Monthly Archives: August 2016

my doggo

my doggo

Took Sybil out for a hike – @the-dog-fandom 

Took Sybil out for a hike – @the-dog-fandom 

My beautiful flower child

My beautiful flower child

This is Manny. My handsome deer chihuahua who passed recently…

This is Manny. My handsome deer chihuahua who passed recently due to reckless driving. He was my best friend. But he’ll always have a place in mi corazon♥️

Riggs is a 15 week old American bulldog x Pitbull mix! He loves…

Riggs is a 15 week old American bulldog x Pitbull mix! He loves tummy rubs and loves to snuggle!

Lucky, 1 ½ years old. Jack Russell mix.

Lucky, 1 ½ years old. Jack Russell mix.

My beautiful lab/staffy/Jack Russell mix Pol!

My beautiful lab/staffy/Jack Russell mix Pol!

I just started college and have been missing my dog more than anything :(( Any tips/advice would be greatly appreciated

Skype? 🙂 Maybe volunteer at a shelter? Pet sit? Dog walk?

How do I know if my dog is exercising too much? I bike and she runs on a leash beside me and I let her set the pace (I’ll speed up or slow down as she does). She usually sleeps a lot after a long run and sometimes acts like she’s sore (limping, groaning when she gets up), but if she sees me going outside she always wants to run more. She’s a 7yo mutt (too mixed for a DNA test to tell what breeds) and the vet says she needs to lose some weight but I don’t want to hurt her by working her too hard.

When it comes to exercise, some dogs tend to out do themselves. The amount of exercise you should supply depends on breed, age, weight, and health.

If your dog is overweight, you have to imagine what the exercise routine you’re doing would feel like to an overweight person. They certainly aren’t conditioned to run a 5k, and the extra weight puts stress on joints and muscles. Depending on the size of your dog, 7 years old could also be considered a senior dog as well. So on top of being overweight, you have to worry about arthritis and a decrease in stamina.

If your dog is showing signs of being sore, it is your responsibility to make sure he takes a break. Dogs do things they shouldn’t do all the time, he will hurt himself. Also make sure that you’re combing this exercise routine with a good diet. Calorie intake plays just as much of a role as fat burning!

And thank you for caring about your pet’s weight 🙂

Atlas loves a harley!  @atlasmyaxis

Atlas loves a harley!  @atlasmyaxis

Ted, 4 year old german shepherd hunting for pokemon

Ted, 4 year old german shepherd hunting for pokemon

handsomedogs: Henry, our corgi-catahoula mix

handsomedogs:

Henry, our corgi-catahoula mix

My German shepherd pup Aizen and my fluffy white (though very…

My German shepherd pup Aizen and my fluffy white (though very dirty) Samoyed Neenee ❤️

Grandma’s Mela c: We believe she is a Husky-Mix, we can’t really…

Grandma’s Mela c: We believe she is a Husky-Mix, we can’t really tell what else she is mixed with.

mozart likes laying in the grass

mozart likes laying in the grass

My pretty dog Ellie. She’s a 1 year old mix with gorgeous…

My pretty dog Ellie. She’s a 1 year old mix with gorgeous eyes.

Love our family! And our neighbor’s dog too! #dogsarefamilytoo…

Love our family! And our neighbor’s dog too! #dogsarefamilytoo
#puppyeyes
#handsomedogs

Besides size, what’s the difference between shelties and collies?

They are different breeds altogether, and I’d say Shelties have a bit more energy. Outside of that, i believe they are pretty similar. The ones I have met have been equally calm, yet vocal.

Let’s ask the experts!

@spartathesheltie
@foxthecollie
@lambdalupi
@1-pup-of-flour
@zeldathesheltie
@snoots-and-wiskers
@hadissima
@adognamedwillowwand

My 6month old Cardigan Corgi Pip being a cheeky pupper and…

My 6month old Cardigan Corgi Pip being a cheeky pupper and laying on the bed.

my best friend :’)

my best friend :’)

This is Tucker! He is a 7 week old yellow lab! -…

This is Tucker! He is a 7 week old yellow lab! – @morgancohanposts

This is my handsome Catahoula/Black Lab Louie. He’s a big…

This is my handsome Catahoula/Black Lab Louie. He’s a big nervous baby that loves to cuddle and I’ve had him since he was born. @itanim

This is my red merle Aussie, Riley, at Crater Lake! His favorite…

This is my red merle Aussie, Riley, at Crater Lake! His favorite things are human contact and bones filled with peanut butter! @halfismyluckynumber

This is Mac! He’s a year old and a blue heeler/ border collie…

This is Mac! He’s a year old and a blue heeler/ border collie mix. He really loves car rides and wearing pretty things! -Jade

This is my new puppy named Paris he’s named after a Star…

This is my new puppy named Paris he’s named after a Star Trek character (which is odd because I never thought I’d name a pet after someone from a tv series) he’s only nine weeks old (so I got him recently) he’s very smart (to my advantage Hahahah) he’s just over all really handsome and I wanted to share him!

