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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter, Issue #007 - Why dogs bark !
May 15, 2006

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Dog First Aid 101

You and your dog will both be glad you did.

Issue 6

Table of Contents

Why Dogs Bark

Dog Tag

Your Pit Bull

Why Dogs Bark

The types of dog barking can be broken up into three different types of barking: Guarding, Separation and general whining.

Guarding Their Territory Dog’s naturally guard their territory. From birth, they know that they must alert their pack (that includes you!) to any sort of danger that they might be in. This danger could be a strange noise they hear or a strange person approaching you. Essentially it’s a change in the environment that they are not familiar with. Thus it’s an unknown and they want the pack to be aware of their surroundings. And you know how they do that? By barking; usually loudly and constantly.

Separation Anxiety Dogs are pack animals. Dogs like being around their pack. When they are puppies, this means their other littermates. When they have been adopted, it means you. When you remove the pack from a dog, it feels vulnerable. So when a dog sees you get ready to leave, it lets you know that it doesn’t like it.

Whining / Attention Grabbing The third type of barking a dog can do is whining or attention grabbing. This is the type of barking that it uses to get your attention. It could mean that he wants to go outside, he’s hungry or bored.

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Dog Tag

Is it important to have dog tags connected to your dog's collar? Of course it is! What if your dog wandered off by accident and got lost? How would someone know how to find its owner without having a dog tag connected to it?

Dog tags do not have to be fancy by any means. Simply have a tag made out with your name, your phone number, your dog's name, and of course your address. Dog tags are an important precaution to take to insure that your pet comes back to you in case of some unforeseen circumstances causes him to get lost.

You can find dog tags at any number of local pet shops and especially online. In fact there are hundreds of online dog tag stores that will provide you with exactly the look you desire and will engrave all of the information that you want to have. And depending on your needs, all of this can be as little as $3.95 plus shipping and handling for each dog tag.

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Grooming supplies for your Pit Bull

Although your Pit Bull does not need a full cabinet of beauty aids like some dogs do, he will still need a few basic essentials. It is necessary for him to have a few health and grooming supplies to keep him looking sharp and feeling great. Having the right grooming supplies also enables you and your dog to have a more enjoyable grooming session.

A natural bristle brush is recommended in order to maintain his smooth and shiny coat. While Pit Bulls do not get tangled hair, a brush is necessary to remove dead hair, stimulate the skin, and distribute oils. It is not necessary to brush his coat everyday; however it is a great way to give your dog a little pampering that he deserves. Brushing your Pit Bull also gives you the opportunity to spend quality time with him which helps in creating a stronger bond between you and your pet.

For bathing, you can either use a regular dog shampoo or a tearless shampoo. It is also good to have a rinse-free shampoo handy for quick-fixes.

In addition, have your Pit Bull get used to having his teeth brushed while he is still a puppy. You may add a meat flavored doggy toothpaste to make the task more enjoyable for your dog.

Lastly, you will need a good pair of nail clippers. The two types that are commonly used are scissors and the guillotine. Be sure to use heavy-duty nail clippers for an adult Pit Bull.

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