Friday, March 25, 2016

Dogo Argentino Dog Fight!

A couple of days ago, I was working on my dog house and I thought that I would bring Dante outside to hang out with me. He had been locked up inside for the last week because I had been spending all of my time working on the house and run. So Dante is being a good dog and staying nice and close to me when he sits on the lawn and finds some old deer bones. From out of no wear my outside dog Scooby attacks him over the bones. Scooby is half Dante's size but dogs don't care. So my son Preston and I run over to brake it up. We thought at first it was Dante causing the fight but we should have known better. We pulled them a part and Scooby would not stop, he just kept coming and coming. We got them a part thinking we were going to get bit and Scooby turned himself around and bit into poor Dante's leg really bad. Dante in turn bit Scooby in the head right in the eye. It's just a good thing that it was Scooby's bad eye and not his good one or Dante would have been the last thing he ever saw. I get Scooby's mouth off of Dante's leg and tell Dante to stop, Dante's leg was really messed up and Scooby's head is bleeding everywhere. The next couple of hours I have to spend taking care of dogs. I cleaned Dante's leg and Scooby's head. The next day Dante's leg is huge so I had to take him to the Vet so his leg could be cleaned out and he can get some Meds. Here it is day 5 and he is getting around on it ok, but it is still really swollen. Scooby is just becoming a butthead in his old age, to start a fight to the death over some old bones is just nuts.

Poor Dante

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Dog House From Hell

Well, today I spent all day hooking up the electric, installing the doggie doors, sealing and painting the dog house. That dam thing is taking forever to build, I still have to build the steps tomorrow and than rebuild the fence around the house. It's looking pretty good and I will post all the picture of the build as soon as I finish. The dogs are getting sick of spending the day on the back deck and in the small run. I have plans to build a big run for them as soon as I'm done with the dog house. I will post picture of that too. I have big plans for my kennel and I want everyone out there to be a part of it. I am new at this and by following this blog you will know what time and effort has went into my dogs and what it take to take care of them.
Thanks and God Bless

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Still Building!

I am still building my custom dog house, it has taken longer that I thought it would due to the weather. It has rained almost everyday since I started it, today was the first really nice day in over a week and half. Tomorrow if everything goes right I will be finished and I will post the build to this blog so everyone can see how it was built and about how much it cost. Try and keep in mind that I use a lot of reclaimed materials so I will not be able to give and exact amount.
God Bless,

Friday, March 11, 2016

How can I register my AKC dog with UKC

When I purchased my male Dogo Argentino he came with AKC paperwork, My female Dogo came with AKC and UKC paperwork and I wanted to have Dante UKC registered too. If your dogo is AKC registered it is really easy to get your dog UKC registered. All you have to do is go to the UKC website and click on registration, under that you will find Register your dog, the link is below.
Than you choose your breed of dog.
Under that you will find this information.

Single Registration Requirements For Your Breed

A dog registered with UKC will have either an Application for Permanent Registration
............................................................. .- or - Permanent Registration Certificate

For a dog that is not already registered with UKC and whose parents are not both UKC registered, we offer Single Registration
The rules for Single Registration for this breed are as follows:

1. Completed UKC Application for Single Registration

2. Copy of your dog’s registration certificate from a UKC acknowledged registry.

.... For this breed, we acknowledge the American Kennel Club, the Canadian Kennel Club,
.... the Kennel Club (of Great Britain), and any FCI affiliated registry.

3. Your dog's complete three generation pedigree (photocopy or handwritten pedigree accepted)

4. Single Registration fee of $35.00

Mail the application, required documentation and payment to the UKC Home Office, Kalamazoo, MI address;

- or - Fax to the UKC Home Office at 269.343.7037 (a $35.00 EXPEDITED Processing Fee will apply to all faxed applications from within the Continental US)(faxed applications from outside the Continental US will be charged an automatic RUSH Service Fee of $25.00);

- or - Scan and email to (a $35.00 EXPEDITED Processing Fee will apply to all emailed applications from within the Continental US)(faxed applications from outside the Continental US will be charged an automatic RUSH Service Fee of $25.00).

