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Border Collies : Intelligent loyal friends

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If you are currently looking for a dog, and prefer one of the more intelligent breeds, then perhaps you should consider the Border Collie.

Border Collies were originally bred as a sheepdog, a companion to the shepherd. They are not merely able to keep the herd in check, however. They have a gentle side as well and are quite good at playing the role of “mentor” when dealing with younger animals. As you can imagine Border Collies do require plenty of exercise. They certainly do not appreciate being kept in a small flat 7 days a week! They also demand plenty of attention, and want to feel like they belong in your household.

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It would be wrong to say that Border Collies are very demanding dogs even if some sites on the Internet suggest they are. A decent walk every day, and some interesting mental stimulation will keep them quite happy. This breed does require a strong leader who can teach them how to behave and set clear boundaries. If you are able to provide them with the above then you certainly should consider getting a Border Collie. If treated properly you will gain a loyal friend.

The German Shepherd

If you have an active lifestyle then the German Shepherd is an excellent companion. Or perhaps you are looking for a dog to protect your home and family? Again, the German Shepherd is here to assist you. The breed is intelligent, and versatile enough to fulfil many different roles.

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German Shepherds are very protective and loyal to their family. They can be suspicious of strangers coming into your house, but in general are fine to keep with other pets. As mentioned above, this dog does require plenty of exercise both mentally and physically. Also it sheds all year so be prepared to brush your dog’s coat once or twice a week. The breed does suffer from some well known health conditions, their average lifespan is about 12 years.

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The German Shepherd has a double coat, a heavy undercoat, and a dense over coat. Adult males have a height of 60 to 65 cm.

Keeping Your Pets Cool During Summer

It is Summer. As temperatures rise in the Northern Hemisphere, it is time to look at preparing your pets for the warmer weather. In general pets usually like sunny weather, but it is a good idea to ensure they drink plenty of water, and they don’t spend all day in the Sun.

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Since pets are much smaller than humans they are more susceptible to heatstroke. Keep an eye on your pets during hot weather, they may need some cooling.

Sadly we have heard of parents leaving their children in cars while they go shopping during hot days. The same occasionally happens to dogs. If you are planning to take your dog with you during a shopping spree, then don’t leave him or her in the car even if it’s just for a few minutes. Temperatures can increase rapidly, and this can cause dangerous situations for your dog!

Is your pet panting more than usual? Or is it collapsing? Then perhaps you can lower their temperature by wrapping wet cool (not frozen) towels around them. Try keeping them out of the Sun during afternoon hours. Also make sure you remove leftover food as soon as possible during hot days – or it will attract all kinds of nasty insects.

If you are going to travel try travelling during the coolest hours of the day, and keep windows open just enough for fresh air to enter the vehicle.

Enjoy the Summer with your pets!