Saturday, 31 August 2013

A bubble bath day ;-)

Ok, so I have just bathed my dog:-) I used a sample purple shampoo given by my dog hairdresser. This violet shampoo removes the stains from her grey hair. There are also such shampoos for women, who dye their hair blond, to get rid of the unattractive yellowish shade. Yorkshire Terriers need regular bathing to keep them looking good. I try to bathe her at least twice a month, but once a week is recommendable. When you bathe a Yorkie you should be careful and try not to apply shampoo directly on the coat, I believe this can cause some irritation, it is always better to dilute shampoo in your hands or in a basin. Check the temperature of water with your hand/arm, it should be warm, but not hot!
Instead of rubbing the hair in circles, use your fingertips to clean down to the skin, then hold a section of hair between your hands and slide out from the body to the end of the hair, bringing the shampoo along the hair.
Rinsing is also very important, you should do this carefully in order to avoid troublesome skin soreness:
Any soap left on the dog will dry the skin and coat and cause irritation. Be sure you thoroughly rinse the belly and between the legs.
At the end simply wrap your dog in a towel:-)
You can use a regular hair dryer if it has a low-heat setting.
However, when it is warm like today, I prefer her hair to dry naturally. Here you will find some advice on how to bathe a Yorkie puppy: Here a good Youtube video How to bathe a Yorkie Here another Youtube video:Bathing Orius Maybe I should also make a video? :-)

me and my dog on a walk - finally it is Saturday!

Hi, I am very happy that the weekend has begun. Weather is awesome today, very sunny! Today it is also a bath day for my dog. I do not have special products for hair/coat care, apart from *mink spray conditioner (however, as it is not an eco-friendly product I am not fully convinced to use it) *coconut oil *chamomile tea for dark tear stains Chamomile tea is a natural antiseptic common in eye cleansing formulas However, I have noticed recently that the quality of her coat has improved. I am very pleased about this. Below some pics of her, her hair seems a bit greasy cause I had applied some coconut oil before - after the bath this sensation will disappear.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Dogs and avocado

My dog likes to eat various vegetables and fruit. She likes strange things as for a dog (are all Yorkies like that?) While carrots are ok, avocado (Persea americana) is a forbidden fruit. Daily Puppy online:
Some people foods have no effect on dogs, while others like avocado, can have some adverse reactions to your little guy.
Pet Poison Helpline online stresses the potential consequences of eating an avocado by our furry friend; Common signs to watch for in dogs and cats include: *Vomiting *Diarrhea *Lack of stool production. Those symptoms appear, as avocado contains a toxin called persin. While level of toxicity of avocado in dogs is relatively low, if you suspect that your pet suffers from avocado poisoning, call your vet or Pet Poison Helpline as soon as possible for treatment advice. Avocado is not poisonous to humans. Below photos of an avocado fruit and Pippi portrayed while playing with it. She was closely supervised, do not try this at home ;-)

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Yorkie on a bus - travelling with your dog

I've wanted to have a small dog, mainly because I live in a big city. Sometimes I use public transport and travelling by bus with a larger dog would be quite difficult (but of course it is also possible!)
Yorkies usually fit within the weight restrictions placed on pets. They're also usually less expensive to board than larger dogs.
I enjoy travelling, I also travel by plane quite often. Yorkshire Terriers are indeed easy to travel with. Soon, I will write posts about Yorkies on a plane and how to get a passport for your dog (EU Pet Passport and US regulations). Now I will present you, as examples, the regulations for New York and London :-) New York, USA New York Times
Technically, any dog is allowed on public transportation in the city as long it is “enclosed in a container and carried in a manner which would not annoy other passengers.” If your dog is small enough to fit in a carrier that you can hold on your lap, you are all set. Cabs are likely to pick you up without a problem, too. (Nadia Zonis, the author of “City Walks With Dogs: New York,” responds to readers)
London, UK Transport for London website
You can also travel with any other dog or domestic animal, unless there is a good reason for us to refuse it (such as if the animal seems dangerous or is likely to upset other customers). You must keep it under control on a lead or in a suitable container, and must not allow it on a seat. Staff can't take charge of any animal. You must carry animals on moving escalators or through automatic ticket gates.
My dog is really calm while on a bus, I must only admit that some people think she is very sweet and she attracts too much attention, and this is the reason why travelling with her by car is better :-) While reading on the subject I also came across 10 Cities (in US) With Small Dog-friendly Transportation according to Animal Planet :-) click to learn more and check the text out! 12-174 A pair of New York 'bendy buses' at South Ferry Station London

