For the love of Doggy Dan and his $1 trial

If you’re like most dog owners, then you’re probably looking for the best dog trainers. It’s often difficult to know which way to turn; this is why I am writing this article to help you out. There are many excellent trainers, but the one I’m rather fond of is Doggy Dan. He has such an awesome gentle spirit.

If you’re not sure which way to turn, then Doggy Dan could be your answer. His site is video based and boasts over 250 comprehensive videos with more being added regularly.

Dan currently offers a 3 day trail for $1, he is so confident that you’ll love his videos and free bonuses. You can check his site out HERE.

Doggy Dan question and answers

For the love of Doggy Dan and his $1 trial

Why a $1 trail?

Dan said he simply wants people to enjoy his hard work. It has taken him over five years to build his site; his video’s offer insight to help people understand their dogs better. So many people struggle reading books, people now prefer to watch how it’s done. By offering a $1 trial, dog owners can simply make their mind up easier.

Are there any hidden costs?

It costs $1 to snoop around Doggy Dan’s site for 3 days. You can browse as much as you want to check out whether it’s for you or not. To get the most out of his site though, it’s wiser to sign up; obviously, you can stay as long or as little as you want. After the trial there will be an option to sign up to Dan’s monthly plan.

At the time of writing this, Dan’s monthly fee is $37; this is a walk in the park (no pun intended). Just to understand how reasonable Dan’s monthly fee is, I recently inquired about hiring a professional dog trainer in my home town; he quoted $60 per hour and there was no literature or videos offered to keep for future reference.

Is there a one to one interaction offered?

There is a free forum for everyone to interact with one another and of course Doggy Dan will be your biggest adviser and supporter. You will not be left alone to defend for yourselves; he will be your biggest fan and helper. To have this sort of help would cost hundreds.

Do people have access to all of Dan’s videos?

The trial offers more than 200 videos and some are downloadable for you to keep. There are however a small amount of videos that aren’t available. These videos are for those people that stay longer, this helps support the costs involved to maintain the website and the hours Dan spends in the forum.

The essence of Doggy Dan’s site

Dan has received an official endorsement from the SPCA in New Zealand (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). They actually promote his site because they know fewer animals are returned back to the shelter.

As you can see the trial is a very generous offer which has become a huge hit. Currently, no other dog trainer offers a $1 try before you buy’. If you’re not familiar with Doggy Dan, then now is the time to take the opportunity to suss him out.Dan’s videos cover everything you’ll need to become a pack leader, training puppies or adult dogs, calming your dog and much more. Every video offers quality content for you to enjoy and participate.

Dan has an exceptional understanding of dogs and people; he is very gentle and caring. His gentleness really shines through on his videos. He has an amazing ability to understand and empathise what dogs are saying and why they behave like they do. You can see straight away that his methods work just by how the dogs respond to him.

Here is a list of some of the videos that are covered on Dan’s site:

  • Dog and people aggression such as dogs being aggressive towards objects and people being aggressive to their dogs
  • Barking for attention, when walking, around the house, in the car, left alone, at the door and much more
  • Your dog running away
  • Separation anxiety or any other type of anxiety
  • Hyperactivity and jumping up and down or on furniture
  • Pulled on the lead when walking
  • To come when called
  • Dealing with fears and phobias
  • Obsessiveness over people and objects

Check out Dog Dan’s online training HERE.

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The easy way to potty train a puppy

There is nothing worse than waking up to find your new puppy rolling around in his poo! Yuk, disgusting – the first thing you notice is that it’s everywhere, and it’s going to take at least half an hour to clean. You’ve barely opened your eyes and all you can think about is being late for work.

Another scenario is that your puppy complies with you to go outside for a pee. However, no sooner has he returned inside when he decides to finish off his pee on your nice new carpet. Ahhhh, your thinking this shouldn’t be happening!

Well, you’re right; it shouldn’t be happening. In fact, to avoid these types of scenarios, there are a few little tricks on this page that can help you potty train successfully.