This is my friends dog Tessa. She’s mostly part Husky but…

This is my friends dog Tessa. She’s mostly part Husky but they believe she has part Collie and part sheepdog in her as well. She’s super energetic and loves people and other dogs. When I go for runs with my friend and her mom walks behind us, Tessa will run up with us and try to herd us back. 

Have you seen Pitbulls and Parolees? I’ve heard a lot of discussions on how they treat their dogs, and wanted to know your opinion since you seem pretty knowledgeable in that area.

I’ve seen a few episodes, they seem to be knowledgeable and careful with how they place their dogs. I guess I haven’t seen much of how they actually treat the dogs. Is there something in particular you’re referring to?

So this is kind of a weird question. A lot of people I know think its super gross to get undressed in front of your dog, and I’ve been doing it since I had him. Wake up, get dressed for work, its a dog, its not like it cares. An animal isn’t concerned with if you’re wearing clothes or not. Maybe it is a moralistic thing, but am I super weird for feeling comfortable showering with my dog in the same room or getting dressed in front of him? Someone told me I was encouraging beastiality and I just.

Hahaha gross, no. Dogs don’t understand that you’re naked… I think it is normal to feel awkward and not want to have eyes staring at you, but it is also normal to not even care. My dog is certainly not modest in front of me!

Boo, our English Terrible Bulldog. She is 1 year old.

Boo, our English Terrible Bulldog. She is 1 year old.

My Shih Tzu mix 3month old pups so adorable.

My Shih Tzu mix 3month old pups so adorable.

Roscoe and I just moved to Seattle and we discovered the joys of…

Roscoe and I just moved to Seattle and we discovered the joys of a dog park with lake access. Took me over an hour to convince him to get out of the lake to head home. He’s a happy, happy pup. 

This is Molly. She was the love of my life. She passed away on…

This is Molly. She was the love of my life. She passed away on August 12th

This is Lola , she loves to model for my pictures as you can see…

This is Lola , she loves to model for my pictures as you can see !

This is sweet little Cindy. Or as we call her “Cindy…

This is sweet little Cindy. Or as we call her “Cindy Roo” because she gives a long “Rooooooo” once she recognizes you.

In order : butter cup (half blind white sausage) Apollo (250 lb…

In order : butter cup (half blind white sausage) Apollo (250 lb english mastiff) then from the top : apollo, coki, and apoki (about 10 months old). Last ones apoki being a giant lapdog. They’re massive lumbering needy babies and I love them

4 year old terrier mix, Eddie, giving his best Blue Steal.

4 year old terrier mix, Eddie, giving his best Blue Steal.

Milo the Bullmastiff X Staffy and Sadie the Staffy

Milo the Bullmastiff X Staffy and Sadie the Staffy

This is Bella, my 1.5 year old black lab/pitbull/hound mix…

This is Bella, my 1.5 year old black lab/pitbull/hound mix rescued from South Carolina. She loves swimming, fighting with her brother Midnight, and getting her belly rubbed.

Tisk Tisk, Tia!

I chew things when no-one is looking so that my brother always gets the blame…for example pulling…

#Dacshund #Philippines

#Dacshund #Philippines

Angel Sallade | Pharaoh Hound

Angel Sallade | Pharaoh Hound

I want many handsome dog

You have come to the right place.

Mira Heikkilä | Rhodesian Ridgeback in the Finnish woods

Mira Heikkilä | Rhodesian Ridgeback in the Finnish woods

Monica van der Maden | In the city

Monica van der Maden | In the city

9 month old dalmatian 7 year old lhasa apso all they care about:…

9 month old dalmatian
7 year old lhasa apso
all they care about: treats!!!

