22 September 2016

The subject of dog intelligence is an interesting one. We all know that dogs are clever. For centuries, they have been helping humans to complete tasks that would otherwise be very difficult, or, in some cases, impossible. Dogs can be trained to do all kinds of things. Including tasks that humans are not capable of, even when using specialist equipment.

It is widely accepted that dogs are intelligent, but we have only recently started to try to answer questions like – how clever are dogs?, and which breeds are the most intelligent?

 The findings are still coming in, but over the past few decades several methods have been developed to rank dog breeds by intelligence. One of the best, and biggest, bodies of research into this area is that carried out by Stanley Coren who is a Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He, and his team, have spent a lot of time analysing the intelligence of dogs, and have ranked many breeds using a simple, and easy to understand method.

How Coren’s team ranked dog intelligence 

They simply used the number of times a dog needed to be shown something before they would learn it as a way to measure intelligence. The most intelligent breeds only had to be given the command up to five times before they understood, and obeyed. These dogs obey commands that they already recognise 95% of the time.
Dogs that understand commands after five to 15 repetitions make up the second tier. They obey 85% of the time, once trained. The third tier of dogs require between 15 and 25 repetitions before understanding what they need to do. Once they understand what is required they then obey around 70% of the time.

Which are the most intelligent dogs? 

Unsurprisingly the working breeds came top of the list. The top ten includes border collies, German shepherds, Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, Australian cattle dogs, and Doberman pinchers. This is not surprising because they are all working dogs that are still used, today, for important tasks.

At number two on the list, is the poodle, something that surprises many people because poodles are rarely put to work in the modern world. As a result, their exceptional talents, and intelligence, are now not well known.
You can read more about Professor Coren’s work here, and check where your pet appears in his dog intelligence list. It is a bit of a revelation, and is sure to help you to better understand why your pet behaves in the way they do.
 Using the list will also help you to work out which type of dog is right for you. The next time you see puppies for sale in Scotland, or elsewhere, you will be able to use the list to gauge how clever the puppy is likely to be once it has reached adulthood. For those who want a dog that is quick to learn and obedient this is an important consideration. Knowing which breeds to focus on, will help you to find a puppy that is right for you and your family.

This is a collaborative post.

Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2016 by YourSpecialDog

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31 May 2016

This introduction to Chicco was submitted by Augele Wiedijk . Chicco was a part of our Instagram Halloween Contest.  As the winner of the contest he was also featured on our Instagram account

This is Chicco he's a Chodsky Pes, better known as Bohemian Shepherd. He was born on the 30th of April 2013 in Czech Republik. He now lives with me and my boyfriend in The Netherlands. He looks a bit like the Old German Shepherd but this breed is much smaller, kinda the samen size as a Border Collie and only 20-25 kg in weight.

He really loves to play fetch or to catch his frisbee. He's so friendly and tries to play with every dog we come accross during our daily walks. Chicco really likes the nature and to exporing new places, he has so much energy we go for a long hike twice a day. But in the evening he jumps on the couch do have some quality time and to cuddle with us.

This is the winning photo 

Since a few weeks I have my own dog photography business. Chicco is so photogenic and we loved to share our shots with the world by using Instagram. Now I want every owner to get a change of having amazing photo's of his/her dog. A dog is like a child in my eyes, they are family and also your best friend. So its nice to have these shots to always look back at.

We are so honored that we won the Halloween contest from Yourspecialdog! And so sweet that you like to post a little blog about Chicco! Thank you so much!

 If you are curious to see more click here to check out all the entries. If wish your dog to be featured on this blog please submit here . We love all our new pack members . Love

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by YourSpecialDog


29 October 2015

"When witches go riding and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers 'tis near Halloween"

Two days until Halloween! Have you already got a costume for you furry-love? If you're still struggling on ideas, here are 5 awesome ways you can dress your dog this Halloween.

1. Donald Trump

It's the most trending idea even among people. Wonder how our dogs will feel in the shoes of a presidential candidate. 

2. A pumpkin (a very cute pumpkin)

3. As a King (Queen)

4. A version of Beauty and the Beast, with a cute princess and Frankenstein. 

5. And if you want to take it to the scary side go for  A Mutant Giant Spider.

You all remember this prank from last year right? 