Normal processing time is 10 business days - not including mail time. - Most major credit cards accepted.
Need help? Send us an email with your name, address, breed name and question,
we'll assist you through the entire registration process.

It is very easy to register you AKC dog with UKC, I filled you the information and it took only two weeks to get the paperwork back.
If you have any questions just contact me and I will help you in any way I can,
Thanks for Reading,

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Dogo Argentino Breed Information

Here is some information about Dogo Argentinos
Other Names for Dogo's are an Argentinian Mastiff or Argentine Dogo
The Dogo Argentino is also called the Argentinian Mastiff or Argentine Dogo. It is a large, well-muscled dog. The deep-set chest is wide. There is an abundance of skin on the muscular neck. The head is massive with a rounded shape from front to the back. The muzzle concaves upwards slightly, with a slight stop and is about the same length as the skull. The jaws are strong. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The nose is black. The eyes are set well apart, and are dark brown, light brown or hazel in color. The rims of the eyes should be pink or black. The ears are set high and are usually cropped to make them stand erect, and triangular in shape. The thighs are very muscular with a short hock. There are usually no dewclaws. The thick tail is long and carried naturally low reaching the hock. The thick, glossy coat is white and has no undercoat. While not accepted in all clubs, sometimes the Dogo Argentino can have a black spot on the head known as "pirata." This trait in the Dogo´s coat is accepted by Federacion Cinologica Argentina
The Dogs Temperament.
The Argentine Dogo is a loyal dog who makes a great guardian of the home and family. Playful and very good with children, it gives kisses and cuddles. Highly intelligent and powerful, Dogos are easy to train if you are consistent, using loving but firm authority. The Argentine Dogo is not a breed for everyone. With the right owners even the more dominant Dogos can be submissive toward all humans and other animals. This breed needs someone who understands how to display leadership: humans who are firm, confident, and consistent. This breed needs rules he must follow and limits to what he is and is not allowed to do. The objective in training this dog is to achieve pack leader status. It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in its pack. When we humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader. Lines are clearly defined. You and all other humans MUST be higher up in the order than the dog. That is the only way your relationship can be a success. When you put this breed with a meek or passive owner, problems may arise as the dog will feel he needs to "save his pack" and run the show. Adult Dogos can be aggressive with other dogs; however, the Dogo does not usually provoke the confrontation but may if he senses another dog that is unstable. The breed needs an owner who can tell the Dogo it is not his job to put another dog in his place. They are good with other pets if they are raised with them from puppyhood. This white mastiff needs early socialization with other animals. It also requires early obedience training.
Height: 24 - 27 inches (61 - 69 cm)
Weight: 80 - 100 pounds (36 - 45 kg)
Exercise: These dogs need a lot of exercise, and a lot of room to run, if you don't they will get hyper and than start to misbehave. Give this dog plenty of exercise. They need to be taken on a daily, long walk or jog.
Dogo's live 10 to 12 years, but can live longer if you don't feed them cheap dog food, if you cook for them they will live longer.
Females have litter sizes from 4 to 8 puppies
Grooming : The single white coat is very easy to care for. Brush occasionally. Keep nails trimmed. They have no doggy odor. This breed is an average shedder.
In the 1920s the Argentine Dogo was developed in Argentina by Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez and his brother Agustin. The brothers wanted an ideal companion dog that was also a good pack hunter and guardian. The breeds that were used in the development were the Great Pyrenees, Irish Wolfhound, Pointer, Great Dane, Dogue de Bordeaux, Boxer, Spanish Mastiff, Bulldog, Bull Terrier and a now extinct mastiff-type breed called the Dog of Cordoba. The result was a bullish, fearless hunter who also had great stamina. The white coat deflected the heat rather than absorbed it. Unfortunately the breed earned a bad reputation in Britain when people started using the dogs for dog fighting, which is an activity still popular in many parts of South America and elsewhere. Rather than go after the dog fighters, Britain has enacted a national legislation to control dogs in public. The Dangerous Dogs Act which came about in 1991 totally bans the three breeds Fila Brazileiro, Dogo Argentino and Japanese Tosa. A fourth breed, the American Pit Bull Terrier, is allowed but is heavily restricted. The dogs must be registered, neutered, tattooed, microchipped and owners have to carry insurance. The dogs cannot be bred or imported and when in public they must be muzzled, leashed and handled by a person over 16 years of age at all times. This is a real shame. When properly raised these are all great dogs. A dog is what the master makes of it. Not all breeds are for everyone. People teach these dogs to fight, giving them a bad name. Banning the breed is not the way to solve the problem. Some of the Argentine Dogo's talents are hunting, tracking, watchdog, guarding, police work, narcotics detection, military work, guide for the blind, competitive obedience and Schutzhund.
ACA = American Canine Association Inc.
ACA = American Canine Association
ACR = American Canine Registry
AKC/FSS = American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service® Program
APRI = American Pet Registry, Inc.
BBC = Backwoods Bulldog Club
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
FCA = Federacion Cinologica Argentina
FCI = Federation Cynologique Internationale
NAPR = North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
NKC = National Kennel Club