This is Bailey Blu – 4 yr old rescue sheltie, visiting…

This is Bailey Blu – 4 yr old rescue sheltie, visiting Burlington, VT from his home state of New York. You can follow him on Tumblr at BaileyBlu

i have a 3mo. bbm who has start showing some dog aggression while at dog daycare. lots of bites to the face/neck area, pinning/standing over other dogs, HATES high arousal play, and seems to go over threshold very quickly when another dog gets the advantage on him. we attend puppy class, plan on talking with trainers there, but would you have any suggestions on how to keep him socialized while managing his aggression/selectiveness?

From my experience, training would be apart of your daycare experience. You can pay for additional training to help, but whomever is supervising the group should be correcting those behaviors immediately. Daycare shouldn’t just be a free for all, and it is beneficial to the person managing the group to manage those behaviors anyway.

It sounds like your dog is most likely learning those behaviors from another dog that goes there, or at least being put in situations where he needs to be snappy. At 3 months old he is learning how to play and how to push boundaries. If he is making friends with rough housers, that’s how he is going to play. It doesn’t sound like aggression, it sounds like he needs guidance on proper play.

I would definitely talk with the daycare, see what their methods are on giving corrections. They could be the root of the problem, or it could be a certain mix of dogs that just don’t get along. Some daycares get too many dogs than they can handle and end up having to put many dogs together that shouldn’t be. Combine that with handlers that don’t understand canine body language, and you can damage a dog’s personality! Make sure they don’t use aversive corrections, they should only use positive reinforcement and redirection. If they are the ones who told you your 3mo is aggressive, you might want to seek help elsewhere.

Minty Fresh Breath My dog ate an entire package of sugarless…

Minty Fresh Breath

My dog ate an entire package of sugarless gum, which is full of Xylitol – a substance poisonous to dogs.

Kingsley Shacklebolt, my little handsome boy.

Kingsley Shacklebolt, my little handsome boy.

Meet Jasper the border collie, the most photogenic and pat…

Meet Jasper the border collie, the most photogenic and pat loving dog you’ll ever meet.

Protip: don’t say walk or meat around him, he goes nuts, even though he’s nearly 10 now

This is Mooz! He’s a year old Alaskan Husky in training to be a…

This is Mooz! He’s a year old Alaskan Husky in training to be a sled dog!
~ anonymous

noodle-shrimps: Walter and Willow

noodle-shrimps:

Walter and Willow

This is Charlie my 2 year old Border Collie ^_^ He loves rides…

This is Charlie my 2 year old Border Collie ^_^ He loves rides in the car and squeaky toys- Anonymous 

Bandit Incarcerated

I escaped on a walk and was missing for 14 hours before my family found me in a neighbour’s live…

This is Ollie! He’s a mutt, and one of the sweetest, quietest…

This is Ollie! He’s a mutt, and one of the sweetest, quietest dogs I’ve ever met. He’s almost 8 years old now! He’s my sweet boy, and he really really likes our new garden.

Daisy, the golden Bernese mountain dog

Daisy, the golden Bernese mountain dog

achoirofcritters: Finally a halfway decent photo of these two…

achoirofcritters:

Finally a halfway decent photo of these two dorks together!

Evie and Astaroth, my two precious pups. I love them so much.

I did visits to sled dog kennels this summer while I was in Alaska and the two that I got to see are very successful ones and the dogs love to pull bc they know they get to run. And Jeff King has dog wheels and treadmills where the dogs can run in one spot. But they also can tell f their dogs are getting tired or don’t want to pull or participate and for long races like the Iditarod will send them home if they need to. So like dogs really like to pull things as long as it isnt 2 much like horses

Very cool! I’d love to visit Alaska one day.

So Berners have been used historically to pull carts. Would it be inhumane to have a pair of them pull a chariot?

I don’t think so, as long as the dog enjoys pulling. But if a dog doesn’t want to pull – it won’t.

Feel free to express your opinions, don’t feel like my word is the end all be all!

Is weightpulling humane?

The regulated sport of weight pulling is humane, yes. Anything can be inhumane when done improperly, but there are rules and guidelines in place to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of a dog when it is participating at a pulling event. 

The important thing to realize is that you cannot force a dog to pull. Pulling is something the dog must do out of its own free will, and most will do it gladly with excitement and enthusiasm. (Just like your dog might do on a walk? eh?) Dogs, especially those bred to pull, need that outlet just as any other breed would benefit from doing what they were bred for. 

It gets sticky when you have unconditioned dogs trying to pull more than they should. Just like you and I would need to prepare to lift weights or run a marathon, dogs are at risk for injury when their desire to pull is stronger than their muscles.

