Hollywood Bound-How To Make Your Dog A Star

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Step one1

Consider your dog’s temperament. Can she stay calm in the midst of crowds, bright lights and loud noises? Is she comfortable with strangers – both canine and human? If so, she may be a natural performer.

Step two2

Think about how well-trained your dog is and how quickly she learns. Does she know the basic commands, like “sit,” “stay” and “heel”? Sign up for an obedience class if need be.

Step three threethree

Move on to fun tricks once you’ve got the basics covered. For example, teach your dog to high-five, jump up on a chair, give kisses and play dead. Practice frequently in varied surroundings. Try the park, a busy sidewalk or a party.

Step four4

Consider advanced classes for your dog – some options are agility, tracking and herding.

Step five5

Take photos of your dog to take to talent agencies. Try including some action shots where she’s showing off her tricks, or make a video of her performing.

Step six6

Seek out animal talent agencies in your area. Start by checking the National Alternative Pet Association Web site http://www.altpet.net  If you don’t find a local agency there, go to your favorite search engine and type in “animal actor” or “dog actor.” Check the yellow pages under “talent agency,” or ask local dog trainers and veterinarians for recommendations.

Step seven7

Contact an animal talent agency; ask the staff if they’re interested in representing your pet. Be sure to show them your photos and video, and let them know what tricks your dog can perform. If your dog already has some acting credits, let them know.

Step eight8

Keep your dog healthy and well-groomed so she’s always ready to perform.

Step nine9

Be flexible. Your dog might be asked to perform or audition on short notice. If you’re not available, she probably won’t get the job.

Article from: http://www.eHow.com

Spotlight – The Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound

An Irish Wolfhound
Country of origin Ireland
 

The Irish Wolfhound is a breed of domestic dog (canis lupus familiaris), specifically a sighthound. The name originates from its purpose (wolf hunting) rather than from its appearance. Irish Wolfhounds, on average, are widely considered the tallest dog breed. Great Danes, however, have taken the record for ‘tallest dog’ more recently.

 Appearance

They have a swift pace, very keen eyesight, a rough coat (grey, wheaten, brindle, red, black, white, brown, or fawn, though wheaten and grey are the most common colors), a large box-shaped head, and a long, muscular neck. They have a somewhat greyhound-shaped body, but larger. They average up to 90 cm (34 inches) at the withers, a fact that sometimes is its biggest disadvantage when attracting owners who have no concern for its special needs. As with all breeds, the ideal and accepted measurements vary somewhat from one standard to another, and there will always be individuals whose size falls outside these standards. However, generally breeders aim for a height averaging 85 to 90 centimeters (33 to 36 inches) in males, 5 to 10 centimeters (2 to 4 inches) less for females. Acceptable weight minimums range from 55 kg (120 lb.) for males and 48 kg (105lb.) for females. Males can weigh 140 to 180 lbs and females can weigh 115 to 140 lbs. [1]

Though the pups may look adult at the age of 7 months, they are not considered mature until the age of 18-22 months depending the breeder.

 Temperament

Irish Wolfhounds are sweet-tempered, patient, generous, thoughtful, very intelligent and can be trusted with children. Dignified and willing, they are unconditionally loyal to their owner and family. Not a guard dog by nature, but may be a deterrent simply due to his size. They tend to greet everyone as a friend, so use of them as watch dogs is not recommended.

 Health

Irish wolfhounds do not live long lives. Published lifespan estimations vary between 4.95 and 8.75 years. Dilated cardiomyopathy and bone cancer are the leading cause of death and like all deep-chested dogs, gastric torsion (bloat) is also common. The breed is also affected by hereditary intrahepatic portosystemic shunt.[2]

By the age of 8 months, the dogs appear adult, and many owners start stressing them too much. Outstretched limbs and irreparable damage are the result. Wolfhounds need at least 18 months to be ready for lure coursing, running as a sport, and other strenuous activities.

Wolfhounds should not receive additional supplements when a good dog food is used. It is generally accepted that they should be fed a large breed puppy food until 18 months old and then change to a large breed adult food. Most breeders today recommend that they not be supplemented in order to slow their rapid growth. They will eventually reach the same height, but at a slower, and safer, rate. Wolfhound puppies around 10 weeks old grow approximately one inch a week and put on one pound a day.

