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Should I Have Dog Health Insurance?

A dog owner without dog health insurance can struggle with unexpected veterinary care costs due to unexpected illness or injury from accidents. Some dog health insurance policies have coverage for routine veterinary care like vaccinations and annual exams.

A dog owner looking for information about pet health insurance can find several pet insurance companies websites by doing a search on a search engine. The websites usually provide specific information on what the different dog health insurance plans cover and their monthly costs. Many pet health insurance companies offer free quotes and help dog owners select the best dog insurance plan.

The dog owner may want a dog insurance policy to cover all veterinary costs including routine checkups. However, pet insurance policies with total coverage can have high monthly premiums. Many dog owners choose dog insurance policies to only cover unexpected veterinary costs that could arise from illness or accidents so that they will have a minimal monthly premium.

The dogs age can affect the dog owners choice for a dog insurance policy. Some dog insurance companies have special insurance plans that cover more costs associated with dogs of advanced age.

Veterinary care can be very expensive. Treatments for cancer, car accident, and hip dysplasia are examples of veterinary costs that can be thousands of dollars.

Some dog health insurance policies can fail to provide coverage for some dog health conditions. If a dog acquires a disease or develops a health problem for which treatment is not covered, the dog owner may still end up with significant veterinary bills.

If dog owners cannot provide necessary veterinary care to treat their dogs illness or injury, the dog owner could be held responsible by local authorities and possibly face charges for animal cruelty or animal neglect. Having dog health insurance helps ensure that neither the dog nor the dog owner will suffer the consequences for a lack of veterinary care.

Some dog health insurance policies have a component that pays for accidental death like dog life insurance. Dog health insurance policies may pay for boarding or other dog ownership expenses.

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The Australian Toy Breed, Silky Terrier

Developed and originally made popular in Australia, the Silky Terrier is one of the small dogs breed that are dominating the hearts of the toy-dog-loving fanciers of the world. In the US, this little dog is called the Silky Terrier. In Australia and other parts of the world, it is called the Australian Silky Terrier or the Sidney Terrier.

This Australian breed is highly praised for being affectionate, highly intelligent, brave and alert. Although small, this breed does not conform to the idea that it is only a placid lapdog. The Silky Terrier is bursting with energy and actually makes a good watchdog.

The Silky Terrier is a very enthusiastic dog and you can usually spot it doing what it loves most: digging. This breed is a curious creature and has a knack for learning new things. It loves to play and run around a small area and it is always in a happy disposition.

Training for this breed is also very interesting because it loves to have an intelligent and straightforward lesson from the master. It is highly trainable, quick to learn and very eager to follow the master’s commands. If you choose to dwell in an apartment, this dog will make a good pet since it is only active indoors and needs only daily walks for a few minutes.

Gifted with a well-boned body, the adorable Silky Terrier stands moderately low with only 9 to 10 inches of height to boot. Its ears animatedly stand erect and v-shaped while its tail is often docked. The nose is black and the eyes are round, dark and suggest an intense expression.

Their bodies are draped with 5 to 6 inches of fine, shiny and smooth long hair. The hair is center-parted at the back, draping down but does not reach the floor and they have no undercoat and sheds very little. They often come in colors of blue and fire red, or blue with tan patterns; and that all Silky Terries are born black.

To keep the Silky’s hair at its best, regular grooming is needed such as daily brushing or combing and regular baths. Its coat should also be trimmed regularly in order to keep it healthy and neat. Most Silky Terriers have hair on top of their heads that covers the eyes so it is best to tie this in a topknot.

The Silky Terrier is a combination of other terrier breeds such as the Skye, Cairn, Australian Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier. This breed reached North America through returning US servicemen who served in Australia during World War II. In 1959, the AKC officially recognized the Silky Terrier as a breed and in 1962, the first standard for this breed was established.

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The Very Lively and Sweet-Natured Brittany Spaniel

A liver and white Brittany
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The Brittany Spaniel is of Brittany France origins and is recognized as one of the world’s supreme gun dogs. It first appeared in the 19th century and was officially recognized in 1938. Originally used as a working dog, the Brittany Spaniel of today is short of many tasks but is still an avid hunter at heart.

The Brittany Spaniel possesses an athletic, well- rounded and solidly built body. This kind of build is very suitable for its active lifestyle for it is neither too light nor too heavy for its size. This breed has a rounded skull and almond shaped eyes that project a gaze of intelligence, vigor and curiosity.

