Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Understanding Your Dogs As They Get Old

By: Ed Gonzalez

Dogs are just like humans and their behavioral patterns changes when have been living for so many years..W hen they are old, the way they function and reciprocate matters changes . Dogs in their geriatric stage wake up in the middle of the night and they start to howl. Others, can cause accidents to happen in your homes. Some dogs will wake up suddenly to urinate or to drink. You do not need to be alarmed when these things happen. These things do happen because your dog is getting old.

When people get old they lose their memories and tend to be forgetful. When dogs reach their golden ages, they may lose some of their cognitive functions. Others may lose a a lot. This is referred to as Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome ( CDS ).It is a condition that dog owners must know about. Their life expectancies are longer than most animals which makes them more susceptible to diseases.

If ever your dogs are showing signs of CDS, there are common signs that your dogs will display and this will help you know if they have acquired this specific syndrome already.


Your dogs will not be able to learn any new trick you teach them and they may be forgetful of the old tricks that you have taught them. They will not remember the commands that thyt have learned before. Male or female dogs dogs may not remember your handshake command. At this stage, never get mad at your dogs. Do not think they are just acting or that they don't like you. You must not shout at them. They are like people who get old and become forgetful. At times they may think that you are teaching them a new command and they cannot grasp the meaning of it. You must be more understanding at this point.


When Dogs are suffering from Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome ( CDS ), they may stare at you blankly. They may also exhibit a a fixed type of look while staring at a particular object or even a wall.  This is done with their eyes wide open. Other canine dogs will run after a thing that is not in existence or bark without reason at an empty space. If you do notice this kind of behavior, you must take your dog to the vet for a checkup. He or she may be suffering from neurological disorders.


They may be in a state of bewilderment and they may not recognize you. Some dogs will growl at their owners because they cannot identify them. These dogs will give you the “cold shoulder treatment” and others will be rather timid. Of course, this can be quite disappointing for dog owners because they have seen how active, playful and loving their dogs were before.

Just remember to give these dogs all the love you can and be patient with them. They have entertained you, gave you warmth all these years. Now is the time for you to show how much you love and care for them. Give them the best treatment possible.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

How Do Dogs Express Themselves

By: Ed Gonzalez

People cry, laugh, talk or sometimes scream and utter other sounds to voice out their concerns . Dogs also have certain ways wherein they say out their concerns and what they feel.. They don't do these things just for the sake of doing it. Dogs do this to communicate. It's nice if we can understand their feelings and what they want. This is the reason why they whine, howl, grunt, growl and bark. If owners are aware of these mannerisms, owners will have a deeper and closer relationship with their dogs.

GROWLING AND GRUNTING - This means that your dog is mad and is signifying his anger. This could mean that your dog is on an attacking mode. .This comes with a daring stare and threatening look.. Dogs will also show off their teeth. I f they are are seen growling together with a a play bow plus their tails are wagging and they are jumping, it means that the dogs are just playing around. Grunting is is quite different, it means the dogs are happy or enjoying the treats you give them like food. They feel joyful and comfortable.. You must be able to distinguish growling and grunting because this is important.

Howling – It is not known why dogs do howl but it may mean they are feeling lonely or they can be hearing something rather disturbing. They might be searching for a mate or they are feeling extreme pain. Dog owners must be aware of this mannerism because dogs are just showing you what they are feeling.

WHINING – If owners hear their dogs whining, they must feel worried because this might mean that their dogs are feeling pain, disgruntled or feeling lonely. If they are in this state, they will need to be attended to..At times they do this just to get your attention.. Dogs also express this mannerism when they are in a submissive manner..The dog will lower their heads and lie on their backs.

BARKING – It's the best known expression of dogs because it can say a lot of things depending on the tone of their voices.. Owners must understand what a dog is trying to relay to it's master. This could be done. It can take time and it would mean that owners must frequently observe their dogs, how long it lasts and the volume of the bark. If it is a continuous medium tone kind of bark, it means that an unknown person is must . As the stranger approaches the type of bark becomes slower and lower in pitch and your dog starts to growl.. This means that your dog might attack. A short and sharp bark means that your dogs want you to play with them. This is done with their tails wagging..If a a dog is left alone and is feeling lonely. It will express it's concerns by barking continuously with a high pitch tone.. The tone reaches a higher level as the dog becomes more anxious. When a dog is happy it will bark just for a moment in a medium pitch.  If it is just one normal bark, this means that the dog is only curious. Dogs always bark for a reason and owners must take note of this.. Owners must listen and find out why their dogs are barking. It could mean something is up.

It's not impossible to understand what their dogs are trying to relay to them. It might take some time but this can be done. Owners will have to observe their dogs for a time before they can know what their dogs are telling them. They. must do this if they want to have a better understanding and relationship with their dogs.