Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Profile

by Leanne Thompson on April 30, 2010

Staffordshire Bull Terriers, or Staffies as they are affectionately known, are a hardy breed and are affectionate and loyal to their owners. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are misguidedly seen as good guard dogs when they are in fact, a very people friendly breed and excellent as a family pet, preferring your lap or the sofa to being on their own.

As they are a very strong, sometimes boisterous breed it is vital to provide good basic training to keep them calm around visitors and enable you to enjoy your walks on the lead. A fearless character with a muscular appearance, the Staffie is eager to please and enjoys companionship. Staffordshire Bull Terriers have little sense of fear or cautiousness and are therefore likely to get themselves into situations where they could be injured. Even though the Staffordshire Bull Terrier has received bad press in recent years, with careful training and socialisation they make wonderful pets and will give many years of loyal service to their owners.

Typical Staffordshire Bull Terrier facts

puppy-training-staffordshireHeight: Male 14-16 in (36-41cm) Female 13-15 in (33-38 cm)
Weight: Male 25-38 lb (11-17 kg) Female 23-35 lb (10-16 kg)
Average litter size: 4 to 6 pups
Life expectancy: 10-12 years
Good with children: Yes
Kennel Club classification:
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Clicker training for dogs

by Vivien Richardson on April 29, 2010

Training your puppy or an adult dog is made easy with the use of a ‘clicker’. Clicker training was first used as a method for communicating with dolphins and whales; today is has been adapted and proven as positive training tool for dogs and puppies.

A puppy or adult dog will relish the fact that you are establishing a training routine that allows them to please you and get a reward at the same time. They will soon learn what your basic commands are and what you expect from them.

Some of the simple basic commands your dog needs to learn are: come, sit, walk to heel and stay. Always use one word commands as your dog will not understand a sentence.

Clicker training is associated with an action of praise, and a treat for good behaviour, and there is no need for any punishment.
Puppy training is made easier with a little patience from (more…)

Blind man shunned after restaurant staff hear ‘gay dog’ not ‘guide dog’

by Leanne Thompson on April 28, 2010

Straight from the archives entitled ‘you couldn’t make it up’, a female friend of a blind man in Australia asked if he could bring his guide dog into a restaurant, but the staff misheard her, thinking she’d said ‘gay dog’. Not wanting any homosexual dogs in their restaurant, they turned her away!

57 year old Ian Jolly, his female friend and his guide dog, ‘Nudge’, wanted to enter the restaurant that served Thai food, in Adelaide last year. However, a misunderstanding on behalf of staff at the restaurant led them to believe that Nudge was in fact gay; and they turned the trio away.

The restaurant has now been taken to an equal opportunities tribunal, where its owners defended their employee’s actions by stating:

The staff genuinely believed that Nudge was an ordinary pet dog which had been desexed to become a gay dog.

The restaurant has refused to give any comment to the press in Australia, but they do display a sign stating that guide dogs (more…)

How to prepare for your dog being on heat

by Vivien Richardson on April 27, 2010

dog in heatFemale dogs, at the grand age of 6 months, are entering the fertile time of their reproductive cycle; this cycle will continue every 6 to 8 months and can last for 2 to 3 weeks each time. It is first noticeable with a spotting of blood from the bitch.

Most female dogs do not produce much blood, and smaller breeds hardly any. However, your pet may suddenly become listless and want to wee a little more than usual, after all this is a new experience for her. If at first your dog is producing too much blood, you may want to restrict her to certain easy to clean areas in your home.

It is essential that you keep your dog away from other male dogs during this time as she will attract unwanted attention from un-castrated male dogs – not just the attention of stud dogs.

The scent that she sends out will cover a large radius and if there is a male dog near you will find your bitch will try to encourage the male dog to mount her. If your female dog has displayed no interest in male dogs before, that will (more…)

Jennifer Lopez upstaged by disabled dog

by Darren Jamieson on April 26, 2010

Jennifer Lopez is one of those celebrities who’s used to getting their own way. She’s a diva with a reputation for hogging the limelight, but at a recent premier for her film ‘The Back-Up Plan’ she was upstaged by a two-legged co-star in the shape of ‘disabled’ dog Nubbins, a Boston Terrier.

article-0-093D36F0000005DC-469_468x449At the premier, Lopez shared the spotlight with her husband Marc Anthony, and Nubbins the dog, who stars in the film as her dog Nuts. In the film, Jennifer plays a character who sets up a pet boutique called Hudson Mutts, which is dedicated to pet adoptions and pet care.

