Hiking is a great exercise for your dog

If you own a breed which demands a ton of exercises then you know the struggle which we are all facing whenever our four-legged friends look us with those sad eyes. You put on the leash and go out to do  the same thing, either throw a ball or a frisbee or whatever else your dog loves to go after. Although these exercises are good and will probably satisfy the needs of your dog to run, it won’t really satisfy their needs to explore and to see new things. Dogs have such a need just as we do. If you’ve ever taken your dog to the mountain or any new place for that matter, you know how happy they are and just how exuberant they are when they feel something new, or catch a scent they don’t know. I for one have a Beagle, which we often take to a lake which is quite close to our home. We went there for a couple of days last Summer and the dog didn’t stop running the whole time. He was exhausted by the end of the day and slept like he was shot. Once the next day came, the dog was ready to go out and run like crazy for another 14 hours until the sun sets down again.

Once we had to head home, he got into the car and went to sleep. Two days later he seemed depressed like never before and I totally get where this came from. He had a fantastic time doing what he loves – exploring and smelling new things and we took this away from him at the end. For a number of reasons we couldn’t stay longer and I honestly felt bad for not providing him with such exercise more often. That’s why I pledged to my girlfriend that we’ll take him hiking at least once a month in the months that allow it. Beagles are notoriously energetic and there are just a few other breeds that have such amounts of energy and this is actually one of the requirements for a dog to be a  good hiking companion.

I thought that Beagles are good for hiking, because my beagle Harvey is really well trained and would never run away from me. He’s actually a bit scared to leave my sight and almost never does it. I never thought that every Beagle is like  that, but I really had a good opinion about combining beagles and hiking. As it turns out they aren’t that popular in the hiking communities throughout the world and there’s a list of breeds good for hiking and if you look at this list, you’ll see that there are only dogs with medium to high energy levels. From Jack Russell Terriers to Border Collies all of the dogs are really energetic, but the thing that separates them from my beagle for example is that all of these breeds are known to be really obedient and easily trained. Well may be except the Weims, we all know that Weimaraners aren’t really the easiest to train. Anyway, hiking is a fantastic cardiovascular exercise which in most cases is better than jogging and burns more calories. There’s also a good article on livestrong.com about losing weight while hiking, so I really believe that  you’re better off taking your dog on a hiking trip, rather than going to the same boring park and throwing a ball to your dog. The fact is that you’re both going to benefit from it and it’s not far fetched to say that while you’re exercising your dog, you’ll also exercise yourself and you’ll both feel much more alive. Imagine that taking your dog to the park is basically going to your 9 to 5 job over and over again. Now put yourself in the dogs position and think, would you rather go to the same old boring place, or would you prefer to see a place you’ve never been before.

That’s what I  thought, so go out there and start hiking with your dog. Unless it’s an english bulldog, but then again, what kind of owner of an english bulldog would be interested in dog exercises.

8 tips for using toys to play with your dog

One day I received a question from a teacher who asked me, how do I get my dog to become a good player with its toys. Please bear in mind that some companions like playing excessively ways and others do not. Personally, I have been fortunate to have an extreme player dog but that is not the case for everyone.

Sometimes some dogs refuse completely to play with toys and are satisfied only with a food reward…

However, there are a few tricks to teach your dog to become a player with its toy, but still need to know which toys really are interesting to it and how many hours a day are you willing to invest and play with.

How to choose the perfect toy for his dog?

Generally speaking, there is no need to have a huge collection of toys. So it’s up to you to analyze which toy stands out in the mind of your pet.

Test well, there always is one! It could be a ball, a Frisbee, mini pudding, a stuffed dog, a toy that makes noise, a toy that makes soap bubbles, a kong, a tire, a jet pistol for dogs who like water, a stick, a ball, a node … in short there is a multitude of toys that could satisfy your animal is up to you to take the time to search and find the right one.

