Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Huge meadow in the city centre - an ideal place for my dog

Today it's been another busy day. I've bought some snacks for Pippi and a plastic-net muzzle. She loves snacks very much so she started to wiggle her tail as soon as she saw her treats. As for the muzzle she was more surprised, rather than stressed cause of it; however, I am not intending to use it. It is "jus in case" if somebody asks for it on public transport. Some photos of this muzzle will be posted as soon as I take pics, now it is unfortunately dark and in the morning it is also dark. What a depressive geographical zone I live in (that is why I like to travel) I am waiting for the weekend to take my dog to a good place. I think that many cities have such places, where you have large areas of green territory. In NY, USA it is Central Park In my city it is Błonia Well, I know that it is not really comparable to the Central Park, but still it is a vast green area where you can go to have some rest. Błonia is
a vast meadow with an area of 48 hectares directly adjacent to the historic centre of the city of Kraków, Poland
Blonia is a recreation area, frequently hosting large events like concerts and exhibitions. The place is best known for great Masses celebrated by the Pope John Paul II in 1979, 1983, 1987, 1997 and 2002. The Pope Benedict XVI also served the Mass there during his journey to Poland in May 2006. Furthermore, Błonia Park was the location of pop star Celine Dion's concert "Taking Chances" in June 2008
And when there are no masses held, and no concerts are organized it is a perfect place for dogs to run and have fun;-)
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Krakowskie Błonia evrthng in its right place Błonia

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Do I overfeed my dog?

Weather is really changeable here, from very cold days it has changed to almost summer temperature. Pippi likes it a lot; nonetheless she seemed to be tired a bit. Usually she can run very quickly and fast and now she seemed to be fatigued and to need more rest than usual. I hope it is not connected to the fact that she is being overfed. I want her to be fit and in case I give her too much food, I will reduce it. It is easy to not see that our dog is overweight when it is a Yorkie, sometimes I am not sure if her "bigger" appearance is caused by her growing coat or does she have too much fat tissue? Hmmmmm..... http://www.drlianamawer.ca/obesity_overfeeding.html: In pets, as in humans, obesity is a common problem. In the US it is estimated that 25 – 40% of the pet population is obese. (...)at least 70% of pets are overweight or obese. The health issues that are caused by, related to, or worsened by obesity include:
  • diabetes,
  • arthritis,
  • skin problems,
  • respiratory problems,
  • liver disease (cats),
  • worsened fatigue,
  • higher anesthetic risk,
  • unwillingness to eat special diets when they are sick,
  • shortened life span.
That is why I have decied to give my dog smaller portions of food and of course we need to have plenty of movement. I must admit that because days got shorter and colder (in general, today it is warm though) we have started to walk less. My neighbour's dog got obese unnoticeably (also a Yorkie) and I want Pippi to avoid his fate.
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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Yorkshire Terrier and ... a muzzle

I have never considered buying a muzzle for my small Yorkie. I thought it is a ridiculous idea. Such a tiny and friendly dog with a muzzle? However, recently I come to think that I travel a lot and it can be useful. Not reallly to solve her aggressive behaviour, but simply to follow the regulations on public transport and, in our case, to deal with territorial barking. I mentioned the problem of territorial barking in one of my previous posts. Before getting a muzzle you should measure your dog's snout. You can opt for:
  • Wire Basket Dog Muzzle
  • Leather basket muzzle
  • Plastic Basket Dog Muzzle
  • or
  • Nylon Muzzle
http://www.fordogtrainers.com/browseproducts/Yorkshire-Terrier-Wire-Basket-Dog-Muzzles-Size-Chart---Yorkshire-Terrier-muzzle.html
How to measure your dogs snout: Length - measure your dog from his eyes to the tip of his nose. Circumference - measure approximately 1 inch below his eyes around the snout. For small dogs add approximately 1/2 inch to the dogs exact circumference of his snout. For medium dogs add approximately 1inch to 1-1/2 inch to the dogs exact circumference of his snout. For big and large dogs add approximately 1-1/2 inch to 2 inch to the dogs exact circumference of his snout Choose muzzle from sizing chart to fit Yorkshire Terrier breed perfectly
You will find siziing chart by clicking here Topic of muzzles is very wide and there are many issues to think about. When I get a muzzle for my Yorkie, I will let you know, maybe it will happen next week.
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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Territorial barking