How to potty train a puppy

The easy way to potty train a puppy

Photo by Lynn

It can be very frustrating trying to potty train a puppy, but not impossible. These tricks that I’m about to share with you have probably never been explained to you. There could be some that you’re already using, but my guess is you haven’t heard of some of them.

To potty train a puppy is logical and very simple that you’re going to wonder how on earth you missed it. Below, I will also include some excellent resources to give you a head start; for now though, let’s begin with the logical points.

Staying calm when you potty train a puppy

Just like children, never take your frustrations out on your puppy when training them. Their mishaps are not their fault, do not blame or punish them. Expressing your defeats towards them will only set you and your puppy back further. Let’s face it, it’s impossible to go to the toilet when someone is looking at you angrily.

Your puppy pees in the house because he was bursting to go. Chances are, he probably held it for a very long time. As yet, your puppy doesn’t know how to tell you he’s busting. If you reprimand him by shouting or rubbing his noise in his pee, then he’ll never tell you when he needs the toilet again, and he’ll only do it on your nice new carpet once more.

Please remember puppies do not intentionally try to drive you crazy; they are not vindictive, and they don’t know how to wind you up.

Keeping your eyes on the goal

It’s too easy to lose your focus; it happens to the best of us. No matter how frustrated you’re feeling, always praise your puppy when they do something right. Use treats and praise every time they go to the toilet in the correct place. You will be surprised by how your puppy will be very motivated with something so small yet a powerful.

The tasty reward and verbal praise needs to be given immediately, you actually have a 2-4 second window. What you are doing is building a connection in your dog’s mind that what they did was good. If you give the treat too late the connection will be lost.

Check out this related article Essential dog training treats suggestions

A trick that learned many years ago is to leave treat jars in different areas of the house. Good locations would be on the crate, near your puppy’s bed, every room and in the garden. I also learned to carry a treat pouch attached to my trouser belt, but these can be fiddly to open.

It takes time to potty train a puppy

It’s a learning curve for you and your puppy, and yes it does take patience and time. My advice to you is to remain focused on the successful moments not the mistakes. The good news is that puppies grow up and so toilet training isn’t forever.

Sometimes there’s going to be accidents, in this case scenario it’s best to use diversion tactics. Allow me to explain:

Your puppy sees what looks like a grass spot, but it’s a green pattern on your nice new rug. To your new puppy, it feels rather nice and looks an inviting place to pee and poo.

  • Issue 1) The problem is your puppy did this while you weren’t watching. No matter how hard you try to clean the mess up that spot will always smell sweet to your puppy. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but unfortunately, he will pee and poo there again. The key to overcoming this reoccurring issue is to roll the rug up and put it in the attic for six months.
  • Issue 2) You notice your puppy is looking for a pee and poo spot; he’s sniffing the green pattern that resembles grass. Immediately pick your puppy up without fussing and take him outside to the same area. Once he’s relieved himself give a delicious treat and lots of praise.

Knowledge is critical and everything

There are so many things to think about when potty training that you simply cannot grasp every technique. The secrets need to be grasped before you begin or everything could go pear-shaped. You won’t become a surgeon without having acquired the knowledge beforehand.

One of the best places i’ve come across to acquire great training tips is Doggy Dan the online dog trainer HERE.

Dan offers a 3 day $1 triall for you to take advantage of. Take a look inside his site; there are over 250 videos, some of which are:

  • How to potty train a puppy
  • How to train a puppy
  • Healthy diets for dogs
  • How to be the pack leader
  • Leaving your dog in the house alone
  • Breaking and correctly habits
  • Crate training

And much more…

If you’re really struggling, then the frustration can end today. I suggest you take a look inside Dan’s website, his offer is generous, you simply can’t go wrong. If you’re interested in effective ways to potty train a puppy, then I fully endorse Doggy Dan.