Don't forget to enter our Halloween Photo Contest in instagram  @yourspecialdog, the winner gets to be featured on our instagram with 3.2k followers and here in our blog.
Have a fun and safe Halloween! 

Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 by YourSpecialDog

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22 October 2015

What your dog is trying to say to you? Do you know anything about your dog's  body language ? In the infographic below are some of the most common dog signals and how to know what they mean.

Also you can learn how to prevent a bored dog or how to calm down your dog and even how to make your dog feel safe.

Did you knew this about your dog ? What other signals makes your dog ?

Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2015 by YourSpecialDog


03 October 2015

Getting a push from the story of Annie and Jodie , we thought to dedicate an article to dog depression. Yes, dogs can get depressed too, and the causes and symptoms are very similar to ours.

Some of the symptoms to look out in case you suspect your dog of having depression are change in appetite, oversleeping, limp tail, loss of interest, avoidance.

Many factors can be the cause of depression in dogs:

Seasonal and weather changes. You've probably heard that dogs can sense when storms are coming, and also may have noticed changes in your dog's behavior when seasons change. Changes are a big cause of depression in humans too, but dogs can feel these changes in a bigger scale than us humans. 

Change of place and/or environment. Dogs may find it hard to deal with moving to a new place. This changes make them feel unsure about they new surroundings. You can try to avoid this by taking all their belongings and try to recreate the same atmosphere you had at the old place. This way he will feel really at home.

Loneliness and neglect. Not paying enough attention to you dog and living alone at home most of  the time, is one of the most frequent causes of depression. If you decide to adopt / buy a dog, treat him like family (because that's what he really is for you and that's what you are for your dog). Always pay enough attention to your dog so that he knows he is loved and cared.

Medical conditions. This is the number one cause of depression in dogs. That's why you should always take your dog to the vet as soon as you see any sign of depression in your dog. There are many medical conditions that can make your dog feel depressed and have low energy.

Family additions. Whether it is a human or a another animal, many dogs may feel threatened and may not like the idea of sharing your attention. Before adding to your family, try to get your dog used to the new situation. You can read more about preparing your dog for a new baby in the house here.

There are several ways on how to deal with dog depression, but the first thing you should do is taking them to the vet, and following his guidance. Your dogs might need  medical cures, or therapy sessions depending on the causes of the depression.
But, don't forget to give to your dogs that one thing that cures all ... LOVE. Make them feel loved, cared, and give them all the attention they deserve so that you can prevent things from the start.

Posted on Saturday, October 03, 2015 by YourSpecialDog

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10 September 2015

Semi is a very special and lucky boxer on an inspiring mission. Semi was born deaf , but this little disability of hers didn't stop Farrah (her human mom) from adopting her.

 Semi is twice special because she has the longest tongue you've ever seen in a dog and now she is in the running for the Guinness World Record's longest dog tongue title. Farrah wants to use that attention in a positive way as a platform to promote awareness for shelter animals, as well as animals with disabilities.

You can be part of Semi's and Farrah's mission too, by getting a pair of this cute socks here :

Semi Socks are a light-hearted way to support and bring positive attention to shelter animals, and animals with disabilities (also dogs with ridiculously long tongues). Help Semi’s tongue spread the word with style! These limited edition unisex ankle socks are only available for a limited time. Be sure to get a pair while you still can!

There are only a couple of days left, but you can still make a difference by getting a pair.

Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2015 by YourSpecialDog


05 September 2015

The hot days of summer might be ending but here we are making your day with some hot pictures of beautiful dogs and handsome men.

Rincon was rescued and adopted buy a squad of male models. Twice lucky ;)

And here he is with one of his best buddies.

What a way to raise money for dogs ;)

Leo you don't need an Oscar, as long as you got that cutie in your arms ;)

Too much cuteness in this one.

Two adorable dudes just chilling.

That husky is so lucky ;)

Hope you enjoyed!