As I have mentioned before, there are different types of barking. Today I would like to focus on territorial barking http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/guide/understanding-why-dogs-bark
Territorial/Protective barking: When a person or an animal comes into an area your dog considers his territory, that often triggers excessive barking. As the threat gets closer, the barking often gets louder. Your dog will look alert and even aggressive during this type of barking.
Pippi barks mainly when she tries to protect her territory, certainly she is confused regarding her own territory, cause we live in a big city. I have observed that in a field of grass she feels great, however she gets anxious whenever we are sorrounnded by too many people. And how to handle with this type of barking? Certainly not shouting at your pet.
Shouting stimulates your dog to bark more because he thinks you’re joining in. So the first rule is to speak calmly and firmly, but don’t yell.
Your should tell your dog to be quiet in a calm but firm manner. I usually do this and it helps... a bit.
Because this type of barking (territorial) is often motivated by fear or a perceived threat to their territory or people, it can be lessened by limiting what your dog sees. If he’s in a fenced yard, use solid wood instead of chain fencing. Indoors, limit access to windows and doors or cover them with an opaque film.
Personally, I just try to say "quiet" in a calm but firm voice and I do not limit what my dog sees too much, but if your dog is outdoors and you have a busy neighbourhood this can be of great help! Do you have problems with excessive barking?

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

my dog is like Scooby-Doo

Another warm autumn day has passed. Below Pippi enjoying a daily walk in a nearby park. I regret that days are getting shorter and shorter. It is nice and sunny during the day, but the time passes quickly and early in the evening it is really dark. My dog is afraid of the darkness... She will not walk into the dark areas which are without light and she gets scared easily by some noises in the darkness, she reacts immediately with barking. She resembles me Scooby-Doo a lot. With one big difference of course - she is smaller - she weighs 3kg - 6.61 pound only. I can grab her easily with one hand only. As it was warm, my dog could enjoy a walk without her sweater.She likes the leaves, but they are getting into her (recently longer) coat. It is annoying her a bit. However, it is not a big deal to handle with :-) I think we still need to wait circa 7-8 months for her coat to be as long as I would like it to be. We will visit her hairdresser soon but only to trim ears a bit.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

playing around with a Shih-Tzu

As you all know, I am a Yorkie Lover. My Yorkie loves to play with other Yorkies, but today we met a Shih-Tzu. They had great time together and I have thought that Yorkshire Terriers get on very well with Shih-Tzu breed. Sorry for the quality of the photos below, but I was not prepared for a photo session this time and to make things even morre difficult the dogs were running really very very fast! I guess from now on, I have to always be prepared to take good photos and carry with myself my camera and good lenses in a bag. I never know when an opportunity to snap a good pic will arise! Dog Breed Info gives some information about Shih-Tzu:
The Shih Tzu is an alert, lively, little dog. It is happy and hardy, and packed with character. The gentle, loyal Shih Tzu makes friends easily and responds well to consistent, patient training. It makes a very alert watchdog. It is courageous and clever. Playful and spunky, this affectionate little dog likes to be with people and is generally good with other pets.
I guess this makes them good companions for Yorkies:-) The weather is today really perfect and I am again very much happy that it is weekend. Air is fresh, it is warm, sun is shining and sky is blue, nearly wiithout clouds. It is fall but I really like the orange and yellow colours of the leaves. Such a weather makes me feel really good and relaxed. Pippi doesn't like to go outside when it is raining and cloudy. So we are both happy ;-) I am interested in a healthy lifestyle, so as I wrote in one of my previous posts - I enjoy the fact that I can keep fit with my dog and have my daily portion of movement!

Friday, 18 October 2013

Bows for Yorkies

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My Yorkie does not have a bow yet! Dogs with bows look really cute and elegant ;-) and I really want to buy a bow (...or a couple of them) for my dog. I have found some online shops with bows for Yorkies - to my surprise there are such e-stores devoted entirely to dog bows!

