Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Top 10 Easiest To Train Dog Breeds

Australian Cattle Dog:
The Australian Cattle Dog originated in the 1830's as a cross between a Smithfield, a tough but noisy working breed, and a wild Dingo.  Many further enhancements to the breed were implemented over the years, including crossing the breed with the Collie, Dalmation, and Australian Kelpie.  The result was the breed we know today, possessing stamina, reliability and high intelligence.

Toy Poodle:
The Toy Poodle is alert, responsive, playful, sensitive, and eager to please.  They are devoted to their family, but some can be a bit reserved with strangers.  Like many in the toy group, the Toy Poodle may bark a lot.  The Standard Poodle has slighty lower energy levels than the Toy, and therefore did not make the list.

Belgian Sheepdog (Groenendael):
Also known as the Belgian Shepherd dog, and sharing many personality traits with the Malinois and Tervuren, is the Groenendael variety of the Belgian Sheepdog.  Like many in the energetic 'herding' group, this intelligent breed is generally not recommended as a "stay at home" house pet.  They definitely need extensive mental and physical activity, or they may become neurotic and/or destructive.

Doberman Pinscher:
Created late in the 19th century in Germany, the Doberman Pinscher deserves the respect it commands.  Its bravery, intelligence and character make it one of the all time best guard dogs.  Despite its potential aggressiveness, the Doberman can be easily trained by a master with a firm hand.  

The Beauceron is an ancient French Breed that some call the 'king of sheepdogs'.  They have highly developed herding and hunting instincts, in fact only two dogs are necessary to control 200-300 sheep.  Its need for constant exercise, combined with its mistrust of strangers and other pets, make the Beauceron a less than ideal house pet.

Pyrenean Shepherd:
The Pyrenean Shepherd has been used for centuries as a herding dog.  They were also used during World War 2 as couriers, guards, and search and rescue dogs.  The breed is extremely energetic, and require extensive play time and exercise

Border Collie:
Known as the smartest dog breed available, the Border Collie is a bundle of physical and mental energy waiting to be released.  They can be a disastrous housedog if not physically and mentally stimulated in some way.  Give your Border a job to do every day, and he will be more than happy.

Labrador Retriever:
The Labrador Retriever is as magnificent in appearance as they are courageous and hard working.  You can easily begin training this breed from as early as six months of age. Labs also rank highly on our smartest dogs and most affectionate dog breeds lists. The Golden Retriever ranks slightly lower than the Lab for energy levels, and just missed being on our list. 

A popular breed for the rich in Europe for centuries, the Papillon is believed to have originated in Italy from the Dwarf Spaniel.  The erect-eared variety that we see today was developed by Belgian breeders in the 1800's.  Intelligent, vocal, clean and affectionate, the Papillon makes an ideal family pet.

Australian Shepherd:
Sharing many personality traits with the Australian Cattle Dog, the Australian Shepherd ranks slightly lower when it comes to energy levels.  But this breed is nonetheless confident, alert, bold, and independent. Be sure to give your Aussie a strenuous mental and physical workout every day.  Like most of the herding breeds, an under-stimulated dog will attempt to herd anything - children, other animals, and even cars!   

**Taken from petmedsonline.org

Group Four Photo Submissions



From top to bottom, we have :

1) Cuddles
2) Stella
3) Dingo
4) Oz
5) Marley & Tucker
6) Jackson
7) Guinness
8) Ralphie
9) Jonah
10) Major Wigglebottoms The IV

****I know I said groups would be posted on Mondays, but the response from all of you has been great!!  I'm now posting in groups of ten or so, in order to not inundate myself with dozens of pictures on a Monday morning!  Thank you all so much for the submissions, and best of luck.

PS  One final note, while blogger has changed its uploading procedures, it has become extremely difficult to post the pet's name either directly above or below the picture (as I had done in the past).  Hence, the ordered list below all of the photos.  If anyone has been able to figure out how to do this with the new system, please let me know.  Thanks all, and keep them coming!  :)


Great Events In April At Pawsway!!!