Irish Wolfhounds are among the tallest dog breeds, along with their relatives, Great Danes. Because of their size they will have a hard time settling in a small house and are better suited living in a rural area with plenty of space.

 History

The breed is very old, possibly from the 1st century BC or earlier, bred as war dogs by the ancient Celts, who called them Cú Faoil. The Irish continued to breed them for this purpose, as well as to guard their homes and protect their stock. Regular references of Irish Wolfhounds being used in dog fights are found in many historical sagas – Cuchulain‘s favourite dog, Luath, was slain by a southern chief’s hound, Phorp.

While many modern texts state Irish Wolfhounds were used for coursing deer, contemporary pre-revival accounts such as Animated Nature (1796) by Oliver Goldsmith are explicit that the original animal was a very poor coursing dog. Their astonishing size, speed, and intelligence made them ideal hunting animals for both wild boar and wolves, and many were exported for this purpose. They were perhaps too ideal, as the boar and wolf are now extinct in Ireland. The Irish Wolfhound has been recorded as being exhibited in ancient Rome to some excitement, and mention is made that they so amazed and terrified the Romans that it was seen fit to only transport them in cages. There exist stories that in the arena, the original Wolfhound was the equal of a lion. It has also been shown that when hunting animals, the wolfhound would bite the neck and crush the spine, killing the creature.

During times of conflict with England, it was not uncommon for Wolfhounds to be trained to take armoured knights off of their horses, thus allowing an infantry man to move in and finish the kill if the Wolfhound had not done so already.

Due to a massive export into various countries as a gift for royalty and a ban that allowed only royalty to own such a dog, the breed almost vanished in the middle of the 19th century. Captain Graham rebred the Irish Wolfhound with the Deerhound, Great Dane, Borzoi and other breeds; this saved the breed, but had the inevitable effect of altering its appearance, most noticeably leaving the Irish Wolfhound with alternative colours such as brindle (inherited from the Great Dane) as before they were mainly grey in colour. The ancient breed (often referred to as the Irish Wolfdogge in contemporary accounts) was available in both a smooth and rough coated variety. Descriptions of its appearance and demeanor, as well as the method of its use place it closer to the flock guardians in appearance than the modern breed. It is clear that the dog was not always the giant of today and it has been suggested that the Wolfhound was part of the make up of the Kerry Blue Terrier. The historical variety was famed for its loyalty, discernment, grave nature and aggression. In terms of temperament the modern breed has been greatly mellowed. Wolfhounds are often referred to as “Gentle Giants”, and an historic motto of the breed is “Gentle when stroked. Fierce when provoked.”

The Wolfhound is sometimes regarded as the national dog breed of Ireland but in fact no breed has ever been officially adopted as such. The Wolfhound was historically a dog that only nobles could own and was taken up by the British during their rule in Ireland. This made it unpopular as a national symbol and the Kerry Blue Terrier was adopted by early Irish Nationalists such as Michael Collins.

 Literature

McBryde, M. (1998) The Magnificent Irish Wolfhound, Ringpress Books, Dorking, ISBN-10 1860540937 , ISBN-13 978-1860540936

 References

  1. ^ <http://www.iwclubofamerica.org/faq.htm>
  2. ^ Urfer SR, Gaillard C, Steiger, A (2007). “Lifespan and disease predispositions in the Irish Wolfhound: a review”. Vet Q 29 (3): 102-111. PMID 17970287. 

Dog Politics -Top 10 Most Dangerous Breeds

Top 10 Most Dangerous Breeds

Which breeds are the most dangerous?

Fig14 Which ones bite without warning, or can just snap?  Which ones are likely to attack unprovoked, or take up a pack mentality?  Which breeds have unstable temperaments, and just can’t be trusted?

Quick – which breeds come to mind? Are you thinking Pitbulls, Presas, Rottweilers? Dobermans or Chows?  German Shepherds or Akitas?

Wrong. In fact, really wrong.

Contrary to popular belief, these breeds are not the most dangerous.  In fact, not a single animal welfare organization on the planet will give you a list of dangerous breeds, but we will…………..