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Coconut Oil - for you and also for your dog

I am very much interested in a healthy lifestyle and natural cosmetics. Mother Nature knows best when it comes to cosmetics, I don't like chemical additives, this is also because I am allergic to them.
Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). It has various applications in food, medicine, and industry. Because of its high saturated fat content it is slow to oxidize and, thus, resistant to rancidification, lasting up to two years without spoiling.[1]
(Source Wikipedia) Coconut oil can be used in your kitchen, click here to find recipes Free Coconut Recipes, and also as a cosmetic for beautiful hair and glowing skin; According to Kitchen Cosmetics website, coconut oil: *Stimulates hair growth *Smoothens the skin *Treats damaged skin. Why don't you introduce it to also to your dog? It can be used as a dietary supplement for dogs, on Yorkie I have read about the multiple benefits of the coconut oil and I also decided tio give it a try, users of this portal put also some coconut oil in their dogs' hair, cause it keeps it from getting tangled and it doesn't dry the skin out (like some other conditioners do). As we can read on the website Dogs Naturally it helps dogs with: *Skin Conditions *Digestion *Immune System, Metabolic Function, Bone Health. I have now just opened my coconut oil jar and the smell is.... mmmmmmm delicious!
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Coconut oil can also come in a bigger jar Coconut (halved)

My dog rolling in grass

My dog flips over on her back and rolls around in the grass when we go for a walk. Look at the photos below. Hilarious, aren't they? Are you maybe curious why do dogs actually do this? I was curious myself and I have just checked it Wiki Answers; dogs roll over because of their instict
Wolves, in the wild, would roll around in the grass - or poop of the animal or creature they are hunting - to partially cover their scent, making it easier for them to approach the prey that they are after, and for them to get closer to them or it before it or them notices (...)Another logical answer would be because it feels good. The good green grass is usually, for the most part, cool and slick. Another concluding answer is because they are expressing their joy, happiness, and playfulness.
Yes, the truth is that our furry friends don't need to catch their prey, but the blood of their ancestors - wolves is still flowing in their veins. My dog always looks happy when rolling on her back, I don't mind her doing this, as long as the grass looks clean and well-trimmed .... and of this I can be sure only in my own garden :-)

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Chew toys for dogs

Why is chewing very important for your dog? *it is necessary for oral health *it is also crucial for mental health of our dog *it keeps your dogs' teeth clean *it keeps your dog busy – by giving your dog a chew toy you will avoid destruction at your home :-) Chew toys are really cheap and easy to buy, available at any pet store/shop. When I have trouble with Pippi's behaviour I simply give her a little chew toy (she is a small dog, so I also buy rather small chew toys). While my dog is occupied with a chew toy I can concentrate on other things, for example read a book. As you all know Yorkshire Terriers are spirited and energetic – they like to have things, which keep them busy. Today when I was buying chew toys (which I post below) I asked about them the shop assistant. He told me that they are made of a layer of skin that comes from cattle. As for colouring, it is also natural (I was afraid that they are artitical food colourants and they are unhealthy). For example, red colour comes from beet-roots. Now I am observing my dog chewing on one of the toys and she looks really busy! Here is a website where you can read about DIY Food Colouring - it is useful to know, cause natural things are healthy - click here And this link click here will lead you to chew toys comparison, a useful thing to have a look at.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Yorkies and chocolate