If you have a dog who likes to chew, so opt for a tire, a ball, a ball …

Dogs are not all the same, take the example of the famous English Bulldog Tillman, his greatest reward was skateboarding as to be known worldwide.

As you can see in the video cam that this dog was rolling object, but imagine for a moment that the same owner since childhood would initiate another Bulldog on Skateboard, do you believe it would be as buff as Tillman? Personally I doubt!

To tell you that every dog his favorite toy. In my case, my dog ​​loved to play only frisbee, he became gaga nothing to see! But remember this does not mean that yours will also look at this toy, ACCEPTANCE OR REFUSAL to you to analyze.

Maybe your dog does not like the toy but prefers toys in general, in this case JACKPOT for you as this will greatly facilitate the task.
How to have a player with his toy dog?

After finding the perfect toy for your 4 legged companion, the second step is to get your dog’s attention so he is interested in his toy.

For best results, I recommend for several days to start playing with him outside distractions and preferably during and after an education session or training as playing with her dog reinforces the positive result of the exercise performed.

Dogs love to work about 3 minutes and then enjoy a relaxing game and resume practicing if you decided. It is in this way that the dog will be happy to know because his mind will be oxygenated by power recreation.

Here’s an example: you call your dog in a park, he comes back to you as soon you give him his reward game (ball, frisbee …). Remember that a dog is rewarded more likely to come to his master, in fact I had written an article about why and how to reward his dog?

Teach his dog to gradually become player


  1. Keep your dog on a leash for a few seconds and tease him with her toy but without giving
  2. Then throw his toy for a few meters, wait until it goes to him, then grab it before your dog take it. Be demonstrative that he’s interested in!
  3.  You can use a wizard to throw the toy you take turns.
  4.  Wait patiently for your dog loses interest in the toy and looks at you.
  5.  Say “fetches” and allow it to play with his toy. Encourage him by saying “Yes good dog”
  6.  If your dog does not turn from his toy in about thirty seconds, back away slowly to increase the distance between the dog and the toy. When your pet is up to you, say “fetches” and let him get his toy.
  7.  Repeat this exercise daily, watch the goal is not to saturate or force the dog to play, so I suggest you focus sessions very short game (about 10 seconds, no more).
  8. Part 8 games of the reward should always be brief, no more than 10 seconds.


Like I said above, if your dog is not really receptive to this award by the toy, you can find something else such as food or hugs.
Why never force a dog to play?

If your dog is determined never to become player in its life, do not worry, it does not matter because our friends, the dogs, are loving animals and all the time you spend with them to congratulate them verbally and physically after exercise … is already in attention and rewards.

Forcing his faithful 4 legged companion to become player like the neighbor’s dog is a big mistake because you’ll get a degraded complicity and everything else will follow (trust me on this one).

Housebreaking your puppy – does pedigree matter

Housebreaking your puppy is a delicate, yet pretty straightforward process, which will only require you to prepare mentally for it and simply have the necessary patience for the puppy to realize what you require from it. The first and most important rule of housebreaking your puppy is to never punish the puppy as it doesn’t know better yet. You should approach it with the same care you would if you had a baby and it was pooping or peeing in its diapers. The puppies actually have an instinct not to pee or poop in their home or the space they populate. Just like with people, they would have a designated place to do this even in your house once they become older and become self aware of what they’re doing.

We’ve decided to include this video which has all the main concept of housebreaking your puppy and we’re sure that it will serve great as an example.

This video should explain the main reasons why housebreaking a puppy might seem hard at first, but becomes easier as time passes. The fact is that the puppies have the instinct not to do their business inside means that your only role in the housebreaking process is to simply guide them and show them what is appreciated, which will simply speed up the process. Puppy diapers are often used nowadays as not everyone has the time to go out with the puppy 16 times a day and their price isn’t high at all, so you could consider this as an option which will make it easier for both you and the dog.

