Can Aromatherapy Help in Your Dog Breeding Efforts?

Over ten years ago, it was discovered that essential oils can be used for the health and well being of animals. All you need to do is figure out the right combination to suit whatever ails your dog. When you combine the benefits of different essential oils, you can create an endless supply of natural remedies.

When using essential oils on your dog, there are a few things to take into consideration. Humans are able to benefit from the smell just as much as the oil by using items like an essential oil diffuser necklace. These allow you to place an oil soaked pad inside of the essential oil diffuser necklace and take in the scent all day. You don’t have that luxury with a dog.

Since most essential oils are applied topically on a dog, you need to take great care with the ingredients you use and where the oils are placed. Sensitive areas like the eyes, nose and genitalia are to be avoided, regardless of the oils being used. In some cases it is recommended that you blend the oils in a shampoo or wash, so that the benefits can be absorbed rapidly without causing any irritation to the skin.

If you want your dog to be healthy enough to breed, but prefer to use natural methods than try blending any of these five essential oils which are safe for use on animals:

  1. Lavender – You are going to find this on the top of almost any essential oil list, and for good reason. It is extremely versatile and perfectly safe when used topically. A lavender scented wash will help relieve skin itching on your dog, fight any bacteria and help keep him or her calm during the breeding process.
  2. Peppermint – A lot like lavender, peppermint’s benefits are endless when it comes to promoting good health. Use it before and after conception in order to promote healthy circulation. It is also a useful natural repellent for ticks and fleas.
  3. Niaouli – This Australian herb is a great antibacterial in case your dog gets a cut on his skin. It works the same way as tree oil does, but is naturally gentler making it perfect for a dog.
  4. German Chamomile – German chamomile is another essential oil that helps in keeping the dogs skin healthy. Covered by fur, it is very easy to forget about the protection the skin underneath needs.
  5. Helichrysum – This incredible herb is actually proven to help regenerate tissue after an injury. That benefit is very useful for the female dog after she has given birth to help bring her back to full health rapidly.

Healthy pups come from healthy dogs. For the best success in your breeding efforts, use natural essential oils to keep both the mom and the dad at optimal health.

7 Dog Breeds Who Have a Lovelier Beard than George Clooney

There is much to consider when choosing a breed of dog. The personality is a big concern of course, but so is the way they look. One feature that some breeds share is a beard, which can really make a doggie stand out.

The Affenpinchser – This is certainly not the best looking pooch at the party, which is why the beard is such an important feature. The beard is not full, matching their scraggly personality perfectly. Think Jason Bateman, except without the stunning smile.

The Airedale Terrier – A big hearted dog with a big goatee to match, the Airedale Terrier has a unique look. Keep it neat and trim, and he is going to look just as amicable as Brad Pitt does when he is going with the goatee look.

Bearded Collie – With some bearded collies it is hard to tell where the fur ends and the beard begins. As their name suggests this breed is known for its full face of facial hair, making them all sorts of cute and cuddly just like Zack Galifianakis looks when he has forgotten to brush his hair and rub some beard balm onto his whiskers.

Bergamasco – This is a unique breed of dog where bathing is discouraged in order to allow for a natural corded look to take shape in the fur. The beard is a nice offset, looking as nicely trimmed and neat as George Clooney’s does.

Schnauzer – No matter what kind of schnauzer you breed, expect to find a litter full  of bearded pups. This breed is known for having excessive facial hair all over, from the bushy eyebrows to the even bushier beard. In fact, they are not far off from Russel Brand’s look when he forgets his beard trimming tips for the day.

Berger Picard – You just die wanting to run a brush through a Berger Picard’s beard, although it won’t do any good. These dogs are the epitome of the scruffy beard look and would have no problem competing with Robert Duvall on a very bad day.

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Scottish Terrier – It’s hard to tell where the terrier’s face starts and ends, as his beard is more of a full facial starting at the eyebrows. In fact, it is this feature that makes the terrier so distinguishable, kind of like those guys from Duck Dynasty.

So long as you are diligent about keeping a dogs beard neat and clean, there is no reason why you shouldn’t let them sport their natural look. If you want a unique looking dog to breed, any one of these will certainly stand out.