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Dog jerky treats alert and safer alternatives

When it comes to dog jerky treats, it’s always best to err on the side of caution – meaning don’t buy ready-made. For a while now there has been a steady influx of recalls due to thousands of dogs falling ill and nearly 600 pets having died. This problem stems as far back as 2007, and sadly, it still continues today. Personally, we would not give our dog Kaba commercial jerky; it’s too risky, especially when they’re so easy to make!

Unless stated most jerky’s are brought in from China, this is a good enough reason to abstain from them. It’s not just jerky we need to be concerned about, but all dog foods brought in from China. May be the Chinese have some sort of vendetta against us westerners?

Know your dog jerky treats

The problem is nobody, including the FDA officials fully understand the root cause of these dog’s illnesses and deaths. Officials need to know why jerky is poisoning them before issuing product bans. Of course, it wouldn’t be fair to ban unsuspecting brands, but when there are links to specific jerky, it’s a different matter.

This is very saddening because whilst the FDA are dithering, dogs continue to suffer. Basically, the FDA and other officials know that some dog jerky treats are sourced from China, but they don’t do anything about it. They have, however, been very kind to publicize a warning about these mystery contaminations, and dog food companies have issued recalls.

The good news is we know of a few brands that have announced recalls, and these are:

  • Waggin’ Train Jerky Treats or Tenders by Nestle Purina
  • Canyon Creek Ranch Jerky Treats or Tenders by Nestle Purina
  • Milo’s Kitchen Home-Style Dog Treats by Del Monte Corp
  • Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats by Del Monte Corp
  • Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats by Publix Stores
  • Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treats by IMS Pet Industries
  • Duck or Chicken Jerky Teats by Dogswell
  • Chicken Jerky by Joey’s Jerky

It’s also known that some dog have had possible reactions from other brands such as:

  • Chicken and Duck jerky treats by Kingdom Pets
  • Waggin Train Chicken Jerky Tenders by Purina

Of course there could always be more brands added in the future so please keep a watchful eye on this delicate subject. You could also take a look at ‘The dreaded dog food recalls‘ to get a better understanding.

Warning signs of ingesting contaminated jerky

When a dog has consumed infected jerky they may suffer from a variety of symptoms. These can be decreased appetite, lethargy, diarrhea and/or vomiting. More severe case can result in kidney failure or disorder and/or gastrointestinal bleeding.

In some tests, unapproved antibiotics have been found. Additionally, a cocktail of drugs has previously been detected.

Getting to the bottom of these dog jerky treats

The problem is, your dog will not always experience an immediate sickness. Some dogs have become severely ill months later. Of course, at that stage, it’s hard to prove if the dog jerky treats were responsible. Still, it’s wise to use caution and start making your own.

Chinese manufacturers do not care what they put in dog jerky treats or kibble. As far as the Chinese are concerned, dogs are beasts to be killed, they think dogs should be on a dinner plate. Well, it’s fair to say there are some very sweet and caring Chinese people that actually do love dogs, but they’re few and far between!

Watch out for package labeling, manufacturers can give you false information. If you’re not aware of some terminologies, you could be sucked into believing a lie. For example, USA companies can buy food from China; they’ll prepare, package and label these foods as if all have come from the USA. Therefore, made and packaged in the USA does not mean the food was sourced in the USA. At present, it is not illegal to state made and packaged in USA, even though the ingredients are sourced from another country.

How to make your own dog jerk treats

It’s invariably safer to make your own dog treats even if it’s just diced meat or cubes of cheese. You will always know what the ingredients are and as a result your dog will be safe and well. Check out these facts about ‘Dog food ingredients debunked‘ and ‘Is cheap dog food the perfect formula?‘ for further enlightenment.

Why buy dog jerky treats from the supermarket when you can easily make them yourself? You probably think it time consuming, but honestly jerky’s can be made quite quickly. You can make all kinds of dog jerky treats by thinly slicing chicken, beef or lamb, etc.

Add some suitable flavoring or leave then plain. Put them onto a tray and either dehydrate or cook in the oven at 275 for at least one hour. There, that’s no hassle at all, while jerky is cooking you can put your feet up and relax.

