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Announcement, and Adopted Dog Returned

Dear All,

I’ll discuss today about an adopted dog someone took home and returned it back after a week. But, before that I’d like to make an announcement.

Well, we are all witnessed as 2013 says farewell to us. Can you believe it? I know you’re probably thinking ahead to what you can do in 2014 to make it your best year ever, right? I admit, that’s what I’m doing.

But, we are not beyond the Christmas and year-end festive period yet. In the coming days, I look back on time elapsed from the start of this site. And I also prepare the plan for 2014. Naturally, I spend Christmas with my family.

Thinking about my readers who subscribed so far I prepare a report, the topic is dog related of course. Hoping I’ll be able to send you that by the end of this year. The preparations are underway.

And I want to say to you “Thank You” for your support, questions, or suggestions I got this year. I hope I can count on your activity in the next year as well. I’ll do my best to achieve that.

peaceful-and-merry-christmas!I wish you a Merry Christmas with full of love and happiness, and a New Year loaded of chances and satisfactions. Please, use the coming days to spend quality time with your loved ones and think about those things for which it is worth living.

An Adopted Dog Returned

And now, let’s go to the today’s topic. I anticipate that this story was in the news recently, and I felt inclined to write about an adopted dog returned.

Imagine a singer who is pet friendly person and loves the dogs. He was falling in love with a dog from the supply of a rescue foundation, and gladly took it his home. This is nothing special so far; it could happen to any animal loving people.

He renamed the canine from B to C. It was a good dog and was guarding the house well. But, it seems that the animal didn’t want to accept anyone only the singer in question.

As he said: “We liked him very much; C is really a very nice, good dog and a fine watchdog too. C was in our household for a few days when I left my home, and my wife wanted to give him food. But, she still not reached a bowl, and a dog growled and behaved as if he wanted to attack her.”

“I also wanted to introduce my 15-month-old son to him as well to acquaint themselves. Because C was heard the voice of my son from inside only so far. But, unfortunately, C’s behavior was threatening toward my son too. So I decided not to take any risk and discard the dog for family safety.”

Apart from that, the singer didn’t stop to think that the family expanded with an adopted dog. But, he says he is trying to find carefully the matching dog next time.

“Maybe a puppy would be better from the point of view that it could grow together with the child. For this moment, we are not planning another adoption, because this parting of a dog pretty worn us. A dog is not like a pair of pants that’s replaceable by man…”– added the singer.

The said dog is waiting for his loving new owner again at the rescue foundation presently. One of the members of the foundation said that this canine is a really lovable creature. They are looking for him a definitely strong, competent hand.

“This dog is a five years old, very smart, amiable animal, a true watchdog. We recommend him to a family safely, but in any case, he needs a host who is experienced, knowledgeable, and the dog doesn’t think after a day that he is the pack leader. I’m puzzled that he entered being offensive, because that isn’t his attribute at all. In any event, he is also looking forward to his final master.” – says Clare.

adopted-dog-returned“B is a very kind, sociable, truly charismatic dog, is walking nicely on a leash. He is an excellent watchdog and playmate as well. He requires the love and the occupation with him. It’s spayed, vaccinated, equipped with a chip and now is waiting for the final, responsible owner. After a week-long “guest performance,” B has been returned to us again. We brought him back, although we are sure that it would have been a great fan for the family, additionally an excellent watchdog.”

So far the story. The Noteworthy Lessons:

* As I mentioned in one of my other articles, I worked in a dog shelter as a volunteer. Sadly, the majority of the canines in shelters are located there as they had been the subject of inconsiderate buying. Specifically, certain family member or adult individuals rush to adopt a dog, although they neglected to ponder what keeping a dog involves.

I use to examine the circumstances and members in our family, and myself in addition to my time accessible and select accordingly. I’d say, to find a dog is just your first task, however, a really important one. You have to be believed strongly that you, and the animal will probably be the right match to one another. You have to be certain that your household will be the suitable home for that chosen canine.

* Avoid taking home any dog immediately from a sudden “love.” Dependent on their outer traits only you may make a false decision. Namely, their entire character and temperament might stay hidden for you at that minute.

To be aware of these completely you have to be in everyday interaction with the chosen dog. In order to uncover the correct fellow in one another requires time, similar to a great marriage. I use to take to walk the chosen animal three – four times to experience their behavior.

That is indispensable for the basic cognition, then I decide to take it or leave it.

* Your task is to prepare yourself and your family members to the arriving of your chosen animal. I use to make notices when I heard the information the rescue organization staff announces. This information I give to my family, after all, we all will live together with the dog.

It’s advisable that your spouse and kids are aware who is the newcomer. Furthermore, some dog keeping experience also is useful when you intend to take an adult dog having unknown experiences. Dogs in similar age might have entrenched habits you have to be able to handle as a pack leader.

* It’s advisable not to monopolize the dog for yourself. Dogs rehomed in new circumstances require time to understand the family members. And you should accustom the dog to accept food and drink from others from your family. By hand feeding some food your dog (under supervision) will know the smell of that person, that helps in the accepting.

Furthermore, the jealousy related their food, bone or toy is a normal practice for dogs. Of course, with love, patience and persistence you can cease that conduct after a time. And teach your family member to forget anxiety when dealing with. The dog might sense your fear and can be growl or attack.

* Lastly, but not last, older animals don’t like to share their owner’s attention, and love. It occurs many times that these dogs become a so called “one owner only” dogs. Having said that, we have arrived again to the point that we should get to know all info about the dog before we’re taking him home.

Introducing Your Baby To a Dog is not as simple as showing to your cat. When you are ready to present the baby to your dog, please consider the following tips:

Ask someone to hold the dog leash while you take place in a chair with your child into your arms. Put your hand on the baby’s head. (This gesture shows the protection of your baby and at the same time prevents it from being bitten by the dog.)

Do not place the baby on the floor and never hold over the dog’s head, because doing that you compel the dog to jump.

Use a balanced, calm tone when talking to your dog, and sometimes caress him, to feel safe in itself.