Does pedigree matter to the housebreaking time

Pedigree isn’t a factor on housebreaking time. After researches have been made and as you can see here  the only way you could increase your dog’s intelligence is through stimulation. There aren’t any shortcuts when it comes to your dogs intelligence and taking time to help it develop skills is the only way to make any process faster. For instance if you start teaching your puppy to sit from an early stage – 2 months for example and them go to another step like lay-down, it will inevitably respond as the brain of a puppy is just like a sponge and absorbs everything. Give your puppy toys and socialize it and the process of housebreaking will become a breeze. Everyone who’s had to teach more than one dog in their lifetime will know that this way you’ll enjoy owning a dog even more. Being more involved in your puppy’s life will benefit you in a number of ways and one of these is the housebreaking process which will go a lot smoother this way.

So don’t look for shortcuts because there aren’t any real shortcuts to proper training, and definitely don’t punish or hit your dog if it takes longer to learn, as it 9 out of 10 cases it will be the owner’s fault that the puppy is learning slower than usual.

Dog pee smell removing

After the dog has already learned how to handle itself and there’s no more need for diapers or anything like that and you’re confident that the peeing inside the house is all over, there are a few options that you could take into consideration. You could either try to clean the mess yourself or simply hire a cleaning company. If you live in the UK, as the bigger part of the audience of the PedigreeSearch, there are a few nationwide options you could explore such as housegleam.co.uk, homejoy or hassle, but the second two haven’t been tested and I’m not sure about the results. After a few of our readers told us good things about Housegleam, we decided to feature them in this post for that simple reason, but there are other ways around this. You could easily pick one of these options instead and save yourself a few quid, but it will take you longer.


Housebreaking isn’t the easiest process you’ll will have to deal with when your puppy is young or during it’s whole life as a matter of fact, but it could be a lot easier if you follow the instructions of people that know what they’re talking about such as Cesar Milan for example. Continue reading the PedigreeSearch website and we’ll have a lot more fun and educating articles for new dog owners of any breed with or without a pedigree.

Why beagles aren’t for everyone and anyone

Beagles are adorable and probably one of the most exciting breeds of hounds that you could get. This is true, but they are also one of the breeds that people most commonly refer to as dogs to own and look for in a smaller apartment. This being said there are more than a couple of reasons why Beagles aren’t for everyone and why you should probably steer away from this particular breed if you live a busy life and you can’t spend a lot of time with your new puppy.

First and foremost Beagles are hounds and with that in mind, it’s safe to say that their nose is the thing that leads them wherever they go. If you’ve ever owned a dog before,but from a different breed then you’ll know that there are a few crucial months at first until you get the puppy to learn the basic habits of not peeing inside and such. There are really great ways to teach your puppy and following the training guides of Cesar Milan is one of the things that will help people that are new at puppy training a lot. There are of course tons of other things that you could do like watch Youtube channels such as this one  that have lots of info on canine training guides. With all this in mind and all the great tutorials and training courses for puppies, know that Beagles aren’t the easiest dogs to train. They are often stubborn and really hard to train, because of their adventurous nature, but are just as smart as other breeds such as Labrador Retrievers or German Shepherd dogs – which are simply easier to train, because of their obedient nature. If you consider this when you’re getting a Beagle, you should be fine, but there are a number of other reasons to do it with caution. If you’re looking for a Beagle with a pedigree know that they are harder and harder to find nowadays and because of the different color combinations, it’s harder to distinguish them from the ones without a pedigree. All proper Beagles have a white end on their tail and anyone claiming otherwise is lying you just to get you to buy the puppy. This is obviously not the only sign and there are plenty of other things to read on what a proper Beagle should look like, but you can find that on the wikipedia page that we’ve quoted here for you :

The general appearance of the Beagle resembles a miniature Foxhound, but the head is broader and the muzzle shorter, the expression completely different and the legs shorter in proportion to the body.[28] They are generally between 13 and 16 inches (33 and 41 cm) high at the withers and weigh between 18 and 35 lb (8.2 and 15.9 kg), with females being slightly smaller than males on average

The true Beagle will definitely get on your nerves from time to time, but the love this small breed shows to the owners is almost without any equivalent. The small and mid-sized dogs are usually the breeds with way more energy and the Beagle is no exception, so take this in mind. We’ll continue updating this guide in the future with lots of more useful information that will definitely help you selecting the best puppy for you.