May be you’re at your wits end with what to feed your dog or what treats you should give. Check out these simple dog food secret tips of how to create beautiful dog dinners and treats HERE. They’ll help you stay one step ahead of commercial products and you’ll be feeding your dog healthier alternatives.

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Inspirational training with dog tug toys

Investing time and effort using dog tug toys could be an option in training our dogs, predominantly performance dogs. Tugs offer an amazing positive influence, especially with fearful dogs. They can be a great distraction tool, and can aid dogs to overcome fear or difficult situations.

When dogs are faced with frightening conditions, they will either freeze, fight or flight. To counteract this, a tug can be a useful means of overcoming negative thoughts while they engage in playing with a tug. By playing tug with your dog, you are predominantly arousing their positive senses and creating an optimistic mind and situation. Effectively, you are teaching your dog to listen, respond and help thim to enjoy his surroundings.

Getting to grips with dog tug toys

Dog tug toys come in all shapes and sizes; I would recommend tugs without handles. Dogs are naturally keen on grabbing tug handles; as a result, it’s probably wise to abstain from these types of tugs as you could become injured. You don’t necessarily need to buy a specially made tug from your local shop. Dogs enjoy most toys that will challenge them.

Firstly, dogs must always be invited to play tug of war and never let your dog take control. I will ask my dog to ‘COME’, but you can use any incitations to play tug.

You are the one who needs to remain in control; I don’t mean being authoritarian, it’s about exercising positive influences. Should you ask your dog to leave, drop, enough or whatever spurring word you want to use, then he must let go – period!

Should your dog accidentally grab human skin, the game must end immediately.

Now let’s play a game with those dog tug toys…

Grab the tug and wave it in his face or shuffle it on the floor to get his attention. Persuade him to play with the tug by giving him positive encouragement. The play session should take place for approximately ten to twenty seconds.

During this play time, you need to move the tug from side to side and up and down. The challenging part is to teach your dog to leave the tug alone – meaning drop when you’ve asked him. All dogs are different, only you know how to positively influence your dog to drop the tug. Like humans, we all have our quirks – good or bad!

Asking a dog to release the tug is like asking us women to hand over a bar of chocolate! How do we influence them to let go of something so yummy? Easy, treats are paramount in training, but they will need to be extra special and tasty for this game. Check out ‘Better dog training treats suggestions‘, treats are about using positive reinforcement, it is an easy form of training to encourage your dog listen to you.

When a dog is quickly presented with delicious treats, they should instantaneously drop the tug toy. For some dogs, treats and dog tug toys have a special connection; in other words, the game sessions can go on for hours.

However, for some dogs, usually the highly intelligent ones, the game will become boring quite quickly. If your dog becomes bored easily, it is better to stop the game and introduced it again at a later time, never try forcing an unenthusiastic dog.

Before resuming each tug of war session vary the time to restart the game. Each session should last between ten to twenty second increments.Begin by holding onto your dog’s collar before re-commencing. Eventually, your dog will understand the rules and there will come a time when you will never have to hold his collar.

When you’re ready you can give your dog permission to retake the tug and resume playing!

Training with dog tug toys requires accuracy for him to grasp the importance of the game. Effectively, your dog will never know he is being trained for anterior purposes. The ultimate goal is that this tug can be used when your dog is presented with fearful situations. Training to perfect this game at home in a peaceful environment will present amazing rewards in the future, especially if you bump into stressful environments.

If you feel uncomfortable with the game and this might be because its getting out of control, then it is better to stop playing. Simply, drop the toy and leave the room, give your dog some time out. It is up to you if you want to resume the game, but remember always watch your dogs body language.

Watchfully, keep an eye on a rigid body, stiff tail, hackles up, staring, snarling and growling. You wouldn’t engage in recreation with your friends with this kind of body language, it’s for this reason dog tug toys should always be played with honor and respect.

