Dogs serve a variety of purposes. Since ancient times, dogs have been hunters, herders, and guardians of property and people. Those looking for great guardian dogs have a number of breeds to choose from. There are five breeds that are truly outstanding for any guarding purpose.

Rottweiler

Rottweiler

Rottweilers have developed a reputation as unpredictable dogs. However, a well-bred Rottweiler is a tremendous friend, companion, and guard dog. Rottweilers make great property protectors. They have a tremendous sense of what space belongs to them, and they will not let anyone they are unfamiliar with, come into their space. The Rottweiler's size will make any burglar think twice about entering an area protected by one.

German Shepherd

German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is probably the best all-around guard and protection dog in the world. They are completely devoted and loyal to their owners and their family. German Shepherds are easily trained for almost any purpose. These dogs are especially suited to guarding people, and they are regularly trained as personal protection dogs.

Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff

The Bullmastiff originated as a cross between a Bulldog and an English Mastiff. They were originally used as a gamekeeper's watchdog. The Bullmastiff would patrol a property at night in search of poachers. When a poacher was spotted, the Bullmastiff would knock the poacher to the ground and keep him down until the gamekeeper could arrive. Bullmastiffs are too powerful for the average person to fight off. They require a great deal of training so as not to become too aggressive with members of the family. The Bullmastiff would make a great guard dog on a gated estate.

Anatolian Shepherd

Anatolian Shepherd

The Anatolian Shepherd has been used for centuries to protect livestock in its native land of Turkey. These often 160 pound dogs will give their lives for the flock they are guarding. In recent years, farmers in Namibia have used Anatolian shepherds to protect herds from cheetah predation. The Anatolian shepherd is a superb livestock guardian, and can serve well in a family guardianship role.

Pitbull

Pitbull

Pitbulls are unfortunately much used in illegal dog fighting. If trained and bred properly, the pitbull can be used as a guard dog for the family. Because of their fearsome reputation, pitbulls are a deterrent to thieves and criminals. Pitbulls come in variety of colors, and there may be blue pitbull puppies for sale locally.

A guard dog has a special responsibility. These five breeds are more than capable of fulfilling the task and becoming a longtime member of the family.

 

Brooke ChaplanBrooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She has lived and worked in her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico after her graduation from the University of New Mexico. While researching guard dogs she was able to find blue pitbull puppies for sale online, and German Shepherds available locally. Contact her via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

 

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Pets aren't just animals. They are a part of the family. You want your family members to thrive, so you have to make sure you do everything you can to give your pets long, happy lives. There are some simple tips you can follow to ensure that your pets live their lives to the fullest.

4 Ways To Give Your Pet A Long and Happy Life

Use Premium Food

Analyze the ingredients before buying pet food. Ingredients are listed by their precooking weights, starting with the heaviest and going down to the lightest. Choose foods that have an animal based protein near the top of the list. Do not choose foods that list meat by-products as one of the first ingredients.

Stimulate the Animal

Animals need stimulation to be happy and healthy. That means you need to set aside some time each day to play with your pets. Taking walks are playing with toys are both excellent ways to stimulate your pets. Also, be sure to spend some time petting your animals. That will make them feel happy and secure.

Get Your Animal Spayed or Neutered

Unneutered animals are more likely to roam, which means they are more likely to get hit by cars. They are also more likely to have health issues, such as cancer. These health issues lead to shortened life spans. In fact, a report published in USA Today (May 7, 2013) stated that neutered dogs typically live 18% longer than their unneutered counterparts. Spayed dogs live an average of 23% longer when compared to dogs that have not been spayed. You can get your animal spayed at one of the Toronto or local veterinary clinics or animal hospitals.

Get Regular Checkups

According to the Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic, regular checkups are essential if you are going to have healthy and happy pets. Your vet will give your pets their annual shots, monitor their weight, and check their teeth. Your veterinarian will also look for signs of diseases or other issues. This will allow you to catch any problems early. That will make it easier for you to keep your pets healthy for the long run.

