Naming Your Dog

Before adopting a dog it is necessary to reconsider it for a moment. If you spend very short time at home every day there is reason to keep a dog shut-in inside your house or your apartment waiting for you to come back from work. A dog needs a family and friends to play with it, a lot of love and attention; it needs a daily walk and discipline that a person with more time will be able to give it. If have considered the responsibility that implies having a dog and you think that you will be able to give it what it needs, then you can start by choosing a proper name.

When you get to see for the very first time your new puppy, you are able to choose the proper name for it according to its characteristics and personality. This is going to be one of the most important steps in your relationship, the new name will have incidence on its behavior and learning process in the future. Dogs respond to their name when they are called by their owner, therefore the most experimented trainers of dogs recommend the selection of a name with one or two syllables at most.

If you are adopting a grown up doggy, although it may be a little bit difficult to change its name, it is worth to try, you’ll see puppies that are given in adoption are regularly needing a new and better life, the old name of the dog could be associated to negative experiences from its past, and one simple way to begin to erase that past would be changing its name to something that is unrelated, by adopting this doggie you are giving it a new chance to live a better life on your side, always with enough love, attention and discipline.

At the moment of choosing the new name for the puppy, it is important for you to consider that this will be its name for the rest of the time (once you get used to a name it will be really difficult to change it), therefore it is useless to base the selection of the name on a few characteristics of your dog when it is still a puppy, names like “Tiny” or “scut” or “tobby” will not look exactly nice on a German shepherd or a St. Bernard when they get the adult phase.

As the trainers have explained, dogs are more receptive to short names, and the most recommended names are those that contain the vowels “a” and “o”. Long names aren’t practical, they difficult the reaction of the dog to an order, besides you can confuse it if you are not expressing clearly. The dog responds more to a sound instead to a meaning. He creates the associations through the training and learning, between the sounds they hear from us with specific meanings depending even of the tone.

Requirements that should be followed to choose the right name

Anyhow, you should know that whatever you choose as a name for your dog, here are some requirements that you should take into account:

The name must be short with a length of at most three syllables, in this way it will be easier for the dog to associate and remember it. But the name shouldn’t be of only one syllable because the dog can get confused.

It is not advisable to use the name of a person to name a dog.

Try to choose a name with a sound different from the words of common use, for instance a name like Bo sounds a lot like Go.

You can choose the name of your dog by taking a closer look to the characteristics of your dog. It means that the name you choose must be related to the description or temper of your dog. For instance, “Princess” is a beautiful name for a sweet and very small doggy; “Bandit” can be nice for a dog with a temper a little bit audacious. You can also take into account physical characteristics like the color of its fur can also give you some ideas about the name for your dog like “Whitey” or “Spot”.

Be creative with the names. You can get more ideas for dog names from history, cartoons, comics, mythology as Greek names for dogs, Egyptian mythology names and more.

The name that you choose for your dog, you must use it with frequency, every time you play with your pet, when you are giving it a caress and when you spend time with your dog.

Never yell its name; you must say it in a neutral or happy tone.

If you are adopting a puppy, then do not overwhelm it with too much instructions, it is like a baby which will require a lot of patience from you.

Give your dog a lot of love.

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Fruits & Veggies for Guinea Pig

I cannot stress enough how important it is to have fresh fruits and vegetables for your guinea pig DAILY. They help provide nutrients such as Vitamin C in addition to pellets and hay and they are also an amazing treat. My guineas squeak with delight every time I open the refrigerator door and they here a bag rustle. Fruits and vegetables are also a great way to reward your guinea pig and teaching them tricks.

It is 100 times more important to know what fruits and what vegetables you can feed your guinea pig. All fruits and veggies are not made equal!!! Some can be dangerous and poisonous to your pet and others just contain little or no nutritional value. Because of this I have made a quick and easy list of vegetables that are guinea pig safe and nutritionally sound.

Vegetables

Carrots – My guinea pigs Rascal and Alvin absolutely love carrots. I find it cheaper to buy a bag of whole carrots and break them up rather than buying baby carrots.

Lettuce – Romaine lettuce is a great alternative to iceberg lettuce that is high in nitrates and is nutritionally safe. I give my guinea pigs each a leaf a day. They love it!!!

Green/Red/Yellow/Orange bell peppers – 1/8 pepper sliced per guinea pig. Green and Yellow can be fed daily. Red bell peppers are high and sugar and should only be given once a week

Swiss Chard – Feed a large leaf 3-4 times a week. Very nutritional for Guinea Pigs

Radicchio – Feed them a leaf or two every couple of days.

Endive – Feed a large leaf 3-4 times a week.

Cilantro and Parsley – Good and Safe. Most responsible guinea pig owners feed 2 spigs about every other day

Parsley – Feeding twice a week will be perfect

Green Beans – One pod per pig twice a week will be good

Peas – One or two pods twice a week

Kale – Many Owners feed their guineas a couple leaves a week. This can cause gas so use sparingly if at all. Avoid all together if you piggies have had bad gas problems. What about celery, is celery safe for guinea pigs? Yes it is, but with moderation.

Fruit

Zucchini – Perfectly fine for guineas and they enjoy the skins as well! My two boys share a whole one a week.(portioned off of course)

Tomatoes – one cherry or two grape tomatoes are fine per pig per day.

Strawberries – My guinea pigs enjoy a strawberry a couple times a week. It’s not their favorite but they’ll eat it. They usually eat the leaves on the top and leave most of the fruit behind.

Berries – Gooseberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, etc. All okay in small quantities. I give each of my Guinea some type of berry every morning. They enjoy some over others.

Oranges – Oranges are an amazing source of Vitamin C! The problem is that citrus fruit can leave sores in a guinea pigs mouth. So try feeding each pig one small slice a day or every other day. They will generally eat the fruit and leave the peel.

Squash – Also good for guinea pigs. I buy one small squash a week.

Watermelon – My Rascal loves watermelon. It’s perfectly fine for him. He can even eat the rind! The only downfall is that it stains his white hair red for the day…

Apples – Very high in sugar. I might give my guineas a slice a week. But they aren’t too crazy about them.

Melons – Rascal just loves his melons! They are high in sugar so I only give him some twice a week.

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