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Detecting and treating diabetes in dogs

Diabetes in dogs is very common, and it isn’t just older dogs that are prone to the disease. All breeds are at risk; however, some dogs are more predisposed than others such as German Shepherds, Springer Spaniels, Cairn Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Keeshonds and Poodles. Furthermore, puppies, obese dogs and female dogs are more susceptible to this illness. Statistics have shown that Boxers, Collies, and Spaniels are less likely to come down with diabetes.

The basics of diabetes in dogs

There are three types of diabetes in dogs, these are called diabetes insipidus, mellitus and gestational. It is extremely rare for humans and dogs to have insipidus and mellitus together. Since humans are susceptible, we know mellitus as type 1 and type 2.

Diabetes in dogs can be hereditary; it can be triggered by an autoimmune disease, or it can be caused by excess sugar intake. A lot of commercial dog foods contain high amounts of sugar so if you know your dog is prone to diabetes, then choose a high-quality dog food.

Diabetes insipidus is regarded as a lack of the hormone vasopressin, which partially controls water absorption in the kidneys. Urination is frequent due to the kidneys being unable to retain water.

Gestational is hormonal and so usually begins in pregnancy. Often after pregnancy gestation diabetes disappears, but sometimes it can develop into type 2 or type 1 but very rarely.

Diabetes mellitus is more serious; this is a deficiency in insulin whereby sugar/glucose cannot be broken down. The result is too much sugar in the blood stream. If this is not treated, those sugar saturated organs can become permanently damaged, lead to coma or death.

Mellitus is broken down into two groups, which are type 1 and type 2…

  • Canine mellitus type 1 is a predisposed genetic disease which is an autoimmune illness that usually begins at an early age. The beta cells in the pancreas are gradually destroyed due to lack of insulin. Type 1 can be tested and detected at an early age. Dogs with type 1 will need insulin for the rest of their lives and there could be a possibility of ketoacidosis.
  • Canine mellitus type 2 is typically associated with senior dog’s from six years old. This is usually associated with being overweight and inactive. Type 2 is a gradual disease which is based on impaired insulin flow and resistance. If your dog’s diet is not corrected insulin may be needed to correct the illness.

Check out Dog Food Ingredients Debunked – This will expose everything you have always wanted to know about commercial food, what should and shouldn’t be added and all the good and bad food factors.

Check out Is cheap dog food the perfect formula? –  What do you look out for in dog foods and where do you begin when it comes to finding the best of raw, dried, home made and more?

You will be pleased to know that sugar free treats can be given to your dog; however, remember treats in a bag have been processed. It is better to use small pieces of chicken for those special moments.

Symptoms of diabetes in dogs

  • Excessive water intake
  • Increased urination
  • Good appetites with weight loss due to malnourishment
  • Lethargy and weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid breathing
  • Dehydration
  • Cataracts in eyes
  • Blindness

Eventually, all organs will deteriorate, which will result in heart problems, circulatory complications, enlarged liver, constantly susceptible to infections, neurological problems and sometimes death.

Should you suspect diabetes in your dog contact your veterinarian who will run some simple tests. If your dog has diabetes, he will have elevated amounts of sugar in his blood, which is called hyperglycemia and / or high amounts of glucose in his urine, this is called glucosuria. Normal sugar levels will read at approximately 80 to 120 counts; however, a dog with diabetes can have over 600.

As discussed earlier, a high-quality diet is paramount. If you don’t have the time to make your own dog food or don’t want to give raw, I would highly recommend Orijen, Applaws or Paw Naturaw Organic, but any five-star brands are excellent choices.

Always check with the manufacturer how much you should feed your dog, particularly if he is under or over weight.

At present, natural remedies for diabetes in dogs have proven to be unsuccessful, the most successful way is to follow you veterinary advice. Treatment for diabetes in dogs is insulin therapy by injection, which is often administered by the owner twice daily using a small needle. As every dog is different, your dog will need to return to the vet for more tests, this is to ensure your dog is receiving the right amount of insulin; not too much or not too little!

If you do not recognize that your dog has diabetes, his life will be at risk. Have your dog checked out as a precautionary measure, especially as your dog matures.

