What are the functions of a dogs tail?

You can tell a lot about what dogs are feeling just by watching their tails. As you may already know dogs use their tails for communicating. They express happiness, aggression, stress and many other emotions just by using their tail. By looking at the position and movement of their tail, you can often tell what dogs are thinking. When a dog wags their tail high and wags it back and forth, they are usually feeling pretty good. When they are interested in something, their tail is usually horizontal to the ground. A tucked tail indicates that the dog is frightened or submissive. When their tail goes from horizontal to upright and becomes rigid, they are feeling threatened or challenged. A tail that is low and wagging indicates that they are worried or insecure.

Why do dogs chew sticks?

Researching this topic on the internet reveals that most people tend to think that a dog will chew a stick for two possible reasons.

Why do dogs sniff each other?

When you’re out walking your dog you have undoubtedly noticed that dogs sniff an awful lot. They sniff their surroundings, they sniff the ground where other dogs have left a scent marking, they greet other dogs by sniffing their butt, and other equally undesirable areas.

How many times have you wondered why?

The Border Collie a dog of many colours - Genetics

Border collies are frequently thought of as just being black and white, however this is actually far from the truth. Border Collies come in a multitude of different colours and whilst black and white represents the most commonly seen colour combination, a black and white border collie can carry the genetic ingredients for a variety of colours. So just because you may have a black and white Border collie, this does not mean that they will produce just black and white puppies.

It’s worth noting that for the serious Border collie breeder the colour of the breed is of little importance. They are more concerned with breeding to obtain the correct temperament, right character and good health than they are the colour of the animal.

Any living animal and even humans for that matter inherit many characteristics from their parents. These inherited characteristics are controlled by genes.

Offspring inherit genes from both their father and their mother in equal measure. For each genetically controlled characteristic a dog will carry two genes, one passed down from their father and one passed down from their mother. Likewise the father and mother will each carry two genes for each genetic characteristic inherited from their own parents. Although dogs carry two genes for each inherited characteristic, only one gene for each characteristic is passed on from their father and only one gene is passed on from their mother, this is how we get diversity.

How the Dog Digestive System Works

A dog digestive system is different than a human's and therefore dogs process their food and eat in a different way to us. This is important to know and to understand so that you can feed your dog the correct diet and be aware when something goes wrong.

Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome (TNS)

(Also referred to as Hereditary Neutropenia)

TNS is an inherited fatal immune disorder found in Border Collies. Although thought to have been around for a long time it is only recently that scientists have started to get a greater understanding of the way it actually works, it’s affects on the animal and means of inheritance.

Neutrophils are the precursors to white blood cells, produced in the bone marrow, and in a normal animal, released into the blood to fight infections. In a TNS affected animal these Neutrophils cannot be released from the bone marrow so the animal is unable to mount an effective immune response to infection.

Why do dogs bark?

One of the most frequent reasons dogs are taken to an animal shelter is because of their barking. Owners and/or neighbours cannot tolerate the noise of a barking dog.

When considering dog ownership, it is very important to check on the characteristics of the breed that you are considering, as some breeds are natural born barkers. If possible talk to people that have the same breed and get their input, also research the breed online. Even if you are considering a mixed-breed dog look into the breeds that comprise the makeup of the dog.

Excessive barking could mean the end to what would have been a beautiful relationship between you and your dog.

A dog's sense of hearing

Dogs have a superior sense of hearing when compared to humans and can hear a range of sounds far above the capabilities of the human ear. Dogs can hear sound frequencies up to an amazing 45,000 Hz whilst us mear humans can only manage 23,000 Hz.

Selective breeding over the centuries has further enhanced the sense of hearing in certain breeds and has helped them to perform specialised tasks, such as guarding flocks, flushing out game and protecting property.