Fun Dog Names Inspired By The French

French is the “Language of Love” and February is all about romance. Here are some French names that you are sure to love almost as much as you love your new best friend.

#1 Amé

French for “beloved,” it’s a perfect name for the little girl that’s stolen your heart. It’s short and sweet and people will understand the meaning.

Amé
Amé

#2 Brie

France is famous for this decadent cheese and it’s the perfect name for your little dog that likes the finer things in life.

Brie
Brie

#3 Félicité

This beautiful name means “happy” or “lucky,” making it great name for your happy-go lucky best friend.

Félicité
Félicité

#4 – Pascal

This name has become more common since it was the little chameleon in Disney’s very popular Tangled. It’s a cute boy name for an adventurous dog that’s maybe a bit mischievous (in a well-meaning way).

Pascal
Pascal

#5 – Esmé

Made popular by the Twlight franchise, this name means “esteemed or loved.” It is actually unisex, so you can feel free to use it regardless of your dog’s gender.

Esmé
Esmé

#6 – Vivien

Meaning “alive, animated, lively,” this is great name for a highly-spirited dog of any size. Can be shortened to Viv or Vi.

Vivien
Vivien

#7 – Aubin

A perfect name for a white dog, since it means “white.” While that may seem boring and obvious, it’s sounds cool and is a good conversation starter.

Aubin
Aubin

#8 – Franc

Meaning “French,” it’s a fun name to say and seems like it would be a good name for a little dog, perhaps a poodle or a doxie.

Franc
Franc

#9 – Horace

This is the perfect French name if your new dog is a sighthound or sighthound mix. It means “has good eyesight.”

Horace
Horace

#10 – Leon

Have a little lion lying around the house? French for “lion,” Leon would be a great name for a Pomeranian or Chow Chow.

Leon
Leon

#11 – Percevel

One of King Author’s Knights, described as “pure and innocent.” It’s a great name for your noble dog, especially since we know dogs are truly pure of heart.

Percevel
Percevel

#12 – Baldoin

This name means “brave friend” and we think that makes it perfect for man’s best friend. Baldoin could work for a small or large dog whose loyal and courageous.

Baldoin
Baldoin

#13 – Fleur

A sweet name for a little girl and also perfect for Valentine’s Day, Fluer means “Flower” in French. As a Bonus, it’s also a name used in Harry Potter so fans of the series will recognize the name.

Fleur
Fleur

#14 – André

This name is the French version of the Greek name meaning “male warrior.” If your new family member has some spirit, this name would be a good choice.

André
André

#15- Marvel

Have comic book fans in your house? Then they will be please so see that Marvel is a French word meaning “to wonder or admire.” And who doesn’t admire their dog? This name will probably make everyone in the house happy.

Marvel
Marvel

Are You Feeding Your Dog The Wrong Food?

You have a lot of choice when it comes to what you feed your dog. So how do you know if you are feeding the right food to your dog?

#1 – Bowel Issues

Loose stool (diarrhea) and problems with regular bowl movement (constipation) can be signs the food is not right for your dog’s digestive system.

Bowel-Issues
Bowel-Issues

#2 – Flatulence

While some dog breeds seem to be prone to gas, your dog should not be driving you out of the house. Experiencing gas that is out of the ordinary in terms of smell and frequency means something is not sitting right in his system.

Flatulence
Flatulence

#3 – Itchiness

Scratching or itching more than normal can be caused by a bad reaction, like an allergy, to ingredients in your dog’s food.

Itchiness
Itchiness

#4 – Weight

Losing or gaining weight in unusual amounts can be due to an excess of carbs or not getting proper nutrients.

Weight
Weight

#5 – Ear Issues

If your dog has chronic ear issues and you have tried everything but they just won’t go away, ask your vet about food allergies. They could be the culprit.

Ear Issues
Ear Issues

#6 – Illness

Does your dog act sick after every meal? Does he vomit up his food? If your dog acts uncomfortable after eating, his food may be bothering him.

Illness
Illness

#7 – Energy Level

If your pup seems sluggish after you switched his food, or if he just doesn’t seem like his energy level is right for his age/breed/temperament, it may be because his food is not giving him the proper nutrients.

