Who Should Try Out Canine Fitness Centers?

Who Should Try Out Canine Fitness Centers?

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We often hear about canine fitness centers, which include fun and healthy alternatives to staying at home like aromatherapy, massage, acupressure and fitness swimming. Sometimes as pet parents, we do not have the time to exercise our pooches as often as we should, and dropping them off at a dog fitness center is the next best option. Here they’ll be playing and exercising with other dogs, instead of being alone at home, while you’re out at work or running errands.

Some of these are designed to be soothing and include spacious rooms for doggie daycare, treatment rooms for massage, and indoor swimming pools with large backyards to play and run around in.




Therapeutic Doggie Day Cares




Most technicians at these centers have veterinary care experience, and have a veterinarian on call. For dogs that are partially paralyzed or suffering from injuries, swimming exercises the limbs. Dogs that have high- energy also frequent dog fitness centers to calm them. Always make sure to find out which daycares are the best for your dog, since there are many different types of canine daycares that offer different activities.

As dog parents realize that their canines need regular exercise and massage as a preventive measure to maintain good health, especially in old age, these centers are not only for the pampered canine but for those suffering from injuries. Aqua exercise is beneficial for the following:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Arthritis
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Weight loss and conditioning
  • Mental focus and relaxation

It’s hard for your dog to be home alone all day.  Not only does your pooch have the best opportunities for supervised play and socialization, he can also benefit from any spa or aqua exercises that are available. Try to add in some positive training classes. In this way, not only will your furry best friend make friends, he’ll also benefit from positive training and socialization. As usual, always consult with your veterinarian  for the best veterinary advice , and read as many reviews about the doggie daycare before dropping off your pooch. In short,  take a look at the daycare before dropping off your furry best friend! Visit as many as you can before making a decision!

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Rare Dog Breeds of Finland. Karelian Bear Dog Karjalankarhukoira Finnish Dog Breeds

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Origin: Finland

Group : Northern,UKC

History: The Karjalankarhukoira, otherwise known as the Karelian Bear Dog is thought to have originated from the indigenous northern European dogs around 1936. This breed was bred to hunt wildlife like bear and elk, and prefers to hunt alone,  instead of in packs. After World War 2, the Karelian was almost extinct as a breed. Nonetheless, the Finnish Kennel Club helped maintain the breed. Today, the Karelian Bear Dog helps to keep away bears from suburbs.

Description: A handsome, strong breed that is built longer than tall, the Karelian has a short muzzle with  a medium sized black nose. He has prick ears of medium size which are triangular in shape. With a bushy tail that is either relaxed or curled into a bob, the Karelian has a double coat made of harsh, straight hair of medium- length. His hair is longest on his back, neck and rump, and is black and white in color.

Height:  19.25 to 24 inches

Weight: 45-70 pounds

Temperament: The Karelian can sometimes be aggressive around other dogs and people. Although not the most suitable family pet, the Karelian does well with an experienced dog owner that can keep up with training and exercise. There are many pet parents and breeders that claim that this breed is sensitive, great with children, and makes a good family dog. The Karelian demonstrates bravery, leadership and does well with positive training from an early age.

Best Home Environment:  Large properties or farmlands with plenty of space to exercise. The Karelian needs plenty of socialization around other dogs, people and children.

Health Concerns: None


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Play and Exercise For Canine Health and Happiness! Dogs & Their Relationships With Other Dogs!

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Play and Exercise For Canine Health & Happiness

When many dogs get together at the dog park, beach or anywhere else, they will need to size each other up before deciding to make friends. They do this by sniffing each other and showing different body and tail postures. Many times friendship is instantaneous and they will make friends right away and go play. Play among dogs is incredibly important, and all dogs need to do this at least a few times a week.Dogs have glands on either sides of their behind, and part of a canine introduction will entail butt sniffing. A dog’s anal glands releases a smell when a dog goes potty, is excited or scared, or even feeling aggressive. Other dogs will sniff your dog’s behind to see what the new dog is all about. Butt sniffing among dogs is an introductory process among dogs, and should never be interrupted by well meaning pet parents. Once dogs have completed this process, they will then greet each other via their faces and other body parts. At the end of all of this, a rank is established, and the dogs can then begin to play or leave each other alone.