History of the German shepherd and pedigree

The German Shepherd is a great race! True, but do you know its history? Quite the opposite of what some people may think, the German Shepherd was not a cross breed with other breeds. This is the story of the German Shepherd … 

Germany, the country of origin 

We are in 1871, in Germany, in the heart of the industrial revolution. We are seeing a strong migration of rural population to big cities. Concerned about the future of farming, Empire Bismarck instituted laws to protect agricultural products. Despite his efforts, urban industry has quickly taken over. To save the agriculture, groups of enthusiasts began to pay more attention to raising cattle, sheep and dogs guarding flocks and herds. 

These dogs were extremely varied. Depending on the region and usage, the dogs were very different. Sheepdogs expressed great and strong hardiness, some independence and showed great pride. These dogs have their origin attributed to some interested enthusiasts. We note two important breeding names: Wachsmuth, Hanover and Sparwasser of Frankfurt. 

From 1877 the German breeders began to gather the sheep dogs to improve the skills of their dogs. In the chronicles of the history of the German Shepherd, we note two dog names Lotte and breeding Greif von Sparwasser. 

In 1891, two characters (Count von Hahn and Captain Rielchelmann Dunau) founded the Phylax. This company is established to promote the sheepdog and opened the first studbook for the German Shepherd. Devotees launched in dog breeding herd through crosses between different lines to unite the qualities of sheep dogs present. The company lasted only four years. It betrayed some groups of dogs located in Bavaria, Hesse, but we note two groups in particular: that of Württemberg and of Thuringia. Dogs in Thuringia were rather small, agile, had gray dress, very thick and had straight ears, above the head. Dogs of Württemberg, in turn, were larger, heavy and massive. They had, however, floppy ears. Until this selection was intended only to obtain good herding dogs. 

Breeders that time betting on selection criteria such as basic: character, point size (agility), ever erect ears and tail non trumpet. In addition, we found an article in 1896, which confirms what was expected of a working dog, at that time: in 1896, Gerland von Hildesheim presented for the first time in public, specially trained dogs for police. These dogs were successful since 1910, these types of dogs are present in more than 500 local police stations. Most of them are, of course, German Shepherd. 

The creation of the race 

In 1899, the beginning of this race marked a whole new era of dog breeding. Born in 1895 in raising Sparwasser, Hektor Linksrhein is one of those shepherds quality, straight ears. His parents are, respectively, Kastor Rüde and Lene von Sparwasser. It is purchased by a passionate and famous breeder of this time: Eiselen, the kennel von der Krone. Livestock von der Krone is located in Heidenheim in Württemburg, Germany. Hektor Linksrhein was presented for the first time in an exhibition in Hannover, April 3, 1899 Hektor was 4 years old. That day, the Rittmeister Max Emil Friedrich von Stephanitz (a cavalry captain, already retired at that time) and his friend Arthur Meyer fell on this noble subject, harmonious and high quality and decided to buy it for two hundred marks . 

In the same year, Captain von Stephanitz and his friend Arthur Meyer instaurèrent the breed standard and SV (Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde), April 22, 1899, in Karlsruhe. The first breed standard was approved in September 1899, the first congress of the company in Frankfurt. Hektor Linksrhein became Horand von Grafrath in that year. Rittmeister von Stephanitz had renamed in honor of his estate he bought in Bavaria: the von Grafrath field. In 1900, von Grafrath Horand was the first dog oficiellement registered in studbook (the Schäferhunde Zuchtbuch – SZ). Horand was therefore numbered SZ 1. 