Just The Facts

Fataldogattacks But before we do – let’s give you the facts.

Fact: The CDC has stopped reporting bite statistics by breed, as these numbers are driven by eyewitness reports, and are very often inaccurate.  Why did the CDC stop? Because misidentification of breed is extremely common, making eyewitness reports an unreliable source.

In her book,  Fatal Dog Attacks, author Karen Delise has studied the statistics and the stories behind these rare but deadly events. A top expert in this specialized field, she has concluded that a number of factors are present in a fatal attack.

Fact: On average, there are fewer than 30 deaths annually in the U.S. due to fatal dog maulings.  Statistically, these tragedies are incredibly rare, as the dog population of 79 million.  The stats on deaths by breed are available, as there are so few, and yes, Pitbulls and Rottweilers are on the list.  But so are other breeds you might not imagine.

The media and headline-hungry pols love to point to these stats, and with great authority point to Pitbulls and Rottweilers as top offenders. 

But what the media and politicians don’t tell you is that the breeds on this list are driven by breed popularity, and that over the years, the types of breeds on this list have shifted.

So why are these breeds on the list? The answer is this – breed popularity drive the stats, but perhaps even more intangible is that breed popularity with irresponsible dog owners is an even bigger factor.

The #1 Factor

The absolute, number one factor that determines whether or not a dog will become dangerous is……………  ownership.

And in compiling this list of dangerous breeds, you’ll note they all share one trait in common – they are all human. 

That’s right, Kory, Jackie & Michael – humans are most reponsible for dangerous dogs. Humans are responsible for creating the circumstances and behavior that lead to dog bites or maulings.  Get it right, Bubba  – Humans.

So without further ado here are the……………….

Top Ten Most Dangerous Breeds

 

 

10. Criminal Dog Owners – They vary in size, shape, color and creed. Whether urban or rural, they Criminalmind_quiz thrive in environments where crime does pay.

This breed may deliberately train dogs to be human aggressive. This breed  has been known to shoot dogs for fun it.  They fight dogs and use sweet tempered dogs as bait. Here in the New York area  – they’ve been known to feed dogs ground up glass and gun power to toughen them up – you know-In case the police kick the front door – they’re out the back – and the dogs are in between.

9. Irresponsible and Ignorant Dog Owners

Characterized by a complete lack of common sense and or manners, these dog owners come in three distinct varieties – Dumb, Dumber and Plain Stupid.

However they do share the same Dumb_and_dumberbreed traits, like

  1. Complete disregard for local leash or pooper scooper laws
  2. Stubborn, self-centered rudeness
  3. The inability to see the potential consequences for their behavior

So here are the three types if I & I’s:

  • Dumb– When Snowball whines to go out, they throw open the front door and let her out to wander the neighborhood.  Snowball is free to poop and pee wherever she likes.  And if Snowball should wander into my yard and my dog defends its territory, like many dogs …….we’ve got a problem.
  • Dumber – Easy to recognize, this genius nonchalantly walks their dog off leash in the neighborhood, like it’s no big deal. WEll in my book – it is a big deal. How would you like it if I let my dog run up to your children off leash.   Or run up to any Stupidperson who may be afraid of dogs.  (and BTW – I support off leash space – just not on the block).   And it’s not OK if your dog takes a dump in my flowerbed, got that?
  • Plain StupidWaaaaay short on common sense – they let their children play unattended with dogs, or let them run up to pet a stranger’s dog or get in a strange dog’s face.

8. Negligent or Abusive Dog Owners

Like sociopaths who lack basic the human trait of compassion – this all-too-common breed is well known for a lack of care or concern.  They are, however, gifted and talented in the areas of neglect or cruelty.

Abused_dog These G & Ts routinely fail to give their animals even the basics of food, water or shelter or fail to provide vet care. David Owens, an employee of Child Services in New York, has been accused of leaving his dying Akita out in the cold for weeks.

Even beating the dog is OK  for these people- it’s only a dog. Even if it’s not their dog!  Kick it if it gets in your way, wants food or attention. OK – so cruel and unusual punishment is against law, so giving them the same treatment is out. Too bad.