It is also fun to know that any breed can participate, so while you might have a certain image in mind, some championship winners have been the Norwegian Elkhound, Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, Patterdale Terrier, Miniature Schnauzer, Basenji, Boston Terrier, & Chinese Crested!

Click here to see a post I wrote outlining weight pulling.

Apollo striking a pose even while dodging attacks from the puppy

Apollo striking a pose even while dodging attacks from the puppy

The Litter-Box-Cleaning-Crotchless Wonder

My name is Maggie, I’m a Cheagle (Chihuahua-Beagle Mix) and I am 8 months old. When my two moms and…

My baby boy Niko is a 12 week old Australian shepherd-poodle…

My baby boy Niko is a 12 week old Australian shepherd-poodle mix. That’s him with my cat Merlin in his sandbox.

Sun, pool and beer

Sun, pool and beer

what are some other good dog picture blogs? like just in general photo blogs. are there any>?

You can find a list of dogblrs on my FAQ page; handsomedogs.com/FAQ

This is Lexi. She is 6 and a rescue dog! She sleeps a lot.

This is Lexi. She is 6 and a rescue dog! She sleeps a lot.

handsomedogs: Now Available in Europe!Our popular t-shirt…

handsomedogs:

Now Available in Europe!

Our popular t-shirt design is now available internationally. This means shipping costs will be lower for those across the pond, and you even get access to a euro-exclusive tote! This is a limited time offer that ends 08/29/16!

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NikeSwoosh❤️

NikeSwoosh❤️

My rescue shelter boy Roman (lab mix) and our newer adoption…

My rescue shelter boy Roman (lab mix) and our newer adoption Caliber (shep) ! I love these babies and they are both certified search and rescue k9s

How Much is that [gonna cost me] Doggie in the Window

Oscar charged at the window in an attempt to catch a fly. He broke the window with his giant head. I…

here is Artemis my pyr/border collie mix! We got her around…

here is Artemis my pyr/border collie mix! We got her around February and are trying to help her with her PTSD from previous abusive owners. She’s a real sweetheart and is very loving but very shy with strangers.

My girlfriend just adopted this 3 yo pitbull mix, Sammie. Most…

My girlfriend just adopted this 3 yo pitbull mix, Sammie. Most relaxed dog I’ve ever met. I think she’s the cutest.

This is my baby Samson! He’s a 10 year old yellow lab,…

This is my baby Samson! He’s a 10 year old yellow lab, he’s convinced he is still a puppy!

springertuck: Happy 10th Birthday to my handsome Tucker!…

springertuck:

Happy 10th Birthday to my handsome Tucker! <3

We were told when he was 8 he had a few months to live. I prayed for a 9th birthday… and here he is at 10. It’s a very emotional one for me since I thought I was going to lose my best friend. I am so very happy and thankful to be able to share his 10th birthday with him and to see him so happy for all of it!

Happy Birthday handsome!! I hope you had a great day <3

I have tons more photos to share, but I could never get through them all today!

This is the love of my life, she allways makes me laugh. Rain or…

This is the love of my life, she allways makes me laugh. Rain or sun❤ – @hellotothewonder

5.5 month old Kishu Ken, Cúchulainn, camping in the Willamette…

5.5 month old Kishu Ken, Cúchulainn, camping in the Willamette National Forest. @crispbean for credit.

This is Zeus, my beautiful Black German Shepherd. -…

This is Zeus, my beautiful Black German Shepherd. – @starlight-okami

This old dog Learned Some new Tricks

“After I escaped form my crate I took these two glass jars off the pantry door rack, carried them…

Meet Rebel!! He is a Rotti/Shepherd mix and the love of my…

Meet Rebel!! He is a Rotti/Shepherd mix and the love of my life! I rescued him from the short list at a city pound, and drove 2 & ½ hrs, one way, to pick him up. He’s been an angel from day one, and the best dog I’ve ever had! We love you Rebel!

Our gorgeous Labrador puppy, Max ♡ @suzannahmarieowens

Our gorgeous Labrador puppy, Max ♡ @suzannahmarieowens

Why is he so handsome when he’s a terrible chair theif -…

Why is he so handsome when he’s a terrible chair theif – @snoots-and-wiskers

This is Storm Chaser from the shelter I’ve been volunteering at…

This is Storm Chaser from the shelter I’ve been volunteering at 🙂

achoirofcritters: Evie is really bored with her modeling…

achoirofcritters:

Evie is really bored with her modeling career.