Jennifer spoke of her character’s love for the disabled dog:

Even though Nuts is handicapped, Zoe treats him like he’s normal.

She’s tough on him and she loves him. She’s always there for him.

Dog lovers need not worry for the real Nubbins though, as he’s only acting disabled – he actually has four legs, but remained in character for the premier! Nubbins shared the role of (more…)

How safe is a puppy in the garden?

by Vivien Richardson on April 25, 2010

Once your new puppy has had all the pet vaccinations, you will want them to run and play out in your garden. However, have you checked if the garden area is safe for your new dog?

A garden that has been treated with slug pellets or weed killer can be a danger for a puppy and, in some cases, can be fatal. If you think your puppy has eaten something that is harmful, quickly take them to the vets.

An established garden can have dangers lurking from some of its more common plants. Watch out for a puppy digging up a bulb and chewing it; stop them immediately as they could be poisoned.

bulldog-puppyDangerous toxicity for your puppy can be found in sweet peas, poppies, foxgloves and other plants, including the popular chrysanthemum, rhubarb, primrose and ivy.

Health and safety issues for your puppy while he plays in a garden will include the (more…)

Britain’s Got Talent’s Chandi has been on TV before

by Leanne Thompson on April 24, 2010

Chandi the dancing dog, and her owner Tina Humphrey, amazed the audience, the home viewers (and most importantly, the judges) on the first episode of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent last week – but according to a report from the Daily Mail, the pair are no strangers to TV talent contests.

Chandi, a rescue dog from Shropshire, performed ballet, dancing with her owner and even held a broom on her own at one point, but the Mail claims that the pair have done this all before. The pair actually competed in, and won, a heat of ‘When Will I Be Famous’ on the BBC in 2007, hosted by Graham Norton, and picked up a cheque for £10,000.

The pair have also performed their routine on ITV show ‘Richard and Judy’, on the BBC’s ‘Blue Peter’ and again at Crufts last year. At Crufts in 2009, Chandi’s incredible obedience training enabled her to win all three of the ‘Freestyle Finals’ and the ‘Heelwork-To-Music’ events, making her the only dog in history to have won all three at once.

ITV has defended the duo though, saying that there are no rules stopping entrants who have competed on other talent shows previously.

The Daily Mail reported than an insider on (more…)

What do I do if my dog is stung by a bee?

by Vivien Richardson on April 23, 2010

All dogs, especially puppies, love to chase their toys and run after anything that moves… including insects.

Insects such as a bee or a wasp will soon teach a curious dog not to mess with them. However, a bee or wasp sting under normal circumstances can bring about minor pain and irritation for your dog.

On the more serious side of this subject, if your dog receives more than one sting, either inside the mouth or on the throat, it can be dangerous. If this occurs then rush him to the nearest vet to get rid of the injected poison. A bee will sting your dog, leave the sting in the skin and then die. However, a wasp sting is not barbed and is more painful, therefore more dangerous (more…)

‘Ban dogs from churchyards’ demands church warden

by Darren Jamieson on April 22, 2010

It seems as though the number of different places that dog owners and their dogs are able to go in the UK is becoming smaller and smaller. All over Britain, dogs have been banned from beaches, parks, town centres and public areas. It’s as if dogs have been classed as criminals and are no longer allowed out.

A churchwarden in a Lancashire church, St Bartholomew’s in Westhoughton, now wants to ban dog owners and their dogs from the churchyard itself. Churchwarden James Wilson had branded dog owners being allowed in the churchyard as ‘disgraceful’ – and wants to see them banned immediately.

Mr Wilson recently requested that councillors make the churchyard a ‘dog free zone’, complete with heavy fines for any dog owner that strays into the churchyard. He added:

With all the countryside and fields we have around Westhoughton, I don’t understand why anyone would (more…)

Dog told it cannot run for mayor!

by Leanne Thompson on April 21, 2010

As election fever grips the UK, it seems prudent that the Canadians remind us of just how barmy politics can become. Roman Emperor Caligula once named a horse as one of his senators, with the thinking that it couldn’t do any worse than any of the senators at the time – and a dog owner in Clarington, a municipality east of Toronto in Canada, has had the same idea concerning his dog Genny.

Genny, a black Labrador, wanted to run for mayor of Clarington – but those pesky rules seem to have scuppered the dog’s chances. Apparently, according to the ‘rules’, you have to be human in order to stand for any political office in Canada – and Genny is, sadly, a dog. Caligula never stood for such red tape getting in the way!

Just like Caligula, Genny’s owner isn’t going to let the fact that Genny is a dog get in the way of his bid for her to become the first canine mayor of (more…)

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