You come home in evening after a long day at work, and the first thing your dog does is touch you with a wet nose. I used to find this behaviour annoying because I like to be warned before any form of wetness makes contact with me. Having Buster touch me with his wet nose would catch me off guard and that is why I didn’t welcome the gesture. That is, until I realized it’s not just a meaningless gesture and there are reasons why dogs nose-nudge.

Dogs nose-nudge to say hi. Like in my case, it was my dog’s way of saying “hi” after being separated from me for over eight hours and welcoming me home. He was just happy to have me back, and when I realized it I was no longer mad at him.

However, watch out because nose-nudging could also be a way of showing dominance. To differentiate between a friendly “hi” and a sense of dominance check for other signs of dominance as well. If the dog also has other behaviours such as mounting and aggression and doesn’t just do a simple nose-nudge but does it severally, he is just showing dominance. Dominance should be curbed as soon as it’s spotted because if left alone it can lead to a dog that can’t obey commands from anyone.

Nose-nudging is also a sign of submission. This is displayed by nudging inside the other dog’s nose from below. It’s just the dog’s way of communicating to the other dog that he is not willing to engage in a battle he cannot win. It says there is no need for arguments, that he is willing to submit to the rules of the dog he deems superior to him. If you receive a nose-nudge from your dog on your face he is letting you know that he thinks you are his boss and he has no problem with that arrangement.

Dogs also nose-nudge to let you know that whatever you were doing was okay with him. If for example you were scratching his ears and you stop, he will nose-nudge you to urge you to continue. He might also push a toy towards you if he wants you to play with him or a bowl to indicate he wants some food.

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You are likely to get a bargain because the dog will have all his vaccinations up to date and all his medical records in order before you can take him home. These services would cost you extra if you were to buy the dog from a reputable breeder. So, you get to give a dog a home and save money too in this case.

There is also the myth that shelter dogs are there in the first place because they have behavioral issues. This is not true because dogs are in shelters for many different reasons. The owners might have died, maybe a couple who were giving the dog a home separated and decided to give the dog to the shelter, and maybe a loving owner might have had to travel overseas and therefore had to give his pet away.

In case the dogs do have behavioral issues it is because the previous owners did not handle them right. Once you make the decision to own a dog, either from a shelter/rescue or from anywhere else, you need to make a full commitment to love them even when they are at their worst. A shelter/rescue dog needs to be trained with patience and love just like any other dog. The question is whether you are willing to make the commitment to be a dog parent.

The last myth is that when you adopt from the shelter/rescue centers you will not know what you are getting yourself into. This is especially a concern if the dog was a stray, but be sure the shelter/rescue staffs have interacted with the dog and observed his behavior before they can hand him over to you. They might even allow you to visit the shelter/rescue center several times to interact with the dog before you can make a final decision. If in the process of several visits you change your mind, there’ll be no loss because you won’t have taken the dog home or made a financial commitment.

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  1. Many dogs are happier with something nice to chew. It’s one of the few things in the house that they can chew without getting yelled at. They especially like it because it was a gift from you! They have your permission to work on it.


  1. Chewing is satisfying behavior. It’s comforting to dogs when they’re bored or have nothing better to do. It’s like a child with a pacifier. Simply put, it’s a calming behavior.


  1. Not all nylon chews are born equal. Some are hard, some are less hard & finding the most pleasing one for your dog can take some trial & error. Dogs are individuals just like humans. Glass hard nylon bones are usually not the favorites. For a satisfying chewing experience your dog needs to be able to do some damage to the chew. It needs to be scratchable. More about this below.


  1. Don’t freak out if your dog creates small granules of nylon while chewing. These little rice size bits are usually not swallowed but if they are, they’ll pass without problem.


  1. Also, don’t freak out if you can’t find your dog’s chew. If you bought the right size it’s doubtful he swallowed it. He most likely buried it in the garden or under the sofa pillow. Some dogs get funny about hiding their bones. It’s also doubtful that they will forget where they hid it. If your dog values the chew his instincts may take charge. That being said, you should remain vigilant of your dog if you can’t find the chew.


  1. Dogs pretty much only chew on the ends of the chews & ignore the shaft. Keep your eye on the chew & take notice of the progress he’s making. Replace the chew when the end is excessively worn or if you see anything broken. Virgin Nylon is extremely durable and breaks are nearly never.


  1. Read the ingredients on the package to see if the chew is up to your standards. Be aware of any peanut or meat ingredients if your dog or even children in the home have such allergies.


  1. Nylon chews help to scale your dog’s teeth but they’re not a substitute for brushing. Chewing generally scrubs the molars but the pearly whites still need regular brushing. Don’t be alarmed if you see little bits of blood. It’s part of the scrubbing process.


  1. Most important rule of all! Give your dog a chew that is too large to swallow. Way too large! If in doubt, always pick the larger size. If you have different sized dogs then only buy the chew that’s safe for the largest throat. Do retrievers sometimes swallow the chihuahua’s bone? The answer is Yes!


  1. Don’t be bummed out if your dog doesn’t like to chew. Some dogs love to fetch and some could care less. Remember that we’re individuals, give her a hug and be happy that you tried.


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When you decide to rescue or adopt from a shelter, the first thing you are most likely to do is research on the topic. Most of the information available especially online is misleading and can give you the wrong idea or even dissuade you from going ahead with the whole process. This is because most of the information is based on stereotypes and myths. I intend to debunk these myths in this article and present you with the facts.

The first myth is that there are no young animals in the shelters. This myth might make you change your mind if you had wanted to raise your adopted dog from puppyhood. The truth is that there are many young animals in shelters, but they may require special attention and that is why you do not see them in the shelter with the rest of the older dogs. In case there are no puppies in the shelter/rescue center you have chosen to adopt from, you can always adopt an adult dog. Adult dogs don’t have as many responsibilities as a puppy, and they can also be trained with the right attitude and patience.

Most people think of shelters as a place where mutts and unwanted dogs thrive, so there are likely not any purebreds in the shelters. This is a myth. Research shows that 25 percent of dogs in animal shelters/rescue centers are purebreds. If you are really inclined in adopting a specific breed that suits your lifestyle and you can’t find the breed in the shelter, ask the staff to guide you on how to reach a specific rescue for a specific breed. These breed-specific rescues exist and most shelter staff collaborates with them to match owners and dogs.

Another misconception is that dogs in shelters up for adoption have health issues. This is not entirely true. Yes, the dog might have been rescued from the streets but a vet is required to clear them and give them a clean bill of health before the dog is put up for adoption.

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