 

6. Ignorant Shelter Workers & Rescuers

We give shelter and rescue workers big snaps for the great job they do on a daily basis.  That said – they are some bad apples in this bunch.  Who? These people are marked  by their staggering ignorance, leaving the rest of the dog world stammering in surprise. 

Statements from these so-called “professionals” include, “We don’t adopt out Pitbulls – they have locking jaws”, and “We don’t adopt out Rotties or Dobermans – they’re aggressive”.  Better yet, they hide a dog’s health or behavioral history, thinking that all dogs can be saved, from adopters who may be in for a big surprise. Someone needs to teach this breed a lesson – and quick.

5. Ignorant Dog Fanciers

Nose and tail always in the air with, “Breed restrictions don’t really apply to me – I own a PUREBRED dog”.  Oh, really ?  Maybe you’d like to share you magical powers with the rest of us….or better yet …………

4. Arrogant Dog Fanciers

Not only are nose and tail always in the air, but his type will even dis their fellow dog fanciers with, “it’s not my breed”.   Ain’t that special? Now bend over ………..this won’t hurt a bit….

Numbers 4 and 5 do a diservice to the many hardworking, ethical home breeders who care deeply about their dogs and the welfare of dogs in general.

3. Irresponsible News Media

They attack -unprovoked, when you least expect it.  Out of the blue, and really just when those ratings are starting to take a dive.  That’s just the perfect time to lead with a dog story.  These media outlets target large working breeds, they thrive on fear.   And they are yellow to the core.

  • Yeah – I’m talking to you, Kathryn McIntyre of the Commerce City Journal for your lack of editorial integrity for publishing the street addresses of pitbull owners.  Sex offenders have more privacy rights than dog owners.
  • And yeah – I’m talking to you all you local metro broadcast news outlets, like CBS Channel 2 News in New York that that invariably portray “dangerous” dogs as Pitbulls or Rottweilers. In journalism – we don’t automatically portray stories of rapes with images of black or Hispanic men.  Nor should we visually support dangerous dog news stories with pictures of Pitbulls and Rottweilers, by default – like the one shown here from the CBS News site:Rottie
  • And yeah, I’m talking to you, for any print or web media that shows that same doctored photo of a snarling pitbull with digitally elongated teeth. 

This ain’t news – it’s titillating info-tainment designed to spike fear, ad circ, and ratings at the same time.

It’s time to run these out-of-control puppies back thru the basics – you know, fair and balanced reporting, media ethics – all that stuff they swore by in journalism school.

2. Greedy Insurers

These insurers aren’t dogs – they’re pigs.  And who’s to stop them when………..

  • they can chow down of easy profits on the backs of good dog owners by denying, limiting or eliminating coverage of dog owners in 37 states?
  • they stuff so much of their piggy bank bucks into the pockets of politicians? 

Then politicians, hoggin’ up all that campaign dough , do the bidding of the insurance sector, blocking bills that would make it illegal for insurers to discriminate against good dogs and good dog owners.

There’s a saying – pigs get fat, but hogs get slaughtered. I’d like to invite you all to a barbeque 🙂

1. Opportunistic Politicians

These dogs will whine – they beg – they’ll do anything for attention – and money – especially from those fat cats in the insurance lobby who ensure obedience with juicy campaign donations.  These politicians breed fear, thrive on ignorance and count on apathy. Prime examples are : Michael_bryant_ontario_ag_5

Michael Bryant – Ontario’s infamous “Puppykiller” for the province’s sick and twisted breed ban.  One must “prove” that a dog isn’t a pitbull and the law requires all pitbull type puppies be shipped out of the province, sent to reseach facilities or euthanized.

Jspeier_1_9Jackie Speier of California, AKA “The Breed Exterminator” Rep_paul_wesselhoft_r_ok_house_3, and notable author of SB 861, which is having a chilling effect on dog ownership in California

Paul Wesslehoft of Oklahoma – whose bill to ban certain breeds just went down in flames in the state legislature there.