These above measures will allow your dog to lead a healthy normal life.

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Pros and cons of neutering male dogs

In veterinary terms, neutering male dogs is called an orchiectomy or gonadectomy. To us less veterinarian minded persons; it is called sterilizing, de-sexing, fixing or castrating. In even simpler terms, neutering dogs means both testicles have been removed. There are many reasons why owners have their dogs neutered; the most common reasons are population management, modifying testosterone behaviors and controlling future generational genetic diseases.

Neutering and spaying are the most common surgical procedures a vet has to perform. For a vet to operate, dogs need to be asleep for them to remove their testes. In addition, dog will have their testicular epididymis removed, testis blood vessels and spermous ducts. Some parts of the dog’s reproductive system remain intact such as his bulbis glandis, urethra, prostate, penis, some testicular blood vessels and spermatic ducts.

Advantages and disadvantages of neutering male dogs

When a dog has not been neutered, their behaviors can be seriously overwhelming to any owner. Unneutered dogs can be unpredictable, liable to escaping, roaming, unfriendly, becoming aggressive and could be prone to dominance issues.

Neutering male dogs ought to be done from five months of age due to tolerating anesthesia better. Before this age, their livers and kidneys could be subject to failure. Before the procedure check with your vet which anaesthetic your dog is going to be given.

There are different types of anesthesia, there is the old and the new. Obviously, the newer version is more improved, but some vets are still using the older version.

Compared to the older version, the newer anesthesia is safer due to a dog’s internal organs being able to metabolize and eliminate toxins quicker after surgery. However, some veterinarians are now pushing dogs to be neutered from eight weeks old; in my opinion, this is not healthy!

The disadvantages for neutering male dogs at eight-weeks could threaten their lives. Young pups are not strong and their organs are not fully grown, which could affect their development. Neutering male dogs at such an early age could cause hypothermia and hypoglycemia, loss of testosterone too soon. Furthermore, they could find it difficult to extrude their penis, which could lead to frequent infections.

The medical profession believes there are advantages for neutering male dogs at eight-weeks. You can have him micro chipped at the same time as his operation, the procedure is two-thirds less in time compared to a five-month old dog; the recovery is quicker and there is less bleeding.

I know what I’d choose for my dogs!

Is neutering male dogs a Godsend?


It controls overpopulation or unwanted dogs, which will result in euthanasia.

Owners won’t be unable to stud to make money.

It reduces inherited genetic traits such as diseases and congenital deformities, behavioral issues.

He is less likely to have unfavorable or faulty breeding.

He is less likely to have testicular and testosterone diseases.

From approximately three years neutered dogs can become overweight quite easily, especially if they’re fed the same food when they were puppies. As a result of being overweight, dogs can bequeath diabetes.

Castrating lowers a dog’s metabolism, which in turn makes them slower, as a result they eat less.
A castrated dog can lose his drive to herd and hunt. Some people believe dogs can lose their sense to guard, but I have never come across this, and it is yet to be scientifically proven.

Some argue that veterinary prices for neutering male dogs are high. However, since dogs eat less after the operation, the cost eventually balances out.

The statistics are low, but some have noticed their dogs develop feminine characteristics or may become less masculine.

Neutering a dog too early could result in delayed closure of growth plates. This means the dog may be taller and have longer limbs than dogs who have not been castrated.

If the dog comes from a valuable line and inherits quality genetics, this neutered dog line will end; therefore, the potential to breed will be lost.

Dogs with excellent DNA such as having good temperaments, characteristics, no genetic birth defects or diseases are considered golden. To breed such quality dogs can only be done from qualified dog breeders who understand the science behind breeding. For example, if I were to breed my wolf dog, I could potentially increase the wolf content without even knowing it. This would make it an illegal breed in some states or countries.

If you are considering neutering your dog and you’re strapped for cash, consider approaching dog charities and shelters, they often offer free or discounted services.