Your pets depend on you. They need you to keep them healthy and happy. They don’t ask for much, but they do need good vet care, healthy food and some stimulation. They also need to be spayed or neutered. If you can give your pets those things, you will likely have animal companions for a very long time. 

 

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Savannah Coulsen is a freelance writer. She lives in Raleigh. Savannah loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah also loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru.  

 

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With this winter becoming harsher, dogs with arthritis take the worst hit. Cold and damp winter weather can leave them vulnerable to severe pain in joints and inflammation, especially the older pets.

One in five dogs over the age of 7 has arthritis. Over millions of dogs and cats, in the U.S. alone, are suffering from this joint degenerative disease. Arthritis in dogs and cats is one of the most common problems in older pets.

Symptoms of arthritis become more noticeable as your pet ages and especially when the weather is cold. Reluctance in getting up, sleeping more, decrease in appetite, trouble in walking, running and climbing stairs and, limping, are some of the most prevalent symptoms seen in pets.  

Sleeping Dog

If you find any of these symptoms in your pet, it is time to get involved in taking more care of your pet.   

Proper Care

During winter, especially when the temperatures fall too low, it is important to take proper care of your pet, which is suffering from arthritis. Taking care of these small things will help you provide warmth and comfort to the aching joints of your dog and cat.

  • Provide adequate warmth to your pet.
  • Feed them nutritional food that provides good energy.
  • Make sure to keep them near the hearth so that your pet gets a proper amount of heat, but be careful that it is not too near to the fire.
  • Provide strong and warm bedding to snuggle at night.
  • You can also cover them up with warm clothes that are specially made for pets.
  • Keep them indoors as this will keep them warm and comfortable.
  • If keeping indoors is not possible, provide proper cover so that your pet is safe and warm in the harsh cold weather.                

Modify Your Home

With an arthritic pet at home, it becomes essential to make little changes in your house to make it easier for them to get around.

  • For easy movement of your pet suffering with pain, remove all unwanted things from the passage, where your dog usually moves.
  • Moving upstairs and downstairs is painful for pets, especially when the temperature outside is below normal. Provide a portable pet ramp to move upstairs and downstairs.
  • You can even buy special pet stairs that help your pet in moving around different stories of your house.
  • You can also prepare special ramps for getting them on furniture easily. 
  • Locate a warm place in your house, which is free from direct drafts. If any unwanted furniture or old thing is currently placed there, remove it and provide this area to your pet for sleeping at night.
  • Arthritic cats and dogs feel uncomfortable sleeping on hard, cold surfaces. You can provide an orthopedic bed to your pet, which is available for elderly and afflicted canines and felines.

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Special Recommendations

Apart from considering the above things, here are some recommendations that can help you to reduce pain in your pet suffering with arthritis.

  • You can ease the arthritic pain in your pet by keeping his weight in check. Take care that they are not overweight.
  • Provide regular exercise that can ease pain.
  • See that you are not forcing them to do any strenuous exercise, which can worsen the situation.
  • Take them for regular walks, as it is beneficial and helpful in maintaining flexibility and mobility.
  • Regular massaging during the cold months can provide huge relief and comfort to their aging and aching joints.
  • An occasional visit to a vet helps your pets stay healthy and fight arthritis.  

As a pet owner, you have to take proper care of your pets especially when they have painful joints and inflammation. More importantly during cold weather, it becomes crucial that you provide more care and affection, which will help provide your dog relief from the painful arthritis.

 

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Nelly is a content manager at Budgetpetcare which is one of the trusted names to buy dog and cat supplies at affordable rates online. She is an owner of 2 pets and she mostly shares all pet health related tips and all the fun with her pets on Budgetpetcare blog. To know more about Nelly’s bond with pets visit, http://www.budgetpetcare.com/blog/

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