If you don’t perceive any aggressive behavior such as growling or tail downward, slowly afford for him to take a closer look at the baby – but do not lick it. The licking is unhealthy might serve as a prelude of biting.

Make sure that your dog’s leash tight enough to be pulled back if necessary. If your dog shows any negative behaviors, answer to him a definite “NO” and command him to move away or drop out of the room. If he listens to your command and goes off independently, reward it.

Even if all goes “smooth,” it is recommended to keep the dog on a leash whenever it is approaching the child, at least the first three weeks still you manage to study his behavior.

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Can Dogs Get Colds in Winter Really?

Hi Everyone,

Dogs-related news always attracted my attention. So, I just stumbled upon a news covered pets can get cold appeared on the CBS Las Vegas website. The KXNT Morning News is hosted by Joe Gillespie. He had a guest vet Debbie White, who said noteworthy advices on the subject. Dr. White explained that dogs get colds in chilled weather without your noticing.

She recommended dog owners dress up their dogs with sweaters, particularly if those are short-haired. Furthermore, Dr. White said in the conversation that you should provide your dog a sufficient amount of food and water. But, that’s not enough; you must also pay attention to prevent the drinking water from freezing.

The Cold in Practice

dogs-get-colds-in-winter-easilyI’ve to say I totally agree with Dr. White, based on my experiences. Cold in canines may have occurred and could be attributable to the varied viruses and germs. In this regard, dogs show signs similar to us, humans. Of course, much depends on recognizing the symptoms in its earlier phase.

Our dogs get colds by being around nearness with another, already infected canine, too. Together with this, low immunity levels, stress, and unfriendly climatic conditions could be further contributing factors.

Even so, the majority of dog owners normally have issues distinguish a standard cold from a severe disease. Here is a listing by way of help to make things somewhat simple for you. The list covers a collection of symptom signs that your canine possesses a cold.

Common Cold Symptoms in Dogs

– Runny eyes
– White nose and discharge-flow
– Grumpiness
– Sluggishness
– Coughing
– Sneezing
– Hypothermia

Puppy and Low Temperature

The list of symptoms can be observed in puppies and adult dogs equally. In addition, the new-born dogs don’t even require serious cold to be cool down. They have inherently higher heat demand and their coat is weak. Moreover, they lack the protecting fatty layer under their skin.

The few movements of the newborns and the slower metabolism are also added to the mentioned facts. The process from this point is straightforward: a newborn puppy gives low moaning sound. Then it moves even less, and eventually finishes its life.

After two months of their age, the puppies almost become restless, also they consume more food. Therefore, more and more fat is released within their bodies. Consequently, they are threatened by risk of hypothermia on less and less level.

If You Faced Trouble

In dogs, you have to take the common cold seriously. Namely, if it remains untreated, might have serious consequences. Your dog may exhibit symptoms of the common cold like sneezing, coughing, fever. In those situations mostly health problems – which are weakening the immune system – are behind.

In these cases, the care of the dog’s host is often questionable. Indeed, a puppy who has strong immune system will not get the same disease than his underfed, low-strength mate. By the way, helminthiasis, or other microorganisms also can produce symptoms of the common cold.

Due to the limited energy and liquid reserves, the condition of your dog may be deteriorated rapidly. You, therefore, need to take him to a vet as soon as possible. The speed of the treatment started in time can save lives. Long time dog owners are understandable dread dangerous viruses like distemper and kennel cough.

Elderly Dogs Get Colds

The older dogs get colds easily, terefore, they need protection in winter season. Most of the small, rare-haired old dogs will cool off very easily, especially if they are slim. Unfortunately, the insidious hypothermia goes unnoticed so frequently. Only the increased muscle tone, rigidity will be conspicuous for an inexperienced owner.

If the dog’s body temperature is reduced significantly, malfunction of the internal organs quickly takes place. The most frequent trouble is the renal ceases its service. The liver and the heart muscle is very sensitive to the cold effect. And the rheumatic diseases tend to be worse due to the cold.

As I experienced, you cannot eliminate the damages with rapid warming of the cold animal. The acute inflammation of the kidneys often becomes chronic, and this can be fatal. Therefore, there is no shame in wearing a coat by a weaker or older dog in winter.

Walking on Winter Roads

If possible, avoid walking your dog on the salt-strewn roads. If this is not a manageable option, then smear thick Vaseline or paw protector wax to your dog’s paws before walking outside. This will prevent cracking of the pad’s skin and keep feet away from the salt.

The salt causes burning feeling on the cracked pads, and this can lead to poorly healing wounds. Furthermore, the tiny snow balls and ice pieces sticking into toes also can be a resonwhy dogs get colds in winter. These can be very uncomfortable and painful. So it’s advisable to cut off the hair between the toes in time.

Until next time…

Alex

How to Stimulate Your Dog Mentally?2

Hello all,

This is the second part of the article about stimulate your dog mentally. Previously, I dealt with our dogs’ requirements, which are the base of psychological stimulation. Today I’ll discuss about the devices and methods that help you to perform this task successfully.

Toys Are Stimulate Your Dog Mentally

One of the toys lights up and is providing recordings of your voice at the moment your favorite rolls them around. Then, other toys, for example, the Buster Cube, allocate treats if your canine plays with them or rolls them up and down.

stimulate-your-dog-mentally -buster-cubeThe Buster Cube is rectangular shaped so can make it tough for dogs to rotate and flip. On a hard flooring, it needs to slip rather than flipover as well as requires a great deal of dedication and time your canines for getting all the food.

However, the Buster Cube doesn’t get equally as much attention than a few of the newer, sexier canine puzzle games, just like the Nina Ottosson toys. But, in my opinion, it is one that each dog owner must have in their toy box.

Anyway, the afore mentioned Nina Ottosson produces wood, interactive canine puzzles wherever the animals should move some puzzle items to disclose hidden treats. The puzzles might be really hard, and a few of them include completely different levels. So they are stimulate your dog mentally, too.