Its legs are long and lean, perfect for perpetually running and chasing around the acreage of its surroundings. When it walks, it is always in a manner of flexible, long and free strides. As often seen, the Brittany Spaniel always has a short tail and this may sometimes come naturally or docked since Brittanies born with long tails undergo docking.

The two recognized varieties of the Brittany Spaniel are the French Brittany Spaniel and the American Brittany. The latter only accepts dogs with orange, white or liver markings while other combinations outside of these are considered disqualifications. The French variety, however, accepts all kinds of colors, even black.

The term spaniel for this breed has been the topic of many arguments because some experts say that this breed is actually of the pointer or setter type. However, the Brittany Spaniel looks like a spaniel although it does not flush out games just like any other spaniel breed would do. In the US, this breed is only called the American Brittany because the term spaniel has been fervently discouraged.

The Brittany is an excellent dog for hunting, highly trainable, sensitive and sweet. It is very active and mostly wants to run sprightly and vigorously in the open. Because of this, it is always best to allow this pet to be spirited in a wide fenced area everyday, at one time with a leash and the other without.

There are some instances that a Brittany is obnoxiously wild and irrepressible but this can only be blamed to the owner’s improper training and raising of the breed. Brittanies that arent well-exposed tend to become shy and fearful of strangers. But if they are well socialized and well treated, they grow up smart, sociable and sweet.

Brittanies, in order to have a well-guided disposition, needs to receive an ample amount of attention and love from the master lest they become destructive and ill-behaved. They are best fitted in a wide-spaced house, a wide yard and a well-conditioned and damp surrounding. Of all the breeds in the dog sporting world, the Brittany is the only one with the highest number of winnings in the American dual championships.

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How to Keep Your Dog Motivated

Dogs doing what they do best.
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Keeping the attention of your dog during training is not always easy. Dogs are easily distracted, and it is important to not allow the dog training sessions to be sabotaged by boredom. Making dog training fun for the dog and the human alike is vital to creating a happy, well adjusted and well trained dog.

Providing random positive stimuli during the day is a great way to keep the interest of your dog. Doing things the dog enjoys, like walking in the park, riding in the car, and playing with other dogs, are great ways to keep the dog’s attention, but you must reward him for small successes.

For instance, in order to reward the dog for coming to you when you call him, ask the dog to come to you, without giving any clues about a walk, a car ride, or other treats.

After your dog has come to you and obediently sat down, attach the leash and start the reward. This can be either the afore-mentioned walk in the park, ride in the car, or anything else the dog likes to do.

Providing some kind of reward, whether a treat, a special outing, or just a scratch behind the ears, every time the dog does something you want, is a great method to keep your dog motivated while you are dog training.

If the dog knows something great is going to occur every time he follows your commands, he will be more motivated to do want you tell him every time.

Distraction training.

When training any dog, it is vital to not allow distractions spoil the training. The dog must be trained to ignore distractions, such as other people, other dogs, other animals and loud noises, and concentrate on what is being taught These types of distractions can also be used as rewards when training the dog to come when called.

For example, if your dog enjoys playing with other dogs, whether in a local dog park or with the neighbour’s dogs, let him play freely with those other dogs. Then go into the park or garden and call your dog.

When he comes to you, provide lots of praise, treats and other rewards, then immediately let the dog to go back to playing with his friends. Repeat this several times and praise the dog each time he comes over to you.

The dog will quickly learn that coming to you means good things (treats and praise) and not bad ones (being removed from the park).

This so-called distraction training is one of the hardest things for your dog to learn, because dogs are social animals by nature, and breaking away from the pack is one of the hardest things you can ask your dog to do. Most dogs will be understandably unwilling to leave their doggy companions, but it is vital to persist in dog training.

Training your dog to come to you when you call can require some thought on your part at first. For instance, waving a favourite toy, or a lure, is a good way to get your dog’s attention and put the focus back on you. If your dog has been clicker trained, a quick click can be a good motivator too, when training your dog.

Once your dog begins to become used to coming when called, you can begin to reduce and then stop the visual cues and focus on making the dog respond to just your voice. It is important that your dog obeys voice commands alone, as you will not always have a toy or lure to hand.

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