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.

 

By Natalie Gomez on Feb 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm 0 Comments
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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.  

 

By Natalie Gomez on Feb 11, 2014 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
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While some dog owners are content with feeding their pets generic kibble, this diet doesn't always provide proper nutrition. Dogs need a variety of nutrients, much like their human caretakers. An improperly balanced diet can cause problems ranging from lackluster fur, to life-threatening undernourishment. Certain foods can be added to your dog’s diet to prevent these ailments. The amount of these foods varies with each dog, so consult your vet before making any dietary changes.

Dog Diet

Bagged Food

Always look at the label. Any product that uses cornmeal as its base, isn't a good choice. Dogs don’t naturally consume a high amount of grains, so it doesn't make much sense to base their diet around them. Select a food that is made of a protein like chicken or beef instead. It is best to choose a pre-prepared food that is well balanced. Other nutritious foods can be added later if needed. 

Protein

Protein is the building block for your pet's muscles. As such, it is vital for dogs to have the proper amount of protein. Weak muscles and skin problems are often a sign that your dog needs more protein in its diet. Fish, eggs, chicken, and beef all help alleviate protein deficiency.

Fat

Be aware of the fat content. Too much can cause liver problems, and too little can cause skin issues. If you find your pet's skin is flaky and dry it may be time to think about adding more fat to their diet. 10% -15% is the recommended range.

Grains

Grains should not make up the majority of a dog’s diet, but they may still be included. Grains are a good source of carbohydrates. Some may argue that they cause digestive problems, but the inclusion of grains is up to you. Monitor your pet for gluten allergies if you switch their food. These allergies are relatively rare, but it never hurts to be alert. Talk to your vet if your dog becomes itchy as this may indicate an allergy. 

Raw Food

Raw diets are based on the idea of a dog’s diet in nature. Meat and vegetables comprise the majority of raw diets. With a raw diet, there is less room for fillers like cornmeal. Purchasing raw food from a reputable sourcemaximizes the benefits of a raw diet. Many users report a shinier coat and overall improved health when they switch to a raw diet.

Whichever food you choose, make the appropriate adjustments for your pet. Good nutrition is the first step in ensuring the extended health of your four legged friend.

 

Brooke Chaplan is a writer and blogger from Los Lunas, NM. She loves to run, hike and bike and you can contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan. For more information on raw food diets visit rawpetfood.com.
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