Then, I’d propose the Kong toys to each canine owner, as a perfect device to obtain mental stimulation. My recipe is to drop a number of little dog-treats inside and use cream cheese to seal the opening. I haven’t seen a dog who wouldn’t instantly begin pushing or chewing the Kong around to acquire the internal content.

Then, there are stuffed animals, which appear simple, but that is only false. Namely, they possess other, smaller stuffed toys hidden within that, and your family dog needs to find.

Every one of these toys and games are awesome and mentally stimulate your dog. They provide good substitutes in case your canine can’t go out for a great running.

WARNING! Please, be aware that 100% indestructible toy doesn’t exist. It would be unrealistic to anticipate that feature. Therefore, you should always supervise your animals when they’re playing with toys. It’s advisable to examine all toys if they are not damaged. Don’t enable your canines to go on to have fun with a broken toy.

Stimulate Your Dog mentally Is a Team Work

The puzzle toys mentioned have been meant for you to have fun with your dog as a team. Your pet will undoubtedly want some guidance from you. And working together you may discover your tie becomes more strength between you.

The majority of puzzles shouldn’t be performed by your dog alone. Namely, because they do have detachable pieces that your favorite pal might swallow. That can be resulted the end of the toy and maybe your dog, in the worst case.

Speaking about my dogs, they would actually resolve the puzzle by lacerating it if I allow them to. So I need to sit down next to them, guiding them, keeping the puzzle and asking to relax if they get too fierce.

You may begin with easy thing and work with indeed delicious and particular treats. So long as your pet is interested; you shouldn’t fret if he’s not fixing the puzzle at first experiment. The more time involves him to perform for it, the more drained he will certainly get.

After all, that’s specifically what you want to achieve. But, it may occur that he gives up. Then it is possible to make it simpler and assist him with. Moreover, you need to give plenty of praise when he discovers the following step.

The Plus

It’s also possible to give time playing with your four-legged friend. I have long observed that I needn’t to play with whatever complicated toy with my dogs. We can engage in a ball or bough fetching, tug of war, seek and hide. Alternatively; I just give my dogs stomach rubs while I talk to them on loving voice.

Spending quality time collectively might be just as well in mental stimulation terms as gaining outdoor exercise. Those dogs which get an adequate amount of petting and play hardly ever present conduct issues. In fact, the exercising is perfect for dogs.

But, when I’m unable to take my dogs to work out, numerous alternatives are available. Regardless if my dogs are starting to get loads of exercise, I need to ensure my canines have different toys. And I try to invest heaps of quality time with them. Both of us deserve it!

P.S. Your turn: Share your experiences about how do you stimulate your dog mentally. If you have any questions or reflection as well as an adequate proposal, please don’t deprive the audience from your wisdom. Thank You!

How to Stimulate Your Dog Mentally?1

Hi Everyone,

As a preliminary point, I inform you that Lisa, our new German Shepherd mix puppy got her second de-worming. Our rescued favorite was 14 weeks old and weighed 17 pounds yesterday. Spending many times together with pets you can stimulate your dog mentally. The two dogs get along very well with each other, the older one (Zizi) almost completely reborn due to the puppy. And today’s topic is the ways to stimulate your dog psychologically to achieve a desired  behavior.

stimulate-your-dog-mentally -jack-russelDoes your dog always bark, chew or weeding the flower in your garden? If whatever your answer is yes, then it’s advisable to reorganize your everyday life with your dog. Namely, behind of numerous behavioral problems – such as barking, chewing, digging, etc. – is the isolation, boredom and insufficient exercise and mental stimulation. Unfortunately, as we’re all getting busier, sometimes less and less time, and energy remains for our favorite.

Despite this, humans expect certain behavior from their dogs in the everyday life, common work, sport and training. You can achieve the realization of this behavior if you provide the physical, mental and emotional conditions equally. Namely, this species (Canis familiaris) is required to fulfill these to be a mentally balanced dog in the modern civilized environment as well.

Our Dog’s Requirements

1) Proper food. The food eaten affects the general health, mood, resistance, physical and mental endurance and the available age. Food has to be tasty, and must comply with the medical and biological requirements are important in the animal development.

2) Socialization. The next requirement for dogs is getting in different social connections of the real world. That means to be familiarized with outer stimuli in their 4 – 16 weeks of age. Namely, those will increase their resistance to stress and determine their lives in the future.

3) Learning. I get questions daily: “Can you teach my dog to …” And sometimes they ask so absurdities, which shouldn’t teach a dog if s/he doesn’t get housing conditions adequate to its race, and wasn’t  socialized from its puppy age. Because to raise a dog should know the best by his owner (pack leader).

4) Movement. For example, a terrier tends to look forever, rushing move from one scent to another. For the greyhound only the real galloping is the satisfactory movement. You cannot expect from northern dog breeds to walk slowly on a loose leash against their instinct. The list could go on.

5) Task. Experience has shown that the reason of significant part of behavioral problems is that your dog is bored. If your dog gets a job, you expect liability from him. If you give him work, then you can increase the animal’s self-confidence, and it can be motivated emotionally, too.

6) Playing. Fun and humor are the two most important components of a dog’s play. With 10 -15 minutes daily common playing, you can enhance your dog’s concentration ability, and intellectual development. As a result of regular, shared player activity your pet well be physically and mentally balanced.

7) Grooming. All dogs require from the owner certain grooming care and assistance throughout his or her life. During the daily exercise or strolling their coats, paws can pick up some grime, dirt, debris. Their eyes, ears, teeth also may require care to prevent illnesses. A well-groomed animal can be healthier, and you can stimulate him mentally easier.

8) Healthcare. Your dog’s health care requirements are constantly changing during his life. The needs differ for a 2-3 month-old pup, an adolescent canine, and your aging four-legged companion, too. Consequently, all dog owners should provide the adequate animal health-care for his canine.

Ways of Stimulate Your Dog Mentally

You may be wondering, why I listed the above elements here. Every above components help you to motivate your dog mentally. They form the foundation of that. I do understand, there are many explanations why you can’t go out with your canine to get some exercise, for instance. Apart from that, you can do many things to keep your dog from going unmanageable nowadays.