Upcoming April Events

Saturday, April 10th, 12pm - 5pm
Big and Hairy or Small and Hairless? What's your preference? The large, hairy breeds of dogs that will steal your hearts, such as Leonbergers and Bernese Mountain Dogs. Or the small breeds whose hair is either shaven, such as the Little Lion Dog, aka the Lowchen, or actually hairless, like the Chinese Crested and the unpronounceable Xoloizcuintli (Mexican Hairless Dog). Can't choose? Meet both Big and Hairy & Small and Hairless breeds and decide for yourself.  FREE ADMISSION 
Sunday, April 11th, 3pm - 6pm
Come to PawsWay for our first official Singles Mixer where pet-loving singles can meet and mingle - with their four-legged companions by their sides! 
Co-hosted by dating specialists Single in the City, the MyBestMatch Singles Mixer will include ice-breaker games, doggie contests and other fun, flirty activities for both pet and pet-parent.  Admission is $25, with a portion of the event proceeds going to the Lions Foundation in support of Purina Walk for Dog Guides. To sign up in advance (and reserve your spot!), visit www.singleinthecity.ca

Every Wednesday effective April 7th, 5pm - 9pm
Just in time for spring! PawsWay is thrilled to announce the PawsWay Walking Club. Whether you have two legs or four paws, it’s a great way to get exercise and burn off calories.  The Walking Club launches April 7th and will occur every Wednesday from 5pm - 9pm.

The PawsWay Walking Club will consist of weekly visits where owners and their dogs will come into PawsWay get weighed, receive nutritional consultations, and
walk the various routes outside or inside (dependant on weather). Each week a new nutritional topic will be given out to participants so they can build on their knowledge. Walks will take place at 6pm, 7pm & 8pm.  Membership is $25 per person for a six month period which includes one on one nutritional consultations plus PawsWay walking club gear.

Thursday, April 15th, 7pm - 9pm
Attention - Queen Elizabeth!  The FREE Off Leash social breed meet-up for April is focused on
the Corgi, mixes and their many admirers.  But you don’t need to be royalty to participate in this
fun night of games and great prizes.  FREE ADMISSION.

Saturday, April 17th, 12pm - 4pm
Lovable, eager to please, packed with personality.  Although all Retrievers are known for their warm temperaments and desire to please, did you know that there are SIX different types of Retrievers and each type of Retriever is unique.  Come and meet the less common Chesapeake Bay, Curly Coated and Flat Coated Retrievers, the popular Golden and Labrador retrievers, and our own Canadian, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.  FREE ADMISSION.
Saturday, April 24th, 12pm - 4pm
Achtung, baby!  Come to PawsWay and learn about the German Shepherd - one of the most versatile, smart and reliable breed of dogs.  The Canadian German Shepherd Club will be on site demonstrating the incredible talents of the working Shepherds who assist with guarding, bomb sniffing, search and rescue and police work.  FREE ADMISSION. 
PawsWay, A Pet Discovery Centre
245 Queens Quay West (on the grounds of Harbourfront Centre)
Toronto, ON  M5J 2K9    416-360-PAWS (7297)

Event For Singles & Their Poochies!

April 11, 2010
3 PM to 6 PM
Admission: $25
Benefiting: Lions Foundation in support of Purina Walk for Dog Guides
On Sunday, April 11, PawsWay Pet Discovery Centre is hosting its first official Singles Mixer allowing pet-owning singles to meet and mingle - with their four-legged companions by their sides! Co-hosted by dating specialists Single in the City, the MyBestMatch Singles Mixer will include ice-breaker games, doggie contests and other fun, flirty activities for both pet and pet-parent. Admission is $25, with a portion of the event proceeds going to the Lions Foundation in support of Purina Walk for Dog Guides. To sign up in advance (and reserve your spot!), visit www.singleinthecity.ca
For more information, please call 416 360-PAWS.

Patience Is A Virtue