Common inherited diseases for not neutering male dogs are:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Hemeralopia
  • Trapped neutrophil syndrome
  • Collie eye anomaly
  • Congenital cataracts
  • Diabetes

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Top facts about wolves, wolfdogs and dogs

Intriguingly, there are plenty of facts about wolves but not enough information about wolf dogs. The current data arising is a result of people becoming extremely fascinated by them over the last few years. Wolves and wolf dogs share many similar characteristics, but what separates them is the wolf’s wild side, their large prey drive, their nature and physical differences.

Wolves are known as canine lupus and the dog’s side is known as canine lupus familiaris. Once a wolf mates with a dog such as a German Shepherd and produces its offspring, they become known as the canid hybrid. Canid hybrid literally means wolf hybrid dog. As we can see, each animal belongs to different families in the animal kingdom.

Depending upon which wolf was used to breed with a purebred dog, then their temperaments can vary. Unfortunately, there is no one-set temperament formula as many assume; some are subdued, aloof, quiet, lazy and gentle like my Saarloos. However, other wolf types can be highly spirited, very stubborn and athletic, etc. Genetic facts about wolves and wolf dogs are very important, and how they’ve been trained; this plays huge part as to how each one behaves. For more information on genetic blending and temperament’s check out ‘Gray wolves to modern wolf dogs‘.

In addition to these facts about wolves and wolf dogs, there are physical traits, which make them either distinctively more wolf or more dog like. Before buying a wolf dog, compare the facts about wolves and wolf dogs below as to whether one would be suitable for you and your home.

Physical facts about wolve, wolfdogs vs dogs

  • A wolf’s physical body structure is larger and leaner.
  • A wolf’s brain is approximately one third bigger than the domestic dog.
  • A wolf’s muzzle is much longer.
  • The wolf’s legs are much longer especially their rear legs.
  • The wolf’s paws are much bigger, particularly their front paws.
  • The wolf’s cranium is much wider.
  • Wolves trot when out walking whereas a dog will walk.
  • Wolves trot with their tails pointing downwards.
  • Wolves tails hang straight down never pointing upwards.
  • The wolf’s eyes are lateral and are mostly yellow and brown.
  • The wolf’s ears are much smaller than dogs.
  • Wolves trot with their paws in a single line (known as single tracking) as opposed to dogs walking in left and right parallel.
  • When wolves are looking somewhat curious, they stand with their front paws facing out, their elbows facing inwards and with head down below their shoulders.
  • The wolf is stronger and physically more powerful.
  • The wolf’s teeth, particularly their molars are stronger and longer.
  • Wolves are natural carnivores; they need to eat raw meat not dry dog food.
  • Wolves are born with two dew claws.
  • Most wolves are born with distinct fur markings, dogs have none or near to nothing.

Behavioral facts about wolves, wolfdogs and dogs

  • Wolves are unpredictable, some people consider this dangerous.
  • Wolves have a very high prey drive, even wolfdogs ought not to be left near small children or little dogs unsupervised.
  • Female wolves are on heat once a year compared to twice per year with domestic dogs.
  • Female wolves (known as the breeding wolf) have to be the alpha of their pack to reproduce; omega females do not breed in the wild.
  • Wolves don’t quarrel among themselves in a survival situation compared to domestic dogs.
  • Wolves are naturally shy and they don’t relate well to crowds of people and areas, unless they’ve been trained to cope with this from a puppy.
  • Wolves are naturally suspicious of other animals and people.
  • Wolves are much cleverer than a dog; they can devise plans to outwit any human or other animal.
  • Wolves are particularly aware of their surroundings; it is very difficult for them to move to another owner, location or a different home.
  • Wolves are not natural barkers like dogs, but they do communicate in different ways to dogs such as wimping or howling.
  • Wolves are natural hunters with larger prey drives; dogs have practically lost their ability to hunt.

Our experience fostering wolfdogs

We were privileged to foster three wolf dogs at one time. Each one had different wolf looks, personality and characteristics.