A sure way to stimulate your dog mentally is providing him diverse toys. Encouraging your animal to play occupies his attention and this can keep him away from mischief. Be sure to supply numerous various kinds of toys: ropes, toys, stuffed animals and “wear-proof chews,” and alike.

The toys called “interactive” are available in different shapes nowadays. “Interactive” signifies that your furry-friend needs to take some action – get pertaining to that toy – to allow it to be work. For example, there is a toy makes fragrant bubbles in your animal’s preferred scents once your pet presses on various areas of that device.

That’s all today. In the second part, we’ll discuss methods and devices to stimulate your dog mentally according to your goals.

How Can You Cease Bad Dog Breath?

Hi Everyone,

“How can you cease bad dog breath? My dog’s breath makes me swoon!” – said Clara, a business woman, when I met her while both of us walking our dog. She continued: “I almost have the shivers when I get a kiss from Roger. I am afraid our kids may catch some disease from him! I think we must visit our vet.” Oh yes, it wasn’t the first time I hear something like that. And if this is the case also with your dog, then it’s time to take action against the bad dog breath. Fortunately, you have some options.

Reasons – Eating Some Unhealthy Thing

reasons-of-bad-dog-breath-eating-dog-poopOur canines could possibly have a stinking breath due to plenty of reasons. Probably, the most fundamental cause is that they are consuming some very fetid things. Are you aware what your family dog has actually been eating?

As an illustration, does your furry pal eat dog poop outdoors when walking? Does your favorite get in the cat’s litter box? I’m asking these questions not accidentally. Namely, these two tend to be frequent reasons for unhealthy doggy breath. And they’re each preventable with paying attention to them.

If your doggie is consuming doggy poop outdoors it’s best to do the next:

A) Be sure you sustain your yard clean from end product of dogs. Pick-up poop as quickly as your canines produced it, so they won’t have an opportunity to eat it.

B) If your four-legged friend still finds poop to consume, then add some meat tenderizer or pineapple to his nutrition. Each of these elements is going to make poop taste unappetizing to your favorite. It’s almost like it wants something to help it become the taste bad! On the other hand, you may search for products to achieve this at your animal supply retailer.

C) Make it possible for cat litter container is saved in areas where your doggie can’t get to it. I mean similar to a particular room for your cat, or in conjunction with unreachable high places.

Lastly, you need to make sure if your dog is consuming another kind of nasty-tasting stuff outside. Is s/he eating lifeless birds or squirrels? If your favorite is eating rotting flesh or corps, then it will give him unhealthy breath easily.

Reasons – Constipation or Health Issues

health-issue-can-cause-bad-dog-breathBy seeking the reasons, canines can also are afflicted by the halitosis (stinky breath) resulting from constipation or health troubles. When you gently open your animal’s mouth, you’ll smell this quickly. The signs and symptoms could be attributable to an unbalanced food regimen, gastrointestinal issues or gum / tooth infection.

Once your doggie empties its bowel, that may smell fizzy as well as its stomach is bloated. This might mean your animal possesses a blocked digestive system. This could make that your canine really feels himself wretched.

Usually, there are some alternative treatments to remedy the stinky breath, and I’ve used these as well.

Your dog can chew on leaves of peppermint or dill. It’s also possible to make parsley tea; you’re simply boiling the parsley in scorching water. Then await it to make cool, and pour it on your animal’s food.

Carrots also help to bettering breath and take off plaque from canine’s teeth. They develop saliva, which helps take away food particles settle down on teeth. Carrots are often filled with nutritional vitamins and taste candy. Therefore, by consuming, your dog ought to get pleasure from them.

Squeezing lemon in your pet’s water what he consumes helps to clean its mouth and freshen his palate. But, it’s advisable to use it moderately, to refrain from acidity build up. You will also find breath mints designed for pets. Of course, your dogs shouldn’t be provided with human breath mints.

Namely, simply because they could cause digestive issues. Lots of pet shops promote breath treats designed for dogs. A few are miniature-sized, whilst others possess a chew bone texture. Canines can take advantage gnawing on these bones along with cleaning their teeth as well as making their breath fresher.

Bad Dog Breath Reasons – Weared Tooth

Your task is to check your canine’s teeth. What are they appeared like? In case you have a younger pooch then your canine’s teeth ought to be pearly white. Even adult, older canines must have teeth, which are mainly white, although they might present some symptoms of wear.

It may happen that your animal has teeth, which are brown, green, yellow or apparent cavities or damaged teeth. Then chances are that you’ve probably discovered the origin of his or her unhealthy breath. You should take your canine to your vet.

If the vet is capable, then he might do dog-dental action himself. Otherwise, he might recommend a doggy dentist for you. Quite often your dog might merely require cleaning his teeth.

As I observed, the usual way to perform that is giving your canine anesthesia and peel each of his tooth throughout sleeping. Your veterinarian also can repair any cavities or pull a dangerous tooth while the canine is asleep. Many times dogs might have a root canal to avoid wasting his tooth.

Majority of dogs will require their teeth cleaned by the veterinarian no less than once of their lives. A proper dental care will forestall micro organism from these unhealthy teeth from entering into your canine’s bloodstream as well as going through his heart.

Care for Aged Dogs

bad-dog-breath-cured-with-tooth-careAs your animal moves forward in the age, the bad teeth can even hinder him in eating. Therefore, it’s crucial to sustain his teeth in good shape. Naturally, it may happen that your furry friend’s teeth aren’t at this awful stage.

Apart from that, you are still able to form his breath tolerable by beginning to look after his oral hygiene frequently. The purpose of the regular brushing is even that. As I wrote here brushing with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs is required minimum one time a week.

That might keep away from most dental issues and makes his breath more pleasant. But, it may happen that your furry friend’s teeth aren’t at this awful stage. Apart from that, you are still able to form his breath tolerable by beginning to look after his teeth frequently.

