Doghouse UK wishes a
to friends old and new.
UK has been off line for a while but is now happily back as a part of
format is still the same, but the decor a is little different and sadly
the forums have been discontinued due to inappropriate posts from
spammers who spoilt everything and achieved nothing.
About Doghouse UK
website is based in the UK, but dogs are dogs the world over
and their habits and care cannot differ very much. Please browse the
links on the left of the page to find info.on various aspects of pet
dog ownership as based on my own experiences - a lifetime of living
with dogs and studying their behaviour.
I am not concerned
here with showing, working or sporting dogs as I
not have any knowledge of these activities and there are specialist
sites dealing with them.
If you are thinking of buying a
dog for the first time, begin with Dog Ownership and follow the link
at the bottom of
each page. This will take you through the process of deciding if a dog
is the right pet for you, where to buy him, how to choose him, care for
train him and deal with health issues and some common problems.
I do not have all
the answers to the many questions concerning dog
ownership, but I hope to be able to help a few prospective new
"parents," or solve a few problems for those having difficulties with
It is wise when
wondering why your dog behaves in a manner that you
do not understand, to remember that all dogs, from the tiniest toy
breed to the giants, are all descended from the wolf. Many behaviour
problems especially in untrained dogs stem from the fact that the
animal is merely acting on an instinct bred into him thousands of years
ago. I have always imagined my own dogs in a woodland, plains or Arctic
Tundra setting if I have had to work out a problem. i.e. The dog digs a
hole in the lawn to lie in if the weather is warm as the soil is cool,
or he buries bones in order to retrieve them when game is scarce and
there is no food. Many dog behaviour patterns and "problems" can be
worked out quite logically and solved in this way.
Of course our dogs
have been domesticated since man first learnt the
value of the wolf as an ally rather than as an enemy. Imagine him
sitting at his camp fire and throwing scraps to the wolves which
subsequently became tame. He would have realised that wolves could aid
in hunting, benefitting both man and wolf, in guarding, herding,
fighting and much more. Selective breeding eventually formed the
hundreds of different breeds of dog we know today, all with different
appearances and different skills.
website I will be referring to the dog as "he" or
"him". That is no discrimination against the female of the species,
just easier for me ;o)
Thank you for
spending time here, I hope you enjoy your visit.
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