active once more:

Purebred Breeders found this helpful do-it-yourself tutorial also for those dog owners that love convenience.  If you’re an active dog owner, you may run into the occasion where you’re going on a hike, a run, or you’re out with your dog at a park and your dog is extremely thirsty, but you don’t have a dog bowl.  Maybe you’re a social butterfly and when you bring dog along to a restaurant or a friend’s home, there’s isn't a bowl for them nearby.  Well this tutorial allows you to create a collapsible travel dish for your dog, you can then fill it with food or water according to your needs.

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