You will also find quite a few good dental chews beneficial for pets that will help to keep their breath freshly. Look at your pet supply retailer for dental chews for your dog and other items to refurbish the breath of your animal.

Summary

Bad dog breath may be originated from many causes. You shouldn’t forget to examine your dog’s teeth as well as whatever you’re feeding your canine. The canned meals are inclined to stick between the teeth of dogs countlessly and could cause bad dog breath. Dry dog food might be better in terms of teeth cleansing and breath. To live with a healthy dog which has clean breath is easier. In addition, s/he will present us a happier and longer life together, don’t you think so?

What’s up to Plaque Forming on Dog Teeth?

Hi All!

There is a health issue many dog owners tend to be ignored, for some reason. Specifically, I mean by this the plaque forming on dog teeth. I’ll give you an example. I mentioned you; we rescued a German Shepherd mix puppy earlier. Lisa is a brown colored, very lively little animal, and got her first shot recently.

At the Vet Office

While we were at the vet’s waiting room, obviously, I was talking to other dog owners there. Four dogs were waiting for their turn, including ours. The physician was busy to remove the plaque and some tartar from the teeth of a Pug under anesthesia.

Among, one lady was waiting there had a little stature (approx 6 pounds) Chihuahua doggie. They followed the Pug, and the pooch went through his yearly health check and also got the annual shots. The vet said the lady that there is some plaque on the pooch’s teeth, so it likely requires a dental treatment next time.

But, the lady didn’t want to be subjected her tiny dog to that process. She applied Plaque Off earlier and forgot to buy more when it ran out, thus the plaque had time to develop. The little animal is on a xxxx small kibble nutrition, that’s the only manageable size by his small teeth.

Note: I deliberately didn’t write the name, because I don’t promote that product. But, what can be the solution in case like this? Can this be prevented at all? Well, here are some related tips you can choose from.

Healthy Chews for Dog Teeth

Healthy canine is unthinkable without fit dog teeth. In my experience, much depends on what type of dog food he or she consumes, how much and what your dog chews on. I observed that, tartar developing is come out more frequent for dogs eating canned food compared to those consume dry kibble. Another observation is that a not varied nutrition also helps the formation of plaque on teeth.

carrot-prevents-plaque-forming-on-dog-teethIn case you didn’t recognize so far, the carrot is an excellent chewing for humans and dogs equally. Eating carrots and other raw vegetables can be known as good for general health and specifically organs such as skin, eyes, gastrointestinal system and teeth.

Carrots are ideal for oral health, due to the fact they assist in removing meal particles. This way, they are reducing the risk of bacterial colonization. The carrots help to forestall tooth decay because they kill the possible dangerous bacteria around the dog teeth.

Frequent carrots consuming could improve the looks of skin, furs, nails and so on and likewise enhance dog eyes health. A significant advantage of chewing on carrots would be that they massage therapeutically your dog friend’s gums and improve blood flow within the gum tissues.

And, the carrots comprise vitamin A, which is certainly vital for sustaining wholesome tooth enamel.

Dog Dental Bones

The dog dental bones are a great option for oral well-being dietary. You may find a big variety of dental treats available on the market, so it is hard to choose just one particular model or type. Some depend on all-natural materials, and that’s an explicit plus when chemical compounds are a typical practice in canine related foods.

You can even find some that use a number of techniques for keeping teeth clean, together with an outer coating that surrounds a rawhide bone. If your furry pal has a susceptible stomach, make sure you’re knowledgeable with what their dental treats comprise. It may occur that aren’t what they look like at first sight.

Rawhide Bones

The rawhide bones known as the traditional method to assist brush the teeth of your dog. It is making the most from the dogs’ conventional chewing motions. Once you do provide your canine a goody of any type, be sure you keep constant observation. And take care not to allow them to swallow large items complete, because that could cause digestive problems.

I’d also mention chewing on cattle chew bones as a teeth cleaner I use for adult dogs. But, these tiny doggies possibly cannot do anything with it due to their little mouth.

Turning Into Raw

Another solution can be and works for many to give chicken wing. You may feed the tiny dog with cooked chicken breast at beginning. And gradually reduce the degree of cooking until you can give a raw chunk.

Perhaps, tiny canines needn’t be permitted to eat it wholly if you think the chunk is too big. But, a periodic good chewing on one piece would hopefully perform the task. It ought to be uncooked because bones within a cooked piece are far too sharp and fragile.

Tooth Brushing

Next tip is the common tooth brushing; it must be carried out no less than weekly, 3 times weekly is better anyway. Needless to say your dog’s body is not the same as humans, so it’s advisable to use dog tooth paste to keep your favorite pet healthy. Fortunately, you might discover a large number of tooth brush types available to perform the process simpler for each of you.

You may have that kind of small canine with little mouth as the lady has above. Then you’ve two choice. The first option is to use a baby’s tooth brush with logic oral pet gel. It really has a fairly little head on the brush, less than the dog tooth-brushes I’ve come across.

Anyway, to use a baby’s toothbrush has another benefit: you’re able to get around the back teeth as well. If that solution is not your cup of tee then you may use the other solution; the finger brush. Every finger brush is two sided; an extra knobbly along with a soft fine facet.

If the finger brush doesn’t work for you, then no panic. You can opt for a micro-fibre tooth cleaner. Actually, it has 12,000 times more fibres than any toothbrush. It removes the plaque and bacteria equally as the manufacturer says.

Bottom Line

I recommended the lady in question to start the frequent tooth brushing. My savings tip: try a kind of old-fashioned cotton plaster. Sticking it in your finger also does the job and the breath also will be fresher than before. Additionally, your four-legged mate will adapt to you poking within their mouth.

P.S.: My Friend, would you mind telling us your proven method preventing plaque forming on dog teeth? Which is best for you? Maybe I missed something, but I’m not ashamed to learn from people smarter than myself.