Posted on Saturday, September 05, 2015 by YourSpecialDog


30 August 2015

I' m so exited to announce this giveaway sponsored by My Dog Bake Shop . An online dog shop with all kind of organic homemade dog treats. A special thing you can find in this dog treats bakery are treats for specific dog breeds.Check out their website for more.

The giveaway will contain this products :
  1. Blueberry Chicken Treats
  2. Slim and Trim Carrot Apple Crunchers
  3. Peanut Butter Chicken Treats
  4. Piña Colada Treats
  5. Pumpkin Chicken Treats   

Blueberry Chicken Treats are made with only natural and fresh products like brown rice flour,  ground flaxseed , water , chicken,  olive oil, pureed blueberries,  eggs,  ground egg shells (for calcium) . This treats  are tasty and made with pure and simple ingredients.

Slim and Trim Carrot Apple Crunchers . This treats benefits are many. Oats have insoluble and soluble fiber, they also benefit your dog's skin, nervous system, stomach, spleen, lungs and their urinary tract. Carrots are great for dental health, they're low calorie and low fat, regularity, Beta Carotene and Vitamin A. 0% Plain Yogurt has calcium, protein and probiotics that helps your dog stay regular. Apples contain vitamins C, A, phytonutrients and fiber! 

Peanut Butter Chicken Treats. The simple ingredients of these treats are: whole wheat flour,  peanut butter , water, ground egg shells,  ground flaxseed (for calcium) , olive oil,  chicken, eggs.

Piña Colada Treats. If your dog tends to eat it's own feces or of other animals, by consuming a little bit of Pineapple it can correct this problem! Fresh Pineapple is the only known source of the enzyme Bromelain which has been seen in several studies to alleviate joint pain, arthritis, reduce inflammation and inhibit tumor growth.

Pumpkin Chicken Treats Organic nutritious homemade Chicken Peanut Butter treats made without scary preservatives, artificial colors, and other filler. My dog bake shop   use no corn, no soy, and no chemicals.

This giveaway is open to US only (except where prohibited by law), ages 18+. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form with as many entry you want. This giveaway will end on September 14th at midnight Eastern Time .

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Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2015 by YourSpecialDog


22 August 2015

Breed: Chihuahua/poodle/terrier
Birthday: April, 13th 2003
Eye color: light brown
Favorite food: anything that she can get her paws on
Favorite thing to do: follow me around
Location : Brownsville, Texas

This is the story of Annie and Jodie . I thank Annie Castaneda for submitting this story that brought me to tears and I'm sure that it will touch your hearts too. Enjoy!

I never knew that an animal can change your life forever. I just thought that's what they were, animals. Nothing special, no special attention needed and no feelings. Feed them, give them water and that's all there is to it. Boy, was I totally wrong and I'm glad that Jodie made me realize it. I guess every owner has that one special pet that has made a difference in their lives but Jodie taught me a lesson I will never forget and will always hold dear to my heart.

Jodie was in a litter of 2 from my mom's dog Belle. I had to choose between her and another female who was all black. But Jodie had those light brown, wide, full of life and sunshine puppy dog eyes that just made my decision easier and after 6 weeks I finally took her home. At that time another event was happening in my life. I was 18 and my parents were in the middle of a divorce and I was left alone to fend for myself so to speak. Of course, my dad would check in on me, food, bills etc. My mom calling to see if I was OK. I didn't mind. I was 18! Party! Party! Party! That's all I thought about and Jodie was just there to keep me company. So, as the days and weeks passed and Jodie was growing out of puppy hood I thought, 'She's a dog, she doesn't need me around. I'll just feed her, give her a few pats on the head and I'm out the door.' I didn't know how wrong I was. I didn't know that when I came home from a drunken stupor, or from wherever I was she was there wagging her tail excited to see me and I just pushed her aside. Nothing was important to me than having my night out on the town and all those parties. As more days and weeks passed and as she continued to grow and as I came and went as I pleased I started noticing how she wasn't at the door anymore. How she was no longer excited to see me. How she didn't want to eat anymore. How she never wagged her tail as I went to pat her head. Instead, I would always find her in my closet laying in a laundry basket of my clothes. I grew a little concerned thinking she might be physically sick but of course I ignored it and told myself, 'She's a dog and nothing more; she'll be fine because dogs are survivors.' But she kept getting worse. She grew thin and those light brown eyes that I fell for no longer shined. Then it hit me; she's depressed and slowly becoming frail of a broken heart. This creature, this animal, this dog that I took in and ignored for weeks loved me and depended on me. She can feel, she can understand what I'm doing and where I'm going and when I'm leaving and what I'm saying. She has no voice, she cannot speak; she cannot tell me her feelings but somehow she knows! But she's just a dog, how can she sense that something is wrong?

That was the day that changed my life forever. So, with tears in my eyes and 100 apologies and a million kisses and hugs knowing that she understood everything that I was saying I vowed to her and myself I was gonna spend the rest of my life and hers seeing that she never gets broken again. As the weeks passed and the party invites denied I spent everyday with her giving her as much love as one can give. I know she forgave me and my naivety because all the love that was once lost was returned. She never gave up on me, she never succumbed to her depression. I know in my heart she had hope for me that one day I would realize how cruel and stupid I've been and she would be waiting with an open heart and her tail wagging.

She is now 12 years old and I am now 30. She's slowly losing her teeth and she has arthritis and her skin is sagging. And even though we've had 2 more additions to the family; Charlie and Molly I still give her the attention that she needs, no, that she deserves. I spoil her and I talk to her and I give her so many hugs and kisses and belly rubs that I am allowed to and trust me she never complains! She sleeps with me every night snoring away happily and the times when I can't feel her against my body I bring her in close to me to feel her warmth, her beating heart . She nestles her head against my face with so much love that I can't help but smile everytime. She follows me everywhere, always keeping me in her line of sight making sure I'm OK. Whenever I sneeze or cough she hurries to my side and licks my face as if saying ' You'll be fine! I'm here!' She is my treasure, my jewel, my everything.

As she's getting old in age and even a little grumpier I can't help but wonder, what am I going to do without her? Will I ever feel the same about other dogs that will come and go in my life? Will she remember me after she's gone? Will she still love me?' I don't have the answers and probably never will but I do know this: she will always have my heart and soul and as long as she lives I will keep my vow to her. Because that day that I didn't care about anyone or anything but myself she taught me how to love and how to forgive unconditionally.
I just pray that people out there know or learn that these animals are not just animals. They are gifts from God to be more than our companions, to be more than friends. They are our family, our children and as much love and forgiveness that they have shown us no matter what cruelty is done to them we need to show them that they are not alone.
I thank God for Jodie everyday and I thank her for loving me and all my flaws and never losing her hope and faith in me. And when that day comes when she leaves this world, I hope she knows that I will be right by her side and she will never be alone again. My baby, my little girl; thank you. 

Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2015 by YourSpecialDog


20 July 2015

Most of us have the common idea that  all dogs love water and are great swimmers, but that is not the case for all the breeds. Some are just not into it and some others are great swimmers.
Here are five dog breeds that would love to get their paws wet anytime.

Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers excel at retrieving game for hunters, tracking, sniffing out drugs, and as therapy and assistance dogs. They also love to spend a lot of time in the water.

The Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese Water dog breed once served as crew on fishing trips, retrieving lost gear, and herding fish into nets. Today, he's a fun-loving family companion, represented by Bo Obama, First Dog of the U.S.

Labrador Retriever

Labradors are great hunting and family friendly dogs, but they originally used to be adopted by fishermen and helped them in their work. 


They are natural hunters with an excellent ability to take training. Not only are they great pointers, but they are excellent retrievers as well. They will retrieve on land and in the water, making the most of their natural instincts.

English Setter

They are active dogs that need plenty of exercise and up to two hours a day of exercise is recommended.[15] Inside they tend to be lower energy and love to be couch potatoes and lap dogs; the breed is described as "intensely friendly," "good natured," and "adores visitors and is particularly happy with children."

If it's the first time for your dog in the water, or when you're not sure if your dog likes water or knows how to swim it's best if you take it easy with them and not force them in the water. You might want to check out these life jackets available in cute textures and different sizes in our shop.

Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015 by YourSpecialDog