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Molly Markert of Aurora, Colorado’s Town Council – that smiling Miss Prim (we hear she smirked to the audience when the breed ban passed) – and noted dog-hater, a leader in passing Aurora’s 12 breed dog ban

I’ve got a message for you – kick these headline grabbing, egg-suckin’, political opportunists  of ANY political persuasian to the curb in the next local or state elections.

 

 

The Most Dangerous Breeds? 

I’ll tell you the most dangerous breeds – write these down!

#1 All Time Dangerous Breed:

The #1 most dangerous breed are media outlets that deliberately breed fear, spreading myths and lies about dog breeds and canine behavior through irresponsible reporting and reinforcement of undeserved and negative breed stereotypes

What You Can Do About It:

  • Call up the paper, the TV station or email the website and complain about the biased dog story
  • Ask for the Editor, Sales Manager and/or Program Director
  • Tell them you won’t read, watch or visit
  • Tell then you won’t patronize their advertisers until they stop their biased coverage
  • Tell them they have the opportunity to spread knowledge, not fear
  • Tell them My Dog Votes!

#2 All Time Dangerous Breed:

 

The #2 most dangerous breeds are the local and state politicians that feed on the fear created by the irresponsible media, and the public’s ignorance.  They are greedy for the headlines, campaign dough and do the bidding of the private sector instead of truly advocating for the public health, safety and welfare.  They pass breed bans , weight or size restrictions, public space bans, and mandatory microchip laws, and other anti-dog legislation limiting the rights of responsible tax-paying citizens rather than deal with their criminal and social problems.

What You Can Do About It:

  • Call or write the offending local of state elected official and complain about the breed ban or other anti-dog legislation
  • Tell them you want the ban overturned in favor of breed-neutral legislation
  • Tell them you want any other anti-dog legislation stopped or overturned
  • Tell them you will vote them out in the next election
  • Tell them you will vote out any politician that supported the ban
  • Tell them you will rally every dog owner in town against them
  • Tell them they have the opportunity to educate instead of legislate
  • Tell them My Dog Votes!

 

#3 All Time Dangerous Breed:

The #3 most dangerous breeds are the apathetic dog owners who say nothing, or do nothing because they think they cannot affect change, or fight the sytem, or it doesn’t affect them directly. Or maybe they just don’t care – or won’t care – that is – until they come for their dog.

What You Can Do About It:

  • Tell all of your friends, neighbors, relatives and associates, regardless of whether or not they own a dog about the breed ban or other anti-dog legislation
  • Tell them they must support their fellow dog owners, friends,  and neighbors
  • Tell them if we don’t stand together now, we all fall
  • Tell them they have the opportunity to unite the community, not divide the community
  • Tell them to do it for their dog
  • Tell them My Dog Votes!

*** Article from: http://www.dogpolitics.com/my_weblog/2006/02/top_10_most_dan.html

Fido’s Pet Humans

Michele & Izzy

Hi, We are so glad you came to visit our site.

We understand the passion people have for their dogs, because it is something we share.

Let us fill you in about what has inspired us to create this site. It’s people like you and people like us that is our driving force. Just regular everyday folks that work hard for their money. It is our goal to make this a blog an informative and helpful resource for all dog owners. The Internet can be confusing and overwhelming and take a person hours trying to find the site that meets their needs.

This is something that we have been through ourselves. We have compiled all the information that we have gathered and are working on getting it all on this site. Because we know how frustrating it can be we would like to share it with you.

Bottom line-It is our love of dogs and our desire that all of the dogs out there get what they need to live happy and healthy lives. Michele & Izzy

Fido’s Pet Humans

Michele & Izzy

Hi, We are so glad you came to visit our site.

We understand the passion people have for their dogs, because it is something we share.

Let us fill you in about what has inspired us to create this site. It’s people like you and people like us that is our driving force. Just regular everyday folks that work hard for their money. It is our goal to make this a blog an informative and helpful resource for all dog owners. The Internet can be confusing and overwhelming and take a person hours trying to find the site that meets their needs.

This is something that we have been through ourselves. We have compiled all the information that we have gathered and are working on getting it all on this site. Because we know how frustrating it can be we would like to share it with you.

Bottom line-It is our love of dogs and our desire that all of the dogs out there get what they need to live happy and healthy lives. Michele & Izzy