Thank you,

Alex

Can Your Dog’s Cost Be Lower?2

Hello Everyone,

We have arrived to the second instalment of reducing dog’s cost. In the previous part, we discussed saving tips on: a) choosing the right dog to fit our budget and b) money-saving options on dog food. Meantime, one of my readers mentioned the grooming expenses she spends monthly. And others are interested in saving on pet sitting costs. These are very good questions, and I say thanks to Ethel, Louis and Claire suggested them. Today we will look at those elements too, but now, I continue with the dog treats and snacks options.

And now I’m unusual because I don’t speak the treats available in pet shops. Why? It seemed for me long ago that the time arrived to begin shopping for dog treats from our grocery store rather pet food retailer. I viewed the storage unit price of top quality treats within our local pet supply.

I found that meat treats could cost more per pound than crayfish. Another item (salmon jerky) is costlier compared to the smoked salmon I purchased. Going further between containers some bear-shaped cookies were more expensive than the cheese imported from Italy.

And by visited forums I read about canines turned into unwell or dying from cheap treats, I purchased for my dogs solely the best.

Low-cost Secure Grocery Retailer Treats

This is my listing among the finest dog treats you’ll discover in your grocery store or supermarket. These won’t cost an arm and leg and simultaneously; your dog will consuming them happily and will remain healthy.

carrots-as-healthy-dog-treatsApple Cubes – I use to make cubes from them and my dogs eat them gladly.

Carrots – I slice and store them in the fridge in ice water. They like them because the pieces stay crispy that way.

Cheese – I use to give them in a little amount to avoid diarrhea.

Chicken – Cooking them in a crock pot until the meat separated from the bone is easy. The resulting stock can be useful in many recipes.

Liver – I use to slice it into thin pieces and dehydrate them. It’s advantageous to buy organic liver. Doing so, the antibiotics and chemicals conventional agriculture apply to don’t enter the food.

Liverwurst – It also called as dog crack somewhere. It’s a superb high-value treat, but I use it moderately.

Sweet Potatoes – I prepare from them dehydrated thin slices (in the oven). Of course, I wash their skin or peel them before. In a plastic container, I can easily keep them for 2 – 3 weeks unspoiled.

turkey-hot-dogs-as-dog-treatsTurkey Hot Dogs – In the event, you don’t like dealing with them raw, put slices inside a dehydrator. Alternatively, put in a baking sheet within the oven of 170 degrees until they puff up, and their moisture goes out. Then I put them in a plastic container into the freezer.

Yogurt (frozen) – I use to add two tablespoons of peanut butter to a cupful of yogurt. Then I stir and freeze the mixture until shaped the tartlet pan.

There’s no valid justification your family dog’s rewards should be a commercial dog treats solely. So, I also use to prepare homemade dog biscuits, the recipe is here. And it’s not bad, I confess I use to taste them after baking.

Saving Money on Dog Grooming

I’m convinced I don’t need to emphasize the importance of systematic dog grooming for dog lover people. I also discussed about that here recently. Now you can find some additions.

I use to do grooming procedures like brushing/combing, bathing, haircut and nail clipping on my own. Getting the necessary supplies designed for dogs isn’t problematic. And I need to purchase the tools once and use them for many years.

Of course, I haven’t started doing dog grooming the day before yesterday. I was lucky enough to observe people older than me – such as shepherds, hunters and dog breeders – as they did the grooming processes.

And Dr. Francis Header, our veterinarian decades ago was my other help in this area. For example, among others, he showed me the removal method of a dewclaw nearly fifty years ago. And also he advised me which tool is suitable for performing a different task.

One of my readers, Ethel said she doesn’t like to leave her doggies at the pro groomer daylong. And the carrying back and forth also is problematic to her, not to mention the $140 expense for two Spaniel doggies monthly.

I understand her and only can recommend you to follow my example and learn to make the necessary grooming home. Invest in a good set of sharp clipping tools that serve you long. Enter the “dog grooming courses on DVD” into your browser and the Internet will give you a tremendous result to learn. Follow the same process if you prefer books to videos or DVDs.

My secret tip1: I use surgical scissors rather dog grooming scissors, they are cheaper, but do the task just as well. Secret tip2: The diluted baby shampoo is excellent to bathe my dog, has the more subtle smell, and cheaper than dog shampoo. (This tip originated from a vet working for a pharmaceutical giant.)

Saving on Dog Sitter Expenses

working-dog-sitter Are you intended to go out of town for getting a weekend? Hiring a dog sitter doesn’t demolish your budget necessarily. Fortunately, there are various ways to identify an affordable sitter – for between $15 and $35 per day. You can begin with asking your vet for suggestions.

And additionally, you may deliberate to search at Pet Sitters International or as well as National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. It’s a good move to be certain your dog sitter is committed, insured and licensed by a pro organization.

There is another possibility, you just visit the petsitterswap.com website. Pet Sitter Swap is helpful to individuals with dogs, cats and various other domesticated animal. As they say dogs and other pets prefer them. Because of their swap service, the animals are free from staying in cattery or kennel.

P.S.: My friends, share your related tips and help other dog lovers just like you! Next time I’ll cover the veterinary cost reduction opportunities. Thank You!

How to Fix Shy Dog’s Behavioral Problem?

The Problem

“Alex, what should I do with my dog? You know, I’ve a seven-month old German Shepherd female doggie, and some problem is with her’s behavior. She is trying to be a chief inside our house like an assertive leader individuality. We have two other dog at home; one of them is a thirteen years-old mixed breed, and the other is a two years’ GSD as well.

shy-dog-will-I-be-safe-hereThe point is that her conduct changes suddenly toward the opposite direction as soon as we exit through our gate. She becomes a shy animal to people or other dogs. Obviously, there are other dog walkers too, but I cannot stop to talk with them.

She starts a tantrum, and is hiding behind my back; she just steps into my butt. This ‘hiding behind me’ phenomenon occurs even when guests arriving to us. Once happened that I started a conversation with another dog walker handled two canines in the park. The two wanted to get to know her.

She jerked out the leash from my hand and almost ran home until I could catch her. I asked for second opinion, and they told she is precarious, considering she came from a rural farm two months ago. I don’t understand why because we love her and has everything she’s necessary. What should I do?”