Monday, March 7, 2016

Custom Dog House for My Dogo Argentino's

I am building a custom dog house for my Dogo Argentino's. I have to have a place to put my dogo's when my females are in heat and also a safe place for them when it's nice out. When Faith went into heat last month I had no place to put her and my male Dante to keep them out of trouble. Dante went nuts and he should not have been around my kids. So I had to convert a dog house that my nephew used when he was staying with me into a safe shelter for my dogs. The old dog house had no front so I installed one and wrapped heavy duty plastic around it to keep them warm and dry.
This is the makeshift dog house I through together, Dante started to remove the plastic.
So today I started to build my dog's a new house. You want to face the front of the house to the south and the back to the north. That way the cold northern winds will not blow into your doghouse and the sun will hit the front.
I want the house to be eight foot by four foot because I'm and going to make a place for two dogs, so the each have there own space.
Here is the 4'x8' frame made from 2'x6's
I started off making the floor frame out of 2x6's with the slats being 16" apart so I can install R19 insulation.

I installed  4'x8' thick plywood on the bottom to hold in the insulation and keep the dogs from getting at it.

I installed the R19 insulation and sealed all the seams so no air bugs can get in.

Than I installed another piece of plywood on top.

Dante checking out my work.

 I had some vinyl flooring that was given to me, it is really good stuff and I have used linoleum before and it just will not hold up to a big dog within a year you will be replacing it, so you will want to spend the extra upfront to get the good stuff. 

 I built the rear wall 3' 1/2 feet high and installed it onto the frame. I had to install the plywood before I put it up because the frame is hooked to the fence so there would be no way to install it later.

 I built tapered walls for the sides the back being 3' and 1/2 feet and the front being 4' and installed them. This was all I got done today but I will keep posting so everyone can see my progress.

Dante and Faith hanging out in the dog run, soon to be a nice kennel.

The photos of installing the insulation in the walls and then putting the plywood on are missing.  

Roof was built out of 2x6x8 and than installed, insulation was put on one half of the roof, because the other half will be over the deck. 

As you can see I did not put plywood on the front yet, because I wanted to run wires for the lights through the wall, also it made it easier to install the flooring I used for the inside walls.

Flooring walls installed.

Here you can see that I have painted the top to make it easier when I install the roof, I also have installed the electrical wire, light on the inside with a 40 watt LED bulb, an LED flood light and a heater inside.

I installed the insulation and cut vent hole at the top to vent out the warm air in the summer.

Here is a front view of the house.

I installed the plywood, the roof which I had left over from when I roofed my house and painted the dog house.

I installed the vents

The metal roof.

Installing the doggie doors.

The doggie doors installed and working on the steps.

Painted view of the back.

The run and house are in a well shaded area, to keep the dogs cool in the summer.

Steps installed and building a small ramp off to the side for puppies.