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UK Dog Breeds! Clumber Spaniel


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Origin: United Kingdom and France

History: The Clumber Spaniel was bred in France by the Duc de Noailles, who moved his dogs to the Duke of Newcastle’s kennels at Clumber Park Estate at the beginning of the French Revolution to escape slaughter. This is one of the earliest Spaniel breeds. They can track like a hound and hunt like a Spaniel.It is believed that the Clumber Spaniel ancestry has both Alpine and Basset Hound. The Clumber Spaniel as a breed was a perfect choice for nobility during the 19th century.

Group: Gun Dog, UKC, Sporting Dog, AKC


  • A nicely built dog with a rectangular shape-long, low and solidly built.Droopy jowls and eyes.
  • Large and handsome head with long, broad ears, a short muzzle and beautiful amber eyes which are large in size.
  • The Clumber Spaniel has a large nose which include various shades of rose, cherry, brown or beige.
  • Docked tail
  • Coat is straight and silky in texture. The Clumber Spaniel yields a neck frill and delightful feathering on both ears.His coat coloring is either white with a lemon tinge, or with orange markings.

Height: 17 to 20 inches

Weight: 55-85 pounds

Temperament: The Clumber Spaniel is a super friendly and outgoing dog that is easy to get along with. He enjoys being around children, friends and family, yet can be prone to shyness around guests. This is a wonderfully playful breed that always looks dignified and regal.

Activity Level:Medium amount of exercise required

Owner/Home Requirements: Active owner that has a rural home.This breed needs to be included in family activities, outings and enjoys being  active. They can do well in an apartment, yet need to be exercised daily.

Special Needs: Grooming, positive training, socialization and ear cleaning.They may also have feet problems. Plenty of drooling and snoring. This breed needs plenty of positive training, males are more prone to being out of line or devilish at times.

Health Concerns: Ear problems, epilepsy,allergies, hypothyroidism,intervertebral disc disease, entropion and hip dysplasia.

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Canine Body Language Explained

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Head high: Your dog is interested in what he’s seeing and in what he’s doing.He’s enjoying all the new sounds and noises.

Head upright and neck arched- as in above photo: Your pooch is confident, showing signs of superiority over the other dog. Yet, in this case it looks like they’re just having lots of fun.

Head high, yet tilted to the side: Your pooch is interested in what’s going on around him.

Head and neck that is level with or lowered considerably with a stiff body that is possibly crouched beneath the other dog, or leaning back away from the other dog: Your dog is preparing to escape; and may possibly bite or snap at the other dog.

Head is lowered, and his body is twisted away from the other dog. He may possibly be turning the side of his face upwards. Your pooch is showing signs of appeasement ,and is trying to make friends.

Head and body lowered with cowering body movement: Your dog is scared and has no confidence. He is showing submissive deference.



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Why Do New Canine Behaviors Suddenly Appear?

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Unexpected and Suddenly Bad Behaviors

Sometimes, it may just suddenly happen, and your dog exhibits bad behavior-or is it really bad behavior? Many times your dog may have an underlying medical condition and needs to see the veterinarian.

New Behavioral Problems

  • Growling and snapping when anyone touches him. This could be due to pain in that part of his body, tooth problems, arthritis,hip dysplasia, paneosteitis, or other joint problems.
  • Aggression towards other people or pets- thyroid imbalance, or other hormonal imbalances.
  • Marking and urinating at home- urinary tract infection, bladder problems or kidney problems.
  • Destructive behavior and chewing up everything at home- teething or tooth problems ( If a puppy possibly boredom and lack of exercise and training)
  • Growling when you approach the food bowl- if this has never happened before , it could be due to being extremely hungry from a medical condition.

If your veterinarian finds your pooch healthy and free of dental problems, now will be the time to spay or neuter, if you already have not done so! Although most definitely not a substitute for positive dog training, it helps with curbing any unwanted behaviors like marking and urinating at home.


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