Probable Reasons of Dog’s Shyness

The question above was a part of a conversation between a friend and me at our mutual hairdresser. There may be some things behind this behavior. Given that we are talking about a young dog which lives in good conditions, we need to refer to her early times. She presumably would feel herself comfortable if she were yet between those familiar conditions.

However, put ourselves into the position of this young canine (speaking figuratively). Her situation has changed; her living conditions are already others in an urban environment. She experiences new sounds and sights as well as situations, which are unfamiliar to her. She didn’t meet with so many people, dogs, street traffic, etc. before. Therefore, to catch a decent start is difficult for her in a unknown place.

I would say, she misses a good socialization which includes the habituation to these elements. And, don’t forget that all puppy experience a phase influenced by fear around their two months of age. This is one of their early stages of learning about the world. Experiencing some frightening thing during this timeframe may make them shy.

Experiences show, they’ll even be subjected to another concern in some interval between their six – fourteen months. Depending on the breeds and species this can take place even at their seventh months of age, as the dog in question is now.

Obviously, you may have a canine that got an excellent socialization and habituation to different situations. But, such vagueness and worry may occur related some stuff that won’t have disturbed them before. So, this can be a tense period to your young dog.

I  used to care to avoid horrifying situations by all means at this timeframe. And I’m trying to make countless good associations as much as possible. Anyway, the rationale she attempted to break free after which get away when possibility occurred might be that canines’ first response within a difficult scenario is an escape.

Fixing the Shy Behavior Problem

What would I do? In another post, I discussed how to overcome car travel stress in dogs. The main character of that story is also a puppy I rescued from the street. I also would apply the similar kind and slow accustoming to things.

shy-puppyAnd once she gets trust toward me then I’d produce challenging situations gradually, step by step. I’d not to drive her to handle more and more. She wouldn’t be able to deal with too much so quickly. And you would make a continuous issue which can be avoidable anyway.

And my next suggestion is to discuss your visitors to disregard her. I know from experience; people like to gain up doggies. They are prone to talk to pooches and attempt to caress them hoping dogs will take that gladly. But, people ignore one serious thing.

With their approach, they step into the dog’s personal space, and that might be interpreted as an offensive gesture. You need to ask them completely neglect the doggie as she isn’t existing. Tell your guests to do not even have a look at her.

Moving Gradually

This way, the canine will interpret the situation not offensive. She’ll perceive that your guest people do not pose a threat to her, and – after a time – she will be calm, then curious. You may make the process more smoothly by giving some tasty treats to your visitors previously when they are seated.

I would observe the process from the corner of my eye. When my canine becomes curious, I would praise her kindly. And I’d encourage my guests to throw her a piece or two treats gently. If she has accepted it, I’d ask them slowly to repeat the process. And the tasty treat – by chance – will be nearer and nearer to guests at every attempt.

I’d ask my visitors to be very patient during this process and still avoid eye contact with the pooch! They would repeat this until the treat falls by their armchair. At this time I’d let them to tell gentle words to her, without eye contact. If my canine accepted the treat and wouldn’t go away because of the speaking, then I’d allow the careful touch by my visitors and a short eye contact. This could take some time undoubtedly. However, to eliminate her timid conduct at her tempo is highly desirable.

Apply This Approach Outside

You possibly can apply something similar approach to accustom her to individuals on streets or neighbours and your buddies. Hold a certain distance from them of course, as well as let her go behind you if she would like too. You similarly give the people treats so if she reveals curiosity, they may perform the described scenario.

However, people shouldn’t even have a look at her! You then do in a similar way as with your guests did in your own home previously. In case you have family or friends and even buddies with mild and calm canines you then additionally do manage to accustom in the identical manner. Allow her to keep behind if she needs to at beginning.

Sustain a cushy distance to start with after which do the slow introduction scenario at her pace. And maybe bringing them for a collective on lead walks to begin with keeping a distance she’s pleased with also would be efficient.

Alex

P.S. Plenty of brief and kind experiences are what’s going to help you. But, you might have to wait a time until she really feels settled sufficient. Thus don’t give up at the first few failure cases. Many successes!

Do Dogs Recognize Their Siblings or Parents?

Due to the heavy rain, I postponed the walk with Zizi today. Sitting in my den, I read my post-it notes and my eyes fell on one of them. One of my friends said that her year-old male dog met with its mother when walked unleashed. The mom dog also wasn’t leashed, and – as it turned out – was fired. So, her male dog mated with its own mother. She, as a newly dog owner, just stood and looked at this action due to her surprise. Hence is the interesting question within the title.

puppie-siblingsObviously, different people have distinctive answers for this question, depending on their own experiences with their dogs. And a newfound dog owner can answer this only after a certain period of time. Those who have a long experience with dogs, knows that this is possible, under certain conditions.

Influencing Factors

I’d say – based on my experiences – that this thing is very similar to us, humans.

Imagine two young families where children born at the same time. One mother – for some reason – gives her child to adoption three months after giving birth. The baby is unable to build deep relationship with the mother and brothers/sisters and will not remember them later, either.

The other child was living within his family until his ten-year ages. He had a chance to get to know his parents and brothers equally. Accordingly, he has deepened his relationship with them. What do you think, will he recognize them a year later? I’ll bet anything that he will do.

This applies to dogs as well.

Some people have had dogs that seemed to recognize and know their mother or siblings when they met them again later. Other people have had dogs that didn’t know family members when they encountered them after a time.

It’s certainly true that a lot depends on the individual dog and their experiences when they are young. If a puppy is removed from its mother at their early junior age, in all certainty, it has fewer chances to form strong bonds. That puppy may be less likely to remember his mother and siblings a year or two later.

On the other hand, If a puppy spends a long time for his mother and littermates and doesn’t leave home until he’s three or four months old, it may be much more likely that he will remember them all his life.