I have published some posts on food suitable for dogs. However, there are some foods which dogs should not eat. It seems to me that a Yorkshire Terrier has got more sensitive stomach than other dogs, I speak from my own experience, as my previous dog -mixed with Border Collie seemed to tolerate more kinds of food. Nonetheless, with all kinds of dogs the important thing is to avoid food, which is salty, sweet (high in sugar content), or fatty. I think I do not have to emphasise the importance of keeping your dog fit. Fatty food can lead to dogs' obesity. What is on a dangerous foods for dogs list? Of course chocolate. I love eating chocolate but I never offer my dog even a square of chocolate. „Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, both stimulants, that can affect your Dog very seriously.  It can cause problems with the nervous system and the heart.  White chocolate contains the least toxic elements and Cocoa beans the most toxic.” As you can see the problems can be really serious. Those stimulants, which are safe for humans are perilous when a piece of chocolate is consumed by a dog. „The Theobromine can build up until it reaches toxic levels in your Dog and can result in death.  Bear in mind that the smaller the Dog, the less it will need to eat before symptoms occur.  Chocolate can be very toxic to Dogs so avoid  it as much as possible.” Well, now I understand – maybe it is not only about a delicate stomach, but also about the size of a dog. Yorkies are small, and therefore more affected by dangerous ingredients in chocolate. More you can read on the Three Dog Blog Chocolate given to a dog can cause throwing up, diarrhea and be also toxic to the heart and nervous systems. I don't even let my dog lick the chocolate icing, after reading all the above given information. Yorkie owners should be especially more careful !
Moonstruck chocolatesthis is dangerous to your dog

Top knot and bangs

Fringe of Yorkies demands special care. When my Yorkie was a little puppy, she had short dark brown hair. Later her coat has changed to silver grey. I had some problems with her bangs falling down to her eyes in this "transition" period. The hair above her eyes was too short to use hairslide and fringe was covering eyes of my puppy. I must admit, this looked a bit hilarious! I had no other option but to wait for her hair to grow longer. It has taken some time, but now I am able to do a top knot and I am happy about it :-D Here is a short video on how to make a top knot: Click here to watch a nice video I still wait for her hair to grow longer to make her look similar to a dog presented in this picture! The Yorkshire Terrier of show classmy dream is to have a dog with silky and well-groomed hair but it requires daily beauty regime As we can read on E-How
If you own a Yorkshire terrier, you must learn, in particular, how to take care of the hair around the dog's eyes. This is not only for aesthetic reasons, but for your Yorkie's health as well. Stray hairs may get into its eyes, causing potential irritation or even infection.
I agree, this is not only to keep our dog looking good, by caring about its hair we avoid troublesome eye irritation:-)

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Natural treats

Modern Dog Magazine online gives us insight into a healthy dog diet. As I am generally interested in diets and healthy lifestyle, I found this article particularly interesting. It takes only 5 minutes to prepare! What is actually a "sweet potato" ? Definition here Sweet potatoes, also called Ipomoea batatas are rich in "complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, beta-carotene (a provitamin A carotenoid), vitamin C,[dubious – discuss] vitamin B6, manganese and potassium." By preparing sweet potatoes for your Yorkshire Terrier or any other dog, that you have you can be sure that it is healthy and no preservatives or substances enhancing the taste are added. I like things which are simple and easy to prepare. Sweet PotatoesSweet potatoes can be cultivated in many farming conditions and do not have many natural enemies, that is why pesticides are seldom needed- less chemistry means that they are more healthy

My clicker for dog training

My clicker has finally arrived in the post, below some pictures, this is how a clicker looks like:-) it is small and you use it by simply pressing it. This is used to train dogs by positive reinforcement (some psychology :-) B. F. Skinner (March 20, 1904 – August 18, 1990) was an American psychologist, behaviorist, author, inventor, and social philosopher and he first described this type of conditioning (source Wikipedia). Ok, but now leaving psychology apart, how to use it? The website Wiki-How will tell us on this website you will find training instructions with some pictures. Training your dog can be fun! It takes some effort for sure, but if you hope that your dog's manners will improve without your effort, then you are not correct.