My nephew had some metal fencing left over from a job and let me have it to split the run in two. It also looks really nice too.

we rebuilt the fence around the run and installed new door hardware.

back view of the run.

Side view of the run and I installed skirting around the dog house to keep the dogs warm in the winter.

Built a second door for the other side of the run.

Inside view of the run.

The black fencing looks really nice.

Front view of the run.

Inside the Run.


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Only Natural Pet Thyroid Wellness Canine Review

My Three Year Old Female Dogo Argentino lost her hair for no reason. I had no ideal why it happened or what happened. So I started to check out the causes of hair loss on the net and found that there could have been many reasons why this could have happened.
One of the most common causes of hair loss is mange, which caused by the mite demodex, but I knew that it could not be this, Faith did not have any of the symptoms like inflammation, redness or crusting.
Ringworm is another reason why dog lose there hair but  Faith had no redness or mild scaling.
Than there is scleroderma, that is a condition that develops after a vaccination due to scar tissue.
Symmetrical hair loss this is what Faith had and there are a bunch of cause for this, excessive levels of steroids caused by the adrenal glands, high estrogen levels low levels of female hormone secretions and low thyroid levels. Males can lose their hair due to too high or to low testosterone levels.
From all of my research it seamed like Faith had low thyroid levels. So I looked around and found that the medication for hypothyroidism has a bunch of side effects and also you have to give them the medication on a empty stomach, which is a pain in the butt because I feed my Dogos twice a day. The main reason why I did not want to use the medication is that you have to wear gloves when handling the medication due to the toxicity of the pill.
So I started to look for a natural way to help her and I found Thyroid Wellness by Only Natural Pet. I started to give it to her about a month and half ago and all of the problems that she had been having have all gone away. She has a lot more energy, she smells better and her hair is growing back in. It is wonderful and she does not mind that I put it in her food. The price of the pills are about that same as levothyroxine sodium but Thyroid Wellness is all natural and has none of the side effects. I don't need to wear gloves when giving it to her and also I can give it to her with her food which are all plus's in my book. I get 180 pills a three month supply for $23.00 dollars.
Don't just check out my review there are a lot of them out there and 99% of them will say the same thing, this stuff is natural and it works.
God Bless,

Friday, March 4, 2016

Dogo Argentino Heat Cycle

Sorry that it has been so long between posts but I have been working my butt off taking care of my kids and my crazy dogs. Also my brother who is in the Air Force came for a visit after 3 years, so there was not a lot of time for writing. All in all it was a nice couple of weeks
So Faith is just about done with her 21 day heat cycle. For the first ten days I had to keep the dogs separated and than after that I would let then come together once a day and than I would bring Faith back into the house and put her in her cage for about an hour. After that I would let her out to go to the bathroom. Than I bring into the shower and clean her up. Once she is done with her bath I would feed her for the second time and than let her hang out in the house for the rest of the day. Faith is a very laid back dog and the puppies between her and Dante should have a great temperament.
 It has been a crazy 20 days and I have learned a lot. The first thing that I learned is that dogs are very unpredictable when the breeding instinct takes over. Male dogs become aggressive and should not be around other males or even people. Dante is such a sweet dog but he turned into a total butt head the last month and I had to put him into a kennel outside.

The second thing that I learned is dealing with a female in heat is a rough job. You have to change out their underwear and pads about 4 times a day. You must make sure that you dispose of the pads were none of the dogs can get to them. The dogs think the pads are like candy and must have them, even little roses was eating the nasty things.

Third be prepared to do a lot of laundry, cleaning underwear and dog blankets once or twice a day.

Forth you have to keep the dogs clean which means a lot of dog bathing and if you have a dog that does not like it, it's even more fun.


 So anyone out there who is thinking about breeding Dogo Argentinos, just be prepared for a lot of extra work on top of taking care of 100 pound plus dog.

I know that there are a lot of people who want to cut courners and breed dogs for money, you don't breed for money you breed to better the dogs and because you love them.

I love my dogs, but they are a lot of work.