Energy Level
Energy Level

#8 – Behavioral Issues

Food affects everything! If you switched foods and all of a sudden your dog is acting in a way he did not before, it could be the food. For example, if your dog’s food isn’t filling him up, he may start stealing food when before he never felt the need to.

Behavioral Issues
Behavioral Issues

#9 – Loss of Appetite

Has your dog always been a good eater, until now? If your dog doesn’t want to eat the food, there is probably a reason.

Loss of Appetite
Loss of Appetite

#10 – Acting hungry

If your dog is acting hungry all the time, he might not be getting the proper nutrients he needs in his food.

Acting hungry
Acting hungry

 

Source: iheartdogs.com

Science Daily: Why cats are more independent than dogs

Domestic cats do not generally see their owners as a focus of safety and security in the same way that dogs do, according to new research.

cats are more independent than dogs
cats are more independent than dogs

The study by animal behaviour specialists at the University of Lincoln, UK, shows that while dogs perceive their owners as a safe base, the relationship between people and their feline friends appears to be quite different.

While it is increasingly recognised that cats are more social and more capable of shared relationships than traditionally thought, this latest research shows that adult cats appear to be more autonomous — even in their social relationships — and not necessarily dependent on others to provide a sense of protection.

The research, published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, was led by Professor Daniel Mills, Professor of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine at the University of Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences, along with Alice Potter — who studied as a postgraduate at Lincoln and now works with the Companion Animals Science Group at the RSPCA.

Professor Mills said: “The domestic cat has recently passed the dog as the most popular companion animal in Europe, with many seeing a cat as an ideal pet for owners who work long hours. Previous research has suggested that some cats show signs of separation anxiety when left alone by their owners, in the same way that dogs do, but the results of our study show that they are in fact much more independent than canine companions. It seems that what we interpret as separation anxiety might actually be signs of frustration.”

The Lincoln researchers carefully adapted the Ainsworth Strange Situation Test (SST), which has been widely used to demonstrate that the bond between young children or pet dogs with their primary carer can be categorised as a ‘secure attachment’ — where the carer is seen as a focus of safety and security in potentially threatening (or unfamiliar) environments.

The study observed the relationships between a number of cats and their owners, placing the pets in an unfamiliar environment together with their owner, with a stranger and also on their own. In varying scenarios, it assessed three different characteristics of attachment; the amount of contact sought by the cat, the level of passive behaviour, and signs of distress caused by the absence of the owner.

“Although our cats were more vocal when the owner rather than the stranger left them with the other individual, we didn’t see any additional evidence to suggest that the bond between a cat and its owner is one of secure attachment. This vocalisation might simply be a sign of frustration or learned response, since no other signs of attachment were reliably seen. In strange situations, attached individuals seek to stay close to their carer, show signs of distress when they are separated and demonstrate pleasure when their attachment figure returns, but these trends weren’t apparent during our research,” said Professor Mills.

“For pet dogs, their owners often represent a specific safe haven; however it is clear that domestic cats are much more autonomous when it comes to coping with unusual situations. Our findings don’t disagree with the notion that cats develop social preferences or close relationships, but they do show that these relationships do not appear to be typically based on a need for safety and security. As far as we could tell, the cats of owners who considered them to be highly attached did not differ from the others in this regard.”

The results of the study reveal that while cats might prefer to interact with their owner, they do not rely on them for reassurance when in an unfamiliar environment, and the researchers believe this is because of the nature of the species as a largely independent and solitary hunter.

Source: Science Daily

Best Dog Breeds for First Time Owners

While there is a lot of research that goes into general dog ownership, there are some breeds of dogs that are better suited for a first timer than others.

Any first time owner can be successful with any dog breeds, so long as they’re committed. But for those looking for suggestions on breeds that might fit their newbie needs, you can use the following list.

#1 – Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

#2 – Cane Corso Italiano

Cane Corso Italiano

#3 – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

#4 – Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

#5 – Greyhound

Greyhound

 

#6 – Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

#7 – Papillon

Papillon

#8 – Poodle

Poodle

#9 – Pug

Pug

#10 – Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog