Guard Dogs and Kung Fu: Best Protection

In these dangerous times when people with criminal minds are no longer afraid to attack their victims even in public places such as in the malls and parks, it is best to have some sort of personal protection. And having personal protection could not only be life-saving for you but also for the people dear to you.

While some people have a pepper spray in their bags or for others, a deadly weapon for self-defense, it might prove to be less useful in certain circumstances such as when your bag is snatched or when you are among civilians who can get hurt if you fire a gun. In these circumstances, having Kung Fu skills may help.

During Kung Fu training, one of the basic lessons that you will learn is about the different types of self-defense techniques for various types of situations. For instance, you will be taught how to handle your attacker if you are attacked from behind, or if he is holding a deadly weapon on your throat. The training also teaches you how to stay calm and focused under these dangerous situations. Instead of panicking, staying calm and focused can help you think of the best recourse under the present circumstances. Most importantly, Kung Fu promotes overall physical and mental wellness. You will be able to strengthen your muscles and develop endurance and agility.

The long list of benefits of Kung Fu all points to self-defense. Kung Fu is not very difficult to learn. It will just take a few hours of your time each week and its benefits can have an enormous impact on you especially in terms of protection.

Aside from learning Kung Fu, women, pregnant mothers, children and the elderly who are not able to learn Kung Fu or are too weak to execute its moves may also benefit from having a guard dog. You may think that dogs are not really capable of protecting you. But there are guard dogs that have the attributes and natural instinct to protect their owners or other animals in times of trouble. Guard dogs are generally bigger breeds of dogs, not the husky Pomeranian mix or Pomsky type of dog, but breeds like the German shepherd, Doberman, Aeredale terrier, Saint Bernards and others. These dogs can undergo basic training so that they can be a protector for your family. These breeds may have the attributes and natural instinct as protectors, but if not trained properly, they may not be able to fully do their role.

One of the most important precautions you should remember if you have a guard dog is to never leave your children with them unattended or unsupervised. As they have the tendency to attack, they might get irritated and attack your children during play time.

You should never take your safety for granted because it could mean putting your life at risk when you are not able to defend yourself against attackers. If you fear for your safety, your best recourse would probably be to learn Kung Fu or have a guard dog.

Causes and Natural Remedies for Dog Ear Infection

In training for Kung Fu, it is very advantageous to have a training companion. While most people train with their spouses, children or friends who could also help remind them about their training schedule, some opt to train with dogs. There are breed of dogs that are able to withstand strenuous training activities and are really effective as training companions. But they are as limited also to their health condition. In particular, if the dog has an ear infection, their owners could not do anything more than to find another training companion while waiting for their pet to be okay.

A dog ear infection is a common condition which can affect any breed of these animals, from the bigger breeds to smaller breeds like the teacup Pomeranian. However, they are more common among dogs whose ears hang down because as their flaps cover their internal ears, the dark and moist environment inside becomes a haven for bacterial and yeast growth. Aside from that, parasites, the dog’s diet and lifestyle can also implicate ear infection.

Dogs whose diet is composed mostly of grain and sugar are more at risk of yeast infection because sugar feeds the naturally occurring yeast in the body of dogs. This in turn will cause yeast overgrowth which is characterized by yeast-smelling dark buildup inside the ears of the affected dog. The same problem is also true for dogs that constantly engage in swimming because their ears become constantly moist, and yeast like to reproduce there. In rare cases, parasites could also invade the ear canal causing allergic ear problems.

Dog owners should be vigilant about the symptoms of ear infection so that it can be treated as early as possible. Typical symptoms include: ear wax buildup which could quickly build up again within a day or two after cleaning your dog’s ears, painful or sensitive ears when touched, vomiting, dizziness, inflammation or redness in the ear canal or flap, repeated scratching of ears, frequent head shaking, and strong odor coming from the ears. It is very important to note these symptoms, especially the head shaking and persistent scratching as they could lead to the development of Aural Hematoma which is a more serious condition.

An ear infection can be remedied at home using some of the products in your pantry. If the diagnosed cause of infection is parasitic, it can be remedied with any plain mineral oil. But for other causes, apple cider vinegar and Aloe Vera gel are great for prevention and remedy. Clean the ears of your dog first then prepare a solution of equal parts apple cider vinegar and warm water. Put the solution in a spray bottle and then apply to the ears. The vinegar can help the ear dry out. You could also use Aloe Vera gel by warming it up first in a cup and then applying a teaspoon in each ear.

If your dog is infected with ear infection, the animal could not perform well as your training companion. Carefully observe if your dog has any of the symptoms listed above and be sure to apply the right remedy. If the symptoms still persist, bring your dog to the veterinarian.