Click here to see: Picture gallery of adult and yorkie puppies wearing a variety of the cutest dog hair bows on the Internet In case you like DIY stuff below I post a useful video. Hmmm what do you think about hand-made dog bows? Or do you prefer simply to go shopping? I have a ribbon so maybe I will create a bow for Pippi :-)

The Yorkshire Terrier of show class Dog with pink bow LAÇO BORBOLETA REF 136 / CODE 136 - BUTTERFLY BOW LAÇO YORK PEQUENO REF 20 CAIXA ROSA /               CODE 20 - LITLLE YORK BOW /  ROSES LAÇO YORK GRANDE REF 14 /  ROSA / CODE 14 BIG YORK BOW / ROSES

Why do dogs bark

My dog barks a lot, she barks during the day and at night, when we are at home and when we are outside, when she is scared and nervous but also when she is happy and excited (e.g. welcoming a guest). When it comes to barking at people, she apparently doesn't like people on bicycles, joggers, drunkards - generally speaking people who seem strange to her for some reason. She expresses herslef in a loud manner - but not too loud, as she is small. Why do dogs actually bark?
Dogs bark for many reasons. They bark when they are angry or too excited. They bark when they are anxious or scared. And they bark when someone tries to go through his territory. In addition to these, dogs bark when insisting for territorial control, hearing unnecessary noises or alarms, greeting or seeking for attention, showing anger or aggression, and feeling ill or in great pain. Unfortunately, there’s no way you can stop dogs from barking. It is what makes them dogs. However, barking can be reduced and controlled, specifically barking associated with impulsive behaviors and aggression. From Yorkshire Terrier Training.com
Honetsly, I don't mind my dog barking too much. She is a dog, and I believe barking makes her a dog - I am only stressed when she barks at small children, who seem to be scared by it and looking at her with anxiety. As my dog is small and I am quite a busy person I often take her with myself when I have some errands to do. For example, picking up a package from a nearby Post Office (I prefer shopping things online). When I was waiting with Pippi in a queue and holding her in my hands, she suddenly become nervous seeing a small 3-year old girl in a pink jacket. She started barking and the girl seemed upset by it and scared. Apart from such situations, I don't care too much about my dog barking. In my next post I will write about solutions to dog barking :-) We can distinguish between the following types of barking:
  • Yorkie Frustration Barking
  • Yorkie Territorial Barking
  • Yorkie Attention Seeking Barking
  • Yorkie Greeting Barking
  • Yorkie Alarm Barking
  • Yorkie Injury or Illness Related Barking
  • Yorkie Compulsive Barking
For each type of barking there is a specific way in which an owner should approach a "barking problem" -of course if it is considered to be a problem. In anticipation for my next post watch those hilarious videos below:

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Today we take care of the coat

Today I had to take care a bit of my Yorkie's coat. She looked a bit messy indeed and I used some coconut oil before washing her, I simply applied it to her hair and kept it on her coat a couple of minutes - as a hair mask. Later I used Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of tear stains. About how to use Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide A safe way to clean the tear stains from your dog's face is to use hydrogen peroxide. Gently clean the stained area with a cotton ball soaked in hydrogen peroxide. Be very careful not to get the hydrogen peroxide in your Yorkie's eyes. For smaller stains, try using a cotton swab instead of a cotton ball. Once the stain is removed, wipe away any excess hydrogen peroxide with a wet cotton ball or wash cloth.
I still use Chamomile, yet I thought I will use something stronger to lighten the area around her eyes. As for, coconut oil I think it is really useful. Here I post a link to a discussion about Coconut oil on Yorkie Talk: Question about coconut oil Below some photos. I am curious why she always looks so unhappy when she is wet? Well, I think it is a topic for a next post ;-)