Adjusting to the Pack

As I experienced when I bred dogs before, puppies learn many things from their dam and littermates. This is their first pack. This is the period during which they learn how to be a dog at all.

So it only stands to reason that the longer they spend with this particular group, the more likely they are to remember the lessons they learn and the individual pack members.

It’s also important to realize that dogs think less in terms of family, i.e., mother, brothers, sister, and more in terms of “pack.” They are conscious of being part of a group.

mom-and-siblingsA puppy probably has no sense of being related to a certain dog, but he will know where he stands in relation to the pack hierarchy.

He will know that his mother must be obeyed, and that he can goof around with his brothers and sisters. He will learn the social rules of the group, but he probably doesn’t consciously think, “This is my dad, so I have to do what he says.”

He just knows that there is a bigger, stronger dog and things go better for him when he does what he’s supposed to do.

Moral System in Dogs

I’m not surprised by it, but many people are shocked by the idea that a dog would mate with his mother, or a dog would mate with his daughter. In fact, dogs do not have any kind of moral system similar to human systems. “Incest” is a humane idea, and it’s completely alien to dogs.

When dogs are in season, the only important issue is who is healthy and fit enough for breeding. Furthermore, who has the proper status within the group to have the right to breed. This approach is based on thousands of years of evolution, and it has helped dogs survive.

If you have two related dogs, there is nothing to stop them from breeding unless you intervene to prevent it. That’s one of the reasons why most pet owners do have their dogs spayed or neutered unless they plan to have puppies.

Conclusion

As we have seen in the foregoing, there are factors that influence whether a dog recognizes its siblings or parents later. I experienced so, which has the possibility of spending their young weeks and months with its dog family can do that later. The time spent with conspecifics affects the kind of relationship developed. This is another reason for not to separate the puppy from his family too early.

P.S.: Imagine, you’re now reading your dog instead for the better understanding and a happy, longer living you together. I hope you enjoyed today’s topic and picked up some food for thought. Don’t forget to share your opinion in the comments. Thank You!

How to Identify Mixed Breed Dogs?

A very large number of canines is adopted from shelters annually, thank goodness! I know that the significant part of them is mixed breeds. (I experienced this when I worked there as a volunteer.) So, I’m not surprised at all, when plenty of persons are interested about their canine’s heritage. It’s an all-day event to do guessing games if you get a mixed-breed dog. Determining what your new doggie’s dad and mom and grandparents could be is funny.

You possibly can look for many tale-teller indicators. These could be what sort of ears your animal possesses or which type of coat he has? What is his coloration and what dimension he has? And even more could be listed. You may also contemplate regardless if your mixed breed canine has any particular abilities like terrier characteristics or herding skills.

Determining Possibilities

zizi,-our-Lab-GSD-mixed-breed-dogOf course, you may be resolute about determining your dog’s background. Your vet can help you to determine the breed if he has decades of experience. Otherwise, he also will be puzzled because dog breed determining wasn’t a Course in universities so far.

Then you could search for genetic testing out there to assist decide what breeds might be your new dog’s heritage. The Dog Heritage Breed Test was available primarily in 2007 by the firm known as MetaMorphix. You can obtain the test publicly for approximately $75.

As stated by the company’s website, a dog owner merely asks for getting a kit and uses the brush-tipped swob supplied to gather DNA from inside the canine’s cheek. You send the package back to the firm, and the results arrived within four to six weeks.

However, as you might have guessed, all that glitter is not gold! Namely, several downsides occur related to this testing. Presently, the firm solely deals with some of the most typical dog breeds. It may happen that your ‘combined’ breed canine comes with an ancestor from within an unusual breed.

Then it’s probable that the assessment will be unable to determine that breed and replaced with something else. Numerous individuals with registered purebred canines have spent money on the examination. And they get an incorrect result, so the precision of this testing can be questionable.

One individual paid to acquire his canine examined two occasions. And the animal obtained different outcomes in both cases. Identical dog gets completely distinctive outcomes? Och, this does not support the credibility of the test.

But, you don’t necessarily need to get stuck in their testing. There are other companies, which offer breed analysis, one of them even claims to examine 157 breeds, based on a blood sample.

Others, like the Canine Heritage XL product makes use of a cheek swab. It offers to supply SNP-based DNA know-how and to have the ability to determine over one hundred main dog breeds. And I’ve read about a company that undertakes to identify more than two hundred varieties.

Can You Trust Them?

It might be comforting to be aware of its heritage if you have a mixed-breed furry pal, simply for well-being shake. However, it’s best to realize that suchlike tests are only able to give a snapshot related to the ancestry of your canine. They are not the type of DNA exams, which show paternity.

They can let you know if your favorite is a component Collie. Though they cannot inform you if the Collie in your neighborhood was its father. You would want another DNA testing to get certainty in dedication, using DNA samples getting from that canine, the hypothetically parent.

The breed heritage evaluations happen to be advised as a method to exclude certain canines in dog bite instances. However, once more, the testing isn’t particular enough to determine certain dogs. They are only able to propose potential mixes between breeds. And, right now, there remains to be doubt about the precision of a few of the testing.

My Additions

My friend, I must confess I knew the above options but never used them. I had quite a few dog breeds since I’m dealing with these animals. Some of them were purebred dogs, and others were mixed breeds. In the last 36 years, I only kept rescued dogs from the street and shelters.

And as a long-time dog fancier, I set up a standard for myself. I always loved to deal with different dogs regardless of is there a pedigree or not. I know their requirements and always tried to provide that as it was possible. And a mixed-breed dog was just as grateful for the care as a purebred.

I believe it’s fantastic to bring home a shelter / rescue canine. There are numerous dogs, which are searching for their loving home. So, I’d suggest you looking up local rescue organization if you want to obtain a dog with particular traits. Not ALL canines are pure-bred there; however, most are a minimum of a mixture of a rescue’s breed, and you are a savior of an animal’s life.

P.S.: The reason behind today’s topic is a debate that I read on some of the dog forums. The comments’ section is open for your related question or opinion. It would be useful for our community to get to know your own experiences. Thank You!