YAWNNNNNN.

This is Dominic. He’s a 5 year old Sharpei x Boston Terrier.

This is Dominic. He’s a 5 year old Sharpei x Boston Terrier.

My lovely 8 year old Layla.

My lovely 8 year old Layla.

Gaja :by Martyna Ożóg

Gaja :by Martyna Ożóg

I don’t Remember Planting Carrots

Smokey just looooves baby carrots, unfortunately his daddy’s earplugs look an awful lot like baby…

Hiking Oregon. Don’t worry he had plenty of water.

Hiking Oregon. Don’t worry he had plenty of water.

This is Henry, our yellow lab rescue. He’s an absolute rascal…

This is Henry, our yellow lab rescue. He’s an absolute rascal who’s both too handsome and too strong for his own good. He loves treats, hugs, lying on his back to play dead and smothering our other rescue with affection (Moss the collie mix does not always appreciate it however!)

As they say – angles are everything in photography!

This is Rogue, a Golden Retriever White Lab mix. She is my…

This is Rogue, a Golden Retriever White Lab mix. She is my sister’s dog, but we’re best friends. Rogue loves to cuddle and has her own special spot on the couch.

these are my handsome boys, boots the shepherd lab and anakin…

these are my handsome boys, boots the shepherd lab and anakin the pit bull lab

This is Ziggy! He is a 7 year old Lhasa Apso who enjoys long…

This is Ziggy! He is a 7 year old Lhasa Apso who enjoys long walks in the park, barking at strange objects and howling down the phone to sales calls. If you want to see more of Ziggy, check out my Instagram @Dinkleplush  

Can/should u brush a dogs teeth?

Yes. Dogs can get dental disease, especially once they’re in their senior years and have had years of poor dental care. But dogs can start to develop tartar and plaque by the time they are 3. The bones and chews recommended yesterday can help maintain oral health, but most vets recommend getting their teeth cleaned once a year, along with brushing daily.

They make toothbrushes, finger brushes, and even wipes for dog’s teeth. Never use human toothpastes – they make dog toothpastes. It may seem unnecessary, but once you’ve seen a dog with dental disease… It is not only just gross and smelly, but it affects the overall health of the dog. They cannot eat because they’re in pain, they can lose teeth, have bleeding gums, and it can even harm their internal organs from the spread of bacteria.

This is my mutt Maggie! She’s a pit bull mix that we rescued…

This is my mutt Maggie! She’s a pit bull mix that we rescued almost 3 years ago that we’ve discovered will eat absolutely anything (including the chocolate chips you left on the edge of the counter while making cookies…)

Meet Brandi our 11 year old Pit/Lab mix. She loves going for…

Meet Brandi our 11 year old Pit/Lab mix. She loves going for rides in the Jeep when the tops off.

Lizard Relocation Specialist

Dodger dug up a nest of lizards at daycare. The staff moved the dogs to a different field to give…

emmet’s back! he’s grown a lot, but he’s still a handsome little…

emmet’s back! he’s grown a lot, but he’s still a handsome little meatball! (my dad + his fiancée’s staffy puppy)

My Golden Retriever, Tupper. Passed away last year from cancer…

My Golden Retriever, Tupper. Passed away last year from cancer at age 10. Such a sweet dog that I miss with all my heart

This is my Puffen, a japaneese spitz. He’s the goofiest,…

This is my Puffen, a japaneese spitz. He’s the goofiest, weirdest dog ever, but he’s the most important in my life

Sources on why Greenies are bad? I’ve been giving Greenies to my dog for a while and….

There are plenty of horror stories on the Internet.. They have the same concerns that go along with Rawhides. They are not easily digestible, they are a choking hazard, they can cause fatal impaction, and they aren’t made of quality ingredients. They certainly clean teeth, but they have also been retrieved from a dog’s digestive tract hard and intact days after ingestion! Any chew or bone is going to be a choking or impaction hazard, though, and not every dog is going to have these issues.

But here are the first few ingredients in a Greenie: Wheat flour, wheat protein isolate, glycerin, gelatin, oat fiber, water, lecithin, natural poultry flavor

And here Natural Balance Dental Chews: Pumpkin, Potato Starch, Chicken Meal, Glycerin, Papaya, Natural Chicken Flavor

So, there are definitely better ingredients for your dog out there that will still clean their teeth.