toys - why do dogs need them and Pippi's new toys

As I promised yesterday, I am writing a new post about toys for dogs. Dogs need toys at each stage of their development. There is a wide range of toys available in shops (even though we can also make DYI toys). Why do dogs need toys? Which toys are the best for our furry four-legged friends? Are they only for fun or can they also be incorporated to their training to make it more effective?? I will try to answer those questions and provide you with links to some useful articles. It is very obvious that human children need toys, children not only have fun when playing with them, but they also learn by responding to different stimuli - such as colours, shapes and noises/ melodies. As we - human beings - get older, we still do have "toys" to keep us occupied and entertained after work or school and during our weekends. Our "toys" can be iPhones, netbooks, xbox games, or go-karts :-) If we have elements of fun in our daily life, it is really self-understood that dogs, which also are social beings need them as well. Our dogs also need some form of entertainment, and apart from having fun, we can also use toys as rewards for our dog instead of food treats. However, this has to be special toy then ;-) worth-trying for and performing tricks in order to obtain it! Toys really improve our dog's (and ours) overall lifestyle.
Another reason as to why dogs need toys so much is because it can have certain health benefits. For example, if a dog has a toy in which you can throw and for it to fetch, you are enabling the dog to get some exercise, this is very good for a dog and it can also introduce a lot of play into the dog’s life. Toys can bring fun and happiness into a dog’s life and when you apply them properly you can even give a dog something to exercise over.
Toys can also have other health benefits when it comes to the dogs well being. If a dog had a squishy toy in which it could chew on it would help keep the dogs teeth healthy, of course it is not a cleaning agent and gets rid of any dirt in the dog’s mouth, but by chewing a toy repeatedly it can really benefit the dog’s health.
Dogs need play time for fun, for health (exercise and movement while running, chewing is beneficial for teeth), for psychological well-being and for training purposes. A toy for our dog should be:
  • Made of safe material
  • Size - large enough that your dog can't "swallow"
  • Without small parts, buttons, strings - that can be swallowed (similar to children's toys)
  • Easy to wash
  • Durable
  • Show no signs of deterioration
Please, be careful when choosing the toy for your pet in order to avoid visit at the vet! I post photos of Pippi's new toys. She really loves squeak toys and she is thrilled and excited when playing with them. The second toy she also finds great, the toy jumps up and down when thrown and she uses her paw to have even more fun:-) When visiting amazon website I saw many great toys. I like a lot furry and squaky toys in one To learn more plase have a look at the following websites:

Saturday, 12 October 2013

like my facebook page :-)

I have created my blog only two months ago and it is in its beginnning phase, I would like to further develop it, make it more appealing and simply keep it going, as much as time and other responsibilities will alllow this to happen. In case you would like to be informed about the new posts I publish on this blog, you can like my facebook page where I will post links to my new posts or to the useful articles/ information which I will find while surfing the internet. You can go directly to the link below or press the like button which is at the top page of my blog. link to my facebook page Below a photo of a nice Yorkshire Terrier couple:-) Igor y Rufinaphoto source:Creative Commons Flickr

A lot has been going on recently....

Hi, I have had really busy time recently. This is due to the fact that I travel a lot and that I have a full-time job, and apart from it I have started postgraduate studies! Still, I want to be a good owner of a dog and take care of Pippi in a good manner, devoting time to training her and to playing with her. I always wait for weekends to come and I always try to spend as much time with her as possible. I also consider this type of movement (walking her out) to be haelthy, in one of the previous posts I wrote about many benefits of daily walks. I really do wish I had more time for my dog things Before I got a dog, I used to enjoy parties with friends in the evening, now I have discovered that I appreciate also the quality time spent with my dog. Ooops... hah sorry, I mean I still do like spending time with my friends, but spending time in an active way with my four-legged friend makes my life definitely more attractive! Tomorrow, fortunately it is Sunday! Yay So, I will be able to attend an event, namely: a dog fashion show, it will start at 3 p.m. in the city centre, and I will take some photos of it! I would also like to show you tomorrow the pics of Pippi's new toys .... from Denmark.I plan to visit this country next month, and of course I will look for things connected to dogs, mainly Yorkshire Terriers As you can see, I have quite many plans for near future. I don't hide the fact that I would like to somehow develop my activity... helping animals in need, gathering things for dogs' shelter, hosting some events and reviewing products for dogs, maybe writing dome articles. I have no idea if I will be able to accomplish it, but even if not, I am happy cause by writing this blog I learn many, many new things! and if people do read my posts actually, it is also in some way useful for them! Below I post some Pippi's photos Sorry, if she looks a bit messy, tomorrow we will have a beauty day, yes, after whole week I also need to take some care of my own hair hah As you can see, we have autumn here, and this is also the reason why dogs fashion show will take place tomorrow.