One of our foster dogs looked like a wolf and had more wolf instincts than the other dogs put together. She was a high-ranking female, very highly strung and was incredibly clever. On the other hand, one of our male wolf dogs looked like a wolf but behaved more like a domestic dog. Generally, when our foster wolf dogs were in the home, they were calm, gentle and quiet just like domestic dogs. However, once they were let loose on the beach or any other rural place their wolf instincts kicked in.

Wolf dogs are beautiful regal animals that require a lot of hard work. To some owners, it could even mean full-time work. If you buy one wolf dog, you may find you might need to buy another because these types of dogs love to live as pack animals.

For more facts about wolves and wolf dogs check out Living with Wolfdogs: This is: An Everyday Guide to a Lifetime Companionship, Second Edition (Wolf Hybrid Education) by Nicole Wilde. This is a real published book that’s currently #1 on a best-seller list at Amazon. Also, here are some more amazing facts about wolves and wolf dogs called Wolfdogs A-Z Behavior Training & More: by Nicole Wilde. Both books are best-sellers, have superb reviews and are excellent books that will give you great insight.

Wysong dog food benefits – The complete review

Wysong dog food is an excellent choice for your dog, their average rating is considered a four-star. However, Wysong has introduced a five-star raw dog food. If it is in your budget, the raw option would be a better choice. Wysong’s range is a non-toxic food and is highly recommended for your dog. When delving further into Wysong’s dog food ingredients, you will notice that the first ingredient is organic meat. Albeit very good meat, it has been weighed in its raw state.

After the drying process, meat can lose up to 80% water; ‘named’ meat meal would have been a better option. It is possible that Wysongs meat content could be lower than stated on the label.

Some of their ranges do not even include any ‘named’ meat meal at all. It is vitally important to buy a dog food that contains meal, particularly at the beginning of the list of ingredients. A lot of commercial dog foods are often ladled with food fractions, colorants, preservatives, additives and much more; Wysong’s range comprises of wholesome foods and nourishing ingredients.

All their formulas are made in the USA.

Is Wysong dog food quality?

Wysong dog food offers an array of exceptionally good quality ranges for a variety of sized dogs. Their packages are currently available in 2lb., 2.5lb., 4lb., 7.5lb., 8 lb., 16lb and 32lb depending which range you want to buy.

Please note that the protein content in Wysong dog food canned range is only 10%, I only recommend adding canned food to your dogs kibble to give extra taste.

Wysong Epigen has to be the best out of all of Wysong’s dog food range. It has a whopping 60% and a 90% protein range, unfortunately all this protein doesn’t come from their meat.

One thing for sure, Wysong is an honest company unlike some companies. They have gone to great lengths to explain where the extra protein has come from on their labels.

The label states that one or more of the following ingredients could be included in their foods, which are potato, corn, rice and wheat.

Therefore, it is possible that Wysong dog food could contain wheat, which will make this range unsuitable for many dogs as it may not be gluten-free.

Epigen’s fish range contains pea protein; peas are fillers and protein enhancers.

Could your dog be allergic to any one of those four listed ingredients?

A dog I recently looked after was sensitive to corn/maize, there was no way I could buy this product for him. This was a shame as Epigen is a near perfect kibble.

Wysong Artchetype raw dog food has a variety of tasty options and is classed as a superior range.

Artchetype has excellent protein content including their Burger range, which comes complete with cold processed raw meats, organs, bones, collagen, prebiotics and probiotics, proteoglycans (chondroitin, glucosamine), and enhanced with phytonutrient and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. All this provides 50% protein. What more could our loving companions want?

Strictly speaking their raw range isn’t raw, but it is considered raw because of Wysongs patented heating process. They use a method called TNT (True-Non-Thermal), which means the food has been cooked at very low temperatures to keep all the vital nutrients intact.

I advocate this brand, it is a superior quality for the price. For more information on Wysong dog food go HERE.

May be you’re at your wits end with what to feed your dog or what treats you should give. Check out these simple dog food secret tips of how to create beautiful dog dinners and treats HERE. They’ll help you stay one step ahead of commercial products and you’ll be feeding your dog healthier alternatives.