Captain von Stephanitz was the creator of the breed. It was through his efforts if we know the race of the German Shepherd, nowadays. Exemplary race, yes, but built for the job in the first place. 

Now include one of the most important in the history of the German Shepherd characters: Hermann Martin. Hermann Martin was an avid German Shepherd enthusiast. It was this race under the kennel name “von Arminius.” It was one of the greatest cynologists the world! This is thanks to him that the German Shepherd became the working dog in the world today. It was he who created the WUSV (Weltunion der Schäferhundverein) September 9, 1974, in Mannheim. In addition, Hermann was President of the SV (Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde) for 12 years. He was also elected Chairman for the VDH (Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen), Germany. Moreover, we find its breeding and breeding in most of pedigree German Shepherd today. Today, this man is a legend! 

The German Shepherd breed is continued by leading breeders in Germany and around the world. Soon reinforced for more features and natural abilities of German Shepherd breeders should expect new regulations. This is required to ensure the continuity of our beautiful breed that is the German Shepherd!

Understanding dog training – the easiest way to teach your dog

Often people get frustrated when they try to train their dog or modify its behavior. They read a lot of books and try to apply different principles to no avail. They wonder if there is a secret they do not know. More often than not, there is. One should also be mindful of the fact that dogs, too, have somewhat of a different character. That, however, does not mean they can not be tamed. It all comes down to proper approach to the subject matter and results can be observed shortly. People get frustrated sometimes and resort to beating, yelling and all sorts of negative encouragement that rarely produces the right results.

The problem with this scenario is that they brutalize their dog. By applying such tactics, they prevent their dog to learn what they would like it to learn. A dog owner must be consistent with his training so that the pet understands what he or she is trying to teach. 

So what are the secrets? 

The expert Daniel Stevens wrote a book called The Secrets of Dog Training. It details the methods you should use to train your dog quickly and easily. Many different scenarios are treated and behavior problems are discussed. 

Behavioral problems can be extremely frustrating and difficult to treat. Does your dog run outside every time the door opens? Does your dog barks all the time when he is outside? Perhaps you are trying to find a way to keep it from disappointing or embarrassing you. 

There are many behaviors that dog owners face and should try to change. This can be a challenge with a puppy, but faced with an adult dog, things can be even more difficult. People often think that you can not change the behavior of a dog once it became an adult which is not true just as its incorrect with humans. Granted, it is far more difficult to accomplish, yet, not impossible by a long stretch. 

The training can teach you how to work with an adult dog to make it obedient and willing to comply with every command you issue. You will quickly see that the myth that you can not teach an old dog new tricks will be dispelled. This may take longer for your dog to relearn things about his behavior, but it is possible with patience and consistency. 

A dog with behavioral problems will be a challenge to take for a walk. It will pull on the leash and trying to get away when it sees something interesting. By the time you get home, you’re exhausted and frustrated. If you teach your dog proper behavior when it is on a leash, your walks will be much more pleasant for you and your pet. 

The little tricks to know 

Never use the word “come” when you are angry against it or your dog will learn to associate this with the trouble. You will have trouble to bring it to you, even if it’s for something he would have liked. There are other ways to approach it when it does something wrong. 

The key for your dog to obey your commands is to make sure it understands what you want. As he does not understand human language, it uses the tone of your voice and body language to develop a sense of understanding what you are really trying to convey. When the owner is frustrated and reflected in his voice, the dog will be even less likely to understand what is said. 

By learning the techniques used by professional dog trainers, you can teach your dog to be well behaved and disciplined. That, however, will come at a certain price. You will have to be very patient, understanding and consistent in your actions in order to make sure your dog follows you where you want to go. Remember not to get easily frustrated and to lash out or needlessly be aggressive towards your dog. These kinds of treatments can constitute an enormous setback, offsetting all the progress made up until now.