Things To Think About Before You Breed Your Dog

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Deciding to breed dogs is a big task. There is a lot that goes into it, and it should not be taken lightly. Before you begin breeding, there are a few things that you need to think about and to do. By doing these things you will help to make the breeding experience better for not only you, but for the dogs as well.

1. Research – The most important thing you need to do is not go into this blind. Find out as much information as possible before you begin. Read about the types of dogs you should get, the living arrangements necessary to hold the dogs, the tools or supplies you are going to need, and a lot more. The more information that you can gather, the better off that you will be. Talk to people that have bred dogs before and see what advice they can give you. There are plenty of sites online where dog breeders can talk to one another, so get acquainted with this community and see what they can tell you. Making mistakes during dog breeding can lead to some pretty bad consequences, so you want to try and avoid these at all costs.

2. Reasons – Why are you breeding dogs? This may seem like a silly question, but you need to think about it carefully before you begin. Are you breeding because you love animals, and you want to raise some puppies? Are you breeding these dogs so that they can compete in shows? Or are you just looking to make money by selling purebred dogs? The reasons behind breeding will impact many of the decisions that you make, so you will want to keep the reason in the back of your mind whenever you are making a decision.

3. Your Situation – Lastly, you want to think about your current situation. For example, when the puppies are born, you will need to live with them for at least 8 weeks before they are ready to move onto new homes. Are you prepared for that? Knowing when breeding normally occurs will help to make sure that your home is prepared when the puppies come around. Also, when you are breeding, your aim is to improve the breed. Therefore you want to make sure you are starting off with a dog that is good for breeding. They should have a good temperament, be smart, and have symmetrical features. There are many things to look for in a good breeding dog, but these are some of the main ones. You also want your dog to be healthy, so it is a good idea to have the dogs examined by a vet before you begin.

This is just a short list, but it should set you off in the right direction. As we said, breeding is no small undertaking, so the better prepared you are, the more successful it will be. By thinking about the above things in advance, you give yourself the best chance at having a good breeding experience. Good luck!

Should You Neuter Your Dog?

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If you are a dog owner, or are thinking about getting one, at some point you may need to consider whether or not you want to have your dog neutered. There are a lot of different things to consider when it comes to this decision, so it should not be made lightly. While many people will tell you that you should have your dog neutered no matter what, the truth is that the answer is a little bit more complicated, and it will depend on your own particular situation. Below are some things that you should consider before making a decision on neutering. Hopefully with the information below you will be able to come to a more informed decision that is right for both you and your dog.

1. Purpose – Why did you get this dog? Of course you got it to have some companionship, but for some people it is more than that. For example, some people breed dogs, while others enter them into shows. In both of these cases, you will want to skip having your dog neutered. Obviously not being neutered is essential for breeding dogs, and when you enter them into shows, the judges usually prefer that all of the dog’s parts are intact. However, if you got a dog simply to have a pet, and would like them to have a long and healthy life, then neutering is probably the way to go for you.

2. Age – The age of your dog is important when considering neutering. Even if you are certain that you want to get your dog neutered, it is important that you wait until they are at least a year old. This will help to ensure that they grow properly, and will help to avoid some health complications that can come with performing this operation too soon.

3. Health – The third major thing that you should think about is the health of your dog. If you want your dog to live a long and healthy life – and we are assuming you do – then neutering is the way to go. Not only does it help protect dogs from venereal diseases, but it can also reduce the risk of complications with their prostate. One study by the University of Georgia found that neutered dogs lived on average 1.5 more years than their non-neutered counterparts. However, another study that looked at golden retrievers found that dogs neutered before they were 1 year of age were at an increased risk to other health complications. So again, the timing of the operation is also important.

As you can see, there is no one-size fits all when it comes to dog neutering. For most people, neutering your dog is the right way to go, as long as you do it at the right time. However, if you plan on breeding your dog, or entering them into competitions, then you will want to avoid neutering. Whatever decision you make, just be sure that you have done plenty of research beforehand. This way you can be certain that you are making the right decision for your dog.