How to take a photo of your dog?

I love to take photos, I snap photos everyday and of course my dog has been the main subject of my photographs. I am not satisfied with all Pippi's pics. Some of them are blurry. She is a very energetic and fast dog, and she changes her position all the time. When I think it is just the right moment to press the shutter she moves suddenly and the photo becomes blurry. To take a really good photo of your dog you will need a digital camera (I use Olympus E420) and I simply change the lenses, choosing from five, which I have. This is a blog about dogs, not about photography so I would like to present some useful tips for taking a photo, even if you don't have a good or professional camera. Tips from my own experience include: 1)choose the right/nice background for your photo I like when the background colour contrats with the fur of my dog She has light grey fur and it looks nice with blue colour in the background. Dogs always look good surrounded by nature, but you can also take a photo where some nice furniture creates the background 2) be prepared to reward your dog with some treats 3) use some nice toys and colourful pieces of material 4) ask for help – one person, your assisstant :-), can gently hold a dog, or hold a treat lifted above dog's head – this is the right moment to capture. Dogs, especially Yorkies need some help to concentarte ;-) 5) don't let your photoshoots last for too long, 10 minutes is enough, you don't want to get yor dog tired, right? Dogs' concentration span is short. 6) Don't use flash! Wait for the natutral light. Dogs hate flashes and apart from that, it makes all the colours look unrealistic 7) be prepared to take many photos, sometimes the best photos are taken „by accident” 8) take your camera or be prepared to use iphone/smartphone during a walk 9) capture the moments when your dog is relaxed, for example during the play with other dogs 10) edit your photos! at the end you can play a bit and edit your photo with using various filtres or maybe you would like to familiarize yourself with Photoshop? 11) Share your photos with others on Yorkshire Terrier forums or other social network websites For more tips, click here
below an example of a bit blurry photo

My new metal comb :-)

My Yorkie's hairdresser has told me recently that for the hair around her muzzle I will need a metal comb, as the pin brush that I have (I posted some photos of it on my blog) is not suitable for her muzzle. Here is some advice on how to use a metal comb, source click here to find out more
The best comb to use on a Yorkshire terrier is a sturdy metal comb that has long teeth. This comb should be used to help work out any of the tangles or mats in the dog’s coat. Use your fingers and the comb to pull apart the matted hair without ripping your dog’s hair. Apply a dog detangle product or conditioner to these matted areas to help get the mats and tangles out without damaging the hair. If you can not take the mat out you will have to cut it out or cut out part of the knot to make it easier to take out the rest of the knot out. After brushing your Yorkie you should always comb your dog.
Grooming the muzzle must always be done carefully and gently in order not to pull the dog's hair or not to cause pain. Use some treats/snacks during daily grooming to encourage cooperation ;-p Below photos of my new metal comb :-) Such combs are available online or in most pet shops/stores. I am faithful to one brand, but maybe now I will not mention its name. Whatever the brand pay attention to the appearance of accessories, they should look durable and speaking from my experience, it is not good to choose the cheapest one.

How to take care of your Yorkie's eyes

When I got my Yorkie in March this year, I was told that this dog requires special care Among many things which I have to do is special eye care. Yorkies have got eye-discharge (sometimes called „sleepers'), which has to be removed on a daily basis in order to avoid eye inflammation/ infection. To remove the discharge I use normal ccotton pads, which can be bought in any supermarket. I use some clean tap-water, but if you are not sure if your running water is pure enough, simply use some cooled-off boiled water. I am always careful to soak a cotton pad with some cool water (not too hot and not too cold), as the area around the eyes is always sensitive. When Pippi was a puppy she was running away from me each time I tried this daily eye-care routine, but now she has got used to this. I gently hold her head and remove the discharge moving the soaked pad in a downward direction in the internal corners of her eyes. I hope this is clear :-) It is also possible to order online special eye wipes for dogs „gentle pre-moistened cleaning wipes with soothing formula” Well, I have never tried. Maybe I will try and then report on it. An interesting article about Yorkshire Terriers and eye-discharge: Sometimes it can happen that tears cause some stains and here it is explained how to remove them:

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Dog in your bed and the "down" command :-)

Hi, I was not present for 4 days and I didn't share new posts on my blog because I was on holiday. Pippi was with my family, while I was enjoying my days-off work. Thank you for so many views I have had till now (1077). I have many ideas and many photos of my dog, which I would like to share. Today I would like to write about a very common problem – a dog in a bed :-) who has not faced this situation? I think that most of our four-legged friends enjoy to lie under our comforter/ duvet. Mine, definitely, loves it! Yes.... but it is not really a place for a dog. Is it? If you are ok with it, it is just fine, but you have to be aware of that if you approve of your dog sleeping in your bed later it will be very hard to tell your companion that you don't want it. Naturally, the dog will learn that this is its right place to sleep. I have made a small mistake and I allowed her to sleep in my bed when she was a small puppy. Now she doesn't understand that she has got her own bed for dogs:-) I will post a photo of it in the morning because now it is a bit dark to capture. I want to teach her that she has got her own bed, but at the same time I don't want to make her feel rejected. Well, as she was a little puppy she was whining and I thought that this is a good idea to hug her a bit and allow her in my bed. However, now she thinks this is HER place. I have decided to make some research on the subject. „Never as a Puppy If you're dealing with a canine stuck in the crazy stage known as puppyhood, his butt needs to remain in a crate next to your bed. Youngsters need structure and a list of house rules they must respect. After they earn your trust, you can begin relaxing those rules, but for the first few months, you've got to lay down the law. Beyond that reason, puppies also have accidents occasionally, even those that are housetrained but still in that stage where they can't hold their bladder for long periods of time. Also, at around 3 or 4 months of age, his adult teeth start moving in, which turns him into a biting and chewing fiend. Toys and playtime can discourage destructive biting, but it's better to play it safe and keep that gnawing mouth of his off your bed.” click here to read more So, as I have written above... remember about this rule, especially, during Housebreaking/ House-training. If your furry friend is an adolescent or an adult dog you can offer it a bed but you have to teach it a „down” command. This seem clear, isn't it? Now, as I have disobeyed the above-mentioned rule, I have a difficult task to do – to correct my dog's behaviour. The first step will be to teach her this „down” command. It seems a very hard thing to do. My clicker has finally arrived and I have all the necessary treats she enjoys so much. How to teach this command?? Simply call your puppy onto the bed. Grab some favourite treats and hold one of them in your hand say "Down," and doing this walk away from your bed. When your dog will jump down give it a treat and pay much attention to this good behaviour – in this way you will reinforce the desired effect. Repeat this several times. Divide your training sessions into 5 minutes blocks, repeat them regularly and gradually try to withdraw treats, when you will observe that your dog knows what you expect from it. The two articles, which I find interesting on the subject are: 1) 2)
my dog loves to lie in my bed
pictured here as a small puppy
I tried to teach Pippi to sleep in her own bed but later I gave up :-)

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

A harness is the only choice for your Yorkie

A harness is an alternative to a collar and it should be used when you have a Yorkie or other small dog. Why harness? Yorkies are susceptible to tracheal collapse, when they are on a lead with collar they often choke. My harness is a bit too large and it needs customising. In this version of harness you put the legs of the dog through it and you do it up at the top of it (at the dog's back). Benefits of a harness include that they are safe for dogs prone to to medical conditions such as spinal or tracheal issues, they are very comfortable and appropriate for small dogs like Yorkshire Terriers. Also, when you see that your dog is in danger you can safely and quickly take it up by gently lifting it.
this harness is durable and looks nice