Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Canine Mensa Members

Featured on the CBS "Early Show" recently was a story about canine intelligence. They published a list of the top ten smartest, as well as, the 10 dumbest breeds. The lists come partly from the book, The Intelligence of Dogs, by Dr. Stanley Coren and partly from evaluations by over 200 dog obedience judges from the US and Canada. Today, we will focus only on the ten Smartest breeds.

The 10 Smartest Dogs

10. Australian Cattle Dog

9. Rottweiler

8. Papillon

7. Labrador Retriever

6. Shetland Sheepdog

5. Doberman Pinscher

4. Golden Retriever

3. German Shepherd

2. Standard Poodle

and the smartest dog is...
1. Border Collie

As I look at this list, it pops out that most of the breeds Dr. Coren has listed come from working or herding dogs. Several of these breeds, from my experience, are easy to train to perform a multitude of tasks ranging from simple to complicated.

gree with the good Doctor? Test your dog yourself. Have fun and find out your dog's intelligence level by purchasing the PoochIQ Kit. I have linked it here for you to check out.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Where Does Your Dog Sleep Each Night?

In a recent poll conducted by the AKC, they asked that question.
So, where does your dog sleep? Here are their results.

36% In my bed
24% It's free to sleep anywhere inside the house
22% In a crate
14% In a dog bed
4% Outside the house

I know in our home we feel very fortunate. Our dogs allow us to share their bed with them.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

What a Way to Brighten Your Day

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."

Bern Williams

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Canine First Aid Kit

Having a sick or injured canine is something no dog owner wants to think about. Unfortunately, just like children, things happen with dogs too. Here is a an inventory list the American Kennel Club recommends every one keep on hand in case of emergencies.

Canine First Aid Kit

  • Syringe
  • Gauze Pads
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Co-Flex
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Cold Pack
  • Ipecac Syrup
  • First Aid Spray
  • Liquid Styptic
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Hydrocortisone 1%
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Latex Gloves
  • Cotton Balls
  • Iodine Swabs
  • Stretch Gauze
  • Muzzle

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

We Love Birds Too

We at 6 pack of dogs have not limited our love of animals to only canine critters. We love all animals. As a matter of fact, we are also the proud owners Sydney, a beautiful and sassy blue and gold macaw. As a result, we are always looking for things to help us with Sydney. I found this article about fruit seeds and wanted to share it with all of our animal lovers at 6 pack of dogs. Here is the article and our Critters on the Move blue and gold macaw decal.


Q: Is it safe to let my parrot eat fruit seeds?

A: Whenever you question whether or not something is safe for your bird, it is always best to opt against using it until you know for certain. My philosophy is: when in doubt, don't. Fruit is wonderful for your parrot but the seeds cause a lot of confusion because some are bad and others are not. Here is a list you can use as a guideline.

The seeds of apples and the pits of cherries, peaches, plums, pears, apricots, and nectarines are all unsafe to give your birds.
They contain varying levels of a cyanide compound that can cause death. In humans, it would take many, many apple seeds to cause us to feel the effects of the poison, but, of course, parrots would succumb much more quickly to a smaller amount. If your bird does gets a hold of a couple of apple seeds, it is not a big deal and you do not need to rush him to the vet.
Keep in mind that the larger the seed or pit, the higher the amount of toxins they contain. Chewing them releases amounts of poison that might otherwise remain locked inside the hull and pass through the system without causing much harm. Unfortunately, birds chew everything, and if given the opportunity to chew open a pit, they will.

The seeds contained in grapes, cantaloupe, cranberries, watermelon, and pomegranates are all safe for birds to eat. Also safe are the seeds of citrus fruits, such as, oranges, grapefruits and lemons. While they are not fruits, the seeds from squashes and pumpkins are good for parrots too. Sometimes giving these seedy portions of fruits and vegetables will entice a bird to eat the flesh around them.

The pomegranate is a most interesting fruit. The only thing edible about it is the seed portion. the seeds are surrounded by a foam-like textured fruit covered in a tough rind. This is a great foraging toy for a bird. Serve it like the picture to the left.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

"SCOUT"ing out Critters on the Move

We would like to introduce you to Scout. Scout's owners, Paul and Paula, from Northern Virginia, saw us at the Carolina Beach Farmer's Market. They came into our booth and had us photograph their baby. This is the wonderful decal that was the result of that photo shoot. Now Scout is with Paula everywhere she goes.

Not only is Scout beautiful, he is also as sweet as can be and smart. He and mom (Paula) treated us to a performance of his repertoire of tricks. We were able to video Scout's show. Hopefully, we will be able to share it with everyone.

If you like the idea of a life size decal of your own pet, go to http://www.crittersonthemove.com and see how to get one. Put it on your car and see why we say, "Pets that go where you Go!"

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Dog Owners

Petting dogs is proven to lower the blood pressure of dog owners. (The dogs like it a lot too!)

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Possible dog breeds for apartment dwellers

An AOL article named 5 breeds that are quite suitable for people living in apartments.
#1 PUG





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